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nba rumors Could the Detroit Pistons and Greg Monroe part company by the NBA’s Feb. 19 trade deadline? It could happen. Detroit Free Press

Monroe is expected to sign a qualifying offer of $5.479 million for the 2014-15 season by October and can’t be traded without his consent once the deal is signed under the league’s collective bargaining agreement. But with agent David Falk in his corner and a bushel full of teams needing a big man, if Monroe doesn’t want to play for the Pistons beyond next season, it would be in their best interest to trade him to get some type of value for the 6-foot-10 power forward. Detroit Free Press

If Van Gundy could make Monroe happy and see the vision of the organization, he might have until the trade deadline to persuade Monroe’s camp to stay. The Pistons could still pay him more than any other team, but another losing season could sour Monroe on the organization and taking less money could be a way out of a losing culture. Detroit Free Press

nba rumors The new Carmelo Anthony wants to be the consummate leader this season. And according to his trainer, that’s what has spurred his startling offseason transformation. Idan Ravin, Anthony’s personal trainer since he left Syracuse after winning the NCAA title 11 years ago, said his client’s dramatic offseason weight loss stems from his desire to lead the Knicks vocally and by example. Ravin, like Anthony a product of the Baltimore area, said the hiring of Phil Jackson as Knicks president also has inspired his longtime client. But Ravin also said in an interview with The Post Thursday his offseason work with Anthony is not done and there’s not always assurance weight loss will translate into greater basketball performance. NY Post

The trainer, whose other full-time clients are Chris Paul and J.R. Smith, said Anthony’s dedication has been astounding. He said there was no specific diet regimen, though eliminating carbs is a staple. “It’s consistency,’’ Ravin said. “That’s what it is. No, I’m not going to just juice and cleanse for four days and drop a few pounds. That’s what’s causing the long-term changes. NY Post

According to Ravin, pounds aren’t the issue, body fat is. “Weight loss doesn’t always mean better performance,’’ Ravin said. “It’s weight loss along with other things. We’re not talking about this being ‘The Biggest Loser’ contest. He dropped weight, yes. Is he skinny? No. He’s a world-class athlete. He’s very fit." NY Post

nba rumors The Portland Trail Blazers are one of three NBA teams that have never been given the opportunity to host the league's All-Star Game. The franchise took a major step toward changing that Thursday, submitting a bid to host the 2017 or 2018 game at the Moda Center. Team president Chris McGowan, who spearheaded the bid, said the game, along with the numerous activities that surround it, would be a major high point in the state's sports history. Oregonian

Earlier this year, the NBA sent out a memo saying it was opening bidding for the 2017 and '18 All-Star games. The 2015 game will be played at New York's Madison Square Garden, co-hosted by the Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, and the 2016 game has been awarded to Toronto, with the Raptors hosting for the first time. Oregonian

With Toronto getting the 2016 game, the Blazers, Memphis Grizzlies and Charlotte Hornets are the only franchises that have not hosted an All-Star Game, although the city of Charlotte did have the 1991 game hosted by the previous iteration of the Hornets, who have since moved to New Orleans and become the Pelicans. Oklahoma City and Sacramento have not hosted the All-Star Game in their cities, but their franchises did in previous locations, Seattle and Cincinnati. Oregonian

nba rumors After all, two season-ending knee surgeries for [Derrick] Rose since the 2012 postseason, as well as being on the court when Paul George went down with a horrific leg injury in Vegas, would be a spooky reminder for most players. “No, I have no fears. I have faith,’’ Rose said defiantly, when asked about his own basketball mortality. “I know that I’m going to be fine. I know that I busted my ass the entire two summers. You can say two seasons to get back to where I am right now. And just try and keep it moving, stay positive every day, do everything consistent like I’ve been doing.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

But according to Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, who is also an assistant for USA Basketball, Rose’s job is to do exactly what he’s been doing. Nothing more, nothing less. “Just go out there and do your job, and that’s what he did in 2010 [for Team USA],’’ Thibodeau said. “In the end, no one really cares about how many points you scored or how many rebounds you had. They just want to know, ‘Did you win?’Chicago Sun-Times

nba rumors There was a point last season when basketball was no longer fun for new Wizard DeJuan Blair. Known for his bright smile and intensity, the burly forward-center was in his first season with the Mavericks after spending his first four NBA seasons as a contributor for the perennially successful Spurs, and the game just wasn’t the same. “It was just a lot of things I wasn’t into at the time,” Blair said. Washington Post Blog

The Wizards are banking on Blair taking that success into this season after exchanging the rights to Emir Preldzic, a 2009 second-round pick, for Blair last month as part of a sign-and-trade deal. Listed at 6 feet 7, 265 pounds, the undersize Blair joins a deep front court that also includes Nene, Marcin Gortat, Kris Humphries, Drew Gooden, and Kevin Seraphin. “I was very excited when I got the news. It was like a dream come true,” said Blair, who is signed to a three-year contract worth $6 million. “Last year, I saw what type of team they had. The youth, the big men coming up, the ingredients around the team. And I think I’ll be a great addition.” Washington Post Blog

Blair: “I’m still young so I’m just trying to have fun and take Washington to places that they never been. It takes a team and I think we have a great team and a great organization to do it. D.C. is rising and we all just got to take it one day at a time and get better and become a unit.” Washington Post Blog

Newly-appointed Knicks president Phil Jackson is putting his $60 million contract to good use. The former Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers coach turned exec has dropped $4.85 million on a flashy Midtown apartment, just months after inking a deal to head up the New York team, public records show. NY Daily News

Seven young adults eager to take a peek inside the Coral Gables home of former Miami Heat star Ray Allen broke inside early Thursday, police said. The commotion woke up Allen's wife, Shannon. She yelled out, "What are you doing in my house?" as the group tried to make its way upstairs, said Officer Kelly Denham. The Allen children also were sleeping inside when the strangers slipped in through an unlocked door. South Florida Sun Sentinel

Women's basketball stars Brittney Griner and Glory Johnson are engaged. Griner proposed to Johnson and both posted it on social media, with Griner showing a photo of her on one knee with a ring in her hand in front of Johnson on her Instagram account. Griner plays for the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and Johnson for the Tulsa Shock. AP

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