Archive for May 22nd, 2013

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Carmelo Anthony played 12 playoff games with a partially torn left shoulder, the Daily News has learned.

An MRI of Anthony’s shoulder revealed a partially torn labrum, according to a Knicks source and there is a possibility that Anthony may need surgery. The Knicks are hopeful that the injury will heal on its own and the club has told Anthony to rest for the next three to four weeks at which point he will be re-evaluated.

The Daily News reported on Monday that Anthony was scheduled to have his shoulder examined by team doctors after experiencing chronic pain dating back to April 14th when he originally injured his arm against the Indiana Pacers.

Anthony then re-injured it in Game 5 against the Boston and later reported that he was experiencing the sensation of his arm shoulder popping out of the socket which is common for someone suffering from a torn labrum.

– Reported by Frank Isola of the New York Daily News

Prosecutors in Kent, Wash., said Wednesday that they need more time to investigate allegations against Celtics guard Terrence Williams before filing charges.

Williams, a Seattle native, is being investigated for second-degree domestic assault.

He was arrested Sunday after a parking lot confrontation in which the mother of his 10-year-old son told police that Williams threatened her with a gun.

Williams spent Sunday night in jail and posted a $25,000 bail Monday. He was scheduled to attend a court hearing Wednesday, the deadline for prosecutors to file charges.

– Reported by Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe

Mike Krzyzewski had decided to remain coach of the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team.

Krzyzewski will try to lead the Americans to a third straight gold medal, a person with knowledge of the decision said Wednesday. Originally expected to step down, Krzyzewski will hold a press conference to confirm his return Thursday at Duke, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no official announcement has been made.

The Hall of Fame coach has led the Americans since 2005, winning gold at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, and the 2010 world basketball championship. His return was first reported by Sports Illustrated.

Reported by the Associated Press

Mike Woodson praises the Knicks season

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Iman Shumpert called the Knicks’ season a failure earlier this week.

Head coach Mike Woodson disagrees.

He offered a very different definition of the Knicks’ season on Tuesday.

“Based on where we started and how we assembled our team, this was to me a wonderful season,” Woodson said. “It was a major step in the right direction, to win our division, to secure the second seed, when people didn’t think we could do none of those things.

“Some of our goals were met, so all wasn’t bad. I think we made a major step. I think we were able to win some of our fan base back and to me that’s what was more important.”

Reported by Ian Begley of ESPN New York

The world’s biggest stage may have to move in 15 years.

The city opted to renew Madison Square Garden’s lease for a mere 15 years Wednesday, signaling that the iconic arena is not a permanent fixture in midtown Manhattan.

“The best possible outcome would be a relocated Madison Square Garden,” said city Planning Commission chairwoman Amanda Burden.

The commissioners then voted unanimously to approve the 15-year permit.

The owner of the 45-year-old arena, James Dolan, had been seeking a renewal “in perpetuity” while he carried out $1 billion in renovations that upgraded seats, luxury suites and more.

“We are extremely disappointed in today’s vote, especially because MSG meets all of the requirements for the permit,” the Garden said in a statement.

Reported by Stephen Rex Brown and Jennifer Fermino of the New York Daily News

The prospective owners of the Sacramento Kings are buying not only the team but also Downtown Plaza, where they and the city plan to build a new arena.

Local developer Mark Friedman, a member of the group buying the Kings, said the consortium headed by Silicon Valley tech executive Vivek Ranadive is now under contract to buy the mall site from JMA Ventures.

Friedman declined to disclose the purchase price.

The sale involves much of the land between Fourth, Seventh, J and L streets. It doesn’t include the independently owned Macy’s store at the west end of the plaza, or a few other adjacent buildings that are not part of the arena project site, such as the Marshall Hotel at Seventh and L streets…

JMA, a San Francisco and Truckee developer and recreation site manager, bought the mall last fall for $21.7 million from Westfield Co. It will continue to operate the center.

Reported by Tony Bizjak, Dale Kasler and Ryan Lillis of the Sacramento Bee

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San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker plans to have an MRI on Thursday on his troublesome left calf, although he doesn’t expect to miss any playing time in the Western Conference finals.

Parker says the MRI is ”just to make sure” he’s improving on schedule from the injury, which limited his effectiveness in the final two games of the Spurs’ second-round series against Golden State.

Parker had 15 points and a career-best 18 assists in San Antonio’s Game 2 win against Memphis on Tuesday night.

Reported by the Associated Press

The Wolves’ most glaring need is shooting guard, so they’ll take a shooting guard, right?

Not so fast.

Oh, the Wolves will have their options, even after the top shooting guards — Kansas’ Ben McLemore and Indiana’s Victor Oladipo — go top  5 probably.

They could choose Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum, who’s a great shooter but is point-guard sized at 6-3, or Georgia’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who would fill Wolves need for both shooters and real 2-guard size.

But don’t be surprised if the Wolves end up going for a shotblocker — Maryland center Alex Len if he drops that far, or maybe 7-2 French center Rudy Gobert — for a team that lacks a rim defender.

The Wolves could go that route if they think they can add a veteran shooting guard through a trade (Boston’s Courtney Lee perhaps?) or free agency (J.J. Redick, O.J. Mayo and Kyle Korver all will be on the market, but can the Wolves afford any of the three).

Reported by Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star Tribune (Blog)

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade’s rookie season ended with a playoff loss to the Indiana Pacers. The next year, the Miami Heat were headed to the Eastern Conference finals and certain that an NBA championship was in their sights.

That’s when Wade learned a valuable lesson: Never take playoff chances for granted.

Wade hurt his rib cage on a simple crossover dribble during that 2005 East title series, and the Heat season ended with a Game 7 home loss to Detroit. He’s been to the East finals three times since, prevailing in them all, and on Wednesday will look to take a first step toward a fourth conference championship when the Heat play host to the Pacers in Game 1 of their playoff rematch from a year ago.

”I know I’m blessed to be going to the Eastern Conference finals for my fifth time,” Wade said. ”But I would like a lot more in my career. It’s a good thing. We’ve been very successful in my tenure here. But I want more.”

For Wade and Udonis Haslem, this marks five East finals appearances in nine years. For LeBron James, it’s a fifth trip to this round in the past seven years, now three straight with Miami after a pair of trips to the East finals with Cleveland. For Ray Allen, it’s a fourth East title-round trip in six years, the first three of those coming with Boston.

Experience, it all favors Miami.

For the Pacers, this is pretty much uncharted waters. Only one current Pacers player has ever appeared in a conference-final game, and that was backup big man Ian Mahinmi, who played exactly 71 seconds in one game of the 2011 West title series without so much as taking a shot. Nonetheless, the Pacers seem far from bothered by the fact that this stage is a new place for them.

– Reported by Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press

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