Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Grizzlies sign guard Mike Miller

Memphis, Tenn. — Mike Miller had several teams interested in his 3-point shooting as a possible missing link for a long playoff run. It didn’t take him long to figure out where he wanted to be: Memphis.
The sharp-shooting Miller said Tuesday that the Grizzlies are “right there” when it comes to winning a championship with what he calls the NBA’s two best big men in Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, an underrated point guard in Mike Conley and a lockdown defender in Tony Allen.
So one of Miller’s first calls after the Miami Heat decided to amnesty him was to the Grizzlies’ chief executive officer Jason Levien. Miller said the two had same idea, “It was a perfect fit and how can we make this work to get back here.”
The two got it done. The Grizzlies announced Tuesday morning that they had signed the best 3-point shooter in franchise history as part of their efforts to improve a team coming off its first Western Conference final.
Memphis did not disclose details of the contract.

NBA player Daniel Gibson accused of breaking man's jaw after he spoke to Gibson's wife, singer Keyshia Cole.

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson surrendered to authorities Monday on charges that he allegedly broke a man's jaw at a club in New Orleans in early July. Gibson, 27, husband of R&B singer Keyshia Cole was booked with second-degree battery, according to an Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office.
The incident occurred July 8 at a club in the 300 block of Andrew Higgins Street in New Orleans, according to court records. Gibson and Cole walked by the man, who allegedly thanked Cole for "keeping it real."  Cole had recently performed at the Essence Festival in New Orleans.
The man then turned to tell a friend something, and Gibson allegedly punched the man in the jaw, court records said. Bystanders restrained Gibson while the victim was escorted out of the club.
The man was taken to a local hospital, where doctors determined his jaw had been fractured, court records said. The victim later identified Gibson as his attacker in a photograph line-up.

Gibson, of Westlake, Ohio, surrendered to the New Orleans Police Department on Monday at 9:45 a.m. He was later released on a $20,000 bond. In a statement to TMZ, Gibson said, "Earlier this month during the Essence Music Festival, I was involved in an incident with other individuals while I was out with my wife. It's unfortunate that some see opportunity in taking advantage of people who work hard for what they have achieved."
Gibson told TMZ he looks forward to being vindicated when the facts come out.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Greg Oden could decide which team he'll make his comeback with by Monday.

Greg Oden could be ready to decide where he'll continue his comeback as early as Monday, according to's Steve Aschburner. Aschburner added that the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans were among the teams to watch Oden work out at his highly-publicized workout last week.

Pacers acquire Luis Scola from Suns for Gerald Green, Miles Plumlee, first rounder

Rumblings began to crop up late last night about the Indiana Pacers making a trade for Phoenix SunsPF Luis Scola, and it took the better part of the next day to get the deal finalized and the terms of the deal complete. The Pacers acquired Scola, the 33-year-old Argentine star who has had successful stints with Houston and Phoenix for Gerald Green, their 2012 first round pick Miles Plumlee, and a lottery protected first round pick in 2014, the protection sheltering the Pacers in the event everything that can go wrong does.
The move will not only give the Pacers additional cap flexibility for next summer with extensions for Paul George and Lance Stephenson,  looming, but will improve their chances this year with Scola. Larry Bird was quoted on, saying, "Luis will be a very important asset to our team and to our bench." Scola will rejoin a revamped bench with C.J. Watson and Chris Copeland, as well a hopeful return to form for Danny Granger and a bright draft pick in Solomon Hill.
Acquiring Scola is maybe the best move the Pacers have put together this offseason. Scola is excited to be a valuable piece on a championship contender and SB Nation's Tom Ziller believes this could be the move that puts the Pacers over the top in the east. But there's a lingering cough from Indiana's bench revamp last year that might cause a brief pause. So why are this year's moves better? Last year, the Pacers' additions were going to be excellent pieces for Indiana's success if: If Green can replicate his performance in New Jersey. If Augustin can be a Darren Collison-like acquisition with improved passing. This year, the additions are going to be excellent pieces because. With the exception of Copeland, Indiana swung for proven guys on good teams like Watson and Scola (and found an all-too obvious emergency upgrade with Donald Sloan).
Was it a high price to pay for Scola? When taking into account the cap implications of not having to pay Green and a future first rounder, then no. Scola's non-guaranteed deal in 2014-15 helps the matter even more because now the Pacers are in a greater position to retain their core beyond Paul George while not giving up any chance of winning now. The move to shore up Indiana's 2014 bench should also give Indiana a more realistic shot at landing at the top of the Eastern Conference, something the team will be searching for in order to get their potential Game 7's in Indianapolis. Of course, the Pacers won't be without their competition in an increasingly top heavy Eastern Conference, but there's no reason to believe Indiana can't beat any of them anymore.

Bulls, Clippers linked to Blair

If the Bulls are unable to acquire Camby, another potential option is Dejuan Blair. The former Spurs reserve is looking for a multi-year deal or a possible sign-and-trade from San Antonio, but he may have to settle for a one-year deal at the minimum. Chicago could offer such a deal.
The Clippers are another team who have expressed interest in Blair and they also can only offer the minimum.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

NBA-Struggling Bobcats name Lakers assistant as head coach

May 29 (Reuters) - The Charlotte Bobcats named longtime NBA assistant coach Steve Clifford as their head coach on Wednesday with hopes he can spark a turnaround in a franchise that has endured a string of woeful seasons.

Clifford, a veteran of 13 NBA seasons as an assistant coach, most recently with the Los Angeles Lakers, takes over from Mike Dunlap, who was fired in April after finishing his first season with a 21-61 record that was second-worst in the NBA.

"He brings a strong pedigree and a track record of success to our franchise," Rod Higgins, head of basketball operations for the Bobcats, said in a statement.

"He has built a reputation as an innovator, especially defensively, and has experience in multiple systems. We look forward to utilizing his knowledge as we continue to build this team."

Before joining the Lakers last season, Clifford spent five seasons as an assistant coach under Stan Van Gundy with the Orlando Magic, who compiled a 259-135 record and five straight playoff appearances, including a trip to the 2009 NBA Finals.

Prior to that, Clifford worked four seasons with the Houston Rockets as an assistant to Jeff Van Gundy after serving as an advance scout and assistant coach with the New York Knicks.

His first NBA head coaching job presents a big challenge as he takes over a team that has had just one winning season since joining the NBA in 2004.

In the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season the Bobcats went a woeful 7-59, which marked the worst winning percentage ever in NBA history. (Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Frank Pingue)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

I love this hire!!!!

Suns: Phoenix hired Jeff Hornacek, one of the most popular players from the franchise's past, to be its next head coach. Hornacek played the first six of his 14 NBA seasons with the Suns.