Archive for July 3rd, 2011

Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman reports:

Serge Ibaka

Thunder forward Serge Ibaka is considering playing in Europe if the NBA’s lockout drags on.

While vacationing in Spain, Ibaka recently told a radio station that he would be open to returning to Spain, where he played for two seasons prior to officially joining the Thunder.

“If there is a lockout, and there are not many complications to play in the CBA, I would like to return here to play,” Ibaka is quoted as saying.

Ibaka is the latest in a long line of NBA players who have expressed an interest in playing overseas in the event of a prolonged lockout. Former Thunder center Nenad Krstic, who was traded to Boston at the deadline, recently signed a deal with CSKA Moscow in Russia. But Krstic’s contract had expired.

InsideHoops.com editor says: It’s safe to say that almost every player in the league “would consider” playing somewhere overseas if the lockout was to go on for an extended period of time. I expect lots of articles like this to emerge over the next week or two. Pretty logical for players to consider all their options. But of course, almost all of them would prefer for the NBA to be in its usual active state.

The New York Daily News reports:

The “Jersey Shore’s” “MVP” clique — Mike (The Situation) Sorrentino, Vinny Guadagnino and Paul (Pauly D) DelVecchio — is now without its “V.”

Guadagnino left the MTV show for good after getting into a fight with a castmate inside their Seaside Heights, N.J., shore house, reports TMZ.

Just days after they moved in to start shooting the fifth season of the MTV show, Guadagnino was seen moving out late Wednesday night.

Though he returned the next day after spending the night in a local hotel, the 23-year-old left once and for all on Friday and went home to Staten Island.

Will Celtics try to land Grant Hill?

Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe reports:

Grant Hill

Grant Hill is concentrating on staying in shape, and he takes nothing for granted after ankle problems and a hernia cost him significant parts of four seasons. In his six seasons in Orlando (2000-07), Hill played just 200 games. He blamed the Magic for misdiagnosing an ankle injury and botching the initial surgery, and spent years trying to regain the form that made him one of the game’s best scorers. He never quite got back to that level, but Hill was able to reinvent himself.

“I think going through all that helped me really learn and understand how to take care of myself, just really being in tune with my body,’’ he said. “I feel like I wear down more mentally than I do physically. I went out to Phoenix thinking I’d play two years, and now it’s four going on five. I don’t want to put a number on it. I want to take it year by year, but I definitely have a lot left in the tank.’’

Depending on his price and desire to come off the bench, Hill could be a target of the Celtics. He has a strong relationship with Doc Rivers, who wanted Hill to sign with Boston before he opted for Phoenix. Perhaps if Hill had remained healthy, Rivers’s coaching stint in Orlando would have been more successful.

“He was great, still is, he’s a friend,’’ Hill said of Rivers. “He was so supportive. It’s woulda, coulda, shoulda, we might have done some pretty good things together but it didn’t happen. I think I’m a better person going through all of that. And he’s a better coach. I think he will tell you that. It’s prepared him probably even more so what he’s doing now in Boston. It hasn’t hurt the friendship or relationship, at least I don’t think so, but it was an unfortunate set of circumstances.’’

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Coach Jim Cleamons takes job in China

Xinhua reports:

Former Los Angeles Lakers’ assistant coach Jim Cleamons had been hired by the Zhejiang Guangsha of the Chinese Basketball Association league (CBA) on Sunday, local reports said.

Guangsha’s general manager Ye Xiangyu told media that Cleamons had arrived in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, on Saturday.

“There were several offers from teams of the National Basketball Association (NBA), but Mr. Cleamons finally chose the Guangsha,” Ye said.

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