I wish I could say that there was a lot going on in the league right now as far as trades go. That isn’t the case this year. But part of me wishes that none of last years trades ever occurred. It just so happens that Lou Williams and Andrew Bynum suffered injuries after they were traded. Williams is expected to miss the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL injury he suffered vs the Brooklyn Nets last week. As for Bynum’s return from Knee injury, 76ers Head Coach Doug Collins was quoted saying “There shouldn’t be bells and whistles sent out that he is anywhere close to playing (bleacherreport.com)”. It’s safe to say that nobody saw that coming. Bynum was expected to return immediately following the all star break but coach Collins doesn’t seem to approve of his readiness. ESPN sources reported earlier this morning that Bynum looked to be overweight as well. I bet the Lakers would rather have an injured Bynum than an injured Dwight. Bynum was always hurt, but when he did decide to play he played well. Howard manages to play hurt, cry and stink up the court all at the same time. Keep these big fellas in your prayers because it isn’t easy being 6’11” and 7 feet tall.
On a brighter note, James Harden. He didn’t get hurt (knock on wood) he’s starting for once and he made his first appearance in the All-Star game. Sadly, he’s playing for the Rockets who continue to underachieve (31-27). We’re now realizing that the old Jeremy Lin was a lot better than the new guy they got wearing #7 in Houston. I forgot his name. Subsequently the Oklahoma City Thunder are nearly the same without Harden minus the beardly brother of the KD, Westbrook, Scott Brooks family. Kevin Martin comes off the bench too. No hard feelings, the Thunder are (40-15) sitting in second in the west behind the Spurs.
Trade Deadline February 21, 2013:
This year, Thomas Robinson and J.J. Reddick topped the short list as headliners of the trade-deadline that looked something like an empty garbage can. The Fiscal Cliff must have hit NBA front offices hard. The problem is not that no trades were made, it is that no BIG trades were made. The trade-deadline is supposed to be like entertainment after All-Star Weekend. Not this year. It looked more like an exchange of role players. Heres the complete list of transactions that took place February 21, 2013:
• Atlanta traded guard Anthony Morrow to Dallas for guard Dahntay Jones.
• Golden State traded guard Charles Jenkins and cash to Philadelphia for a protected second-round draft pick. Traded forward Jeremy Tyler to Atlanta for cash and future draft considerations.
• Houston traded forward Marcus Morris to Phoenix for a 2013 second-round draft pick. Traded forward Patrick Patterson, center Cole Aldrich and guard Toney Douglas to Sacramento for forward Thomas Robinson, forward Francisco Garcia and forward Tyler Honeycutt.
• Miami traded center Dexter Pittman, a 2013 second-round draft pick and cash considerations to Memphis for the draft rights to forward Ricky Sanchez.
• New York traded guard Ronnie Brewer to Oklahoma City for a 2014 second-round draft pick and cash.
• Oklahoma City traded guard Eric Maynor to Portland for the rights to forward Georgios Printezis and cash.
• Orlando traded guard J.J. Redick, center Gustavo Ayon and guard Ish Smith to Milwaukee for guard Doron Lamb, guard Beno Udrih and forward Tobias Harris.
• Phoenix waived forward Luke Zeller.
• Toronto traded center Hamed Haddadi and a 2014 second-round draft pick to Phoenix for guard Sebastian Telfair.
• Washington traded guard Jordan Crawford to Boston for center Jason Collins and guard Leandro Barbosa. (NBA.com)
Loss Angeles Lakers:
Although I do enjoy cracking jokes about everything purple and gold, I will take this moment to say something serious. For once. All Laker jokes aside, we must say R.I.P. to Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss who died last week at 80 years old. This is the very last time we are going to let the Lakers say “…the new season starts today.” as they have done on countless occasions this season. But with the passing of their longtime owner, they have seemed to tap into a new level of focus, they looked like a cohesive unit when they defeated the Dallas Mavericks in stunning fashion yesterday. Besides Kobe’s 38 pts, 12 reb, 7 ast. I do not think the Lakers will make the playoffs, but if they do don’t sleep. If they gain enough momentum to make it in, that can have them feeling good heading into round 1 depending on how long they last. If the Lakers believe that they are a top team in the west, they will have to become road warriors because losing games on the road isn’t an option at this point.