Lin-sanity - This is a fun story… unless you’re Baron Davis. TheLongTalk wishes the best of luck to the hot hand in The Big Apple, but suspects that this to shall PASS. Once defenses get targeted in on Lin and when Carmelo and Amare come back his number will drop off a cliff. But his play time should stay high and that’s gotta be exciting for him.
Rose’s Back - If you’re the Bulls and you’re counting on Boozer to keep the ship afloat, you’re in trouble. Boozer is good, paid like he’s great, and talked about like he’s better than average. But TLT sees in Carlos a bit of the old Keith Van Horn. A baller that has all the skills needed to be good, but is missing greatness. It’s not Boozers fault, but the Bull had better hope Rose gets BACK in the game.
Kobe’s Not The Best Laker - Kobe forces shots, then when things aren’t working out, he forces more shots. Now that’d get most people tossed or sent to the far end of the bench, but Kobe makes a lot of big shots. TheLongTalk can’t think of a player that’s better at hitting (or taking) a shot that never should have been taken. Some of the stuff Bryant chucks up there, it’s amazing it goes through the hoop. Even still, he’s not better than Kareem.
The Heat - These guys have the ring. It’s there’s to loss. The shortened season, the new CBA, their youth, their stock pile of top talent, their deeper than it looks bench, every thing’s stacked in their favor. It’s up to them to actually win it, and that is why we play the games, cause nothings set in stone. But this team should take the title.
Trading Howard - TheLongTalk wouldn’t do it, at least not during the season. The risk of losing Howard and getting nothing in return isn’t a risk at all. REPEAT, the Orlando Magic will not lose Dwight Howard without getting something in return. Now they might not get something great and they might not get exactly what they want… but honestly Dwight Howard is pretty great and he’s exactly what they want, so his leaving sorta takes those two things off the table anyway. What Orlando will get is a sign-and-trade. Howard isn’t going to leave 20 or 30 million dollars on the table to sign outright as a free agent. He’s gonna want a sign-and-trade and that gives Orlando some leverage. Not much, but some and some is really the most they’ll get anyway.
Arenas to LA - TLT would take the chance if the money was right, but nothing over a year and nothing over 4 million.
That’s TheLongTalk’s Take