Dwight Howard used to be one of my favorite NBA Players. Now that Howard has been traded to the Lakers, I don’t like him anymore. When he was the underdog on the Magic, what wasn’t to like? He is the best center on the planet, big, fast, strong, with jaw dropping athleticism for a man of his size. He was the quiet, loyal star who actually wanted to lead the Orlando Magic to victory. He single handedly carried the Magic to the finals a few years ago, and Stan Van Gundy built the team’s system around Howard’s talents. All of that has changed. Howard has demanded another trade from Orlando, less than a year after exercising his option to stay there. He got his wish and the “Big 4″ was born. Read more
Much to the chagrin of haters everywhere, Lebron James, Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat got their first championship in the “Big 3″ era. I won’t lie, I am a hater. I wanted to see the Heat lose in the finals again, to the upstart Oklahoma City Thunder. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden and co. are the lovable bunch who supposedly built their team the right way – through the draft, through trades, and through a proper rebuild. Read more
Giving sports fans something special to cheer about this season, 2K Sports today announced the MLB 2K12/NBA 2K12 Combo Pack will be available for purchase on March 6, 2012 at participating retailers for the MSRP of $69.99 exclusively for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Read more
Another high profile celebrity marriage bites the dust. Just three short years after they were wed in a European castle, Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria has filed for a divorce from San Antonio Spur’s star point guard Tony Parker. The Desperate Housewives star filed the divorce documents in a Los Angeles area Superior Court only one day after her representative vehemently denied that Tony Parker had filed divorce papers in a Texas area court. Read more
U Be the Critic recently attended the Toronto Raptors Fan Jam at the Air Canada Centre. The Raptors hold it yearly. They give out free tickets to the event as a way to hype fans up for the beginning of a new season. The event featured a pre show where b-ballers did tricks for the crowd, an inter squad scrimmage, a skills competition, and tons of prize giveaways. This was much needed for the Toronto fan base after losing superstar Chris Bosh to the Miami Heat in the off season. Read more
With NBA training camps starting today, most of the buzz around the NBA is surrounding superstar Carmelo Anthony and where he will end up. This whole offseason has been full of rumors of him going to Nets, Bulls, Knicks, and Houston. Read more
Jamal Crawford, who was voted the NBA’s sixth man of the year last season for the Atlanta Hawks, reportedly wants out of Atlanta. In July of this year Crawford went to Hawks GM Rick Sund about signing a long term extension with the team. Hawks GM Rick Sund hasn’t got back to Crawford as of yet. Read more
There are now reports that have come up that the Nuggets are willing to move J.R. Smith. He is in his final year of his contract that is paying him $6.03 million dollars.
Right now the Nuggets are in a big mess especially cause they don’t have a General Manager at the moment, plus the Carmelo rumors are flying around like crazy and now this. J.R. Smith had a very solid year last season averaging 15.4 points per game, 3.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.3 steals a game. J.R. Smith has been in the rumor mill since he came to Denver back in 2006. Raptors even tried to get him for Kapono but it was turned down. Read more
There have been rumors around the NBA that Carmelo Anthony wants out of Denver. Denver has had a 3 year extension worth $65 million dollars on the table for Carmelo since the NBA draft. Carmelo has had over two months+ to make a decision and still hasn’t given the Nuggets his answer. Carmelo has two years left on his current contract, but he can opt out after the upcoming season. That would make him a free agent and the biggest name on the market next season. If he decides not to sign the extension, and to exercise the option on his current contract, he would make $18.5 million in 2011-12.
Anthony has until July 1st, 2011 to accept the offer or not. Anthony is mulling over this offer because the main problem here is that after next season a new collective bargaining agreement is supposed to begin for the NBA. Once that is in place, its supposed to help the league more and it will most likely affect the players because they might not be able to get paid as much money as they used to. Read more