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 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 NBAPlease End The Howard Saga Ok I'm done, does anyone else feel this way? Dwight Howard has single-handedly befuddled the whole world with his 'I'll play for them, no sorry I won't play for them' and how do we find out about all this? From everyone but Dwight Howard that's how! He's going to stay in Orlando, no he's going to the Nets, no wait a minute he's going to Rockets. I swear, I was sure when he was spotted in Dodger Stadium eating a Dodger Dog and watching Magic Johnson's baseball team that his next move would be to pitch for them. Let's face it folks, it's gone beyond a joke, and I've been duped. I guess we can't entirely blame Dwight though. I mean if Andrew Bynum had been stupid enough to consent to a trade before he's eligible to sign with whomever he pleases, for, in all probability, $100 million, Dwight Howard would already be a Laker and I would 't be writing about this. Now he's even considering the Dallas Mavericks and the Lakers are negotiating with Andrew Bynum to extend his contract. So for the last year we have all been sitting on pins and needles anticipating something that wasn't going to happen. Now the latest is, the contract talks to extend Bynum's contract are to exercise leverage over Dwight Howard. Arggggghh... Kobe, USA Size An Issue Kobe Bryant has had a lot to say lately. From David Stern's position on NBA players playing in the Olympics is "stupid", the current version of the USA basketball team could beat the "Dream Team," to his losing 16 pounds since the NBA season has ended. On the weight comment, does this mean he was out of shape in the playoffs? My favorite though is, Kobe said this week, (I'm paraphrasing) that size will be the weakness for the USA team this Olympics. I just have to say it's definitely not a strength which I would guess is blatantly obvious. A weakness though? To me, if you have a deficiency the way to cure it is to use it to your advantage. I still haven't seen the team in all the Olympic warm-ups that can use their size to upset the Americans. Their defensive pressure is just too great. They use their length to clog the passing lanes and their quickness to pressure the opposing guards into turnovers and bad passes. Size is also not much of a factor on offense. They are getting way too many fast break points because of the defensive pressure, which is allowing them to get back on defense and forces the opposing bigs to run. This is making the zone defense that everyone plans on playing drastically ineffective. Players To Watch Since we have the free agency signings and almost signings continuing to dominate the NBA landscape, I thought I'd give us a little bit of a break and talk about some players to watch in the Olympics. We've got a few I'd like to mention. Starting with Tunisia center Salah Mejri, the 7 foot center who was the MVP of the African tournament. He had impressive numbers in the upset of Angola scoring 21 points, grabbing 15 boards and blocking 3 shots. Keep your eye on him. Also Nigeria has two players with NBA experience in Al-farouq Aminu from the Los Angeles Clippers and Ike Diogu who is actually from Buffalo, New York; small world! China's best player is forward Yi Jianlian who was MVP of the Asian tournament. China may be paying more attention this year to the Houston Rockets than the Olympic team, but Yi is still someone to keep an eye on when watching China. YOUTUBE VIDEO OF THE WEEK http://youtu.be/0GtEM7tv5VY
QUICK HITSNBA expands instant replay and it's about time! Let's take a look at our favourite teams salaries; we like money. The Orlando Magic are finally zeroing in on a coach NBA jersey ads, good idea or bad idea, what do you think? I'm just curious but the Chicago Bulls clearing the bench and then scrambling to fill in the vacant spots looks a little suspect to me, what do you think? Ah yes, that good old NBA luxury tax. Here's a breakdown for your enjoyment. Kirilenko nears a $20 million dollar deal with the T-Wolves; do wonders never cease? You know just as an aside, his wife lets him have one free sleepover while he's on the road each season. She feels it will stop him from being unfaithful. That's what I was thinking. @%#%^!! Lopez to Hornets in 3 team trade.
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