What a week it has been in the NBA. A regular season MVP was traded for a Finals MVP, Tony Parker and Amare Stoudemire going for 55 and 49 points respectively Wednesday night, Barack Obama was elected President of the United States and we had Larry Brown return to Madison Square Garden.
The week started with Denver guard Allen Iverson being traded to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Chauncy Billups. Neither player has debuted for their new team due to the fact that Chauncy has not yet received his physical from the Nuggets. Although they have not made their debuts, this trade will work out for both teams. Detroit desperately needed a player who could close out a game and get to the free throw line. Chauncy will give Carmelo and Jr. Smith the floor leader they so sorely have lacked.
Two heavyweights collided in Texas on Tuesday night. The Boston Celtics and the Houston Rockets went toe to toe but were overshadowed by the presidential election, and right fully so. November 4, 2008 will forever go down as day of change and new hope for the entire world. Barack Hussein Obama was elected president of the United States of America, which reaffirmed the notion that this is the land of opportunity and the greatest Nation in the history of the world. This was something I never thought would actually happen in my lifetime. I thought this country was still not ready to give an African American a chance to lead the world. During the DNC primaries, I legitimately thought Hillary Clinton was the better candidate. After President Elect won his party’s nomination, I knew I had to take a more in depth look at the man named Barack. After watching a few campaign speeches and listening to his plan for the economy and the country, I knew he was the best man for the job. But their still was doubt, was the country ready, is the country still racist, and what about the Bradley affect?
I flipped back and forth all night between CNN and NBA TV, checking for poll counts and seeing if the balance of power was going to shift in the NBA. Once the time on the Comcast box hit 10:59pm, I flipped back to CNN to see the final tally as I knew the polls had closed out west. Then the announcement came, and Barack Obama was President of the United States. It was a surreal moment! I sat on my couch completely motionless and watched how celebrations broke out all across America and the World. With the way things have been around the world, not just in America over the last eight years, people were celebrating change. Change from all the failed policies of the last few years. People were celebrating hope, hope for a better tomorrow. People were celebrating a brighter future, a brighter future for their children. Nov 4, 2008 will forever be remembered as new day for all World Citizens.
What was I talking about, oh yeah that’s right the Celtics and Rockets. The Rockets looked good early, but the championship swagger of the Celtics prevailed. Houston isn’t far off though. Their defense is intense and they have a lot of depth. The problem that is going to need to be addressed is ball distribution. Artest went 3-16 on the night and Yao was no better shooting 4-14. Yao missed several shots around the basket, and Ron Artest forced way too many shots and missed 7 three point attempts. They do have 78 more games to go to work on their offensive cohesiveness.
Larry Brown returned to Madison Square Garden after his disgraceful tenure in the Big Apple. He was welcomed with a chorus of boos. Nate Robinson was a rookie during Brown’s tenure and didn’t want his old coach to leave with a win. Nate Rob poured in 24 points on 9-12 shooting, dished out 5 assists and had 3 steals as the Knicks won 101 – 97. Nate Robinson is underrated and he is making an early push for 6th man of the year.
When it comes to point guards, the first names that comes to mind for many is Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Steve Nash. Everybody always seems to forget about Tony Parker. Although it was only the Timberwolves, Tony Parker became the third player in history to score 55 points and hand out 10 assists in game. He is joined by Michael Air Jordan, and the great Oscar Robertson. What is even more impressive about the 55 points scored is that Tony is not known for his outside shooting, the majority of his 55 came on relentless drives into the paint. He connected on 22 field goals. Whenever the Spurs are mentioned Tim Duncan is often the only name mentioned, however without Tony Parker, he probably would have not won another title after David Robinson retired. The Cleveland Cavaliers understand this; they still have night mares of Tony holding up the 2007 Finals MVP Trophy.
Speaking of MVP, Amare Stoudemire will definitely be in the MVP discussions if he continues on this path. Amare did it all Wednesday night against Pacers, scoring 49 points on 17-21 shooting and added 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals plus 2 blocks for good measure. I really wish he was on my fantasy team. The Suns look good early, their defense is slightly better and their offense is still lethal. We will have to just wait and see if these older guys can hold up for the long haul.
Why is it that every team Elton Brand joins eventually ends up sucking? The Bulls, Clippers and now the Philadelphia 76ers have all fallen into his trap. After they way the ended last season, marching into the playoffs and taking the Detroit Pistons to 6, they seem to have taken two steps back. The Sixers are currently 2-4 and have only managed to beat the Knicks and Kings. We will have to keep an on eye on how the fair in the next couple of weeks.