Archive for December 2nd, 2009

Wednesday night in New Jersey the Nets (0-17) are hosting Jason Kidd and the Dallas Mavericks. For New Jersey this is a must-win game if they want to avoid making some very negative history. With no wins and 17 losses coming into the game, if the Nets fall to 0-18 it will mark the worst start of any team in NBA history.

The Nets hung tough in the first quarter, which ended a tie at 28-28.

But then, all heck broke loose. The Dallas Mavericks went bonkers in the second quarter and outscored the Nets 49 to 22. The halftime score is Mavs 77, Nets 50.

For the game, Dallas is shooting 29-of-36 (80.6%) with 7-of-8 three-pointers and a perfect 12-of-12 free throws. Dirk Nowitzki has 13 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists. Erick Dampier has 12 points. Jason Kidd has 12 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists. Jason Terry is 5-of-5 with 11. Tim Thomas is 4-of-4 with 10.

As a team, the Mavs had 22 first half assists.

For New Jersey, Brook Lopez leads with 12 points. Chris Douglas-Roberts has 10. No Nets player has more than 3 assists or 3 rebounds.

The Nets as a team shot 50% in the first half — a very nice showing. But the Mavs went bonkers and unleashed one of the most unstoppable displays I’ve ever seen.

The Utah Jazz announced today the decision by Jerry Sloan to return as head coach for the 2010-11 season, which will mark his 23rd season at the helm of the Jazz.

“We have been fortunate to call Jerry Sloan our head coach for two plus decades,” said Greg Miller, CEO of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies.  “He embodies everything our organization stands for which makes him the perfect fit to lead our roster into the future.”

Sloan has been Utah’s head coach since assuming the reigns from former head coach Frank Layden on December 9, 1988.  The fourth-winningest coach in NBA history (1,147-758, .602), Sloan is the longest tenured active coach with one team in major professional sports, and is also the longest tenured head coach in NBA history.  Last season Sloan became the first NBA head coach to win 1,000 games with one team (1,053-637, .623 with Jazz), and he currently ranks 358 wins ahead of San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich for most wins with one team among active coaches.  Sloan was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on September 11, 2009.

“I am very appreciative of the opportunity the Miller family has given me, and the fact that they have stood behind me for more than 20 years,” said Sloan.  “Our team has tremendous potential and I look forward to watching them grow.”

Since Sloan’s hiring there have been a total of 236 coaching changes in the NBA (including interim coaches), with every team in the league aside from Utah making at least two changes.  In addition five current NBA teams (Bobcats, Grizzlies, Raptors, Magic, Timberwolves) did not exist when Sloan took the helm in Utah, and two others (Heat, Hornets) were just over a month into their inaugural seasons.  Sloan has coached 125 different Jazz players in regular season games during his tenure.

“The entire organization is thrilled that Jerry will continue to lead the Jazz,” said Utah Jazz President Randy Rigby.  “He continually produces winning seasons and challenges his players to bring their best to the floor each night.”

Over his first 21 seasons, Sloan has produced two conference championships, seven division titles, 16 consecutive winning seasons, 12 seasons with 50-plus wins and 18 playoff appearances.

“The consistency of the Jazz under Coach Sloan’s direction is unparalleled in the NBA,” said Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor.  “We are certainly excited that he will continue to guide the team moving forward.”

Allen Iverson agrees to 76ers deal

Sixers, Allen Iverson agree to deal

Philadelphia 76ers President and General Manager Ed Stefanski announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent guard Allen Iverson. The deal is rumored to be nonguaranteed and for one season. We’ll post contract details this morning.

Iverson, the first overall pick by the Sixers in the 1996 NBA Draft, played 10-plus seasons in Philadelphia and ranks second in franchise history in scoring.

“In light of the recent injury to Lou Williams, which will sideline him for close to eight weeks, we felt that Allen was the best available free agent guard to help us at this time,” said Stefanski.

Iverson (6-0/165) signed as a free agent with Memphis this past September, but parted ways with the Grizzlies after appearing in just three games.  He was officially waived on November 16, 2009.

In 1996-97, Iverson took home Rookie of the Year honors with the Sixers. Iverson helped guide Philadelphia to the NBA Finals in 2001, earning the league’s Most Valuable Player award for that season in the process.

A 10-time All-Star and two-time All-Star Game MVP, Iverson has been named to a total of seven All-NBA teams (First Team in 1998-99, 2000-01 and 2004-05; Second Team in 1999-00, 2001-02 and 2002-03; Third Team in 2005-06).  He led the NBA in scoring four times as a Sixer, becoming one of only four players in league history to capture four-plus scoring titles.

Now in his 14th NBA season, playing in 889 career games with 877 starts, Iverson is averaging 27.0 points, 6.2 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2.21 steals in 41.4 minutes per game while shooting 42.5% from the floor, 31.3% from 3-point range and 78.0% from the foul line.  He is currently tied for the fifth-highest scoring average in NBA history and ranks third among active players.

The 34-year-old has also appeared in 71 career playoff games and owns the second-highest postseason scoring average (29.7 ppg) in NBA history, trailing only Michael Jordan (33.4 ppg).

Iverson was traded by Philadelphia to Denver along with Ivan McFarlin in exchange for Andre Miller, Joe Smith and two future first round picks on December 19, 2006.  After just over a season and a half with the Nuggets, Iverson was traded to Detroit on November 3, 2008.

Following tonight’s game at Oklahoma City and Saturday’s game at Charlotte, the Sixers return to Philadelphia for a five-game home stand beginning on Monday, December 7 vs. Denver at 7 p.m.  Iverson is expected to make his season debut with the Sixers that night.

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