Josh Howard is talking reckless, previewing the Cavs, and what if Portland re-signed JR Rider?

09.17.08 9 years ago 67 Comments
Josh HowardJosh Howard (photo. Monte Isom)

Was it a good thing or a bad thing that Josh Howard‘s ‘hood interpretation of Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf happened during the NBA’s slow period? On one hand, the September 2008 award-winner for Bad Press In Sports could easily be overshadowed by the MLB postseason races and the NFL. On the other hand, if this is all that’s going on NBA-wise (and during an election year on top of that, when everyone’s feeling extra patriotic), it could become a huge story. So far Howard’s comments haven’t made a huge ripple in the mainstream press, no where near what happened 12 years ago surrounding Abdul-Rauf. If you haven’t seen the controversial video in question, click HERE … Forgive Knicks fans if they’re not too worried about Josh Howard and more concerned with the status of Danilo Gallinari. Reports out of Italy say the rookie’s back problems — which ended his summer-league stint after just one game — still haven’t healed all the way. Maybe it’s nothing too serious, but back injuries are always something to worry about long-term. Just ask Rockets’ fans how they feel whenever T-Mac appears to be grimacing or moves his hand toward his spine … Is this the year that Danny Ferry and Co. have put the right pieces around LeBron to make a serious play at a championship? Not quite, and we all know time may be running out for them. Yesterday we previewed the ’08-09 Cleveland Cavaliers, who could still go as far as the Finals (they do have the best player in the East) or exit in the first round … The Seahawks’ desperate signing of WR Koren Robinson — who was run out of Seattle a few years ago because he kept getting arrested — to help fill their gaping holes at receiver is the NFL equivalent to the Blazers watching Brandon Roy, Jerryd Bayless and Rudy Fernandez each suffer season-ending injuries before Thanksgiving, then bringing back JR Rider to play two-guard … If you’re wondering why the Lakers are even considering signing Jelani McCoy — who’s only 30 years old but suffers from Jamaal Magloire‘s Disease that makes him look/play like he’s 39 — when there are plenty of younger centers out there who are most likely better, it’s simple: McCoy is a vet, and once you’re in the League, GM’s know your name, and you’ve proven to be a harmless practice player who won’t rock the boat, you have the advantage over a kid who’s something of an unknown … Speaking of unknowns, Pistons coach Michael Curry said rookie Walter Sharpe (UAB) will probably spend more time with the big league squad than in the D-League. In other words, Sharpe isn’t getting ANY burn this year. Meanwhile, Curry said Rodney Stuckey is going to get starter-type minutes … Of all the new NBA coaches taking over this year, is Curry under more pressure than the rest? He’s the only one whose team would be taking a step backwards if they didn’t make the conference finals in ’09. If you were running a team, how much time would you give to a coach before you started evaluating his job status? Seems like these days you get about 2-3 years to find the right formula, but after that it’s time to produce W’s or start updating the resume … If there’s a way we can watch the Nuggets layup lines on NBA League Pass, sign us up. Denver just inked rookie Sonny Weems, and the NCAA’s reigning dunk champ will join a roster that includes J.R. Smith, Birdman Andersen, Dahntay Jones and K-Mart. At the very least, Steven Hunter is gonna catch some bad ones during practice all year … Remember Davon Jefferson? He played with O.J. Mayo at USC last year, followed O.J. into the draft as a freshman early entrant, hired an agent immediately, then he wasn’t picked. Jefferson has signed with Maccabi Haifa (Israel), where his teammates include Tamir Goodman (the “Jewish Jordan” who was a high school star in Maryland a few years back) and B.J. McKie, who is still U of South Carolina’s all-time leading scorer and was a BEAST on Coach K College Basketball for Sega Genesis … We’re out like Davon …

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