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tigerman
08-04-2010, 12:59 PM
New-look Heat get primetime treatment from schedule-makers

http://www.nba.com/2010/news/08/03/2010schedule/index.html?ls=iref:nbahpt1

Ang ganda ng mga opening night matches

Heat @ Celtics - The new big 3 vs. the old big 3
Rockets @ Lakers - Yao's return and the Lakers with their new championship rings




USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

Outlander
10-07-2010, 01:18 PM
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AptJggMUVR1eVooWtOWMLye8vLYF?slug=ap-gmsurvey

GMs pick Lakers to repeat, Durant to win MVP

NEW YORK (AP)—The Lakers’ Kobe Bryant(notes) will earn another ring and Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant(notes) will seize the MVP award away from LeBron James(notes).

Those are among the opinions of NBA general managers who voted in the ninth annual NBA.com GM survey, which was released Wednesday. Los Angeles was picked by 63 percent of the respondents to repeat as champions, with 33 percent of the vote going to James and the new-look Miami Heat.

Durant, the MVP of the U.S. victory in the world basketball championship, received 67 percent of the MVP vote. James, the two-time MVP, was picked by only 4 percent.

Top pick John Wall(notes) was the overwhelming favorite for Rookie of the Year, claiming 68 percent.

The GMs picked Boston—a unanimous choice in the Atlantic—Chicago, Miami, the Lakers, Dallas and Oklahoma City as division champions.

Outlander
10-07-2010, 01:24 PM
Bulls keep Noah, Boozer out with broken hand

DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP)—The Chicago Bulls are keeping Joakim Noah(notes) around for a while. When he gets to play with Carlos Boozer(notes), however, will take a little bit longer than expected.

The Bulls confirmed they have signed Noah to a multiyear contract extension. The team did not disclose terms Monday, but a source has told The Associated Press it is a five-year deal. The Chicago Tribune reported it is worth about $11 million annually with incentives that could take it higher.

“It’s always very weary when negotiations are going on,” said Noah, a fourth-year center and a key to the Bulls frontcourt. “There’s the collective bargaining agreement going on next year, so there’s not a lot of players in my class that got contract extensions. I feel like they did because they like me and I’m pretty happy about it.”

Noah is coming off a breakout season in which he averaged 10.7 points and 11.0 rebounds per game while battling plantar fasciitis in his left foot that kept him out of 18 games.

With the CBA between the NBA and the players’ union set to expire next summer, teams have been reluctant to tie up long-term money. Noah said that the negotiations were a factor in his decision to sign the extension, but not the deciding one.

“When people put numbers like that in front of you, it’s very hard to say no,” said Noah. “You have to keep things in perspective a little bit. Some people were telling me not to take it, but I feel like I made the right decision.

“I really didn’t want (the negotiations to drag on). I really wanted get it out of the way and just focus on the season. People always tell you not to worry about it, but that’s easier said than done.”

Despite the hefty raise, Noah pledges not to change the all-out playing style that has made him a favorite of Bulls fans.

“I promise that I’m going to give 150 percent every time I’m out there,” said Noah. “There’s a lot of responsibility (that comes with the contract). I’m excited for the challenge.”

The news wasn’t so good for Boozer, who broke the fifth metatarsal in his right hand over the weekend. He will have surgery on Tuesday, and is expected to miss about eight weeks.

“You hate to lose a guy like that, but it’s also part of the NBA,” new coach Tom Thibodeau said. “You have injuries, but we have good depth. We have several guys who have started in the league. We’ll just have the next guy step up and move forward.”

Boozer said he suffered the injury in an accident at home.

“I came around a corner, trying to get to the front door,” Boozer said. “I tripped over the bag I used for training camp and fell on my hand with all of my weight. Just crushed the bone.”

Boozer struggled with injury problems in three of his six years in Utah, but said that this is the strangest one.

“One hundred percent, the oddest way (I’ve been injured),” Boozer said.

Read complete article here - http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=ap-bulls-noahboozer

Schortsanitis
10-27-2010, 11:08 AM
The Boston Celtics (Pierce, Allen, etc.) just beat the Miami Heat (Bosh, Wade, James) on opening night. I hope the Heat won't end up as a star-studded team that won't live up to expectations, much like that team that ended up with Reggie Theus, Moses Malone and Dominique Wilkins a couple of decades ago.

Schortsanitis
11-08-2010, 07:12 PM
http://www.nba.com/news/2010-11-international-players/index.html

Season opens with record 84 international players

By Official release
Posted Oct 26 2010 10:59AM

Opening-night team rosters for the 2010-11 NBA season feature a record 84 international players from 38 countries and territories. Twenty-eight of the 30 teams feature at least one international player. The league set its previous opening-night record in 2006-07, with 83 players from 37 countries and territories.

The Toronto Raptors have the most international players, with six, followed by the Dallas Mavericks and Utah Jazz, with five each. Eight teams have four international players.

The Raptors are also the most internationally diverse team, with six countries represented: Australia, Brazil, Italy, Lithuania, Nigeria, and Spain. The Jazz roster features representation from five countries and territories: Netherlands, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This year, Jamaica and Nigeria -- countries that produced NBA legends Patrick Ewing and Hakeem Olajuwon, respectively -- return to the list.

France is the most represented country, boasting 11 players, followed by Turkey, with five. Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Serbia, and Spain each have four players on NBA rosters.

At the end of the 2009-10 regular season, the NBA featured 79 international players from 35 countries and territories on team rosters (both active and inactive). In comparison, ten years ago NBA rosters featured 45 international players from 28 countries and territories on opening night of the 2000-01 season.

