Archive for the ‘Basketball’ Category

Andrew Bynum dominates as Lakers beat Clippers

October 28, 2009

ESPN: There was no championship hangover for these Lakers.

Kobe Bryant scored 33 points and Andrew Bynum added 26 on his 22nd birthday as the reigning NBA champions opened defense of their title Tuesday night with a 99-92 victory over the Clippers, their Staples Center co-tenants who played without injured No. 1 overall draft pick Blake Griffin.The Lakers began the evening with a ceremony unveiling the franchise’s 15th gold-and-purple championship banner, earned four months ago after defeating Orlando in the finals. Commissioner David Stern handed out diamond-encrusted rings to almost everyone from last season’s team except for Ron Artest, who joined the Lakers in the offseason from Houston with the sole purpose of winning a gaudy bauble for himself. He traded places with Trevor Ariza, who replaced him with the Rockets.


Outlaw scores 23 in Blazers’ win

October 28, 2009

ESPN: Greg Oden followed his orders, putting defense and rebounding first.

Oden scored just two points, a tip with 58 seconds left, but had 12 rebounds and five blocked shots for the Portland Trail Blazers in a 96-87 season-opening victory over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.”You definitely want a lot more points,” Oden said. “But I think I did a lot of good things that don’t show up on the scoreboard or in the stats.”

10/27/09: Celtics spoil Cavs’ debut

October 28, 2009

ESPN: Shaquille O’Neal has learned the ropes in his 17 NBA seasons. There’s one lesson that has endured since he was a raw rookie.”You can’t win a championship in the first game,” he said.

Boston’s Big Three — plus Rasheed — spoiled Cleveland’s overhyped season opener on Tuesday night with a 95-89 win over the new-look Cavaliers, who may have LeBron James and Shaq but appear to be a long way from true title contenders.Paul Pierce scored 23 points, Ray Allen 16 and Kevin Garnett 13 in his first regular-season game since last March as the Celtics, overlooked by some this preseason, ended an 11-game losing streak in Cleveland and snapped a 16-game skid by visiting teams in games between the Eastern powers who figure to meet again sometime in May or June.”It was a good Day One,” Pierce said. “Psychologically, you want to go into a team’s building and win, especially in a place where we haven’t won in a few years. It’s great to come here and get a win. We know when we come here next time that we can do it again.”

10/27/09: Mavericks fall to Wizards

October 28, 2009

ESPN: Gilbert Arenas had 29 points and nine assists, helping stake the Washington Wizards to an early lead over the revamped Dallas Mavericks and keeping them ahead throughout the final three quarters on their way to a 102-91 victory Tuesday night.

Arenas shot 10 of 21 and made 8-of-9 free throws for his most points since Nov. 14, 2007. He played only 13 games that season, then had a total of 26 points in two games last season, all because of knee problems. He’s feeling so good now that he’s not even wearing a brace.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 34 points, but was only 10 of 25. He was 12 of 13 from the foul line – all in the first half. Shawn Marion had 16 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in his Dallas debut.

Agent: Rondo Won’t Sign New Deal

October 27, 2009

RealGM: Rajon Rondo will not sign a new contract with the Celtics, according to agent Bill Duffy.

The two sides met to discuss a possible deal recently. Duffy feels as though Rondo should be among the top-five highest paid point guards, but the Celtics don’t feel the same way.

“We’re not going to do an extension right now,” Duffy told Yahoo! Sports. “The conversation has been cordial. We’ve been talking the last couple of weeks. There is a difference between the perception of him in their eyes and our eyes. With that being said, the focus is on Rajon to have a fantastic season and concentrate on winning a championship.”

Assuming the two sides don’t reach an agreement by Friday, Rondo will become a restricted free agent at the end of the season.

Wade to leave the Heat?

October 27, 2009

RealGM: A veteran NBA agent believes that Dwyane Wade will be the hardest of next summer’s unrestricted free agents to retain.

Wade, along with LeBron James and Chris Bosh, could all be unrestricted free agents after the 2009-10 season if they don’t take their player options for the 2010-11 season.

“I think D-Wade will be the toughest to retain of the high-profile free agents,” the agent told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “I just get the sense that he envies his buddy in Cleveland who has a better team around him.”

Griffin Suffers Stress Fracture In Left Patella

October 27, 2009


RealGM: Los Angeles Clippers’ rookie forward Blake Griffin may miss up to six weeks with a stress fracture of his left patella suffered during the Clippers’ last preseason game vs. the New Orleans Hornets on Friday, October 23rd.

Griffin was the first overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft out of Oklahoma.

Kareem To Join Grizzlies?

October 27, 2009

The Commercial Appeal: Legendary NBA center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sat in on the Grizzlies’ practice Monday morning. The NBA’s all-time leading scorer will entertain joining the organization, several sources confirmed.

Grizzlies management had no comment about Abdul-Jabbar’s presence. Memphis, however, asked for and received permission from the Los Angeles Lakers to speak with Abdul-Jabbar.

Abdul-Jabbar, 62, is under contract with the Lakers after having tutored Andrew Bynum over the past several seasons. But the Los Angeles Daily News reported earlier this month that Abdul-Jabbar’s interaction with Bynum would decrease and he’d take a lesser role with the Lakers this season.

The Griz have three centers – two of which are considered projects – that could benefit from Abdul-Jabbar’s knowledge and experience. Marc Gasol, Hamed Haddadi and rookie Hasheem Thabeet met Abdul-Jabbar for dinner Sunday night.

Kobe Regrets Public 2007 Trade Demand

October 25, 2009

RealGM: Lakers star Kobe Bryant regrets that his 2007 trade demand became public.

“The only thing I regret was how public it had to become,” Bryant told the Orange County Register. “It was something that I’d been dealing with internally for quite some time and me wanting them to make moves, as was said to me (upon re-signing in 2004). Those things were not happening, it felt like I was just out there showcasing and doing my individual thing, and they had no aspirations to spend money to try to bring a championship here.

“So I felt like something had to be said so we could get the ball rolling here. Get people to start talking about it, and the city becomes a little more impatient with the situation, and hopefully we’ll get something done. And to their credit, they made a great acquisition in Pau (Gasol) and another great acquisition in Trevor (Ariza). They went out this summer and spent the money to get Ron (Artest) and locked in Lamar (Odom). To their credit, they did the right things.”

Jamison Out Until Late November

October 23, 2009

RealGM: Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that forward Antawn Jamison’s right shoulder has been re-evaluated and that the findings were consistent with the original diagnosis of a subluxation.

He is expected to miss from four to six weeks from the date of the injury (Jamison sustained the injury in the Wizards’ 109-104 win in Cleveland on Oct. 14).