Archive for February 7th, 2011

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have assigned rookie James Anderson to the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League. This is Anderson’s second assignment to the Toros this season while rehabbing from a stress fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot which he was diagnosed with on November 11.

Anderson, a 6-6, 215-pound guard, was originally assigned to Austin on January 26. He appeared in two games for the Toros, averaging 14.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in 14.0 minutes. He shot .556 (10-18) from the field, .444 (4-9) from three-point territory and .714 (5-7) from the free throw line. Anderson was recalled by the Spurs on January 29 and saw limited action in three games.

Before the injury, Anderson appeared in six games for the Spurs, averaging 7.0 points and 1.5 assists in 17.7 minutes.

For the season he has appeared in nine games, averaging 5.2 points and 1.1 assists in 13.0 minutes. He is shooting .432 (16-37) from the field and .500 (11-22) from three-point land.

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has recalled guard Ishmael Smith from Houston’s single-affiliation NBA D-League partner Rio Grande Valley. Smith, who had been re-assigned to the Vipers on Feb. 1, is expected to join the Rockets for tonight’s game in Denver.

Smith (6-0, 175, Wake Forest) has averaged 12.5 points, 7.9 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.50 steals over eight games (five starts) in a pair of stints with the Vipers this season. He was originally assigned to Rio Grande Valley on Jan. 17 and recalled by Houston on Jan. 24. With the Rockets, the undrafted rookie free agent has averaged 2.8 points and 2.2 assists in 26 games (three starts).

The Philadelphia 76ers announced today that they have recalled rookie forward Craig Brackins from their NBA Development League affiliate, the Springfield Armor.  Brackins was assigned to the Armor on January 15.  His first assignment was from November 30 through December 12.

In 14 games for Springfield, Brackins averaged 19.9 points, 9.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.00 blocks in 37.2 minutes per game.  Over his final three games with the Armor, Brackins averaged 24.7 points and 11.3 rebounds.  He leaves the D-League tied for the seventh-highest scoring average of any player this season.

The Memphis Grizzlies have announced their pricing structure for the 2011-12 season, and as a way to thank MVP Season Ticket Holders for their dedication over the last 10 years there will be no increase in ticket prices, with price cuts set for over 2,000 seats in the Plaza Level, 600 of which will be lowered to $25 per game per seat.

In addition to a freeze in ticket prices for the sixth straight season, MVP Season Ticket Holders will also receive 2011 Playoff Priority and incredible “Early Bird Rebate Rewards” for renewing their Season Ticket Plans.  Rebate Reward No. 1 gives fans that renew and pay in full by March 11, 10 percent off their total Season Ticket purchase.  Those who renew by March 11, 2011 and pay in full by April 10, 2011 will get five percent off the cost their total Season Tickets as part of Rebate Reward No. 2.  A two percent discount will be taken off Season Tickets purchases that are renewed by March 11 and paid in full by June 15 as part of Rebate Reward No. 3.

Fans who make their initial renewal payment prior to March 11 but would prefer to pay in three installments or on a 10-month plan will be entered to win one of dozens of great prizes in the annual Reward Lottery.  The first reward lottery drawing deadline on Feb. 11 gives fans the opportunity to win two floor seats for the remainder of the 2010-11 season.  The second reward lottery deadline on Feb. 15 includes the opportunity to win a Hospitality Suite for the March 9 game vs. the Knicks and $200 in Grizz Bucks.  Free parking in the Toyota Garage for the 2011-12 season highlights the second reward lottery deadline.  The reward lottery deadline on March 1 includes a one price code upgrade on 2011-12 Season Tickets and the chance to win a $200 Ashley Furniture HomeStore Gift Certificate.

With twice as many chances to win, the fifth reward lottery deadline on March 4 includes at 32-inch Sharp Television and a $200 Kroger Gift Certificate.  Fans who renew by March 7 will be in the sixth reward lottery drawing that will include the chance to win $200 in Malco Theater Movie Tickets and lunch for four with Grizzlies’ General Manager Chris Wallace.  The final drawing on March 9 will end the reward lotteries with a bang, as fans will have a chance to win 50 percent off a 2011-12 Season Ticket package, a $200 Jason’s Deli Gift Certificate, a $200 Neely’s Gift Certificate or a $200 Gould’s Day Spa Gift Certificate.

“With almost a decade under our belts in this great city of Memphis, we understand now more than ever that our Season Ticket Holders are the pulse of our organization.  Every day that we step into FedExForum we strive to give them the rewards that they deserve,” said Greg Campbell, Memphis Grizzlies President of Business Operations.  “Each year we try to add more rewards for our Season Ticket Holders to help represent the growing relationship amongst organization, Grizzlies fans and the city of Memphis.”

While purchasing tickets by the March 11 deadline offers a host of rewards as the team looks forward to the 2011-12 season, renewing season ticket purchasers also gives the members of Grizz Nation a big incentive this season.  All renewing Season Ticket Holders will continue to receive MVP Express concession lines, MVP entrance, MVP only events and recognition and more.

The Toronto Raptors announced Monday they have signed guard Trey Johnson to a second 10-day contract.

Johnson was signed to his original 10-day contract on January 26. He has appeared in five games with Toronto averaging 4.0 points, 1.6 assists and 12.6 minutes. He totaled a high of 10 points in Friday’s victory versus Minnesota.

Johnson, 6-foot-5, 215 pounds is the leading scorer in the D-League this season averaging 25.8 points for the Bakersfield Jam. He has scored in double-digits in each of his 26 games, posting 20 or more points on 22 occasions and 30 or more in five games and a season-best 43 on December 15 at Austin. Johnson is also averaging 4.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists while shooting .510 percent from the field.

Johnson is in his fourth season with the Jam. He owns career D-League averages of 20.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists in 36.2 minutes. His head coach during the 2007-08 season was current Raptors assistant coach Scott Roth.

A product of Jackson State in Mississippi, Johnson played four games with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2008-09 campaign totaling four points and one rebound. In October he went to training camp with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Celtics recall Avery Bradley from D-League

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have recalled guard Avery Bradley from the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League.

Bradley, a 6’2” guard, averaged 17.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 3.0 steals in nine games with the Red Claws.  Bradley tied a D-League record with nine steals against Tulsa on January 30. While on assignment, he recorded 20 or more points in four games with a high of 25 against the Dakota Wizards on February 4.

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