I’ve noticed something in monitoring the NBA and the Internet over the past few days. The undefeated New York Knicks aren’t getting their props. And maybe props aren’t yet due. They played three bad quarters in Orlando the other night. They had an opening night blowout win over Miami after the Heat got stuck on their bus in post-Hurricane Sandy traffic for two hours on the short drive to the arena. They played Philly twice, and Philly doesn’t have Andrew Bynum
One thing about going on the Sid Rosenberg show in Miami: You are going to hear the bombastic (and talented) host speak out of both sides of his mouth — usually with some venom and some spice. Sid hails from New York, but he has been living in the sunshine for a few years now. Sid knows the Heat, he knows the Knicks, and he has a pulse for what folks in both cities are feeling and thinking. His take on Miami
If you go by the axiom that it is always a good thing to trade a small for a big, the Charlotte Bobcats made a nice move today by acquiring forward Hakim Warrick from the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for shooting guard Matt Carroll. The move should give the Bobcats an extra defensive presence, which is something you need when you are ranked 30th in the NBA in points allowed (107.2).
Remember when we told you this might be more about Jim Buss than Phil Jackson? Turns out that may be a big reason why Mike D’Antoni signed a four-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers late last night, and why Phil Jackson will remain unemployed/semi-retired. The stunning news broke while most of California and the rest of America was asleep.
DeMarcus Cousins was suspended for two games by the NBA for confronting Spurs broadcaster Sean Elliott two nights ago in Sacramento, postponing the first meeting between the two best centers in the Western Conference. Jason Thompson started at center for the Kings as they faced the Lakers, who continued to woo Phil Jackson but were covering their bases by interviewing other candidates, including Mike D’Antoni and Mike Dunleavy, to replace the fired Mike Brown. So what exactly happened between Cousins and Elliott? From
Harden has been unavailable twice in 3 days; Asik for 3 straight weeks. This on a team in which Hakeem did every interview for 17 years. — Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) November 11, 2012 I expect the folks at NBA Communications are going to raise a little fuss with the Rockets. The league actually has media access rules, and although they are openly flaunted by a majority of the 30 teams, a crackdown can happen if it gets out of control. Harden isn’t doing