NBA Tonight – Iverson Practices In Detroit
Welcome to Motown, Allen. I’m not really sure where you fit with this team, but if the move was made strictly for salary cap issues, then it’s understandable. If not, who knows. If Joe Dumars and Michael Curry expect the shooting-guard-trapped-in-a-point-guard’s-body to run the team, maybe they haven’t been paying attention. Iverson will certainly shoot the ball, although I’m not sure if he’ll make Rip, Tayshaun, Rasheed and the others better players.
As for Denver, it’s just about a flip-flop: the move makes sense on the court, but it doesn’t when it comes to salary management. Having a true point guard like Chauncey Billups with scorers like Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith should make the offense run smoother, although, I’m not sure if Denver is going to stop any of their opponents from scoring.
In addition to Billups, the Nuggets also get Antonio McDyess and Cheikh Samb, who likes to get dunked on by Maurice Evans. If McDyess does go back to Denver (reports are he’s not too interested), he could be a nice addition to go along with Nene and would give the Nuggets a pretty good starting five.
Back to the Pistons: who, out of this group of starters:
initiates the offense? Iverson will be probably be bringing the ball up the court, but that doesn’t mean he’s a great point guard either. So in short, the Iverson trade is a win for Detroit’s wallet and Denver’s starting five. What would you prefer?
Detroit at Charlotte, 7:00 PM — Welcome to the starting line-up, Rodney Stuckey. Tonight, anyway.
Chicago at Orlando, 7:00 PM ET — Dwight Howard meets Derrick Rose for the first time.
Sacramento at Philadelphia, 7:00 PM ET — Can the Kings get a win out of their last game on the current road trip?
Golden State at Memphis, 8:00 PM ET — Mayo and Gay are shooting 37 and 42 percent from the field, respectively. Behind the arc, it gets worse. Mayo is shooting 27 percent while Gay is shooting 9 (NINE) percent. I think you want more from your two wing players.
Cleveland at Dallas, 8:30 PM ET — LBJ does Dallas. Can Dirk Diggler survive?
Utah at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 PM ET — Still no Deron Williams for the Jazz.