Archive for February, 2008

Mavericks sign Jamaal Magloire

The Dallas Mavericks announced today they have signed center Jamaal Magloire.  Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. InsideHoops.com hears it may be a one-year contract for the league minimum. But that isn’t confirmed.
 
Magloire (6-11, 265) played 24 games for New Jersey this season and averaged 1.8 points and 3.4 rebounds in 10.8 minutes.  The eight-year pro has career averages of 8.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.0 block while shooting 47.9% from the field in 530 total games with four different franchises (Charlotte/New Orleans, Milwaukee, Portland and New Jersey).
 
In 2004 with New Orleans, Magloire was selected as a reserve for the Eastern Conference All-Star Team.  He finished with 19 points, 8 rebounds, 1 block and 1 steal in 21 minutes for the East.  During that season, he ranked fifth in the NBA in offensive rebounds, tied for seventh in overall rebounds and tied for 27th in field goal percentage.  Additionally, he was one of only four players in the Eastern Conference and 11 players in the entire NBA to average a double-double.
 
Magloire was the 19th overall selection in the 2000 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets after playing four years for the University of Kentucky.  He was a member of the Wildcats 1998 National Championship team.

Rockets All-Star center Yao Ming has been lost for the remainder of the 2007-08 NBA season due to a stress fracture in his left foot.

I feel sorry for Rockets fans. They don’t deserve this. Between Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady the team over the last few years has had more injuries than the local hospital.

Here’s what they should probably do now:

- Give Luis Scola a bigger role. If he’s good enough to carry top international teams to victory, he can do more for the Rockets than he’s been asked to so far.

- Tell Rafer Alston to bust out some streetball moves during games. It may make the team lose, but it’ll entertain. He should bounce the ball off Dikembe Mutombo’s head, while moonwalking.

- Put Gerald Green out there and let him try to dunk three-pointers.

- Tell Luther Head to make like Leandro Barbosa and try to score 20 whenever possible.

- Let Mutombo give inspirational speeches to the fans during halftime while dressed like the cookie monster. It’ll amuse the kiddies.

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has signed guard/forward Bobby Jones to a 10-day contract. To accommodate the signing, Houston has waived guard Adam Haluska, who was acquired by the Rockets via trade with the New Orleans Hornets on Feb. 21, 2008.

Jones (6-7, 215, Washington) has averaged 3.0 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 76 career games (seven starts) with Philadelphia, Denver and Memphis. Jones was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second round (37th overall) of the 2006 NBA Draft before having his draft rights sent to the Sixers. Jones averaged 2.5 points and 1.3 rebounds in 44 games (five starts) during his rookie season in Philadelphia. Traded by the Sixers to the Nuggets on Sept. 10, 2007, Jones averaged 3.3 points and 1.4 boards in 23 outings this season with Denver. Jones, who was waived by the Nuggets on Jan. 7 of this year and signed to the first of two 10-day contracts with Memphis on Jan. 10, averaged 4.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in nine contests (two starts) with the Grizzlies in 2007-08.

Jones will wear jersey #15.

Vote in MVP poll

On the front page of InsideHoops.com, if you scroll down, you’ll see a poll I posted late Monday night, asking for the top three most deserving MVP candidates.

The players I chose to include are: Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Chris Paul, LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, and Manu Ginobili. And for good measure I added ‘other’ in case any of you feel there’s a better candidate out there that is worthy of being in the top three.

Now, go vote in the poll.

The Austin Toros announced today that they traded forward Justin Reed to the Bakersfield Jam for guard Andre Barrett.

Reed, a 6-8 forward out of Mississippi averaged 14.5 points and six rebounds in 15 games with the Toros this season.

Barrett, a 5-10 guard from Seton Hall averages 19 points, three rebounds, and eight assists per game.  Barrett will wear jersey #4 and is expected to play Friday when the Toros take on Fort Wayne at the Austin Convention Center.

