NBA Blips From The Season In Progress

By Chet Curtis

There have been quite a few ups and downs in the world of basketball this season. This season has been an interesting one with plenty going on in the way of performance and with player news.

Let's look at some of the highlights of the 09-10 basketball season thus far. We'll cover some good, as well as some bad here.

The first thing we should recognize is some of the teams that have come out of nowhere and established themselves as very respectable basketball teams. There are two that stand out to me more than any others, and these were both two of the worst teams in the league last season.

Thanks to Kevin Durant the Oklahoma City Thunder team have shot to a fast success, a success that people didn't think was impossible but also didn't think that would happen so fast. They have shot from being one of the lowest to one of the highest-ranking teams this season.

The Memphis Grizzlies may be an even bigger surprise. While people knew that the Thunder had the potential to be a good team, everyone had written off Memphis entering the season.

Thanks to some great play from Marc Gasol, Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph, and OJ Mayo, this is a team playing some very inspired basketball. They may even make the playoffs.

On the negative side of things, there was the Gilbert Arenas incident that marred the image of the league. Having been caught in the locker room pointing a gun at the teammate, the Washington guard was suspended for the rest of the year and pleaded guilty to felony charges.

It hasn't been all bad in the world of basketball players though. Take the emergence of a few top rookies like Tyreke Evans, Brandon Jennings, and others, all of who have proven that the league is full of promise with respect to the years that lie ahead. - 31494

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