Monday, August 29, 2005

En la liga....

Regreso escribiendo en español para el agrado de distinguidos visitantes como el Sr. Gary Velazquez, excelente escolta de los Toritos de Cayey en el baloncesto de la LAI....Como todos saben es tiempo muerto en la liga. Trato de informar los asuntos mas recientes que puedo investigar. A parte de el regreso de Mutombo con Houston por un año mas y la adquisicion de Dale Davis por los Pistons de Carlos Arroyo, entiendo que debemos estar pendientes al rumbo de Michael Finley. Probablemente se decida en los próximos días. Durante el fin de semana, kevin Garnett lo visitó en Chicago y esta tratando de hacerlo firmar con los Timberwolves. Mis fuentes me informan que la semana pasada los Heat de Miami hicieron todo lo posible por reclutar a Finley.Colocaron Posters de Finley por toda la ciudad de Miami y lo trataron muy bien durante su corta estadía en South Beach.
Entiendo que Finely escogerá entre los Heat, los Suns o los Timberwolves. Los periódicos de Detroit, Philadelphia y San Antonio han reportado que sus respectivos equipos han mostrado interés en el gran anotador.
Definitivamente si escoge a Miami, les garantiza un campeonato. Imaginense el cuadro regular. Shaq, Walker,Finley,D-Wade,J-Will....Impresionante.
En otros Asuntos, el presidente de Los Sixers, Billy King, se casó el pasado fin de semana. Me sorprende que no se casó con Larry Brown...(con quien todavia consulta todas sus decisiones importantes).... Me informan que el gobernador de Philadelphila le prestó su mansión para llevar a cabo la ceremonia.......seguiremos informando....Pronto!!! un informe completo sobre todos los cambios y transacciones hechas durante el "off season"....
Cita del día...Enseñame un buen perdedor y yo te enseñaré un perdedor....

Monday, August 22, 2005

Mckie a Laker...Traylor almost a Net

Former 76er Aaron Mckie who was waived under the Amnesty Clause has signed with the Lakers. Phill Jackson states that he would like to start Mackie at the point since he likes big guards running his offense.
Also: Rumors are that the Nets are close to a deal with Robert "Tractor" Traylor. The Rockets are close to signing former Blazer Derek Anderson.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Someone finally gets it....

Iverson isn't just a point guard, he's the best ...
byMike Kahn

The entire concept of putting anyone ahead of Allen Iverson in NBA point guard rankings is daunting, to say the least.
Sure, Larry Brown moved him to shooting guard his second season and insisted he was not a point guard. But the way he played last season upon his return to the playmaking role and carried the talent-challenged Philadelphia 76ers into the playoffs was reason enough to believe he'd be an even better player today had he stayed at that position.
And when you consider he earned his fourth scoring title last season while recording a career-high 7.9 assists a game — along with his requisite 2.4 steals — the answer to the dilemma is simple.
Allen Iverson earned his fourth scoring title last season while recording a career-high 7.9 assists a game. (D. Lippitt / Getty Images)
Consequently, we will name Iverson the top point guard in the NBA entering this season, and that's not to denigrate the reigning Most Valuable Player Steve Nash at all. Coming off a season in which he led the Phoenix Suns to 62 wins, a berth in the Western Conference finals and an MVP award to boot, there is are plenty of reasons to give Nash the top spot.
People will contend he makes other players better.
But just consider for a moment what the Suns would look like if Iverson would have been playing with Amare Stoudemire, Shawn Marion, Joe Johnson and Quentin Richardson instead of Nash. Would the Suns not have won as many games?
Those are hypothetical thoughts that go into ranking these players in a purely subjective list. Undoubtedly, Iverson is more inclined to look for his shot first, which is why his ability to see the floor and pass are consistently underrated.
We'll never know if the Sixers would have made the playoffs with Nash or how well the Suns would have done with Iverson. But what we do know is going into this season — given the choice between to the two — A.I. is the man.
There are others to consider, obviously. And it's always difficult not to put Jason Kidd at the top of any point guard heap. But knee surgery and his 32nd birthday coming in the spring create some question as to where his game will be this season as the Nets are expected to regain control of the Atlantic Division.
Nobody is more underrated than Chauncey Billups, the floor leader of the two-time Eastern Conference champion Pistons. He is clutch and smart, and growing as a winner every year.
And as Gilbert Arenas continues to climb up the chart, the one player who could break out of the middle of the NBA pack could be Seattle's Luke Ridnour, cut very much out of the Nash/John Stockton-mold, a player with a pass-first mentality as well as the shooting touch and range to hit big baskets.

