Archive for January 11th, 2008

McGrady out 3+ more games

The AP reports: Houston Rockets guard Tracy McGrady is expected to miss three more games as he recovers from a left knee injury. McGrady, averaging 23 points and five assists per game, has sat out the last eight games with strained tendons, tendinitis and a bone bruise in the knee. The Rockets are 6-2 in the stretch without him heading into Friday night’s game against Minnesota.

The AP reports: A judge threw out a petition by neighbourhood groups to stop the US$4 billion redevelopment of Brooklyn’s Atlantic Yards, where construction of an arena for the NBA’s New Jersey Nets is planned. U.S. State Supreme Court Justice Joan Madden ruled Friday that developers of the 22-acre site did enough studies on the impact of traffic, crowds, potential terrorism and other environmental factors on the area to satisfy legal requirements. The petitioners, a coalition of 26 neighbourhood groups, had claimed they would be “directly affected” and “harmed by the substantial adverse environmental impacts of a project of such enormous scale.”

Golden State Warriors guard Troy Hudson underwent successful surgery on his left hip on Thursday, January 10, the team announced today. The surgery was performed by Dr. Bryan Kelly at the Hospital for SpecialSurgery in New York and involved the repair of a torn labrum.
 Hudson, 31, will commence basic rehabilitation immediately and advance as his progress allows. He is expected to be sidelined for 3-4 months.
 In nine games this season, Hudson has averaged 3.1 points and 1.0 assists in 10.4 minutes per contest. Originally signed as a free agent by the Warriors on September 24, 2007, Hudson last appeared in a game on December 12 at Portland, where he tallied a season-high 10 points in 17 minutes of action.

Beginning today, Nuggets F Nenê will take an  indefinite leave of absence from the team to tend to a personal medical  issue.
 “I’m very upset that I have to put a little delay  on being with the team to take care of my health,” said Nenê. “It is hard to go through when things  seem to be going so well. I thank God that he showed me this issue so I can take  care of it. I want to get back on  the court as soon as possible to help my teammates. My family and I ask that you respect our  privacy during this time.”
 “Our thoughts and prayers are with Nenê and his  family,” said Nuggets Head Coach George Karl. “Our main focus is to support him  as a family and as teammates.”
 The Nuggets organization will continue to  support Nene’s wishes and respect his privacy. The team will provide further  information when it becomes available.
 Nenê, 6-11, 260, is in his sixth season with the  Nuggets.

Glen Rice arrested for battery charge

The AP reports: Former Miami Heat star Glen Rice was arrested Friday on a felony battery charge after police say he beat a man he found hiding in his estranged wife’s closet. Rice went to the home of estranged wife Christina Rice and punched Alberto Perez several times, police said. Perez fled the home and called police. He received a cut to his forehead that needed nine stitches, police said.

The Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports: Bulls rookie Joakim Noah was placed on the inactive list for Friday’s game at Philadelphia due to a disciplinary action. Noah admitted getting into a verbal altercation with one of the assistant coaches at the morning shootaround, but chose not to provide reporters with many details.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports: The altercation is believed to have been verbal with Ron Adams. Noah’s also been late on several occasions this season.

To some teams, 18-17 is respectable. There are at least 19, 763 fans in New York who would be delirious if the Knicks were that good. To Michael Grange, who covers the Raptors for the Toronto Globe and Mail, 18-17 is fine considering the hand the team has been dealt. Chris Bosh was hurt before the season began, then strained his right groin against Memphis on Nov. 28. He’s just rounding into form.

Additionally, T.J. Ford developed a left arm ’stinger’ on Nov. 20, and Jorge Garbajosa underwent surgery on his left ankle on Dec. 11. Each of them sat out against the Knicks on January 11.

Grange also said, that despite the Raptors’ influx of foreign-born players [five countries outside the US are represented], there doesn’t seem to a lack of communication on the court. In fact, several players do speak Italian, and have used their bilingualism to confuse opponents.

Denver Nuggets guard Chucky  Atkins underwent successful surgery today to repair a right groin/abdominal  strain – also known as a sports hernia.
 The surgery was performed by  Dr. Robert MacDonald at Rose Medical Center.
 Atkins is expected to be  sidelined for a minimum of eight weeks.

The NBA today granted a game protest filed by the Miami Heat after its 117-111 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on December 19 at Philips Arena, which will result in the replay of the final 51.9 seconds of the game’s overtime period with the Hawks leading 114-111. The replay will occur immediately prior to the next scheduled game between the two teams — on March 8, 2008, also at Philips Arena.

