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>Will The Lakers Land Dwight Howard Next Season?

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Dwight Howard’s current contract expires after the 2012-2013 season but he has a player option which allows him to leave a year earlier.


After a first round loss to the Atlanta Hawks this season, why would Dwight want to stay in Orlando any longer? They seem to be going backwards the past 3 seasons.

From the NBA Finals to a first round exit. He wants to win championships and he can’t do that with the players around him right now. They aren’t built to win in the playoffs.

They traded away Hedu Turkoglu, Rashard Lewis, Mickael Pietrus, Marcin Gortat, Courtney Lee, and Rafer Alston. That was their core when they made a run for the championship against the Lakers in 2009.

Sure they got Hedu back but he’s not the same. They have no one to back-up Dwight anymore. Ryan Anderson & Brandon Bass aren’t getting the job done. They have a bunch of role players that are decent but they won’t be able to get back to the Finals unless they add a superstar.

Possible Scenarios 

1) Dwight signs extension to stay in Orlando.

I can only see this happen if the Magic get another superstar to join Dwight. The Magic have to convince Dwight that they will do whatever it takes to win a championship in Orlando.

2) Dwight becomes a free agent next off-season and teams up with either Chris Paul or Deron Williams.

If he keeps quiet the entire 2011-2012 season, then Dwight can decline his player option and become a free agent. Point guards, Chris Paul and Deron Williams, also have player options with their teams after the 2011-12 season. All three players will most likely decline in order to explore a possibility of teaming up. This would give Dwight an option to play with at least one of the best point guards in the league.

3) Dwight expresses his desire to be traded. He won’t re-sign with the Magic, but allows them to trade him.

I hope this happens. Why? Because the Los Angeles Lakers would be in the mix. He wants to win a championship and the Lakers have been playing in the championship for the past 3 seasons. 

Andrew Bynum would have to be a part of the deal that brings Dwight to Los Angeles.
It’s the Orlando Magic’s best option of replacing Dwight.

I can see it now:

 Los Angeles Lakers trade Andrew Bynum, Shannon Brown (If he accepts his player option), Devin Ebanks and future draft picks to the Orlando Magic for Dwight Howard.

The Magic can’t let Dwight leave Orlando without getting anything in return. I’ve read that the Magic can possibly ask for Lamar Odom to be included in the deal.

Dwight Howard would be following the footsteps of Shaquille O’Neal.
Déjà Vu

Orlando Magic 1994-95
Lost to the Houston Rockets in the NBA Finals 

Orlando Magic 1995-96
Lost to the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals 
Shaquille became a free agent after the season ended and signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. It took a couple seasons for O’Neal to win his first championship.
  
Orlando Magic 2008-09
Lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals
Orlando Magic 2009-10
Lost to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals
Orlando Magic 2010-11
Lost to the Atlanta Hawks in the 1st round
 

>Madden 12 Cover: Peyton Hillis

>SportsNation recently revealed the winner of the Madden 2012 cover.

The voting began on March 21st and ended April 27th at noon est.

Peyton Hillis of the Cleveland Browns

Peyton beat Ray Rice, Matt Ryan, Jamaal Charles, Aaron Rodgers, and Michael Vick in head-to-head voting match-ups.

If he helps the Browns make the playoffs, does that mean the Madden curse still worked? The Browns could possibly break two curses this season.

 

>2011 MLB All-Star Game; Voting is Open

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The 2011 MLB All-Star Game voting opened up today. Sure, we haven’t even seen a month of baseball but it’s a great time to start voting for your favorite players.

Vote a maximum of 25 times. Voting ends at 11:59 PM ET on Thursday, June 30, 2011.

My voting ballot as of April 26th
American League:
C – Russell Martin (NYY)
1B – Miguel Cabrera (DET)
2B – Robinson Cano (NYY)
SS – Asdrubal Cabrera (CLE)
3B – Alex Rodriguez (NYY)
OF – Jose Bautista (TOR)
OF – Jeff Francour (KC)
OF – Carlos Quentin (CHI)
DH – Travis Hafner (CLE)
National League:
C – Buster Posey (SF)
1B – Joey Votto (CIN)
2B – Brandon Phillips (CIN)
SS – Troy Tulowitzki (COL)
3B – Pablo Sandoval (SF)
OF – Andre Ethier (LAD)
OF – Matt Kemp (LAD)
OF – Ryan Braun (MIL)
 
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Posted by on April 26, 2011 in All-Star Game, MLB

 

>Major League Baseball Will Take Over Dodgers Financial Operations

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Selig: “I have taken this action because of my deep concerns regarding the finances and operations of the Dodgers and to protect the best interests of the Club, its great fans and all of Major League Baseball.”

Bill Shaikin from the LA Times reports:





It’s about time Bud Selig does something about the Dodgers.

 
 

>Lamar Odom Wins 6th Man of the Year

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Congrats to Lamar Odom on winning the 6th Man of the Year award.

After being snubbed from the All-Star game, i’m sure this award will make Odom happy about the 2010-11 season. Another championship would help as well.
At the beginning of the season, Lamar started 35 games in place of Andrew Bynum, who was recovering from knee surgery. I didn’t really expect Lamar to be consistent all season long. He played outstanding and helped the Lakers clinch the #2 in the Western Conference.

