Archive for August 2nd, 2012

Box Score: USA 156, Nigeria 73

Flagrant Fouls: None
Technical Fouls: None

“I think Clyde has always been jealous of Michael (Jordan), to be honest with you,” Barkley said on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “I think he’s always wanted to be compared to Michael.

“Hey, we all want to be compared to Michael, but we’re not. Clyde was a great player, but there was always that jealousy of Michael. That was one of the incidents and things about the Dream Team, Clyde was trying to play like it was Game 7 against Michael, and that’s probably not a good idea. When Michael is driving his kids to school, he thinks it’s Game 7.”

– Reported by ESPN Chicago

Timberwolves sign center Greg Stiemsma

The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has signed unrestricted free-agent center Greg Stiemsma to a contract.

“Greg had a fine rookie season for the Boston Celtics and is just beginning to mature as a player,” said David Kahn, Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations. “The physical nature of his game and his ability to rebound and block shots will be a welcome addition to our front court.”

Stiemsma, 26, spent the 2011-12 season with Boston, averaging 2.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.55 blocks in 55 games, and appeared in 19 playoff games. He ranked 14th in blocked shots per game and second in blocked shots per minute (5.32).

The 6-11 center was previously signed by the Wolves on April 13, 2010 and waived on Sept. 10, 2010. Stiemsma played for the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the NBA D-League in 2009-10, averaging 8.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.6 blocks in 45 games and was named the NBA D-League Defensive Player of the Year. He appeared in four games for Sioux Falls in 2011 before signing with the Celtics. Stiemsma also played in South Korea in 2009-10 and Turkey in 2008-09 and 2010-11. He was a member of the 2011 USA National Team that won a bronze medal at the Pan-American Games in Guadalajara. The Randolph, Wis., native played collegiately for four years at the University of Wisconsin.

Video: Palms Hardwood Suite in Vegas

InsideHoops.com editor Jeff Lenchiner spent most of July in Las Vegas, and last week spent time at the famous Palms Hardwood Suite. You’ve seen this pad on MTV and in countless luxury and reality shows. The Palms Hardwood Suite had hosted a Hoops for St. Jude party earlier. Here’s a video tour of a really, really nice place to stay:

Chinese basketball star Yi Jianlian out with knee injury

China’s already slim chances in men’s basketball just took a serious blow when star forward Yi Jianlian went down with a knee injury.

Yi appeared to twist his right knee late in a loss to Australia on Thursday.

Yi had to be helped off the floor by teammates and he was still limping badly when the game was over.

– Reported by Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press

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