It’s Official: Dwight Howard Is a Laker

The drama is finally over until next season. Dwight Howard has been shipped off to the Los Angeles Lakers in a four team deal that involved the Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Philadelphia 76ers. The trade also involved Andre Iguodala who’s currently in London and will be playing for gold this Sunday as a part of Team USA. Rumors of this trade also involved Pau Gasol, but the Lakers were able to keep him. I think this blockbuster trade works in all of the teams’ favor because it keeps them all competitive for the upcoming  2012-2013 season. Though Howard is not guaranteeing that he’ll  sign an extension with Lakers, this is still shaping up to be an exciting year once again for basketball fans. Who do you think won this deal?

What Howard would like in a Lakers uniform

Lakers get: Dwight Howard(ORL), Chris Duhon(ORL), and Earl Clark(ORL)

Magics get: Arron Afflalo(DEN), Al Harrington(DEN), Moe Harkless(PHI), Nikola Vucevic(PHI) Josh McRoberts(LAL), Christian Eyenga(LAL), and Draft Picks

Sixers get: Andrew Bynum(LAL), Jason Richardson(ORL)

Nuggets get: Andre Iguodala(PHI)

 

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Blake Griffin Out, Anthony Davis In

Team USA receives yet another blow due to injury. After losing Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Lamar Odom and Chris Bosh due to various reasons, we have lost one more player. Blake Griffin will undergo surgery for a torn knee meniscus that he suffered in practice. Team USA certainly has the depth but the size is absent. Losing Blake also will bring down the significant amount of alley oops and other momentum changing plays on both ends of the floor. Anthony Davis is Blake’s replacement for now and is likely to be on the team once the official Olympic games begin. I was looking forward to see how Blake would elevate his game against the likes of Spain, Argentina, and Brazil. Blake wasn’t able to play back in the World Championships due to injury, and now you can add the 2012 Olympics to the list.

How Will USA Basketball Look This Year?

I’d like to preface this post by letting everyone know that NBA TV will televise the live USA Basketball team selection on July 7, at 7 p.m est. By now everyone knows how directly or indirectly the NBA lockout has affected the way Team USA will look this summer. There will be no Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, Chauncey Billups, Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, and now rookie Anthony Davis all due to injury or rehabilitation to a prior injury. Recently Lamar Odom dropped his name from consideration. The wear and tear that some of these athletes endured throughout the season and playoff runs increases the likelihood of replacements once all of the training and exhibition games begin. I am very excited for the London Olympics this year. Here are my predicitons for the 2012 Olympic National team:

PG:Chris Paul

SG:Kobe Bryant

SF:Kevin Durant

PF:Lebron James

C:Tyson Chandler

Reserves: Deron Williams, Russell Westbrook, Eric Gordon, Andre Iguodala, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love, and Blake Griffin

Week In Review

In a week when university started back up for me plus setting up some interviews, I wanted to touch up on a few things good and unfortunate that has happened this week. I use this picture of Kobe and Vanessa Bryant as a way to simulate that despite the smiles, nothing last forever.

The AFC and NFC Championship games are tomorrow. The New England Patriots host the Baltimore Ravens in the first game followed by the San Francisco 49ers hosting the New York Giants.

Etta James R.I.P. The legendary singer passed away from complications of leukemia less than a week from her would be 74th birthday. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Sarah Burke R.I.P. Sarah died from the complications of a skiing accident. My condolences are with her family and friends. She was only 29 years old.

Vanessa Bryant will net 75 million and three mansions as part of the divorce settlement from NBA superstar, Kobe Bryant.

It seems as if no one will last as Seal and Heidi Klum are reported to be divorcing soon after six years of marriage. The couple has three children together. I hope they work things out.

Entertainment News

There has been a bulk of news in the past couple of weeks that I want to get out there for you guys.

  • Britney Spears and her beau Jason Trawick are now engaged.
  • Vanessa Bryant has filed for divorce from NBA superstar, Kobe Bryant.
  • The NBA offseason under the new CBA started December 9th and since then, Chris Paul was shipped off to the LA Clippers. There was also a plethora of other moves including Lamar Odom getting traded to the reigning champions, the Dallas Mavericks.
  • J.R. Martinez, winner of this past season of Dancing With The Stars is going to be a dad for the first time. He and his fiance Diana are expecting their first child next Spring.
  • Sophie Clarke is your Survivor: South Pacific champion.
  • The direct sequel to our modern day Sherlock Holmes won the box office this weekend taking in over 40 million. This is way down from the first film’s opening weekend. The third installment of Alvin and the Chipmunks came in second with over 23 mil, followed by Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible with 13 mil unofficially. The fourth installment of the film was on limited release but officially comes out this Wednesday.

The NBA is back on Christmas Day with five games.

BOS vs NYK @ 12 pm on TNT *rematch of 2011 quarter finals”

MIA vs DAL @ 2:30 pm on ABC *rematch of 2011 NBA finals*

CHI vs LAL @ 5:00 pm on ABC

ORL vs OKC @ 8:00 pm on ESPN

LAC vs GSW @ 10:30 pm on ESPN *Chris Paul’s first game as a Clipper, Mark Jackson’s first game as coach of Warriors*