Owen Hargreaves
Manchester United midfielder and England international
England international and Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves has enjoyed some incredible early success on the football pitch. At the juvenile age of 24, the defensive midfielder has already lifted the Bundesliga (3), German Cup (2), Champions League (1) and World Club Cup (1) trophies. Owen, who was part of England's 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004 squad, was also voted European Under-21 Footballer of the Year in 2001. Born and raised in Canada, where he spent the first 15 years of his life, Owen is an avid NBA fan who also enjoys a close friendship with Phoenix Suns star Steve Nash.

Shaq, Suns, All-Star Weekend
Posted by Owen Hargreaves on February 13, 2008 11:00 A.M.

Hi there,

Hope all is well for you! Its been a while since my last post. There were reasons for that. As you might know, I have changed places. Last summer I moved from Bayern Munich to Manchester United. Its been a very busy time but things in England are fine. I enjoy playing in England. Of course do I still follow the NBA very closely.

There was a quite a spectacular transfer last week, with Shaq being traded to my favourite team, the Phoenix Suns. He will play alongside my good friend Steve Nash. I am happy the trade went down. With Steve, Shaq and Amare Stoudemire, the Suns now have the best team in the Western Conference. They are certainly a hot favourite for the title.

As usual, things are pretty close in the West, whereas the Celtics and Pistons have put some space between them and the other teams in the Eastern Conference. The Cavs are not living up to the expectations even though LeBron James is having a hell of a season. Were keen to find out what will happen once the playoffs start.

One thing I am really looking forward to is the All-Star Weekend. The fans have put together two great teams. Kevin Garnett has confirmed his status as a true fan favourite it would have been his 11th appearance had it not been for that unfortunate injury. But with LeBron, Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard and Jason Kidd the East still have a superb team.

But the West will also field a great line-up. It will be great to see Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Tim Duncan, Yao Ming and Carmelo Anthony in action. Im sure it will be a tight game but I am favoring the East to win. Well see. Im certainly looking forward to all the All-Star action during the weekend.

See you soon,

Owen

Good luck, Steve!
Posted by Owen Hargreaves on May 9 2007 15:30 P.M.

Hello everyone,

Weve been waiting for the Playoffs for a long time - and here they are. It has been worth the wait because there have been a few major upsets. It is unbelievable that both finalists have been eliminated in the first round. I would have expected much more from the defending champions Miami than a 4-0 exit against the Bulls.

The Mavs could not meet the expectations put into them. They were the best team (67 wins!). The Warriors did their names proud, and they deserved to get through to the second round. Game Six was a clear thing, and the Warriors could count on great help from Baron Davis and Stephen Jackson. If they can keep it up, they have good chances against Utah.

The series I am looking forward to the most is the Suns-Spurs duel. It is too close to call. Phoenix have such a strong offense, whereas the Spurs field a very good defense. Of course I hope for my good friend Steve Nash to win. Its vital for the Suns to get Parker and Tim Duncan under control. They combined for 65 points in Game 1. But if they can find a way to stop them and Steve plays well, the Suns should be able to advance to the Western Conference Finals.

See you soon,

Owen

All-Star Weekend
Posted by Owen Hargreaves on February 17 2007 09:43 A.M.

I am really looking forward to the All-Star Weekend. The meeting between East and West should be a very entertaining one. They wont be playing as tough as they do during a regular season game, but well see a lot of great moves. Im sure there will be great offensive highlights with a lot of dunks and spectacular plays.

There are so many stars in the starting line-ups. I would have expected Steve Nash to be part of it, though. Hes a two-time MVP but then again its the choice of the fans and they have made a decision. A surprise is certainly Chris Bosh from Toronto. He really deserves to be called up because he has played a superb season thus far. Im sure hell do fine.

Im excited to see Gilbert Arenas because he has played a great season, too. Im sure the game will be very interesting because they are all professionals and dont want to lose. The two benches are loaded with talent. Just take Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash. I guess the West will win this time out because they have a little more depth.

I would love to attend an All-Star Weekend in person because all the festivities are so exciting. I cant wait for the Three-Point Shootout and the Slam Dunk Contest. The dunk contest really shows how tall the players are and how high they can leap. They are all incredible athletes.

Its tough to compare the atmosphere with a soccer match. It would be interesting to have a soccer All-Star Game. Im afraid it wont happen, though, because most of the soccer players would likely pull out of it!

Enjoy the weekend and see you soon!

Owen

My All-Star Team
Posted by Owen Hargreaves on December 4 2006 10:43 A.M.

Hi,
Here are my All-Star picks.

West:
Forwards: Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Garnett
Guards: Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant
Center: Yao Ming

East:
Forwards: Dwight Howard, LeBron James
Guards: Allen Iverson, Dwyane Wade
Center: Shaquille O'Neal

See you soon,

Owen

Missed Date with Steve Nash
Posted by Owen Hargreaves on October 31 2006 11:52 A.M.

Hello everyone,

Its good to be back.

Of course I followed NBA Europe Live. I was going to watch a game - you know the Suns were in Italy before they went to Cologne. But I could not go with my cast and the crutches. My injury is getting better and better every day, though.

Steve Nash and the team invited me to watch basketball and hang out with them which was very nice. Because I was injured at the time I would have really liked to join them but with my cast and crutches I could not go. But maybe next time.

The NBA is always very interesting. I think Phoenix have a great opportunity. Hopefully Amare Stoudemire can stay healthy. Like last year it will be very difficult. Dallas is very strong and San Antonio. Houston might be a bit of an outsider this year. Obviously Detroit and possibly Cleveland I think it will be a great season this year.

I like to watch Dwyane Wade and LeBron James but I like to watch the Suns. I like the way they play. They are very unselfish and they enjoy playing and playing together. Its nice to watch and great fun. I think they are the nicest team to watch.

See you soon,

Owen

Let the Games begin
Posted by Owen Hargreaves on February 14 2006 1:10 P.M.

Which is more difficutl: 81 points or eight goals?

Hello everyone from Munich,

Its been a while but here I am looking forward to the All-Star Game.

There have been a few surprises this season. The Clippers are doing really well. And I think one team that has surprised me are the Suns ?- they have played well despite Amare Stoudamire being injured. He used to be an important player for them.

Detroit are a great team and I don't think their record is a surprise. I guess they can possibly break the record of the Bulls.

I did not see Kobe Bryants 81-point performance but of course I heard about it and it is a great achievement. His team was losing and he was capable of bringing them back in the game. He really has an incredible athletic ability.

It is almost impossible to compare his achievement to soccer but it is like scoring eight goals in a Bundesliga match!

I am really looking forward to the All-Star Game and all the competitions, like the Dunk contest or Skills competition. I can dunk myself but only just, so its good fun to watch them putting on a great show. It is great entertainment.

It is tough to say who will win but I think the West might be better. The East has two incredible players with Wade and Shaq but I think the West will win. It will be close, however.

I wish my friend Steve Nash all the best for the game and hope he plays as well as he did last year.

See you soon,

Owen