Monthly Archives: December 2009
Any point guard who plays for Larry Brown will ultimately clash with
the head coach (See: Stephon Marbury). But those who understand there
is a method to Brown’s madness can accomplish great things .
If you ask Charles Barkley — and his buddies on the TNT set did late Thursday night — the Utah Jazz have a big problem.
And the Round Mound wasn’t talking about Saturday’s home game against
the Los Angeles Lakers, who walloped the Jazz 101-77 at the Staples
Center on Wednesday night.
So how big is this other problem?
Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy declined to confirm Saturday a recent
report that said various NBA teams have made trade offers for starting
forward Marcus Camby.
I wanted to address the Mike James to Miami rumor that ESPN.com’s Marc
Stein circulated on Wednesday afternoon. I mentioned it on my Twitter
account last night, but there is nothing moving right now with regards
to any James trade, based on conversations that I’ve had with a few
people who would know.
Marc J. Spears
The Denver Nuggets own the Western Conference’s second-best record and
have emerged as just one of a handful of teams who look like legitimate
championship contenders. They also have a coach who might not have a
contract in six months.
By Marc Stein
The Miami Heat’s position on trades is no secret. They won’t even
consider making a deal for anyone whose contract extends beyond this
season to preserve every cent of their projected trove of salary-cap
space for July 1, 2010.
The Bulls’ 118-83 loss Wednesday night to the Hawks at Philips Arena
will do nothing to quiet the disgruntled fans asking for Vinny Del
That’s nine losses in 10 games, seven of them blowouts and one to the team with the league’s worst record.
Magic have no plans to trade Gortat, Bass
Magic General Manager Otis Smith said he has no plans to deal either C
Marcin Gortat or PF Brandon Bass, even though he can trade them
starting Dec. 15.
I don’t think there’s any question Portland needs another big man,
preferably a power forward but possibly a backup center. And to get
one, you have to give up something.
Multiple sources in the NBA have told me that Jerryd Bayless seems to
be the most available player on Portland’s roster. A couple of sources
indicated over the weekend that Bayless has asked the team to trade
him, because of his lack of playing time. I wouldn’t blame him — young
players want, and need, to play. And if he wants out, the team should
try to accommodate him.
Blame it on Rio. Blame it on the rain. Blame it on Andre Miller.
That third one is how many here are viewing Portland’s dysfunctional season.
Yes, the Trail Blazers have been hurt by injuries. And, yes, they’re
still a very young team. But Portland did go 54-28 last season to tie
Denver at the top of the Northwest Division (the Nuggets won the
tiebreaker for the right to hoist a banner). And even more was expected
this season out of the Trail Blazers.