Armstrong: Five thoughts on Gordon, Warriors and more

Jack Armstrong
2/20/2013 3:55:00 PM
Decrease Text SizeIncrease Text Size
Text Size

The NBA Trade Deadline less than 24 hours away. The drama will soon be past us and the teams will begin to focus on the games and the long-term plans. Here's a few quick NBA thoughts.    

1. Ben Gordon (Bobcats): On the market. Bottom line, he's a guy that will score points for you off the bench and can give your team a jolt. To try and pretend that he's going to be a high assist guy or lockdown defender is fool's gold. He is what he is and in certain instances, he can be helpful. To expect more (in spite of his big money ticket) only leads to frustration.

2. Billy King (Nets GM): His team has had a nice season yet I get the sense that they feel like they have bigger fish to fry in Brooklyn. Lots of pressure on them to overtake the Knicks on the New York basketball scene. Kris Humphries is on the block and doesn't play enough for his salary.  Big money invested in guys like Gerald Wallace, Deron Williams and Joe Johnson to varying results. Expectations are high and demands will increase as the season moves along.

3. Golden State Warriors: Gotta tighten up the D! Have lost six straight and watching them lately, I've seen slippage. Lackluster effort getting back in transition and protecting the paint. Close-outs and help have been slower. Don't seem to have the same zip in their step. Tired or maybe a little full of themselves after the great start? A bit of both. They're a fun and good team. Get the focus back on the D and things will turn around again.

4. Derrick Williams (T'Wolves): Averaging 16 and 8 in his last five games. Only in his second year and we've all heard the trade rumours. Too early to give up on him. In time, he will figure it out. Patience is key. Rick Adelman hasn't been thrilled with his inconsistent play this season and rightly so. He's a combo 3/4 still trying to figure out what he is as a pro. Once he does figure it, he'll be fine. By the way, if Luke Ridnour is on the market from this team, he'd be a bargain for someone. I'm a big fan.

5. Andrew Bynum (76ers): Claims he'll be back in a 'few weeks'. Last time I checked, next Friday is March 1. Season's only got 30 per cent to go. He's a free agent at the end of the season. Philly and lots of other teams will be keeping an eye on the oft-injured big man to see what he looks like and try to determine his dollar value in a market with the new more punitive luxury tax on the horizon. No team, I repeat, no team will be willing to pay big money and provide many years to a guy unless he's going to give you a significant return on investment (70+ games and winning). A bad/huge contract in the new financial world of the NBA is too difficult to absorb. Gotta be able to play and produce. 

Cabbie on

Check out Cabbie's unique take on sports broadcasting and interviewing, poking fun at sports headlines, high-profile athletes and sports personalities. More...

Brendan Shanahan's niece Brenna is an 18-year-old lacrosse player from Mimico, Ontario, who has earned a scholarship to Division 1 Canisius College. More...


TSN 1050: TSN Drive with Dave Naylor: August 22 - Hour 3

Bill and Steve are joined by TSN 1050 Jays Reporter Scott MacArthur, and CEO of Golf Canada Scott Simmons.

TSN 1050: TSN Drive with Dave Naylor: August 22 - Scott Simmons

The CEO of Golf Canada Scott Simmons joins the Friday edition of the TSN Drive with Bill Hayes and Steve Simmons this hour.

TSN 690: Life After the Game with Darcy Lynch - Sean O'Donnell

21 year NHL veteran Sean O'Donnell joined Darcy Lynch to talk about his "Life After The Game"

More Podcasts

© 2014
All rights reserved.
Bell Media Television