NBA News for November 15th, 2008
|Baron Davis, Mike Dunleavy Have ’great talk’
"Coach, I threw you under the bus," Davis said.
Davis was smiling. He laughed and so did Dunleavy.
Bill Plaschke’s column on Wednesday talked about the growing pains of the Dunleavy-Davis relationship, and it had enough of a shelf life for Dunleavy to take action Friday morning.
"I called Baron in, ’Let’s talk about this thing. I want to understand what you mean. And I want you to understand what I’m saying,’ " Dunleavy said. "If we don’t have an agreement there, then it means further talking and further tweaking.
|Marco Belinelli to New Jersey Nets?
Sources close to Warriors’ guard Marco Belinelli, have informed HOOPSWORLD that Marco may be on his way to the New Jersey Nets.
The source explained that talks were on going between the Warriors and Nets, but that Marco was made aware of the talks and told that a deal could transpire soon.
Sources close to the Nets could not confirm that the Nets were talking trade with anyone.
Belinelli has played in 5 games for the Warriors this season, logging 6 minutes per game on average.
|Agent: Antonio McDyess Not a Lock to Return to Detroit Pistons
The odds still favor Antonio McDyess returning to the Detroit Pistons once his 30-day waiting period has expired, but the odds aren’t as short as they were just 48 or 72 hours ago.
McDyess planned to speak with his agent, Andy Miller, on Friday to begin whittling down the list of 18 teams that have expressed interest in signing the former Olympian and one-time All-Star.
"It’s not a foregone conclusion that he’ll go back to Detroit," Miller told ESPN.com Thursday night. "We’re sifting through everything that has transpired. I don’t think ’hurt’ would be the way to characterize how he felt about being traded, but he was caught off guard."
|Stephon Marbury Wants All His Money from Knicks if Bought Out
It is worth noting that the Knicks didn’t call the meeting with Marbury. He called it, just as he asked for Mike D’Antoni’s advice on the situation last Friday in Washington.
When D’Antoni suggested finding another team and asking the Knicks for the difference, Marbury became irate. He told D’Antoni he’d earned that money and intended to make the Knicks pay him.
The Knicks, who are owned by Cablevision, which also owns Newsday, aren’t buying him out for the full amount — nobody does — and thus Marbury remains on the bench in expensive clothes.
|Jamaal Tinsley’s Agent Seeking Buyout from Pacers
The agent for Jamaal Tinsley has approached the Indiana Pacers about possibly buying out the point guard’s contract, a person familiar with the situation said Friday.
No figures were revealed.
"Our position stays the same as it’s always been. We’re still trying to trade him," Pacers president Larry Bird said through a team spokesman.
In the offseason, the Pacers told Tinsley he would not be allowed to practice or play with the team.
|Steve Kerr Will Appeal Suspensions
Suns general manager Steve Kerr said the Suns will appeal the decision by the NBA to suspend forward Matt Barnes two games and guard Steve Nash one game.
An appeal won’t be heard in time to prevent Barnes or Nash from missing game action but it might save their fines, as well as Shaquille O’Neal’s. Commissioner David Stern acts as arbiter for the appeal hearings.
Kerr was also dismayed by the rulings, noting that Rafer Alston threw a left hook at Nash later in the fray. Kerr said he asked whether Nash’s track record as a representative of the league and upstanding citizen was taken into account.
He said Stern told him, "Hey, Rudy T (Tomjanovich) was a great guy too but we’d suspend him too if he ran across the court."
|Shaq Could Return to Los Angeles Lakers
*He does not rule out a return to the Lakers as a free agent in the summer of 2010 on a one-year deal to back up Andrew Bynum. (On the other hand, he says he doesn’t want to go somewhere as a backup, but it’s hard to imagine him at starter’s minutes for a contender in two seasons.) The L.A. scenario is far off in ways that have nothing to do with the calendar — owner Jerry Buss would have to sign off on it, and people close to Shaq know the breakup was so contentious that Buss might be the tougher sell than Kobe Bryant. But O’Neal, at least, is open to the possibility.
|Shaq: Phil Jackson Engineered the Feud with Kobe Bryant
A: It’s just that I’d say stuff, he’d say stuff. I think it was all designed by Phil (Jackson). Because if you think about it, Phil never called us into the office and said, ’’Both of you all, shut the (heck) up.’’ Never did that in four years. He knew that when I read something, I was going to get upset. And he knew Kobe was going to always come out and play hard. So I think it was all done by design.
Q: You think he just wanted to light a fire under you guys?
A: Yeah. I think that’s exactly what it was. I think it was all done by design. Really. He never called us in a meeting and said, ’’Shut up.’’ And basically, it was never a face-to-face… thing. It was always, he’d say something to you, I’d say something to another guy, I’d say something to you. That’s all it was.