April 10, 2011 - Lawson hits 10 3s in Nuggets' 130-106 win
Lawson made his first 10 3-pointers Saturday night and scored a
career-high 37 points in leading the short-handed Denver Nuggets to a
130-106 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Lawson, who was banged up
from Denver's rough-and-tumble loss at Oklahoma City one night before,
didn't score until sinking a pair of free throws at the 6-minute mark
of the second quarter. He then hit 10 of 11 from beyond the arc,
including six during a 9-minute stretch spanning halftime that turned a
tight game (41-39) into a laugher. Read more here.
April 5, 2011 - Arvydas Sabonis enters NBA Hall of Fame
of the greatest player to ever play the game, Arvydas Sabonis, has
finally been picked for NBA Hall of Fame. He was on the list of
candidates several times before but only now Sabas received a well
deserved recognition. The 220 cm Lithuanian center was not only lethal
in the paint. His amazing understanding of the game and passes that
many point guards could only dream of made Sabas a truly exceptional
player. After dominating European and international scene for a decade,
Sabonis moved to NBA in 1995-96 season after signing a deal with
Portland Trail Blazers. Sabas made his NBA debut at the age of 31 but
was still able to make an impact despite being slowed down by Achilles
and knee injuries that cost him some of his athleticism. Read more here.
April 4, 2011 - Wallace has 19 and Blazers down Mavs 104-96
Wallace scored 19 points and the Portland Trail Blazers took advantage
of the road-weary Dallas Mavericks for a 104-96 victory on Sunday
night. LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 points for the Blazers, who have won
eight straight at home. Overall, Portland has won seven of its last 10
as it jockeys for playoff position in the Western Conference. The
Blazers were sitting in the sixth spot, a game in front of Memphis and
New Orleans with five games to go. Shawn Marion had 19 points for
Dallas, which has lost three straight. The Mavericks looked sluggish
for good reason: It was their fourth game in five nights and the final
stop on a six-game trip. Read more here.
March 27, 2011 - Griffin leads Clippers over Raptors 94-90
Griffin had 22 points and 16 rebounds, Chris Kaman added 17 points and
12 boards, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat Toronto 94-90 on Saturday
night to hand the Raptors their fourth straight loss. The Clippers had
lost their previous five meetings with the Raptors by an average of
17.4 points. Eric Gordon, who missed his first 11 shots in Friday's
112-104 loss to the Lakers, had 17 points after getting into early foul
trouble, and Mo Williams finished with just nine points after scoring a
season-high 30 against the two-time defending champions. Ed Davis had
21 points and 11 rebounds for the Raptors, who ended a 1-4 road trip in
which they fell behind by more than 40 points to both Denver and Golden
State. Read more here.
March 19, 2011 - Gasol fuels Lakers to win over struggling Wolves
Gasol scored a team-high 25 points and Andrew Bynum added 14 rebounds
before being ejected to help the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers beat
the Minnesota Timberwolves 106-98 Friday. Minnesota led 51-49 at
halftime and then 94-93 with 3:52 left on the clock but Spanish forward
Gasol knocked in a two-point jump shot to spark an unbroken eight-point
run by the Lakers as they regained control in a physical encounter.
All-Star guard Kobe Bryant scored 18 points for Los Angeles, despite a
sprained left ankle, while Shannon Brown contributed 14 from the bench
on five-for-seven shooting. The (49-20) Lakers, who have won 11 of 12
games since the All-Star break, move one game ahead of the (48-21)
Dallas Mavericks into sole second place in the Western Conference. Read more here.
March 11, 2011 - Bosh fires Heat to victory over Lakers
Bosh stepped up to help the star-studded Miami Heat snap a five-game
losing streak with a 94-88 win over the two-time defending NBA champion
Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. Bosh, who had complained about his
limited role in the team's offense during their slump, led Miami with
24 points and nine rebounds as the Southeast Division-leading Heat
secured a playoffs berth. "I was aggressive coming to the ball, but
they were unselfish dumping it to me," Bosh told reporters. "I wasn't
playing around. I was just going to focus on going hard." Read more here.
March 5, 2011 - Nets beat Raptors 116-103 in Europe's 1st NBA game
New Jersey Nets are still far away from their Russian owner's goal of
making the team a global brand and NBA champion. But for now, at least,
they're the league's most successful team in games played in Europe.
