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kshay
07-27-2006, 11:15 AM
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Please and thanks. =).

clemdogg
07-27-2006, 11:18 AM
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No Bull: Paxson Hits Hot Topics
The Bulls have been the talk of the NBA after luring free-agent center Ben Wallace from Detroit. Since the news conference to welcome Wallace, the Bulls officially traded Tyson Chandler to New Orleans for P.J. Brown and J.R. Smith, shipped Smith to Denver for a pair of second-round draft picks and are about to re-sign veteran swingman Adrian Griffin. General manager John Paxson spoke to the Daily Herald to discuss the summer moves and what is in store. -- Arlington Heights Daily Herald






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Acker Has Offer From Greek Team
Guard Alex Acker has been offered a one-year deal worth $1 million to play in Greece next season. Acker, who flew to Athens to see the city and living conditions before signing the deal with Olympiakos, knows his role with the Pistons this season would be limited. The Pistons gave newly signed guard Flip Murray jersey No. 6, which Acker wore last year. The Pistons made a qualifying offer to Acker that would pay him $664,000 for 2006-07, which Acker most likely would spend mostly in the development league. The Pistons would still retain rights to Acker should he sign with Olympiakos. -- Detroit News






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Armstrong Brings Leadership To Young Team
Sure, Darrell Armstrong comes to the Indiana Pacers as a player, a 38-year-old point guard who believes he still can contribute. But he'll be an untitled assistant coach as well, bringing proven leadership to a team that's thirsting for direction. "I see a team that's looking for some help," Armstrong said during an informal media gathering Wednesday at Conseco Fieldhouse. "You have to understand, losing Reggie Miller was big for this team. His presence, on and off the floor, was big for this team. I think (team president Larry Bird) sees the same qualities that Reggie had." -- Indianapolis Star






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Time Running Out For Ilic
If the Nets don't bring over Mile Ilic for the upcoming season, he may not come here for at least one more. Sources said several top European teams have shown interest in the Nets' 2005 second-round pick. One could buy out the 7-foot-2 Serbian's contract with FMP and sign him to a multiyear deal that would keep him from joining the Nets until 2008-09 at the earliest. "Our first option is the Nets," said Ilic's agent, Marc Cornstein. "It just comes to a point where we just can't wait any longer. It would just be detrimental to him." -- Bergen Record






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Snider's Patience Appears Bottomless
Is that it? Are we done? Did Billy King finish "changing the culture of how we play and the way we approach things" without telling us? Is your head spinning after counting all the new, young defensemen Bob Clarke said were coming? More to the point, what's Ed Snider's scorecard saying? Snider's patience with Clarke and King is nothing new. Clarke has had carte blanche to trade anyone and everyone off the Flyers' roster for 12 years. King has been around since 1997, and fully in charge since 2003. Let's say this up front: There's nothing inherently wrong with being patient. Most of the time, it's a positive characteristic. In sports, knee-jerk reactions fueled by sports-talk intolerance are a cliché, and unworthy of the person that actually signs the checks. -- Philadelphia Inquirer




Iverson Lending His Name To 'Vitaminwater'
With a lifetime contract with Reebok, Allen Iverson pretty much stayed out of the endorsement business. Until now. Until the billboards showing the 76ers star guard promoting vitaminwater started popping up, including along Interstate 95 and the Atlantic City Expressway. We're talking about an enhanced water drink, a business founded in Whitestone, N.Y., in 1996 by J. Darius Bikoff. Iverson is listed as one of the company's "athlete partners," all described as investors in the company. The group includes David Ortiz, of the Boston Red Sox; Brian Urlacher, of the Chicago Bears; David Wright, of the New York Mets; Tracy McGrady, of the Houston Rockets; and Ray Allen, of the Seattle SuperSonics. -- Philadelphia Daily News






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Overhaul Continues By Adding Jones
Fred Jones, an unrestricted free agent who played the first four years of his NBA career in Indiana, was lured to Toronto by a three-year contract worth about $11-million (U.S.) and the opportunity to play a wide-open offensive style that Colangelo is said to favour. "I think we're going to have a lot of fun," said the stocky 6-foot-2, 220-pound Jones. "We're putting together a really competitive team and I think the sky's the limit for us. I know. . . I'm going to give you everything I got and I know the other players are going to do the same. Hopefully we'll do big things out here." -- Toronto Globe and Mail




