Tag:Yao Ming
Posted on: January 7, 2011 6:05 pm

Report: Warriors could be interested in Yao Ming

Posted by Royce Young

Most teams are interested in Yao Ming because of his contract. That $17 million expiring deal with an $8 million insurance policy is definitely intriguing to rebuilding clubs.

But as Yahoo! Sports reports, the Golden State Warriors might be interested in Yao for more reasons than just the money.
Don’t be surprised if the Warriors make a run at injured Houston Rockets center Yao Ming after he becomes a free agent this summer. While Yao is expected to be out as long as 10 months after undergoing ankle surgery, the Warriors have long wanted to add him to help boost their profile in the area’s Asian community.

Seldom-used rookie guard Jeremy Lin is nearly as popular as Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis . The Warriors would jump at signing Yao for a reasonable price.
So don't misunderstand: The Warriors are interested in free agent Yao, not current $17 million Yao. More than likely, someone is going to make a play for Yao because of the money, but regardless, he's going to be on the open market this summer.

Yao has already said that he's not ready to call it quits. He wants to give basketball another shot, but it's pretty clear his next opportunity won't be with Houston.

But the fit in the Bay Area could be a good one. He'd have immediate support and a franchise that doesn't need him to be the focal point of the offense. I'm not sure how well he'd fit into the up and down style of the Warriors, but he'd certainly give Eliis and Curry a nice inside-out option to work off of.

Hopefully Yao has another opportunity waiting for him this summer. And if he can get healthy, he'll surely get a chance somewhere.
Posted on: January 7, 2011 9:34 am

Shootaround 1.7.11: Rodney Stuckey likes unicorns

Terrence Williams may see the floor, Yao Ming may not retire, and Rodney Stuckey likes unicorns (not really), all in today's Shootaround.
Posted by Matt Moore

Terrence Williams may finally get some burn in Houston. We remain skeptical, since two different coaches have yanked his playing time away. Surprising fall for the swing man. 

The Kings may be in a selling mood, but don't count Omri Casspi among the items on the front lawn. 

Even after surgery.... again, Yao Ming may not be planning on retiring.  Worse still than retiring though would be being one of those players who can't find a team to sign you because of your injury concerns.  We hope the best for Yao, but in the event that his career can't get righted, we hope he is smart enough to take the high road out.

Nets fans had low expectations of Sasha Vujacic when he arrived in the Terrence Williams trade. But he's making a believer out of them now. He hit the game winner the other night in a huge home win over the Bulls

Need4Sheed exposes Rodney Stuckey's twitter account as a bot with the headline: "Rodney Stuckey: 'I like unicorns, Cotton Candy, Star Trek and Harry Potter movies.'" 

Carlos Boozer was not exactly thrilled with being benched for the final 14 minutes in the Bulls' loss to the Nets the other night. 

In short, the Magic have a very balanced offense since the mega-trade. 

Mayor Kevin Johnson in Sacramento put together a task force towards getting a new arena. It erupted into a verbal skirmish this week. Yeah, things are going that well. 

Tyler Hansbrough will start at power forward for the Pacers, a sign of the desperation mounting in Indiana. 

Suddenly Jodie Meeks being back in the lineup is a big deal. Strange times. 
Posted on: January 6, 2011 3:36 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2011 4:16 pm

Yao Ming has surgery, does it matter?

Yao Ming has had surgery on his ankle to repair a stress fracture. But is it too late?
Posted by Matt Moore

The Houston Rockets today have announced that Yao Ming underwent surgery Thursday to repair the stress fracture in his ankle. The surgery was deemed successful and Yao has released the following statement: 
"I'd like to thank everyone for their ongoing support. I know this will be another long rehab, but I'm looking forward to beginning my recovery. I will use this time to consider all of my options, and will make a decision regarding my career plans as I get closer to the end of my rehab."
So surgery, again, and again successful. But at the end of this, his seemingly ninetieth road to recovery in the past decade, the question will weigh more heavily than ever: is it time to surrender to the will of the body?  Yao was a tentative target to sustain this season with the damage his feet have incurred due to his humongous frame over the years in basketball. Now, there's the complication of an ankle fracture on top of it. That's a fragile set of structures already damaged multiple times in the last few years. That's a lot of pain for one person to go through when he's already financially sound. And that's a small probability that he'll be able to come back at anything close to effectiveness, and an even smaller chance that he won't sustain further injuries in his legs. 

It's a terrible decision to have to make, to say you're done when your mind and spirit says you're not. In the meantime, he may not be on the Rockets next season, he may have difficulty obtaining a contract with his history, and even if he could, trying to reach a level of contention with that team would take an extraordinary set of events. 

