NBA News for November 4th, 2008
The Detroit Pistons kept one All-Star guard under contract for years to come on the same day they sent one packing.
Richard Hamilton and the Pistons have agreed to a three-year contract extension worth about $34 million, a basketball official told The Associated Press on Monday night.
The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced, said two years of the contract are guaranteed and the third is partially guaranteed.
If Knicks season-ticket sales are down at the Garden, the blame falls squarely on Stephon Marbury’s shoulders. Or make that his wallet.
The franchise lost its No.1 customer when Marbury declined to renew his season subscriptions for 2008-09. Marbury told the Daily News that he had spent nearly $1 million annually on Knicks tickets.
Marbury purchased countless season tickets for family and friends, including four prime seats along the baseline adjacent to the visiting team’s bench.
Those four tickets alone cost him approximately $300,000 for 41 regular-season games and three in the preseason.
Heat guard Dwyane Wade said Monday that not only doesn’t he look like himself through the first three games of the season, but he also doesn’t feel like himself.
Wade is shooting 41.2 percent from the field, down from his career 48.1. He is coming off a 5-of-15 performance in Saturday’s 100-87 loss to Charlotte.
Wade said he is having trouble finding himself in an offense that features several new players, including rookies Michael Beasley and Mario Chalmers.
"I’m having a hard time with that right now, mentally," he said. "Right now, I’m kind of out of rhythm."
Gasol’s early tendencies are the flip side of Kobe Bryant, who is typically more active in the second half. Jackson praised Bryant’s game-saving flurry in the fourth quarter Saturday against Denver but thought Bryant’s third-quarter activity was too much.
"He had to step it up in the third quarter a little bit and I thought pushed the envelope just a little bit too far," Jackson said. "Some of our guys got out of sync. Pau only got one or two shots in the second half. We want to use all our weapons."
Gasol was six for 12 in the first half against Denver and one for three in the second half. Against Portland, he made seven of nine shots in the first half but missed his only shot in the second half.
The never-ending Stephon Marbury saga may be starting to cause tension within the Knicks’ new regime. And the season is only three games old.
Knicks president Donnie Walsh hinted Monday that he doesn’t completely agree with coach Mike D’Antoni’s controversial decision to bench Marbury, who has yet to play this season.
When questioned on the logic behind not playing Marbury since he is on the roster, healthy and under contract, Walsh replied: "That’s the whole point. That’s the whole point. I would agree with that."
The shakeup promised by Detroit Pistons president Joe Dumars after last season’s Eastern Conference finals has materialized just two games into the new season.
"We just felt it was the right time to change our team," Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars told The Associated Press. "Iverson gives us a dimension that we haven’t had here and we really think it’s going to help us."
"If we don’t win, that’s my fault," O’Neal said. "I accept it. I’m harder on myself than any of you guys could ever be on me. That’s why all of you writers don’t bother me. I accept that. I’ve been that way since my rookie year.
"If you want to be the man, you have to accept what comes with being the man. You want to be the man and you want to make a lot of money and you want to be able to do yo