NATIONALITY NAME TEAM
Argentina - Carlos Delfino - Bucks
Argentina - Emanuel "Manu" Ginobili - Spurs
Argentina - Andres Nocioni - 76ers
Argentina - Luis Scola - Rockets
Australia - David Andersen - Raptors
Australia - Andrew Bogut - Bucks
Australia - Patrick Mills - Blazers
Belgium - Didier "DJ" Ilunga-Mbenga - Hornets
Brazil - Nene - Nuggets
Brazil - Leandro Barbosa - Raptors
Brazil - Tiago Splitter - Spurs
Brazil - Anderson Varejao - Cavaliers
Cameroon - Luc Mbah A Moute - Bucks
Canada - Joel Anthony - Heat
Canada - Samuel Dalembert - Kings
Canada - Jamaal Magloire - Heat
Canada - Steve Nash - Suns
China - Yao Ming - Rockets
China - Yi Jianlian - Wizards
Congo - Serge Ibaka - Thunder
Democratic Republic of the Congo - Christian Eeyenga - Cavaliers
Dominican Republic - Francisco Garcia - Kings
Dominican Republic - Al Horford - Hawks
France - Alexis Ajinca - Mavericks
France - Nicolas Batum - Trail Blazers
France - Rodrigue Beaubois - Mavericks
France - Boris Diaw - Bobcats
France - Ian Mahinmi - Mavericks
France - Tony Parker - Spurs
France - Johan Petro - Nets
France - Mickael Pietrus - Magic
France - Kevin Seraphin - Wizards
France - Pape Sy - Hawks
France - Ronny Turiaf - Knicks
Georgia - Zaza Pachulia - Hawks
Germany - Dirk Nowitzki - Mavericks
Great Britain - Kelenna Azubuike - Knicks
Great Britain - Luol Deng - Bulls
Great Britain - Pops Mensah Bonsu - Hornets
Iran - Hamed Haddadi - Grizzlies
Israel - Omri Casspi - Kings
Italy - Andrea Bargnani - Raptors
Italy - Marco Belinelli - Hornets
Italy - Danilo Gallinari - Knicks
Jamaica - Samardo Samuels - Cavaliers
Latvia - Andris Biedrins - Warriors
Lithuania - Zydrunas Ilgauskas - Heat
Lithuania - Linas Kleiza - Raptors
Lithuania - Darius Songaila - 76ers
Mexico - Eduardo Najera - Bobcats
Montenegro - Nikola Pekovic - Timberwolves
Netherlands - Francisco Elson - Jazz
Netherlands - Dan Gadzuric - Warriors
Nigeria - Solomon Alabi - Raptors
Poland - Marcin Gortat - Magic
Puerto Rico - Carlos Arroyo - Heat
Puerto Rico - Jose Juan Barea - Mavericks
Russia - Andrei Kirilenko - Jazz
Russia - Timofey Mozgov - Knicks
Senegal - DeSagana Diop - Bobcats
Senegal - Hamady N'Diaye - Wizards
Serbia - Nenad Krstic - Thunder
Serbia - Darko Milicic - Timberwolves
Serbia - Vladimir Radmanovic - Warriors
Serbia - Predrag "Peja" Stojakovic - Hornets
Slovenia - Goran Dragic - Suns
Slovenia - Beno Udrih - Kings
Slovenia - Sasha Vujacic - Lakers
Spain - Jose Manuel Calderon - Raptors
Spain - Rudy Fernandez - Trail Blazers
Spain - Marc Gasol - Grizzlies
Spain - Pau Gasol - Lakers
Sweden - Jonas Jerebko - Pistons
Switzerland - Thabo Sefolosha - Thunder
Tanzania - Hasheem Thabeet - Grizzlies
Turkey - Omer Asik - Bulls
Turkey - Semih Erden - Celtics
Turkey - Ersan Ilyasova - Bucks
Turkey - Mehmet Okur - Jazz
Turkey - Hidayet "Hedo" Turkoglu - Suns
Ukraine - Kyrylo Fesenko - Jazz
U.S. Virgin Islands - Raja Bell - Jazz
U.S. Virgin Islands - Tim Duncan - Spurs
Venezuela - Greivis Vasquez - Grizzlies

Outlander
11-16-2010, 10:21 AM
Love’s 31-31 puts Timberwolves on the map

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Sports Writer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP)—Kevin Love(notes) had just outmuscled two New York Knicks for the last of his 31 rebounds in the game and there was a stoppage. He turned to the crowd and beckoned fans to their feet, and they eagerly obliged, roaring their approval.

At that moment, it appeared that Love accomplished a seemingly impossible feat—putting the Minnesota Timberwolves back in the national spotlight, and back in the good graces of a fan base that has been disillusioned by years of failure.

Love’s 31-point, 31-rebound performance grabbed headlines across the country, made the lowly Wolves a hot topic on national sports shows and invigorated their downtrodden fans.

“It definitely feels good,” Love said Saturday, one day after becoming the first NBA player since Moses Malone in 1982 to have a 30-30 game. “There was a point where Target Center, the whole crowd was better than I’ve seen it the last couple years. That was a good moment. A lot of things happened for us and it was a collective effort and they were cheering us on.”

The numbers were astounding any way you looked at them. Love outrebounded the entire Knicks team 22-17 in the second half to help erase a 21-point third-quarter deficit in Minnesota’s 112-103 win. His 31 rebounds were the most in a game since Charles Barkley had 33 in 1996 and are three more than Chris Bosh(notes), one-third of the Heat’s celebrated All-Star trio, has had all month.

