November 2010 Basketball Wiretap

Miller Leads Candidates For 2011 HOF Class

Nov 30, 2010 3:57 PM

Former Pacers guard Reggie Miller heads the list of candidates for the Hall of Fame's 2011 class.

Nominations closed Tuesday with Miller, in his first time on the ballot, the best bet for induction among players or coaches with NBA ties for the Hall that celebrates every level of basketball.

Other candidates include Mark Jackson, Bernard King, Chris Mullin, Don Nelson and Dennis Rodman.

Nominees must receive approval on at least seven of nine ballots in the North American group, and five of seven in the others, to become a finalist, cuts that will be announced at All-Star weekend.

Finalists will need to receive at least 18 of 24 votes from a different panel -- the names of voters are never released -- to be announced at the Final Four as an inductee.

NBA.com

Tags: Reggie Miller, Indiana Pacers, NBA

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Thompson Will Start Again For Kings

Nov 30, 2010 3:54 PM

Kings forward Jason Thompson will start when the team faces off against the Pacers on Tuesday night.

Thompson, who received a series of DNPs earlier this season, started in place of Carl Landry on Saturday night because the latter missed a shootaround.

"I just tried to put work in knowing that I can only control what I can control," Thompson said. "So I know when my name's called and I'm playing somewhat consistent minutes, hopefully I can play consistent for the team."

Sacramento Bee

Tags: Jason Thompson, Sacramento Kings, NBA

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Knicks, Nets Continue To Trade Insults

Nov 30, 2010 3:48 PM

The Knicks and Nets continue to trade insults.

The two clubs will face off on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The Knicks recently released a radio ad tweaking the Nets, stating "Hey Nets. You can walk like us, you can talk like us, but you ain't never gonna be like us."

Just hours before the game, Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov responded to the radio spot.

"I don't think we want to be like the Knicks. I think we'd more like to resemble the Lakers," he said in a statement.

ESPN

Tags: New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, NBA

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Haslem Wants To Travel With Team To Cleveland

Nov 30, 2010 3:43 PM

Heat forward Udonis Haslem is sidelined indefinitely with a torn ligament in his left foot, but he still wants to accompany his teammates to Cleveland for Thursday's game against the Cavaliers.

The game will mark the first time LeBron James has returned to play at Quicken Loans Arena since he left the Cavaliers as a free agent this past July.

"I would love to be there in Cleveland," Haslem said. "I want a piece of that. By any means necessary. You can take the other foot if you let me go to Cleveland."

It's expected that Haslem will not accompany Miami when the team flies to Ohio late Wednesday night; typically, injured Heat players don't travel on one-game road trips.

ESPN

Tags: Udonis Haslem, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, NBA

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Boozer Hopes To Return By Weekend

Nov 30, 2010 3:40 PM

Bulls forward Carlos Boozer hopes to make his debut with the team by this weekend.

Boozer has been sidelined with a broken right pinkie and said his hand was sore after practicing with his teammates for the first time on Monday.

"It's great to be back on the court," Boozer said Tuesday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "My hand definitely has come a long way so it's really good. It's a little sore today, but I expected it to be that way. I'm going to get treatment right now and then go through another practice."

The Bulls will face the Magic on Wednesday, but Boozer won't commit to playing in the game.

"It may or may not be [Wednesday]," Boozer said. "I'm expecting hopefully this week, maybe this weekend but we'll see. I don't want to say I'm playing [Wednesday] and then not be able to play."

The Bulls play host to the Celtics on Friday and the Rockets on Saturday.

ESPN

Tags: Carlos Boozer, Chicago Bulls, NBA

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LeBron Hopes Cavs Will Retire His Jersey

Nov 30, 2010 3:37 PM

LeBron James is preparing for an emotional return to Cleveland as a member of the visiting team on Thursday night.

He was asked on Tuesday whether he'd eventually like to see his jersey hanging in the rafters at Quicken Loans Arena.

"Wow. Of course," James said. "If that's something that organization and franchise would do, I'm all respectful of that. I just tried to be the best player I could be every night, whether I was in that Cavalier uniform, that USA uniform. If that results in me having my jersey retired that would be great."

James added that he'll be ready for whatever response he receives when the Heat battle the Cavaliers in Cleveland later this week.

"I'm ready for whatever response I'm going to get," James said. "It's going to be very emotional. I give a lot of thanks to that city, a lot of thanks to those fans for giving me the opportunity to not only showcase my talent, but to grow from a young boy to a man during my seven years. So it's going to be very emotionally draining. I can tell already."

