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Matt Harpring out for season

Matt Harpring out for season

Utah Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor announced today that veteran forward Matt Harpring will miss the remainder of the season.  As a result of numerous surgeries and considerable residual medical issues, it has been determined that the 11-year NBA veteran is no longer physically able to perform at an NBA level.  Harpring has not practiced or played during the current 2009-10 NBA season.

After several months of continued rehab and physical therapy, doctors have informed Harpring that he will not be able to return to action this season.  In addition, the doctors have advised that further attempts at continued NBA play would be counterproductive to Harpring’s health, both in the short term and long term.

“Despite the wear and tear of four collegiate seasons, 11 NBA seasons and undergoing numerous surgeries, I remained hopeful that I would be able to rejoin my Jazz teammates on the court this season,” Harpring said.  “However, after consultations with the doctors and based on their recommendations, I have reluctantly come to the realization that my body can simply no longer withstand the rigors of NBA games and practices.”

Harpring (6-7, 230, Georgia Tech) has appeared in 665 games (349 starts) over 11 seasons with Orlando, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Utah, owning career averages of 11.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 26.4 minutes per game.  His best statistical season came in 2002-03 with the Jazz when he appeared in 78 games (69 starts) and averaged 17.6 points and 6.6 rebounds while shooting .511 from the field.

Originally signed by the Jazz as a free agent on August 15, 2002, Harpring has seen action in 474 games (191 starts) over seven seasons with Utah and has averaged 11.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in 25.8 minutes per game.  Harpring averaged 11.0 points and 2.0 rebounds in 63 games (two starts) for the Jazz in 2008-09.

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Nets drop to 0-18

Playing at home in a mostly empty arena, the New Jersey Nets lost 117-101 to the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday night.

The Nets got off to a decent start, matching the Mavs’ 28 points in the first quarter. But Dallas went bonkers in the next 12 minutes, scoring an incredible 49 points to take a 77-50 halftime lead. Both teams scored 28 in the third quarter. And although Dallas was quiet with just 12 fourth quarter points, the Nets never really threatened to make a game of it.

For the game, Dallas shot 58.7% and hit 8-of-18 from three-point range. Dirk Nowitzki finished with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Erick Dampier shot 7-of-10 for 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks. Jason Terry scored 18 off the bench. And former Net Jason Kidd destroyed his former team and shot 5-of-6 for 16 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals.

In the loss, Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 24 (but on 21 shots) with 5 turnovers. Devin Harris scored 17 but with more turnovers than assists. Brook Lopez had 16 with just 6 rebounds. Courtney Lee came off the bench to score 13 (but on 14 shots) with 6 rebounds and 4 steals. Reserve Bobby Simmons added 10.

Thankfully, the Nets schedule now gets a bit easier. Friday night they host the inconsistent Charlotte Bobcats, who are mostly winning lately but aren’t a lock to keep playing as well as they recently have. On Sunday, December 6, the Nets cross the Hudson river to face the Knicks in New York. Next, the Nets visit the Bulls in Chicago, then return to New Jersey to battle the Golden State Warriors.

There definitely could be at least one win in near future, especially as Devin Harris continues to regain his health and play more like the super-scorer he was last season.

Golden State Warriors guard Raja Bell underwent successful surgery today to repair ligament damage in his left wrist, the team announced.

Following the surgery, which was performed by Dr. Paul Perlik at Presbyterian Orthopedic Hospital in Charlotte, NC, Bell will have his wrist immobilized for six (6) weeks, at which point he will begin rehabilitation.

He is expected to be sidelined a minimum of three (3) months.

Hall of Famer Anne Donovan has been named head coach of the New York Liberty, it was announced today by team President and General Manager Carol Blazejowski. As per team policy, terms of the contract were not released.

“There’s no question that Anne is one of the most respected coaches in our game. Her experience and leadership skills as both a player and a coach will be invaluable as we battle to get the franchise back to its proper place at the top of the WNBA,” said Blazejowski.

After taking over as the Liberty’s interim head coach halfway through the 2009 season, Donovan compiled a 7-10 overall record. A Ridgewood, New Jersey native, she is the fourth head coach of the franchise. She joined New York as an assistant coach on April 28, 2009.

“I am very excited to be returning to the Liberty and look forward to the challenges that lie ahead and have confidence that our team will be back on track next summer,” said Donovan.

Donovan is one of the most accomplished female players and coaches in basketball history. She was a Naismith Award winner and three-time All-American selection as a player at Old Dominion and won gold medals with the 1984 and 1988 U.S. Olympic teams. She served as an assistant coach in the 1998 and 2004 Olympics, helping the U.S. capture gold medals both times. In 2008, Donovan coached the U.S. Women’s National team to gold in the Beijing Olympics. She began her WNBA career with the Indiana Fever as the interim head coach in 2000, followed by head coaching positions with the Charlotte Sting (2001-2002) and the Seattle Storm (2003-2007). In Seattle, she compiled a 93-77 record with four post-season berths, including the 2004 WNBA Championship title. Donovan was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995. She was one of the twenty-six inductees in the inaugural class of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999.

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