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Love Sets Record

March 10, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves set an NBA record with his 52nd straight double double.

Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves reacts after his M&M bag failed.

Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves reacts after his M&M bag failed.

From Canis Hoopus

The box score says 15,000+ were at Target Center. They weren’t, but for a Wednesday night against Indiana, there was a pretty good crowd – and they were all on their feet for Kevin Love. Big cheers went up whenever he grabbed a rebound, or touched the ball on offense, and when he went to the free throw line in the second quarter with nine points and 10 boards already, the crowd rose to its feet. Love hit the first, waved to the roaring crowd, then bricked the second. He ended up missing seven free throws and he limped everywhere he went, but he gave the crowd what they came to see.

Original Photo Yahoo, thechocolatereview

Feeling The Heat

March 07, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Miami Heat have been in a slump.

After missing a lot of big shots lately, LeBron James of the Miami Heat has become sensitive to the word choke.

After missing a lot of big shots lately, LeBron James of the Miami Heat has become sensitive to the word choke.

From Boston.com

At that moment it was clear that James is the new Alex Rodriguez, or at least the pre-2009 postseason A-Rod. He wants so badly to be right that he’s all wrong. He missed a free throw he could have made in his sleep because he simply wanted it too bad.

That’s the problem for the entire Heat team and why it can’t close out good teams down the stretch, why every last-second shot or buzzer beater goes awry.

James is the Miami Vice that is squeezing the life out of the Heat. His desire to win a title is so great, his need to prove his worth so profound that it is actually having the opposite effect on both his own fortune and his team’s. That’s why Miami has a disappointing 14-18 against teams with winning records.

Original Photo Yahoo

The Surprising Nuggets

March 06, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Denver Nuggets have been playing well since trading Carmelo Anthony.

Chris Anderson and the Denver Nuggets have thrived without Carmelo Anthony.

Chris Andersen and the Denver Nuggets have thrived without Carmelo Anthony.

From The NY Times

Playing short-handed in their first game without Anthony on Feb. 22, the Nuggets stormed to a 120-107 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, a contender for the playoffs themselves. Denver won four of its next five games heading into Saturday night’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Among the most noteworthy aspects of those six games is the Nuggets’ teamwork. Denver has had five different leading scorers (including the newcomer Danilo Gallinari, who scored 30 points in a 107-106 overtime loss to Portland); three different leading rebounders; and two different leaders in assists (including Raymond Felton, who has averaged 6.2 assists a game so far).

Original Photos Yahoo, deviantart, flickr

Bye Bye Baron

February 24, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Los Angeles Clippers have traded Baron Davis to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

After seeing the news that he had been traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Baron Davis collapsed during last night's shoot around.

After seeing the news that he had been traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers during last night's shoot around, Baron Davis suddenly collapsed .

From SB Nation

Baron’s already struggled to stay motivated and in shape with the Clippers; what happens when he’s playing for the worst team in the league, a coach (Byron Scott) that he absolutely hated in New Orleans? I’m imagining a more spiteful version of Eddy Curry. Not just gaining weight and losing interest, but doing all of it to prove a point.

Baron’s revolution in Cleveland will not be televised, but here’s to hoping it will involve hot dogs on the bench, dozens of donut boxes decorating his locker, and lots and lots of on-court yawning.

Of course, he could just skip out on Cleveland altogether.

Ric Bucher said as much on ESPN:

“the big question for me right now is, will we see Baron Davis actually in a Cavaliers’ uniform? Because that ‘knee injury’ [air quotes] that caused him to sit out last night’s game, I could see that become a real serious issue

Original Photos lebasketbawl.com, kudzumaster, ambasketball

Carmelo Heads East

February 22, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

In case you haven’t heard, Carmelo Anthony is now a member of the New York Knicks.

New York Knicks fans are pretty excited about welcoming Carmelo Anthony to NY.

New York Knicks fans are pretty excited about welcoming Carmelo Anthony to NY.

From The Star Ledger

Every team needs a 1, 1A punch,” Stoudemire said. “And so with the ways that we both can score …. we’re very versatile, so it’s hard to guard us.

“Stoudemire said he had “no doubt” the All-Star forwards and longtime friends could play together, and said Anthony would handle the move to New York as well as he has.

“It’s what he wants. It’s what I wanted, to come to New York and play on the big stage,” Stoudemire said. “He has the same type of swag. This is what he wants and he can handle it. We’re going to do it together.”

The Knicks haven’t made the playoffs since 2004, but are in sixth place in their first season since acquiring Stoudemire from Phoenix last summer. He thinks the blockbuster deal could make them better equipped to face teams such as Boston or Miami, which already have multiple All-Stars, in the postseason.

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Alternate Logo: LA Clippers

February 20, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers won the Slam Dunk contest.

Slam Dunk champion Blake Griffin has become the face of the franchise, so the Los Angeles Clippers may be altering their logo.

Slam Dunk champion Blake Griffin has become the face of the franchise, so the the Los Angeles Clippers may be altering their logo.

From The LA Times

Clippers rookie power forward Blake Griffin won the Slam Dunk contest by leaping over a compact car while catching a pass from teammate Baron Davis through the sunroof and then slamming the ball through the rim with two hands Saturday night at Staples Center.

The final round by scored by fans nationwide. Griffin defeated Wizards center JaVale McGee, who did a one-handed catch and dunk in his final attempt. But Griffin’s final dunk triggered wild applause as he jumped over the car perfectly and scored his dunk in his first attempt.

