NBA News Round-Up: Mike D'Antoni Reacts, Knicks Keep Winning, LeBron James is Good and More


Today looks to be the most Laker-free day we have had in awhile so enjoy it. As a matter of fact, the only thing Laker-related is all the surprise going around. Mike D'Antoni was surprised he was hired as the Lakers coach and Phil Jackson is surprised the job is not his.

I guess that is the way the cookie crumbles sometimes, but to hear it being told, the Buss family just wanted their team back from Jackson. If this is how they feel about him as a coach, I have to wonder how they feel about him dating Jeanie. Talk about family animosity, yikes.

Rajon Rondo is still dropping double digit dimes and chasing down records in impressive fashion, especially last night, when he dropped 20-10-9 while leading the Celtics in their win. Rondo might just be the King of Dimes if he can keep this up.

The Knicks are undefeated, winning all four games this year. You would think that would excite Knicks fans but it seems to be doing the exact opposite as Knicks fans prepare for whatever doom and gloom lurks around this corner of fortune. Six games away from home will give you that feeling though, just ask Seth Rosenthal.

Speaking of four-game streaks, the Denver Nuggets were on one until the sharp shooting of Goran Dragic and the Phoenix Suns snapped their streak. But not all news was bad news for the Nuggets yesterday; Kenneth Faried was named Western Conference Player of the Week.

LeBron James was named Player of the Week for the Eastern Conference, following an average of 21 points over four games. The Heat went 3-1 in that stretch under James' leadership and teamwork as he also averaged 11 rebounds and six assists per game in that stretch.

And though his most recent game against the Rockets Nov. 12 didn’t count toward this award, his 38-point rally performance essentially secured the Heat's 113-110 win. James scored 32 of the 38 total in the second half and scored the game-winning layup with 19 seconds left.

In Basketball Jones' Tuesday episode of "The Fix," hosts discuss James and how he is unguardable, especially after his outstanding Monday night outing.

The injury bug has been more of an injury plague for the Minnesota Timberwolves. No mercy for the Timbs as they lose another starter in Chase Budinger for three months minimum with a torn meniscus in his left knee.

What makes you more Brooklyn? Apparently, being in Brooklyn. The Nets have continued to hold practice at the Barclays Center and wherever else they can while the PNY Center in East Rutherford is closed until January due to damages. Coach Avery Johnson said the benefit is "the team is becoming more Brooklyn."

At least the Cowboys won this weekend, because Dallas has not much else to look forward to as news came out Dirk Nowitzki is progressing slower than expected from arthroscopic knee surgery. An Oct. 19 surgery positioned him for a return somewhere close to now, but Nowitzki said "unfortunately this stuff takes a little longer than we expected."

That's all for tonight folks. See you tomorrow after this slate of games for a new slate of news. Have a good one!

Tonight's Slate:

Washington at Charlotte (7 P.M. EST/4 P.M. PST)
New York at Orlando (7 P.M. EST/4 P.M. PST)
Toronto at Indiana (7 P.M. EST/4 P.M. PST)
Cleveland at Brooklyn (7:30 P.M. EST/4:30 P.M. PST)
Portland at Sacramento (10 P.M. EST/7 P.M. PST)
San Antonio at LA Lakers (10:30 P.M. EST/7:30 P.M. PST)

Birthdays for November 13

Player Name (playing years)

Artest, Ron 1999-
Brundy, Stanley 1989-1989
Cash, Sam 1972-1972
George, Jack 1953-1960
Green, Luther 1969-1972
Hamer, Steve 1996-1996
McDowell, Hank 1981-1986
Putman, Don 1946-1949
Rasmussen, Blair 1985-1992
Ratkovicz, George 1949-1954
Robinson, Rumeal 1990-1996
Romar, Lorenzo 1980-1984
Sibley, Mark 1973-1973
Stump, Gene 1947-1949
Worsley, Willie 1968-1968

Payton Wales is our TNLP scribe in charge of links. Catch his writing at TheProBasketballTalk.Com and follow him on Twitter at @PaytonWales.

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