Sunday, January 2, 2011

20 Questions From The Association - No Place Like Home After The Holidays

Is it just me, or…


Does (potentially) a #4 seed in the first round of the playoffs seems like an awfully crappy prize for a Mavericks team that, thus far, has won 75% of its games?

Do I owe Chris Bosh a bit of an apology?

More than any team in the NBA, are the Lakers capable of making the game of basketball seem both absurdly easy and absurdly difficult in a 10-minute span?

Does it seem like “immature” Gilbert Arenas may actually reinvent himself as a deferential playmaker alongside Dwight Howard? (this one may just be me)

With Michael Beasley, Kevin Love, Martell Webster and Wes Johnson (quietly the second best 2010 lottery pick) waiting to catch his passes, should Ricky Rubio be fairly eager to join the Minnesota Timberwolves?

Is John Wall almost as spectacular getting down the floor as Blake Griffin is rising above it?

As much as any player in the NBA- Blake included- has Derrick Rose reached “appointment viewing” status?

Is it amazing that- at 5’5”- 135 out of Eastern Michigan University- Earl Boykins is midway through his 12th NBA season and a lock for 6,000+ points and 2,000+ assists?

Might Richard Hamilton- a 12th year guy with close to 15,000 career points, a championship ring and $73+ million in earnings, with $25.3 million more to come over the next two years- want to conduct himself with a little bit more professionalism?

Does the idea of trading Andrew Bynum (and his $15.2 million contract, which expires in the summer of 2012) seem like a good one… until he catches an alley-oop 2 feet above the rim?

Should the Nets be far more willing to deal Devin Harris and/or Brook Lopez than Derrick Favors?

Do both Carmelo Anthony (“I’ll go to New Jersey if they get another All-Star.” Huh?) and the Nuggets (Five 1st-rounders and more? Get a grip!) need to reassess their respective expectations for a potential deal?

Does someone need to remind Vince Carter that he’s playing for a new contract?

Would it be cool if two of the greatest buzzer-beaters of the past half-decade (one; and the other) happened in games that people were actually watching?

Might the Washington Wizards regret committing to Andray Blatche through 2014-15?

Is Dwight Howard clearly the NBA’s second best 20-12 guy?

Is it patently absurd that the 11-22 Detroit Pistons are just three games out of a playoff spot, and just four back of the #7 seed in the East?

Given all that’s been demanded of him, is Marcus Camby (11.2 rpg, 1.8 bpg) deserving of an All-Star selection?

Having won 11 of their last 15 games to reach .500 (16-16) and sitting just 3.5 games out of 6th place in the West- with Yao’s $17+ million expiring deal as a trade chip- are the Rockets potentially one of the NBA’s scarier second half teams?

Does watching Steve Nash desperately try to keep the Phoenix Suns together make you hate Robert Sarver more by the minute?



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