SH Blog: Celtics may be interested in deal for Stoudemire, Carter calls Howard a crybaby during contest

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amare_stoudemireBoston Celtics quickly ended the notion that they would be interested in dealing Rajon Rondo to the New York Knicks, but they may be willing to deal others to acquire Amare Stoudemire. Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report has details:

But even if it’s not Rondo, the Celtics are still attractive for the potential of a big man swap, and according to a source close to Gang Green, they might be willing to take on what basically no other team wants: Stoudemire’s $21.7 million and $23.4 million salaries this season and next, respectively. In that scenario, according to the source, the Knicks would acquire power forward/center Kris Humphries and small forward Gerald Wallace, while the Celtics would lose two massive salaries for one, Stoudemire, who the Celtics would have to retain only until 2015 (Wallace is through 2016). The Celtics also plan on “stinking in 2014-15 anyway,” according to the source close to the team, so Stoudemire’s financial presence wouldn’t necessarily hurt them as they have plenty of salary-cap flexibility and can continue to add roster pieces.



  • After a tough loss against the Charlotte Bobcats, Kevin Garnett offered his thoughts on the Brooklyn Nets’ situation, from Stefan Bondy of Daily News:

Kevin Garnett on how to fix this: “I don’t know. If I knew, I’d share it with this locker room.”

  • Vince Carter, a former teammate of Dwight Howard, had some very bold words to say to the center during the contest between Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets on Wednesday, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas:

Vince Carter just now to Dwight Howard: “You’re the biggest crybaby I know.”

Fighting words, indeed.


Gerald Wallace has been very vocal about the Boston Celtics this season. Here were his latest words after getting blown out by the Houston Rockets, from Baxter Holmes of The Boston Globe: “I don’t know what the [expletive] that was, to be honest.”

For those words, the forward has been fined a handsome $10,000 by the league.


Kobe BryantKobe Bryant may be practicing, but he isn’t quite ready to be himself and admits that he may have to make adjustments to his game, from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

“Within the Lakers practices, the private belief has been this: Kobe Bryant could hold his own right now, but he wouldn’t be himself yet. And truth be told, who could be so soon? Not Michael Jordan, not LeBron James, not anyone… ”You’ve got to be honest with yourself, and if you have those limitations, then you’ve got to figure out a way to be effective around those,” Bryant told reporters at the Lakers practice facility Tuesday. “You can’t be stubborn about that. If there are certain things that I used to do that I can’t do now, I won’t try to do them. I’ve got to figure out another way.”

After practicing for the first time, Bryant broke down how he felt and what needed to improve. Mark Medina of Daily News has details:

“I just went out there, played and tried to do what I normally do,” Bryant said. “I tried to figure some things out I could do at this stage and figure out what I can’t do at this stage.”

What did he learn?

“I’m able to hold my defenders off pretty easily with my off hand and maintain position in the post,” Bryant said. “I’m much much stronger now than I was.”

“There’s areas that still need to be stronger in terms of jumping and being able to play quickly, change directions and things like that,” Bryant said. “Those are areas you have to get stronger. But I can adjust my game and play at a pretty high level right now.”


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Evening News: Collins done coaching in the NBA; Bird surprised to be back with Pacers so quick

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In today’s news, one legend said good bye to the a formal role within the NBA for good while another legend opened up to why he returned after a one-year hiatus. Doug Collins ended all speculation of an eventual return to coaching and Larry Bird admitted that he was surprised to return to the Pacers after such little time away.

Five Things To Watch: Philadelphia 76ers

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dunceA year ago at this time, the Philadelphia 76ers were filled with optimism.

Coming off a postseason run that left them four minutes short of the Eastern Conference finals, front office personnel were still slapping each other’s backs about the way they had not only landed big man Andrew Bynum, but at the same time unloaded Andre Iguodala and Nikola Vucevic.

With Bynum in the paint, an array of 3-point shooters on the wings and emerging guards Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner running the offense, they were convinced the team had the size, athleticism and versatility to compete with anyone in the East. Yes, even LeBron and the Heat.

A year later, well, let’s say those expectations have slightly changed.

Sparing you the gory details, it didn’t quite work out as planned (we can debate whether it was the worst trade in NBA history), which is why the 2013-14 Sixers will resemble their predecessors in name and uniform only.

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May: Celtics-76ers Rivalry Needs a Rebuild on Both Sides


celticsbigthreeLess than 14 months ago, the Philadelphia 76ers were four minutes away from a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals. Four players remain from that team.

Less than 14 months ago, the Boston Celtics were one win away from a trip to the NBA Finals. Two players remain from that team.

The Celtics prevailed against Philadelphia on that Saturday in May, 2012, with Rajon Rondo recording a triple-double after Paul Pierce fouled out with 4:16 to play and the Celtics clinging to a three-point lead. It remains the last playoff game played by the 76ers, who failed to make the postseason in 2013 and appear headed in a similar direction for 2014, 2015 and maybe longer.

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Marks: Sixers Turn to Hinkie on Long Road Back to Redemption

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hinkiePHILADELPHIA – The hard truth of life in the NBA is that once you’re down, it’s nearly impossible to get back up.

The haves always seem to have it.

The have-nots seem to be perpetually buried near the bottom. Or worse, in the middle of the pack, where there’s little chance of finding that rare gem in the draft and not much hope in free agency, either.

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