MIAMI (AP) Hassan Whiteside now has more rebounds in a season than any player in Miami Heat history. Now Miami needs him to rebound from another hand injury. Whiteside had 23 points and 14 rebounds before leaving late in obvious pain and with blood on his right hand, and the Heat beat the Phoenix Suns 112-97 on Tuesday night.
This column was originally published on Sept. 9, 2009, before Michael Jordan’s induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Looking back, Jerry Krause still believes creative tension delivered a greater good to the dynasty. In the spring, he read Bill Russell’s memoir about his devotion to the Boston Celtics’ patriarch, Red Auerbach, and naturally it made Krause rewind to those days with Michael Jordan when winning came with isolation, without the joy of Jordan’s embrace.
Shaquille O’Neal’s statue outside Staples Center is scheduled to be unveiled on Friday before the Los Angeles Lakers play the Minnesota Timberwolves, but the Hall of Famer didn’t wait for the big reveal to share it with his fans on Twitter. Here’s a look at the statue going up: You might remember O’Neal getting his first look at the statue 14 months ago on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” It looks like the design hasn’t changed much since then -- he’ll be hanging 10 feet above the ground and delivering his strong, two-handed signature dunk. O’Neal is a Lakers legend, and it only makes sense that he’d be honored next to Jerry West, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The franchise retired his No. 34 jersey