Archive for December, 2007

Rockets recall Steve Novak from D-League

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that forward Steve Novak has been recalled from Houston’s D-League affiliate, Rio Grande Valley. Assigned on Nov. 11, Novak averaged 18.2 points on 46.1 percent shooting, 7.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists in nine games with the Vipers. Prior to his assignment, Novak had been designated as an inactive for the Rockets’ first six games of the season.  He is expected to join the Rockets for tomorrow’s practice at Toyota Center.

Shelden Williams carjacked at gunpoint

The AP reports: Atlanta forward Shelden Williams was carjacked at gunpoint Saturday before the Hawks’ game against Charlotte. Douglasville City Police said two suspects were arrested late Saturday afternoon at Arbor Place Mall in Douglas County, near Atlanta. The suspects were in Williams’ car and were attempting a robbery, according to an officer who answered the phone at the Douglasville Police Department. The officer, who declined to give her name, said one suspect was taken to a hospital after suffering dog bites from the police canine unit during the arrest.

Kenyon Martin suspended 1 game

Denver Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin has been suspended for one game without pay and assessed a Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two for flagrantly fouling Melvin Ely of the New Orleans Hornets by striking him in the head with an elbow, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

The incident occurred with 9:40 remaining in the second period of Denver’s 105-99 win over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the Pepsi Center. Martin will serve the suspension tonight when the Nuggets play the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center.

The following is a statement from Martin: “”I’’m disappointed that I won’’t be out there with my teammates tonight against the Spurs.  What happened with Melvin in Wednesday’’s game was inadvertent.  I apologized to him on the court and again after the game.  He told me he knew it was an accident.””

Antonio Daniels out 2-4 weeks

Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that guard Antonio Daniels sustained a MCL sprain in his right knee in the second quarter of Washington’s 104-91 victory at Miami on Thursday, December 13th, and will miss 2-4 weeks.

“This is very disappointing as Antonio was doing an outstanding job as our starting point guard,” said Grunfeld.  “We are confident Antonio will return to action within the next few weeks.  Roger Mason Jr. and Nick Young have been very productive for us off the bench, and we feel they will make the most of this opportunity.”

In his 11th season in the NBA, Daniels has averaged 8.2 points, 5.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game in 22 contests.  Daniels started Washington’s last 14 games in place of injured All-Star guard Gilbert Arenas, and has guided the Wizards to a 9-5 record over that stretch.  Daniels has averaged 11.0 points, 6.6 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game as a starter this season.

The Charlotte Bobcats today acquired Nazr Mohammed from Detroit in exchange for Primoz Brezec and Walter Herrmann. In addition, the Bobcats have rescinded their D-League assignment for Jermareo Davidson. In a related move, the Pistons requested waivers on forward Ronald Dupree.

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Pau Gasol out with jammed right big toe

The Memphis Grizzlies announced today that forward/center Pau Gasol will be out indefinitely due to a jammed right big toe.

Gasol, who originally suffered the injury in yesterday’s practice, was placed on the team’s inactive list prior to tonight’s contest vs. the Los Angeles Clippers. In his place, the club activated forward Andre Brown.

The 7-0, 260-pound forward/center leads the club in rebounds (7.7, T-31st in NBA) and double-doubles (seven, T-27th), and is second in scoring (17.3, 44th) in 21 games played this season. The seven-year NBA veteran has scored in double figures in 79 consecutive games, which is the third-longest active streak in the NBA behind only Denver’s Carmelo Anthony (152) and Boston’s Ray Allen (118).

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that guard Aaron Brooks has been recalled from Houston’s D-League affiliate, Rio Grande Valley. Assigned on Dec. 6, Brooks averaged 23.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists in two games with the Vipers. Brooks is expected to join the Rockets for tomorrow night’s game vs. Dallas (12/15/07).

Brooks (6-0, 161, Oregon), who was selected by Houston with the 26th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, has averaged 2.5 points in his two appearances with the Rockets this season. He played in his first NBA game vs. Phoenix (11/17/07), notching five points (2-2 FG, 1-1 3FG).

Brooks also averaged 21.4 points (.461, 35-76 FG) and 5.2 assists over five games with Houston in the 2007 NBA Summer League presented by adidas.

He earned NBA Rookie of the Month honors for Summer League and was named to the 2007 NBA Summer League All-Star Team. In addition to his NBA Summer League honors, Brooks was one of the top-10 young NBA players named to a USA Basketball Men’s Select Team that was chosen to help prepare the 2007 USA Senior National Team for its gold-medal run at the FIBA Americas Championship 2007.

