Since last summer Bryant has been rumored to be close to signing a contract extension with the Lakers rather than enter the lucrative 2010 free-agent market.
Such an extension would add an additional three seasons to his current contract, with the over-36 rule removing any financial incentive to add more.
If signing an extension is a foregone conclusion, then one is left to wonder why it is not already done. Is Bryant having second thoughts about locking in with the Lakers again? Is the allure of being wooed by half the league next summer too strong? Does he want to explore all his options before making a final decision?
LeBron James drives the lane for a spectacular dunk against the Detroit Pistons.
The Grizzlies experienced an abrupt change in the point guard rotation when veteran Jamaal Tinsley started the second half in place of Mike Conley.
That is because Conley suffered a sprained left shoulder just before the intermission. The third-year guard got tangled up with Los Angeles Clippers guard Baron Davis, and was injured when Davis jerked his arm from Conley.
Conley re-entered the game with 1:39 left in the third. He connected on a 21-foot jump shot a short while later. Conley, though, grabbed the shoulder and grimaced in pain after the shot.
Phoenix Suns forward Amare Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler of the Charlotte Bobcats and Boston’s Rasheed Wallace have been fined, it was announced today by NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations Stu Jackson.
Stoudemire and Chandler were each fined $7,500 for the posting of messages on their Twitter accounts during games, in violation of NBA rules.
Boston Celtics forward Rasheed Wallace has been fined $30,000 for public criticism of the officials following the Celtics 116-103 win over Toronto on Friday, November 27 in Boston.
NBA’s Top 10 Plays for November 29th, 2009.
Injuries are starting to mount for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Starting center Nenad Krstic, averaging 8.3 points and 4.9 rebounds will miss tonight’s contest with Houston because of a sore achilles.
“Nenad will be out tonight and then will be day-to-day,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks.
“We’ll start Etan (Thomas) in his place, it should be a good match-up.”
NBA highlights from November 29th, 2009
The New Jersey Nets have chosen general manager Kiki Vandeweghe as the replacement for fired coach Lawrence Frank, according to NBA coaching sources.
Vandeweghe will now take over for the rest of the season, with longtime NBA coach Del Harris hired as a virtual co-coach.
The Nets finalized the Vandeweghe-Harris plan Monday afternoon but are not expected to formally announce the deal until Tuesday.
Villanueva suffered a broken nose with 9:30 left when he was fouled by the Hawks’ Zaza Pachulia on a drive to the basket. As he was falling his face appeared to hit near the hip of teammate Ben Wallace.
His nose started bleeding profusely and a time-out was taken. Pistons personnel was able to slow the bleeding just enough so Villanueva could make the two free throws.
He then went to the locker room and never returned.
Falling apart in the second half against Minnesota, the Nuggets lost 106-100 to a team that had won only once — on opening night, to the still-winless New Jersey Nets.
“Tell me my play-hard team,” George Karl steamed afterward.
“Tell me the five guys I put on the court to play hard every possession. Tell me. I had it last year. I had a play-hard team last year. I don’t have a play-hard team this year. And it’s making me very angry.”