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Posted on: February 3, 2011 9:59 am
 

Shootaround 2.3.11: Getting better all the time

Injuries improving, the Cavaliers are sad, Paul Pierce wants Ray in the 3-Point Contest so he can beat him. Shootaround. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Trevor Ariza severely sprained his ankle in last night's loss to the Timberwolves, and is out indefinitely. Ariza's had another inconsistent season, but he's still a significant part of the Hornets, who are now without two starters as Okafor continues to recover. They can't afford to lose too many guys more. 

Marcus Camby says he's close to returning. His coach says he's out a "few more weeks." Which is it? Maybe Nate's just used to saying (X player) will be out "a few more weeks" and responded by reflex. 

Scott Skiles says Brandon Jennings' minute restriction could be lifted soon.

A comprehensive review of possible trade partners for the Sacramento Kings

A celebration of Christian Eyenga getting into the top 200 in Cavalier points history. Things are sad in Cleveland. 

Kevin Love's odds at the All-Star game are not good

Paul Pierce wants to face down one guy in the 3-point contest: Ray Allen

Does the league need to do a better job of screening ownership? Maybe if they had done that in the beginning, contraction wouldn't be such a hot topic right now. 

Derrick Rose is the type to hold grudges, which is partially why he beat the Clippers, and partially why his free throw shooting has improved so much. 

In case you missed it, Rick Carlisle says Dirk Nowitzki is the MVP
Posted on: February 2, 2011 9:00 am
 

Shootaround 2.2.11: Magic be shoppin'

Posted by Royce Young
  • Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel: "Bass' injury could intensify General Manager Otis Smith's search for an additional big man to fill the void created by the trade of Marcin Gortat in mid-December. It should make for an interesting February for the Magic, who have lost six of their last 12 games. The first half of the month will be tougher now. The Heat have Chris Bosh at power forward. The Celtics have perhaps the deepest frontcourt in the league, especially now that center Kendrick Perkins has returned from a knee injury. Next Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers will feature rookie power forward Blake Griffin, an emerging star and a regular contributor to SportsCenter highlight reels."
  • Howard Beck of The New York Times: "Fans and pundits will surely debate the extent and the quality of the Knicks’ progress this season. They have a winning record (but just barely). They are on a pace to make the playoffs (as a lower seed). They might win a first-round series (though it seems unlikely). They have an undisputed star in Amar’e Stoudemire (but he is not LeBron James). Yet the progress is both tangible and indisputable, and a credit to Donnie Walsh, the team president, who over two years dismantled a dysfunctional, overpaid lineup and replaced it with a cohesive, respectable, reasonably priced team. As Walsh awaits word about his future, it is instructive to look back to the roster he was handed on April 1, 2008, which may look even worse in retrospect than it did at the time. Six of the 15 players Walsh inherited are out of the league -- not counting Eddy Curry, who might as well be. Three others are on N.B.A. rosters but barely playing. That leaves only five players of any significance."
  • Dave Krieger of The Denver Post: "What if Carmelo Anthony is right? What if the Nuggets are pursuing a new business model that mimics what owner E. Stanley Kroenke is doing across the hall with his hockey team, which has a player payroll half that of the basketball team and a similar competitive position? What if the Nuggets' contract proposal to Melo would essentially give him the role of Todd Helton for the Rockies in the aughts, a star in his prime with his team rebuilding around him? Demonizing players as disloyal is easy for organizations in which fans have a vested interest, as the Broncos demonstrated under Josh McDaniels."
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Posted on: February 1, 2011 9:12 am
 

