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DEC 27 KINGS LOSE HEAD COACH, STAR CENTER IN FOR MEDICAL REASONS

The Sacramento Kings shall be missing head coach Mike Brown and star center Domantas Sabonis for an indefinite, but hopefully temporary, stretch. Brown entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols after displaying mild symptoms of COVID-19 while Sabonis is coping with a thumb injury on his non-shooting hand. Neither appeared in Tuesday night’s 113-106 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night. Assistant coach Jordi Fernandez is serving because the team’s interim head coach in Brown’s place. Sabonis, a seventh-year veteran out of Gonzaga is the team’s leading rebounder (12.5) in his second Sacramento season. 

The Kings (17-15) wish to end the longest postseason drought among the many so-called “big 4” major North American skilled sports leagues at 16 years. They currently hold the highest seed within the four-team Play-In Tournament, a half-game behind sixth-place Dallas for the ultimate automatic Western Conference playoff spots. Sacramento returns to motion on Wednesday night, facing the Nuggets again to finish a back-to-back (10 p.m. ET, NBA TV). 

DEC 25 SHAKE MILTON CHRISTMAS MIRACLE VS. KNICKS

Just before halftime between the Recent York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers, an early candidate for shot of the yr was hoisted right on the buzzer.

James Harden stole the ball from Jalen Brunson, where it landed in Shake Milton’s hands just beyond halfcourt, where he hoisted the ball just beyond halfcourt to hit the backboard and into the online.

Here’s a have a look at the shot …

The Knicks lead 63-60 after Julius Randle’s 25-point performance in the primary half.

DEC 23 HARDEN PROVIDES EARLY PHILLY CHRISTMAS GIFT

Within the Philadelphia 76ers’ final game before making their Christmas Day arrival to Madison Square Garden on Sunday (12 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN), James Harden posted some of the unique box scores in NBA history, becoming just the ninth player all-time to post a triple-double featuring no less than 20 points, 20 assists, and 10 rebounds. 

Harden joined an inventory that also includes Wilt Chamberlain, Luka Doncic, Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson, and Russell Westbrook during Philadelphia’s comeback from a 20-point deficit against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night, putting in 20 points and helping on 21 more tallies while flattening 11 rebounds within the 119-114 triumph.

Along with his recent role in NBA history, Harden is now among the many greats in 76ers history: he joins Maurice Cheeks because the franchise’s all-time leader in single-game assists and have become the primary player Pennsylvanian since Chamberlain to earn no less than 20 points and assists in the identical game.

Joel Embiid led the 76ers with 44 points within the comeback victory. Philadelphia (19-12) has won each of its past seven and can face the Knicks for the thirteenth time on Christmas Day, expanding the vacation record for many stagings of a single matchup.

DEC 22 FORMER LIBERTY STAR BECKY HAMMON AMONG 2023 HOF CANDIDATES

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame unveiled its list of candidates for its 2023 class, a gaggle partly headlined by former Recent York Liberty star Becky Hammon. 

Hammon, who earned a WNBA championship because the first-year head coach of the Las Vegas Aces in September, is certainly one of seven names enshrined within the Liberty’s Ring of Honor, having spent her first American skilled seasons (1999-2006) in seafoam. She continues to rank near the highest of the franchise’s all-time marks, including fourth in points (2,367) and assists (575) and second in three-pointers (331). Hammon made a reputation for herself on the NBA level as an assistant on fellow finalist Gregg Popovich’s staff with the San Antonio Spurs. 

Their proteges Pau Gasol and Tony Parker are also among the many headliners, as are Dirk Nowitzki, Dwyane Wade, and the 1976 United States women’s basketball team, the winners of the inaugural women’s tournament on the Olympics in Montreal.

DEC 20 DAMIAN LILLARD MAKES PORTLAND HISTORY IN NARROW LOSS

Damian Lillard became the all-time leading scorer in Portland Trail Blazers history on Monday night, passing Clyde Drexler through the third quarter of a showdown against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Lillard needed 21 points to secure the consideration and earned the fateful tally on the free throw line and now tops the scoring list of the franchise formed in 1970. 

Entering the league in 2012 as a first-round select of Weber State, Lillard has spent his entire profession with the Blazers. He finished Monday night with 28 points, the last pair of which got here on an equalizing layup with just over three seconds remaining in regulation. Alas for Portland, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s buzzer-beating jumper denied them a win on a historic night, as Oklahoma City prevailed in a 123-121 final.

