May 20, 2013 |
No NBA general manager who wants to get his roster from Point A to Point B ever begins that process by trying to construct a four-team trade. Simple is best and that is certainly what Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak was shooting for last summer when Dwight Howard made it clear he would be leaving the Orlando Magic for the Lakers and only the Lakers and you guys in the suits figure out how that's going to happen. The true superstars of the game can dictate their paths that way, using the blackmail of their impending unhappiness as leverage.
March 14, 2013
Dwyane Wade scored 23 points Tuesday night as the Miami Heat extended their winning streak to 19 games by beating the visiting Atlanta Hawks, 98-81. LeBron James added 15 points for the Heat, who matched the fifth-longest streak in NBA history. They will try for their 20th consecutive win on Wednesday when they visit the 76ers to start a five-game trip. Only three teams have won at least 20 straight games in the same season: the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers (33), the 2007-08 Houston Rockets (22)
March 11, 2013 |
The Los Angeles Lakers routed the Chicago Bulls, 90-81, at home to improve to 33-31. It marks the first time this season they have been two games over .500. The Lakers also moved a half-game ahead of the Utah Jazz and into sole possession of the No. 8 playoff spot in the Western Conference. The win was a team effort for the hosts: Dwight Howard had 16 points and 21 rebounds; Kobe Bryant finished 19 points, 9 assists, and 7 rebounds; and Steve Nash chipped in 16 points. They led by as many as 18 points in the third period.
February 22, 2013 |
THE ONLY TRADE involving Dwight Howard, it turns out, came last summer. The potent scorers who moved did so long ago. There was no eye-catching activity left for deadline day, resulting in minor deals Thursday to the disappointment of those hoping for a frenzy. Josh Smith stayed put and the Boston Celtics' core stayed together, leaving J.J. Redick, dealt to Milwaukee, as the biggest name to be traded. "I don't think I've seen fewer trade deadline deals, ever," Houston general manager Daryl Morey said.
February 16, 2013
If Kobe Bryant's season seems tough, imagine what Dwyane Wade went through five years ago. "I came to all-star weekend one year, I think we had won nine games. Seriously," Wade said Friday. "I was looking for my 10th win at the All-Star Game. " Things sure have changed for his Miami Heat. Back where they first teamed up as all-stars in 2006, Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh return as NBA champions who will start together for the Eastern Conference on Sunday night. Now the misery belongs to Bryant, Dwight Howard, and the Los Angeles Lakers, whose season has been so disappointing that Bryant was asked Friday if the all-star weekend was a "retreat" for him. "I don't know if it's a retreat, it's just more of an opportunity to get some rest, regroup, put the first half of the season behind us and move on," he said.
February 12, 2013 |
CHARLES BARKLEY has an opinion on just about everything. And, apparently, a short memory. On Monday, Barkley appeared on the "Dan Patrick Show" and said that Lakers center Dwight Howard should tell off meddlesome teammate Kobe Bryant. Bryant has said on several occasions that Howard should stop complaining about playing with a shoulder injury. "He should have already told Kobe Bryant to shut the hell up by now, or [tell him he's going to] kick his ass" Barkley said. "He should have done that by now because, as a man, there's only so many times you can call me out publicly.
February 10, 2013 |
I CAN'T RECALL, off the top of my head, the last time a trade worked out so badly for the teams that supposedly acquired the best players. When the Sixers and Los Angeles Lakers got together with the Orlando Magic and Denver Nuggets to pull off a complicated, multiplayer deal in August, the assumption was that the Lakers had made a coup by stealing All-Star center Dwight Howard from the Magic and that the Sixers had made a strong leap forward in...
January 28, 2013 |
Shortly after the trade that brought Andrew Bynum to the 76ers was consummated, Nikola Vucevic received a phone call that roused him from sleep. It was Sixers coach Doug Collins, Vucevic said. "We talked and had a good conversation. He wished me good luck and told me that he wished he could coach me. " There were no hard feelings on his part, recounted Vucevic, reached by phone earlier this month. The 7-foot Montenegrin center, drafted by the Sixers with the 16th overall pick in 2011, understood completely that Collins wanted to play players he felt he could trust late in the season and in the playoffs.
January 24, 2013
The Atlanta Hawks snapped a six-game road losing streak with a 104-92 win Wednesday night over the Charlotte Bobcats. Josh Smith had 30 points and 13 rebounds, and Kyle Korver added 21 for the Hawks, who led most of the way by a comfortable margin. Charlotte cut the lead to seven with 5 minutes and 40 seconds remaining, but that would be it. Howard leaving L.A.? In yet another setback for the sinking Lakers, word is that a disgruntled Dwight Howard may not be staying in Los Angeles.
December 16, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Has it come to this? After Friday night's 102-96 win over the woebegone Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center, Kobe Bryant couldn't contain his excitement. "I actually am happy to win one damn game," the Los Angeles Lakers superstar said, laughing. And he wasn't kidding. That win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Lakers, who take a 10-14 record into the Wells Fargo Center to face the 76ers at 6 p.m. Sunday. A team that won back-to-back NBA titles as recently as 2009 and 2010 was happy for a win over a Wizards team that has played all year without injured guard John Wall and fell to 3-17 heading into Saturday's game at Miami.