Yao's had surgery.  But his future in basketball remains dark.
Category: NBA
Posted on: December 30, 2010 1:20 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:54 pm

Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard top NBA All-Star vote

The latest round of votes for the NBA All-Star game have been announced, and Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and Orlando Magic centerkobe-dwight Dwight Howard lead the Western and Eastern Conferences, respectively. Posted by Ben Golliver

The NBA All-Star game fan voting process is one of the world's most elaborate popularity contests, and some familiar names top the latest round of this year's results, released today by the NBA.   Western Conference
In the Western Conference, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant leads the way, and he is the top overall vote-getter, clocking in at more than 1.1 million. The other current starters for the West include Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul, Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony and Houston Rockets center Yao Ming. Yao, of course, has played just five games so far this season due to injuries, and recently suffered a season-ending stress fracture in his ankle. Lakers center Andrew Bynum, who has also missed extensive time due to injuries this year, is in second place behind Yao. Yes, this makes no sense. Did the fans get it right?  Bryant and Durant are locks. You can quibble between Paul or Utah Jazz point guard Deron Williams, but Paul is a solid choice. MVP candidate Dirk Nowitzi is the biggest snub here, as he should certainly be in above Anthony. As for the center position, the ballot for that position is a mess and the West should probably just play four-on-five.
Eastern Conference

In the Eastern Conference, there's no question about which center is most deserving (and popular). Indeed, Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard leads the East in overall votes, at just under one million. He's joined by Miami Heat forward LeBron James, Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade and Boston Celtics guard Rajon RondoDid the fans get it right? 

Howard, James and Wade are all locks. There's a strong argument that Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose should be in ahead of Rondo, but I like Rondo here as well. As for Garnett, he probably deserves to get bumped so that New York Knicks power forward and MVP candidate Amar'e Stoudemire fills out the starting five. That's not as bad an oversight as Anthony over Nowitzki, but a little team diversity in the starting lineup never hurt anyone. Here's the full list of votes for the starters courtesy of an NBA press release.
Bryant, The Finals MVP last season, is the overall leader with 1,153,694 votes.In  the Western Conference, Bryant, a three-time All-Star MVP, who garnered the  honor  in 2002, 2007 and 2009, is followed at guard by the New Orleans Hornets’  Chris  Paul  (585,690).  Kevin  Durant,  a  member of last year’s All-NBA First Team, paces forwards in the West (735,521), with the Nuggets’ Carmelo  Anthony  (602,516) second. The Houston Rockets’ Yao Ming (637,527) is  the  leading  vote-getter  among  Western  Conference centers, with the Lakers’ Andrew Bynum (376,283) placing second.
Howard,  the  leading  vote-getter  in  the Eastern Conference with 988,572 votes, paces centers in the East, followed by the Boston Celtics’ Shaquille O’Neal  (410,663).  James,  a two-time All-Star MVP (2006, 2008), leads all Eastern  Conference  forwards  with 969,459 votes, followed by the Celtics’ Kevin  Garnett  (712,555), MVP of the 2003 All-Star Game. The Heat’s Dwyane Wade  paces  all  guards  with  938,402  votes; the Celtics’ Rajon Rondo is second among guards in the East (777,310).
The 2011 NBA All-Star game will be played on February 20 in Los Angeles, California.
Posted on: December 28, 2010 10:10 am
Edited on: December 28, 2010 10:10 am

Shootaround 12.28.10: Tweaked

Rose having a tough time in the mid-range, Dirk and Horford to get scans, Bynum still brimming, and Steve Francis bids ... whatever the Chinese word for goodbye is to China. All this and more in today's Shootaround. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Derrick Rose is having a hard time in the midrange game, mostly because he doesn't trust his jumper yet, even though it's improved. He's especially improved in 3-point shooting, but continues to try floaters from mid-range. 

Dirk Nowitzki will have an MRI this morning on his injured knee. So try not to scare your Maverick fan friends too much this morning.  They're going to be a little jumpy.

Al Horford will also have an MRI on his hand this morning. We'll keep you updated on both of their statuses. 

Andrew Bynum is still "brimming with potential" apparently. At this point I think it's better to say he's brimming with disappointment. Or, "brimming with doctor's appointments."

And just like that... Steve Francis was gone. From China.

Fan sensation Jeremy Lin will likely spend some time in the D-League. 

The sixth-man who was traded for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar now is a restaurant mogul

One thing of vital importance to the Celtics? Transition defense, because it's feast or famine for them.

The Rockets and Bobcats are both in talks with Houston about acquiring the Yao Ming salary dump. 

Nets blog Nets Are Scorching asks the question: "LeBron James: Evil or Stupid?"

Posted on: December 27, 2010 11:44 am
Edited on: December 27, 2010 12:45 pm

Report: Rockets exploring trade options with Yao

Posted by Royce Young

Following his most recent injury, it's no secret the Houston Rockets are looking at their options in regards to Yao Ming. The big man is done of the season and has a very lucrative $17 million expiring contract. Oh, and on top of that, insurance on Yao's contract offers an $8 million discount on that $17 million.

