Mike D’Antoni reassures Balkman that, despite his claims, the Knicks don’t regret trading him away: “First of all, who’s that?” D’Antoni was about to walk away from the conversation when he realized it was a bit cold — even for the player we all know by the nickname, ‘Cool’ — and explained.
Here’s an emotional Alonzo Mourning getting his jersey retired by the Heat last night:
KD says he’s happy in OKC and excited about the future: “There were a lot of unknowns for Kevin Durant concerning what basketball and life would be like in Oklahoma. But in a short time, the budding superstar has come to a conclusion. ‘I love it,’ said Durant in a telephone interview. ‘The weather is unpredictable. You don’t know when it’s going to snow or rain. But the people here are nice. Nice people.
Hoops fans in the Bay Area must be thrilled with this prospect: “Regardless of how his team is doing at the time, Golden State coach Don Nelson said Saturday night he’s planning to retire when his contract expires following the 2010-11 season. ‘I’ll do two more years and that will be it,’ Nelson said in an interview with InDenver Times before his Warriors lost 129-116 to the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center.
Kidd certainly wouldn’t mind: ” This summer Kidd will become an unrestricted free agent and there’s a good chance that the Cavs will again look into his availability. He has said he wants to remain a Maverick, but Sunday he certainly made it seem like playing alongside James in Cleveland was a viable option. ‘I could sit and watch from the bench,’ Kidd said. ‘[LeBron] is so talented, he’s going to get guys wide open shots.
Or whatever it is that has him so damn excited all the time: “D’Antoni has met with Robinson to implore him to stop constantly arguing with officials, grabbing at opponents and getting into altercations. He said Robinson always promises he will control his emotions. ‘It’s the next step in his maturity as a basketball player,’ D’Antoni said. ‘To be able to be a winner, he has to get that under control.
Stephen’s younger bro is not down with the mid-major scene anymore; he’ll be in the ACC (Cameron, to be exact) for the 2010-11 season.
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