Sprung: Best takeaways from All-Star Weekend 2016


TORONTO— Say this for Russell Westbrook: It’s only fitting that someone who embodies Kobe Bryant’s ceaseless competitiveness would take home the MVP award in Bryant’s final All-Star game. Westbrook-ASG Russell Westbrook scored 31 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out five assists to take home his second straight MVP award in a 196-173 win— a record number of points in the game and for the winning team— for the West over the East on Sunday night at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. “That’s


Chris Bosh: Heat “in a 30-game sprint” towards playoff spot

Chris Bosh

It’s been five years since Chris Bosh found himself in a truly competitive race for a playoff spot. The 2009-2010 season, his last as Toronto’s franchise player and his last before having LeBron James as a teammate, saw his team finish 40-42 and a game behind Chicago for the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference. In his first year without James since that ’09-’10 season, Bosh and his teammates will now compete in a tight playoff race for the first time in half


PODCAST: Why the Cleveland-Chicago Rivalry is Extra Important


One thing you can be assured of when looking at the NBA’s Eastern Conference: Everybody is impressed with the Atlanta Hawks and their 42-11 record. Another thing you can be sure of: Nobody is shaking in their boots at the prospect of facing them in a playoff series. Still, there is no queston the Hawks are going to be a tough out, and they will likely play the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Chicago Bulls in the second round of the playoffs. Avoiding


SH Blog: Rondo Tears ACL, Out For The Season; More on Kyrie


An already aggravating season for the Boston Celtics just got worse today. Celtics All-Star guard Rajon Rondo tore the ACL in his right knee and will be forced to shut it down for the rest of the season. It is possible that Rondo could return for the start of the 2013-14 season, but a timetable for that date will certainly not be clear until after surgery.  [Read more…]


Notes from around the NBA: February 26, 2012


Roster for tonight’s game:Lebron James MiamiKevin Durant OklahomaCarmelo Anthony New YorkBlake Griffin LA ClippersDwight Howard OrlandoAndrew Bynum LA LakersDerrick Rose ChicagoKobe Bryant LA LakersDwyane Wade MiamiChris Paul LA ClippersChris Bosh MiamiKevin Love MinnesotaRoy Hibbert IndianaRussell Westbrook OklahomaPaul Pierce BostonDirk Nowtzki DallasDeron Williams New JerseyMarc Gasol MemphisLuol Deng ChicagoLaMarcus Aldridge PortlandAndre Iguodala PhiladelphiaTony Parker San AntonioRajon Rondo BostonSteve Nash PhoenixJoe Johnson AtlantaThere’s a rumor circulating involving Howard, where the deal actually will come down March 1. It goes something like this: The Magic send Howard, SF Hedo Turkoglu and Nelson to the Lakers; the Magic receive Bynum and Gasol. The salaries are close to matching up, making


The decline of the Celtics and Lakers; The rise of the Spurs; The trade deadline

csprtContainer(); ORLANDO — We shot this video at the NBA Jam Session at the Orlando Convention Center, the first Jam Session I have spent extensive time at since 1994 when the game was in Minnesota and I saw Gheorghe Muresan walking around the Metrodome like a kid in a candy store. The opening and closing topics here were somewhat related: The first question was what was biggest surprise of the first half of the season, and I went with the decline of


All-Star Weekend in 2013 goes to Houston

Iguodala is the veteran of a young 76ers squad.

Next year’s All-Star Weekend will be in Houston. The NBA announced Wednesday that the Rockets and the city of Houston will host the 62nd All-Star Game on Feb. 17, 2013. It marks the third time Houston has hosted the game. It first hosted in 1989 and again in 2006. Beginning with 2006, the NBA has made a commitment to placing All-Star Weekend in supposed warm-weather sites such as Phoenix, Dallas, Los Angeles, etc. However, All-Star Weekend 2006 in Houston was marked by consistently overcast