Posted on: March 29, 2011 9:21 am

Shootaround 3.29.11: A Maloof speaks

Posted by Royce Young
  • Joe Maloof finally spoke publicly about potential relocation: "It's not for the mayor or anybody (in the City of Sacramento) to interfere with our business. That's what I think they're doing, and it's not right," Maloof told The Orange County Register. "We would appreciate that they not interfere with our business ... That letter is completely wrong, and it was uncalled for – below the belt – and it's a shame it had to come out of his office," Maloof said. "We tried to be classy and not get in arguments in the media, but I (have to) make this comment. We will continue on with our business and do what is best for the viability of the franchise – what's best for the franchise and what's best for the league."
  • Alan Hahn of Newsday: "Desperation turned into inspiration. And inspiration produced Carmelo Anthony's most impressive performance since he arrived in New York more than a month ago. Anthony, who earlier in the day called the game a must win, scored 39 points to lead the Knicks to a 113-106 overtime win over the Magic Monday night at the Garden. It snapped their losing streak at six games and was their second win in 11 games."
  • Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times: "There were plenty of blunders earlier this season -- and, yes, some as recently as last month -- but the Lakers finally see something ahead of them. It's not the finish line. It's the staggering San Antonio Spurs. The Lakers suddenly have a Texas-sized carrot in front of them for their final nine games: San Antonio is down to a 31/2 -game lead atop the Western Conference after another loss Monday."
  • Mike Wells of The Indianapolis Star: "I’ll ask this question for the second time in as many games: Have you seen a more confusing team than the Pacers? They looked bad in losses to Sacramento and Detroit, but then they go out and beat the Boston Celtics on Monday. Go figure."
  • The Lakers should have the tiebreaker over the Mavs if they tie.
  • Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman: "Kevin Drurant already taken seven more 3-pointers this year than he did last season. And there's still 10 games left to play. AND if he plays each of the remaining 10, he'll still be four shy of last year, when he played all 82 games. The numbers have been shocking. He seems to have diversified his game much more in his fourth season. But his 3-point attempts are staggering."
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Posted on: March 17, 2011 9:35 am

Shootaround 3.17.11: Frustrations abound

Posted by Matt Moore

In case you missed it last night, Dwyane Wade threw down one heck of a slam in Kendrick Perkins' face ... before losing to the Thunder. And that pretty much sums up the Heat's season. 

Also from last night, the Kings have registered internet domains for both the Anaheim Royals and Los Angeles Royals. So that sucks. 

Omri Casspi may play in Israel in the event of a lockout. Shocker. 

Elton Brand understands Blake Griffin's frustration with all the flagrant fouls he's getting this season.

Tyler Hansbrough really did not like playing for Larry O'Brien. 

Derrick Rose is thinking about getting "close" to Jordan's six rings. 

Sad tweet from Ryan Gomes, frustrated with all the work he put in over the summer and getting no results. 

Rondo's playing hurt. That's bad. 

Kris Humphries has been a really underrated part of the Nets this season. If they're going to grow, he's going to help them. Especially on the defensive side of the ball

The Melozoic Era in New York so far
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Posted on: March 16, 2011 11:29 am

Shootaround 3.16.11: Deja Vu

Irving a game changer, Tracy's not big on practice, Tyler Hansbrough says vertigo's like being hammered, and should Matrix start? All this and more in the Shootaround. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Tracy McGrady says Detroit is top of his list to re-sign with this summer as a free agent. Just nod your head and move on. He also disses practice. That's right, practice. Not a game. Not a game, practice. Deja vu.

Woah, he's halfway there, oh, living on a prayer: David Kahn says he still expects Ricky Rubio to sign with the Wolves next season

The Spurs signed Danny Green for the rest of the season. Green had a few seasons with upside for LeBron's Cavaliers before he was jettisoned to make room for Antawn Jamison.

Tyler Hansbrough says that the vertigo he dealt with a season ago that ruined his rookie season was "like being really drunk." Not that he would know, since he says he's never taken a drink.

The Ontario Teachers' Pension, which is the majority owner of the Raptors and Maple Leafs, says it's considering selling its stake. It would be interesting to see what changes would come to the Raps should they get an actual traditional individual majority owner. 

Andre Iguodala is dealing with a knee condition, the same that kept Chase Utley out of spring training. 

Should Shawn Marion start

Joe Johnson is rocking a headband, for health reasons

Hearty suggestion from an NBA.com roundtable: take the best 16 teams for the playoffs, NCAA tournament style. More on this Thursday from us. 

