NBA News for December 11, 2008
|Alonzo Mourning Still Considering Comeback
Alonzo Mourning is a month away from deciding whether to attempt a comeback from major knee surgery, but he continues to have an impact on the Heat.
Not only has Mourning kept his corner locker at AmericanAirlines Arena, he also continues to help several Heat players improve.
Second-year center Joel Anthony said he sees Mourning several times a week around the team’s practice facility and often stops to get advice. Anthony spent last season as a seldom-used reserve behind Mourning, who tore ligaments in his knee last December and was lost for the season.
|Patrick Ewing Jr. Likely to Sign with Knicks
Patrick Ewing Jr. is joining the Knicks’ D-League affiliate in Reno and will eventually sign with the NBA club once the futures of Cuttino Mobley and/or Stephon Marbury are resolved, the Daily News has learned.
Mobley is due to arrive in New York today, and there is a strong possibility that the veteran guard will be forced to retire due to a heart condition. Mobley has been meeting with specialists since being acquired from the Clippers in the Zach Randolph trade three weeks ago.
Mobley’s retirement would create a roster spot for Ewing, who became an instant fan favorite during the preseason only to be released by the Knicks before the start of the regular season.
|Cuttino Mobley Set to Announce Retirement
Guard Cuttino Mobley is expected to retire because of a heart condition, sources told 1050 ESPN Radio in New York. The Knicks have called a news conference for 1 p.m. ET Thursday afternoon with Mobley.
Mobley made the decision after going through a number of medical tests since he was dealt from the Clippers to the Knicks in the Zach Randolph trade on Nov. 21. Mobley retires as a Knick, even though he never played a game for them.
Mobley, 33, has played 11 years in which he averaged 16 points and 2.7 assists per game. He played with four teams before being dealt to New York.
|Carmelo Anthony Matches NBA Record with 33-Point Quarter
Carmelo Anthony matched the NBA record for points in a quarter with 33 in the third and finished with a season-high 45 points in the Denver Nuggets’ 116-105 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
Anthony tied the NBA mark of 33 points set by San Antonio’s George Gervin in the second quarter against New Orleans on April 9, 1978. Anthony broke the franchise record of 32 set by David Thompson against Detroit, also on April 9, 1978.
"That was one of the greatest quarters I’ve ever been apart of," Anthony said. "The most important thing is we won the game tonight."
|Could Knicks Keep Al Harrington Past 2010
So the uniform fits him, and the coach is a dream. Now the task is to hang on and remain on the team after the summer of 2010 when his contract expires and the Knicks look to sign LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh or whomever they can.
Two years is an extremely long time in the NBA, where players and coaches can fall in and out of love with one another in a matter of weeks. But as of now, Harrington says he wants to spend the next two years convincing the Knicks that he should be a part of the team when it could turn the corner in 2010 and beyond.
So far he’s convincing a lot of people, and with each passing game, D’Antoni is making Harrington even more of a focal point. Last night he ran more pick-and-roll sets for him, and Harrington responded with his biggest night as a Knick, still so thankful that Walsh rescued him from purgatory in California.
|Kobe Bryant’s New Shoe to Be a True Low-Top
But he asked for this. Eighteen months ago, when Bryant met with a Nike design team and began brainstorming ideas for the Kobe IV, his focus wasn’t on following the precedent but rather on setting his own. An avid soccer buff, Bryant marveled at the stress soccer players put on their ankles while wearing a low-cut shoe and figured if they felt could they do that on the pitch, he could bring it on the hardwood. So that day in a Nike boardroom, he gave Eric Avar, Nike’s performance footwear creative director, one specific instruction: Create the lowest, lightest basketball shoe ever.
Avar loved the idea, but at the same time, he knew the ramifications of the words coming out of the mouth of the reigning NBA MVP.
"I pressed him on it," Avar said. "I was like, ’A real low? Like a soccer shoe?’ And Kobe said, ’Yes. A true, genuine low top.’
|LeBron James: Charles Barkley Can’t Read between the Lines
LeBron James insisted he wasn’t "annoyed" at Charles Barkley, who criticized him for talking about what he may do when he’s a free agent in 2010. He implied Barkley "can’t read between the lines." He also said his kids watch TV and he doesn’t want them hearing bad stuff about their father from Barkley.
|Darius Miles Tries out for Clippers
The Great Clipper Experiment of 2008-09 continued this week with a new development involving an old player.
Former Clippers forward Darius Miles worked out for the team on a scheduled off day Tuesday, one day after the Clippers dropped to 4-17, faltering in the fourth quarter against Orlando.
"We have an extra roster spot," Clippers Coach and General Manager Mike Dunleavy said Wednesday. "He is starting to work out for teams. And so, we’re just looking into the situation."
|Jason Richardson Traded to Phoenix Suns for Boris Diaw, Raja Bell
For two weeks, Suns fans squirmed as they watched an unfamiliar offensive style yield unacceptable results and wondered how the team would get better.
All the while, the Suns were just as uneasy, pondering if a second gargantuan trade in the past nine months would improve the team. In a trade aimed to make them the team that breaks from the Western Conference pack that is chasing the Los Angeles Lakers, the Suns acquired dynamic shooting guard Jason Richardson from the Charlotte Bobcats in a Wednesday trade that also brings second-year forward Jared Dudley and a 2010 second-round draft choice in exchange for shooting guard Raja Bell, forward Boris Diaw and rookie point guard Sean Singletary.
The deal, pending physicals, brings a new dimension to the Suns’ shooting-guard position. Richardson can hit 3-pointers, create his own shot and post up players, similar to the play of Joe Johnson when he manned that spot for the Suns four seasons ago.