Sit wrote:Ah too bad I wanted to see virtual Watson's opinion about his move to the Mavs.
Sit wrote:You can always do one about how you are shitty that you will be losing minutes to him haha
Also to Thierry... Ok article. You didn't say that you were shit at soccer haha and will Red Dead Redemption still be played in 2013? Haha.. Also Rubio hates you!
Sit wrote:You got 2 great PGs now though... Go read the article.
Sit wrote:They can be playmakers. Bayless and Brooks will be just fine. I think Jet is still there too. You guys are loaded!
Martin hopes he can help bring the Bobcats to the playoffs.
Fourth overall pick Julian Martin hopes that this will be the year the Charlotte Bobcats make the playoffs.
“I think we can make it, I really think that this will be the year.” Martin stated as he was being interviewed during the training camp.
“We have great guys in here, Devin (Harris) and Shawn (Marion) are great leaders. Sean (May) is a great guy and really help me these days. Also Peja(Stojakovic) is helping me with my shooting. They are great veterans and veterans like them win games. ” Martin said. They maybe good in his eyes but they can’t hide that they are even worst this year than last year.
They had the worst record last year and they might retain that with the lost of Mark Moore and Gerald Wallace. Obviously those two players wants to be a winner and they know that Charlotte is not the place for them.
The team would rely heavenly on Devin Harris, also Martin should have a great year if they want to succeed. Hopefully team owner Michael Jordan make some great move this upcoming season.
But really for now Jordan’s decisions are being questioned after drafting Martin.
Must : Media blew my words out of proportion
Martti Must arrived in Phoenix for his first workout with his new personal coach, where he was met with mixed emotions. Must received criticism for his statement that the Suns 'aren't good enough' from fans and teammates.
"I know what I said and I can't take it back. Everything gets blown out of proportion. Yes, I said the team isn't in contender status, but that's something we need to work on. We have a good group of guys here and we have to work hard in every practice. If I didn't want this situation, I would have chosen differently."
When asked what Must thought about the comments his new teammates Baron Davis and Nate Robinson said, Must said it's just a start.
"They probably didn't even hear what I said first hand. The media just broadcasted the 'not good enough' everywhere. The fact that I want to win and I feel we can accomplish something with these players was left out."
Nate Robinson called Must a 'crybaby', a nick-name he has earned around the league for his actions after losses.
Must had a career season last year, averaging 20 ppg, 11.6 rpg, 6.6 apg and 2.4 bpg. He was also a member of the All-NBA first and All-Defensive first teams, but failed to lead the Grizzlies to the Playoffs. Must spent his first 4 seasons with the Grizzlies, after being drafted by them with the 5th overall pick back in 2009.
Undrafted rookie Koukoulis not disappointed yet
ATHENS,July 22(AP)-Things might not be that great for the young SG out of Greece, but George Koukoulis doesn't give up hopes yet.Currently on workouts with the Greek National Team, Koukoulis works hard to make some impressions on the Acropolis International Tournament,starting tomorrow on Athens,and hopefully on the European Basketball Championship, starting on 15th of August,provided he will be one of the 15 players Greek Head coach, Panagiotis Giannakis,will select.
"I'm really working hard the last months." The young player said. "I'm trying my best to prove that I have a place in the league despite being so young. 'Til now, I'm performing really good on the friendly matches with Greece,and my improvement shouldn't be overlooked." Indeed,he played some solid matches on wins over Germany and Bulgaria, including a 12 point-7 assist-6 rebound match against the German team,and a 10 point-10 assist-3 rebound game over Bulgaria.
"I know that the media overseas clearly has an opinion about me that I don't like. They say I'm not ready,and I won't get over with it. If I didn't feel ready,I wouldn't try that huge step on my career. I took that decision because I felt ready , my coaches on Olympiacos said that I am ready,and I don't want to let them down." He added. "I will try my best in order to succeed. Currently though, I'm focused only on the National Team. I really want to earn a medal on the next competition. As I didn't play before on the NT,even on the youth squad,this is a new experience for me."
