Another NBA player charity game, another round of Kevin Durant highlights.
This was the Rip City game hosted by LaMarcus Aldridge up in Portland and it featured James Harden, Jamal Crawford (with the sweet pass to himself) and a host of other stars. Since this is what will have to pass as NBA basketball for a while, enjoy.
Video courtesy The Oregonian.
We’re members of the Ramon Sessions fan club. He’s not going to make you forget about Chris Paul, but he’s a quality point guard who plays within himself. He’s quick (clearly a lot quicker than Derek Fisher and Steve Blake after dropping 32 on the Lakers Wednesday), he’s good in transition and impressive on the pick-and-roll. Can’t really knock down the three so he doesn’t take them. Wish more guys would do that.
And the Cavs are finding a lot of trade interest from teams interested in acquiring Sessions, according to a tweet from ESPN’s Chris Broussard.
Sources say ATL, Portland, NYK among the teams interested in Cavs’ Ramon Sessions.
Atlanta makes a lot of sense. They start Mike Bibby at the point. He came into the NBA when Grover Cleveland was president. They wanted Jeff Teague to take that job away from him, but Teague has proven unable. They need a better option and Sessions game would fit well on offense with what the Hawks do (we mean he can watch Josh Smith take an ill-advised jumper as well as anyone). Not sure that Sessions pushes them past anyone in the East — especially in the playoffs — but he’s an affordable ($4 million this season, $4.2 million next) option.
The question is on defense — is he a better defender than Bibby? The numbers on Synergy this season say no, and Byron Scott has been frustrated with Sessions’ defense in Cleveland. But Bibby has such better big men behind him covering up his mistakes than Sessions we find it hard to compare. Basically, we’re not sure Sessions can be worse than Bibby.
As for the Knicks, Sessions makes a good fit as a backup to Raymond Felton or Chauncey Billups or whomever they have as the starting point by the end of next week.
Portland is looking at moving Andre Miller and if so Sessions would be a good fit, he could pick up a lot of assists lobbing the ball into LaMarcus Aldridge.
Where Sessions ends up depends on who can offer the best combo of picks and young players (or expiring deals) — the Cavs need to rebuild and you can bet they plan to deal Sessions to help that process.
Andre Miller is a little tired of living in the 1990s. Which is really what living in Portland is like.
With the Trail Blazers realizing it’s time to rethink and restart the team building process everyone is on the trade block. That includes Miller, a quality veteran point guard who could help a lot of teams.
Back before the season Miller said he wanted to stay in the city of bikes, tribal tattoos, coffee shops and microbrews, but now whatever happens, happens, he told FanHouse.
“I don’t really care, really,” Miller said when asked in a FanHouse interview Wednesday whether his hope now is to remain in Portland rather than be traded. “You know what I’m saying? I would like to stay put, but it’s a business and anything can happen.”
When asked if he believes there’s a decent chance he’ll be moved by the Feb. 24 trade deadline, Miller said, “Yeah. Yeah.”
”There’s a chance,” Miller said. “A lot of guys can get moved. Where? I don’t know. At this point, hopefully it’s not a team that’s rebuilding. I wouldn’t want to go back to like a Philly situation.”
Miller was part of a rebuilding team in Philly and like a lot of veterans now wants to be part of a winning franchise.
Ironically in the same article Rudy Fernandez — who threw a tantrum while his agents got him fined trying to get a trade out of Portland this summer — now says he wants to stay. He wants to talk extension. Good for him.
But right now with Portland every option is on the table. Brandon Roy is out and will never be the same, Greg Oden is out and will never be. Those were the cornerstones, so the rebuilding will be from the ground up. And who knows where Miller and Fernandez will land when the building comes down.
This was about the best possible outcome when the words “Blazers” and “knee surgery” are in the same sentence.
Marcus Camby’s knee surgery was deemed a success by the doctors and he is expected to miss about three weeks, the Blazers have announced.
“We’re pleased with the outcome of today’s surgery, and look forward to seeing Marcus back on the court soon,” Blazers’ GM Rich Cho said in a released statement. “In the meantime, we have confidence in our frontcourt players to step into the void left by Marcus and help us continue to win games.”
That’s the hard part, the winning games thing (although they did it Wednesday night against a stubborn Kings team).
What does that mean for the Blazers? Small ball, more zone defense (saw that against the Kings) and more LaMarcus Aldridge (who was already carrying a heavy load), according to Ben at Blazers Edge.
Two nights ago Fabricio Oberto left Portland’s game against Milwaukee due to dizziness. That led to tests to see what was the cause.
It was a heart condition, recurrent palpitations, that Thursday forced him to retire, according to the team.
“I made this decision to put my health and my family in front of basketball,” said Oberto in a released statement. “It was a tough decision to make after playing for so many years, but it was the right one.”
This is a heart situation that had been monitored in the past.
The Argentinian center had been a reserve brought in by the Blazers late in camp after Jeff Pendergraph, went down (and Greg Oden and Joel Pryzbilla were already sidelined trying to recovery from an injury). He was playing a reserve roll of about nine minutes a game this season.
Oberto played six seasons in the NBA season and won a championship as a starter for the 2007 San Antonio Spurs. Oberto was one of those players who just got things done — he’s a little too slow, not a great shooter, not a great rebounder, yet he just played smart, didn’t make mistakes and good things just seemed to happen.