Archive for December 4th, 2010

Grizzlies waive Acie Law

The Memphis Grizzlies waived guard Acie Law, Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced today.

The 6-3, 202-pound guard averaged 1.1 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists on .158 shooting in 8.5 minutes in 11 games this season for the Grizzlies after signing with the team as a free agent on Aug. 5, 2010.

The four-year pro holds career averages of 3.5 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists on .394 shooting in 11.8 minutes in 148 games (11 starts) with the Grizzlies, Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors, Charlotte Bobcats and Chicago Bulls.  The 25-year-old was drafted 11th overall by Atlanta in the first round of the 2007 NBA Draft after a four-year career at Texas A&M University.

The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the club has recalled second-year guard Jonny Flynn from the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League. Flynn appeared in one game for the Skyforce, tallying eight points, nine assists and two steals is 25 minutes of action.

Flynn, the sixth overall pick by Minnesota in last year’s draft, started each of the 81 games he appeared in as a rookie last season. He averaged 13.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists as a rookie before missing the season finale with the hip injury that ultimately required offseason surgery. He finished his first NBA season ranked fifth among the league’s rookies in scoring (13.5 ppg), fourth in free-throw accuracy (82.6%), fifth in assists (4.4 apg) and seventh in steals (1.01 spg).

Per NBA rules, a first- or second-year player can be assigned to the team’s D-League affiliate a maximum of three times in a season.

The NBA basketball world has lost a terrific writer and a really nice guy.

Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphia Daily News reports:

Philadelphia basketball is less a sport than it is a community: past and present, college and pro, the people and their stories woven together. Phil Jasner, the premier chronicler of that community, as well as one of its most cherished members, died Friday at age 68.

A Daily News staff reporter since 1972 and the paper’s 76ers beat writer since 1981, Jasner distinguished himself by his generosity and his even-handedness and his persistence most of all. He was an old-fashioned reporter who grew to be the most important basketball voice in a basketball city, known for both his fairness and his decency.

“I could tell at the age of 5,” said his son, Andy. “He took me to a game with him and people started coming up to him to talk - security guards, everyone. It would go on for years like that, at the old Spectrum, whether it was an usher or Joe Fan in the third row. He was approachable that way. People liked him, and he treated everyone the same. He had time for everybody.”

His personal life was both painful and joyous. He supported his wife Susie, who died in 2006, through a decades-long battle with lupus. But late in his life, before his cancer diagnosis, he met Marcia Levinson, whom he grew to love and described as his life partner. Throughout, though, there was Andy and later, Andy’s family: wife Taryn and granddaughters Jordana and Shira.

I ran into Phil dozens of times over the years. Almost all our chats were brief, because they usually took place after a Sixers game vs the Knicks or Nets, when I’m usually doing player interviews and he’s doing the same, plus filing on deadline. But he was friendly and as interesting as someone can be in 30-60 seconds, each time we said hello. He was just a great friggin’ dude and will be missed.

– Jeff

The rest of that article contains much more about Phil’s life and work.

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