Read full article here - http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=ap-lovesboards

danny
11-18-2010, 02:16 PM
http://www.nba.com/news/2010-11-international-players/index.html

Season opens with record 84 international players

By Official release
Posted Oct 26 2010 10:59AM

Opening-night team rosters for the 2010-11 NBA season feature a record 84 international players from 38 countries and territories. Twenty-eight of the 30 teams feature at least one international player. The league set its previous opening-night record in 2006-07, with 83 players from 37 countries and territories.

The Toronto Raptors have the most international players, with six, followed by the Dallas Mavericks and Utah Jazz, with five each. Eight teams have four international players.

The Raptors are also the most internationally diverse team, with six countries represented: Australia, Brazil, Italy, Lithuania, Nigeria, and Spain. The Jazz roster features representation from five countries and territories: Netherlands, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This year, Jamaica and Nigeria -- countries that produced NBA legends Patrick Ewing and Hakeem Olajuwon, respectively -- return to the list.

France is the most represented country, boasting 11 players, followed by Turkey, with five. Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Serbia, and Spain each have four players on NBA rosters.

At the end of the 2009-10 regular season, the NBA featured 79 international players from 35 countries and territories on team rosters (both active and inactive). In comparison, ten years ago NBA rosters featured 45 international players from 28 countries and territories on opening night of the 2000-01 season.

NATIONALITY NAME TEAM
Argentina - Carlos Delfino - Bucks
Argentina - Emanuel "Manu" Ginobili - Spurs
Argentina - Andres Nocioni - 76ers
Argentina - Luis Scola - Rockets
Australia - David Andersen - Raptors
Australia - Andrew Bogut - Bucks
Australia - Patrick Mills - Blazers
Belgium - Didier "DJ" Ilunga-Mbenga - Hornets
Brazil - Nene - Nuggets
Brazil - Leandro Barbosa - Raptors
Brazil - Tiago Splitter - Spurs
Brazil - Anderson Varejao - Cavaliers
Cameroon - Luc Mbah A Moute - Bucks
Canada - Joel Anthony - Heat
Canada - Samuel Dalembert - Kings
Canada - Jamaal Magloire - Heat
Canada - Steve Nash - Suns
China - Yao Ming - Rockets
China - Yi Jianlian - Wizards
Congo - Serge Ibaka - Thunder
Democratic Republic of the Congo - Christian Eeyenga - Cavaliers
Dominican Republic - Francisco Garcia - Kings
Dominican Republic - Al Horford - Hawks
France - Alexis Ajinca - Mavericks
France - Nicolas Batum - Trail Blazers
France - Rodrigue Beaubois - Mavericks
France - Boris Diaw - Bobcats
France - Ian Mahinmi - Mavericks
France - Tony Parker - Spurs
France - Johan Petro - Nets
France - Mickael Pietrus - Magic
France - Kevin Seraphin - Wizards
France - Pape Sy - Hawks
France - Ronny Turiaf - Knicks
Georgia - Zaza Pachulia - Hawks
Germany - Dirk Nowitzki - Mavericks
Great Britain - Kelenna Azubuike - Knicks
Great Britain - Luol Deng - Bulls
Great Britain - Pops Mensah Bonsu - Hornets
Iran - Hamed Haddadi - Grizzlies
Israel - Omri Casspi - Kings
Italy - Andrea Bargnani - Raptors
Italy - Marco Belinelli - Hornets
Italy - Danilo Gallinari - Knicks
Jamaica - Samardo Samuels - Cavaliers
Latvia - Andris Biedrins - Warriors
Lithuania - Zydrunas Ilgauskas - Heat
Lithuania - Linas Kleiza - Raptors
Lithuania - Darius Songaila - 76ers
Mexico - Eduardo Najera - Bobcats
Montenegro - Nikola Pekovic - Timberwolves
Netherlands - Francisco Elson - Jazz
Netherlands - Dan Gadzuric - Warriors
Nigeria - Solomon Alabi - Raptors
Poland - Marcin Gortat - Magic
Puerto Rico - Carlos Arroyo - Heat
Puerto Rico - Jose Juan Barea - Mavericks
Russia - Andrei Kirilenko - Jazz
Russia - Timofey Mozgov - Knicks
Senegal - DeSagana Diop - Bobcats
Senegal - Hamady N'Diaye - Wizards
Serbia - Nenad Krstic - Thunder
Serbia - Darko Milicic - Timberwolves
Serbia - Vladimir Radmanovic - Warriors
Serbia - Predrag "Peja" Stojakovic - Hornets
Slovenia - Goran Dragic - Suns
Slovenia - Beno Udrih - Kings
Slovenia - Sasha Vujacic - Lakers
Spain - Jose Manuel Calderon - Raptors
Spain - Rudy Fernandez - Trail Blazers
Spain - Marc Gasol - Grizzlies
Spain - Pau Gasol - Lakers
Sweden - Jonas Jerebko - Pistons
Switzerland - Thabo Sefolosha - Thunder
Tanzania - Hasheem Thabeet - Grizzlies
Turkey - Omer Asik - Bulls
Turkey - Semih Erden - Celtics
Turkey - Ersan Ilyasova - Bucks
Turkey - Mehmet Okur - Jazz
Turkey - Hidayet "Hedo" Turkoglu - Suns
Ukraine - Kyrylo Fesenko - Jazz
U.S. Virgin Islands - Raja Bell - Jazz
U.S. Virgin Islands - Tim Duncan - Spurs
Venezuela - Greivis Vasquez - Grizzlies


I want to see a Filipino next time. ;)

Schortsanitis
11-18-2010, 02:34 PM
I want to see a Filipino next time. ;)

A Filipino local in the NBA: Sorry, but maybe your grandchildren will. Take note: Maybe.

