Knicks still managing health of Melo

Knicks still managing health of Melo

Here’s the New York Post reporting on the Knicks, who must continue to try to manage the knee health of star Carmelo Anthony:

Knicks still managing health of Melo

With the Knicks on the verge of a four-game winning streak and on the first anniversary of his 62-point scoring-record explosion against Charlotte at the Garden, Carmelo Anthony sat for a “recovery day’’ Saturday night as his teammates lost, 76-71, to the Hornets.

It was a preordained plan for Anthony to sit out the second night of a back-to-back, as the Knicks are in a busy stretch of their schedule. Anthony only has been back a week after going on a two-week sabbatical to rest his sore left knee. He played 42 minutes in Friday’s victory over the Magic, and coach Derek Fisher knew his All-Star would sit.

Anthony said earlier this week he wasn’t sure if he would play both ends of back-to-backs for now. Anthony has hinted he will play the All-Star Game at the Garden on Feb. 15, then re-evalaute things with the season all but lost. However, Anthony recently said he was in it for the long haul.

Brandon Jennings may be seriously injured

Brandon Jennings may be seriously injured

Here’s Michigan Live reporting on Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings, who on Saturday suffered what may be a serious injury:

Brandon Jennings may be seriously injured

Jennings did not accompany the Pistons to Toronto for tonight’s game, and most likely won’t be playing in any more games this season. Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy acknowledged it didn’t look good. He didn’t have to say much at all. If you saw Kalin Lucas’ change-of-direction injury that shredded his Achilles tendon while he played for Michigan State in the 2010 NCAA tournament, you essentially saw the same non-contact action on which Jennings was hurt against the Bucks.

The Pistons said only that Jennings would return to Detroit today for further examination. That unrushed approach would be consistent with an Achilles injury, which often requires that surgery be delayed several days until initial swelling subsides.

Whatever the injury, if Jennings is out for an extended period, as appears to be the case, it is a crushing blow.

LaMarcus Aldridge delays surgery, will try to play through thumb injury

Here’s the Oregonian reporting some good news — maybe — for the Trail Blazers. Why are we saying “maybe?” Because presumably, if Aldridge had surgery, came back in 6-8 weeks and was fine, maybe he’d be as good as ever as the playoffs approach. But since he’s returning now, he needs to figure out just how effective he can be while playing through the injury. If he’s still himself, fine. But if he’s semi-limited and can’t help the Blazers as needed, he may have to change courses yet again and opt for surgery sooner rather than later. As for the report:

LaMarcus Aldridge delays surgery, will try to play through thumb injury

Forward LaMarcus Aldridge has put surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb on hold indefinitely and will play through the injury the Trail Blazers confirmed to The Oregonian/OregonLive on Saturday.

Aldridge underwent two MRI tests and consulted with two doctors — one in Portland and one in Cleveland — before announcing on Thursday he would undergo surgery and miss six to eight weeks.

Aldridge said on Thursday that no surgery date had been set, but he would see a surgeon “within the week.” On Saturday, the Blazers announced Aldridge will hold off on surgery and try to play through the remainder of the season.

Clippers sign Dahntay Jones to second 10-day contract

The Los Angeles Clippers have signed guard Dahntay Jones to a second 10-day contract.

Jones appeared in four games for the Clippers during his first 10-day deal, averaging 1.0 points and 0.3 rebounds in 5.8 minutes.

Jones, who was the 16th D-League-to-NBA “Call-up” of the 2014-15 season, appeared in 19 games (15 starts) for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League and averaged 14.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 29.2 minutes.

Jones, 34, is a 10-year NBA veteran who has appeared in 593 career games (157 starts) averaging 5.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 16.3 minutes with Memphis, Sacramento, Denver, Indiana, Dallas, Atlanta and Los Angeles.

Originally drafted by the Boston Celtics with the 20th overall pick in the first round of the 2003 NBA Draft, Jones was traded to Memphis on Draft Day and spent four seasons with the Grizzlies.

A New Jersey native, the 6-foot-6 inch guard/forward played two seasons at Rutgers before transferring to Duke for his junior and senior season, where he and Clippers guard J.J. Redick were teammates during the 2002-03 season.

Pelicans sign Nate Wolters to second 10-day contract

The New Orleans Pelicans have signed guard Nate Wolters to a second 10-day contract.

Wolters, 6-4, 190, South Dakota State, first signed with the Pelicans on January 14. In five games with New Orleans, Wolters has averaged 2.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 11 minutes per contest.

