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There is no doubt that the National Basketball Association’s 2010 free agency period left a deep impact in both the media and the public’s eye. The overall depth of the free agent class was so great that practically everyone declared there had been no other like it. Like the exodus of the Jews from Egypt a host of player’s chose to take their talents to a new team and start fresh. Nearly the entire landscape of the NBA changed in a matter of days and now we are left to pick up the pieces and figure out what is what and which teams are feeling good about their chances to hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy in June.

 

The first half of the article will shed some light into the conference that gained the most from the free agency period and the newly established contenders that will vie for the championship. The Eastern Conference has a host of talent that all have a legitimate chance of competing and should change the balance of power between the East and West in the near future. A list of teams that should make the playoffs is at the end.

 

Atlantic Division

Toronto Raptors

09-10 W-L: 40-42

 

After missing out on the playoffs by one game the Raptors saw their supposed centerpiece of their team, Chris Bosh, go to South Beach to team up with Dwyane Wade and LeBron James. The loss of Bosh is no doubt a major factor, leaving only former number one pick Andrea Bargnani and free agent signing Amir Johnson to man the frontcourt for the dinos. They also added Linas Kleiza and Leandro Barbosa to go with point guards Jose Calderon and Jarret Jack. If the Raptors can get better production out of DeMar DeRozan they should be a dark horse pick to make the playoffs in the new east despite the loss of Bosh.

 

Philadelphia 76ers

09-10 W-L: 27-55

 

A team that entered the season with high hopes quickly found itself in a quandary with power forward Elton Brand still not being able to effectively play with his teammates. While most of the players on the 76ers roster like to run, Brand needs to operate on a slower, post oriented pace. At the age of 31 and due nearly $16 million this year they can only hope that new head coach Doug Collins can figure out a way to get Brand to put up better numbers, otherwise this team may be headed to another staggering season. The Sixers added College Player of the Year Evan Turner in this year’s draft but it might take a year or two to fully see him develop into an effective player.

 

New Jersey Nets

09-10 W-L: 12-70

 

12 wins would indicate a bad team with nowhere to go, but the group that got those 12 wins was a pretty young team that showed that there was a lot to look forward to. With PG Devin Harris and emerging center Brook Lopez the team definitely has a core that they can build upon in the next few years, especially with new owner Mikhail Prokhorov willing to spend the money to get a contender out on the floor. This was evident in their efforts to obtain Carmelo Anthony, and although they haven’t gotten anything worked out, this should work in their favor since they still have their core players. They drafted Derrick Favors this year to be their PF of the future and with Lopez the Nets should like what they have in their frontcourt should Troy Murphy stay healthy.

 

New York Knicks

09-10 W-L: 29-53

 

After a dismal regular season that more trying to shed salary than legitimately winning, the Knicks still failed to land their top targets in LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Instead they had to settle for Amare Stoudemire for the max $100 million deal. While they missed out on the now Miami Trio they still signed PG Raymond Felton and traded PF David Lee for Ronny Turiaf, Kelenna Azubuike and Anthony Randolph. Turiaf should bring some defense to a team that is dedicated to its run and gun offense but persistent foul trouble should dampen that idea. The Knicks still have Danilo Gallinari, Toney Douglas and Wilson Chandler so they may have a team that can make the playoffs this year. What they may be looking at though is next year, when Carmelo Anthony can become a free agent and barring a lockout, sign him and maybe trade for another star in say, Chris Paul. Knicks fans should definitely be excited and not let what happened this past summer stick in their mind.

 

Boston Celtics

09-10 W-L: 50-32

 

The Celtics were a few minutes to closing in on their second championship in three years when they lost to the Lakers in game 7 of the Finals last season. The loss of center Kendrick Perkins left them sorely lacking in strength in the paint and with Perkins still recovering the front office went out and signed big men Shaquille O’Neal and Jermaine O’Neal (no relation) to help the power forward tandem of Kevin Garnett and Glen Davis. But the main trio of this team, SG Ray Allen, SF Paul Pierce and Garnett may be in its final year as age has definitely caught up with at least two of them. The only starter for the Celtics this year under the age of 30 is point guard Rajon Rondo, who has all the talent to carry a team but may have to do more than ever to keep the veterans fresh for the playoffs. The signing of Delonte West is questionable at best given his troublesome history and that’s a cause for concern with the bench also having Nate Robinson and Marquis Daniels, never the best in off-court conduct. The window is definitely closing for this incarnation of Celtics but they should be near the top when all is said and done.