A Fil-Foreigner in the NBA: Maybe you will get to see one in your lifetime. Ray Parks? Christian Standardinger?

danny
11-18-2010, 02:49 PM
I want to see a Filipino next time. ;)

A Filipino local in the NBA: Sorry, but maybe your grandchildren will. Take note: Maybe.

A Fil-Foreigner in the NBA: Maybe you will get to see one in your lifetime. Ray Parks? Christian Standardinger?



Hmmmm...so there is no need to ban Filipinos in the NBA. Not yet. :D ;)

Outlander
11-18-2010, 03:46 PM
Greg Oden to lose another season to knee surgery

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP)—Trail Blazers center Greg Oden(notes), the former No. 1 draft pick whose short career has been marred by injuries, will have microfracture surgery on his left knee and will not play this season.

Oden hasn’t played since last December because he needed surgery to repair a fractured left patella. The Blazers say this operation, announced Wednesday night and scheduled for Friday in Vail, Colo., will repair damaged cartilage and is unrelated to the patella injury.

Oden, the first name announced in the 2007 NBA draft, missed his rookie season because of microfracture surgery on his right knee. The procedure stimulates cartilage growth.

Blazers trainer Jay Jensen said the latest problem with Oden’s left knee became apparent about two weeks ago when he experienced some pain and fluid in the joint. Soon thereafter, an MRI revealed the damage.

“We sat there and it was like we’d been kicked in the stomach,” Jensen said, choking up. “It felt like hearing someone close to us had died.”

Oden was having arguably the best season of his career when he broke his left kneecap during a game last December against the Houston Rockets. He was averaging 11.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks as a starter.

The 7-footer often has been compared to former Portland center Sam Bowie, whose career was beset by injuries after the Blazers famously selected him in front of Michael Jordan in the 1984 draft.

The Blazers picked Oden instead of Kevin Durant(notes), who went to the Oklahoma City franchise and has blossomed into one of the NBA’s best players.

Another Portland big man, Bill Walton, was selected by the Blazers with the No. 1 pick in the 1974 draft, but he was dogged by a broken nose, foot, wrist and leg over his first two seasons before helping the team to the NBA championship in 1977.

“Some things you just can’t explain,” Blazers coach Nate McMillan said.

Read full article here - http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=Av6niU0fc.URKzuCryoYCqU5nYcB?slug=ap-trailblazers-oden

Outlander
12-19-2010, 08:20 AM
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=A0PDk0YnTw1Nt9IA0ho5nYcB?slug=aw-arenastradetalks121810

Magic land Arenas, Richardson, Turkoglu

By Adrian Wojnarowski

The Orlando Magic have completed a pair of blockbuster trades that will send them Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas(notes) and Hedo Turkoglu(notes) and Jason Richardson(notes) from the Phoenix Suns.

As a prelude to the trade for Arenas, the Magic sent guards Vince Carter(notes) and Mickael Pietrus(notes), backup center Marcin Gortat(notes), a 2011 first-round pick and $3 million to the Phoenix Suns for Turkoglu, Richardson and Earl Clark.

The Magic also completed a deal to send forward Rashard Lewis(notes) to the Wizards for Arenas. No other players or picks are in that trade.

The Magic’s pursuit of Arenas escalated in recent days, and Yahoo! Sports reported Friday the teams were nearing a deal.

Arenas had privately told people for days that he believed a deal will soon send him to Orlando, where he’ll be reunited with Magic general manager Otis Smith, a friend and mentor from Arenas’ days with the Golden State Warriors. After losing five of their past six games, the Magic have shown more urgency to find a perimeter scorer who can help them stay a viable contender in the Eastern Conference.

Arenas has four years and $60 million left on his Wizards deal. Following his 50-game suspension for bringing guns into the Wizards locker room last season – and incident that happened nearly a year to the day ago – Arenas became further expendable after Washington drafted No. 1 overall pick John Wall(notes).

Lewis has three years and $66.5 million left on his contract, though the final season isn’t fully guaranteed.

Smith told reporters in Orlando Saturday morning that he was more concerned with Arenas’ expensive contract than the guard’s off-the-court problems. Arenas also has had multiple knee problems that limited him to just 15 games from 2007-09.

“The length of his contract and health probably have been more of my concerns,” Smith said. “With the length of his contract, you’re always concerned about taking on more, of course. That’s always been one of my concerns. I know a little bit more detail about Gilbert off the court and who he is as a person.

“He’s probably similar to the guys we have in the locker room right now. I would say that sometimes good people make dumb decisions, and he’s one of those guys.”

Smith was determined to change the Magic’s roster after the team went 1-3 on a recent trip to the West Coast.

“The West Coast trip, to me, was going to decide whether or not we’re going to either fix our woes or continue down the same path,” he said. “I don’t think we’ve played particularly well leading up to the West Coast trip. So, we were on the West Coast trip and some of our woes continued, so you start to explore opportunities that are out there.”

In an interview with Y! Sports’ Marc Spears earlier this month, Arenas sounded like he was looking forward to a change of scenery when he discussed his struggles to move beyond last season’s troubles.

“In this league there is no such thing as long-term anymore,” Arenas said. “Players are getting shipped out and shipped out. I’m looking at the Kings like, when I first came [into the league], none of those players were here. The Lakers team, the only person that was there was Kobe [Bryant], and Derek Fisher came back.

“There is a young team here [in Washington] and they’re trying to build some chemistry. I guess until they find the right deal that’s going to get me out of here, you know … I’m here.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Outlander
01-06-2011, 08:22 AM
Griffin to headline dunk contest

The stage is set for the 2011 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, and rookie sensation Blake Griffin will take the spotlight. The Clippers star will be joined by fellow first-time contestants JaVale McGee of the Wizards, Serge Ibaka of the Thunder and Brandon Jennings of the Bucks in the Feb. 19 event (8 p.m. ET on TNT)

The two dunkers with the highest first-round scores will move on the the final round, where the final contestants will get to complete two dunks within the allotted time. Fans can send in their vote via text message or at NBA.com, and the combined results from both outlets will determine the champion.

