Posted on: October 5, 2010 8:30 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 8:38 pm

BREAKING: Dwyane Wade not seriously hurt at all

Miami star will not return to preseason game versus Pistons after straining hamstring.Posted by Matt Moore

Well the good news is that LeBron James is off to a hot start, scoring 12 points in the opening quarter. The bad news is that Dwyane Wade left just minutes into the first preseason game between the Miami Triad and the Detroit Pistons. Wade was treated on the bench before heading back to the locker room. He has been diagnosed with a strained right hamstring and won't return, via KB .

Wade has had a plethora of injuries throughout his career since winning the title, mostly on account of his fearless style. The injury of course is ridiculously minor, but since every single thing any of these players do is huge news, it's probably going to be analyzed. Wade's won't return in tonight's game and since it's preseason, expect him to miss a few more as the training staff is insanely cautious with him.

But hey, LeBron looks good!

To your right, you'll see a look at the healthy version of Dwyane Wade's hamstring. We've got all your Heat coverage, right here!

Rumors cannot be confirmed at this time that Wade faked the injury in order to catch "Glee." Here's some more information about hamstring injuries. Science!

Posted on: October 5, 2010 10:19 am
Edited on: October 5, 2010 10:44 am

Shootaround 10.5.10: Giving and Getting

We're getting a new guy, the Grizzlies aren't giving Conley the dough, and the Heat know they have to give to succeed, all in today's Shootaround.Posted by Matt Moore

You'll be seeing a new face around these parts soon as Ben Golliver joins the F&R staff for the season. We're excited to have Ben on board and we know you'll love the coverage you'll get from Ben on the Blazers and across the league. As an initiation, we're planning on forcing  him to dougie like Babbit .

The Grizzlies have no plans to commit to a contract extension with Mike Conley until after this season, the Commercial Appeal reports. After putting too much money into too incomplete a player in Rudy Gay over the summer, and with more important assets Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol also in need of extensions, this is an essential decision. Conley has not proven to be starter worthy despite being given all the starts the past two seasons. Conley's got to prove it.

The buzzword at Heat camp? Sacrifice . Which is exactly what you want to hear if you're hoping for the Heat to accomplish something special with the triad. That's the word that can help rehabilitiate their image, and push their game beyond video game stats and into playoff wins.

Lance Stephenson shwoed up at camp and has been working hard despite his off-court woes. The bad news is that he's such a defensive liability, coach Jim O'Brien says he wouldn't play a single minute in game . Ouch.

Brandon Bass has committed to learning the playbook which could help him, you know, play in Orlando, a problem he had last year.

The last remaining roster spot in Charlotte may be down to Javaris Crittenton versus Sherron Collins out of Kansas. It's a contrast in styles that could lead to a hard decision for Larry Brown, via the Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell.

Dwight Jaynes in Portland is skeptical of Nate McMillan's intention for the Blazers to run.

If you're not ready for the John Wall era, read David Aldridge's piece and you will be. I'm an advanced stats guy, and even I know that if your numbers don't support the theory that Wall's going to be incredible , you need to recheck your digits.

Michael Beasley only missed two shots! Woo-hoo Wolves fans! Except the one he made were almost all outside of the paint... oh .

Posted on: September 29, 2010 11:06 am
Edited on: September 29, 2010 11:10 am

LeBron doubtful he can average a triple double

James is skeptical that he can average a triple-double, won't actively pursue it.
Posted by Matt Moore

In the 1961-1962 season, Oscar Robertson averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 11.4 assists. It was the first and last time a player averaged a triple double in an NBA season. But when LeBron James took his talents to South Beach and his scoring load immediately decreased and his support capacity increased, the questions began. Could LeBron average a triple double in Miami?

Apparently, it's a question James has asked himself. The Miami Herald asked James and his teammates about it and the responses revealed it's not out of the question in their eyes. James admitted he was "intrigued" by the idea, but said he doesn't think Robertson's season will ever be matched, and added that it's not his goal. (Naturally his goal is to help his teammates, blah, blah, blah, give 110% and all that Jazz.)

James averaged 29.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 8.6 assists last season. When you factor in the predicted considerably higher team FG% he'll be dishing to, and the fact that he should have a larger rebounding load (Chris Bosh isn't exactly Dwight Howard and they lack a top-tier center), this thing is within reach, or as Mike Miller put it, "doable." And it's hard to argue that James taking on that kind of load in production would be a bad thing. It would be getting the best player in the best position to contribute. It's unlikely James would let the goal distract him down the stretch if it was close, after all, he chose to sit out the remaining games last season instead of pursuing the scoring record.