 

Central Division

Detroit Pistons

09-10 W-L: 27-55

 

The Pistons definitely had their share of problems last season, with the signings of Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva not panning out like they had planned. The signings were also peculiar in that had the Pistons saved their cap space they may have been able to make a run at a top free agent last summer. Since they didn’t we saw them struggle to win games, with SF Tayshaun Prince lacking the same energy that he displayed in years past and Richard Hamilton struggling to be the premier point maker. They have young talent in Will Bynum and Rodney Stuckey but both appear to be combo guards and not truly able to fill the point guard slot. Center has been a position of concern the past few years with Ben Wallace manning the middle since he lacks any sort of offensive game to be worried about. This team is headed for another long season and may have to start thinking about trading away some players.

 

Indiana Pacers

09-10 W-L: 32-50

 

Another young team with developing talent around super SF Danny Granger, the Pacers have a lot to look forward to with new point guard addition Darren Collison. By trading for the former UCLA guard the Pacers now feel they have the playmaker with the talent to get them into the playoffs. They have Mike Dunleavy in the SG slot and Josh McRoberts and Roy Hibbert in the frontcourt to go with Granger so the Pacers should be able to make some strides this season with the young core established. They also drafted Paul George and hope that he can make some kind of impact to make the Pacers a legitimate team to make the playoffs in the future.

 

Milwaukee Bucks

09-10 W-L: 46-36

 

The Bucks were headed for a great season until center Andrew Bogut went down with an arm injury that kept him out the rest of the way, when the Bucks were eliminated in the first round by the Atlanta Hawks. Bogut had finally shown himself to be the number one overall pick the Bucks made him and was the core of their defense, averaging 10 rebounds and 2.5 blocks until his injury. With sophomore point guard Brandon Jennings the Bucks have a good starting group with John Salmons, Corey Maggette and Drew Gooden. What may be a concern for coach Scott Skiles is how this group will go about on offense with Salmons and Maggette each being used to dominating the ball in iso type situations. The Bucks are a good pick to make the postseason and it will be interesting to see how they follow up last years run.

 

Cleveland Cavaliers

09-10 W-L: 61-21

 

The team that probably lost the most this past summer with LeBron James taking his talents to South Beach, the Cavaliers are now a shell of the team that won 61 games and was eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by the Boston Celtics. James was the centerpiece of the offense in the Cavaliers offense, and its up to new head coach Byron Scott to get these players to focus on this season. The team remains mostly the same, but that is sort of a problem since this group tended to rely mostly on James for many stretches. There probably is a lot of rough times for the Cavs in the next few seasons, and it doesn’t look like it will get better anytime soon.

 

Chicago Bulls

09-10 W-L: 41-41

 

Most likely the best team in the Central Division, the Bulls had cap space in the summer and used it to grab three formers Jazz players in Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver and Ronnie Brewer. That’s not bad when you also have PG Derrick Rose and C Joakim Noah to fill out the starting lineup. The Bulls have a load of talent and, Carlos Boozer’s hand injury notwithstanding, are a lock to make the postseason and do some damage. They extended Noah’s contract and are poised to be one of the premier Eastern Conference teams for some years to come.

 

Southeast Division

Washington Wizards

09-10 W-L: 26-56

 

The team with the number one overall draft pick last summer used it to grab their point guard of the future in John Wall. The question after that would be the future of Gilbert Arenas with the Wizards. Arenas does have a quirky nature and last season it cost him 50 games with his gun in the locker room stunt and now must play second fiddle to Wall as the Wizards look to move forward. They do have some other young talent in big men Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee and some backcourt help in Josh Howard and Nick Young but in what looks to be one the NBA’s more deadly divisions it wouldn’t be surprising if the Wizards were to struggle through this season.

