Archive for August 3rd, 2012

Zack Rosen’s dream has come true, even if it’s 6,000 miles away.

The standout Penn point guard signed his first pro contract Thursday night, with Hapoel Holon of the Israeli Super League. Rosen broke the news himself, putting up a picture of the contract on his Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Rosen, 23, played for the Quakers from 2008-12 and graduated as Penn’s all-time leader in assists (588), games started (115) and minutes played (4,198). The reigning Ivy League Player of the Year also ended his Penn career third in school history in points, threes made and free throw percentage.

– Reported by CSN Philly

Paul Pierce discusses Ray Allen leaving the Celtics

Boston Celtics captain Paul Pierce admitted he’s a “little bitter” about Ray Allen’s decision to go to Miami and said it will be “weird” going up against him on opening night next season, but Pierce expressed gratitude for what Allen brought to Boston, including helping the Celtics win a title.

“Ray made the best decision for him,” Pierce told the team’s official website Thursday in his first public offseason comments during a video interview. “That’s what it’s all about: You get in these situations, you become a free agent, and you make a decision based on what’s best for you and your family. Ray will always be a brother for me. If it wasn’t for him, I probably wouldn’t be wearing a championship ring. So the things he was able to do for this organization, will never be forgotten.”

Asked if he’s talked to Allen since he spurned Boston’s two-year, $12 million offer to sign with Miami for half the value, Pierce said, “A couple texts. I’m a little bitter that he went to Miami, but he’s still a brother of mine.”

– Reported by Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston

Hornets sign deal with WWL radio

The New Orleans Hornets announced today that they have signed a multi-year deal with Entercom Communications to broadcast all Hornets games live on WWL radio beginning with the upcoming 2012-13 season.

The broadcast team is anchored by Sean Kelley, who will begin his eighth season as the team’s play-by-play voice. Kelley will be joined by John DeShazier as he begins his first season as color analyst. DeShazier joins the broadcast team after working on the Times Picayune’s sports staff since 1992. Since the Hornets arrived in the Crescent City in 2002, DeShazier has been the primary columnist on Hornets and NBA related matters, including being featured on local and national radio and online interviews related to basketball in New Orleans.

The agreement, along with full game coverage, will include a post-game show, as well as a weekly Thursday night coach’s show with Hornets Head Coach Monty Williams hosted by Deshazier.

“We enjoy a great partnership with WWL radio and are thrilled that Hornets games will be broadcast on New Orleans’ leading radio station and become part of the great momentum we are enjoying this summer,” said Owner/Chairman of the Board Tom Benson. “WWL radio has long been the recognized leader in sports coverage.  We couldn’t be happier about this partnership for Hornets basketball.”

“WWL radio, the News, Talk & Sports leader in the Gulf South, home of the New Orleans Saints and everything LSU, is proud to add New Orleans Hornets basketball to our lineup,” said Chris Claus, Vice President and General Manager of Entercom New Orleans. “The Hornets had the NBA’s best off-season and we are proud to have the opportunity to broadcast their games. Great new ownership, top draft picks, terrific free agent signings and smart trades have the entire region talking. We can’t wait to deliver Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon, Austin Rivers…exciting Hornets basketball to WWL listeners beginning Halloween night against San Antonio.”

In addition to using the power of WWL radio, Entercom will use its other amazing radio stations B-97, Magic 101.9, Bayou 95.7 and ESPN 1350am to market and promote Hornets basketball to the New Orleans metro and beyond.

“The announcement of WWL radio as our flagship radio station is another addition to the excitement surrounding our upcoming season,” said Owner/Vice Chairman Rita Benson LeBlanc. “With both Hornets and Saints games broadcasting on WWL radio, as well as extensive coverage of both teams, it truly is our city’s leading station in regards to New Orleans sports.”

We presume that the target audience for Kevin Durant’s upcoming movie “Thunderstruck” is a young fan base.

Anyway, here’s the official Thunderstruck movie trailer:

C.J. Miles likely joining the Cavs

C.J. Miles likely joining the Cavs

Unrestricted free agent small forward C.J. Miles has agreed to terms with the Cleveland Cavaliers, a league source told The Salt Lake Tribune on Friday.

Miles is expected to sign a two-year deal with Cleveland and compete for a starting spot during the 2012-13 season.

Miles, 25, drew interest from several teams during free agency, including the Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas, Milwaukee and Houston. His growing bond with Cavaliers coach Byron Scott and the opportunity Cleveland presented him heavily factored into his decision.

“He’s so happy,” the source said.

– Reported by Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune Blog

Matt Janning signs to play in Italy

Montepaschi Siena kept adding perimeter help on Friday with the signings of Matt Janning, a shooting guard who will make his Turkish Airlines Euroleague debut next season. Janning (1.97 meters, 24 years old) made his debut in the Italian League last season with Casale Monferrato, which whom he averaged 12.7 points over 25 games.

– Reported by Euroleague.net

On a roster that has only Joel Anthony and Dexter Pittman under contract at center, Miami Heat President Pat Riley has reiterated that he sees no need to aggressively pursue a veteran in free agency.

“We definitely are going to continue to look for somebody in that spot, but unless there’s an injury, we really don’t need a center,” Riley said during an appearance on WQAM.

Among veteran big men who remain available are Darko Milicic, Chris Andersen, Jermaine O’Neal, Ben Wallace, Lou Amundson, Joel Przybilla and Andray Blatche. But as he has since the Heat won the 2012 NBA championship with Chris Bosh as the team’s starting center, Riley said he believes the team is covered at the position.

“We signed Chris, basically, in my mind, fully in my mind, not in the back of my mind, he was probably going to be our center in critical situations,” Riley said on the Joe Rose Show. “And, so, Chris Bosh is a power forward, he’s a Tim Duncan-type player, but when you watch the San Antonio Spurs play, Tim is in the middle. That’s all there is to it.”

– Reported by Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Rod Strickland, special assistant to University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari, was arrested Thursday morning on charges of driving on a suspended license, failure to signal and having no vehicle registration, according to the Fayette County Detention Center’s Web site.

Strickland, 46, was arrested at East Maxwell Street and South Martin Luther King Boulevard, according to the jail’s online report of inmates booked in the past 48 hours. He was released on bond about 11 a.m.

A UK athletics spokesman issued a statement about an hour later saying officials were investigating whether the arrest was the result of a clerical error. Strickland had been arrested in Lexington in 2010 for driving under the influence but had gotten his license reinstated the following year, according to court documents.

However, when a police officer pulled him over as Strickland was driving to work Thursday, his license showed up as suspended when the officer ran his information through the National Crime Information Center database, Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.

– Reported by Daniel Moore and Josh Kegley of the Herald-Leader

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