NBA Trade Deadline Winners and Losers

This years NBA Trade Deadline left a lot of us on the edge of our seats, and brought superstars to new cities. Some we expected others, we never saw coming.

Here’s my breakdown of the deadline winners and losers:

WINNERS

Oklahoma City Thunder

By grabbing centers Kendrick Perkins and Nazr Mohammed, they strengthened their interior defense without losing Serge Ibaka and Nick Collison their best in-house paint defenders. Losing Jeff Green should be offset with increased offensive production from James Harden, if not from him, Westbrook and Durant can make up the difference. New addition Nate Robinson should be another spark off of the bench.

New York Knicks

They thrust themselves into the Eastern Conference Playoff Picture, though they don’t have much depth, in the NBA, stars win games. Picking up Chauncey Billups was underrated, he lends the playoff experience/success/leadership that ‘Melo and Stat will need. They kept nice pieces in Landry Fields and defensive specialist Ronny Turiaf.

New Jersey Nets

This move has to be part of a bigger rebuilding effort, I list them as “winners” because they added the arguably the best point guard in the game to their roster. They only lost a second tier point guard and a rookie big man. A Relatively small cost for a superstar.

LOSERS

Boston Celtics

Forsaking the depth of a gigantic frontline is a blow. Perkins was their best defender and gave Dwight Howard fits the last three years. Perkins’ value was underestimated. Besides, why break up a starting five that has reached the NBA Finals two of the last three years? Jeff Green gives them youth, but I don’t see the point in losing the backbone of your defense.

Other Moves to Watch

Gerald Wallace to Portland TrailBlazers

Troy Murphy to Golden State Warriors

The Nuggets haul of young talent from New York (Gallinari, Felton, Chandler and future 1st round Pick from New York)

Lecrae: Rehab/Rehab Overdose Playlist

Christian Rapper Lecrae has seen an enormous amount of success and recognition over the past six months with his Grammy nominated album “Rehab” and its follow-up “Rehab: The Overdose”.

The theme of the two projects are indentical, and many of the songs from Overdose could fit into the frame work of Rehab. So I decided to make a playlist of the songs from the two albums and link the songs together to make a 28 song album. Check out my playlist and let me know your thoughts on song placement. Feel free to share your own versions as well.

1. Check In

2. Blow Your High (Feat. Canon)

3. Anger Management (Feat. Thisl)

4. Used To Do It Too (Feat. KB)

5. Killa

6. Strung Out

7. Divine Intervention (Feat. J.R.)

8. Just Like You (Feat J.Paul)

9. Chase That Intro

10. Chase That (Ambition)

11. Gotta Know (Feat. Benjah)

12. The Good Life (Feat. J. Paul)

13. Children of the Light (Feat. Sonny Sandoval & Dillavou)

14. Overdose 15. High (Feat. Sho Baraka & Suzy Rock)

16. New Shalom (Feat. PRo)

17. Battle Song (Feat. Suzy Rock)

18. 40 Deep (Feat. Tedashii & Trip Lee)

19. Walking On Water

20. God Is Enough (Feat. FLAME & Jai)

21. More

22. Boasting (Feat. Anthony Evans)

23. Background (Feat. C-Lite)

24. New Reality (Feat. Chinua Hawk)

25. Release Date (Feat. Chris Lee)

26. Going In (Feat. Swoope)

27. Like That

28. I Love You (Feat. Chris Lee)

Here’s a video of ‘Crae performing “Just Like You” at a Grammy showcase.

Caution!

When we think of people, does Philippians 2 ring true for us?

Philippians 2:1-4 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

This is a scripture that has been central to many of my thoughts this week.

When we get on Twitter, we have a lot of room and area to commentate on many things, but before we hit send, do we consider the people we talk about, whether they are public figures or not, our words many cause others to take drastic action.

Do we pray about our views before we post them?

In particular, an older interview I saw with John MacArthur came to mind. In the interview, MacArthur commented on Houston pastor Joel Osteen, calling him “the mouth piece of Satan. You don’t have to agree on the beliefs he has on scripture, but to publicly call a man a conduit of Satan is drastic and hurtful.

That made me think, I can’t recall any scripture in which believers called people heretics. Peter and Paul had a public disagreement, but neither called each other heretics. From what I remember Jesus, didn’t call the Pharisees or Sadducees heretics. Fools yes, heretics no.

Just caution before you say what you feel like saying, it could stunt someone’s growth toward Christ.