Welcome to the NBA Down Under Digest, which will be a weekly digest of all the developments on and off the court. From the smartest to the worst of the worst. All of the off season workings of the NBA will be available for your reading enjoyment. Let's see what happened this week around the Association. Editors Note: This week's edition was actually written by James Cumming. Thanks James!
THIS WEEK IN THE NBA Andrew Bogut Ready Aussie big man Andrew Bogut says he will be ready for the start of the NBA season. Bogut has been plagued by injuries the last couple of seasons and may or may not see a lot of play during the NBA pre-season. Camp for the Golden State Warrior star will open on October 3rd and Bogut said "I definitely want to be ready for training camp, I think it will be close." Last week the star started jogging on a treadmill which is a very good sign after coming off surgery for a broken ankle. Bogut's career stats are 12.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game. He will be leaving Australia for California in about 2 weeks. Nellie Retires A coaching legend, the NBA's all time winningest coach, and a pioneer in the NBA coaching ranks, Don Nelson or "Nellie" as he is known, has hung up his clipboard. Nellie is credited with the invention of the point forward and playing small lineups to increase scoring efficiency, often forsaking defense to out score his tiring opponents. In his days as coach of the Golden State Warriors, Nelson ran a lightning quick offense called Run TMC. The TMC was an acronym for Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullen. Nelson won 3 coach of the year awards and 5 NBA Championships with the Boston Celtics in his career as a player. Enjoy your retirement Don! Melo in Stop Snitching Video In what could only be called "What was he thinking?", NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony has appeared in the pro drug video, Stop Snitching. The DVD is apparently circulating underground in his hometown of Baltimore Maryland. He is reportedly seen standing next to some drug dealers who are talking about the consequences for anyone who might go to the police regarding help to capture drug dealers and what will happen to you if you do. The clip appears to have been online for some time. WARNING: Adult language. http://youtu.be/cnaoVV46hk4 Terry Prediction Newly acquired Boston Celtic shooting guard Jason Terry has made the bold prediction that the men in green will win the NBA Championship this season. Terry has added the Boston Leprechaun to the Larry O'Brien trophy he has tattooed on his arm. I've been looking at the new look Celtics without Ray Allen and with the addition of Terry and although I wouldn't go as far as Terry did, I believe the Celtics will be right there. They must stay healthy however and lets face it, all championships now go through Miami. NBA's Ugliest Contracts Now these are some ugly contracts. In a lot of instances we wonder, "What was that coach thinking?", or "Is that GM smoking something?" At times we even wonder about players and "How could he possibly have called that timeout?", or "Why did he take that shot?" Well the contracts mentioned in this list from savetheskyhook.com were some contracts that in all probability will leave you speechless, or at the very least scratching your melon. Jeremy Lin In Hong Kong Jeremy Lin is in Hong Kong to launch a basketball charity for poor children. He has taken a page out of his friend Tim Tebow's book and is also using the trip to spread the gospel. It's Lin's birthday and no matter where he goes he is being mobbed by fans and is having to deal with the paparazzi. The good news for Lin is 11,000 tickets have been sold to the church service where he will be giving a sermon discussing his faith and how it has helped him through life. Derrick Rose Almost Ready NBA superstar Derrick Rose is almost ready to return to the court, but team management says he won't be rushed. Personally I think rushing him would be a mistake, but in the long run it's not going to matter to the Bulls. They need to surround Rose with some more talent if they expect to challenge in the East. The East as it is now constructed is going to be a much harder place for the Bulls to wield their magic. It has become much tougher during this off season and the Bulls have mysteriously have emptied their bench which, in my opinion, was a huge mistake, particularly since they don't have adequate replacements. New York Knicks New Uniforms The new uniforms for the Knicks have been leaked in some screen shots from NBA2K13. After the Brooklyn Nets have changed their unis, I'm sure the Knicks would not be outdone. There is a new kid on the block in the Big Apple, and the Knicks will never want to end up playing second fiddle to the Nets. In what was a pretty good rivalry, but never really reached the heights it could have, things may have changed. Everyone is expecting the Nets to be better this year and rival the Knicks for supremacy in New York. I'm not so sure this is the case however, as I believe Melo will take the Knicks further than the Nets this season, but not all the way to the NBA title. TWEET OF THE WEEK https://twitter.com/basketballtalk/status/239346960828604419 Just for fun.
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