-- While I'm happily patting myself on the back about the Heat not fitting together well, Chris Bosh has also shown why I have been dead wrong in my argument that the Bulls are foolish for not trading Joakim Noah for Carmelo Anthony. I was looking around, trying to find a trade of Bosh that could bring in someone who could add some vocal leadership and tenacity to the Heat and there just aren't that many big men that fit the bill. Carmelo Anthony might be the better talent but Noah is the engine that the Bulls need if they want to really make some noise in the playoffs.
-- On the other hand, arguing the Darko Milicic brings the same elements to the Wolves is ridiculous. I get that Kevin Love has had knee injuries in the past and hasn't always had the cleanest bill of health but in the three games that he's played over 30 minutes this season, he's gotten: 22/9, 23/24, and 31/31. David Kahn can cite Darko's size and defense all he wants but there's simply no way that one of the biggest busts in NBA history should be averaging almost as many minutes a game as Love. Darko's defense is inconsistent and as for tenacity, well, he wanted to leave the NBA for Europe last year and explained his decision to stay to Fanhouse, "Minnesota came over and gave me a chance to play, so I said, 'I'm going to stay. Why not?'" In the pantheon of bad signs, "Why not?" ranks up there with "I'm in it for the money."
Once Jonny Flynn gets healthy, the Wolves should go with: Love, Michael Beasley, Wes Johnson, Corey Brewer, and Flynn as their starting lineup. Yes, it's a flawed lineup but this team is going nowhere so the smartest move would be to throw the best talent out there and see if they can play together.
-- Back to the Heat, the 25 year old LeBron James complaining about too many minutes NINE GAMES into the season is laughable. If you ever want a sign of LeBron weak will, it's the fact that he's talking about wanting to play LESS against his arch-rival. After a loss, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Isiah Thomas, etc. would have wanted to run it back right away so they could immediately avenge their loss. They wouldn't complain about being on the court too much in a losing effort.
LeBron just looks sillier when you see that guy who is over a decade older (Ray Allen) played about as many minutes as him in the game and that in Utah's four game double-digit comeback win streak, the key players on the Jazz are logging big minutes, with Deron Williams leading the way with: 54, 43, 42, and 39 minutes in the games. Also, mind you, LeBron has as many games over 40 minutes this season (4) as he does under 35. While I'm sure LeBron would argue back that the wear-and-tear explains the fact that the Heat are 0 - 4 when he plays 40+ minutes, I'd argue the reason is that those were four of the best teams the Heat have played so far (Boston twice, New Orleans, and Utah). The only legit team Miami has beaten this year is Orlando. Their other wins have come against Minnesota, Philly, New Jersey (twice). I'm sure Coach Spo will be able to limit James's minutes against their upcoming schedule as they don't have a top notch matchup until November 24th against Orlando and then the 27th against Dallas. LeBron should EXPECT to play 40+ minutes in those games. not complain about the team needing him on the floor.
-- While Chris Bosh is getting the most pub, the worst signing of the year still has to be Joe Johnson. The Hawks ran out to a 6 - 0 start but, like the Heat, they were beating bad teams; their best win being against the Grizzlies. They also remind me of a poor man's version of the 'Sheed/Steve Smith Blazers, a team that never found a lead they couldn't blow in the 4th quarter. Johnson's contract hogties the franchise financially which is a major problem since they need a new PG, a starting center so they can move Al Horford to PF, and add more talent to their bench. Rumors are already swirling around Josh Smith but I honestly wouldn't be surprised if Joe Johnson found himself on the trade block at the trade deadline.
-- One team that I could see making a run at Joe is Orlando. I mean, the Magic have to realize that they will only go as far as the Jameer Nelson/Vince Carter backcourt takes them, don't they? (Although, I still think a deal between Atlanta and Golden St. makes the most sense.)
-- One of the more pleasant surprises of the year has been Marquis Daniels's return to form. He was a major disappointment last season and I didn't understand why the C's re-signed him but Danny Ainge, yet again, proved that he had a better handle on the Celtics than I do.
-- The best thing to happen to the Clippers this season is Baron Davis pulling a Baron Davis and showing up out of shape and banged up. Eric Bledsoe has been given the reins and shown that he belongs. It also allows Eric Gordon to take on the lead dog role and lets Bledsoe, Gordon, and Blake Griffin to grow together.
-- Speaking on bad veteran presences, if the Wizards know what is good for them, and by "them" I mean their franchise and by "their franchise" I mean John Wall, they will do everything in their power to move their talented headcases (aka 80% of their roster) and get some sane human beings on their team. Wall's supporting cast should be called the Tea Party: a ton of potential, they can make a lot of noise, but usually just look stupid and incompetent. And I think most rational people are nervous about what kind of influence they may have on the future.
-- The win against the Lakers was nice but it's only going to continue to delude the Nuggets that 'Melo might re-sign with them. At this point, I think the odds on "Anthony stays in Denver" are even with "Anthony returns to Syracuse".
-- The Raptors are now truly a team that reflects Canada: I know they're there but I really don't care.