Archive for January 21st, 2010

Celtics assign J.R. Giddens to D-League

Celtics assign J.R. Giddens to D-League

The Boston Celtics announced today that guard J.R. Giddens has been assigned to the Maine Red Claws. Giddens is the team’s third assignment to the NBA Development League this season.

Giddens, a 6’5” guard, has appeared in 21 games for the Celtics this season and registered season-highs of six points and seven rebounds against New Jersey on January 13.

His average for the season is 1.1 points in 4.7 minutes per game.

The 27-13 Celtics are currently the no.2 seed in the Eastern conference.

DJ White out 6-8 weeks after thumb surgery

Oklahoma City Thunder forward D.J. White underwent successful surgery today to repair an avulsion fracture in his right thumb. White suffered the injury during the Thunder’s practice on Tuesday, January 19th in Minnesota.

This season White is averaging 4.8 points and 1.9 rebound in eight games for the Thunder. The 6-9 forward has also appeared in six games for the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League. In those contests White averaged 18.3 points, 11.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in 38.9 minutes per contest.

White is expected to miss 6-8 weeks recovering from the surgery.

NBA fines Glen Davis for cursing at heckling fan

Boston Celtics forward Glen Davis has been fined $25,000 for directing inappropriate language toward a fan, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

The incident occurred with 8:44 remaining in the second quarter of Boston’s 92-86 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

According to the Boston Globe reports, “During an injury timeout for Detroit’s Chucky Atkins, the fan, Scott Zack, yelled “fat boy’’ at Davis, who was leaning against the scorer’s table. Davis stared back at Zack, who was sitting in the first row of the lower bowl, and yelled an obscene statement that could be heard in the entire section behind the Celtics bench. Because of the infamous Brawl at the Place in November 2004, security at the site is especially sensitive to interaction between players and fans. Zack was approached by NBA security and filed a complaint at halftime. He continued with his heckling, calling Davis “chubs,’’ but Davis did not respond further and also did not talk with reporters after the game.”

Rasheed Wallace enjoys return to Detroit

Wednesday night, the Detroit Pistons hosted the Boston Celtics. Now wearing Celtic green, former Piston Rasheed Wallace enjoyed his return.

Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press reports:

Rasheed Wallace enjoys return to Detroit

As expected, he received the familiar chants of “Sheeeeeed!!!!!” as well as a smattering of boos, perhaps by some who remembered his penchant for controversy and technical fouls.

“It was cool and definitely wonderful,” Wallace said after the Pistons’ 92-86 victory. “It let me know that the fans here still love me as a player.

“It was pretty cool.”

Wallace was playful with former teammates and the Pistons’ coaching staff during the game.

“Just messing with guys,” Wallace said. “My ex-teammates and coaches … just letting them know that we still cool.”

Rasheed is having a decent season in a support role on the Celtics. He fits in and plays well with the team, but misses too many shots. Playing 23.5 minutes per game, the forward/center averages 10.2 points and 4.5 rebounds, but is shooting just 40.8% from the field and 29.7% from three-point range.

The AP reports:

Sidelined by a foot injury, Houston Rockets star Yao Ming says he’s finding a new kind of satisfaction as owner of his former Chinese team, the Shanghai Sharks.

Yao bought out the financially troubled team’s former owners in July for an undisclosed sum in a bid to revive its fortunes.

The club is in fourth in the 17-team Chinese league, two points out of first place.

”I bought the Sharks to give them a boost and do something on behalf of Chinese basketball,” Yao said in an interview with the official Xinhua News Agency appearing in newspapers Thursday.

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