Archive for September 9th, 2010

Rockets rookie Patrick Patterson signs shoe deal with PEAK

PEAK Sport recently signed Patrick Patterson of the Houston Rockets to endorse the company’s basketball shoe and apparel products.  The deal is a multi-year long term agreement.

Selected by the Rockets with the 14th pick in this year’s NBA draft out of the University of Kentucky, Patterson ranks as one of the top power forward prospects and is expected to be one of the most versatile rookies in the upcoming NBA season.

After seeing Patterson’s impact in Kentucky, PEAK’s decision was easily made to sign this outstanding player. Helping to lead the Kentucky Wildcats to an Elite Eight appearance in this year’s NCAA tournament, Patterson’s accomplishments at Kentucky included being named 2008 SEC Co-Freshman of the Year, two-time first team All-SEC, 2009 first team AP Pre-Season All America and the 10th fastest player to reach Kentucky’s 1,000-point club in 58 games.

PEAK endorses 12 NBA players, ranking them third in NBA endorsements. PEAK’s roster includes Ron Artest of the Los Angeles Lakers, Jason Richardson of the Phoenix Suns, Carl Landry of the Sacramento Kings, Shane Battier of the Houston Rockets, Kyle Lowry of the Houston Rockets, Jason Kidd of the Dallas Mavericks and Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves to name a few.  The PEAK brand was created beginning in 1989 and now has over 6,000 retail stores in Asia.

PEAK’s COO Grant Zhou explained the importance of choosing players that fit PEAK.

“We want to work with players that represent PEAK positively on and off the court,” said Zhou.

“I am very excited to join the Peak family.” said Patterson.  “My relationship with Peak provides the opportunity to partner with a leading China brand as I establish my own global brand.  I look forward to growing with Peak as my professional career begins.”

PEAK is optimistic in the signing with Patterson because his career is just beginning, and he has great potential explained PEAK’s CEO Jia Su.

“Patterson comes from a positive past that shows maturity, great work ethic and a well-mannered individual,” said Su.  “He is now the third player from the Houston Rockets that PEAK signed, and we look forward to moving at full speed toward a successful future together.”

Su went on to describe PEAK’s legacy and focus on the future.

“PEAK is the number one basketball company in China and dominates the basketball industry in China.  We wish to become an international brand in the future.”

NBA opens office in Moscow, Russia

The Sports Network reports:

The National Basketball Association has opened a new office in Moscow, as announced by deputy commissioner and COO Adam Silver on Thursday.

Moscow joins the ever-expanding international umbrella housing an NBA office, which includes seven markets in the Europe, Middle East and Africa regions.

“This is a great time for the NBA to expand its presence in Russia, especially given Mikhail Prokhorov’s commitment to further grow the sport in the country,” said Silver.

The Chicago Bulls announced today that Ron Adams, Andy Greer, Rick Brunson and Adrian Griffin have been hired as assistant coaches on Tom Thibodeau’s coaching staff.  In addition, Randy Brown has been named Special Assistant to the General Manager and Pete Myers has been named a Scout.  In accordance with club policy, terms of the contracts were not announced.

Adams, 63, begins his second stint with the Bulls after spending the last one-and-a-half seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Prior to his stint with the Thunder, Adams spent six seasons with the Bulls as an assistant coach (2003-08) and special assignments scout (2008).  While an assistant, Adams helped guide the Bulls to three consecutive playoff appearances (2004-07).  Adams also held assistant coaching stints with the Milwaukee Bucks (1998-03), San Antonio Spurs (1992-94) and the Philadelphia 76ers (1994-96).   He also served as a player personnel-scout for the Portland Trail Blazers (1996-98).  Prior to his work in the NBA, Adams coached at the collegiate level.  He began his coaching career as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Fresno Pacific University in 1969.   He was promoted to head coach in 1972, a position he held for three years.  Adams was also an assistant coach at U.S. International, University of Cal-Santa Barbara, Fresno State University and University of Nevada-Las Vegas.  He was head coach at Fresno State during a second tour of duty from 1986-90.

Greer, 48, has held three different assistant coaching positions in the NBA, most recently with the Memphis Grizzlies (2007-09), as a member of Marc Iavaroni’s staff.  Prior to his time with the Grizzlies, Greer spent four seasons with the Houston Rockets (2003-07) under Jeff Van Gundy and two seasons with the New York Knicks (2001-03) under head coach Don Chaney.  In addition to his NBA experience, Greer coached at the collegiate level for nearly two decades.  Prior to joining the Knicks, he spent four years at Northern Illinois University, where he logged three-and-a-half seasons as an assistant coach and a half-season as the team’s interim head coach.  Greer received his first coaching job as an assistant coach at Genesee Community College in 1983.

