New arrivals, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry have arrived to bolster a squad which last year finished second in the Eastern Conference. Confidence is high that the trio of vastly experienced stars will help them make it further than the first round of the play-offs, the stage they were defeated at in a tight series against the Chicago Bulls.
Paul Pierce has spoken out to say that the Nets are looking to do just that this year, and that the arrival of his former Boston Celtics teammates will see them push for the NBA titles:
“We've got all the ingredients we need to win a championship; we just need to figure out how to make it all come together. Great players always figure it out and I think we will,” said the 35-year old.
New coach, Jason Kidd, has echoed these sentiments and, with a new-look starting line-up that boasts 35 All-Star appearances, there are few reasons to argue with that. Certainly, last season, the Nets found themselves throwing away too many leads as games wore on – most notably in the fourth game of last season’s play-offs, when they surrendered a 17-point lead in the final minutes of the 4th Quarter, and went on to lose in overtime. But, with this vastly experienced pool of talent available to him, Kidd will be confident that his team will be able to keep cool heads in the big games when the pressure is on.
It’s fairly certain both Miami and San Diego will contest the playoffs once more – they’re both stellar teams in good form – yet for those hoping 2014 will be their year the work on squad rebuilding starts now.
Free agency is upon us and for some teams it means a desperate scrap for bargains and reserve players. For others, however, this is a chance to form a side capable of making the playoffs and Houston have already got off to a good start. The Rockets signed veteran Marcus Camby this week, fending off rivals Miami and Chicago Bulls for his one-year contract. Camby’s arrival comes after Dwight Howard signature early this July and means Houston’s NBA Betting odds have fallen dramatically.
Additions to the roster in the postseason can make all the difference to teams’ betting odds. JJHickson’s move to the Denver Nuggets is a great steal if he can prove the same combative inside scorer that brought him so much success at Portland. Point guard Nate Robinson has also joined the club, while the resigning of TimofeyMozgov on a three-year contract is good news. However, Denver still need a hallmark signing to lower their odds of a playoff spot.
Probably the most productive free-agency workers so far have been the LA Clippers, for the side have brought in winger JJRedick and forward Jared Dudley this summer. The pair will combine with Chris Paul to make a formidable offensive unit and punters should back them because of it.
Free agency isn’t yet over and there’s bound to be more moves before teams knuckle down to preseason training. This is the best time of year to bet on NBA – when the odds haven’t settled yet – and one big signing like rocky slots can make all the difference.
But how It all strated ? The NBA was founded in New York way back in 1946 and named the Basketball Association of America but later in 1949 it adopted the name, National Basketball Association. This was after the merger with a rival body, National Basketball League. All its operations are directed from the central office which is also its headquarters. This is situated at the Olympic Tower’s 645 Fifth Avenue, New York City. Nonetheless, its entertainment as well TV operations is managed by the New Jersey offices.
The leagues popularity has largely been attributed to various reasons ranging from the merger of rival entities to its incorporation of modern aspects into its management. In 1979, the league incorporated the innovative proposal from ABA of a three-point field goal opening the game to more interesting levels. It is in the same year when Larry Bird and Magic Johnson respectively became part of Boston Celtics and L. A. Lakers. This is the period when NBA gained extreme popularity not just in the American region but across the globe. In essence, these two players did a lot to brand the league during their periods of stardom. Johnson for instance, kept basketball lovers glued to the proceedings of NBA as he took Lakers to close five titles into their box while Bird made it three for the Celtics. Other legends have emerged from MBA including Michael Jordan, among others.
The Walter A. Brown Trophy was the trophy awarded to the winning team at the end of each NBA season spanning 1949 to 1977. The victors would keep the trophy for the duration of their winning season and then pass it on to the next season’s winners unless they were able to win the season again.
Most Sports fans and freaks knows that the trophy was first called the NBA Finals Trophy but the name was changed in 1964 to honor Walter A. Brown who founded the Boston Celtics and whom played a pivotal role in merging the National Basketball League with the BAA to form the NBA.
In 1977, a new trophy was made although the name Walter A. Brown was still used. From the 77’ finals, the winner of the NBA season got to keep the trophy and a new one was made each year for the new winners. The first team to win the Walter A. Brown trophy was the Philadelphia Warriors. The Philadelphia 76ers won the 1983 season trophy, which was the last before the name was changed. The name of the trophy was then changed to Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy in 1984.
Larry O’Brien was NBA commissioner from 1975 to 1983 and so the renaming of the trophy was meant to honor him. The new trophy standing at 2 feet tall was designed from 14.5 pounds of quality sterling sliver and overlaid with 24-Karat gold. The design is that of a basketball about to go into the net. It is really an impressive piece of work and the names and year of the winning team is inscribed on the trophy.
The Boston Celtics defeated Los Angeles Lakers to win the first NBA trophy after it had been renamed in 1984. Since the name change, the Los Angeles Lakers lead the pack with eight trophy wins, while the Chicago Bulls have six trophy wins.