Monthly Archives: April 2010
The word out of Cleveland is that a strained right elbow and and a bone
bruise of his olecranon were what had LeBron James shooting a free throw
with his left hand at the end of Cleveland’s 94-96 series-clinching win
over Chicago Tuesday night.
Like a lot of people who saw replays of James wincing as he held his
right arm after using it to make a free throw, Celtics center Kendrick
Perkins was puzzled.
Could it be this simple? Could Dwyane Wade have ended the debate less
than 21 hours after the season’s final bounce?
"My heart is here and anybody who knows me, I’m mostly heart more so
than anything," Wade said outside the Miami Heat locker room Wednesday
evening, a day after the Heat was knocked out of the NBA playoffs by the
Boston Celtics. "My heart is in Miami. If everything works out, I will
be in Miami.
Maybe we should throw confetti or hold a parade. In a 116-102 victory
against Utah on Wednesday, the Nuggets tried something completely
different: They gave a professional effort.
So let them eat Twinkies.
But please understand: Denver absolutely, positively cannot win a
championship this way.
And team management knows it.
There went the Heat out of the NBA playoffs Tuesday night, again with a
whimper, as Dwyane Wade was eliminated in the first round for the third
time in the four seasons since he was seen holding the Finals MVP trophy
Maybe Miami’s latest playoff loss will be the Knicks’ gain …
Former NBA point guard Mark Jackson is the next candidate the New
Orleans Hornets are expected to contact to gauge his interest in their
head coaching vacancy, according to league sources.
And according to a source close to Jackson, an ESPN/ABC analyst, he is
interested in pursuing the Hornets’ vacancy.
Philadelphia Daily News
Doug Collins couldn’t get a bite from the 76ers when their coaching job
was open last summer, but he has – according to a source familiar with
the situation – drawn interest now from the New Orleans Hornets.
Another potential free agent could be off the NBA market well before it
even opens. And while that might be bad news for the Knicks and Nets, it
could be good news for David Lee.
Suns forward Amar’e Stoudemire, a possible prime target of the Knicks
and Nets this summer, has been offered a contract extension, according
to Fanhouse.com, which quoted a source as saying that the two sides are
"getting closer (financially) to where they should be."
Bill Walker, one of this past season’s pleasant revelations, said he
believes one of the reasons for the Knicks’ 29-53 record was a lack of
leadership in the locker room.
Walker, who came over from the Celtics in the Nate Robinson trade on
Feb. 18, told The Post it was jarring to see none of the veterans step
up in the leadership department after he spent two seasons in Boston
with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen.
As you watch the replay of Paul Pierce’s game-winner, take note of who
was on the floor defending.
There was Dorell Wright, who was the isolation defender on Pierce and
did not have an opportunity to use the foul that the Heat had to give,
and the other four bodies were Michael Beasley, Quentin Richardson,
Udonis Haslem and Mario Chalmers.
CHICAGO — Thoughts following the Cavs’ 108-106 Game 3 loss to the
• The Cavs’ treated Game 3 like it was a regular season game. The Bulls
treated it like a playoff game. Stripping away all the details and the
coaching decisions and the calls, that was the reason why the Cavs lost.