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Paxson, Kerr reports stir All-Star city (UPDATE)

Posted on: February 13, 2009 11:44 am
Edited on: February 13, 2009 9:22 pm

PHOENIX -- Ready to get the All-Star coverage going. Nope, not much going on. Just reports that Bulls G.M. John Paxson will resign after the trade deadline and that Suns president Steve Kerr may replace Terry Porter as coach.

If the reports are accurate, too little, too late on both counts.

Anyway, Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf is shooting down the Paxson report in the New York Post, calling it "not credible." The Post also had the item on Kerr.   

Just wondering: If your G.M. is resigning, wouldn't you want him to resign before the trade deadline, so he doesn't make any more bad trades?

We'll be following up on these and other issues throughout the day. There's also the trade rumor of the day -- the Nets and Mavericks discussing a deal that would reunite Jason Kidd with Vince Carter. Interesting. Will let you know about that one.

UPDATE: I can confirm with my own eyes that Paxson is still on the job, having seen him walking around a downtown hotel where NBA business is being conducted. He politely declined to discuss his job status. More on that as it unfolds.

As for the Mavs-Nets situation, "nothing going on right now" on that front, a person with knowledge of the talks said.


Since: Jun 23, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2009 3:25 pm

Paxson, Kerr reports stir All-Star city

Really Really.... Maybe owners should hire Gm's and Coaches that are fit or have the skills to do the jobs and not just some guys that are retired players. This was a disaster that was seen a mile away and as foolish as Detroit hiring Matt Millen as GM. Some guys may make good announcers or broadcasters but that doesn't translate into front office positions or coaching.

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2009 3:11 pm

Coaching is the problem in Phoenix

When the Suns traded for Shaq last season, They could have used him as a complimentary player but fed him the ball if there was an obvious mismatch leading to an easy basket.  D'antoni coached the team as if there was no Shaq at all and did not utilize the huge edge the Phoenix front line had on the Spurs front line in the playoffs.  Tim Duncan is a beast, but Francisco and Kurt Thomas????  Please.  One of those guys would have been responsible for either Shaq, or Amare, plus Bowen would be forced to guard Diaw if D'antoni had been smart enough to start him at SF instead of Hill.

Now we go to the opposite extreme with Porter.  Again, Shaq should be a rebounder, shot blocker, space clogger while taking advantage of mismatches on offense now and then to keep the defense honest, and Porter made a 36 year old worn down Shaq the centerpiece of the team.  Thats a great strategy when he was in his lower 30's averaging 27 pts and 12 boards per game, but at this stage of his career Shaq is a complimentary player, not a #1 option.  That entire offense should be ran through Amare and Nash.

Bringing in Shaq could have solved a huge problem the Suns had which is zero toughness inside.  2 coaches went to the extreme in how to integrate Shaq in the lineup instead of using him how he should be used.  It still can't be called a bad trade because Marion isn't worth a dime and was unhappy to be there anyways.  Porter came in trying to make the team be something it couldn't which is a half court defensive oriented team.  It's like trying to make a motorcyle into a car.  For those who think bringing in Shaq ruined the team, my question is where would they be if Marion had stayed?  Maybe more fun to watch but also with zero chance of going anywhere in the playoffs.

Since: Jan 29, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2009 2:25 pm

Paxson, Kerr reports stir All-Star city

Vince Carter and Allen Iverson should have a summer camp where they can teach young players how NOT to be team players! OVERRATED!

Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2009 2:24 pm

Paxson, Kerr reports stir All-Star city

I dont believe that Kobe needs Shaq or Amare to win another title(although it wouldnt hurt to have one of those two)  I think that if Bynum can get healthy and stay healthy they will have a good chance.  I do however think that Chris Mihm is not the answer in Bynums absence.  Kobe has a great supporting cast around him already, but an upgrade at the back up center position would help.

