Like offering up the services of their wives, for instance: “Sixers point guard Andre Miller, playing through the discomfort of a strained right calf, is getting all sorts of unsolicited medical advice, but one fan is willing to take it to the limit. Tim Paradise has offered the services of his wife, a native of Thailand who, he said, attended the Wat Pho school of massage in her native land. ‘She makes the lame walk,’ Paradise states.”
Dwyane is aiming for a career first: “For now, Wade’s goal remains to play in all 82 games for the first time in his six-year career. And whatever Wade wants, the Heat makes every effort to make sure Wade gets it…’I know it’s important for him, considering where he’s been the last two years, when he wasn’t healthy. He wants to play all 82,’ Spoelstra said. ‘He’s really gotten his body ready for the battle of 82 games.
Frustrated now? Just wait until Bynum makes his return, Pau: “The Lakers failed to take full advantage of a torrid shooting night from Pau Gasol for a second straight game. Two nights after he made all 10 first-half shots against Dallas but only attempted three more after the break, Gasol made six of seven in the first half against Philadelphia yet finished just 9-for-12.
I’m surprised he hasn’t burned Jamal’s jersey by now: “Warriors coach Don Nelson doesn’t hold back about why a backcourt of Monta Ellis and Jamal Crawford won’t work. ‘I don’t think that the mix is good enough, it’s just like with oil and water,’ Nelson said before Tuesday’s game. ‘They’re both really good players, but we need somebody that can guard a 2.
Somewhere, Shaq is preparing a bitter reaction: “Magic C Dwight Howard is going … Hollywood? Howard told the Sentinel on Tuesday that he possibly will have a role in a movie this offseason and wants to pursue acting opportunities. ‘I’m a good actor,’ Howard said after the team’s shoot-around in Cleveland.
And there’s talk of back surgery: “Danilo Gallinari’s once promising rookie season appears to be over. The Knicks announced early Tuesday that Gallinari is headed to his home country of Italy to see back specialists and that he may need surgery to correct a back problem that has affected him since July…This is potentially devastating development for the sixth overall pick of last June’s NBA Draft.
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.
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.