Welcome to the NBA Down Under Digest, which will be a weekly recap of all the latest developments on and off the court, from the smart moves to the worst of the worst. All of the daily off-season workings of the NBA will be available every Sunday for your reading enjoyment. Let's see what happened this week around the Association!
THIS WEEK IN THE NBAKnicks Knocked Out By Lin Whether or not you feel Jeremy Lin is going to be an all-star or a bust, how can you let him go for absolutely nothing? You can say what you like about Lin but the one thing you can't say is he's stupid. Let's not forget it was Knicks owner James Dolan that told Jeremy Lin to go and test the free agent market. Let's also not forget that it was James Dolan that signed all those free agents in the early 2000's and destroyed the New York Rangers chances at a playoff run for a decade. Which it seems to me he has done again, this time with the Knicks. I could go on and on about Dolan but don't forget he's the one that said money would never be an object when it came to signing players. So basically for about $3 million in luxury tax the billionaire egomaniac let Jeremy Lin go to the Rockets. I view this as letting him go for nothing. Now the Knicks have an aging superstar in Jason Kidd and a fat point guard in Raymond Felton. The knock on Lin was he can't play defense. Wait a minute, neither can Jason Kidd. At least Jeremy Lin would have been able to learn something from Jason Kidd, after all it isn't that Kidd could never play defense, he's just too old to do it now. All in all I feel this is a terrible move by the Knicks, if for no other reason than they lost a young kid with a tremendous upside for absolutely nothing! What's Up With The Bulls? It's arguable but the Chicago Bulls have gone from the best bench in the NBA to I don't know what. They have just lost Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer and CJ Watson. This means they seem to think they can rely on the 29th pick in the NBA draft, Marquis Teague. Now, I don't know about you, but in my opinion the only edge the Bulls had over the Miami Heat was their bench. It's how they frustrated not only the Heat bench but the Heat starters as well. Now with Derrick Rose coming back off of a brutal torn ACL and a completely depleted bench, I don't see how they can stay at the top of the division through an 82 game schedule, never mind contend with the Heat. Very confusing to say the least! U.S.A. OLYMPIC TEAM I just watched the U.S.A. Olympic team pound the Pommies. I've watched all three games that the U.S. team has been involved in since they broke camp and I have to say, if they are to win the gold medal in the London Olympics they will do it with defense. Watching this team turn up the defense is nothing short of incredible. It does help that they have five players who have all been first team all defense in Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Andre Iguodala, LeBron James and Tyson Chandler. Kobe Says Stern's Idea Stupid It's no secret that since Mark Cuban has become an NBA owner he wants to control his players off season activities. David Stern seems to agree, having recently said that the NBA may only allow players under 23 years of age to play in the Olympics. Kobe Bryant has called this idea "stupid." Personally, I have done a complete 180 degree turn on this. I originally have agreed whole-heartedly with David Stern and the NBA owners or any owners of sports franchises when it comes to the players not engaging in extra curricular off season activities- things such as skiing, motorcycle racing, mountain climbing and the like. Why would you want NBA superstars that you are paying millions of dollars risking injury in other high risk sporting activities? Kobe has made me rethink this though in the case of the NBA. All of the NBA players are playing summer league basketball. Just about every NBA player plays in the summer league and Kobe asked the question what would the owners rather have? Do they want players playing in the summer league where some NBA wannabe decides to take a shot at a Kobe, or a LeBron James to make a name for himself? The alternative is to have them participate in the Olympics where the whole world is watching in a far more controlled environment with people playing for medals. I think the latter is preferable. Porn Girls Make Up With NBA In a not too surprising development the porn stars Sara Jay and Angelina Castro have settled their differences with NBA commissioner David Stern and the NBA. In order to resolve the dispute the girls have transferred the ownership of TeamBJNBA.com to the National Basketball Association. Thus paving the way for the worlds largest blowjob fest to be held on schedule. After the settlement Angelina Castro added,
"I still love the NBA so I want to keep them happy. So everyone is clear... our twitter blow job event is not sanctioned by the NBA.....so there is no instant replay, you can double dribble, & you can take it hard to the hole."The girls are also not concerned whether there are 1,000 or 100,000 participants the girls will be stepping up to the post!
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QUICK HITSNowitzki ties the knot! Kyrie Irving breaks his hand, but should be ready for training camp! Las Vegas mayor believes if they go ahead with a downtown arena they will get an NBA team. The Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Clippers will pay two preseason games in China! Danny Ainge not too happy with Ray Allen- feels Allen deserted him. Recently acquired point guard Jason Kidd was so drunk he was carried out of a New York night club and about an hour later smashed his car. 12th lawyer excused in Dwyane Wade divorce trial. Some major differences in NBA rules compared to FIBA Boomers come close against Spain, twice! But were the Spaniards fully invested?
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