So without further adieu, here are the 2005-06 NBA point guard rankings.

1. Allen Iverson, 76ers
Ht./Wt. 6-0/165Numbers: 30.7 pts., 7.9 ast., 2.4 stlsHe is as fearless as he is talented, which is a dramatic combination considering he packages that with perhaps the most intense competitive spirit in the game today.

2. Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns
Ht./Wt. 6-3, 195Numbers: 15.5 pts., 11.5 ast., .99 stls He became the prototype point guard last season, if he wasn't already. He's amazingly proficient at making the game-winning play, whether it is the assist or the shot that is required.
Steve Nash is amazingly proficient at making the game-winning play. (Barry Gossage / Getty Images)

3. Jason Kidd, New Jersey Nets
Ht./Wt. 6-4, 210Numbers: 14.4 pts., 8.3 ast., 1.86 stlsThe previous title-holder, Kidd has to prove he's all the way back from micro-fracture surgery on his knee. The Nets have a solid core to win the Atlantic Division and Kidd is behind the wheel to drive them there.

4. Chauncey Billups, Detroit Pistons
Ht./Wt. 6-3, 205Numbers: 16.5 pts., 5.8 ast., 1.01 stls As each season passes, he becomes more natural at point guard and he is the inexorable floor leader of the two-time defending Eastern Conference champs. He's the best at allowing the game to come to him and make clutch plays.

5. Baron Davis, Golden State Warriors
Ht./Wt. 6-3, 220Numbers: 19.2 pts., 7.9 ast., 1.76 stls B.D. turned around the woeful Warriors last season and there are those who believe he is capable of carrying them to the playoffs this season. It may not happen, but he's made them fun for the first time in more than a decade.

6. Mike Bibby, Sacramento Kings
Ht./Wt. 6-1, 190Numbers: 19.6 pts., 6.8 ast., 1.55 stlsEach season he has grown more into a floor leader. His shooting has never been in question, but we'll find out this season how well he distributes the ball with the additions of Bonzi Wells and Shareef Abdur-Rahim.

7. Stephon Marbury, New York Knicks
Ht./Wt. 6-2, 200Numbers: 21.7 pts., 8.1 ast., 1.49 stlsThe self-proclaimed best point guard in the NBA isn't even close. In fact, his self-absorption has him dropping like a rock in the esteem of many insiders. We'll see if Larry Brown moves him to shooting guard as he did with Iverson.

8. Gilbert Arenas, Washington Wizards
Ht./Wt. 6-3, 190Numbers: 25.5 pts., 5.1 ast., 1.74 stlsThe league's most improved player in 2003 was finally healthy again last season and kicked it up another notch. He still hasn't proven to be consistent enough moving the ball, but he's a big play guy who will learn in time.

9. Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs
Ht./Wt. 6-2, 180Numbers: 16.6 pts., 6.1 ast., 1.23 stlsHe is so smooth with the ball it's almost as if he plays on roller skates. But every time Parker starts to break into All-Star form, he fades. Yes, they won another title, but his role diminished as the finals progressed.

10. Andre Miller, Denver Nuggets
Ht./Wt. 6-2, 200Numbers: 13.6 pts., 6.9 ast., 1.48 stlsMiller struggled like the rest of the Nuggets early last season but came on once George Karl became coach. It would be logical to assume he will have a much more complete season this time around.