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Lakers Get 3 Billion

February 16, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Los Angeles Lakers signed a cable TV deal that will pay them 3 billion dollars.

A 3 Billion dollar deal with Time Warner means the Lakers can finally start printing their own money.

A 3 Billion dollar deal with Time Warner means the Lakers can finally start printing their own money.

From The LA Times

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Under its current deal with Fox Sports West, the Lakers were getting about $30 million a year in rights fees, people familiar with the situation said. Some industry observers pegged the 20-year pact at a value of $3 billion, a figure dismissed by Time Warner Cable.

In a statement, Fox Sports said it had made the Lakers an offer that “would have paid them one of the highest local TV rights fees in professional sports.  We did not believe that going higher was in the best interest of our business or pay TV customers in Los Angeles, who will bear the cost of this deal for years to come.

Original Photos indiatone, realclearsports, famouswonders

Pistons To Retire Rodman’s Number

February 11, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Detroit Pistons have announced plans to retire Dennis Rodman’s number.

Dennis Rodman may have not heard the news that his number is getting retired due to the fact that he is on location in Croatia filming a porno.

Dennis Rodman may have not heard the news that his number is getting retired due to the fact that he is on location in Croatia filming a porno.

From Yahoo Sports

The Detroit Pistons plan to retire Dennis Rodman’s No. 10 during a halftime ceremony in April.

The eccentric rebounding specialist helped the Pistons win NBA titles in 1989 and 1990. He’ll be honored April 1 when the Pistons host the Chicago Bulls, a team Rodman won three championships with from 1996-98.

Detroit rookie Greg Monroe(notes) currently wears No. 10 and will be allowed to keep it.

Original Photos jerseyshop-online

Jerry Sloan Quits

February 10, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Jerry Sloan quit as coach of the Utah Jazz.

Jerry Sloan did not like Deron Williams, and Deron Williams did not like Jerry Sloan.

Jerry Sloan did not like Deron Williams, and Deron Williams did not like Jerry Sloan.

From Yahoo Sports

Sloan, the NBA’s longest-tenured coach, and his longtime assistant, Phil Johnson, resigned together on Thursday. The Jazz planned a 5 p.m. ET news conference to officially make the announcement.

Sloan’s relationship with Williams had grown progressively worse over the course of the season, league sources said, and the coach had tired of dealing with the team’s best player. The frustration escalated on Wednesday night when Sloan and Williams clashed in the locker room at halftime.

“He decided right there in halftime that he was done,” a league source told Yahoo! Sports. “He felt like ownership was listening more to Williams than they were to him anymore. He was done.”

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Lakers In The Hunt For Carmelo

February 08, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Los Angeles Lakers are alleged to be in trade talks regarding Carmelo Anthony.

It could be a case of Melo Yellow for Carmelo Anthony if he's traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.

It could be a case of Melo Yellow for Carmelo Anthony if he's traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.

From The Wall Street Journal

But perched on the trade block in Denver, Carmelo’s transformed into a Favre-like headline machine—even when the big news is no news at all. He is the new all-consuming sports TV distraction, whose potential whereabouts are chronicled in the same breathless way Mr. Favre’s various afflictions were once updated in real-time.

Carmelo’s coming to New York. No, it’s New Jersey. Maybe Houston? Wait, New York again. New Jersey? New York. L.A.? Round and round it goes. Rinse and repeat.

Original Photos zimbio, zimbio

Cavaliers Match Worst Streak Ever

February 05, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Cleveland Cavaliers losing streak has hit 23 games in a row.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have looked like a bunch of comedians this season.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have looked like a bunch of comedians this season.

From Fox Sports

The team that’s been trotting out onto the floor in those wine and gold uniforms for most of this streak doesn’t much resemble an NBA team at all, let alone the one that won more regular-season games than anybody else in the past two seasons. Those guys are mostly gone, replaced for now by a patchwork group of young players that’s not only overmatched but hasn’t been able to build any type of continuity due to constant injuries, change and beatings. The physical kind, the kind that shows on the scoreboard, the kind that wears on the psyche of even the most polished player.

The last win — Dec. 18 in overtime against the New York Knicks — was a long, long time ago.

Original Photos Yahoo, nydailynews

LeBron Stumbles Against Knicks

January 28, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

LeBron James and the Miami Heat lost to the New York Knicks on Thursday.

Knicks' fans did not make LeBron James feel welcome at the Garden.

Knicks' fans did not make LeBron James feel welcome at the Garden.

From New York Magazine

The Knicks beat LeBron James and the Miami Heat 93–88 last night, their first win over a LeBron team since December 2007, and Fields was the primary reason why. He had his prettiest night of stat feeling in a couple of months, scoring nineteen points, grabbing thirteen rebounds and dishing out six assists, but stats never quite capture Fields.

He was everywhere this game, ending up wherever the ball was, pestering both Dwyane Wade and LeBron James on defense and, of course, draining a clutch three in the final minute that sent the Garden into apoplexy. “Landry Fields was probably the player of the game,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. “That’s a guy who survives on just making effort plays. And he’s relentless with his effort, does all the little things.” It was a Landry Fields night; the Heat machine was taken down by a second-round draft pick from Stanford.

