J. R. Smith Arrested in South Beach
*Police in Miami Beach police say 26-year-old New York Knicks player J.R. Smith (pictured) has been arrested on a bench warrant for not having a valid driver’s license. Sgt. Bobby Hernandez Smith was stopped Thursday night on Washington Avenue in South Beach. A routine search revealed the bench warrant and he was arrested. Details were not immediately available on what led police to stop Smith around 8:30 p.m. (Read learn more at Huffington Post).
Magic Says it’s Time for Howard to Go
*Sheridan Hoops says the Orlando Magic is ready to trade Dwight Howard and will entertain offers once next week’s draft lottery results are in. A league source says that the feeling is mutual, and Orlando is prepared to trade him sooner rather than later. The source same said that when Magic team president traveled to Michigan last weekend to speak in person with owner Rich DeVos, the conclusion was reached that not only was it time for Stan Van Gundy and Otis Smith to go, but Howard, too.
Shaq Turns Down magic GM Offer
*Though a lot of folks don’t want to believe it, the offer to Shaquille O’Neal to be the GM of the Orlando magic is true. However, the Big PHD is saying no to the offer:
“When I first heard about the vacancy for the Orlando Magic general manager position, I was clearly intrigued.” he said in a statement. “I was drafted by the Magic, I have a great love for the franchise, and I have made the city of Orlando my home. Additionally, I have great admiration and respect for the DeVos family. However, this is not a job I have an interest in pursuing. I feel very fortunate to be with TNT and to have the best job in sports. I look forward to many more years with Charles, Kenny and E.J. I wish the best for the Magic and I am confident that they will select a great GM and coach.”