Wolters was the 38th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards before his rights were dealt to the Philadelphia 76ers, and then the Milwaukee Bucks. Appearing in 69 games with Milwaukee, Wolters averaged 6.4 points, 2.9 assists and 2.4 rebounds.

Video: Klay Thompson 37 points in one quarter

Here are video highlights of Warriors guard Klay Thompson going crazy and scoring 37 points in one quarter (the third quarter) Friday night at home in Golden State against the Sacramento Kings. He set an NBA record for the most points in a single quarter:

Thompson finished with 52 points for the game. The Warriors won big, 126-101.

According to the Associated Press, “Thompson surpassed the 33-point mark set by George Gervin in 1978 and matched by Carmelo Anthony in 2008 for the most points in a quarter. Michael Redd and Joe Johnson shared the previous mark for most 3s in a quarter with eight. Thompson, who signed a four-year, near-maximum contract extension worth about $70 million this summer, couldn’t remember ever dominating a game like that. ”Maybe elementary school,” he joked.

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Celtics sign Andre Dawkins to 10-day contract, and send him to D-League

Celtics sign Andre Dawkins to 10-day contract

The Boston Celtics have signed guard Andre Dawkins to a 10-day contract, and have assigned him to the Maine Red Claws in the NBA Development League.

Dawkins, a 6’5” guard, appeared in 11 contests for the Sioux Falls Skyforce this season and averaged a team-high 22.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 36.5 minutes per game, while connecting on .510 (53-104) of his shot attempts from beyond the arc. He tallied a game-high 42 points, including shooting .800 (12-15) from long range, four rebounds and two steals in 37 minutes against the Texas Legends on December 20. Dawkins is the 22nd Gatorade Call-Up from the D-League this season.

Dawkins appeared in four games with the Miami Heat this season and totaled three points, two rebounds and one assist in 22 minutes of action.

truTV orders pilot for a workplace comedy about Shaq

truTV orders pilot for a workplace comedy about Shaq

For those of you who enjoy watching Shaquille O’Neal on television, here’s some good news:

truTV has ordered a pilot for Shaq Inq. (working title), a workplace comedy loosely based on the wild and frenetic business empire of Shaquille O’Neal, who is executive-producing the show with Mike Tollin (Smallville, Arli$$). The series is being produced for truTV by Mandalay Sports Media. Jeremy Garelick (The Wedding Ringer, The Break-Up) will write the pilot, with John Fortenberry (Galavant, Instant Mom) set to direct. Perry Rogers, Colin Smeeton and Michael Parris will render producer services.

This half-hour scripted comedy follows Shaquille O’Neal and the team who runs his sprawling business empire. The offbeat, yet capable, group juggles the mayhem of managing Shaq’s existing products and endorsements while implementing his latest batch of eccentric and oftentimes brilliant business ideas. But while they’re all working towards the same goal, each employee is constantly jockeying for the power and recognition to make the big guy proud.

Dan Kaplow (Trophy Wife, Sin City Saints) and Jon Weinbach (The Other Dream Team, Straight Outta L.A.) are co-executive producers of the pilot.

Tollin said, “Shaquille and I have been friends for 20 years, and his growth as a businessman never ceases to amaze and amuse me.”

“There is no denying Shaq’s multifaceted appeal,” said Chris Linn, president, head of programming for truTV. “Thus, we couldn’t be happier to be collaborating with him, as well as Mike Tollin and Mandalay Sports Media, as we continue to push into new formats.”

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Mirza Teletovic medical update: Out for season

Brooklyn Nets forward Mirza Teletovic was taken to a local Los Angeles hospital after experiencing shortness of breath during last night’s game versus the Clippers. Following a series of tests including a CT scan, Teletovic was diagnosed with bilateral pulmonary embolus (multiple blood clots in the lungs). He will remain hospitalized in Los Angeles to undergo further diagnostic testing and to begin treatment, which includes blood thinners being administered. Due to the nature of blood thinners, Teletovic will be unable to play for the remainder of the season. Once he is cleared for travel, he will return to Brooklyn. Further updates on his condition will be provided as necessary.

In 40 games this season, Teletovic posted averages of 8.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 22.3 minutes per game. Over 165 career games (11 starts), the third-year pro holds averages of 7.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 16.9 minutes per game.

JANUARY 24, 2015 UPDATE: LaMarcus Aldridge Changes Mind, Puts Off Surgery, Returns to Lineup: LaMarcus Aldridge (ligament tear left thumb) puts surgery on hold; will play tonight versus Washington.

LaMarcus Aldridge thumb injury requires surgery

Bad news for the Portland Trail Blazers: They’ll be without star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge for 6-8 weeks.

