Thursday , Nov , 06 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

NBA News for November 6th, 2008

NBA News for November 6th, 2008

Allen Iverson Wants to Play Until He’s 39

Yesterday, Iverson said he plans to be on the NBA scene for some time yet.

"If I’m healthy enough, I want to play until I’m 39 years old," said the 33-year-old guard, who is in the final year of a contract that will pay him $22-million in 2008-09. "I don’t want to play when I’m over 40. When the time comes and we have a game and you put the scouting report up and my name is not one of the first or second names on the scouting report and I can’t dominate games the way I used to, [then] I don’t want to play this game no more."

The Pistons think Iverson’s got at least one more top-flight season in him. The trade was the biggest news so far in the early days of the NBA season. The move instantly makes the Pistons major players next summer and in 2010, when a possible crop of premier free agents (likely including Raptors star Chris Bosh) will hit the market.

D’Antoni’s Benching of Stephon Marbury a ’Respect’ Issue

Mike D’Antoni won’t reverse his decision to banish Stephon Marbury, feeling he would lose respect from the rest of the team, according to a source debriefed on the situation.

Marbury sat in street clothes again last night as the Knicks edged Larry Brown’s Bobcats 101-98 at the Garden. Marbury has yet to play and D’Antoni has no plans to change course.

"It may not be pretty short-term, but the worst thing you can do is go back on something he’s committed to," the source told The Post. "Considering what happened last year, other players will be like, ’here we go again.’ They’d never trust him."

Kevin Johnson Becomes Mayor of Sacramento

Johnson, a former All-Star point guard for the Phoenix Suns, is the first black mayor of Sacramento. The 42-year-old Democrat with conservative social views defeated two-term incumbent Heather Fargo in a run-off election.

"Sacramento also made history today in electing its first black mayor," Johnson said. "Both Obama and myself, we ran on a promise and the theme of change. No more business as usual."

Johnson put some flash into his campaign with the backing of basketball royalty Shaquille O’Neal, Magic Johnson and Charles Barkley. He wants to raise the profile of his hometown and bemoans his city’s image beside that of Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Allen Iverson, Chauncey Billups Likely to Play this Weekend

Detroit guard Allen Iverson was not available for Wednesday’s game against Toronto because Chauncey Billups, one of three players traded to Denver in exchange for Iverson, has not completed his physical with the Nuggets.

Rodney Stuckey started for the Pistons, who also sent top reserve Antonio McDyess and Cheikh Samb to Denver in Monday’s trade. McDyess and Samb were not required to report to Denver.

Billups was not expected to play for Denver in its road game against Golden State later Wednesday.

Is Joe Johnson a Lead Player for Atlanta Hawks?

Hawks players have argued about music, fashion, politics, food, college football and plenty more that 15 strong-willed men can disagree about.

But rarely has anything drawn such a loud consensus like the words of that anonymous NBA scout who questioned Joe Johnson’s status as the Hawks’ “lead player.”

“Are you serious?” Josh Smith said when presented with the passage. “How do you respond to something so stupid?”

Acie Law IV just laughed, wondering if he was being “Punk’d.”

Magic Johnson Cried with Joy Over Obama Election

Former Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson said he and his wife "cried all night" after Barack Obama beat John McCain to become the country’s first African-American president.

"He can motivate people," Johnson said Wednesday night at halftime of the Clippers-Lakers game at Staples Center. "He crossed all racial lines. One of the smartest men I have ever seen as a political figure, common sense as well.

"It’s the right time. We have some big problems in America."

Johnson said not only did he not believe as a kid growing up in Michigan that there wouldn’t be an African-American president in his lifetime, he had doubts the country was ready to make such a decision while Obama was running.

Boston Celtics Want Antonio McDyess

But the C’s attention is focused particularly on the Denver side of the deal, with McDyess reportedly set to be bought out of his contract.

According to a league source, the Celtics would be especially interested in bringing in the veteran power forward. The C’s initially attempted to sign McDyess in 2004. He instead chose to sign with the Pistons, who at the time were opening defense of a world championship.

Most observers expect McDyess to return to Detroit after the league’s mandatory 30-day waiting period. But McDyess, reportedly upset by the trade, can expect to hear from the Celtics if a buyout does indeed go through.