Also receiving consideration: Sam Cassell, Minnesota Timberwolves; Kirk Hinrich, Chicago Bulls; Luke Ridnour, Seattle SuperSonics; Jason Terry, Dallas Mavericks; Jamaal Tinsley, Indiana Pacers; Jason Williams, Miami Heat.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

This is how the East will end up

2.Detroit(might sign Sprewell)
5. Cleveland
6. Jersey
7. Chicago
8. Milwaukee
9. Washington
10. Orlando
11. Boston
13. Atlanta
14. New York
15. Charlotte

Tuesday, August 16, 2005


Michael Finley was waived yesterday under the Amnesty clause. Miami, Detroit, San Antonio and Phoenix are the suitors with the best shot at landing Finley. Denver is making a run also.
I think the best fit is Phoenix. Miami will be in the finals but Finely still has alot of game left in him to be a role player in MIA. With the departure of Richardson and Johnson, Phoenix, home of Finleys great friend Nash would be fun to watch.

P.S, with Abdur Rahim going to Sactown, the Nets are back to a #7 or 8 team. MY SIXERS WILL SURELY WIN THE ATLANTIC....

Monday, August 15, 2005

What and Irony...

"The Allan Houston Rule"

In the NEW YORK TIMES, Howard Beck writes that "Allan Houston, whose name became nearly synonymous with a new rule aimed at unloading expensive players, will be spared when the league's so-called amnesty deadline passes tonight." The "Knicks had considered waiving Houston to save about $40 million in luxury taxes on his salary. But in a curious twist, the rule will not claim its namesake as a victim. Instead, the Knicks will waive a spare power forward, either Jerome Williams or Malik Rose, sometime today."

Friday, August 12, 2005

Steven Hunter = 76er

Hunter and the 76ers have agreed to a 4 year 16.5 million deal. Hunter is believed to be more athletic than the recently traded Jackson and is looking forward to playing along side AI. There are some rumors about signing Allan Houston as soon as he is released by the Knicks under the Amnesty Clause.
Doug Christie was waived by the Magic. He is talking to the MAVS.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

No Shareef, BK sends Consolation present



Monday, August 08, 2005

Will the nets get their guy??

Espn doesnt think so. In a report published today on : "Right now I don't feel I want to be a Net," Abdur-Rahim told The New York Post on Saturday. "I can go somewhere else and play my career out. This is not an emotional thing. I've got to stand up for myself."

Saturday, August 06, 2005

LeBron has new agent...some very lucky guy!

LeBron james has just hired Leon Rose as his new Agent. Rose is Allen Iverson's agent as well. Just so you know, Mr. Rose will be making ridiculous bucks in the years to come. This dude has hit the jackpot.....$$$$

Friday, August 05, 2005

We're going to VEGAS...

We have been expecting this for weeks. It's official!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Las Vegas has been selected to host NBA All-Star 2007, NBA Commissioner David Stern announced today. The 2007 game will mark the first time that NBA All-Star is held in a city without an NBA team.

Nets trade on Hold....Freno al cambio de los Nets

The New Jersey Nets' trade with the Portland Trail Blazers for Shareef Abdur-Rahim has been put on hold after the veteran forward failed to pass a physical.
New Jersey, which has until August 12 to complete the deal, did not disclose the cause for the concern, but is seeking other medical opinions.
As soon as I get more info I will post it here.

El tan esperado cambio entre los Nets y los Blazers no se ha oficializado debido a que el talentoso delantero experimentó problemas con su exámen físico. Los Nets, quienes tenían una conferencia de prensa planificada para el día de ayer, no dijeron cual fue el problema. Estaré pendiente y les informaré tan pronto sepa algo.

Thursday, August 04, 2005


Aunque juré nunca mas asistir a un juego de "preseason", seré el primero en comprar taquillas para este. La NBA acaba de anunciar su itinerario PRESEASON. En adición, este juego en Puerto Rico será el primer juego de Preseason transmitido por NBA TV. Tendremos la oportunidad de ver en persona al nuevo TRABUCO.... Este partido se llevará a cabo el 14 de octubre en el Choliseo.....

