Tag:Ken Berger
Posted on: February 18, 2011 12:05 pm

Ray Allen's never been worried about the HOF

Ray Allen talks to Ken Berger about Kobe, the Hall, and his son's fight with diabetes. 
Posted by Matt Moore

In this week's "In the Moment" interview with Ken Berger, Ray Allen talks about the Hall of Fame and how people have been telling him for years he needs to be concerned with his inclusion, while Allen has just kept on doing what he does: playing ball at a high level consistently. 

Allen, on if he's ever thought about the Hall:
"I think it's one of those moments again that come upon you and once you're in it, you're overwhelmed by it. Maybe five years ago I had a whisper or two of 'You've got to do whatever you can to start solidifying your name for the Hall of Fame.' And what's going to get me in the Hall of Fame, not that I cared about it at the time, but what was going to get me there, was me doing my job, and by being consistent. Doing just what I've been doing every night, and hopefully winning a championship. And that happened the next year. So I never worried about it."

Allen also reflected on what it was that started the whole feud with Kobe Bryant:

"We were playing a preseason exhibition game, and we beat them, and I got sick after the game, so I didn't speak to the media. I played the next night in Portland. That night we were talking about the Lakers without Shaq, because they'd just traded him. I said I didn't think they would be good without Shaq. It was comical because we were just laughing about it, I said Kobe will probably want to be traded in two years from now because he doesn't have a big guy he rely on, and having a big in this league is hard to come by. He didn't like that too well. And for the next two years, every time we played each other, we always went at each other. I'd come down hit a three, he'd come right back at me and hit a three, I'd come back down and hit a three. It was just basketball."

But the most important thing Allen talks about his young son's battle with diabetes. 
"We have to show everyone in the world how diabolical this disease is. And two, how we're going to keep other kids from dying from misdiagnosis, becaue diabetes shows itself as the common flu. And if you don't know it, you'll go to the hospital and even doctors will tell you 'Oh, your child just has the flu.' And there have been a lot of people who have died because they've been misdiagnosed as having the flu. We want every parent to know to get your kid's blood drawn. If you feel they have a common flu symptoms, even in the winter time? Get your blood drawn, check the blood sugar levels checked."

Allen isn't just a surefire Hall of Fame candidat (we hope, but then we thought the same about Reggie), he's one of the true class acts in the NBA. Enjoy him, this All-Star Weekend. 
Posted on: December 22, 2010 7:05 pm
Edited on: December 22, 2010 7:06 pm

NBA Drive: Orlando's moves and on renting Melo

Posted by Royce Young

On this week's edition of NBA Drive, CBSSports.com's Ken Berger talks about Orlando's big moves, has some news on Carmelo Anthony (of course) and even rants a bit.

On the Magic's move, Berger says that it will take some time for Orlando to integrate in the new pieces, but mentions how this is really a victory for Washington in moving on from Gilbert Arenas' contract.

As for what's happening with Anthony, the Nuggets have placed negotiations on hold for the time being with Carmelo dealing with a death in the family. But Berger also talks in depth about how Dallas has entered in to the Melo talks and is potentially looking to "rent" Anthony.

That means the team wouldn't have to give up as much and would only happen if the Nuggets can't find a suitable deal with the Nets. It's not a likely scenario, but as Berger notes, Mark Cuban isn't afraid of taking risks so he might not be opposed to renting Carmelo for a championship run.

Posted on: December 17, 2010 12:17 pm
Edited on: December 17, 2010 12:18 pm

Video: Karl talks cancer, 1000 wins and Carmelo

Posted by Royce Young

Ken Berger of CBSSports.comtalked with Denver Nuggets coach George Karl this week and among a number of outstanding things discussed of course was Carmelo Anthony's future in Denver.

Karl said, "I think there's so much fluff, so much gossip, so much inneundo to the scenarios. I don't like playing that game or being involved in that arena. The realness of I think what's good for Melo, what's good for Denver and what's good for George Karl is that he would stay in Denver. I said that in the very beginning and I still stand by it. Fortunately, we've won enough games where we've kept most the BS out of the game and off the court. As long as we keep winning, I think we'll be OK."

Of course Karl recently became the seventh coach ever to win 1,000 games. Karl talked about how it's a "celebration" and something he never expected to see happen for himself. And with Karl's two-time battle with cancer, hitting that mark is something even more special for him and his family.

