Archive for March 7th, 2008

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has signed center Justin Williams to a 10-day contract. Williams takes the roster spot which was created after the previous 10-day contract of guard/forward Bobby Jones expired on Friday morning. 
Williams (6-10, 260, Wyoming) has averaged 3.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in 48 career games (one start) with the Sacramento Kings.
Jones scored two points, one rebound and a steal in limited minutes during his three games with the Rockets.

Los Angeles Clippers guard Shaun Livingston had his left knee re-examined on Thursday, March 6 by Dr. James Andrews in San Francisco. Dr. Andrews issued the following statement regarding the current status of Livingston’s recovery:

“I evaluated Shaun yesterday in San Francisco. He has developed a lot of muscle return and recovery in the knee. The stability of the knee looks excellent. We are still holding him back from competitive play because he has developed some tendinitis about his knee, which will require approximately four more weeks to settle down. We will re-evaluate him at that time to see if he’s able to undergo some high level basketball activity at the end of the season. We still expect a full recovery, but it is time related.”

Livingston was originally injured during the first quarter of the Clippers win over the Charlotte Bobcats on February 26, 2007 at STAPLES Center, when he suffered tears to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), medial collateral ligament (MCL) and lateral meniscus. Livingston also suffered a patella dislocation, in addition to a tibia/femoral dislocation. Andrews performed the surgery to repair the injuries on March 13, 2007 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham.

Caron Butler speaks on his status

Caron Butler on his status: “I am trying to get back out there.  I am going to wait until next week to start participating in practices, and I am going to play it by ear.  My body is going to determine whether I am able to play or not.”

Butler on the team’s performance without him: “Overall, I am really proud of the team and how they have stepped up in the last couple of weeks.  Somehow, someway, no matter what we have been hit with, guys have been stepping up and coming up with wins.”

Butler on his injury: “It’s amazing how an injury can put a halt to what you are doing.  I have been unfortunate the last couple of years.  I have been hit with the injury bug in the second half of the season.  This is one of those things that I am pretty sure I can bounce back from.  The medical staff feels the same way, and I feel great about that.”

Butler on his return: “The best way to do it is to come back 100%, so that is what I am waiting on and we will see how it works.  I am walking and I am feeling better.  Jogging around…I can do that with no discomfort.  Leg lifts with weight…I can do that with no discomfort.  And rest does a body good.  I am very confident that I will be back on the court, sooner rather than later.”

Butler on avoiding surgery: “That (surgery) will be the very last option for us.  I would have to play and get pulled out again, and play through more pain…and all sorts of things before it would even be an option.”

Butler on if he has a timetable for his return: “No, that is the beautiful thing about the medical staff here, Ernie (Grunfeld) and the coaching staff.  We talked and we are not going to make a timetable.  I am just going to go with my body and how it feels.”

The Detroit Pistons announced today that the club will honor George Yardley during Sunday’s home game vs. Chicago at The Palace of Auburn Hills.  That day, March 9, 2008, marks the 50th anniversary of Yardley’s historic 2,000-point season.  He scored 26 points against the Syracuse Nationals to become the first player in NBA history to tally 2,000 points in a season on March 9, 1958.

Palace Sports and Entertainment and Pistons President, Tom Wilson, will present a special plaque to Yardley’s son, Rob, during the first quarter of Sunday’s game.

Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996, the six-time all-star averaged 19.2 points per game over seven seasons with Fort Wayne, Detroit and Syracuse.  Yardley was the first player in NBA history to score 2,000 points in one season, averaging 27.8 points and 10.7 rebounds per game in 1957-58.  He earned All-NBA First-Team honors and set NBA records in free throws made (655) and attempted (808) that season.  He averaged 20.3 points per game in 46 playoff contests during his career and led Fort Wayne to two NBA Finals appearances.

FIBA Europe announced on Friday that Proteas EKA AEL will host the 2008 EuroCup Final Four in Limassol, Cyprus.

The event will take place between 18th and 20th April.

Proteas, who are also hosting the EuroCup All Star game on 25th March, are participating in the Final Four the first time in their history after sweeping Khimik 2-0 in the Quarter-Final round.

“Cyprus is a fast growing basketball country and we are very happy to be able to bring the Final Four to Limassol,” said FIBA Europe President George Vassilakopoulos.

“I’m sure it will be a great event both on the floor and off for fans and players alike.”

“Having hosted the EuroCup All Star game four straight years Proteas are perfectly suited to organize an event like this,” commented FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin.

“We’ve got four great teams taking part and it should be an exciting weekend of basketball.”

The hosts will take on Dexia Mons-Hainaut in one semi-final on 18th April while Baltic sides Tartu Rock and Barons LMT of Riga will battle in the other.

Alexander Johnson of the Miami Heat has been suspended one game without pay for throwing his body into Andrea Bargnani in mid-air and knocking him to the ground, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

In addition, the Flagrant Foul, Penalty One that was called against Johnson on the play has been upgraded to a Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two.

The incident occurred with 9:57 remaining in the third period of the Heat’s 108-83 loss to the Raptors on Wednesday, March 5 at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Johnson will serve his suspension tonight when the Heat hosts the Golden State Warriors at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Pacers suspend David Harrison

The Indiana Pacers announced Friday they have fined and suspended center David Harrison for one game for conduct detrimental to the team.

Harrison will serve the suspension on Saturday when the Pacers visit the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena.

The incident causing the suspension is described by the Indianapolis Star on the NBA Rumors page today. Basically, Matt Bonner fouled him, Harrison went nutty, and then after the game in the Pacers locker room went even more psycho and had some sort of emotional breakdown. Give the dude a hug.

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