The Sarge (or Encyclopedia Bri-Danica from the public access airwaves) is a frequent commenter, Madden trick-play specialist and longtime friend of The Association.
Since the Trade deadline has passed, should the Suns and Mavericks be worried about making the playoffs? Both teams are closer to the 9th spot than they are to the top spot in the West.
Let’s start with the #6 seed, the Phoenix Suns, who got blasted the other night by Denver, the current #9 seed. Since the overpaid and overweight Shaq have come to Phoenix the Suns are just 2-5 and are fading quickly. Shaq first stated when he got to the suns that he would evolve to their game but a few days ago he said they should change to his style of ball. Note to Steve Kerr: Shaq is not only in it for himself, but also for the alimony that he has to pay to his ex-wife. The Suns are also in trouble because 3 of the next 4 games include San Antonio, Utah, and Golden State -- all playoff teams right now. I guess Marion meant more to the Suns than they thought.
Now for the #7 seed Dallas Mavericks, losers of 4 of their last 5 games, all 4 of which were losses to playoff teams. This trade though is looking similar to that of the Suns. Jason Kidd is old and cannot match up against the younger, quicker guards in the West like Chris Paul and Deron Williams. Dallas however has a much easier schedule coming up than the Suns do. They only play one team from the West over the next 5 games. Jason Kidd is still talking about his old team the Nets and not quitting them. It is amazing how pro athletes DO QUIT on their teams if they're unhappy and want a chance to play someplace that looks better to them than their current situation. I think both players here -- Shaq and Kidd -- did quit on their old teams, and both did what they had to do go get out.
The bottom line is this: both trades were made because the Lakers got the steal of the century, and the fact that San Antonio is still as good as ever. But It would be pretty Ironic if one or both of these teams missed the playoffs due to these trades, which are looking more and more to be hurried and meaningless.