Monthly Archive:: January 2012

Early roster for Team USA leaked

Later this month, USA Basketball will announce the preliminary roster for the 2012 Olympics.  Chris Sheridan over at has the scoop with the entire 19-man roster. The team is expected to include LaMarcus Aldridge, Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Chris Bosh, Kobe Bryant, Tyson Chandler, Kevin Durant, Eric Gordon, Blake Griffin, Dwight Howard, Andre Iguodala, LeBron James, Kevin Love, Lamar Odom, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams. It [...]

Jeff Green has successful heart surgery

Former Celtics’ player Jeff Green had successful heart surgery on Monday to repair an aneurysm.  The faulty artery was found before the season during a routine physical and will keep him out of action for the season. Doc Rivers told out of Boston that he heard everything went well for Green. “They’re saying it went [...]

Kobe Bryant will not have procedure done on injured wrist

Over the summer, Kobe Bryant traveled to Germany to have an experimental procedure performed on his sore knee.  The Lakers star was hoping to go back sometime this season to have the same work done on his injured wrist but that won’t be happening according to the LA Times. Bryant’s wrist issues are apparently here [...]

Around the Rim: Sixers look strong, Bulls cruise

76ers 96 Pacers 86:  Don’t look now but Doug Collins has Philly sitting atop the Atlantic Division at 6-2.  And it’s not a fluke either.  The Sixers are going nine deep in their rotation and winning close games too.  Case in point was the 15-3 run in the third quarter to take control over the [...]

Pro Basketball News podcast – 1/9/12

Tony Mejia and Brian Fritz run down the latest on Dwight Howard trade rumors, the future for Deron Williams in New Jersey, coaching talk around the league including a couple of Hall of Fame names, the effect of the Eric Maynor injury to the Thunder, where teams stand right now and if there is truly [...]

Around the Rim: Thunder rolling, Rubio dazzles

Thunder 108 Spurs 96:  Three games in three night was no problem for the Thunder as they became the first team to complete the sweep this season with a win over the Spurs.  Interesting note: six teams have played their back-to-back-to-back already this season and all six have won the third game.  Anyway, the Thunder [...]

Video: Stan Van Gundy says Magic not at level of Bulls

Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy talks to the media following the 97-83 loss to the Chicago Bulls and shares his thoughts on where his team is now, their problems and what needs to be done to get better.

Video: Derrick Rose talks Bulls win over Magic

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick talks to the media after his team’s 97-83 win over the Orlando Magic.

Video: Dwight Howard talks about loss to Bulls

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard talks about his team’s 97-83 loss to the Chicago Bulls, what his team needs to do to get better and if he would like to play with Derrick Rose.

Video: Mejia and Fritz talk Bulls win, Howard rumors

Following the Bulls 97-83 victory over the Magic on Friday night, Tony Mejia and Brian Fritz talk about the game from the Amway Center in Orlando as well as the latest Dwight Howard trade rumors, issues with the Knicks and the top teams out west.

Around the Rim: Heat win thriller without Lebron and Wade

A look around Thursday night in the NBA while must-see TV night repeats.  Again. Miami 116 Atlanta 109 3OT:  Both Lebron James and Dwayne Wade sat this was out but the Heat found a way to win.  The Hawks had plenty of chances to win this one but they couldn’t stop Chris Bosh and Mario [...]

Mejia: Westphal lasts 12 days in lockout-shortened season

Del Harris made it to see 20 days, leading the Lakers to a 6-6 record back in the last lockout-shortened campaing in 1999. Paul Westphal got to 12, put out of his misery after milking two wins in seven games  from a disgruntled motley crew in Sacramento. They’ll always have the riveting home-opening triumph over [...]

Sacramento Kings fire coach Paul Westphal

The Sacramento Kings fired coach Paul Westphal on Thursday following the team’s 2-5 start to the season. “I want to thank Paul for all his efforts on behalf of the Kings,” basketball president Geoff Petrie said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the overall performance level of the team did not approach what we felt was reasonable [...]

Around the Rim: Night of blowouts

A look around Wednesday night in the NBA while nothing else was on the tube. Spurs 101 Warriors 95: The Warriors looked like they had this game until the fourth quarter where the Spurs took charge.  Tony Parker stepped up, scoring 10 of his 21 points then to lead the charge.  With Manu Ginobili out [...]

Stroll through the paint: First coaching firings loom

How long do we go before a head coach loses his job? Clearly, there are special circumstances this season. Training camps went by in a blink, preseason games offered no variety and virtually all coaches entered the season scrambling to figure out rotations and learn tendencies of their new personnel. Still, it must be noted [...]