Antawn Jamison isn’t starting off the 2009-10 NBA season on the right foot — or shoulder, in this case. Due to a shoulder injury, Jamison will be out up to five weeks. He injured the season during preseason when he tried to block a shot on October 14th.
The Wizards, who have battled injury woes the last few years, were expected to be one of the most improved teams in the NBA. Without Jamison, that will be much more difficult. They’ll need to keep their boat above water while he’s out to remain in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Last season, Jamison …read more
The trip the the NBA Finals last season wasn’t a fluke. The Orlando Magic finished an undefeated preseason by beating the Atlanta Hawks by a final score of 123-86. The Magic won all eight of their exhibition contests.
Against the Hawks, Vince Carter led the way with 26 points in 27 minutes. He was 9-for-10 from the field, 5-for-5 on three-pointers and 3-for-4 at the line. Dwight Howard had 25 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks. Ryan Anderson chipped in with 18 points, while Brandon Bass had 14.
The Hawks didn’t exactly end their preseason play in style. Jamal Crawford came off …read more
In the beginning of the NBA season, and before college basketball gets underway, I like digging around for the juicer kind of basketball stories. And this one is the juiciest of them all.
According to SI.com, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan purposely lobbied to keep Isiah Thomas off of the 1992 Olympic Dream Team for personal reasons.
The admission was made by Magic himself, in a book that he co-wrote with Larry Bird.
When The Game Was Ours features a section in which Magic accuses Isiah of spreading a rumor that he was gay. As a result, Magic played a key role in …read more
LaMarcus Aldridge, the up and coming power forward for the Portland Trail Blazers, has agreed to a five-year extension to stay with the Blazers. The deal is believed to be worth in the neighborhood of $65 million.
While the negotiations between Aldridge and the Blazers weren’t always smooth, both sides have to be happy that a deal was struck. For Portland, they have one of the better young bigmen in the NBA locked in for his prime.
Last season, Aldridge averaged 18.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and one block per game. He shot 48.4% from the field and 78.1% from the free throw …read more
Sometimes, I think that Mark Cuban, the loud and overbearing owner of the Dallas Mavericks, likes to just say things that will get him publicity. It’s almost as if he craves the spotlight so much that when it’s not shining directly on him, he comes up with a way to shift it back in his direction.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Cuban made this astonishing quote in regards to steroid use by professional athletes:
“I’ll get killed for saying this, but I’m not so against steroids if they’re administered under proper supervision and there is no long-term damage.”
I’m sorry, what?
Apparently Cuban thinks …read more
Raja Bell, the defensive and three-point shooting specialist for the Charlotte Bobcats, may be forced to miss the rest of the season due to a wrist injury. Although he’s getting a second opinion, Bell’s first opinion told him that he needed wrist surgery that would keep him out most — if not all — of the 2009-10 NBA season.
The loss of Bell would be a big blow to the Bobcats. While his skills have diminished, the 33-year-old swingman is still an important cog to Charlotte’s squad. He’s arguably the team’s best defender and his perimeter shooting spreads the court.
Without Bell, …read more
Don Nelson, the head coach of the Golden State Warriors and one of the winningest coaches in league history, will not coach the his team on Tuesday. Instead, he will be with his wife tending to a family emergency.
According to reports, Nelson’s wife recently learned that her brother was in a serious motorcycle accident. He has since had to have a leg amputated.
Tuesday the Warriors will be playing the Los Angeles Lakers. This will be the third game between the Warriors and Lakers in the preseason. The two teams have split the other contests.
Nelson is expected to return to the …read more
The rumors of a possible Swine Flu infection were overshadowed this morning as LeBron James admitted to ESPN that he had a lump removed from his jaw back in June.
James discovered the lump early last year and had to undergo numerous tests to find out whether it was cancerous or not.
“I was working with some good professionals,” he said, according to ESPN.com. “They were telling me they didn’t think it was cancer, but we had to be sure, of course.”
Thankfully, the lump was benign.
I’m surprised that this information is just coming to light now, but it’s understandable why James would …read more
The New York Knicks finally prevailed over the Maccabi Tel Aviv Euroleague team on Sunday by 106-91 margin. But it wasn’t before a eight-minute delay in the third quarter when the visiting coach, Pini Gershon refused to leave after being ejected.
If it wasn’t odd enough that the coach continued to linger near the bench, at one point a rabbi tried to intervene, asking the officials to allow Gershon to stay.
“I explained that this is not a regular game and the kids are watching and [it's] important that there will be peace and forgive him,” Rabbi Yitchak Dovid Grossman said of …read more
Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks defeated a Cleveland Cavaliers squad that was missing a few key pieces — namely LeBron James, Mo Williams and Shaquille O’Neal. Nowitzki poured in 19 points as the Mavs beat the Cavs by a final score of 93-82. With the win, Dallas is now 4-1 in the preseason.
Nowitzki scored his 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting and also had five rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal. Kris Humphries, Drew Gooden and Rodrigue Beaubois were also in double figures for the Mavs.
The LeBron-less Cavs were led by Jamario Moon’s 18 points, ten rebounds and …read more