|Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Carmelo Anthony calls Knicks ‘laughingstock’ of league||12.05.13 at 8:09 am ET|
THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Bruins at Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. (NESN)
NFL: Texans at Jaguars, 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network; WEEI-FM)
College football: Louisville at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Knicks at Nets, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Heat at Bulls, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: West Virginia at Missouri, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: TCU at Mississippi State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: LIU-Brooklyn at Seton Hall, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Providence at Rhode Island, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Mississippi at Kansas State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: High Point at Georgetown, 9 p.m. (FS1)
AROUND THE WEB:
• The Knicks and Nets, New York’s two underachieving NBA teams, meet up Thursday night in Brooklyn with a combined record of 8-26, and Knicks star Carmelo Anthony says it’s “a big game for us.”
The Knicks, losers of nine straight, head into the game with a 3-13 record, tied with the Bucks for fewest wins in the NBA.
“We are the laughingstock of the league,” Anthony said. “I mean, it’s nothing to hide. We are. … Do I like being laughed at? Hell, no. I don’t like that feeling.”
J.R. Smith backed his teammate, while noting that the New York-Brooklyn rivalry, hyped up before the season, has lost much of its luster due to the teams’ performance.
“Right now we do [stink]. I think everybody in this gym would agree,” Smith said. “There’s so much animosity between the two teams, but our record, for the team we have, isn’t really doing any justice. Right now we have to put the rivalry on hold and focus on each individual team as opposed to focusing on, “We don’t like them and they don’t like us.’ ”
Jason Kidd, the Nets coach who played for the Knicks last season, analyzed the matchup by saying, “We both stink.”
Responded Knicks coach Mike Woodson: “I somewhat agree, we do stink. … But [expletive], I can’t worry about Jason. I’ve got to worry about the New York Knicks. … I’m not going to throw in the towel.”
Said Anthony: “We do [stink]. He wasn’t lying about that. I mean, we do. For us, we’ve just got to figure it out and try to turn it around. Why not start [Thursday]?”
• Meanwhile, Lawrence Frank, demoted from top Nets assistant to glorified scout by Kidd, is not going away quietly. According to a report out of New York, Frank is hiring a high-powered attorney, apparently to negotiate a buyout from the team.
Kidd downplayed the fallout, saying: “It’s part of the job. He’s working. He’s giving his reports. … So, do I miss him? No. He’s doing his job and what I’ve asked him to do.”
Byron Scott, who coached Kidd with the Nets in the early 2000s with Frank as an assistant, knows both men well and said he isn’t shocked that the partnership did not last, as they are two “very strong-willed people who don’t back down.”
“It does surprise me a little that it happened so quickly,” Scott told the New York Post. “But it’s safe to say that I’m not [surprised] it happened at all because of the personalities involved.”
According to a report from Deadline.com, Heat star LeBron James will star in a movie with comedian Kevin Hart.
The movie, called “Ballers,” is about a man (Hart) who lives in the shadow of his brother (James), an NBA superstar, but gets a chance to prove himself at a weekend fantasy basketball camp in Miami.
The report indicates that James has been looking to star in a feature movie for a couple of years, and he’ll get his chance when the movie starts filming next summer.
Hart, who at 5-foot-3 is almost 1½ feet shorter than James, is a veteran of the celebrity game at All-Star Weekend.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Dec. 5, 1982, in a 6-4 victory over the Flyers, which Bruins player recorded a hat for the second consecutive day?
|Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Kevin Garnett not happy about Nets’ plan to manage his minutes||10.01.13 at 7:52 am ET|
TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB playoffs: Reds at Pirates, 8:07 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-FM)
NHL: Capitals at Blackhawks, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Glasgow Celtic vs. Barcelona, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
AROUND THE WEB:
• The Nets held their media day Monday in Brooklyn, and Kevin Garnett was his usual frank self.
“I’m here to win a ring,” the former Celtic said. “That’s the reason we came to Brooklyn.”
The 37-year-old forward created a little bit of a stir when he made it clear that he did not agree with new coach Jason Kidd‘s suggestion that he sit some nights when the team plays back-to-back games.
“It didn’t go too well,” Garnett said of that discussion. “Just being honest.
“I understand what he said. He wants to make sure I’m durable and that I get through an 82-game season. I’m totally understanding of what it is. He’s not coming at me personally or as a man or anything like that. He’s looking to better me. I’m going to try to be receptive of that.”
