NBA News for November 16th, 2008
|Nets Shoot Down Possible Trades for Al Harrington, Marco Belinelli
The Nets have had talks with Golden State involving multiple players, including unhappy Al Harrington and Marco Belinelli.
For Belinelli, a league source said, the Warriors wanted either Josh Boone or Sean Williams. The Nets weren’t interested. Eventually, they likely will make a trade. The Nets have seven power forwards/centers, but currently only four healthy so nothing is imminent.
"We talk to people a lot," Thorn said. "Most of it’s idle chatter like with most teams. I don’t really have anything to say about it."
|Derrick Rose First Bulls Rookie Since MJ to Score 10+ in First 10
It took only 10 games for Derrick Rose to merit his first statistical link to Michael Jordan.
With, ahem, 23 points, Rose became the first Bulls rookie since Jordan in 1984 to score in double digits in all of his first 10 games, leading the Bulls to a 104-91 victory over the Pacers on Saturday night at the United Center.
"I’m not [comparable] to him," Rose said. "I’m not even near him right now. I’m too far away. For me to do that, it’s nice. But I’m worried about winning."
The Bulls concluded their five-game homestand with a 3-2 mark and improved to 5-5, just the third time since Jordan & Co. left town they will embark on their annual extended November trip with a record of .500 or above.
|Gilbert Arenas Beat Nick Young One-on-One in Practice
Meanwhile, Washington’s Gilbert Arenas is still ahead of schedule in his return from left knee surgery. He has been shooting around in the later portions of recent practices and one day last week jumped and nearly dunked the ball three or four times. Arenas actually played guard Nick Young one-on-one and beat him by one point last week.
"He was so embarrassed," Arenas said, adding that "I broke the mess out on him."
|Smush Parker Headed to the D-League
It’s amazing that a former starting point guard for the Lakers who also played for the Heat and Clippers and is still only 27 will be playing in the NBA Developmental League, but that’s where Smush Parker is headed. After playing with Denver in preseason, the ex-Fordham PG was drafted 12th by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, who play in the Mexican border town of Hidalgo, Tex.
|NBA Fines Kenyon Martin $20K for Verbally Abusing Official
Denver Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin was fined $20,000 by the NBA on Saturday for his actions after being ejected from a game.
Martin was penalized for verbal abuse of an official and failure to leave the court in a timely manner following an ejection in a loss at Cleveland on Thursday.
Martin was thrown out following a flagrant foul for slamming his shoulder into Cleveland forward Anderson Varejao. Before leaving the floor, Martin, who was whistled for a technical moments earlier, screamed obscenities at referee Joey Crawford before he was grabbed by Nuggets coach George Karl and escorted off.
|Patrick Ewing Jr Working Out at NYK Practice Facility
Amid speculation that he would be added to the roster if and when Stephon Marbury leaves the Knicks, Patrick Ewing Jr. worked out alone at the team’s practice facility here Saturday. Ewing was cut just before the start of the regular season and has yet to sign with another N.B.A. team. … Quentin Richardson did not practice Saturday because of an upper respiratory infection, although he was probable for Sunday’s game. … Jerome James also missed practice and will not be at the Garden on Sunday for family reasons, the Knicks said.
|Bonzi Wells Likely to Sign in Spain or China
Word around the league over the summer was that the 10-year veteran wouldn’t consider signing for the veteran’s minimum, and his phone never rang. And unless something changes this weekend, Wells is expected to sign early next week with a professional team in either Spain or China.