NBA News for November 7th, 2008
|Rip Hamilton to Start for Pistons; Stuckey to Be Sixth Man
There has been media speculation Iverson’s presence will force the Pistons to move Richard Hamilton into a sixth-man role because Iverson and Hamilton couldn’t play together without a true point guard.
Coach Michael Curry doused that theory.
"I look at it as being the same as if Chauncey were still here," he said.
For one, Curry said, Rodney Stuckey isn’t ready to be the full-time starting point guard. Secondly, Curry thinks Iverson and Hamilton can be a lethal duo.
"Stuckey is still learning," Curry said. "He has a lot of talent, but he still has a ways to go. I’ve always said, if you don’t give young guys things and you make them earn it, they will keep it.
|Chris Duhon: Obama’s a Good Player for His Age
Duhon, who voted for Obama, has been part of the president-elect’s circle of pickup-game players at Chicago’s East Bank Club, where Obama shot hoops to take the edge off on Election Day. Duhon’s friend, former Duke player Reggie Love, is Obama’s "body man," or personal assistant.
So can Obama hang with pros like the Knicks’ point guard?
"Yeah, I mean, not if we turned the notch up on him," Duhon said with a laugh. "He wouldn’t be able to handle it. He looks like a player, he talks like a player. That’s his biggest attribute, he knows what he’s talking about. He’s a great passer and he understands the game. For his age , he’s not bad."
|Antonio McDyess Mad the Nuggets Traded Him in ’02?
McDyess played for the Nuggets twice, from 1995-97 and 2000-02. It has been reported that he is not a fan of the Nuggets organization, but Billups worked hard to dispel that during his afternoon news conference.
"You don’t come back to a city twice on your own will if you don’t like that city," Billups said. "He loves Denver. He loves the organization and things like that. He’s in a position where he has a decision to make. He’s in the latter part of his career and he’s tired of moving and tired of being in these kinds of situations. So, it’s kind of up to him. I’m going to support him in any way he goes."
|Stephon Marbury Wants to Train with Old High School Team
And since Mike D’Antoni has buried Marbury on the Knicks bench, the veteran point guard said Thursday that he might train with the boy’s basketball team at Brooklyn’s Abraham Lincoln High School to maintain his conditioning and keep his game sharp.
"I think I’m going to start practicing with my high school team," Marbury said after practice Thursday in Greenburgh. "Seriously. I’ve already called the coach to see if I can run up and down with the guys and at the same time help teach the younger guys the NBA game."
Seriously? This may just be a case of "Steph Being Steph" and having a little fun in the midst of a bizarre and sad point of his career.
|Bobcats Looking to Trade Gerald Wallace
Multiple NBA sources have confirmed that Charlotte moving Gerald Wallace is imminent, but Pro Basketball News has yet to learn of a definitive destination at this time.
The Bobcats have apparently talked about Wallace’s long-term value to the franchise (he signed a six-year, $57 million extension in July of 2007) and decided that they would be better suited allocating such a significant salary to somebody else.
Who? Word is we’ll know much sooner than later.
Yahoo! Sports reported in late October that Michael Jordan was talked out of trading Wallace in the offseason, but four games have apparently been enough to convince head coach Larry Brown that the Bobcats can afford to part with Wallace.
|Danilo Gallinari to Get Only Garbage Minutes
How do you say garbage time in Italian?
Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni said yesterday rookie forward Danilo Gallinari is out of the rotation for now and will only play in blowout situations until he gets "physically ready."
Despite missing all of preseason and virtually the entire summer league, Gallinari was thrown to the wolves in the first two games and looked overmatched. Gallinari missed all three of his field-goal attempts in 11 minutes and scored his only two points on free throws. Gallinari has not played in his past two games.
|Don Nelson Not Scared to Talk about Al Harrington
A question from S.F.’s Janny Hu started this brush fire, though all she did was ask about Brandan Wright. The result was Nellie vomiting his thoughts about Harrington:
Did Brandan earn himself more playing time?
“Well, absolutely. I think two things are going on here. Al wants to be traded, I think everyone knows that, and we would like to oblige him. We’d like to get a good player for him. He’s playing like he’s unhappy and I kind of feel for the guy because he doesn’t want to be here and it’s probably very difficult to really gear it up and play up to his ability.”
“I made a deal with him that I was going to play him as many minutes as he would want and I would have kept that word. But when he surprised me with going public with wanting to be traded, it’s made it pretty difficult for me and everybody else.”
|Knicks Still Chasing Al Harrington
Knicks president Donnie Walsh continues to pursue Golden State forward Al Harrington, but may need a third team to make a trade happen.
Harrington’s contract matches the salary of Eddy Curry, who fell out of Mike D’Antoni’s rotation even before suffering a knee injury. He is expected to be sidelined for two weeks.
The Knicks are willing to trade Curry, but the Warriors don’t appear to have much interest in the former Bulls center. One other possibility would be for the Knicks to trade Malik Rose and David Lee to Golden State for Harrington. Otherwise, Walsh will have to find a third party.
One such team could be the San Antonio Spurs, who have a history of making trades with the Knicks and desperately need additional scoring.