A Blessing In Disguise

The National Basketball Association is having one it’s best seasons ever. Ratings are up, the players are as good as they’ve ever been and league popularity is at an all-time high. Despite LeBron James‘ decision to take his talents to South Beach, thus forming a powerhouse in Miami with two other superstars (though [...]

Blazers, Nets Talking Harris-Miller Swap

The New Jersey Nets are not only looking at Carmelo Anthony as potential additions before the trade deadline. According to Al Iannazzone of the Berger Record, the Nets have also been in contact with the Portland Trail Blazers about veteran point guard Andre Miller. Blazers’ shooting guard Rudy Fernandez has also been discussed, per the [...]

Carmelo’s 50 Not Enough To Defeat Rockets And Other NBA Notes

As the trade deadline nears, Carmelo Anthony is about to re-enter the spotlight of the NBA. After spending a couple weeks at the center of attention earlier in the year because of trade rumors that eventually died down, the Nuggets will likely be shopping Anthony around more than ever as the possibility that the franchise will end up with nothing in exchange for Melo at the end of the season grows larger.

But while there may be much less of a chance that Carmelo ends up staying in Denver for the remainder of the season, it’s time to start looking at the Nuggets as they are currently constructed to determine whether or not this will just be a lost cause for both Anthony and the Nuggets if they end up sticking together until the end of the year.

Denver is currently the sixth seed in the Western Conference with the same record as the Utah Jazz (30-22) but with a superior head-to-head record. This a team that beat the Heat by 28 earlier in the season (though they were without LeBron James, that’s still impressive) but also a club that got smashed by the Clippers and recently lost back-to-back games to the 76ers and Nets by the scores of 110-99 and 115-99.

Whether the Anthony drama has this team disinterested or in spite of their teammate, there is clearly something missing from this team that it had over the past two seasons when they were legitimate contenders to take down the Lakers in the West thanks to their uptempo offense and reliable home court advantage. But instead, ever since Carmelo was left to fend for himself against Utah in the post-season last year, Anthony has started to slip away from his supporting cast and the mojo around this squad is clearly no longer there – at least not consistently.

For my recap of last night’s Rockets-Nuggets game as well as every other game in the NBA last night, hit the break…

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Greg Oden’s Season Is Done

First, the depressing press release from the Blazers.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden will undergo microfracture surgery on his left knee Friday and will miss the remainder of the 2010-11 season, the Trail Blazers announced this evening.

Dr. Richard Steadman will perform the surgery with assistance from Trail Blazers orthopedic [...]

Attacking The Boards: Where Luol Deng Had Quite The Night

The Bulls needed this. They needed Luol Deng to have an effective game at some point. After starting off the season with a Derrick Rose-centric offense that forced Rose to take 29 shots per game, the Bulls needed someone to step up and contribute offensively. With Carlos Boozer out, adjustments have to be made [...]

2010-2011 NBA Season Previews: Portland Trail Blazers

Just 21 games into the season, Greg Oden suffered another major injury, fracturing his left patella, which cost him the rest of the season and most likely cost the Trail Blazers any shot at post-season glory. Despite their depth, Portland got bit by the injury bug worse than any other team outside of the [...]

Attacking the Boards: Agent Zero Is Back, Philly Survives A Close One, and Trevor Ariza Gets The Last Laugh On Brandon Roy

If Gilbert Arenas can score like he did tonight without losing the concept of team play, there is no telling what this Washington team can do. Agent Zero had 32 points (9-of-13 shooting, 3-of-4 from three) and seven assists to lead Washington to pretty nice win over the Nets in their home opener. Arenas [...]

Attacking the Boards: Derrick Rose and His Bulls Open Strong and Carmelo Is A Monster

Chicago Bulls 92 – San Antonio Spurs 85: Every game I watch I realize how lucky I am to be able to watch all of these young guys play basketball. Yesterday it was Kevin Durant, today it was Derrick Rose. What an amazing talent. Tonight he absolutely ripped Tony Parker to [...]

Blazers Sign LaMarcus Aldridge To A Huge Extension

The Portland Trail Blazers have locked up the second most valuable piece of their franchise, power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, with a five-year deal that is worth $65 million. If Aldridge meets certain incintives, he could bump that up to $70 million. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports first reported the story.

Aldridge is just 24 [...]

Source: Hawks Offer Joe Johnson 4 Years, $65 million

The Atlanta Hawks have offered Joe Johnson a 4 year, $65 million extension, a source with knowledge of negotiations told But The Game Is On. That would average out roughly to $16.3 million a year for the All-Star shooting guard.

We reported on August 5th that the two sides were negotiating.

Johnson averaged 21 [...]