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Throw Noah Off the Boat?

January 8, 2009 by

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Rick Morrisey – a sportswriter with the Chicago Tribune – has the following advice for John Paxson (general manager of the Chicago Bulls): Bulls should throw Joakim Noah overboard. In this article Morrisey makes two arguments: 1. Noah has a problem fitting in with his teammates and coaches. 2. Noah is not a productive NBA […]

Repeating History in Portland

January 6, 2009 by

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The Portland Trail Blazers came into existence in 1970.  In the team’s first four seasons success proved elusive.  Not only did the team fail to have a winning season, Portland never even managed to reach the 30 win threshold.  As is often the case in North American sports, failure is rewarded.  For the Blazers, the […]

What Might Have Been in Denver

January 4, 2009 by

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When the NBA merged with the ABA in 1976, four ABA franchises – the Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, New Jersey Nets, and San Antonio Spurs – were added to the NBA.  Of these four, Denver was the most successful that first season in the NBA.  The Nuggets won 50 regular season games and were the […]

Contending on New Years Day

January 1, 2009 by

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Last June I picked the Boston Celtics to defeat the LA Lakers in the 2008 NBA Finals.  Even as that happened, though, I warned that the Lakers would probably win in 2009.  In fact, last October I argued the Lakers might be the team to beat beyond the 2008-09 season. After 30 games the Lakers […]