HOOPSWORLD Week in Review
2011 NBA Trade Deadline Winners
By Jason Fleming
Well, that was a quite an exciting 2011 NBA Trade Deadline, wasn’t it? This had everything NBA fans love: superstars moving, trades from left field, intrigue, draft picks, teams mailing it in, and, most of all, teams getting better.
Every trade deadline has winners though, those who did something to make an improvement perhaps better than the sum of the parts. Here are the 2011 NBA Trade Deadline Winners:
2011 NBA Trade Deadline Losers
By Yannis Koutroupis
The 2011 NBA trade deadline will go down as one of the most memorable in recent memory. We saw the deal that we’ve been expecting for months in the Carmelo Anthony trade, which was followed by a flurry of moves that nobody saw coming. Earlier today Jason Fleming took a look at the deadline’s winners and now we take a look at those teams who could be regretting their involvement in some last-minute swaps.
For the Celtics this summer was all about keeping a team that was one victory away from winning the NBA championship together. Ownership came out of pocket to ensure that they kept their core intact, while adding some additional pieces as well, to make at least one more run at the O’Brien Trophy.
With a record of 41-15 the Celtics were looking just as formidable as last year despite only being 100% healthy on a few occasions. Yet, they still opted to make a major shakeup – sending Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City for Jeff Green and Nenad Kristic.
Durant, Westbrook Respond to Trades
By Susan Bible
The day following the epic trades made at the deadline by the Oklahoma City Thunder, HOOPSWORLD sat down with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to gauge their reaction to the loss of teammates Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic, D.J. White, and Mo Peterson and the additions of the Celtics’ Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson plus the Bobcats’ Nazr Mohammed.
"It’s tough…tough," Durant said. "It’s losing a brother, man. Hurts. I’m sure you can imagine how those guys in Boston felt. That’s I feel. You know, somebody so close to me…been through everything with me in this league. Rookie season, the move from Seattle to Oklahoma City."
"We shared everything together. It was much more than just playing basketball," he added.
"It’s very tough," said Westbrook, who then turned pragmatic. "But you know, this is the business side of the game and something we gotta kinda figure out and work with."
Grizzlies Moving on with Mayo
By Stephen Litel
The Memphis Grizzlies are a confident group of players, currently holding the eighth spot in the race for the playoffs. They are so confident, in fact, that they compare themselves to some of the best teams in the game.
"I feel Zach Randolph is just as talented as Kevin Garnett, I feel Rudy Gay is just as talented as Paul Pierce, I feel Mike Conley is just as talented as Rajon Rondo and O.J. Mayo can shoot the three like Ray (Allen)," Tony Allen told HOOPSWORLD. "All the guys are buying in now and we’re buying in and we just have to get a more consistent effort."
Now that the trade deadline has come and gone, some believe the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz trades make the Western Conference weaker. Whether or not that is true, the members of the Grizzlies continue to keep the right perspective, knowing they shouldn’t overlook anyone in the league.
Bobcats Cash Out for Future
By Derek Page
When the smoke finally cleared after a flurry of trades at the trade deadline, it appears as though the Charlotte Bobcats have moved two starting-caliber players for cap relief, a project and two first round picks.
Forward Gerald Wallace and center Nazr Mohammed are on their way out of Charlotte. The Bobcats have acquired center Joel Przybilla, forward Dante Cunningham, center Sean Marks and two future first round picks (from Portland in Wallace swap) along with forwards D.J. White and Morris Peterson (from the Oklahoma City Thunder for Mohammed).
From a positive perspective, the move allows the Bobcats to move Stephen Jackson to his natural position of small forward where he is the most comfortable on both ends of the court. This also vaults another Gerald into the starting lineup, second-year player Gerald Henderson, who has been excellent off the bench since being released from former coach Larry Brown’s doghouse earlier this season.
Rose Returning Bulls To Glory
By Joel Brigham
As a rookie Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose flew out to Phoenix to participate in All-Star Weekend’s Rookie Challenge. He was exhausted, having arrived in town late after a Thursday night game that delayed his arrival to Arizona, so when one reporter asked if he was looking forward to hitting up some of the celebrity parties later that night, you know what he said?
"Nah. We’ve got a lot of family in town, so my mom wants to me be around to spend time with them."
That’s a true story, and it absolutely illustrates the kind of guy Rose is. As far as superstars go, there really aren’t any more humble than him. He may be the only MVP candidate ever to insist over and over and over again he’s not, in fact, an MVP candidate.