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Sam Cassell doesn’t like seeing guys fined for the Sam Cassell dance


It’s been called the big balls dance among other things, but we associate it with Sam Cassell — you hit a big shot, a dagger, and as you come back up the court you drop your hands down like you are cupping some extra large… um… cajones.

It’s a popular move, something that makes Cassell smile, he told Marc Stein at ESPN.

“When I saw Kobe [Bryant] do it [in the 2009 playoffs], I knew it was big-time,” Cassell said.

The suits in the league office hate the dance.

Do it and you get fined — Andray Blatche and Caron Butler each have been hit for $15,000 fines for the dance already this season.

You can guess how Cassell feels about that.

“Obscene gesture?” Cassell bellowed, shaking his head disapprovingly.

That dance doesn’t bother me, but remember part of the NBA’s core market is they old rich guys who can write big checks for luxury boxes across the nation, the guys who okay the corporate suite. The league doesn’t want to offend those guys (we see the same thing in the NFL).

To me, emotion is part of the game — I want to see it, I want to feel it. This is part of that. I fear the league is going to make the game to sterile in pursuit of the almighty dollar.

Dwight Howard played through torn MCL and meniscus in playoffs

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Dwight Howard hasn’t exactly been healthy in recent years. He missed half of last season with various injuries, including a two-month stretch from January to March after undergoing a knee procedure. On Thursday, he told a Houston radio station that the knee problems continued after that, and he had torn ligaments and cartilage during the Rockets’ Western Conference Finals series against the Warriors:

It’s a little alarming that we didn’t hear about this until now. Sometimes these injuries can heal without surgery, but Howard can become a free agent next summer, so you would think he would want to get any lingering issues addressed ahead of time. Considering his age (he’ll be 30 in December) and his injury history, this isn’t a great sign. A healthy Howard is the difference between the Rockets being a legitimate title contender and an als0-ran, so hopefully these problems are behind him and he can stay healthy this season.

Report: Trevor Booker suspended one game for Hibbert altercation

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On Tuesday night, Jazz big man Trevor Booker was ejected from a preseason game against the Lakers for taking a swing at Roy Hibbert during a scrap.

Now, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Booker will be suspended one game for the hit, meaning he’ll miss the Jazz’ October 28 season opener against the Pistons:

Considering he was already ejected, a one-game suspension seems about right.