Sports Enyi Time: Talking NBA Draft, Free Agency & Blockbuster Trades

Back again after a short break, Sports Enyi Time is here to talk NBA Draft, free agency, and to discuss a few blockbuster trades that have already gone down. Check it out!

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Project Shanks NBA Preview: Southwest Division

By Matthew Carpenter
PSDC Writer

NBA SOUTHWEST DIVISION PREVIEW

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Since the NBA realigned to six divisions in 2004, this might be the best division ever assembled. All five teams have the ability to make the playoffs. It will be fun to watch and is really difficult to project.

Projected Order of Finish

1. Spurs. The coolest thing about the Spurs’ 2013-14 regular season run is that they won 62 games and had no player average more than 30 minutes-per-game. (Tom Thibodeau please take note.) I won’t hide my bias. Gregg Popovich is my favorite coach in any professional sport in my lifetime. If you’re into stats, check out just how valuable Pop has been to his team relative to win expectancy.

Say ‘Hello’ to: (assistant coach) Becky Hammon. This is only a cool story because it’s not a gimmick. I know very little about Hammon but I know GM R.C. Buford and Pop wouldn’t hire her if it didn’t help the team.

Outlook: No one manages a roster better than Pop, but he can’t control Father Time. In the playoffs, will San Antonio have 2012 Manu Ginobli or 2013 Manu? Sure the emergence of Kawhi Leonard and Patty Mills helps age-related concerns, but each year the core gets older, the tighter the fingers are crossed. They’re a team capable of another title run, but matching last season’s greatness will be a tall order. [Read more…]

Mavs Looking to Move Forward in Tough West

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

The Dallas Mavericks have been on a bit of a hot streak lately, rattling off three straight victories against the likes of the Sacramento Kings, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Memphis Grizzlies most recently on Wednesday night. The natural thing would be for Dallas to breath a small sigh of relief, having finally put a little separation between them and the Griz, two games to be exact, for that eighth and final spot in a stacked Western Conference. But don’t let Rick Carlisle hear that. Sure his team might have won 110-96 in Memphis where they’ve rarely bested the Grizzlies in recent years, but he’s far from content with eighth. Carlisle has been to the top, leading Dallas to its only franchise title in 2011.

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“We’re a team looking to move up,” Carlisle told reporters. “We’re looking to move up in the standings. We’re not looking to just hang on to the eighth spot. Who wants to be in the eighth spot if you’ve got a chance to move up to seventh, sixth, fifth or fourth? That’s what our mindset’s got to be.” [Read more…]

Mavs Fall to Rockets 117-115, Split Season Series 2-2

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

We might not have reached the All-Star break just yet, but we’ve seen the last of the Dallas Mavericks v. Houston Rockets – barring a playoff matchup. The fact that Dallas’ late surge fell just short of taking the season series 3-1 against the Rockets raises countless questions about the identity of this ball club. How is it that a team so dangerously close to falling even to the .500 mark has played so well against one of the Western Conference’s better teams? It’s hard to say, but one of the main factors obviously has to be the absence of James Harden in the third and fourth contests of this series.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

James Harden is a flat out stud on the offensive end of the floor, there’s no denying that. And even with his defensive shortcomings he’s still a huge factor in any game plan. Still, Houston has already played without its franchise player eight times this season, so it’s not like this is terribly new to them. Plus, having guys like Dwight Howard and Chandler Parsons will keep you in contention with anybody in this league. With that in mind, it’s safe to say this points to the Mavs’ defensive woes and age as their primary nemesis as they now fall to 26-21 on the year. [Read more…]

Mavericks Bounce Back, Edge Houston

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

The Dallas Mavericks have yet to lose three straight in the 2013-2014 season, and the fact that they avoided that Monday night in Houston was a surprising development to say the least. The 16-12 Mavs had their leader and face of the franchise, Dirk Nowitzki to thank for Monday’s upset over the now 18-11 Rockets. Nowitzki scored 31 points including 10 in the fourth to lead Dallas to a 111-104 victory. But Nowitzki isn’t ready to suggest he’s playing as well as he did in 2011 when he carried the Mavs to their first and only NBA title.

“Hopefully I can light it up a couple more years and then slowly fade away,” Dirk said with a wide grin.

Photo Credit: Dallas Morning News

Photo Credit: Dallas Morning News

Head Coach Rick Carlisle isn’t surprised by his power forward’s efficiency, however. “He’s the great Dirk Nowitzki,” Carlisle said. “He’s one of the great players in the history of the game.”

