Archive for December 17th, 2010

Mehmet Okur returns for Jazz

March 12, 2010 Milwaukee, WI. Bradley Center..Utah Jazz Mehmet Okur drives to the hoop, Okur had 20 points and 11 rebounds tonight against the Bucks..Milwaukee Buck won over the Utah Jazz 95-87. Mike McGinnis/CSM.

The AP reports:

Utah Jazz center Mehmet Okur is playing for the first time since rupturing his left Achilles’ tendon last season.

The 6-foot-11 forward came off the bench during the first half of Utah’s game against the New Orleans Hornets on Friday night.

Okur was bothered by tendinitis late last season before the rupture occurred during the playoffs against Denver last April.

Washington Wizards' Gilbert Arenas carries the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first quarter at the Verizon Center in Washington on December 14, 2010. UPI/Kevin Dietsch Photo via Newscom

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo reports:

Orlando and Washington are engaged in serious discussions for a trade that would send Gilbert Arenas to the Magic, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Arenas has privately told people for days that he believes a deal will soon send him to Orlando, where he’ll be reunited with Magic general manager Otis Smith, a friend and mentor from Arenas’ days with the Golden State Warriors.

Mike Miller is close to returning

March 12 2010: Washington Wizards' Mike Miller (6) during the NBA basketball game between the Washington Wizards and Detroit Piston at the Palace in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

The AP reports:

Miami Heat forward Mike Miller is close to being ready for game action. So close that his season debut could have come Friday night.

“I was very tempted to suit him up and my coaching staff talked me out of it because I would definitely look down and throw him in and he hasn’t had a practice yet,” coach Erik Spoelstra said before the Heat faced the New York Knicks.

Miller has been out all season after breaking his right thumb defending LeBron James in a preseason practice. Miller is working out again and is just waiting for the team to clear him to play in games.

May 08, 2010 - Atlanta, GEORGIA, UNITED STATES - epa02149239 Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson (R) tries to drive around Orlando Magic forward Matt Barnes in the first half of Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal round NBA playoff basketball game at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on 08 May 2010.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports:

Hawks guard Joe Johnson will return to the lineup two weeks ahead of schedule after having right elbow surgery. Th efour-time All-Star will start Friday night against Charlotte at Philips Arena.

“The therapy just went great, the swelling’s gone down,” Johnson said. “We’ve just been shooting (with) no pain. It’s just feeling great, so I just didn’t feel like it was necessary to wait another two weeks and leave the guys hanging out there like that when I can really get out there and give ‘em everything I got.”

Johnson had surgery to remove a loose body from his elbow at the beginning of December. He had been expected to be out four to six weeks.

LeBron James throws party in NYC at 1OAK

LeBron James didn’t sign with the New York Knicks, but like everyone else on the planet he knows that when you visit NYC, a party is in order.

On Thursday, December 16th, the Miami Heat superstar hosted a “One of a Kind” evening at Chelsea hot-spot 1Oak joined by fellow teammate Dwayne Wade with gal pal Gabrielle Union, New York Knicks superstar Amar’e Stoudemire with model Amber Rose, Jersey Shore’s Ronnie Magro, New York Jets’ Braylon Edwards, record executive Steve Stoute, DJ Clue, and 1Oak owners Richie Akiva and Scott Sartiano.

Guests were treated to DOBEL Tequila, and the music was run by DJ’s Jus Ske and SussONE.

Tonight Madison Square Garden will be filled as New York basketball fanatics cheer on the hometown New York Knicks against the Heat.

LEBRON NYC 1Oak PARTY PHOTOS

LeBron James, Richie Akiva and Maverick Carter

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Amber Rose

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Ronnie Magro

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March 12, 2010: Portland guard Brandon Roy in action during the NBA basketball game between the Sacramento Kings and the Portland Trail blazers at the Arco Arena in Sacramento CA. Portland defeated the Kings 110-94.  Damon Tarver/CSM.

Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reports:

The Trail Blazers have decided to shut Brandon Roy down for at least three games — again — as the All-Star guard continues to endure pain in his balky left knee.

Roy, who has failed to reach double figures in scoring in four of the last five games, has rarely resembled the All-Star player that Blazers fans have grown accustomed to and he looked like a shell of his former self during the Blazers’ 103-98 loss to the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday night.

As much as at any time this season, Roy lacked explosiveness and athleticism and finished with just four points. In a down-to-the-wire fourth quarter, Roy played just 4:42. So when the Blazers returned to Portland, Roy met with coach Nate McMillan, the Blazers’ training staff and general manager Rich Cho, and the group decided sitting out the Blazers’ upcoming three-game home stand was the best course of action for Roy.

InsideHoops.com editor says: This is really a damn shame, seeing what’s happening with Roy and his health. It’s rare when you hear that nothing can be done medically about a situation like this. I wonder if long-term rest if the answer.

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