For players who hang their heads when playing time dries up, Nuggets coach Brian Shaw has a word of warning (be careful what you wish for) and two words of advice (stay ready).
Saunders: George Karl still offers erudite NBA analysis
George Karl’s basketball attitude hasn’t changed since he left Altitude. For eight seasons, Karl offered quiet, almost scholarly assessments of his Nuggets on television – win or lose.
Kobe Bryant returns with nine points and eight turnovers in Lakers’ loss
LOS ANGELES _ The first point in the career of the superstar reborn came like the last one had: at the free throw line. But the rest of Kobe Bryant's season debut betrayed that symbolic continuity.
Mark Whicker: Kobe Bryant must find his comfort zone again
LOS ANGELES _ He looked timid, tentative, passive. Sure, there were flashes, but he appeared to be several weeks away from getting to his old self.
Bill Plaschke: Lakers’ star cannot help but fall to Earth
LOS ANGELES _ There were 19 seconds left in the first half when the Staples Center crowd rose to its feet and roared. It's been nearly eight months, but everybody remembered what was happening next.
Lakers’ Nash still uncertain of return
LOS ANGELES _ One-half of the Los Angeles Lakers' 30-something backcourt returned to action Sunday.
Kings acquire Rudy Gay from Raptors as part of seven-player trade
SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ The Kings took a bold step away from the frugal ways of the last ownership group by agreeing to acquire forward Rudy Gay as part of a seven-player trade Sunday.
Heat-Pacers Set to Renew Their Rivalry
In the Eastern Conference, there’s Indiana, there’s Miami, and there’s everybody else.
Kobe Happy to Make Comeback, Even in Lakers Loss
After nearly eight months of recovery from a torn Achilles tendon, Kobe Bryant is back on the court for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Lakers Rejoice as Bryant Returns but Raptors Crash Party
Kobe Bryant’s long awaited return to the basketball court began as a wild celebration on Sunday, but ended as a quiet reminder that the rusty All Star has more work ahead to get back to his brilliant best.
NBA roundup: Kobe returns, but Raptors beat Lakers 106-94
LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant had nine points and eight rebounds in his season debut for the Lakers, but Amir Johnson scored a career-high 32 points in the trade-depleted Toronto Raptors’ 106-94 victory over Los Angeles on Sunday night.Bryant began his 18th NBA season by going 2 for 9 with four assists and eight turnovers in 28 minutes. The fourth-leading scorer in NBA history hadn’t played since tearing his Achilles tendon in April, undergoing several months of rehabilitation to return for Los Angeles’ 20th game of the new season.
Sacramento Kings: Rudy Gay Trade Grade
Sacramento Kings: Rudy Gay Trade Grade
By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff…
Sacramento Receives: Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray
Toronto Receives: Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, Chuck Hayes and John Salmons
The Sacramento Kings have landed Toronto Raptors’ small forward Rudy Gay in a shocking early season trade. It is shocking because although he is an All Star caliber wing, an excellent scorer and a solid rebounder, he is very inefficient, incredibly overpaid and he has an uncertain contract situation. He is signed through the 2015 season, but this summer he has the option of becoming a free agent, which would mean declining over 19 million guaranteed dollars, but there has been a lot of chatter that he will exercise his player option to try and land another big contract, which would give him guaranteed long term security, which is understandable. Regardless, this trade for Sacramento has plenty of pros and cons which I will detail for you and also for myself, b.
Seahawks vs. 49ers: Full Roster Report Card for Seattle
The Seattle Seahawks fell to the San Francisco 49ers 19-17 on a last-minute field goal. It was a tough road loss for a Seattle team that had won seven straight, including three straight in blowout fashion.
FINAL: 49ers 19, Seahawks 17. Seattle moves to 11-2 on the season and maintains two-game lead in the NFC West.
Premier League Week 16 Predictions: Highlighting Most Thrilling Matchups
All eyes are on Europe this week as England’s giants look to seal their places in the next phase of the Champions League and Europa League, but it’s not long before domestic action once again takes grip this weekend.
The Premier League campaign is currently in one of its busiest periods, with Manchester United’s woes ongoing and the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City each seeing their share of speed bumps this past weekend.
Week 16 offers up a fine selection of clashes between teams seeking a European finish come season’s end; full predictions of the upcoming schedule are detailed ahead.
Manchester City vs.
Champions League Fixtures 2013: Schedule, Live Stream Info and Predictions
This week brings the curtain down on the group phase of this season’s Champions League campaign, with a number of teams facing sink-or-swim scenarios.
For some, three points are needed in order to ensure progress in Europe’s premier competition, while for others it’s a case of merely securing their place in preparation for what’s to come.
In order to ensure not a minute of the action is missed, read on for a full match schedule, as well as a prediction of how matters will unravel.
Manchester United vs.
5 Slammy Awards Categories to Bring Back
At tonight’s 2013 Slammy Awards, 12 different categories will celebrate the best WWE had to offer this year.
However, there are several other categories from past editions of the Slammy Awards that should have been added to that list.
WWE has opted to include several joke awards that are there strictly to appeal to their own sense of humor and in the process, have neglected five that could serve a greater purpose.
These awards may be less fun than the comedic ones, but they are more legitimate topics to talk about if you are building an episode around an awards ceremony.
Jimmy Graham: Recapping Graham’s Week 14 Fantasy Performance
Graham caught six passes for 58 yards and two scores Sunday versus the Panthers. He now has 14 touchdowns on the season, and is closing in on the record for touchdowns by a tight end in the season.Graham is having another great season. He is a must start.
Garrett Hartley: Recapping Hartley’s Week 14 Fantasy Performance
Hartley went 1-for-1 on field goals Sunday against the Panthers. He also went 4-for-4 on extra points.Hartley has missed six field goals, but he plays in a potent offense, which helps his value if your league doesn’t count misses against you. There are better options, but Hartley could be worth owning in a deep league.
Pierre Thomas: Recapping Thomas’s Week 14 Fantasy Performance
Thomas rushed seven times for 14 yards Sunday against the Panthers. He also caught four passes for 14 yards.Thomas has not done a ton against the run, but he has 64 catches on the season. He’s worth owning in a PPR league.
Marques Colston: Recapping Colston’s Week 14 Fantasy Performance
Colston caught nine passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns Sunday versus Carolina. He now has 56 receptions for 721 yards and four touchdowns on the season.Colston had a couple poor games before this big outing, and he has been uneven this year. However, he has a strong track record, so he can still be used in your lineup.