Knicks Morning News (Thursday, Apr 05 2012)
The Magic doesn’t want to play any more for Stan Van Gundy, and it’s not as if Dwight Howard and a few other players in their locker room are trying their best to hide that fact these days. That’s really where Howard compares the most now to Shaquille O’Neal, who once also didn’t want to be coached by this Van Gundy brother.
John Calipari was still nine months away from winning his first national championship when a coaching confidant broached the subject of possibly coaching the Knicks in the not-so-distant future.
Mike Woodson sat in the bleachers and calmly â?? in full view of the media â?? spoke to J.R. Smith about channeling his energy in a more productive manner while maintaining a professional attitude.
Mike Woodson, the Knicks’ interim coach, has relied on J. R. Smith more than Mike D’Antoni did, but Smith’s emotions can get the best of him and affect his play.
LeBron James had 34 points and 10 assists as Miami beat Oklahoma City, 98-93, for its 17th straight home victory.
Kobe Bryant willed the Los Angeles Lakers to a crucial victory over the Clippers, who won style points with some flashy plays but couldn’t overcome a well-rested Andrew Bynum.
The Trail Blazers have alternated wins and losses for the past 10 games, which is not exactly getting them to the playoffs.
Steve Nash scored only 13 points but hit two shots in the final 14 seconds and the Phoenix Suns won their seventh straight meeting against Utah, 107-105 on Wednesday night to jump over the Jazz in the Western Conference playoff race.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 23 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and the Dallas Mavericks used a big fourth-quarter run to get a 95-85 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.
LeBron James had 34 points and 10 assists, Dwyane Wade scored 19 points and the Miami Heat avenged a loss at Oklahoma City last week, rallying to beat the Thunder 98-93 on Wednesday night for their 17th straight home victory.
Eric Gordon scored 15 points in his first action in three months, capping the performance with two free throws in the final seconds to lift the New Orleans Hornets to a 94-92 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night.
Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves don’t appear to have much left in the tank.
Monta Ellis scored 16 of his 30 points in the final 5 minutes, helping the Milwaukee Bucks fend off a Cleveland team missing Kyrie Irving for a 107-98 victory Wednesday night.
Josh Smith scored 24 points, Jeff Teague added 17 and the Atlanta Hawks beat the woeful Charlotte Bobcats 120-93 on Wednesday night.
Tim Duncan had 10 points and 16 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs won their ninth straight game, recovering to beat the Boston Celtics 87-86 on Wednesday night after blowing a 17-point, first-half lead.
Andrea Bargnani scored 24 points and DeMar DeRozan had 18 to lead the Toronto Raptors to their third straight win, 99-78 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.
Danny Granger scored 20 points, and the Indiana Pacers won their third straight Wednesday night by shooting a season-high 58 percent in a 109-96 victory over the Washington Wizards.
The Lakers like the career-best production from center Andrew Bynum. But recent events are forcing the team to question his attitude.
The N.B.A. commissioner David Stern would like to expand the league’s age requirement, claiming it is a business decision, but the success of high school players harms his argument.
Iman Shumpert, the rookie guard for the Knicks, may play an important role in the team’s pursuit of a playoff berth.