September 2012 Basketball Wiretap

Frank Compares Ellis To Iverson

Dec 31, 2012 11:13 PM

Lawrence Frank believes Monta Ellis is the closest player he has ever seen to Allen Iverson.

"Those two are lethal," Frank said, referring to Ellis and Jennings.

"Ellis is a challenge for everyone. Ellis is a nightmare matchup. To me, Ellis is the closest thing to Iverson. He has speed, quickness; he's a great finisher for his size."

Charles F. Gardner/Journal Sentinel

Tags: Monta Ellis, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA

Vucevic Grabs Magic Franchise-Record 29 Rebounds

Dec 31, 2012 10:37 PM

Nikola Vucevic scored a career-high 20 points and grabbed 29 rebounds -- an Orlando Magic franchise record -- in Sunday's 112-110 loss to the Miami Heat.

"Yeah, I knew how many rebounds I had," Vucevic said. "Teammates kept telling me to get 30, and I was close. But I only wish we would've won the game."

Vucevic broke Shaquille O'Neal's 19-year-old franchise high.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Tags: Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic, NBA

Vasquez, Ellis Named NBA Players Of The Week

Dec 31, 2012 1:54 PM

Greivis Vasquez was named the Western Conference Player of Week for games played Monday, December 24, through Sunday, December 30. This is the first time in Vasquez’s career that he has won a Player of the Week honor.

Vasquez led the Hornets to a 2-1 record, averaging 21.0 points, 10.0 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals while shooting 53.1 percent from the field. 

Monta Ellis received the honor in the Eastern Conference.

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Tags: Greivis Vasquez, Monta Ellis, Milwaukee Bucks, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Award

Evans Seeks 2nd Opinion On Sore Left Knee

Dec 31, 2012 1:45 PM

Tyreke Evans will visit Dr. Steve Lombardo to receive a second opinion on his sore left knee.

Evans has been out of the Sacramento Kings' lineup since Dec. 16.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Tyreke Evans, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Injury

Stoudemire Not Yet 80 Percent Healthy, May Return Early

Dec 31, 2012 1:42 PM

Amar'e Stoudemire participated in his first full practice since mid-October, but isn't sure if he will return on Jan. 1.

Stoudemire said he's not even 80 percent and would like to feel close to 100 percent before he plays.

"It would be great if I could go on Jan. 1," he said. "I can't determine how I feel tomorrow or the following day. If the next two days go well and I continue to improve, then that will be a great day to start playing."

The Knicks' injury woes have caused Stoudemire to want to return earlier.

Al Iannazzone/Newsday

Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Injury

Lazar Hayward Signs With Timberwolves

Dec 31, 2012 1:59 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed Lazar Hayward.

Hayward, who played collegiately at Marquette, has appeared in 69 NBA regular-season games with Minnesota and Oklahoma City, posting averages of 2.9 points and 1.3 rebounds in 8.2 minutes per game.

Even with the signing of Hayward, the Timberwolves will continue to look to bolster their wing depth.

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Tags: Lazar Hayward, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Official Signing

Cousins' Teammates Tired Of Excuses

Dec 31, 2012 1:11 PM

DeMarcus Cousins returned from his indefinite suspension earlier than the team had expected.

Cousins arrived for a Christmas Eve practice.

"When he apologized to the team, two players stood up and said, 'We've heard this bull[bleep] before,'" the source said. "'You're either going to be with us, or you're not. We don't want to hear any more excuses.'"

The Kings have tried to persuade Cousins to enter counseling.

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Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Tyreke Evans Plans For Second Opinion On Ailing Knee

Dec 31, 2012 12:38 PM

Tyreke Evans had wanted to return for Sunday's game against the Boston Celtics but decided he wasn't ready during practices and workouts leading up to the contest.

Now, Evans plans to get a second opinion on his injured left knee.

Evans bruised his knee on Nov. 27 and an MRI earlier this month showed no structural damage.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Tags: Tyreke Evans, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Injury

Avery Bradley Still Expects Jan. 2 Return

Dec 31, 2012 12:35 PM

Avery Bradley remains on track to return to the Boston Celtics for their next game on Jan. 2.

The Celtics kept Bradley at home during their current road trip to work out in preparation for his first NBA game in seven months after surgery on both shoulders.

“The biggest thing is now is just trust in our communication defensively,” point guard Rajon Rondo said about the defensive struggles. “With Avery coming back, obviously that will be a better pick-and-roll defender for the guard spot, but it’s not just going to be on Avery. It’s going to be trust from our bigs and our guards, being patient, and playing together.”

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Tags: Avery Bradley, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Injury

Cavaliers Recall Samuels From D-League

Dec 31, 2012 12:22 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have recalled forward Samardo Samuels from the Canton Charge.

Samuels played in two games (both starts) for the Charge, averaging 20.5 points on .567 shooting and 10.5 rebounds in 37.5 minutes per game, helping Canton win both games. Samuels has played in 18 games (one start) this season for the Cavs, averaging 3.2 points and 1.6 rebounds in 10.9 minutes per game.

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Tags: Samardo Samuels, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Charge, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

Thunder Recall Jones, Liggins Orton From D-League

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Hornets Assign Darius Miller To D-League

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Pacers Recall Miles Plumlee

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Jamison Isn't Seeking Release Or Trade

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Garnett To Decide Playing Status On Year-To-Year Basis

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Brooks Could Vote For Harden As All-Star Reserve

Darnell Mayberry/The Oklahoman

Royce White Refuses D-League Assignment

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Rose Doing Non-Contact Practice Drills, Not Close To Playing

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Sources: James Anderson To Sign With Rockets

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Leonard Sprains Right Ankle, X-Rays Reveal No Fracture

Joe Freeman/Oregonian

Kings Would Seek $500M Sale Price

Sam Amick/USA Today

Wade's Agent Set To Appeal Suspension

Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

Ariza Nearing Return To Practice

Michael Lee/Washington Post

Lou Williams Hopes To Keep Starting

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Gordon Scores 24 In 12-13 Debut

Jimmy Smith/Times-Picayune

Royce White Assigned To D-League

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Nets Waive Josh Childress

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MarShon Brooks Eager For New Opportunity Under Carlesimo

Stefan Bondy/New York Daily News

Skiles Likes Mbah a Moute At Power Forward Spot

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Allen Open To Television Work After NBA Career

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