NBA WiretapJanuary 2012 NBA Wiretap

George Hill Out Indefinitely With Chip Fracture In Ankle

Jan 31, 2012 10:05 PM

George Hill is out indefinitely with a small chip fracture in his left ankle.

Hill has become a vital part of Indiana's rotation this season, coming to the team from the Spurs in a draft night trade.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: George Hill, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Injury

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McAdoo Concedes Frustration Got To Him Early In Season

Jan 31, 2012 5:39 PM

James Michael McAdoo has too often allowed his emotions to get the best of him during his freshman season at North Carolina.

 “I did allow it to get to me at times,” McAdoo said. “The past couple weeks have been real big, ups in practice and downs in the games. I felt like I was really going to be able to turn it up for ACC play. I wasn’t, but at least it never affected my work ethic.”

McAdoo is coming off his most effective Atlantic Coast Conference game of the season, a nine-point, six-rebound performance in Sunday night’s victory against Georgia Tech.

“I want to be out there and when I’m out there I want to be productive, the player I know I can be, and not let whatever happens affect my confidence," McAdoo said.

McAdoo’s wired nature has left him susceptible to picking up fouls while also accentuating some awkwardness and lack of polish down low.

Times-News

Tags: James McAdoo, North Carolina Tar Heels, Atlantic Coast Conference, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Phil Jackson Writing Memoir Titled 'Eleven Rings'

Jan 31, 2012 1:01 PM

Phil Jackson’s next title will be on the cover of his new book.

Penguin Press says Tuesday that Jackson, the Hall of Famer who won 11 NBA championships as coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, is writing his memoir called “Eleven Rings.”

The book is tentatively scheduled to be out next year.

Associated Press

Tags: Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

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Rose Wants Legacy To Include Clutch Play

Jan 31, 2012 10:45 AM

Derrick Rose was still fuming Monday after missing potential go-ahead free throws and a last-second jumper against the Heat on Sunday.

"I'm just hurt not for me but for the city of Chicago," Rose said. "Knowing how big that game was not only to me and the organization but to our fans. That's a rivalry. You have your best player, and he has the opportunity to take the lead and I didn't come through. The only thing I can do is hope the fans stick with me and stay with me. I promise I won't let them down again."

Rose vowed to make up it next time.

"That's something I live for," he said. "I think of my legacy. I want people to think of me as a clutch player, someone that always came through a majority of the time when they were on the court. Yesterday, it hurt a little bit but it will help me in the long run."

Chicago Sun-Times

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Karl: Nuggets 'Special' With Lawson Orchestrating Offense

Jan 31, 2012 10:44 AM

Ty Lawson missed his third consecutive game because of a sprained ankle on Sunday night as the Clippers snapped the Nuggets’ six-game win streak. The Nuggets (14-6) still boast the second-best record in the Western Conference.

"When we don't have Ty, the versatility of the team, the confidence that comes with being short one of your best players, it's not how you lose the game, it's the confidence you don't have all the time," Karl said.

In the Denver style of basketball, Lawson is the centerpiece.

Karl wants the Nuggets to push the pace, and Lawson keeps that pace fast. The former North Carolina star keeps the Nuggets on schedule with what they want to do offensively and makes them more dangerous doing it.

"How we like to play and how we play efficiently is with a lot of speed and open-court quickness and aggressiveness," Karl said. "We did a good job of getting a lot of that into the game (against the Clippers), but we didn't get as much as we normally get into the game. Probably the efficiency of our pick-and-roll game, our penetration game, was down because Ty didn't have 20 of those possessions.

"Without Ty, it's above average. With Ty, it's special."

Denver Post

Tags: Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets, NBA

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MarShon Brooks Suffers Broken Toe, Out Indefinitely

Jan 31, 2012 10:42 AM

Nets rookie MarShon Brooks will be out for an undetermined amount of time with a fracture in his right pinky toe.

Brooks arrived at yesterday’s practice with “some pretty significant swelling,” according to coach Avery Johnson before an X-ray revealed the injury. Brooks visited a foot specialist later in the day.

Brooks, the team’s second-leading scorer, returned to play 22 minutes in Sunday night’s loss to the Raptors after missing three games with a sore left Achilles tendon, but Johnson said the injury was unrelated to Brooks’ previous affliction.

Howie Kussoy/New York Post

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Carmelo Doubtful Tuesday, Aiming For Return Against Bulls

Jan 31, 2012 10:41 AM

Carmelo Anthony said his left wrist and right thumb had improved greatly over the last few days. The last hurdle is his right ankle, which he sprained nearly three weeks ago. He will try running Tuesday morning, for the first time in nearly a week.

“I know I can run, but it’s just a matter of me being able to cut and push off that ankle,” Anthony said, adding, “Right now it’s just getting the pop back in my ankle and getting my explosion back.”

If he cannot play Tuesday, Anthony said he would aim for Thursday, when the Knicks play the Chicago Bulls — the first game of a back-to-back-to-back set.

Howard Beck/New York Times

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Nowitzki: Mavericks' Unselfishness Reminds Of Last Year

Jan 31, 2012 10:38 AM

The Mavericks are 14-8 one-third of the way into the 66-game season and they're in first place in the Southwest Division.

"If you would have asked me at Christmas and the day after, I would have said we're in trouble," Dirk Nowitzki said after scoring 10 points in Dallas' blowout victory over Phoenix on Monday night. "But I think we've come a long way since the first couple of weeks of the season.