Brook Lopez scored 25 points and New Jersey ended a six-game losing
streak with a 116-103 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday in the
first regular-season game on the continent. Kris Humphries had 18
points and 17 rebounds and Deron Williams earned his first win since
being acquired from the Utah Jazz last week, adding 16 points and 11
assists. Read more here.
February 27, 2011 - Deng leads Bulls past Bucks 83-75
Deng scored 19 points, Derrick Rose had 17 and the surging Chicago
Bulls beat the Milwaukee Bucks 83-75 on Saturday night. Chicago has won
six of seven to improve to 15-4 since Jan. 14, putting pressure on
Boston and Miami at the top of the Eastern Conference. Joakim Noah had
eight points and 17 rebounds for the Bulls, who beat the Heat 93-89 on
Thursday night. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scored a second-high 16 points
and John Salmons added 14 points for the Bucks. Earl Boykins entered
the game for the first time in the fourth quarter and scored
Milwaukee's first 10 points of the period. Salmons hit a 3-pointer to
trim the Bulls' lead to 78-72 with 3:56 remaining. Read more here.
February 22, 2011 - Knicks, Nuggets agree on Anthony deal
New York Knicks ended the Carmelo Anthony trade saga and their quest
for a second superstar with one blockbuster deal. The Knicks beat out
the rival New Jersey Nets to win the Anthony sweepstakes by agreeing to
a trade with the Denver Nuggets on Monday, a person familiar with the
deal told The Associated Press. The deal that would finish the
season-long trade speculation involving Denver's All-Star forward and
send him to his desired destination can't be finalized until Tuesday
during a conference call with the NBA office. Assuming it goes through,
it puts Anthony alongside Amare Stoudemire in a potentially explosive
frontcourt — at a heavy cost to the Knicks, who hoped in July to sign
two top stars but came away with only one. Read more here.
February 21, 2011 - Kobe shines brightest of All Stars in West victory
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant won a record-tying fourth All-Star Game
most valuable player award as he led the Western Conference to a
148-143 victory in front of his home fans on Sunday. Bryant electrified
a celebrity-filled Staples Center crowd with an array of slam dunks and
led all players with 37 points and 14 rebounds. "I wanted to come out
and play hard and put on a good show," said Bryant, who joins Bob
Pettit as the only player to win four All-Star MVP trophies. "It feels
great being at home here and playing in front of the home crowd." Read more here.
February 20, 2011 - Blake Griffin soars over car to win slam dunk contest
Griffin soared over an automobile and into a new stratosphere on
Saturday with an awe-inspiring performance to win the NBA's slam dunk
contest. The Los Angeles Clippers rookie, who has created a frenzy this
season with highlight reel dunks, caught a pass out of the sunroof from
team mate Baron Davis and threw down a two-handed dunk while a choir
sang "I Believe I Can Fly" at midcourt."Just being out here and having
the experience of something I watched growing up. To be able to be out
here is great," the 21-year-old Griffin told reporters. Read more here.
February 16, 2011 - Ellis leads Warriors past Hornets 102-89
Ellis scored 21 points and Dorell Wright added 16 to help the Golden
State Warriors overcome an early 15-point deficit to beat the New
Orleans Hornets 102-89 on Tuesday night. David Lee also scored 16
points and Stephen Curry had 14 and eight assists for the Warriors, who
have won six of eight games. Five of those wins have come against teams
with winning records as Golden State heads into its final game before
the All-Star break Wednesday night in Utah playing its best basketball
of the season. All-Star point guard Chris Paul was held scoreless for
the final 39 minutes for the Hornets, who are limping toward the
All-Star break without injured center Emeka Okafor. New Orleans has
lost eight of 10 heading into the final game before the break at
Portland on Wednesday night. Read more here.
February 11, 2011 - Jerry Sloan resigns from Utah Jazz after 23 years
an unexpected turn of events, Jerry Sloan have resigned from Utah Jazz,
after spending twenty three successful seasons with the franchise.
Sloan, who had joined the club in 1988 - and signed a one year contract
extension just three days ago - resigned after the team's star Deron
Williams accused him of the team's poor performance and record recently. Read more here.
