Dwyane Wade & Brandon Marshall Sports Academy & Cheerleading Skills Camp is taking place this week. The two sports stars gave a sort of press conference at their sports academy and Wade took the opportunity to tell a story about a kid at one of his basketball camps. Apparently, in front of a large group of campers, the child asked Wade why he flops. Wade laughed as he told the story.
The deal was signed early Wednesday morning after Hornets owner Michael Jordan, general manager Rich Cho, head coach Steve Clifford and associate head coach Patrick Ewing met with Stephenson and his representatives Tuesday night in Las Vegas. …
… The Dallas Mavericks had a two-year, $20 million offer on the table to Stephenson, contingent on the Houston Rockets matching their offer for forward Chandler Parsons. If Houston had matched, Stephenson would have signed with Dallas, sources said.
A second-round pick out of Cincinnati in 2010, Stephenson averaged 9.6 and 10.5 minutes per game in his first two seasons, respectively. As a starter in 2012-13, though, he blossomed as a do-it-all shooting guard.
Like many teams, the Hornets, while fans of Stephenson’s play, had concerns about his antics and attitude. But sources say those concerns were alleviated in Tuesday’s face-to-face meeting.
LeBron James trip to the World Cup final included this fortitious video posted on Instagram of an attempted streaker during the Germany-Argentina game. James included an Old School reference writing, “We’re going streaking! Everyone’s doing it. Man that was hilarious.”
Carmelo Anthony’s free-agent flirtation with the rest of the league turned out to be just that.
Although several teams predictably went hard after the seven-time NBA All-Star with their best pitches and recruitments, he opted to stay home and will sign a five-year deal with the New York Knicks worth $120 million, according to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski:
Carmelo Anthony will sign a five-year, $120 million-plus contract to return to the New York Knicks, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Anthony might still take less than the maximum $129 million the Knicks can give him, a source said.
Anthony is expected to publicly announce his return on Sunday.
Although Anthony didn’t officially become a free agent until July 1, teams had been prepping for his potential availability for a long time. And when he opted out of the final year of his contract with the Knicks on June 23, things quickly picked up.
“Carmelo loves being a Knick, he loves the city, and he loves the fans,” agent Leon Rose said at the time, via ESPNNewYork.com’s Ian Begley. “At this stage of his career, he just wants to explore his options.”
It’s fine if Carmelo wants New York and the big bucks. The money’s guaranteed; championships aren’t.
The one who loses privileges is Carmelo. He can’t claim championships as his top priority and can’t lament missing out if he never gets one. He had his chance to do something about it, and he passed.
As for Miami, they dropped to 50-1, and share the same odds as the Memphis Grizzlies and New Orleans Pelicans.
As of now, Cleveland should be considered the overwhelming favorite in the East. The Bulls are apparently still in the Melo sweepstakes, but I personally don’t think that would tip them over the Cavs. The Spurs have to advance through a minefield in the Western Conference, but I’d imagine they’d be favored in a head-to-head series versus Cleveland as their rosters are presently assembled.
Pushed into a sixth-man role with Patrick Beverley taking over starting point guard duties thanks to his defense, Lin continued to develop as an offensive threat.
While his assists (5.2 per 36 minutes) took a noticeable drop, he became more efficient scoring the ball, averaging 15.6 points per 36 minutes to go with career highs in true-shooting percentage (57.2) and effective field-goal percentage (50.8). Moreover, the Rockets outscored opponents by 5.1 points per 100 possessions while he was on the floor, per NBA.com
This move is crucial for the Rockets because it does two things: 1) Allows Houston to offer Chris Bosh a max contract and 2) Allows Houston to match the offer sheet that the Mavericks gave to him last week.
It’s safe to assume that the Rockets are serious contenders in the West, especially with a lineup that may look like this:
PG – Patrick Beverley/Isaiah Canaan/Nick Johnson
SG – James Harden/Troy Daniels/Francisco Garcia
SF – Chandler Parsons
PF – Chris Bosh/Terrence Jones
C – Dwight Howard/Donatas Montiejunas
As for the Lakers? They’ll sell a lot of tickets because people may want to see Jeremy Lin and Kobe Bryant, but beyond that … doesn’t look like a playoff team.