SH Blog: Dwight and CP3 planned to team up, D-Wade thought Heat-Knicks should have been canceled

The NBA is a strange place sometimes. As this blog goes to press, the Bobcats and Rockets are undefeated, while the Lakers and Celtics are winless. We’re not even a week into the season, of course, but all 82 games count the same.

Nick Gibson was a witness to James Harden’s 45-point outburst in Atlanta last night, and it’s up to the boss where to put The Beard in the debut of the MVP race rankings on Sunday.

Also on Sheridan Hoops, we’ve got a column from Moke Hamilton on how the Knicks’ offense will function without Amar’e Stoudemire. Also, keep an eye on our weekly rookie rankings, the first edition of which is out now, and weigh in on when (or if) Mike Brown will be fired as Lakers coach. One of the choices is today.

Now, here’s the latest NBA news.

  • Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports has a really awesome look at Dwight Howard and Chris Paul’s attempts to play together in the NBA. Here’s an excerpt: “Paul and Howard now find themselves in the same city, albeit playing for rival franchises. Howard came to the Lakers this past summer while Paul is beginning his second season with the Clippers. Both are set to become free agents at the end of this season, raising the question of whether they might make one more effort to team up. The answer from both All-Stars: Don’t count on it. ‘We were trying to play together, but it didn’t work out,’ Howard told Yahoo! Sports. Paul and Howard were teammates on Team USA’s 2008 Olympic team. They grew close during that time, and so did their families. While watching LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh form a super team in Miami, Paul and Howard have been talking about joining forces for years. … Sources close to both players said Howard and Paul settled on the Dallas Mavericks as an ideal destination, knowing owner Mark Cuban had the means to clear salary-cap space for them. The Mavericks explored trades for both players, but didn’t have attractive enough assets to make a deal. And while Howard and Paul could have become unrestricted free agents in the summer of 2012 by opting out of their contracts, neither exhibited the patience to make such a plan feasible. ”
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