NBA News for November 12th, 2008
|Stephon Marbury Would Play for San Antonio Spurs
Marbury would love to be on the opposite bench nowadays, realizing there is no future on his hometown New York.
"Who wouldn’t want to play for San Antonio?" Marbury told The Post last night. "To play with Tim Duncan, who would complain about that? That’s a great organization, they win championships. They have a nice system and I like (Gregg) Popovich as coach. I can play 1 or the 2. If I was a free agent, yeah."
Spurs general manager R.C. Buford has said he may look for a point guard after losing Tony Parker for a month. The only point guards on the roster are rookie George Hill, who started last night, and Jacque Vaughn. Donnie Walsh is not ready to waive Marbury.
|Mike Dunleavy Shoots Down Chris Kaman Trade Rumors
Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy on Tuesday denied a New York Post report that suggested the team is trying to trade center Chris Kaman.
With Marcus Camby’s return after a bruised right heel sidelined him in the season’s first three games, the report said the Clippers were open to trading Kaman.
Dunleavy said he turned down the Charlotte Bobcats when they approached the Clippers and expressed interest in Kaman.
"They got the rejection," Dunleavy said. "But they threw it out there that I almost had a dance with somebody."
|Cleveland Cavaliers Courting Antonio McDyess
Numerous league sources – from executives to agents to fellow players – all say the same thing, the suddenly most-coveted free agent is likely headed back to the Detroit Pistons. But under league rules that cannot happen until Dec. 7, 30 days after the Pistons’ trade with the Denver Nuggets that involved McDyess became official.
In the meantime, the Cavs are going to get a chance to make their pitch. According to a league source, the Cavs were in touch with McDyess soon after his buyout became finalized Monday.
But their efforts will have to be in the standings, not just the balance sheet. Just offering the veteran forward the most money, which they may be able to do, isn’t likely going to be the difference.
|Bruce Bowen Not a Starter for First Time Since 2001
Bruce Bowen didn’t start Tuesday night in San Antonio’s game against the New York Knicks. It was the first time in 550 games that he played for the Spurs in which he was on the active roster and didn’t start.
Bowen checked into the game with 2:22 left in the first quarter. He was replaced in the starting lineup at small forward by Ime Udoka.
The defensive specialist had a streak of 500 straight games played and started for San Antonio end on March 14 when he served a one-game suspension at Detroit. Bowen had been suspended for kicking Chris Paul.
|Shaq Aims for 60 Games this Year
Shaquille O’Neal has played in 60 games in only one of the past three seasons – barely eclipsing the mark with 61 last season. By sitting him out of the second game of back-to-back sets, Porter said the idea is to avoid injuries and get 60-plus games out of O’Neal.
But the Suns must learn how to play without him better than they did in Friday’s loss at Chicago.
"People talk about the old Suns teams," Suns coach Terry Porter said. "Name one of those teams that had a 7-2, 300-pound guy that played in the middle. It’s totally different. Just the whole makeup of this team is different.
|Danilo Gallinari’s Season Could Be Finished
As he awaited MRI results on Danilo Gallinari’s back yesterday, Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni acknowledged the Italian Stallion’s season could be over.
D’Antoni finally admitted he was concerned the Knicks’ 20-year-old forward could have surgery that would end his rookie year. At the very least, D’Antoni said Gallinari could be on the shelf for a couple of months, if rest is prescribed. There’s been no official timetable as Gallinari’s MRI was being reviewed last night by a battery of doctors.
"Yeah, I’m worried about it at this point," D’Antoni said when asked about potential surgery. "We’re just going to do what’s best for him. He’s 20 years old. We’d love for him to play in the next two or three weeks, we’d love for him to play in the next two or three months, but he’s got to be 100 percent well. From that point, we’ll see. And I don’t know when that point will be."
|Could this Be Phil Jackson’s Last Season with Lakers?
Jerry Buss wants Phil Jackson to coach the Lakers for years to come, but there’s one small problem: Jackson isn’t quite ready to commit beyond this season.
Jackson stayed consistent with an overall reluctance to look into the future when asked Tuesday about recent comments by the Lakers’ owner.
Jackson is in the first year of a two-year, $23-million contract extension, although next season is optional.
After this season ends, he’ll evaluate how he feels and decide if he wants to log a 19th season as an NBA coach.