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NBA Talk Pacers Edition: Is Roy Hibbert Ready?

Roy Hibbert emerged in his rookie year, proving that he is star like he was back in Georgetown. Last year, the 7’2″ center had averaged seven points and four rebounds per game. Although he did play only 1,009 minutes that year, seven points and four rebounds per game is very good for a rookie center, you got to admit that. Hibbert also had a 7.94 efficiency rating, which is solid for a rookie center as well. When Hibbert came onto the court, he took advantage of his size and rebounded every ball whenever he got the chance too. His 7’2″ frame takes a big advantage and the Pacers were very lucky to get him. His field goal percentage and free throw percentage were solid for his skills, as he had .471 in field goal percentage and was .667 in free throw percentage. Solid, isn’t it? Also, in every game, he always had at least one block. In his last three games of the season, he had three blocks per game. Probably one of his best games was against the Detroit Pistons in the 80th game of the season. He had nine points, four blocks, and eight rebounds. He played very well that game and improved as the games went on throughout the season. Now here we are, this year. The Pacers have a chance at Lakers’ stud, Lamar Odom. With him, it could help the team with rebounding the ball. The Pacers struggled last year and just couldn’t improve. But now as we have seen Roy Hibbert’s skills last year, is it possible of him becoming the starter of...

NBA Talk Pacers Edition: I Think It’s Time To Bring In Lamar Odom

The Los Angeles Lakers have to pick between Trevor Ariza and Lamar Odom to whom to sign and whom to go into free agency. Pardon the Interruption says that the Lakers should pick Trevor Ariza instead of Odom. Many people on the Internet say so as well. And guess what? The possibility of that happening is positive, so really, it’s going to happen. And right now, the Pacers’ bell should be ringing. They have to think about bringing in this wonderful kid, who just won his first NBA Championship. And there may be a possible chance of him winning it again if he falls with the Pacers. With such superstars like T.J. Ford, Brandon Rush, Danny Granger, Jeff Foster, Marquis Daniels, Mike Dunleavy, Roy Hibbert, and Troy Murphy, it’s time to bring in a new face to the team. And the kid’s name is Lamar Odom. The Pacers have spread interest in Odom before in the 2007-2008 season when Jermaine O’Neal was at his worst in his career with Indiana. The Pacers were interested in Odom at the starting of the 2006-2007 season. There were many trade rumors swirling that the Pacers would trade J.O. for L.O. And I actually thought it would happen, but I didn’t want one of my idols to leave my favorite team for good. He did. The Pacers traded Jermaine O’Neal to the Toronto Raptors for the fastest player in the NBA, T.J. Ford. Although T.J. Ford isn’t a superstar point guard (just an above average one), he became a quick star with the Pacers, having career-highs in many categories. But however, the Pacers...

NBA Talk NBA Finals Edition: Pau Gasol Isn’t Soft Any More!

Pau Gasol was always questioned about his toughness. Especially in last year’s NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics. He was also questioned about his toughness against point guards! Have you ever seen him dunked by Baron Davis?   He struggled badly last year against Kevin Garnett in the NBA Finals. That series was a lop-sided match-up with “The Big Ticket” winning. But Pau Gasol has been struggling a bit this year in the Finals as well when he faces Dwight “Superman” Howard. Gasol only averaged close to 15 points per game last year in the Finals. He was criticized badly not only for being overpowered by  Kevin Garnett  but also Kendrick Perkins and Leon Powe. Gasol was so soft that when you Google up “Pau Gasol toughness” as John Hollinger of ESPN would say, there won’t be many results. I tried myself and if you look at it, there isn’t many results actually. Don’t believe me? Try it! Gasol is soft. We all know it. He is not tough as all those players like Kevin Garnett, Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan, Dwight Howard, Roy Hibbert, Ben Wallace, Amare Stoudemire, Jermaine O’Neal, Tyson Chandler, D.J. White, and all of those guys. But in Game Four of the NBA Finals, he may have finally arrived in the Association as a “tough” player. Sure, the stats weren’t what you would call amazing (16 points and ten rebounds) but come on, Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher were the stars of that game. But in every “key juncture” (as  John Hollinger would phrase it), Gasol did what he needed to do!  He rattled the rim with his dunks, he knocked down his  shots, and...

NBA Talk: Now It’s a Series! Magic Bounce Back, 108-104, Watch Out LA!

After a horrible miss by Courtney Lee that could have made the Magic win Game Two of the Finals, he shows Orlando that he can shoot the ball in a 108-104 victory. John Bazemore/AP The Magic told the world that it isn’t over yet. They are still in this series. After a cheap miss in Game Two of the NBA Finals (link in “miss by Courtney Lee”) that Courtney Lee SHOULD HAVE MADE, the Magic were down by pivotal 2-0 deficit in the series. It should have been tied at 1-1, but that’s how life is. Here is what Magic fan/writer, Brandon Ribak, replied to me in an article of his. Here is what I said: “I am so glad the Magic got this win. Let’s see if they can pull it out for three more games to win the series in six. If Magic keep playing like this, it could happen, or it may go to seven games. Great recap Brandon and it was a good read.A nd by the way, the Magic should be leading this series, 2-1. They should have won game two.” Then here is what Brandon Ribak replied in return: “Yeah, but you cannot look at it like that….it is what it is, you can’t go back and change the record…they’re down one game, and they will fight to tie the series tomorrow night. So that was it. A Magic fan said it. “It is what it is.” The Orlando Magic found it’s “magic” touch today, as they tried to avoid a 3-0 deficit in the series. It was a great game as I...