Archive for March 4th, 2010

Thunder assign DJ White to D-League

Oklahoma City Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced today that the team has assigned forward DJ White to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League.

This season White is averaging 4.8 points and 1.9 rebounds in eight games for the Thunder, but he is yet to make an appearance for Oklahoma City since undergoing successful surgery on January 21st to repair an avulsion fracture in his right thumb.

White appeared in six games (six starts) for the 66ers earlier this season before being recalled by the Thunder on January 8th. In his previous D-League assignment, the 6-9 forward averaged 18.3 points, 11.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per contest while with Tulsa.  He tallied four double-doubles and scored 20 or more points twice.

Jason Terry needs surgery on face

Jason Terry needs surgery on face

Mavericks guard Jason Terry is scheduled for surgery tomorrow to address facial injuries sustained in last night’s game vs. Minnesota.  A timetable will be released after the surgery is performed.

Terry (6-2, 180) has averaged 17.0 points, 3.8 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.23 steals, while shooting 44.7% from the field and 36.4% from 3-point range.  The reigning 6th Man of the Year is the only Maverick that has played in all 62 games this season.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:

Wife of Allen Iverson files for divorce

A week after the Philadelphia 76ers’ Allen Iverson announced he was leaving basketball for the rest of the season to be with his sick 4-year-old daughter, the star’s wife filed for divorce in Fulton County Superior Court.

In the divorce petition filed on Tuesday, Tawanna Iverson said her 8 ½-year-long marriage to the guard was “irretrievably broken.” In the petition, Tawanna Iverson asked for temporary and permanent custody of their five children as well as child support and alimony.

She did not ask for a specific dollar amount.

The children range in ages from 17 months to 15 years.

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This is just not Allen Iverson’s year.

In basketball, he hurt his own reputation by making it clear to the world that he’s more focused on his own individual basketball game than he is on being a part of a team, resulting in barely any squads wanting to sign him even though he was clearly more talented than the majority of free agents who were available at the time.

Of course, Iverson was always an individual force on a court. A scorer, who didn’t typically set teammates up do to any sort of special play-making ability, but certainly made their lives easier simply by drawing so much defensive attention. He was also a one-man wrecking crew who could drop 30 on anybody. He also dragged a 76ers squad into the finals that had no business making it that far. He did amazing things on a basketball court.

But, at this point in his career, his refusal to even consider coming off any team’s bench was a bad look.

The Grizzlies-Iverson experiment didn’t go well, and the team has looked very good since it ended.

He was OK on the 76ers but didn’t really help them. They’re not hot without him, though, so that’s not really on him.

But now, actual sad personal stuff: His daughter reportedly has health issues. And now his wife is calling it quits, seemingly at a rough time.

Regardless of his refusal to accept that he’s best used as a supporting scorer and no longer a foundation to build a team around, I have to root for Iverson in his off-court issues clearing up.

And as for Iverson the basketball player, it would be cool to see him latch onto a team next season, actually help them, and go out on a positive note.

– Jeff

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