March 16, 2013 |
Beating the odds There's finally something inspiring about the Dallas Mavericks. The team that appears destined to go from NBA champions to missing the playoffs in two years has a heartwarming story in Chris Wright , the first known player in the league to have multiple sclerosis. Doctors told the former Georgetown star point guard that his career was over last year after his foot gave out while running sprints during a practice with a professional team in Turkey. Wright also lost sensation in and felt pain and numbness in his right hand, right arm and right leg, triggering visits to specialists who diagnosed him with multiple sclerosis.
March 9, 2013 |
Passing it on Brandon Jennings is mastering more than the first half of his job description. The Milwaukee Bucks point guard proved he was a natural scorer only seven games into his NBA career, when he splurged for 55 points against Golden State. Overall, the former Compton Dominguez High star has scored 30 or more points 23 times in his first four pro seasons. Something he had not done until last week: collect 10 or more assists in three consecutive games. It started when Jennings logged a career-high 19 assists in a victory over Toronto on March 2. He showed it would not be just a passing fancy when he collected 17 assists two nights later in a triumph against Utah.
March 3, 2013 |
The ring's the thing Kobe Bryant's disapproval brought a smile to the face of Derek Fisher on Friday when the newest member of the Oklahoma City Thunder was told his former teammate was miffed Fisher had become another impediment to a sixth championship ring. Fisher is also going for his sixth ring, so let the chase commence. "I think at this point that's what it's about," said Fisher, 38. "I think I heard him say it a couple of days ago and it's no different for me. That's why we play, to win. "For me personally and for this team, of course we want to win a championship.
February 9, 2013
Looking ahead CLIPPERS AT LAKERS , Thursday at 7:30 p.m. TV: TNT. There might be more than a few Stanley Roberts references going around this week. The burly center was the best player on the court the last time the Clippers secured a victory in a season series against the Lakers, their 101-93 triumph on March 30, 1993, at the Sports Arena giving them wins in three of five head-to-head meetings that season. The Clippers hold a 2-0 edge in the series this season heading into what will be a designated home game for the Lakers.
February 2, 2013 |
CLIPPERS AT MIAMI: Friday at 5 p.m. PST. TV: ESPN. The Clippers are coming! The Clippers are coming! South Beach is on red alert over the arrival of one of the NBA's top teams, provided Chris Paul is in the lineup. The Clippers are 29-10 when Paul plays this season as opposed to only 5-5 when he has sat out because of a bruised kneecap. The Clippers split the first two games of a season-long eight-game trip without their star point guard, but hope to have him and injured shooting guard Chauncey Billups back before reaching Miami.
January 19, 2013 |
The fall guy Losing was the only possible outcome for Alvin Gentry after the Phoenix Suns put him in a no-win situation. Management said goodbye to franchise cornerstones Steve Nash and Grant Hill over the summer, setting up its coach for a not-so-fond farewell. It should have come as no surprise that a team with nine new players and three new starters would regularly struggle to score 100 points and fail to hold fourth-quarter leads. Blame the Suns' 13-28 record on owner Robert Sarver and Lon Babby , president of basketball operations, not Gentry, who did his best with meager resources.