Archive for December, 2007

Players of Week: JJ, Melo

The Atlanta Hawks’ Joe Johnson and the Denver Nuggets’ Carmelo Anthony today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Dec. 17 through Sunday, Dec. 23.

Other nominees for Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki, Detroit’s Antonio McDyess, Golden State’s Stephen Jackson, New Jersey’s Richard Jefferson and Jason Kidd, New Orleans’ Tyson Chandler, Philadelphia’s Andre Miller, Portland’s Brandon Roy and Sacramento’s Ron Artest.

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Lakers recall Coby Karl from D-League

The Los Angeles Lakers have recalled guard Coby Karl from the NBA Development League’s Los Angeles D-Fenders, it was announced today.

Karl, who became the 11th NBA player assigned to a D-League affiliate this season on November 28, played 10 games (10 starts) with the D-Fenders, averaging 18.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 38.5 minutes while shooting .435 from three-point range and .492 from the field.

In two games with the Lakers this season, Karl, an undrafted rookie out of Boise State, has posted two points, one rebound and two assists in four total minutes.

Bulls fire Scott Skiles newswire: Chicago Bulls Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson today announced that Scott Skiles has been relieved of his duties as the team’s head coach.

In a statement released this morning, Paxson said:  “This was a difficult decision to make, but one that was necessary at this time.  Scott helped us in many ways during his time with the Bulls; most importantly, he helped this franchise get back to respectability.  I am appreciative of his hard work and the imprint that he left on our team.”

At this time, no decision has been made on Skiles’ replacement.  On Nov. 28, 2003, Skiles became the fifteenth head coach in franchise history when he succeeded Bill Cartwright.  Over the span of five seasons with the Bulls, he compiled a record of 165-172 (.490), and guided the team to the playoffs three consecutive years, highlighted by a first-round series sweep of the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat in the 2007 NBA Playoffs.  In eight-plus seasons as a head coach in the NBA, Skiles owns a career coaching record of 281-251 (.528).

Rumors commentary: Cavs shopping Hughes

A healthy Jason Williams could help the Rockets a little, but that’s not a real solution. The main problem with the Rockets is that Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady, great individual players, don’t seem to be raising the level of play of their teammates and aren’t working particularly well together. J-Will, if healthy, would help a little but that’s not a real fix. The thing is, I’m not sure what the real fix is, either. Maybe just more time? Give them another money to adapt to new coach Rick Adelman, maybe… Larry Hughes, if healthy, should be a team’s third or fourth best player. Probably fourth. If he’s your second best player, that’s simply too much for him. He can be good. But he isn’t great… Now, put an Andre Miller on the Cavs and I bet Hughes gets better shots, and winds up making more of them. Though, ideally the Cavs would add a PG like Miller but one who can also hit threes, stretching the floor and opening a bit so Hughes can slash… The Bulls don’t want to give up on Scott Skiles, especially because it’s really the players’ fault, not his… The Knicks need play David Lee alongside Zach Randolph, and David Lee alongside Eddy Curry, and keep Curry and Randolph on the floor at separate times… Robert Swift scares babies… Kobe Bryant’s display against the Knicks was awesome. He scores even when the defender does a good job. This isn’t news, of course… It’s too early to write Andrea Bargnani off. His second year has been disappointing, but it’s still just his second year. I’ll start judging his career in about two seasons. Until then he’s till a promising guy who is 7 feet tall but shoots like a SG.

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Nets sign Billy Thomas

The New Jersey Nets have signed free agent guard Billy Thomas, Nets President Rod Thorn announced today.  Per team policy, terms of the contract were not released.

The 6’5” Thomas played in 12 games this season for the Colorado 14ers of the NBA Development League, averaging 14.9 points 4.7 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game.

Now in his second stint with the Nets, Thomas played in 25 games with New Jersey in 2004-05, averaging 3.7 points and 1.4 rebounds per game.  The following season (2005-06), Thomas appeared in 17 games with the Washington Wizards.  Over his two NBA seasons, Thomas has posted career averages of 3.1 points and 1.2 rebounds in 42 games.

Following his four-year career at the University of Kansas, Thomas’ basketball travels have included stops in Argentina, the IBL, the Philippines, Italy, the CBA, and a previous two-year stint in the D-League with Greenville.

