Welcome to the Thanksgiving Edition of the COED weekly NBA roundup where we will be focusing on all of those who deserve thanks this holiday weekend. Let’s start it off with a big Thanksgiving Thanks to Eva Longoria from the fans of San Antonio. Unfortunately, her brief three-year marriage to Spurs star point guard Tony Parker came to an end this week, but not at the expense of the Spurs win-loss record. Perhaps the subject of Tony’s sexting deserves the credit for his inspired play of late as the Spurs find themselves on an 11-game winning streak and a franchise best 12-1 record to start the season.
Another big Thanksgiving Thanks goes out to Hornets GM Dell Demps from the city of New Orleans, who made an offseason deal for Trevor Ariza and this week sent Jerryd Bayless and Peja Stojakovic‘s absurd contract to Toronto for solid backup point guard Jarrett Jack and underrated big man David Anderson (and also the albatross known as Marcus Banks‘ contract). These two moves have made the team better this year as they have soared out to an 11-2 start and have calmed Chris Paul‘s desire to be traded to New York or Orlando to play with his big man buddies.
The final Thanksgiving Thanks is for Pat Riley from the fans of Minnesota. He dumped everyone on his roster in order to clear enough cap space to form the self proclaimed Big Three and convinced Minnesota’s David Kahn to take Michael Beasley‘s $5M contract off his hands for basically nothing. Now, The Beez is finally hitting his stride as he’s in the top 15 in the NBA in scoring, averaging 22 points per game. Meanwhile, the Heat just got stomped out at home by the Pacers to fall to 8-6 on the year, one game worse than last year (when they were 9-5 after 14 games).
As for this weekend, there are some great games coming at you on Friday night. Take your pick between Dallas at San Antonio, Chicago at Denver, Lakers at Utah, or New Orleans at Portland. Or you can wait until Saturday night when the Miami Thrice take their talents to Dallas to square off with Dirk and Cuban’s Cronies. And I know it’s a bit early, but mark your calendars now as next Thursday, December 2 marks LeBron’s return to Cleveland. It should be quite interesting to watch. Happy Thanksgiving!
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