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This one was pulled off his website, and apparently they've stopped using Google Translate, so this is all Omri, no translation required. Less work for me. A lot of major events and interesting happenings have gone on in the NBA in recent weeks, led by the blockbuster trade between the Knicks and Nuggets last night. First off, honestly, when I sat and watched the Rookie-Sophomore game, I felt a sense of disappointment that I was not there. You have to remember that all players who played in that game are leading players and starters on their given teams, while my season hasn't quite gone that way. It definitely hurt a little in my chest, in my heart, I wanted to be there with them. But it's an opportunity for me to work hard and prepare myself for, maybe, getting real All-Star invitation one day - the sweetest thing there is. On our team, in Israel and here in Sacramento, we think the Melo was pretty fair, and both sides benefited in some way. I personally think the Knicks really strengthened their squad, not only because of the signing of Carmelo, but the addition of Chauncey Billups. Melo, on any given night, is the world's best player, but the guy who really makes the difference in the trade is Billups, a "Money Time" player who will add the a lot to the Knicks backcourt. It will be interesting to see how the new duo of Melo and Amare Stoudmire will play under Mike D'Antoni. I have no doubt that they will be a tremendous force together and that it will be a good combination, how good of a combo? Well, we will have to wait until the playoffs to find out. In any case, the Knicks will be very difficult in the East, up there with the good teams in Miami, Boston, Orlando and Chicago. It's just too early to know if this trade can lead them to Finals this year. Many people automatically make the comparison to the incredible trio in Miami. No doubt the duo for the Knicks is great, but Miami seems to have a slight advantage. Their trio of stars is better right now, especially since New York will have to learn a new system with new players, just as they did in Miami, and that in a month and a half the playoffs start. With all due respect to Miami, and the improvement of the Knicks, I don't see a team in the east that can beat Boston in seven games, not even LeBron and friends. On the other side, the Lakers did stutter, but when the money is on the line in the playoffs, there is no one in the league that can win a series against the Lakers. They are favorites in my opinion, with the best player in the league, the most decorated coach, and a great big man in Pau Gasol. In any case, it will an interesting battle to see, because everyone seems to have gotten better this season. We had a big opponent the other night in the Miami Heat. Unfortunately, there were clear differences in talent levels, they controlled the game without question.. On our side, it's going to be hard to beat them away, in their house, in a game they expect to win. In general, it's not easy to play knowing that our season is over, actually. However, each of us need play for his own dignity, future, career, the fans, the system and the families behind us. Our goal now is to use the remaining games to improve. It's easy to say "we have nothing to play for, time to hit the beach", but we need to do the opposite - to work on our weak areas improve throughout the year and keep our dignity in this league. The actual end of his blog was about his basketball camp in Israel this summer, and I don't think anyone here cares about that, so I just omitted it.

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