It’s Thanksgiving, you know what that means?
Time off work: check
Detroit Lions football: check
Turkey: BIG check
But, most importantly, it’s a time to reflect. A time to give thanks for all those wonderful things in life, in this case the first two months of the NBA season coming to a close. So, in no particular order, I give you The Top 10 Things to Be Thankful for in the NBA (so far).
10. LeBron James dunk against the Bucks on Nov. 11. Off of a steal, he jumped from about a shoe length inside the free throw line and threw it down with ease. James has probably had 10 dunks that could be on this list, but I just happened to pick this one. He’s just so big and jumps so high, it doesn’t look right. Check it out.
9. Greg Oden going down with another injury in the first game of his “rookie” (missed all of last year after micro-fracture surgery) season. Oden is finally starting to play after missing 88 games since he was drafted number 1 overall last year. Oden’s line so far is about eight points, seven boards and a little under two blocks a game in about 20 minutes of action. Hey, it’s better than sitting on the sideline in a suit my family could fit in to.
8. Dwight Howard putting up an INSANE triple double against the Oklahoma City Thunder (aka Seattle Supersonics of the past) with 30 points, 19 rebounds, and 10 blocks...WOW! First time since 1996 someone had 30 points and 10 blocks in a game, and that was by a guy named Hakeem Olajuwon. A few highlights.
7. In case the New York Knicks getting rid of Jamal Crawford wasn’t obvious enough, they closed a deal recently trading away Zach Randolph as well. Think they are interested in LeBron James?...nah!
6. Stephon Marbury…I don’t even know what to say here...He can play, but he’s not playing, he won’t play, but they don’t want to trade him. Starbury has been benched...but not really? What a mess...
5. Allen Iverson being traded from the Denver Nuggets to the Detroit Pistons for Chauncey Billups. For NBA fans a blockbuster deal which probably won’t pay off much for either side. Detroit has made it clear they are moving past the “team” concept which won them a title and gives them a crack at the 2010 free agent pool. Billups will help the Nuggets run more like a team as opposed to alternating shots between Anthony and Iverson. But realistically neither team will go deep into the Playoffs.
4. Vince Carter’s alley-oop to beat the Toronto Raptors in overtime. Very impressive and vintage Carter...if you haven’t seen it check it out.
3. You have to put something about rookies in here...but I figured I would go the alternative route mentioning some names which have been a pleasant surprise. JaVale McGee, who could develop into the Wizards starting center and a force in the East. Jason Thompson will be the same thing but for the Kings. Finally, Rudy Fernandez, who might actually win sixth man of the year.
2. The Atlanta Hawks began the season undefeated, winning their first six games...they have since lost five of seven. Which team is going show up at the end of the season? The inconsistent young one or the one who took the defending champion Celtics to seven games last year? Either way, you have to admit they are better than you thought.
1. Tell me what you are thankful for after two months of the NBA season in the books...post your links below and share your basketball happiness.
I am thankful for basketball; picking 10 things is damn near impossible.