Odom averaged 14.4 points, 8.7 rebounds and three assists per game. He also became the first Laker in the history of the franchise to win this award.

 

>2011 NBA Playoff Schedule

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NBA Playoff schedule {Link}
EASTERN CONFERENCE
1 Chicago vs. 8 Indiana
Game 1 – Sat April 16, Indiana at Chicago, 1:00 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN3D
Game 2 – Mon April 18, Indiana at Chicago, 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3 – Thu April 21, Chicago at Indiana, 7:00 p.m. ET, NBA TV
Game 4 – Sat April 23, Chicago at Indiana, 2:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5 * Tue April 26, Indiana at Chicago, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Thu April 28, Chicago at Indiana, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sat April 30, Indiana at Chicago, TBD, TNT
2 Miami vs. 7 Philadelphia
Game 1 – Sat April 16, Philadelphia at Miami, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/R
Game 2 – Mon April 18, Philadelphia at Miami, 7:00 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3 – Thu April 21, Miami at Philadelphia, 8:00 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 4 – Sun April 24, Miami at Philadelphia, 1:00 p.m. ET, ABC
Game 5 * Wed April 27, Philadelphia at Miami, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Fri April 29, Miami at Philadelphia, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 1, Philadelphia at Miami, TBD, TBD
3 Boston vs. 6 New York
Game 1 – Sun April 17, New York at Boston, 7:00 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 2 – Tue April 19, New York at Boston, 7:00 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3 – Fri April 22, Boston at New York, 7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 4 – Sun April 24, Boston at New York, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/R
Game 5 * Tue April 26, New York at Boston, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Fri April 29, Boston at New York, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 1, New York at Boston, TBD, TBD
4 Orlando vs. 5 Atlanta
Game 1 – Sat April 16, Atlanta at Orlando, 7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 2 – Tue April 19, Atlanta at Orlando, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV
Game 3 – Fri April 22, Orlando at Atlanta, 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2/ESPN3D
Game 4 – Sun April 24, Orlando at Atlanta, 7:00 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5 * Tue April 26, Atlanta at Orlando, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Thu April 28, Orlando at Atlanta, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sat April 30, Atlanta at Orlando, TBD, TNT
WESTERN CONFERENCE
1 San Antonio vs. 8 Memphis
Game 1 – Sun April 17, Memphis at San Antonio, 1:00 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 2 – Wed April 20, Memphis at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV
Game 3 – Sat April 23, San Antonio at Memphis, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 4 – Mon April 25, San Antonio at Memphis, TBD, TBD
Game 5 * Wed April 27, Memphis at San Antonio, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Fri April 29, San Antonio at Memphis, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 1, Memphis at San Antonio, TBD, TBD
2 L.A. Lakers vs. 7 New Orleans
Game 1 – Sun April 17, New Orleans at L.A. Lakers, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/R
Game 2 – Wed April 20, New Orleans at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3 – Fri April 22, L.A. Lakers at New Orleans, 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 4 – Sun April 24, L.A. Lakers at New Orleans, 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5 * Tue April 26, New Orleans at L.A. Lakers, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Thu April 28, L.A. Lakers at New Orleans, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sat April 30, New Orleans at L.A. Lakers, TBD, TNT
3 Dallas vs. 6 Portland
Game 1 – Sat April 16, Portland at Dallas, 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 2 – Tue April 19, Portland at Dallas, 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3 – Thu April 21, Dallas at Portland, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 4 – Sat April 23, Dallas at Portland, 5:00 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5 * Mon April 25, Portland at Dallas, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Thu April 28, Dallas at Portland, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sat April 30, Portland at Dallas, TBD, TNT
4 Oklahoma City vs. 5 Denver
Game 1 – Sun April 17, Denver at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 2 – Wed April 20, Denver at Oklahoma City, 8:00 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3 – Sat April 23, Oklahoma City at Denver, 10:00 p.m. ET, ESPN/R
Game 4 – Mon April 25, Oklahoma City at Denver, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5 * Wed April 27, Denver at Oklahoma City, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Fri April 29, Oklahoma City at Denver, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 1, Denver at Oklahoma City, TBD, TBD
 
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Posted by on April 14, 2011 in NBA, Playoffs

 

>Matt Kemp’s Hot Start

>Matt Kemp is having his best start of the season. Sure he’s not hitting the long ball but he’s doing almost everything else.

Two weeks into the season, he leads the league in AVG (.472); OPB (.578); and SBs (7).

He’s got more discipline at the plate and isn’t chasing bad pitches. He’s only made one defensive error so far but catches almost everything hit his way.

I’m hoping this great start ends the same way it did in 2009, when Kemp won a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger.

I like to think Rihanna was the reason Kemp had an off season in 2010. I’m not the only one:

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 Here’s a tweet from a Giants fan perspective

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Some of my favorite Matt Kemp cards in my collection:

Well I hope he keeps it up and gives the fans something to cheer about all season long.