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.
Today, the matches of the NBA have gripped all the basketball lovers not just in the United States but also in the entire world. A lot people watch NBA matches due to the fun and excitement that they offer to the basketball lovers.
Cashing over this popularity of the NBA games, the NBA has come with a new way of allowing their fans to stay connected with the sport in the form of the of the NBA merchandise. The NBA official web site offers a lot of jerseys, cups and other accessories. The main essence of this merchandise is that they are available for people of all ages.
Almost everybody right from the kids, adult, men as well as women can flaunt the merchandise of their favorite teams in one form of another. The other attractive benefit of the merchandise is that it is easily available on the official web site of the NBA. The fans just have to visit the web site, select the merchandise they want and purchase the merchandise. The web site will ship the merchandise to the house of the visitor.
It's widely known that Michael Jordan is the best Basketball players of all times, unlike other sports where mostly its a subject to debate on. Michael Jordan has played most of his career for the Chicago Bulls, earning 6 championship rings with them and providing us with unforgettable moments.
In 2011, Kobe Bryant has shown that through out his career he is doing more and more amazing game plays and is proving him self to be worthy enough to stand side by side with Jordan. Most people would believe this is an insult to Michael Jordan, however, Jordan is the one who suggested that Kobe is getting close to his level. Jordan himself didn't admit about levels of skill, he just suggested that Kobe Bryant reminds him of himself because he is capable of pulling extra-ordinary moments within game time, making him a highly valuable player.
Currently, Kobe Bryant earns a heavy salary that filled his bank up to 140$ million dollars, making him nearly as rich as MJ himself. Currently he is one of the most popular and richest athletes in the United States and most likely that will rise due to the compliments he recently got from the king of hoops, Michael Jordan.
The NBA lockout was finally settled after the owners and players reached a tentative agreement to start the NBA season on Christmas day. The lockout mostly occurred when the owners lock out the players in July citing that they lost hundreds of millions due to the bargaining agreement with the players in 2005.
The owners wanted all the 30 teams in the association to be competitive as well as profitable. The players then agreed to lower the shares in the revenues and committed to take 57% of the revenues but rejected the latest offer of the owners believing the deal to be too restrictive.
However, the NBA lockout was finally settled after a 15-hour negotiation between the players and the owners where the players agreed to 45-51 percent o band of basketball related income. The NBA season started on Christmas much for the respite of the NBA fans who were mostly neglected after the NBA lockout.
The NBA has seen a tremendous surge in its popularity as more and more people are now almost addicted to the NBA matches and love to keep updates of all the latest action that takes place in the association.