 

Charlotte Bobcats

09-10 W-L: 44-38

 

The expansion Bobcats just made their first trip into the playoffs last season and did it with some astounding defense, allowing the fewest points in the league at just under 94 points per game allowed. It got better for the Bobcats when they found out that Michael Jordan would become the majority owner of his homestate team, and this season look to expand upon their playoff berth. They will look to DJ Augustin to be their point guard and know that he can play based on last season. They have vets in Stephen Jackson, Gerald Wallace and Boris Diaw who know how to play and can all play some stout defense. Like other teams, the Bobcats don’t have a center who can score, as they employ Nazr Mohammed, DeSagana Diop and Kwame Brown, so they will again be more of a defensive team under coach Larry Brown.

 

Atlanta Hawks

09-10 W-L: 53-29

 

The Hawks finally made it past the first round of the playoffs, where they were unceremoniously dumped by the Orlando Magic in the second round. This past summer they signed guard Joe Johnson to a maximum contract, but many questioned whether Johnson was deserving of the deal. Regardless, they still have the same team that made the playoffs and will look to improve some more this year. They still have Josh Smith, Marvin Williams and Al Horford in the frontcourt, but the backcourt may be an issue with the ever aging Mike Bibby still the starting point guard. Backup SG Jamal Crawford was superb for the Hawks, but has revealed his demands for a new contract, something the Hawks are probably hesitant to commit to with the deal just completed for Johnson still hovering over their heads. This may be a good team, but don’t be surprised if they somehow have a down year with the new East.

 

Orlando Magic

09-10 W-L: 59-23

 

The Magic were one series away from reaching the Finals in back-to-back years but were stopped by the Celtics in six games. This year the team opens in a new arena with essentially the same team and hopes to once again contend for the Larry O’Brien trophy. The Magic have a good team built around center Dwight Howard, who has to show improvement in the offensive half of the game to compliment the defense we all know he has in order for the team to succeed. If not, it will be up to players like Vince Carter and Rashard Lewis to score more points, and that may not be what the Magic need if last years series against the Celtics are anything to go by. While he is a good scorer, Carter is heading into the tail end of his career and doesn’t have the same explosion he did in his youth. Once again the onus has to be on Howard to be an all-around player and carry the Magic to the promised land, especially in this competitive Southeast Division with the Miami Heat, Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Bobcats all making cases for the playoffs.

 

Miami Heat

09-10 W-L: 47-35

 

This year’s Heat isn’t the same as the one that won 47 games last year and was trounced by the Celtics in five games. This past offseason GM Pat Riley went out and got arguably the biggest free agents of the summer in LeBron James and Chris Bosh, both accompanying Dwyane Wade as Miami’s own big three. The preseason has not been as kind though, as Wade and James have missed time due to injuries but hope to be at full strength by the season’s start. With those three it looks to be a tough time for many defenses to guard, but it will be up to the other complimentary players, such as Mike Miller, Udonis Haslem and Mario Chalmers, to ease the load off the big three and make it that much more difficult for teams to load up on the stars. This team is already in contention for the title and many expect to see them up there until the end. They have the talent in Wade, James and Bosh but need the others to step up to compete this year.

 

Playoff Teams (in no arranged order):

Boston Celtics

Miami Heat

Orlando Magic

Chicago Bulls

New York Knicks

Milwaukee Bucks

Atlanta Hawks

Indiana Pacers

 

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There is no doubt that the National Basketball Association’s 2010 free agency period left a deep impact in both the media and the public’s eye. The overall depth of the free agent class was so great that practically everyone declared there had been no other like it. Like the exodus of the Jews from Egypt a host of player’s chose to take their talents to a new team and start fresh. Nearly the entire landscape of the NBA changed in a matter of days and now we are left to pick up the pieces and figure out what is what and which teams are feeling good about their chances to hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy in June.

