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Upcoming 2011-12 NBA Preview – Pacific Division

WESTERN CONFERENCE – PACIFIC

LOS ANGELES LAKERS

Last Season 57-25, Division Champions, 2nd Overall in West, Lost to Dallas in Western Conf Semis

Key Losses Shannon Brown, Lamar Odom, Phil Jackson (head coach)

Key AdditionsJason Kapono, Josh McRoberts, Troy Murphy, Darius Morris (draft), Andrew Goudelock (draft), Mike Brown (head coach)

Main RotationStarters – Derek Fisher, Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum; Key Reserves – Steve Blake, Jason Kapono, Matt Barnes, Josh McRoberts, Luke Walton, Troy Murphy

How are the Lakers going to react to losing two key components to their championship runs as well as the voided trade that could’ve landed Kobe’s first ever all-star point guard Chris Paul?  Gone are Phil Jackson who retired and Lamar Odom who was traded to Dallas.  Roll out the red carpet for their replacements – new head coach Mike Brown and Josh McRoberts…or wait.. is it Troy Murphy.  Brown is an ok replacement but as far as Odom’s replacement…. wow, what a downgrade.  Odom’s versaility, size, and offense will be sorely missed by the Lakers.  Josh McRoberts wouldn’t have been that bad of a choice to fill in another bench spot but not like this.  He’s a serviceable big man but will not provide anywhere near the impact Odom brought.  For Troy Murphy, I can’t believe he’s still in the league.

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Upcoming 2011-12 NBA Preview: Atlantic Division

EASTERN CONFERENCE – ATLANTIC 

NEW YORK KNICKS

 

Last Season: 42-40, 2nd in Division, 6th overall in East, Lost to Boston in 1st Round

Key Losses: Chauncey Billups, Derrick Brown, Anthony Carter, Roger Mason JR, Shawne Williams, Sheldon Williams, Andy Rautins, Ronny Turiaf

Key Additions: Tyson Chandler, Mike Bibby, Baron Davis, Jared Jeffries (resigned), Iman Shumpert (draft), Josh Harrelson (draft), Jerome Jordan (draft)

Main Rotation: Starters – Baron Davis, Landry Fields, Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler;  Key Reserves – Tony Douglas, Mike Bibby, Jared Jeffries, Renaldo Balkman, Jerome Jordan

With the addition of Chandler to the mix, the Knicks now have the best frontcourt in the NBA without a doubt.  Without Chandler, this team is pathetic on defense.  Carmelo and Amare are nowhere near defensive stoppers so it was important for the Knicks to bring in a defensive presence.  Although, the Knick’s backcourt, especially at point, is fairly weak.  If only they were able to keep Billups while adding Chandler, the Knicks would have the best starting five in the league.

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Former Backcourt Duo, Billups and Hamilton, Let Go By Their Teams

Deeeeetrooooit Basektballlll!  This was the Detroit Pistons era from  2003-2009 and they had one of the best backcourts of all time – Chauncey Billups and Rip Hamilton.  With the NBA lockout shortening the season as well as the offseason/training camps, teams have been rushing to wine-and-dine free agents, create interesting trade scenarios, and determining other roster movements.  Part of the “other” roster movements consists of waiving, releasing, buying out, and utilizing the amnesty clause on players.  This is what happened to Billups and Hamilton during the first week of player transactions in the NBA.

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2010-11 NBA Season Review: Eastern Conference

Last June the Los Angeles Lakers walked off the court as NBA Champions, and that wrapped up the 2009-10 NBA season.  Three weeks later the 2010-11 season began with the phrase:

“This fall I’m going to take my talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat.”

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