Dempsey: Warkentien rumors worrisome

By Chris Dempsey

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. Continue reading “Dempsey: Warkentien rumors worrisome” »

Phil Jackson says he's likely to coach Lakers next year


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. Continue reading “Phil Jackson says he's likely to coach Lakers next year” »

Mayo sees good thing with Griz


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." Continue reading “Mayo sees good thing with Griz” »

Wizards prove to be nothing but pushovers


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.

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Walsh eyes waived Raja


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.

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Stoudemire says he's thinking of joining the Class of 2010

Scott Howard-Cooper

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. Continue reading “Stoudemire says he's thinking of joining the Class of 2010” »