 

The first half of this article will give some insight into the conference that lost a number of players to free agency but still has a number of threats that can legitimately vie for the title in June. The Western Conference may not have the same depth that we grew accustomed to in recent years. The playoff teams are listed at the end of the article.

 

Northwest Division

 

Minnesota Timberwolves

09-10 W-L: 15-67

 

With new coach Kurt Rambis and his hybrid-triangle offense the Timberwolves struggled to get any kind of synchronization and faltered to a paltry 15 win season. In the offseason they lost Al Jefferson, but as a player mainly known for scoring only is there any hope that the Wolves can get better on defense? They do have Kevin Love who played with Team USA in the World Championships and they gave Darko Milicic $16 million over 4 years to be their center so it seems they have the two big men they want. GM David Kahn still has to work with the point guard mess he has created, drafting Johnny Flynn but this offseason adding Sebastian Telfair with European blue-chipper Ricky Rubio still to come. They may not be contending this season but at least there are a few pieces to work with.

 

Utah Jazz

09-10 W-L: 53-29

 

The Utah Jazz may be the one team who lost the most players this offseason. With Carlos Boozer, Ronnie Brewer and Kyle Korver all going to Chicago PG Deron Williams will have to adjust to new addition Al Jefferson, who the Jazz believe can fill Boozer’s shoes along with Paul Millsap. Mehmet Okur, who missed most of the previous season due to injury, is hoping to make an impact with the team and there is no doubt that Williams will have them playing at a high enough level, but will it be enough to compete with the likes of the Thunder and Lakers in the playoffs?

 

Portland Trail Blazers

09-10 W-L: 50-32

 

A team that many said could have legitimately challenged the Lakers last season, the Blazers’ season started going the wrong way when top draft pick Greg Oden went down with yet another leg injury. Management did a nice job of filling the void by acquiring Marcus Camby, but an injury to backup center Joel Przybilla left the Blazers with little depth up front, and they soon found themselves without Brandon Roy as they were ousted by the Suns in the playoffs. Like with many teams the Blazers hope that this season will be the one where everything comes together. Barring injury there is a good chance that the Blazers do very well and make it deep into the playoffs, but injuries may always be lurking. Where the frontcourt had its issues, the backcourt is the virtual opposite. There is a great deal of talent and experience, with veteran PG Andre Miller and the talented Jerryd Bayless running the plays. There is one issue that the Blazers have and that is the unhappiness of backup SG Rudy Fernandez. Unsatisfied with his playing time, he has expressed his wishes to be released so that he may pursue and contract in Spain. It’s unlikely that the Blazers will release him, but in time they may be able to trade him and find a complementary piece to their core of Roy, Oden and PF LaMarcus Aldridge.

 

Denver Nuggets

09-10 W-L: 53-29

 

This year may be the swan song of the current group of Nuggets, with many core players’ contracts expiring and head coach George Karl in the last year of his deal. All of this doesn’t even include the Carmelo Anthony saga that really dampers the Nuggets’ chances of going all the way this season. It’s clear that Anthony will be gone and the only questions are when and where is he going. With the Carmelo Anthony cloud hovering over and players Kenyon Martin, Chauncey Billups, Nene and J.R. Smith approaching free agency we may Denver play very well but also speed up their roster turnover if the season goes south.

 

Oklahoma City Thunder

09-10 W-L: 50-32

 

This season’s trendy pick, it’s no secret that everyone believes the Thunder are legitimate contenders with Team USA MVP SF Kevin Durant showing the talent that made him the league’s top scorer last season. With their thrilling 7 game battle against the Lakers in the playoffs the Thunder may have been one player away from being a true rival to the Lakers. They addressed their need for size by drafting Kansas C Cole Aldrich. With Aldrich, C Nenad Krstic and PFs Jeff Green, Serge Ibaka and Nick Collison the Thunder are loaded with explosive guard Russell Westbrook and supports Eric Maynor and James Harden to go with their linchpin Kevin Durant. They surprised many last year, but it won’t be a surprise if the Thunder make a deep run and maybe hoist the trophy in the end.

