Blake Griffin Slam Dunks 2011-2012: NBA Jam Style

With the LA Clippers’ season in the books, SB Nation takes a moment to honor some of Blake Griffin’s top dunks this year by NBA Jammifying them.

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Source: Lamar Odom to New York Knicks

Lamar Odom

Lamar Odom

Who will Lamar Odom play for next season? That’s currently out of his control. He is under contract with the Dallas Mavericks, who likely will trade him or waive him.

But a source with knowledge of Odom’s thinking says the New York Knicks would be “on the top of his list” if the Queens native becomes a free agent.

“Lamar is big on being comfortable,” the source said. “And New York is somewhere he can be comfortable.”

The Knicks’ interest in Odom is unclear at this point.

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Source: Dwight Howard Still Seeking Trade

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard still prefers a trade from the Magic, according to a source.

Orlando announced that the tenures of Stan Van Gundy and Otis Smith were over on Monday, but Howard still seeks a trade before the start of the season.

The Nets are considered the frontrunner, but “it is not going to be a one-horse race,” the source said.

The Mavericks and Knicks are also in the conversation, while the Lakers and Clippers are as well to a lesser extent.

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Stan Van Gundy Fired by Orlando Magic

The Orlando Magic have parted ways with head coach Stan Van Gundy and general manager Otis Smith, the team announced in a statement Monday afternoon.

Stan Van Gundy, Dwight Howard

Stan Van Gundy, Dwight Howard

The ouster of Van Gundy ends a tumultuous time for the Magic. In April, Van Gundy himself said that Howard had gone to Orlando management and said he would no longer play for the coach.

“I was told it was true by people in our management,” Van Gundy said in April. “So right from the top.”

Howard has denied he ever spoke to management on the subject or laid out an ultimatum that it was either he or Van Gundy.

Derrick Rose Expected to Miss 8-12 Months

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose will be out approximately eight to 12 months after undergoing surgery to repair his left ACL, said Dr. Brian Cole, who performed the surgery on Saturday.

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose

The 23-year-old Rose tore the ACL on April 28 during the first game of the Bulls’ Eastern Conference quarterfinals series against the Philadelphia 76ers. Without Rose, the Bulls became only the fifth No. 1 seed to lose to an eighth seed as the Sixers won in six games.

“Derrick is doing great,” Cole said Tuesday at a news conference at Rush University Medical Center. “The surgery went extremely well. Really no surprises. It was pretty routine.

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Kevin Garnett Rips Hawks Owner a New One

Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett scored a game-high 28 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, blocked five shots, and recorded three steals in Boston’s 83-80 Game 6 elimination of the Atlanta Hawks.

Garnett opened his postgame press conference by taking aim at Hawks co-owner Michael Gearon Jr., who had called Garnett a “dirty player”.

“First off, I want to say thank you to the owner for giving me some extra gas tonight,” Garnett said. “My only advice to him is next time he opens his mouth, actually know what he’s talking about — X’s and O’s versus checkbooks and bottom lines.

“We’re not dirty. We’re firm, we play aggressive, but we’re not dirty. You have to understand the word ‘dirty’ in this game is very defined: Trying to hurt guys, ill intent. That’s not how we play basketball. We play very, very respectable to the opponent, to the city. I play with a lot of passion and with force. It’s the playoffs.”

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James Harden Wins Sixth Man of the Year

Oklahoma City’s James Harden is the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year after leading all bench players in scoring this season.

James Harden

James Harden

Harden averaged 16.8 points on career-best 49 percent shooting this season, and he recorded his first career 40-point game last month in a win at Phoenix.

The bearded combo guard also became known in the final week of the regular season when he sustained a concussion while taking an elbow from the Los Angeles Lakers’ Metta World Peace.

He recovered in time to return for the playoffs and was the star of the Thunder’s fourth-quarter comeback to beat Dallas in the clinching Game 4 of their opening round sweep.

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Paul Pierce Suffers Sprained MCL

Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce and Avery Bradley have more serious injuries than previously thought, but both players went through the morning shootaround Thursday and are expected to play in Game 6.

The team revealed that Pierce has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee, while Bradley has a strained left rotator cuff.

Pierce suffered the MCL sprain during a shootaround before Game 4 Sunday in Boston and further aggravated it in a collision with Josh Smith that night. He looked hobbled at times in Game 5.

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Blake Griffin, Chris Paul Injured in Game 5 Loss

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin sprained his left knee, while guard Chris Paul suffered a strained right hip flexor and jammed the middle finger on his right hand in the Clippers’ 92-80 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

Blake Griffin, Chauncey Billups, Chris Paul

Blake Griffin, Chauncey Billups, Chris Paul

Griffin went down after a hard foul from Grizzlies center Marc Gasol with 1:31 remaining in the third quarter and the Clippers trailing 75-58. Griffin lay on the ground for a few moments, grasping his left knee while surrounded by his teammates, coaches and team trainers.

Paul jammed the middle finger on his right hand in the first quarter before straining his right hip flexor in the fourth quarter. Both players will be evaluated Thursday.

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