February 17, 2013
HOUSTON - Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard were here, so of course there was going to be drama. Howard said Friday that Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak had told him he would remain with the team through Thursday's trade deadline. On Sunday, Bryant said "it doesn't matter" what his team does with the six-time All-Star. "I don't know what they are going to do," Bryant said Sunday at Toyota Center after helping the West defeat the East, 143-138, in the All-Star game. "But at this point ... , it doesn't matter.
February 12, 2013 |
Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant were elected starters for Sunday night's NBA All-Star game in Houston. Despite playing through a torn labrum in his right shoulder , Howard said Monday that he expects to play. "If I re-aggravate my shoulder in these next two games, I'll probably just play a couple of minutes and sit the rest out," Howard said. Coach Mike D'Antoni gave his endorsement to Howard on Tuesday. "I don't think it matters, but it's his call and whatever he feels," said D'Antoni.
January 26, 2013 |
The NBA's All-Star reserves were announced Thursday, meaning there was a gripe session for every celebration. Emotions ran the gamut in Oakland, where the Golden State Warriors trumpeted David Lee as their first All-Star since Latrell Sprewell in 1997 while lamenting that Stephen Curry was excluded despite averaging 20.9 points per game as the league's eighth-leading scorer. "He is an All-Star," Coach Mark Jackson told reporters. "The thing I talk about is he stands for everything that's right.
January 18, 2013 |
— When TNT announced the starters Thursday for the NBA All-Star game, it didn't come as a surprise the Clippers had Chris Paul and Blake Griffin named to the Western Conference team. Paul, who missed his third straight game Thursday night at Minnesota because of a bruised right kneecap, was picked to start in the backcourt alongside Lakers guard Kobe Bryant . Griffin was picked to start in the frontcourt with Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant and the Lakers' Dwight Howard . Paul and Griffin are big reasons why the Clippers have the second-best record in the NBA. Paul is averaging 16.8 points, 9.7 assists and an NBA-best 2.62 steals per game.
January 17, 2013 |
Two Lakers and two Clippers were selected Thursday as staters for the Western Conference All-Star team. Kobe Bryant received 1.59 million votes, the most of any player in the fan balloting, as the Laker star was chosen to his 15th NBA All-Star team. His Lakers teammate Dwight Howard was also selected as a starter for the West squad. This is Howard's seventh All-Star selection. Clippers Chris Paul (sixth All-Star team) and Blake Griffin (third All-Star selection) will also start for the West.
November 23, 2012 |
Leaders of the NHL and the NHL Players' Assn. traded barbs instead of labor proposals Friday as the league extended its cancellation of regular-season games through Dec. 14 for a total of 422, or 34.3% of the schedule. It also canceled the All-Star game, scheduled for Jan. 27 at Columbus, Ohio. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said in an interview on Toronto radio station The Fan 590 that he has doubted the NHLPA's willingness to make a deal. "I would hope the players want to play and want to have a season but I'm not so sure at the end of the day that unless it's on certain terms that union leadership necessarily shares that goal," he said.