Monthly Archives: March 2010
By Mark J. Miller
The New Jersey Nets avoided going into the history books by winning
their 10th game Monday night, thus ending any chance of finishing tied
for the worst record in NBA history. So things are looking up, right?
There are times when the Suns’ Amar’e Stoudemire looks like a tailback
hitting a seam as he barrels his way toward his end zone – the rim.
Free-agent-to-be Carlos Boozer sounded intrigued about joining Mike
D’Antoni’s Knicks, but believes if he comes to New York, it won’t be in a
star tandem with LeBron James.
Though it has long been assumed Rockets center Yao Ming’s foot injury
and extensive surgery would prevent him from opting out of his contract
after this season, Yao said Saturday he was “not sure” if the
uncertainty with the NBA’s labor negotiations would lead him to become a
free agent this summer.
About a week or so ago, reports surfaced that Portland is interested in
Mark Warkentien, the Nuggets vice president of basketball operations,
becoming its next general manager.
Currently, Kevin Pritchard is the Trail Blazers’ general manager. But
after team president Tom Penn was recently fired, Warren Legarie — agent
for Miller and Pritchard — openly wondered if his other Trail Blazers
client was next.
In his pregame talk with the media, Phil Jackson sounded a little less
certain, and a little more like this was all tied to winning another
title. From the AP story:
Lakers coach Phil Jackson says he hasn’t decided whether he’ll
return for another season on the Los Angeles bench but he might be
compelled to come back if his team wins another championship.
An informant entered the visitors’ locker room to tell the Grizzlies
that Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis was sitting out their game
Wednesday night in Oracle Arena.
That turned out to be false: Ellis started despite having flu-like
symptoms. But Griz center Marc Gasol jokingly told O.J. Mayo that Ellis
must have "Mayo-itis."
Federal prosecutors had just released a devastating 61-page do*****ent
illustrating how the culture of permissiveness could crumble an NBA
franchise. Gilbert Arenas(notes) pushed to see how far the Washington
Wizards would let him go, and that turned out to be all the way to a
felony, all the way probably to jail.
Knicks president Donnie Walsh said yesterday he would talk to Raja
Bell’s representative now that Bell has been waived by the Warriors.
Bell, the defensive guard who starred for Mike D’Antoni in Phoenix, will
become a free agent when he clears waivers today, but more important
Bell becomes a free agent this summer.
Encouraged by several weeks at the top of his game and emotionally
rejuvenated by finally feeling 100 percent again after a serious eye
injury, Amar’e Stoudemire strongly indicated Monday he will opt out of
the final season of his Suns contract and become a free agent.