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Nets land in London, ready to take on Raptors

Posted on: March 1, 2011 9:47 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

I bet like me, you totally forgot about the Nets and Raptors playing the first ever regular season NBA games in London this weekend. Oh, I know why we all forgot. Because it's the Nets and Raptors.

But the two teams will play back-to-back games this weekend at London's O2 Arena Friday and Saturday, which will obviously root the NBA deep into the hearts of England. I mean, what gets people more fired up for basketball than Jose Calderon and Anthony Morrow? Nothing does, that's what!

The Nets' acquisition of Deron Williams adds a bit of starpower to the game though. Without him, I'm not sure many fans in England would have any idea who any of the players on either roster are. Sasha... Vujacic? She sounds hot.

Anyway, here's a video of the Nets arriving in London that features Avery Johnson saying something about looking forward to seeing all their Britain fans and the players trying to get on the wrong side of the bus:

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Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2011 2:00 am
 

Nets land in London, ready to take on Raptors

Huss sorry for your plight in TO but you need a brain transplant pronto. Contract 90% so you're left with 3 teams?!!! Yeah real sensible to have only 36 professional ballplayers in the premier hoops league in the world.  So I guess Steve Nash has to play overseas now?  and maybe guys like Paul Millsap and Gerald Wallace and Steph Curry are out  of the league? NBA has always been this way. A handful or two handfuls of powerful teams, a bunch of middling teams,  and bottom feeders. Nearly every league goes through that. It's just that the NBA seems to have the least turnover. San Antonio, Dallas, and LA have been in the mix for nearly the whole decade. In the east however it was not long ago when Indiana and Detroit and NJ were the premier teams. 
Here's a history lesson for you pal. In the 1980s a grand total of 5 out of 23 teams made the finals during the entire decade. I know because I was alive watching them! The Lakers went 8 times and were pushed to 7 in the WCF only once (by Dallas in 1988).  If you're so sure who's in the finals why don't you put your money where your mouth is.  
Enough with the contraction. That's lazy thinking.  Talent level is higher than ever. Many arenas are still selling out every game. POrtland for example  and Phoenix and San Antonio and Golden State and Utah - any title contenders there, even Cleveland,  Detroit, and Minnesota. The product is simply too good to contract any teams.  What's needed is a harder salary cap and a financial restructuring to do away with some of the guaranteed money tied to washed up players.  Also a more imbalanced regular season schedule to have more divisional games. Contraction is a huge black eye (no big time US league has done this) and it's putting a ton of employees out of work. When the NBA reaching unprecedented heights of popularity around the globe - that would be foolish. 


 



Since: Apr 7, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2011 11:15 pm
 

Nets land in London, ready to take on Raptors

I would unfortunatley have to agree... who cares!  I was a pretty big Raptor and NBA fan but I really have grown tired of the league.  Perhaps I'm a little tainted that Bosh left TO, but not really actually.  I think I'm more annoyed by what Boston and Miami are doing to this league, getting what seams to me an unfair opportunity to stack their teams. 

It's just not fun watching the NBA any more.  Lebron spoke of contraction... at this point and with the way things are going I think the NBA might as well remove 90% of the teams as they have no chance of even getting a sniff at a title.

The league is beginning to really suck now.  I hope Stern mans up and does something about it.


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