Archive for January 9th, 2010

It’s been over 63 years since New York’s Ossie Schectman scored the first basket in NBA history on Nov. 1, 1946, at Maple Leaf Gardens, and tonight Ben Gordon of the Detroit Pistons scored the 10 millionth point in NBA regular season history.

It was Gordon’s successful jumpshot at The Palace of Auburn Hills with 3:51 remaining in the second quarter of the Pistons-76ers game that represented the 10,000,000th point in NBA history.

Following is a look at the NBA’s million-point milestones:

Point — Date  — Game/Play

*  1,000,000 12/22/1962 Occurred in Detroit-Chicago, New York-Boston or    Syracuse-San Francisco game.

* 2,000,000 1/9/1972 Occurred in Baltimore-Phoenix or Detroit-Buffalo game.

* 3,000,000 2/17/1978 Occurred in Indiana-Washington, Buffalo-Kansas City,    Detroit-New York, New Jersey-Cleveland, or     Philadelphia-San Antonio game.

* 4,000,000 2/18/1983 Scored by Philadelphia’s Moses Malone on a tip-in of    own miss at 11:59 of the first quarter against Houston.

* 5,000,000 1/25/1988 Scored by Utah’s Rickey Green on 24-foot three-   pointer as buzzer sounded ending third quarter against    Cleveland.

* 6,000,000 3/23/1992 Scored by Atlanta’s Stacey Augmon on driving layup at    7:41 of second quarter against Golden State.

* 7,000,000 12/1/1996 Scored by Seattle’s Hersey Hawkins on a running 12-foot jumper at 4:42 of the fourth quarter against Utah.

* 8,000,000 4/15/2001 Scored by New Jersey’s Eddie Gill on a layup with 10:37 remaining in the fourth quarter against Boston.

* 9,000,000 12/28/2005 Scored by Portland’s Juan Dixon on a layup with 7:17 remaining in the second quarter against Philadelphia.

* 10,000,000 1/9/2010 Scored by Detroit’s Ben Gordon on a jumpshot with 3:51 remaining in the second quarter against Philadelphia.

Wizards ban gambling on flights

The AP reports:

Four players have been fined $10,000 (U.S.) apiece for making fun of a serious situation. Coach Flip Saunders has banned gambling on the team plane and has told his story to law enforcement officials. Some of his players are doing the same.

The team is doing its best to remove all traces of Gilbert Arenas from the Verizon Center, the place where he infamously brought some guns to work.

It’s no fun being a member of the Washington Wizards.

“It was foolish, stupid, immature,” said guard Randy Foye, one of the four players fined Friday night, “but I’ve got to be a man and accept my penalty and I apologize to the fans and the organization for behaving in that manner.”

Grizzlies sign Lester Hudson

The Memphis Grizzlies claimed Memphis native Lester Hudson off waivers, Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced Friday (January 8). Hudson was available after being waived by the Boston Celtics on Jan. 6.

“We are excited to acquire Lester Hudson off waivers,” Wallace said. “Lester is a player we thought of highly in the pre-draft process. He earned favorable reviews for his performance during his brief time with the Celtics. He is an athletic, tough combo guard who was one of the most prolific scorers in college basketball over his two years at the University of Tennessee at Martin. It is a wonderful day for the Grizzlies to be able to bring this Memphian back home to continue his NBA career.”

The 6-3, 190-pound rookie guard averaged 1.4 points and 0.5 assists in 4.4 minutes in 16 appearances this season with the Celtics, who selected him in the second round (58th overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft. Boston also assigned Hudson to two different stints with their NBA Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws, where the 25-year-old posted 14.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 28.0 minutes in five games.

One of the most explosive scorers in the NCAA in recent years, Hudson ranked second in the nation in scoring in 2008-09 behind current Golden State Warriors rookie Stephen Curry, averaging 27.5 points as well as 7.9 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.34 steals in his senior season with the University of Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks. In his junior year, Hudson became the first men’s player in Division I history to record a quadruple-double with 25 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals on Nov. 13, 2007 vs. Central Baptist College.

The native Memphian transferred to UT-Martin after playing his first two seasons at Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis.

The Grizzlies’ roster now stands at 14 players.

Nets will trade Eduardo Najera to Mavericks for Kris Humphries and Shawne Williams

Several media outlets Friday night reported that the New Jersey Nets and Dallas Mavericks are close to agreeing on a trade that will send forward Eduardo Najera back to Dallas, and forward/center Kris Humphiries and forward Shawne Williams to New Jersey.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo and Marc Stein of ESPN are reporting that the deal, if it happens, will likely becoming official Monday.

Wojnarowski also reports something that has heard was in consideration for a long time now: The Nets are expected to waive forward Sean Williams.

Najera started his NBA career with the Mavericks in 2000-01, playing in Dallas for four years before bouncing around until he landed with the Nets in 2008. But he was injured last season and very ineffective in the 13 games he’s played this season.

Humphries averages 5.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in 12.6 minutes per game.

Williams is an outcast from Dallas. The team separated itself from the player and has not used him at all this season.

Basketball blog