Okay somebody asked me to blog about the NBA and its playoff for the April blog ideas and I didnt have time until now so consider this the last blog for this group re: April.
Okay all the talk going into the playoffs was about how will Shaq to the Suns and Kidd to the Mavericks play out, but what about a deal that DIDNT get done, but could have made a difference in the first round?
What are you Fing talking about Cassidy? Well, let me explain: What if the Denver Nuggets had picked up Ron Artest to guard Kobe in their first round series so they could at least tell their fans that we tried to play a smidge of defense in the postseason? Well? Kenyon Martin is no Ron Artest and had really no chance to stay with Kobe chugging around that 240 lb frame of his.
Denver could have had Ron Artest in February had they not been so stingy as to turn down this deal: Artest for Linas Kleiza, Eduardo Najera and a first round pick that wasnt going to be a high pick. Now they are one and done for the 5th straight year and still there is no defensive player on their horizon; and the price for Artest has went up since February as he played stellar down the stretch in meaningless games for the Sacramento Kings. Dont yap at me about Marcus Camby being a good defender as the Nuggets were the first 50-win team in NBA history to be swept in the first round. D'oh! doesnt begin to describe it.
What do you guys think? Would getting Artest have mattered enough to have made the Nugs-Lakers series an actual series, or would have it just gotten the Nugs a win or two and still another first round bounce job?