Cavs being booed at home

The Akron Beacon Journal (Brian Windhorst) reports: In a cheesy but often effective effort to incite fans to boo, the Cavaliers often will put the logos of the University of Michigan or the Pittsburgh Steelers on the Quicken Loans Arena scoreboard when the opposing team is shooting free throws. The fans who came Sunday didn’t need any instruction. They had no problem booing liberally. And not at the opposing team, either. The fans watched the Cavs take another whipping, this one a 105-96 battering at the hands of the Golden State Warriors. All the booing sent one message; some silence sent another. After the game, for the first time in his career, LeBron James did not address the media. He took his clothes out of the locker room, dressed in the training room and left through a back door.

Sonics assign Mouhamed Sene to D-League

The Seattle Sonics announced Sunday that the team has assigned center Mouhamed Sene to the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League.

Under the affiliation system with the D-League, NBA teams can assign up to two players who are rookies or in their second season to their D-League affiliate. Players can stay with the D-League team for as long as the team wishes, and be recalled back to the NBA at any time. A player can only be sent to the D-League a maximum of three times during the season.

The Stampede, the D-League affiliate for the Sonics and the Portland Trail Blazers, are coached by Bryan Gates, who worked as an assistant for the Sonics during summer league play in Las Vegas and Salt Lake City this past July. Idaho will play host to Bakersfield on Dec. 26 and Anaheim on Dec. 28.

The AP reports: Kobe Bryant became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 20,000 points when he made a 3-pointer Sunday early in the third quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers’ game against the Knicks.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Desmond Mason had successful surgery this morning to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb, General Manager Larry Harris announced today.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Curt Crimmins, M.D., at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee in Mequon, WI.

Mason is expected to be out of action for six-to-eight weeks.

Paul Davis has major right knee injury

Los Angeles Clippers’ forward Paul Davis had an MRI performed on his injured right knee today in Los Angeles.  The MRI revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and torn lateral meniscus in his right knee.  Davis will be examined by team physician Dr. Tony Daly on Monday morning.

Davis originally sustained the injury in the second quarter of the Clippers’ game last night in Dallas.  He returned to Los Angeles this morning to undergo the MRI.

In 22 games this season, Davis has averaged 2.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 8.8 minutes per game.

The Portland Trail Blazers recalled guard Taurean Green from the NBA  Development League’s Idaho Stampede, it was announced today by Trail Blazers  general manager Kevin Pritchard.
 Green, who was assigned to the Stampede on Dec. 10, averaged 19.3 points,  5.3 rebounds, 9.8 assists, 2.0 steals and 37.8 minutes in four games (all  starts) with the Trail Blazers’ D-League affiliate.
 Prior to joining the Stampede, Green posted averages of 2.3 points, 1.3  assists and 6.0 minutes in four games with the Trail Blazers this season after  being selected by Portland with the 52nd overall pick in the 2007 NBA  Draft.
 The 6-0, 177-pounder spent three seasons at the University of Florida,  where he guided the Gators to back-to-back NCAA National Championships as the  team’s starting point guard.

Blazers on amazing roll

CBS Sports (Tony Mejia) reports: Portland continued its unlikely run, winning its ninth consecutive game by rallying from a 7-point fourth quarter deficit against Toronto behind Brandon Roy’s 25 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Roy is headed towards a third consecutive Western Conference Player of the Week award and has the Blazers in the playoff hunt through the quarter point of the season. “He’s not just having a hot streak,” coach Nate McMillan said. “What we’re seeing out of him is what he is capable of doing.” Given his production and the steady development of LaMarcus Aldridge, Travis Outlaw and Martell Webster, it’s scary to think what the Blazers would be doing if top draft pick Greg Oden were healthy. As it stands now, they’re right in the chase for the top spot in the Northwest Division.

Part-owner of Kings arrested

The AP reports: A part-owner of the NBA Sacramento Kings was arrested on a domestic violence charge, but his attorney said Friday there was no physical contact or abuse and no violence. Robert Hernreich, of Edwards, faces two counts of second-degree criminal trespass, harassment and domestic violence, all misdemeanors, the Eagle County sheriff’s office said in a statement. The charges stem from an incident Thursday night. Eagle County sheriff’s did not release additional details or immediately return messages left by The Associated Press.

Heat file protest over Shaq fouling out

The AP reports: As expected, the Miami Heat formally filed a protest with the NBA on Friday over what they contend was a critical scoring error in Wednesday night’s overtime loss at Atlanta. The issue is whether Shaquille O’Neal actually committed six fouls in the game.

