- In case you missed it yesterday, you should check out Marc Stein’s latest Weekend Dime for ESPN.com. Here’s an excerpt: “Is the following mere posturing or the real-deal stance in Denver? Only time will tell, but one source plugged into the Nuggets’ plans insisted this week that Russian center Timofey Mozgov – widely presumed to be a lock to be dealt before the deadline – will not be moved unless the return is “crazy good.” Don’t know that such an offer is going to materialize for a player behind Kosta Koufos and JaVale McGee in George Karl’s frontcourt rotation.”
- Greg Oden update time! Today’s comes from Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer: “I hear the Bobcats are among many NBA teams keeping tabs on Greg Oden, the former No. 1 pick center looking to make a comeback from chronic knee problems. Oden will have a lot to consider; opportunity to play, opportunity to win, earning power. There’s even been a suggestion the Cleveland Clinic’s medical reputation works in the Cavaliers’ favor.”
- The Warriors are having a great season, and they could be looking to make a move to maybe set themselves up for a playoff run. Here’s Marcus Thompson of the San Jose Mercury News via Sulia on the Warriors’ deadline plans: “Harrison Barnes’ name comes up quite a bit. But the Warriors aren’t interesting in moving Barnes. One sourcesaid it would take a “major offer” to get them to even think about moving Barnes. It’s obvious to Warriors fans that Barnes is/should be untouchable. But that hasn’t stop teams from trying to pry him away for the Warriors.”
- Here’s KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune on Joakim Noah’s plantar fasciaitis issue: “The most commonly used treatment for Noah’s condition is rest. But Noah vowed late Friday not to miss any games. Previously, he said he had no plans to skip the All-Star Game. Something, it seems, has to give. And for the Bulls’ sake, it better not be the fibrous tissue on the bottom of the right foot of the emotional engine and rebounding and defensive force that Noah represents. It’s certainly possible for Noah to attend next weekend’s All-Star festivities in Houston and not play, or play sparingly. … Whatever Noah decides, this much is certain: The Bulls need him to remain healthy to be a legitimate Eastern Conference contender. ‘I’m feeling pretty good,’ Noah said, after first answering affirmatively when asked if plantar fasciaitis still bothered him. ‘I’m happy we have a couple of days of rest. I’m trying to get my foot right and get all the treatment possible. I’m hoping I can play through this and it improves even though I’m playing.’ “
- Today’s recommended long-form reading is from Greg Bishop at the New York Times, about former Duke and Bulls guard Jay Williams: “Imagine the worst day of your life. Then imagine confronting that day every single day thereafter. Imagine lying in intensive care, watching on television as your team drafts your replacement. Imagine lying on your back, for months at a time, unsure if you will walk again, your leg held together by 100 staples and various metal contraptions. Imagine the taunts, the ridicule, the built-in comeback — “Go buy another motorcycle, Williams.” Imagine walking through an airport — “Way to screw your life up, Williams.” Imagine working for ESPN, analyzing games — “Should have stuck to motorcycles, Williams.” Imagine life as the Guy Who Threw It All Away.”
Dan Malone is a third-year journalism student at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He blogs, edits and learns things on the fly for Sheridan Hoops. Follow him on Twitter.
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