Thursday 17 August 2017 / 05:41 AM

T-Mac Retires; Howard Still Talking; +More

An NBA great walks away, Tony Parker has an MRI and Dwight Howard and the Lakers are still creating buzz in this week’s NBA recap.

News From This Past Week:

  • Nicolas Batum says LaMarcus Aldridge doesn’t want a trade
  • TMZ report: Lamar Odom has had a drug problem for the last two years
  • Johan Petro agrees to deal with Chinese team, according to agent
  • Andrea Bargnani should be ready for training camp, according to sources
  • Suns and Channing Frye to make decision on 2013-14 season in near future
  • Report: Howard wanted D’Antoni fired, Kobe amnestied if he was to remain with the Lakers. Sounds exactly like Dwight Howard, doesn’t it?
  • Royal Ivey to work out with Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs
  • Dwyane Wade says he got away from helping with Heat’s moves. Wade has had enough off-the-court issues with his ex-wife, I would keep my focus on my life after getting a guy like LeBron James, too. Once you get James and Chris Bosh, the rest, as you can tell, takes care of itself. Plus, Pat Riley has done an amazing job of finding the right pieces
  • Jared Sullinger on Rajon Rondo: ‘Hopefully he’ll be back by December’. By that time, Boston might be 10 or maybe even 15 games under .500. You can’t replace 11 points, eight assists and five rebounds per game, which is what Rondo has averaged in his NBA career. He is the leader of the offense – 90 percent of the scheme is worked around him. You can’t replace guys like that
  • Warriors arena schedule lags, costs jump
  • Tracy McGrady retires from NBA. McGrady’s last successful NBA season came in 2008-09 when he averaged 16 points per game. After that season, McGrady averaged less than 10 points per game in every season up to retirement. It was a great career for McGrady, who was a 2-time NBA scoring champion and 7-time All-Star
  • Tony Parker cleared after MRI, no damage
  • Ronnie Brewer on joining the Rockets: ‘This is definitely a place that you want to be’. As a role player, you dream of being on a team like Houston. They have players like James Harden, Dwight Howard and Jeremy Lin – guys who enjoy the spotlight in their own separate ways. And it also helps that each significantly helps your game. Howard takes up space on the block, Lin and Harden can penetrate the lane to draw double teams and Harden is the superstar on the perimeter who will receive the focus of the entire defense. It’s the perfect situation for a guy like Brewer to succeed
  • Kobe Bryant voted most popular NBA player by 2013 rookie class. Young guys respect Kobe Bryant in more ways than one. Obviously, he is one of the greatest players to play the game of basketball, but on the same level, players respect his love and passion for the game. He is an assassin on the court, and people respect that he will do whatever it takes to win
  • Source: Luke Babbitt to play for BC Nizhny Novgorod of Russia
  • Report: Hedo Turkoglu has offer to play in Turkey for Fenerbahce
  • Wizards’ Milt Newton to join Timberwolves as GM
  • Clippers sign forward Antawn Jamison, according to sources. Jamison didn’t do much of anything last season on the Lakers. He averaged a career-low nine points, four rebounds and 0.7 assists per game. Maybe new head coach Doc Rivers will have the medicine to repair his game

Biggest Takeaways From The Week:

 

  • Tracy McGrady calls it a career. McGrady is only 34 years of age, but the amount of games played due to him entering the NBA straight from high school is high. He participated in a whopping 938 regular season games, but only 50 postseason games throughout his career. His teams struggled in the postseason, never making it out of the first round (except for this past season with San Antonio as he rode the bench), but people remember that he couldn’t get over the hump. They forget that he averaged more than 25 points per game in six postseasons including four trips where he averaged more than 30
  • Dwight Howard wanted head coach Mike D’Antoni fired, Kobe Bryant amnestied, according to sources. Are we surprised? Dwight Howard wants to be the center of attention. Don’t be surprised if he tries to cause a stir in Houston because that’s what he does
  • For his entire career, Antawn Jamison was a 19 points, eight rebounds and two assists per game type of player. For whatever reason, it never worked when he was with the Lakers. I love this move for the Clippers and new head coach Doc Rivers. There is a chance he returns to his former self, in a new system, on a new roster, because a drop off that significant should get him more motivated than maybe any other time in his career. I’ll take his previous 15 seasons over the past one season

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