Archive for March 1st, 2008

Ilgauskas has strained back

Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas was examined today at The Cleveland Clinic by head team physician Dr. Richard Parker. He was diagnosed with a strained back and is listed as Out for tomorrow’s game versus the Chicago Bulls at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. He will be re-examined tomorrow and his status will be updated after that.

The Los Angeles Clippers today signed free agent guard Andre Barrett to a 10-day contract. Barrett comes to the Clippers from the NBA Development League’s Austin Toros, becoming the league’s 16th Gatorade Call-up and the 13th D-League player to be called to an NBA roster this season.

Barrett played 30 games this season for the Bakersfield Jam of the Development League, averaging 18.9 points, 8.8 assists, 3.4 rebounds in 38.2 minutes before being traded to Austin on Feb. 25.

A former stand-out at Seton Hall University, the Clippers will be Barrett’s sixth NBA team. He has averaged 3.4 points, 2.0 assist and 1.1 rebounds in 63 career NBA games over the course of three seasons.

Barrett started his NBA career with Houston in 2004-05, appearing in 27 games for the Rockets and averaging 2.1 points before finishing the season with Orlando.

Barrett played in two games for Phoenix in 2005-06 and then made 17 appearances for the Toronto Raptors that season, averaging a career-best 4.6 points in 15.4 minutes.

The Bronx, New York product played in six games for Chicago last season, averaging 1.3 points.

Rockets All-Star center Yao Ming will undergo season-ending surgery on Monday, March 3rd  in order to repair a stress fracture in the tarsal navicular bone in his left foot.  The surgery will be performed at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center by Rockets Team Physician Tom Clanton, who is regarded as one of the nation’s top orthopedic foot and ankle surgeons.

Injuries have really messed Yao and the Rockets up for years now. It’s tough to say how Yao can ever stop getting hurt, considering how huge he is. Hopefully he can somehow stay healthy eventually.

The Cavaliers are pleased to announce that Wally and Shannon Szczerbiak welcomed their son into the world today in New York, as Shannon gave birth to Maximus Jack (8lbs, 20in).  Wally, Shannon, and their entire family are all doing fine.

That’s right. His name is Maximus. Bow down to lil Max. Aww.

Wizards-Hornets team 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.

Butler and Hornets’ guard Mike James were teammates in Miami in 2002-03.

Washington’s Darius Songaila and New Orleans’ Peja Stojakovic were teammates in Sacramento from 2003-05.

Songaila and Tyson Chandler were teammates in Chicago in 2005-06.

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.

Pacers sign Flip Murray

The Indiana Pacers announced Saturday they have signed free agent guard Ronald “Flip” Murray to a contract for the remainder of the season. Per club policy, no terms of the contract were released.

Murray, 6-4, 200-pound guard, played with the Detroit Pistons this season before being waived Feb. 22. He played in 19 games with Detroit, averaging 7.5 points, 3.4 assists and 1.9 rebounds. In five seasons prior, Murray played with Milwaukee, Seattle, Cleveland and the Pistons.

“This late in the season, we’re fortunate to be able to pick up someone who can contribute to our run for a playoff spot,” said Pacers Coach Jim O’Brien. “He’s a welcome addition to the Indiana Pacers.”

Murray will wear number 22. He practiced with the Pacers Saturday and will be available when the Pacers host Milwaukee, Sunday, March 2.

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