Williams: Above All, Passion
If you ever saw Alvin Williams play, and if you knew of his plight, you had to be at least a little sad for him yesterday, when it was announced he'd been waived by the club after an 8 1/2-year tenure. The parting was, but for a classless oversight, a just one. While a provision in Williams' contract allowed the Raptors to release their injury-ravaged guard and pay him only half of the approximately $14 million (U.S.) remaining on his contract, Bryan Colangelo, the Raptors' president and GM, voluntarily negotiated a sweeter settlement for a loyal employee. Still, it was more than a little jarring to see free-agent guard Fred Jones arrive at the Air Canada Centre yesterday, just moments after Colangelo had announced Williams' departure, and hoist a Toronto jersey bearing the number 20. Williams, who'd occupied that jersey since February of 1998, was less than 12 hours removed from faxing over a signed copy of his walking papers in a midnight-hour rush. Considering he'd given the franchise all of his heart, not to mention both his knees and his ankles, putting the new guy in the old guy's number was a thoughtless, tactless display. -- Toronto Star




That's A Rap For Williams
The announcement of Alvin Williams' release came just before Fred Jones' signing of a three-year, $11-million US deal with the Raptors became official. Jones, like Williams, wears No. 20, and he posed for pictures with a Raptors No. 20 jersey. "It's not awkward," said Williams, who spoke to the media on a teleconference from his home in Philadelphia. "It's the business of the NBA. It's a fresh start for myself and a fresh start for Toronto. Basically, my attitude is a 'whatever' attitude." -- Toronto Sun






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Diawara Officially Signs, Sampson Next
Not many athletes turn down more money to choose another team, especially if it is their first NBA contract. Yakhouba Diawara, a native of Paris, turned down a reported two-year, $1.8 million offer from the Dallas Mavericks to sign with the Nuggets on Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not released, but it is expected to be a two-year deal at the league minimum. "His integrity and character jumped off the page," Nuggets director of player personnel Mark Warkentien said. "After verbally agreeing to a minimum deal with us, and being offered a bigger deal, he turned it down. He is the type of person we want representing Denver." ... The Nuggets are expected to sign free- agent center Jamal Sampson, possibly as early as today, to a minimum contract that could pay $798,112 for a player with four years of service, sources said Wednesday. -- Denver Post




Nuggets Keeping Van Horn In Mind
David Falk, Keith Van Horn's agent, said Wednesday the free agent forward continues to be on a lengthy fishing trip in Alaska. During the second week in August, Falk plans to have "a summit meeting" with his client about his future. That future could include the Nuggets. "I don't think there's any question I want a shooting big (man) next year," Nuggets coach George Karl said. "We need somebody to get people off (Carmelo Anthony). I would lean more toward a veteran. (Van Horn) has got to be one or two on that list." Falk said a "number of teams" have expressed interest in the 6-foot-10 Van Horn but wouldn't be specific. Falk said it helps the Nuggets' cause that Van Horn lives in Evergreen. -- Rocky Mountain News




Karl Now Foot Soldier In The War On Cancer
Not that the Nuggets coach is planning to get into politics anytime soon. But, if it happens, George Karl already has a platform. "I have no idea why there is no national program to cure cancer," he said Wednesday. "If I were a politician, that would be my first platform. Forty to 50 years ago, we said, 'Let's go to the moon.' Now let's cure cancer. Let's throw millions and millions of dollars in federal funding to wipe away the pain and the death that cancer causes." Karl, 55, knows firsthand about the disease. Friday marks the one-year anniversary of his surgery for prostate cancer. -- Rocky Mountain News






