NBA All-Star Weekend: What to look for in the second half of the season
By Michael Lee,
It’s a good bet that . . .
●A LeBron James-led team will finish the regular season with the most wins for the third time in four years.
●In an effort to rescue his foundering franchise and help it avoid matching the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers with the worst-ever winning percentage, Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan will once again come out of retirement and sign himself to two 10-day contracts.
●If the New Jersey Nets fail to trade for Dwight Howard by March 15, Deron Williams will have his bags packed for Dallas by March 16.
●Kevin Durant will become the second player from the Washington area to claim the league’s most valuable player award, joining David Robinson.
●The Wizards will add to their greatest hits collection of amazing dunks and confounding bloopers — but manage to do it all in one play: A 360-reverse missed layup/alley-oop off the backboard, perhaps?
●Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose may not repeat as most valuable player, but he will eventually reveal the mystery behind Carlos Boozer’s magically re-appearing hair.
●Tim Duncan, perhaps the greatest power forward ever, will quietly step away from the game after this season, with as much fanfare as he received while winning two MVPs and four NBA championships in San Antonio.
●If he really does sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, Rasheed Wallace will have more technical fouls than Kobe Bryant by the end of March. He has already spotted Bryant seven.
●Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving will become the third point guard in the past four years to win rookie of the year.
— Michael Lee