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Sacramento Kings May be Moving, and Heartless Maloofs Don’t Seem to Mind

The Sacramento Kings filed a request for an extension with the NBA for its March 1st deadline involving teams wanting to relocate. This action by the Maloofs confirms the worst fears of every Sacramento kings fan since the owners took over the organization in 1999 — that they were going to move the team. Kings fans always thought the celebrity-driven Maloof brothers would jump at the first chance to move the team to a bigger market, and despite all of the messages, talk, and actions, Sacramento fans seem to have had their team and hearts ripped from them by two cold businessmen who tried to be one with the people.

Sacramento Kings fans were very cautious of the Maloofs because they thought the family would move the franchise to a bigger market. However, when the Maloofs took over, they promised not only to keep the team in Sacramento, but to make Sacramento an elite NBA city. That did happen for a while, and the fans forgot about their previous fear. It showed that perhaps the Maloofs really were one of us. Then the Maloofs began lobbying for the city to pay for a new arena that would make the Maloofs richer, but not necessarily make the team better. Kings fans started to worry when the Maloofs started working on their public image. The 2006 Carl’s Jr commercial where they were seen enjoying $6,000 bottles of wine with their burgers put the fear back in Kings fans’ heads.

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If Kendrick Perkins is Hurt, Celtics Trade for Jeff Green Makes Sense

The championship window is closing for the Boston Celtics. At the start of last season, they were too old to win a championship. Kevin Garnett’s knee was a concern and Paul Pierce and Ray Allen hadn’t gotten any younger. Somehow, they rode the senior citizen’s bus all the way to Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

Celtics fans believe that had Kendrick Perkins played in Game 7, Boston would have won its second championship in three years.  Instead, Perkins blew out his knee, the Celtics were forced to play without their best low-post defender, and the Lakers hoisted the trophy yet again.  Boston’s center has since never been the same.

Perkins’ path to recovery took another hit last night when he tweaked his knee.  Team doctors have indicated he could miss three games.  If the injury is more serious than that, the Oklahoma City Thunder are willing to take the risk.  They proved that when they agreed to ship Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic to Boston in exchange for Perkins and Nate Robinson.

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NBA Trade Deadline Recap and Analysis

The trade deadline is always one of the busiest times of year in the NBA. Players are swapped, contracts are dumped, and deals are made. We have you covered with a recap of every single trade made during the week, along with some analysis for what the moves mean for every single NBA team. For more, follow LBSports on twitter. Here’s your NBA trade deadline recap and analysis:

Atlanta Hawks
- Acquired Kirk Hinrich and Hilton Armstrong from Washington for Mike Bibby, Jordan Crawford, Mo Evans and a first-round pick
Analysis: The Hawks are trying to add another shooter to their guard rotation as they prepare for the playoffs.

Boston Celtics
- Acquired Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic from Oklahoma City for Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson
- Traded Marquis Daniels to Sacramento for cash
- Traded Semih Erdan and Luke Harangody to Cleveland for a second-round pick
Analysis: The Celtics made a surprise move by trading away Kendrick Perkins who was recovering from knee surgery. Perkins has been able to body up Dwight Howard and the Lakers’ big men in the playoffs, so losing him is a gamble. The Celtics will roll with Krstic, and Shaq in their frontcourt and are taking a risk. Jeff Green should back up Paul Pierce, unless they move KG to the five and play both players in a small lineup.

READ: What does Kendrick Perkins trade mean for Boston?

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Wizards Misspell Andray Blatche’s Last Name on Jersey

A metaphor for the Wizards’ season:

Yup, that’s supposed to be Andray Blatche, not Andray Baltche. That’s a pretty tough one to screw up so obviously someone wasn’t paying attention. I suppose it was fitting considering Blatche went 6-for-16 from the field in a 23-point loss to the 76ers.

What’s surprising is that this sort of thing happens much more than you would figure. It happened to Danny Jennings of West Virginia and Kevin Williams of the Vikings recently. Check out pics of their jerseys.

Pic via DC Pro Ball

LA Has Become a Blake Griffin Story

He is the amazing Blake Griffin, able to leap tall Russians in a single bound. No one’s quite saying he is a superhero yet, after all he is a Clipper … Scavengers assemble! With Donald Sterling’s track record of nonchalance, the Spidey sense of LA Clipper fans should definitely be tingling at the moment, with his free agent status not too far away. Apparently, with great leaping ability comes great respectability. Of course there would be no Superman without Jor-El, but Blake has him beat with an assist from Al-Farouq. Commissioner Eric Gordon has also helped Griffin fight crime, corruption, and double digit deficits. It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No … It’s a CLIPPER?!? For those who don’t know, a griffin is a creature from medieval lore that had the body of a lion, the head and wings of an eagle, and for some unknown reason consistently hit its head on the side of the backboard.

Last weekend’s slam dunk contest was quite entertaining fare. After the endless matchups of Dwight Howard-Nate Robinson that had become more played out than Rocky going toe-to-toe with Tommy Gunn, the world was introduced to the Blake Show at the All-Star Game. While the voting results may have been more rigged than a presidential election in Belarus, Griffin gerrymandered his way into the finals. Serge Ibaka landed a dunk while taking off from behind the foul line. In doing so, Air Congo became the first aircraft from the country to successfully land after flying 12 feet… Javale McGee was apparently workshopping ideas on how to get Washington back to the water mark. No word on whether the Wizards will be successful in petitioning the league to use two backboards and three basketballs to improve their odds. DeMar DeRozan reminded everyone … that the NBA still has a team in Toronto (contrary to popular belief).

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Billy McGill Serves as Warning to Athletes Who Ignore Education

You don’t have to know who Billy McGill is to understand his story. From hero to homeless, the man went from one of the brightest basketball prospects in the country to unemployed in a matter of years. Now at 71 years of age, the former basketball star is still searching for his job.

McGill is a 6’9″ big man who led Jefferson High School to two LA city championships in the ’50s. Academic issues kept him from attending Cal and playing under Pete Newell, so he wound up playing for Utah. As a senior he averaged 38.8 points per game, a mark topped by only three players — Pete Maravich, Frank Selvy, and Johnny Neumann (to the best of our knowledge). He wound up being the top overall pick by Chicago in the 1962 draft, but he was out of the NBA a few years later.

McGill says a knee injury suffered in high school prevented him from reaching his potential, and he told the LA Times he believes he would have otherwise been up there with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson.

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With Deron Williams or Chris Paul, Knicks Could Contend with Miami Heat

The trade we’d all been waiting for and held hostage by since the summer — Carmelo Anthony’s departure to New York — finally went through on Monday night. Melo will join fellow All-Star Amare Stoudemire on the Knicks, and he’ll be accompanied by Chauncey Billups, Renaldo Balkman, Shelden Williams and Anthony Carter. Even though the Knicks gave up Danilo Gallinari, Ray Felton, Wilson Chandler, and Timofey Mozgov in the deal, they’re getting back a legitimate superstar who had the Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals two seasons ago. Though critics will say the Knicks now lack depth, I’ll argue that one star like Carmelo Anthony is worth a dozen moderate players like Gallinari, Felton, and Chandler, so I like obviously like the trade for the Knicks.

The Knicks may not click instantly, and they’re not a championship-ready team. Pairing Melo with Amare — two of the biggest offensive ballhogs in the game (and I don’t say that in a negative way because they’re both fantastic players) — will be tricky. However, I’ve always believed the more good players you put together, the better you’ll be, so I like New York’s chances for the future.

The question is can they be a title contending team?

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