Griffin, who was selected as the top overall pick in 2009 but missed all of last season with a knee injury, leads all rookies in scoring (21.7 points per game), rebounding (12.5), shooting (52.3 percent) and minutes (37.1). The power forward also recorded 21 straight double-doubles after his 30-point, 15-rebound performance Jan. 2, giving him the longest streak by an NBA rookie in 40 years.

Washington's 7-footer McGee has also had his share of highlight-worthy dunks this season, while averaging 9.2 points and 8.3 boards and 2.6 blocks -- second-best in the league -- per game. McGee, now in his third season in the league, spent last summer helping Team USA to a gold medal at the World Championship in Turkey.

Ibaka, Oklahoma City's 21-year-old power forward from Repubilc of the Congo, led all rookies in blocks (1.3 per game) last season and has only improved this season: His scoring, rebounding, blocking, shooting and minutes have all increased since his first year.

Milwaukee point guard Jennings was a runner-up in the 2010 Rookie of the Year race after spending the 2008-09 season competing in Italy. He was averaging 17.9 points and 5.5 assists per game this season before being sidelined with a broken foot. His last game was Dec. 18.

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/basketball/nba/01/05/2011.dunk.contest/index.html#ixzz1AD5LDzbF

mighty_lion
01-06-2011, 09:32 AM
This dunk contest if for Blake Griffin to lose. I dont see McGee and Ibaka getting a chance. Jennings might have that "it" factor because of his size but I dont see it being enough.

coreytaylor
01-06-2011, 03:56 PM
How interesting the dunk contest would be if they have chosen DeAndre Jordan over Brandon Jennings. It would have a dunk contest involving PFs and Centers. I wonder if this happened before where there's no single Guard participated in the dunk contest.

Plus they'll add the high-leaping Ryan Hollins to the bunch. Huge. :D

coreytaylor
01-10-2011, 08:46 AM
Sources: Nets, Nuggets 'further along'
By Chris Broussard and Marc Stein
ESPN.com

The New Jersey Nets' attempts to acquire Denver's Carmelo Anthony are "further along" than any trade scenario that has been discussed since their near acquisition of Anthony in late September, according to sources close to the negotiations.

A three-team deal involving the Detroit Pistons that would include at least 15 players -- with Rip Hamilton and Chauncey Billups winding up in New Jersey with Anthony -- could be completed as soon as this week, sources said.

The primary elements of the scenario currently on the table, sources said, call for New Jersey to acquire Anthony, Billups and Hamilton; Denver to land Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, Anthony Morrow and at least two first-round picks; and Detroit to acquire Troy Murphy and Johan Petro.

Other players with smaller contracts would have to be included to make the salary-cap math work.

One key to the advancing nature of negotiations, sources said, is the Nets' and Nuggets' willingness to complete a trade without asking Detroit to surrender a first-round pick.

When the talks involving Detroit as a potential third-team facilitator were first reported Friday night by the Bergen Record of New Jersey, sources told ESPN.com that the Pistons were balking largely because they were being asked to surrender a first-rounder.

Yet sources said one of the remaining potential snags is New Jersey's insistence that the Pistons absorb the contract of Petro.

The Pistons do not want to take back Petro, even though shedding Hamilton's contract in exchange for Murphy and the Nets center would represent an overall savings of roughly $17 million.

Sources say Detroit's stance on Petro has prompted New Jersey to begin looking for a fourth team that might be willing to take on the 24-year-old big man.

The Nets turned to Detroit to help seal their months-long pursuit of Anthony after attempts to rope in Cleveland, Minnesota and Portland as a third-team facilitator failed to progress.

Any trade for Anthony, however, still hinges on the All-Star forward's willingness to sign a three-year, $65 million extension with the Nets as part of the transaction in what is known as an extend-and-trade. The Boston Celtics got the same extend-and-trade commitment from Kevin Garnett when they acquired him from Minnesota in July 2007.

The Nets have made it clear that they will not agree to an Anthony deal without getting his signature on an extension a la Garnett. ESPN.com reported last month that the Nets plan to request permission -- and have already been told they will receive it -- to meet with Anthony face-to-face if a trade agreement is eventually struck with Denver. That would allow owner Mikhail Prokhorov and part-owner Jay-Z to lead a Nets contingent that would try to lobby the Brooklyn-born Anthony directly on the team's future, with the Nets planning to move to Brooklyn in time for the 2012-13 season.

The Nets long ago committed to send prized rookie Favors, former All-Star Harris and at least two first-round picks to the Nuggets in exchange for Anthony.

But New Jersey has been attempting to find a third team to help facilitate the blockbuster deal for Anthony that it has been chasing since the September collapse of a four-team swap involving Charlotte and Utah.

One source close to the situation insisted Sunday that the Nets -- optimistic as this sounds -- believe a face-to-face meeting with Prokhorov won't even be necessary to get Anthony's signoff if New Jersey can indeed acquire Billups and Hamilton. It was not immediately clear, though, how Denver native Billups' reported desire to seek a buyout if he's traded by his hometown team to the Nets would affect Anthony's stance.

What did seem clear Sunday is that the talks have taken on their most serious tone since the negotiations in February that would have landed Harris in Charlotte and Jazz veteran Andrei Kirilenko in Denver.

The New York Knicks remain Anthony's strongly preferred destination, sources say, but Denver has shown little interest in the Knicks' assets (such as Wilson Chandler, Landry Fields and Danilo Gallinari) and have been negotiating almost exclusively with the Nets for weeks.

