October 2011 Basketball Wiretap

Kobe Told Shaq He Wanted To Become Will Smith Of NBA

Oct 31, 2011 8:50 PM

Shaquille O'Neal has written an autobiography, set for release in November and some of it has been excerpted.

"He was so young and so immature in some ways, but I can tell you this: everything Kobe is doing now, he told me all the way back then he was going to do it," writes O'Neal. "We were sitting on the bus once and he told me, "I'm going to be the number one scorer for the Lakers, I'm going to win five or six championships, and I'm going to be the best player in the game." I was like, "Okay, whatever." Then he looked me right in the eye and said, "I'm going to be the Will Smith of the NBA."


Tags: Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Arison Fined $500k For Dissenting Remarks

Oct 31, 2011 6:27 PM

The league office fined Heat owner Mickey Arison $500,000 for Friday comments he made on Twitter.

Arison seemed to disagree with the formal negotiating position of his fellow owners, and the league executives who are negotiating directly with the union, on their insistence that the players accept no more than 50% of basketball-related income.  

Arison later deleted the controversial statements.

Yahoo! Sports

Tags: NBA, NBA CBA, NBA Fines

Aaron Scales Decommits From Missouri

Oct 31, 2011 3:40 PM

Aaron Scales, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound power forward prospect from the American Basketball Institute in Charlotte, N.C., announced he has de-committed from Missouri.

His coach, John Jordan, who made the announcement in an email to several media members, cited the uncertain outcome of the NCAA investigation into allegations of impropriety by Frank Haith while at Miami as the reason for Scales to change his mind.

“Actually, he’s been thinking about it for the last few weeks. It’s just a tough situation,” Jordan said in a phone interview Monday morning. “He really likes Coach Haith. He’d love to play for him, but with these allegations pending, it’s a situation where we just can’t gamble on this kind of situation.”

Columbia Daily Tribune

Tags: Aaron Scales, Missouri Tigers, High School, High School Recruiting, NCAA, NCAA Commitment, NCAA Misc Rumor

Sullinger, Barnes, Jones, Lamb, Taylor Named To Preseason All-America Team

Oct 31, 2011 3:37 PM

Jared Sullinger was a unanimous preseason All-America pick, headlining a group that also includes Harrison Barnes, Terrence Jones, Jeremy Lamb and Jordan Taylor.

Taylor was the only senior named to the first team.

"I just hope he doesn't think he has to score 40 a game this year," coach Bo Ryan said. "I think we're going to be in trouble if he does. He doesn't. He wants to be even more consistent. He wants to be more inclusive with his teammates, maybe in transition. There are different things we're looking at in trying to get done with a different-sized team maybe on the floor."


Tags: Jared Sullinger, Harrison Barnes, Terrence Jones, Jeremy Lamb, Jordan Taylor, North Carolina Tar Heels, Connecticut Huskies, Ohio State Buckeyes, Wisconsin Badgers, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NCAA Award

Hardaway Jr. Embracing Bigger Role For Michigan

Oct 31, 2011 3:32 PM

John Beilein said Tim Hardaway Jr. has embraced his role as being a lead player for Michigan. 

Hardaway Jr. is beginning his sophomore season.

Andy Katz/ESPN

Tags: Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan Wolverines, NCAA, NCAA B-Ball IQ

Freshman Trey Burke Improving Quickly, Could Start For Michigan At Point Guard

Oct 31, 2011 3:30 PM

Trey Burke has been rapidly improving and the freshman may end up starting at point guard for Michigan.

The other choice at the position is senior Stu Douglass.

Darius Morris was Michigan's starter at point guard last season.

Andy Katz/ESPN

Tags: Stu Douglass, Michigan Wolverines, NCAA, NCAA B-Ball IQ, NCAA Misc Rumor

Willie Cauley Commits To Kentucky

Oct 31, 2011 2:48 PM

Willie Cauley has committed to Kentucky as a member of the class of 2012.

Cauley is a 7-foot, 230 pound center generally considered as a top-40 member of his class.

Cauley plays at Olathe (Kan.) Northwest.

“I would say he’s a very, very high-level run and jump athlete,” Rivals.com Eric Bossi said. “And he’s also very fluid from side-to-side. He can get from one end of the floor to the other better (than most big men). His offense needs some work but I wouldn’t say he’s totally raw.