Original Photo Yahoo

Blake Griffin: Dunk Monster

January 26, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers is already being mentioned as the best Clipper of all time.

Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers becomes a monster when he gets ready to dunk.

When Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers gets ready to dunk, he becomes a savage, flesh eating monster .

From The Los Angeles Times

Last week, The Times posted a poll question: Is Blake Griffin the greatest player in L.A. Clippers history? Only the Los Angeles era qualified, no reaching back into the San Diego archives or dusting off the Buffalo Braves’ records.

To date, Griffin has 295, or 43.45%, of the votes, more than twice the votes as the second-place finisher Danny Manning (121 votes, or 17.8%). Brand has 105 votes, or 15.4%. Granted, the sample was a small slice of fan representation — 680 votes in all to date — and certainly favors the here-and-now and the rapidly increasing buzz of all-things Griffin.

Original Photos Yahoo, totallycostumes

Lakers Make Cavs Feel Small

January 12, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Los Angeles Lakers stomped the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday 112 – 57.

The Cleveland Cavaliers came up a little short against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers on Tuesday night, and by short we mean 55 points.

The Cleveland Cavaliers came up a little short against Kobe Bryant and the Lakers on Tuesday night, and by short we mean 55 points.

From USA Today

The Lakers humiliated the Cavs while sending them to their 11th consecutive loss, rolling to a 112-57 victory on Tuesday night in their best defensive performance of the shot-clock era.

It was the Lakers’ third-largest margin of victory since moving to Los Angeles, with the two biggest coming in 1972 and 1966.

“You don’t ever imagine something like that,” Kobe Bryant (FSY) said. “You just go out there and do your job and we did it for 48 minutes.”

Original Photos: Yahoo Sports  1, 2, 3

Mega Melo Deal?

January 08, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The NBA is overflowing with rumors about a 17 player trade that would send Carmelo Anthony to the New Jersey Nets.

Carmelo Anthony could wind up wearing a NJ Nets' uniform.

Carmelo Anthony could wind up wearing a NJ Nets' uniform.

From The NY Post

The Nets’ pursuit of Denver superstar Carmelo Anthony with Detroit entering the mix could result in the largest trade in NBA history under an incredibly complex proposal which is one of about 20 scenarios being considered.

As many as 17 players, plus multiple draft picks, could be involved in the deal, several sources confirmed. One league executive said “15 to 17 players could ultimately be involved.” And there are all the draft picks to consider, too.

The Nets, who have sought to do a team-to-team trade with the Nuggets, have induced Detroit into the talks with the Pistons eager to shave salary. The Nets, under the whopper trade which is nowhere near close to be completed, would essentially gut their current roster. At 10-26, that might not be a bad thing.

Original Photos zimbio, cheapjersey.net

Gasol Battle

January 03, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Los Angeles Lakers fans were unhappy their team was defeated by the Memphis Grizzlies.

Both Pau and Marc Gasol have a striking resemblance.. to the Geico Caveman.

Both Pau and Marc Gasol have a striking resemblance.. to the Geico Caveman.

From The Orange County Register

On Sunday night, though, Staples Center fans booed the team that wasn’t competing at all.

“I would’ve booed,” Lakers center Andrew Bynum said. “I would’ve been mad.”

The Lakers have lost three of their past four home games by 16 points to Milwaukee, 19 to Miami and 19 to Memphis. Jackson acknowledged how uncharacteristic it is for the Lakers to be noncompetitive to the end at home.

“They have a right to boo,” Bryant said of Lakers fans.

Original Phots Yahoo, Life, Life

LeBron Dumber Than We Thought

December 28, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

LeBron James of the Miami Heat claims to not have known what the word ‘contraction’ meant until the internet told him.

LeBron James might as well wear a dunce cap, because the world now knows how stupid he actually is.

LeBron James might as well wear a dunce cap, because the world now knows how stupid he actually is.

From ESPN

That’s crazy, because I had no idea what the word ‘contraction’ meant before I saw it on the Internet,” James said after the Miami Heat’s practice Monday. “I never even mentioned that. That word never even came out of my mouth. I was just saying how the league was back in the ’80s and how it could be good again. I never said, ‘Let’s take some of the teams out.’

Original Photos Daylife, janebgrimm

LeBron Opens Mouth, Dumb Stuff Comes Out

December 26, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

LeBron James of the Miami Heat wishes he didn’t call for the NBA to contract the Timberwolves and Nets.

LeBron James won't cry over spilled milk, no matter how stupid he sounds when he talks.

LeBron James of the Miami Heat won't cry over spilled milk, no matter how stupid he sounds when he talks.

From The Kansas City Star

LeBron James won’t be president of the player’s association anytime soon. James said this week he thought contraction would be a “great” idea, ignoring the fact that contraction would cost some of his colleagues their jobs.

James, though, thinks that’s a great idea, too. Then the league wouldn’t be as watered down as it is now.

While fans around the country were upset to see James join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, James is hoping even more superstars can team up on other teams.

“Hopefully the league can figure out one way where it can go back to the ’80s where you had three or four All-Stars, three or four superstars, three or four hall of famers on the same team,” James said. “The league was great. It wasn’t as watered down as it is (now).”

James went so far as to suggest taking Kevin Love off the Minnesota Timberwolves and Brook Lopez and Devin Harris off the New Jersey Nets – the same Nets team he met with last summer in Cleveland

Original Photos Yahoo, paleochix

Amare Has Taken Over The Garden

December 09, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Amare Stoudemire has been dominant for the New York Knicks.

