Archive for February 22nd, 2011

John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports:

Chris Paul wants to play without knee brace

New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul said he is trying to move toward not having to wear a brace to protect his surgically repaired left knee.

With the brace, Paul said he doesn’t have the range of motion he desires. In some recent games before the All-Star break, Paul did not appear to have the quick burst to beat defenders to the lane.

He’s worn a brace since the start of the regular season, but did not play with it on during Sunday’s All-Star Game in Los Angeles or during road games last week against Golden State and Portland.

Pistons plan to keep Tayshaun Prince

The Detroit Free Press reports:

Pistons plan to keep Tayshaun Prince

Detroit Pistons president Joe Dumars confirmed today what Tayshaun Prince told the media Monday night; he isn’t going to get traded by Thursday’s NBA deadline.

“I ain’t going nowhere so what difference does it make?” the veteran forward said. “I’m not getting traded. How do I know? Because I know.

“I’ve been here all nine years, through the good times and the bad. Never once have I walked in and said I needed to go or anything like that. I’ve stuck through it.”

Prince’s contract is up at the end of the season, and Dumars said he’d like to re-sign him because of his versatility and leadership.

Bulls trade James Johnson to Raptors

Bulls trade James Johnson to Raptors

The Toronto Raptors announced Tuesday they have acquired forward James Johnson from the Chicago Bulls in exchange for a 2011 first-round draft pick. The Raptors received the pick from the Miami Heat this past July (Bosh sign and trade).

“James Johnson is a strong, athletic and versatile small forward that we have had our eye on dating back to the 2009 NBA Draft,” said Raptors President and General Manager Bryan Colangelo.

Johnson, 6-foot-9, 245 pounds was a first-round selection by the Bulls (16th overall) in the 2009 NBA Draft. He has appeared in 78 games (with 11 starts), averaging 3.8 points, 1.9 rebounds and 11.3 minutes. He posted a career-best 20 points in a career-high 43 minutes at Miami on March 12, 2010.

Johnson saw action in eight games recently with the Iowa Energy in the NBA D-League. He averaged 19.3 points, 8.9 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.5 blocks in 32.1 minutes.

A product of Wake Forest, Johnson averaged 14.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 61 collegiate games with the Demon Deacons. He earned Freshman All-American honours and was runner-up for the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year in 2008.

The Raptors are in Charlotte tonight to face the Bobcats before returning home to play host to Chicago on Wednesday. Game time is 7 p.m. ET (Sportsnet One/Sportsnet Radio The FAN 590).

Johnson is expected to arrive in Toronto on Wednesday.

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Tyreke Evans out at least three weeks

Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reports:

Tyreke Evans out at least three weeks

The Kings will be without Tyreke Evans for at least three weeks because of plantar fasciitis in his left foot, the team announced this afternoon.

Evans underwent the first of three extra corporeal shockwave treatments on his left foot after being re-examined by Dr. Richard Ferkel in Los Angeles following Monday’s MRI. Evans will wear a walking boot and be re-examined after the treatments.

Evans leads the Kings in scoring, assists and steals. The Kings are just 1-6 in games that Evans has missed this season.

The injury has bothered Evans most of the season but became too much to deal with Feb. 13 in Phoenix. Evans finished that game but hasn’t played since.

TMZ reports:

Miami Heat superstar Chris Bosh has a brand new reason to watch VH1 — TMZ has learned his baby mama Allison Mathis will be selected as a cast member on the next season of “Basketball Wives.”

Sources close to the production tell us … Allison completed three rounds of interviews with show execs recently and was so impressive … producers will be offering her a spot on Season 3.

TMZ reports:

Carmelo’s trade to the New York Knicks isn’t even official yet, but Sandy Levine, owner of the Carnegie Deli, tells TMZ they are already launching the new Melo Sandwich and it is packed with everything you could ever want on a sandwich:

– Pastrami
– Corned Beef
– Salami
– Bacon
– Tomato
– Russian dressing
– On rye bread

The sandwich will run you a cool $21.95 and that price was chosen for a reason — if they sell around 3,000,000 of them … it equals the $65 million contract Melo is likely to sign with the Knicks.

Spurs sign Steve Novak to second 10-day contract

The San Antonio Spurs today announced they have signed forward Steve Novak to a second 10-day contract.  Novak signed his first 10-day contract with the Spurs on February 8 becoming the eighth call-up of the 2010-11 NBA Development League season.

Novak, a 6-10 forward, appeared in five games for the Spurs, averaging 2.6 points in 4.3 minutes per game, while shooting .444 (4-9) from the field and .429 (3-7) from three-point territory.

Prior to joining the Spurs, Novak appeared in two games with the Reno Bighorns, averaging 18.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in 29.5 minutes, while shooting .684 (13-19) from the field and .643 (9-14) from three-point range. Earlier this season, Novak averaged 1.6 points in 2.6 minutes in seven games with the Dallas Mavericks. Overall, he has appeared in 207 career games with Houston, the L.A. Clippers, Dallas and San Antonio with averages of 3.9 points in 9.8 minutes per game. For his career, he is shooting .435 (293-673) from the field and .406 (194-478) from three-point land.

The Portland Trail Blazers recalled guard Armon Johnson from the NBA Development League’s Idaho Stampede, it was announced today by General Manager Rich Cho.

In nine games (one start) with the Stampede, Johnson notched averages of 18.2 points (59.7% FG), 4.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 27.6 minutes. He netted more than 20 points in five games.

Johnson, 21, is averaging 3.1 points, 1.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 8.1 minutes in 28 games this season with the Trail Blazers.

Portland selected Johnson in the second round (34th pick overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft out of the University of Nevada-Reno.

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