In today’s headlines, Mike Woodson addressed J.R. Smith’s five game suspension, Dwight Howard revealed that his former coach was encouraging of a move to Houston and Delonte West has signed a deal to play in China.
Evening News: Woodson to J.R.: “Time to grow up”; SVG suggested Dwight sign in Houston; West to China
When Metta World Peace gives interviews, you don’t always expect comments with serious substance. This is not to say that the forward isn’t knowledgeable, but he’s usually more of an entertainer when questions are asked, and is generally very easygoing when it comes to addressing the media or fans. When he learned that the Los Angeles Lakers used the amnesty provision on him, he got through it by constantly joking about it on Twitter.
World Peace can also be very blunt when a situation calls for it, though, and he explained – very reasonably and accurately – why he knew in his heart that Dwight Howard would not sign with the Lakers long-term. Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News has details:
Tomorrow is Selection Sunday, and while as usual my Maryland Terrapins are on the bubble (with a crucial game today against North Carolina), there are a number of teams already in the Big Dance. Check out our index of NCAA tournament teams if you need a March Madness primer. And if you really want to win big with your bracket this year, enter our $100,000 Challenge.
In NBA news, we’ve got a column up from Frank Madden on the Heat’s 21-game winning streak, and of course all the NBA news you can handle is right here:
- Pretty much a fixture in these Saturday news roundup blogs is Marc Stein’s Weekend Dime at ESPN.com. There’s a new one up today, so click through for the full piece. Here’s one interesting excerpt: “One trusted insider and faithful Weekend Dime reader, upon seeing the mention in this box last week about how some teams out there expect Monta Ellis to consider opting into the final year on his contract at $11 million next season, took strong issue with that notion and urged me to follow up with a projection that Ellis remains far more likely to opt for free agency come July. The whispers in Milwaukee have been in circulation for some time that Ellis would opt out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, largely because of the number of teams projected to have salary-cap space this summer and the resultant ability to more than recoup that $11 million in a longer-term deal.”
- Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register has some news that may be scary to the Lakers: “After a scoreless first quarter, Bryant didn’t come back to the Lakers’ game in Indiana on Friday night because of his sprained left ankle. Bryant missed all four of his shots and has lost his man, Lance Stephenson, time after time at the other end early in the game as he struggled to move on defense. During the second quarter while on the bench, Bryant was asked something by assistant coach Chuck Person, and Bryant responded: “I can’t go.” “I just couldn’t move,” Bryant said after the game. “It’s really as simple as that. It just continued to swell and continue to get tight, and more pain, and I couldn’t put any pressure on it.” “
We saw Serge Ibaka chop down on Blake Griffin’s manhood on Sunday, and unless you have no sympathy towards any man that gets whacked in their jewels whatsoever, you would agree that Ibaka should probably have been thrown out of that game, and a suspension ought to be coming his way.
Ask the Thunder forward, though, and he’ll tell you how innocent he was in the whole fiasco. John Rohde of The Oklahoman has details:
Today’s top story discusses the prospect of Howard reuniting with his AAU teammate, Josh Smith.
Where? That is up to you, the reader, to figure out.