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The NBA’s New ‘It’ Trainer

April 1st, 2009

Dude is 38, bald, and Jewish. He’s also one of the most sought-after personal trainers by players in the L: “Though he doesn’t know who started it, Mr. Ravin’s nickname in NBA circles is ‘The Hoops Whisperer.’ Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony flies Mr. Ravin to Denver several times a season to help him with his ballhandling.


Al Harrington: ‘I Know Donnie Wants Me Here Long-Term’

April 1st, 2009

Despite skepticism from the local press corps, Harrington believes he’ll be wearing a Knicks jersey for a while: “Harrington is signed through next season — an expiring contract that could be dealt this summer. Though the Knicks want to create cap space for the summer of 2010 to sign two players, Harrington claimed he’s been told by Walsh, who drafted him in Indiana, he has a future here. ‘I know Donnie wants me here long-term,’ [...Read More at Source]

Concern Over Thaddeus Young’s Ankle

April 1st, 2009

The injured ankle in on every Sixer fan’s mind this morning: “Late in the second quarter, Sixers officials distributed a release saying that x-rays were negative for a fracture, that Young would obviously not return (the obviously being my addition, not what they said), and that it was officially diagnosed as an ankle sprain. After the game, the Sixers officials said that Young would receive an MRI sometime on Wednesday to determine if there was any ligament damage.


Phil Jackson: Nothing Wrong With a Playboy Mansion Visit

April 1st, 2009

The Zen Master took the Andrew Bynum “controversy” in stride: “I think there’s a lot being made out of that that is unnecessary,” Jackson said before Tuesday’s game against Charlotte. “This is a young guy. I don’t think Andrew is 22 yet, is he? He’s a 21-year-old guy. He’s been out of basketball 5 1/2-6 weeks. He’s got to have some energy and vent and have some fun.


Shaun Livingston Earns Another Chance

March 31st, 2009

Trying to avert one of sports’ all-time worst injuries isn’t easy, but Livingston is making progress. He’ll be in uniform for the Thunder’s remaining nine games: “The Oklahoma City Thunder announced Tuesday that it has signed point guard Shaun Livingston, the former No. 4 overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft, to a multiyear contract.”


Lance Stephenson Will Be Attending…

March 31st, 2009

The anticipation continues to build as Lance will delay his decision a little longer. The New York prep star originally planned on announcing his college committment this morning before the McDonald’s All-American game.


Carmelo Anthony is Hungry

March 31st, 2009

Hungry for that elusive Playoff series win: “For Anthony, winning a playoff series is one of the few things not on his resume. Even more troubling, the Nuggets are a pathetic 4-20 in the playoffs during Anthony’s tenure, although he did miss one loss as a rookie in 2004 due to a knee injury. ‘Any great player is based upon what they do in the playoffs,’ Anthony said.


Spain vs Nate McMillan

March 31st, 2009

If Sergio Rodriguez doesn’t get more playing time soon, it might be a bit hard for his coach to travel around Spain in the future: “Journalist friend Quique Peinado from Marca - Spain’s largest newspaper - checked in last week to inform that the newspaper’s website ran a poll asking readers to vote whether Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan doesn’t play Sergio Rodriguez because he has something personal against him.


Larry Brown on the Failed Adam Morrison Experiment

March 31st, 2009

The kid, according to his former coach, just couldn’t handle the pressure: “I was happy Adam got to leave because he was never comfortable here. You were hoping it would be a new lease on life for him. I still think it can be,” said Brown of the Feb. 7 trade that dealt Morrison to the Los Angeles Lakers.


Shaq With Some Tough Love for Robin Lopez

March 31st, 2009

The Suns’ rookie big man learns that more toughness is expected of him: “Put somebody on their (expletive) back,” O’Neal said he told Lopez. “Don’t let anybody oopsy-doopsy layup on you and be laughing at you. Have you ever seen me get dunked on? No, because I put (expletive) on their backs. Period. If you’re going to be a big man, be a big man. Don’t be out there (expletive) around. Lay somebody on their (expletive) back. Period.