February 6, 2011 - Ellis, Warriors beat Bulls 101-90
Curry sat in on the coaches meeting Friday, studying, planning and
preparing to do something few others have done this season: Stop
Derrick Rose. The game plan worked to near perfection. Monta Ellis
scored 33 points, Curry had 23 and the Golden State Warriors smothered
Rose defensively to snap Chicago's six-game wining streak with a 101-90
victory over the Bulls on Saturday night. "I thought our guys followed
(the plan) to a T and kind of bottled him up a little bit," Warriors
coach Keith Smart said. "We couldn't let him get his game going early,
and that's what he's been able to do against a lot of teams. He sets
the tone for their team. We had to make other guys make plays." Read
January 31, 2011 - Celtics defeat Lakers in NBA Finals rematch
Pierce scored 32 points and the Boston Celtics defeated the Los Angeles
Lakers 109-96 in a rematch of last year's NBA Finals, despite a
41-point effort from Lakers star Kobe Bryant. Ray Allen added 21 points
and Kevin Garnett, sporting a bandage over a cut on his head, on Sunday
contributed 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Celtics, who lost last
year's championship series to the Lakers in seven games. "It's another
game, but it was definitely an emotional game, especially because we
lost game seven here," Pierce said. "It feels good to come back in this
building and get a win." Read more here.
Aldridge had 28 points and eight rebounds, Wesley Matthews added 28
points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Los Angeles Clippers
108-93 Thursday night, matching a season high with their fourth
straight win. Portland shot 56 percent from the field and went on an
18-6 run to finish the game. Rudy Fernandez had 17 points and Andre
Miller added 15 for the Blazers, who are 11-2 in their last 13 home
games. Eric Gordon had 35 points for Los Angeles despite playing with
an injured tendon on the ring finger of his shooting hand. Blake
Griffin added 20 points and 18 rebounds, and Baron Davis had 16 points. Read more here.
January 13, 2011 - Heat's road streak ends in loss to Clippers
by the prospect of taking on the Big Three, the Los Angeles Clippers
came out attacking and never let up. Blake Griffin had 24 points and 14
rebounds for his 30th double-double, and the Clippers surprised Miami
111-105 Wednesday night, ending the Heat's 13-game road winning streak.
Eric Gordon added 26 points and Baron Davis had 20 points and nine
assists for the Clippers, who led virtually the entire game against the
NBA's second-best team. It was just the 13th win of the season for Los
Angeles. Read more here.
January 6, 2011 - Bryant, Artest lead Lakers to win at Phoenix
Bryant scored 24 points and four other Los Angeles players reached
double figures as the Lakers held off the Phoenix Suns 99-95 on
Wednesday night. Jared Dudley led the Suns with 21 points, including
three of their 11 3-pointers, but the much bigger Lakers dominated the
boards 47-31, including 14-5 on the offensive end. Andrew Bynum scored
14 for Los Angeles, Shannon Brown had 13, Lamar Odom 12 and Ron Artest
11, including a wide-open 3 with 1:30 to play after Phoenix had cut the
lead to one. Pau Gasol scored only six points but grabbed nine
rebounds. Steve Nash had 11 points and 10 assists for Phoenix. Vince
Carter scored 14 but his extra-long 3-point attempt was blocked by Gasol in the final minute. Read more here.
January 1, 2011 - Kobe's late points lead Lakers past 76ers 102-98
Bryant scored 33 points and hit a tiebreaking jumper with 1:15 to play,
and the Los Angeles Lakers bounced back from consecutive home losses
with a 102-98 victory over the pesky Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.
Pau Gasol had 20 points and eight rebounds for the Lakers, and Lamar
Odom scored 18 points off the bench as the defending champions barely
hung on to win the NBA's final game of 2010. Los Angeles never trailed
for the sixth time this season, but also couldn't shake the young
Sixers until Philadelphia missed five shots in the final minute. Read
December 26, 2010 - LeBron has triple-double, Heat rout Lakers
James and Kobe Bryant ran their mouths while they jogged downcourt, not
quite making eye contact during an unpleasant conversation in the
"Just asked him what he got for Christmas," James said. Although the
two superstars wouldn't reveal what angry words they exchanged, it
wasn't tough to pick out a few statements Saturday. While Kobe and the
Los Angeles Lakers got a disturbing first look at the Miami Heat,
LeBron got the last word at Staples Center yet again. Read more here.
December 23, 2010 - Brown is out as Bobcats coach; Silas takes over
a miserable start to the season in which he took shots at his players
and himself, Larry Brown is out as coach of the Charlotte Bobcats in
another messy exit in his well-traveled career. Former Charlotte
Hornets coach Paul Silas, who has been out of the league since 2005,
will direct the team for the rest of the season on an interim basis.