So it's natural for the Rockets to shop him. And according to Yahoo! Sports, Houston is exploring a Yao trade on several fronts. Also mentioned is that some teams are exploring a trade for Yao to re-sign him on a short deal, or just to get a little cap relief on his big expiring deal.

Obviously Yao isn't going to be contributing this season as he's out for the year with a stress fracture in his left ankle. So anyone that deals for him is looking strictly for a little financial flexibility. Of course his new team could re-sign him to a short-term deal for low dollars, but that's just icing.

Not many are sure that Yao will still have an NBA career after returning from this latest injury. He definitely can, and probably will, but with the injuries piling up on his 7-6 body, he becomes a major liability. So any deal he gets will likely be short and not worth a ton.

The thing about dealing for Yao's expiring contract though is in order to match that $17 million, you've got to give up quite a bit. And the Rockets know how valuable that expiring contract is so they're going to want quite a bit. The Rockets will likely be looking for a contributor that can step in and play, as well as some assets. The Rockets aren't finished yet. They are playing better and are getting Aaron Brooks back, which is a huge boost.

Houston is going to be shopping Yao's contract to find something that helps them now. Daryl Morey isn't a general manager afraid to swing a big deal. He's not shy about taking a risk. So it's likely Yao is moved before the trade deadline. It's just who wants to give up some players in order to achieve a little financial freedom.
Category: NBA
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 22, 2010 4:36 pm

Melo is foolish not to consider Houston

Carmelo Anthony seems dead set on New York, ignoring overtures from Houston and Dallas. We don't think that's quite so smart a plan.
Posted by Matt Moore

Carmelo Anthony has been weighing his options for months. This whole, convoluted process started because Melo started examining his options.  But he's kept his preference limited to New York. He's been ambivalent about New Jersey, mostly because they're the only ones to make an offer to peak the Nuggets' interest. Otherwise, he's shown no real interest in headed to Newark, before Brooklyn. Dallas is considering acquiring him regardless of his extension-status. For whatever reason, Melo's not itching to head to Dallas, despite it being a huge market with considerable endorsement opportunities. But what's more perplexing? 

Why won't Melo consider Houston?

For months, Houston's been in pursuit of a star, as General Manager Daryl Morey has more than once recognized publicly that you need such stars to win in the NBA. Melo's been on the list for as long as he's been on the market, but still, there's been no word of Melo's interest in Houston. And if it's true that Melo simply doesn't have any interest in the Rockets, that makes him a fool. 

The Rockets certainly aren't a contender this year. They're improving with each game, but they're not a top team in their conference, and aren't locked in for the playoffs. Houston isn't the same kind of market as New York. There aren't the same kind of opportunities for endorsements or parties as there are in LA. But Houston does provide the right set of circumstances to get him out of Denver without losing too much, and most importantly, an organization committed to winning. 

Daryl Morey has made significant moves every year he's been with the Rockets, and his success rate has been pretty high, considering the injuries to Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming. Outside of the overspending on Trevor Ariza, largely acquired due to a nice playoff run on a stacked team in LA, Morey's been on point. More important, though,  is the organizational approach. Morey almost never shackles himself to long-term assets, seizes opportunities to improve his roster (as he did with Ron Artest), drafts well, and if something isn't working, will move to improve it. He supports his head coach Rick Adelman and works in conjunction with him, as opposed to autonomously.

The Rockets have the pieces to acquire Anthony without giving up the farm for him, as New Jersey is backed into a corner about. The Nets keep offering up more and more assets, and have been acquiring more to try and sweeten the deal. But what's left if they send all that? The only thing assured to be waiting on Melo in Jersey is Brook Lopez, who hasn't been having as good of a season as he normally does. 

Meanwhile, the Rockets can package Aaron Brooks, Kevin Martin, any number of combinations of reasonable solid players to acquire Melo, and will still have either the expiring contract of Yao Ming to trade, or the money this summer once Yao comes off the books. Should they elect to move Martin, they may be able to pull in another A+ player depending on who or what pick they choose to package with him. Should they keep him, they'll have a legit scoring 2-guard to put next to Melo. 

And as a core element, they have Luis Scola. Scola is a top power forward in the West this year. He has ability to play in the post, can defend out to mid-range as well as down low, and rebounds well. Even at 30 years old, he's a piece worth building around, especially at only $16 million over the next two years. 

Melo's wife La La Vasquez may want the bright lights of New York.  But if Anthony really wants to contend, he needs to hitch his wagon to a management and ownership group who is willing to work to make sure he has a contender each year, and will pounce on opportunities to make the team better. Daryl Morey offers that, and without the baggage that New York is still struggling through without draft picks. Mark Cuban's Mavericks are in a similar situation, but with Houston, there's no Dirk-Nowitzki-type player who Melo would have to share the spotlight and ball with. He'd have free reign to be the man, have a legitimate chance at winning, and an organization committed to success. 

A player's legacy isn't forged in commercials and cocktail parties. Houston's not the most glamorous city in the league. But ask Hakeem Olajuwon what playing there did for him. 
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