Sunday, September 30, 2012

Health A Huge Factor For Pierce, Celtics

Paul Pierce admitted Friday that the sprained MCL in his left knee he suffered in the first round of the playoffs last season was beyond immediate treatment, but affirmed he’s entering the 2012-13 season at 100 percent after an offseason of conditioning and strengthening.
With a new season about to begin and Pierce not getting any younger, the conversation quickly turned to minutes. Pierce said he doesn’t have a number in mind that he would like to play each night, opting instead for allowing coach Doc Rivers to monitor that part of the equation.
“I’m going to listen to my body,” the soon-to-be 35-year-old Pierce said. “(Doc is) going to kind of watch how the game is going, how I’m playing. If I can still play at a high level, who knows what that number may be. Doc has always found a good balance at finding that number.”
“I think the key for us, if we’re going to win another championship, is going to be our health,” Pierce said. “You have to be good, you have to be lucky, sometimes over things you can’t control, as you saw. Since our first year we won it, we haven’t been lucky enough to be healthy, so hopefully we’re healthy this year and we can make another run at it.”

Friday, September 28, 2012

League Adopting Remedy for Flopping? Retarded!

The NBA is finalizing a new procedure to deal with flopping this coming season, with an off-court remedy expected to be in place before the start of the regular season.
After meeting with their newly revamped competition committee two weeks ago in New York, the league anticipates that incidents of flopping will be adjudicated on a postgame basis with fines assessed for the offenses, a league spokesman said Thursday.
“The procedures will likely involve a postgame review as opposed to calling it as an in-game infraction,” the league spokesman said in a statement to and other outlets.

NBA BEATS - This is the most ridiculous thing I have heard of. This is retarded. If a player can get away with flopping then more props to him. All it means is that they are competitive and want to win. The league is going to fine players for flopping? That is stupid. They should be fining the referee for calling the flop. Horrible move by the NBA. 

Gilbert Arenas to Play in China?

L.A. native Gilbert Arenas was playing pickup ball in the Lakers’ practice facility as recently as Thursday, but Arenas has yet to secure a training camp invite for the coming season.
Not from the Lakers or the Clippers, his two preferred destinations, or anyone else.
So …
Sources with knowledge of Arenas’ thinking told that the former All-Star is giving strong consideration to starting the season in China.
Arenas has spent the bulk of the offseason working out under the care of the trusted Joe Abunassar while dropping in on the occasional open gym at the Lakers’ or Clippers’ practice facilities and, by all accounts, looking good in those pickup games.

Celtics Sign Darko Milicic

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have signed free agent forward/center Darko Milicic. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Milicic, a 7’0 center/forward, appeared in 29 games last season for the Minnesota Timberwolves and averaged 4.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 16.3 minutes per game. Milicic tied his career-high with seven blocks against the Dallas Mavericks on January 25. Beginning his 10th season, Milicic recorded a career-high of 8.8 points per game during the 2010-11 season with the Timberwolves and finished 5th in the NBA in blocked shots per game (2.03). The second overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft was a member of the 2004 NBA Championship Detroit Pistons during his rookie season. He has posted career averages of 6.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.31 blocks in 467 career games.

John Wall Out With Knee Injury

The Washington Wizards just announced that John Wall will miss 8 weeks with a stress injury in his left knee.

Knicks to Sign Rasheed Wallace

Source close to Knicks: All the players expect a Rasheed Wallace signing to become official. He took his physical w/ the team yesterday september 27th.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Channing Frye Optimistic About Returning

News of Channing Frye’s medical condition has a lot of Suns fans worried he won’t play again. But he’s hoping it won’t be too long before he’s back in the game.
“It’s not a good situation but at the same time I do have hope,” said the Suns forward.
Frye has just been diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy and it likely means he’ll be sitting out the entire season.
“I look at it as a rare opportunity to spend time with my family that I may not get again, especially with my kids so young, and see how everything goes behind the scenes especially during the season,” said Frye.
The Suns cardiologist Dr. Tim Byrne said the heart condition was discovered during a routine physical required by the NBA, and Frye is lucky the sometimes fatal condition was caught so early.
“The most likely cause is a virus and many times those do improve and get better so yes there is a very real chance he could return to normal function and a normal lifestyle,” said Dr. Tim Byrne.
But as far as ever playing professional basketball again, doctors said it is possible and Frye is confident he will.
“You know I’m not done yet I still have a lot to prove,” said Frye. “I feel great. Coming in I was ready to drain some threes and post up a little bit you know.”