With Favors and a cache of first-round picks it can move, New Jersey has a far more attractive war chest of trade assets. It likewise appears the Nets will not abandon their pursuit of Anthony until they're told directly by the All-Star forward that he would not sign an extension with them, which is the message some sources close to the process still believe New Jersey will get, as reported in December by ESPN.com's Chris Sheridan.

Nets officials, though, have remained quietly confident for months that Anthony, born in Brooklyn, ultimately would agree to the extension -- no matter how much he'd prefer to play in New York -- to ensure that he locks in his contract before labor negotiations this summer that are expected to establish a much more restrictive financial landscape in the league.

One source close to the talks said Sunday afternoon that the deal could be clinched if the Nets can find a fourth team willing to absorb Petro's salary. Detroit has been restricted in its attempts to make roster moves in recent months because of the team's pending sale, but sources told ESPN.com on Friday that the Pistons would be very interested if a trade scenario developed where they had only to surrender Hamilton and take back Murphy.

The Nets and Nuggets, meanwhile, have not stopped looking for other teams beyond Detroit that would be interested in joining the trade, since Denver does not have a strong need for Harris with young guard Ty Lawson on the roster. New Jersey and Denver have likewise continued to discuss trade possibilities with the Nuggets that don't involve any other teams.

http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/nba/news/story?id=6005596

tigerman
02-20-2011, 05:45 PM
Who says you can't dunk two balls in two rings at the same exact play? ;D

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u63/tigerbj/javale-mcgee-021911b.jpg

coreytaylor
02-22-2011, 01:01 PM
‘Melo is a Knick! ‘Melo is a Knick! Put it up in Broadway lights! ‘Melo is a Knick!

The longest soap opera since “Guiding Light” is over. The New York Knickerbockers outbid their cross-river rival New Jersey Nets — of course — in completing a trade for Carmelo Anthony the day after the All-Star Game.

Here’s the mega-blockbuster deal, according to Benjamin Hochman and Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post (and confirmed by TNT’s David Aldridge and NBA.com’s Art Garcia):

The Nuggets traded Melo to the New York Knicks tonight, a league source said. Denver gets Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, the Knicks 2014 first-round draft pick, the Warriors’ 2012 second-round pick, the Warriors’ 2013 second-round pick and $3 million in cash.
Anthony will go to New York, along with Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman.

Anthony wasn’t with the Nuggets with the resumption of practices Monday. ‘Melo finally gets to New York, his preference all along, and will presumably sign the three-year, $65 million extension that’s been offered since the offseason.

Only instead of signing in the Mile High City, he’s doing it in the Big Apple. ‘Melo will team with Amar’e Stoudemire to give the playoff-contending Knicks a true superstar duo in their bid to move up the Eastern Conference pecking order and close in on Miami, Boston and Chicago in the years to come. New York doesn’t play until Wednesday against Milwaukee at Madison Square Garden.

The Knicks, according to the Post report, are also sending Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry to Minnesota. The Nuggets are ready to move on, said guard J.R. Smith:
“I mean, it’s just rebuilding first. We gotta go forward with what we got. And try to do the best we can in the playoffs.”

source:
http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2011/02/21/carmelo-anthony-traded-to-new-york/?ls=iref:nbahpt1

coreytaylor
02-22-2011, 01:06 PM
The New York Knicks have acquired Carmelo Anthony, league sources told ESPN The Magazine's senior writer Chris Broussard on Monday night.

League sources also told Broussard that none of the teams can officially confirm the deal until Tuesday.

The swap is a three-way deal including Minnesota, a league source told Broussard.

As a part of the deal, the Knicks will send Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, and a 2014 first-round draft pick to the Nuggets, who would get additional picks and cash, league sources told Broussard. Along with Anthony, New York would acquire Chauncey Billups, Shelden Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo Balkman, the sources said.

New York will send Anthony Randolph and Eddy Curry to Minnesota as part of the deal in exchange for Corey Brewer, a league source told Broussard.

The Denver Post first reported the news.

"I'm glad its over," Nuggets coach George Karl said, according to the newspaper. "I'm glad it's an opportunity to reinvent. I think everybody handled it as classy as you could handle it. There's some sadness to it, there always will be."

The Nuggets have explored an Anthony trade since he refused to sign the three-year contract extension worth nearly $65 million they offered him last summer. They appeared on the verge of sending him to the New Jersey Nets on multiple occasions, but the Knicks increased their offer enough to land Anthony, who was believed to prefer New York all along.

The Knicks would hope he could be in uniform Wednesday when they host the Milwaukee Bucks.

Anthony wasn't at the Nuggets' practice on Monday night. Instead, the All-Star forward was in Burbank, Calif., taping a segment on "Conan."

Anthony, who has been the subject of intense speculation as Thursday's trade deadline approaches, stayed behind in Los Angeles following the NBA All-Star Game while his teammates gathered at the Pepsi Center.

Team spokesman Tim Gelt told The Associated Press that Anthony's absence was excused. Late Monday afternoon, Anthony tweeted: "Headed to Burbank to film THE CONAN SHOW."

"I wish it would just come to an end," Anthony said on the show. "It's all fun and games, it's exciting that I'm wanted by so many people, but at this point enough is enough. Let's get it done. Let's make something happen."

Anthony led the Nuggets to the playoffs in each of his first seven seasons in Denver after winning a national title at Syracuse as a freshman and had them positioned for another playoff run this year. But Denver advanced out of the first round just once in that time.