Added Garnett: “I just don’t want to be … told anything. I think I’ve earned the right to have an opinion in something that I’m doing. But more importantly, and more seriously, from a chemistry standpoint I think it’s important for me to be out there with everybody, and speed the chemistry process up a little quicker.”
• Across town, Knicks guard J.R. Smith was contrite in talking about the five-game suspension he received from the league for testing positive for marijuana on three occasions.
Smith, who signed a three-year deal this offseason, had surgery on his patella tendon that could push back his start to the season even further. The Knicks wanted him to have the surgery right after last season, but Smith waited until July, saying he first wanted to sign his new deal. He’ll serve his suspension after a doctor clears him to return to action.
“The worst thing is I feel I let my teammates and coach down,” the reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year said at the team’s media day. “I let Mr. [James] Dolan down. I’m looking to move forward from it. As soon as I’m able to play, I’m hoping to have a good season.”
Said coach Mike Woodson: “J.R. knows he made a major mistake. I haven’t heard his comments, but I’m sure he’s apologized to the guys, because we made a commitment to win. Hopefully it’ll be a learning experience.”
• Athlon Sports has a list of the 50 worst managers in baseball since 1961. Bobby Valentine is second for his 69-93 record with the Red Sox last season. He trails only the “College of Coaches” the Cubs used in 1961 and ’62 when they won 123 games and lost 193 — including a franchise-worst 103 losses the second season.
Ozzie Guillen holds the No. 3 spot for his 69-93 season with the Marlins last year, followed by Bob Geren (A’s, 2007-11) and Larry Bowa (Padres, 1987-88).
Other notable names on the list: Joe Torre (Mets, 1977-81), John McNamara (Angels, 1983-84), Terry Francona (Phillies, 1997-2000), Brad Mills (Astros, 2010-12), Bucky Dent (Yankees, 1989-90), Butch Hobson (Red Sox, 1992-94), Ralph Houk (Tigers, 1974-78), Russ Nixon (Braves, 1988-90), Davey Lopes (Brewers, 2000-02) and Billy Herman (Red Sox, 1964-66).
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 1, 1991, in an 8-5 loss to the Tigers at Fenway Park, which Red Sox outfielder tied a major league record by striking out five times in a nine-inning game?
|Friday’s Morning Mashup: Dodgers irk Diamondbacks by celebrating division title in center field pool||09.20.13 at 7:48 am ET|
FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Orioles at Rays, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
College football: Boise State at Fresno State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL preseason: Blackhawks at Capitals, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
MLS: Rapids at Timbers, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
Golf: PGA Tour Championship, 1 p.m. (TGC)
WNBA playoffs: Indiana at Chicago, 7 p.m. (NBATV)
WNBA playoffs: Seattle at Minnesota, 9 p.m. (NBATV)
AROUND THE WEB:
• The Dodgers celebrated clinching the National League West title Thursday by running out to the pool in the center field stands at Arizona’s Chase Field and jumping in, and that’s not sitting well the the rival Diamondbacks.
Arizona personnel had asked the Dodgers to refrain from returning to the field after they started their clubhouse celebration following a 7-6 victory. Dodgers president Stan Kasten said the team misunderstood the request and thought the hosts just wanted the team to avoid celebrating in front of the Arizona fans.
So, led by former Red Sox Nick Punto, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez, the Dodgers sprinted out to the pool and had a little party.
“I just think they have enough guys on that team that it’s surprising they would allow that to happen,” Diamondbacks infielder Willie Bloomquist said, via the Arizona Republic. “I’ll give credit where credit’s due. They won the division, so congratulations to them. I would expect someone to act with a little more class. I highly doubt the New York Yankees would do something like that.”
Diamondbacks president and CEO Derrick Hall tried to get in a dig at Dodger Stadium in his condemnation.
“I could call it disrespectful and classless, but they don’t have a beautiful pool at their old park and must have really wanted to see what one was like,” he said.
Responded Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw: “I’m sorry they feel that way. We don’t mean any disrespect towards them. We’re just trying to enjoy our postseason berth. For me, if they were to celebrate at our home field, I feel like they’ve earned that right.”
• Paul Pierce continues to stir up trouble in New York by goading Knicks players. The former Celtic said this summer that his Nets plan to take over New York, and that didn’t sit well with Knicks players such as J.R. Smith, who earlier this month called Pierce “a bitter person” who “doesn’t really know what New York is all about.” Added Smith: “Just know that his words have consequences and he’s going to have to pay for them.”