The Heat protested the game because, with 51.9 seconds remaining in overtime, the Hawks’ scoring table personnel incorrectly disqualified the Heat’s Shaquille O’Neal – asserting that a foul committed by O’Neal was his sixth foul of the game, when in fact it was only his fifth.  The error occurred because the Hawks’ Official Scorer mistakenly attributed to O’Neal a foul at 3:24 remaining in the fourth period that was actually called against the Heat’s Udonis Haslem.

NBA Commissioner David Stern found that the Hawks were grossly negligent in committing this scoring error, since they failed to follow league-mandated scoring procedures and failed to respond effectively when the members of the statisticians’ crew noticed the mistake.  Because of this conduct by Atlanta’s personnel, Miami suffered a clear competitive disadvantage, as O’Neal – the Heat’s second leading scorer and rebounder that night – was removed from a one-point game with only 51.9 seconds remaining.  Under this unprecedented set of circumstances, the Commissioner granted the Heat’s protest, and fined the Hawks $50,000 for their violation of league rules.

The protest is the first granted by the NBA since December 14, 1982 when then-NBA Commissioner Larry O’Brien upheld a protest by the San Antonio Spurs concerning their 137-132 double overtime loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 30.  The Spurs and Lakers finished the game on April 13 with San Antonio collecting a 117-114 win.

The Phoenix Suns have assigned rookie forward Alando Tucker to their NBA Development League affiliate Albuquerque Thunderbirds, President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Steve Kerr announced today. Tucker was previously assigned on Nov. 28 and recalled on Dec. 24.  Tucker’s second assignment is the 30th of the season.

The 29th overall selection in the 2007 NBA Draft, Tucker has made appearances in five games for Phoenix this season, averaging 2.4 points in 4.5 minutes.  During his first assignment, Tucker played five games for the Thunderbirds, averaging 28.2 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists.  He earned Performer of the Week honors for the week of Dec. 17, 2007.

A product of the University of Wisconsin, Tucker finished his college career as the all-time leading scorer with 2,217 points, averaging 16.5 points, to go along with 5.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 134 games.  During his senior season he earned Big Ten Player of the Year and was named First-Team All-America by the Associated Press.

Phoenix recalled Strawberry Thursday following his Performer of the Week nod after averaging 34.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists while shooting 24-of-41 (.585) from the field and 8-of-14(.571) from behind the three-point arc.

Cavs assign Shannon Brown to D-League

The Cleveland Cavaliers have assigned Shannon Brown to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Cavaliers General Manager Danny Ferry announced today. Brown is the 24th NBA assignment to a D-League affiliate this season.

The 6-4, 211-pound guard has appeared in 12 games for the Cavaliers this season, including four starts. Brown is averaging 7.9 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 16.4 minutes for the Cavaliers this season. This is the second stint in the D-League for the second-year pro. Brown was assigned to the Albuquerque Thunderbirds on March 2, 2006. He played in one game, posting 14 points, four rebounds and six assists in 28 minutes. He was recalled on March 3, 2006.

The Maywood, Ill. native was selected in the first round (25th overall) of the 2006 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He appeared in 23 games (five starts) as a rookie and averaged 3.2 points in 8.8 minutes per game.

A product of Michigan State University, Brown averaged 12.2 points and 3.4 rebounds in three seasons for the Spartans. In his final season at MSU, Brown was named to the All-Big Ten Second Team and the All-Big Ten Defensive Team after averaging 17.2 points and 4.4 rebounds.

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Right now, our readers prefer the Suns, with 63% feeling Phoenix wins it, and 37% liking Dallas.

Breaking it down further, 51% of our readers felt the Suns would win in 6 or 7 games, 13% saying the Suns would win in 4 or 5 games. As for fans who picked the Mavs, 33% said they’d win in 6 or 7 games, 3% picked 4 or 5 games.

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David Harrison suspended for drugs

David Harrison of the Indiana Pacers has been suspended without pay for five games by the NBA for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program.

Harrison’s suspension will begin with Saturday night’s game when the Pacers visit the Sacramento Kings.

Statement from Pacers’ President of Basketball Operations, Larry Bird, regarding the suspension of David Harrison by the NBA: “We are very disapppointed with the news that David Harrison has been suspended. This is a private matter and we will do what we can to provide David any help going forward.”

Persuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, only the league disciplines for violations of the anti-drug program.

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