Griffin, 36, spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach/player development with the Milwaukee Bucks.  He enjoyed a nine-year NBA career that included stops in Boston (1999-01), Dallas (2001-03, 2005-06), Houston (2003-04), Chicago (2004-05, 2006-08) and Seattle (2007-08).  Undrafted out of Seton Hall, Griffin played one season in Italy and three seasons in the CBA and was named league MVP and Finals MVP while playing with CBA champion Connecticut Pride in 1998-99.  Following that season, he moved on to the NBA where he started 47 of the 72 games that he appeared in as a rookie with the Celtics.  The Wichita, Kan. native advanced to the postseason in five of his nine seasons in the NBA.

Brunson, 38, a former Bull, returns to Chicago as he makes his transition to the sidelines of the NBA.  In 2009-10, he served as an assistant coach at the University of Hartford.  Prior to his year in Hartford, he spent two seasons at the University of Virginia, where he was the Director of Basketball Operations.  A veteran of nine seasons in the NBA, Brunson played for seven different teams, including two stints with the Bulls (2002-03, 2003-04).  A native of Salem, Mass., the 38-year old former point guard played collegiately at Temple University under Hall of Fame head coach John Chaney.

Brown, 42, served as the Director of Player Development for the Bulls during the 2009-10 campaign.  Prior to his return to Chicago, he spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings.   A 12-year veteran of the NBA, Brown played for the Sacramento Kings (1991-1995), Chicago Bulls (1995-2000), Boston Celtics (2000-02), and Phoenix Suns (2002-03).  During his five seasons as a member of the Bulls, the Chicago native was a member of three NBA Championship teams (1996, 1997, 1998), including the 1996 squad that won an NBA-record 72 games during the regular season.

Myers, 46, joined the Bulls during the 2000-01 campaign as a scout and will enter his 11th season with the organization.  Last season, he completed his ninth season as an assistant coach.  He served as Bulls interim head coach for two games (at Dallas 11/25/03 and at San Antonio 11/26/03) during the 2003-04 season and one game (at San Antonio 12/26/07) during the 2007-08 season.  During his eight-year NBA career, he played for five teams, including three seasons with the Bulls (1986-87, 1993-95).

The AP reports:

Rumeal Robinson, who led Michigan to the NCAA men’s basketball championship in 1989 and later played in the NBA, was convicted in federal court Wednesday of borrowing more than $700,000 for a sham business deal and then spending the money on a condominium, expensive furniture and cars.

A jury found Robinson guilty of 11 counts, including bank bribery, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud and making a false statement to a financial institution. He faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine on each count. A date for sentencing hasn’t been set.

Among a lengthy list of accusations by prosecutors was one accusing Robinson of scheming to sell his mother’s home in Cambridge, Mass., without her knowledge.

NBA.com reports:

Ron Artest to auction off his championship ring

Ron Artest finally won a title in June after 11 regular seasons of trying … and now he’s planning to sell the championship ring as a fundraiser to put more psychologists, psychiatrists and therapists in schools.

“I’m never going to put it on,” he said.

Artest plans to soon announce details of what he hopes will become a worldwide auction, and he takes possession of the jewelry in an Oct. 26 pre-game ceremony before the Lakers open against the Rockets. It’s an incredible gesture. But it’s even more meaningful as a statement.

“You work so hard to get a ring, and now you have a chance to help more people than just yourself, instead of just satisfying yourself,” he said. “What’s better than that? For me, this is very important.”

Page Six of the New York Post reports:

Hamptons partygoers got to listen to a little Dennis Rodman lovemaking after he took six girls up to his bedroom with a cordless microphone switched on in his pocket. Promoters at the Hotel Indigo in Hampton Bays were astonished when they heard Rodman talking dirty over the music at their pool party in the early hours of Monday morning. A source told us, “Rodman had quite a lot to drink and had been making shout-outs on the mike. He headed up to his room with six girls. Then, the next thing you could hear through the speakers downstairs was Rodman describing in full sexual detail what he wanted to do to them. Organizers pulled the plug before it got any dirtier.”

The AP reports:

Matt Barnes booked on domestic violence charge

Los Angeles Lakers forward Matt Barnes has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, Sacramento County authorities said Wednesday.

Deputies arrested Barnes after responding to what was termed an incomplete 911 call from a residence around 4:16 p.m., according to sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Tim Curran.

Deputies found Barnes and a woman both with visible injuries, but took Barnes into custody after determining he had been the primary aggressor, said Curran.

The name of the woman was not released, but she was described as “a woman who lived with him and with whom he had a dating relationship.”

Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register reports (via blog):

The woman would presumably be Gloria Govan, whose wedding to Barnes in Santa Barbara was recently called off although the two told VIBE they were continuing their relationship and would appear again on VH-1’s reality TV show “Basketball Wives.” The two have twin boys together.

Police said Barnes, 30, and the woman both suffered visible injuries and Barnes prevented her from completing a 911 call, prompting investigation.  Barnes was therefore also charged with maliciously obstructing the use of a telephone line. Barnes is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

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