Archive for December 24th, 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.

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