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Monday morning one liners (filled with rumors, signings)

Dec 12, 2011, 10:56 AM EDT

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Our morning look around the NBA with stories worth reading and notes that are not their own post here at PBT.

Don’t be shocked if the Chicago Bulls try to get in the Dwight Howard mix, but it is a longshot.

If you read on thing today it should be this: Lakers trainer Gary Vitti talks about dealing with the wear and tear on players bodies of this condensed season.

It’s official, Vince Carter is a member of the Dallas Mavericks.

Deron Williams says David Stern is a “bully.”

Rodney Stuckey’s negotiations for a contract extension with the Pistons are apparently stuck because he wants $10 million a year. I like Stuckey, but that would be seriously overpaying.

Rudy Fernandez and Corey Brewer are on the trade block as the Mavericks try to create cap space.

Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is going to run for the Russian presidency.

Marreese Speights could be traded from Philadelphia to Denver for a second round pick. If it goes down like that it’s a steal for Denver.

Here’s another interview where LeBron James says he didn’t like being the bad guy last season, that he played angry, but now he’s back to being himself. This has been his preseason mantra, but we’d like to see a few games before we say he — and the Heat — look any different.

Golden State’s owners have started to have meetings with San Francisco officials about building a new arena in the city, next to AT&T Park (home to the Giants).

Baron Davis has missed the first three days of Cavaliers camp with an injury. No, we’re not surprised either.

Kurt Thomas has signed with the Portland Trail Blazers. Go ahead and scoff that he played pre-World War II, coaches love him. He sets a mean pick and his pick-and-pop skills help space the floor with a second unit.

Your dad, er, Brian Cardinal just re-signed with the Mavericks on a one-year deal.

Jeremy Lin — your favorite NBA player from Harvard — has landed with the heady Houston Rockets, who claimed him off wiavers.

Chris Wilcox is now a member of your Boston Celtics. One year deal at the veteran’s minimum. Can’t complain about that.

Roger Mason is officially a member of the Washington Wizards, as expected.

Hamady Ndiaye is back with the Wizards, too.

Looks like Anthony Carter will have a 14th NBA season, this one with the Raptors.

Carlos Boozer has entered camp 20 pounds lighter this year compared to last, according to the Bulls GM. I always take these numbers with a grain of salt, but if he did show up in better shape that’s a good thing for Chicago.

Josh Howard has an offer from the Spurs in hand, but is still talking to the Jazz and Wizards.

Chauncey Billups is not yet done ripping the Knicks.

Kyrie Irving has the starting point guard job in Cleveland. Also known as baptism by fire.

Tim Duncan is not thinking about retirement. Yet.

Linas Kleiza is hoping to return from knee surgery in mid-January.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 12, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Look at all these teams trying to form “super teams”.
    Look at all these players, conspiring to get together while screwing over the teams that developed them and fans who supported them.

    And the ONLY team who gets killed is the Heat.
    And the ONLY guy who’s a vilian is Lebron.

    You’re all a joke. And the funniest part of it all is that for all the players who are trying to come together, and for all the teams that are trying to acquire their own “big 3’s”; NONE of you are coming close to doing what the Heat were able to do. All of you are in turmoil. All of your meaningful players are pissed off.

    And down here, we’re just kicking back. Focused. Ready. Going to be another awesome season.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 12, 2011 at 12:13 PM

      And next season will be awesome too. And the season after that. And the season after that…..

      • cside2605 - Dec 12, 2011 at 2:01 PM

        If by awesome you mean failure, then I agree! Because anything less than a Championship is a failure! Y’all Miamians can only go down… each year failure is in your future…. Karma Rules! Don’t be ignorant and start countin’ those chickens before they are hatched!

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 12, 2011 at 2:43 PM

        A disappointing ending is not the same as a failure. Every night and every game was Must See TV. Every game was somewhere between exciting and thrilling. All you heard all year was all the ways the Heat wouldn’t be able to co-exist. Every quote, every move dissected and ripped, every arena packed and electric, going 1-6 against the Celtics and Bulls during the regular season and then crushing them both in the playoffs was awesome.