As for who is his mentor on this squad, he said : " Spanoulis is a player who helps me improve a lot. I know him from Olympiacos,and his experience ,along with his stay on the NBA for a season, will really help me much."
Sit wrote:Also to Thierry... Ok article. You didn't say that you were shit at soccer haha and will Red Dead Redemption still be played in 2013? Haha.. Also Rubio hates you!
Undrafted European vow to surprise everyone and make the NBA
Undrafted Croatia point guard , Luka Mandich , is very optimistic about his future in the NBA. He said the only reason a NBA team hasn't picked him is his former problems with drugs and alcohol. „Maybe teams are thinking I'm not serious about this , and that I just want to make a little bit money and go back home to Croatia. Well no people, I am serious , I am talented , I am willing and I have more that plenty of motivation“ – the former highly regarded international prospect said.
„I know there are a lot of doubters out there, but that's okay , I like that. It is a challenge, and challenges are my specialties. Those people just motivate me more and make me more confident that I will succeed. In fact , if people don't like you, you are actually worth something“-Mandich is full with determination to make an impact in the greatest basketball league in the world, the NBA.
He is not one of those un exciting european players. With a wingspan of 6'5“ and vertical leap of 41 inches Mandich can throw down as good as any point guard in the game . „Dunking was my favorite thing about basketball a couple of years ago. I lived for he dunks , and I dreamed that one day kids will have my posters just like Vince Carters.“-Mandich said optimistically.
The 6 foot tall guard was actually surprised about not being drafted at first, because he did post great numbers overseas playing for Cibona Zagreb. 19.4 points a game, 8.2 assists a game, 4.1 rebounds a game, 1.6 steals and 0.5 blocks a game.
Mandich has talent, he has will , and if all things come together , he could make an impact in the NBA
2013 Offseason Recap
Summer LeagueStealth Rookies Shine In Summer League
JULY 20 2013, UTAH – Seattle Stealth assistant coach Rasheed Wallace and second year players Jao Wu and Senso Rancati were not the only ones turning heads at the 2013 Utah Summer League. The surprising performances of the team’s three draft picks brought just as much positive feedback as Sheed’s near-perfect coaching debut and Wu’s and Rancati’s leadership and play.
PF and number 30 pick Jamaal Garrett averaged an impressive 10.3 points and 8.7 rebounds in 8 games for Seattle. Garrett was praised for using his size to beat the competition. SF and number 32 pick Peter Carpenter started all 8 games and averaged a modest 5.2 points. However, it was his contributions on the defensive end that raised eyebrows as he held Bucks’ second year pro Liam Washburn to 2 points and 1-8 shooting in one game.
Australian prospect and number 60 pick Rich Tyler wasn’t as impressive as his fellow draftees but Stealth GM Will Sit did mention that Tyler was going to be picked up by the team and developed. “We’d like to see how much he can improve over the season and also playing in the D-League.” As for Garrett and Carpenter, Sit stated, “I’m feeling that Jamaal might get a shot as the last man on our playing roster. Peter is definitely a year away from making the first team.”
Although the Stealth lost two key players in their rotation in PF Chris Wilcox and SF Trevor Ariza, second year players Wu and Rancati proved that they could be relied upon this season. Wu, the number 1 pick from the 2012 Draft, averaged a team-leading 18.9 ppg, 5.5 apg, 1.8 spg. Rancati, the number 10 pick from the 2012 Draft, was a surprising performer by averaging 16.3 ppg and scoring a Summer League-leading 2.4 three pointers a game.
Read More…Martin Might Be Top Rookie
JULY 20 2013, CHARLOTTE – Julian Martin has Bobcats President of Player Operations Michael Jordan licking his lips after averaging 22.6 ppg in Summer League play. Martin could redeem Jordan’s many mistakes over the years with player drafts for the Bobcats and an earlier stint with the Washington Wizards.
Martin was originally projected to be drafted in the second round after his draft plummeted following an off-court incident and altercation with a teammate at UCLA. However, a number of positive workouts put him back on tract and he was surprisingly selected by Charlotte with the fourth pick of the NBA Draft. Martin is relishing the second chance, “I was very lucky to be picked by the Bobcats. I’m going to play very hard to pay back the faith.”
