Archive for January 20th, 2010

The Golden State Warriors have signed guard/forward Cartier Martin to a second 10-day contract, the team announced today.

Martin, 25, has appeared in four games with Golden State since being called-up from the NBA Development League’s Iowa Energy on January 10, averaging 7.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.00 steal in 30.8 minutes during those four contests.

The Warriors roster remains at 17 players. Due to injuries, they have permission to exceed the league maximum of 15.

Blake Griffin has left knee surgery

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin underwent successful surgery on his left knee Wednesday morning at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Center in Los Angeles.

The two-part procedure, specifically termed a left patellar fragment excision and a patellar tendon repair “couldn’t have gone better” according to Dr. Neal ElAttrache who performed the surgery. Dr. ElAttrache was assisted by Dr. Steven Shimoyama, the Clippers’ Team Physician. Dr. ElAttrache went on to say “the expectation is that Blake will undergo a sequential rehabilitation program that should have him back in action in four to six months.”

Authorized medical personnel will be available to address the news media at STAPLES Center prior to this evening’s Clippers-Bulls game, at 5:30 PM in the Avengers locker room.

Griffin, the first overall selection in the 2009 NBA Draft, suffered a non-displaced stress fracture of his left patella during the Clippers’ last preseason game vs. the New Orleans Hornets on Friday, October 23rd.

Boston Celtics forward Rasheed Wallace has been fined  $35,000  for  publicly criticizing game officials, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

Wallace  was  fined for his comments made following the Celtics’ 99-90 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Monday, Jan. 18.

Bucks assign Joe Alexander to D-League

Bucks assign Joe Alexander to D-League

The Milwaukee Bucks have assigned second-year forward Joe Alexander to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (Indiana) of the NBA Development League (D-League), General Manager John Hammond announced today. Fort Wayne is led by Head Coach Joey Meyer, who previously coached the Bucks D-League affiliate in Tulsa. Alexander will meet with the team tomorrow and his first game with the Mad Ants will be Friday at Iowa.

“This is a good opportunity for Joe to receive regular minutes in real game action and continue his development as he returns from injury,” Hammond said. “We’re looking forward to seeing his progress as he works with Coach Meyer and his Fort Wayne teammates.”

Alexander, 23, was drafted by the Bucks with the eighth overall selection in the 2008 NBA Draft. He appeared in 59 games as a rookie in 2008-09 and averaged 4.7 points and 1.9 rebounds in 12.1 minutes per game. Alexander has not appeared in a game this season after suffering a strained right hamstring in training camp. He played three seasons at West Virginia prior to entering the NBA. In 82 games (70 starts) at West Virginia, he averaged 12.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.2 blocks. He was a First Team All-Big East selection as a junior.

In previous seasons the Bucks have sent Ersan Ilyasova (2005-06), Damir Markota (2007), David Noel (2007-08) and Ramon Sessions (2007-08) to the D-League. The NBA Development League also includes the Albuquerque T-Birds (New Mexico), Austin Toros (Texas), Bakersfield Jam (California), Dakota Wizards (Bismarck, North Dakota), Erie Bayhawks (Pennsylvania), Frisco (Texas), Idaho Stampede (Boise), Iowa Energy (Des Moines), Los Angeles D-Fenders (California), Maine Red Claws (Portland), Reno Bighorns (Nevada), Rio Grande Valley Vipers (Texas), Sioux Falls Skyforce (South Dakota), Springfield Armor (Massachusetts), Tulsa 66ers (Oklahoma), Utah Flash (Provo).

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