SH Blog: Dwight Howard closes in on return to Rockets; Cavs balance health vs. race for No. 2

Harden & Howard

Dwight Howard is finally closing in on a return to the Houston Rockets after missing the last 22 games with swelling in his troublesome right knee. Howard, now 29 years old, participated in parts of Houston’s practice on Monday (video), and both star guard James Harden and head coach Kevin McHale said they were pleased with what they saw from the franchise’s star big man. Howard has been traveling with the team, working out and participating in two-on-two drills for some

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Bernucca: For me, The Best All-Star Game Ever

MSG inside pregame3

All-Star Weekend didn’t start out too well for my son, Andrew. On Friday morning, he had an argument with his first serious girlfriend a day before his first serious Valentine’s Day. With that hanging over his head, he had to go to work, where his primary job is to kick mallrats out of the store. And it was the last work day before the All-Star Game and we still hadn’t heard from someone who had said that maybe, just maybe, he

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Eisenberg: How do these Hawks compare with the 2004 Pistons?

Hawks v. Pistons

If you were to browse through the list of NBA champions since 1980, you’d find that there is just one notable outlier to the rule that suggests title contenders need a superstar to win it all – the 2003-04 Pistons. While that Detroit team featured four players who were either already multi-time All-Stars or went on to become multi-time All-Stars later in their careers, no one would have mistaken any of those Pistons players as the prototypical “superstars” entering the 2004 postseason.

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SH Blog: George Karl agrees to four-year deal with Sacramento Kings, Nowitzki replaces Anthony Davis for All-Star game

George Karl

This deal has been brewing over the last week or so, but it has finally become official: George Karl is now the new head coach of the Sacramento Kings. There were some questions at first about the possibility when a report surfaced that DeMarcus Cousins’ camp was not in favor of the move (for what reason is anyone’s guess), and that was kind of a big deal given Cousins’ status as the face of the franchise. Nevertheless, here’s Adrian Wojnarowski of

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Eisenberg: Hawks’ depth and former AAU teammates prove to be deciding factors vs. Warriors

Hawks

ATLANTA — With just over a minute left in the third quarter, the Hawks and Warriors were gridlocked at 83-83. Mike Scott was sitting patiently on the bench for his opportunity to make an impact. “I always tell myself when I’m sitting there on the bench and I sense the game getting a little tight, ‘I could spark the game with energy and change the game in our favor whether it be with scoring or by outrunning the bigs – just

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All-Star: With Wade injured, Silver has choice between Korver and Knight

Korver

Well, it happened. The Eastern Conference coaches left Kyle Korver off the All Star team. The boss vented on Twitter. However, if things proceed as they should, Adam Silver can right the wrong and send four Hawks to represent the Eastern Conference in New York. On Thursday, Dwyane Wade told the media that he was “going to be out for a little while.” That will include the All Star game. So now Adam Silver gets to choose Wade’s replacement. Korver and Milwaukee’s Brandon Knight

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