If they continue to use Gasol at the center, then they wont have a problem because they can go with three guards then(and they have some depth at those positions)  IF, and I stress IF, the change of scenery is just what Adam Morrison needed, then one of the most touted prospects of college basketball a few years back is finally going to live up to his potential.

Imagine, Morrison becoming the scorer everyone thought he could be, teaming with Kobe, Pau, Lamar, and Derek in the starting 5 for the Lakers.  Their reserves would be Walton, Ariza, Farmar, Vujacic; and this is just the line up without Bynum.  If he gets healthy its just going to help that much more.

Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2009 2:18 pm

Raptors acquire Marion from Heat

The have agreed to send and to the in exchange for and , league sources told ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher.


The deal is pending league approval, according to sources, and if approved, would be announced later Friday afternoon.



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Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2009 2:11 pm

Paxson, Kerr reports stir All-Star city

I dont think that Carter going to Dallas is going to help them out that much.  If Carter had a say in it, I would stay in New Jersey.  He's got one of the best young point guards to work with, and now one of the surprise rookies of Brook Lopez at center. 

If he did go to Dallas though, I am sure Dallas would include one of their many shooting guards they have( Gerald Green, Matt Carroll, Jerry Stackhouse)  considering that New Jersey appears to be rather thin at the forward position I would say someone like a Brandon Bass or a Shawne Williams would be included, along with some draft picks.

It wouldnt really make sense for the Mavs to deal one of their two point guards because the Nets already have Devin Harris, and Keyon Dooling is no slouch when it comes to being a back up point guard.  And besides, they just dealt Devin Harris to the Mavs last season for Kidd so I dont see them swapping out point guards anytime soon either.

Since: Apr 17, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2009 2:01 pm

Paxson, Kerr reports stir All-Star city

All right guys. First, I admit I'm a Laker fan. Could Shaq or Amare Stoudemire be headed to L.A.? The Lakers have a great rotation but could always use so help in the lane. I believe that although the roster is comparatively youthful, the Lakers should prepare to win this year. After last year a ring is the only thing that will satiate the fans. I mean everyone says Kobe needs Shaq to win a title anyway, right?

P.S. --> Yes, I'm dreaming...Teams very rarely trade their players to a division rival when both teams are playoff bound. But hey, it could happen.

Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2009 1:55 pm

Paxson, Kerr reports stir All-Star city

After being GM just two years I have given Kerr the benefit of the doubt. Going in a defensive direction is the right move. Just know that D'Antoni, Marion, Bryan Colangelo or Kerr the Suns would be rebuilding right now. Both trades Kerr made got long, bad contracts off the books - contracts he didn't make. When your hands are financially tied what can you do to keep an aging contender competetive?  

All that said the Suns players have quit. Porter failed to get the player's respect, but don't forget D'Antoni was losing their respect as well - most notably Stat. Should Kerr fire Porter, however, there is no debate - Kerr screwed up. Kerr blew any trade hopes when rumors leaked. Then when he couldn't swing a solid deal he realized the only possible change he could make to possibly turn things around was firing Porter.

I like the idea of Alvin Gentry as head coach but Popovich could take over this team and they aren't going anywhere. So why put a solid assistant coach in a position where Kerr may be forced to fire him too?

I am not calling for Kerr's head - that kind of talk is just silly. But Kerr needs to get to the business of rebuilding this team. He needs to stay true to his word and rebuild around a defensive philosophy. And get started today! 

Since: Feb 13, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2009 1:43 pm

Paxson, Kerr reports stir All-Star city

That comment about the hoodlums makes me really wonder if someone(LYELL) is wearing a hood while he posts his messages.  Not all "black" atheletes are hoodlums.

Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2009 1:16 pm

Paxson, Kerr reports stir All-Star city

My guess would be Carter @ 4 years $14,724,125 for Josh Howard @ 2 years 9,945,000 and J Stackhouse @ 2 years @ 7,000,000 (16,945,000) This will work within the NBA Trading rules.

See puff puff passing is good for your brain.


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