Archive for December 12th, 2007

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.

The  Miami  Heat announced today that they have requested waivers on guard Penny Hardaway  and signed free agent forward/guard Luke Jackson. Per team policy, terms of the  deal were not disclosed.
 Jackson, a 6’7”, 215-pound guard, has appeared in 59  games (two starts) in his three-year NBA career and averaged 2.9 points, 1.0  rebounds, 0.7 assists and 8.4 minutes while shooting 37.4 percent (58-of-155)  from the field, 35.6 percent (21-of-59) from three-point range and 75 percent  (36-of-48) from the free throw line.
 This season, the former 10th overall pick in  the 2004 NBA Draft, appeared in one game for the Idaho Stampede of the NBA  Development League and posted 30 points, nine assists, four rebounds, a steal  and a block in 31 minutes of action while shooting 7-of-14 from the field,  5-of-6 from three-point range and a perfect 11-of-11 from the free throw line.  Prior to that, after a stint with the Los Angeles Clippers and finishing the  season with the Toronto Raptors last season, Jackson appeared in 23 games (16  starts) for the Stampede and averaged 14.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists and  1.3 steals in 29.7 minutes while shooting 48 percent (121-of-252) from the  field, 48.6 percent (34-of-70) from three-point range and 78.9 percent  (60-of-76) from the free throw line.
 Jackson, the former Oregon Duck, finished his four-year  colligate career as one of only two players in Pac-10 history to accumulate more  than 1,900 points, 700 rebounds and 400 assists while becoming the only player  in Oregon history to rank in the Top 10 in nine categories: free throws made  (first), scoring (second), steals (third), free throw percentage (third),  assists (fourth), field goals made (fourth), three-point field goals made  (sixth), three-point percentage (seventh) and rebounding (seventh).
 Penny Hardaway  appeared in 16 games (eight starts) for  Miami and averaged  3.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.2

Nets waive Eddie Gill

The New Jersey Nets have requested waivers on guard Eddie Gill, Nets President Rod Thorn announced today.
 Gill, who signed with the Nets on November 16, 2007, appeared in 13 games, averaging 2.9 points 1.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.

Grizzlies president resigns

Andy Dolich, President of Business Operations of the Grizzlies has announced his resignation effective December 31 2007.  Dolich has been responsible for the overall day to day functioning of the business and marketing side of the Grizzlies and FedExForum which he was appointed to by team owner Michael Heisley in May of 2000.

Garbajosa out after surgery

Ticker reports: Toronto Raptors forward Jorge Garbajosa underwent surgery on his left leg and ankle on Tuesday and is out indefinitely. The procedure was performed by Dr. Mark Myerson, who has instructed Garbajosa to stay off his feet for a minimum of 10 weeks. There is no timetable for his return. The 6-9 Garbajosa suffered the injury at the end of March in a game against the Boston Celtics and required surgery. However, the second-year forward opted not to have the procedure in order to play for Spain in EuroBasket 2007 over the summer.

The Associated Press (Brian Mahoney) reports: NBA commissioner David Stern won’t punish Isiah Thomas or Madison Square Garden for their role in a sexual harassment trial that embarrassed the Knicks and the league. “Instead, we are going to continue to focus our attention on a league-wide program ensuring that all teams have appropriate policies, clearly communicated to their employees, focusing on respect in the workplace including the prohibition of sexual harassment,” Stern said in a statement. On Monday, Thomas and MSG settled the case brought by former team executive Anucha Browne Sanders for $11.5 million. A jury awarded her $11.6 million in punitive damages in October — a trial Stern wanted the Knicks to avoid, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.

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