Brandon Roy out Tue and Wed

Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy did not accompany the team to Los Angeles, and will sit out Tuesday’s game at the L.A. Lakers and Wednesday’s game at the L.A. Clippers with a right ankle sprain.

The injury, which originally occurred Feb. 13 at Dallas, was aggravated during Sunday’s game vs. Boston. Roy left the Celtics game in the third quarter and did not return.

He is listed as day-to-day for Friday’s home game vs. the Lakers.

The Continental Basketball Association today announced that the Great Falls Explorers will cease operations effective today, Monday, February 25. The member teams of the CBA will not make up the remaining home games in Great Falls.

“This is an unfortunate turn of events for the Great Falls Explorers and the CBA as a whole,” said Explorers CEO Michael Tuckman. “Due to our ongoing arena issues, I just felt it was in the best interests for myself and the CBA to suspend operations for the remaining portion of the season. I knew when I took the helm in November it would be mission difficult but with the arena issues at Four Seasons, it has just turned into mission impossible. If the arena issues are dealt with in a manner that it makes fiscal sense to return to Great Falls, I would come back immediately.”

“While it is regrettable that Michael and the Explorers have to suspend operations, it is understandable,” said CBA Deputy Commissioner Dennis Truax. “The ongoing lease issues between Michael and the Four Seasons Arena have made it difficult to operate. We commend Michael on all of his hard work this season and we will work diligently to help him solve this arena issue so he can return to Great Falls. We feel the Great Falls market can and will sustain a CBA franchise.”

THE GREAT FALLS EXPLORERS ROSTER

Player Position Ht. Wt. DOB From
Lamont Arrington Center 6-11 245 1982-12-16 Colorado ‘06
Marlyn Bryant Guard 6-3 180 1982-08-04 South Florida ‘05
Junior Burrough Forward 6-8 250 1973-01-18 Virginia ‘95
Maurice Carter Guard 6-0 175 1983-06-27 Robert Morris ‘06
Jason Clark Forward 6-8 235 1982-05-02 Virginia ‘05
Damien Hubbard * Forward 6-6 200 1984-03-13 Liberty ‘07
Pele Paelay Guard 6-4 185 1984-06-15 Coastal Carolina ‘06
Michael Peeples * Forward 6-7 210 1985-09-08 Faileigh Dickinson ‘07
Tim Pledger Guard 5-9 155 1976-07-02 Delta State ‘98

Head Coach: Rick Turner

5th Anniversary

02/28/03: The New York Knicks retire Patrick Ewing’s No. 33.

03/05/03: Kobe Bryant became the youngest player in NBA history to score 10,000 points.

10th Anniversary

02/25/98: Bill Fitch passed Red Auerbach (938) to become at the time the second-winningest coach in NBA history with a 117-108 win over Philadelphia.

02/27/98: The Indiana Pacers defeat the Portland Trail Blazers 124-59. The 65-point margin of victory is the second-largest in NBA history, outpaced only by the 68-point margin when Cleveland defeated Miami 148-80 on December 17, 1991.

03/01/98: Miami head coach Pat Riley became the fifth coach to record 900 career wins with a 85-84 win over New Jersey.

03/04/98: Arbitrator John Feerick upheld the NBA’s suspension of Latrell Sprewell for the 1997-98 season, resulting in a monetary penalty of $6.4 million, finding that the NBA’s investigation was “done in good faith and was fair and adequate.” Feerick also found “that the NBA complied with the standards of industrial due process.” He reduced the NBA’s suspension to the extent it had included approximately one month of the 1998-99 season. However, the arbitrator reinstated Sprewell’s contract with Golden State for the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 seasons, finding that the combination of a one-season suspension and a contract termination would not be appropriate under all of the circumstances.

15th Anniversary

03/02/93: Denver retired the #7 jersey of long-time Nugget Alex English, who spent 10 1/2 of his 15 years in the NBA in the Mile High City, scoring a career total of 25,613 points.

