Archive for October 15th, 2010

Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports:

The Miami Heat will not be whole until the Oct. 26 season opener at TD Garden against the Boston Celtics.

And for the next few days, the team won’t even be intact in South Florida.

Coach Erik Spoelstra said Friday he no longer is hopeful of getting sidelined guard Dwyane Wade into one of the team’s final three exhibitions.

“That’ll be tough. We don’t want to rush it,” Spoelstra said. “If it was the regular season, possibly. We still have a lot of time. I know everybody’s saying it has to happen right now. But the most important thing is our health. We’ll be patient.”

Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports:

Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi has finally arrived at his second home.

The 7-footer, who was detained in his native country of Iran because of a legal issue, arrived in Memphis earlier today after missing the first three weeks of training camp.

Haddadi immediately underwent a team physical and will rejoin his teammates Saturday during shoot-around before the Griz host the Milwaukee Bucks during preseason action in FedExForum.

Bobcats waive Javaris Crittenton

Charlotte Bobcats General Manager Rod Higgins announced today that the team has waived guard Javaris Crittenton. In four preseason appearances, he averaged 3.3 points, 1.8 assists, 1.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 13:27 minutes.

Crittenton has played in 113 career NBA games for the Lakers, Grizzlies and Wizards, averaging 5.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 16.4 minutes.  The two-year veteran was initially selected by the Lakers with the 19th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft.

The Bobcats roster now stands at 17.

The AP reports:

China’s coach Bob Donewald Jr., manager and three players were suspended by the Chinese Basketball Association on Friday for the ugly on-court brawl with the Brazil team.

The association had earlier apologized for the melee that left Tuesday’s game unfinished and one Chinese player in a neck brace…

Donewald, the American who took charge of the China team six months ago, had been ejected for insulting officials shortly before the fighting started. He was suspended indefinitely, fined 50,000 yuan ($7,500), and given a formal demerit.

Similar punishments were dealt to manager Zhang Xiong, who was fined 30,000 yuan ($4,500), and players Ding Jinhui, Su Wei, and Zhu Fangyu, who were each fined 20,000 ($3,000).

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