Martin has outshined all his fellow rookies so far although one Western Conference scout cautioned, “It’s only Summer League. The NBA is a lot different to this environment.” Number one pick Coby Clark struggled for Toronto and finished Summer League with averages of 6.5 ppg and 7.2 rpg. Number two pick Sam Slater was able to average double figures, albeit on poor shooting percentages: 13.2 ppg on .398 FG% and .273 3PT%. Number three pick Christian Bullard didn’t fare any better as he averaged 8.9 ppg for the Spurs although he did play great defensively.
Read More…Portland Picks Up Brezhnev
JULY 30 2013, PORTLAND – The Portland Trailblazers decided to award undrafted PF Lev Brezhnev with a 1 year contract after the 7 footer from Russia’s CSKA Moscow impressed them over Summer League play. Brezhnev only averaged 4.6 ppg and 2.3 rpg but was said to have shown much promise during training sessions.
The Russian national may have dropped out of the second round because he stay in Russia to train with the national side during the leadup to the NBA Draft. His agent, upon announcement of the deal with the Blazers, said that his client was ‘happy to secure a contract and is looking forward to working hard and cracking the rotation.’
Read More…Knicks Sign Greek Rookie Koukoulis
JULY 30 2013, NEW YORK – PG George Koukoulis, 19, has always dreamed of playing in the NBA. That dream came true as the Knicks offered him a one year deal that will likely see him compete in the D-League but no less one step closer to the NBA.
Koukoulis, from Greece, comes over to America after plying his trade for Olympiacos since the tender age of 16. After 2 years training with the senior team, he finally joined them as a surprise starter last year after their starting PG was injured. Suddenly thrust into the spotlight, the youngster averaged a modest 3.6 ppg and 3.3 apg.
This past Summer he played three games for the Knicks’ Summer League squad before jetting to Greece to train and trial for his national side. Although he did not make the final cut, he was able to train with the team for the entire duration of the European Championships. The Knicks waited for him to return to the States before signing him up to his 1 year contract.
He made the foolish move of declaring for the NBA Draft after being advised that he was strong enough to be picked. However, poor workouts forced him to be left with no team to go to. Fortunately for Koukoulis, the Knicks are ready to take a stab at him and hope that it all works out for the best.
Read More…Mandich Will Play For Toros
JULY 30 2013, AUSTIN – In some sad news, aspiring PG Luka Mandich was unable to secure an NBA contract. He will stay in America though to play for the Austin Toros in the D-League. The hard working player is fighting past alcohol and substance abuse to be able to play in the NBA.
League TransactionsCalderon Joins Gasol For Lakers
SEPTEMBER 29 2013, LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Lakers traded for PG Jose Calderon and PF Udonis Haslem in a bid to stay in the playoff hunt as the careers of SG Kobe Bryant and PF Pau Gasol edge closer to a close. Calderon will join Bryant and fellow Spaniard Gasol in the starting lineup for the Lakers, which also features C Andrew Bynum and SF Trevor Ariza.
Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said that Calderon had always been a target for the team but admitted that he never did a deal in high hopes that PG Rodney Stuckey would become a solid starter at the position. Kupchak made the tough decision of losing the defensive presence of C Brendan Haywood and a future first rounder in order to acquire Calderon. “I didn’t want to lose a pick as well as Brendan but we had to do what we had to do. Brendan loved LA but he will get more opportunities in Toronto. Sometimes you got to give to receive,” Kupchak said. PF Channing Frye was also traded to the Raptors in this deal.
Read More…Bulls Cash In On Deng’s Expiring Deal
SEPTEMBER 29 2013, CHICAGO – SF Luol Deng had mentioned that he did not want to play for Chicago after his contract runs out and the Bulls cashed in on his expiring contract by acquiring C Roy Hibbert and veteran SG Stephen Jackson.