20th Anniversary

03/02/88: The flaming basketball is adopted as Miami’s official logo from over 1,000 entries. Mark Henderson submitted the winning entry.

25th Anniversary

03/05/83: Golden State’s Joe Barry Carroll scored 52 points in a 127-121 Warriors victory over the Utah Jazz.

Gerald Wallace: post-concussion symptoms

Charlotte Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace developed post-concussion symptoms over the weekend that included headaches, drowsiness and soreness of the neck and jaw, according to Bobcats team physicians Dr. Glenn Perry and Dr. Joe Garcia.

Wallace is scheduled to see Charlotte-based neurologist Dr. Jerry Petty later this week, where he will go through a series of neural tests. Following the evaluation and based off the recommendation by Dr. Petty and team doctors, a timetable will be determined for his return. At this point, no timetable has been set.

Wallace suffered a Grade 3 concussion on Feb. 22 against the Sacramento Kings. Further tests at Presbyterian Hospital later that night revealed no fractures and no bleeding. The injury occurred with 9:54 left in the third quarter after an inadvertent elbow by Kings forward Mikki Moore. Wallace was immediately taken to the hospital for evaluation where he received a CAT-Scan and other on-site tests. He was later released and returned home.

Overseas: Igor Rakocevic hurt

Euroleague.net reports: Tau Ceramica shooting guard Igor Rakocevic will be sidelined for 3 weeks due to a calf injury. Rakocevic got injured midway through a Spanish League game against MMT Estudiantes last week and is set to miss several Top 16 games, even when he could return before the end of this phase.

Wizards notes

The Washington Wizards will visit the New Orleans Hornets tomorrow night (Monday, February 25th) in Louisiana on Comcast SportsNet and WTEM 980 at 8:00 pm.

This game marks the first of two meetings between Washington and New Orleans this season.  The Wizards and Hornets will conclude their season-series on March 2 in Washington.

Last season vs. New Orleans…The Wizards and Hornets split a pair of meetings, with each team winning at home…The Wizards’ loss in Oklahoma City on January 12, 2007 marked Washington’s tenth consecutive road defeat to the Hornets franchise; including games played in Charlotte, New Orleans and Oklahoma City…The Wizards’ 125-103 win at Verizon Center on March 17, 2007 was their third straight home win vs. New Orleans.

Washington last defeated the Hornets on the road on November 1, 2000 in Charlotte when the franchise was still the Charlotte Hornets.  That win came in the Wizards’ opening game of the 2000-01 NBA season.  None of the current Wizards played for Washington at that time.

This game marks the beginning of Washington’s 15th back-to-back set this season.  The Wizards are 6-8 to date in the first game when playing on consecutive nights.  Washington will conclude the back-to-back on Tuesday night in Houston.  The Wizards are also 6-8 in the second game of a back-to-back set.

Washington’s starting line-up of Antonio Daniels, DeShawn Stevenson, Antawn Jamison, Andray Blatche and Brendan Haywood started their ninth game together as a unit in Washington’s last game, becoming Washington’s second-most frequently used starting line-up this season.  The Wizards’ most popular starting unit — Daniels, Stevenson, Caron Butler, Jamison, Haywood — has started 27 games as a unit, and holds a 16-11 record in those games.  In all, Washington has used eight different starting line-ups this season, as the opening night line-up that featured Gilbert Arenas, Stevenson, Butler, Jamison and Haywood started just eight games together.  Antawn Jamison and DeShawn Stevenson are the only two Wizards to have started every game this season.

Despite Washington’s sub-.500 record this season (26-29, .473), the Wizards have outscored the opposition by three points this season, 5,421 - 5,418.  The Wizards are the only sub-.500 team in the NBA that has outscored their opponent this season.  Two teams with a +.500 record this season — Cleveland and Portland — have been cumulatively outscored by their opponents in 2007-08.

