Archive for March 3rd, 2012

Mavs recall Lamar Odom from D-League

— The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have recalled forward Lamar Odom from the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League.

Odom (6-10, 230) was assigned to the Legends yesterday but did not see any action with the team. He has played in 32 games with the Mavericks and is averaging 7.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 21.4 minutes. He is shooting .357 (89-249 FGs) from the field, .259 (22-85 3FGs) from 3-point range and .577 (45-78 FTs) from the free throw line. The 12-year pro has missed the last four games due to a family matter.

The Mavericks acquired Odom on Dec. 11, 2011 along with a 2012 second round pick and other second round considerations in 2013 from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for a protected first round draft pick.

Odom is scheduled to be in uniform tonight as the Mavericks host the Utah Jazz at the American Airlines Center.

Charlie Villanueva

Charlie Villanueva’s shots went up at practice Friday, and according to the hobbled Pistons forward, they were going in.

“You know it was going in,” an upbeat Villanueva said after practicing with full contact for the first time since being placed on the inactive list in January.

He called it significant progress. Coach Lawrence Frank called it very encouraging. Even so, neither side would call when Villanueva would see game action again.

“I’m just taking it step by step,” Villanueva said. “This is the first time I actually had a full day of practice, so we’ll see how my ankle responds. The way it’s feeling right now, it’s feeling OK, so we’ll see what happens.”

– Reported by Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press

jason smith

It has been just short of a month since Hornets power forward Jason Smith absorbed two blows to the head at Detroit that left him with a concussion, one that has proven serious enough to keep him off the floor since, with an uncertain timetable to return.

Smith spoke with reporters for the first time Friday since the Feb. 4 loss to the Pistons when he was was injured, on a hard foul by Detroit’s Greg Monroe, who later got Smith in the head again.

Under the NBA’s new concussion policy, Smith has been evaluated by team physician Dr. Matthew McQueen, as well as neurological specialists, and Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, the newly appointed director of the NBA’s concussion program, also reviews results of current testing against baseline readings obtained from every player during training camp.

Smith said Friday he is still experiencing concussion-related symptoms, which trouble him personally and professionally.

– Reported by Jimmy Smith of the New Orleans Times-Picayune

Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo’s trade status and thorny nature are again the stuff of national speculation, and Danny Ainge isn’t surprised.

“It’s never stopped,” the Celtics [team stats] president said yesterday after the latest wave hit with an ESPN.com report Wednesday. “It’s like if the Patriots [team stats] lose three straight games, and people start talking about trading Tom Brady [stats].”

Ainge was quick to insist Rondo’s most likely team following the March 15 trade deadline is the one that pays him now. He added that he is not currently trying to trade the point guard.

“I anticipate him being here for a long time,” said Ainge, who also derided reports that Rondo, who has butted heads with virtually every coach he’s ever had, now has a worsened relationship with Doc Rivers.

“Rondo and Doc get along fine. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t bumps in the road. But I would go so far as to say they get along now better than they ever have. This is nothing new. There are other issues that concern us so much more.”

– Reported by Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald

lamar odom

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle expressed disappointment with Lamar Odom’s ongoing absence from the team and bluntly stated that the forward will face scrutiny upon his return, from owner Mark Cuban to the players in the locker room.

Odom will play Saturday night for the Mavs’ D-League affiliate in nearby Frisco and then is expected to re-join the Mavs for the first time since Feb. 20 when the team travels to Oklahoma City for Monday’s game, Carlisle said.

“When he comes back, we’re going to find out very quickly where things are at,” Carlisle said during his weekly appearance Friday on the ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM’s “Galloway & Co.” “He’s going to have to show us with his actions and attitude that he’s in.”

Odom left the Mavs on Feb. 22 to tend to a family matter and missed his fourth consecutive game Friday night when Dallas played New Orleans. He will also miss Saturday’s game against the Utah Jazz. Odom left the team to attend to his ill father in Los Angeles, sources told ESPNDallas.com.

– Reported by Jeff Caplan of ESPN Dallas

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