Karl has an important "PET" scan coming soon that's part of his routine checkups. It's right before Christmas and Karl admitted it'll be a tough couple days. But he says he feels good and feels confident.

George Karl is truly one of the gems of the game and one of the greatest ever. Not just in patrolling the bench as a top coach, but as one of the game's greatest human beings and ambassadors.

Posted on: December 10, 2010 5:05 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2010 5:10 pm

Video: Wesley Matthews on family and contracts

Posted by Royce Young

Portland's Wesley Matthews recently sat down with Ken Berger to discuss everything from his new contract to his father's temper. Matthews might be following in his father's footsteps by playing in the NBA, but he's writing his own legacy.

One interesting thing Matthews said was when talking about his big contract with the Blazers when Berger asked if he was worth it. Matthews said, "I don't even know if I can make a case. Overpaid, underpaid, whatever they want to say. Paid correctly. I don't know. The only claim I can really state is that I work."

It's true too. As a guy that was undrafted out of Marquette, Matthews made a huge impression in a role with the Jazz last season and ended up being in the unique situation to be a restricted free agent last summer. But as someone that was overlooked and then criticized, Matthews has become a vital part to the Blazers' future.

Posted on: December 9, 2010 8:17 pm
Edited on: December 9, 2010 8:17 pm

NBA Drive: Who's the best team in the league?

Who's the best team in the league? We answer that while Ken Berger discusses Georg Karl, Carmelo Anthony, and the situation in New Orleans in our weekly NBA Drive.
Posted by Matt Moore

So who's the best team in the league? We tried to break it down with Lauren Shehadi. Also, Ken Berger discusses the Hornets situation, George Karl, and the latest on Carmelo Anthony in our NBA video update.

"With a team like this, you have to look at how many leaders they have. They're stacked with guys who know how to win."

Posted on: December 1, 2010 12:02 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:09 pm

Video: Full Ken Berger and Lamar Odom interview

CBSSports.com's Ken Berger keeps up with the tallest member of the Kardashians, Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom. Posted by Ben Golliver On Monday, we gave you a sneak peek at Ken Berger of CBSSports.com's sitdown with Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom. Here's the full video interview, topping out at more than four minutes. Berger and Odom discuss Odom's much-publicized marriage to reality television "star" Khloe Kardashian, Odom's NBA success, what he has done with his NBA championship rings, and the tragic death of his son Jayden.   Odom comes off as a thoughtful person, player and father. He recounts his history as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers, the changes that a celebrity marriage have meant for him and how he felt a burden of responsibility to remain steady after his son passed away. He also talks about reconnecting with the game of basketball after the tragedy. "Life for me has been a ride, a joyful ride," Odom tells Berger. With the Lakers poised to compete for a third straight NBA title, that should come as no surprise.
Posted on: November 12, 2010 1:35 pm
Edited on: November 12, 2010 1:40 pm

Friday 5 With KB: KG the Jerk, Heat fail, and BRI

Posted by Matt Moore

1. Kevin Garnett is not exactly the most popular guy in the world right now. Garnett seems to be the kind of guy who is loved by his friends and close circle and is abrasive to everyone else. Do you have any thoughts on his evolving legacy from lovable lunatic lose to hated psychotic champion?

Ken Berger: I think your evaluation of KG is spot on. He is like the crazy uncle that everyone is wary of and constantly nervous about what he might say or do next. But he's family, so you tolerate him. You know, the old, "He's a jerk, but he's our jerk." At this point, Garnett could care less what people think about him or what his legacy is. He's perfectly content to continue yapping and thumping his chest and winning another championship. And I don't see anything wrong with that, as long as he doesn't care that he'll never be named man of the year or Mr. Congeniality. To me, the funniest aspect of this whole episode recently was Joakim Noah calling Garnett ugly. Hey, Jo, I don't think GQ is putting you on the cover any time soon.

2. Not exactly a banner week for the Heat. Scale of 1 to 5. How much should fans  (if there are any) be pushing the panic button?

