The critics seem to have finally caught up with ‘Melo this season. Why else would Knicks team coming off a 54-win season be getting no respect?
SH Blog: Howard says everyone should get over his departure from LA, Barkley says STAT has lost his talent
We’ve heard plenty about the issues Dwight Howard had with Kobe Bryant over the summer, and why he wasn’t happy playing with the demanding superstar. With the center back in town to face the Los Angeles Lakers – he already heard plenty of boos while playing in Staples Center against the Los Angeles Clippers this past Monday – perhaps it’s finally time to close this chapter of his story for good, for both himself and everyone else around the league.
STORY OF THE DAY:
Antawn Jamison and Pau Gasol explained what it was like to see Howard and Kobe Bryant clash, from Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:
“I made my decision,” Howard said. “I’m happy where I’m at. Everybody should move forward. This is my life. If you don’t like it, so what.”
“Dwight and Kobe just didn’t get along,” Jamison said. “There was no definite reason as to why they didn’t get along. They were just two different personalities that couldn’t co-exist. You know how aggressive and straight-forward Kobe is. He doesn’t stroke any egos. What you see with Kobe is what you get.
“They tried once it got started. Once we couldn’t get it going and started struggling, Dwight got hurt and Kobe said some things. I understood what Kobe was trying to do because that’s Kobe. ‘Toughen it up.’ It just did the opposite with Dwight. The more and more we couldn’t put things together and try to get to that point of being the team we thought we could become, it got worse and worse.”
You know the regular season is upon us when the TNT crew starts sharing their thoughts on who is primed to succeed and what teams will be most relevant in the upcoming season. Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, Steve Kerr and others had plenty to say about a number of topics with USA Today, and that’s where we’ll kick things off in today’s blog.
Story of the day:
Which team is good enough to take on the Heat this season? Barkley shared his thoughts on the matter with Sam Amick of USA Today:
“There’s a very short list of teams that can actually win the championship. I think Brooklyn is interesting. You have to wonder how much Paul (Pierce) and Kevin (Garnett) have left in the tank. I think that’s going to be a great story line to watch. I think the Pacers — the Pacers are legit. The Pacers are flat out legit. I think you’ve got to figure out how well (Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell) Westbrook is going to come back to see what Oklahoma City has. But I think the big question marks — what we’re talking about — to me is going to go down to the Dwight (Howard) story, which is fascinating, but the big key to me is going to be the Blake Griffin/DeAndre Jordan (story line) and how they got better as players. (The Clippers have) all the other pieces, they just don’t have inside guys who can get their own shots and dominate. That’s all they’re missing.”
Perhaps not too surprisingly, Kerr is going with the Chicago Bulls as the favorites to overthrow the Heat. Here is his logic:
Kerr: ”It kind of feels like it’s all teed up for this to be (the Bulls’) year, with Derrick (Rose) coming back (from the ACL tear that kept him out all last season) and then they’ve got Luol Deng in the last year of his deal. (With) he and Jimmy Butler on the wings, you have two guys who can really guard. Guarding (Miami’s Dwyane) Wade and LeBron (James), you’ve got to have a couple of good defenders, and the Bulls definitely do. And they’ve just always given Miami trouble, just with their style of play.”
Remember when Scottie Pippen was investigated by police for allegedly assaulting a man back in June? That man’s name is Camran Shafighi, and we should all learn to be better than this money-seeking 49-year-old.
Shafighi’s is suing the Chicago Bulls legend for $4 million – which is utterly ridiculous no matter how you put it – for allegedly beating him to unconsciousness for no good reason. According to him, he simply went up to Pippen, who was having dinner with his family, and asked for a picture and an autograph before an irate Pippen mercilessly punched and kicked him to the ground.
How is that for an idea to get rich? Find out where a famous NBA player is having dinner, go give him a reason to kick your ass, then sue him for millions of dollars for putting his hands on you. In no way am I saying those were his intentions, but the evidence sure does point in that direction, from The AP:
Of the 13 NBA head coaching vacancies this summer, twelve were filled by July 3rd.
Having a head coach is important to the development of young players—as they need to acclimate themselves to the coach’s system and prove they deserve to make the regular season roster. So, it only makes sense that teams would want to have the position filled before beginning the talent evaluation process that is the NBA’s summer league.
A week after the summer league’s conclusion and the Philadelphia 76ers stand alone as the only team in the NBA without a head coach.
Their search could soon be over, as Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
Y! Sources: Portland assistant David Vanterpool has emerged as a serious candidate in Sixers head coaching search. http://t.co/1A2DPuigGM
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 29, 2013
Vanterpool has only one season of experience as an NBA assistant with the Portland Trail Blazers. However, he spent the previous five years as an assistant to well-respected Euroleague coach Ettore Messinai with CSKA Moscow.
The Sixers have come taken some hits from prominent media members, including former Sixers’ star Charles Barkley, for taking so long in their efforts to hire a coach.
Perhaps the long search will soon be over. Even so, Sixers GM Sam Hinkie seems content to keep Philly fans waiting.
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