CP3 to Houston

Credit Image ESPN.com   The Houston Rockets have landed a huge acquisition. Sports Columnist Adrian Wojnarowski  has reported The Los Angeles Clippers have traded Point Guard Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets. In return, the Clippers acquire Patrick Beverly, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker and a first round pick next year from the Rockets.  Wojnarowski also…

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The Houston Rockets have landed a huge acquisition.

Sports Columnist Adrian Wojnarowski  has reported The Los Angeles Clippers have traded Point Guard Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets. In return, the Clippers acquire Patrick Beverly, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker and a first round pick next year from the Rockets.  Wojnarowski also reports that Paul informed Clippers he’d sign w/ HOU in FA, so that the Clippers would receive something back for Paul departure. Paul will join All Star Shooting Guard James Harden, creating an interesting new Backcourt duo in the NBA.

The Rockets were in the 3rd seed in the Western Conference this past season, with a record of 55-27. Under new Head Coach Mike D’Antoni, the Rockets exceeded preseason expectations and Harden would be in conversation of being MVP.  Harden would average a double-double with 29.1 PPG and 11.2 APG. However, the Rockets would be eliminated in the Playoffs by the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Semifinals. Last season with the Clippers, Paul averaged 18.1 PPG and 9.2 APG.  With acquiring Paul at age 32, the Rockets will look to give Harden more offensive and defensive help for the next season.
 

Can Westbrook Succeed in OKC?

Credit image: NBA.com/thunder/gallery/Knicks   Russell Westbrook will be an MVP candidate at the end of the season, but will he be in contention for the NBA championship? Westbrook has been impressive so far in the early season. People expected the Oklahoma City Thunder to have some trouble and take a step back from where they were,…

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Russell Westbrook will be an MVP candidate at the end of the season, but will he be in contention for the NBA championship?

Westbrook has been impressive so far in the early season. People expected the Oklahoma City Thunder to have some trouble and take a step back from where they were, but nobody could expect Westbrook to play at this level. He had eight triple doubles so far in the season, with people comparing him to the great Oscar Roberson. He is averaging 30.9 PPG, 11.3 APG and 10.3 RPG and have carried the Thunder to an 11-8 record. The question is can he keep this up?

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Last night in a competitive game , Westbrook led the Thunder in a win against the Knicks in Madison Square Garden. The Knicks would control the game and make it a close game in the First and Second Quarter. By the end of the Second Quarter and on, the Thunder would turn the tables and control the lead the rest of the game. Westbrook would finish the game with 27 points, 14 assists and 18 rebounds. He had help from Enes Kanter who provided 27 points and 10 rebounds coming off the bench and Steven Adams with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Westbrook has been impressive and is a superstar in the NBA, but he’s going to need more to make it in the playoffs. The Western Conference is stacked, with teams like the Lakers or the Kings wanting to get into the playoffs this year. Their is also teams like the Trailblazers, Grizzles and the Rockets having a talented roster to compete for the playoff picture as well.

Westbrook is going to have to play at this level consistently, especially if his team is not going to back him up. Last night was a good night for Kanter and Adams, but more players on the team have to step up and become consistent as well. The NBA season is very long and grueling. If the Thunder gets into the playoffs and even become considered championship contenders, Westbrook will have to play at this extraordinary level and players need to continue to step up. On a positive note, NBA fans are witnessing something special watching Westbrook compete at this level.

Farewell

Last night we witnessed greatness one more time. Kobe Bryant played the final game of his career hosting the Utah Jazz in Los Angeles. I noticed there were a star-studded crowd in Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, Jay-Z, and others.  Since the Lakers were having a horrible season I was thinking Kobe would have a bunch of points with an L at the end, but that wasn’t the case.

One thing’s for sure is they left it on the court, especially Kobe. By the time of the half, Kobe had about 35 points and was thinking he was going for 50. I was wrong again, setting another of his many records (most points in a final career game with 60.) Yes, sixty.

Kobe’s probably resting those old bones in the illest ice bath right now but last night’s game was a night to remember for Laker fans like myself and even just fans of the game and the haters. There will probably never be another player to do the things he’s done. I can live the fact that Jordan is #1, but honestly I’d say Kobe is 1a, not #2, he’s done too much (and broke all of Jordan’s records.)

Dropping 60 comes with many highlights in a game, but my favorite was the last point. His first career point was a free throw, his 81 point game last bucket was a free throw, his last career point was a free throw as well. The legendary walk-off made me realize i’m really not gonna see this guy play again, I promise I didn’t cry lol. #ThankYouKobe