KB: I'd say 3.5. On one hand, some of this could have and should have been expected, given that basketball is a team game and you can't just plug talent into the equation like in baseball and automatically win 70 percent of your games and waltz to the championship. I know that you know that in basketball, how the pieces fit together are every bit as important -- if not more so -- than the talent itself. Eventually, the talent will shine through, and LeBron and Wade will become as deadly a combination as we thought they'd be. But there are several areas of concern that need to be watched closely: The misuse of LeBron's and Wade's best attributes when they are on the floor with a point guard, meaning neither one has the ball in his hands for too many possessions. This can (and should) be solved when Mike Miller comes back. Instead of a point guard, you put Miller on the floor with LeBron and Wade acting as interchangeable wings who take turns initiating the offense. In my mind, LeBron fits this role best. Two, the lack of size is becoming a major issue. Erick Dampier, please pick up the white courtesy phone. Three, Erik Spoelstra struck a chord when he lectured the team at halftime Thursday night about ego. It has been a real wakeup call for these three free-agent darlings who came together so effortlessly. Winning in May and June is going to prove a lot more difficult than winning in July.

3. In the Post-Ups you alluded to the improving situation in New Orleans. Now that the team looks like it's ready to compete in the playoffs again (though it's still early), is it time to start looking for what can get them to the next level, and what is that?

KB: I think it's a positive sign that the Hornets are trying to get someone CP3 would consider to be a top-tier running mate. But they're a little stuck in that regard, and here's why: Peja Stojakovic and his $14.3 million expiring contract could be easily deal to a team trying to get off a lot of future money, and if one of those pieces coming back is an elite 3-point shooter, New Orleans is better in the short run. But they future money they'd have to take back in such a deal would hamper their ability to make moves next summer -- or whenever the lockout ends and under whatever new rules exist. The most valuable asset on the NBA market right now is cap flexibility heading into the uncertainty of a new CBA, especially for low-revenue markets. So the Hornets can't allow themselves to be tempted by the prospect of getting better in the short term at the expense of hampering their flexibility heading into a new deal. 

4. You also wrote in the Post-Ups that Kevin Love is garnering offers. Why is it that the Wolves are so reticent to trade him if they won't play the man?

KB: Ah, this is a question that goes straight to the heart of the most mysterious figure in the NBA, David Kahn. I'm told in recent days that Love isn't the only player who wants out of Minnesota. Corey Brewer does, too -- but Brewer isn't making any noise publicly, or even privately. Love is doing both. Right now, the Wolves like Love's talent but are disenchanted with his attitude. I think if the right deal came along, they'd move him. Because that locker room is too fragile right now to risk keeping a malcontent on board. Maybe Kahn can trade Love for a few more point guards.

5. BRI up 3 to 3.5%, record ratings across the board. Selling the NBA store for $300 million. The league is booming. Are owners really going to walk away from the most prosperous time in recent history to prove a point? Really?
KB: Yes sir-ee-bob. A hearty contingent of owners see this as a once-in-a -lifetime opportunity to change the economics of the sport in their favor. They also know the vast majority of people will side with them, because of their inherent biases against "greedy millionaire players." This is silly, of course, but it's just the way things are. There are a couple of reasons to be encouraged: 1) sources tell me numerous owners were impressed with the players' presentation of their proposal at a recent CBA meeting, realizing that the union was offering some creative ideas as how to make the business better for everyone; and 2) there's still a lot of time. The next key time-marker in this battle is All-Star weekend, when both sides concede significant progress will need to have been made. But as in all negotiations, the real progress doesn't happen until the 11th hour. Will there be a lockout? Yes, in my opinion. Are the owners and players short-sighted enough to let it wipe out an entire season, or even as much of the season as the '98-'99 lockout did? I don't think so. Both sides realize there's too much at stake.
Posted on: November 2, 2010 12:16 am

Jared Dudley signs 5-year, $22 million extension

Suns forward signs 5-year, $22.5 million extension.Posted by Matt Moore

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that the agent for Jared Dudley confirms the Suns star will get the payday he's been hoping for. Berger reports that Dudley tonight signed a 5-year, $22.5 million extension. Dudley had been hopeful, but pessimistic of getting the extension. The Suns forward averaged 13.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per 40 minutes last season, which is nothing to write home about, but was a huge part of the Suns' bench mob which helped them to the Western Conference Finals.

Defense is where Dudley makes his money, and last year, according to Synergy Sports, he held opponents to 36% shooting in the post with a 20% turnover rate (!) and 40% in isolation. That's good work. 5-years and $22.5 million isn't bad for a do-it-all forward, but you have to wonder if the Suns will regret the length of that contract in a few years when Steve Nash is gone. But hey, maybe the CBA will wipe it out anyway.

Dudley, on his part, is pretty excited.

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