Amare Stoudemire has played like the Hulk for the NY Knicks this season.

Amare Stoudemire has played like the Hulk for the NY Knicks this season.

From ESPN

This much you probably know, or are starting to realize about Amare Stoudemire: He is playing the best basketball of any big man in the NBA right now, he is looking like the single best free agent signing of the ballyhooed class of 2010, and he is already a strong candidate for MVP consideration — something the Madison Square Garden crowd alerted him to with a chant of those very letters Wednesday night.

Original Photos Yahoo, joyhog

Sacramento Kings Struggling

December 04, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Sacramento Kings are disappointing their fans.

After losing to the Lakers by 30, Sacramento Kings' coach Paul Westphal gets ready to give his players a lesson in shooting.

After losing to the Lakers by 30, Sacramento Kings' coach Paul Westphal gets ready to give his players a lesson in shooting.

From Sactown Royalty

The Kings were uncompetitive in Los Angeles as the Lakers ran through Sacramento to the tune of a 33-point win. The Kings were in the game for about 21 minutes of game time; there are 48 minutes in an NBA game, and that means about 27 of those minutes were not particularly entertaining.

The Kings did not take good shots, make good passes, make good decisions or plays off the dribble or make good defensive rotations. The Kings failed to put any pressure on the Lakers’ offense — if L.A. wanted to shoot from any particular spot on the floor, they could have, because the Kings were either powerless or unwilling to stop it.

Original Photo Yahoo

LeBron Returns To Cleveland

December 02, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

LeBron James and the Miami Heat will be venturing into Cleveland at their own risk.

LeBron James returns to Cleveland, probably because there are a few Cavaliers fans left that he hasn't sucked the blood out of yet.

LeBron James returns to Cleveland, probably because there are a few Cavaliers fans left that he hasn't sucked the blood out of yet.

From Yahoo

This homecoming king won’t be crowned or applauded, for sure. Not this time. On Thursday, James will be surrounded—20,000 against 1.

The same crowd he once thrilled will be outwardly hostile and hateful toward him, but hopefully, harmless. He’ll be booed, taunted and subjected to ridicule beyond his imagination.

“He deserves every bit of it,” said Jim Osherow, a Cavaliers’ season-ticket holder for 36 years. “When you leave a team the way he did, that’s what you got coming. It was rotten what he did. It’s not just that he ruined the fans’ expectations of him, but he ruined this franchise from being able to pick up any other free agents. Then he goes and has his own show? Wrong. Wrong, man.”

Original Photo Daylife

LeBron Plays Blame Game

November 14, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Miami Heat may have begun to turn it around, which is good since LeBron James has started to blame his coach for losses.

LeBron James has begun to throw his coach under the bus.

LeBron James has begun to throw his coach under the bus.

From Yahoo Sports

With two horrific losses within three days at American Airlines Arena, the Heat are mortified to find themselves fighting to stay above .500, and Spoelstra is getting to know his superstar, LeBron James(notes). Chris Bosh(notes) came and went, Dwyane Wade(notes) stood in the corners and watched. Most of all, James found himself in postseason shape, closing a loss to the Boston Celtics with a missed layup, two missed free throws and a corner 3-pointer off the side of the backboard.

The world’s bearing down, times are tumultuous, and James is the one Heat star in playoff form.

“For myself, 44 minutes is too much,” James declared. “I think Coach Spo knows that. Forty minutes for D-Wade is too much. We have to have as much energy as we can to finish games out.”

There you go, Coach Spo.

Get to know him well.

Two days earlier, James had done nothing in overtime and ultimately decided the difference was a Hall of Fame coach, Jerry Sloan, who knew exactly what the Heat were going to do. James never takes responsibility, never says, “I’m the MVP and I need to do more.”

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Alternate Logo: Miami Heat (II)

November 12, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Miami Fail Heat’s Big Three do not seem to be getting it done so far this season.

The Miami Heat may want to alter their logo to better reflect the pairing of Chris Bosh and LeBron James with Dwayne Wade.

The Miami Heat may want to alter their logo to better reflect the pairing of Chris Bosh and LeBron James with Dwayne Wade.

From The NY Times

It’s kind of a shame really, that the Miami Heat has started the season 5-4, having been thumped twice by the Celtics already. The Big Three had such potential to be the N.B.A.’s hated villain. LeBron James’s universally hated free agency reality show was sublime; getting people to scowl at the otherwise likeable Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh was genius. The forever-gelled Pat Riley lurking in the background? Oliver Stone couldn’t have constructed this better.

But now, they’re stumbling along like a band of misfits and it’s impossible to conjure up anything close to mass indignation. It’s more like a mass yawn.

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Phil Jackson Has A Plan

November 11, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Los Angeles Lakers’ coach Phil Jackson’s plans for the team do not involve 70 wins.

Lakers' coach Phil Jackson likes bobble heads.

Lakers' coach Phil Jackson likes bobble heads.

From ESPN

It’s not going to happen [for us],” Jackson said about the 70-win talk surrounding his team after the Lakers’ shootaround Thursday morning in preparation for their game against the Denver Nuggets.

“The schedule’s too tough. The travel is extenuating in the Western Conference, there’s very difficult time zone changes that you go through and all the stuff that happens. And that’s disregarding the idea that you can play with all your players for the rest of the season.”Everything has to just break perfect for that to happen, plus the team has to be very, very resilient and very, very capable of filling in for one another at multiple positions.