Deng, the number 7 pick of the 2004 draft, averaged 16 ppg last season. The 28 year old, 10 year pro has a 12 million dollar expiring contract. The Bulls opted to bring in 7’2” 17th pick of the 2008 Draft, Hibbert, who might start at centre for the team and 6’8” 35 year old Jackson who averaged a serviceable 11 ppg last season for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Wolves were happy to get rid of Jackson who was deemed disruptive in the locker room last season. Captain Mike Bibby said, “Stephen was really positive for us when he first got here but he’s really been holding us back a little bit in recent times.” The Wolves get Deng who is in his prime and a player who could thrive playing alongside SG Kevin Martin. Bibby noted, “This could be a very good season as we have quite a talented team.”
Read More…Cleveland Trades For Passing Point Guard
SEPTEMBER 29 2013, CLEVELAND – Mo Williams’ time as starting PG is over after the Cavaliers finally got their hands on a pass-first playmaker. Cleveland traded SG Rudy Fernandez and a future first round pick to acquire PG Raymond Felton from the New Jersey Nets.
Felton demanded a trade out of New Jersey after becoming unhappy with the lack of playing time due to playing behind All-Star Barney Steele. Felton became disenchanted with playing second fiddle and struggled whenever the Nets used him at SG. The 29 year old averaged 10 ppg and 5 apg from off the bench for the Nets.
Fernandez leaves the Cavs and a crowded backcourt to join the Nets to play behind 2010 first overall pick Jeremy Mason. Fernandez is confident of competing for the starting spot though after the 28 year old averaged 9.6 ppg last season for Cleveland. “I had to play with Rudy Gay and Lebron James every day. I started most games and I was in the NBA Finals. I think I am capable to start for New Jersey Nets,” Fernandez told reporters after being introduced as a Nets player.
Read More…Bosh Fails Physical, Nixes Trade
SEPTEMBER 29 2013, MIAMI – The blockbuster deal sending Chris Bosh to the Miami Heat has been cancelled after Bosh failed two physicals over three days. The All-Star PF will be playing for Toronto after all once the regular season resumes. Details of the failed physicals have not been disclosed to the media.
Heat SG JR Smith will return to Miami and claimed that he felt no ill feelings towards the franchise that nearly traded him away, “The NBA is a business. I’ve walked away from the Nuggets before for a better situation. Miami included me in this trade because they thought they would be in a better situation. I can’t do anything except play my tail off and prove that I am the best player they could have.”
League NewsIverson Doubtful For Season Opener
OCTOBER 29 2013, SEATTLE – Seattle Stealth SG Allen Iverson is in serious doubt for his side’s season opener after getting hurt in a training session. Iverson is sidelined for 1-2 weeks with a strained hamstring.
Read More…Kings Aim For Back-to-Back
OCTOBER 29 2013, SACRAMENTO – Moses Chara is telling anyone who will listen that his team is good enough to be the first side to win back to back titles since the LA Lakers did it at the beginning of the last decade. “If we can win back to back titles, we are instantly one the best team of this decade,” Chara stated, “And I think that we really deserve that.”
The reigning MVP also aims to add to his collection, “I think I can repeat as MVP as well. As long as the Kings come in the top 3, I am going to be a back to back MVP.” The Kings are certainly capable of repeating as they enter the season with the same team as last season except for the absence of C Shaquille O’Neal and the addition of SF Rashard Lewis.
Read More…Bosh To Stay In Toronto For Now
OCTOBER 29 2013, TORONTO – Toronto’s All-Star PF Chris Bosh is stuck in Toronto after the Raptors have failed to find a suitor for his services. Bosh would have been in Miami had it not been for a failed physical last month. Bosh will start Toronto’s season opener after sitting out the entire preseason schedule.
Read More…Bucks’ Villanueva Disgruntled and Demands Trade
OCTOBER 29 2013, MILWAUKEE – PF Charlie Villanueva has issued an ultimatum: Play me or Trade me. The disgruntled reserve has received limited minutes because of Jay Gray and claimed that he understood ‘his situation’ but wanted more of a run. “I want to win as much as any other guy on this team,” he said, “But if I’m not getting minutes, I’d rather be somewhere else.”
