Dwightmare: The Sequel coming to an off-season near you! Does $100+ million and the allure of L.A. really not enough for Dwight Howard? Maybe he really does care about winning more than entertaining if he is interested in joining either the Rockets and/or the Mavs. When Kobe, Gasol, and Nash are healthy, the Lakers would still be a contender but how can you not be intrigued by the Rockets with Harden, Lin, Asik and Parsons or a Dallas team with Nowitzki and the prospect of Chris Paul joining you?
Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng and guard Kirk Hinrich are most likely out for Monday’s Game 4 against the Miami Heat, coach Tom Thibodeau said.
If there was any time for Derrick Rose to make a triumphant return to the Bulls now’s the time. Even if he claims that he’s not ready to play (contrary to the past couple of months of reports that he’s been practicing quite well), the Bulls’ roster is lacking depth with Deng and Hinrich out. He should at least give it a quarter to see how much he can either help or hurt the team. What does he have to lose other than more respect the more he declines to play?
George Karl led the Denver Nuggets to a team-record 57 wins without a big name on his roster.
Kobe Bryant is in a court battle to try to keep his mother from auctioning off mementoes from his high school days in Pennsylvania and his early NBA career.
I guess Kobe should clean his room more so that his mom doesn’t give stuff away without telling him.
A good read. Boston and New York Sports fans are very brutal towards each others teams and players but something like this should not ever be tolerated. It’s one thing to boo a player like Paul Pierce because of what team he plays for, but when the New York Knicks set up a classy pregame ceremony to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombings, there’s no need for fans to be acting in that manner.
Michael Jordan’s former personal trainer Tim Grover said it was food poisoning, rather than the flu, that affected Jordan during Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals, which has come to be known as ‘The Flu Game.’
It doesn’t matter if Michael Jordan had the flu or ate a bad pizza - If you’re that sick and can still deliver in one of the biggest stages in sports then you are one of the greats. But I don’t think MJ would’ve won that game if he had a bad burrito though.
FAN UP, MIAMI.
Let’s hope that the Celtics, Knicks, Bulls, or Pacers can get them to eat some humble pie to go with that champagne in the playoffs.
A great read by Thomas Golianopoulos and the staff at Grantland.com.
After this past weekend’s Celtics-Wizards game, Kevin Garnett did a post-game interview where he was photobombed by Jeff Green, Courtney Lee, and Avery Bradley. It was very amusing but I’ve got to know one thing: Are NBA players trying to one-up each other in photobombing?
Looking back this past season, it looks as if Lebron James and Chris Bosh were the photobomb originators (if anyone can find anything earlier let me know). This must be a new trend among the players I guess but I really want to see coaches photobombing players. If anyone has seen this shoot me a link!
L.A. Clippers’ forward Blake Griffin would be happy if his team won the Pacific Division but doesn’t like the idea of hanging a banner for that accomplishment.
As reported by ESPN:
“I kind of have bigger goals than that for the team,” Griffin said. “I think the team has bigger goals than that. We expected to win the division. We didn’t come into this season thinking, ‘Oh, it would be great if we could win the division.’ We expected it. It’s something to be proud of and maybe there’s a banner that goes up (in the training facility), but it’s not something that needs to go up in Staples [Center], and we don’t need to hang our hat on that.”
Of course Blake and his teammates have aspirations to win it all (I think it’s pretty safe to say that all the NBA teams want to win a championship year in and year out) but I don’t see what the problem is to hang a banner. Just because you hang a division banner doesn’t mean that your team is jinxed for the rest of the year. It’s up to the coaches and players to win those other banners and if an owner want to hang banners to celebrate the accomplishments of a team so be it.
The only way that I see hanging division banners becoming a problem is if the Boston Celtics or Los Angeles Lakers start hanging them. If those two teams hung all of their division and conference banners alongside their championship banners then it would like Paul Bunyan’s giant laundry line.