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Observations from the first week of the 2010-11 season

 

The first week of the NBA season has come and gone. Here are some noteworthy observations from those first seven days:

  • Tim Duncan has said that he plans on playing until “the wheels fall off.” Well, I think I just saw one rolling down the Riverwalk. Duncan had a nice start to the season, posting 23 points and 12 rebounds against Indiana, but he followed it up with seven points and seven rebounds against New Orleans and 14 points and seven rebounds against the Clippers. Considering he averages over 20 points and 11 rebounds for his career, these numbers look downright pedestrian. Perhaps he should have said he plans on playing until teams stop paying him $20 million per season. That might have been more accurate.

  • Reggie Evans has been doing his best Dennis Rodman impersonation to start the year. In his first three games, he has grabbed 16, 14, and 19 rebounds for a per-game average of 16.3. That leads the NBA and is ahead of the 15.3 rebounds grabbed by the NBA’s No. 2 rebounder, Joakim Noah. Plus, both Evans and Rodman irritate defenders and struggle from the free throw line. If Evans ever starts growing his hair out enough to dye it, David Stern may just have a stroke.

  • Speaking of players doing impressions, Rajon Rondo has been channeling his inner John Stockton as of late. He tied Stockton for most assists in a player’s first three games with 50 and currently averages 16.7 per game. That will happen when you post 24 assists in a single game as he did against New York on Oct. 29.

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  • Only five players from the 2007 draft class received extensions by the Nov. 1 deadline — Kevin Durant, Al Horford, Joakim Noah, Mike Conley and Jared Dudley. Everyone else will be headed for restricted free agency next summer due to the uncertainty surrounding the eventual construction of the new collective bargaining agreement. Most teams did not want to risk committing long-term to a player when that commitment could put a major strain on the team financially in the coming years. That means Greg Oden will hit the market in the summer of 2011, so if your team could use a broken-down big man, you’re in luck.

  • Tracy McGrady’s first three games in Detroit have not gone quite as well as he probably planned. He has scored just two points on 1-of-6 shooting. It’s gotten so bad, I hear the Pistons may start scouting Allen Iverson’s games in Turkey just in case.

 

 


 

  • It took less than a week for the trade rumors to begin again. Carmelo Anthony and Rudy Fernandez have been mainstays, but Andre Iguodala and Josh Smith are new. Plus, rumors also have Eddy Curry somehow winding up in Miami — that is if he doesn’t put on so much weight sitting on the Knicks’ bench that he qualifies as his own Big Three.

  • While LeBron James has played well for Miami early this season, one of the major story lines surrounding him has not been his play but his new Nike commercial. As the Heat have been pressuring opposing teams defensively, Nike has put on a full-court press in running damage control with James. The commercial, referencing much of the criticism (and critics) that was leveled against him over the summer, shows up on every channel, and while funny, it will get old as quickly as a Lady Gaga song on the radio if Nike keeps running it incessantly. Nike desperately wants people to like LeBron, forgive LeBron, and most importantly, buy LeBron gear, but if it keeps throwing its poster boy in everyone’s face, people will get sick of him again. And that’s not good for sales.

 

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By: Eric Lorenz
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