Mourning always fought hard

Yahoo (Adrian Wojnarowski) reports:  Everyone told Alonzo Mourning to walk away with the Miami Heat’s championship two seasons ago. What else was left? Perhaps the parade down Biscayne Boulevard would’ve been a perfect storybook ending for everyone else, but ’Zo’s journey had been so different, so dramatic, maybe it wasn’t perfect for him. His life, his story, had never been neat and tidy this way. So yes, the disturbing tearing of tendons and muscles on Wednesday night was a horrible scene. Mourning crumpled to the floor clutching his knee, his basketball season, his career, over. And then, there was ’Zo. They wanted to carry him off the court, but he bit his lip, climbed to his feet and declared that he’d be damned if they were going to wheel him out of the gymnasium. He threw his arms around his teammates, and Alonzo Mourning, the last tough guy, limped to the locker room.

Nuggets sign Jelani McCoy, again

The Denver Nuggets have signed F/C Jelani McCoy, team Vice President of Basketball Operations Mark Warkentien announced today.

McCoy appeared in five games for the Nuggets this season, averaging 3.0 mpg before being waived on Dec. 19.

Morris Almond scores 51 in D-League game

Morris Almond tied the NBA Development League scoring record, pouring in 51 points to lift the Utah Flash to a 118-116 overtime victory over the Austin Toros Friday at the McKay Events Center.

“It all came in the flow of the game.” Almond said of his record-tying offensive performance. “I am just happy to be able to get some minutes and contribute. Everybody contributed to this win.”

The Flash (6-5) complete a six game homestand by hosting the Bakersfield Jam on Saturday. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. The Toros (7-4) return home to face the Tulsa 66ers, after finishing 0-3 on a three-game road trip and dropping from first place in the Southwest Division.

That’s an amazing stat when John Thompson mentioned it on his interview with Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan on Inside the NBA. Of course, knowing how my mind works, I wondered about all those changes.

He became the coach on December 9, 1988 and presided over a 97-89 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. It’s nearly impossible to list the exact order of coaching changes but the next best thing would be to do it by team.

Atlanta Hawks - Mike Fratello, Bob Weiss, Lenny Wilkens, Lon Kruger, Terry Stotts, Mike Woodson. (six coaches)

Boston Celtics - Jimmy Rodgers, Chris Ford, ML Carr, Rick Pitino, Jim O’Brien, John Carroll, Doc Rivers (seven)

Charlotte Bobcats - Bernie Bickerstaff, Sam Vincent (two)

Chicago Bulls - Doug Collins, Phil Jackson, Tim Floyd, Bill Berry, Bill Cartwright, Pete Myers, Scott Skiles (seven)

Cleveland Cavaliers - Lenny Wilkens, Mike Fratello, Randy Wittman, John Lucas, Keith Smart, Paul Silas, Brendan Malone, Mike Brown (eight)

Dallas Mavericks - John MacLeod, Richie Adubato, Gar Heard, Quinn Buckner, Dick Motta, Jim Cleamons, Don Nelson, Donn Nelson, Avery Johnson (nine)

Denver Nuggets - Doug Moe, Paul Westhead, Dan Issel, Gene Littles, Bernie Bickerstaff, Dick Motta, Bill Hanzlik, Mike D’Antoni, Dan Issel, Mike Evans, Jeff Bzdelik, Michael Cooper, George Karl (12)

Detroit Pistons - Chuck Daly, Ron Rothstein, Don Chaney, Doug Collins, Alvin Gentry, George Irvine, Rick Carlisle, Larry Brown, Flip Saunders (nine)

Golden State Warriors - Don Nelson, Bob Lanier, Rick Adelman, PJ Carlesimo, Garry St Jean, Dave Cowens, Brian Winters, Eric Musselman, Mike Montgomery, Don Nelson (nine)

Houston Rockets - Don Chaney, Rudy Tomjanovich, Jeff Van Gundy, Rick Adelman (four)

Indiana Pacers - George Irvine, Dick Versace, Bob Hill, Larry Brown, Larry Bird, Isiah Thomas, Rick Carlisle, Jim O’Brien (eight)

Los Angeles Clippers - Gene Shue, Don Casey, Mike Schuler, Larry Brown, Bob Weiss, Bill Fitch, Chris Ford, Jim Todd, Alvin Gentry, Dennis Johnson, Mike Dunleavy (11)

Los Angeles Lakers - Pat Riley, Mike Dunleavy, Randy Pfund, Magic Johnson, Del Harris, Bill Bertka, Kurt Rambis, Phil Jackson, Rudy Tomjanovich, Frank Hamblen, Phil Jackson (10)

