I check RealGM religiously because it provides exactly what I want from an NBA site – a summary of the most interesting headlines from around the league. If the headline grabs me then ill read the rest. Simple, easy, fun.

Today I decided to write down my reactions to the RealGM headlines of the day.

Enjoy

Marion Questions Teammates’ Desire: The Heat are probably one of the top 5 worst teams in the league with no hope for salvaging this season. Their best player should be healing from injuries instead of playing and the rest of the team’s talent is questionable. Given this, how can Marion be surprised by their lack of desire? What are his teammates even playing for right now? Marion should really just keep his mouth shut because he looks like a fool. He was on a team that was a legit championship contender with arguably the best PG in the league running the show. Sadly he couldnt suck it up and figure out how to play with Amare, essentially forcing a trade to the Heat. Now he has to live with the results of his actions. Careful what you wish for Mr. Marion

Riley Talking about Shutting Down Wade: It’s about fucking time. G d forbid Wade suffers from a career threatening injury while trying to play when hes not 100%. The Heat have nothing to play for right now and should shut Wade down immediately. Seriously dont understand what the dilemma is here.

Isiah Thinks He’ll Be Back Next Year: This season has been depressing enough for Knick fans without Isiah reminding us that he will be back next year. I cant wait to see how he fucks our team up even more next year.

Johnson Stands By Decision to Sit Kidd: What a moron. Mark Cuban’s lawyers are examining Johnson’s contract as we speak looking for a “The Coach is a Moron” clause that will allow him to terminate Johnson’s contract for cause. I dont care what anyone says – you dont trade for Jason Kidd and then sit him for the last two possessions of a 1 possession game. Johnson should just man up and admit he fucked up.

Box Score Insights Feb 23

February 24, 2008

Pacers vs. Nets

  • Jermaine Oneal didnt play. Big deal. Does that guy have any promise left? I would say NO
  • Jefferson had 36 points tonight. Hes has played well on the Nets but cant see him playing as well for any other team. Consumate good player on bad team
  • Marcus Williams had 13 assists. Too bad he loses his PT once Devin Harris starts playin

Heat vs. Philadelphia

  • Another solid game for Andre Miller (24 pts and 9 assists)
  • Marion had only 4 pts. Gross. Think he misses Nash yet?
  • Why dont the heat just shut Wade down for the season?

Denver vs. Milwaukee

  • when AI was traded to Denver, he said this was the most talented team he had ever been on. So why are they tied with the Bucks towards the end of the 3rd quarter?
  • Is Carmelo the Gen Y Glen Robinson? Scores nice but just doesnt do much else to make his teammates better
  • What if the bucks drafted Chris Paul with the first draft pick instead of Andrew Bogut? Bogut is ok but not worthy of the number 1 pick

Odom

Back when the Lakers traded for Gasol, I opined that Odom’s game would benefit the most because he would become the number 3 or 4 option on the offense. You see, Odom is one of those players that I watched closely this year because he is on my fantasy NBA team. The thing that I noticed almost immediately was that Odom flourished most when he played 3rd fiddle on the offense. Before the Gasol trade, Odom played his best when Bynum was the second option on the offense. When Bynum went down, Odom struggled mightily, likely because he has never been mentally tough and couldn’t handle the pressure of being the number 2 guy.

I wrote that post on February 3rd. Fast forward to today, February 23rd, and Mike Bresnahan from the LA Times writes the following article: Relaxed Odom Helps Revitalize Lakers.

I like to think Mike read this blog for inspiration

Tonights Box Score Insights

February 23, 2008

A new feature to halfbloghalfmazing.  Here are observations on some of tonights games based solely on the box scores.  Note that not all of tonights games are finished.  Here we go:

Orlando vs. Philly

  • Outside of Iguodola, I cant find any promising talent on the 76ers
  • isnt it amazing how Hedo Turkoglu is outplaying Rashard Lewis on a nightly basis?  Yet rashard is Orlando’s 100 million dollar man!

