SH Blog: Howard wants DPOY again, Cousins agrees to four-year deal with the Kings

DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings

Dwight Howard’s reputation took a major dive over the past couple of seasons due to all the drama surrounding his status as a free agent and his indecisive behavior. It didn’t help that his level of play dropped a notch after joining the Los Angeles Lakers last season after undergoing back surgery. Rather than receiving praise for stepping up and playing earlier than he was supposed to, he was scrutinized for being part of an underachieving team. Now that Howard has


Notes from around the NBA: February 19, 2012

Derrick Rose has suggested this trade: Carlos Boozer, who earns $13.5 million and other player, possibly a point guard, for Gasol. Sean Deveney: Jeremy Lin on ESPN headline: They apologized and I don’t care anymore. I have to learn to forgive. I don’t even think that was intentional. Twitter According to source, Mike D’Antoni threw out his back on Monday before the club flew to Toronto and has been in obvious pain sitting through press conferences. But his backache could turn into a headache as he figures


Notes from around the NBA: Feb. 17


J.R. Smith says he is signing with the Knicks, an there is an intriguing back story. On Thursday, Smith hopped a plane from China to LAX, arriving at the airport in the late afternoon, where he was intercepted, his camp said, by a representative for the Knicks. Smith was apparently headed later in the evening to Las Vegas, and according to a source in Smith’s family, the Knicks bought a ticket for their guy and sent him along, too. New York apparently


Exhibition game exhibitions and exhibits

They chanted “O-le, Ole Ole Ole” for Ricky Rubio in Minneapolis, and an M-V-P” chant was bestowed on — of all people — Renaldo Balkman of the Knicks at the Prudential Center in Newark. There was real basketball played Friday and Saturday around the NBA as the truncated preseason began, so let’s take a quick look at who was turning heads: SATURDAY: Knicks 92, Nets 83 With the off-the-court focus on whether Baron Davis will join the Knicks (or the Lakers, or the Heat)