        They lost in the 6th game of the finals. So true. And so disappointing. But what a year.

        And it’s going to be even better this year.

        And what does it say about YOU and you and you, and all the others whose (sports) lives are so miserable that your only joy comes from another team’s losing. I mean, get a life people.

    • cantonbound13 - Dec 12, 2011 at 12:41 PM

      None of those teams had a classless preseason party & predicted 9 or more championships.
      They also don’t have an overrated player that chokes in the 4th quarter of big games.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 12, 2011 at 6:01 PM

        None of them punched their wife in the face like the loveable Mavs’ Jason Kidd. None of them had someone else take their SATs for them like media-darling Derrick Rose. But yes, they did have an over-the-top preseason celebration. And during it, Lebron made an off the cuff statement that nobody in their right mind would think he meant literally. And even if he did, who cares? They all think they’re going to win.

        Are you that upset because of a way-over-produced press conference? Get over it dude. The Heat are not responsible for your miserable (sportsfan) existence.

    • david0303 - Dec 12, 2011 at 1:44 PM

      I would hope that none of the teams trying to get a big 3 are close to doing what the heat did. 1 softie, 1 player who got hurt feelings because no one likes him and 1 player who used to be a winner. Glad you had an awesome season watching your team choke

    • clayisthepredator52 - Dec 12, 2011 at 8:21 PM

      So there are fans of professional teams in Florida. Go figure.

  2. wlubake - Dec 12, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    A comment a few boards back got me thinking about my Mavericks. Could the trade for Odom be a puzzle piece to set up a deal with Orlando for Howard? Dallas was one of three teams Orlando granted Howard permission to talk trade with.

    Would Haywood, Beaubois, Odom and Brewer/Fernandez plus future picks not already dealt to LA(worthless to the perennial playoff Mavs) be enough to net Howard and Turkuglu? Hedu could stretch the floor much like Peja did last yar or Rudy is supposed to this year. I don’t know if this could get it done compared to more attractive offers (like Bynum or Lopez), but could this be behind some of these moves by the Mavs.

  3. bozosforall - Dec 12, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Every trade, rumored or real…VOID!!!!!

  4. captainwisdom8888 - Dec 12, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    “And down here, we’re just kicking back. Focused. Ready. Going to be another awesome season.”

    Kickin’ back? Really? After the way Miami played in the finals…I smell some practice.

    If marching all the way to the finals to be defeated by a squad with lesser talent but a better “team” counts as an “awesome season,” than I wish for endless awesome seasons upon you.

    • cantonbound13 - Dec 12, 2011 at 2:10 PM

      I live in Miami & can’t stand the Heat! Bosh is a soft, cry baby. LeBron is overrated & chokes in big games. Wade is nothing but a diva & drama queen. Hard to root for them.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 12, 2011 at 2:47 PM

        By your tag name, it is clear you’re a Dan Marino fan. You know how idiotic people sound when they bash Dan for his sideline tirades and his lack of rings. Well now you’re that guy.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 12, 2011 at 2:50 PM

      kicking back means not scrambling to put together a team last minute to attempt to compete with a team like the Heat.

  5. 1972wasalongtimeago - Dec 12, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    And the same team that got to Game 6 of the finals, said goodbye to Zydrunis Ilgauskis, Jamaal Magliore, Erick Dampier, and Mike Bibby. And said hello to Shane Battier, Eddy Curry, and 1st Rd pick Norris Cole. And there’s still one spot open. I’m not saying any names right now, but it very well may rhyme will Bauncey Chillips

  6. sterko - Dec 12, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Clip it, Hang it, Klitch it

    Get a Klitch!


  7. nikelebron9 - Dec 13, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    I like this, Dwight Howard is good

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