HoopsHype Brendan Haywood rumors

June 15, 2012 Updates

(On who the best player in the world is) Brendan Haywood: “Kevin Durant. I’m riding and dying with Dirk Nowitzki, but if you say right now with what this guy has done, and I love LeBron’s total floor game, but when it comes down to your best player in those crunch moments and clutch moments, he has to come through Dallas Morning News

June 10, 2012 Updates
June 9, 2012 Updates

The Mavericks have big decisions to make before the NBA draft June 28, and free agency begins July 1. But no decision may be bigger than what to do with center Brendan Haywood. Dallas Morning News

May 15, 2012 Updates

Tea leaves anyone? "Last I heard he was partying overseas with Nets management, with Prokhorov and them," Mavs center Brendan Haywood said of Williams on Tuesday morning during an appearance on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's Ben & Skin Show. "If he's leaning towards Dallas, he's got a funny way of showing it. So we don't know what D-Will's doing. I think that's the million-dollar question everybody wants to know. I don't even know if he knows right now. He has a very interesting summer ahead of him." ESPN.com

May 8, 2012 Updates

Brendan Haywood knew he’d be an amnesty clause candidate as soon as he saw the new collective bargaining agreement. He certainly won’t be surprised if the Mavericks cut him loose this summer. It’s virtually guaranteed to happen if the Mavs can convince Deron Williams to join Dirk Nowitzki in Dallas. “I have no control over that,” Haywood said during a Tuesday appearance on ESPN Dallas 103.3’s Ben and Skin Show. “I have enjoyed my time in Dallas. I was part of a championship team. If it happens, it happens, and I’ll have to move on and continue to try to advance my career somewhere else. If it doesn’t, I’ll be happy to be back. I don’t really have an opinion on that because it’s out of my control. ESPN.com

May 5, 2012 Updates

Scowling Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins has seen very little of heavyweight counterpart Brendan Haywood in this series. Whether that's Perkins taking Haywood out of the game or Haywood taking himself out is a point of debate, perhaps. But Perkins said he thinks something is not right with the Dallas Mavericks big man who has played a total of 36 minutes in the first three games of the series. "Brendan’s a good player, man. I remember when he was with the Wizards he was averaging a double-double, so you just never know," Perkins said. "Could be body aching, it could be a mental thing. But I know he’s not himself lately, so I don’t know exactly what’s going on, but I know he’s not himself. But, you know, you got times where you go through stretches like that." ESPN.com

April 4, 2012 Updates

Explain what happened where Stan Van Gundy claims he has film of you “double punching” Dwight Howard in the back? Brendan Haywood: “Well I guess he’s got something no one else has. Like I said it is a physical game and sometimes guys get testy with elbows, throwing forearms. No one throws any punches out there. NBA guys? We are not about that. It’s all WWE to us. We’re fake tough guys. No one throws any real punches. It’s unfortunate Stan feels that way. I know he has to protect his guy, but it’s just not the case. No one has any footage of it I guess except him, so unless he has Patrick Ewing on the bench taping with his iPhone I don’t think that really happened.” Sports Radio Interviews

Who’s the most physical player in the NBA? Brendan Haywood: “Oh Dwight [Howard] hands down. I mean first play of the game he popped me real good in my chest. He hit me so hard in my chest I felt it in my knee. You know you are not supposed to get hit hard enough in your chest when you feel it in your knee. I didn’t know what that was about, but that was tough coming back in my first game against Dwight Howard and it doesn’t get any easier tonight. I am going to be guarding Blake Griffin and I am not 100% yet, but I am working to get there.” Sports Radio Interviews

April 3, 2012 Updates
April 2, 2012 Updates

NBA authorities do not plan to take any action regarding the alleged punch that Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said Haywood threw into the back of Magic center Dwight Howard during the Mavs' comeback victory Friday night, according to a league source. Van Gundy said he turned in film for the league to review. Haywood has maintained his innocence saying that things can get testy between players, but that he never threw a punch. ESPN.com

Brendan Haywood all but laughed off accusations by Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy that the Dallas Mavericks’ center punched Magic center Dwight Howard in the back during Friday’s Mavs-Magic game. "I watched it on NBA-TV (Saturday) night,’’ Haywood said after Sunday's practice. "(The Mavs’ coaches) said they looked over it and couldn’t find it. "I guess Stan has that magical hand cam that he was taping from the bench and he’s got something that nobody else has.’’ Fort Worth Star-Telegram

April 1, 2012 Updates

Mavericks center Brendan Haywood declared Sunday that he doesn't have a problem with Dwight Howard and doesn't have any idea what Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy is talking about. Van Gundy accused Haywood of punching Howard in the lower back during the Mavericks' come-from-behind victory Friday night in Orlando. Van Gundy vowed that he would send video of the play to the NBA office. ESPN.com

"Man, I don't know what's wrong with Stan," Haywood said after the Mavericks' practice Sunday. "Stan's going to say what Stan wants to say. We don't gotta play them no more. The game's over with. "I think Dwight caught me with more shots than I caught him. He's the most physical player in the league. So it is what it is. Stan made his comment. I haven't got a call from anybody (in the league office), so I guess nobody's listening." ESPN.com

Van Gundy said video replays show Haywood hitting Howard in the lower back with his fist. Van Gundy said that Howard twice absorbed hard shots from Haywood and never was more than a simple foul called on the play. So Van Gundy is planning to send the video of the play to the league office hoping that Haywood will be punished for the play. ``It’s really ridiculous and I want to get it on film and send it in (to the league office). Haywood just punched him literally with a closed fist right in the back,’’ Van Gundy said. ``So (Howard) got through the game because he was loose, but then it really tightened up. They are going to work on him and hopefully he’ll be OK. But (Howard) didn’t do anything (in practice on Saturday).’’ NBA.com

The Howard injury was especially infuriating to Van Gundy because it came on what he felt was a flagrant play. Van Gundy has been on somewhat of a mission to protect his six-time all-star center because of the hard fouls he takes in the low post from defenders determined not to give up dunks. ``It happened on that one possession twice and it’s a little frustrating. That (punch) one I’m going to send in (to the league office) because that one was out of hand,’’ Van Gundy said. ``The guy’s punching a guy in the back, meanwhile at the other end … I’ll just leave it at that.’’ NBA.com

March 26, 2012 Updates

The Mavericks’ roster is close to being whole again. Center Brendan Haywood and guard Delonte West participated in Monday’s practice and will be listed as questionable for Tuesday’s game against the Houston Rockets. Haywood (sprained right knee) has missed the last five games. West (fractured right ring finger) has been out since Feb. 15. “We didn’t do a lot of live contact things today, but they went through a lot of other stuff,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “So they’re inching closer.” ESPN.com

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