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It’s going to be a short season after an even shorter off-season. We had limited time to track player movement, team development and bring you in depth team analysis, like we did last year. So the bros and bro-ettes at NBAO decided we’ll follow in the footsteps of the NBA and provide you with abbreviated team previews in the best way possible, haikus.
Our third installment of NBA Haikus is dedicated to the Eastern Conference’s Southeast Division. This division has a ton of star power and always gets 3 teams into the playoffs despite not having a single team play in one of the top 5 television market.
Eastern Conference - Southeast Division:
Add a great scorer
His name, Tracy McGrady
A decade too late
Can Kemba play point
Boris Diaw likes cream sauce
The Big 3 play D
Stuntin’ on the Jumbotron
Quarters one through three
Dwight Howard won’t stay
Deal with it, Orlando fans
Please fire Otis Smith
Bullets hands are back
Red, white, and blue stripes are cool
Rashard makes too much
Any team coupling the spirit of Stephen Jackson with the coaching methods of Larry Brown has to be intriguing to watch. You have to admit, it’s sort of impressive how they limped into the playoffs last year on their defensive ability alone (DRtg- 102.8, 1st).
This upcoming 2010-11 season seems to hold the same amount of mystery as last year. There wasn’t too much shuffling of the roster this summer. The one glaring loss has to be at point guard, with Felton (Win Shares- 6.5) leaving for New Yawk. Other than that, the core of the franchise remains in tact.
CRASH will be CRASH. Jax is going to put up the usual 19, 5, 4. Boris Diaw will flummox fantasy owners worldwide. Coach Brown will shout defensive schemes until his diaphragm slowly deteriorates (I hope that doesn’t happen). Tyrus Thomas is going to finally become the Stromile Swift-like player we all KNOW he was meant to be. Derrick Brown could turn into David West 2.0. The rest is up to the basketball gods.
Sounds fun, doesn’t it?
However, with an owner like Michael Jeffrey Jordan, mediocrity cannot be tolerated. He knows better; the greatest expects greatness. Thus, I expect them to barely miss out on nabbing that coveted 8th seed in the East. The Knicks, Heat, Pacers, and Bucks all improved greatly in the off-season, while Charlotte stood pat. Maybe it’s because I hate D.J. Augustin.
Kwame Brown (?), Sherron Collins, Darius Miles (head bump).
Raymond Felton, Raja Bell’s defensive presence & Tyson Chandler’s innate ability to finish alley-oops.
Predictions & Fun Facts:
Stats via BasketballReference.com
- huhwhatandwhere AKA: oakley&allen.
Shaun Livingston suffered what was widely considered a career-ending knee injury playing against Charlotte in 2007.
Just over three years later, he’s joining the Bobcats to continue his comeback and help plug their hole at point guard.
"Yes," agent Henry Thomas said, "how ironic."
Thomas confirmed on Wednesday his client was headed to Charlotte but didn’t provide financial figures. Yahoo! Sports reported it was a two-year deal worth $7 million.
I’m happy to see MJ & the Bobcats organization giving the kid a shot. Good luck in Charlotte, Shaun.