SH Blog: Is DeMarcus Cousins’ attitude changing?

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Last year around this time, we were dissecting the James Harden trade, and mostly slamming the Thunder for being cheap.

NBA Rumors and News for October 27, 2013

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Sunday, October 27

Trivia Question: How many NBA championships has Shaquille O’Neal won? Answer below.

Rockets to waive Marcus Camby
Posted at 07:15 PM ET
Marcus Camby The Houston Rockets will waive center Marcus Camby on Monday, a source told Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. Camby has been unable to come back so far from a torn plantar fascia tissue and the team is unable to wait for surgery which could take several months to recover from. Camby, 39, was brought in this summer to provide a veteran presence and insurance at the center spot, but if he is simply taking up a seat on the bench in a suit, he’s not that helpful. By cutting him, the Rockets allow themselves to keep an extra player, at least for now, and continue to evaluate the roster while Camby rehabs. Camby said this isn’t the end of his playing days. “I understand the situation. They need healthy guys. Once I get healthy you can expect to see me again,” he told Mark Berman of Fox 26.

Trivia Answer: Shaq won three titles with the Lakers from 2000 to 2002 and one with the Miami Heat in 2006.

NBA Rumors and News for October 26, 2013

Warriors and Bogut Agree To Three Year Extension; Wizards Make First Trade; LeBron Claims He Has No Rival

Brett Poirier manages the Rumors and News page for Sheridan Hoops.

NBA Players’ Response and Support for Adrian Peterson

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Adrian PetersonThere are many tragedies in life that many hope to never have to experience.

One of the saddest realities in life is that of a parent outliving their child.

There are also many things—evil, terrible things—that no one should ever have to bear in life.

The worst of which, perhaps for a parent, is harm inflicted on their child at the hands of a criminal—whether verbal, physical or sexual abuse or even abduction or death. The burden of knowing that your child suffered such trauma is immediate cause for pain, sorrow and anger and can leave scars that can take years to heal.

Sadly, such tragedy struck the family of Adrian Peterson, 2012 NFL MVP and star running back for the Minnesota Vikings.

Peterson’s two-year-old son, who had been in critical condition since Wednesday, died Friday due to wounds inflicted by the man in whose care he had been entrusted—his mother’s boyfriend, Joseph Patterson.

Patterson is in custody and will face felony charges. Peterson and his family, meanwhile, are faced with the difficult task of grieving a loss is incomprehensible.

Several NBA athletes took to Twitter to pour out their heartfelt and sincere condolences.

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NBA Rumors and News for October 9, 2013

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Wednesday, October 9

Daily Trivia: Carmelo Anthony is fifth among active players with a career playoff average of 25.4 points per game. Who is ahead of him? Answer below.

LeBron likes new look Pistons
Posted at 09:19 PM ET
Miami Heat forward LeBron James was intrigued by the offseason makeover of the Detroit Pistons, reports Michael Wallace of ESPN. The team brought back championship guard Chauncey Billups as well as acquired former Atlanta Hawks star Josh Smith and high-scoring ex-Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings. Detroit also hired Maurice Cheeks as head coach. “I think only time will tell, but they definitely improved their roster bringing in Jennings and Josh, and Big Shot [Billups] as well,” James said after Wednesday’s practice. “[On] paper, they look like they can be pretty good this year. No individual can do it by himself, but they have a lot of talent.”"

Rondo has no desire to leave Boston
Posted at 09:05 PM ET
BOS_Rondo_Rajon When Bill Simmons says the Boston Celtics will have a terrible season, it’s probably true. But Celtics star point guard Rajon Rondo, who’s been mentioned in trade rumors all offseason, says he has no plans to bail on his team. In an interview with Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe, Rondo said he loves Boston. “The fans are great here. And Danny [Ainge] has been straightforward with me. This is my team. Why would I want to leave? Why would I want out? I never really backed away from a challenge. This would be a challenge. I’m looking forward to working with coach [Brad] Stevens. It’s a brand new start for us as a team. A lot of new players and a lot of young guys willing to listen, so I’m very excited.”

