Monday, December 11, 2006

AI

I had so many problems with AI for years. There was the attitude he brought that he was above the NBA. Who could forget the Practice outbreak. Still one of my all time favorite videos. He seemed like a guy with all the talent in the world destined to never win a championship.

They had the run in 2001. The team was one of the most untalented finals groups in recent memory. However, they had the heart of little AI. This was when he showed me the type of player he really was and ended all prior conceived notions. He is only 6'0", 180 lbs and both seem a stretch. His body gets banged as much as anybody in the league as he drives the lane night in and out. Does anyone realize he averages almost 4 boards a game in his career? That is very impressive for a six footer, especially when someone like Eddy Curry wastes almost 300 pounds to the tune of 5 boards a night.

His drive is practically unmatched in the NBA and pro sports as a whole, for that matter. KG is one of the few guys who seems to want to win as bad as him. That being said, I hope the two of them get to finish their careers together. They have had similar paths, both winning MVP's and getting close to the next level. AI has obviously been closer by reaching the Finals. They would pair up well together as KG excels with a bonafide scorer. Remember what he did with Spree and Cassell? I do not think the Wolves have the best offering but this would be a good gesture from King and the 76ers. I imagine the Sixers will be cautious to avoid a Barkley for Hornacek, Lang, and Perry debacle.

Here are a few other good potential suitors;

Bobcats
They could offer Gerald Wallace, Brevin Knight, and a first round draft pick. This immediately gives the Bobcats and Jordan a fan favorite to fill seats and give the young guys a veteran presence. The 76ers get one expiring contract, another with 2 years, and a solid draft pick.

Kings
Swap Bibby, Corliss Williamson (expiring contract) or Kenny Thomas (best years as a Sixer), and a draft pick. Does not really help either side that much other than sending Iverson to a new division so he doesn't rack up 50 on them as regularly.

Pacers
Jasikevicius, Daniels, and Foster, with a draft pick. AI would work well with O'Neal. AI is no Artest and could bring a swagger the team needs. 76ers get some athleticism, size, and flexibilty.

Celtics
Szczerbiak, Delonte West and either potential phenom Gerald Green or Al Jefferson. It is worth parting with one, if not both, of these potentials for a sure thing. Ratliff is also a possibility except he is much less attractive than Wally. Paul Pierce and AI become serious contenders in the East now, rather than a few years.

Bulls
This has not come up very much. It is not surprising given the no headband problems with Skiles and Paxson. Just imagine the potential pitfalls with AI. However, the team needs a serious scoring threat every night so it is somewhat puzzling how little it has been mentioned. Gordon is great when he is on. Other nights he can't hit Rosie O'Donnell's behind with a sawed off. The swap could be Gordon, PJ Brown, and preferably Malik Allen, maybe Mike Sweetney. Sweets has played very well lately and gives the only low post scoring option. The 76ers get some expiring contracts and a new scoring threat. A draft pick would have to be included, but must be protected to not be the potential spot for Greg Oden. Come on Knicks. You can screw this up even worse.

7 comments:

Hamil said...

Did you copy and paste this from the ESPN insider? Give me something to disagree with, you raging little celtic.

Wyatt said...

Two Words:


"Raging Homo"

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