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HOOPSWORLD Week in Review
Posted By Mark Nugent On May 1, 2011 @ 7:00 am In All,NBA | No Comments
Where Do The Knicks Go From Here?
By Tommy Beer
The Knicks proved to be scrappy bunch, fighting an uphill battled against the defending Eastern Conference Champion Boston Celtics. First, they proved could earn a postseason berth, an accomplishment in and of itself after the franchise had endured an arduous seven-year absence from postseason play. And despite a litany of injuries leaving them shorthanded against Boston, New York proved they could hang with a top team, especially when their newest superstar brings his A-game.
However, getting swept out of the playoffs ultimately proved the Knicks aren’t ready to beat the NBA’s elite.
Now fans of the franchise are asking: Where do the Knickerbockers go from here?
Top 5 Most Entertaining Finals Matchups
By Joel Brigham
It’s just a little over a week into the 2011 NBA postseason and we’ve already been surprised in more ways than we can count. No one would’ve expected that Memphis and Atlanta run out to 3-1 series leads over San Antonio and Orlando, for example, or that Indiana and New Orleans would deal Chicago and L.A. everything they could handle.
It’s made the entire enterprise immensely entertaining thus far, but what would entertain us most of all would be a Finals matchup that was really worth watching. The beautiful thing about this season is that there are a number of different possibilities that could result in some really good basketball, and today we’ll look at what are probably the five most entertaining options out there. In an ideal world, we’d get one of these five matchups to watch in the 2011 NBA Finals:
Five NBA Coaches On The Hot Seat
By Stephen Litel
This is the time of year where rumors begin to fly around many teams. There are rumors of off-season player movement and, of course, what coaches may soon get the axe. Each team sets certain expectations for their season and, fair or not, when expectations aren’t met, the head coach is usually the first person to take the blame.
The following list of coaches is only a few of the coaches who are already on the hot seat or who may find themselves on it soon.
The End Of The Mid-Major?
By Luke Byrnes
In the midst of a very exciting start to the 2011 NBA Playoffs the impending lockout looms large, placing a black cloud over what has been a spectacular basketball season featuring outstanding play on the court and several attention grabbing storylines off of it. While the possibility of a work stoppage extending into next season threatens to push fans away from the NBA, the impact on men’s college basketball could be far-reaching.
Beginning with the 2006 NBA Draft, the NBA instituted what is now known as the "one-and-done" rule, which prohibited players from jumping straight from high school to the NBA. Despite the success of preps-to-the-pros players like Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, Amar’e Stoudemire, Dwight Howard and, of course, LeBron James, the Collective Bargaining Agreement reached in 2005 between the NBA and its Players Association stated in order to be eligible for the NBA Draft the player must be at least 19-years old at the end of the draft’s calendar year and the player’s graduating class must be one year removed from high school.
Since that time, many of the top college basketball programs in the country have becoming little more than rest stops on the way to professional basketball for the top high school players in the country, relegating what were once (at least in theory) institutions of higher learning to becoming more of a trade school for professional athletes.
Marc Gasol: The Center Of Attention
By Alex Kennedy
When the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Lakers swapped Gasol brothers three years ago, Gregg Popovich was furious.
The last colors he wanted to see the All-Star power forward donning were purple and gold. The San Antonio Spurs’ head coach was so upset with the seemingly lopsided deal that he publicly campaigned for the trade to be vetoed. Why would the Grizzlies deal their best player for Kwame Brown, Aaron McKie, Javaris Crittenton, the draft rights to Marc Gasol and two picks?
"What they did in Memphis is beyond comprehension," Popovich told reporters after the trade was announced. "There should be a trade committee that can scratch all trades that make no sense. I just wish I had been on a trade committee that oversees NBA trades. I would have voted no to the L.A. trade."
Predicting The Conference Semifinals
By HOOPSWORLD Staff
HOOPSWORLD asked some of our own to make their picks for the conference semifinal round of the 2011 NBA Playoffs. Surprises? Maybe…
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