Dirk’s performance Monday also saw him pass Alex English for 13th on the NBA’s all time scoring list at 25,629 career points. [Read more…]

Mavericks Do the Improbable, Rally From 14 Down in Fourth to Shock Rockets

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

At halftime, the score read Houston 68, Dallas 61. Though the Mavericks offensive explosion would normally be encouraging, their defensive meltdown had many fearing the worst. Monta Ellis, Dallas’ newest star had topped his season average (22.0 PPG) in the first half already with 23. Dirk, meanwhile, had chipped in another 17, passing Reggie Miller for 15th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Only one question remained; what could Dallas do to stop Dwight Howard?

Photo Credit: ESPN

Photo Credit: ESPN

Howard dominated the Mavs all game, scoring 33 points and pulling down 11 boards while wreaking havoc inside all night against Dallas’ bigs, most notably Samuel Dalembert. But even with the big man’s dominance, the Rockets could seem to shake the Mavs, not even after jumping out to a 16-point lead midway through the third quarter. Even still, Dallas entered the fourth down 14 and with little hope of remaining unbeaten at home. They couldn’t steal this game, not with Dwight on his game and a closer like James Harden… Could they? [Read more…]

Dwight’s Decision…Finally!

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Big Man 

Pop some bottles and pour some champagne, The Dwightmare is finally over. Well, unless you are Houston, in which case it has only just begun. Friday evening, Dwight Howard made the decision to sign with Houston after the Rockets threw in a lifetime supply of gummy worms to sweeten the pot. This broke the hearts of Lakers fans, who finally know what if feels like to all the rest of us NBA fans.

The saga of who would sign Howard this offseason started well before the season ended, and it doesn’t really feel like it’s over now. Dwight can’t sign his contract until July 10, so who knows what will happen in the meantime. The Lakers could throw in a chocolate swimming pool with marshmallow floaties and Howard could change his mind. But for now, we will continue onward as if Howard will be a member of the Houston Rockets in 2013-14 (even though we all know he will be asking for a trade once the season starts and he realizes the Rockets reneged on their claim to let him ride in a space shuttle). [Read more…]

Radio Spot: Stuckey Discusses Dwight Howard’s Free Agency

Editor-in-Chief Chris Stuckey appeared on ESPN Radio yesterday to discuss Dwight Howard’s free agency and how he thinks things will shake out.

Give it a listen here.

Twitter Recap: The Night With All The Game Sixes (Part II)

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Big Man 

Alright, now it is time for the second half of our duel doubleheader of game sixes. This round features Clippers vs. Grizzlies and Thunder vs. Rockets.

Thunder Trades James Harden to Rockets in Multi-player Deal

By Chris Stuckey
Editor-in-Chief

Oklahoma City Thunder G James Harden has officially been dealt to the Houston Rockets in what can only be described as a blockbuster deal with odd timing. The news of the trade was broken by Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski when the sports world had their eyes on a Notre Dame upset of Oklahoma and I was watching Grosse Pointe Blank. [Read more…]

Who Will Advertise on Your Favorite NBA Teams Jersey?

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Staff

Last night it was announced that the NBA Board of Governors have approved advertising to be on NBA jerseys.  The NBA’s deputy commissioner, Adam Silver, said that the NBA would sell a patch on the shoulder, and that the NBA expects to add around $100 million in revenue from the advertising patches.

This got me to thinking, what would be the best advertising matches for each team?  Here are some of the hypothetical future ads for teams.

Los Angeles Lakers:  AARP

The Lakers have more players headed to retirement than most companies.  Kobe Bryant is 33 and Steve Nash is 38.  Those two would be great high-profile spokesmen for AARP.  The Lakers also have Pau Gasol, Steve Blake and Metta World Peace all over 30.  And Andrew Bynum already looks like a seven-foot version of Redd Foxx. [Read more…]

Houston Rockets: 2012 Summer League Roster

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Contributor

Houston continues to shed players to try and land Dwight Howard, so who knows if they will even have enough players to play in the Las Vegas Summer League.  They do have a team assembled, but with the reported players they would be losing to get Howard they might need everyone on their summer league team to play for them this season.

The Rockets have three top-20 picks Lamb, White and Jones all playing in Vegas, as well as a mix of journeymen and undrafted free agents.  Rockets GM Daryl Morey is a master at finding talent anywhere, so if there is talent on this summer roster, they will earn a contract.

Check out the full roster: [Read more…]