The acquisition of Steve Nash by the Los Angeles Lakers has placed them right back in the NBA title chase. Last season the Lakers struggled all season at the point guard position. First, Los Angeles had Derek Fisher start and he just could not keep up with the younger point guards in the league. Then at the trading deadline the Lakers traded for Ramon Sessions from the Cleveland Cavaliers. His problem was he could defend but he had some problems shooting the ball and making the rest of the team better. Steve Nash can no longer defend but he can still score and get the ball to Gasol, Bynum, and Bryant. The Lakers are going to try to outscore teams next season.
In NBA free agent news Jeremy Lin signed a four year offer sheet with the Houston Rockets. Lin will make 28.8 million over the life of the contract. The New York Knicks are expected to match the contract. The Knicks also have signed Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd to a three year 9 million dollar contract Kidd will back up Jeremy Lin. The Chicago Bulls have been silent in the free agent market so far and their options to find a temporary replacement to Derek Rose are fading. Rose is not expected to return to the Bulls until the all-star game because of the torn ACL he suffered during the playoff series with the Philadelphia 76ers.
One of the most interesting MMA events will be Saturday night when Anderson Silva fights Chael Sonnen for the UFC middleweight title. In their first meeting Sonnen out punched Silva and had him in serious trouble late in the fight. Then Silva submitted Sonnen to retain the title. The action outside of the ring between the two reminds many of a combination of the old time boxing pre fight hype and professional wrestling. Like him or hate him Sonnen is an interesting character he can really hype a fight. He is so good that he has he has irritated the usually sedate Silva. This is a fight of styles Sonnen has a style that gives Silva trouble. You will know in the first round how this fight is going to turn out. If Silva can retain his composure during the fight I think he will win by submission. The only way Sonnen can win is to get Silva upset during the fight turn the fight into a slug fest and catch Silva with a good punch.
The New York Yankees are starting to separate from the rest of the teams in the American League East and they could run away from the pack and win the division easily . Surprisingly the Baltimore Orioles have recovered from slide earlier in the season to stay in contention. The Tampa Bay Rays might have the most talent in the division and they are in third place seven games behind.