Kyrie Iriving could alter the entire NCAA tournament bracket, and the entire NBA Draft as well, depending on his performance. 
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Posted on: March 15, 2011 9:19 am

Shootaround 3.15.11: Condolences

Posted by Royce Young
  • Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune: "On the day after, Timberwolves forward Kevin Love smiled and told everybody not to weep for him. 'With the way people were texting me last night, you would have thought a family member died,' he said after practice on Monday. 'They were like, 'So sorry, if you need to talk to anybody...' I was like, what are they talking about? I feel great. I'm in great spirits.' Love's 53-game double-double streak -- the league's longest since the 1976 ABA/NBA merger -- ended Sunday night at Golden State with a six-point, 12-rebound game. That was his first game without double-digit numbers in both categories since Nov. 19."
  • Kate Fagen of The Philadelphia Inquirer : "Iguodala looked gimpy in the first half of the game, wearing a sleeve on his knee that we haven't seen before. After the game, he was on the training table getting evaluated. Later, the 76ers announced he has right knee chondromalacia (irritation on the underside of the kneecap)."
  • Ricky Rubio: "I do have interest in the NBA, but not as in right away"
  • Zydrunas Ilgauskas is doubtful for Wednesday against OKC: "He is at home resting right now," Erik Spoelstra told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel . "We'll have to wait and see [when he returns], until he gets back into gear. ... He is 60-70 percent better than he was. ... They need to clear up the infection first."
  • Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle on a testy Rick Adelman: "I have to share a question asked of Rick Adelman in pregame after he had said that Jordan Hill would be coming off the bench. 'Is there any rhyme or reason about when Jordan will play?' Rick started as if to say, 'Are you an idiot?' Instead, he found a way to actually give an answer about the decision to start Patrick Patterson and bring Hill off the bench. Jeff Van Gundy would have knocked the guy around for a few rounds before blasting him. Stan would have annihilated him immediately. I don't even want to think how that would have gone with Gregg Popovich."
  • Horror in New York writes Howard Beck: "Mike D’Antoni called it 'a horror film,' but he could have just as easily classified the latest Knicks defeat as a horrendous sequel, filled with predictable premises and tired clichés. In losing to the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night, the Knicks displayed all of their worst habits and gave substance to every quiet fear about the Carmelo Anthony-Amar’e Stoudemire offensive pairing. They were bull-headed and reckless, forcing bad shots instead of passing, barging into clogged lanes and generally turning D’Antoni’s fluid offense into a stagnant mess of one-on-one plays."
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Posted on: March 11, 2011 7:33 am
Edited on: March 11, 2011 7:35 am

Shootaround 3.11.11: Waiting for the fall-out

Barkley sounds off on March Madness, Heat-Lakers fallout, and Kevin Love was quite the Little Leaguer. All this and more in today's Shootaround. 
Posted by Matt Moore

The Celtics reportedly have an extension waiting for Doc. Doc's waiting. His son will be a college freshman next year. Lots of things in play right now for Rivers. 

Gerald Wallace is still really upset about being traded from the Bobcats. He's probably the only person to ever feel that way. 

LeBron James is not concerned about playing on the road in the playoffs. Part of that may be because playing at home isn't really much of an advantage in Miami.

Mychal Thompson, whose sons played baseball with Kevin Love when Love was little, says the double-double machine was a beast in Little League

Kobe Bryant quoted Achilles in a text message to Yahoo! Sports last night. Which makes his little shooting barrage post-game seem more than a little over-dramatic. 

Charles Barkley would like to inform some people about some things they might be confused about. 

A dissection of the Lakers' confusion regarding Wade going away from the screen. 

The Bulls' defense isn't just improved in one area, it's improved in nearly every one

Is Rajon Rondo having a post-Perk dropoff

Kris Humphries has been pretty underrated this season so far. 

EOB's thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the earthquake in Japan and all those affected by the tsunamis around the globe. 
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Posted on: March 10, 2011 9:06 am
Edited on: March 10, 2011 9:08 am

Shootaround 3.10.11: The Heat is off

Lakers-Heat much? Also Tony Allen would be an All-Star in a distant galaxy, Perry Jones is probably draft-bound, and Rudy wouldn't go to Europe. All this and more in today's Shootaround. 

Posted by Matt Moore

On the Lakers and waiting for the other shoe to drop

Our brethren at the CBS College Basketball Blog report on Perry Jones' suspension. You have to think this means he's headed for this summer's draft if he wasn't locked in before. We've seen this situation before where a freshman gets tagged for improper benefits, then bolts for the NBA leaving the school to deal with the consequences of a ridiculous system. Jones should go top five, especially with as many players as may stay in school due to the lockout. 

The Heat's biggest problem? Dribbling

In case you missed it, here's the Heat's crunch time scenarios broken down in excruciating detail by Royce Young. 

The Heat could learn a thing or two from the Lakers, Ben Golliver said Wednesday.

The lob is severely missing from the Heat's arsenal. 

