January 8, 2011
New conditioning program Dwight Howard , on Hedo Turkoglu , starring in Orlando after leaving for pratfalls in Toronto and Phoenix: "The one thing that's better with Turk was he was out of shape for all the years he was here and now he's like 8% body fat, which is the lowest since he's been alive. " Good tip, wherever they go Denver Coach George Karl , on his team's turnovers: " Sam Cassell always had a good quote: 'If you shoot it, you can't turn it over.
January 5, 2011
Lakers tonight AT PHOENIX Time: 7:30 PST On the air: TV: Channel 9, ESPN; Radio: 710; 1330. Where: US Airways Center. Records: Lakers 24-11; Suns 14-18. Record vs. Suns: 1-1. Update: The Suns have struggled since shaking up their roster by trading Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu to Orlando for Vince Carter and Marcin Gortat. The Suns have lost five of their last six games, including a 94-89 setback Sunday at Sacramento.
December 18, 2010
The Orlando Magic had every excuse in the world to fall flat. Pick any one of them ? they all fit fine for the Philadelphia 76ers. Lou Williams scored 24 points, Andre Iguodala had 21 and the 76ers beat the undermanned Magic 97-89 on Saturday night on a day Orlando made a pair of blockbuster trades that left the team severely short-handed for a night. Elton Brand finished with 20 points to help Philadelphia to a relatively easy victory over an Orlando team with only eight players available after two major trades.
November 14, 2010 |
Time to repeal the rule? NBA Commissioner David Stern instructed referees to crack down on animated player behavior, but the Lakers certainly weren't thrilled about it after Lamar Odom was hit with a technical foul in the final minute of the Lakers' 121-116 loss Sunday to Phoenix. "It's a bad, bad rule," Kobe Bryant said. "It's a bad one. It's subject to so much interpretation. I've been toeing the line here, so I don't want to [get fined]. It's something you have to be conscious of as a player, which kind of throws you off your game a little bit because basketball's such an emotional sport.
July 14, 2010 |
The Phoenix Suns have acquired forward Hedo Turkoglu in a trade that sends guard Leandro Barbosa and forward Dwayne Jones to Toronto. The deal gives the Suns a third forward in their attempt to replace free agent Amare Stoudemire . Phoenix signed swingman Josh Childress in a sign-and-trade deal with Atlanta earlier Wednesday and picked up Hakim Warrick in a similar swap with Chicago. Turkoglu spent one disappointing season with the Raptors, averaging 11.3 points after being named the NBA's most improved player with Orlando the year before as the Magic reached the NBA Finals.
March 27, 2010 |
To get right to what everyone wants to know, where LeBron James is going ... no one knows. You might think someone does, or you do, but no matter what anyone says, how often they say it, or how much the veins bulge in the neck of some whose initials are S.B. (Skip Bayless, an old friend), they don't. With James, who's nothing if not unwavering, insisting he'll decide after the season, one and only one thing counts: The Last Thing That Happens. That's the very last thing, the final game of the Finals, which provides a single image that stands as the snapshot of the season ... Kevin Garnett throwing back his head and crowing, Kobe Bryant captured in mid-leap ... after which, everyone knocks off for the summer.