James hitting a historic mark will likely only intensify the polar opposites of his public reputation. Those that think he's a selfish deferrer (which is quite the oxymoron, and yet his critics hold steadfast to that stamp) will say he's obsessed with stats and not rings, while his supporters will claim this puts him among the league's all-time greats, despite that obviously not being true without the aformentioned rings.

It's pretty stunning that a player could be on the verge of averaging a triple double and yet it will do nothing to improve his standing. "The Decision" continues to haunt.
Posted on: September 28, 2010 2:31 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2010 2:41 pm

Magic will do what it takes to extend Howard

Magic will do whatever it takes to re-sign Howard, but All-Star Center follows the LeBron formula for keeping leverage.
Posted by Matt Moore

This summer is going to have long-lasting effects on the NBA that go well beyond the careers of the players who actually switched teams. It's going to affect how teams treat their expiring stars, increasing the amount of panic they experience and allowing players to extract every ounce of leverage in the negotiations. Sure, the money is going to be the same. The max is the max (barring some massive changes in the CBA this summer). But there are things that have to do with personnel, direction, and perks that players can squeeze out with the threat of "LeBroning" their team.

Such is the problem the Orlando Magic face. The Orlando Sentinel reports today that Magic General Manager Otis Smith said he has every intention of locking up Howard before he hits free agency , by signing him this summer before his expiring year. In regards to giving Howard the kind of contract he wants?

"Of course we will," said Smith, when asked if he'll approach Howard with a contract of his choosing. "We want Dwight to be in a Magic uniform for as long as he plays basketball."

But Howard, naturally, followed the script for free agents with a contract expiratioin in sight (outside of Derrick Rose, who's apparently just a sweetheart). He said he loved Orlando and that he planned on being there forever. But of course, wouldn't say he'll sign. That one little step short, where you keep the fans happy but let the organization know you expect to be treated the way you want to. That goes for everything from coaching to personnel to team policies. These are the kinds of things Howard can control. He's also giving himself an out if the next two years don't go so well.

Imagine that Vince Carter falls off the production cliff as age catches up with him and Rashard Lewis has another slight downturn. SVG starts to lose the locker room and all of a sudden the Magic have a disappointing season. Howard is going to keep that free agency possibility in his pocket as long as he has to to make sure the Magic continue to put him in a position to contend. Now, sure, the more likely scenario is the Magic have an Eastern Conference Finals run or better in them this season and everything looks up, he may commit. He genuinely loves the team, the city, and the organization. Being that kind of hero probably appeals to his temperament. But he's going to maintain his position, the same position LeBron James and Chris Bosh held at this point in their career. Always saying the right things without saying the thing that locks you in. This summer was all about players getting what they want how they want, when they want. And it sounds like Dwight Howard will be following that formula to a T.
Posted on: September 27, 2010 11:14 pm

The new NBA reality in pictures

Posted by Matt Moore

We'll have plenty more from NBA media day as camp begins tomorrow, but we wanted to share with you this image from the photoshoot this afternoon at the Heat facility. (Image courtesy of Getty Images/Marc Serota)

And here's what the past four months have felt like, ever since the entire "Decision" process began. And if the depth/size/ego issues can't slow down the Heat, despite all the flak he's taken, this may be what ends up being the lasting impression of James in 2010-2011. (Illustration by NBA F&R)


Of course, this will be standing in their way.


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Posted on: September 23, 2010 10:23 am
Edited on: September 23, 2010 10:34 am