 

Southwest Division

Memphis Grizzlies

09-10 W-L: 40-42

 

The Grizzlies last season showed they could play with a bunch of teams. With a resurgent Zach Randolph and C Marc Gasol the Grizz have a couple of big men who can play. They may have a few issues at guard with an ineffective Mike Conley leading to SG O.J. Mayo learning the PG position. One of the more puzzling moves the Grizzlies made in the offseason was handing Rudy Gay a max contract. While Gay may be a young and talented player there really was no reason for the Grizzlies to give him a contract of that size when they were really bidding against themselves. This may cripple them in the long-term and inhibit their ability to put out a good team in the future.

 

Houston Rockets

09-10 W-L: 42-40

 

The Rockets, like the Blazers, have their issues at the center position. They’re mainstay, Yao Ming, has shown that he has plenty of troubling staying healthy as he missed much of last season with a foot injury. The Rockets management then traded Tracy McGrady, Carl Landry and Trevor Ariza and brought in Courtney Lee. With a starting group of Aaron Brooks, Kevin Martin, Shane Battier, Luis Scola and presumably a healthy Yao the Rockets may be a group that can bounce back and get into the playoffs and probably make a dent depending on the team they match up with. They also have a good bench with Kyle Lowry, Lee, and explosive Chase Budinger coming in and being able to play extended minutes if needed. Look for the Rockets to stay low throughout the season and make their way into the postseason.

 

New Orleans Hornets

09-10 W-L: 37-45

 

The Hornet’s offseason was as action packed as any other team, with Chris Paul voicing his displeasure with the team and attempting to have a trade out of the Big Easy. Management was able to keep Paul from staging a full revolt and exit, and they were able to get Trevor Ariza to start ahead of the aged and ineffective Peja Stojakovic. The Hornets have the talent with Paul, David West, Emeka Okafor, Ariza and the young Marcus Thornton. A prime concern is their bench, where they don’t have much to offer against other teams with Marco Belinelli being one of their top guys off the pine. If this season goes badly, and it may not surprise anyone if it does, look for Paul to find his way out of New Orleans ASAP.

 

San Antonio Spurs

09-10 W-L: 50-32

 

It seems that every year the Spurs are the team that you just can’t seem to write off even though the age of their core gets a year older. With Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker all taking extended breaks over the summer to rest their bodies, it’s apparent that they and head coach Gregg Popovich know that this year could be the last that we see of the Spurs and their big three. Last season they dealt with injuries to their big three but young players like George Hill and DeJuan Blair were able to fill in nicely and make the most of their playing time. This offseason they finally added Brazilian Tiago Splitter, a Spanish League MVP who they believe can be the center they need to complement Tim Duncan in the post. Splitter has some skill with the pick and roll and running on the break, but like any Euro import there remains concern over whether he has the physique to handle the rigorous 82 game season. The Spurs also resigned Richard Jefferson to a restructured contract and hope that one year in the system can give him the experience to adjust to playing with the big three. The Spurs are looking to send off Duncan with one last ride into the sunset, but their season may hinge on the quality of minutes they get from their role players.

 

Dallas Mavericks

09-10 W-L: 55-27

 

The previous season seemed like déjà vu for the Mavericks, having a great regular season but again faltering in the offseason, losing to the Spurs in the first round. They have basically the same team this year, but are looking for a big impact from point guard Rodrigue Beaubois. Sweet shooter Dirk Nowitski will always give you the points and they have some effective players in Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood, and they added Tyson Chandler to be able to compete with the length of the Lakers. They have a roster that can make an impact, but do they have the mentality to make another deep run through the playoffs like in 2006?

 

Pacific Division

 

Sacramento Kings

09-10 W-L: 25-57

 

The young Kings have a good young nucleus that they can conceivably work with and hopefully contend in the next few years. With Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans and top draft pick DeMarcus Cousins they hope they have an inside-out duo that can bring success on the court. They also added Carl Landry mid-season as he was showing that he could be a force in the post. With the defensive-minded Samuel Dalembert manning the middle the Kings could bring an interesting game every time they play. The development of their younger players will be key, but they already have a core group that should be ready to play sooner rather than later.