The Charlotte Bobcats have assigned rookie forward Jermareo Davidson to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce.  Davidson is expected to see his first action on Sunday, Dec. 16, against the Dakota Wizards.

The 6-10, 230-pound forward has appeared in 11 games this season with averages of 3.5 points and 1.9 rebounds in 8.1 minutes of action.  His draft rights were acquired by the Bobcats along with guard Jason Richardson from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Brandan Wright, whom the Bobcats selected with eighth pick in the 2007 NBA Draft.

Davidson, the 36th overall selection in the June draft, played four seasons at the University of Alabama and averaged 10.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 126 collegiate games. He was named All-Southeastern Conference Second Team in 2006-07 by the league’s coaches and Honorable Mention All-SEC by The Associated Press.

As a senior, he ranked second on the team in scoring, averaging 14.0 points, ranked first in total blocks with 70 and ranked second in rebounding (8.2).  He also reached double-figure scoring 25 times and posted 11 double-doubles on the season.

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Clippers sign Richie Frahm

The Los Angeles Clippers today signed free agent guard Richie Frahm. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released.

Frahm was most recently on the Phoenix Suns roster for the 2007 preseason before being waived on October 24. The 6-foot-5, 202 pound three-point specialist has averaged 3.5 points, 1.2 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 130 career games with the Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Portland Trailblazers and Seattle Supersonics.

Frahm played for Italy’s Benetton Treviso in 2006-07 after appearing in a total of 32 games for the Timberwolves and Rockets in 2005-06, averaging 3.4 points.

Frahm was undrafted after a stellar career at Gonzaga that saw him finish his career as Gonzaga’s all-time leader in career three-point field goals and fourth on the all-time school scoring list with 1,621 points. The Battle Ground, Washington native averaged 12.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists in four seasons at Gonzaga and was a college teammate of Clippers guard Dan Dickau during the 1999-2000 season.

Following college, Frahm played for several teams including the ABA’s Phoenix Eclipse and clubs in the Philippines, Italy and Turkey before signing with Seattle on Sept. 27, 2003 and playing in 54 games. Frahm was selected in the June 22, 2004 expansion draft by the Charlotte Bobcats before signing as a free agent with Portland on July 15, 2004. Following the 2004-05 season, Frahm signed with the Timberwolves as a free agent on Sept. 26, 2005 and was waived after 25 games, allowing him to sign with Houston.

Chicago Bulls forward Tyrus Thomas has been suspended one game without pay and Indiana Pacers forward Troy Murphy has been fined $10,000, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President Basketball Operations.

Thomas was suspended for striking Murphy in the face, while Murphy was fined for his role in escalating the incident by shoving Thomas. The incident occurred with 3:51 remaining in the second period of the Pacers 117-102 win over the Bulls at Conseco Fieldhouse on Dec. 12.

Thomas will serve his suspension tonight when the Bulls host the New York Knicks.

Brendan Haywood stepping up

FoxSports (Charley Rosen) reports: With his newfound freedom and responsibility, Brendan Haywood is finally playing with passion. Indeed, it’s no stretch to claim that Haywood outplayed Shaq — scoring 10 to Shaq’s six, and claiming 10 rebounds where Shaq had only seven. Haywood even managed to get a piece of one of Shaq’s jump hooks. But the one stat that indicates Haywood’s true domination was his corralling five offensive rebounds.

Jazz recall Kyrylo Fesenko from D-League

Utah Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor announced today that the team has recalled center Kyrylo Fesenko from the Utah Flash of the NBA Development League (D-League).

Fesenko, a 7-1, 288-pound center had been re-assigned to the Flash on December 6 following an earlier Flash stint from November 10-30.

Overall, Fesenko has appeared in six games (all starts) for the Flash, averaging 16.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.67 blocks while shooting .625 from the floor.  Fesenko appeared in two games for the Flash during his most recent stint, averaging 21.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.50 blocks while hitting 18-28 shots (.643).

The 20-year-old native of the Ukraine has appeared in one game for the Jazz, scoring six points and grabbing seven rebounds in 17 minutes in a 120-96 Jazz win over the Los Angeles Lakers the night he was first recalled.

Originally selected by Philadelphia with in the second round (38th overall selection) of the 2007 NBA Draft, the Jazz acquired Fesenko’s rights in a draft night deal that sent the draft rights to Herbert Hill (55th overall pick) and trade considerations to the 76ers.

Fesenko will join the Jazz for their game at Portland on Friday.

Atlanta Hawks forward Al Horford has been suspended one game without pay for committing a Flagrant Foul Penalty Two by striking Toronto’s T.J. Ford on the head, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President Basketball Operations.