Pierce was in New York on Thursday for teammate Deron Williams‘ charity dodgeball tournament Thursday, and he was asked about Smith.
Replied Pierce: “Who? Who are we talking about right now? Exactly.”
• The death of a fan at Atlanta’s Turner Field last month was ruled a suicide, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office. Ronald Lee Homer, 30, fell over a 42-inch railing about 85 feet from a walkway on the stadium’s fourth level, landing in the player’s parking lot.
Witnesses told police no one was standing near Homer when he fell. His family had speculated that he might have been looking down into the parking lot when he slipped.
Investigators said Thursday that they discussed Homer’s death with his family last week before releasing their findings to the media Thursday.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 20, 1955, which player who would go on to become an executive with the team made his debut as a catcher with the Red Sox?
|Monday’s Morning Mashup: Knicks’ J.R. Smith guarantees title, warns Paul Pierce of ‘consequences’ for talk||09.02.13 at 7:48 am ET|
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Tigers at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: White Sox at Yankees, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Marlins at Cubs, 2:10 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Orioles at Indians, 4 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Rays at Angels, 9 p.m. (MLB Network)
College football: Florida State at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 11 a.m. (CBS), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Golf: Deutsche Bank Championship, 11:30 a.m. (TGC), 1 p.m. (NBC)
AROUND THE WEB:
• Knicks guard J.R. Smith brushed off Paul Pierce‘s comments about the Nets becoming New York’s team and guaranteed a title this season for his club.
“I’m 100 percent sure,” the 2013 NBA Sixth Man of the Year said when asked about the Knicks ending their championship drought.
Smith, speaking at a charity event in New York over the weekend, said that despite the loss of some key players, the Knicks are positioned to make a run at the team’s first title since 1973.
“I feel comfortable,” he said. “People ruled us out last year early, too. We added some great pieces. Unfortunately, we got rid of some good pieces. But we added Andrea [Bargnani], Beno [Udrih], Metta [World Peace]. We have to consistently play like we did the first 20 games last year the whole season. We can’t have a middle-of-season lapse. We have to consistently play the same way.”
As for Pierce, Smith said the former Celtic doesn’t know what he’s talking about when he says the Nets can be the city’s top team. Pierce also said last month that his hatred for the Knicks has “grown to another level” since he was traded to Brooklyn.
“I just look at him as a bitter person just getting out of Boston,” Smith said. “He doesn’t really know what New York is all about. He’s been playing in Boston his whole career.”
Added Smith: “He just knows, just know that his words have consequences and he’s going to have to pay for them.”
• The University of Georgia had injury added to insult when it was confirmed that receiver Malcolm Mitchell tore his ACL celebrating a touchdown by a teammate during the fifth-ranked Bulldogs’ 38-35 loss to No. 8 Clemson on Saturday.
Mitchell, the team’s top returning receiver, leaped to celebrate with Todd Gurley following the running back’s 75-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
“He went to congratulate his teammate and I think they jumped up and chest-bumped or whatever and it ended up that he landed in a bad way,” Georgia coach Mark Richt told reporters in a conference call Sunday. “So he knew something happened.”
Mitchell is slated to have season-ending surgery soon and will apply for a medical redshirt so that he can retain two more years of eligibility.
Here’s the video, in which Mitchell (26) doesn’t appear to do anything out of the ordinary.
• Super Bowl XLVII is remembered in part for a half-hour delay caused by a power outage, which preceded a 49ers rally before the Ravens held on for 34-31 victory. Ray Lewis isn’t convinced it was an accident.
“I’m not gonna accuse nobody of nothing — because I don’t know facts,” the recently retired Ravens linebacker told NFL Films, via USA Today. “But you’re a zillion-dollar company, and your lights go out? No. [Laughs] No way.
“Now listen, if you grew up like I grew up — and you grew up in a household like I grew up — then sometimes your lights might go out, because times get hard. I understand that. But you cannot tell me somebody wasn’t sitting there and when they say, ‘The Ravens [are] about to blow them out. Man, we better do something.’ … That’s a huge shift in any game, in all seriousness. And as you see how huge it was because it let them right back in the game.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 2, 2001, with Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina one strike away from a perfect game, which Red Sox pinch-hitter singled to center field?
|Friday’s Morning Mashup: Paul Pierce’s hatred for Knicks ‘grown a little’; plans to skip preseason game in Boston||08.09.13 at 7:43 am ET|
FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Royals, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Tigers at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Cardinals, 8:05 p.m. (WGN)
NFL preseason: Patriots at Eagles, 7:30 p.m. (WBZ-TV, NFL Network)
NFL preseason: Cowboys at Raiders, 10 p.m. (NFL Network)
WNBA: Tulsa at Phoenix, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)
Golf: PGA Championship, 1 p.m. (TNT)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Paul Pierce developed a distaste for the Knicks while playing for the Celtics. Now that he’s share’s a city with them, it’s magnified.