Read More…Splitter’s Freak Injury Postpones Debut Season
OCTOBER 29 2013, SAN ANTONIO – Tiago Splitter will not make his NBA debut for another year after breaking his leg in a freak biking accident. Splitter was holidaying in the Swiss Alps when he was forced off the road by a motorist whilst he was bike riding. The 7 footer from Brazil is yet to sign a deal with the Spurs.
The Spurs have stood behind Splitter and state that he will be signed to a deal next season. They also lamented the bad luck on the eve of the Euroleague MVP and champion finally joining their team. It comes as a huge disappointment as the Spurs prepared a roster spot and additional minutes for him. San Antonio signed Aaron Gray to a one year deal in light of this news.
hova- wrote:Ahh c'mon, Bosh is still there?? Well, with Haywood, Bosh, Clark, the soph (forgot his name) and me, we will have a nasty team. Still, it will take some time to get everybody the shots he likes. I hope I can deliver
Lamrock wrote:Nice twist with Bosh. Hova must be pissed. Speaking of pissed, L-Train is too good for Summer League. When's the last time a team assigned it's borderline All-Star SF to the Summer League?
dare wrote:MJ definitely picked the right guy this time.
King Dee wrote:finally, my player found a home. lol. Chris Bosh staying? I thought he is headed to South Beach.
megarover wrote:I was planning on posting an article but of course halfway through it the browser closed .
Thierry • wrote:Bosh back to Toronto, don't like it
Bucks' Washburn Taking New Approach In Sophomore Season
October 24, 2013 (AP) - "Our team, baby. Our team!", Bucks forward Liam Washburn exclaimed after a 105-93 pre-season win over the Sixers, in which the second year player notched 21 points, 8 rebounds and most notably, 7 assists. The new mantra, while clearly a parody of Kevin Durant's now (in)famous "my team" catch phrase, is no joke. Washburn, affectionately nicknamed "The L-Train" is serious business this year.
After a scorching hot start to his rookie season, Washburn ran into the all-too familiar face of adversity. He fell into a major shooting slump to finish the season, was narrowly upset by Janis Kalnins for the rookie of the year award, and suffered a heartbreaking conference finals defeat at the hands of his idol LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. After being compared to the great Larry Bird early in the season, Washburn was labelled a "black hole", due to his paltry 0.8 assists per game. Adding insult to injury, Washburn, who had considered himself a borderline all-star, was required by his team to play in the Summer League.
"I spoke to Liam this Summer, and you could just tell that he was upset," says teammate Jay Gray. "It was a real ego-ectomy for him, but he didn't let it get him down. He took it as motivation, and it shows in his play."
Washburn struggled in Summer League, attempting to be more of a facilitator, as well as the focal point of the offense. As a result, he committed over 4 turnovers per game, in addition to shooting 37% from the field. In pre-season however, he has looked like a new player, frequently leading the Bucks in scoring and averaging nearly 4 assists per game.
"He's really refined his game," says coach Scott Skiles. "I think people really underestimated this kid's work ethic and wrote off his potential due to his relative lack of athletic ability. He has the skills of a shooting guard, and yet he's almost seven feet tall. He's finally learning to use his size advantage and has also stepped it up on the defensive end. We may not be the most talented team in the league, but in Gray and Washburn we have a tandem built on basketball IQ and teamwork."
When we spoke to Washburn, he shrugged upon hearing his pre-season stats. "I used to be a huge stats geek. Last year, I would check Basketball Reference daily to see if my PER went up or down. However, I'm starting to realize that it's how you play that truly matters. Coach [Skiles] devised this thing called a 'Teammate Grade'. It rewards assists and good shot selection, but marks you down for bad spacing, calling for passes excessively, doing things that just causes you to lose games. That's what I'm about right now.'"
Most NBA experts are pegging the Cavaliers to return to the NBA Finals this season, but don't be surprised if athletic freaks LeBron and Rudy Gay are thwarted by Wisconsin's favorite students of the game.
Valor wrote::lol: @ chris bosh failing his physical
Nice deal for the Bulls, getting rid of Deng for some solid pieces, Hibbert and Jackson will fill in nicely
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