Lillard didn’t play in the primary matchup between the Knicks and Blazers (17-14) in November. A rematch in Portland is scheduled for March 14. 

DEC 18 FORMER KNICKS STAR AMAR’E STOUDEMIRE ACCUSED OF STRIKING DAUGHTER

Former Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire was arrested on allegations of domestic violence on Saturday. The Miami Herald was the primary to report Stoudemire’s arrest, said to be in response to the NBA veteran striking certainly one of his daughters.

“I observed blood stains on the victim’s sweater and sweatpants,” the arrest report obtained by The Herald reads. “The mother of the victim showed me the photo she received from her daughter, which shows the victim crying and blood running down her face.” The identical report states that Stoudemire told officers that his daughter “received a whooping from him for being disrespectful and a liar.”

The incident apparently happened shortly after Stoudemire received his master’s degree from the University of Miami, which earned a congratulatory tweet from the Knicks. Stoudemire partook in 14 NBA seasons, including five with the Knicks, which yielded the last of six All-Star appearances and an All-NBA Second Team nomination in 2011.  

DEC 18 LAKERS LOSE DAVIS FOR “AT LEAST ONE MONTH;” BACK FOR KNICKS’ VISIT?

Per Shams Charania, Los Angeles Lakers star forward Anthony Davis will miss “no less than one month” with a foot injury sustained within the team’s Friday win over Denver. The 29-year-old Davis was averaging 27.4 points and a career-best 12.1 rebounds on the time of the ailment, which forced him to go away the nationally-televised tilt against the Nuggets during first quarter motion. Davis had already been ruled out for the Lakers’ Sunday showdown against the Washington Wizards (9:30 p.m. ET, Spectrum SportsNet).

Because it stands, the Lakers (12-16) sit 1.5 games out of the ultimate Western Conference Play-In Tournament spot. LeBron James put in 30 points while Trevor Bryant added 21 off the bench in Davis’ absence to top the Nuggets by a 126-108 final. It’s possible Davis could return in time for the primary of two meetings between the Lakers and Knicks this season, because the two sides are set to do battle on Jan. 31 at Madison Square Garden.

DEC 15 CURRY OUT ‘A FEW WEEKS, LIKELY GONE FOR MSG VISIT

Per ESPN, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry will miss no less than “a number of weeks” with a left shoulder injury sustained during Wednesday’s game against the Indiana Pacers. 

Though Golden State (14-15) is struggling in its latest title defense, Curry was fulfilling his superstar duties to the tune of 30 points and 6.8 assists per game. He had 38 points upon his third quarter exit from Wednesday’s tilt in Indianapolis, a 125-119 defeat that served because the Warriors’ fourth loss prior to now five games. Golden State currently holds the ultimate Play-In Tournament spot within the Western Conference as they enter a four-game Eastern swing that begins on Friday night in Philadelphia (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN). 

Curry’s reported diagnosis will greater than likely remove him from the Warriors’ upcoming showdown with the Knicks on Dec. 20. It was set to be Curry’s first appearance at MSG since last December when he became the NBA’s all-time leader in successful three-pointers during a win over Recent York. 

DEC 13 JORDAN RULES: NBA ATTACHES MJ’S NAME TO MVP AWARD

Following up on the revealing of last week’s recent hardware, several NBA legends will now have their names attached to the league’s major year-end honors, the Association announced. The list is headlined by the Michael Jordan MVP Trophy, named after the Chicago Bulls legend widely considered to be the best player in NBA history. Nikola Jokic of Denver is the two-time defending earner of the award. 

Other legends of the sport honored with hardware include Wilt Chamberlain (Rookie of the 12 months), John Havlicek (Sixth Man of the 12 months), George Mikan (Most Improved Player), Hakeem Olajuwon (Defensive Player of the 12 months), and Jerry West (Clutch Player of the 12 months).