The incident occurred with 1:32 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Hawks 100-88 loss to the Raptors on Tuesday night at Philips Arena. Horford will serve his suspension Friday against the Detroit Pistons.

InsideHoops.com: We agree with this. Even if the dangerous foul wasn’t intentional, a simple one-game suspension sends a message that all players need to be careful and simply cannot commit this type of foul.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves announced today that center Theo Ratliff will undergo exploratory arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Tuesday, Dec. 18. Dr. James R. Andrews of the Alabama Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham, Ala., will perform the operation. Due to the exploratory nature of the procedure, a timetable for his return will be established following the operation.

Ratliff, acquired via trade from the Boston Celtics on July 31, 2007, has appeared in six games for the Wolves this season, averaging 8.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks in 26.8 minutes per game. The 12-year NBA veteran has missed the last 13 games due to soreness in his right knee.

The San Antonio Spurs announced today that they have recalled Darius Washington from the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League.

Washington was signed by the Spurs on October 1. He appeared in 15 games with the Silver and Black, averaging 2.8 points and 1.1 rebounds while shooting .485 from the field, prior to his assignment to the Toros on November 29.

Washington started all four games he appeared in with the Toros, averaging a D-League best 28.2 points, 8.5 rebounds (10th), 6.2 assists (tied for fifth) and 2.0 steals (tied for eighth) in 38.5 minutes of action.  The 6-2 guard recorded his first professional triple-double when he finished with 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists vs. Tulsa on December 8.

Washington will join the Spurs tonight for their game at the Los Angeles Lakers.

Clippers waive Ruben Patterson

The Los Angeles Clippers today waived forward Ruben Patterson. Signed as a free agent by the Clippers on Aug. 29, Patterson has appeared in 20 games for the Clippers in 2007-08, starting five. Patterson averaged 5.1 points and 3.2 assists this season with Los Angeles.

Cedric Simmons now a dad

The Cleveland Cavaliers are happy to announce that Cedric Simmons and Sabrina Acevedo welcomed their first child, a son, on December 12 at 12:07 am at the Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights, OH.  All are doing well.

Simmons this season is averaging 0.5 points and 2.8 rebounds in 10.8 minutes in the four games he’s played.

Phil Jackson signs contract extension

Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach Phil Jackson has signed a contract extension for an additional season as well as an option for a second year, which would ensure Jackson remaining with the team through the 2009-10 season, it was announced today by Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

“Nobody has been more successful from the sideline in the history of this game than Phil and his record obviously speaks for itself,” said Kupchak. “We’re excited to have a coach of his experience, stature and ability leading this team for the foreseeable future.”

“In the opinion of most people in basketball, and certainly in our opinion, Phil is the greatest coach in the history of the NBA, and we’re very pleased that he’s decided to stay with the Lakers for an extended period of time,” said Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss. “Simply put, he’s the best coach in the business and he will be a valuable part of the development of our team as we continue to improve.”

Jackson, currently in his 8th season as head coach of the Lakers, led his team to three consecutive NBA Championships in his first three seasons with Los Angeles (2000-02). Overall, Jackson has guided his teams to nine NBA Championships, tying him for first with the late Red Auerbach. The fastest coach to 900 career victories, Jackson’s total of 931 wins ranks 9th all-time. Jackson’s .699 winning percentage ranks best in league history.

Additionally, Jackson ranks first all time in NBA postseason history with a .699 winning percentage (179-77) while his 179 wins are the highest postseason victory total for any head coach.

“I enjoy working with the players and staff of this team, as well as the management and ownership,” said Jackson. “I’m looking forward to continuing my work with the Lakers and to continuing to live in the great city of Los Angeles.”

On September 7, Jackson was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, earning induction in his first year of consideration for election.

Currently in his 17th season as an NBA head coach, Jackson served as head coach of the Chicago Bulls for nine seasons, leading Chicago to championships in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1998 while compiling a regular-season record of 545-193.

T.J. Ford update: He seems OK

The Toronto Raptors announced Wednesday that guard T.J. Ford was released this morning from Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia and has returned to Toronto. The results of images taken and interpreted at the hospital (X rays, CT scan and MRI) were negative. He will be reassessed by Raptors medical personnel.

Ford left last night’s game against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena at the 1:32 mark of the fourth quarter after a collision with Hawks centre Al Horford. Ford was alert and had movement in his extremities when he was transported from the arena to the hospital for further evaluation.

No time frame has been established for a return to basketball activity. Ford is currently second on the Raptors in scoring (14.1) and assists (6.8) per game.

Pacers sign Courtney Sims

The Indiana Pacers announced Wednesday they have signed forward Courtney Sims to a contract.  Per club policy, terms of the contract were not released.

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