Archive for October 13th, 2010

Hornets sign D.J. Mbenga

The New Orleans Hornets announced today that they have signed free agent forward D.J. Mbenga.  Per team policy, terms of the contracts were not released.

The 7-0, 255 pound center played in 49 games for the Los Angeles Lakers last season, averaging 2.1 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. Mbenga registered his first career double-double on Nov. 8, 2009 against the Hornets with 10 points and 12 rebounds. He played in three games during the 2010 playoffs, averaging 1.7 points and 1.7 rebounds.

Mbenga holds career averages of 1.8 points and 1.4 rebounds in 193 games (four starts). He has spent time playing with the Mavericks (2004-07), Warriors (2007-08) and the Lakers (2008-10), as well as being a member of the Belgian national team.

Samuel Dalembert likely out 4-6 weeks

Samuel Dalembert likely out 4-6 weeks

The Sacramento Kings today announced that an MRI taken on Kings center Samuel Dalembert confirmed the initial diagnosis of a left adductor strain.

The injury may sideline Dalembert the next four to six weeks.

Milwaukee Bucks General Manager John Hammond announced today that rookie guard Darington Hobson (6-7, 210) had successful left hip surgery this afternoon.  The surgery was performed by Dr. John Heinrich at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI.  Hobson will undergo a similar procedure on his right hip later this year and is expected to miss the 2010-11 campaign.

Hobson, 24, was selected by the Bucks in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft (37th overall). He was named Mountain West Conference Newcomer of the Year and Player of the Year in his only season at New Mexico, where he became the first player in program history to lead the team in points, rebounds and assists.  Hobson was named Third Team All-America by The Associated Press and joined Evan Turner (The Ohio State University, 2nd overall pick in 2010 NBA Draft) as the only players in NCAA Division I to average more than 15.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game last season.

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