Tag: Larry Hughes

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Thursday And-1 links: Kobe talks about passing Shaq


Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT).

Kobe Bryant on passing Shaq on the all-time scoring list (he’s just 69 points back): “It was inevitable.” Sorry, but that feud was more than just Phil Jackson.

A big part of the problem in Orlando — Stan Van Gundy doesn’t have a lot of good players to coach.

DeShawn Stevenson will be out at least a couple weeks for the Nets due to knee issues.

The New York Times did a fascinating in-depth look at the NBA and China. The league is losing its grip a little.

The 76ers need some depth along the front line, but they are not going after Chris Kaman.

Steve Nash just became the Suns all-time assists leader Wednesday. My first thought: He wasn’t already?

Monta Ellis for Joakim Noah? This rumor is out there in the Bay Area, but there is no chance — zero, nada — that the Bulls would do it. Dr. Who couldn’t find a world where that trade happens.

Paul Pierce tells Kevin Garnett he should shoot more threes.

The Magic have waived Larry Hughes. He’s free to sign with anybody… if they want him.

Thinking, Fast and Slow, about the NBA. (Really interesting read about how we view players.)

Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving and the Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio are your Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month for January (and December, they threw those five days in). The Bulls’ Tom Thibodeau and the Thunder’s Scott Brooks were named the Coaches of the Month.

Wizards coach Randy Wittman complains that his young team does not get a fair shake from the referees. He’s right to a degree, the Wizards are a young team and so tend not to get calls. More importantly, that’s not really the problem in Washington.

Tickets are on sale for the Broadway production of Magic/Bird.”

Casey Jacobsen writes for SLAM about his best and worst teammates in the NBA (and more). Chris Andersen comes off well, Darko and J.R. Smith not so much.

Speaking of the gunner. J.R. Smith hit 14 threes and dropped 60 points in a game in China. And no, his family did not get into any fights in the stands.

The Cavaliers recalled Luke Harangody from the D-League.

The Magic are about to call up Ish Smith from the D-League to provide some help in the back court.

RIP well known D1 college coach Charlie Spoonhour.

Larry Hughes missed the memo, shows off house and cars

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There has been a conscious effort during the lockout by the players to not show off their lifestyle. They did not want a repeat of the “we make a lot of money but we spend a lot of money” public relations disasters from the last lockout. It didn’t go over well then, it would be a bigger mess now. The players have done a good job of not showing off the bling this summer.

But Larry Hughes didn’t get the memo.

The video above is from the veteran guard’s photo shoot with Delux Magazine and he shows off his home and cars. If the players really want to know why so many fans say “just take the deal on the table” they should just watch this video.

Nice house, though.

Larry Hughes wants back in the NBA. I want a Maserati.

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Seriously, I do want a Maserati. A 2004 Sypder, ideally. The problem is it’s a tad outside the “blogger affordability index.” Also, as a father of young daughters in car seats, the two-seat convertible Sypder may not be an ideal match for my current lifestyle. Basically, I want it, but it’s not going to happen.

On a separate note, Larry Hughes wants back into the NBA.

This is what he told our man Michael Lee at the Washington Post.

“Obviously, I wanted to play,” Hughes said recently of the 2010-11 season. “At the same time I wanted to be stable. I didn’t want to go to a situation where it was a one-year deal, or partial guarantee deal where at any time you could be out of there moving on. I wanted certain things after moving around the past three years, to different teams, I wanted something solid. If I didn’t get that, I wasn’t coming back.”

But when he participated in the Impact Basketball Competitive Training Series last month Las Vegas, the 32-year-old Hughes said that he wasn’t quite ready to retire. “I still got some game left. Having a role on a team, a contending team, is what I’m looking for. We’ll see how it goes.”

Last time we saw Hughes was when he was splitting time between the Knicks and Bobcats in the 2009-10 season, shooting 35.5 percent from the floor, 30 percent from three and with a below average PER of 12.

The thing is, there are guys in the league with a PER of 12 who can play a role on a good team. However, if he wants a guaranteed deal, well, you can refer back to the first paragraph of this post.

The problem with Hughes was the $13 million he was making while being below average. If he shows he is healthy, in shape, is willing to be quiet and sit on the bench and accept his 10 minutes a game and a minimum salary, maybe there is a role for him.

But do you think he can do all that? Do you think an NBA GM is going to bet he can? Exactly.

Larry Hughes giving away free gas

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Larry Hughes has a passion for organ donors and organ transplants. His younger brother Justin got to live nine years longer thanks to one and the Larry Hughes Foundation works to promote organ donation and works with the families of recipients and donors.

And, the foundation gives away gas.

At least it did Sunday, according to KDSK television out of St. Louis (they have some video). The Hughes Foundation gave away gas to the first 150 people to pull up at a couple of different gas stations in the area during the day. All to promote awareness and maybe raise a little money.

There are some Knicks fans thinking that for all the free paychecks he collected from them it’s good to see him giving something back. Funny. But that’s a bit too cynical for us. It’s a great cause and if this helped raise some awareness and helped out one family through a donation, it was worth it. You really should be signed up to be an organ donor.

Winderman: Still time to add good player (or Eddy Curry) to playoff roster


Yes, there still is time.

With all of its deadlines, be it the mid-February trading deadline or the March 1 buyout deadline, the NBA is surprisingly lax when it comes to its playoff-roster deadline.

Spend at least one game on the roster prior to the postseason and you’re playoff eligible, provided you were not on another team’s roster beyond Match 1.

The most famous better-late-than-never example is center Charles Jones, who signed with the Houston Rockets on April 22, 1995, played in the regular-season finale against the Utah Jazz, and went on to win a championship ring that year.

Actually, there are a variety of reasons for adding players this late. For some teams, it is a chance to work with prospects through the postseason, sort of utilizing the extra weeks as the equivalent of spring football, if you will.

The Celtics took that approach last April, when they added Oliver Lafayette and Tony Gaffney, providing extra bodies to a veteran roster during a long playoff run. Each was signed for the balance of 2009-10, plus for an option year.

With a lockout looming, it could be an approach teams with vacant roster spots take in coming weeks, even if they are not playoff bound. The upside is having players immediately available should there be an abrupt end to a lockout on the eve of the 2011-12 season.

The Bulls got a jump on the process over the weekend by adding Jannero Pargo and John Lucas III.

Will others follow?

There certainly are enough names out there, although players with European contracts cannot summarily be summoned back stateside.

So who’s out there for the picking?

More than a few familiar names, in this case with each carrying the bonus of being playoff eligible, as well:

Eddy Curry, Antonio Daniels, Rafer Alston, Mike James, Devean George, Darius Miles, Chris Richard, Anthony Johnson. Da’Sean Butler, Larry Hughes, Jamaal Tinsley, Jerry Stackhouse, Michael Finley, Ime Udoka, Ronald Dupree, Adam Morrison, Bobby Simmons, Joe Alexander, Antoine Walker, Mikki Moore, Sean Williams, Shavlik Randolph, Morris Peterson, and Kelenna Azubuike.

No, we’re not even necessarily talking the level of D-League All-Star (players in the D-League on NBA loan are not available), but there are other Jannero Pargos and John Lucases out there for the claiming.

And in the NBA, it’s never too late.

Ira Winderman writes regularly for NBCSports.com and covers the Heat and the NBA for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. You can follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/IraHeatBeat.