Clippers, Dallas, and maybe Lakers trade getting close
Clippers want Lamar Odom and are willing to give up Mo Williams, Lakers are top candidate to get him and can with the trade exception they got when they traded Odom to Dallas.
To start with, the front court is going to be pretty impressive. Chris Kaman and Elton Brand played together as members of the Los Angeles Clippers, and Kaman has played with Dirk Nowitzki on the German national team, as well.
Mavs owner Mark Cuban later joked that for the first time in years he didn’t cringe when he watched his team’s starting center shooting jumpers on the practice court. Kaman’s ability to do a number of things with the basketball will certainly make the Mavs harder to defend.
Drummond said he was more excited about his blocks than his alley-oop dunks.
The base system is known as the "Corner" offense, and – although Adelman once had former Princeton coach Pete Carril on his coaching staff in Sacramento – the structure is not as close to the Princeton offense as many have assumed. With more high-post action, the Corner has some similarities to the Triangle.
Johnson took advantage of Blazer defensive help and slow recovery in bagging 4 of 7 shots – including 3 of 4 from behind the arc – to contribute a dozen points off the bench in his Phoenix debut.
Morris, looking very much like a player who put in work during the off-season, led the Suns with 14 points. Markieff also collected four quick fouls in the first half, looking very much like the player from last season on the defensive end.口K‘
Aldridge, meanwhile, is remaining realistic about the team's chances this season.
''I think there's going to be some ups and downs - with any young team you have some ups and downs,'' Aldridge said. ''With me, going through it my first season, we'd win one then lose three or four. I'm not saying it's going to be a down season but it's going to be hard sometimes.''
Before learning of his heart condition, there was talk that Green could start over Pierce, which would have given the Celtics bench the scoring threat it was looking for last season.
Green no longer seems like a candidate to start, but he knows he’s going to get major minutes even if he’s coming off the bench. And while every athlete says “I’m not complaining,” Green might actually mean it.
“We are all patient because we all understand that it is a process and it is going to take some time,” Scott said. “We are trying to build something special and we are trying to build it for the long haul, not a quick fix and with the draft picks that we have and the young players that we have here and their work ethic. I think we are headed in the right direction.
Smart’s biggest challenge when he took over the Kings last year was to gain the trust of DeMarcus Cousins and help him grow into a player and a person who is a franchise cornerstone. That process got off to a great start last season, and Cousins seems to have taken the next step heading into the new season.\9o-]90-98
“We’re going to see if it gets any better these next couple of days before we do another decision,” Nowitzki said. “That’s really the only update we’ve got. There’s a little swelling in there. It makes no sense at this point of the preseason to play on a swollen knee, so we decided to see what’s going to happen here in the next couple of days.”p8909789
Of course, it all comes down to what the Mavericks’ physicians feel is the right choice. If they feel he can last through a tolling NBA season, then he should pass. However, if they feel the operation is in his best interest, by no means is it a blow he and the Mavericks can’t recover from. In fact, it could be one that makes them better down the line as a result.y4ewt543434
“It’s anywhere between three and six [weeks] so we’re hoping for the best and bracing for the worst,” Mavericks GM Donnie Nelson told HOOPSWORLD of Nowitzki’s timetable.”Hence bringing in Eddy Curry. He had a chance to practice with the boys this morning and he [got] some significant time tonight. You never know, we might just throw him in the mix this week.”
What We Learned From the Preseason: Not surprisingly, Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings are still very, very good at scoring the basketball. The problem is that they don’t play any defense. Conversely, Milwaukee’s frontcourt actually is pretty tough defensively, yet frighteningly incapable offensively. It’s a weird balance, and with Jennings, Ellis and head coach Scott Skiles all possibly playing through the season as lame ducks, there are just too many issues here to count on the Bucks pulling it all together.
What We Learned From the Preseason: This is going to be unfair. LeBron James is gearing up for what could be the single greatest individual season of his career (which is saying something), and adding Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis to the defending champs isn’t going to make things any easier on the rest of the league. These guys are going to be impossible to beat most nights, and predicting 18 losses may just be wishful thinking. As long as LBJ is healthy, the rest of the league shall weep with despair.
With the start of the regular season just a few days away the Oklahoma City Thunder made a major trade, sending James Harden, Daequan Cook, Cole Aldrich and Layzard Hayward to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, two first-round picks and a second-round pick. Thunder general manager Sam Presti met with the media on Sunday to discuss the shocking deal that nobody saw coming, how the new pieces fit in and more.op6789