Owner Michael Jordan announced Brown's departure in a news release
Wednesday, a day after the Bobcats were outscored 31-12 in the fourth
quarter in their fourth straight loss. Read more here.
December 17, 2010 - Ginobili sparks
Spurs past Nuggets
Ginobili sparked the Spurs to a big fourth-quarter lead and he drew the
foul that negated Carmelo Anthony's winning basket in San Antonio's
113-112 escape from the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night. The Spurs led
111-108 with 8 seconds left when Anthony got behind the defense for a
dunk. Antonio McDyess' inbounds pass was deflected by J.R. Smith off
Ginobili's head and into the arms of Anthony, whose basket gave the
Nuggets a 112-111 lead with 7.1 seconds left. Read more here.
December 13, 2010 - Magic beat
Clippers 94-85 to end 4-game skid
Howard scored 22 points and the Orlando Magic defeated the Los Angeles
Clippers 94-85 Sunday night, snapping skids of four games overall and
three straight on the road. Jameer Nelson added 17 points, Vince Carter
13, and Brandon Bass had 13 points and a career high-tying 11 rebounds
for his first double-double of the season. Read more here.
December 8, 2010 - Lakers hold on
to beat Wizards
Bryant poured in 32 points and Lamar Odom added 24 with seven rebounds
on Tuesday as the reigning NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers held off the
Washington Wizards 115-108. Spain's Pau Gasol had 21 points, 14
rebounds and eight assists for the Lakers, who nailed victory before
heading off on a seven-game, two-week road trip that will include a
rematch with the Wizards in Washington on December 14. Read more here.
December 3, 2010 - James has 38 in
homecoming, Heat win 118-90
James insisted it was nothing personal. The final score said otherwise.
James scored a season-high 38 points — 24 in a third-quarter clinic —
to lead the Miami Heat in a 118-90 blowout win over the Cavaliers,
taming a hostile Cleveland crowd even before halftime Thursday night.
"I have the utmost respect for this franchise, the utmost respect for
these fans," James said afterward. But he spent part of the second half
taunting Cleveland's bench. The game that mattered most to the
franchise turned into its worst loss of the season so far. Read more here.
December 2, 2010 - Westbrook leads
Thunder over Nets 123-120 in 3 OTs
Westbrook capped a 38-point, 15-rebound, nine-assist performance by
scoring all of Oklahoma City's 13 points in the third overtime, and the
Thunder overcame the absence of an injured Kevin Durant with a 123-120
victory over the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday night. Jeff Green added a
career-high 37 points as the Thunder outlasted New Jersey in a game in
which the Nets tied the game at the end of regulation on a running
26-foot 3-pointer by Anthony Morrow, then blew leads of six points in
the first overtime and three points with 4.6 seconds to go in the
second when Stephen Graham fouled Green on a 3-point attempt. Read more
November 27, 2010 - Grizzlies win
third straight behind Gay, Mayo
Gay scored 25 points, O.J. Mayo added 23 in his new role off the bench,
and the Memphis Grizzlies withstood a late rally to beat the Golden
State Warriors 116-111 on Friday night.
Mayo, who served in a reserve role for the third straight game, shot 8
of 14, including 2 of 5 outside the arc as Memphis won its season-high
third straight game.
Golden State center Andris Biedrins had season highs of 28 points and
21 rebounds. Stephen Curry added 26 points, while Monta Ellis added 23
points and eight assists for the Warriors. Read more here.
November 20, 2010 - Knicks hold off
late Warriors rally, win 125-119
Felton scored a career-high 35 points on 13-of-17 shooting and dished
out 11 assists, and the New York Knicks held off Golden State's late
rally to beat the Warriors 125-119 on Friday night and snap an
eight-game losing streak in Oakland.
Amare Stoudemire made a driving layin with 2:42 left and finished with
26 points and 11 rebounds. Danilo Gallinari added 23 points and knocked
down a key 3-pointer with 1:25 left as New York handed the Warriors
their first home loss of the season and ended a four-game skid in the
series overall. Read more here.
November 15, 2010 - Suns threaten
three-point record to ground Lakers
Phoenix Suns made 22 three-pointers, the second highest in an NBA game,
to beat two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers 121-116 on
Jason Richardson scored a game-high 35 points and knocked down seven
threes as the Suns (5-4) fell just short of the NBA record of 23
three-pointers set by the Orlando Magic in 2009.