In another universe with the same production, Tony Allen would be an All-Star. What this article overlooks, however, is Allen's penchant for going into ISO situations when completely inappropriate. If Allen worked more in the context of the offense he'd be a stunningly good overall player. He also wouldn't be Tony Allen.

Ironically, Rudy Fernandez is one of the few players who wouldn't go looking for a job in Europe in the case of a lockout because he doesn't want to leave his teammates hamstrung. He's only willing to do that to his American teammates. 

Interesting note: Mo Williams waived his right to opt-out into free agency this summer to complete his trade to the Clippers

Tracy McGrady started again as Rodney Stuckey was moved to the bench, since John Kuester doesn't want to get into a set rotation before he's fired... I mean... before the end of the season. 
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Posted on: March 9, 2011 9:36 am

Shootaround 3.9.11: From the makers of...

Posted by Royce Young
  • From those that brought you "Did the Cavs win last night comes the sequel: Did the Heat cry last night? Just brilliant.
  • Mark Cuban is interested in Ricky Rubio: "The thing about Europe is it doesn't necessarily translate in terms of points and assists," Cuban said. "You've got to look at talent, you've got to look at game IQ and you've got to look at age. I don't think if he came in now he would dominate the league or anything like that. But I think he would have a big impact here."
  • Surgery for Bogut... after the season: "I want to have it straight away just to get a head start on the rehab and get back in the gym," Bogut said. "I want to shoot the basketball a lot this summer. The more time I can get out on the floor working on my shot, the better. Whenever the season ends, hopefully the next day or two after, get it out of the way. Spend a week in Milwaukee and then fly back to Australia."
  • Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel: "We are going to wake up someday soon and Stan Van Gundy will be gone. Gone without a trace. Nobody will know where he is. Not his family. Not his team. Not the police. Not even Chris Broussard of ESPN. This is what happens to freedom fighters who lead resistance movements and try to take on dictatorial tyrants like Colonel, er, Commissioner David Stern. They get captured, muzzled and shipped to either the Siberian salt mines or the Sacramento Kings where they are locked in a dingy cell and interrogated by Jim Gray."
  • Lost in Miami losing again is the fact the Blazers picked up huge back-to-back road wins. Jason Quick of The Oregonian: "Apparently, it was quite the scene inside the Portland locker room Tuesday night after a suddenly healthy and fortified group of Trail Blazers turned in the performance of their season during a 105-96 victory over the Miami Heat. 'You should have seen this locker room after the game,' said 15-year veteran Marcus Camby. 'Guys were cheering and jumping around like we won the NCAA championship. That's a great feeling to be around.' It was a surprising, if not spectacular, performance from the Blazers (37-27), who are tied with Denver for fifth place in the Western Conference and played one of their best games in years."
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Posted on: March 8, 2011 9:24 am

Shootaround 3.8.11: Hurry up, CP3

Posted by Royce Young
  • Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel: "Commissioner David Stern and his NBA referees should be ashamed of themselves for the way they allow Dwight Howard to get absolutely maimed without any repercussions or ramifications to the hacks who maul and massacre him. We all agree that Howard needs to find a way to stop getting technical fouls, but Magic coach Stan Van Gundy revealed an incredible statistic Tuesday. He pointed out that Howard has been fouled 593 times this season and not one of those infractions was called a flagrant foul."
  • Tracy McGrady hasn't been playing much lately as he seems to have found his way to John Kuester's doghouse. Will that affect his decision to return?: "Oh, of course. Of course," McGrady told Booth Newspapers . "I left my family back in Houston and I came here to dedicate myself and get back healthy and help this team win, and this is going on? Of course I'm going to think about it. I've already thought about it."
  • Eric Carpenter of The Orange County Register: "If Sacramento's NBA team does move here, 'Anaheim' must be first in the team name and the only geographical identifier, according to a city contract. While it's not clear if the team would remain the Kings, go back to the original moniker, the Royals, or come up with a new name, the contract makes one thing clear: The team won't be the Los Angeles Kings of Anaheim. Nor would it be the Orange County Royals or even the Mighty Kings of Anaheim. The jokes are already flying. But city officials apparently learned their lesson after the bitterness that erupted when the Angels changed the team name in 2005 from the Anaheim Angels to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The city's contract with the Honda Center spells out that any NBA team in the facility must be known as the 'Anaheim (followed by the team name).' "
  • Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic: "Every campaign needs its defining moment. For John F. Kennedy's presidential election, it was his televised debate against Richard Nixon. For Doug Flutie's Heisman Trophy selection, it was his Hail Mary pass against Miami. For Grant Hill to get his first All-Defensive Team honor from the coaches in a 17-year career, his campaign moment might have come Sunday night with what he did to the NBA's leading scorer in Oklahoma City."
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