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24-Second Thoughts: Trades, Dwight and Duncan no All-Star?

Posted Dec 20 2010 5:54PM

24-second thoughts:

24 -- Haven't we seen this before? Isn't the Magic just taking a page from the old Cleveland playbook, adding veterans with big contracts in attempt to get Dwight Howard to re-sign? How'd that work out?

23 -- You're looking to make a serious run at the NBA championship right now and your answer is Gilbert Arenas? Really? Really?

22 -- Do we figure that now Otis Smith will admit he should have ponied up the cash for Hedo Turkoglu a year ago?

21 -- Does Hedo get a lifetime frequent flier platinum card just for all the miles he's racked up in the past year?

20 -- Phoenix: The next stop on the Vince Carter Unfulfillment Tour. At least in Arizona, it won't be the heat, just his timidity.

19 -- Next to be blasted out off Planet Orange. No, not Steve Nash. Josh Childress.

18 -- In the old days at Disney World, this Arenas-StanVan pairing would have been an E-ticket ride.

17 -- Crazy like a fox. See, Donald Sterling knew it all it would take were a few well-timed fat jokes heckled at Baron Davis to prod his Clippers on to back-to-back road wins.

16 -- Uh-oh. Maybe they are good. The Heat just have to finish up 52-1 to still break the Bulls' record of 72 wins. Who's gonna beat them?

15 -- Here's how times have changed in the Western Conference: Last season it took 50 wins (OKC) to grab the No. 8 seed in the playoffs. Currently you make it in with a .500 record.

14 -- Gotta hope the Knicks enjoyed those pre-Christmas cupcakes. Five of the next six are against Oklahoma City, Chicago, at Miami, Orlando and San Antonio.

13 -- Of all the things the NBA would lose with a premature end to Yao Ming's career, it's the big man's down-to-earth humanity and sense of humor that I'll miss.

12 -- You think longevity and durability aren't special talents? Ask Yao and ask John Stockton, who played all 82 games in 16 of his 19 seasons in the NBA.

11 -- By Christmas Eve, those still won't be visions of sugar plums, just more replays of J.R. Smith's dunk of the year dancing in Gary Neal's head.

10 -- Did Jeff Van Gundy really mean to say it was the Spurs who could break the Bulls' record of 72-10? San Antonio's 23-3 record is now dead even with the pace of Michael Jordan & Co at the same point in the 1995-96 season.

9 -- Of course, the Bulls then won their next 18 to reach 41-3. So maybe we check back in with the Spurs on Jan. 22 in New Orleans.

8 -- Go figure. It is possible that the Spurs' best start in franchise history marks the end of Tim Duncan as an All-Star.

7 -- Andre Miller was honored by the Blazers with a surprise pre-game ceremony for his recently ended streak of playing in 632 consecutive games. Now if only Brandon Roy could get through two in a row in the same backcourt without complaining.

6 -- Another "Wall Street" bailout? Did President Obama pass on Saturday's Wizards' game because he heard the rumors that Arenas would be gone?

5 -- The President could still have shown up just to thank LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh for their three-man stimulus plan for the economy. They've purchased $27.2 million in South Florida real estate and will pay $618,000 in property taxes.

4 -- Crow: the breakfast of champions? Tony Parker has been putting up 20 points and more than eight assists a game since he was seen dining with estranged wife Eva in San Antonio.

3 -- Is Mark Cuban out to sink the BCS because his Mavs are usually stuck in the NBA equivalent of the Outback Bowl?

2 -- Ho-ho-ho! Ko-Ko-Kobe! Nothing says Christmas tradition more than a guy wearing purple and gold with five gaudy rings on his fingers coming down your chimney. Would Mr. Bryant like to unwrap anything more than a 14-game Miami win streak?

1 -- "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." After Senate vote, isn't it now just a basketball question about how long Dwight Howard will stay in Orlando?

Fran Blinebury has covered the NBA since 1977. You can e-mail him here and follow him on twitter.

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