Thursday Night the Dallas Mavericks finalized a trade where they will acquire Rajon Rondo from the Boston Celtics, in a surprising move which seemed to come out of nowhere and built steam throughout the day. While getting the talent of a Rondo will be a benefit to the team, there will also be some loss with having to trade-off Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, a first round pick in 2015, second round pick in 2016, and a 12.9 million trade exception. In this case, the positive outweighs the negative for his talent. Continue readingPlease be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook
The San Antonio Spurs just won their fifth title since 1999, and they have won all of these championships “bucking” the trend league wide to pay a lot of money for some of the best players. Instead they have found a core group of players who come from international backgrounds and built into a present day dynasty.Twitter and Facebook
In the 2011 NBA Playoffs we saw the possible end of three dynasties that have won or played multiple championships. The San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics all saw their seasons end early and all three teams have aging rosters. While the dynasties of these three franchises may not be dead and gone just yet, they are a lot closer to dying.
The oldest group of players with the most time together is the San Antonio Spurs, and once the team hit the playoffs, you could easily see the age being a factor. And that age was easily exploited by the youthfulness and quickness of the Memphis Grizzlies. But there were more than just the age issues with this team. The core group had trouble staying healthy through out the season. But I will not read the Spurs their last rights just yet. They could possibly be a team to be dealt with next season and they have an age and experience that will help them.
The next dynasty that really looked to hit a wall this playoff season had to be the Boston Celtics, while they did run into a tough Miami Heat team that would eventually play in the NBA Finals. But they just seemed to lose a lot of their steam and showed some age. Am I going to say that the Celtics won’t bounce back next year? Not at all, I just think that their window has reached the end and they will probably start showing decline. But they could have one more strong run in them to make that final statement.
The Los Angeles Lakers were the most surprising team to fall off this playoff run. They were picked to have a strong shot to repeat and everyone thought that when they met the Mavericks, they would ultimately win the series with ease. But they ran into the eventual champion Dallas Mavericks and got swept without so much as a whimper in game four. While the Lakers aren’t really an “old” team, they are a team that has been at the top of the mountain the longest and with a coach retiring and now a new coach coming in. It would look like there may be some question as to whether Kobe can keep this team focused enough to pick themselves off the carpet and try to get back to the top of the mountain.
I am not saying that these teams will be bad next season, but they showed their age this playoffs and they are going to have a harder time getting back to the top. It will be fun to see how these teams bounce back, because there will be added criticism on them starting next year.
The San Antonio Spurs find themselves in a very precarious situation right now. The Spurs were the hottest team a few months back and looked like there was going to be nothing to stop them from making another championship run. Then they met the Memphis Grizzlies, a team who had never won a playoff game in their franchise history. Let that sink in…NEVER won a playoff game before.
Now those Memphis Grizzlies are on the verge of knocking off the Wests number one seed. This could be something catastrophic for the Spurs as a team, because this team is not getting any younger. A lot of experts were touting this to be the Spurs last shot at a good title run. While I have been watching most of the games, I have started seeing tweets on the line of “Firegregpopovich.com”. That seems a little bit extreme, but I guess when you expect a championship run, and your facing first round elimination, there is a major up and down of emotions.
Will this dynasty end with a first round loss? Probably not, but the window is closing faster and faster each day. There are young and up and coming teams that are catching the Spurs and are ready to push them down into to the basement at first chance. Even if the Spurs find a way to win this series, there are a lot of questions going forward with this team, and fans are going to be unhappy if improvements aren’t made.
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We are 46 games into the NBA season and there has been one team who has quietly and almost by surprise, been winning games at a record breaking rate. While they are quietly winning games and widening their their game over everybody, this team has had little to no fan fare. Which would be the way Greg Popovich wants it. He likes to have his team quietly do what it is supposed to, and keep the spotlight away from them. But at some point, when your leading your division by 8 games and the overall conference standings by 6 games, someone is bound to take notice and start banging the drum for you.
While it seems unlikley that the Spurs will continue this pace for the remainder of the season, it is easy to say that if they do, they could go down as one of the greatest teams of all time. But to reach that plateau, their season would have to culminate in a championship. While they will not be able to touch the 95-96 Bulls team which won 72 regular season games, they will be able to get their name on that list if they can hold steady and continue to win at the same pace. But there is still half a season to go and things can happen that could affect a season.
The amazing thing about this team is they are winning with no real superstars that attract attention. Sure, they have Duncan, Ginobli and Parker, but there is no marquee player that makes every kid in every NBA city have to go see. But this has been the Spurs blue print for many years, and it continues to be successful. Can this team keep it going and win a championship? Only time will tell, but I will say this, I am going to keep my eye on this spurs team and see if they can keep it going.