 

Golden State Warriors

09-10 W-L: 26-56

 

The Warriors are a team looking to start fresh with a new coach, removing Don Nelson from his position and replacing him with rookie head coach Keith Smart. They have exciting young players in Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis and actively attempted to improve their frontcourt by signing forward David Lee. What remains of the rest of the team is a mystery with the entire team built to run and run some more in Don Nelson’s run-and-gun style. With a new coach how will the Warriors play and how effective, if at all, will they be? It’s doubtful they will contend and having players go from a pure offensive mindset to one with defense may be difficult to do this season.

 

Los Angeles Clippers

09-10 W-L: 29-53

 

The Clippers haven’t been good the past few years, and ever since their 47-35 season in 2005 their win totals decreased every year. They did win 29 games last year, but their top draft pick, Blake Griffin, went down early with a knee injury and missed the entire season. If Griffin can stay healthy this season they may be able to improve their record. The talent is there, with Baron Davis and Eric Gordon in the backcourt and Chris Kaman the main man in the paint. The Clippers have a shot at the playoffs if they can stay healthy, which is a lot better than what they’ve achieved the past few seasons.

 

Phoenix Suns

09-10 W-L: 54-28

 

After making a run to the Western Conference Finals the Suns became one of the victims of the free agent bonanza, losing marquee big man Amare Stoudemire to the Knicks. They did reload, adding Hedo Turkoglu and Josh Childress, but they only have Robin Lopez in the middle. Much of the roster remains intact, with Steve Nash still playing and his backup Goran Dragic fresh of a breakout playoff season.  They still have Jason Richardson, Grant Hill and Channing Frye, but the loss of Stoudemire may be too much to overcome with the Lakers still the top of the class.

 

Los Angeles Lakers

09-10 W-L: 57-25

 

As the defending NBA Champions, the Lakers truly earned their back-to-back, finishing off their season in a seven game series against the Celtics that they battled through until the final minute. This offseason they didn’t lose any true impact players, the loss of Jordan Farmar being the most significant. They added Steve Blake and Matt Barnes, bringing in a ballhandler and a defender to reload in their bid for a third straight title. They do have issues with health, with center Andrew Bynum delaying surgery until late in the summer and having no set timetable for his return. Kobe is also recovering from knee surgery, and it remains to be seen how he will handle this season. The Lakers probably will go for the marathon approach, trying to make the playoffs while sustaining the team’s overall health. They still have Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom and Ron Artest to carry the load and they will be ready for the playoffs.

 

Playoff Teams (not seeded):

Los Angeles Lakers

Oklahoma City Thunder

Portland Trail Blazers

Dallas Mavericks

Houston Rockets

Utah Jazz

San Antonio Spurs

Denver Nuggets

 

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As the NBA season approaches and training camps have begun, newest New Jersey Net, who recently celebrated his 25th birthday, Anthony Morrow took time out and shared with me a little about his life on and off the court.

Starting at the age of 4 Anthony had a desire to play basketball. He said he admired and wanted to model his game after Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan.

Morrow started his career off in Golden State with the Warriors but it wasn’t an easy road there. Going undrafted Morrow said, “It’s a chip on my shoulder I’ll never lose.”

After signing with the Warriors, Morrow got his first start against the Los Angeles Clippers scoring 37 points on 15-20 shooting. When asked about his emotions before tipoff and the rest of the game he said laughing, “I just knew that I had gotta my legs back from training camp and I felt great, didn’t know it would turn into what it turned into though.”

We then started talking about his new team, The Nets. The Nets had only won twelve games the previous season. That didn’t seem to bother Anthony’s mind state coming to the team. “Just knowing that now everything is new and we’re all excited and competing and having fun making each other better.” How did Anthony describe new coach Avery Johnson? “I can do that in one word, intense.” Morrow explained. Avery Johnson has been known to be a defensive minded coach one thing that seemed like a good thing to Morrow who said becoming better overall especially defensively were one of this main focuses of improvement for this season.