In Washington’s last game…The Wizards defeated the Charlotte Bobcats, 110-95, at Verizon Center on Saturday, Feb. 23…Antawn Jamison led five Wizards in double figures in scoring with 22 points…The Wizards improved to 7-2 this season when all five starters score at least 10 points…DeShawn Stevenson’s 20-point game marked his fourth game this season with 20+ points…Brendan Haywood finished with 15 points (6-12 FG, 3-3 FT), seven rebounds, a career-high five assists, and three blocked shots…Andray Blatche started his 12th game of the season, and finished with 13 points and eight rebounds…Antonio Daniels tallied 10 points, and improved to 20-17 as a starter this season…Oleksiy Pecherov finished one point shy of being the sixth Wizard in double figures in scoring, but finished with a career-high tying nine points and a career-high six rebounds…Rookie guard Nick Young grabbed a career-high five rebounds…Washington committed a team season-low seven turnovers…Caron Butler missed his eighth straight game with a left hip flexor strain.

Washington-New Orleans connections…Wizards forward Antawn Jamison was born in Shreveport, LA…Washington’s Antonio Daniels and New Orleans’ Bonzi Wells were teammates in Portland in 2002-03…Washington’s Caron Butler and New Orleans’ Rasual Butler were teammates in Miami from 2002-04…Washington’s Darius Songaila and New Orleans’ Peja Stojakovic and Bobby Jackson were teammates in Sacramento from 2003-05…Wizards Head Coach Eddie Jordan and Hornets Head Coach Byron Scott coached together on the New Jersey Nets teams that went to back-to-back NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003…Hornets Assistant Coach Darrell Walker played for Washington from 1987-1991; was Washington’s Head Coach for a 38-game stint in 1999-00; and served in the team’s scouting department from 2000-04.

The Toronto Sun (Steve Buffery) reports: Jose Calderon has been saying it for months, and now T.J. Ford has emphatically jumped on the bandwagon. The two point guards want to stay together for as long as possible — even though they would have a lot more to gain from a personal standpoint if they split up. “Do I think it can continue to work? Yes I do,” said Ford this week, when asked about sharing duties with Calderon. “I think we both continue to make each other better. We set high expectations for one another (and) I think we do a good job supporting one another and I think our relationship is great.” Calderon is a restricted free agent at season’s end and GM Bryan Colangelo has made it known he will match all offers. But the question remains: Will Calderon be content to come off the bench once Ford is healthy? Or, for that matter, will Ford be happy coming off the bench?

Grizzlies waive Marcus Vinicius

The Memphis Grizzlies waived forward Marcus Vinicius (Va-NEE-Shus), club General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced today.

The 6-8, 225-pound forward was acquired in a three-team trade on February 21. Memphis received Vinicius from the New Orleans Hornets along with the draft rights to Malick Badiane (Muh-LEEK Bah-Dee-En) and cash considerations from the Houston Rockets. In return, the Grizzlies sent the draft rights to Sergei Lishouk (Sir-GAY Leesh-CHUK) to the Rockets.

The 43rd overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft averaged 2.2 points in 5.3 minutes in 13 games for New Orleans this season.  Vinicius owns career averages of 1.9 points in 6.6 minutes in 26 games over two seasons with the Hornets.

Gerald Wallace concussion, amnesia

Charlotte Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace suffered a Grade 3 concussion tonight versus the Sacramento Kings and is experiencing a slight case of amnesia. Further tests at Presbyterian Hospital revealed no fractures and no bleeding.

The injury occurred with 9:54 left in the third quarter after an inadvertent elbow by Kings forward Mikki Moore.  Wallace was immediately taken to the hospital for evaluation where he received a CAT-Scan and other test. He has been released and is now home resting. He will not accompany the team at Washington tomorrow. No timetable has been set for his return.

