NBA News for November 13th, 2008
|Cavaliers, Nuggets, Bulls Interested in Zach Randolph
We’ve heard there are several teams keeping a close eye on Randolph, including the Denver Nuggets, Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers. The Nuggets have an obvious need for a low-post scorer and it’s gotten so obvious that even the players seem to be begging the organization to get one. The Rocky Mountain News, however, says the team doesn’t have the finances to afford one right now. Zach’s contract is a hefty one — three years and $48 million left — and it would be a complicated deal for the Knicks to make a one-for-one with Denver, even with their trade exception.
Randolph says his agent keeps him up on any trade talk, but he admitted he does look at other teams around the NBA and consider how he could fit into different lineups.
“Hell yeah," he said. "There are a lot of situations out there . . . Whatever do happen, I’m going to be ready.”
|Lindsey Hunter Signs with Chicago Bulls
The Chicago Bulls signed Lindsey Hunter on Thursday. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. Hunter, a 6-2, 195-pound guard, will be with the Bulls Thursday night when they host the Dallas Mavericks at the United Center.
|Reggie Theus Fined $25,000 For Ref Complaints
The NBA has fined Sacramento Kings coach Reggie Theus $25,000 for comments he made about the officiating following a loss to Detroit.
The league also penalized the Kings $25,000 on Thursday for Theus’ actions.
Theus said it was "ridiculous" that the Pistons took 36 fouls shots to just 17 for the Kings in Detroit’s 100-92 victory in Sacramento on Tuesday.
|Jamal Crawford: Mike D’Antoni Is Really Good
So where do we start…we just played Memphis. I’m actually on the plane as I write this. We’re 5-3 right now and that’s not bad considering that we’re still adjusting and getting used to what Coach wants from us!
Man, Coach D is really good. He just has this rare quality of what play to call at what time, or how to stay in touch with his players. Whether that’s physically, mentally, when to get on us and when to back off a lil bit….He’s still getting used to us, as well, but the main thing he’s doing is having us play together and compete on a nightly basis.
We’re gonna have ups and downs, games we should win and don’t and games people probably think we shouldn’t win and do. It’s a process and when your changing the culture and getting everyone to gel that’s something that doesn’t happen over night! It’s almost like when you go to work, some days are better then others. Basketball is really fun right now, winning is a big part of that.
|Nets Receive 1000 Resumes from Fans
In an extraordinary response to the team’s initiative benefiting the unemployed, the Nets Job Bank received approximately 1,000 resumes Wednesday, according to VP Barry Baum. Each unemployed fan submitting a resume will receive up to four free tickets to an upcoming game and an invitation to a job fair at Izod Center.
"It’s just a glaring example of what’s happening in this economy," Nets CEO Brett Yormark said. "We’re doing what we can to help people in these difficult times."
|Dwight Howard Plans to Defend Dunk Contest Title
In fact, Howard said Wednesday he has every intention to defend his slam-dunk title in February during all-star weekend in Phoenix.
"I thought about that [Wednesday], actually," Howard said. "Trying to think about what dunks I can do."
Howard put on a show last all-star weekend in New Orleans, winning the dunk title with some spectacular moves. He also won the crowd over wearing a Superman cape.
Howard said he’ll have a new Web site up and running within the next few days, and on it he will ask fans to suggest dunks he can perform. "I think that will be really cool," he said.
|Was Matt Barnes Retaliating for Hit on Steve Nash?
Suns forward Matt Barnes was the first to make a locker appearance, explaining what happened once his lowered shoulder into a Rafer Alston high screen touched off a late third quarter shoving match that never saw a punch thrown. Barnes said he had been hit by a hard screen earlier in the game and saw how teammate Steve Nash had been drilled by a Tracy McGrady screen. Nash winced on the play because it aggravated a pinched nerve in his neck that has bothered him.
"They’re not going to screen me hard," said Barnes, who did not have a foul called on him but was ejected along with Alston. "So I ran through a screen and he didn’t like that.
"You’ve always got to watch out for your team, especially for your star point guard . . . I don’t really know what he was thinking. He thinks he’s tough so he ran up on me. It was just a bunch of pushing."
|Carmelo Anthony: We Have No Big Men
The Nuggets apparently aren’t going to pick up another big man any time soon because of financial reasons.
Nene sounds as if he could be convinced to contribute if a hat is passed.
"We need one more big man," the Nuggets center said. "It’s hard to play the post. We need to be prepared to play somebody."
Carmelo Anthony might just be willing to send in a donation.
"We don’t have no big men," the 6-foot-8 Anthony said. "I was the big man (Tuesday at Charlotte when the small forward played some center). Why not (acquire another post player)? If there’s somebody out there we can get, why not?