Monthly Archives: April 2011

Lingering MLSE sale leaves Raptors braintrust in limbo

When Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment announced in November that
Richard Peddie, the longtime CEO, would retire at 2011’s end, even
Peddie didn’t take the timeline literally.

“I always imagined I might leave a lot earlier,” Peddie was saying
this week. “But obviously the complication of Teachers’ exploring a sale
has led to my expectation, and theirs, that I’ll be here the whole
calendar year.”

Amar'e Stoudemire wants Mike D'Antoni back

Carmelo Anthony won’t complain if Mike D’Antoni returns to coach the Knicks next season. Then again, Melo wouldn’t mind if he had a new coach, either.
Less
than 24 hours after the Knicks were swept out of the playoffs by the
Celtics, Anthony was noncommittal when discussing D’Antoni’s future.
Following an exit interview with D’Antoni and team president Donnie Walsh Monday in Greenburgh, Anthony said D’Antoni had earned his "respect."

Are Kings staying? Not so fast, says Gavin Maloof

Are the Kings staying, or are they going? Even the league and the team’s owners apparently disagree.

The Los Angeles Times reported today that NBA officials say they expect the Kings to remain in Sacramento next year.

Team co-owner Gavin Maloof immediately disagreed, saying he and his brothers haven’t made up their minds yet.

The Knicks start their offseason Monday with only four people who are locks to r

The Knicks start their offseason Monday with only four people who are locks to return next season:

Jim Dolan, the silent owner and resident contrarian of the Garden.

Isiah Thomas, Dolan’s consigliere living in exile in Miami.

Carmelo Anthony, the great scorer who couldn’t shoot the Knicks past Boston Sunday.

Amar’e Stoudemire, who couldn’t find the basket nearly enough in the Knicks’ 101-89 loss in Game 4.

Donnie Walsh
wants to come back as team president, but isn’t going to be surprised
if Dolan doesn’t pick up the option on his deal. Dolan should have done
that weeks before the Knicks were swept out of the playoffs at the
Garden. But why do the right thing, especially when everyone is telling
you it makes perfect sense?

Nets fans starting the movement for Dwight Howard

First LeBron James, then Carmelo Anthony, now Dwight Howard.

Nets fans haven’t learned that it’s the player you don’t chase (Deron Williams), who ends up on the team.

We applaud the effort nonetheless, especially when a fan takes the time
to put together a website dedicated to the pursuit of a player still a
year from becoming a free agent.

Billups hoping to get second 'Chaunce' with Knicks

Chauncey Billups is anxious to experience being part of the Knicks — and seeing what they can do — for a full season.
Billups, who missed the final three-plus games of the Celtics series
with a strained tendon in his left knee, said yesterday he hopes the
Knicks pick up his $14 million option for next season. The veteran point
guard also declared his 34-year-old body is still in superb condition.
"Yeah, sure," Billups said when asked if he wanted to be back. "I
would love the opportunity to really try it up with these guys and not,
like, play 30 games after a trade. Like, really have a season. Have an
opportunity to really get a fair shake with these guys. I would love
to."

Kobe expects to play despite badly swollen foot

Kobe Bryant(notes) walked out of New Orleans Arena on crutches with a swollen left foot, but the Lakers guard is hopeful he’ll play in Game 5 on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Bryant suffered the injury after falling awkwardly and colliding into Hornets guard Willie Green(notes) with 1:32 left in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 93-88 loss in Game 4 of a first-round playoff series Sunday night. A Lakers spokesman said a decision on whether to give Bryant an MRI will be made on the flight to Los Angeles early Monday morning.

Zach Randolph agrees to 4-year deal

Turns out that Zach Randolph’s Game 1 performance Sunday afternoon against the San Antonio Spurs came with added motivation.

The Grizzlies’ forward is set to sign a four-year contract extension
this week worth $66 million guaranteed with an additional $5 million in
incentives, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation.
Randolph’s agent, Raymond Brothers, and Griz general manager Chris
Wallace agreed to a deal in principle late Saturday night, the sources
said.

Timberwolves can't pass on Duke's Kyrie Irving

There were wide-eyed looks around the NBA when
Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn conducted his
first draft for the team in 2009 and chose three point guards in the
first round.

Full spin ahead for NBA coaching carouselGolden State Warriors first-year coach

Golden State Warriors first-year coach Keith Smart had a long talk with Al Thornton
after the team’s final shootaround of the season Wednesday morning. The
topic: what the forward needs to work on this summer to become a better
player. The Warriors hope to re-sign Thornton in free agency.

What they haven’t answered yet is whether Smart will be back to coach him.

The Warriors rewarded general manager Larry Riley with a contract
extension Thursday and also hired a new assistant GM in former player
agent Bob Myers. But team officials didn’t provide any update on the
status of Smart, who has a team option for next season on his contract.

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