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John Krolik

  1. Stephen Curry, making layups

    Mar 2, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    Finishing at the rim can be one of the hardest things for young guards to do at the NBA level. It’s also one of the most important. As much as we tend to pay attention to quickness, passing, and outside shooting when talking about guard prospects, the ability to convert at the rim is just…

  2. Ewing Jr. to play for Jamaica

    Mar 2, 2010, 1:58 PM EDT

    Patrick Ewing Jr., son of NBA superstar Patrick Ewing, will reportedly represent Jamaica in international competition. Before being waived because of a serious MCL sprain, Ewing was averaging 16.8 points and 8.9 rebounds per game for the Reno Bighorns of the D-League.  While Aljani Williams, president of the Jamaica Amateur Basketball association, was filing papers…

  3. Ellis, Biedrins to miss road trip

    Mar 2, 2010, 9:32 AM EDT

    UPDATE 3/2 9:26 am: To get some help, the Warriors have signed the D-League’s leading scorer, Reggie Williams, to a 10-day contract. Williams is averaging 26.4 points per game for the Sioux Falls Skyforce. What has held him back is not his offense but his defense, or lack of it. That should not be a…

  4. Wolves GM Kahn: Rubio will come to Minnesota

    Mar 1, 2010, 6:21 PM EDT

    After the Minnesota Timberwolves drafted superstar international prospect Ricky Rubio, Rubio elected to stay in Spain for at least another season. Many believe that he never intends to play for the Timberwolves, and is waiting for his rights to be traded to a team in a more favorable market before coming to the NBA.  Timberwolves…

  5. Boston's Robinson talks about Celtics, Dunk Contest

    Mar 1, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics guard Nate Robinson sat down with WEEI in Boston recently to talk about how things were going in New York, how he likes being a Celtic so far, and, of course, the Dunk Contest. It wasn’t until the end of the interview that Robinson talked about the event that has given him the…

  6. Redd to undergo surgery tomorrow

    Mar 1, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Redd will undergo surgery tomorrow to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. This will be the second time in two years that Redd has undergone major surgery on his left knee. Because of injuries, Redd has only appeared in 51 games over the last two seasons. He was never…

  7. Who should the Grizzlies have drafted?

    Feb 26, 2010, 7:14 PM EDT

    Behind every disastrous NBA draft selection there’s usually some solid logic at work. Detroit already had Tayshaun Prince at small forward, and were such a good team that a long-term prospect made more sense than a guy who would provide an immediate impact. When Atlanta drafted Marvin Williams over Chris Paul, plenty of reputable experts…

  8. Report: Ilgauskas to re-sign with the Cavaliers

    Feb 26, 2010, 6:42 PM EDT

    UPDATE 6:42 PM:  Looks like the gun may have been jumped just a bit. According to David Aldridge, Ilgauskas’ agent says that the report Ilgauskas has chosen the Cavs is “Absolutely not true!”  ORIGINAL 6:23 PM:  According to the twitter account of Brian Windhorst, Michael Reghi of WKNR 850 is reporting that recently traded center Zydrunas…

  9. Heat's Arroyo arrested

    Feb 26, 2010, 6:03 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, Miami Heat guard Carlos Arroyo has been arrested for resisting arrest. Here’s the full AP story: “CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Miami Heat point guard Carlos Arroyo has been charged with resisting arrest after police say he was pulled over for driving suspiciously. The Coral Gables Police Department reports that…

  10. Durant's streak by the numbers

    Feb 25, 2010, 5:24 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant was playing some really, really good basketball over the course of his 29-game scoring streak, which Manu Ginobili and co. snapped last night. That much is hardly news. The Daily Thunder’s Royce Young has some numbers that show just how high of a level Durant was playing at during the streak, and some…

  11. Skiles values playoff experience over lottery pick

    Feb 25, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks coach Scott Skiles was on WSSP in Milwaukee today, talking about a number of topics. When talking about the importance of playoff experience at the end of the interview, Skiles takes issue with people who say that a lottery pick can be more valuable than an early playoff exit. He goes on to say…

  12. Stoudemire says his future is still unclear

    Feb 25, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

    Amar’e Stoudemire’s name was in plenty of trade rumors before the deadline. After the dust had settled, Stoudemire ended up remaining a Sun after all. Stoudemire went on the Dan Patrick Show to discuss his frame of mind just before the trade deadline, and how he feels about his future in Phoenix.  When asked if…

  13. Howard's defense the key in Cavaliers/Magic matchup

    Feb 25, 2010, 2:28 PM EDT

    When LeBron James only had three points in the deciding quarter of the last Cavaliers/Magic matchup, it was clear that Dwight Howard’s presence in the paint was making LeBron more tentative than usual to try to drive the ball.  Earlier today, NBA.com’s John Schuhmann tried to figure out just how much Howard’s defensive presence changes…

