2011 NBA Off-Season Losers

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It was a shortened 2011 NBA off-season and certainly lacked the excitement and drama of the summer of 2010.  Some teams failed to make the needed moves to improve their roster and actually took a step back while other teams made drastic improvements.  Here my NBA off-season losers which include the Los Angeles Lakers, New Jersey Nets, and Boston Celtics.

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Milwaukee Bucks Top Off-Season Priority: Getting Healthy

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A year ago, the NBA was starting to Fear the Deer.  The Milwaukee Bucks experienced a resurgence and started to build some momentum in the Eastern Conference.  However, injuries combined with some off-season moves that backfired leave the Bucks searching for answers this off-season.

By: David Kay

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Michael Jordan and Charlotte Bobcats Face Long Road Ahead

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From their financial troubles to a likely re-building project during the next couple of years, controlling owner Michael Jordan has his hands full in trying to turn the Charlotte Bobcats into a consistently competitive NBA franchise.  His Airness failed in his attempt at running the Washington Wizards and enters a critical off-season in which the Bobcats have a long list of needs.

By: David Kay

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New Jersey Nets Trying to Avoid Repeat of Last Off-Season

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Like we are currently seeing in the NFL, the 2011 NBA off-season is up in the air with a lockout looming.  Free agency could be delayed and completely restructured depending on the new agreement reached by the owners and players.  Still, The Sports Bank will break down all thirty NBA teams over the next six weeks to see what areas they need to address in the off-season.

The New Jersey Nets were hoping to be major players last season, but failed to make a splash in landing a big name free agent.  The team was able to trade for Deron Williams during the season but still have some serious work to do this off-season.

By: David Kay

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Top 2011 NBA Free Agents

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The 2010 NBA free agent class was unlike anything we have seen in the history of the league; loaded with superstar talent switching homes and of course, “The Decision.”  The 2011 free agent class is going to be the exact opposite.  It is going to be weaker than a Survivor contestant on the 37th day of eating nothing more than mangoes and rice.

Since I first posted this article at the end of last July, a lot of the possible big names in the 2011 class have signed extensions that will prevent them from hitting the market.  That list includes Carmelo Anthony, Joakim Noah, Al Horford, and Tony Parker.  Here is an updated look at the very underwhelming crop of free agents that will be available this off-season.

UPDATED: 3/4/11

By: David Kay
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