Around the NBA (7/22 – 7/28): Kirilenko feels like a young deer

Around the NBA is a quick, bullet form overview of what went on in the NBA during the particular week. Pretty much a summary of weekly NBA related news. It’s for everyone; from working men and students during a busy week to wives and girlfriends who want to share their significant others’ NBA interest. Here we go: 

  • He’s back. After spending last season in Russia playing for CSKA Moscow, Andre Kirilenko confirmed that he would return to the NBA as a member of the Timberwolves. The former All Star for the Utah Jazz saw his production drop the past couple NBA seasons due to old age and injuries. However, after a mini resurgence, winning 2011-12 Euroleague MVP, he claims to be “running like a young deer.”
  • David Stern, the Commissioner of the NBA, has joined in on Dwight Howard’s trade hostage situation. According to him, the “source” that leaked the information to the reporters regarding Dwight Howard’s demands is none other than Dwight ‘s agent Dan Fagan. Although the Dwightmare continues, at least the fans now know who this shady “source” the NBA analysts keep on crediting.
  • Unpleasant news for the Wizards fans: last season’s big acquisition, Nene, is still battling plantar fasciitis, an injury that is only cured by rest. The Brazilian center was shown limping after a game against Australia in the Olympics. The Wizards front office would rather have Nene rest this summer instead of aggravating the injury. But hey, you got to represent your country right? Oh, by the way, he is owed about $52 million over the next four years. Wizards fans have the right to be mad.
  • Every bad Wizards news is followed by a good news of another team. Minnesota Timberwolves’ Ricky Rubio is optimistic about his ACL injury he suffered back in March. In a recent interview, he said “I hope by September, I can start running.” We really hope he comes back healthy and picks up where he left off in his sensational rookie season.
  • Remember the guy who got his ankles broken by Allen Iverson?The Orlando Magic hired that guy, Jacque Vaughn, as the head coach. The first time head coach has a lot to prove and a lot to deal with if Dwight Howard isn’t traded by the start of the season.
  • Suns, Timberwolves, and Hornets have completed a three way trade. Basically, the Suns receive Wesley Johnson from the Timberwolves, Hornets receive Robin Lopez and Hakeem Warrick from the Suns, and the Timberwolves receive salary relief and a pick. Wesley Johnson, the fourth overall pick in the 2010 draft has been traded two years into his disappointing NBA career.
  • In the midst of the Dream Team vs. current Team USA debate, Team USA has reminded us that they are dominant in a 98-71 victory against France on Sunday. Kevin Durant lead all scorers with 22 points while Lebron contributed 8 assists.
  • James “Fear the Beard” Harden has stated that he would be open to signing with the Suns . In other news, he will also be willing to sign with any NBA team and European Team. But it’s all talk. What else is he supposed to say: “No I will only sign with my current team Thunder” and drive down his market price?  The restricted free agent and reigning Sixth Man of the Year will be a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder when it’s all said and done.

photo credit: Michael Chiari

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