NBA Overnight: Signs of Life

There’s been a lot of moving, shaking, sulking, benching, tanking, and dunking going on recently. Also, Perry Jones went to Chick-fil-A. Let’s get you all caught up.

Labor Pains

(via Beyond the Buzzer)
 

Here is a sentence I didn’t think I’d be writing anytime soon: The Knicks are the hottest team in basketball (other than the Spurs). It’s a testament to how bad the Knicks were for most of the first half of this season that winning five straight only brings New York to a 15-22 record. And it’s a testament to the fact that the Atlantic Division is basically The Road that 15-22 puts the Knicks in second place! How are the Knicks managing this turnaround? Well, Mike Woodson walked into the locker room one day and turned this song on …

And said, “We are all vulnerable, and we will all, at some point in our lives … fall. We will all fall. We must carry this in our hearts … that what we have is special. That it can be taken from us, and when it is taken from us, we will be tested. We will be tested to our very souls.” I’m just screwing around. He said, “FEED MELO.”

Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points and grabbed 16 boards in New York’s overtime victory over an Eric Bledsoe–less Phoenix. As you can see in the video above, the prospect of going once more into the breach (or 45 more times into the breach) is a little daunting for Carmelo. He’s averaging 25.9 points per game over his last 10. He’s also averaging 39.8 minutes. I can’t wait to see a really fresh, injury-free Melo in the NBA playoffs.

Rondo Is Really Excited for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

 Alec Burks!

Apparently! I, for one, welcome the firm of Burke and Burks!

Utah Jazz Get Jazz Fit Clinic

Perry Jones Is Mumblecore

Between this and Kendrick Perkins getting heated about his teammates hanging out socially without him, Thunder social media is my favorite social media.

Lance Stephenson Is the Last Starfighter

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Yeah, this pretty much scans. I would actually have been surprised if Lance Stephenson didn’t simulate games before they happened.

Putting Down Roots

Portland Trail Blazers v Sacramento Kings

Good news for Blazers fans — I mean, aside from being one of the best teams in the league, and getting C.J. McCollum back. LaMarcus Aldridge, who was the subject of a lot of trade talk over the summer (which in retrospect is kind of hilarious), wants to make Portland the first and only team he plays for in the NBA. Aldridge is talking extension: “We’re headed in the right direction. We should be in the championship picture in a couple of years if we keep improving. That’s what I want. I want to win and we’re winning now. I’m happy.” Getting his star players singing from the same hymn sheet (Damian Lillard has recently also been talking up a long stay in Rip City) might be the best thing GM Neil Olshey has done in his short tenure with the Blazers.

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