DEC 12 CUNNINGHAM’S SOPHOMORE SEASON IS OVER

Per Adrian Wojnarowski, Detroit Pistons sophomore Cade Cunningham has shut down for the 2022-23 campaign, choosing season-ending shin surgery. The highest pick within the 2021 NBA Draft appeared in 12 games this season, averaging 19.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 6 assists after ending third in NBA Rookie of the 12 months voting last season. With the surgery, Cunningham is anticipated to be ready in time for the 2023-24 campaign

DEC 11 BOOKER MISSES SUNS’ PEACEFUL, FUTILE REMATCH WITH PELICANS

Devin Booker was a late scratch from the Phoenix Suns’ Sunday lineup, diagnosed with hamstring tightness prior to their showdown with the Recent Orleans Pelicans. Booker was forced to look at the Suns’ fourth consecutive loss, a 129-124 defeat by the hands of the Western Conference leaders. 

“I didn’t see the conventional ‘Book’ look,” Suns head coach Monty Williams said of the choice to sit down Booker, per ESPN. “As a company, it’s just best to be sure that he’s good … “He desires to play as Book would. We’re just attempting to be as smart as we will.”

Booker had partaken in each of the Suns’ first 26 games averaging 27.4 points, 5.8 assists, and 4.8 rebounds. Phoenix (16-11) faced Recent Orleans just two days after tensions arose after Zion Williams slammed down a dunk with a 128-117 decision well in hand through the final seconds. Sunday’s game was a placid affair, as Recent Orleans (18-8) captured its seventh win in a row. 

Time will tell if Booker is forced to miss more time. The Suns return to motion on Tuesday in Houston (8 p.m. ET, Bally Sports Arizona).

DEC 10 EX-KNICKS COACH BROWN STEPS DOWN AT MEMPHIS

Citing health concerns, former Knicks head coach Larry Brown stepped down from his advisory role on the University of Memphis’ men’s basketball program. The well-traveled Brown, who coached the Knicks for one season (2005-06), had been an assistant on former metropolitan protege Penny Hardaway’s staff since June 2021 though he primarily operated in off-the-court affairs.

An announcement from Memphis indicates that Brown’s health problems are “not considered serious.”

“We wish Coach Brown a speedy recovery,” Hardaway said. “Having Coach Brown as a part of our program over the past year-and-a-half was very impactful on our student-athletes and me as a coach, and we hope all the perfect for him and good health moving forward.

Brown amassed a 1,098-904 record as an NBA coach, his last such experience coming in 2010-11 with Charlotte. Memphis (7-2) returns to motion on Saturday late afternoon against No. 11 Auburn (4 p.m. ET, ESPN2). 

DEC 8 BRITTNEY GRINER RETURNS HOME IN PRISONER EXCHANGE

WNBA star Brittney Griner is returning home to the US as a part of a prisoner exchange that may release her from a Russian penal camp. Griner’s freedom was ensured in exchange for convicted Russian arms deal Viktor Bout, referred to as the “Merchant of Death.”

Griner, partaking in skilled overseas basketball in Russia after her ninth season with the domestic Phoenix Mercury, was arrested for carrying vape cartridges containing cannabis oil in a Moscow airport and spent 294 days in Russian custody, a detainment seen as illegal and excessive, especially after she was sentenced to nine years in August. WNBA players and other figures throughout the basketball world advocated for Griner’s release throughout the season and beyond.

President Joe Biden confirmed Griner’s release in a press conference in Washington D.C., where Griner’s wife Cherelle spoke.

“Today my family is whole, but as you all are aware, there are such a lot of families who will not be whole,” Cherelle said. “BG’s not here to say this, but I’ll gladly speak on her behalf to say BG and I’ll remain committed to the work of getting every American home.” 

DEC 6 NBA UNVEILS NEW BEST RECORD TROPHY

The NBA unveiled revamped and renamed honors and trophies, the batch headlined by a recent award that may honor the team with the perfect regular season record. Much like the NHL’s Presidents’ Trophy, the award shall be named the Maurice Podoloff Trophy after the primary president of each the NBA and its predecessor, the Basketball Association of America. The trophy is a crystal ball cut into 82 panels, representing the variety of games in a normal NBA season, sitting on a pedestal of rings meant to represent the Eastern and Western Conferences.

The revealing of the regular season champion’s trophy was a part of a recent design showcase, because the coaching, sportsmanship, and teammate awards (respectively named after Red Auerbach, Joe Dumars, and Maurice Stokes/Jack Twyman) were all re-designed. Podoloff’s name also graces the present NBA MVP Award held by Nikola Jokic, hinting that further change might be on the way in which. 

