Donnie doesn’t need one of these shirts, it seems: “You always have a backup plan,” Walsh said from his Westchester office on the videotape, in which he answers submitted questions from fans. “I really didn’t know what the list of free agents were. It wasn’t like I was going after LeBron or this guy. It was just, we have to get in the free-agent market.
… Well, still Shawn Marion: “Marion hasn’t played well, the Raptors’ disappointing season has only gotten worse and now Marion isn’t happy there, either. Some of it is the system, some of it is his teammates, but it doesn’t sound like he’s very much into staying after his contract ends this summer. At least not right now. ‘I’m pissed off; I want to win,’ Marion said after the Raptors fell to 2-8 since the trade.
by Marcel Mutoni
Tonight marks the return of one of the most popular athletes in the history of the Bay Area, as Baron Davis at last pays a visit to the arena he once ruled.
Many things have changed in Oakland, as the team legs out a disastrous season following the Davis trade to L.A. The leadership is questionable at best; guys are injured; some are being told they’re no longer welcome; and the GM has been cut off at the knees. Even Baron can’t explain it.
It’s in the back of everyone’s mind: “That’s something we think about a lot,” admitted [Deron] Williams. “In the back of our minds - we don’t talk about it - but we know we might not have the same team coming back next year. While we have this team in tact we need to try to make a run at a title this year. It’s tough.
Milestone time for the Spurs’ coach: “Few coaches in the NBA are as allergic to personal praise as the Spurs’ Gregg Popovich. So it should come as no surprise that he didn’t even know Monday’s game against the Thunder marked a milestone in his coaching career. The game was Popovich’s 1,000th as a head coach, making him the 24th in NBA history to join that club. He is one of only seven to accomplish the feat with one team.
by Holly MacKenzie
For all of those Raptor fans thinking they were about to witness a strong finish to the season, HA. Feels like April Fools rather than St Patricks day after seeing the 26-point loss to the Bobcats last night to follow the 23-point win against the Pacers. The Raptors were dreadful last night. Not much else to say besides that.
The most painful part was watching Sean May score on us twice in the fourth. Sean. May. Yikes.
I’m not sure who this new guy is, but I like him a lot more than his predecessor: “As with the rare jump shot he made Saturday, Joakim Noah is taking his reduced playing time in stride. Since the Bulls traded for center Brad Miller on Feb.19, Noah has been more likely to clock 28 to 32 minutes than the 38 to 42 he often got before Miller arrived from Sacramento. ‘I’m feeling comfortable out there playing,’ Noah said after practice Monday.
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