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Next For Novak: Strength
By using money left over from their mid-level exception after signing Vassilis Spanoulis, the Rockets were able to give Steve Novak a three-year deal instead of the standard two-year contract for second-rounders. "His shooting was the first thing that attracted us to him, no doubt," Dawson said. "I like his range. But I've also got to like a guy who shoots 97.4 percent (74-of-76) from the foul line for a whole season. Coach (Tom) Crean uses a pro set at Marquette. So from a style standpoint, I don't think it's going to be too difficult for him to get adjusted." But Novak will have to get stronger, Dawson said. -- Houston Chronicle






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Farmar Seems Right At Home
In seven summer-league games Jordan Farmar did more than say the right things. He led the team with averages of 16.7 points and 4.4 assists and recorded his first noteworthy moment as a pro. With the Lakers leading the Grizzlies by a point and fewer than 30 seconds to play, Farmar appeared to be running the clock before he crossed over his defender, penetrated and slightly turned his body to avoid two Memphis defenders for a reverse layup. "He wants to make the right decision," said Kurt Rambis, the Lakers summer league coach. "He wants to make the big plays." What Rambis seemed most impressed with, though, was Farmar's understanding of the triangle offense. "He's inquisitive. He already has a solid grasp of the offense," said Rambis, after two practices. "He's picked it up really quick." -- Orange County Register




Mihm's Surgery Goes Well
Lakers center Chris Mihm underwent successful arthro-scopic surgery Wednesday that removed scar tissue from his right ankle. Lakers spokesman John Black said the surgery "went fine" and that Mihm can start basketball activity in four to six weeks. Black also said Mihm should be ready in time for the start of training camp Oct. 2. Mihm, 27, will wear a protect-ive boot for two to three weeks while his injury heals. Mihm was injured March 12 against the Seattle SuperSonics when he fell awkwardly after trying to block a dunk in the final minute of the game. -- Riverside Press-Enterprise






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Youth Will Be Served For Griz, And Quickly
Youth, it appears, will be served. "We're hopeful this will be the beginning of something really exciting here," Jerry West said. "I can't reinforce enough how important it is to get people to come see us play ... "These young guys bring something entirely different to the table. Obviously they're going to have to make their mistakes, but I think we've added something significant to the future." And the future is now, ready or not. -- Memphis Commercial-Appeal






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Jackson Hopes To Remain Healthy
Bobby Jackson's career changed for the worse on Christmas Day 2002. Even now, he displays a hint of resentment toward Shaquille O'Neal when he peers down at his mangled left middle knuckle and agonizes over lost time. "It's a sore subject that you've got to talk about, but that's life," said Jackson, who officially signed his Hornets contract at a Wednesday afternoon press conference. Jackson has missed 93 games over the past four years, stemming from one injury after another. His string of misfortune started in Sacramento 3½ years ago, when former Lakers star O'Neal, a 7-foot-1, 330-pound center, took a swipe at the ball and left Jackson's left middle knuckle broken in three places. Jackson missed 23 total games that year, and his hand required a plate and nine screws. -- The Oklahoman




Hornets Finish Deals With Jackson, Butler
Bobby Jackson and Rasual Butler didn't command the money or the attention of the New Orleans Hornets' marquee off-season acquisitions, but they're a big part of the team's summer makeover nonetheless. ... Jackson and Butler are both expected to come off the bench, but their versatility and outside shooting will ensure that they get significant minutes in coach Byron Scott's rotation. Both signed contracts Wednesday after agreeing to terms with the Hornets earlier this month. Reportedly, Jackson's deal is for three years and $18 million and Butler's is for four years and $14 million. -- The Advocate




Shinn Wants Decision Soon
Owner George Shinn said Wednesday he is hopeful that the official announcement of where his team would play beyond next season is made soon. I'm hoping as early as September, maybe as late as December or January," Shinn said at a press conference to announce the signing of Bobby Jackson and Rasual Butler. The Hornets temporarily moved here last September, Shinn, as well as several NBA executives, have said that the plan was for the team to return to New Orleans once the city sufficiently recovers from Hurricane Katrina. -- The Oklahoman






