Archive for May 2nd, 2011

ESPN Chicago reports:

In the aftermath of the death of Osama bin Laden, the Chicago Bulls will use metal detectors to screen all patrons entering the United Center before Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal against the Atlanta Hawks on Monday.

The NBA issued the mandate for the conference semifinals and all subsequent playoff games.

Not all arenas in the league regularly use metal detectors. At the United Center, patrons are visually inspected. Metal detectors are only employed in a full inspection when, according to the venue’s website, it is determined that “the potential is high for inappropriate or illegal items to be brought into the building.”

Sometimes, relationships go smoothly. But sometimes, stuff goes wrong, and people assault each other with a box cutter.

This is no laughing matter, of course, and I wish the best for everyone.

Khalil AlHajal of The Flint Journal reports:

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The Prosecutor’s office has charged Kenya Bell, former Miss Michigan USA, with assaulting her husband, basketball star Charlie Bell, with a box cutter on Sunday, said Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton.

The assault occurred inside Charile Bell’s home in Grand Blanc Township in the presence of two children, Leyton said…

Kenya Bell was arraigned in Genesee District Court today on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and domestic violence, according to court records. She was released on $5,000 bond.

The AP reports:

Prosecutor David Leyton says Charlie Bell sustained minor injuries and says two children were present during the attack. Leyton declines to disclose many details. Bell was a star on Michigan State’s 2000 national championship team.

The 35-year-old Kenya Bell faces charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and domestic violence.

Hope this somehow turns out better than it sounds.

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With the news breaking Sunday night that Osama Bin Laden has finally been ejected from humanity, everyone is feeling pretty patriotic, including the Miami Heat.

The AP reports:

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Breaking from tradition, the Heat will not have anyone brought in to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Game 2 of their Eastern Conference playoff series with the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night. Instead, the Heat are encouraging fans to be the singers, making that change less than one day following the announcement that Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan.

“It was a powerful moment—for all of us,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of Sunday night’s news that captivated the nation.

The Heat have honored soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan at home games for several seasons, and say Tuesday’s game will include an enhanced military tribute. Members of the armed services will unfurl the 50-foot American flag at center court during the anthem, a job typically handled by Heat employees.

This should be great. I’m looking forward to it.

The following is a statement released Monday from Maloof Sports and Entertainment, who own the Sacramento Kings:

Kings staying in Sacramento for 2011-12 season

“Out of respect to Kings fans and the regional business community, we have decided to remain in Sacramento for the 2011-12 season. The fans’ spirit and energy, specifically our season ticket holders, has been remarkable and we are truly thankful for their loyalty. We also are greatly appreciative of the support from our corporate sponsors as well as other local businesses that have come forward in recent weeks.

Additionally, we would like to take this opportunity to send a heartfelt thank you to the loyal and hardworking team members within our organization. From the game night staff to the front office, coaches, and players, we are grateful for their professionalism and devotion.

During this process, Mayor Johnson has strongly indicated to both the community and the NBA that he is capable of getting the support to build a state-of-the-art entertainment and sports facility that the Sacramento Region and the tremendous Kings fans so rightly deserve. We look forward to seeing Mayor Johnson bring his vision to reality. However, if an arena plan cannot be finalized in a timely fashion, the NBA¹s relocation committee has assured Maloof Sports and Entertainment that it will support an application to move the franchise to another market starting in 2012-13.”

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The Kings are in a tough situation. Things are not ideal for them in Sacramento because they need a new arena, but the leading candidate to land the team if they move, the city of Anaheim, is not the best spot either because it’s fairly close to Los Angeles, and it’s unclear that fans there would sell out NBA games. (And there’s way more, but there’s your quick one-paragraph summary.)

An announcement is expected today, but early word is that the Kings may stay in Sacramento, at least for the upcoming season.

Randy Youngman of the Orange County Register reports:

Kings relocation news

It appears Anaheim and the city-owned Honda Center have been left at the altar again.

Despite months of negotiations with Anaheim arena officials that pushed the Sacramento Kings to the brink of relocating in Anaheim, the Maloof family has at least temporarily abandoned its plans to move to Orange County because of opposition to the move by the NBA.

Officials from Anaheim Arena Management, which had been in relocation negotiations with the Maloofs since September, were told of the family’s decision early Monday morning.

The NBA is expected to issue a statement Monday morning announcing that the franchise will remain in Sacramento and not submit an application to move by Monday’s twice-delayed relocation deadline. A statement from the Kings is expected to follow.

Note that this may just be temporary. The Kings may just remain in Sacramento next season while continuing to seek a new home for 2012-13 and the future.

Hit the front page later as official word is released about this.

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I love trash-talk in basketball, both on and off the court. As long as a player can back it up, I think it adds a fun element to the game. With that said, here’s some great stuff after Grizzlies-Thunder Game 1:

Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports:

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Someone informed Zach Randolph about what was being said about him in the Oklahoma City Thunder locker room, and the Grizzlies’ power forward shot back with a line as snappy as the one he put on the final statistical sheet.

Oklahoma City’s scoring machine Kevin Durant basically called Randolph unstoppable and the best on the planet at his position.

“I’ve got to agree with that. Thanks, KD,” a smiling Randolph said while sitting in front of a microphone as the interview room filled with laughter…

“You can not stop him,” said Durant, who led the Thunder with 33 points. “You have to make him take tough shots. He is the go-to guy. He gets into position and gets to where he wants to be. … We must help those guys (Ibaka and Perkins) out more.”

I love it, and wish Grizzlies-Thunder Game 2 was starting, oh, about right now.

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The Miami Heat are off to a good start in the 2011 NBA Playoffs, holding their own in the first round and clawing their way to a tough win over the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the second round.

Still, the Heat would certainly benefit from an improved supporting cast, especially rugged power forward (and occasional undersized center) Udonis Haslem.

Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald reports:

Udonis Haslem is rusty but physically ready to return for Heat

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra called leaving forward Udonis Haslem off the team’s active list for Sunday, “one of the more difficult decisions I’ve had to make.”

After missing most of the season with a torn tendon in his left foot, Haslem hoped to play Sunday in Game 1 against the Celtics. Instead, he took his normal position at the end of the Heat’s bench and wore a suit instead of a uniform.

Haslem has participated daily in practices with the Heat since the end of the first round.

While Haslem is physically ready to return, Spoelstra determined the Heat’s co-captain is still a little too rusty. Spoelstra indicated he met with assistants before making the decision.

“Objectively, he is not quite there,” Spoelstra said. “He is making great strides.”

I’d guess that we may see Haslem in action for Game 3 in Boston, which isn’t until Saturday.

We all had dreams as children. Mine have all come true, as yours surely have as well. As for Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler, he has a shot at it starting tonight.

Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas reports:

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This series is a childhood dream come true for Southern California native Tyson Chandler.

He’s always wanted a chance to knock off the Lakers.

“Some players used to imagine themselves as other players,” said Chandler, who moved throughout Southern California as a child and attended high school basketball powerhouse Compton Dominguez. “I used to imagine myself killing the Lakers. Hopefully, my dreams come true.”

Chandler’s first basketball memories were watching the Showtime Lakers, who won five titles during the ’80s. He was in high school when the next Lakers dynasty, featuring Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, emerged.

Looking forward to Lakers-Mavs Game 1 tonight (Monday).

Fans have been discussing the upcoming series in this forum topic. Skim-read it and join in.

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