Archive for December 9th, 2010

The AP reports

An assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

The California Highway Patrol says 47-year-old Mario Elie was taken into custody at 1:15 a.m. Thursday in downtown Sacramento after an officer pulled him over for a broken taillight.
The officer reported smelling alcohol in the car and said Elie showed signs of being intoxicated.

The CHP says a breath test showed the first-year Kings coach had a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent guard Acie Law, the team announced today.  Terms of the deal were not released.  To make room for Law on the team’s 15-man roster, the Warriors have waived rookie forward Jeff Adrien.

Law, 25, began the season with the Memphis Grizzlies, averaging 1.1 points, 1.0 rebound and 1.3 assists in 8.5 minutes over 11 games before being waived on December 4.  Currently in his fourth NBA season, Law has appeared in 148 regular-season games with Atlanta, Chicago, Charlotte, Golden State and Memphis, owning career averages of 3.5 points, 1.0 rebound and 1.6 assists per contest.  He began the 2009-10 campaign with Golden State, where he averaged 6.2 points and 1.4 assists over five games before being traded to Charlotte on November 16, 2009.

Adrien appeared in 15 games for Golden State, averaging 2.9 points and 3.3 rebounds in 10.8 minutes per contest.

Law will wear uniform #2.

The Toronto Raptors announced Thursday rookie centre Solomon Alabi has been recalled from the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League.

Alabi was assigned to the BayHawks on November 15. He appeared in seven games with Erie, averaging 8.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 22.7 minutes. He had 12 points and 11 rebounds for his first double-double Tuesday in the Bayhawks’ 102-82 victory over the Utah Flash.

Alabi is expected to rejoin the Raptors for practice Thursday. The Raptors play host to the Denver Nuggets on Friday at Air Canada Centre.

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OKLAHOMA CITY - MARCH 20: Sherron Collins #4 of the Kansas Jayhawks brings the ball up court against the Northern Iowa Panthers during the second round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Ford Center on March 20, 2010 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Charlotte Bobcats General Manager Rod Higgins announced today that the team has assigned guard Sherron Collins to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. Collins is expected to see his first action with the club on Friday, December 10, at the Erie (PA) BayHawks.

The 5-11 Collins went undrafted in the 2010 NBA Draft but signed as a free agent with the Bobcats on August 6.  Hampered by injury prior to training camp, Collins has appeared in only 12 games this season, with averages of 0.3 points, 0.1 rebounds and 0.4 assists in 2.4 minutes.  He averaged 12.5 points and 2.8 assists in four games for the Bobcats summer league entry at the 2010 AirTran Airways Pro Summer League in Orlando, connecting on .556 from the field (20-36) and .615 from beyond the three-point line (8-13), the best percentage of any player with more than six attempts.

As a senior at the University of Kansas last season, Collins was named Consensus First Team All-America, while also receiving the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award as the nation’s top player 6 feet or under and the inaugural Lute Olson Player of the Year Award, which is presented to the nation’s top Division I player who has played at least two seasons with his respective team.

During his four years at Kansas, Collins was named First Team All-Big 12 as a junior and senior, Big 12 Tournament Most Outstanding Player as a senior and Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year as a sophomore. A member of Kansas’ 2008 national championship team, Collins is the winningest player in school history with 130 victories, having helped the Jayhawks to four straight Big 12 regular-season championships and three Big 12 Tournament titles. One of only two players in school history to record at least 1,800 points and at least 500 assists, Collins finished his career fifth on Kansas’ all-time scoring list (1,888 points) and seventh on the all-time assists list (552).

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