Monthly Archive:: December 2011

Warning from Kobe, says knee is maybe 100 percent

At the end of last season, Kobe Bryant looked worn down.  He had been playing with a variety of injuries including a bad finger that bothered him for well over a season and an arthritic knee.  Then during the preseason he tore a ligament in his shooting wrist which he insists on playing through. You [...]

Magic hoping some team will want to rent-a-Dwight

Dwight Howard has made his intentions known.  He wants to be traded from the Magic and has put the Nets, Lakers and Mavericks on his wish list where he would sign an extension. That hasn’t stopped Orlando and GM Otis Smith from hoping that other teams will get involved in the bidding to have the [...]

Video: Kevin Durant heroics against Mavs

Dallas finally found themselves in a game late at home on Thursday night against the Thunder.  The Mavs had a chance to take the lead when Dirk Nowitzki drove in the lane and found Vince Carter for an open three which he nailed, giving them a 102-101 lead. Game over?  Hardly. With just 1.4 seconds [...]

Stroll through the paint – Thursday’s soap operas

ORLANDO – It’s a big game for the Magic, one they need to generate confidence early in a season that had the air let out of it before it even started. Jameer Nelson gets a crack at Deron Williams, who is feeling the strain of having to haul the Brook Lopez-less Nets around two games [...]

Pro Basketball News podcast – 12/28/11

On the latest podcast, Tony Mejia and Brian Fritz discuss the start of the NBA season and why not to jump to conclusions on anyone, the importance of coaching this season, the latest Dwight Howard rumors, thoughts on the Nets and attracting star players there and a look ahead to games on Wednesday and Thursday [...]

Stroll Through the Paint – 12/27/11

On a night where rookies ruled, Norris Cole had the most brilliant Tuesday night, earning post-game interview duties, Twitter recognition from the King and a place in Erik Spoelstra’s thoughts on the flight to tomorrow’s game in Charlotte. Somehow, he’s got to put Cole and Lionel Chalmers in positions to compete down the stretch with [...]

Not everyone in game shape yet, just ask Sean Williams

You knew there would be some guys who wouldn’t be in real game shape entering the NBA season with a shortened training camp and just two preseason games. We found out that Sean Williams of the Mavericks is still working on his conditioning.  And in a nasty way. Williams – who typically sits on the [...]

Curry tweaks ankle, will miss at least one game

Bad news for Warriors fans as Stephen Curry re-injured his already bad ankle on Monday night against the Bulls and now will sit out against the Knicks on Wednesday night according to his agent. He was hobbled in Golden State’s opener on Sunday against the Clippers.  On Monday, Curry looked more like himself with 21 [...]

Timberwolves might actually be good, fun team

Yes, this is the knee-jerk reaction to seeing just one game.  But that one game left quite the impression on a lot of people after seeing the Timberwolves in their opener on Monday night. Even though the team lost to the Thunder, they put up quite a fight before falling 104-100.  The new fit-and-trim Kevin [...]

Dallas Mavericks Looking Anything Like NBA Champions So Far

There is something seriously wrong with the Dallas Mavericks right now. Sure, the season is still very young but the defending champions are 0-2, both blowouts losses at home.  Losing to the Heat is one thing but it’s another to get ransacked by the Nuggets on their own court. You name it, it’s going wrong [...]

Coaching Emphasized in Shortened NBA Season

ORLANDO – Houston left it all out there for Kevin McHale in his official debut with the Rockets, so he should’ve given them every opportunity to win. Instead, he saved Hedo Turkoglu from any real embarrassment after committing the Cardinal sin of fouling a 3-point shooter in the final minute of a three-possession game, allowing [...]

Garnett avoids punishment for Walker altercation

Even though Kevin Garnett looked possessed when he put his hands around the Bill Walker’s throat after missing the game tying show on Christmas, Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the league won’t hand down any punishment. Celtics Kevin Garnett won’t receive suspension or fine for physical incident with Knicks Billy Walker, NBA [...]

Lakers Won’t Move Both Bynum and Gasol for Howard

The common belief around the league is that it’s not if but when the LA Lakers will pull the trigger and trade for Dwight Howard.  But exactly what they would have to give up remains a mystery other than Andrew Bynum would have to be included in any deal. The has been talk that to [...]

Pro Basketball News podcast – 12/26/11

Tony Mejia and Brian Fritz run down the opening day of the NBA season with the five Christmas day games, how each team looked and what stood out to them.  Plus, they look ahead to a busy Monday night with 12 games on the schedule. Listen to the podcast or download it below and be [...]

Chris Paul Takes Over as Clippers Beat Warriors

It’s no wonder why the LA Clippers gave up so much to get Chris Paul. With the game tight with 6:07 to go, the all-star point guard took over, going 4-for-4 for eight points and adding four assists to lead the Clippers to a 105-86 win over the Golden State Warriors. For the first three [...]