So recently Ron Artest has gone to the Lakers, Shaq is now LeBron’s teammate, Yao might be done… forever, and the Celtics have been attempting to coax veteran Rasheed Wallace into Boston.
Ron Artest going to the Lakers cannot make the team worse (from an on paper standpoint), but as loose of a cannon as Artest has been, this seems risky bringing him to a team with so many other players who are going to be in the spotlight. I know Artest has severely reduced his hot-head bad-boy image, but with Kobe, Gasol, Odom, Bynum, and Fisher, will Artest feel as though he is getting slighted? My thoughts, good move, Artest will be fine.
Shaq going to the Cav’s is also a move that on paper makes sense (especially since both his and Big Z’s contracts are done at the end of the upcoming season, clearing massive amounts of cap room) but will bringing an aging, slow moving big-man to this team really be as blockbuster of a move as people are thinking it will be? I think that it won’t be a terrible move, but I’m expecting the terms “disappointing” “lack luster” and “anti-climactic” quite a bit in next seasons coverage of the team.
Yao Ming potentially done forever, and as of now, at least all of next season. This is huge news if for no other reasons than the NBA is potentially going to lose a player that was the face of the Rockets, a fan favorite, and the number one reason the NBA has been doing so well in China. You could make the argument that the Rockets have not been much different record-wise when Yao was playing or out with injury, but a team truly cannot be better off without a big-man like Yao. This one is kind of hard to tell how it will play out until we find out if it is permanent or only one season, but either way, terrible news for the Rockets, and terrible news for fantasy owners who like a 20-10 center on their team.
And last but not least, the Celtics are attempting to bring Rasheed Wallace to Boston. Being a Celtics fan, I love this (from Massachusetts, don’t give me that front-runner crap). I love this because even if they don’t get Wallace, it shows that the team and front office (as supposedly Grousbeck [CEO and c0-owner], Ainge[GM], Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Doc Rivers all went to meet with Wallace) are willing to make moves and bring in big names to stay on top.
Even in the off-season the NBA is exciting, and I can’t wait to see how these and other happenings pan out in the upcoming season.