Marcus Camby could miss significant time with foot injury
Posted at 11:56 AM ET
Camby Houston Rockets center Marcus Camby tore his plantar fascia and could miss nearly two months if conditions don’t improve, he told Jonathan Feigen of Ultimate Rockets. The injury occurred in January when Camby was a member of the New York Knicks but he’s expected to be out at least another two weeks. He’s been in therapy trying is to improve his condition enough to avoid surgery. “I’m trying to do whatever I can to avoid surgery. We’re just going to rehab it and see how it goes in the next two weeks and take it from there. We don’t want to rehab it and nurse it and have it still be lingering. That is something I’m going to sit back and figure out and definitely look toward long term, as the season progresses to the second half of the season. I have to be smart about it.” Camby has not participated in practices in training camp this season. He played in just 24 games last season.

Trivia Answer: Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki, Kobe Bryant

NBA Rumors and News for October 8, 2013

Bernucca: 10 Predictions for the 2013-14 Season

SH Blog: Who Is Biggest Threat To Heat? Problems Surfacing In Chicago? Can Kyrie Lead Playoff Push?

Brett Poirier manages the Rumors and News page for Sheridan Hoops.

Evening News: Nets to retire Kidd’s jersey; Howard recruited Camby; Olajuwon wants to help Durant

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In today’s news, the Brooklyn Nets announced that they plan to retire their new head coach’s jersey, Marcus Camby reveals how he was lured back to Houston again, and Hakeem Olajuwon tells the media who he thinks would benefit the most from his tutelage.

Jason Kidd’s #5 will be retired in Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Nets will retire Jason Kidd’s number when the Miami Heat come to town on October 17th.

Kidd, the franchise’s all time leader in assists, will become the sixth Net to have his number retired.  Jason Kidd Nets

“This is a very humbling honor and one that I will always cherish,” Kidd said in a statement. “There can be no greater recognition of an athlete’s time with any team than to have his number retired, and this gesture by the Nets organization validates a very significant portion of my career that was spent as a player with this franchise.”

Kidd led the Nets to consecutive Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003. In over 500 games with the team, Kidd averaged 14.6 points, 9.1 assists, and 7.2 rebounds per game. In six and a half seasons with the then-New Jersey Nets, Kidd was selected to the Eastern Conference All Star team five times.

Kidd is third on the NBA’s all time list (behind Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson) with 105 triple-doubles. Coincidentally, the recently hired coach also just bought a stake in the franchise’s ownership. 

Dwight Howard recruited Marcus Camby to Houston

For Rockets’ GM Darryl Morey, his player’s loyalty to building a winner in Houston is a gift that keeps on giving. NYK_Camby_Marcus

First, Chandler Parsons and James Harden actively recruited Dwight Howard to town this summer. Now, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports that Dwight Howard returned the favor by subsequently recruiting Marcus Camby.

Camby, who has been a productive starter for most of his career, admits that joining forces with Howard was something he wouldn’t have considered doing in his prime.

“Ten years ago, no,” Camby said of signing on to a team that just acquired Howard. “Now, I just got off the phone with him. He’s a great guy. Even before I signed, when I got my buyout in Toronto, he was one of the guys that was texting and calling me, trying to sell me on Houston. I told him he didn’t have to.”

Now, Camby figures to come off the bench as a reserve for Howard and incumbent starting center Omer Asik.

Houston’s front line will be scary good.Olajuwon wanted to work with Durant this summer

In an interview with Nike Kicks, Hakeem Olajuwon revealed that he believes Kevin Durant would benefit from a week of work with him.
Olajuwon has been working as a private tutor with some of the NBA’s best players for years. Among his notable clients, Olajuwon has helped LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Amar’e Stoudemire improve dramatically with offensive efficiency in the paint.
Still, Olajuwon believes his Hall of Fame mind and technique could be used to help even more stars in the league, especially Durant:
“(He’s) very skilled, but doesn’t take advantage of his height in the post,” Olajuwon said. “He’s much taller than most of the guys who guard him. He’s got all the outside game, but now he needs to take them in the post. In other words, there’s something for everybody.”

Watch the full interview here:

According to Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman, Durant had the seventh most efficient scoring percentage in the paint of all NBA players last season. Regardless, only about 10% of Durant’s offensive possessions were taken with his back to the basket.

Unfortunately for Durant, Olajuwon has been hired by Houston to coach his offensive moves to Rockets players exclusively.