The Canadian Press reports:
Canada’s men’s basketball team dropped a 106-44 decision to France in an exhibition game Tuesday in an ugly start to the 2011 season.
Kelly Olynyk of Kamloops, B.C., had six points to lead the Canadians, who trailed 30-8 after the first quarter and 57-17 at halftime.
Vancouver’s Levon Kendall had four rebounds for Canada, No. 23 in the world rankings compared to No. 14 for France.
Charlotte Bobcats forward Boris Diaw topped France with 16 points, while Mickael Gelabale added 15 points and Nando De Colo scored 12.
The Canadians shot just 29 per cent from the field, and 13 per cent from three-point range.
Tim Griffin of the San Antonio Express-News (blog) reports:
Dwayne Schintzius was one of the original characters in the history of the Spurs franchise.
Old-school fans still remember his mullet haircut and his free-throw shooting woes during his brief one-season stint with the team. He was the Spurs’ No. 1 choice in the 1990 draft, but played only 42 games with the team before he was swapped to Sacramento after his rookie season.
Schintzius believes his mullet-style lobster haircut he wore during his season with the team was the major reason for the trade.
It seems that then-Spurs general manager Bob Bass didn’t like the haircut and wanted his prized rookie to trim his locks.
“He told me to cut it,” Schintzius told old friend Joey Johnson of the Tampa Tribune (hat tip Project Spurs.com). “So I got it cut and sent him the shavings in an envelope. I’m not sure he appreciated that. And then, away I went.”
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The NBA Rookie Transition Program, scheduled for August 9-11, has been postponed. The program, which provides first-year players with the skills and information necessary for a successful transition to the NBA, is run jointly by the NBA and the Players Association.
“Without a new collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players’ union, we will be unable to hold RTP as originally scheduled,” NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said. “This is an important educational program for our incoming players, and it will be rescheduled once the parties agree on a CBA.”
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Exciting Boomers guard Patty Mills is considering playing in the NBL as he weighs up his options during the NBA lockout.
Currently in a Boomers camp on the Gold Coast, Mills has been linked with Adelaide as uncertainty surrounds the next NBA season.
Officially the NBA season tips off in November - but the current lockout could last months and cause it to be scrapped.
The lockout has ensured Australia’s NBA star Andrew Bogut and fellow Boomers big man David Andersen will not feature in the Oceania Olympic qualifying series against New Zealand in September.
It also initially threatened Mills’ availability for the three-match series against the Kiwis.
But Portland-based Mills confirmed on Tuesday that he would suit up for Australia - but after that his future remained clouded.