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The Return Of Josh Childress

November 06, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Josh Childress is happy and optimistic being on the Phoenix Suns after playing in Greece.

Josh Childress of the Phoenix Suns like big hair.

Josh Childress of the Phoenix Suns likes big hair.

From probasketballtalk

He’s struggling, really only taking shots right at the rim (2.7 per game) and ignoring jumpers or threes (0.6 per game) unless he has to take them. It’s a far cry from the Childress who was a solid outside shooter in Atlanta before he went to Greece, where he also shot well from the outside.

A broken finger will do that. Childress broke the fingertip on his right (shooting) hand on a dunk in the preseason.

Original Photo Yahoo

Alternate Logo: Miami Heat

October 27, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Miami Heat looked sloppy against the Celtics, even with LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade.

The Miami Heat and the Big 3 lost their season opener on Tuesday night.

The Miami Heat and the Big 3 lost their season opener on Tuesday night.

From The NY Times

Yes, James scored 31 points and impressed a lot of people with his new Nike ad, but Ian Thomsen of SI.com writes that the adjustments he is trying to make to his game do not look so good yet. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.com believes he will have a very hard time adjusting to life outside the cocoon that pampered him in Cleveland. Meshing three superstars’ games (and egos) is not going to be all fun and games, writes Greg Cote in The Miami Herald. But, as Dave Hyde of The Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel points out, the bad news for the rest of the league is, as badly as it played Tuesday, Miami still almost won.

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Carmelo Anthony Trade Not Done Yet

September 26, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Carmelo Anthony reportedly has held up a trade to the NJ Nets.

The Denver Nuggets have not showed any guts in dealing with a malcontent Carmelo Anthony.

The Denver Nuggets have not showed any guts in dealing with an upset Carmelo Anthony.

From Yahoo Sports

“He’s having second thoughts on Jersey,” one league source said. “He’s pushed [Denver] to explore other options.”

The Nuggets believe the deal with New Jersey gives them maximum value for Anthony, but they still engaged the Knicks on Saturday in discussions that included Danilo Gallinari(notes), Anthony Randolph(notes) and Toney Douglas(notes), sources said. The Knicks were working to pry draft picks to use in a deal for Anthony, and sources said they had talks with the Houston Rockets, who obtained New York’s 2012 first-rounder to clear cap space in a February deadline deal.

Original Photo sportslogos.net

Iverson Heading To China?

September 13, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Allen Iverson can’t find an NBA home, so he’s heading to China.

Allen Iverson is taking his talents to Beijing. Or maybe Shanghai, Shenyang, Xinbei or Zhengzhou.

Allen Iverson is taking his talents to Beijing. Or maybe Shanghai, Shenyang, Xinbei or Zhengzhou.

From The Wall Street Journal

AP reports that Allen Iverson, among the NBA’s biggest stars a few years ago, is considering joining a Chinese team. Iverson’s personal manager, Gary Moore, tells AP that Iverson and an unnamed team in China have “legitimate interest” in working out a deal.

If Iverson follows all-star guard Stephon Marbury to China, the country could boast two of the best guards in the game, albeit both a few years past their athletic peaks. Iverson, like Marbury, may have lost a step, but that still leaves him a few dozen steps ahead of his competition in China, where he would be playing in front of crowds hungry for star power.

Original Photos NY Times, fccihk

Pat Riley Is Mad As Hell

September 11, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Miami Heat President Pat Riley is angry about the criticism some of his new players have gotten over the summer.

Miami Heat president Pat Riley is so mad at those who have criticized all the free agent moves he's made that he can't see straight. He also may be brain damaged.

Miami Heat president Pat Riley can't understand the criticism July's free agent circus caused, leading some to speculate that all that hair gel may have caused brain damage.

From Fanhouse

Riley ripped into television analyst/windbag Charles Barkley for his a-little-too-personal criticism of LeBron James. Riley also took exception to remarks from Magic general manager Otis Smith and Magic coach Stan Van Gundy.

He also made it clear what he thought about any other critics of his roster: They can sit on it.

“I take a little umbrage to some of the things that came from people in our game who, all of a sudden, have become the moral conscious or moral authority on the decision of every team or some individual might make,” Riley said Friday during a conference call with South Florida writers. “I know one thing: Our team will be ready. And I think that’s the way we can answer all the critics.”

It was Barkley, earlier this summer, who was openly critical of the way James handled his free agency, along with the celebratory press conference with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, who also signed with the Heat the same day. Barkley called the celebration: “Punk moves.”

Original Photos Daylife, hydrovolts

Canada Goes Winless At FIBA

September 02, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Canada failed to win a game at the FIBA World Championships.

Jevohn Shepherd of Canada drives to the basket during the 2010 FIBA World Championships.

Jevohn Shepherd of Canada drives to the basket during the 2010 FIBA World Championships.

From The Globe And Mail

The Canadians went winless in their first appearance in the world championships in eight years.

Nineteen-year-old Kelly Olynyk of Kamloops, B.C., led Canada with 14 points, while Toronto’s Jevohn Shepherd had 12. Miaqmi Heat centre Joel Anthony of Montreal added six rebounds.

Rudy Fernandez and Fran Vasquez each had 19 points, while 19-year-old Ricky Rubio had eight points and eight assists for Spain, which raced out to a 28-17 lead after one quarter.

