Monday, November 30, 2009
But no! The Cavaliers snubbed their record tying center (currently at 723 games played), as coaching staff decided not to put him in the game, finishing the game with a DNP--coaches decision!
Both Big Z and Lebron James are pissed at coach Mike Brown's negligence to put Ilgauskas into the game, despite the 12 years of service on the only NBA team he has ever been a part of. Loyalty is hard to come by these days, and it seems like it doesn't pay off in the end. Normally a franchise would go all out for a circumstance like this, but obviously Ilgauskas is the farthest thing from Cleveland management's mind.
Understandably, Big Z was very low key during Monday's practice, and didn't even take part in the team's football scrimmage game after the practice. He opted to shoot a few baskets at the other end of the court and quietly dodge out in order to escape the media.
I can't imagine this is going to end up very good for any of the people involved in this situation, and Big Z may even want out if things aren't cleared up soon. Cleveland brass are so worried about re-signing James this offseason that they have forgot about one of their all-time greats.
Shame on you, Cleveland Cavaliers.
New Jersey will try to take the record on Wednesday night, versus Dallas. "Being the worst at something just comes natural to me", Devin Harris was overheard saying in the locker room after Sunday's loss to the Lakers. "I ain't ever been the same after that white guy in jeans schooled me on the playground last year", Harris went on to say. Seriously, check out that video! Also, check out my "Twilight vs NBA" video while you're at it too.
Fantasy wise, you have to think (hope) that changing up coaches should have some positive effect on a team, especially when the team has nowhere to go but up. Hopefully the offense will be opened up a bit, making scoring more frequent, meaning more stats for your fantasy players. In addition, Harris has only been back for a few games since his injury, and with him running the offense things should also open up; not to mention his points, assists and FG% should climb back to where they were last season.
Look for Courtney Lee to be inserted back into the starting lineup. He has struggled off the bench since his return from injury 4 games ago, but will more than likely be relied upon quite heavily once he is 100%. Lee was New Jersey's big acquisition this past summer, and many were looking to him to fill the void that Vince Carter left behind; a tall order, but Lee should post decent numbers most nights. He is widely open in many leagues right now.
I have Chris Douglas-Roberts on my team, and have been quite pleasantly surprised by his play thus far; although, if you remember, CDR had a very good training camp and preseason as well. I'm hoping all of this good stuff from him continues late into the season. However, I am slightly skeptical of him keeping up this pace and have been trying to sell high on him right now. With the return of Harris, Lee and soon to be Yi things aren't looking so good for me (yes, I tried to make that rhyme)! CDR should still get plenty of minutes, but look for his production to drop slightly.
So, are the Nets going to beat the record to become the #1 losers?
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Devin Harris has returned from his injuries as well as Courtney Lee (perhaps), but the Nets still haven't been able to celebrate this season; their closest thing to a win was a 1 point loss to the Miami Heat on November 14.
The crappy thing about this deal is that although Frank (and everyone else who follows basketball) knows he is done coaching the team, the Nets still need his services on Sunday for their game against the Lakers. What a raw deal! What do you think are the chances the Nets can pull out a win in this game? The only possibility they have is if the team can finally rally around their fired coach to give a final farewell.
On the other hand, Frank might as well go down losing and get his name into the record books, tied for the most consecutive losses in NBA history. Although he won't be able to be a part of the stand alone record (18 straight losses) on Wednesday night versus the Dallas Mavericks, as it is expected that General Manager Kiki Vandeweghe will take over as interim head coach.
Perhaps Kiki will help get the Nets their first win, avoiding the ominous record. Or maybe the Nets will go 0-82 and just hope that their new Russian billionaire owner can get them the hell out of New Jersey and into a nice new arena in Brooklyn--stat! Either way, it's going to be a long season for anyone affiliated with the Nets.
Whatever the case, I just hope CDR keeps up his strong play!
None of this sounds very optimistic for Redd owners (that's me!), as he has been injury prone since the 06/07 season where he missed 29 games, not to mention the whopping 49 games he missed last season! Unfortunately, if you have Redd in a non-keeper league you don't have much choice but to hold onto him, as none of the reports have stated (yet) that he is shutting it down for any extended period of time. You would be stupid to simply drop him for another player who doesn't possess half of the potential of Redd. If you are able to trade him, possibly a 2 for 1, that would be your best bet. However, it's doubtful that anyone in your league would want to take the chance on him, unless they are big Redd fans.