THE NBA PRESEASON SCHEDULE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The NBA’s 119-game preseason schedule for 2005, featuring games in 32 non-NBA cities, tips off at 7 p.m. ET on Oct. 10 when the Cleveland Cavaliers visit the MCI Center to face the Washington Wizards. NBA TV tips off its preseason coverage on Oct. 14 as Shaquille O’Neal and the Miami Heat face the Memphis Grizzlies at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
visit for full schedule

Yesterday's Recap

Hey everyone, welcome to NBA Daily!!!

Here's a quick look at what happened yesterday.

Ray Allen , Cuttino Mobley, and Raja Bell all got multi-year deals. Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak introduced Kwame Brown to the L.A. media Wednesday. Derek Anderson and Nick Van Exel were waived by Portland(Amnesty Clause Victims).

Thanks for reading, I welcome your comments.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

FIRST ONE OUT....And more to come

The Amnesty Clause has its first victim. Trail Blazers guard Derek Anderson will be the first player waived under the NBA's new amnesty clause, NBA front-office sources said.
The amnesty clause is a one-time exception that allows every team in the league to release one player -- they have until Aug. 15 to do so -- to avoid paying any further luxury tax on the player's contract

For Haters like Gaby...

This pictures shows all the injuries AI has had during his career. USA Today named him the No. 2 toughest athlete in professional sports in a Feb. 18, 2004 feature
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Sixers sign Young Guns

Samuel Dalembert and Kyle Korver re-signed with the 76ers on the first day that free agents could sign contracts. Willie Green's free agent contract was put on hold pending left knee surgery. Billy King thinks he just saved the world with this....

NBA Daily

This blog will cover the NBA from all angles. I will try to update it as much as I can. My favorite team is the Philadelphia 76ers. I can't believe the fact that Billy King was so focused on Kyle Korver and Willie Green and wasn't able to lure any free agents. He made a run at Donyell Marshall and Antoine Walker but nothing happened.
I learned this morning that he is waiting to see what teams will do with the Amnesty Clause or the "Allan Houston rule" which gives teams a one time chance to release a player and avoid paying luxury tax on his contract. Billy king has his eyes on Jalen Rose and Michael Finley (so does every other playoff contender). Bad news for sixer Aaron Mckie, he is expected to be released due to the Amnesty Clause.
Visit my blog for more new and comments.

Visiten mi blog para información sobre la NBA. Tendré artículos en Ingles y Español. Mi equipo favorito son los 76ers. Estoy seguro de que ganaremos la división Atlántica del este y tendremos una buena actuación en los playoffs. Si Webber esta saludable (hay que orar) veremos un equipo que impresionara a todos los incrédulos.

The Largest trade Ever

Antoine Walker was dealt from Boston to Miami on Tuesday night in a transaction involving five teams and 13 players.
Here's the deal:
Miami gets: Walker, Jason Williams, James Posey, Andre Emmett, Roberto Duenas(draft rights
Memphis gets: Eddie Jones and Raul Lopez (from Utah)
Utah gets : Greg Ostertag
New Orleans gets: Rasual Butler, Kirk Snyder
Boston gets: Curtis Borchardt, Qyntel Woods, Albert Miralles

The acquisition of Walker (which passed on offers from Philly, NY and LA is huge. The guy averages 20 and 9. Miami became the favorite in the east when Larry Brown left Detroit, but with yesterdays move the Diesel will most likely win his fourth ring.
P.S. I will try to update this Blog as much as I can. I got a life...

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Big dude, Big Money

Shaquille O'Neal and the Miami Heat agreed Tuesday on a $100 million, five-year contract. What do you think? Is the Diesel still worth that much?

Plus: The Heat and Grizzleys are working on a deal that would send Jason Williams to Miami for Eddie Jones.

NBA Daily

Hey everyone! This just got in. Bonzi Wells stay in Memphis is officially over. After two seasons with the Grizzlies, Wells has been shipped to Sacramento for Greg Ostertag and Bobby Jackson.

