June 10, 2013 |
Three NBA teams, including the Atlanta Hawks, have been fined an unspecified amount for tampering, according to a league memo obtained by USA Today. ESPN reported the Houston Rockets were one of the other teams. The Hawks were fined for sending an email to prospective season-ticket holders referencing free agents Dwight Howard and Chris Paul. The Rockets were fined, according to ESPN, for mentioning free agents on their team website. The league memo said the teams were fined because "the conduct at issue involved statements by a team employee to the media, a team email to prospective season-ticket purchasers, and articles posted online on a team website, each related to players who are currently under contract to other teams but who will become free agents this summer.
November 2, 2013 |
Another Cuban missile Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, alluding to Dwight Howard's decision to sign with the Houston Rockets: "Any potential free agent is an idiot if they consider the Mavs and don't come. " Oh, is that all? Sacramento Kings minority owner Shaquille O'Neal, on his message to center DeMarcus Cousins: "I told him, 'If you want to be the man, you have to start acting like a man and playing like a man.' That was the first conversation I had with him. The second conversation I had with him, I told him to stop being so sensitive.
August 22, 2012 |
Amid economic uncertainty and a more restrictive labor deal, one thing remains unchanged. NBA superstars still make a ton of money. According to Hoopsworld , Kobe Bryant's $27.8 million salary in the 2012-13 season will make him the highest paid NBA player. So too do the players behind him, including Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki ($20.9 million), New York forward Carmelo Anthony ($20.4 million) and New York forward Amare Stoudemire ($19.9 million). The Lakers will also pay top dollar to other players next season, including Dwight Howard ($19.5 million)
December 18, 2010 |
MIAMI AT LAKERS: Saturday at 2 p.m. PST. TV: ABC. Good thing I mentioned it or you might have missed it, if you blasted into space or whatever it takes to get away from ESPN. There hasn't been such hype since Shaquille O'Neal's return as a member of the Heat on Christmas 2004, with the Lakers 14-11 ? en route to 34-48 ? so he and Kobe Bryant could hate on each other as a Yuletide treat. Showing how far the NBA has come, there's actual basketball to hype. This matchup is looking better with Andrew Bynum back and Miami stomping on 11 opponents in a row. The Heat still figures to have problems with big elite teams like Boston and the Lakers.
November 30, 2013 |
Techno team The core of LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard and Nicolas Batum is approaching Big Three status. Newcomers Mo Williams, Thomas Robinson and Dorell Wright have added quality depth that was missing last season. Shooting guard Wesley Matthews has made an insane 50.5% of his three-pointers. There's also the iPads. The what? That's right, one of the reasons the Portland Trail Blazers (13-3) bring the second-best record in the Western Conference into Staples Center on Sunday against the Lakers is their use of hand-held devices often associated with playing video games and surfing the Internet.
July 16, 2012 |
LAS VEGAS — There's less of Reeves Nelson than before. He has shaved about 15 pounds off his 6-foot-8 hulk since December, shrunk his body fat percentage to 3% and chipped away at the arrogant pride that he says once derailed him. He sits at the end of the Lakers' bench as a member of their Summer League team here, not playing a single second in two games through Saturday, clapping for his teammates, clinging to the edges of his childhood dream....
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 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.
November 6, 2012 |
The NBA has fined Lakers guard Steve Blake for "directing inappropriate language toward a fan. " According to Stu Jackson, executive vice president of basketball operations, Blake was fined $25,000 in connection with a fourth-quarter incident during Friday's game against the Clippers. Blake made his first start of the season against the Clippers, replacing Steve Nash who sat out with a non-displaced leg fracture. Blake played just under 39 minutes, scoring eight points before fouling out with 29.2 seconds left.