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Rockets Contacting Teams About Trading Dwight Howard

February 11, 2016
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We’ll see if the talent is worth the trouble, but according to The Verticals Adrian Wojnarowski, the Houston Rockets have contacted teams about a trade for Dwight Howard.

Howard, 30, plans to exercise an opt-out in his contract this summer to become an unrestricted free agent, and uncertainty surrounding the commitment both sides are willing to make has pushed Houston general manager Daryl Morey toward seeking potential trades on the market, league sources said.

The NBA’s trade deadline is Feb. 18.

The Rockets are working with Howard’s agent, Dan Fegan, on possible destinations, league executives told The Vertical.

Howard is believed to be seeking a maximum contract extension in July.

Houston is 27-28 start to the season, including a 116-113 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.

-- Glenn Erby

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Peyton Manning, Magic Johnson Play Egg Roulette on Tonight Show (Video)

February 11, 2016

Raw egg "Russian Roulette" will not be my new game of choice.

Super Bowl 50 champion Peyton Manning and NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson went to war with eggs on "The Tonight Show" on Wednesday night.

Before they started the game, Peyton says, “I had dreams growing up that I’d maybe get the chance to play Magic one-on-one some day…”

Who knew it be a raw egg game?

-- Glenn Erby

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Dwight Howard Says Rockets Have to Focus on Being Positive

February 11, 2016
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Dwight Howard appears to be an optimist, and there’s nothing wrong with taking a positive approach to how you view your season.

The Rockets center wants his team to follow suit.

Howard was responding to Houston coach J.B. Bickerstaff’s remark that the Rockets are "broken."

“We’re broken,” Bickerstaff said. “It’s that simple. We’re a broken team, and we all need to use this break to figure out how we’re going to impact change. If we don’t want to impact change, then we need to be made aware of that, too, and we’ll go in a different direction.

The comments were made after the Portland Trail Blazers' 116-103 win over the Rockets on Wednesday.

-- Glenn Erby

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Grizzlies Will Try to Sell Kevin Durant on Big 3 With Marc Gasol and Mike Conley

February 10, 2016

The Memphis Grizzlies believe they can take a small town, tough-minded approach to courting Kevin Durant in free agency.

Hoping to convince Durant to leave Oklahoma City for a Western Conference rival, the Grizzlies reportedly want to convince the All-Star that he can win with a big three of himself, Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, according to The Vertical.

Missing the playoffs costs the Grizzlies the lottery protection on a 2016 first-round pick that deposed executive Jason Levien sent out in a salary dump three years ago. With or without Gasol, Memphis’ mandate will be unchanged: make the playoffs. They are working to keep Conley in summer free agency, with Memphis planning to be one more contender with two stars that will try to persuade Kevin Durant to make it a Big Three, league sources said. Durant’s the longest of long shots in summer, but the short-term trade deadline directives are unchanged: The Grizzlies are determined to use the trade deadline to better the roster for a playoff push.

It’s hard to see Durant leaving OKC for a similar market or smaller. For all that Durant could just stay with the Thunder for more money, and better odds at a trip to the Finals.

-- Glenn Erby

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Derrick Rose’s Son Is Back With the Adorable Face (Photos)

February 10, 2016

P.J. Rose is back, and I’m now convinced the best faces are yet to come:

-- Glenn Erby

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Nike, Jordan Brand Present Ultimate All-Star Experience With Invitational

February 09, 2016

This should be epic!

With the Air Jordan XXX set to release on February 12, the Jordan Brand will look to bring the best of the best from the United States and Canada to compete in the inaugural Jordan Brand Invitational.

Canada’s own Father Henry Carr and Orangeville Prep will face off against American powerhouses Redondo Union and Oak Hill Academy.

6PM – Redondo Union vs Henry Carr

8PM – Oak Hill Academy vs Orangeville Prep

-- Glenn Erby

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Von Miller Leads Broncos Teammates in "I Got a Ring" Chant (Video)

February 09, 2016

The Broncos and Von Miller are going to be celebrating for a long time after hoisting the Lombardi Trophy two days ago. While driving to Tuesday’s celebratory parade, the Super Bowl MVP led his Broncos teammates in a hype “I got a ring” chant.

-- Glenn Erby

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Latrell Sprewell Gives Life Advice in New Ad (Video)

February 09, 2016

Latrell Sprewell is looking pretty good these days, but he should keep his life advice to himself.

Watch in this funny Priceline.com ad as Latrell and the Admiral, David Robinson, provide some major keys to success.

-- Glenn Erby

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Vince Carter’s Raptors Dunk Mixtape From the NBA Is Insane (Video)

February 09, 2016

With the NBA All-Star Game headed to Toronto, NBA History’s Twitter feed bless the fans with this insane montage to some of Vince Carter’s greatest dunks as a Raptor:

-- Glenn Erby

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Adidas Offering $1 Million to Any NFL Prospect That Breaks Chris Johnson's 40-Yard Dash Record

February 09, 2016

It suck for the big guys, but a skill position player willing to sign with the company could be sitting on some hefty bank before ever getting drafted.

Adidas confirmed on Tuesday that they’ll offer $1 million to any NFL Draft prospect who can break the 40-yard-dash record at the Scouting Combine.

If at the 2016 NFL Combine, Athlete: (1) wears adidas footwear (“adidas Footwear”) during the 40-yard dash workout; and (2) based on NFL official times, breaks the all-time NFL Combine record (including any record set during the 2016 NFL Combine by someone other than Athlete) for the fastest time of any position during the 40-yard workout, then adidas agrees to pay Athlete One Million Dollars ($1,000,000). If there is a tie with respect to the NFL official times of the fastest 40-yard dash of all-time by Athlete and any other athlete(s) that wear adidas Footwear at the 2016 NFL Combine, then the One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) shall be divided equally by Athlete and any such athlete(s). Further, Athlete is only eligible to win the One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) in connection with the 2016 NFL Combine one (1) time (e.g., Athlete cannot break the all-time record in his first attempt and earn the One Million Dollars ($1,000,000), then break the record again in his second attempt and earn a second One Million Dollars ($1,000,000)). If any time in the 40-yard dash workout, specifically including Athlete’s, is disqualified by the NFL for any reason, then it shall not be considered or eligible to qualify to win the One Million Dollars ($1,000,000). Subject to adidas’ standard payment procedure, any payment earned shall be payable within thirty (30) days of adidas’ receipt of an invoice from Athlete. Athlete shall be solely responsible for the payment of all taxes on any payments received under this Agreement. This offer shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Oregon. Any dispute arising out of or related to this offer shall be submitted to a mutually agreed upon mediator for non-binding confidential mediation in Portland, Oregon. If the dispute cannot be resolved through mediation, it shall be submitted to final, binding and confidential arbitration before the Arbitration Service of Portland in Portland, Oregon. Athlete hereby agrees and consents to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of any state or federal court located in Multnomah County, Oregon.

Chris Johnson holds the record with a time of 4.24 seconds in 2008 coming out of East Carolina.

-- Glenn Erby

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