Free Agency Signings

At 12:00 PM today, NBA teams can begin signing free agents. The following are the most notable free agent signings.
1. Michael Redd: getting 90 million from the Bucks
2. Ray Allen: has over 70 million reasons to stay in Seattle
3. Larry Hughes: Just jumped on the LeBron Cruise Ship towards success
4. Donyell Marshall: Passed on Philly to jump on the same ship as Larry Hughes
Other important transactions include: Shaq's new contract which is rumored to be around 125 million for 5 years, My sixers will resign their young guns and Joe Johnson is expected to flee Phoenix and find refuge in Atlanta.

Hoy a las 12 PM los equipos de la NBA podrán comenzar a firmar a los agentes libres. A continuación las transacciones mas notorias:
1.El escolta Michael Redd recibirá 90 millones
2. Ray Allen se queda en Seatle
3. Larry Hughes abandona a Washington por jugar con LeBron
4. Donyell Marshall rechaza una oferta de Philly por jugar con LeBron

Otras transacciones que debemos esperar incluyen la re-negociación del contrato de Shaquille O'Neal quien recibirá 125 millones por 5 años. Mis sixers firmarán a Dalambert, Green y Korver mientras que Joe Johnson debe firmar con Atlanta.

Selección de MVP 2005

En busca de una estrella…blanco o faccímil razonable.

Dede la temporada del 86 en la que la leyenda Larry Bird fue premiado como el jugador mas valioso, la NBA no ha tenido otro JMV blanco. Este año lo tienen. Lo promovieron durante todo el año. Lo vendieron mejor que un calentador en invierno. Injustamente, le han regalado el premio de jugador mas valioso a un jugador que no es el mas valioso en su propio equipo.

No tengo nada en contra de Steve Nash. Es un excelente “point guard” y no se como Marc Cuban dejó que se fuera de Dallas. Sin embargo, hay al menos 2 jugadores que merecían ser galardonados como el JMV de la liga.

Nash ayudó muchísimo a su equipo. Phoenix tiene el mejor record de la liga y su estilo de juego es impresionante. Pero Nash tiene la bendición de jugar en un equipo que cualquier boricua diría “esta montao”. Estrellas como Shawn Marion y Amare Stoudamire convierten a Phoenix en una superpotencia y tienen la posibilidad de ganar el campeonato.

Shaquille O’Neal y Allen Iverson significan mucho más para sus equipos y para la liga que Steve Nash.

Shaq demostró ser el mejor de los mejores al llevar a los Heat de Miami al primer lugar en el Este. Tan pronto Shaq llegó a Miami, ya se hablaba de campeonato. Gracias a el juego dominante de O’Neal, jugadores como Haslem y Jones han brillado como nunca y su escolta Dwane Wade ha mejorado de manera impresionante. Dejó a los Lakers gracias a las niñerías de Kobe y todos sabemos el resultado.

Allen Iverson tuvo una tempoda en la cual sus números gritan “Michael Jordan”. Los jugadores que le rodean son jóvenes e inconsistentes y Iverson los cargo en sus hombros durante toda la temporada. Es cierto que solo llevó a su equipo a la primera ronda de los playoffs, pero con ese “roster” no se podia hacer mucho más. Nadie en la NBA anotó mas puntos que Iverson durante esta temporada. Nadie en la NBA significó tanto para su equipo como Allen Iverson. Para mi esa es la definición ed MVP.

Hace años que la NBA está buscando un jugador “Blanco” al que se le pueda llamar superestrella. Como no consiguieron un Blanco Americano han optado por un faccímil razonable…un Blanco Canadiense.

Larry Bird en los 80 logró revitalizar la liga. Su talento y valor en la cancha entraron en los corazones de todos los americanos. La prensa norteamericana vió en Nash la oportunidad de tener su JMV anhelado. Este no tiene tatuajes como Shaq y Iverson y probablemente no escucha Hip Hop. Sin embargo no tiene el talento, el charisma o el liderzago de estos.

Hoy, 19 años mas tarde Steve Nash es la “gran esperanza blanca”. Si se enfrenta a los Heat de Shaq en la Serie Final veremos quién es el verdadero MVP.

