Archive for January 10th, 2011

The AP reports:

American basketball player Mario Marcell Bennett says he was beaten by security guards at a nightclub in Bucharest.

The 37-year-old Bennett, who plays for CSM Bucharest, says he was attending a concert by U.S. rapper Ja Rule on Saturday and the artist recognized him and invited him on stage.

Bennett, a Denton native, says security guards surrounded him and hit him and “beat me like a dog.” On Pro-TV, Bennett showed gashes on his scalp and injuries to his legs. adds: Bennett went to Arizona State University and was drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the first round (27th pick overall) of the 1995 NBA Draft.

The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed forward Sasha Pavlovic to a 10-day contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Pavlovic (6-7, 235) is a seven-year NBA veteran and joins the Mavericks as a free agent. He holds career averages of 5.5 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 16.5 minutes in 452 career games (127 starts) with Utah, Cleveland and Minnesota.

Originally a first round draft pick (19th overall) of the Utah Jazz in 2003, Pavlovic played one season in Utah before being selected by the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2004 expansion draft and traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers for a first round draft pick. Pavlovic played in Cleveland from 2004-09 and had a career year in 2006-07 when he averaged 9.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists while helping the Cavaliers win the Eastern Conference Championship and earn a trip to the 2007 NBA Finals.

The native of Bar, Yugoslavia, was also a member of the Serbia and Montenegro 2004 Olympic Team that competed in Athens, Greece.

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