Original Photos Yahoo, ice-hockey-coach, gysports, delvalhockey

Could Carmelo To The Knicks Really Happen?

August 19, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Carmelo Anthony expects to be traded by the Denver Nuggets, preferably to the New York Knicks.

Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul have both expressed their desire to become New York Knicks.

Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul have both expressed their desire to become New York Knicks.

From ESPN

Well, here’s more good news for the hungriest fan base in the NBA: A whopping 64.5 percent of our panelists think Melo will be wearing orange and blue next season (and this survey was taken before Monday’s news that he plans to part ways with the Nuggets). What’s more, 26 members of our panel think CP3 will be his point guard. Sure, New York will have to do some roster maneuvering to make all of this happen. But as we saw with the Heat this summer, anything is possible if the players want it to happen.

CP3 aside, a Melo-Knicks union makes sense on many levels. He and his wife are both natives of New York. (Carmelo moved to Baltimore when he was 8.) He played college ball at Syracuse and loves MSG. And, from a purely basketball standpoint, can you imagine a scoring machine like Melo in Mike D’Antoni’s high-powered offense? He would become the Knicks’ most dynamic wing player since Bernard King, to whom Anthony is often compared, and the Knicks could instantly become contenders.

Original Photos Zimbio, fansedge, overstock

LeBron Acts Like Baby In GQ

August 18, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

LeBron James lashed out at Cavs owner Dan Gilbert in GQ.

LeBaby James ripped former employer and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert in a recent GQ article.

LeBaby James ripped former employer and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert in a recent GQ article.

From NBC Sports

In an interview with GQ magazine, the new Miami star reiterated that coming to the Heat was the right decision for him and his family, especially after hearing comments Gilbert made after the NBA’s two-time reigning MVP chose to leave Cleveland after seven seasons.

James says, “I don’t think he ever cared about LeBron,” and adds, “me and my family have seen the character of that man.”

Original Photos NY Post, cdn1

Alternate Logo: The New York Knicks

August 10, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Between the LeBron saga and now Isiah Thomas, it’s embarrassing times for The New York Knicks.

The New York Knicks have re-hired Isiah Thomas as a consultant, so a new logo for the franchise is needed.

The New York Knicks have re-hired Isiah Thomas as a consultant, so a new logo for the franchise is needed.

From The Wall Street Journal

In case you didn’t notice the boiling red cloud of agita that blasted through the city on Friday, the Knicks rehired former president and coach Isiah Thomas as a consultant.

Yes, that Isiah Thomas. The one who helmed the Knicks through five rudderless seasons of doom. The one who left town after the embarrassing $11.5 million settlement of a harassment lawsuit.

Mr. Thomas was an epic fail. Drummed out in 2008, he was supposed to be Pariah Thomas, gone for good, so his Lazarus act has New York flipping its lid. The scorching outrage has singed sports radio.

But we can’t summon the anger. We laugh—because it hurts too much to cry.

Original Photo flickr

Amare Stoudemire Gets Religious

August 03, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Amare Stoudemire of the New York Knicks went to Israel to find his Hebrew roots.

Rabbi Amare Stoudemire of the New York Knicks enjoyed his recent trip to Israel.

Rabbi Amare Stoudemire of the New York Knicks enjoyed his recent trip to Israel.

From The Huffington Post

NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire went to Israel last week to discover his Jewish roots on his mothers side. As the speculation has grown about whether or not the current New York Knick is Jewish, a clear-cut answer has yet to emerge.

Stoudemire recently discussed his trip and the goals of his visit to Israel in an interview on Israeli television. When asked whether he is Jewish, Stoudemire said “through history, we all are.” He even speaks a little Hebrew — just like Shaq!

Original Photos solecollector, jewishtrivalley

Team USA Trims Roster

July 26, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Team USA is set to cut several players today.

Mike D'Antoni, assistant coach of Team USA is prepared to tell several players to live long and prosper just before he cuts them (katchop)

Mike D'Antoni, assistant coach of Team USA, is prepared to tell several players to live long and prosper just before he cuts them today (katchop)

From Fanhouse

There were 19 players in camp competing to make the final 12-man roster, and USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said the number will be cut to 15 by Monday in preparation for the Aug. 10-16 camp in New York.

Colangelo told FanHouse after the game that Sacramento guard Tyreke Evans being cut is “pretty obvious.” Evans, who missed the final three practices and Saturday’s game due to a sprained left ankle, had told FanHouse on Friday he didn’t expect to survive the cut, and Colangelo had pretty much agreed with that.

Original Photos Yahoo, sliceofscifi

Kahn Feels Wrath Of NBA

July 25, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

David Kahn, GM of the Minnesota Timberwolves,  has been fined by the NBA for discussing Michael Beasley’s drug use.

The GM of the Minnesota Timberwolves, David Kahn, has been fined by the NBA, and issued a statement direct at David Stern that reads: "I will grapple with thee... from Hell's heart, I stab at thee! For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee! (katchop)

The GM of the Minnesota Timberwolves, David Kahn, has been fined by the NBA. Immediately, Kahn issued a statement directed at David Stern that reads: "I will grapple with thee... from Hell's heart, I stab at thee! For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee! (katchop)

From SB Nation

He’s a very young and immature kid who smoked too much marijuana and has told me that he’s not smoking anymore. … if you had given me this kind of money and put me in this kind of world with these kinds of pressures attached to it and some of the demands, I don’t know (that) I would have handled it any easier than, say, he has.”