He stood to become the headliner of the 2011 free agent class, but didn't want to risk free agency knowing a new collective bargaining agreement could cost him millions. But once he refused the extension with the Nuggets -- plus put his Denver mansion on the market last year -- the Nuggets' new front office team of general manager Masai Ujiri and team president Josh Kroenke had to begin trade talks so they wouldn't risk losing him for nothing like the Cavaliers did with LeBron James and the Toronto Raptors did with Chris Bosh last year.

There were persistent rumors Anthony wouldn't take the extension if traded to the Nets, which was a prerequisite for them agreeing to a trade. He instead gets his apparent wish to join a Knicks team that is in sixth place in the Eastern Conference and in position for its first playoff berth since 2004.

mighty_lion
02-22-2011, 01:10 PM
Billups is at his best as halfcourt PG. I am interested to see how D'Antoni will use him in as much faster tempo but knowing how genius D'Antoni is offensively he will find a way. Knicks remaining supporting cast and bench are below average so I doubt if it will work this season.

coreytaylor
02-22-2011, 01:16 PM
Bill Walker, Corey Brewer and Toney Douglas can back the star trio offensively in the back rotation. Turiaf ( defensively) and Sheldon, I doubt.

mighty_lion
02-22-2011, 01:23 PM
Turiaf and Sheldon Williams owns one of the leagues unreliable jumpers. If we go by history, D'Antoni does not field center/forwards who cant shoot as it clogs the spacing in the middle. Usually D'Antoni uses 4 out 1 in for maximum spacing. Given the remaining players I surmise they will play Carmelo at PF and Amare at C. The remaining guys will alternate at SG and SF for spacing.

coreytaylor
02-24-2011, 08:51 AM
Hornets acquire Landry from Kings for Thornton
By BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer

NEW ORLEANS (AP)—The Hornets and Kings have agreed to on a trade as Sacramento is sending forward Carl Landry(notes) to New Orleans in exchange for shooting guard Marcus Thornton(notes) and cash considerations.

“This is a trade that benefits both teams as Carl is a player we have looked to acquire for a long time and we hope to be a big part of our long term success,” said Hornets general manager Dell Demps. “Carl is a high character person that will add a scoring punch to our front court while providing toughness and the ability to make plays. In order to get a good player, we had to give up a good player.”

The move gives the playoff-contending Hornets depth in the front court, but at the cost of a popular former LSU star who can score in a flurry.

With the Hornets hosting the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night, Hornets coach Monty Williams held Thornton out of the morning shoot-around.

Williams said he told Thornton to stay home because of a pending trade.

Landry, meanwhile, sat out the Kings’ loss in Miami on Tuesday night.

The 6-foot-9 Landry, a fourth-year pro out of Purdue, has averaged 11.9 points and 4.8 rebounds this season. He was acquired by the Kings in the middle of last season but has started only 16 games this season while vying for playing time with rookie DeMarcus Cousins(notes).

The 6-4 Thornton is averaging 7.8 points in 16.2 minutes per game in his second NBA season.

“He brings a scorer’s mentality to our team and will certainly add an offensive threat to the backcourt with his ability to shoot from the perimeter,” Kings president of basketball operations Geoff Petrie said. “I think he’ll improve the look of our team offensively and we’re really excited about having him in Sacramento.”

While Williams cited NBA rules in declining to discuss the details of any pending trade, he was willing to talk generally about Thornton’s role on the club this season and his improvement as a player.

“To me, Marcus and I have had a great relationship since Day One,” Williams said. “He’s improved in areas that don’t show up in the stat sheet. To me, I feel good about that—him moving forward. There were some defensive lapses, but he wasn’t the only one. … Marcus is a guy who has value around the league and is going to play for a long time.”

Apparently, the value that Williams spoke of is what made the Hornets feel compelled to part with him in order to improve their play inside behind starting power forward David West(notes).

“Our bench has been one of the worst benches in the league,” Williams said. “It puts a lot of pressure on our starters to get leads, maintain leads and try to pull out games. … Your bench is vital to your team and it’s an area where I’ve probably failed in rotations and things of that nature to put the right guys on the floor at the right time.”

source: http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AnxgDO.UrOuQ8woSA5j8u3W8vLYF?slug=ap-kings-hornetstrade

coreytaylor
02-24-2011, 08:53 AM
By Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports

On the same day the New York Knicks welcomed Carmelo Anthony(notes), the New Jersey Nets acquired their own star, landing point guard Deron Williams(notes) in a trade with the Utah Jazz.

The Jazz received rookie forward Derrick Favors(notes), point guard Devin Harris(notes), two first-round draft picks and $3 million from the Nets.

The two picks the Jazz received are the Nets’ 2011 first-round selection and a 2012 first-rounder the Nets had acquired from the Warriors, which is protected through the first seven picks.

After chasing Anthony for six months – including three near-agreements with Denver – the Nets’ deal for Williams came together in 24 hours, sources said. The Jazz were involved with the Nets in October as part of a potential four-team trade that would have sent Anthony to New Jersey, but Williams had not been included in that deal.

“He is one of the premier point guards in the NBA, and his skill and talent level will bolster our franchise as we continue to build towards our goal of becoming a championship-caliber team,” Nets general manager Billy King said.

As reported Tuesday, the Nets are also close to receiving forward Brandan Wright(notes) and center Dan Gadzuric(notes) from the Golden State Warriors in a separate trade that sends the Warriors forward Troy Murphy(notes). That deal is expected to be finalized by Thursday.

A two-time All-Star point guard, Williams had been unhappy with the Jazz’s lack of progress this season and the organization believed that he would leave as a free agent in 2012. His deteriorating relationship with Jerry Sloan played a part in the Hall of Fame coach’s decision to retire earlier in the month.