Shootaround 9.23.10: Heat block party blocked

Heat have a block party blocked, Parker may be on the way out, Howard hates the Heat, and the lockout's going to suck, all in today's Shootaround.
Posted by Matt Moore
  • The Heat had planned this big ol' block party to celebrate the opening of the NBA season in Miami. It was a very exciting idea, and Miami does this sort of thing pretty regularly (Zo's Summer Bash being one relatively similar example). But with the police union organizing to protest the event over budget cuts made to their salaries, and with the immense number of logistical issues involved, the plan is on hold . Allow me to add my name to those who think this is a totally whacko idea. Outside of the sheer intensity of a Friday night party outside the arena and the number of safety and security issues at play here, you've also got a pragmatic issue for the Heat. The Miami Triad will be expected to make an appearance at this event, and that's going to take them away from pre-game preparation for their home opener, against a divisional opponent who they have a pretty good chance of seeing in the playoffs. This is not a game you want to slough off right out of the gate. Definitely check the link for some tasty quotes from the mayor that involve the word "party."
  • Buck Harvey of the San Antonio Express-News reports that if the Spurs don't look like they'll be contending for a title at the trade deadline, they'll move Tony Parker. Which is kind of a bombshell, in that every public indication from the Spurs has been a steadfast commitment to keeping Parker long-term. But the astounding volume of rumors suggesting his eventual move to New York do have to come somewhere, and can't survive solely on the whims of New York's admittedly powerful (and often nutball) media. 
  • In an interview with Sports Illustrated 's Dan Patrick, Dwight Howard said he'd rather have Kevin Durant than LeBron James. Why is this particularly relevant? Mostly because it's an indicator that a. Kevin Durant is at that level among his peers already and b.) Dwight Howard really, really, really hates all the attention the Heat are getting. We'll have more on this later today. 
  • You know what's amazing? No, not that Andrew Bynum put off surgery which has now affected the odds of him being available for training camp and opening night. No, what's amazing is that writers are surprised by this kind of behavior. Bynum has missed nearly every deadline he's had for the past three seasons in recovering from various injuries. Some of that isn't his fault, the body heals as the body heals, But he's never been known was a hardcore worker, with Tex Winter being a vocal and public critic of his .
  • David Stern told Gilbert Arenas not to discuss the gun incident that lead to his suspension last year. The bossman says to put it all behind him. Seems like a good idea, but if I'm Stern, I want every reminder presented to Arenas that he needs to walk the line. This is not a man who seems like the kind to learn from past mistakes. 
  • From the Department of Black Kettles, Phil Jackson says "teamwork wins, not talent." Bear in mind this is from the guy who has only won his titles in huge markets playing with the most dominant players of their respective eras, including the greatest of all time.  Really, Phil? Because the last time we checked, you're not exactly all about equal parts overcoming the whole. Or maybe that's just what you saw in 2004 when the Pistons took down the mega-Lakers. 
Posted on: September 20, 2010 10:11 pm
Edited on: September 20, 2010 10:12 pm

Mo Williams nearly retired after LeBron left

Lonely Cav captain left to ponder career by LeBron James nearly calls it quits.
Posted by Matt Moore

When LeBron James took his talents to Miami, he left a trail of disappointed and devastated people in his wake. Dan Gilbert, the Cavs' organization, Cavalier fans, sporting good store owners in Ohio, the city of Cleveland, Knicks fans, Bulls fans, Nets fans, Clipper fa... you get the picture. But in general, you have to believe most of the Cavs players treated it as NBA players treat these kinds of things. Business. Players come, players go. The checks keep coming, so what't the concern?

For one player, apparently it wasn't just business, and life didn't just go on. Mo Williams, James' running mate in Cleveland told Yahoo! Sports Monday that he was so distraught following "The Decision" that he considered retirement. From Mo Gotti's conversation with Marc Spears :

"I contemplated it. I really sat down and envisioned life after basketball. …I really saw myself not playing.

“It just didn’t make sense to me. …It doesn’t make sense to me.”

Williams goes on to say that he lost a lot of his love for the game, and it took him a while to be able to get back into the game. He doesn't sound wholly convinced, either. The whole conversation comes across the way someone sounds after a particularly tough breakup, the kind where you don't know what happened and he/she just moved out one day.

Is Williams a sympathetic figure? He certainly took a huge load of the blame for the playoff failures of the Cavaliers during his time there. Williams always seemed to be trying to prove a point, that he could score too, instead of being the all-around player most wanted him to be in support of James. This is the gap between a point guard and a Scottie Pippen-type forward. That's the problem. James was the all-around type player as well as the massive scoring force. And Williams also wasn't exactly on target with a lot of those shots. It's much easier to feel sorry for him if he wasn't campaigning to be an All-Star and clanging up a house for the third little pig every May.

But that's contextual based on our knowledge of him. At his root, Mo Williams is a player that felt like he was part of something special in Cleveland, who loved the opportunity to compete at the highest level with what he felt was the greatest player in the game, and someone who now faces a reality where the person that he was trying so hard to support is gone. Vanished in the night, on national television. He's got to continue his career, knowing that windows for players like himself are small and delicate, and the odds are not good that he'll hear his name in the Conference Finals again. The whole NBA world's changed since LeBron James left Cleveland.

And we're still trying to figure out all the career implications and casualties of "The Decision."

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