March 27, 2015
NEW YORK - Derek Fisher sat in his slightly darkened office at Madison Square Garden and, as usual, reviewed videotape. It was 3 hours before his Knicks welcomed the Clippers to MSG on Wednesday. The video showed the Clippers' usual array of monster dunks and fastbreak thunder, but it also revealed a maestro at work. Fisher, less than a season removed from playing in the NBA, couldn't help but be awed at the deftness with which Chris Paul orchestrated the movements of every player on the court.
March 23, 2015 |
LOS ANGELES - It has been 62 years since someone averaging fewer than 11 points per game won the NBA's rookie-of-the-year award: Fort Wayne Pistons forward/center Don Meineke averaged 10.7 points to win the inaugural award in 1953. This season, 76ers center Nerlens Noel is making a case to follow in his footsteps. The 6-foot-11, 223-pounder is averaging 9.5 points and leads all rookies in rebounds (7.9 per game), blocked shots (1.9), and steals (1.8). He is also the only player to rank in the top 10 in blocks (seventh)
February 17, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Sometimes at an NBA All-Star Game, you will see something you haven't before. Though the lack of defense is always a given, some things are not. That came in a few forms last night at Madison Square Garden. Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook scored a record 27 points in the first half, eclipsing the mark of 24 in one half set by Glenn Rice in 1997 and Kyrie Irving last season. Westbrook finished the game with 41 points, leading the West to a 163-158 win. The record for points in a game, 42, was set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1962.
February 13, 2015 |
WE DON'T KNOW if LeBron James has a craving for savings. But he definitely has a passion for fashion. The Cavaliers forward is producing the NBA All-Star All-Style runway competition that will air tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. on TNT. The show, which will be taped tonight at New York's Hammerstein Theater, features several All-Star models, including Klay Thompson, James Harden and DeMarcus Cousins, who on Sunday will play for the West squad. In addition, there will be plenty of female contestants, including models Erin Heatherton and Rachel Hilbert.
February 3, 2015 |
CLEVELAND - This is the homecoming JaKarr Sampson dreamed of while he was growing up in Akron. The 76ers' starting shooting guard will take the court Monday night at Quicken Loans Arena to square off against LeBron James and his once beloved Cleveland Cavaliers. "I might clown around with [James] on the court," said Sampson, an undrafted rookie free agent. "I'm sure I'll be guarding him a few possessions. " Don't be surprised if the always jovial Sampson breaks out in laughter during pregame introductions.
January 6, 2015 |
LeBRON JAMES had to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. When he became a free agent at the end of the 2013-14 season, he could have re-upped with the Miami Heat, made as much money as possible under the NBA's collective bargaining agreement and likely won several more titles with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh as his wingmen. James, who is out for 2 weeks with knee and back strains and will miss tonight's game against the Sixers at the Wells Fargo Center, could have gone to New York as the conquering hero who would finally bring championship glory to the Knicks after 4 decades, or he could have helped Kobe Bryant win one more title in Los Angeles while taking the Lakers into another era of greatness.
December 12, 2014 |
THE PHILLIES might want to recall their 2015 calendars. You would think they would only include players they expected to be on the roster next season. But lo and behold, there - big as life - is Jimmy Rollins on the June page. Makes one wonder whether any of the other players featured in the calendar are safe. They include Ryan Howard (January), Cole Hamels (March), Chase Utley (April) and Cliff Lee (May). And, should Marlon Byrd be concerned that he's nowhere to be found?
October 3, 2014 |
WHEN WE first heard Stephon Marbury was starring in a musical in China titled "I Am Marbury," we briefly morphed into Tom McGinnis and let go with a lusty, "Are you kidding me?" The 37-year-old Marbury, it seems, is a megastar in China. Bigger than Jerry Lewis in France or David Hasselhoff in Germany. Heck, there's even a statue of the two-time NBA All-Star outside the MasterCard Center in Beijing where he led the Ducks to the Chinese Basketball Association title in March. The musical, which opened last night in Beijing and runs 11 days, is sold out for the first three shows.
August 28, 2014 |
Dion Waiters was en route to Los Angeles last month for a weeklong workout session with pro basketball trainer Rob McClanaghan, an annual West Coast trip that had become as much a part of Waiters' offseason routine as the trade rumors that always seem to include his name, when his cellphone buzzed. He answered it. "Be ready," LeBron James told him. James had not yet announced that he had decided to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. So he was coy in his brief conversation with Waiters, who grew up in South Philadelphia and has been the Cavs' starting shooting guard since they drafted him fourth overall out of Syracuse in 2012.
August 7, 2014 |
THE RUMOR that Delonte West slept with LeBron James' mom first surfaced in 2010 when the two were teammates on the Cavaliers. West, who starred at Saint Joseph's University and went on to an 8-year NBA career, recently discussed the alleged relationship and how it affected him on a video on Vice Sports. "I named my son Cash after Cassius Clay and Johnny Cash," West said. "His middle name is Delonte, but I didn't want to name him Delonte West Jr. just because of [the rumor]. I don't want my son going to school and people making fun of him for something his daddy did. He goes to school and [they say]