Archive for June 12th, 2012

InsideHoops got a pair of great new shoes from adidas that we love: the adizero Crazy Light 2 basketball sneakers. They came out back in late April. Ours are a very cool shade of gray that you can see below.

“The adizero Crazy Light 2 is light done right,” said the shoe’s designer, Robbie Fuller, adidas advanced footwear concept designer. “We not only made it lighter, but we made it stronger and more aerodynamic. We work closely with the adidas Innovation Team (aIT) to continuously innovate and find that perfect weight-to-strength ratio that gives athletes better command and agility on court.”

“Elite athletes are elite athletes because they’re always fighting for that competitive edge,” said Lawrence Norman, adidas vice president of global basketball. “The adizero Crazy Light 2 is that competitive edge. The shoe had a huge performance and style impact during college tournaments and we can’t wait for fans to see the adizero Crazy Light 2 in action during the NBA playoffs. When every second of every game matters, this shoe delivers faster play, stronger cuts and greater support.”

The shoes are beautiful, insanely light, and slick. We at InsideHoops approve. Check them out:

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Chris bosh

After all that’s gone on with him in these NBA playoffs, that makes entire sense that Bosh wouldn’t let little things like attention and the moment get to him because it has been a rocky and difficult road for Bosh to get here with the Miami Heat to face the Oklahoma City Thunder in a best-of-seven series.

He missed nine games with a torn stomach muscle.

He had to fly back and forth between Miami and New York to be with his wife when she gave birth to the couple’s first child.

He had to deal with the trauma of the death of a personal masseuse, who collapsed in his home and died hours later.

It has not been an easy journey by stretch of the imagination.

“I’m not just happy to be here,” he said. “Last year, I was just a little happy to be here, everything was great and grand. I’m just here to take care of business this year.

“That comes with experience … I think I’m just better suited this year because as team we have more confidence, I have more confidence and that’s a big part of what you need.

“I’m more confident this year and I know what to expect.”

– Reported by Doug Smith of the Toronto Star

The Charlotte Bobcats are inching closer to naming a new head coach after trimming their coaching search three - Jerry Sloan, Brian Shaw and Quin Snyder, said a person familiar with the situation.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team has not made its list of candidates public.

Bobcats owner Michael Jordan will meet with Shaw, an assistant with the Indiana Pacers, and Snyder, an assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers, at some point this week. Sloan has already met with Jordan.

The previous candidates, other than Sloan, had interviewed with president of basketball operations Rod Higgins and general manager Rich Cho.

Eliminated from consideration were Orlando assistant coach Patrick Ewing, Charlotte assistant Stephen Silas, ex-Portland coach Nate McMillan, Golden State assistant Michael Malone, Cleveland assistant Nate Tibbetts, Memphis assistant Dave Joerger and St. John’s University assistant Mike Dunlap.

– Reported by the Associated Press

Seattle mayor meets with David Stern

Mayor Mike McGinn met with NBA Commissioner David Stern in New York City on Monday to tell him Seattle wants to bring back professional basketball.

“We met so the mayor could show his commitment to bringing an NBA team back to Seattle,” wrote McGinn spokesman Aaron Pickus in an email.

The visit came as a surprise to local representatives of Chris Hansen, the San Francisco hedge-fund manager who is proposing to spend up to $800 million to partially finance a new arena and buy an NBA team.

Rollin Fatland, a spokesman for Hansen, said he didn’t know anything about the meeting.

“What the hell is that about?” Fatland said, adding that the mayor may have contacted others about the meeting. “I’m not aware that anyone asked him to do it.”

– Reported by the Seattle Times

Ray Allen having ankle surgery Wednesday

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Ray Allen vowed to take care of his problematic right ankle quickly, and the Celtics guard was as good as his word.

Allen will have surgery to remove bone spurs from the ankle at 6 a.m. on Wednesday at New England Baptist Hospital, according to a source.

The problem, which first surfaced during in Los Angeles during the C’s’ eight-game road trip in mid-March, eventually forced Allen to miss 15 regular-season games as well as the first two games of the Celtics’ first-round playoff series against Atlanta.

By Allen’s own admission, the ankle had a serious impact on his ability to cut, plant and rise for his fabled jump shot. It even affected his free throw form.

– Reported by Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald

mike miller

The text message was swift and to the point, only minutes after ESPN reported that he had said these NBA Finals could be the final two weeks of his career.

“What!!!!” was the text message reply from Miami Heat forward Mike Miller to the Sun Sentinel.

A few minutes later, after he had the chance to get to others who had made him aware of the report, came a phone call.

“I’m not retiring,” he told the Sun Sentinel. “I don’t know what I’m doing.” …

Should Miller, 32, retire, he would forgo $18.8 million over the next three seasons.

– Reported by Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Sixers seeking replacement for Rod Thorn

Whether the Sixers need wholesale changes or a tweak here or there this offseason, the first change appears to be with the man charged with making those moves.

The Sixers are currently interviewing potential replacements for president of basketball operations Rod Thorn, team sources told the Daily News on Monday.

The team has received permission to talk with personnel executives from some teams, a source said. The Sixers also have been turned down by some organizations.

Potential candidates, according to league sources, include San Antonio vice president of operations Danny Ferry; Spurs assistant GM Dennis Lindsey; Jeff Bower, who was a general manager for the New Orleans Hornets; Oklahoma City assistant GM Troy Weaver; Atlanta GM Rick Sund, whose contract expires at the end of June; and Milwaukee GM John Hammond, who has a year remaining on his deal. Hammond, who was denied permission to talk to Portland last month, was an assistant coach for Doug Collins with Detroit.

– Reported by Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Daily News

Vanessa and Kobe Bryant divorce is off

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Vanessa Bryant will NOT sign documents to make her divorce final … at least for now … because TMZ has learned, she and Kobe are working on a full reconciliation.

We’ve learned Kobe and Vanessa are trying to work out the issues that caused her to file for divorce back in December. They spend a lot of time together but he has not officially moved back in with her.

Under California law, Vanessa has to wait 6 months before she can file final docs making the divorce official. The 6-month mark hits this weekend, so Vanessa could end the marriage as early as Monday … but we know she won’t.

– Reported by TMZ

Asked by a television reporter from Reno, Nev., to predict a winner on Monday Obama demurred.

Obama, an avid basketball fan, said, quoting: “Both teams look terrific and I am looking forward to a good series. Hopefully, it will go to seven games. But I can’t make a prediction right now. They both look pretty tough.”

– Reported by the Associated Press

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