Posted Nov 18 2009 5:12PM
The seriousness of this Allen Iverson to the Knicks chatter will continue to rage on until someone responds to a question about the Answer with a straight answer.
In the meanitime, Howard Beck of The New York Times suggests that "momentum is gaining" on an Iverson-Knicks union of some sort. More from Beck on the Times' NBA Blog, Off the Dribble: "Allen Iverson will become a free agent Thursday evening and he might become a Knick soon after that.
With the team in a free fall, and no other help on the horizon, Knicks officials are seriously considering Iverson as a quick fix. The matter was still being deliberated on Wednesday, but one team official said the chances were at least 50-50 that they would pursue Iverson.
Another person with close ties to the team put it in stronger terms. "It's a given," said the person, who was not authorized by the team to discuss private deliberations. "They're going to make the biggest play for him."
More afternoon linkage (twitter style):
Bruce Arthur of the National Post isn't buying any more Iverson stock.
Sean Meagher of the Oregonian has bad news, Travis Outlaw is done for a while.
Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel hypes up the Hawks-Heat "rivalry."
Michael Lee of the Washington Post on Antawn Jamison's return to practice.
Tim Kawakami of theMercury News talks Monta Ellis and the Warriors.
Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star wants more touches for the "Big Fella."
Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated on Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans.
James Walker of ESPN.com on LeBron James, Browns tight end.
Don Walker of the Journal Sentinel examines the bottom line of "Young Buck."
If you've ever been turned down for a date, a credit card, admission to that school you dreamed of attending or that big promotion at work, you know exactly what Shannon Brown felt like after Jason Maxiell was done with him on this play.
Acie Law is a long way from draft night 2007.
The 11th pick that night, Law was anxious to begin his NBA journey as the point guard of the future for the Atlanta Hawks.
It never happened. A little over two years and three teams later, the former lottery pick has become trade filler. He was the salary-fitting throw in for the Warriors earlier this week in the deal that sent both he and Stephen Jackson to Charlotte for Raja Bell and Vladimir Radmanovic.
The Hawks traded Law to the Warriors on draft night, along with veteran point guard Speedy Claxton, for Jamal Crawford. That one stung, but at least he saw it coming. Monday's trade to Charlotte, however, was a sucker punch he wasn't expecting.
"I can't lie, I was furious when I found out," Law said by phone Wednesday morning after the Bobcats wrapped up practice. "I started at the bottom this summer. There were five point guards on the roster when I got there and I worked my way up. It just happened so fast. I was only with Golden State for a couple of months, 10 games."
Law is operating in that dangerous territory for young draft picks that don't find their footing early on in their NBA careers. Make too many moves early on and the word "bust" becomes permanently attached to your bio.
Law has more pressing concerns right now, though. He has to salvage what's left of his third season in preparation for free agency this summer.
"It's a business, you have to understand that and look at it that way," Law said. "I'm not down. I feel like everything happens for a reason. I'm not the first person to go through this and I won't be the last."
Kobe Bryant went off again. LeBron James did, too. So did Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire. Kevin Durant got in on the fun as well. It was just another night of wicked fun around the NBA.
A little catch-up material for you this morning:
Raise your hand if Bryant scoring 40 or more points doesn't shock you anymore. Longtime Lakers watchers have seen it so many times, 100 and counting after Tuesday's night's 40 in a win over the Pistons.
As it turned out, Mr. CSI himself, Pau Gasol, turned out to be a much more interesting story than Bryant's one-man show anyway, Mark Heisler of the Los Angeles Times: "First, we had Opening Night, when both the Lakers and Celtics won, starting their annual Quest to Beat the Bulls' 72-10 Record. Then we had the Pau Gasol Watch. Gasol, day-to-day because of a strained hamstring, is now up to 22 days, amid reports he might be out until Christmas . . . stemming from Phil Jackson's dry sense of humor that soared over the heads of various media outlets, who took it seriously. The Pau Watch was rechristened "CSI: Staples" on Tuesday night as Jackson, risking nationwide hysteria, zinged Gasol even more pointedly before the Lakers beat the Pistons, 106-93 . . . the kind of Detroit-on-a-Tuesday matchup that makes you look for subplots."