"I didn't know what the record was. I know we made a lot of them,"
Richardson told reporters. "I didn't know we were close to the record
or anything like that."
Steve Nash scored 12 of his 21 points in the final five minutes and
added 13 assists. The All-Star point guard found Hedo Turkoglu for a
final clinching shot from long distance with 34 seconds left to push
the Suns' lead to six. Read more here.
November 14, 2010 - Rockets win
again, Knicks lose to 5th straight
Martin scored 28 points, Luis Scola added 24, and the Houston Rockets
climbed a little further out of the hole they dug to start the season
by beating the struggling New York Knicks 104-96 on Sunday night
Courtney Lee had 12 for the Rockets, who have won three of four after
opening the season with five straight losses. Even without injured
starters Yao Ming and Aaron Brooks, they beat the Knicks for the 13th
time in 15 meetings.
Amare Stoudemire scored 25 points for the Knicks, who were loudly booed
in the fourth quarter of their fifth straight loss. After blowing a
21-point lead Friday in Minnesota, when they were on the wrong end of
Kevin Love's 31-point, 31-rebound performance, they missed their first
eight shots in the final period to turn this game into a rout. Read
November 9, 2010 - "Superman"
powers Magic to win over Hawks
center Dwight Howard scored a game-high 27 points and powered the
Orlando Magic to a 93-89 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday.
The Magic, who bullied Atlanta during a 4-0 best-of-seven sweep in last
season's playoffs, had to dig deep for a win in the first meeting this
season between two of the top teams in the NBA's Eastern Conference.
Orlando won by an average of 25.3 points in eliminating Atlanta during
the second round of the 2010 post-season, but the rematch saw a
competitive contest throughout with the visitors taking a one-point
lead with close to five minutes left. Read more here.
November 9, 2010 - Nowitzki's 25
points lead Mavericks past Celtics
Nowitzki scored 25 points, including the go-ahead jumper with less than
20 seconds to play, and the Dallas Mavericks snapped Boston's five-game
winning streak with a 89-87 victory over the Celtics on Monday night.
Jason Terry added 17 points, and Tyson Chandler had 12 points and 13
rebounds for Dallas.
Paul Pierce scored 24 points, Kevin Garnett had 18 points and 15
rebounds, and Rajon Rondo had 11 points and 15 assists for the Celtics,
who'd won their last three trips to Dallas. Boston held an 87-82 lead
with 1:58 left on Pierce's 17-footer. But Nowitzki converted a layup,
then Terry made a 3-pointer with 1:13 remaining to tie it at 87.
Garnett missed an inside shot with 36 seconds left, and Nowitzki
connected from 16 feet on the left wing with 17.4 to play to give
Dallas the lead for good. Read more here.
November 7, 2010 - Blazers send
Raptors home with winless road trip
Roy scored 26 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 22 points and 10
rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers cruised to a 97-84 victory
over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night.
Jarrett Jack had 16 points and Andrea Bargnani, Leandro Barbosa and
Jose Calderon all scored 12 for the Raptors (1-5), who finished a tough
four-game West Coast trip winless and have lost five straight to
Portland. Nicolas Batum (20 points), Andre Miller (13 assists) and
Marcus Camby (16 rebounds) all had season highs for the Blazers, who
are 5-2 despite a recent spate of injuries. Read more here.
November 7, 2010 - Miami's "Big
Three" sizzle in win over New Jersey
'Big Three' took turns powering the Heat to their second win over the
New Jersey Nets in a week with a 101-89 victory on Saturday.
Dwyane Wade was spectacular in the first half, LeBron James seized
control in the third quarter and Chris Bosh carried the team through
"Tonight was another one of those games we showed the excitement of
playing with one another," Wade said.
Wade's 23 first-half points paced the Heat to a narrow 55-51 lead and
the Heat tightened their defense to limit the Nets to 17 points in the
third quarter. James had 14 points for Miami in the quarter as they
opened a 19-point lead at 87-68. Read more here.
October 31, 2010 - Rose's 39 lift
Bulls past Pistons, 101-91
Rose matched a career high with 39 points and the Chicago Bulls staged
a big rally to beat the Detroit Pistons 101-91 on Saturday night.
Chicago trailed by 21 early in the third quarter and was still down
86-73 about three minutes into the fourth when it went on a 19-2 run to
pull out a dramatic win in the home opener.
