The developments with Howard mean that Knicks center Tyson Chandler is a virtual lock to replace him, sources said. With Lamar Odom likely out of the Olympic mix, too, Miami's Chris Bosh -- who like Odom has played the five spot internationally -- also is a likely addition to the USA roster, sources said. A third spot could open up for Timberwolves rebounding and 3-point-shooting machine Kevin Love, with Blake Griffin and Rudy Gay also expected to get serious consideration. How healthy Derrick Rose is this summer after what is expected to be a long playoff run also could impact the Team USA roster, which, like the Magic, suddenly is in upheaval.
This foul rightfully got Robin Lopez ejected — any play on the ball was made after he made sure Blake Griffin was taken out of the play. It was excessive, he had to go for it and the flagrant II call was correct. But… it worked. Clipper blogger Steve Perin noted it at SBN — the Clippers were up three when this happened. Griffin got two foul shots but he is a terrible free throw shooter and hit one of them. Mo Williams of the Clippers got a technical for his reaction on the play, the Suns Sebastian Telfair hit that free throw. It’s a wash. Lopez was ejected but that just brings the superior Marcin Gortat back into the game for Phoenix. The Suns played with more fire after the foul and got a win they needed. I’m not condoning the play in the least, but the fact is it worked out for the Suns.
I say oust both Hunter and Fisher, but very interesting that CP3 is on Hunter's side. Fisher never liked the Clippers and his comments earlier this season about the Clippers justifies it more and honestly, I think CP3 is not too fond of him as well. "Mistrust grew between Hunter and Fisher during the lockout, with players choosing sides between the two. A person with knowledge of the dispute told Yahoo! Sports that Hunter convinced the executive committee – which includes, among other players, Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, Washington Wizards guards Maurice Evans and Roger Mason, Boston Celtics guard Keyon Dooling and San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner – that Fisher's push for an audit had no merit, and that it was inspired by personal animus".
Now that I think of it, "beard" is really weird word.
From Hoopsworld, middle feature, click the link or just read below: Smith Expected to Test Free Agency: When the New York Knicks signed J.R. Smith in February, they knew they were getting a steal. The 26-year-old returned from his lockout stint in China and signed for the room exception worth $2.5 million. That’s one-third of what Smith made last season with the Denver Nuggets, but the shooting guard didn’t have many options given his midseason return to the NBA. This offseason, Smith will have many more options. He’s expected to opt-out of the final year of his contract and hopes to sign a multi-year deal this summer, according to sources close to the situation. The Minnesota Timberwolves, Los Angeles Clippers and Orlando Magic are among the teams expected to express interest in Smith if he becomes an unrestricted free agent. Teams are always looking for players who are able to create their own shot and Smith can do exactly that. Since joining the Knicks, he has provided plenty of offense off of the bench, averaging 12 points per game. While Smith has a reputation for being somewhat high maintenance, he won’t have any problem finding a potential suitor this offseason. There are plenty of executives who believe his on-court contributions are worth his sometimes questionable decisions off the court. The Knicks will have a difficult time re-signing Smith this summer. Re-signing Jeremy Lin will likely be the team’s top priority. Because Lin hasn’t been in New York for two seasons, they don’t hold his Early Bird Rights, which means the Knicks are not allowed to go over the cap to re-sign him. That means the Knicks will have to use their mid-level exception to keep Lin, who can sign for a maximum starting salary of $5 million due to the Gilbert Arenas Provision. Landry Fields, Steve Novak, Baron Davis and Jared Jeffries will also be free agents this offseason. If Smith opts out, as expected, it likely closes the door on a future with the Knicks.
What a great fit for the Clips! Thoughts?
Scroll half-way down the page to get the "scoop" on the Clippers. Still don't know where SB Nation gets these writers.