Global icon, All-NFL wide receiver and now counselor, is there anything LeBron James can't do? Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer on James, the wise sage: "Over the past several years as he's become more established within the league, James has often been a sounding board and a counsel for his peers. His cell phone is virtually a who's who of not just the NBA but also the college and even the high school ranks, a product of all the players he's met over the years at his annual Nike camp in Akron for the nation's top high school players. "I'm all about helping the guys who come after me or some guys in the league giving some advice," James said. "This league can be a lot on anybody, and I have a little experience on the ins and outs of the league. There's more than just the game, and I'm glad I'm in position to give advice."
The Suns always rise, especially from fourth quarter deficits. They've done it five times in just 12 games this season. And sometimes someone other than Steve Nash or Amare Stoudemire is the reason they do it. Some nights it might even be Jarron Collins, Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic: "The Suns are playing fourth-quarter defense like they dreamed of doing the past five years. The Suns slowed Houston's speedsters to 9-of-28 shooting in the fourth, putting their opponent fourth-quarter shooting at 40.4 percent in the 10 wins. Phoenix forced the Rockets into jumpers and challenged them inside, thanks in large part to the surprise crunch-time play by center Jarron Collins. In 13 minutes, Collins had six points, six rebounds, two blocks and solid screens not seen since Kurt Thomas played for the Suns. "He won the game for us," coach Alvin Gentry said of Collins. "He was our MVP."
Kevin Durant has the Thunder ahead of schedule this season, Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman: "The date was Feb. 28, 2009. That's when the Thunder recorded its fourth road win last season, a full four months into the season. Shocking isn't it? But in what's become the latest bit of evidence of how much Oklahoma City has improved, the Thunder secured its fourth road win Tuesday night at Miami, just three weeks into the 2009-10 season. It was a dominating 100-87 win over Miami at American Airlines Arena, one that bumped the Thunder's road record to 4-2, or half its win total from last season's 41 road games."
Larry Brown didn't say he wanted the job but he's convinced that the NBA still needs Allen Iverson, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer: "Brown said he spoke with Iverson's agent Leon Rose and exchanged texts with Iverson after the Grizzlies and the guard agreed to terminate his one-year contract. Brown reiterated at practice what he told the Observer late Monday: that while he'd happily coach Iverson again, signing Iverson doesn't make sense relative to the guard-filled roster. That was true during the summer and still is. "He was coming with us but, again, it wouldn't have been fair," Brown said of the offseason discussions with Iverson. "We drafted a young guard, Gerald Henderson, who we all love. We had Raja Bell. We had Raymond Felton, we had D.J. (Augustin). Two of those guys would have been put in an uncomfortable position" by Iverson's presence."
Might the Magic be a potential suitor for Iverson? With Jameer Nelson's out for 4-6 weeks they might have to consider it, George Diaz of the Orlando Sentinel: "Anybody else know of another 10-time All-Star and league MVP who is available at the moment? Cheap, too. We're talking Dollar Store prices in the NBA economy, because Iverson becomes an unrestricted free agent tonight after his release by the Memphis Grizzlies.
All Rich DeVos has to do is cut a check for $1.8 million, take a deep breath, and not get too caught up in the specifics of Iverson's problems. Selfish, disruptive, petulant, among other adjectives, come to mind."
The Warriors might not be done moving players, Chris Broussard of ESPN The Magazine: "Sources said Ellis has been telling teammates on a regular basis that he wants out of Golden State, and he believes general manager Larry Riley has spoken to several teams about potential trades involving him. Riley said he is aware of Fried's visit to the Bay Area, but he would not confirm a scheduled meeting. Sources say team owner Chris Cohan and President Robert Rowell also may meet with Fried. Riley said there is no situation, regarding Ellis or any other player, that approaches the seriousness of the Jackson controversy, but he did not deny that the Warriors may pursue other trades."
-- Posted, Nov. 18, 2009, 8:55 a.m. Question or comment? E-mail Sekou
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