Archive for February 24th, 2012

 The NBA’s competition committee voted Friday to make the transition rule allowing teams to dress and play 13 players permanent and to shorten and streamline the waiver period, said Stu Jackson, the league’s executive vice president of basketball operations.

The roster rule was approved unanimously by the committee consisting of league and team executives and will be recommended to the Board of Governors for formal adoption pending approval by the players’ union. The waiver period, currently 48 business hours during the season and seven days from the end of the season until August 15, would be changed to 48 hours year-round, including weekends.

The long-held practice of the league maintaining three daily waiver reporting times – 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET – would be replaced by a single daily reporting time of 5 p.m. ET, Jackson said. The changes could take effect as soon as this summer.

The roster rule initially was employed with the intention of allowing teams to dress 13 players but only play 12. It was subsequently decided that all 13 who dressed would be able to play. The committee voted Friday to recommend making the rule permanent.

– Reported by Ken Berger of CBS Sports (Blog)

Andrew Bogut
Andrew Bogut
Top bloke

Milwaukee Bucks General Manager John Hammond announced the following update on the injury to Andrew Bogut (7-0, 260):

“On Tuesday (February 21), Andrew had a CT scan performed on his injured left ankle.  The results of the scan were reviewed by Bucks orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Michael Gordon, along with additional foot and ankle specialists who agreed that Bogut’s ankle was healing appropriately and at this time surgery is not indicated.

“Bogut will be allowed to progress to the next stage of his rehabilitation program, and will undergo an additional scan in approximately one month.  The initial recovery period of 8-to-12 weeks has not changed.”

The seventh-year center suffered a fractured left ankle in the win at Houston (January 25) when his left foot landed awkwardly on a Rockets player’s foot after attempting to block a shot in the first period.  In 12 games this season, Bogut averaged 11.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steal and 2.0 blocked shots in 30.0 minutes per contest.

LeBron James
lebron james
Keeping his dunk talent in games

Yet even after saying he would compete in the slam-dunk contest when it was held in Dallas in 2010, Miami Heat forward LeBron James has never participated in this aerial dynamic contest during his nine seasons in the NBA. And he knows the fans would love to see him fly through the sky with the greatest of ease.

“That’s just not me,” James said during media availability today at the player’s swanky hotel. “I’m not a dunk contest type of guy.

“I’m an in-game dunker. I kind of improvise during the game.”

– Reported by Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Dwight Howard keeps quiet on future

Dwight Howard
dwight howard
Might be traded in March

Howard faced a swarm of media for 35 minutes during an Eastern Conference All-Star player availability session at the Hilton Orlando, and the Orlando Magic superstar said he would only discuss this weekend.

“The situation right now is All-Star weekend,” Howard said when he was asked whether the weekend will be bittersweet because of his trade request.

“That’s the only thing that matters right now. This is the moment. This is All-Star weekend. We’re going to have fun and we’re going to enjoy ourselves. All that stuff can go on after All-Star weekend. But for right now, my focus is on having a great time, being a great host to all these great players that you see around us. And this is Jeremy Lin’s first All-Star. So, I’m going to make sure I get with him and have some fun with Jeremy Lin.”

– Reported by Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel

DeMarcus Cousins
demarcus cousins
Must tolerate being on Kings

Lakers All-Star center Andrew Bynum was asked for his opinion of Kings center DeMarcus Cousins.

I guess he feels bad for Cousins.

“He’s a good player, definitely coming up,” Bynum said. “It’s terrible that he has to play in Sacramento. He could take his talents somewhere and really help a team.”

Terrible?

“Yeah,” Bynum said. “It’s not working out.”

– Reported by Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee

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Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony
Likes the feel of the basketball

Carmelo Anthony has heard the talk that he’s selfish and can’t play with Jeremy Lin. Both, he said on Friday, are not true.

“I love playing with Jeremy Lin,” Anthony said at the NBA All-Star Weekend media day. “I love playing with the guys on the team. As far as sharing the spotlight, I’ve been in this game a long time. I’m not going nowhere. The Knicks are not going anywhere. The spotlight’s not going anywhere. If we do what we have to do, everybody will share the spotlight.”

Anthony suffered a groin injury six minutes into Lin’s first Knicks start on Feb. 6 and didn’t play again until Feb. 20. In between, Lin became an international sensation and the question of whether Anthony could co-exist with him became front-and-center chatter…

For Anthony, the idea that he’s selfish doesn’t match up with what he was trying to do before Lin’s emergence, which was play point-forward while hurt for a struggling Knicks squad.

“The only thing that really affected me was the selfish part,” Anthony said. “I was really like, ‘Where did that come from?’ . . . I went out there and tried to play hurt. It didn’t work. I should have sat down, but I didn’t.”

– Reported by Anthony Rieber of New York Newsday

Jeremy Lin
Jeremy Lin
Invented basketball, apparently

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. who tweeted derogatory things about Jeremy Lin saying the Knicks point guard was getting all of the attention solely because he was Chinese-American, and Spike Lee were seen chatting courtside for an extended time last night.

“Jeremy Lin is a good player, but all the hype is because he’s Asian,” the WBC welterweight champion tweeted earlier this month. “Black players do what he does every night and don’t get the same praise.’’

Lee immediately took to Twitter to respond to Mayweather’s comments and defend Lin.

“Floyd Mayweather I Hope You Watched Jeremy Hit The Gamewinning 3 Pointer With .005 Seconds Left.Our Guy Can BALL PLAIN AND SIMPLE.RECOGNIZE.”

After last night’s chat, it appeared Lee and Mayweather had made peace.

“Floyd Mayweather And I Had A Great Conversation Courtside,” Lee tweeted after the game. “We’re MAD COOL.ALL LOVE.2 Brotha’s.YA-DIG.’’

– Reported by Marc Berman of the New York Post

Kevin Love
Kevin Love
Stomps the competition

At the all-star break, nine teams in the NBA’s tough Western Conference have records better than the Timberwolves, who are 17-17, equaling their victory total of last season. The top eight teams go to the playoffs.

Can the Wolves, at this juncture, dare think about playoffs?

“Interestingly enough, I think (coach Rick Adelman) has put them into a place now that we will be striving to try to get into the playoffs,” Wolves owner Glen Taylor said Thursday. “Even though we’re 10th, we’re just (one game) out of eighth. So that’s certainly all achievable if things go well.

“There’s no reason for them not to try that and work hard for it. It’s going to be tough because there are so many other teams that are so close. But I can’t believe that the guys, now that they’ve seen what they can do in the first half of the season, won’t put that as part of their goal.”

– Reported by the St. Paul Pioneer Press

Pau Gasol
pau gasol
Finesse big-man

The Lakers would like the NBA to take a closer look at Brendan Haywood’s hard foul against Pau Gasol late in Thursday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks. Haywood knocked Gasol to the court with a double forearm shiver to the head.

Brown said he believed it should have been ruled a flagrant foul, with Haywood perhaps drawing an ejection for thumping Gasol.

The officiating crew, led by veteran Mike Callahan, whistled Haywood for a shooting foul, however.

“After reviewing it on tape, I think the refs missed that,” Brown said. “I don’t know how anybody could think he was going for the ball. I don’t think it was intentional, but that’s not the definition of a flagrant foul.”

Brown said he expected a league review.

“That was definitely not a normal foul,” he said.

– Reported by Elliot Teaford of the LA Daily News

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