Sunday, July 5, 2009

This Week in Basketball

Things are moving pretty quickly now that the Laker's have been crowned the 2009 champs.

Hedo to the Raptors

If the Raptors sign Hedo to the reported 5yr $53million deal, I will be forced to find a new team to cheer for. This deal makes no sense! Dude is 30 years old. If he was named Kobe Bryant than being 30 at this point would be fine but he's not, he's Hedo Turkoglu. As expected his stats peaked when he was 28 years old. This season, his stats dropped just a little. He is not worth $53million over 5yrs. I know this move is all about making Bosh happy so he will stay in Toronto (in my mind he's already gone but I'll leave that for another day) but this move doesn't help Toronto keep Bosh. The only way this move helps Bosh is if the Raptors take the championship away from the Laker's next season which is not going to happen. Hedo is not the solution for the Raptors. If this rumour does come true, the Raptors will be screwing themselves for years to come.

Artest to the Laker's

I love this move! Having a guy like Artest on the team adds that physical, gives no mercy, I'll kill you, get the hell out of my way, mentality that the Laker's will need when they defend their championship next season. Artest can play lockdown defence which allows Bryant, and his 30 year old body, some down time on the court instead of him shutting down the opposing superstar on defence. Just looking at the Laker's team it seems more and more like the Jordan, Pippen, Rodman, and Jackson combo. Absolutely dirty!

The Rockets are Cursed

This is an off-season that the Rockets wish never happened. McGrady is most likely out for next season and if he does return he's a shell of what he used to be. Artest is off to the Laker's and rumoured in return is Trevor Ariza. Ariza is a role player and nothing more. His great play in the playoffs will bring some cash but the GM who signs him (thinking he'll be a true leader instead of being a role player) for big bucks is going to look stupid when the season unfolds. Now to the big news. Yao Ming, their superstar centre, seems to on the side of not returning next season due to injury. I feel for the Rockets. Losing their "big 3" is something no GM could anticipate. I always thought that the combo of Ming and McGrady would do damage in the NBA and bring them to the Finals but it never happened.


eyebleaf said...

It was either Hedo or Marion. Who would you rather have?

On The Fence Sports said...

I wouldn't mind having Hedo on the team, just not at that price and the amount of years. Giving him a 2 year deal would be great but obviously that wouldn't happen.

Locking in a guy for a long term contract is a great idea only if the player is in his mid-20's.

If the team was a winning team and we had Bosh locked up for a few more years I wouldn't be against the deal.

You never know though. If they do sign Hedo and find a way to sign Marion the team might do some damage.

Calderon, Bosh, Marion, Hedo, and Andrea on the court, doesn't sound too awful. Calderon stays healthy and does his thing. Bosh has another Bosh year. Hedo puts up his numbers from the past 2 years. Andrea has a career year and we're moving up the standings.

Still don't see the Raptors (avec/sans Marion or Hedo) getting past the Celtics, Cavaliers, and the Magic next year.

Honestly, no matter what the Raptors do, Bosh is headed for a team to create a dirty combo.

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