SH Blog: Josh Smith wants a max deal; why isn’t Rose playing?

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220px-Josh_Smith_2010_croppedJosh Smith has been getting a ton of ink lately, though I guess that’s what happens when you’re looking at being potentially the top name on the free agent market.

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SH Blog: Bynum not close to making debut, Pau Gasol could miss most of regular season

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When it comes to the Slam Dunk Contest, LeBron James is full of it.

“I am more of an in-game dunker”, he says. “I am too old to be in the dunk contest”, he says. “Why don’t you take a poll and see if you think I have more to lose than gain?”, he asks.

And then ever-so-casually during pregame warm ups, he goes and does this:

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SH Blog: Kings trade Robinson to Rockets, Nets and Celtics discuss deal for Pierce and more rumors

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The official NBA Trade Deadline is on Thursday, at 3:00 P.M., EST.  That means the clock is ticking for teams around the league, and rumors continue to circle around Josh Smith and company.

In today’s blog, we’ll get straight to all the rumors, including the ones that appear to be shot down and ones that are still well in discussion. All of this, of course, means plenty of Woj “bombs” and reports are to be expected.

Before we get to all the rumors, here’s a totally unexpected trade that went down between the Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings, from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports (as promised): “Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings The Houston Rockets acquired Sacramento’s Thomas Robinson, the fifth overall pick in the draft, in a three-way deal on Wednesday night, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. The Rockets sent Patrick Patterson, Toney Douglas and Cole Aldrich to the Kings, and Marcus Morris to the Phoenix Suns as part of the trade. The Kings give up Robinson, the power forward out of Kansas, Francisco Garcia, Tyler Honeycutt and a future second-round pick to the Rockets, sources said. Morris, the 14th overall pick of the 2011 draft, had started 17 games for the Rockets this season, averaging 8.6 points and 4.1 rebounds. Morris averaged 21 minutes a game for Houston.”

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SH Blog: Woodson always believed Lin was a backup point guard

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When Jeremy Lin came out of nowhere to dominate games for the New York Knicks last season, he captured the hearts of fans everywhere and was in many ways, inspiring.

He was easily the story of the shortened NBA season.

The story known as Linsanity ended some time ago, though, and what was once mostly praise has turned into slander and bitterness towards the young point guard, who has struggled this season and is trying to find his way in a new environment and system in Houston.

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Morning News Roundup

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Here are this morning’s top NBA news stories:

  • “NBA to change All-Star ballot. eliminating center,” by David Aldridge from NBA.com
  • “Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak sees his window of opportunity,” by Mark Medina from the  Los Angeles Daily News
  • “Jennings isn’t worried about contract situation,” by Greg Woelfel from the Racine Journal-Times
  • “Raja Bell’s agent disputes report claiming he said trade being pursued,” by Jody Genessy from the Deseret News
  • “Jerome Jordan making case to stay with Grizzlies,” by Ronald Tillery from the Memphis Commercial Appeal
  • “Gilbert Arenas near deal with Guangdong,” by Jon Pastuszek from NiuBBall.com
  • “In 3rd year, Hayward aims to take the next step,” by Bill Oram from the Salt Lake Tribune
  • “Nets coach Avery Johnson said he already feels more of a rivalry with the New York Knicks since the team has moved to Brooklyn,” by Tim Bontemps from the New York Post
  • “Kirk Hinrich left Chicago Bulls preseason game with strained right groin,” by Nick Friedell from ESPN.com
  • “MRI on New Orleans Hornets’ Austin Rivers reveals no structural damage,” by John Reid from the New Orleans Times-Picayune
  • “Andrew Bynum expected to join 76ers on Wednesday,” by John N. Mitchell from the Philadelphia Inquirer
  • “Cavaliers’ guard Gibson out with concussion,” from NBA.com
  • “Clippers’ Hill could miss significant time,” by Daniel Woike from the Orange County Register