Memphis Grizzlies - Brian Winters, Stu Jackson, Brian Hill, Lionel Hollins, Sidney Lowe, Hubie Brown, Lionel Hollins, Mike Fratello, Tony Barone, Marc Iavaroni (nine)

Miami Heat - Ron Rothstein, Kevin Loughery, Alvin Gentry, Pat Riley, Stan Van Gundy, Pat Riley (five)

Milwaukee Bucks - Del Harris, Frank Hamblen, Mike Dunleavy, Chris Ford, George Karl, Terry Porter, Terry Stotts, Larry Krystowiak (eight)

Minnesota Timberwolves - Bill Musselman, Jimmy Rodgers, Sidney Lowe, Bill Blair, Flip Saunders, Kevin McHale, Dwane Casey, Randy Wittman (eight)

New Jersey Nets - Willis Reed, Bill Fitch, Chuck Daly, Butch Beard, John Calipari, Don Casey, Byron Scott, Lawrence Frank (eight)

New Orleans Hornets - Dick Harter, Gene Littles, Allan Bristow, Dave Cowens, Paul Silas, Tim Floyd, Byron Scott (seven)

New York Knicks - Rick Pitino, Stu Jackson, John McLeod, Pat Riley, Don Nelson, Jeff Van Gundy, Don Chaney, Herb Williams, Lenny Wilkens, Herb Williams, Larry Brown, Isiah Thomas (11)

Orlando Magic - Matt Guokas, Brian Hill, Richie Adubato, Chuck Daly, Doc Rivers, Johnny Davis, Chris Jent, Brian Hill, Stan Van Gundy (eight)

Philadelphia 76ers - Jim Lynam, Doug Moe, Fred Carter, John Lucas, Johnny Davis, Larry Brown, Randy Ayers, Chris Ford, Jim O’Brien, Maurice Cheeks (10)

Phoenix Suns - Cotton Fitzsimmons, Paul Westphal, Cotton Fitzsimmons, Danny Ainge, Scott Skiles, Frank Johnson, Mike D’Antoni (six)

Portland TrailBlazers - Mike Schuler, Rick Adelman, PJ Carlesimo, Mike Dunleavy, Maurice Cheeks, Kevin Pritchard, Nate McMillian (seven)

Sacramento Kings - Jerry Reynolds, Dick Motta, Rex Hughes, Garry St. Jean, Eddie Jordan, Rick Adelman, Eric Musselman, Reggie Theus (eight)

San Antonio Spurs - Larry Brown, Bob Bass, Jerry Tarkanian, John Lucas, Rex Hughes, Bob Hill, Gregg Popovich (seven)

Seattle Supersonics - Bernie Bickerstaff, Tom Newell, Bob Kloppenburg, Bernie Bickerstaff, KC Jones, Bob Kloppenburg, George Karl, Paul Westphal, Nate McMillian, Bob Weiss, Bob Hill, PJ Carlesimo (10)

Toronto Raptors - Brendan Malone, Darrell Walker, Butch Carter, Lenny Wilkens, Kevin O’Neill, Sam Mitchell (six)

Washington Wizards - Wes Unseld, Jim Lynam, Bernie Bickerstaff, Jim Brovelli, Darrell Walker, Gar Heard, Leonard Hamilton, Doug Collins, Eddie Jordan (nine)

Pistons recall Cheikh Samb from D-League

The Detroit Pistons announced today that they have recalled Cheikh Samb from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League.

In two games (both starts), Samb averaged 13.5 points, 9.5 assists and 4.0 blocks in 31.5 minutes with the Mad Ants.

Samb was acquired by the Pistons on draft day from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Maurice Evans on June 28, 2006. Drafted by the Lakers with the 51st pick in the second round of the 2006 NBA Draft, Samb spent the 2006-07 season playing overseas with WTC Cornella in the Spanish LEB2 League.

The 7-foot-1, 215-pound center made his NBA debut with the Pistons at the L.A. Lakers on November 16, scoring two points with four rebounds and two blocks in 15 minutes.  In two NBA games this season, Samb is averaging 1.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 10.5 minutes per game.

Desmond Mason out 6-8 weeks

Milwaukee Bucks forward Desmond Mason will undergo surgery tomorrow to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb that he injured in Wednesday night’s game against Sacramento, General Manager Larry Harris announced today.

Mason is expected to be out of action for six-to-eight weeks.

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