How an NBA Star Snuck Into Twitter’s Exclusive First Name Club
Is this the year that Father Time will finally defeat the San Antonio Spurs ? For the last four to five years sports talking heads have been trying to anticipate the end of the run for the Spurs. Last season they came within a few possessions of halting LeBron James for the second time. Looking forward to this coming year the Spurs once again look like one of the best groups in the Western Conference. Whenever talking about the group from San Antonio the conversation has to start with their Big Three. Tony Parker had a MVP caliber year as he brought in 20.3 points per game along with 7.6 assists. Unfortunately, his play fell apart in the NBA Finals which many pointed to the French guard potentially being exhausted from the high volume he put out all year. Tim Duncan continued his Hall of Fame campaign as he earned 17.8 points and 9.9 rebounds each night. He’s 37 years old coming into this season so one must wonder if he will continue to play at a high clip. The same has been said for Manu Ginobili who has already shown signs of slowing down.
NBA preseason wrap: LeBron James leads Heat over Bobcats
As the first American-born player of Asian descent in the NBA, he added, Lin “has been adopted by all countries in Asia as their very own”. “Eventually there will be more Asian players playing professional basketball in the NBA and that’s the legacy that’s going to come from Jeremy Lin’s success.” Lin, whose parents are Taiwanese, has become a sporting hero on the island since he shot to stardom in the NBA with the New York Knicks early last year, sparking a global following known as “Linsanity”. He was later traded to Houston. “Taiwan has always been a very special place for me, you know for me to be here, to play a game here, it’s unbelievable,” Lin said on Saturday. “It never ceases to amaze me every time I come back how much support I get.” “I am just trying to focus one day at a time. I am thankful that I have the support that I have,” he said in response to Stern’s remarks. The 25-year-old was mobbed by reporters before a practice in the Taipei Arena ahead of Sunday’s game against the Indiana Pacers, the second pre-season NBA game staged on the island since 2009.
Bennett scored 14 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, while grabbing four rebounds in 22 minutes of action off the bench. The Cavs outscored the Magic 61-43 in the second half, with starting guard Dion Waiters leading the team with 21 points, three assists and two rebounds in 25 minutes. The Magic hit on 51.3 percent from the LeBron James Shoes floor in the loss, with center Nikola Vecuvic leading Orlando with 15 points and six rebounds in the game. Guard Victor Oladipo added 18 points off the bench, yet was minus-11 overall in 30 minutes of action. Charlotte Bobcats 75, Miami Heat 86: LeBron James scored 20 points on Friday as the Miami Heat beat the Bobcats, 86-75, at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Udonis Haslem added 11 rebounds and two points in just 16 minutes of action, while Norris Cole lead the Heat with 15 points and four assists in 26 minutes off the bench. Al Jefferson , with 11 points and seven rebounds in 23 minutes, was the only Bobcats starter to eclipse double-digits on Friday night. Jeffrey Taylor added 10 points off the bench, with Charlotte shooting just 38 percent from the floor in the loss.
Faverani’s game translating to NBA
So how did Iguodala do it? He didn’t. The sleek new handle was a Christmas present. Here’s the story that Iguodala told ESPN The Magazine : I was on Twitter early, but I had to get off because it’s hard tweeting and playing in Philly [he used the play for the Philadelphia 76ers]. I have a brand consultant who said we should change my handle from @MindofAI9. I don’t know what my business manager did to get it, but he gave me @Andre as a gift last Christmas.
Because the dunks can help my teammates. I can show the coach [Brad Stevens] I can play in the NBA. Im very happy.” So, too, are the Celtics, who utilized a portion of their midlevel exception to ink Faverani to a three-year, $6.3 million contract, one of their only free-agent splurges as part of a summer roster overhaul. Faverani arrived with plenty of question marks about his game, including whether he could handle the physicality of the NBA level. He said on Media Day that he likes to “fight” on the floor and pledged to live up to his physically fierce nickname. The scouting report upon Faverani’s signing suggested a skilled offensive player, but a question mark on the defensive end . Sure enough, early returns show a player with range to the 3-point line (Faverani hit a late-clock, fadeaway 3-pointer in the first half Wednesday) who can run the floor or slip free to the basket and finish with loud dunks.
NBA-Uncertainty remains over Bryant’s return from injury
All of this right now is a process to get to that point.” NEXT STEP Asked what he identified as the next step in his rehabilitation process, Bryant replied: “It’s the explosiveness, and the muscle endurance, which takes a little time. “I have to get my fat ass in shape, too. It’s been six months of just eating whatever the hell I wanted to eat, not running and stuff like that has caught up to me a little bit. “So I have to get in shape. Three weeks of rigorous conditioning does it for me,” said Bryant, who has gradually increased his treadmill time while also doing extra calf exercises to improve the mobility of his Achilles’. The five-time NBA champion, who had the same “Orthokine” procedure performed on his knee in Germany two years ago, was being extra cautious about not returning to competitive basketball too soon. “That’s when you get hurt, going out there and doing that stuff,” he said. “That’s the process I’ve always been on – three strong weeks of pushing the stamina. “I have the green light now to be able to do that, but it’s a matter of having the flexibility and strength to run at high speeds out here on the court or track or whatever.” In the absence of the injured Bryant, the Lakers were swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs last season and several question marks are swirling over their likely success during 2013-14.