A second magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) confirms that Aldridge has a radial collateral ligament tear in his left thumb. He will undergo surgery later this week and is expected to be out for 6-8 weeks.

Aldridge sustained the injury in the second quarter of Portland’s 98-94 win over Sacramento on Monday at the Moda Center.

A three-time NBA All-Star, Aldridge is averaging a team-high 23.2 points (46.2% FG, 51.2% 3PT, 86.3% FT) and 10.2 rebounds to go with 1.9 assists and 1.18 blocked shots in 38 games this season. One of just three players averaging 23 points and 10 rebounds per game, Aldridge was named NBA Western Conference Player of the Week for the weeks ending Dec. 7, and Dec. 21, respectively.

Aldridge passed Jerome Kersey for second on Portland’s all-time rebounding list on Friday at San Antonio. Earlier this season, Aldridge passed Terry Porter for second place on the Trail Blazers’ all-time scoring list. Trailing only Clyde Drexler (18,050 points, 5,339 rebounds) in both categories, Aldridge currently has 11,782 points and 5,095 rebounds in 615 games over nine seasons.

2015 All-Star game starters announced

2015 All-Star game starters announced

2015 East All-Star Starters
Carmelo Anthony, New York
Pau Gasol, Chicago
LeBron James, Cleveland
Kyle Lowry, Toronto
John Wall, Washington
Head coach: Mike Budenholzer, Atlanta

2015 West All-Star Starters
Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
Stephen Curry, Golden State
Anthony Davis, New Orleans
Marc Gasol, Memphis
Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers
Head coach: Steve Kerr, Golden State

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Grizzlies sign Tyrus Thomas to 10-day contract

The Memphis Grizzlies have signed free agent forward Tyrus Thomas to a 10-day contract as a Call-Up from the Grizzlies’ NBA Development League affiliate, the Iowa Energy, according to Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace.

Thomas (6-10, 225) has averaged 14.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.00 blocks in 26.9 minutes while shooting .588 from the field in two games with Iowa this season. The 28-year-old scored a D-League season-high 15 points in his Energy debut on Jan. 16 at Delaware and posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds on Jan. 18 vs. Erie.

Drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2006 NBA Draft, Thomas holds NBA career averages of 7.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.31 blocks in 19.8 minutes in 400 games (129 starts) over seven seasons with the Chicago Bulls and Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets). A native of Baton Rouge, La., Thomas led Louisiana State University to the 2006 NCAA Final Four as a freshman in his lone season with the Tigers.

Jrue Holiday out 2-4 weeks with leg injury

Jrue Holiday out 2-4 weeks with leg injury

The New Orleans Pelicans announced Wednesday that guard Jrue Holiday is expected to miss the next 2-4 weeks. Additional tests by team physicians yesterday revealed that Holiday developed a stress reaction in his right lower leg. Holiday will be held out of basketball activities until his symptoms improve and will be re-evaluated each week.

In 37 games this season, Holiday averaged 15.2 points, 3.5 rebounds and 7.1 assists in 33.7 minutes per game. The 6-4 guard holds career averages of 13.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 6.1 assists in 369 contests.

The Pelicans are 21-21 this season. They’re 16th in the league in points per game, and 17th in the league in opponents’ points per game. They’re led by Anthony Davis (24.3 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 1.53 spg, 2.95 bpg), Tyreke Evans (17.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 5.3 apg), Holiday (15.2 ppg, 7.1, 1.62 spg), Ryan Anderson (14.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg) and Eric Gordon (11.8 ppg).

Here’s reporting that LeBron James wants Ray Allen in Cleveland, and recently made an attempt to recruit him:

LeBron James trying to recruit Ray Allen to Cavs

While the principal reason LeBron James visited Miami during his recent two-week rest period was to seek out warmer weather while he rehabbed strains in his left knee and lower back, he also had another item on his agenda.

During James’ Miami jaunt, the four-time MVP met with free-agent guard and former Miami Heat teammate Ray Allen to try to appeal to the league’s all-time leader in 3-pointers again about joining the Cavs this season, multiple sources told

Allen hasn’t played since his 18th season ended with a Finals loss for the Heat to the San Antonio Spurs in June.

ESPN Radio’s Ryen Russillo reported last month that Allen’s message to teams inquiring for his services earlier in the season was to check back with him in January and he would make his decision to return or not — and which team to join if he did opt for season No. 19 — in February.

The play of Langston Galloway has bumped Pablo Prigioni to the far end of the bench. For now, at least. Stuff can change. Here’s the New York Post reporting:

Pablo Prigioni getting few minutes for Knicks lately

With the emergence of rookie guard Langston Galloway, veteran point guard Pablo Prigioni remained buried on the bench.

