Future weighs heavy on Mavs, Heat
September is by far the dullest month on the NBA calendar. It's the time of year when most contracts have been signed, most trades have been made and every team, from the Lakers to the Nets, is expressing optimism about the upcoming season. But when I survey the landscape, I see several teams with serious issues going into training camp. In no particular order, here are my top three:
1. Dallas -- Remember 2003-04, when
The reason I bring up the '03-04 team is because the '09-10 club feels a lot like it. First, Dallas grossly overpaid for 30-year-old small forward
2. New York -- I liked the Knicks' offseason.
New York did nothing to address the point guard problem, save for getting
3. Miami --
This season will also shine a spotlight on
On to your questions, most of which came via my Twitter feed.
For the season? Yes. Don't put much stock in reports that Yao could return at some point this year. General manager
I'm not sure there are a lot of teams that would consider trading for Nash as a role player. He's too good right now. Now, would Nash welcome a trade to a contender? I'm sure of it. My understanding is that Nash didn't sign a contract extension this offseason because of his love for the Suns; it was because at 35 and with a history of back problems, it would be foolish to pass up $22 million of guaranteed money. But Nash is a competitor and I don't know how he will be happy playing for a team that will be in a dogfight for the final playoff spot this season.
That sounds about right, though I wouldn't be surprised if the Bulls win fewer than 45. Chicago lost its best clutch player in
That's a pretty active lineup you are talking about, Mike. But I disagree with your main premise: I actually think Philly will be good this year. To help boost their woeful attack (97.4 points per game, 22nd in the league), they hired a brilliant offensive strategist in coach
Of course, the big question will be the point guard. Because Philly doesn't have anyone who can replace