Just heard about Chris Webber being traded to Philadelphia. So much for my master plan of fixing the Timberwolves. Such is life. Still, it could make things VERY interesting in the east, especially if Shaq’s out for any extended period of time.
If C.Webb can control his ego—a very, very big if—the Sixers could be a most serious contender. Iverson’s already proved this season that he’s willing to share in order to win. If Webber’s willing to be a strong second option, almost an Option One Point Five, they could really make a run. Webber doesn't seem to be able to close out close games, but Iverson's more than capable of doing that, so if Webber can get or keep them close, The Answer can finish.
Unfortunately, I doubt it’ll all click—I think Webber’s a loser, despite his talent—but one never knows; who thought a few years ago that A.I. would ever turn out to be so generous with the ball?
Suddenly the east isn’t quite the backwater it was two years ago. Detroit’s making a move, the Heat are for real, the Baby Bulls have the best record since January 1st—will wonders never cease? Now if Ray Allen goes to the Celtics by three o’clock this afternoon…
In the end, it’s still going to be the Spurs in six, of course. But the trip there’s going to be interesting.