New York vs. Toronto

  • knicks actually won
  • Eddy Curry played 9:29 despite having only 1 foul.  at the end of last year eddy showed all star potential.  isiah trades for zach and kills eddy’s confidence.  eddy cant play anymore and we will be lucky if we get .30 on the dollar

Wizards vs. Lebron

  • Lebron beat the wizards tonight
  • damon jones played his first good game  in 3 years
  • even with arenas i dont like the makeup of the wizards

Denver vs. Chicago

  • Is george karl just a really bad coach?  The nuggets have AI, Melo and Camby yet they still lost this game.  The AI Melo experiment is not working….
  • call me crazy but steve blake was a very important piece of the nuggets core last year.  its a shame they lost him

Atlanta vs. Golden State

  • Atlanta blowing them out right now.  Bibby was a fantastic pick up
  • webber proving that he is worthless
  • where is Stephen Jackson?

Boston vs. Phoenix

  • Suns up 13 at the half and nash has only 2 assists!
  • Shaq has 8 boards and 1 block at the half.  took only 2 shots.  I like this.

Hes not.  He wasnt the savior in Chicago and he wont do much in Cleveland. And neither are Wally Sczerbiak or Delonte West (if west was that good why has he been traded to 3 teams in 2 years?).

I think this deal is more addition by subtraction.   Drew Gooden and Larry Hughes have got to be 2 of the worst players in the league.  Anything is better than having those two underachievers.

Can you imagine being a Bulls fan.  Season starts with high hopes.  Playoffs.  Kobe.  What could be better?  Then Kobe stays, the team implodes, skiles gets fired and Gasol goes to the lakers for peanuts.  That alone makes for a disastrous season.  The icing on the cake is they replace the Ben Wallace cancer with Larry Hughes and Drew Gooden.  If I was a bulls fan I would be vomiting.

Kidd Trade Part II

February 19, 2008

Phew.  I am happy to say that the Kidd trade is now on.  This is fantastic for the mavs, the league and all of us fans.  Kidd, Terry, Howard, Dirk and Damp make a formidable starting five.  I wonder who benefits more from this trade – dirk or howard?  Dirk actually won his MVP award after nash left him so I dont know if havintg an amazing point guard will do much for his game.  That leaves howard who already is having the best season of his career and things should only get better from here.

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This afternoon I checked RealGM and saw that Kidd was traded to Dallas. WOW. As a huge NBA Fan, I was thrilled by this trade. Kidd, Terry, Howard, Dirk and Dampier make for a pretty nasty starting five. They are a starting five that fans want to see play together. They are a starting five that makes Lebron mad because his team didnt make the move for Kidd. Its a starting five that likely has George Karl and Greg Popovich nervous because they know that Dallas can win a championship this year with Kidd (and they know next year belongs to the lakers).

People that love the game know that Kidd is more than a playmaker who makes the game easier for his teammates. Kidd has the making of a winner. He has the mental fortitude that Dirk will never have. He gets punched in the mouth and, unlike the 18-1 Patriots, he punches back. He is probably the only player that can carry the Mavs players past their disastrous experiences in the playoffs the past 2 years.

So just as I was getting excited about the prospects of Kidd on Dallas, the shit hits the fan. As reported by ESPN, DeLoser George – a never was who is averaging under 4 points a game and less than 3 boards a game this year – vetoed the trade. Apparently DeLoser has a trade veto clause in his contract giving him the right to veto any trade to any team. So DeLoser gets to stay on the Mavs and his agent gets to pat himself on the back for a job well done. Meanwhile, the real losers in this non trade are, as usual, the fans. We are now forced to continue watching kidd decline in jersey and we have to watch a very good mavs team that no one really thinks can win it all (the scars of the past 2 seasons will never heal on their own. Ever.). That kind of sucks for us, dont you think?

Hey DeLoser George, thanks!

J Kidd – I hope you get out of that hell hole. Even in the glory years in NJ you never had the real fan support you needed. You deserve better. For the record, you should have played with duncan when you had the chance.

Lebron – for selfish reasons I hope you dont force management to get Kidd. I want to see you on the knicks in 2010.