Archive for February 25th, 2008

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.

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