DEC 5 HARDEN WORKS OVERTIME IN RETURN TO HOUSTON

The Knicks’ Atlantic Division rivals from Philadelphia welcomed back James Harden to their lineup on Monday night because the 76ers fell by a 132-123 final to the Houston Rockets in double additional time. Harden, perhaps appropriately, made his return at the positioning of his breakout as a premier talent, having repped the Rockets for nine seasons before spending a lot of the past two seasons with Brooklyn. 

A foot injury sidelined Harden for just over a month, causing him to miss 15 games, including the Knicks’ visit to Philadelphia on Nov. 4. Harden had 21 points on 4-of-19 shooting from the sector on Monday, playing 38 minutes after the sport went into extra periods. Monday also marked the primary time Harden descended upon Houston’s Toyota Center because the January 2021 trade that sent him east.

“That is where he was made,” Sixers head coach Doc Rivers said of Harden’s homecoming. “That is his home place, his hometown in numerous ways, basketball speaking. It’ll at all times be a fantastic memory for him, regardless of what, at any time when he comes here.”

Philadelphia (12-12) next faces the Knicks on Christmas Day at Madison Square Garden. Within the meantime, they’ll attempt to end a three-game losing streak against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN). 

DEC 4 D-ROSE TO BIG D?

Don’t let the hard words exchanged between each team’s fan base idiot you … the Recent York Knicks and the Dallas Mavericks might secretly love one another based on all of the connections they’ve had since 2019.

In line with Ric Bucher of Fox Sports, the Mavs are curious about Knicks point guard Derrick Rose, who we have pegged as being a possible third ball-handler fix for Dallas in recent weeks.

“The Mavericks, after all, lost [Jalen] Brunson to the [New York] Knicks last summer and are in desperate need of a second playmaker to alleviate All-Star point forward Luka Dončić,” writes Bucher “They’ve brought on a former Knick, Kemba Walker, for a test run, but a league source said in addition they have interest in a current one, the aforementioned Rose.”

If the Mavs did wish to trade for Rose, they’d need to salary-match the $14.5 million he’s making this season. Rose has a team option on his current contract for $15.5 million next season.

DEC 1 CELTICS COMMIT TO HORFORD THROUGH 2025

Per ESPN, the Boston Celtics have agreed to a two-year contract extension value $20 million. It’ll keep the 36-year-old and 16-year veteran in green through the 2024-25 campaign. Horford is within the midst of his fifth season and second term in Beantown, notably serving within the team’s starting five after they went to the NBA Finals last season. He became a little bit of a folk hero when he had 26 points within the Celtics’ Game 1 victory over Golden State.

Boston, the present leader of the Eastern Conference, next faces the Knicks on Jan. 26, having previously earned a 133-118 victory in Manhattan on Nov. 5. Horford missed that game with lower back stiffness.

NOV 28 KEMBA WALKS TO DALLAS

The Dallas Mavericks are set to sign former Knicks point guard Kemba Walker. The 32-year-old spent last season in Recent York after 10 prior seasons between Charlotte and Boston, making 4 NBA All-Star appearances.

The 32-year-old signed a two-year, $17.8 million take care of the Knicks last season but appeared in just 37 games on account of knee issues. He put up career-worsts in nearly every major statistical category, which led the Knicks on a $104 million pursuit for Jalen Brunson. 

“We desired to add some flexibility to our offense,” Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said of the addition. “Like last yr at this point, we now have great shot quality, particularly from the three, but we now have struggled to make enough of them. Kemba will give (head coach Jason Kidd) more offensive flexibility.”

Dallas (9-10) has dropped five of its past six as they try to expand upon last yr’s unexpected trip to the Western Conference Finals. Walker won’t need to wait long for a return to Madison Square Garden, because the Mavericks are set to go to on Saturday afternoon.

NOV 20 SATURDAY NIGHT NBA ROUNDUP

The NBA had an exciting variety of games happen on Saturday night, led by the Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks defeating the Toronto Raptors in additional time, 124-122. Because of that result, the Recent York Knicks move to inside a half-game of the Raptors for seventh place within the Eastern Conference.

