Archive for January 14th, 2012

No new Lakers signings expected

It has been a month since Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak told reporters the team was still “pursuing big deals” in the aftermath of the vetoed Chris Paul trade that resulted in Lamar Odom ultimately being shipped to Dallas as a consequence.

Things have died down since then.

“We’re in a different time frame right now,” Kupchak told ESPNLosAngeles.com before the Lakers hosted the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday. “You’re talking about a period of time when there was free agency and everybody was scrambling to put together their rosters and sign players and deal with the issues that were out there. We’re into the season now, so generally speaking, when you’re into the season things slow down and people typically want to see how their team looks. So, without being specific, that’s where we are.”

The Lakers have a full 15-man roster at the moment and would need to release a player to add one of the veteran free agents on the market. Accomplished NBA contributors Gilbert Arenas and Joel Przybilla are still without a team and Yahoo! Sports reported Rasheed Wallace is considering coming out of retirement to sign somewhere.

“We don’t expect to sign anybody any time soon,” Kupchak said.

– Reported by Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles

amare stoudemire

The bespectacled NBA All-Star took a challenge to ink celebrity tattoo artist BangBang Tuesday night, the Knicks off night, at the hoopster’s Meatpacking District pad.

BangBang, 26, of Brooklyn, shared with the Daily News on Thursday his photos of Stoudemire turning the tables on him.

“He gave me a basketball with some initials, which are kind of representative of his religious beliefs. I told him I wanted whatever he wanted to do,” BangBang said of the fresh tat on the inner calf of his right leg.

While Stoudemire is heavily decorated with body art — including the words “Black Jesus” on his neck and the scripture Matthew 20:16 on his chest — he has never given anyone a tattoo until now.

“He’s got a lot of strong Jewish beliefs, so he gave me kind of the Jewish term for God, or symbol of God. I love it,” said BangBang.

– Reported by Bill Hutchinson of the New York Daily News

A REPORT FROM WECT 6 TV

Detectives with the Wilmington Police Department found a body while searching a home in Wilmington Friday for evidence relating to a missing person’s case, and WECT has learned that one of three men arrested at the home the night before used to be Michael Jordan’s basketball coach while he attended Laney High School.

Police arrested Clifton Herring in the 1100 block of Cowan Street on Thursday night, while investigating reports of the missing woman.

Police say they went to 1115 Cowan Street Thursday night to look for the missing woman and Andrew Bernard Adams let them search the residence.  While at the scene, they arrested two men who they say were trying to walk away with various CDs, DVDs, a DVD player and some clothing.  Antonio Heard, 42, and Kyperoo Gore, 23, were charged with burglary.

While arresting those two, police say Herring, who was intoxicated, became “belligerent and repeatedly refused to follow officers’ orders to stay out of the way.”  They arrested Herring and charged him with resist/delay/obstruct an officer in the process of carrying out his/her duties.  Two officers had to restrain Herring.

– Reported by WECT 6

Warriors sign center Earl Barron

Earl Barron

With center Kwame Brown out injured for months, the Golden State Warriors have added help up front.

The Warriors Saturday have signed free agent center Earl Barron, the team announced.  Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released. It’s likely a very short, small contract.

Barron, 30, played with the Portland Trailblazers, Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks last season, appearing in 21 games (seven starts), averaging 3.8 points and 3.6 rebounds in 14.6 minutes.  In seven starting assignments, the 7’0’’ center averaged 4.4 points and 5.4 rebounds in 23.4 minutes.

Barron, who was not drafted by an NBA team, originally signed as a free agent with the Orlando Magic in 2004, one season prior to joining Miami, where he spent three seasons with the Heat and won an NBA Championship in 2006. Barron owns career averages of 5.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in 15.2 minutes per contest in 110 games regular-season games over four seasons with Portland, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Miami and the New York Knicks.  The Clarksdale, MS, native played four seasons at the University of Memphis (1999-2003).

He will wear uniform #40.

Lakers guard Steve Blake out 3-4 weeks

steve blake

After further evaluation, it has been determined that Lakers guard Steve Blake will be out approximately three to four weeks due to the costochaondral fracture (fracture of the cartilage that connects the rib to the sternum) he originally suffered during the Lakers’ game against Phoenix on Tuesday and aggravated in Wednesday’s game at Utah.

Blake is the fifth leading scorer on the Lakers this season, averaging 7.3 points and 2.8 assists in 24.3 minutes per game, coming off the bench behind starting point guard Derek Fisher.

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