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been good so far. Two things I like: the improved talent level overall, and the
solid depth/internal competition for minutes. Will that mean more wins and
playoff contention? Only time will tell but things are looking up as far as what
Dwane Casey has to work with. 1. ANDREW BYNUM (Sixers) – Oh boy. He will sit out
most of October getting ready for the season. They rolled the dice that he was
going to be an every day player and now this. Expectations are high in Philly.
His health is critical to their success. He needs to play 70+ games or it will
be a tough situation for all. Philly fans are brutally critical. Bynum better be
ready to play/produce and have thick skin. Tough town, very demanding. 2.
ERIC GORDON (Hornets) – Another organization holding its breath regarding a
knee. Gordon has experienced some knee pain and is being held out to give him
some more recovery time. Hornets matched the Suns offer to keep him and have
high hopes with Anthony Davis aboard. Gordon is a guy that can be a difference
maker and in this league to have a young explosive wing you give yourself a
chance to get Ws. Big investment here and Gordon and Davis can start to get
Hornets fans excited again after Chris Paul left. Margin of error here is not
large and a team/city like this needs to catch a break and regain traction. 3.
TOM THIBODEAU (Bulls) – You have a coach that has proven himself, dont lose him.
Smart move by the Bulls locking him up long-term. Derrick Rose is out until
mid-season and theyve lost lots of proven depth – will be a different Bulls team
this year just trying to stay afloat until Rose returns and make a playoff push.
Had to make sure they had stability at the top – they got it. 4. SEATTLE
Made positive points earlier about them. Big test – 15 of first 22
Thrilled for a nice city and good basketball town. New arena in the works and
you can be sure well see an existing/new team there down the road. Long overdue.
Glad cooler heads prevailed and they came together on solving the arena issue.
By the way, Ive said it many times – I think the Pacific Northwest can
handle/thrive with another team nearby – Vancouver. It makes no sense to me why
there is no team there again. The community and a local ownership group (Canucks
ownership) have to see whats going on in Seattle and seize the moment. 5.
games are on the road. Lets check in on December 11. Are they hanging around the
.500 mark and healthy? If they are theyve got a chance to start to get things
turned around and be a playoff contender in April. 82 games – yes. Everyone
plays them but the timing of the games is crucial as well. Young team that hasnt
won – how resilient are they? If they can get through that stretch and be
competitive their self confidence/belief can grow. Winning is very hard and
fragile. Losing is something theyve done a lot of lately and things snowball.
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losing effort, the story of Sunday, when it came to individual player production
was Dolphins WR Brian Hartline, who had 14 catches for 253 yards and a touchdown
at Arizona.Washington, DC (Sports Network) – The Tampa Bay Rays have placed
right-hander Jeremy Hellickson on the 15-day disabled list with fatigue in his
pitching shoulder. The move, announced Tuesday, is retroactive to June 15, a day
after Hellickson gave up nine hits—including three homers—and eight runns
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