Lebron Brooklyn Bound?

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Will Marion/Shaq Trade Bring Heat back to Miami?

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At 9-39, the Miami Heat have the worst record in the NBA.  As the February 21st NBA Trade Deadline was approaching, the Heat found it necessary to make a deal to point their franchise in the right direction.  Losers of 21 of their last 22, this season is all but lost for Miami.  Nonetheless, as a franchise you must think one step ahead.  Bring in Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks.  Young energetic players that could bring some life back to South Beach area basketball.  Banks and Marion come from the fast paced, uptempo transition floorgame of the Phoenix Suns.  Though their numbers might seemed dwarfed coming to Miami, their energy is surely needed on a team that is just flat out, in a funk.

Look for Riley to let his athletes, be athletes.  The season is all but lost, give the scarce South Beach crowd, an uptempo, high flying gameplan.  Jason Williams has never been known for his halfcourt leadership, but he undoubtably can run the break, and use his athleticism to create shots for players that can fill the lane.  Shawn Marion thrives in the transition, as does young SG Dorell Wright, the purest athlete on the roster.  Throw in a healthy Dwyane Wade, and you’ll give the Miami faithful an exciting brand of basketball, get some seats filled, and hey even win a couple games.

Shawn Marion with Heat coach Pat Riley.

Let’s not be foolish, the reason for the Marion-O’Neal deal was simply to open up some cap space for next season.  Ricky Davis, Jason Williams, Alonzo Mourning, Chris Quinn, Earl Barron, and a couple others are in their final contract year.  Plus, Shawn Marion can opt out of his contract.  Basically meaning, that its possible that the Miami Heat could be close to 50 million under the cap, going into next season.  Add a lottery pick to that scenario, and maybe things in South Beach ain’t so bad.

Everyone knows Shaq will be a huge force for Phoenix in the short term (this season), the Suns did what they had to do to challenge in the Western Conference.  But Miami made the right choice as well.  Sure, they won’t make the playoffs.  But the games of Miami losing 100-80 are over for this season. 

Now they will lose games 110-100. 

Hey, its an improvement.

There’s always next year.

Parliament Plays NBA GM


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The 2008 NBA Draft will be held on June 26, 2008 at the Washington Mutual Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The draft will be broadcast in the United States on ESPN

Sure thats five months away, but I have some thoughts, and there are guys that I’d have my eyes on, if I were an NBA GM.So, let’s play this game.  If today was June 26th, and I was an NBA GM, what players would I have on my draft board.  Here are the TOP 10 players, Parliament would select as of today.Granted this list is how I think it should go, not how I foresee it going, come June.

1.  Jarvis Varnado         Mississippi State 


NBA Comparison:  Tyson Chandler

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Parliament’s NBA Fearless Predictions Week of 11/09/2007

Parliament’s NBA Fearless Predictions Week 11/10                      

Boston will get their first loss of the season Saturday night (Nov. 10) at New Jersey 

The Cleveland Cavaliers will sign free agent PF Chris Webber and waive rookie SG Demetrius Nichols.  Thus indicating their firm stance, not to give in to holdout Anderson Varejao’s salary demands

The Chicago Bulls will add free agent PG Earl Boykins to their roster, and send rookie C Aaron Gray to the D-League’s Iowa Energy

The Seattle Supersonics will get their first win of the season Sunday night (Nov. 11) at home versus the Detroit Pistons

Hornets PG Chris Paul, and Nets PG Jason Kidd, will both have triple-doubles in the game against each other Monday evening (Nov. 12)

Lakers SG Kobe Bryant will put up 65 points versus San Antonio on Tuesday evening (Nov. 13)

Knicks SG Jamal Crawford will put up 45 points at Phoenix on Tuesday (Nov. 13)

Golden State will get their first win of the season on Wednesday (Nov 14) at home over the Detroit Pistons

Parliament’s Projected NBA Standings

Eastern Conference Western Conference

Atlantic Southwest
Boston Houston
*Toronto *San Antonio
*New Jersey *Memphis
New York *Dallas
Philadelphia New Orleans

Central Northwest
Chicago Utah
Cleveland* *Denver
Milwaukee* Portland
Detroit Minnesota
Indiana Seattle

Southeast Pacific
Miami Golden State
Orlando* *Phoenix
Charlotte LA Lakers
Atlanta LA Clippers
Washington Sacramento

             *playoff berth

Conference Finals:

(East) Miami over Chicago

(West) Houston over San Antonio

NBA Finals: Houston over Miami

NBA Finals MVP: Tracey McGrady



Parliament’s NBA Fearless Predictions


Detroit and the LA Lakers will both fail to make the playoffs


Dallas the #1 in the Western Conference last season, will be a #8 seed this season


Jermaine O’Neal will not finish the season as a Pacer


Tyrus Thomas will finish in the league’s Top 10 in Blocks and Steals


Mike Miller will finish in the league’s Top 10 in scoring this season


Kwame Brown will average a Double-Double this year


JR Smith will win the SlamDunk Contest this year, defeating Gerald Green and Thaddeus Young


Steve Novak will win the 3 point shooting contest this year, defeating Ray Allen and Jason Kapono


Shawn Kemp will be signed by the Dallas Mavericks at some point this season


Andrei Kirilenko will win the Defensive Player of the Year award


Kobe Bryant will remain a Laker, at least for this season


Isiah Thomas will resign from his duties as Knicks Head Coach and GM by season’s end


Allan Houston will resurface this season, signing with the San Antonio Spurs



Parliament’s Projected NBA Leaders & Awards

Projected Stat Leaders


Scoring: Kobe Bryant

Rebounding: Al Jefferson

Assists: Steve Nash

Blocks: Tyson Chandler

Steals: Gerald Wallace



Season Awards


League MVP: Dewayne Wade

Rookie of the Year: Corey Brewer

Coach of the Year: Rick Adelman



Other Awards


Most Overrated Team: Dallas / Detroit (tie)

Most Underrated Team: Houston

Surprise Team: Memphis

Most Overrated Player: Stephon Marbury

Most Underrated Player: Andre Iguodala

Surprise Player: Patrick O’Bryant

Most Improved Player: Marvin Williams