Players in the NBA usually have a limited window of opportunity in terms of how consistent their level of play can be through the course of their careers. Whether it’s injury-related or facing the undefeated Father Time, something usually happens to eventually slow down a player’s ability to do things the same way year after year. There are some, however, who simply defy this logic and produce at an elite level until the day they retire. The prime example of this is
Let’s start with the obvious: Josh Smith is not going to be claimed on waivers. It’s true that Smith, 29, won’t be able to sign anywhere until 5 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, when the league office will announce if Smith was claimed in the waiver process. But the only reason Detroit cut Smith, even with over $35 million in guaranteed money still owed, was because they couldn’t find a taker to trade for him at that contract. In other words, no
Rajon Rondo made his debut count with the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night against the San Antonio Spurs. The Mavs new point guard scored six points on 3-of-11 shooting and dished out nine assists, adding seven rebounds in a 99-93 victory. It seems like a typical Rondo night. He didn’t score until the third quarter, was well below 40% from the floor, but made all the plays we’ve seen him make in Boston the past eight plus years.
I’ve got to say, it’s a little surreal that Rajon Rondo isn’t a Celtic any more. Not so much because he’d been there forever, though that’s certainly part of it. It’s more that in the time I’ve been doing this blog thing here (coming up on three years), Rondo’s been the player I’ve seen the most rumors about where nothing ever really happened. Until, of course, this week. Public perception of this trade seems pretty consistent: Brandan Wright is pretty good, Jae Crowder
After going on an eight-game tear through the early parts of December, it looked as though the Cleveland Cavaliers were finally starting to figure things out. LeBron James took on more of a point forward’s role, Kyrie Irving became the go-to scorer, and Kevin Love was seemingly the third option on most nights. But just as things began to look much better, the tides have turned again recently, with the Cavaliers losing three of their last four contests, including Wednesday’s 127-98
Indiana owner Herb Simon would approve of the team re-acquiring former Pacers guard Lance Stephenson in a trade, The Indianapolis Star reports.
On Sunday night, Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan for third all-time on the NBA scoring list. On Friday night in a 112-110 overtime victory over the Spurs, Kobe scored 22 points, leaving him eight short of tying MJ and nine short of leaping him in the record books. He finished Sunday’s game with 26 points and a 100-94 win over the young Minnesota Timberwolves, passing Jordan with an exclamation point. In a season surrounded by uncertainty for the Lakers and Kobe’s future,
What, exactly, constitutes a fire sale? That’s the question this Billy King quote raises (via Tim Bontemps of the New York Post): Nets general manager Billy King knows his team isn’t playing up to expectations, but he isn’t ready to pull the plug. “My job is to listen to people and to make calls and to make calls back,” King said before the Nets’ 88-70 victory over the 76ers on Friday night at Barclays Center. “Does that mean we’re having a fire sale? Absolutely