Archive for March 18th, 2010

Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has signed swingman Alonzo Gee to a second 10-day contract.  Per team policy, terms of the deal were not announced.

Gee originally signed with Washington on March 7.  In five games for the Wizards, Gee has averaged 7.6 points (.609 fg%) and 4.2 assists in 13.2 minutes per game.

Earl Clark rocks first D-League game

Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic reports (via blog):

Earl Clark rocks first D-League game

Suns rookie Earl Clark went to Iowa to get some playing time and Iowa got some quality time out of the deal.

In his D-League debut Wednesday night with the Energy, Clark tallied 27 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and a block in 45 minutes of play during Iowa’s 135-132 overtime victory against Dakota. He missed the Suns’ NBA season high scoring game Tuesday but helped Iowa’s second highest scoring game of the season.

Clark made his first six shots of the game, including two he made at the rim while getting fouled. He had 25 of his points through three quarters of play in front of 1,955 fans at Des Moines’ Wells Fargo Arena. Clark scored 12 of his points on layups or dunks but was 5 of 8 from the perimeter, all taken inside the 3-point arc.

The AP reports:

Pau Gasol calls Rpolice after paparazzi tail his car

Police in Redondo Beach, Calif., say two men they stopped for following Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol turned out to be Spanish paparazzi.

Sgt. Phil Keenan says Gasol told officers he saw the men following him before he got into his car Wednesday afternoon.

Keenan says the men tailed Gasol’s car and the athlete was worried that they might be stalkers.

George M. Thomas of the Akron Beacon Journal reports:

Cavaliers forward LeBron James scored 32 points Wednesday night against the Indiana Pacers and needs three points to become the youngest player ever to score 15,000 points in a career. Kobe Bryant was 27 years and 136 days old when he became the youngest to score 15,000 points. James is 25. With his sixth rebound, James passed Jim Chones for fourth on the Cavs’ all-time list. Chones has 3,790. James finished with nine rebounds and now has 3,794.

James’ triple-double against the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday moved him into the third slot among active players, behind Jason Kidd (104) and Grant Hill (29). James has 28. Additionally, with 23 triple-doubles of at least 25 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, he topped Michael Jordan (22) and ranks third behind Magic Johnson (40) and Larry Bird (29).

Derrick Coleman files for bankruptcy

WDIV / Click on Detroit reports:

A former Detroit Piston and local businessman has filed for bankruptcy.

According to financial documents obtained by Local 4, Derrick Coleman has filed for Chapter 7 and has an estimated debt of $2.19.

Coleman owes between 50 and 99 creditors, including Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, American Express, Comerica, Sprint, Verizon, Hungry Howie’s Pizza and Nike.

Rich Kassa owns XL Autobody and Paint in Warren, and said Coleman owes him money for work he’s done on his cars.

Magic Johnson wishes best for Nets

Fred Kerber of the New York Post reports:

Hall of Famer Magic Johnson last night said he hopes the Nets get the first overall pick in the lottery and then find one player in the draft.

“I really can’t imagine a team being 7 and 60-something, not in today’s game,” Johnson said, sitting courtside as the “60-something” Nets suffered their 61st defeat, a 108-97 loss to the 76ers, despite a lineup change that inserted Terrence Williams into the first five.

“I can’t fathom it,” Johnson said. “And the worst thing is they may not even get the first pick, which they need. Be it John Wall, whomever, they need it for the fans, for the energy in the arena, for the organization.

“They need it for [Brook] Lopez, who is really good. The league needs it for them to build around.”

Of course, LeBron James could help, but Johnson feels the Nets lost him with their temporary move to Newark before their relocation to Brooklyn.

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