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Trade Analysis: Boston-Dallas Trade

Saturday, December 20, 2014


From Dallas Mavericks' Facebook page
The hot topic in the NBA overnight right now: Rajon Rondo, the "lone survivor" of the Boston Celtics' 2008 championship team, is gone from Beantown. Rondo and Dwight Powell got traded to the Dallas Mavericks for Jameer Nelson, Jae Crowder, and Brandan Wright. Here are my takes on this sooner-than-expected trade.

Boston Celtics

Some Dallas fans are concerned on the package offered for Rondo. Well, can't blame them. After all, Crowder and Wright played pretty well for the Mavs. Crowder, once touted as the steal of the 2012 Draft after making impressions in the summer league, is expected to provide some stability as a swingman for the rebuilding Celtics, giving current star Jeff Green flexibility on his role and probably some good rest. Wright, as told by the fans, was a solid interior presence off the bench for Dallas. Jameer Nelson, as we all know, was a solid partner of Dwight Howard during the Orlando Magic's 2009 NBA Finals quest.

Dallas Mavericks

While Powell will become Tyson Chandler's new backup, the eyes are on Rajon Rondo. With a starting lineup filled with perimeter players in Monta Ellis, Dirk Nowitzki, and Chandler Parsons, adding Rondo is beneficial to the Mavs. While not known for being a good three-point shooter (25.2% in his career and 25% this season) and even a good free throw shooter (61.4% in his career and only 33.3% this season), Rondo is a pass-first player (8.5 apg in his career and a league-best 10.8 this season) and a triple-double machine (he once led the league in triple-doubles made in a season). You would love seeing Rondo dishing those assists to his outside shooters and setting up the lobs to Tyson Chandler.

Conclusion: Dallas wins this one, but with the fact that the team is part of the Western Conference or what I call the NBA's "group of death", it may not mean an automatic championship with Golden State and Memphis waxing hot and Oklahoma City starting to heat up as well.

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Do the Math: Kobe Bryant Edition Version 2.0

Monday, December 15, 2014


Getty Images
Two years ago, I made a blog post regarding the possibilities of Kobe Bryant surpassing Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the NBA scoring list. Now, 2,294 points later, the "Chasing Jordan" mission is complete. Now, let's take another look at Bryant's path to greatness. Can he still overtake Malone and even Abdul-Jabbar in the scoring list with everything that transpired in the past two years?

Bryant now only needs to score 4,619 points to surpass Malone at second and 6,078 to become the NBA's all-time leading scorer. He averages 25.4 points a game this season, good for third below LeBron James (by just 0.1 ppg) and, guess who, James Harden! Again, let's assume he's totally healthy all season (he already suffered leg injuries in the past two years) and no lockout will take place (there were earlier rumors about a lockout with the CBA expiring by 2016).

1. Assuming Kobe opts to play until 2017. That's two more full seasons plus the remainder of the regular season for a total of 222 games. Bryant needs to average 27.4 points a match just for him to do so. In my Kobe 30K Do the Math, I said that he needed to average 21.5 ppg until 2017 to pass the former Lew Alcindor. With the various lower body pains that sidelined him for almost half of the 169 games (80 to be precise) he was supposed to play in that two-year span, I wonder if he can still exert much effort to score at least 27 consistently considering that he has also botched a lot of shots. In earlier's historic match against the Timberwolves, Bryant scored 26 but on 7-of-20 (35%) shooting. Earlier in the season, he also got the "distinction" of being the player with the most number of missed field goals in his career. What more if he will retire in 2016 just as what he may have implied earlier this year?

2. Bryant hinted that he might call it a career after the 2016 season. For him to overtake Kareem at the end of that season, he needs to be like Wilt Chamberlain v. 1.963 and average a whopping 43.4 points per game (Wilt averaged 44.8 in the 1963 season, 5.8 ppg below his career-best 50.4 season average the previous season highlighted by his 100-point game)! That's a way too far cry from his 25.4 ppg season average and even his career average of 25.5. Virtually speaking, with everything I said above, he needs to make most of his shots just to get the 43.4 ppg average. But with the Lakers, currently 8-16, lacking another consistent go-to guy (Nick Young is, after all, Swaggy P literally and figuratively) and might continue to be in rebuilding mode in the near future, Bryant will have to continue taking the lion's share of the Lakers' shots.

3. If Kobe stays until 2018, he has to average 20 ppg to pass Kareem. If Kobe indeed stays for three more seasons after this one, at this rate, it's very plausible. In fact, assuming he's consistent with his career average, he can accomplish it in 239 games or, if he stays injury-free and no lockout takes place, 17 games into the 2018 season (that could happen either late November or early December 2017). The 27.4 ppg until 2017 is actually also plausible provided he exerts a bit more strength.

Forecast: I still believe KAJ will stay on top after Kobe's career comes to an end, but I now highly doubt if he can pass Karl at number 2.

