Big Scores, Big Crowds and Big Trades

Why are you getting cheers and you're German, and I get booed and I'm Texan?

Why are you getting cheers and you're German, and I get booed and I'm Texan?

Everything really is bigger in Texas, isn’t it? The pregame introductions was a celebration of over-the-topness that made Disneyland and Las Vegas seem subtle by comparison. Well, the two minutes that I saw was like that, anyway. When I realized it was going to go on forever, I turned the channel. I also turned away from the bloated halftime show, only to come back half an hour later to discover it was still on (I got sidetracked watching Zach & Miri Make a Porno on TV). And just how big was that screen? It is amazing, but it’s probably there because half of the people in the stadium can’t see a goddamn thing, so they have to watch it on the screen. So, in other words, they paid for tickets, parking (which I’ve heard is outrageous), food, braved the massive crowds, the hours it must take to not only get out but to find your car then then drive home, only to watch the game on television. Wouldn’t it have been better to just stay at home and watch it on the TV at home, rather than in the stadium? Then again, I won’t even line up for more than five minutes to buy tickets for a movie, so maybe that’s just me.

Now, was it me, or was the All-Star game a microcosm of the NBA season so far. Bosh plays fantastically, gets 23 and 10 and hits two clutch free throws, but is overshadowed by Dwayne Wade and LeBron James. Now, I’m not saying he was robbed, but couldn’t Doug Collins, Reggie Miller or Ernie Johnson have at least brought him up in their discussions for possible MVP?

If you're not nervous, why are you holding your breath?

If you're not nervous, why are you holding your breath?

Still, I think that this game was truly indicative of how far Bosh has come this year. However much the All-Star game is a joke, the best players in the league tend to be the best players in the game. Bosh’s first few All Star games he played pretty well, but looked like the level of player he was. Good, but not among the best. This year, he looked and played exactly how he has this year. He is arguably one of the top five players in the league, and he was one of the top five players on the court Sunday. It was nice to see.

I know that a lot of people think that DeRozan got robbed in the Slam Dunk contest, but considering it was based on fan voting, we’re lucky Tracy McGrady didn’t win. Besides, it’s not as if DeRozan deserved to win. No one did. DeRozan had the best dunk of the night, but what was up with that second dunk? That’s the best he could come up with? And the less said about Shannon Brown and Gerald Wallace the better.

BIG TRADE

I know that the Dallas-Washington trade looks absolutely great for Dallas and very well might tip the balance of power in the West, but part of me wonders. I’ve seen a lot of trades like this that are intended to inject a former contender with new life and give them another shot [cough] Richard Jefferson [cough], and it never works out the way you think. Still, on paper, this makes Dallas truly scary. Plus, it has the added bonus of weakening the Wizards right before the Raptors have to play them and not having Butler go to the Celtics. And isn’t it funny that Kobe probably can’t say a thing about how lopsided the trade is, since it was a similarly lopsided trade for Pau that made the Lakers contenders again.

Now the question is, where will Antoine Jamison go? After this deal, it’s a certainty that Washington will try their best to deal him, but the question is whether they’ll just be lowballed, now. Does the fact that Cleveland now look to be focusing on Amare mean Jamison might be going to the Celtics?

Well, tune into my next post to find out…

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