ESPN

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, NBA

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Mavs Send Beaubois, Jones To D-League

Nov 30, 2010 3:22 PM

The Mavericks have assigned guards Rodrigue Beaubois and Dominique Jones to the Texas Legends, the Mavericks’ NBA Development League affiliate, it was announced today.  

The assignment marks the 10th and 11th times in the 2010-11 season an NBA player has been assigned to an NBA D-League affiliate, and it is the first assignment for both players.

Press Release

Tags: Rodrigue Beaubois, Dominique Jones, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, D-League

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Stephen Jackson Suspended One Game

Nov 30, 2010 3:18 PM

Stephen Jackson has been suspended one game without pay for verbal abuse of a game official and for failing to leave the court in a timely manner following his ejection, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

The incident occurred with 7:31 remaining in the first quarter of the Bobcats’ 104-101 loss to the Bucks on Saturday, November 27 at
Bradley Center. Jackson, who was previously fined $50,000 on November 6 for verbal abuse of officials, will serve his suspension on Wednesday when the Bobcats visit New Orleans Arena to play the Hornets.

Press Release

Tags: Stephen Jackson, Charlotte Hornets, NBA

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Delonte West Has Successful Wrist Surgery

Nov 30, 2010 1:37 PM

The Celtics announced today that guard Delonte West underwent successful surgery to repair a displaced right wrist fracture this morning at the New England Baptist Hospital.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Drew Terrono and Dr. Hervey Kimball and assisted by Celtics Team Physician Dr. Brian McKeon.  

No timetable has been set for his return.

Press Release

Tags: Delonte West, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Injury

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Ed Davis Could Make Debut Wednesday

Nov 30, 2010 7:52 AM

Raptors rookie forward Ed Davis could make his NBA debut on Wednesday night against the Wizards.

Toronto selected Davis with the 13th overall pick. They recalled him from the Erie Bayhawks of the development league.

Toronto Sun

Tags: Ed Davis, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Injury

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Matthews To Start Over Batum

Wesley Matthews will start over Nicolas Batum on Tuesday night against the 76ers.

Oregonian

Whiteside Sent To Reno Bighorns

Hassan Whiteside has played just two minutes for the Kings this season.

Sacramento Bee

Deng Will Get Break Upon Boozer's Return

Only two players are averaging more minutes per game than Luol Deng.

Daily Herald

Kings Kick Cousins Out Of Practice

DeMarcus Cousins only made it through two-thirds of Sacramento's practice on Monday.

Sacramento Bee

76ers Send Brackins To Springfield

The 76ers had already decided that this season would be a red-shirt year of sorts for Craig Brackins.

Philadelphia Daily News

Spoelstra, LeBron Met On Monday Afternoon

LeBron James and Erik Spoelstra met for 30 minutes on Monday afternoon to discuss Miami's offense.

ESPN

Jackson Upset With Situation, Not Bynum

Phil Jackson clarified comments about his frustration over Andrew Bynum's absence.

ESPN

LeBron, Spoelstra Claim Bump Was Unintentional

LeBron James said he had no intent to bump his coach and send a message.

Sun-Sentinel

Nets Hoping To Acquire Carmelo Without Giving Up Harris

Devin Harris was nearly traded as part of a four-team deal this past offseason.

Bergen Record

Antoine Walker To Sign With D-League

Antoine Walker hasn't played an NBA game since the 2007-08 season.

FanHouse

Kings Waive Antoine Wright

Antoine Wright played just seven games for the Kings.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

Flynn Could Play Within A Week

Jonny Flynn could be playing in the NBA or D-League within a week.

Kent Youngblood/Star Tribune (via Twitter)

Shaq Misses Practice, Won't Be Punished

Shaquille O'Neal missed Monday's practice session because of confusion over the reporting time.

ESPN

Boozer Practices, Status Uncertain

Carlos Boozer may face the Magic on Wednesday night.

ESPN

McGrady: LeBron Should Have Joined Bulls

Tracy McGrady discussed the chemistry between LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

ESPN

Heat Frustrated By Spoelstra
Having lost four of their last five games, players are beginning to grumble about coach Erik Spoelstra, according to sources.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

LeBron: Heat Need To Find 'Balance'
LeBron James believe it would hard to change his style of play.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Teague Plans To Discuss Minutes With Drew

Jeff Teague didn't log a single minute against the Knicks on Saturday night.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Suns Start Warrick Over Turkoglu

Alvin Gentry is going to stick with the move to see how Hakim Warrick and Hedo Turkoglu look in their new roles.

Arizona Republic

Przybilla May Return On Friday

Joel Przybilla's return from a pair of knee injuries is being slowed by a case of the flu.

Oregonian