En defensa de Iverson

“Cámbienlo, a ese no le queda nada” “No es un líder” es muy pequeño” “Hay que salir de el”

Asi hablaban de Allen Iverson muchos fanáticos de la NBA al terminar la temporada 2003-04. Iverson terminó la temporada pasada lesionado y en medio de controversias con la gerencia de los Sixers. Desde manifestar su poco amor por las practicas hasta sus grandes choques con sus dirigentes, Iverson se ha convertido en un personaje que muchos aman y que otros aman odiar.
Analistas de la NBA para la cadena ESPN dijeron al comenzar la temporada que Allen Iverson, mejor conocido como “The Answer”, ya no era un jugador “elite”. Estos definen “elite” como uno de los mejores 10 jugadores de la liga. Cuando escuche ese reportaje las ganas de vomitar mezcladas con los deseos de encontrarme estos analistas me volvienron loco. Logré conseguir el correo electrónico de uno de los analistas y le exprese mi asombro con la gama de disparates que estos muy bien pagados analistas plantearon. El, muy sarcástico y sínico me dijo, “¿Quieres que baile por que Iverson esta jugando bastante bien?, Tenemos mejores cosas de que hablar”. Esa noche Iverson tuvo uno de sus mejores juegos, anotando un triple doble. Le escribí a el analista ya que en ESPN no presentaron “highlights” del partido. Le dije que los fanáticos de Iverson merecemos ver a nuestro jugador. El me dijo, “Que bueno que tenemos mejores cosas que enseñar que Allen Iverson”. ¿Discrimen? ¿Tu crees? Le contesté utilizando un clásico cliché “ El tiempo me dará la razón”.
Así ha ocurrido. Iverson está jugando mejor baloncesto que cualquiera en la NBA. Es el lider de puntos por juego y su equipo esta jugando muy bien. Sus numeritos gritan superestrella ; 29.9 puntos, 7.7 asistencias y 4.1 rebotes por juego. El sábado 12 de febrero Iverson anotó 60 puntos convirtiendolo en el Segundo Sixer desde Wilt Chaimberlain en lograr tan majestuosa marca. Aquellos que no lo saben deben enterarse que Iverson es el jugador mas pequeño en la historia en anotar 60 puntos.(6’ y 165 lbs mojao). Sólo 18 jugadores en la historia de la liga han logrado anotar esa cantidad, entre ellos, Michael Jordan, Shaq y David Robinson. Su dirigente Jim O’Brien manifesto lo siguiente “ Estamos presenciando uno de los mejores jugadores en la historia de la NBA. Nunca en mi vida había presenciado algo así. Muchos de los 20,000 fanáticos aquí presentes jamás verán otra actuación como esta”.
¿Jugador elite? Shaquile O’Neal dijo, “Iverson es uno de los mejores jugadores en la historia, nadie recibe mas golpes que el”. Así es, no puedes compararlo con nadie, sus virtudes en la cancha son únicas. Nunca sera Jordan, pero dudo que exista otro Iverson. Jamás he visto un jugador de su tamaño hacer las cosas que el hace. Su rapidez combinado con inteligencia, intensidad y entendimiento del juego lo convierten en una mezcla de Isaiah Thomas, Renis Rodman y sí, tengo que decirlo Michael Jordan. El estilo de Iverson es distinto, no es un tirador, es un anotador. Hace el trabajo sucio defendiendo y robándose el balón. Cuando el #3 decide dominar es literalmente imparable. Esta temporada ha anotado mas de 50 puntos 3 veces y mas de 40 puntos en 6 ocasiones. ¿Quién mas esta haciendo eso? A los analistas de ESPN y a todos los que han dudado de A.I. les recomiendo que disfruten las hazañas de este pequeño guerrero. Este anotador incansable que ha cambiado la NBA para siempre. No utiliza trajes finos como Jordan o Larry Bird pero domina el juego como ambos en sus mejores tiempos. El futuro de la NBA esta en los hombros de LeBron James pero hoy, la NBA se llama Allen Iverson.