The 10 Worst NBA Drafts in the Lottery Era

The calendar now reads June. In the NBA that means it’s time to crown an NBA Champion. However among the biggest of NBA nerds, it also means it’s time to get ready for the NBA draft. We’re only two weeks and a few hours away from the 2011 NBA Draft. This year, it’s preparing for the likes of Kyrie Irving, Derrick Williams, Enes Kanter and Brandon Knight to join the greatest basketball league on the planet that has us basketball geeks totally psyched.

Wait, what?

By Peter Christian

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Top 5 NBA inside-outside combinations of our generation


Terms like “the modern era” and “a generation” are very gray by definition. Charcoal level gray.

The NBA as we know it today pretty much began in 1984. It was the year of that transcendent draft class, and the time when David Stern really first asserted his dictatorial power.

It’s also when the game started to go mainstream and the league transformed itself into the marketing/branding juggernaut it is today. Therefore, it’s the perfect year to start when compiling my list of the top inside-outside combinations in NBA history.

Well this generation’s NBA, the “Modern NBA.”

Perhaps someday we’ll do this list again and add the Los Angeles Clippers Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to it?

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Shaq’s Sexts to Rumored Mistress Dominica Westling Published

Just retired NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal is being sued, and the case has forced some of his email and text to be made public. The Miami New Times obtained/published these communications. What’s below (h/t to Terez Owens) is Shaq’s back and forth with model and long-rumored mistress Dominica Westling.

These are from February 1, 2009- when he was still married.

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Shaq Lists top 5 NBA Players He’d Fight MMA Style (Video)


Shaq gives his top 5 countdown on HDNet’s “Inside the MMA” this Friday, August 12th at 10pmET. But we have the list already. Watch the video after the jump
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Alleged Shaquille O’Neal Sex Tape Led to Promoter’s Kidnap


A man has testified in an LA court that he was beaten by gang members who may be connected to Shaquille O’Neal, his former business partner.

Promoter Robert Ross claims he was kidnapped by the thugs, who demanded he give them a sex tape starring the retired NBA star. Ross says Shaq used his home for extra-marital trysts, which were caught on security camera. Ross threatened to release the footage if Shaq didn’t pay him money he was owed on a music business deal.

Personally, I think he’s innocent. Would anyone who made “Kazaam,” do something immoral? Well, on top of theft they committed in making that movie- stealing your time and money.

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Shaq Diesel Joining The King in Cleveland


by: David Kay

The Cavs just took their chips and pushed them all in. After a week of rumors, it finally became official late Wednesday evening as the Diesel will now join the King in Cleveland. The Suns dealt Shaquille O’Neal to the Cavs in exchange for Ben Wallace, Sasha Pavlovic and the 46th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.

Why this makes sense for Cleveland:

Despite being on the down side of his career, Shaq is still Shaq. At times, he can dominate in the post like he did earlier in his career, pushing people around down low. More importantly, he adds that intimidating factor on defense that Cleveland lacked. If he can stay healthy during the postseason, Shaq will be another complement to LeBron who now has the big man he has lacked during his career. Imagine a Cavs-Lakers NBA Finals next year. Kobe vs. LeBron. Shaq vs. Kobe. The NBA has to be drooling at this possibility.

Cleveland came away major winners in this trade, ultimately giving up seven cents on the dollar as Wallace was becoming more and more worthless; Pavlovic was not a major part of the rotation; and a second-round pick is… well, a second-round pick. The Cavs also showed LeBron that they are serious about doing whatever it takes to win a title which may help keep the King in Cleveland after next season.

Why this makes sense for Phoenix:

This was a pure “salary dump” for the Suns who will likely save $4.5 million next season and possibly $10 million in the luxury tax. If Wallace retires, as has been rumored since the Cavs were eliminated from the postseason, Phoenix could shave even more money off their cap. This could also lead to a major overhaul of the Suns’ roster in the next year as both Steve Nash and Amare Stoudamire are in the final years of their contracts.

How this affects the 2009 NBA Draft:

Cleveland pretty much has to draft a wing player with their first round pick, No. 30 overall. With Pavlovic out of the picture and Wally Szczerbiak an unrestricted free agent, the depth behind LeBron takes a major hit. There should be some qualified candidates like Chase Budinger, Sam Young, Wayne Ellington, Derrick Brown or even Jodie Meeks who can come in right away and play 12-18 minutes a night.

Phoenix now has four overall picks in the draft (Nos. 14, 46, 48, 57.) At No. 14, the Suns must now consider a big man like B.J. Mullens to help replace Shaq. More than likely, a point guard or forward prospect will still be the direction Phoenix heads. If they are truly in a re-building mode, they need to draft wisely and hopefully find a contributor or two with their second-round picks. They could also try to package a few of their picks to move up in the draft.