NBA News Round-Up: Wizards Struggle, Bobcats Win, Royce White Complains and More


This looks to be the second day of light Laker talk and I think that probably has a lot of people very happy. Don't get too happy though, there will be Laker talk today; it's just not going to be my lead-off hitter. With that said, let's get to it.

I know there are a lot of teams I have yet to get to this year. The Bucks, Magic, Heat, Hornets, and Hawks are among those teams. I do apologize to you, the fan, for not getting to some of these teams, but you see, sometimes, there just isn't much happening in those cities. I mean, let's be honest, Milwaukee is a bit of a bore. But that doesn't mean I should ignore your team, so I will try to do better. I will expand as much as I can and in the meantime, please encourage your players to do something stupid, like threaten a fan or an announcer. It just makes it easier for me to throw your team in here.

Speaking of threatening announcers, DeMarcus Cousins is free again and ready to continue his rise in play in Sacramento. Or just go punch Sean Elliot in the face. I suppose I'm fine with the outcome either way. Have yet to see a player go after an announcer.

You remember those hideous Denver Nugget monochromatic Christmas uniforms I talked about the other day? Well, here are some more for your viewing ... er ... pleasure if you are into that sort of torture thing.  And no, eye bleach is not free if you happen to be stylistically challenged enough to buy one of these things. But it should be, just so your friends can forget they saw you wearing this crap.

Speaking of things worthy of eye bleach, the Washington Wizards offense is horrendous. I'm serious. I have watched the Wizards fumble through the season thus far like a dog trying to open a can of soda. It's far from awesome and being that they are my local market team, it is unbearable. They almost make me want to watch old videos of women's basketball, before they were allowed to run up and down the court. It's that bad, and I think Mike Prada would agree.

We hop from one bad team to another. Well, maybe they aren't a bad team anymore; after all, they are 3-3 and on a WIN STREAK? That's right, the Charlotte Bobcats are on a win streak and, don't look now, but that 72-and-10 record is still within reach. Looks like we have to find a new team of ineptitude this year, and that my friends will be … the Detroit Pistons. Or so it seems for the moment, until the Bobcats remember who they are.

The other day Beckley Mason compared Kevin Durant and the Thunder to a microbe and an eco system. That's a first for basketball, I think. But it makes a bit of sense and J.A. Sherman at SB Nation decided to expand upon it a bit. Go read it, you self-loving amoebas.

If you watched last night's Lakers vs. Spurs game, you were treated to a thriller of a game that came down to the last shot. Well, two last shots: the one where Danny Green drove a railroad spike into the heart of the Lakers and the one where Pau Gasol hit that spike with a sledge hammer just to make sure it was in. I, like many Lakers fans, want to know how the hell Green got open for that shot. Now you know.

The powerhouse Lakers and Spurs seem to be the talk of the hour, which is fine with the Grizzlies, who are flying under the radar and quietly starting to destroy opponents with their new turbo-charged offense, which is exactly what Zach Lowe talks about in today's Article of the Day.

Hey Knicks fan, you can breathe a little. You are 5-0 for the first time since '93-94 and guess what? The only two times you started the season with that record, you went to the NBA finals. Maybe we should prepare for more sideline shots of Spike Lee in May.

One of the main concerns in drafting Royce White was his anxiety disorder, and it looks like it was a legit one as the forward is have trouble adjusting to NBA life, which has put him at odds with his team.

The NBA has always been on the cutting edge in terms on using the Internet, TV and social media to interact and engage with fans. They stand to break the mold again with their All-Star voting. For the first time, fans can participate in voting on Facebook and Twitter.

I think it is safe to say the Timberwolves may be holding tryouts for the public soon since they can't seem to keep ANY of their team from being healthy. This makes six players out if I count correctly. Yikes! Someone should flash that purple signal in the sky and get Prince signed to a 10-day deal.

The Clippers have been doing well so far this season, but it doesn’t hurt to get a little advice from our newly-reelected President.

That's about all the sarcasm I have in my today, kids. But I will be back tomorrow with renewed vigor so I will see you then. And in the meantime, have a good one!

Today's Slate

Detroit at Philadelphia (7 P.M. EST/4 P.M. PST)
Utah at Boston (7:30 P.M. EST/4:30 P.M. PST)
Indiana at Milwaukee (8 P.M. EST/5 P.M. PST)
New Orleans at Houston (8 P.M. EST/5 P.M. PST)
Memphis at Oklahoma City (8 P.M. EST/5 P.M. PST)
Charlotte at Minnesota (8 P.M. EST/5 P.M. PST)
Washington at Dallas (8:30 P.M. EST/5:30 P.M. PST)
Chicago at Phoenix (9 P.M. EST/6 P.M. PST)
Miami at LA Clippers (10:30 P.M. EST/7:30 P.M. PST)
Atlanta at Golden State (10:30 P.M. EST/7:30 P.M. PST)

Birthdays for November 14

Player Name (playing years)

Coleman, Ben 1986-1993
Hill, Simmie 1969-1973
Hill, Steven 2008-2008
Sikma, Jack 1977-1990
Simmons, Lionel 1990-1996
Wesley, David 1993-2006
Workman, Tom 1967-1970


PHOTO CREDITS: Mike McGinnis/Getty Images.

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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