I asked him what his funniest moment in his NBA Career was and he responded, “Missing a summer league practice with the Warriors and being terrified that I would get cut on the spot, it’s funny now but it wasn’t then.” Laughing as he finished the answer.

After discussing basketball I went to the off court Anthony Morrow. What interest’s Anthony Morrow. “The Bible, Xbox, my mom’s cooking, watching Yo Gabba Gabba with my daughter, football, just hanging out with my friends.”  To go along with his mom’s cooking which he said anything she cooks is his favorite meal Anthony said he would want Michael Jordan, Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey as dinner guests.

Inspirations are something most athletes use as motivation. Morrow said his parents were his inspirations.

Anthony has a good taste in music. Being from North Carolina when asked about listening to rising star J Cole, Morrow answered loudly, “YESSIR, he reps North Cack (Nickname for North Carolina). I listen to his mixtape a lot.” He is also fond of Atlanta’s rapper Young Jeezy saying if we were to look through his iPod that Young Jeezy would be an artist that we’d find a lot of music from.

Morrow also has a great interest in sitcoms. His favorite he said were “Martin, Fresh Prince, Living Single, and Seinfeld are a few.” When I asked which one would he like to be on he responded strongly, “MARTIN”.

As our talk came to a close Anthony had a message he wanted to send out to Nets fans. “I’m excited to be here, I’m looking forward to interacting with them and playing for them.”

Anthony Morrow is titled in the category of one of the best pure shooters in the league which goes well with his nickname “Amo”. With a new season ahead Nets fans should be ready to watch Morrow shoot the lights out in the Prudential Center.

Follow him at @BlackBoiPachino.

-Tim Dimas

@TimmyD_WJSU

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Picture uploaded by Mason Jr.'s friend and current St. Johns Center Sean Evans (@shizzy5)

Former St. Johns Red Storm star forward Anthony Mason Jr. has “taken his talents to South Beach” after reaching an agreement with the Miami Heat yesterday.

Tweet from the Official Miami Heat Twitter account announcing the news.

Mason Jr. attended and played for St. Johns University for the past 5 years. In 99 career games in which he started 86 of them he averaged 10.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.1 assist. Mason Jr. is the son of NBA great Anthony Mason.

Anthony is right at home in Florida, where he was born, but still has to make the final cut October 15 but has made a lot of people at the University very proud by getting the invite to join a team that is loaded with all-stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

The WSJU guys would like to wish Anthony a great deal of success in Miami and will keep everyone updated on his status throughout the season.

-Tim Dimas

@TimmyD_WSJU

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LCD-LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade

It’s been a couple days since LeBron James has announced his decision to join the Miami Heat. I had to sit back and really absorb what had happened that night. At first and for most of the next day I was in a state of disbelief and was very upset about his decision. I couldn’t understand why he would make a move like that. Of course me being a Nets fan I wanted him in NJ even though I knew those chances were slim to none. As the days went on I started to get really excited about the move. Here is why, History.

I’m in the mood to ‘witness’ history down in Miami. 72 wins in a season broken? I’ll take it. A possible 6 peat? I’ll take it. What about 7 or 8 straight titles. Is it possible? I think not but how surreal would it be to see that done.

I’m not mad at LeBron for going down to Miami. He did what he wanted. What made him happy. Cleveland fans need to get over it. He did things for YOU guys not the other way around. He entertained YOU. He brought basketball back to YOU. It was the ORGANIZATION that didn’t do anything for YOU. You guys are all pumped after Dan Gilbert’s e-mail? Where was that passion when LeBron was there. You went out and got Antwan Jamison? Why not Amar’e Stoudemire like LBJ wanted. Cleveland it isn’t LeBron’s fault for leaving. It’s the ORGANIZATIONS and I will stand by it. So go ahead and throw you little fits and rant about how much you hate LBJ but remember he was the guy that gave it his all every night. He was the one that put on a show and gave Cleveland a name. Remember it was Dan Gilbert who didn’t do the necessary things to help LBJ to win. Know that Pat Riley will.

