Often talked about here at Denver Stiffs but rarely discussed elsewhere is the uncertain future of J.R. Smith.

Nuggets’ J.R. Smith waits out playing time, future of team – The Denver Post
Unrestricted free agent to be J.R. Smith speaks at length with Chris Dempsey about his uncertain future. Reading between the lines of J.R.’s comments, one has to think the other “expiring contract” Nuggets (like Nene, Chauncey Billups, Kenyon Martin, etc) are thinking the same way. And we as fans have to wonder: at what point is making Carmelo Anthony‘s contract situation the team’s number one priority going to finally tear the entire locker room apart?

Kiszla: Nuggets must quickly extend Coach Karl’s contract – The Denver Post
This was covered in the last Golden Nuggets, but anyone who knows Mark Kiszla knows he’s been a vehement George Karl critic for years. For Kiszla to come out for a Karl extension is a huge sea change in opinion.

Warriors asking about Nene, just because | ProBasketballTalk
I suppose it never hurts to ask. Despite their lack of compatible assets, the Golden State Warriors are reportedly inquiring as to the availability of Nene, the highly efficient pivot who could make all of the Warriors’ dreams come true.

For New York Knicks, Mike D’Antoni, drama over Carmelo Anthony a lot like LeBron James last year – ESPN New York
Mike D’Antoni agreed the Knicks‘ season is starting to feel like Groundhog Day.

Michael Jordan practices with the Bobcats, kicks a little butt – Ball Don’t Lie – NBA – Yahoo! Sports
Remember Michael Jordan’s train wreck Hall of Fame speech a few years ago during which he suggested he “might” come back at 50 years old? Well, on the eve of his 48th birthday His Airness practiced with the Bobcats and supposedly looked great.

Malone says Sloan would never quit anything – NBA – Yahoo! Sports
An agitated Karl Malone says the Jerry Sloan he knows would never quit anything and suggested his longtime Utah Jazz coach just grew tired of garbage that came with the job and certain players. “They changed the floor back to old school. They changed the uniform back to old school. Somebody tell the damn players to start playing like old school,” Malone said. Gotta love The Mailman.

Thoroughly modern NBA finally has no room left for Sloan – NBA – CBSSports.com Basketball
To Jerry Sloan, it was simple: The coach is in charge. Ken Berger says Sloan resigned Thursday when it became clear to him that the modern NBA had finally infected Utah, and that what he had believed for decades was no longer true.

Life with Bynum earns positive reviews – NBA – Yahoo! Sports
The Lakers’ hopes for a third straight championship largely depend on the health and mind of their young center.