On the other hand, if you own Redd in a keeper league I believe you need to get rid of him. Again, hopefully you could get something for him in a trade, but you should set your sights low and just take whatever deal you can get at this point--it seems like he is only going to cause you headaches and stress all year long, and quite possibly for the rest of his career! I picked up Redd in the 7th round of our Fantasy draft and new he was a risky pick, but like most who drafted him had hoped that there was a possibility he might be able to stay healthy. However, it seems the 30 year old has seen the best of his career pass him by--and now I have him on my team!
Owners of Redd need to do what they can to load him off on someone else. Which means if anyone from my Fantasy League is reading this don't be surprised if you are inundated by Redd trade offers!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Williams' presence will be sorely lost on this struggling team, as rookie Jrue Holiday has had to fill in under his absence. This is where Iverson comes in; 2 months without a seasoned PG is obviously too long to find out whether a rookie can run a team. Reports are stating that Philadelphia have serious interest in Iverson, and may sign him as soon as next week. "We simply can't just ignore the upside he'd bring, not with our situation" a team source said on Friday. There's no denying that this franchise and its fans would be gushing at the fact that they may be able to get one of their all-time greats back--a savior if you will. At least that's what they're hoping! I'm sure 76er brass are most giddy about the potential for increased ticket sales and more revenue.
Supposedly, former coach Larry Brown (now coach of the Charlotte Bobcats) is even trying to get into contact with Iverson in order to tell him to not give up on the NBA. Brown thinks Iverson still has a lot to give the league, and his retirement is premature for the talents he still possesses.
With this news, all signs are pointing to a grandiose return of Allen Iverson--shocker! I suppose if he is available on your waiver wire you should go pick him up, as he more than likely will post good numbers. As for when Williams returns, I guess we'll just have to wait and see how the 8 week audition for Iverson has gone to see who will be the starting PG. We all know of Allen's distaste for coming off the bench, and perhaps by that time the fans may agree with him.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Let's get to it...
Mike Dunleavy is set to make his regular season debut on Friday night, versus the Dallas Mavericks. Dunleavy missed all but 18 games last season, and has missed all 13 games for the Pacers this season due to a knee/hip injury. Obviously he is set to come off the bench, and staff will be monitoring his minutes to fewer than 20 per game until he can get his legs under him. Dunleavy hasn't played since February 8, 2009 versus Washington. In addition to Dunleavy, Danny Granger has proclaimed that he would give it a go after missing 1 game with one of those pesky sprained left knee ligament thingy's. Be wary of any missed time for Granger in games to come; he has had knee problems in the past.
In Cleveland, Shaquille O'Neal is set to return after missing the past 6 games with a strained shoulder. Shaq hasn't played since November 12 versus Miami, and will probably be a bit rusty, although Cav's staff says they will not be putting him on a minute restriction so feel free to get him back into your fantasy lineup if you have the room. O'Neal's stats have been down significantly to start the season, and he has only averaged just over 24 minutes per game this year, down 6 minutes from last year.
Elton Brand will be a game time decision for Friday's matchup against the Hawks after missing 1 game due to a pulled right hammy. Brand had finally got it going over his last few games, after a very slow start to the season. Even if he did return for Friday's game, you would have to expect him to be slower than before the injury. Brand is tough to read this year, and you may want to try and trade high if he has a couple more good games in a row.
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Iverson released a statement to a Philadelphia Inquirer columnist earlier in the day, stating "I still have tremendous love for the game, the desire to play, and a whole lot left in my tank. I feel strongly that I can still compete at the highest level."
Umm, yeah, Allen that doesn't really sound like much of a retirement speech. It sounds more like a Brett Favre sort of thing, which we all know means "I'm coming back to the game as soon as someone wants me."
Perhaps Tracy McGrady should just retire too, and the 2 of them can play one-on-one against each other and reminisce about the old times. I'd pay a dollar to see that! Imagine it; McGrady would be off to the side, crunched over in the fetal position, clutching his ailing knees and back. Meanwhile, Iverson would be complaining that this was too much like "practice", bitching about the Grizzlies not starting him and the Knicks not picking him up. The score would end up 2-0 for Iverson because McGrady wouldn't be able to stand up, and as Allen was muttering his way off the court he would happen to toss the ball over his shoulder, in spite, and it would end up going in.
Congratulations Mr. Iverson, you're finally a winner!
It seems the Rockets finally have it right in regards to T-Mac. We all remember last year, Tracy was constantly in and out of the lineup with no one ever knowing when he would be playing or not. There comes a time when a pro athlete needs to ask themselves, "what's best for the team?" Unfortunately, I'm not sure McGrady has ever asked himself that question, as it seems to many outsiders that it's always been me, me, me with McGrady. Did you know that over his 12 year career, T-Mac has averaged a measly 65 games per year? That's not even including this year where he's already missed 14 games, and counting.
