NBA Lockout Inevitable; Oden Offered Money; Nazr Mohammed to Stay in OKC
The 2010-2011 NBA Season was the craziest season to date. LeBron and Bosh took their talents to South Beach to join Wade; Phil Jackson couldn’t get his 4th 3-peat, and the Dallas Mavs “beat the Heat” in six games to win their first ever NBA Title. And who could forget the biggest trade of the year: Carmelo Anthony to the NY Knicks? Obviously it didn’t pan out the way Knicks fans were hoping for. The Nuggets got the better of them in that trade; Gallinari and Felton fit in good with that team. Anyway, let’s get goin.
The first order of business is the *pending* NBA Lockout. The current CBA is set to expire at the end of the month (today). Sources have indicated that the NBA and the players’ union are far apart on every major issue, “from salaries to the salary cap, revenues to revenue sharing” (Cred ESPN.com). They’re not gonna be able to solve ALL their issues in a matter of hours tomorrow. Therefore, the lockout WILL happen, no question. It’s just the duration of it that we have no idea about. The two sides MIGHT be able to negotiate on one issue tomorrow, but we aren’t getting a deal signed anytime soon. I expect to have a deal around November, which is of course when the season starts. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if the league shortens the season to 50 games like they did in 1998. We’ll just have to wait and see what goes on; as always, I’ll keep you updated as the weeks go by.
GREG ODEN OFFERED MONEY BY BLAZERS
Today, the Portland Trail Blazers offered Greg Oden a qualifying offer of $8.8 million (money amount credit to ESPN.com). If he accepts the offer, Oden will become a restricted free agent, thus allowing the Blazers to match any offer made for him. Kind of a weird rule, don’t you think? I mean, you pay the guy $8.8 mill, and you might not even be able to match what’s offered to him? They’re really taking a gamble offering him that much money. However, he’s a pretty good player WHEN HEALTHY, so I see where they’re goin with this. I still can’t believe he’s only 23. How many injuries has he suffered, like 6 or 7 in 3 NBA seasons? And they were all pretty serious too, not just your normal day-to-day sprained ankle. He’s also had like 3 surgeries, wayyy too many for a 23-year-old.I’m looking forward to seeing where he plays next season, and if he gets injured.
NAZR MOHAMMED RE-SIGNS WITH THUNDER
“General manager Sam Presti announced Wednesday that Oklahoma City had signed (Nazr) Mohammed to an extension.” Mohammed is a 13-year NBA veteran who’s rebounding and scoring abilities are not questioned, however he’s not been able to show us his awesomeness because Kendrick Perkins is there to take the starting spot. I’d honestly be fine with having either one as my center, but you gotta let Perkins get the starting spot in that situation, and that’s what they did. Honestly, I think they should split the minutes 60/40, so Perkins should get about 29 minutes and Mohammed should get 19. Does that seem fair?
Comment, tell me what you think on these “tid-bits” of news,
Until tomorrow morning,
The Sportz Guru
Posted on June 30, 2011, in Pro Basketball and tagged Carmelo Anthony, Greg Oden, Kendrick Perkins, LeBron James, Nazr Mohammed, NBA, Portland Trail Blazers, Pro Basketball, Sports. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.