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Start the Linsanity again


Start the Linsanity again

Linsanity has moved on from New York and now resides in Houston.

The Rockets' big summer move was inking guard Jeremy Lin to a huge three-year, 25-million free-agent deal, whisking him away from New York where he blew on to the NBA scene last season, averaging 14 points and 6 assists for the Knicks. Out of options at point guard, the Knicks turned to the Harvard grad Lin and he responded with a memorable January, scoring 20 points and 8 assists to help the Knicks win seven straight games.

Lin's season was cut short by a knee injury and he was a restricted-free agent this summer and the common thought was the Knicks would keep the fan favorite, but the Rockets offered Lin a deal that New York refused to match.

Besides scooping up Lin, the Rockets made several other off-season moves that will give the team a much different look in the 2012-13 season.

The Rockets opened up theirpocketbooks for Chicago's back-up center Omer Asik, inking the big man to a three-year, 25-million deal. Asik averaged only 3 points and 5 rebounds in 14 minutes a game for the Bulls last season. Signing Lin to a big contract was certainly a risk but getting Asik for this amount is a huge gamble by GM Daryl Morey. Asik will be the opening day starter and he certainly will have to be more productive than he was in Chicago even though it was a back-up role there.

Through various trades, Houston had three first-round draft picks. With the 12th overall pick, the Rockets drafted swing man Jeremy Lamb. The 6'-5 lanky guard likelywouldhave been a top 10 pick after his freshman season last year, but he returned to school and his stock dropped as UConn struggled this past season. The 6'-5" Lamb has a 7-foot wingspan and has shown he can score the ball, averaging 17 points a game for the Huskies. He is certainly an intriguing prospect whose game may translate better at the pro level.

At 16, Houston selected Iowa State banger Royce White who could turnoutto be another steal. In one season at Iowa State, the 6'-8" small forward led his team in all statistical categories. White had lottery talent but teams may have shied away from him because of past issues off-the court and his fear of flying.

The Rockets also took forward Terrence Jones with the 18th pick in the first round. Jones averaged 12 points on a pro-heavy national title team in Kentucky and he is another athletic swing man on the Rockets roster.

The Rockets said goodbye to power forward Luis Scola and will say hello to the 2011 first-round pick in Donetas Montiejunas who stayed in Europe last season. In four summer league games, the 7-footer averaged 16 points and 8 rebounds a game, showing glimpses perhaps of good things to come.

Houston went 34-32 under first-year coach Kevin McHale and the team missed the playoffs for thefourthstraight season. With a ton of new faces on the roster and with Lin leading the way, it should be an intriguing year in Houston -- but the Rockets will be on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoffs.

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Jeff Green happy to reunite with head coach Scott Brooks on Wizards

Jeff Green happy to reunite with head coach Scott Brooks on Wizards

The city of Washington, where he grew up near and was a star in college at Georgetown University, isn't the only factor that makes joining the Wizards familiar for Jeff Green. He is also reuniting with his former coach, Scott Brooks, who now leads the Wizards.

Long ago, Brooks was cutting his teeth on the sidelines while Green was finding his way on the court. When Green was a rookie on the Seattle Supersonics in 2007, Brooks was a 42-year-old assistant coach. The team moved to Oklahoma City the following year and by late November of 2008, Brooks was the head coach after P.J. Carlesimo was fired.

Brooks helped oversee Green's first four seasons as an NBA player and Green remembers those days well.

"He looked way better than he does now," Green joked.

Brooks, now 53, has a knack for taking playful shots at those he works with, whether that be players, fellow coaches or the media. Green is clearly on that level and feels comfortable ribbing his head coach, knowing he can both dish it out and take it.

All jokes aside, Green is still appreciative of the tutelage he received from Brooks back in the day.

"Scotty was my No. 1 guy, he’s always been, but when I first stepped foot on an NBA floor, he was there for me. He was a coach with Seattle when I first got into the league," Green said.

The NBA has taken Brooks and Green to very different places in the seven years since they split ways. Green left for the Celtics and has since played for the Grizzlies, Clippers, Magic and most recently the Cavaliers. Brooks stuck around with OKC through the 2014-15 season before he was let go. After taking a year off, he joined the Wizards.

Much has changed in Brooks and Green's lives. They have lost and gained jobs. Their families have grown. Now, they are back on the same team and Green is excited about it.

"We’ve been close and tight ever since. We never lost contact. So, I’m looking forward to being coached by him again. I know he’s going to put us all in great positions to succeed. We just have to do our part on the floor," Green said.

Green spoke with Brooks on the phone before deciding to sign with the Wizards as a free agent in July. His presence was one of the many reasons he felt Washington was a good fit.

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NBA MVP odds are out, with some names missing

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NBA MVP odds are out, with some names missing

Bovada's 2018-19 NBA MVP odds were released, and there's a few head-scratchers on the list. 

First, let's keep in mind that these odds are to get you to place a bet more than anything. They want you to see something, and tempt you to throw your money at it.

That being said, John Wall comes in tied for 14th, while Bradley Beal doesn't show up on the list.

Now, let's look at who else was on the list over Beal.

Lonzo Ball has 100/1 odds to win MVP, DeMarcus Cousins who is still recovering from a torn Achilles, and  Kristaps Porzingis, recovering from a torn ACL also appear over Beal.

Just thinking out loud here, but that seems like maybe a bit of a stretch right?

Porzingis may not play at all for the Knicks this coming season, and Cousins is expected to miss months before making his debut in Golden State. 

Cousins also plays on a team with Steph Curry (15/1) and Kevin Durant (9/1). 

Also missing from the odds was Klay Thompson. So, yeah. 

New Raptor Kawhi Leonard also comes in at 11/1. 

2018-2019 - NBA MVP - Odds to Win

LeBron James                        10/3
Anthony Davis                         4/1
Giannis Antetokounmpo        9/2
James Harden                         11/2
Kevin Durant                            9/1
Kawhi Leonard                        11/1
Russell Westbrook                  14/1
Stephen Curry                         15/1
Joel Embiid                              16/1
Kyrie Irving                               16/1
Ben Simmons                           35/1
Damian Lillard                          45/1
Karl-Anthony Towns                50/1
DeMar DeRozan                       80/1
John Wall                                  80/1
Donovan Mitchell                     85/1
Jimmy Butler                            100/1
Nikola Jokic                              100/1
Victor Oladipo                          100/1
Chris Paul                                 100/1
LaMarcus Aldridge                   125/1
Paul George                              125/1
DeMarcus Cousins                   150/1
Gordon Hayward                      150/1
Jayson Tatum                           175/1
Blake Griffin                              225/1
Devin Booker                            275/1
Kristaps Porzingis                    275/1
Kyle Lowry                                325/1
Lonzo Ball                                 450/1

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