Let's get one thing straight, we all know how good McGrady's stats have been over his career. His averages of 22.1 points, 1.3 threes, 6.1 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1 block per game are astounding. Not to mention the 02/03 season with Orlando where he averaged 32.1 points. But, things have been going downhill ever since McGrady's first year in Houston where he played in a remarkable (for him) 78 games, second most in his career next to the 99/00 season with Toronto--which was his last season with the Raptors.
Not to say that most pro athlete's careers don't eventually go downhill after a certain amount of time in their respective sports, but it is how one carries oneself through this transition that makes the athlete. In addition to the stats, highlights and game winning shots, it's how a player conducts themselves on and off the court that most people remember over time. Of course some of us also tend to remember those 'boobs' who never shut up about themselves and think they are better than the game. What will Tracy McGrady be remembered for? As his career is seemingly winding down, I guess we'll soon see.
Monday, November 23, 2009
- Mike Dunleavy--Indiana Pacers (SG/SF) Dunleavy is nearing a return and could pay off big for owners. Although it will probably take him several games to get into full action, he has tremendous upside if he can remain healthy. Look for him to take some minutes from Dahntay Jones and Brandon Rush.
- Drew Gooden--Dallas Mavericks (PF/C) With the absence of Dampier, Gooden has come on strong over the past 4 starts, averaging nearly 15 points, 13 rebounds and over a block in 36 minutes. If he can keep any part of that going he should be rostered in most leagues.
- Anthony Morrow--Golden State Warriors (SG/SF) As I have stated in previous articles, now is the time get him if he is still available! There is a 50/50 chance he is not sitting around waiting to be picked anymore, let's just say I hope you got there soon enough. In a starting gig, and a whole 48 minutes of action on Friday, Morrow scored 23 points on 61.5% shooting, with 6 rebounds, 4 3's, and 2 steals. Not to mention, he's shooting close to 90% from the charity stripe!
- Beno Udrih--Sacramento Kings (PG/SG) Again, with the absence of one player, comes the emergence of another. In 7 games as a starter (Kevin Martin is out until January), Udrih has averaged 17 points, 5 assists, over 1 three and 37 minutes of action, and he still is owned in less than 50% of leagues!
- Darren Collison--New Orleans Hornets (PG) I'm like a broken record, but Chris Paul has been injured for over a week now and won't return for close to 3 more weeks, and Collison has stepped in nicely over his 5 games as a starter. He capped Saturday night off scoring 22 points, to go with 11 assists, 2 3's, and a perfect 4/4 from the line.
- Marcus Thornton--New Orleans Hornets (PG/SG) With a rotisserie of players going through the SG position for the Hornets Thornton has been a quiet producer. Over the past 6 games he has averaged 18 points, including over 2 3's and rebounds, and 1 steal per game. He ended up playing over 38 minutes in Sunday's game, scoring 24 points and 5 3's, and might end up winning the starting SG position if he keeps playing like that.
- Mickael Pietrus--Orlando Magic (SG/SF) It seems as if apple Pie-trus has won the starting SF position, even with the return of Rashard Lewis (Lewis is starting at PF). Although he doesn't fill up the stat sheet, Pietrus can normally be relied on for his scoring and 3's. If you need a boost in either of those categories take a look at him.
By the way, I finally moved out of the basement in my fantasy league, going from 10th to 6th in a 12 team league thanks to a 7-2 victory this past week. So I know what I'm talking about, ha ha!
Friday, November 20, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
So now what for fantasy owners? Errr, ummm, I guess the good news is that Iverson has already commented that he is not done playing this year and would accept a bench role in the right situation. Come on, really? Really, Allen? You couldn't last more than 3 games in Memphis before you got your non-title-winning ass out of town. Furthermore, it only took you 1 game to make sure anybody who would listen to you knew of your displeasure for coming off the bench and how you would not have it. Not to mention, this all coming after missing the entire pre-season due to injury. Allen, you were the one who signed with the Grizzlies, you were a free agent and could have signed anywhere; it's not like you were traded.
There is some speculation that the Knicks may possibly want to sign Iverson, and do what with him I'm not sure. He would probably fit in great with that loser team (sorry David Lee), and they would probably only sign him for a year, freeing up space to try and sign Lebron come summertime. D'antoni, keep him on your bench just like you did with Starbury last year.
