Archive for February 23rd, 2012

Jeremy Lin rookie card sells for $21,580

CSN Bay Area reports:

In case you had any doubts about the Jeremy Lin phenomenon reaching new heights of “Linsanity,” (sorry, but at least one pun is obligatory) there’s new evidence it has yet to reach its peak.

Consider that Lin’s rookie player card, featuring him as a member of the Golden State Warriors and autographed by the former Palo Alto High star, sold for $21,580 on eBay Thursday.

The auction had 36 bids.The seller, Yair Rozmaryn of New York, reportedly purchased the card for $1,000. He made the buy after two starts by Lin.

Mavs listening but not looking for deals

Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas reports:

Mark Cuban likes this Mavericks roster a lot. He’s said he’s not actively looking to make any changes before the March 15 trade deadline.

However, Cuban and Mavs president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson will still take calls.

Cuban always says the Mavs will be “opportunistic” in the trade market. But unlike a couple of years ago, when he acknowledged that the Mavs wanted to make a major move weeks before shipping Josh Howard to Washington in a blockbuster deal, the Mavs’ front office isn’t planning to be aggressive over the next few weeks.

“We’re not looking to change unless someone makes us an offer we can’t refuse,” Cuban said. “We’re not looking to shake anything up. We think we’ve got a good team that hasn’t played its best basketball yet.”

Stephen Curry
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Terrific player when feet and ankles don’t hurt

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry suffered a right foot injury against the Suns during last night’s game and will not be attending All-Star Weekend festivities here, per his agent Lance Young.

Young, via email, said the injury was to a tendon in Curry’s foot, and “nothing with his ankle.” But he said that it would prevent Curry making the trip here, where he was scheduled to defend his title in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge.

Rather than making the trip, Young said Curry would rest and rehab his injury this weekend. He’s already missed nine games this season with an ankle injury.

Curry missed a layup with 2:29 remaining in the first quarter and landed awkwardly. He went to the locker room and tried to come back just before halftime, but was unable to return to the game.

– Reported by Sekou Smith of NBA.com (Blog)

Derrick Rose says back pain is gone

Derrick Rose
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Quicker than light

Derrick Rose spoke to reporters for the first time since his five-game absence prior to tipoff of Wednesday’s 110-91 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

It was his second straight game since returning to the lineup, having scored 23 points and handing out six assists in nearly 35 minutes in Monday night’s win over the Atlanta Hawks.

“I felt good. If anything, I was just trying to test myself, trying to make sure that I still have it,” said Rose. “I hit a couple of shots, some of them I usually hit, I missed. I just tried to play my game, that’s aggressive and it started off pretty good.”

He followed that up with 16 points and seven assists in 30 minutes against Milwaukee and said his back is no longer a concern.

“I’m not worried about it anymore,” said Rose. “I don’t feel any pain anymore.”

– Reported by Christopher Cason of CSN Chicago

Kevin Martin
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Likes to shoot

On Tuesday, Kevin Martin spoke about his happiness with the Rockets.

“I’m still in a great situation,” he said. “I’m still on a good team. I’m still helping the team win.”

On Wednesday, he read an Internet report that it is an open secret he is not happy.

“I think it’s an inappropriate article,” Martin said. “A writer must be starving for attention. He’s not going to bring a distraction around our team. I’m the team’s leading scorer, and we’re in the playoff hunt. I don’t understand how I could not be happy about that. Basically, he’s just making it up.

“Individually and team-wise, we’re doing pretty well.”

– Reported by Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle (Blog)

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