Williams had seen several teammates leave through free agency or trades, and the Jazz struggled to gain traction this season while several players, including Williams, coped with injuries. Carlos Boozer(notes), Kyle Korver(notes) and Wesley Matthews(notes) all signed with other teams last summer.

“We feel that we’ve addressed a current need at point guard with Deron’s departure, as well as the future with draft picks and a big man,” Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor said. “To do so we had to give up an All-Star, but we feel like this is a win for both sides.”

Teams have already called inquiring about the availability of Favors, but have been told the Jazz plan to keep him.

Williams, 26, had no indication he would be traded to New Jersey, and hasn’t had time to even digest the deal – never mind consider an extension with the Nets.

Still, New Jersey will try to persuade Williams to sign an extension, but it remains to be seen how quickly, if at all, he’ll embrace the idea of a long-term deal with the Nets. The earliest he can sign an extension is this summer, provided the league hasn’t entered a lockout.

Nevertheless, Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has been determined to upstage the New York Knicks with something beyond clever quips and giant billboards. Finally, on the day of Anthony’s introductory news conference and possible debut at Madison Square Garden against Milwaukee, Prokhorov made his most dramatic statement as owner with the Williams trade.

Harris, meanwhile, had embraced the Nets’ efforts to try to trade him. After Harris pushed for the Nets to hire his former coach, Avery Johnson, the two had a difficult time working together, and Harris’ production declined across the season. The Nets discussed deals with multiple teams, including Portland and Dallas, sources said.

source: http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=AogEAnsPfL3yNDsCTW4HV6m8vLYF?slug=aw-jazzwilliamsnets022311

The_Big_Cat
02-24-2011, 09:10 AM
Deron Williams going to New Jersey is like having Jason Kidd back playing for the Nets.

coreytaylor
02-24-2011, 10:44 AM
Hawks add Kirk Hinrich, deal Mike Bibby

ATLANTA -- The struggling Atlanta Hawks acquired guard Kirk Hinrich from Washington in a five-player trade Wednesday, upgrading their backcourt for the playoff run.

The Hawks also received forward Hilton Armstrong in exchange for guard Mike Bibby, rookie guard Jordan Crawford, swingman Maurice Evans and a first-round pick in this year's draft.

The Hawks have lost four out of five games and slipped to fifth in the top-heavy Eastern Conference. Not only do they have to worry about catching the teams ahead of them; the sixth-place New York Knicks, who began the night five games behind Atlanta, made one of biggest splashes ahead of Thursday's trade deadline by acquiring Denver star Carmelo Anthony.

The 32-year-old Bibby had lost a step defensively and was no longer the creative force offensively he was in his younger days. Hawks coach Larry Drew had hoped second-year player Jeff Teague would take on a larger role at the point, but he was averaging less than 12 minutes a game.

Hinrich should be an improvement over Bibby at both ends of the court. He was averaging 11.1 points and 4.4 assists as on off-and-on starter, frequently playing alongside prized rookie John Wall.

Bibby was averaging 9.4 points and 3.6 assists. The Hawks gave up some depth on their bench by dealing Evans (4.5 points a game) and Crawford (4.2), but clearly felt it was worth the expected improvement at the crucial point position.

It was clear a deal was imminent when Hinrich was scratched from the Washington lineup just before a game in Philadelphia against the 76ers. He and Armstrong watched the first half from the bench, but neither came out with the team for the second half.

source: http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=6152388

mighty_lion
02-25-2011, 11:50 AM
This season's trade deadline is full of surprises. Among others, who would have thought Deron Williams will change uniform out of nowhere. Perkins is now part of a very promising young Oklahoma team and Perkins is the oldest core player in that team at age of 26!

tigerman
02-25-2011, 11:58 AM
The Perkins deal being a surprise move by Danny Ainge is an understatement.

I can only assume that a combination of the following reasons led to such bold move:
1) Perk's refusal to sign the offer of contract extension
2) Boston FO is confident that the 2 O'Neals plus Big Baby would be enough against Dwight
3) The Celtics need more help on the perimeter defense (Green is a tweener) than on the interior (Perk).
4) lack of trust on Perk's recovery from knee surgery

tigerman
02-25-2011, 12:05 PM
The no. 3 reason is absurd. :D I don't think Jeff Green's perimeter D is any better than his post D. Boston would struggle guarding the Wades, Melos, LeBrons come playoff time.

MonL
02-27-2011, 04:14 AM
The Perkins deal being a surprise move by Danny Ainge is an understatement.

I can only assume that a combination of the following reasons led to such bold move:
1) Perk's refusal to sign the offer of contract extension
2) Boston FO is confident that the 2 O'Neals plus Big Baby would be enough against Dwight
3) The Celtics need more help on the perimeter defense (Green is a tweener) than on the interior (Perk).
4) lack of trust on Perk's recovery from knee surgery


Add a possible 5th: getting additional frontline help by getting contract buyout players. Read that: Troy Murphy. Hmph. They had a chance to draft Murphy in 2001 after getting Joe Johnson, but questionably settled for Kedrick Brown with their next pick. Oh, and this was also the year wherein they settled for Joseph Forte instead of someone named Tony Parker later on in the first round... But this was also the year of Kwame Brown and Gilbert Arenas for the rest of the NBA, too...:P

mighty_lion
03-04-2011, 03:14 PM
Looks like Miami Big Three is heading to a direction of Miami Big Two. Prior to todays game against Orlando where Heat lost, Wade and James alledgedly locked Bosh inside a car while the latter two attended the party for few hours.

In one offensive play in the game vs Orlando.

http://i55.tinypic.com/33dxcas.jpg

Bosh alledgedly crying at the bench.

http://i.imgur.com/SMlTp.png

After loss to Orlando

http://i.imgur.com/EXbmJ.png

The summer drama continue... toynk.