This, friends, is what we call managing expectations: ” Denver head coach, George Karl, joined the Dan Patrick Show to discuss his playoff aspirations (or lack thereof), what has gone right with his team, what has gone wrong with Allen Iverson in Detroit and an issue some young people in the NBA face. On whether or not he thinks the Nuggets can win a title: ‘No (laughs). All we’re trying to do is win a playoff round. Since ‘Melo’s been here, [...Read More at Source]
Yes, even assistant coaches undergo season-ending surgery: “Portland Trail Blazers assistant coach Maurice Lucas underwent successful bladder cancer surgery on Tuesday, the Trail Blazers announced today. Doctors anticipate a recovery period of 6-to-8 weeks. Lucas will not return to the bench for the remainder of the 2008-09 season. ‘I’m disappointed that I will be missing this stretch run,” Lucas said. “I am so proud of how our guys have played and I’m [...Read More at Source]
As such, heads are likely to roll: “With eight games left and the Kings (16-58) on track to be the worst team in the 50-year franchise history, the inability to finish close games has significantly hurt coach Kenny Natt’s chances of returning next season. The Kings have lost 10 consecutive games decided by seven points or fewer, turning the in-house spotlight to matters of coaching creativity and late-game control. Combined with the defensive effort that has continued to worsen after [...Read More at Source]
by Holly MacKenzie / @stackmack
After the busy schedule on Wednesday nights, I always feel like Friday mornings are so quiet. I guess it’s all good because it’s Friday and the weekend is here! It was also ridiculously warm outside here in Toronto yesterday evening/last night. I spent a good chunk of my day staring at a computer screen and it was heaven to spend the evening walking the streets and feeling Spring all around me.
LeBron’s Cavs lost [...Read More at Source]
Rookie of the Year? Maybe not. Infomercial of the Year? Easily. Career double-double man? Unquestionably.
Photo by Atiba Jefferson
Originally published in SLAM 52
Zo was among the last of a dying bread: bangers who possessed real skill. Now that he’s left the court for the last time, we salute you. Through the illness and the injury he always brought his all. We’ll miss you. —Tzvi Twersky
Portrayed for 23-years as an ignorant martyr of the anti-drug movement, Len Bias will be portrayed in a new light in a documentary, to be released June 19. The film features interviews with his teammates, friends and family as well as witnesses to Bias’ overdose. Perhaps the docu’s most important revelation is that Bias dabbled in cocaine use several times before his death. Bias’ popularity, combined with the misconception that it was first-time use, spurred law markers to take [...Read More at Source]
Young Weezy is the truest of Hornets fans, traveling to Sacramento, watching his team play against the L’s worst competition, and celebrating like the Hornets just won Game 7 of the NBA Finals. Check the chest bump he gives CP around 0:30.
by Ryne Nelson
Arizona hoped to replace Lute Olson with John Calipari, Jeff Capel or Rick Pitino — an elite coach for its storied program. After five months of searching, Arizona isn’t offering the job to any of its top choices. As the L.A. Times reports:
Tim Floyd, who took USC’s basketball program to new heights, was offered [...Read More at Source]
This is great: “You know it’s April Fools Day when Grant Hill shows up in the Warriors’ box score. Twice. These pages might be changed by the time you read this, but for a while: NBA.com gave G. Hill a DNP - OLD AGE/LACK OF TALENT. Yahoo gave him 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting (Hill’s actual line from the Suns win over the Rockets on Wednesday).”
The team’s annual dominance of the month is a thing of the past: “For the Spurs, the month of March is usually just that. A march toward the postseason — regimented, orderly and predictable. This year, however, the Spurs’ March became a headlong stumble into April, a calendar-page of frustration that has put a serious crimp in their annual postseason preparations. ‘We usually have a crisis in January or February or December,’ guard Manu Ginobili said. ‘This [...Read More at Source]
by Marcel Mutoni
Magic, as you know, is a wildly successful business man. According to certain Brooklyn residents, however, his companies aren’t exactly the best places to work for and don’t always do what’s ethical.
The Hall of Famer, who made a fortune by setting up shop in low-income areas, is being accused of taking advantage of poor people. [...Read More at Source]
The Suns’ floor general spearheads the L’s enviro-friendly initiative: ‘”I think it’s great that we’re taking the first steps to changing the culture and to moving in the right direction,’ he said. Teams will be outfitted with shooting shirts made of 100 percent organic cotton and take part in community events such as tree plantings and recycling drives. Autographed Spalding basketballs, made from 40 percent recycled materials, will [...Read More at Source]
Party time in Dallas: “Jonah: Charlie Villanueva made a great point; a Twitter update is about the same as a halftime interview. Mark: He is right. Before I took over for the Mavs back in the day they used to drink and smoke in the locker room, so I can think of worse things.”
by Marcel Mutoni
Allen Iverson let the world know his true feelings about being a sixth man for the Pistons, and in case you thought he was through with the venting, you clearly don’t know him well enough.
A.I. was at it again last night, more bitter than ever, following a 17 minute, four-point [...Read More at Source]
Don’t worry, Beantowners. KG will be ready for the start of the postseason: “I think he absolutely will. There’s always a chance [Garnett won't be ready], but I don’t see that, I really don’t. I would be very, very surprised if Kevin Garnett is not playing in Game 1 of the playoffs.’ … Asked if the Celtics could repeat with Garnett at less than 100 percent, Rivers said, ‘Yes. I believe [...Read More at Source]
by Holly MacKenzie / @stackmack
So the Lakers lost to the Bobcats and narrowly defeated the Bucks last night (104-98). Are we really going to talk about how a team that’s one win shy of 60 isn’t that good? Their defense has looked shaky at best on this trip, but there are a lot of teams who deserve the hate a whole lot more.
Sometimes I think we get spoiled. The Lakers have a ton of things to improve on before the playoffs come, but, they don’t [...Read More at Source]
by Ben Osborne
What’s up everyone? Greetings from Rick Ross Country. It is hot down here, but it feels pretty good after the hella long winter we’ve had in NYC. I missed the Slam dunk contest Monday night, and apparently missed quite a show from Avery Bradley (note: covered by Farmer Jones in SLAM 128…on sale and unveiled here Friday!). Came into town yesterday and attended media day. Missed a sad day in the office as KING, a mag I helped start, folded. [...Read More at Source]
The McDonald’s All-American game is a terrific event on a lot of levels, but almost annually, it misses one or two kids who, by any reasonable measure, should absolutely be included among the 24 best high school players in the nation. Sometimes politics is involved; other times, the McD’s committee’s illogical insistence on not allowing “fifth-year” players is the cause. In other cases, though, the issue is out of Ronald’s hands, and it’s for the latter reason that Jordan Hamilton won’t be (or wasn’t, depending on when [...Read More at Source]
Photo by Atiba Jefferson
Originally published in SLAM 100
Ryan Jones wrote it best, so let me steal from him: “It isn’t accurate to say that SLAM exists because of Michael Jordan. But it is fair to say we probably wouldn’t be here without him.” Thanks Michael. —Tzvi Twersky
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