"I think guys got in better shape. I think guys are learning to play off each other. And I've said this almost feels like last year. We've got a bunch of veterans who want to play and are not selfish, like Vince and Lamar."

"I really like the setup of the team. I think we were really worried coming into the season, losing Tyson. But the way (Brendan) Haywood has been playing is some of the same stuff Tyson was doing for us, protecting the paint, blocking shots."

Brad Townsend/Dallas Morning News

Tags: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks, NBA

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Batum Injures Knee, Scheduled To Undergo MRI

Jan 31, 2012 10:36 AM

Nicolas Batum twisted his knee in the closing seconds of 93-89 loss to the Jazz on Monday night. He immediately writhed around in pain on the arena floor and had to be helped to the visiting locker room.

Batum, who said he never has had a knee problem, is scheduled to undergo magnetic resonance imaging testing this morning to determine the extent of his injury. The pain, he said, is located on the outside of his knee, near his kneecap, and he relayed a mix of optimism and uncertainty in the postgame locker room.

"A little bit," he said, when asked how concerned he was. "I don't think it will be too bad. But we'll see tomorrow."

Joe Freeman/Oregonian

Tags: Nicolas Batum, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Curry Admits Ankle Still Sore After Games

Jan 31, 2012 10:35 AM

Warriors guard Stephen Curry missed eight consecutive games with a sprained right ankle, which has been a recurring problem since he was drafted in 2009 out of Davidson. Curry admitted the ankle is still bothersome after games.

“The ankle is feeling good,” said Curry, who has has now played in four straight games heading into Tuesday’s matchup with the Kings. “It doesn’t respond well after games. It takes me a while to get back, get the soreness out of it. But during the games I don’t think about it, it feels good. You can be in shape or what you think is in decent shape to play, but when it gets to the schedule we have and being ready in the fourth quarter that’s a process after missing so much time.

“So, still working on being in shape for the minutes I’m playing. But I’m doing pretty well.”

Curry is averaging 19 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds over his past four games.

CSNBayArea.com

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Ginobili Could Be Several Weeks Away From Return
The Spurs are 10-7 without Manu Ginobili this season.

Jeff McDonald/San Antonio Express-News

Otis Smith: No Moves Imminent For Magic
Otis Smith indicated it was too early to expect any trades to alter the Magicís roster.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Redick Admits Howard Trade Demand Affecting Magic
The Magic have lost five of their past six games.

Yahoo! Sports

Carmelo Publicly Backs D'Antoni
Carmelo Anthony has come out in support of Mike D'Antoni as the Knicks continue to struggle.

Howard Beck/New York Times

Blatche Out 3-5 Weeks With Strained Left Calf
Andray Blatche will miss the next three to five weeks with a strained left calf.

Michael Lee/Washington Post (via Twitter)

Lakers Talk Trade For Ramon Sessions
While no deal is near, the Lakers believe Ramon Sessions would help their backcourt.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Wizards Recall Ndiaye From Iowa Energy
Hamady Ndiaye averaged 5.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 10 games (three starts) for the Iowa Energy.

RealGM Staff Report

Spurs Assign Malcolm Thomas To Austin Toros
Malcolm Thomas has appeared in three games for San Antonio this season, pulling down three rebounds and scoring one point in 15 minutes.

RealGM Staff Report

Kings Won't Move Evans To Small Forward
Some believe the Kings should move Tyreke Evans off the ball offensively, going so far as playing him at the small forward position.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Raptors Successfully Go Small With Bargnani Out
DeMar DeRozan was moved up to small forward, while Jerryd Bayless and Jose Calderon were in the backcourt.

Adam Figman/NBA.com

Pacers Have No Plans To Begin Sending Players To D-League
Some have speculated that the Pacers should send Lance Stephenson to the D-League in order to receive extended minutes.

Mike Wells/Indianapolis Star

Kidd To Miss Five Games With Strained Right Calf
Jason Kidd will miss five games due to a strained right calf.

Dwaine Price/Star-Telegram

Adelman Not Looking Back On Lakers' Interview
Rick Adelman was a candidate for the Lakers' head coaching job this offseason, but they eventually went with Mike Brown and he is now coaching the Timberwolves.

Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Warriors In Contact With Hornets On Kaman
The Warriors have talked with New Orleans about a trade centering around Chris Kaman, but sources say a deal is unlikely.

Marcus Thompson II/San Jose Mercury News

LeBron Again Successful In Defending Rose In 4th Quarter
LeBron James successfully guarded Derrick Rose during the final minutes of Miami's 97-93 win over the Bulls on Sunday.

Miami Herald

Dwight Disputes Adidas Angle To Chicago Trade
Dwight Howard was recently approached about his perceived unwillingness to play with Derrick Rose and the Bulls.

Vaughn McClure/Chicago Tribune

Hansbrough Struggling To Score Off Dribble
Tyler Hansbrough is shooting a career-low 36.9 percent from the floor.

Mike Wells/Indianapolis Star

Spurs Shifting Offense From Post-Ups To Corner Threes
The corner three-pointer has been a force for the Spurs.

NBA.com

Knicks Pull Shumpert From Starting Point Guard Slot
Mike D'Antoni believes some of Iman Shumpert's strong play to start his rookie season has faded.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Sixers Owner Josh Harris Willing To Spend To Win, Hopes To Attract Elite-Level Players
Josh Harris is committed to turning the Sixers into contenders.

Philadelphia Inquirer