“the Bay Area will never be the same.” Those words were uttered by Warriors coach Mark Jackson on Friday as he had his first press conference as coach of Golden State. Jackson seemed very optimistic yesterday while he addressed the media, stating,”When you look at the success of the teams in this area, the A’s have had theirs. The Niners have had theirs. The Giants have had theirs. The Raiders have had theirs. And now we’re looking forward to ours.” He shows muh hope for the future. We can only wait and see if he proves successful. Since 1994, Golden State has made only one playoff appearance. They also have not won a NBA Championship since 1975! The Oakland area has had many successful sports teams, yet the Warriors have yet to have theirs. They regularly sell out the Oracle Arena, though; this shows the fans’ allegiance to their team and their hope for the future. Jackson agreed to a three-year, six million dollar deal. Growing up in New York, Jackson listened to all the Knicks games and always aspired to be a a coach, player, etc. Jackson was a former guard in the NBA for 17 years. While he played ball, whether it be NBA or NCAA, he played under FIVE Hall-of-Famers (Lenny Wilkens, Pat Riley, Jerry Sloan, Lou Carnesecca, and Larry Brown). Some say Jackson is a risky hire, considering the fact that he’s never coached at any level. Yet, he possesses the optimism and energy required to lead a group of ball players. He has enough talent on the Warriors in players like Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry, and David Lee, to be able to be a playoff contender. Only time will tell.
Philadelphia 76ers guard Andre Iguodala’s name is flying with trade rumors once again. Trade speculation has been around for years, and it appears that he will finally be dealt this summer.
A couple possible suitors have arisen, according to different websites. One scenario has Iguodala being dealt to the Los Angeles Clippers, for center Chris Kaman. Some people believe that this will not be enough, and rightfully so. Kaman has been productive, but he is very injury prone, playing less than 35 games in two of his last three seasons. However, he was an all star in 2010. It seems to be high risk- high reward if Kaman can stay healthy.
Another interested team (reportedly) is the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors might be offering guard Monta Ellis to the Sixers, who could definitely be a huge addition to to the their team. He is younger than Kaman, and has consistently been averaging around twenty points a game since the 07-08 season. I believe Ellis will be a bigger help, if the 76ers can get consistent production from Marreese Speights and Elton Brand.
If the Clippers make the trade, I think that a combination of Blake Griffin and Andre Iguodala could lead to a team that will be legitimate contenders for a playoff spot in a couple years, if not next year. Honestly, I don’t see the Warriors going anywhere new if they make the trade. It will be interesting to see how this all turns out. We will keep you updated as the offseason, for most teams, continues.
Allen Iveson, 36, is considering coming back to the NBA. After playing one season in Turkey, the Answer wants to finish his career in the NBA. Iverson averaged 14.3 points a game for his Turkey club this season, so it appears he would still be able to contribute to a team. However, everyone knows the talent differential is huge between the NBA and Turkey. If you believe he can contribute, there are still lots of problems. He refused to be a bench player for Memphis, and left the team. He is known for being outspoken and could cause major distractions for any team. Would you want your favorite team to sign Iverson?
Recently About a month ago, the Washington Wizards unveiled their new uniforms for the 2011-2012 campaign. The uniforms are red, white, and blue, and they pay homage to their days as the Bullets. I, a Wizard fan, like the new uniforms a lot better than the old ones.
In your opinion, who has the best uniforms in the NBA? Look for an upcoming poll.
Adam Morrison Crying is now expanding a little bit to feature NBA. We already were a college basketball blog, but we feel that it’d be best to broaden our horizon and expand to also covering NBA. We hope you enjoy.