Hello 2012/2013 NBA Season

Hello 2012/2013 NBA Season

By Aish Abid

The NBA schedule was released just a few days back, and we all know what that means; the season is coming closer. The league faced many changes with teams, players and even coaches. Because of these changes, this season is going to be a thriller. In this post, I am going to note some upcoming games and teams that will be must sees this year [according to my preferences]. At number 1, the 2011/12 champs, Miami Heat take on the Celts. Ofcourse, the famous Big 3 will be there, only this time, Ray Allen will be playing with LeBron and the Heat. Next, at number 2, I know everyone is curious to see where Dwight Howard goes, but wherever he ends up, I want to see him take on the Magic with their new head coach, Jacque Vaughn. This off-season, the Dwightmare has been the center of attention, and it would be nice to finally see what Dwight chooses. Number 3, the new and improved Hornets begin this year with 2 of the biggest names in the 2012/13 Draft; Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers. [This one is completely biased] Hornets v. Raptors. If you know me well enough, you would know that I was dying for Rivers to come to Toronto. But, since he didn’t, I want to see him play against our own improved team, the Raptors. With our newest members; Landry Fields, Kyle Lowry, Terrance Ross and Quincy Acy, we are sure to see a difference in this team. Here’s a new one, number 4, the NBA welcomes the newest team in the league, the Brooklyn Nets. Their home opener should be broadcasted everywhere! Lastly, Number 5 is a big one, and I can bet anything that all NBA fans are looking forward to this game. Heat v. OKC [flashback to the 2011/12 Finals].

I will continue to add more games to my “Must-see List” as more changes occur in the big league. Feel free to throw some comments on games you are most excited to see.

Free Agency Heating Up

Free Agency Heating Up

By Aish Abid

I am sure everyone feels the same way when I say I can’t imagine Ray Allen in a black and red Heat uniform, or even Mama Ray in a bedazzled one. Media, fans and the world can finally take a sigh of relief, because our big man Ray is not yet retiring. But, he is taking up Miami as an option during his free agency this off-season. The Heat and Allen are said to share a mutual interest between this deal, I mean come on; what team doesn’t want a shooting guard that fires 3’s like it’s no big deal and has been in the league for 15 years? A guy with this much experience could be getting paid a ton elsewhere, but the Heat are offering $3 million a year. Realistically, Allen would make a wise decision if he were to “take his talent to South Beach Miami” [LeBron James] and join the Big 3; due to his ankle injury, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to cut down his playing minutes and rest that injured ankle. The 36 year old would make an astonishing Big 3 of his own along with Mike Miller and James Jones. “There’s still a lot of basketball left in my legs, I know that for sure,” Allen said after the Celtics’ loss to the Heat in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. So, we know one thing for sure, this guy isn’t leaving the league so soon.

Frustrating Game 1 for Ray

Frustrating Game 1 for Ray

By Aish Abid

The Boston Celtic fans not so impressed with the nearly 90 percent free throw shooter; Ray Allen, as he misses a free throw at the American Airlines Arena Monday night against the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. In the 93-79 loss against Lebron and the Heat, Allen played through a painful right ankle, while struggling to find his shot from all over the court. Last night, he missed six of his seven free throw attempts and had only 6 points. “I think Ray missed four free throws tonight. I don’t think we’ll ever see that again,” said Celtics coach Doc Rivers as he met with the media after the loss. Still, with much hope Allen spoke with the media with his Game 1 preformance. “I’m just trying to find my balance, I feel good over it, I’m just not in a great rhythm right now. I just know I don’t have good timing right now. The shot feels fine. If it’s short, I know that I do have less lift on it . I just take it day by day, trying to figure out what I’m dealing with. I do have restrictions.” said Allen. “That’s why we have a great team here, why we have each other. I believe you guys know what I’m dealing with. It’s nothing really to talk about. It’s like a battle within myself, I have to try to win. It’s a daily situation I have to deal with. This is the time I need to be out here to help the team win. When the season’s over with, I’ll have to deal with what I have to deal with myself, personally. Right now, it’s the playoffs and you play.” Ray Allen expects a better preformance Wednesday night for Game 2 against the Heat.