Dejected over not getting to play in Minnesota with Kevin Garnett, Juwan Howard could end up a teammate of another superstar: LeBron James. Howard, a 13-year veteran forward whose contract was bought out by the Timberwolves on Monday, would fit nicely with James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are desperate for experienced frontline help.
The Minnesota Timberwolves did some wheeling and dealing on Monday, reaching a buyout with veteran Juwan Howard and making a trade with San Antonio to get to the 15-man roster limit before the deadline. The Timberwolves sent a protected 2008 second-round pick to the Spurs for cash considerations and guard Beno Udrih, whom the Wolves immediately waived.
Kobe Bryant remains a Laker — for now. Because of the difficulty involved in trading an NBA superstar, Bryant could play in a Los Angeles uniform for days, weeks or months, no matter how much he wants out or those in charge wish to move him. Bryant professes to be very close to his coach and quite fond of his teammates.
At least one of the SuperSonics’ top-five draft picks appears ready to debut on time. Kevin Durant, Seattle’s second overall choice, moved fluidly while completing practice Monday, two days before the season opener at Denver. It was the first extensive basketball work for last season’s national college player of the year since he sprained his left ankle in a preseason game Oct.
Charles Barkley is calling out Kobe Bryant again for dogging it. Barkley criticized Bryant on Monday for the way he asked the Lakers to trade him, then for not appearing to give his full effort since owner Jerry Buss said he would consider a deal. So when Barkley goes on the air Tuesday night for TNT’s season-opening doubleheader, he will probably have some strong words about Bryant for the second…
Penny Hardaway is officially back in the NBA, after the Miami Heat placed him on their season-opening roster Monday. The Heat released guards Jeremy Richardson and Brian Chase, along with forwards Marcus Slaughter and Devin Green to reach the league-mandated 15-man limit. Hardaway signed a nonguaranteed contract this summer after a strong tryout.
There were a few minutes left when the boos started during a recent New York Knicks exhibition game. That’s a few minutes left BEFORE the game. Isiah Thomas’ name had just been announced during pregame introductions, and the reaction from the Madison Square Garden crowd wasn’t surprising. Disgusted by the accusations against the coach in a sexual harassment trial and fed up with the string of losing…
The New Jersey Nets opened two roster spots on Monday, trading swingman Bernard Robinson, center Mile Ilic and cash considerations to the New Orleans Hornets for veteran guard David Wesley. The Nets have told Wesley not to report and the team will eat the guaranteed portion of his $1.75 million contract, general manager Ed Stefanski said.
Guards Bob Sura and John Lucas III were among four players cut by the Houston Rockets on Monday, the eve of their season opener. Forwards Jackie Butler and Justin Reed were also released as the team reduced its roster to 15 players. The Rockets begin the season against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. zipped up the white racing suit, this one with a shoe company’s name plastered across his chest instead of a popular beer, and climbed into a car that made him look even more out of place.
Miikka Kiprusoff agreed to a $35-million, six-year extension with the Flames on Monday that will keep the star goalie in Calgary through the 2013-14 season. The 2006 Vezina Trophy winner, who would have been an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, was the last of a core of key players, along with captain Jarome Iginla and defenseman Robyn Regehr, to recently agree to long-term deals…
Another brutish blow, another opponent left dazed on the ice, another remorseful Flyer. Philadelphia defenseman Randy Jones was suspended two games by the NHL on Monday for his violent hit on Boston’s Patrice Bergeron, making him the third Philadelphia player suspended for a dangerous play this season.