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Dwight Howard called me a liar Tuesday night. He is mistaken.
I wrote that Howard is very unhappy in Houston, and I stand by that report 100 percent. For the reasons why he is unhappy, and my best guess as to where he will finish the season (Miami), click over and give a read to my column.
Howard was interviewed in Sacramento after the Rockets lost to the Kings, and the man asking the questions was Jonathan Feigan, longtime beat writer for the Houston Chronicle. Feigan tried to ask four questions -- the first was about sending a message, the second was about the failure to play as a unit. Howard answered the first two questions with variations of the stock jock reply "We just gotta play hard." The third was about my report, and the fourth was unintelligible because Howard cut Feigan off.
The important question is the third one.
Feigan: "There was a report, maybe you've heard about it, that you were very unhappy with your role. If you hadn't been asked, what response would you have given?"
Howard: "I haven't said nothing to nobody about anything."
There are no lies in my story. I am very well-sourced around the league, and people tell me things that they would not tell other journalists. The sources for this story are exceptionally plugged-in to what is going on with the Rockets. Also,this is not a rumor. There is a difference between a rumor and a news report. This is the latter, not the former.
I had a lot more to say about the latest Dwightmare on the Rockets' flagship radio station, SportsTalk 790 in Houston with host Matt Ryan.
Guards Jeff Teague and Tyreke Evans have been added to the list of difference makers available on the NBA’s trade market with the deadline less than three weeks away.
The trade market is loaded with forwards such as Rudy Gay, Ryan Anderson, Markieff Morris, Terrence Jones and Corey Brewer.
Trades talks will heat up closer to All-Star Weekend in two weeks when all the general managers are on hand.
Three players who won’t be making the trip are Damian Lillard, Pau Gasol and Hassan Whiteside, which is hard to fathom based on their statistics.
With that in mind, Mike Scotto of SheridanHoops.com joined Sportsnet 590 The Fan radio to discuss the latest on trade rumblings, All-Star snubs and what the Clippers will do with Blake Griffin.
Dwyane Wade scored 2 points last night in a lopsided loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, only the third time that has happened to him in 973 career games. Tyler Johnson started at point guard and shot 0-for-6. The Heat shot a season-low 36.5 percent and failed to break 80 points for the second straight game. As a team, the Heat totaled 13 assists.
Was this "rock bottom," as Michael Wallace of ESPN.com wrote?
Is there any way Pat Riley can fix this mess of a team? Or has he already mortgaged too much of the future by dealing away a pair of first-rounders in last year's deal for Goran Dragic to go along with the top-10 protected pick the Heat will not have (in all likelihood) in this June's draft.
Is there anyone who will take Josh McRoberts off their hands, freeing about $6 million in cap room for next season to possibly allow them to keep both Wade and Hassan Whiteside?
So many questions. You want answers?
I did my best to provide them in this interview on 560 WQAM in Miami on the Big O Show with host and friend Orlando Alzugaray.
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It was fun while it lasted, wasn't it? But if you saw how tired the Golden State Warriors were at the end of their double-overtime victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday night, you had to know they'd be gassed the following night in Milwaukee.
That they were, not to mention hobbled with Klay Thompson playing on a bad ankle and Harrison Barnes missing another game. And like all good things, the streak came to an end.
Tonight they will no doubt begin another one, and Friday night brings a quick revenge game against the Bucks.
As we move along through the season, we can circle four dates on the calendar:
Dec. 25: A Christmas afternoon matchup with the Cavs, who will have two guys who weren't around for the NBA Finals -- Mo Williams and Kevin Love -- in their arsenal. Prediction: Warriors by 18.
Jan. 25: The 'Dubs first matchup of the season with the San Antonio Spurs, who are doing their thing under the radar with so much attention being focused for so long on the Warriors. At this point, it is safe to say that the Spurs are the only legitimate threat to defeat the Warriors in a best-of-7 series.
April 7: Another meeting with the Spurs, with a shot at an NBA record 73 wins within their sights.
April 10: A road game at San Antonio after a game the previous night at Memphis. This could be the make-or-break game in terms of bettering the NBA record of 72 wins set in 1996 by the Chicago Bulls.
I covered that Bulls team the night they set an NBA record (in Milwaukee, of all places) with win No. 70. And let me tell you the main difference between watching those Bulls and watching these Warriors: Golden State is a lot easier on the eyes. I offer a further explanation in this podcast with Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game in the Bay Area.
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Quite the performance by Hassan Whiteside of the Heat in Tuesday night's loss to the Hawks: 23 points on 11-for-12 shooting, 14 rebounds and four blocks in just 31 minutes. If Dwyane Wade had not come down with a migraine, the Heat might actually be 3-1 instead of 2-2.
Folks in Miami are rightfully thrilled about the emergence last season and this season by Whiteside, but here is the bad news: Unless Miami plans to renounce its right to Dwyane Wade, there is almost zero chance they can retain him when he becomes an unrestricted free agent next summer.
Whiteside is on the second year of a two-year contract, and when it expires he will become what is known as an "Early Bird" free agent -- as opposed to a "Full Bird" free agent who is coming off a contract of three years or more.
So the Heat cannot offer him a max contract, while plenty of other teams can.Mike Scotto addressed this in his list of the Top 25 Free Agents of 2016, and Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel went into further detail:
"With Whiteside to fall short of full Bird Rights due to only a two-year tenure with the team, the Heat still will have to create salary-cap space to re-sign him next summer. The only way for the Heat to go over the 2016-17 salary cap to re-sign Whiteside would be if he would sign for the average salary as part of his Early Bird Rights, a figure of less than $10 million, one expected to be far below his market value."
I passed along this information during an interview on the Big O show on AM560 in Miami today, and it hit the host -- and a bunch of listeners, I am certain, like a ton of bricks.
Give a listen and you will see what I mean.
Steve Kerr has been very good at one thing in the NBA finals -- telling it like it is. Everyone watching this series can see the problem with Steph Curry's body language, and Kerr called the MVP out for it in his postgame interview Tuesday night. When your best player if lifeless and docile, you have to find a way to get through to him. Whether calling him out publicly was the right move is open to debate, but the fact remains that Kerr was merely stating the obvious.
A day later, Kerr acknowledged that the Warriors will take a long, hard look at going to a double-teaming strategy against LeBron James in Game 4, a statement that coaches and non-coaches alike are reacting to with the same disbelief: What the heck has been taking you so long?
The Cavs are basically a one-man team right now (albeit a one-man team getting a heck of a boost from a certain former rugby player), and even the most feeble-minded observer can be an astute second-guesser by asking the question: Can't you find a better way to try to stop that guy?
With those thought in mind, I jopined Colin Cowherd of ESPN Radio to discuss Game 4 of the NBA Finals -- and a bunch of other NBA matters
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