Prigioni did not play for the second straight game Wednesday during the Knicks’ 98-91 victory over the Sixers after not getting in against New Orleans Monday. This after playing just four minutes in Thursday’s game in London. He has one year and $1.7 million left on his pact, but only $300,000 is guaranteed. The Knicks could cut the 37-year-old Argentine without hurting their 2015 cap situation, or deal him to a playoff contender for a draft pick.

Nevertheless, Knicks coach Derek Fisher said Prigioni’s banishment is temporary.

Here’s the Arizona Republic reporting that Shawn Marion, aka “The Matrix,” will call it a career after this season:

Shawn Marion plans to retire after this season

When Shawn Marion headed to the Cleveland bench late in last week’s game at US Airways Center, “The Matrix” was saying goodbye to Phoenix.

Marion said he plans to retire after this season with Cleveland, ending a 15-year NBA career that was mostly spent as a star with the Suns.

When the Suns drafted Marion in 1999, Marion set a goal to play 15 seasons. The 36-year-old believes he could play another three seasons but being away from his first child, 8-month-old Shawn, has convinced him to retire after this season with the Cavaliers.

“I wanted to go out on my terms,” Marion said. “The biggest thing is having a son. I got attached to him. Seeing him periodically is hard. Watching him grow up on pictures and videos is hard.”

Lance Thomas

The New York Knicks have signed forward Lance Thomas to a second 10-day contract, it was announced today by President Phil Jackson.

Thomas, 6-8, 225-pounds, has averaged 5.2 points and 3.4 rebounds over 20.4 minutes in 24 games (13 starts) with Oklahoma City and New York. In two games with the Knicks, he is averaging 5.5 points and 3.5 rebounds over 19.9 minutes.

At 6-36, the Knicks have the worst win-loss record in the NBA right now. They head to Philadelphia tonight to face the 76ers.

Taj Gibson says Bulls must practice harder

Here’s ESPN Chicago reporting on the Bulls, who have been playing without center Joakim Noah lately, but still expect to perform a bit better than they have in recent games:

Lost amid Derrick Rose’s frustrated words after Monday night’s latest poor performance against the Cleveland Cavaliers was the fact Taj Gibson may have spoken the most telling words of the entire night.

Gibson doesn’t have the same clout that Rose does, but he is a six-year veteran who gives some of the most honest assessments in basketball. The power forward has been around for the entirety of Tom Thibodeau’s five-year tenure with the Bulls, a fact that made his comments so telling in the wake of one of the worst stretches in the Thibodeau era.

“We got to practice harder,” Gibson said. “We can’t be taking days off. We’re going to go through rough stretches, but we got to practice harder and we got to play with some energy.”

A Thibodeau-coached team playing without energy and not working hard seems incomprehensible given the success that he and his team have enjoyed over his tenure. After all, hard work has defined Thibodeau’s head-coaching career. For four years his players played hard almost every night. They played with a type of intensity and purpose that is not common on a nightly basis in the NBA.

Tony Wroten to see specialist

Here’s the Philadelphia Inquirer reporting on a key member of the Sixers’ backcourt:

Tony Wroten to see specialist

76ers backup point guard Tony Wroten will fly to California Wednesday morning to see a specialist about his sprained right knee..

“We need more information to deliver something to the media and to Tony, you know, that he can follow through with.”

Wroten will miss his fifth-consecutive game when the Sixers (8-33) entertain the New York Knicks (6-36) Wednesday at Wells Fargo Center. This is the third time he’s been sidelined with the injury this season.

Rodney Hood out through mid February with foot injury

The following is a medical update on Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood, who left in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game at San Antonio with a left foot injury:

After returning to Salt Lake for further evaluation, Rodney Hood was examined by the Utah Jazz medical staff and underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) testing this morning through official Jazz health care partner, University of Utah Health Care. The MRI results showed a recurrence of inflammation in Hood’s left foot. As a result, Hood’s left foot will be placed in a boot for approximately one week during which time he will continue to receive treatment. Following the removal of the boot, Hood will begin conditioning, restricted weight training and light court work. Hood will remain out through the NBA All-Star Break, at which point his status will be reevaluated.

The 22-year-old Hood (6-8, 215, Duke) has appeared in 24 games (five starts) as a rookie, averaging 5.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 18.3 minutes. He was originally selected in the first round (23rd overall selection) of the 2014 NBA Draft, becoming the first former Duke player ever to be drafted by the Jazz.

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