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Coaching Miles Doesn't Worry McMillan
Had Darius Miles warmed up to the idea of coming back to the Blazers? "I really don't know," Nate McMillan said. "My main concern was to see if he needed anything, if we could help him with anything." McMillan said he offered to have one of his assistant coaches fly out to work out with Miles in the way the Bill Bayno is working out with Zach Randolph and Jarrett Jack this week. Miles declined. McMillan said he did not address Miles' desire -- or lack of desire -- to return. "I didn't get into that converstion," McMillan said. "Basically, just asking how was he doing, how was his family, where was he, where will he be, and if he needed anything. Just casual conversation." McMillan said he wasn't concerned about coaching a player who did not want to be on the roster. -- The Oregonian






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For Divac, It's No Stretch To Aid Needy Kids
Wednesday, flanked by Peja Stojakovic, Vlade Divac demonstrated he could tread water pretty well for a lanky fellow. He's certainly no Olympic swimming candidate in hoops retirement, but Divac did everything from bouncing off a trampoline to dog-paddling with youth hanging on for dear life as he and Stojakovic hosted a swimming pool free-for-all at Lembi Community Park in Folsom. "Hey, he's as graceful as an Olympian," Alex Dimitrijevic, Divac's longtime friend and business associate, said in his defense. "You know what Vlade is? He's normal. He's a 7-foot normal guy." Beyond normal, actually. In hightops, Divac goes down as one of the most gifted big men of them all, versatile and shrewd -- keeping elite company with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only NBA performers to achieve at least 13,000 points, 9,000 rebounds, 3,000 assists and 1,500 blocked shots in a career. Divac's best years were the six he spent with the Kings as the heart and backbone of a resurgent franchise. -- Sacramento Bee






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Spurs Hope Jackie Becomes Jackson
They need to get lucky on another bargain. They need an overlooked kid to become a power off the bench. They need a 6-foot-10 manchild named Jackie Butler to be this season's find. They need for Butler to be the next Stephen Jackson -- another McDonald's All-American who didn't play in college and needed the company of adults. The Spurs haven't been illogical this summer. They weighed dollars vs. productivity, and more teams should try it. An ESPN.com article recently said as much. Over the past two years, 34 different players have signed free-agent deals worth at least $35 million, and the writer estimated that 20 of those have been mistakes. -- San Antonio Express-News






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Now It's Coach K Manning The Helm
The world order has been adjusted, if not completely reshuffled. All of which leaves Mike Krzyzewski -- after much soul-searching and brainstorming by a USA Basketball hierarchy headed by Jerry Colangelo -- in charge of an innovative three-year program that resumes with Phase II next Monday. There is no more dropping in for a few scrimmages and a duel of the egos. The plan instead is to maintain a sign-up sheet of 16 or so players willing to sacrifice summers, compete with their peers for roster spots and actually form an enduring and respectful relationship with the head coach. "It's a matter of adjustment for everybody," Krzyzewski said after Brad Miller and 15 others were named to the roster earlier this week. -- Sacramento Bee




Team Vs. Dream Test On Way
It's been my contention that the United States' slide in international basketball has as much to do with the lack of passion, effort and national pride on the part of our NBA players as with everyone else just catching up. I'm not going to say some of our guys didn't care. They just didn't care enough or cared for the wrong reasons. Don't misunderstand: I'm not saying that other countries have not improved dramatically in basketball. The influx and impact of foreign stars in the NBA is testament that the rest of the world can flat-out play. Yugoslavia is the reigning FIBA world champion, and deserves to be. Argentina won the 2004 Olympic gold medal on merit. Still, I'm not sure how much our players' laissez faire approach toward international competition has contributed to our downfall. -- Philadelphia Daily News






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Gathings Still Hoping To Land On NBA Team
Danny Gathings has certainly made his mark playing basketball in his hometown of Winston-Salem and in his home state. Now, Gathings - who led Parkland to the Class 3-A state title in 1999 and went on to a standout career at High Point University - is trying to make his mark playing professional basketball overseas. Home for the summer until late August, when he said he will leave for France and his second professional season, Gathings, 25, is chasing his goal of playing in the NBA. -- Winston-Salem Journal

bschaff999
07-27-2006, 11:49 AM
I'm pretty sure this fill be frowned upon...