An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett
Chris Kaman and Jason Smith's big stuffs in the Hornets' 97-90 win over the Clippers both landed in last night's top 10 NBA plays.
Kaman rejected Blake Griffin, and Smith blocked DeAndre Jordan. The two plays came in at No. 9 and 8, respectively.
Al Jefferson's game-winning tip-in from Utah's 103-102 win over Sacramento was chosen as the No. 1 play. addCustomPlayer('unqwu8ctqcul1xqgvteh7x0wd',...Read more »
According to ESPN.com's Chad Ford, Kentucky freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will enter the 2012 NBA Draft.
Ford quotes a source who said of Kidd-Gilchrist, "He knows he's going to be a top-5 pick. He can't pass that up."
The source told Ford that Kidd-Gilchrist "hopes he'll be able to announce right after [Kentucky] win[s] the NCAA championship."
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The Denver Nuggets announced Wednesday that guard Rudy Fernandez will miss the rest of the season.
Fernandez needs to undergo surgery on his lower back.
The Nuggets acquired Fernandez from the Dallas Mavericks in the offseason. Fernandez didn't play for the Mavs, traded to Dallas from Portland following the 2010-11 season.
A former All-Rookie second team selection, Fernandez has...Read more »
Dave McMenamin from the Kamentzky Brothers' Lakers blog at ESPN.com pulled a great quote from Kobe Bryant Wednesday.
Kobe was asked about what's going to happen when he plays against the Thunder and former teammate Derek Fisher on March 29. Bryant said of a potential one-on-one situation against Fisher:
"I'm going to demolish him. He understands that. If he switches off on me in...Read more »
JaVale McGee's game-winning putback in his Nuggets debut was picked as Wednesday night's top play, but it was a pass by Carmelo Anthony that stole the show.
In the fourth quarter of the Knicks' 82-79 win against the 76ers, Melo made what may have been the best touch pass in the NBA this season. Jeremy Lin, standing outside the 3-point line, whipped a pass to Anthony, who was under the basket....Read more »
You can't stop Jamaal Tinsley. You can only hope to contain him.
The 34-year-old veteran point guard was No. 1 in the NBA's top 10 plays last night after going five-hole against Nazr Mohammed.
With the Jazz leading Oklahoma City 78-72 in the fourth, Tinsley dribbled through Mohammed's legs and pulled up from just inside the elbow, draining the short jumper.
Tinsley finished with...Read more »
Monta Ellis doesn't scare Newsday.com's readers.
In a poll posted last week, users overwhelmingly predicted that the Knicks, not the Bucks or Cavs, would make the East playoffs.
Since voting opened, Milwaukee beat Cleveland and Golden State, running their winning streak to five games. The Bucks also added dynamic scorer Monta Ellis, and dealt struggling forward Stephen Jackson.
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St. John's alum and Brooklyn native Chris Mullin had his No. 17 retired by the Golden State Warriors Monday night.
Mullin spent 13 years of his 16-year NBA career with the Warriors. With Golden State, he averaged more than 20 points per game six consecutive years, from 1987-88 to 1992-93, including a career-high 26.5 points per game during the 1988-89 season. He was also a five-time NBA All-Star,...Read more »
Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak told Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times that the team will pick up Andrew Bynum's $16.1 million team option for the 2012-13 season.
Kupchak told the Times, "He's the starting center on the West All-Star team. Why wouldn't we do everything we could to keep him here?"
The move comes as no surprise. Bynum is in the middle of a career year, and has...Read more »
The NBA was kind enough to compile 16 of the league's best bloopers from the first half of the season.
(Why they went with half, I'm not sure, considering teams have less than 20 games left on their schedules.)
Some of the lowlights: An awful airball from the free throw line by Dwight Howard, an own-goal by Andrew Bynum, and both Randy Foye and Devin Harris ruining courtside fans' nights.
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