SH Blog: Rambis shocked that D’Antoni wanted him, Paul George expects championship

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220px-Kurt_Rambis_huddle_croppedFormer player and coach Kurt Rambis has long been known for being the main assistant to Phil Jackson for a better part of the Zen Master’s tenure as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers in the ’00s. The two are very close, and Rambis openly slammed Jim Buss back in November for the way he mistreated Jackson during the hiring process.

Knowing these things, it was quite a surprise to hear that Rambis would be a real candidate to become an assistant to Mike D’Antoni a few weeks ago. Nevertheless, the hiring of Rambis became official on Monday when he announced the decision on his twitter account, from Mark Medina of Daily News:

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NBA Players react to NY Knicks PG Jason Kidd’s retirement

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kiddFirst it was Grant Hill who made waves with news of his retirement.

Two days later, the man who shared Rookie of the Year honors with Hill in 1995 took his turn.

New York Knicks point guard and NBA journeyman Jason Kidd has decided to hang up the sneakers after 19 seasons of professional basketball.

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Tweet of the Day: Easter Edition

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Happy Easter! The day of new life & love & compassion to friends, family & all people! CELEBRATE!
@CoachKarl22
George Karl

 

With only five games on the NBA schedule on Easter Sunday, many players around the league will be taking the day off to celebrate with their families before getting back to work tomorrow.

Let’s take a look at who around the NBA is celebrating and how. 

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Tweet of the Day: Kobe Bryant & Dwyane Wade

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

A nationally recognized federal holiday in the United States of America. MLK Day was voted into existence by President Ronald Reagan on November 2, 1983, and it was first observed January 20, 1986. It is recognized by the government on the third Monday of every January—on or around Dr. King’s birthday.

That great day, in which our nation recognizes the civil rights achievements of Dr. King was celebrated Monday of this week.

As with his birthday (last week), many players took time to express their gratitude for what he accomplished and the dream that he had for our country.

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Morning News Roundup

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Here are this morning’s top NBA news stories:

  • “NBA to change All-Star ballot. eliminating center,” by David Aldridge from NBA.com
  • “Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak sees his window of opportunity,” by Mark Medina from the  Los Angeles Daily News
  • “Jennings isn’t worried about contract situation,” by Greg Woelfel from the Racine Journal-Times
  • “Raja Bell’s agent disputes report claiming he said trade being pursued,” by Jody Genessy from the Deseret News
  • “Jerome Jordan making case to stay with Grizzlies,” by Ronald Tillery from the Memphis Commercial Appeal
  • “Gilbert Arenas near deal with Guangdong,” by Jon Pastuszek from NiuBBall.com
  • “In 3rd year, Hayward aims to take the next step,” by Bill Oram from the Salt Lake Tribune
  • “Nets coach Avery Johnson said he already feels more of a rivalry with the New York Knicks since the team has moved to Brooklyn,” by Tim Bontemps from the New York Post
  • “Kirk Hinrich left Chicago Bulls preseason game with strained right groin,” by Nick Friedell from ESPN.com
  • “MRI on New Orleans Hornets’ Austin Rivers reveals no structural damage,” by John Reid from the New Orleans Times-Picayune
  • “Andrew Bynum expected to join 76ers on Wednesday,” by John N. Mitchell from the Philadelphia Inquirer
  • “Cavaliers’ guard Gibson out with concussion,” from NBA.com
  • “Clippers’ Hill could miss significant time,” by Daniel Woike from the Orange County Register