  14. Blatche making most of opportunity

    Feb 23, 2010, 6:09 PM EDT

    Washington forward Andray Blatche has always had the talent. Blatche is a sturdy 6-11, and has a long wingspan and excellent athleticism for his size. He’s also an uncommonly skilled player for his size, able to hit the mid-range jumper, and put the ball on the floor. When Blatche has gone inside, he’s even showed…

  15. Mavericks sign Von Wafer to 10-day deal

    Feb 23, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT

    Earlier today, it was reported that the Dallas Mavericks had signed Dwayne Jones to a 10-day deal to fill in for the injured Erick Dampier. Now, ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting that the Mavericks will add some backcourt depth by signing 24-year old shooting guard Von Wafer to a 10-day deal. Wafer had somewhat of…

  16. Stephen Jackson had an off night

    Feb 23, 2010, 3:09 PM EDT

    Stephen Jackson is one of the game’s most complete swingmen. When he’s on his game, he can hit the outside shot and drive to the basket equally well. He’s comfortable making plays both handling the ball on the perimeter and backing his man down. His long arms make him capable of defending almost any player…

  17. DeAndre Jordan on Theo Ratliff

    Feb 23, 2010, 2:22 PM EDT

    Veteran shot-blocker Theo Ratliff has played well for Larry Brown since coming to the Bobcats on deadline day. Last night, Ratliff tied his season high with 10 points, and recorded two blocks for the second time in three games. Unfortunately for him, all anybody’s going to remember about last night’s game is when he tried…

  18. Jamison will start for Cavaliers

    Feb 23, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    After an extremely rocky first game as a Cavalier and a strong performance in his second game, Antawn Jamison will get the start at power forward tonight when the Cavaliers take on the New Orleans Hornets. Moving Jamison into the starting lineup makes a lot of sense for the Cavaliers. One of the major reasons…

  19. This may be the worst Pacer team of all time

    Feb 22, 2010, 8:19 PM EDT

    On Eight Points, Nine Seconds, Tim Donahue tackles the question of whether the 09-10 Indiana Pacers are the worst team in the 34 years the franchise has been in the NBA. Tim uses lots and lots of stats to support his thesis, and if this isn’t the worst Pacer team ever, it’s certainly close. Their…

  20. Rodriguez replaces Duhon in starting lineup

    Feb 22, 2010, 7:52 PM EDT

    According to Chris Sheridan’s twitter account, the Knicks will replace Chris Duhon with Sergio Rodriguez as their starting point guard. Duhon has struggled to run Mike D’Antoini’s offense this season. He is currently shooting an abysmal 34.4% from the field this season, and his 10.12 PER is the worst mark of his career. Rodriguez is…

  21. Andris Biedrins may set an unfortunate record

    Feb 22, 2010, 7:38 PM EDT

    Golden State of Mind has a post up today which builds on Scott Ostler of SF Gate’s observation that Andris Biedrins may be on pace for the worst free-throw shooting season of all time: “Biedrins is 3-for-23 from the line this season. The NBA record low percentage, one season, for a player shooting at least…

  22. Ellis, Jefferson have their value questioned

    Feb 22, 2010, 7:09 PM EDT

    One of the most divisive debates in NBA circles is the value of a high-volume scorer whose efficiency isn’t all that great. Those who doubt their value say that any player can create a low-percentage shot attempt at any time, and creating shots is not an inherently valuable skill. The counter to that argument is…

  23. Dr. J turns 60

    Feb 22, 2010, 6:33 PM EDT

    Julius “Dr. J” Erving, a former superstar in both the ABA and the NBA, turned 60 years old today. Dr. J is perhaps best-known for his high-flying style, breathtaking moves, and fantastic nickname, but his game was just as effective as it was impressive. Erving was a three-time MVP of the ABA and won an…

  24. Butler writes good-bye letter to Wizards fans

    Feb 22, 2010, 6:11 PM EDT

    The Dallas Morning News has a post up today with a transcript of the good-bye letter Caron Butler had published in the Washington Post. Here’s the beginning of the letter: “When you get traded, you don’t get time to say goodbye. More important, you don’t get the opportunity to say, “Thank you.” Thank you, to…

  25. Williams to start, Jamison to come off bench tonight

    Feb 19, 2010, 6:43 PM EDT

    Mo Williams returned from an injury and played 18 minutes for the Cleveland Cavaliers last night against the Denver Nuggets. According to Brian Windhorst, Williams will be inserted into the starting lineup tonight when the Cavaliers face the Charlotte Bobcats.  Williams is averaging 16.7 points and 5 assists per game this season, and is shooting…

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