Shootaround 2.1.11: Super Host

Posted by Royce Young
  • Serge Ibaka has seen only a handful of minutes the past two games and Scott Brooks attributed focus to being one of the reasons. But he's not in trouble Brooks says. "He's not in the doghouse. It's just, do you want him to guard LeBron James? He can't guard LeBron." Ibaka said: "Everybody in the league has a bad game sometimes. Kevin Durant is the best scorer in the world. He has a couple of bad games, too. But the next day, he's working hard for the next game. That's what I try to do, too. So we'll see."
  • Al Iannazzone of The Record: "The Nets almost had everything they wanted Monday night. Carmelo Anthony was in their building in front of a good-size and loud crowd, and they played inspired basketball. But Anthony left Prudential Center with his team afterward and flew back to Denver. If the Nets really got everything they wanted, Anthony would have driven back to his place in New Jersey. But because so many players were involved in the now dormant trade talks, they probably were happy to see Anthony leave after the Nets’ 115-99 victory in front of 14,039 fans. Yet Anthony said something that could help restart the talks when he was asked what the Nets needed to get his signature on a three-year, $65 million extension."
  • Marvin Williams says he's got no issues with Shawne Williams. "It's all good," Marvin Williams told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution . "I have no hard feelings towards Shawne. What happened, happened. I am sure when we go to New York it will be interesting. But I had no problems with him before the game and I have no problems with him today. Like I said, some things happened throughout the game and I just finally reacted."
  • Mike Wells of The Indianapolis Star: "I wouldn’t have been shocked if I walked into the locker room on Monday and saw Tyler Hansbrough wearing a muscle t-shirt that had 'I’m Free' written across the front of it. To say Hansbrough won’t miss Jim O’Brien would be an understatement. Hansbrough, like some members in the organization, didn’t care for O’Brien constantly tinkering with his rotation."
Posted on: January 28, 2011 9:12 am
 

Shootaround 1.28.11: Desperately wanting

Grizz searching for White Chocolate, Suns looking to keep Nash in the Valley, and Wade joshing about Phil. All this and more in today's Shootaround. 
Posted by Matt Moore

The Grizzlies are in a rush to try and sign Jason Williams, because they really think he can help the team win. Because they're the Grizzlies. 

Robert Sarver doesn't see the Suns making another trade before the deadline, and definitely doesn't see them trading Steve Nash. Which is a bummer because you'd love to see Nash on a contender rather than feeding Vince Carter in a first round exit at best. 

Deron Williams will have an MRI on his wrist Friday, after hearing it "pop" Wednesday. The word you're looking for is "Yikes."

Dwyane Wade jokes that Phil Jackson just wants to coach the Heat and that's why he's talking up retirement

Were the Cavs close to trading Anderson Varejao to the Thunder before his knee injury?

Well, you can't really blame the Cavs for looking at all options since they're on pace to make history in terms of a downturn year to year. 

Charles Barkley says that the Knicks can never win with Mike D'Antoni's system, which is a popular sentiment. Anything that doesn't prioritize defense and rebounding is going to get shredded by traditional pundits. It would take an overload of talent for the Knicks to get to the promised land with that system, but considering how much matchups rule the NBA playoffs, it's probably a stretch to say they'll never win.  It would take a rare set of circumstances, though.

Julian Wright has to keep shooting, apparently. File under "signs that your team is trouble if you're talking about this."

Tiago Splitter in a cowboy hat. Yee-haw.

Could Larry Ellison be targeting the Kings next? If so, you can kiss Sacramento goodbye. 
Posted on: January 27, 2011 9:37 am
 

Shootaround 1.27.11: Zipcodes

Hornets' fans plight, Chandler does not wish NY flight, the Cavs have no fight, and a Sixers mascot sight. All this and more in today's Shootaround. 
Posted by Matt Moore

An interesting question, to be taken only in the abstract. Is it fair for the fans in New Orleans to have to check attendance figures every two years and put together the kind of effort needed to meet the mark to avoid the escape clause?  A writer at Yahoo! points out that it will simply take more time for the city to embrace the Hornets in the same way they have the Saints, who have been there for about 30 years longer. These things take time. Regardless of whether it's fair or not, that's the situation the Hornets will continue to face until a new ownership system is place that is committed to the area long-term and the economy starts to pick up. 

Attempting to appreciate Stan Van Gundy. The fact that SVG gets so much flak considering his pretty incredible record of success is stunning.

Well played on that photo, Orlando Sentinel.

Danny Granger at the deadline could be a huge playoff difference maker if someone can get him from a continually reeling Pacers club. 

Why are the Cavs this bad? Some interesting questions on team building and the cost of not drafting well, regardless of contender status. 

Folks in Seattle still say it is a basketball town

Via the 700 Level, here's an image of the Sixers mascot bowling... himself. 