But I feel very strongly that some of these kids simply deserve the opportunity to make mistakes and grow up.”

Original Photos lowposts, watchmojo

Chris Paul Wants Out

July 23, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Chris Paul has asked to be traded from the New Orleans Hornets, with the Knicks, Lakers and Magic as his top 3 choices.

Chris Paul has announced that he would like to be traded to the Knicks because he wants to win a championship. He also announced he wants to climb Mt. Everest, so he's booked a vacation in Egypt. (katchop)

Chris Paul has announced that he would like to be traded to the Knicks because he wants to win a championship. He also announced he wants to climb Mt. Everest, so he's booked a vacation in Egypt. (katchop)

From The NY Daily News

“He wants out,” said a person familiar with Paul’s exit strategy, according to the report. “He wants to play with another superstar. He wants to follow LeBron’s model of teaming up with other great players.”

Newly acquired Amar’e Stoudemire represents an enticing teammate to Paul, 25, who earlier this month reportedly toasted to the idea of forming “our own Big Three” with Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony in New York. But the Knicks would have to come up with a good enough offer for the Hornets, who still planned to meet with Paul to sell the direction of a franchise that’s rebuilding and failed to make the playoffs last season.

Original Photos itsmsquared, bballone

Alternate Logo: LA Lakers

July 18, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

It’s the Katchop.com company picnic today, so here is an alternate Lakers logo.

This logo was made in the event the LA Lakers lost to the Boston Celtics in the 2010 NBA Finals. The Lakers weren't losers, but we need something to put up today (katchop)

This logo was made in the event the LA Lakers lost to the Boston Celtics in the 2010 NBA Finals. The Lakers weren't losers, but we need something to put up today (katchop)

Original Photo nysportsjournalism

Big O Blames The Owners

July 15, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Former NBA great Oscar Robertson says the Miami Heat knew LeBron James was coming long before ‘The Decision’.

Moe James, Larry Wade and Curly Bosh show off their Three Stooges jerseys (katchop)

Moe James, Larry Wade and Curly Bosh show off their Three Stooges jerseys (katchop)

From chicagobreakingsports

“Players get together and decide they want to do this or that … but the owners are still involved in it,” Robertson said of the arrangements that enabled James and fellow free agent Chris Bosh to land with Dwyane Wade in Miami. “When those three guys went down there and talked to the Miami Heat, (the Heat management) had to have known about that.

“The players decided they wanted to play together, but it still takes the owners to pay the money. Nobody is going to pay the money if they don’t know anything about it at all. I mean, come on. It was a surprise that these players were coming to your team and, all of a sudden, you have the contracts there, and you have this ready and you have that ready in a day? Come on.”

Original Photo Yahoo

LeBron Gets Booed In NY

July 13, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

LeBron James was heckled and booed while attending Carmelo Anthony’s wedding.

Billboards that feature LeBron James have seen alterations all over New York City (katchop)

Billboards that feature LeBron James have seen alterations all over New York City (katchop)

From Ball Don’t Lie

Geez, LeBron. Way to almost ruin your friend’s wedding by choosing to play in Miami. It’s like that old saying: “You made your multi-millon dollar free-agency bed, now get booed by Knick fans in it.” Or something like that. LBJ might as well hear the jeers now, since he’ll be getting heckled basically everywhere but Miami-Wade County. Better to start with a few scattered New Yorkers than 20,000 rabid Clevelanders who hate his guts.

Original Photo kylestacksports

Alternate Logo: Cleveland Cavaliers

July 10, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

First they lost LeBron James, and then Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert lost his mind.

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is unlikely to get approval from the NBA for a new logo (katchop)

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is unlikely to get approval from the NBA for a new alternate logo (katchop)

From Yahoo

Clearly, this is bitterly disappointing to all of us.

The good news is that the ownership team and the rest of the hard-working, loyal, and driven staff over here at your hometown Cavaliers have not betrayed you nor NEVER will betray you.

There is so much more to tell you about the events of the recent past and our more than exciting future. Over the next several days and weeks, we will be communicating much of that to you.

You simply don’t deserve this kind of cowardly betrayal.

You have given so much and deserve so much more.

In the meantime, I want to make one statement to you tonight:

“I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER ‘KING’ WINS ONE”

You can take it to the bank.

Original Photo rickischultz

LeBron Picks Miami; Looks Like Clown On ESPN

July 09, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

LeBron James abandoned Cleveland, jilted New York and slighted Chicago by agreeing to play for the Miami Heat.

LeBron James looked a little like a clown by going on ESPN to abandon Cleveland for the Miami Heat (katchop)

LeBron James looked a like a clown by going on ESPN to abandon Cleveland for the Miami Heat (katchop)

From The Globe And Mail

The one-hour LeBron James ESPN special (how could he knife his hometown of Cleveland?) seemed as much like Grace Kelly choosing the Prince of Monaco as it did a sporting event, with gleeful suitor, heartbroken gentlemen callers and a trousseau large enough refloat the American economy.

Could it have been done in 15 minutes? Sure, but that wasn’t the point. It was ESPN meets MTV with a side order of BET – all for a player who hasn’t won an NBA title. TV ratings will be available Friday, but industry insiders are saying James’s free-agent decision broadcast could exceed the numbers for the NBA draft lottery or even the draft itself.

