Orlando Magic battles as of la...
Orlando Magic have named their...
Magic 109, Pacers 98...
Pacers-Magic, Box 2010-01-21...
Shaq's superstar dunk contest ...
NBA Roundup: Friday's action...
NBA roundup: Wednesday's actio...
Pacers-Magic Preview 2010-01-2...
ROSTER REPORT 2010-01-20...
NOTES, QUOTES 2010-01-20...
Mario Kasun signs in Turkey...
Web viewing of NBA games may s...
Three Euroleague teams to play...
Hawks sign Maurice Evans...
Magic waive James Augustine...
Steve
Steve
Steve
Brand has surgury
Brand has surgury
Brand has surgury
Brand has surgury
September 2017
June 2017
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
 
 
Add to Google
Add to My Yahoo!
Subscribe in NewsGator Online
Add to Windows Live
News » NBA Q&A


NBA Q&A


NBA Q&AByline: Mike Jones, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Which of the elite teams in the league is under the most pressure to win it all this season?

That would be Boston. The Lakers just won and have the pressure oftrying to defend their title, but with all of their core players in their prime and under contract for at least the next two seasons, they have time on their side. Cleveland's management may desperately feel the need to win now after bringing in Shaquille O'Neal and his $20 million contract and because a title could greatly decrease LeBron James' chances of departing via free agency. James wants to win, but hestill has time. O'Neal wants to win, but he has four rings already. The Celtics are entering a season that could be the last for Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett together. All three are over the ageof 32, Allen will be a free agent this summer and Pierce could opt out of the final year of his deal. With the addition of Rasheed Wallace, the Celtics could be looking at their best opportunity to win another title.

Which free agent will have the biggest impact on his team: Ron Artest, Shaquille O'Neal, Vince Carter or Rasheed Wallace?

Wallace, with his length, range and versatility, will go a long way toward ensuring that the Celtics' big men - mainly Kevin Garnett - don't wear down under a heavy workload. Carter gives Orlando a potentscorer and should keep opponents from being able to load up on Dwight Howard and Rashard Lewis. O'Neal will give Cleveland the intimidating presence in the paint that it has lacked, but at the same time he could slow down the Cavaliers offensively. But the addition of Artestto the Lakers' roster means Kobe Bryant, who already has a potent supporting cast in Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum, now has his Pippen and Rodman rolled into one so he can make a Jordan-esque run. Artest gives the Lakers a versatile scorer (16.1 career ppg) and a pit bull on defense. His contributions will ensure that Bryant remains fresh for another lengthy postseason run.

What team will make the biggest improvement this season?

The Wizards .. if they can stay healthy With Gilbert Arenas and Brendan Haywood back on the floor, Washington will go from being a 19-win team to a mid- to lower-seed playoff team. With Flip Saunders at the helm, Wizards management believes the team can contend with the likes of Boston, Cleveland and Orlando. The Wizards could start the season slowly now that Antawn Jamison (shoulder) is sidelined for the first three to five weeks. Another hurdle could be the team developing chemistry with Arenas and Haywood back and the additions of Mike Miller, Randy Foye and Fabricio Oberto. But if Jamison's injury doesn't linger and the Wizards can get rolling soon after, they should be fine.


Play Basketball Hot Streak and win prizes!

Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 28, 2009

 

 
Copyright © Orlandomagicworld.com, Inc. All rights reserved 2018.