“I think the hate has grown a little. Everybody knows how much I disliked the Knicks when I was with the Celtics, but I think it’s grown to another level,” Pierce said Thursday on ESPN NewYork 98.7 FM’s “The Michael Kay Show.” “I think it’s time for the Nets to start running this city.”
At a media event later in the day, Pierce said he’s “settling in nicely and embracing the change” since the trade, and he looks forward to going head to head against the Knicks.
“The only thing that separates the two teams is a bridge,” he said. “And both of them are in the same division and both of them are considered contenders. You can’t help but say this is probably going to be the best rivalry in sports next year.”
Although he won a championship with the Celtics, Pierce said this Nets squad has more talent than any of his previous teams, with Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez and fellow former Celtic Kevin Garnett all having All-Star recognition on their resumes.
“What team in the NBA can say they can put a starting five out there with all the guys have been All-Stars?” Pierce said. “That’s tough. It’s definitely the most talented team, but come the end of the year — June, July — when I’m out there on the beach, I want to say this is the best team I’ve ever played on, and the only way we can do that is to win a championship.”
Knicks guard J.R. Smith, at a charity golf tournament Thursday, acknowledged the Nets’ improvements but said the Knicks still are the city’s premier team.
“It’s an unbelievable move for [Jason Kidd] to have a team like that to start off with in his first year. I think they’ve got a great chance to compete for a title, but I think we’re still the marquee team in New York,” Smith said. “A lot of people are counting us out just like they did last year. We’ve got a lot to prove. I think we’re going to come out with a lot of edge and hopefully put it to positive use on the court.”
Pierce, who noted that he feels completely healthy, said he was hoping to make his regular-season return to Boston earlier than Jan. 26, which is when the Nets visit Boston for the first of two times in 2013-14.
“You just want to get it out of the way,” Pierce said. “When you’ve got to go through something tough, I’ve always been a guy that just wants to get it out of the way. It’s going to be in the back of my mind.”
Pierce also said he plans to skip the Nets’ preseason game in Boston on Oct. 23.
“I’ll do it just one time next year,” he said.
♦ LeBron James reported for jury duty Thursday in Ohio, but he was sent home along with other prospective jurors when no trial took place.
According to the Akron Beacon Journal, the four-time NBA MVP showed up 10 minutes before his 8:30 reporting time and sat in the jury foreman’s office to avoid attracting attention.
James posted a picture on Instagram as he prepared to leave his home for the courthouse, writing: Jury duty time. Time to serve my civic duty.
Said courthouse head of security Kandy Fatheree: “As soon as he walked in I just scanned the room, and everyone knew immediately who he was. It was kind of funny to see the movements of everyone whispering to each other.”
♦ The NCAA, which is being sued by former and current players in federal court over the use of athletic images and likenesses, announced that it will stop selling team jerseys and other items linked to individual schools and players.
“I think seeing the NCAA sell those kinds of goods is a mistake,” NCAA president Mark Emmert said. “It’s not what the NCAA is about. So, we’re not going to be doing that any longer.”
While the NCAA investigates Hesiman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel for allegedly profiting from autographing merchandise, the organization’s site has allowed users to type in individual player names and be shown related merchandise.
“We’re exiting it as soon as we feasibly can,” Emmert said. “Again, I think it was inappropriate for us to be in that business, and we won’t be in the future.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 9, 1949, which Red Sox player’s team-record hitting streak ended at 34 games?
|Metta World Peace signs with Knicks, who lose J.R. Smith to knee surgery for 3-4 months||07.16.13 at 9:21 am ET|
Tell the world: World Peace is coming home.
After four seasons with the Lakers, and one day after becoming a free agent, forward Metta World Peace met with Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald and coach Mike Woodson on Monday, and by the end of the conversation he agreed to a two-year, $3.2 million deal. World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, grew up in the Queens section of New York City and played for St. John’s for two seasons in the late 1990s.
The second year of the deal is a player option, according to multiple reports.
