Howard's rant inspires Blazers


With all Juwan Howard has accomplished, you’d think he’d be pretty contented guy. After all, he’s a member of the Fab Five, one of the NBA’s oldest rotation players, and the former beneficiary of one of the most favorable contracts ever. Howard has been an unexpectedly vital contributor to the Blazers this season; with the Blazer frontline ravaged by injuries, Howard averaged 8 points and 7 rebounds per game during the month of January. 

The 37-year old Howard has also provided a veteran presence. And according The Oregonian’s Jason Quick, sometimes “providing a veteran presence” is a synonym for “screaming at everybody in order to motivate them.”
According to Quick, Howard went on an expletive-filled tirade in the Blazer locker room after the team’s loss to the Thunder. At one point, he demolished the tub of ice that players put their feet in. The young Blazer team responded to Howard’s call to arms, and bounced back with a win against the Phoenix Suns last night. Even though Howard is nearing the end of his NBA journey, he’s clearly got as much fire as ever. 

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.

Sixers’ Wilbekin hits game-winning three vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

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LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:

Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.