I dont think he still has it in him. I have never seen Lamar the way he was last season. I know he's moving back to L.A which he loves, with the team he started his carrer with, But at 32 and with a ton of mileage on those legs, I believe Lamar does not desire to play basketball at a high level. Lamar was in the perfect situation with the Lakers and after losing that I dont think hell ever get it back. I hope im wrong...
His potential was so high, but he never seemed to have the necessary motivation to reach it. Even at his best, he didn't approach what he should have been. Now age is catching up to him. He has a solid body that should be able to let him continue playing even though his athleticism is dropping off, so he'll still have some value. However, Odom could have been an absolute monster leading a contender. Instead, at his best, he was an elite 6th man (3rd option).
I still think this was a good get for the Clips. I think we'll see an improvement over last year, but (as always) he won't be as great as we know he could be.
A year ago at this time the Dallas Mavericks were preparing to defend their first-ever NBA championship, but with only a handful of the players who won that championship still on the team. Rather than jeopardize their 2012 free agency cap space the Mavericks chose to sign cheaper players to one-year deals and shoot for the stars the following summer. Mavericks fans forgave their team’s management because they could already envision the posters and banners featuring the new big three. Would it be “3D in Big D,” with Dirk Nowitzki, Deron Williams and Dwight Howard all in Mavericks blue?
“Dwight, to be a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, you’ve got to have a little of that dog in you,” Bryant said. “It’s just a matter of him digging deep and just pulling it out. But it’s already there. It’s just a matter of him having it become habit.”
LaMarcus Aldridge added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Blazers in their preseason opener under new coach Terry Stotts. Lillard, the sixth overall pick in last June's draft from Weber State, looked sharp in 24 minutes as Portland's point guard, adding five rebounds and two 3-pointers.
At the beginning of the second quarter, Drummond had his first blocked shot, elevating his entire upper body above the rim.
For a couple of years now, Eric Gordon has been a player that NBA analysts have had their eye on. It was clear from the start that there was something special about Gordon, who averaged 16.1 points as a rookie with the Los Angeles Clippers. So far, the only thing that seems to be able to stop Gordon is the injury bug. He appeared in just 56 games for the Clippers two seasons ago and missed all but seven games of the lockout-shortened 2011-12 campaign. Still, New Orleans Hornets head coach Monty Williams believes he will be a cornerstone of their franchise when he finally gets healthy.
“That’s the league now,” Williams said. “If you coach a guy and you tell him what he’s supposed to do and how he’s supposed to do it, they call it pushing. I’m just coaching. I don’t try to differentiate or put it into any other term. I just coach. [Rivers] works harder than most young guys I’ve ever been around. He’s serious about his craft. He’s learning, and I’ve seen a lot of growth from day one. He’s tougher than I thought. We just coach. I’m just a simple country boy, man, we just coach.”
When Novak became a free agent this past summer, the Knicks organization was determined to keep him in NYC. The Knicks were able to exceed the salary cap to re-sign Novak only after a surprising court ruling that led to a settlement between the NBA and the players’ union, which gave players claimed off waivers their “Early Bird rights.”jgyhj5656
In addition, Novak also acknowledged that he’d have to continue to improve and expand his game if he wanted to be effective in the future.
“I think defenses are going to know my strengths and run me off the three-point line and do that kind of thing,” Novak explained. “This summer, I definitely put an emphasis on being able to put the ball on the floor. One or two dribbles, using my shot fake more; just understanding how defenses are going to play me.vsfg44343
“It will be depend on matchups, but I think if that’s something that gives us our best opportunity with Melo on their four man, I know Melo would probably not prefer that, but he would be more than willing to do it if we had to,” Novak said. “And we did have success with him at the four last year. Also, there’s so many in-game adjustments that maybe you start the game with Melo at the three and it goes unnoticed that he’s become the ‘four’ during the game because so many things are changing. Even depending on the team; if they are playing well and one their guys gets hot, he ends up at the four.”hgdfsgsdgd
“What people don’t realize is every day, at practice, during shootaround, we’re working on defensive rotations for about an hour, hour and a half, every day,” Noah said. “I don’t know how many teams in the NBA are working on defensive rotations for an hour, hour and a half. It’s very repetitive and it sucks — it really sucks — but at the end of the day it helps you win ballgames.”
What We Learned From the Preseason: Andrew Bynum’s knee injuries are not a thing of the past. Because of a bum right knee — one in which Bynum has given time, injections and even the famous German platelet therapy treatment — Bynum still hasn’t played a minute of real basketball for his new team. The latest out of Philadelphia is that he might not even make it back for the season opener, so all those concerns about his injury-riddled past were apparently legit.
However, there are always risks when players hit the court and this scrimmage became pretty competitive. Before the end of the game, Jose Calderon, John Lucas III and DeMar DeRozan had sustained injuries, although all three seem to be minor.
“The culmination of this decision to move forward, we got to a point where we were pretty transparent, very direct as we are with all our players in this situation. As a fact, we reached a point where we had to make a decision, we made a final proposal on Friday morning that was unacceptable, we then came back to where we were beginning to execute a trade, initiation with another proposal. We were very transparent with James that if this was not acceptable, then we would have to move towards making the best decision for the franchise, given the fact that it was becoming a reality that more than likely, he would be signing elsewhere after the season. Once that reality was met, as we have in the past, this organization turned a page. We started to focus on what’s in the best interest to the program and focus on capitalizing on an opportunity that would help us both in the short term and also continue to strengthen the future of the Thunder organization and building this program in a sustainable fashion.”t3434