Original Photos picasa, timeoutchicago, costumefinder

Wade And Bosh Team Up In Miami

July 08, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Miami Heat signed both Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have teamed up to fight Colombian drug lords in Miami (katchop)

Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have teamed up to fight Colombian drug lords in Miami (katchop)

From ESPN

Wade on LeBron James coming to Miami: “There’s no secret that myself and Chris and LeBron are all good friends. We all came into this league together and played together. But we all make our own decisions at the end of the day. So, of course, we would love for LeBron to join Miami. Who wouldn’t. But at the same time LeBron is going to make his own decision.”

Note: Reading way too much into this, but … It has been well reported that Wade, James and Bosh have talked extensively about this, and it’s interesting that Wade doesn’t say anything about being happy to let James go elsewhere. He leaves the door wide open. It’s impossible to think James has told them he will go elsewhere.

Chris Bosh on why he wouldn’t take more money in a sign-and-trade to play in Cleveland: “It was just about me and Dwyane talking at that time. I wasn’t sure if LeBron was coming back. And I just wanted to leave that decision up to him.”

Note: Chris Bosh just walked away from a lot of money! Makes clear that playing with James was a real priority, at least in Cleveland.

Original Photos ESPN, cafasorridente, photobucket

Amare Stoudemire Is A NY Knick

July 06, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Golf, NBA

The Knicks signed Amare Stoudemire to a max contract on Monday.

The New York Knicks used a big chunk of change to lure Amare Stoudemire to Madison Square Garden (katchop)

The New York Knicks used a big chunk of change to lure Amare Stoudemire to Madison Square Garden (katchop)

From ESPN

But you do know what Amare Stoudemire is, right?

A hell of a catch for the New York Knicks.

In fact, if Stoudemire can convince James or Wade to join him, he will represent the smartest signing the Knicks have ever made.

This isn’t the time to focus on what or who Stoudemire is not. If he fails to stay healthy, or if he fails to shape a consistent contender without a quarterback named Steve Nash throwing him spirals, Stoudemire will get what’s coming to him from the Madison Square Garden crowd.

That’s fine. Stoudemire wouldn’t be the first big-name, bigger-money ballplayer jeered out of New York, and he sure wouldn’t be the last.

Only this much is certain for now: Stoudemire is the Knicks’ best player since Patrick Ewing, better than Allan Houston and LJ and Spree, even if every New Yorker — the new power forward included — hopes Amare surrenders that title by the end of the week.

Original Photos solecollector, zimbio

Happy 4th Of July

July 04, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA, Uncategorized

LeBron James celebrates the 4th of July by purchasing Mount Rushmore and slightly altering the landmark (katchop)

LeBron James celebrates the 4th of July by purchasing Mount Rushmore and slightly altering the landmark (katchop)

Original Photos fractalshead, imagesnet.net

Where Will LeBron Be The Savior?

July 03, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

In shocking news, LeBron James has yet to decide where he will play next year.

LeBron James, shown here parting the Red Sea, is contemplating where he should play next season (katchop)

LeBron James, shown here passing the time by parting the Red Sea, is contemplating where he should play next season (katchop)

From SI.com

According to my source, LeBron James plans on signing with the Los Angeles Clippers.

“He’s going to California,” my source told me. “He wants to compete head-to-head with Kobe.”

My source is a mole. Literally. He’s a brownish oval, roughly one half-inch in diameter, located on the right side of my stomach. I’ve been itching to have him removed, but my dermatologist says there’s no good reason. Hence, he stays.

Original Photos bible.ca, foxsports

LeBron Derby Begins

July 01, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

LeBron James became the most sought after free agent in NBA history at 12:01 AM.

LeBron James should be a member of the Bulls, Knicks, Clippers, Nets, Heat or Cavs very shortly (katchop)

LeBron James should be a member of the Bulls, Knicks, Clippers, Nets, Heat or Cavs very shortly (katchop)

From The NY Times

In the past, James hosted executives from Fortune 500 companies and discussed business ventures here, a town traditionally known as the rubber capital of the world, in which the Cleveland Cavaliers star has forever laid his stamp. At 12:01 a.m. Thursday, James would begin to discuss, dissect and debate his next business venture.

Northeast Ohio is the Grand Central Terminal of N.B.A. free agency until James makes a decision. It will be the landing spot for foreign multibillionaires, longtime N.B.A. owners and well-respected coaches.

All but the Cavaliers will come to extract James. The Nets were scheduled to meet him first. The Knicks, the Chicago Bulls, the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Clippers will follow, commencing the wildest free-agent period in history.

Original Photo lebronjamesdunks.net

Stephen A Smith: LeBron Going To Miami

June 29, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Stephen A. Smith says he has learned that LeBron James plans to sign with the Miami Heat.

LeBron James plans to sign with the Miami Heat according to Stephen A. Smith (katchop)

From chicagonow.com

- Got a couple of calls over the weekend and was told that is in all likelihood james is going to mia with bosh and wade

- james wants to play with riley and they build enough space for 2 maxes and wade

- james is desperate to play with athletes more so wade

- This is a fact if I am wrong I will come back on and eat crow

- isiah could of helped the knicks

- james wants to play for a defensive minded coach and dantoni lacks that

Original Photos letustalk, latimesblogs


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