Here is an inventory of all the opposite final scores from Saturday’s slate:

Pacers over Magic, 114-113

Timberwolves over 76ers, 112-109

Jazz over Trail Blazers 118-113

Clippers over Spurs, 119-97

With the Jazz’s win over the Trail Blazers, teams first-through-seventh within the Western Conference are all tied within the loss column with six. The wild, wild West continues to be very much wild as we near the quarter mark of the 2022-23 season.

NOV 18 HAWKS SHOPPING JOHN COLLINS 

Per Shams Charania, the Atlanta Hawks have “opened up preliminary trade discussions involving John Collins,” with Phoenix listed because the early favorite to land his services The Western Conference’s defending No. 1 seed is reportedly seeking to move its own big man, Jae Crowder.

Collins, 25, is within the second yr of a five-year deal value $125 million. There is no such thing as a imminent deal involving Collins but Charania’s report declares that the Hawks have dedicated themselves to the long haul when it comes to a trade. Collins has averaged 12.6 points and seven.7 rebounds in slightly below 32 minutes a game this season, having began each of the Hawks’ 15 games to date. 

NOV 17 KYRIE IRVING SET FOR SUNDAY RETURN

Per Shams Charania, Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving shall be cleared to return for the team’s Sunday contest against Memphis. That game will the Nets’ return to Barclays Center after a four-game road trip, which concludes on Friday in Portland (10 p.m. ET, YES). 

Irving last played on Nov. 1 before being suspended for failing to properly address his apparent promotion of a movie containing antisemitic propaganda. The mandated absence was said to last a minimum of 5 games. If he indeed returns on Sunday, Irving could have eight, including the Nets’ 112-85 win over the Knicks last week. Brooklyn has gone 4-3 in his absence. 

NOV 15 BANE’S CAREER-BEST START HALTED BY INJURY

Desmond Bane, the Memphis Grizzlies’ breakout shooter, will miss two-to-three weeks with a right big toe sprain, the team announced. Bane has established himself as certainly one of the Association’s most outstanding threats from deep within the early going, ending second in three-point success rate at .436 last season. He has expanded his scoring prowess to recent heights this season, averaging 24.7 points per game (fifteenth on the present ledger). The injury was said to occur through the Grizzlies’ Friday win over the Washington Wizards. 

Bane put up 16 points within the Grizzlies’ Oct. 16 showdown against the Knicks, the primary game of the season for each teams. Time will tell if he’s able to return by the point the Madison Square Garden rematch arrives on Nov. 27

NOV 14 CURRY, EMBIID EARN POTW AWARDS

At the top of the fourth week of NBA motion, Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers. Curry averaged 38 points within the last week en path to the West’s honor, continuing a torrid shooting pace. Within the East, Embiid put in what’s sure to face as some of the dominating performances of the yr on Sunday, scoring a jaw-dropping 59 points to go along with 11 rebounds, eight assists, and 7 blocks in a win over Utah.

The Knicks will face Curry and the Warriors on Friday night within the third game of a five-contest trip against Western Conference competition. 

NOV 13 KYRIE’S GOT SOME WORK TO DO

The Recent York Knicks‘ rivals, the Brooklyn Nets, appear to have turned a corner recently, as they’ve won 4 of their last five games. Coincidentally, that turn has happened with star point guard Kyrie Irving being sidelined on account of a team suspension stemming from him refusing to state that he doesn’t hold any anti-Semitic beliefs.

In line with Nets owner Joe Tsai, it looks prefer it could still be some time before Irving returns, but that could be a nasty thing for Brooklyn based on the way it has played together with his distractions being gone.

“He still has work to do,” Tsai told the Recent York Post. “He has to indicate people he’s sorry. What’s vital — and what people miss — is he only apologized after he was suspended.”

NOV 11 BARRETT, BRUNSON LEAD KNICKS PAST PISTONS

The Knicks climbed back to .500 on Friday night as they defeated the Pistons at Madison Square Garden, 121-112. RJ Barrett led the way in which with 30 points on 10-17 shooting from the sector, and Jalen Brunson poured in 26 on 8-16 shooting to go along with seven assists.

Recent York has been inconsistent at times this season, but when the team is clicking, it looks really good and shows potential for what could come down the road when and if a superstar is acquired via trade. After seeing how hot the Cleveland Cavaliers have started off, perhaps the Knicks wish they’d’ve gotten Donovan Mitchell after they had the chance.

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