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Dwight: Harden And I Aren't Super Close But We Talk

Mar 28, 2015 2:32 PM

Dwight Howard disputes comments from Kobe Bryant that he was uncomfortable with Bryant's "combative" approach during their one season together.

“It wasn’t that I was uncomfortable with who [Bryant] was as a player or a person, that was never the issue to me,” Howard said. “I think that kind of gets twisted because of how things ended up. Everybody on that team got injured. I think we had five games together before somebody was injured. …  I didn’t have an issue back then how Kobe was. Kobe wanted to win as badly as I did. Our personalities are different. I’m not a guy who is going to go off on my teammates. I tried that approach and for me it didn’t work. For Kobe, it works. He’s won a couple championships. He’s also played with some great talent. For the most part, it just wasn’t the time for us to win.”

 

Howard was asked if his relationship with Bryant has informed how he and James Harden get along.

“We’re not super close but we do talk, we sit down, we have conversations,” Howard said of Harden. “I’ve never had any issue with James. The biggest reason for me to come to Houston was to play alongside James. I knew I made [the right decision] when I first made it, watching him play and now how he’s grown as a player and a person. It’s great to watch. I came to win. There’s no ego with me, it’s not about me. It’s about us, what we can do together. I’ve won all the individual awards, besides the MVP, and at this point all that stuff is irrelevant. What’s more important is us coming together to win a championship."

Ben Golliver/Sports Illustrated

Tags: Dwight Howard, James Harden, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Clippers Sign Lester Hudson On 10-Day Contract

Mar 29, 2015 1:14 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers signed Lester Hudson to a 10-day contract on Sunday.

Hudson played in the Chinese Basketball Association this season.

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Kevin Love's Best Relationship With Star Player Is Westbrook

Mar 28, 2015 2:27 PM

Kevin Love could become a free agent this summer and his future with the Cleveland Cavaliers remains uncertain.

Love recently told the media that he'd rank Russell Westbrook ahead of teammate LeBron James in the MVP race.

Westbrook can become a free agent in 2017.

“Love enjoys Westbrook," said Brian Windhorst. "They have a relationship. there’s a conspiracy theory that exists out there that Kevin Love will go to the Lakers this summer, or next summer, and then Westbrook will join him when he’s a free agent, and they will reunite in LA, like they played for UCLA. The guy, the star player he has the best relationship in the league with is Westbrook.”

Brian Windhorst/ESPN (via Nick Dudukovich/Factory of Sadness)

Tags: Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Ricky Ledo Signs 2nd 10-Day Contract With Knicks

Mar 29, 2015 4:36 PM

Ricky Ledo signed a second 10-day contract with the New York Knicks on Sunday.

Ledo has played in five games with the Knicks.

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Mark Cuban Irked About Officiating Treatment Of Monta Ellis

Mar 28, 2015 2:38 PM

Mark Cuban publicly stated he is irked about the officiating treatment of Monta Ellis, who is doubtful for the Dallas Mavericks' game against the Indiana Pacers on Sunday due to a calf injury.

"I'm not allowed to say how many and what, but we literally have a play list of all the calls of Monta getting smacked and no call," Cuban said. "It's crazy. It's crazy. It's always the same: 'Oh, it's incidental,' or 'It's not this, it's not that.' We tried. We tried to play the game.

"Maybe it will all change next year. I'm not even expecting the league to change anything. I'm hoping fans, every time that happens, fans post a video of it so everybody can see it."

"It's just some of the most ridiculous feedback we get. You turn it in, and it's like, 'That's incidental.' He got hit in the face. Incidental. Knocked the ball loose. Incidental. You know, it's crazy. The guy [is] one of the leading guys in driving, attacking the basket, went to the line zero times tonight."

According to NBA.com's player-tracking data, Ellis ranks 10th in the league with 609 drives this season. He ranks 35th in the league in free throws attempted with 277.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Tags: Monta Ellis, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Celtics Could Pursue Offer Sheet With Kawhi Leonard

Mar 29, 2015 1:17 PM

Kawhi Leonard will be a restricted free agent in the offseason and will receive interest for contract offer sheets.

The Boston Celtics likely will pursue an offer sheet with Leonard.

Leonard is averaging 15.9 points and 7.3 rebounds this season.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Tags: Kawhi Leonard, Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Donatas Motiejunas Out Minimum Of 1-2 Weeks With Back Injury

Mar 27, 2015 10:58 PM

Donatas Motiejunas will be removed from basketball activities for one to two weeks and be reevaluated, the Houston Rockets announced Friday.

Motiejunas has lower back pain.

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Shaq Wishes He Had More Patience Instead Of Leaving Magic In 1996

Mar 27, 2015 8:17 PM

Shaquille O'Neal returned to the Orlando Magic on Friday to be inducted into the franchise's Hall of Fame.

O'Neal was drafted by the Magic in 1992 and helped lead the team to the 1995 NBA Finals. O'Neal left the Magic in 1996 to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.

"It's unexpected because I came here to win. We won games, and then I made a business decision," said O'Neal, who becomes the third member of the Magic's hall, joining co-founder Pat Williams and first-ever draft pick Nick Anderson. "It's never personal. The [team owner Rich] DeVos family knows that. And I accomplished [a championship] somewhere else. It's not like I didn't think they weren't going to be upset or anything. But it's business. It was all business.

"Do I regret it? I never fully answer it. I regret it sometimes. Is this where I started and should have stayed? I actually wish they made it a law that whoever drafts you, you gotta stay there your whole career."

O'Neal said the DeVos family deserves "a couple" of championships and that the Magic's 1995 Finals team, which also featured a core of Penny Hardaway and Anderson, had a chance to get back.

"That's why I kind of regret it, because we had a young, fabulous team," O'Neal said. "We really did. And it's a shame that we got torn apart. But I think about that all the time. I try not to live my life now on 'ifs' or 'would've, should've,' but do I regret leaving here in '96, yes I do."

The NBA changed their rules concerning players coming off a rookie contract after O'Neal left the Magic.

"I wish I would have had more patience," he said. "I wanted to be protected from the bashing. What I mean by that is I wanted to win then. Even when I got [to Los Angeles], I still got bashed. It took four years to win. But I was very impatient. I was very young, and I thought that if I go there, with those guys out there, I could win right away and that wasn't the case.

"Now that I'm older now, I wish as a youngster I would have had more patience."

AP

Tags: Shaquille O'Neal, Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Rashad Vaughn Plans To Enter NBA Draft

Mar 27, 2015 6:27 PM

Rashad Vaughn has plans to enter the 2015 NBA draft, according to sources.

A formal announcement is expected in the near future.

Most teams see Vaughn currently as a second-round pick.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Rashad Vaughn, UNLV Runnin' Rebels, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

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St. John's Parts Ways With Steve Lavin, Interested In Chris Mullin

Mar 27, 2015 3:52 PM

St. John's and Steve Lavin have mutually agreed to part ways after five seasons.

Lavin and the school were previously deep into extension talks. Lavin led St. John's to the second round of the tournament.

"Coach Lavin returned high expectations to our men's basketball program and represented St. John's in a positive way," St. John's athletic director Chris Monasch said in a statement Friday. "We appreciate his commitment to the program and to our student-athletes over the past five years."

 

St. John's is interested in former NBA player and St. John's star Chris Mullin as Lavin's replacement. Mullin, who led St. John's to the 1985 Final Four, works as an adviser for the Sacramento Kings.

ESPN

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