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

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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. 

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Notes from around the NBA: February 26, 2012

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

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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 the Celtics and the struggles of the Lakers. The last question concerned what I was most looking forward to, and I’d have to say the smart money is on Los Angeles taking out the dynamite to a greater degree than the Celtics. A question for viewers and readers: Who would bring back more in a trade: Pau Gasol or Rajon Rondo? Something to think about as the March 15 trade deadline arrives.

Also, host Noah Coslov and I spoke a little about the Spurs.

There were 8 million people in central Florida this weekend for All-Star Weekend and the Daytona 500, and I believe Noah and I were the only ones who had that conversation. Keep an eye on those guys over the next couple of weeks. They just went 8-1 on a nine-game road trip, and they are 13-1 at home — where they’ll play their next seven.

All-Star Weekend in 2013 goes to Houston

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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 skies, rain and temperatures no higher than the 50s. In Dallas in 2010, the festivities were marred by an untimely ice storm.

Andre Iguodala was MVP of the Rookie-Sophomore Challenge but was denied the Slam Dunk Contest title the next day when Nate Robinson was given about 42 tries to complete his final dunk. Afterward, Iguodala said he would never participate again.

There were no complaints about the last game in Hosuton, however. The 2006 contest saw LeBron James score 29 points and become the youngest All-Star MVP ever as the East climbed out of 21-point hole in the third quarter for a 122-120 win over the West.