Tags: Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky Wildcats, High School, High School Recruiting, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting, NCAA Commitment

Elie, Smart Likely On Nets' Wish List For Assistant Coach Position

Oct 31, 2011 12:01 PM

The Nets are still searching for a replacement for assistant coach Sam Mitchell.

Mario Elie and Keith Smart are two candidates that could be of interest to the Nets to assist Avery Johnson.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Tags: Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Blazers Could Be Interested In Donnie Nelson

Oct 31, 2011 11:59 AM

Some front office executives believe the Blazers are doing due diligence on Donnie Nelson as a candidate for their general manager vacancy.

Nelson is a longtime executive with the Mavericks.

There is no concrete evidence to suggest the Blazers have asked Dallas for permission to interview Nelson.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Tags: Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Front Office Exec Concerned About 'Resentment' Following Lockout

Oct 31, 2011 11:56 AM

Sources within the front office of teams believe the NBA's labor leaders should adopt a more conciliatory tone to reach agreement on a new deal.

“This is getting a little ridiculous,” said one. “The longer this drags out, I think we’re going to have to deal with some serious resentment when this thing does end.”

Boston Herald


Parsons Leaves Cholet After Three Games
Chandler Parsons had signed a short-term contract with Cholet.


Dwaun Anderson Will Move To Wagner
Dwaun Anderson withdrew from Michigan State following the death of his mother.

Adam Zagoria/ZagsBlog

Muhammad On Official Visit To USC
Shabazz Muhammad's father, Ron Holmes, played for the USC men's basketball team from 1981 to 1985.

Los Angeles Times

Farmar Leads Maccabi To 78-67 Win Over KK Partizan
Maccabi Tel Aviv defeated KK Partizan by a final score of 78-67 in the Adriatic League.

RealGM Staff Report

ASVEL Improves To 2-2 With Win Over Cholet
Tony Parker had 19 points, seven assists, five rebounds and four steals.

RealGM Staff Report

78-Game Schedule If CBA Done Next Week?
David Stern and Adam Silver could still get a deal with the players in the next week and preserve 78 games.

New York Post

Louisville's Blackshear Hurts Shoulder, Set To Miss Entire Season
Wayne Blackshear hurt his shoulder and will miss the entire season.


Summers, Montepaschi Siena Part Ways
Siena has a deal with Omar Thomas to fill DaJuan Summers' slot on the roster.


New Labor Deal 95 Percent Complete
In real terms, the NBA and NBPA are separated by 2.5 percent of BRI and $100 million per year.

Howard Beck/New York Times

Besiktas Defeats Turk Telekom In Battle Of Former Jazz Teammates
Besiktas defeated Turk Telekom by a final score of 97-88 on Sunday behind strong performances from Deron Williams and Marcelus Kemp.

RealGM Staff Report

Real Madrid Denies Contract Talks With Marc Gasol
Real Madrid has denied being in contract talks with Marc Gasol.


Scout Calls Anthony Davis 'Most Talented, Most Complete' Freshman Big In A Decade
Anthony Davis will continue Kentucky's run of successful freshmen during the tenure of John Calipari.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

Arison To Angry Critic On Twitter: You're Barking At The Wrong Owner
Micky Arison has been categorized by NBPA Executive Director Billy Hunter as part of a group of owners eager to reach a deal with the players.

RealGM Staff Report

Durant Re-Tweets Statement About 'Setting Standards For Future' On Labor Talks
Even though the math says the NBA players are leaving money on the table for the current season that they will never get back, they appear to realize that holding firm for a favorable deal is about the future.

RealGM Staff Report

Hunter: Stern Snookered Me By Moving To 47
The owners claim to have moved to 50 percent, but they have made that move during two previous bargaining sessions.

CBS Sports

Drummond Breaks Nose, Suffers Concussion
Andre Drummond will wear a protective mask for six to eight weeks.


Sunday's 'World Tour' Game In Puerto Rico Canceled
The organizer of the event has been unable to deliver the promised stars to participate.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports (via Twitter)

Wolves To Hire Adelman's Son For Front Office Role
R.J. Adelman is known for bringing statistical analysis to his evaluation.

Star Tribune

NBA Formally Cancels All Games Through November 30
The inability to come to an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement has forced the cancelation of all November games.

Press Release

Source: NBA Will Cancel More Regular Season Games Today
With talks breaking down on Friday, sources say David Stern will cancel more regular season games.

Chris Broussard/ESPN (via Twitter)