SH Blog: Nash knew ball would stick to Kobe, Billups never wanted to play the two in LA

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Chris PaulYou never know what to expect when dealing with the NBA offseason on a day-to-day basis. Some days, the biggest news turns out to be Tyreke Evans crossing up the mayor of Seattle in a Pro-Am game. Then there are days like today, where there are an endless number of eye-catching stories around the league.

Here is something in particular that will make you say “whoa, really??”: Chris Paul, at one point during free agency, was going to leave Los Angeles to team up with James Harden and Dwight Howard in Houston. Now that’s a scary thought for the rest of the league. As we know, though, Paul will remain with the Clippers, making this story something that would have been much more juicy had it been leaked before things settled down with the addition of Doc Rivers.

This one has been expected for a while, but John Wall has officially come to terms with the Washington Wizards on a maximum contract worth approximately $80 million over five years. The question is, did anyone else think that Wall deserved a contract that only the best point guards in the league have received? Shlomo Sprung explains why that’s not the case

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SH Blog: D’Alessandro rips Deron Williams, Jeff Van Gundy questions Williams’ work ethic

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What has gotten into the abilities of the once-great Deron Williams?

This is a guy that was once touted as the best point guard in the league during his tenure as a Jazz.

Clearly, that sentiment was still strong over this past summer when he was heavily pursued by teams, before the coveted guard chose to sign with the Brooklyn Nets for nearly $100 million.

Is it a simple case of a lack of effort for the guard, who has been handsomely paid? Or is it, like he said, the difference between a system that works for him and one that doesn’t? Williams is averaging 16.8 points and 8.2 assists – very solid numbers for most point guards – but he’s also shooting 39.6 percent from the field and 29.4 percent from the 3-point line, all well below his career averages.

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Depleted Timberwolves sign Josh Howard

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The injury-ravaged Minnesota Timberwolves signed forward Josh Howard on Friday in an effort to strengthen their depleted roster.

No terms were disclosed, although it is likely Howard – beginning his 10th season – received the veteran’s minimum. He will be in uniform when the Timberwolves host the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.

SH Blog: D’Antoni introduced as coach, says Howard can be in every play

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We all have a general idea of what Mike D’Antoni wants to do as the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Get them to score a whole lot more, for one.

D’Antoni is a well-documented offensive wizard, so if anyone can figure out how to best utilize the endless amount of talent on the roster, it would be him, no matter what Magic Johnson wants to say about it.

We don’t know, however, of his plans in greater detail – mostly because we haven’t heard him say anything about it yet.

That changed on Thursday when he was officially introduced as the newest head coach of the team.

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SH Blog: Phil Jackson isn’t the only NBA news

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By now, you have to have heard: Everyone involved with the Lakers seems to want Phil Jackson and the Triangle offense back.

Here at Sheridan Hoops, we’ve got wall-to-wall coverage of this saga: the original piece on Brown’s firing, and the reaction from NBA players, plus one one podcast asking if this is more about Jackson or Jim Buss, and another podcast with some strong statements from Jackson’s friend, Roland Lazenby, that he fully expects the quest for ring No. 12 to begin soon.

In adition, here’s all the Jackson links you can handle, as well as the rest of the latest NBA news:

  • Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times has a very complete rundown on all of today’s Phil Jackson news. Nearly everything you need to know is in the link above, but here’s an excerpt: “The Lakers are unwavering that there’s still a 95% certainty he will be their next coach. It’s known that Jackson has already contacted assistant coaches who have worked with him previously about joining the Lakers’ staff. It doesn’t appear to be a problem for Lakers management. The desire of Lakers fans and players to have Jackson return has been matched by management’s desire to have him back on the bench. There’s been speculation since Jackson’s departure of a rift between Buss and him. It does not appear to be a deterrent in present discussions.”

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