Archive for December 6th, 2010

Jun. 08, 2010 - Boston, MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES - epa02192971 Los Angeles Lakers' Andrew Bynum (R) goes to the basket as Boston Celtics' Kendrick Perkins defends during the first half of game three of the NBA Finals at TD Gardens in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 08 June 2010. The Lakers defeated the Celtics 91-84 to lead the series 2-1 in the best of seven games.

The AP reports:

Center Andrew Bynum participated Monday in his first full practice with the Los Angeles Lakers since offseason knee surgery.

Bynum still isn’t sure when he’ll return to the Lakers’ starting lineup, but he intends to play in December.

“I made it through practice with no pain, no symptoms, so it’s pretty good,” Bynum told reporters after practice. “I just want to get a couple of practices in. I want to play within the month, anywhere. I just want to get enough practices in so it’s not too far when I get into a game, I can keep up the pace and stuff like that.”

Andre Miller and Brian Cook suspended

Brian Cook of the Los Angeles Clippers has been suspended two games without pay for his Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two against Joel Przybilla of the Portland Trail Blazers, and Andre Miller of the Trail Blazers has been suspended one game without pay for making excessive and unnecessary contact with Blake Griffin of the Clippers, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President Basketball Operations. Upon postgame video review by the league office, Miller was assessed a Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two for his actions.

The incident involving Cook occurred with 4.5 seconds remaining in the third quarter of Portland’s 100-91 win over the Clippers on Sunday, December 5 at Rose Garden. The incident involving Miller occurred with 7:06 remaining in the fourth quarter of the same game.

Cook  will  begin serving his suspension tonight when the Clippers host the Sacramento  Kings  at  Staples  Center.  Miller  will  serve his suspension tomorrow when the Trail Blazers host the Phoenix Suns at Rose Garden.

Thunder recall Cole Aldrich from D-League

Oklahoma City Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced today that the team has recalled center Cole Aldrich from the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League.

Aldrich appeared in five games (five starts) for the 66ers and averaged 7.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots in 27.4 minutes.

Aldrich has joined the Thunder in Chicago for tonight’s 7:00 PM game against the Bulls at the United Center.

The New Mexico Thunderbirds announced today that the Orlando Magic have recalled power forward, Daniel Orton (6-10, 255) from the T-Birds.

Orton played in two games with the Thunderbirds over the weekend and averaged 10.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists.  He did not play in the second half of his second game with the Thunderbirds on Saturday night.

Orton was the Magic’s first round selection (29th overall) in the 2010 draft out of the University of Kentucky.  He played one season for Kentucky averaging 3.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 13.2 minutes per game for a team that went to the Elite Eight in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

Orton played in five summer league games for the Orlando Magic and averaged 3.2 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.  He has yet to play a regular season game for the Magic.

Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News reports:

March 28 2010: Detroit Pistons' Richard Hamilton (32) during the NBA basketball game between the Chicago Bulls and Detroit Piston at the Palace in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

The Pistons are unlikely to be sold until at least February, the firm handling the sale for Karen Davidson has informed potential buyers.

Citibank, which was hired by the widow of the late owner of the Pistons, Bill Davidson, to represent the franchise for the sale, informed potential buyers last week that the deal is unlikely to be completed until the NBA All-Star Game. The advisory to the potential buyers was confirmed by sources close to the deal.

Among the potential buyers are Mike, Marian and Christopher Ilitch and their company, Ilitch Holdings Co.; the Beverly Hills financier Tom Gores; and a group headed by George Postolos, a former executive of the NBA and the Houston Rockets.

A report out of the Middle East that investors from Dubai and Qatar were among the potential buyers was denied by the NBA.

What’s your opinion? Share it on the Detroit Pistons forum.

Ray Richardson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports (via blog):

Anthony Tolliver out 6-8 weeks with knee injury

Tough break for Timberwolves backup forward Anthony Tolliver. He will miss the next 6-8 weeks to recover from a sprained medial collateral in his right knee. Tolliver, signed by the Wolves as a free agent in August, was hurt in Friday night’s game at San Antonio. An MRI exam Sunday revealed the extent of Tolliver’s injury.

The good thing for the 25 year-old Tolliver is that he won’t require surgery. This is the first significant injury in Tolliver’s scattered NBA career. It happens the first time he was able to earn a guaranteed contract after four years of bouncing around the league trying to find a home. The Wolves signed Tolliver to a two-year deal worth $4.6 million.

The Wolves will miss Tolliver’s energy. He has become the team’s best front-line defender off the bench. He’s averaging 6.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists and shooting a respectable 43.8 percent from three-point range (14 of 32).

What’s your opinion? Share it in the Minnesota Timberwolves forum.

Marcin Gortat was a soccer kid

Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel reports:

May 26, 2010 - Orlando, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES - epa02174629 Orlando Magic's Marcin Gortat, of Poland, (L) drives against Boston Celtics' Glen Davis during the first period of game five of the NBA Eastern Conference finals at the Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida, USA, 26 May 2010. The Celtics hold a three games to one lead in the best of seven series.

Gortat, a native of Poland, didn’t even play basketball till he was almost 18.

Instead, Gortat received his hoops training on the soccer field, as he spent his youth playing goalkeeper for his competitive soccer squad. “I was probably the world’s tallest goalie,” he says.

He played soccer all of his life — like almost everyone did in Poland — and he was actually a pretty good keeper for his club team, LKS Lodz.

So when you see Gortat diving at a point guard’s ankles for a loose ball, there’s a chance he’s imagining it as a soccer ball rolling free inside the 18-yard box.

Marcin Gortat, aka the Polish Machine, aka the world’s tallest goalkeeper.

“I was always jumping and diving on the floor for two hours per day when we had soccer practice my whole life,” Gortat said. “It’s part of the game for me.”

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