Kahn is "absolutely sure" Rubio is joining the Wolves, eventually.  Kahn being right will vindicate him to an enormous degree and buy him considerable time in his gig. Being wrong would be catastrophic. At the end of it, I still wonder about committing so much to a guy who doesn't "actively" want to be there.  More on this later. 

Wilson Chandler may have switched agents to Happy Walters, who is an interesting man, and who also represents Amar'e Stoudemire, to avoid being traded

Rodney Stuckey "felt something pop" last night, which can't be good. 
Posted on: January 24, 2011 9:42 am
 

Shootaround 1.24.11: Rubio wants to be East?

Posted by Royce Young
  • Ricky Rubio wants to play on the East coast, according to the New York Times: "The bottom line is, why would he want to play in Minnesota? He'll continue to say all the diplomatic things, and Minnesota needs to keep his value up for trade purposes, but the family's preference is to be on the East Coast, specifically New York, Miami or Boston. He wouldn't be troubled if he has to stay another year."
  • After Warriors owner Joe Lacob said every player was available on the roster, Stephen Curry went out and played some of his best basketball. He says he was motivated: "It's a bit of a shock, because you feel like you're doing everything else you were supposed to be doing. Especially since I've never been in a situation where me changing teams or being traded would be an option, it's kind of like a weird thing to think about. But they've been straightforward about what they see in us and it's all been positive for me, so I don't have any problem brushing that off."
  • Jonny Flynn is watching you: "I'm a guy who reads everything. Everything," Flynn said. "I hear everything. People are saying, 'We want to see more out of Jonny Flynn.' That's why you have to put your blinders on and remember what your goals are. That's one thing that has helped me get through."
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Posted on: January 21, 2011 9:02 am
 

Shootaround 1.21.11: The next big thing

Gerald Wallace may be drafted into playing big, unfortunately, Kobe's got his hands all over the L.A. sidwalk, literally, and the Magic are interested in Troy Murphy, reportedly. All this and more in today's Shootaround. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Kobe Bryant will have his handprints put in cement outside that big Chinese theater in L.A. during All-Star weekend. We're pretty sure he's going to try and put his hands into cement harder than any of those other stars. He'll work harder at putting his hands into cement than anyone.

Is Blake Griffin your favorite new show?

The Magic are interested in Troy Murphy who is debatably on the block, should he become available in a buyout. San Antonio and Dallas are also interested, reportedly.  It makes a lot of sense for the Magic, right? Power forward who can rebound and knock down mid-range shots fits in pretty well there, with their desperate need for depth down low.  I mean, yes, Brandon Bass will probably break his hotel lamp, but he probably does that when the room service eggs aren't salted, either. 

Greg Oden talks. We're pretty sure the subject of injury comes up at some point. 

Joe Lacob isn't exactly sure what Keith Smart is doing with his rotations sometimes. Joe Lacob is just like you and me!

Kobe Bryant reflects on everything free agency.

Chuck Hayes is back, and all that stands between the Rockets and big man annihilation.

The worst statistical lineup for the Knicks? The one that starts. 

Russell Westbrook knows the names of a bunch of Oklahoma towns. The great people of Poteau, OK are heartbroken to be left out. 

With Tyrus Thomas out, the Bobcats will probably turn to Gerald Wallace at the four again, as he used to. Which is going to make him a very unhappy camper. Wallace played that position for years despite his insistence that he's a three, and the results were pretty clear. As in, he wound up having multiple injuries including a concussion trying to play bigger. This could get ugly.
Posted on: January 20, 2011 9:56 am
Edited on: January 20, 2011 11:17 am
 

Shootaround 1.20.11: Clamoring

Jackson backs the Celts, Clips cling to Griffin, and the Hornets may stay in New Orleans. Well, probably not, but all that and more in today's Shootaround. 
Posted by Matt Moore
  • The Clippers think they're keeping Blake Griffin "forever." Which is a nice sentiment, but there's zero guarantee the Clippers' current GM saying that will still have a job when Griffin needs to be extended, and with Donald Sterling not likely to be leaving, there's always a chance Griffin may just decide to go somewhere with a better "not having Donald Sterling as an owner" situation.  As far as the team winning when Griffin's extension comes up, we've heard that song and dance before in Clipperland many, many times. 
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