Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports:
With the Rockets ending the year surprisingly in the thick of playoff contention, Rockets owner Leslie Alexander said Thursday he was going to extend the contract of Rockets coach Rick Adelman in the coming weeks.
Adelman, whose winning percentage with the Rockets is better than any coach in franchise history, had gone into his third season with the Rockets in the final guaranteed of year of his contract, with the Rockets intending to address his contract situation in the off-season.
“I’m going to pick up his option,” Alexander said. “We’re going to do it soon, relatively soon.
“I think he’s done a terrific job. He’s taken a team that has lost two key starters and he melded the team and he’s won. That’s what we want here. He’s very self-effacing. He only cares about — which I love — is the team and winning.”
Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express-News reports:
Nearly 24 hours after the fact, the Spurs still were buzzing about the way Manu Ginobili turned Tuesday’s game against the Timberwolves into a personal time machine that transported him back to his days as one of the NBA’s most electrifying players.
Ginobili came to training camp after a summer of enforced inactivity designed to assure complete recovery from a stress fracture of the right ankle. He lately has been reintroducing bits and pieces of the unique game that made him one of the league’s best players.
Tuesday night’s near-triple double was the latest evidence he is getting closer to being the real Manu Ginobili.
Up next: The confidence that will allow him to attack the basket when he believes his legs have regained the explosiveness that once made him a human highlight reel.
Wednesday in Cleveland the Cavaliers beat the Atlanta Hawks, 106-101. In the win, Cavs forward LeBron James, who turned 25 years old today, shot 15-of-23 (4-of-6 three-pointers) and hit 14-of-16 free throws for 48 points. He also had 10 rebounds, six assists (three turnovers), two steals and two blocks in 43 minutes.
The AP reports:
With the score tied at 101 and the shot clock down to its final tick, Mo Williams passed the ball to Anderson Varejao on the left wing. The 6-foot-11 forward, who missed his first 18 career 3-pointers, stepped up and drilled his long shot just before the horn sounded.
When he ran to the other end of the floor, James rushed into his arms.
“I saw that Mo got kind of tied up and I just tried to get open,” Varejao said. “I just shot it.”
A birthday swish for James.
“That’s what I told him,” Varejao said. “Happy birthday.”
After a not-so-impressive start to the season, Cleveland has steadily come along and winning nonstop lately.