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We’ll start here in Chicago. On Saturday night, we found out that the Pacers can actually lose as the Bulls blew them out and won 110-94. If you missed it, Caleb has the recap right here.
Jason McIntyre at the Big Lead had an interesting theory regarding Sam Hinkie’s plan for the Philadelphia 76ers. McIntyre believes that the 76ers are not tanking this season, but rather stockpiling assets just as his mentor Daryl Morey did in Houston.
Any trades that the Sixers would make are probably a little bit further down the road, but it is now the time of year when people start to theorize about all the different trades that could be made. According to Marc Stein, it is only a matter of time before former Bulls center Omer Asik is traded. One of the holdups in trading him, though, is teams are not allowed to trade players that signed new contracts over the summer until December 15th. Last season Asik proved that he was more than capable as a starting NBA center before Houston landed superstar free agent, Dwight Howard. As a result, Asik’s numbers have dropped significant. It’s unclear who will end up trading for him, but whoever gets him is getting a great player.
The other fun trade rumor going around is the Knicks somehow trying to scrape enough together to make a play for Rajon Rondo.
During the offseason, many expected the Cavaliers to be a breakout team this season with the addition of Andrew Bynum and continued growth of budding star Kyrie Irving. Things haven’t gone according to plan as they’ve struggled out of the gates. The Cavaliers held a players only meeting on Wednesday and there has been growing concern in Cleveland about the lack of leadership on the team. Jason Lloyd gave an even closer look at the locker room situation in his game recap on Sunday morning. It’s always interesting to see young guys become the best player on their team and then attempt to figure out how to become a good leader. It can be difficult for a young player to deal with that pressure and learn how to lead a team full of grown men.
Another story everyone had fun with this offseason was the Timberwolves “overpaying” for free agent Kevin Martin. Through ten games, Martin has averaged 24 points a game while shooting 47% from the three point line. Yesterday, Derek James at Hardwood Paroxysm wrote about Martin’s relationship with coach Rick Adelman and how being reunited with Adelman has allowed Martin to regain the form he has showed throughout his career. It’s crazy how quickly everyone forgot about what Martin can do as a scorer since he was so incredibly underutilized in Oklahoma City.
Kobe Bryant started practicing over the weekend and Ken Berger was on the scene. Bryant’s play was described as “surprisingly good” as well as “sharp and explosive, relatively speaking”. All of this comes to once again show that Bryant is a robot.
While everyone else was watching football last night, Brandon Jennings did something in an NBA game that few can do. It’s probably best if you just watch it for yourself. Just a perfect pass. The timing. The angle. All perfect. Makes me want to dance.
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