As speculated by "The Hofe" yesterday, Raja Bell will indeed opt for season ending surgery. This announcement comes only a day after he was traded, along with Vladimir Radmanovic, to the Golden State Warriors. I guess he would rather go under the knife than have to play under Nellie. Plus, his contract is up at the end of the year and he will need to be healthy if he is going to entice any bidders. Like I stated yesterday, this is going to free up a bunch of time for both Curry and Morrow. Pick them up if they're on your waiver line. Go, now!
In other Golden State injury news, Kelenna Azubuike is also done for the season with a torn patella that will need surgery and 6 months recovery. Azubuike was a hot pick-up last week as he was a named a starter for the foreseeable future, later pouring in 31 points against Minnesota. Let me state again: Curry and Morrow are going to get minutes, along with Maggette. Go get one of them if they are waiver available!
Monday, November 16, 2009
This coming Friday, November 20 is opening day for the second installment of the Twilight Saga, New Moon. "Who cares" you say; "why are you telling me this, and what is it that I fear about handsome, bloodsucking men?"
While I can't help you with your constant feelings of inadequacy, I can inform you that you are going to have to make a difficult decision this Friday when your significant other informs you of her plans for a "date night" involving you, her, and Robert Pattinson. Perhaps any other night you may oblige her, as we all know what vampire movies do to women (let's just say anything goes when you leave the theatre, and possibly even during the movie!). However, on this Friday you're compliance may be somewhat more difficult; I have 3 words for you: Orlando at Boston. And, 4 more: possible Eastern Conference showdown. You've got Howard, Carter, Nelson, and the recent return of Lewis versus Garnett, Allen, and Pierce, not to mention Rondo. As of the time this article was written (view current standings), each team had 3 losses; Boston was trying to stay atop the Atlantic Division, and Orlando was trying to keep pace with Atlanta and Miami in the Southeast Division. Not only a great matchup between 2 of the Eastern Conference's best, but you have alot more to lose than just a good Friday night watching sports on the couch, with a beverage of your choice, while your girlfriend watches Supernanny in the bedroom. Don't forget the waiver wire pick-ups you'll be missing! So, whatcha gonna do tough guy?...
Go to the movie and you'll make your spouse happy and content (plus you're almost guaranteed some action). Or, stay home, watch the game, and keep up-to-date on the 9 other games on tap that night. It's a tough call; don't go to movie and you're definitely not "getting any" for an indefinite period of time. Or, go to the movie and miss out on one of the best matchups of the year thus far. Not to mention, while you're out watching pale-skinned men sink their chompers into other pale-skinned men, all of your fantasy basketball buddies will be keeping a keen eye on all of the games of the night and snatching up any potential breakout players.
It's your choice.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
1. Glen (Big Cry Baby) Davis--Boston Celtics
Before I even get into Davis' ridiculous, self-inflicted injury, did everyone check out Big Baby's crying episode last year due to KG yelling at him? With that being said, I hear that Davis also wants to be in the NFL after his basketball career--there's no crying in professional sports, sorry Adam Morrison! I digress. Big Baby was able to wipe away those tears enough to get into a drunken fight, back in October, in an SUV his best friend was driving, resulting in a broken thumb and at least 6 weeks on the bench. Can you imagine the tears that probably flow from this guy when he's drunk--"I love you man!"
2. Francisco Garcia--Sacramento Kings
Garcia was involved in a freak weightlifting accident. The promising G/F for the Kings was touted in middle to late rounds in most fantasy leagues until the exercise ball he was lifting weights on burst! The random event resulted in Garcia breaking his wrist, requiring surgery, and not being able to return until around the All-Star break. Tough luck Fran.
3. Tyrus Thomas--Chicago Bulls
After a promising 08/09 campaign, fantasy managers had high hopes for Thomas. Yet this extremely talented forward, who had an extremely slow start to the season, set the bar too high I guess--literally! Tyrus is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after a pull-up incident during another freak weightlifting accident caused him to tweak his arm.
Note to all NBA players: stay away from the exercise facilities, go home, smoke a big fatty and relax...I can't afford anymore injuries to my team!
As a fellow fantasy basketball manager, and Commissioner of the 420 Championship for 5 seasons now, I know of the trials and tribulations we all endure over the 82 game schedule. I feel your pain when one of your top draft picks goes down with a gruesome injury. I know of the constant struggles you go through on whether or not to add/drop a player (and when more times than not you end up making the wrong decision!). And, I feel the frustration that you have if you happened to draft anybody from the Golden State Warriors, as Nellie is the biggest X-factor on that crazy-ass team!
As often as possible, I will try to shed light on some of the matters that matter to you in fantasy basketball--and if they don't matter to you, hopefully my blog will make your day a little brighter. As for your crappy team, I'm not so sure I can do much about that!