Following the departure of Dwayne Wade for Li-Ning, Jordan Brand is expected to formally announce Blake Griffin as a Jumpman squad member.
Griffin, who signed with Nike during his rookie season in 2009-10, was wearing a royal blue version of the Jordan Brand Super Fly sneakers during the Clippers’ season opener at home on Wednesday night against the Memphis Grizzlies.
If this indeed marks a partnership, it will find the high-riser joining the likes of recent Jordan Brand member Russell Westbrook and long tenured endorses Carmelo Anthony and current teammate Chris Paul under Michael Jordan’s line of shoes and apparel.
Raymond Felton getting in the best shape of his life.
Kidd avoiding light poles.
JR continuing to defend and knowing when to pull the trigger (and when NOT to).
Shump getting healthy.
Melo learning to share the ball, consistently defend and rebound, and sticking that pull-up jumper every time.
Novak getting enough space to nail three after three after three.
White surprising us.
Amar’e developing some low post moves, hitting that jumper, and regaining his bounce.
Chandler just being Chandler, with an extra low post move here and there.
Camby just being Camby.
Thomas leading from the bench.
The Knicks nabbing another big man who can contribute and another shooter!
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Professor Carmelo Anthony gives Blake Griffin pointers on how to incorporate a step-back and pull-up jumper into his game during a USAB practice in Las Vegas.
Here are highlights from the first 2 days of the USA Basketball Scrimmages held in Las Vegas, NV. For those wondering why Kobe, LeBron, or other players are in this mix is because practices were closed to media until the last 30 minutes.
Featured in this mix are Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, Andre Iguodala, and James Harden.
Several sources confirmed that the Knicks have already begun targeting John Calipari.
“Do I think they’ve spoken directly to Cal? No,” said one source. “Do I think he knows they’re very interested? Definitely.”
Calipari is represented by Creative Artists Agency, who also represents Carmelo Anthony.
“When it comes to the Knicks and CAA … the Knicks are all in,” said one coach.
Calipari has publicly said that he intends to remain at Kentucky.
Mike D’Antoni has resigned as coach of the New York Knicks, sources confirmed to ESPN Wednesday.
D’Antoni’s resignation was first reported by Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday. The coach’s agent, Warren LeGarie, told ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher that the parting was “a mutual decision” because D’Antoni and the franchise have “conflicting views of the Knicks’ future.”
The Knicks (18-24) have hit a tailspin in the last two weeks, losing six straight and seven of eight to fall six games below .500 and into a tie for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Carmelo Anthony has told a confidant that he prefers a trade from the Knicks before the deadline, according to a source.
Anthony reportedly believes Mike D’Antoni and Glen Grunwald do not trust him. He is surprised that his opinion has not been sought more on personnel moves.
“The organization makes believe his opinions don’t matter,’’ the source said.
A source said Anthony and D’Antoni spoke in an attempt to reconcile their differences and made progress. Anthony will not make a formal trade request.
Anthony’s agent Leon Rose refutes the report to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.
“Total nonsense,” Rose tells Daily News. “It’s laughable.”
The NBA announced their 2012 All-Star Starters on Thursday.
Blake Griffin, Andrew Bynum
For the Eastern Conference, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony were the leading vote-getters.
In the Western Conference, Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul are joined by Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Andrew Bynum.
Griffin and Bynum each will be starting in their first All-Star Game.
Carmelo Anthony sprained his right wrist, then sprained his right ankle, sat out nearly the entire second half and likely won’t be healthy enough for tomorrow’s game in Oklahoma City.
If Anthony misses a couple of games, it is doubtful the already struggling Knicks offense survives without him.
“When it rains, it pours,’’ Anthony said.
“We will see [today],’’ Anthony said. “Right now I’m real sore. I’m more concerned with getting my ankle right. I can deal with my wrist. I can wrap the wrist and play through that. A sore ankle is a bit more deal with.’’
The Knicks have one roster spot still open entering tomorrow’s season opener, and Carmelo Anthony hopes it eventually goes to his former Nuggets teammate Kenyon Martin, according to an NBA source.
According to the source, Anthony wants Martin in New York, though he is not permitted to sign a contract until March, when his Chinese team is through with the playoffs. The rugged forward was bought out earlier this week and was expected home for the holidays.
The source said Martin considers the Knicks his top choice, partly because of his friendship with Anthony. They became tight during their nearly seven seasons together in Denver.