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Rob Mahoney

  1. Mavs' back-up point guard spot still a mystery

    Mar 4, 2010, 12:06 PM EDT

    Rick Carlisle mentioned last week that the Mavs’ rotation this season would continue to be fluid. That’s a must considering that he’s still working Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, and DeShawn Stevenson into the mix, and that’s to say nothing of Erick Dampier’s injury that has kept him out of the lineup since February 16th. I’m…

  2. Evans generating some serious political capital

    Mar 3, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

    Maybe political strategists have been wrong all along. The key to bipartisanship isn’t offering an olive branch, finding balance, or making compromises. It’s just finding the best damn rookie on the planet and parking him in your city (are you taking notes, Ernie Grunfeld?). Former NBAer and current mayor of Sacramento Kevin Johnson teamed up…

  3. Thunder won't raise ticket prices

    Mar 2, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    The Oklahoma City Thunder are a young team and they’re cultivating a young fan base. Fans of the Sonics that were are largely bitter over the franchise’s move to Oklahoma, and rooting for the team (and by association, the owner) that broke their hearts translates as some betrayal of the most core of fan values.…

  4. Kevin Martin's high praise for Aaron Brooks

    Mar 2, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    I’m honestly very, very happy for Kevin Martin and Aaron Brooks. We always knew those two kids would get together in a guard rotation, and I couldn’t be more excited for them and theirs during this incredible time. There’s nothing quite like it, and though the dark clouds that inevitably come for everyone will put…

  5. Tim Thomas not expected back for remainder of the season

    Mar 2, 2010, 11:22 AM EDT

    If you’re only scraping the surface of the events that have unfolded between Tim Thomas and the Dallas Mavericks this year, you probably think you’ve seen this all before. The Mavs added Thomas in the off-season, taking a chance on a veteran and a shot-maker, as so many teams have before. Thomas put on his…

  6. No slowing down Andray Blatche

    Mar 1, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    To say that Andray Blatche is on a roll wouldn’t be telling the half of it. He’s been a woefully inconsistent player during his time in the NBA, but with the benefit of a bit more playing time and a bigger role within the Wizards’ offense, his season (and his career) have absolutely taken off.…

  7. Paul Westphal and Spencer Hawes: the best of friends

    Mar 1, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    Things have been pretty heavy in Sacramento lately, between the seemingly petty benching of Spencer Hawes over a harmless comment about playing time, head coach Paul Westphal’s head-on collision with the trials of real life, and a constant struggle to get back to the Kings’ early season glory days. In some cases, events such as…

  8. Jason Kidd, Dwight Howard adjusting the record books

    Mar 1, 2010, 12:13 PM EDT

    Two players destined for the Hall of Fame did their part to etch their names into history a bit early this weekend. Jason Kidd, who is already 2nd in NBA history in career assists, moved past Maurice Cheeks for sole ownership of the 4th spot on the NBA’s all-time steals list. John Stockton currently sits…

  9. Nuggets didn't get the memo on Ilgauskas

    Mar 1, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

    Zydrunas Ilgauskas is a fine basketball player. He’s been as solid as a rock for Cleveland over the years, and though his old, tired legs aren’t quite the injured, tired legs they used to be, he’s still a worthy contributor for a team that’s going places. But make no mistake: that team that’s going places…

  10. Kobe plays down J.R. Smith's Twitter jab

    Mar 1, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    J.R. Smith got a fair bit of attention when he said, via his Twitter account, that “kobe is great but not when he play me.” Rightfully so. It’s quite the statement for a hot-scoring guard but mercurial problem child, especially considering that on the other side of his tweet lies one of the greatest players…

  11. Praise, and an appraisal, for Dwight Howard

    Feb 26, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    Let me start by saying that despite what Mike Bianchi’s headlines would have you believe, Dwight Howard is not as great, as valuable, or as dominant as LeBron James. No one is. But that doesn’t mean that Dwight isn’t great, valuable, or dominant in his own right. Dwight Howard is, without a doubt, the most…

  12. Shaq's injury not so bad for the Cavs

    Feb 26, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    In rolling past the Celtics in the second half last night, the Cavs unveiled something that has become a favorite of many a hardcore basketball fan this season: the small-ball lineup. The fact that LeBron James defies the very concept of position gives Cleveland incredible flexibility in assembling their on-court rotations, and the added versatility…

  13. Shaq leaves game with thumb injury

    Feb 26, 2010, 8:33 AM EDT

    UPDATE 2/26 8:22 am: After the game Shaq did not have a wrap or splint on his his sprained thumb. Coach Mike Brown said he will not play Friday against Toronto and he will undergo an MRI today to determine the extent of the damage. 2/25 9:33 pm: It’s one of the great NBA ironies…

