| Feb 29, 2012

Howard plot thickens near deadline

Regardless of speculation and fabrication about additional destinations under consideration, Dwight Howard’s trade request remains unwavering. He is amenable to commit long-term with the Nets, Lakers, and Mavericks. That’s it, just those three teams. Nevertheless, lean and rest assured copious other suitors have contacted ...

| Feb 22, 2012

Smith's track record cause for concern

On a one-week assignment with the Nuggets last season in full anticipation of Carmelo Anthony exclusively spilling his guts to me about every aspect of his life and forthcoming destination, I accompanied the team on its charter to Phoenix. There was a shootaround the ...

| Feb 15, 2012

Nets squandered chance to draft Kobe

Kobe Bryant’s annual Garden variety visit last Friday triggered me to re-examine the draft of 1996. Many people have gone straight from high school to Hollywood and become overnight sensations . . . after countless years of dejection and rejection. Kobe actually morphed into ...

| Feb 8, 2012

Why didn't Lin get a chance earlier?

There they were in Boston on Friday night with an actual chance to silence the wolves, the lambs and the vultures and what did the Knicks do? Croaked from second-hand choke. Up a dozen against the recently exhumed Celtics, they were hosing their hosts ...

| Feb 1, 2012

Dysfunction has Wizards doomed

Flip Saunders isn’t the reason the Wizards flopped. Just ask him. When Saunders took the Wizards’ job, he said after being terminated, he believed his staff had the opportunity to coach a veteran team that had a chance to make a run into the ...

| Jan 25, 2012

Desperate Knicks could use Tinsley

Kobe Bryant recently “pinpointed” Jamaal Tinsley as an ideal conductor of offensive arrangements, exactly what the Lakers (and Knicks) distinctly lack. While there’s really no reason to solicit a second opinion on Tinsley once Kobe expressed his considered “viewpoint,” it’s germane to note the ...

| Jan 18, 2012

Clippers looking like the real deal

In Kobe Bryant’s initial meeting with Mike Brown, he cautioned the Lakers’ newly hired coach “not to pull back,” to coach him “like everyone else; otherwise the players will turn on you,” he told me during dinner in Los Angeles just before Christmas. Kobe ...

| Jan 11, 2012

Players no different than in old days

On second thought, I was wrong to make it appear coach killers DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans of the Sacramento Kings — who paved the way for Paul Westphal’s recent ouster — are more full of themselves than self-absorbed slugs back in the day. ...

| Jan 4, 2012

Rubio displays jaw-dropping talent

Now I know what all the fuss has been about. Now I know why NBA executives and Euro talent scouts were so enchanted all these years. Now I understand why Donnie Walsh offered to give up smoking to make Ricky Rubio a Knick. All ...

| Dec 21, 2011

Support helps Jackson take first coaching steps

Five minutes before Mark Jackson was to conduct his initial rehearsal as a head coach at any level — ahem, exempting a brief AAU fling — he sat in the Warriors’ locker room by himself and let his wired emotions guide him. Jackson reached ...