Rose was serenaded by "MVP! MVP!" chants down the stretch, and he
certainly played like one, scoring eight in the final period, but he
had help. Read more here.
October 28, 2010 - Heat beat 76ers
97-87 in 1st win for Big 3
LeBron James and his
new teammates are playing like a work in progress, not a title
Relax, Heat fans. There's plenty of time for the triumphant trio to
work out the kinks.
James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have their first win with Miami, and
the Big Three got help from some big 3s in the Heat's 97-87 victory
over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.
"We're not at our peak, we're not even close," Wade said. "Eventually
when it's time to be there, we will."
Playing with purpose a night after an 88-80 loss in a hyped showdown
with Boston, the three looked as if they still need some games to get
used to playing with each other. Only Wade, with 30 points, looked
particularly sharp against the Sixers. The Heat hit three straight
3-pointers in the third quarter to bust open an eight-point halftime
lead. Read more here.
October 27, 2010 - Lakers rally
past Rockets, 112-110 in opener
Lakers' emotions ran high when the lights went down at Staples Center.
They walked to center court one at a time, accepting a gaudy ring
before saying something heartfelt about the next teammate in line.
The two-time NBA champions needed every bit of that family bond just to
survive the first test in a season that's sure to be full of them.
Kobe Bryant scored 27 points, newcomer Steve Blake hit the go-ahead
3-pointer with 18.8 seconds left, and Los Angeles rallied late for a
112-110 victory over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. Read more here.
October 27, 2010 - Celtics beat the
Heat to spoil LeBron's Miami debut
Boston Celtics spoiled the opening act of LeBron James's latest quest
for a NBA title by defeating the Miami Heat 88-80 on Tuesday in a
highly anticipated match-up of Eastern Conference powerhouses.
James, the two-time MVP who signed with the Heat as a free agent in the
off-season after seven seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, scored 31
points but had eight turnovers in the season-opener for both teams.
"We all know Rome wasn't built in one day, so it's going to take time,
and we understand that," said James, who hit 10 of 21 shots but had
trouble finding his rhythm from the outside. Read more here.
October 7, 2010 - NBA Europe live
2010 and Euroleague American tour 2010
attention of sports fans around the globe will turn to Barcelona, Spain
on Thursday for the first meeting in 12 years between the champions of
basketball's two most prestigious professional competitions. As part of
NBA Europe Live, two of the best-known names in sports, Regal FC
Barcelona and the Los Angeles Lakers, will face off at the very start
of the season following their respective titles in the Euroleague and
the NBA. Although the context is a friendly exhibition game, the
players on both teams left no doubt that winning is the objective. They
even made comparisons to similar transatlantic sports events, like the
Intercontinental Cup of soccer and the Ryder Cup in golf. There will be
no trophy on Thursday, but a plenty of pride will be in play when the
two teams take the floor before 17,000 fans in Palau Sant Jordi. Read
July 16, 2010
- Scola stays with the Rockets
Scola got the offer he was expecting from the Rockets and will continue
his career in Houston. A lot of rumors were linking Scola to
Panathinaikos and Olympiacos this past week, but as TalkBasket already
analysed, there was no realistical chance that Scola would come to
30-year old Scola agrred upon a five-year deal, worth 47 million
dollars with Houston. This could open the door for a possible return of
David Andersen to Europe, who reportedly is a candidate for joining
9, 2010 - LeBron James makes his pick: He's going to Miami
LeBron James walked away from the comforts
of home to chase an NBA championship.
Perhaps the most hysterically-hyped free agent in sports history, James
announced Thursday night on national TV that he plans to leave
Cleveland to join the Miami Heat for a chance to play with Olympic
teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
It's a power trio that could rock the league for years to come.
"I can't say it was always in my plans, because I never thought it was
possible," said James, who wrestled with his decision for weeks. "But
the things that the Miami Heat franchise have done, to free up cap
space and be able to put themselves in a position this summer to have
all three of us, it was hard to turn down.
"Those are two great players, two of the greatest players that we have
in this game today."
Add in James, and Miami has a three-headed monster.
Ending weeks of round-the-clock speculation, the two-time MVP said he
was uncertain until the eleventh hour before deciding that the only way
he could fulfill his dreams of winning multiple championships was to
leave his home state and a city that hasn't sprayed championship
champagne in 46 years.
See ya, Cleveland.
Sorry, New York, Chicago, New Jersey, Los Angeles and all you other NBA
cities who came calling.