  14. Tyson Chandler to see a man about a foot

    Feb 26, 2010, 12:41 AM EDT

    By the end of the 2008 playoffs, Tyson Chandler had firmly cemented himself as a sidekick to Chris Paul and one of the premier defensive centers in the league. He was young, athletic, an established part of a growing core on a hot young team, and making a boat load of money. Then everything collapsed.…

  15. Jason Thompson is down for the count

    Feb 25, 2010, 7:50 PM EDT

    Just days after playing yo-yo with Spencer Hawes’ minutes and benching him on a whim, Paul Westphal will now be heavily dependent on Hawes to man the middle for the Kings. The team announced that Jason Thompson, Hawes’ replacement at center and the only player taller than 6’9” on Sacramento’s roster that isn’t Donte Greene,…

  16. NBA referees everywhere conspire against Lakers

    Feb 25, 2010, 7:24 PM EDT

    It’s just blatant, obvious fact that no member of the Los Angeles Lakers has never committed a foul or ever committed a violation that would result in a turnover. So naturally, we were all as outraged as Andrew Bynum was to find out that not only were the Lakers were called for 20 — twenty!…

  17. Warriors show support for the LGBT community

    Feb 25, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

    Considering the hyper-masculine nature of professional sports, it’s no surprise that the NBA (as well as the MLB, NFL, and NHL) hasn’t made anything resembling a big stride in regard to the established culture of homophobia. Openness toward sexual preference isn’t really an issue that can be tackled through a top-down approach, meaning that even…

  18. Paul Westphal is distracted

    Feb 25, 2010, 12:27 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings coach Paul Westphal is facing some truly unenviable circumstances. Two spheres of his life have come into conflict with one another, as his personal and public interests are fighting for control of his time and his thoughts. Both are deserving and important, sure, but in this case, Westphal could be letting the less…

  19. Larry Hughes could be the latest Bobcat reclamation project

    Feb 24, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

    If you don’t have anything positive to say about the Charlotte Bobcats this season, then…well, you haven’t been watching enough Bobcats basketball this season. But if nothing else, you could at least call them charitable. After taking on shoot-first journeyman Flip Murray, the mercurial Stephen Jackson (and his mammoth salary), and most recently the impressively…

  20. J.R. Smith decides to taunt Kobe

    Feb 24, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    It takes a certain confidence for an opposing player to snipe at the indisputable Western Conference favorite Los Angeles Lakers, and something between arrogance and complete stupidity for an opposing player to take a shot at Kobe Bryant. If that’s not a cue for the Nuggets’ J.R. Smith, then I don’t know what is. Here’s…

  21. The hidden beneficiary of Steve Nash's absence

    Feb 24, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    Despite missing two-time MVP, team captain, spiritual advisor, and auteur Steve Nash, the Phoenix Suns rallied to beat the streaking Oklahoma City Thunder last night. Goran Dragic had 16 points and 10 assists (albeit with six turnovers) in his second ever start, as he continues to convert his critics into true believers. Dragic stands to…

  22. Hasheem Thabeet sentenced to the end of the bench

    Feb 24, 2010, 11:22 AM EDT

    The fact that Hasheem Thabeet was projected by many to be an NBA bust didn’t deter the Memphis Grizzlies from selecting him second overall in the draft this past summer. Nor did the fact that they already had a more than serviceable center on the roster in Marc Gasol. Nor did any of the obvious…

  23. Mikki Moore looks to latch on to a contender

    Feb 24, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Count Mikki Moore among the veterans looking for a home this spring. According to Chris Tomasson of NBA FanHouse, Moore’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, is pushing hard to clear the air not only about Mikki’s health (he’s currently rehabbing after heel surgery), but his timeline for full recovery and intent to sign with a contending team:…

  24. Pierce day-to-day, but is he willing to sit out the game against Cleveland?

    Feb 24, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

    A Tuesday game against the New York Knicks presented the prime opportunity for Paul Pierce to get some much needed rest. Plus, if there was ever a sign that a player should stay on the sidelines for a regular season game, Pierce’s immune system gave it; he actually stayed home from the game entirely due…

  25. NBA Jam, the new measure of basketball prestige

    Feb 23, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

    NBA players are evaluated in a variety of ways: the traditional box score, advanced metrics, All-Star appearances, All-NBA team honors, MVPs, championships, etc. But the latest measure of not only sheer basketball ability, but player charisma and popularity, is inclusion in the revamped NBA Jam game set for release later this year. There hasn’t been…

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