ZONER: ALL AROUND THE NBA
–Heard this being discussed on a local sports show. Is Kobe’s 81 good or bad for the NBA? What do you think? I see the arguments for both sides. An enormous amount of publicity was lavished on the NBA due to his big game. At the same time people have looked at it as an indication of how bad the league is now. I’d rather see more stories on the Pistons great run. Or Smush Parker.
–I wrote about the Clippers’ great start and how I thought it likely they would get to 50 wins this season. They are right on pace at 25-17. They couldn’t close out the Heat the other day and that snapped a 5-game win streak.
You can look at 3rd year Center Chris Kaman as one of the big reasons for their improvement, and for Brand putting up some career numbers too. Kaman is having a career year and has shown marked progress each season. He’s currently averaging 11 & 9 and shooting 52% from the floor and 77% from the line. He’s becoming a swatter down low, getting close to 2 blocks per game. Kaman was selected 6th overall in the 2003 draft. Picked ahead of him? LeBron, Darko, Carmelo, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade. Right after Kaman the Bulls selected Kirk Hinrich. With the exception of Darko, who has played all of 500+ minutes in his career, I’d say that’s a great top 7. Check out what they were saying about Darko around draft time here. The Bulls also have the 9th pick in that draft, Mike Sweetney.
–Tyson Chandler’s numbers for last 5 games, 4 of them Bulls wins:
- 21-27 fg, 18-26 ft, 12.o ppg, 14.4 reb, 1.6 blks, 34.8 mp.
Bulls had won 4 straight until last night when they almost pulled it off at Dallas, losing 98-94. Mike Sweetney has not played at all in the last 5. Hmm. In my dreams Tyson Chandler would become Marcus Camby. I said in my dreams.
–Anyone still opposed to sending Ben Gordon in a deal to acquire a stud player? I’m not.