“The team is amazing, the players. I’m excited to play and hustle,” World Peace told reporters. “I don’t think I’m a missing piece [to a puzzle]. … I’m more honored to be playing with these players.”
World Peace’s final season in Los Angeles was arguably his most productive. He put up 12.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game while also seeing his playing time increase to 33.7 minutes. In 14 seasons with five teams, World Peace averages 14.1 points and 4.7 boards.
In addition to what the Knicks pay him, 6-foot-7 World Peace will also make the $7.7 million that he was due to make with the Lakers before his old team waived him last week.
The news comes the same day that the team announced guard J.R. Smith, the Sixth Man of the Year for 2012-13, will miss 3-4 months following patella tendon and arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Smith signed a four-year, $24.7 million contract last week.
|NBA free agency roundup: Jeff Teague gets big offer from Bucks, Andrei Kirilenko chooses less money for chance to win with Nets||07.12.13 at 11:49 am ET|
Another day, another dollar — lots of dollars.
Free agent Jeff Teague could be taking his talents to Milwaukee, with a four-year, $32 million offer sheet from the Bucks the motivation. The Hawks, the team that drafted Teague out of Wake Forest in 2009, have three days to match that deal or lose the 25-year-old who has served as their point guard the last two seasons.
“As we have consistently said, we value Jeff,” Hawks general manager Danny Ferry told The Associated Press. “We are in the process of putting together what we believe is a strong foundation for this team and will make the best decision moving forward for our organization.”
In 2012-13, Teague averaged 14.8 points and 7.2 assists per game. Should Teague indeed end up with the Bucks, he will re-join Larry Drew, the former Hawks coach who signed with Milwaukee in late May.
The Nets continued to add to their veteran presence by luring forward Andrei Kirilenko with a one-year contract worth $3.2 million, according to multiple reports. Kirilenko would also have a player option for a second year.
Kirilenko has ties to Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, with the 32-year-old having previously played with CSKA Moscow, a Russian professional team that Prokhorov used to own.
To help fill the void created by Kirilenko opting out of the last year and $10 million of his deal with Minnesota, the Timberwolves and Ronny Turiaf agreed to a two-year deal worth $3.2 million, according to the Minnesota Star Tribune. The 30-year-old center/forward has been something of a journeyman since the Lakers drafted him in 2005, having spent his eight professional seasons with six different teams.
Most recently, Turiaf saw his playing time decrease to about 10 minutes per game — well under his career average of 16.8 — while averaging 1.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in 65 games with the Clippers.
|Knicks’ J.R. Smith after Game 4 loss to Pacers: ‘I take the blame for this whole series’||05.15.13 at 8:38 am ET|
The Knicks lost to the Pacers, 93-82, on Tuesday night to fall behind 3-1 in the series, and guard J.R. Smith isn’t waiting for a repeat of the finger-pointing that occurred after the last game. He’s putting this loss — and the series-long struggles — on his shoulders.
“My frustration with myself is extremely high. I take the blame for this whole series,” said Smith, who shot 7-for-22 for 19 points Tuesday. “It started off in [Game 5] in Boston. … I haven’t been playing [like] myself. I haven’t been playing my part.
“I’ve been letting my teammates down. I’ve been letting my coaches down. And it doesn’t feel good.”
Smith, battling flu-like symptoms the last two games, has struggled since returning from his one-game suspension for elbowing Celtics guard Jason Terry in Game 3 of the first-round series that the Knicks won in six games.
Smith was fined $5,000 for flopping in Game 1 vs. the Pacers, and he was widely criticized for going out on the town the night before the afternoon opener, although he denied the accusation.
The NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year, Smith is shooting 28.6 percent in his last six games, including 27 percent from 3-point range.
“Everybody’s been encouraging me, ‘Keep shooting, keep shooting, keep shooting,” Smith said. “I’m still trying to get to the basket, trying to get easy ones, easy layups, get to the free throw line. But I’m even missing layups, too. I missed a technical free throw tonight. It’s just frustrating.”
|Knicks F Carmelo Anthony returns to Denver in blowout loss, re-aggravates knee injury||03.14.13 at 9:46 am ET|
Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony‘s return to the Pepsi Center in Denver on Wednesday night was rough in more than one way. The Knicks were blown out by the Nuggets, 117-94, and Anthony scored only nine points before being removed from the game early in the third quarter. He appears to have re-aggravated his right knee injury, and will be returning to New York to get it drained while the rest of the team travels to Portland.
“I’m going to get it drained, get the fluid out. Get to the bottom of it quick, so I can get back on the court,” Anthony said.