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A visit at Peak Form

Friday, December 12, 2014


For a basketball player like me and even at those times when I tried playing ultimate and soccer, I have to run the floor to go for the shots, the steals, and the blocks. But long rests from the game hampered my legs a bit. So I was totally surprised that I found out after a visit to Peak Form that my left upper leg muscles have become tight. With the evolution of the games today, my fear of getting an ACL injury became imminent. Good thing I went to Peak Form.
The therapist at Peak Form told me that after the treatment, which goes beyond a simple massage, my muscles will loosen, and it did!

First up, she used a shockwave machine on me. I thought about having the same treatment on my other leg, but she told me that my right leg is OK. Usually for kidney stones, the shockwave machine can also be used to target the sore muscles. After five minutes, I began to feel the sensation.
Up next is the cryo machine. For 15 minutes, it takes away the pain and the swelling in your muscle.

Then, the therapist performed a laser and ultrasound therapy and some massage on my left leg. After a few more moments, we're done with the therapy. My left leg felt lighter and ready to play basketball again!
Kathy Ngo, a friend of mine, dropped by and told me to check out Peak Form's Rip60 Suspension Cable. The demonstrator told us that it is used for athletes who came from surgeries. I tried it out. It can serve as an alternative to jump training with resistance band on.
Kathy Ngo
So for athletes who want to get relief from injuries, go to the Peak Form sports clinic located at Unit 807 of the Infinity Building, 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

For inquiries, call (02)4789408 or 09163534485 or visit its Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram page at @peakformmanila.

PS: I saw in its photo gallery that some Ginebra players went there and gave approval to Peak Form's services.

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Trade Analysis: GlobalPort-San Miguel Trade

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Sol Mercado found himself in a trading saga for one day. Nuki Sabio/PBA
The day started with Sol Mercado packing his bags for Barako Bull. An hour later, however, he found himself going back to GlobalPort. Mercado and Alex Cabagnot got re-traded for each other ten months after ending up at their incumbent teams due to a swap.

GlobalPort Batang Pier

So it's now Sol Mercado's turn to team up with spitfire combo guards Stanley Pringle and Terrence Romeo. My concern on this one is on whether Sol can co-exist with Pringle and Romeo considering he himself is also a combo guard. My gut says the RPM may not work. But the future could be bright for the Batang Pier as two future second-rounders were included in the swap.

San Miguel Beermen

I was not able to make an analysis on that February trade, but I had the Beermen winning that one with Mercado and Rico Maierhofer being huge pick-ups. What happened? Mercado's number fell down in his stint with San Miguel, and the team did not win a title. Now with the best chance of winning it after finishing first in the eliminations and taking an outright semis berth, the Beermen made everyone wonder by shipping Mercado, who made a sacrifice for team's sake, for Cabagnot. What made everyone wonder more was the original plan in which Mercado should end up at Barako Bull for Denok Miranda that was actually approved by Commissioner but did not push through only because it was only half of the package. Now, enter A-Cab. He's back at San Miguel, and reports revealed that he actually wanted to be out of GlobalPort prior to the season. Now back with the Beermen, who last won a title in 2011 thanks in part to him and Miranda, Cabagnot will add more offensive firepower to them.

Conclusion: Although it may seem equal in strength, I have San Miguel winning this one. Cabagnot may have sensed the consequences of a Cabagnot-Pringle-Romeo team-up, which became known as the CPR, and it could be a factor behind his trade demands. Like I mentioned, it's my concern too. Can the new RPM triumvirate "get in gear" (borrowing a Power Rangers morphing line)?

PS: The one-day Sol Mercado saga led to a series of tweets from him comparing the deal to that of a reconciliation with an ex-girlfriend.

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Trade Analysis: Barako Bull-Purefoods Trade

Tuesday, December 09, 2014


From James Yap's Instagram
Just as they will clash for a chance to end their eliminations on a high note, Barako Bull and Purefoods first completed a one-for-two trade that was approved by the PBA. Mick Pennisi goes to the Hotshots and could actually play against his former club Energy, who gets Ronnie Matias and Isaac Holstein in return. Here's my take on it.

Barako Bull Energy

Barako has been criticized for being a sort of a "farm team" because every time a star rises in the squad, another team steps in and goes for a trade for the star. Well, the Energy gave up a star, but in return they got a blue-chip veteran in Matias and a promising big man in Holstein. Matias will provide that no-backing-down mentality to the Barako Bull camp. Holstein, on the other hand, could finally shine in this ever rebuil... ehem ever cool team.

Purefoods Star Hotshots

Now, Mick Pennisi will take his flo... I mean fantastic range for a big man to Purefoods. While this is another measure to keep the Hotshots' frontline stable while Ian Sangalang is still healing his ACL, Pennisi's three-point shooting could be of good help to the triangle offense now that Purefoods may need to win twice in the first playoff phase to continue its title defense.

Conclusion: Well, I have Barako Bull winning this one. My concern on Purefoods is on whether Pennisi and Joe Devance will co-exist. These guys are biggies who love to be on the perimeter. For Holstein, this is his time.

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