Archive for January 8th, 2012

Dwight Howard still hopes to be traded

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard’s request to be traded still stands, and the Orlando Magic’s general manager doesn’t feel the team has done much to change the superstar’s mind.

“Nothing has changed,” Howard said before the Magic faced the Sacramento Kings at Power Balance Pavilion on Sunday.

Otis Smith confirmed Howard has not taken his trade request off the table and that Howard’s agent still has permission to speak with three, and only three, teams: the Dallas Mavericks, the Los Angeles Lakers and the New Jersey Nets.

“I think his leaving or going has nothing to do with Orlando,” Smith said of Howard. “I think he wants a bigger market. I can’t do anything about that.”

– Reported by Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel

Read NBA fan opinion or share your views in this basketball forum topic.

Chris Paul

Is it possible that the Clippers could have three players on the U.S. Olympic basketball team?

Well, yes, it’s possible that Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Chauncey Billups all could represent the United States in the Olympics in London this summer.

Paul said he has been in contact with Jerry Colangelo, director of USA Basketball, and that he hopes to be on the Olympic basketball team for the second time.

Griffin said he was told by his agent that Colangelo wanted to speak with him about being a candidate to try out for the team. Griffin said he planned to call Colangelo this week to express his interest.

Billups said his agent talked with Colangelo.

Colangelo must announce the 18 candidates for the team by Jan. 18.

– Reported by Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times

Andrew Bogut

Bucks center Andrew Bogut will return in time for Tuesday’s home game against the San Antonio Spurs, his agent David Bauman said Sunday.

In an e-mail sent Sunday, Bauman said: “Andrew is returning to the U.S. in a few hours.  Given the time difference and the length of the flight back to the U.S. (from Australia), it is unlikely he will be able to make it back in time for the Bucks’ game in Phoenix.  Andrew will be back in Milwaukee Monday and is expected to start and be ready to play in the Bucks’ home game Tuesday night against the San Antonio Spurs.

“Andrew feels badly that he ended up missing four games and he will be ready to play Tuesday without limitations or restrictions.

“We do not expect to comment further, but Andrew appreciates the support and understanding during this difficult time that he has received from his teammates, Bucks management and the Bucks’ fans.”

– Reported by  Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Eric Maynor

Oklahoma City Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti issued the following statement on the injury status of guard Eric Maynor:

“After further tests and evaluation this morning, it was revealed that Eric Maynor tore his right Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in the fourth quarter of last night’s game in Houston. The injury will require surgery and Eric will miss the remainder of the 2011-12 season.

It is unfortunate to lose a player like Eric, whose work ethic and leadership has contributed to the culture of our organization. Knowing him and the mental toughness he possesses, we are confident that he will do everything necessary to come back from this injury and be prepared for the 2012-13 season. Injuries are part of the NBA, and although it is tough to lose Eric, we must move forward and focus on our continued improvement as a basketball team.”

Grizzlies rookie guard Josh Selby is facing a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge after police found probable cause during an Oct. 5 incident at the University of Maryland.

The 20-year-old Selby has been summoned to appear in a Maryland district court Jan. 25.

“I have no comment about it,” Selby said. “It is what it is.”

Maryland makes a distinction between marijuana and all other illegal drugs. Possessing or using marijuana is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine

– Reported by Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal

Basketball blog