Does Dallas Have ‘It’ This Season?
31-14, 11-11 on the road, 3rd in West
For whatever the reason, the Mavericks don’t seem to be as dominant as they have been the past few seasons even though they are currently the third seed in the Western conference. But, it’s probably because other teams such as the Blazers, Hornets and Lakers have all surpassed expectations laid upon them by the basketball pundits south of the border. This is probably a very good thing as a little adversity cannot hurt come playoff time, maybe they haven’t won anything yet because the Mavericks have not had to face any the past few seasons. Think about it, they were the cream of the crop last season and bowed out to Golden State in the quarter-finals. Maybe the Mavericks need an old-school point guard that helps everyone around him and just need to start (Jason) kidding around –if you catch my drift. If they do that, everything else will fall into place.
Kidd Rumours …Finally
11.3 PPG, 10.4 APG, 8.2 RPG
Well, it’s about damn time, don’t you think? To be honest, I had November 28th, 2007 circled on my calendar as the day I thought Jason Kidd would ask for a trade, no wonder I don’t win baby pools. Never the less, I digress (what does that word mean anyways? It sounds classy though), with Jason Kidd looking for a plane ticket out of New Jersey, it’s time they hit the lottery. There are no shortages of teams who can use a talent like Kidd, but there are very few teams who would be willing to trade for him whether it is because they don’t have the cap space or they don’t have the package of young players it would take. So far the rumoured destination is Dallas, and why not? Jason Kidd to play with an all-world talent in Dirk Nowitzki, can you say Larry O’Brien trophy? I am a huge fan of Devin Harris, but rarely do you get a chance to make this kind of move. Jason Kidd has triple-double potential every night, even when his shots aren’t falling consistently, and because of that his teammates would be far better off as well.
Spurs Ink Stoudamire, Raptors Miss out
Stoudamire: 7.3 PPG, 3.9 APG, 2.4 RPG
West: 6.9 PPG, 3.3 APG, 20 MPG
The Spurs have signed Damon Stoudamire to shore up their back court and what a good pickup it is. Quite a few teams were interested in Stoudamire and the Spurs lucked out once again. The allure of winning a championship was probably the reason Stoudamire chose the Spurs, and who wouldn’t? He is going to be a perfect fit there as he doesn’t have to be the go to guy as on any given night there will be four or five more formidable options. The Raptors weren’t able to snag him, but news out of the Raptors camp in the last couple of days is that TJ Ford is close to practicing again. Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell should probably ease him into the lineup when he does get back however, as you never know with his type of injury; because of that Toronto should still try to go out and get a point guard in case of emergency. I am suggesting Delonte West of the Sonics, he is apparently not happy in Seattle because of his playing time and because of that still hasn’t opened the boxes he brought with him from Boston. It is unclear what kind of role he would get in Toronto once Ford returns, but until then he can backup Jose Calderon and be a viable option at the 2-spot as he is a good shooter, something you can never have enough of.
Calderon Left Off All-Star Team
13.9 PPG, 10.1 APG, 51.6 FG% (As a Starter)
Staying with the Toronto theme, how sad is it that Jose Calderon was not named to the All-star team? Since TJ Ford went out of the lineup he has helped Toronto to a 13-10 record and is putting up stats not seen in the NBA for years. He gives it his all every night, gets on the nerve of opposing point guards, see Anthony Johnson of Atlanta, and oh yeah his shooting percentages are very good as well. What more is there to say? What are these coaches thinking? I am not exactly sure who I would leave off the Eastern team, it would have to be one of Richard Hamilton or Joe Johnson, but the point is this guy deserved to be there. The same people that are raged not to see him at the big game this season are generally the same group who weren’t happy that he wasn’t in the rookie-sophomore game last season in Las Vegas. I hate to say this, but he probably wasn’t selected because he isn’t a ‘household’ name yet in the NBA. Point is however, when you are putting up the numbers he is this season as a starter, it’s hard to agree with the decision made by the coaches.