Archive for September 6th, 2008

Cavaliers sign Darnell Jackson

The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed forward Darnell Jackson to a contract, Cavaliers General Manager Danny Ferry announced today. Per team and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Cavaliers acquired the rights to Jackson during the 2008 NBA Draft from the Miami Heat in exchange for the lower of the Cavaliers two second round picks in the 2009 NBA Draft. The 22-year-old, 6-foot-8, 250-pound forward averaged 11.2 points on .626 shooting and a team-high 6.7 rebounds in 40 games (35 starts) in 24.3 minutes per game his senior year at Kansas, playing a key role in the Jayhawks winning the 2008 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.

Jackson played for the Cavaliers’ team during the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. In five games (four starts) he averaged 5.8 points and 5.4 rebounds in 24.6 minutes per game.

“Darnell has showed us he is a young, smart, hard working player,” said Ferry “And we are excited to see his development continue now.”

Monta Ellis couldn’t handle the truth. Or, to be more accurate, he reportedly couldn’t handle telling the Warriors the truth about how he hurt his ankle. I’m assuming he did it while doing something that his contract forbids. That’s the only logical reason to not be honest about it. Here’s the Contra Costa Times (Marcus Thompson II):

The Contra Costa Times has learned that Ellis has admitted to the Warriors that he wasn’t truthful about how he hurt his ankle, and the two sides are in talks about how to put the situation behind them. According to a team source, the Warriors now know that Ellis’ ankle injury _ which was repaired during surgery on Aug. 27 _ was not sustained “in a gym,” and “it happened out doors and not while playing basketball.” The source did not reveal what Ellis told Warriors management he was doing when he got hurt, only that he “was scared to tell the truth at first,” but eventually did.

If he did violate his contract, Golden State could terminate it, but unless he suddenly turns out to be totally insane, it’s highly unlikely. Chances are, Ellis will say he’s sorry, the Warriors will fine him, and that’ll pretty much be the end of it.

Discuss this with other fans here.

–Jeff 

Clippers physician dies at 74

The AP reports: Dr. Anthony F. Daly, the longtime team physician for the Los Angeles Clippers, has died. He was 74. Daly died at his home Friday following a lengthy battle with prostate cancer, said Dr. Robert S. Bray Jr., the executive director and founder of DISC Spine and Sports Center, where Daly was the director of sports medicine. Daly served as the Clippers’ team physician since the club moved to Los Angeles in 1984.

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