Cassell seeks a buyout from Clippers
Veteran point guard Sam Cassell is looking to play for a contender this season.
Since the Clippers did not trade him, his only way off of the team is through a buyout, which would happen this week.
It appears that the Celtics could be the team that signs the 37-year-old Cassell. The Mavericks and Nuggets are also interested.
Lakers rising above the pack
After the frenzy of trades the Lakers find themselves in the best shape for the playoff run. They won eight games in a row and currently have the best record in the Western Conference.
The Suns may be on the verge of panicking. Through their first three games with Shaquille O�Neal, the Suns� high-powered offense has been slowed to a near halt. They scored 85 points in a win over Boston, and 86 points in a 30-point loss, at home, to the Pistons. At one point the Pistons led by 36 points.
Defensively O�Neal has not helped the Suns. They gave up 130 points to the Lakers, and 116 to the Pistons. They lost both of those games.
O�Neal was held to only four points against the Celtics and six points against the Pistons.
The Lakers will not have to worry about the Rockets anymore. Center Yao Ming will miss the remainder of the season with a broken foot. They were on a 12-game winning streak.
As other teams are struggling, the Lakers are playing their best basketball game since the days of Kobe and Shaq. Last week the Lakers led the Hawks by as much as 41 points, and led the Sonics by 31 points.
In between those games the Lakers blew out the Clippers and outran the Suns 130-124.
As of right now the Lakers and Celtics are leading their conferences. The last season that happened was in 1987, when the two teams met in the NBA Finals.
De La Hoya will fight at the Home Depot Center
Oscar De La Hoya will fight Steve Forbes, who was the runner up of �The Contender,� on May 3 at the Home Depot Center. If all goes right for De La Hoya he will be looking for a rematch against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in September. Tickets go on sale March 4, and start at $25.
UCLA moves up to No. 4
UCLA�s men�s basketball team has moved up to No. 4 in the rankings. They hold a one-game lead on No. 8 Stanford, who they will play at home on March 6. UCLA will travel to Arizona and Arizona State this week, which will be tough, but Stanford is the only team standing in their way of a third straight PAC-10 title and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.