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So far, Seattle SuperSonics center Robert Swift is good at two things: getting tattoos and suffering injuries. Here’s the latest:

Team general manager Sam Presti announced today that third-year center Robert Swift suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee during last night’s game at Portland. The extent of the injury was revealed in an MRI performed today. He will be re-evaluated by Dr. Steve Lombardo in Los Angeles.

“Robert is an important part of the Sonics, and we will continue to support him throughout this rehabilitation process,” Presti said.

Swift has appeared in eight games this season after a long rehabilitation during the off-season. The 7-1 center suffered a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a pre-season game last year on Oct. 25, 2006. Last night’s injury and last season’s ligament tear are not related.

Suns sign Linton Johnson to 10-day deal

The Phoenix Suns today signed forward Linton Johnson to a 10-day contract, the team announced.

The 6-8, 205-pound Johnson joins his fifth NBA team after spending parts of the last four seasons with the Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs, New Jersey Nets and New Orleans Hornets. In 133 career games (27 starts), Johnson owns averages of 4.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 15.0 minutes. The four-year NBA veteran enjoyed his best career season in 2005-06 with the Hornets, posting averages of 5.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 18.1 minutes in 27 games. Johnson signed his first NBA contract with the Bulls on Sept. 29, 2003.

A four-year athlete at Tulane University, Johnson averaged 6.7 points and 4.9 rebounds in 107 career games. An undrafted free agent out of college, Johnson averaged 9.0 points and 6.5 boards as a senior during the 2001-02 season.

The Suns roster now stands at 13.

Antoine Walker open to buyout

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: Wolves veteran Antoine Walker said today he’s open to a “workable buyout” of his contract, though he believes the odds of such a deal happening are slim.Walker said the next step in a season that’s turning more frustrating because of his limited role is to explore the possibility of a buyout. Any possible buyout would have to be completed before March 1 so Walker could be eligible to make a playoff roster with another team, said Walker’s agent, Mark Bartelstein. “It’s something we’ve thought about and are giving consideration to,” Bartelstein said. “If there’s something out there that would ultimately make sense, we’re open to it. I don’t know where it’s going to wind up yet.”Bartelstein declined to comment when asked if he has contacted the Wolves’ front office or owner Glen Taylor about a buyout.

The San Antonio Express News (Jeff McDonald) reports: The agent (Arn Tellem) for Brent Barry says it’s too early to speculate whether the displaced Spurs guard might return to San Antonio this season. Barry, traded to Seattle along with Francisco Elson and a 2009 first-round draft pick on Wednesday, was immediately waived by the SuperSonics, clearing way for him to become a free agent. That led to the supposition that Barry might be headed back to the team that just traded him.

Andris Biedrins has appendectomy

Golden State Warriors forward/center Andris Biedrins underwent a successful appendectomy last night, the team announced today. The procedure was performed by Dr. Bruce Moorstein at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland.

Biedrins will be sidelined indefinitely and no timetable has been established for his return.

Biedrins, 21, has appeared in all 54 games this season (41 starts), averaging 10.3 points, a team-leading 9.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists and a team-leading 1.19 blocks in 27.5 minutes per contest. The fourth-year professional is currently leading the NBA in field goal percentage, having shot 62.2% (240-386 FG) from the field for the season.

In his last game, Wednesday vs. Boston, Biedrins recorded his 18th double-double of the season with 21 points and 13 rebounds in 40 minutes. He has played in each of the Warriors last 153 games (including playoffs), having last missed a game on April 8, 2006 due to a sprained left ankle.

Nets waive Jamaal Magloire

The New Jersey Nets have requested waivers on center Jamaal Magloire, Nets President Rod Thorn announced today. 
 
Magloire, who signed with the Nets on July 17, 2007, played in 24 games this season, averaging 1.8 points and 3.4 rebounds.  The eight-year pro holds career averages of 8.7 points and 7.3 rebounds in 530 NBA games.

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