Archive for March 8th, 2008

The Los Angeles Clippers today signed forward Nick Fazekas to a second 10-day contract.   In three appearances for the Clippers this season, Fazekas has scored two points and pulled down three rebounds.  Fazekas was signed to his first 10-day contract on February 27th. 
 
Drafted by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round (34th overall selection) of the 2007 NBA Draft, Fazekas appeared in four games with Dallas earlier this season, averaging 1.0 point and 0.8 rebounds.
 
A three-time Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Player of the Year at the University of Nevada, Fazekas played 28 games with the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League and was selected to the D-League All-Star Game, but did not play in the game. Fazekas averaged 19.1 points per game. 10.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 steals while shooting 53 percent from the floor.
 
Fazekas was a star in college for the Wolfpack, averaging 20.4 points and 11.1 rebounds as a senior while ranking fifth in the nation in rebounding. During his senior year the Arvada, Colorado product was a consensus Second Team All-American and member of the Wooden Award All-American Team. Fazekas finished his collegiate career as the all-time leading scorer and shot blocker in Nevada history and is one of only six players in NCAA history to score 2,000 points, grab 1,000 rebounds, and shoot 50 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free throw line.

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has signed forward Mike Harris to a 10-day contract. The Rockets also waived guard/forward Gerald Green, who was acquired by Houston via trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Feb. 21, 2008.

That was quick! Gerald Green sure didn’t last long. Well, he had wanted minutes, and apparently doesn’t seem to be getting them anywhere. He’s got more game development to do, judging by how many teams have moved him in his short career so far.

As for this news:

Harris (6-6, 240, Rice), who signed with the Rockets as a rookie free agent on July 13, 2007, averaged 5.0 points and 6.0 rebounds while playing in Houston’s first two preseason games this season. Released by the Rockets on Oct. 22, Harris averaged 24.3 points and 11.6 rebounds in just 28 minutes per game in 25 outings with DongGuan (2007-08) of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). Harris’ season highs in the CBA included a 46-point, 26-rebound game. The former standout at Rice University also averaged 12.6 points and 7.0 rebounds in five games with Houston in the 2007 NBA Summer League presented by adidas.

In 2006-07, Harris averaged 6.0 points and 2.4 rebounds in five preseason games with the Milwaukee Bucks. Selected third overall in the 2006 D-League Draft by Colorado, Harris also averaged 11.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.54 blocks in 48 games (16 starts) with the 14ers in 2006-07.

Green, who was on the inactive list for five games with the Rockets, scored six points and two rebounds in his only game with Houston vs. Washington (2/26/08).

Wizards-Bobcats team connections

Gilbert Arenas (31st overall) and Charlotte guard Jason Richardson (5th overall) were both 2001 draft picks of the Golden State Warriors.

Washington and Charlotte sport a combined five former North Carolina Tar Heels — Brendan Haywood, Antawn Jamison, Raymond Felton, Sean May, Jeff McInnis — and two more ex-Heels on the bench; Washington’s Mike O’Koren and Charlotte’s Phil Ford.

Jamison and McInnis were college teammates…McInnis played 35 games for Washington in 1998-99.

Jamison attended Providence High School in Charlotte, NC.

Brendan Haywood attended Dudley High School in Greensboro, NC.

Antonio Daniels and Bobcats guard Derek Anderson were teammates in San Antonio in 2000-01 and in Portland in 2003-03…Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison and Bobcats guard Earl Boykins were teammates in Golden State in 2002-03.

Darius Songaila played collegiately at Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, NC.

Bobcats center Othella Harrington played collegiately at Georgetown University.

The Miami HEAT announced today that Daequan Cook and Joel Anthony have been recalled from the NBA Development League. Cook and Anthony were assigned to the Iowa Energy, the HEAT’s D-League affiliate on Feb. 27 and guided the club to a 2-1 record.

Cook appeared in three games (all starts) for the Energy, averaging 19.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.33 steals in 39.7 minutes of action. Additionally, Cook has appeared in 38 games (two starts) for the HEAT this season, averaging 7.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 19.5 minutes per game.

Anthony appeared in three games (all starts) for the Energy, averaging 8.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.00 blocks in 24.3 minutes of action. Additionally, Anthony has appeared in four games for the HEAT this season, and is averaging 7.8 minutes per game.

Cook and Anthony will join the HEAT in Atlanta today and be available to play the Hawks tonight at Philips Arena.

I was with Baron Davis in Miami after Friday’s Warriors-Heat game for an exclusive InsideHoops mini-interview, and here’s part of what was said:

InsideHoops.com: What’s the official Baron Davis vote for the league’s MVP? Other than you or anyone on your team, of course.

Baron Davis: LeBron and Kobe. I mean, Kobe and LeBron, in that order. Kobe and LeBron… you talk about the most valuable players. That’s how I look at it.

InsideHoops.com: How about LeBron’s game the other day? Insane; 50 points, 8 assists, 10 rebounds.

Baron Davis: Yeah. He’s a monster. He makes monster music. He’s a monster. He’s a beast and he’s only 23, so imagine what he’s going to be when he hits his prime.

The rest of the mini-interview is here.

InsideHoops talks to Marcus Banks

After Wednesday’s Raptors at Heat game I talked with Miami guard Marcus Banks. Here’s a piece of it:

InsideHoops.com: Things didn’t go well for the team today, but at least you as an individual did well out there.

Marcus Banks: I felt decent. I would trade it in any day for a win, and see my guys on the team smile and have a good time. But an opportunity came today for me to knock down some shots and I did it in the minutes I played, and it’s simple as that.

InsideHoops.com: As you said, of course a win for the team is more important. Ideally, eventually you’ll step up like today and the win comes, too.

Marcus Banks: I’d love to get both. Get a win and a good game. That’d be even better. But sometimes, that’s the way the ball bounces. You got to live with it. Get up tomorrow and forget about it, go on and try to get the next one.

The rest is here.

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