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 25, 2012
Gerald Wallace played in the 2010 All-Star game, but the Trail Blazers forward didn't get selected this year. So what were his plans for this All-Star weekend? "I'm going to sleep in, eat some bad food, drink some sodas," Wallace said. Magic Coach Stan Van Gundy wasn't happy after his team lost at Atlanta, 83-78, to close out the first half of the season. "I come off as negative all the time," he said, "[But] we don't play hard enough. We just don't. We're not going to be anywhere near contenders in the East unless we're going to play hard all the time, and we just don't.
November 29, 2011
The National Basketball Assn. appears poised to end its five-month lockout, and a new labor agreement can't come soon enough for the thousands of idled workers who don't have a seat at the negotiating table. Those include the employees and entrepreneurs who make a living inside and around the arenas, as well as the restaurants, hotels and souvenir shops that cater to the surge of fans on game days. For everyone else, the announcement of a tentative deal is a mixed blessing.
April 17, 2012 |
Maybe there's a reason incoming Kentucky recruit Nerlens Noel shaved "UK" into his flat-top haircut last week instead of opting for a tattoo. Tattoos are meant to last. What lasts, these days, at Kentucky? Barely a fortnight after Kentucky won its eighth NCAA title by beating Kansas in New Orleans, the basketball team's starting lineup announced Tuesday it was skipping out early for the NBA. The exodus includes starting freshmen Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague and sophomores Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb.
October 31, 2012
The NBA All-Star ballot will not feature the position of center anymore. This season fans will vote for three front-court players and two guards, instead of the previous choices of two guards, two forwards and a center. Writers from around the Tribune Co. will discuss whether this means center is now an obsolete position in the NBA. Feel free to join the discussion by leaving a comment of your own. Lisa Dillman, Los Angeles Times Years ago, the NHL faced a similar conundrum when it came to All-Star voting.
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.
May 29, 2012 |
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman was sentenced to 104 hours of community service by an Orange County court commissioner Tuesday after being found guilty of contempt for failing to pay child support. Rodman, who was found guilty on four counts of failing to pay child support last year, must also continue to pay child support to his former wife. Rodman's lawyer claimed last year that his client was "broke" and that he was unable to pay. Rodman's alcoholism and tarnished image have hurt Rodman's ability to pay, his lawyer claimed last year.
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.