April 23, 2014 |
Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic was named the NBA's most improved player, the league announced Wednesday. Dragic received 408 of a possible 1,134 points, including 65 first-place votes. The runner-up was Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson, who had 13 first-place votes and 158 total points. New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis finished third with 16 first-place votes and 155 points. Dragic, who entered the season with a career scoring average of 9.5 points a game, improved to a career-best 20.3 a game.
December 8, 2012
NEW YORK AT BROOKLYN: Tuesday, 4 p.m. PST. TV: ESPN. These teams have moved beyond the battle for city bragging rights. Way beyond. The Knicks have already handed the Miami Heat a pair of 20-point losses, and the long-lost Nets have found their way, even with Joe Johnson having misplaced his shooting touch. Oh, and Brooklyn also beat the Knicks last month after point guard Deron Williams collected 16 points and 14 assists. The "Broook-lynnn" chants inside the Barclays Center that night finally made the Nets feel welcome in a rivalry game in their own home, after years of being drowned out by Knicks fans in New Jersey.
November 11, 2012 |
What about grandma? Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo on his dislike for other teams: "We are competing - there's no friends on the court. Even if you were playing against a family member like your mother, you still go out there and try to beat her. " Read the clips, please Brooklyn Coach Avery Johnson on his team's credentials, only a few weeks after star guard Joe Johnson said the Nets could beat the Miami Heat to win a title: "Nobody said we're on Miami's level.
January 14, 2012
Boston Celtics Coach Doc Rivers isn't happy about his players' conditioning, so he put them through a two-hour practice. "You can have all the intensity you want," Rivers said. "But after three minutes and your lungs hurt, you're no longer thinking about intensity, you're thinking about survival. How can I get through this next five minutes? And then you're not playing the same. So, we have to be in better shape. " Charlotte Bobcats center Byron Mullens , in his third NBA season, tweets about being a one-and-done player at Ohio State: "Funny how ppl hate on me about leaving school early.
February 13, 2013 |
LeBron James is on quite a streak. In Tuesday's 117-104 win over Portland, the Miami Heat superstar became the first player in NBA history to score at least 30 points on an incredibly efficient 60%-or-better shooting in six straight games. James, the reigning MVP, scored 30 points on 11-for-15 shooting (73%) against the Trailblazers. "I'm at a loss for words," he said after the game. "Like I say over and over, I know the history of the game. I know how many unbelievable players who came through the ranks, who paved the way for me and my teammates.
October 4, 2012 |
Since the NBA season officially gets underway the day before All Hallows Eve, perhaps it's fitting that one of the National Basketball Assn.'s latest licensing deals is for women's Halloween costumes. Described by the NBA as "dance team costumes" (as opposed to, say, "sexy team groupie costumes," or "sexy cheerleader uniforms"), the collection includes body-hugging, leg-baring riffs on the uniforms of five teams: the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers.
April 14, 2012 |
Someone had to tell Hamed Haddadi that he had been likened to Borat's older brother. The Memphis Grizzlies center had been lampooned by Clippers broadcasters Ralph Lawler and Michael Smith during a November 2009 game, with Smith asking his colleague if he wasn't sure Haddadi was related to the fictional character created by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. Some listeners didn't consider the comparison a compliment given that Borat was a crude chauvinist. Haddadi didn't know the difference.