Mike Rice

Feb 01

Don’t try to figure out what’s going on in the NBA or you’ll get a headache

By Mike Rice Posted in: Lakers, Mavericks, Pacers, Lakers, Mavericks, Pacers
As we get closer to the trade deadline we see some strange happenings around the NBA.

I am not sure if they are related to the trade deadline, or if a lot of teams, that are losing, use this time of year to dump their stars contract on some other teams that figure they’re one star away from getting to the promise land.

Or if you’re a Blazer fan, you hope some of the craziness of the next two weeks does not affect the decision making of Rich Cho.

Let’s look first at some of the weird behavior of a few teams on how they are approaching the deadline and see if any of it makes sense.

We will start with the Dallas Mavericks. Sasha Pavlovic signed two 10 day contracts with the Mavs and in that time he averaged 16 minutes a game in the 10 games, and averaged four points per game. He started six games and the Mavs went 5 and 1 in those games. It’s highly unusual that a 10 day signee would start six games in that 20 day period. It sounds like the Mavs have found someone who could help them in the second half of the season. If you listened to Tyson Chandler (Mavs center), “He did so much for us, he played hard.” You would think Sasha had found a home – Not so fast because a guy named Mark Cuban signs the checks, and according to Rick Carlisle it comes down to player/money and player flexibility. That means Sasha needs to find a new home and the Mavs are getting ready to make a deal that could bring Stephen Jackson, Tayshaun Prince, or Corey Maggette to the Mavs roster.

If you’re having a confusing week and want to really top it off just listen to the quotes coming from Carmelo Anthony on his changing teams “My decision on whether to play or whether to leave is based on a lot of things. A lot of things come into consideration. That’s my own things and thoughts that go through my head and things that I talk about with my team of people and the front office.”

If you understand any of that you’re a better man than me. For Denver’s sake I hope J.R. Smith is included in the Carmelo trade. Does this sound familiar to the average NBA fan as you look at your local team and try to make changes for your GM?

The Philadelphia 76ers are trying to decide whether to trade their best player Andre Iguodala and start over with expiring contracts, draft picks, and/or players who will likely have less talent. Andre is owed 44 million through the 2013-14 season. The question by management is: Will he ever lead us to a championship, so is it worth keeping him as our main player? The question by season ticket holders is: What are we going to be watching for the next two years in his place? A lot of fans all around the NBA are asking those questions.

A sign of things to come, three German teams are trying to make plans for next year if a certain Dirk Nowitzki is free to join them in October. Alba Berlin, Bayern Munich, and Brose Bamberg all could get their lifetime dream come true if that happens and Dirk joins them.

Love the stories out of Indianapolis is that Frank Vogel replaced Jim O’Brien as coach of the Pacers but Larry Bird, President of the Pacers, will have a lot to say on who plays. Now that’s an interim job I would love to have, every time someone messes up on the court you could point to Bird and say it’s his call. The next question is: Will Bird have time to make trades or will he just keep showcasing T.J. Ford?

To end this blog today, let me say I now have a username and a password and I will be able to answer your comments as quickly as I can. I know after listening to players interviewed this year my stock answer to questions will not be I just tried to be more aggressive tonight.

P.S. A future blog will be the Lakers - old, bored, bad or a combination of all of them.


  1. The biggest thing i need to want to know... What's up with Nate?

    by Blazermaniak on 2/1/2011 10:50 AM
  2. Looking forward to the Laker blog wild one. I was late to respond to the last blog, but would like your input on seeing Blakie in a Laker uniform. The Blazers seem to still be struggling for a back up pg.

    Rough month ahead.

    Go Blazers !!!!

    by armonchick on 2/1/2011 11:40 AM
  3. Love the blog! I agree a lot of things teams do make no sense. Do you think Cho makes a major trade before the deadline?

    by RedRudy5 on 2/1/2011 11:40 AM
  4. good blog rice, wow its interesting to see dallas could be in deep water, cant sign a player that makes them better going for big names but what do you have to give up, and may lose dirk in the offseason... wow. i feel cuban and his ego kills that team at times. as for the pacers i an a pacer fan, here in gresham, i was a huge reggie fan is why, (and nto for his commtating) but no way did i like jim o'brien, im wondering about KP going to indy, larry bird loves white guys, im surprised he doesnt try to aquire luke babbit lol. but for the blazers i hope they stay as is, theres not too many players to help without a heavty price... its not so much the player but the cost of aquiring such player in my opinion

    by jamie (guy) on 2/1/2011 11:48 AM
  5. I like the blog. The real question with the Blazers is if Brandon Roy is still capable of bring Portland a championship. As much as I love LaMarcus, and how much he's been a dominate player in todays game, we still, even today after the win, see the effects of not having a Brandon Roy on the court. LaMarcus is becoming a dominate player, but he's not the person I would really want having a last second desperation 3. Neither with Wesley Mathews or Nicolas Batum.

    Right now I think Cho should wait this season out. We've got a lot to look forward to before we change our lineups. The only thing I would change, which I've said in one of your previous blogs, is maybe getting a more consistent bench. Rudy and Patty played well tonight, but they didn't have much time to make errors either as their playing time wasn't as much as it's been. I see another Jerryd Bayless in Patty, and we still have to wonder if Rudy Fernandez will want to be on this Blazer roster when Roy comes back and Babbit gets significant playing time.

    It's interesting what will happen. You make up some good points Mike. We're in different shoes than Cho, so it will be very interesting to see what happens at the trade deadline. Right now, my vote is only Rudy and Patty should be on the chopping block, maybe even Joel and Andre if we can get a significant starting point guard. I really think we need to see what this team can do, in their primes, and healthy. In 2008 we had a great season. Everyone was relatively healthy except Martel. Batum and Aldridge weren't even near the players they are today.

    by Herr on 2/1/2011 11:37 PM
  6. I disagree with Herr... i think we should keep Rudy and Patty....especially after what the short unit did last night WITH Rudy and Patty!

    by dancegirl on 2/2/2011 9:14 AM
  7. So, we should keep two inconsistent players because once in a blue moon they play well? They were 4-13 today, when we NEEDED them to step up in order to win the game. Besides Dante, who's been performing well, Rudy and Patty are the only ones getting significant minutes off the bench, and they aren't making much use of it. We could have a much better bench.

    by Herr on 2/2/2011 11:22 PM
  8. Mike, you always crack me up with your wit. we get so engulfed in our own team that sometimes we don't look at other teams (i.e. trade ideas with teams who have no intention of trading). the dallas situation is puzzling, but with Cuban, you never know..

    Herr, i'm trying to be respectful, but are you crazy?! every week you seem to have a different philosophy as to what moves we should make. remember, we need to realize that when we say "we should get this guy" that his team may not be interested in a trade. we also need to look at both the long term and short term here. quick draw trades are useless here and are seldom successful.

    by Kassandra on 2/3/2011 10:30 PM
  9. I'm not suggesting to get a player, I'm suggesting to trade away players. Maybe not now, but I really don't think Patty and Rudy can lead a championship bench. I've been saying that for ages now. Don't know what you mean with me changing my ideas. I've only ever suggested picking up Iggy.

    by Herr on 2/5/2011 1:27 PM
  10. We need Nate for the long-term. Let's sign him up.

    by RWRoeder on 2/10/2011 1:53 PM
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