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NBA Draft prospects: Mejia’s Top 10 PGs

1. Tony Wroten, Washington: In this draft, the top point guard is a guy who will have to grow into the role. Whatever your reservations are with that, consider Russell Westbrook is still doing that. This kid has the highest ceiling and worth the reach. 2. Damian Lillard, Weber State: He’s legit despite the Big [...]

Howard’s big night seals Magical West coast sweep

Dwight Howard went to the free-throw line for an NBA regular-season record 39 attempts because Mark Jackson wanted to give his team the best chance to win. Considering that him missing 18 free-throws is the equivalent of nine turnovers and that Andris Biedrins, Ekpe Udoh and David Lee had no prayer of defending Howard one-on-one, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Ballot banter: All-Star spots wrapped up with few exceptions

All-Star ballots are out.For the most part, they’re not worth filling out, since my toddler can poke holes next to the names of Derrick Rose, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Dwight Howard, but won’t have to since you’re all going to do it. Both backcourts are set, barring injury. [...]

Paging Popovich: Elite coach faces tremendous task

In a Western Conference where there is no true favorite, a free-for-all for the eight tickets to the playoff dance is likely. For San Antonio to be a part of it, Gregg Popovich is going to have to pull off his best coaching job ever. Considering he’d already surpassed Phil Jackson in many minds before [...]

Minors Report: Ex-Cav Harris inks with Canton

  Special from Steve LeMaster Guard Manny Harris (6-5) is back with the Cleveland Cavaliers organization. The Canton Charge, thanks to the NBA Development League’s player affiliate rule, which allows D-League teams to acquire up to three players who were waived from their affiliate’s NBA training camp, added Harris in late-December. Canton waived forward Jonathan [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Orlando Magic in Holding Pattern as Season Begins

ORLANDO – The last game of the preseason is always meaningless. That’s been a constant throughout my years covering the NBA and was undoubtedly true back when George Mikan roamed as the game’s dominant big man. Now it’s Dwight Howard who rules as the game’s best 7-footer, managing to do so in spite of being [...]

Welcome to the new!

Thanks for checking out the all new to get all the latest in the NBA.  It will be the same great coverage of the Association but with a new look and other added goodies. Tony Mejia along with Brian Fritz will provide the latest news in the NBA and also share their opinion and [...]