This was Anthony’s first game at the Pepsi Center in more than two years. He heard boos throughout the game, in the same arena he called home for the first eight seasons of his career.
Anthony missed three games last week with the lingering knee injury, before returning on Monday in another blowout loss, this one at the hands of the Warriors. The Knicks have lost three of their last four, after winning five out of six.
“I was always concerned,” Anthony said. “I was being naive to myself, saying OK. Trying to psyche myself out, ‘I can do it. I can do it.’ But there comes a point where you’ve got to figure it out and get to the bottom of it and move on.”
The host Nuggets dominated all game long, leading by as many as 34 points. This was their 10th straight win, and 14th consecutive victory at home. While Anthony was nowhere to be seen throughout the fourth quarter, fans could be heard chanting, “Where is Melo?”
|Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Lakers’ latest embarrassing loss ‘not acceptable’ to Kobe Bryant||01.22.13 at 7:57 am ET|
TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Cavaliers, 7 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
College basketball: Boston College at Maryland, 9 p.m. (ESPNU; WEEI-AM)
College basketball: Pittsburgh at Providence, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Iowa at Ohio State, 6:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Michigan State at Wisconsin, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: South Carolina at Missouri, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Illinois at Nebraska, 8:30 p.m. (Big Ten Network)
College basketball: Kentucky at Alabama, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL: Flyers at Devils, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ The Lakers are 17-24 and alone in 12th place in the Western Conference after Monday’s 95-83 loss to the Bulls in Chicago, their sixth straight road loss. It’s not sitting well with Kobe Bryant.
“Very, very tough, very, very frustrating, trying to keep my cool,” Bryant said. “It is embarrassing. It is not even embarrassing. I am a big history guy. Playing here in this arena with these incredible fans, you’re in the house of MJ [Michael Jordan], [Scottie] Pippen, PJ [Phil Jackson] built, to put this kind of brand of basketball on the floor is just not acceptable.”
Bryant indicated coach Mike D’Antoni‘s uptempo style might need some adjustments.
“We’re going to have to look at some things,” he said. “We’re going to have to change something. Probably going to have to post the ball a lot more, slow the game down a lot more. That’s just my intuition, but that’s my gut right now. I have to take a look at the film again, but we’re definitely going to have to change something.”
Dwight Howard took only five shots, hitting two.
“It’s frustrating,” Howard said. “I can’t do what I do best with five shots.”
Pau Gasol was removed from the starting lineup in favor of Earl Clark, who had 12 points and eight rebounds.
“I’m not excited about it,” said Gasol, who finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds. “But right now I’m more worried about us as a team and us struggling, so it would be selfish of me talking how I feel about [this] in particular.”
♦ Nets forward Kris Humphries was the target of verbal abuse by Knicks fans on his way to the court prior to Monday’s game at Madison Square Garden, but the fans were silent after Brooklyn walked off with an 88-85 victory.
“They were harassing me when I was going in and out of the tunnel,” Humphries said. “But after, I asked them, ‘Why’s everyone so quiet?’ ”
Added Humphries: “They were saying everything, everything under the sun.”
Humphries followed that with a tweet: the Garden got really quiet on the way out.
Knicks guard J.R. Smith, who missed a potential game-tying basket at the buzzer, decided to respond and get in a dig at Humphries about his ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, who now is pregnant with singer Kanye West.
Tweeted Smith: Wasnt quiet when Kanye tore it down last month.
♦ The Sacramento Kings appear headed to Seattle to become the new SuperSonics, as the NBA confirmed Monday that the Maloof brothers agreed to sell the team to a Seattle group led by investor Chris Hansen.
The Hansen group is expected to pay a little more than $340 million for 65 percent of the franchise, which is valued at $525 million. The deal needs approval from the NBA Board of Governors.
“While we are not at liberty to discuss the terms of the transaction or our plans for the franchise given the confidential nature of the agreement and NBA regulations regarding public comments during a pending transaction, we would just like to extend our sincerest compliments and gratitude toward the Maloof family,” Hansen said in a statement. “Our negotiations with the family were handled with the utmost honor and professionalism and we hope to continue their legacy and be great stewards of this NBA franchise in the coming years and decades.”
Heat star LeBron James had an interesting take on the announcement. Tweeted the reigning NBA MVP:
So the Kings getting sold for 525M!! And the owners ain’t making no money huh? What the hell we have a [lockout] for. Get the hell out of here.
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