The Miami Heat have never looked so clear and prime to win as they do now in LCD.

-Timmy Dimas

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“First off I’d like to thank everyone for coming. This decision was a long and hard one to make. After heavy consideration from my family and friends I have decided to take my journey through the NBA else where. I’d like to thank the Cleveland Cavaliers organization and my teammates who I’ve had the great pleasure of playing with during my time here. I would like to thank the fans the most for coming out and cheering the loudest they could ever night. The city of Cleveland, Ohio has been more then just a place for me to play basketball. It has been my home since birth. Growing up in Akron made me the man I am today and I won’t forget that. I love Cleveland. It will always be my home but today I have decided to go else where. Today I open a new chapter in my career in hopes that the dreams I have, which have been overshadowed by failure, will be succeeded.

The team I have chosen to join for the next part in my career has what I’m looking for. The desire to win. The players that share the passion I have for the game. Basketball isn’t just a game. It is life to me. This team is going to help me in my life and make it a successful one. I’ve spent this past week talking to numerous teams. I would like to thank The Miami Heat, The New Jersey Nets, The New York Knicks, The Los Angeles Clippers, The Chicago Bulls and of course the Cleveland Cavaliers for all their time. They spent months I am sure getting a plan ready to sell to me for their team and not make me only apart of it but apart of their family. And so my decision has been made. I have picked the Miami Heat as my new team. I will join Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Pat Riley and the Heat organization. I felt that this would be the place I could win and I’d be happy with my decision. Again thank you Cleveland for all you have given me. I hope you will still follow me and support me throughout my career.”

My rendition of the speech LeBron James will give on ESPN when he announces his decision to join the Miami Heat.

-Tim Dimas

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A Face Knick Fans will have if LeBron Doesn't Join the Team

Don’t mean to be rude and bashful of Amar’e Stoudemire but to be honest he isn’t what the Knicks need or should invest 100 million dollars on. The guy is a great offensive machine but that’s when he has a point guard that can feed him the ball. Who do the Knicks have that can do so? Wilson Chandler. The thought process behind this as the story has been from the media is that Stoudemire was promised to LeBron James in the meeting that took place this past Saturday. Reports are that the Knicks offered to options for LeBron to choose that would satisfy him and bring him to NYC. First one was he took the max contract and then either Chris Bosh, Stoudemire or Joe Johnson would join him or he could take a 5 year deal, not max contract, and the Knicks could afford to get 2 of the 3 guys mentions. Yes they got Amar’e but Joe Johnson today is expected to sign papers to remain with the Hawks and Chris Bosh is out of the question now that Amar’e is “signed”.

The Knicks I feel went in the wrong direction though. Yes Amar’e is a fantastic player but he is not worth a max deal nor does he bring to the table what, who I believe NY should have went after hard, Chris Bosh. Bosh is a better all around player and can create more for himself. LeBron met with Bosh during the off season and not Stoudemire to discuss his plans so question is why would the Knicks go in the opposite direction? Truthfully I am not surprised at this move at all. It is the Knicks. The team known for its ridiculous contracts, ie: Jerome James 5 years 50 million dollar deal a couple years back. What did that get them? Him sitting on the bench more then on the court. The Knicks went into the draft with two second round picks and didn’t try to make a move in the first round. What are they trying to sell to James? Chandler and Danilo Gallinari. They aren’t that appealing and reports are LeBron was not thrilled about the meeting he had with the Knicks stating they were “unprepared”. Of course there are conflicting reports stating he loved what NY had to offer. What to believe right? Well you can believe this. If LeBron doesn’t sign with the Knicks then fans get ready to see your team built around an injury prone center. Yes another one for Knick fans to deal with over the years. And yes Amar’e has said he can get Tony Parker and Carmelo Anthony next year but as a fan I wouldn’t care because I couldn’t stand sitting and watching the Knicks have another losing season.

-Tim Dimas

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