Author: Kurt Helin

Los Angeles Lakers' Nash is interviewed before head coach D'Antoni makes his debut as Lakers' new coach in NBA basketball game against Brooklyn Nets in Los Angeles

Tributes from other players pour in as Steve Nash announces retirement


You’d by hard-pressed to find a player more respected and better liked than Steve Nash.

Meaning it was not a surprise that in the hours after he announced he was retiring from the NBA the tributes poured in from other players past and present.

And it wasn’t just athletes, the Canadian Prime Minister got in on the act.

Stephen Curry hits ridiculous falling shot, even for Stephen Curry (VIDEO)

Utah Jazz v Golden State Warriors

At this point, if Stephen Curry takes a shot we all just expect it to go in.

But even for Curry, this falling shot is impressive. He gets the ball at the arc out on the left wing and Dante Exum knew to get out there and contest any three, so as Exum came out Curry put the ball on the floor and drove. Exum trailed him and (accidentally) tripped him. Curry shot as he was going down and, well, he can’t miss.

Curry finished with 24 points in Golden State’s 106-91 win.

Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge injures left hand (again), must leave game

Portland Trail Blazers v Miami Heat

Back in January, LaMarcus Aldridge tore a ligament in his left thumb, but he decided to play through it because he believed this Portland team could contend for a title.

Saturday night, Aldridge had to leave Portland’s game against Memphis when Tony Allen reached in to try and swipe the ball away from Aldridge and hit the injured hand. Aldridge was in clear pain, left the game, returned to finish out the first half, but then did not play in the second half.

There is good news with Aldridge, this could have been worse.

After the game, Aldridge said his hand was swollen, and he would likely miss a little time but would return as soon as he could.

Memphis won the game 97-86, handing Portland it’s third consecutive loss. With that Portland and the Los Angeles Clippers are in a virtual tie for the four seed (the Trail Blazers are one game up in the loss column). Portland is just a game-and-half back of third-seeded Houston, but also just one ahead of six-seeded San Antonio in a crowded Western Conference.

With that, the Blazers can’t afford to be without their All-Star forward Aldridge for long.