Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

Wednesday morning one liners: Portland loves Brandon Roy


Do not underestimate the love of the Blazers fan base for Brandon Roy, or how that could weight into plans to use the amnesty clause on him.

Carlos Boozer thinks the Chicago Bulls can win an NBA title. This year.

How desperate are the Knicks for a big man to take a one year deal? They actually wouldn’t mind Andris Biedrins if Golden State uses the amnesty clause to free him.

The Pacers are reportedly going to make a run at Jamal Crawford. A lot of teams are going to make a run at Crawford.

Glen Grunwald likely will remain as the GM of the New York Knicks this season. No pressure, just make sure you land Chris Paul or you get kicked to the curb.

Why David Lee would be a better choice for the Warriors to use their amnesty clause on than Andris Biedrins.

I have a soft spot for the Hawks Jeff Teague, but he confounds all of us sometimes.

Evan Turner admits he had a hitch in his shot last season, but says it has been worked out. Sixers fans, head to church and light a candle for that one.

Jonas Jerebko said that he would “love” to return to the Pistons. He’s a restricted free agent.

Kim Kardashian punched Kris Humphries during their brief marriage and it was caught on film. If you care. I don’t.

Watch the video of J.R. Smith dropping 36 in a game in China, where he is staying for the rest of the season. (Thanks to nba247365.com)

Michael Jordan’s game-worn 1985 All-Star Game Nikes are up for auction.

Spud Webb is going to coach strippers to play basketball. Top that.

Dwyane Wade serious as mentor, teaching Justise Winslow post moves

Third day of Miami Heat camp 10/1/2015
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Dwyane Wade has earned his status as an elder statesman, the E.F. Hutton kind of veteran who speaks and everybody listens.

Rookie Justise Winslow is listening.

Winslow (who should have gone higher in this draft) is a perfect fit for the Heat and he’s going to be part of their rotation off the bench from the start of the season (along with Josh McRoberts and Amare Stoudemire). Wade has already fully stepped into the mentor role with Winslow working with him on post moves, reports Jason Lieser at the Palm Beach Post.

“As his career develops, hopefully he’s able to do multiple things on the floor, but right now there’s gonna be certain things (Erik Spoelstra) wants him to do, and some of those things I’m good at,” Wade said. “I’m just passing down knowledge to someone who I think could be good at things that I have strengths at. It’s gonna take a while, but if he figures it out at 21, he’s ahead of the curve. I figured it out at like 27.

“All of us are where we’re at because someone before us helped us. They helped by letting us sit there and watch film with them or having conversations with them. If he’s a student of it and he really wants to know, I’m a pretty decent teacher in certain areas.”

This is what you want out of a veteran leader and some of the young teams out there have done an excellent job adding this kind of mentor — Kevin Garnett in Minnesota may be the best example. Someone who can pass on his wisdom and show the team’s young players how to be a professional and win in the NBA.

It’s a little different for Winslow, he and the Heat are more in a win-now mode, but he should be able to contribute to that.

NBA All-Star, champion Bill Bridges dies at age 76

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Bill Bridges, a star as a Kansas Jayhawk who went on to have a 12-year NBA career that included being part of the 1975 Golden State Warriors championship team, has passed away, according to the University of Kansas.

Bridges was an undersized power forward at 6’6″ but he was a beast on the boards who averaged 11.9 rebounds a game for his career and more than 13 a game for six straight years at the peak of his career. That 11.9 per game average is still 27th all-time in NBA history.

A New Mexico native, Bridges was a three-time All-Star (all as a member of the Hawks), two-time All-NBA Defensive team, and was part of the 1975 Warriors title team. Besides the Hawks (St. Louis and Atlanta) and Warriors, Bridges played for the Sixers and Lakers.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.