Archive for August 20th, 2009

The AP reports: An assault charge against former NBA star Jayson Williams stemming from a fight outside a North Carolina nightclub has been dismissed. Multiple media outlets reported Wednesday that Wake County Assistant District Attorney Phillip Cowan dismissed the charge at the request of Ahmad Sulimon Nazari of Cary. editor says: I still remember Williams as a player, cutting down the middle of the paint, catching lobs and slamming them home. Those were the good days, before a million different legal problems and the “accidently shooting a guy” thing.

Thunder will not keep Desmond Mason

Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman reports: Would Oklahoma City re-sign Desmond Mason? The long-awaited verdict finally came down Wednesday, 126 days after the season finale and 50 days into this summer’s free agency period. The Thunder will not bring back the former Oklahoma State standout and fan favorite. It’s a decision that brings an end to a relationship that spanned four years in Stillwater with the Cowboys and improbable stints with two different NBA franchises in Oklahoma City over the past four seasons.

More from the Oklahoman: “We value and appreciate Desmond’s contributions to the Thunder,” said Thunder general manager Sam Presti. “However, at this time it is important for us to retain flexibility with our roster as we move into training camp. This was a difficult decision, certainly not the last one we will be faced with. But at this point in time we wanted to make sure we communicated with Desmond on our thought process so he could focus on other opportunities.” editor says: Mason makes any team better. But the Thunder are a young squad of the future. Whether he stays or goes really doesn’t matter too much in the big picture. Someone else will sign him.

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