Posted on: December 27, 2011 10:31 am
Edited on: December 27, 2011 10:32 am
Posted by Ben Golliver.
An unemployed Harvard man has landed a job in Manhattan.
ESPN.com reports that former Harvard University guard Jeremy Lin has been claimed off of waivers by the New York Knicks. The New York Post later confirmed the move.
Lin, the first Taiwanese-American to get signed to an NBA roster, went undrafted but stuck with the Golden State Warriors after an impressive Summer League showing. The Warriors released him during the free agency period and he landed on the Houston Rockets roster. The Rockets released him this week to make room for free agent signing Samuel Dalembert.
The Knicks lost rookie guard Iman Shumpert to a sprained MCL on Christmas Day that is expected to keep him sidelined for at least two weeks. New York can use the depth as veteran guards Mike Bibby and Baron Davis deal with injuries. ESPNNY.com reports that Bibby, who has been dealing with back spasms, is expected to play on Wednesday. Davis is expected to miss an extended period of time due to back injuries of his own.
Lin, 23, appeared in 29 games for the Warriors last season, posting averages of 2.6 points and 1.4 assists per game.
Posted on: November 4, 2011 8:07 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2011 8:12 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver.
This NBA lockout, class warfare, millionaires and billionaires, common man getting screwed thing is just so freaking depressing. Have no fear: We've found the one person involved who can put aside all the Basketball-Related Income, caving and folding, and secret meeting, side deal mumbo jumbo to make a genuinely light-hearted video.
That person is Jeremy Lin, whose story is well-known. Lin, the first Taiwanese-American to get signed to an NBA roster, was a basketball standout at at Harvard who ultimately went undrafted. An impressive Summer League showing earned him a contract with the Golden State Warriors, essentially his hometown team.
Lin played sparingly as a rookie but his improbably NBA journey has earned him a cult following of fans.
As the first NBA player to attend Harvard since 1953, his perspective, by definition, is unique. And he puts that perspective to good use in the following video, titled "How to get into Harvard," where he lists his five tips for gaining admission into America's most prestigious university.
"A lot of you asked me how I got into Harvard," Lin deadpans, "and since I have no life and no job I decided to make a short video with five basic steps."
Lin's five steps: 1) get glasses; 2) play an instrument; 3) improve test taking skills; 4) practice while you study and study while you practice; and 5) be up to date with the news. He hilariously demonstates each step, including doing math problems while shooting practice jumpers and playing iPad video games while filling out scantron tests.
He wraps the video by offering some heart-to-heart advice to his fans.
"If I could go back to high school," Lin says, "I would only change one thing. I'd still make sure I give my best effort but I would worry a lot less and I would enjoy that experience -- those four years in high school -- because they really do fly by."
Video courtesy of YouTube user TheJlin7
Posted on: September 16, 2011 12:57 am
Edited on: September 16, 2011 1:16 am
Posted by Ben Golliver.
Thursday night marked the end of Week 1 of the Las Vegas "Lockout League" at Impact Basketball. The fourth day of games was probably the week's most spirited, with some new faces upping the talent level and some technical fouls and trash talk livening up the week-long basketball marathon. Here's a quick look back at the week that was and a recap of the day's highlights.
Telfair eyes contender
At 26, Sebastian Telfair is now a decade removed from being one of the most hyped high school players of all time. His superstar trajectory never materiaized; Telfair just concluded his seventh NBA season, has yet to make a single playoff appearance and has only played in more than 60 games once in the last four years. A free agent, Telfair hopes all that changes next season.
"I sure do have a list of teams in my mind," Telfair said. "Those teams being one of the teams to make a run for a championship or the teams that are fighting every year for a championship. Seeing Dallas win a championship, congratulations to them, but I'm jealous. I'm extremely jealous. Dallas is definitely on my list. They've got the gold right now. It's not a bad thing in this league to want to go where the gold is. If you can compete and help the team win a championship, that's one of the main focuses in the NBA.
Aside from the Mavericks, Telfair clammed up a little bit as to who was on his radar. "The obvious teams," he finally allowed. "I won't say any teams in particular, but the obvious teams."
There is plenty of good news for those considering checking out the "Lockout League" play next week. First, there are plenty of tickets available. Second, Impact Basketball has shown itself to be very flexible in making improvements to the series.
On Thursday, Impact added an in-game emcee to help narrate the action. This is a particularly fan-friendly addition because the players are playing in jerseys that do not bear their names and sometimes rotate from team to team throughout the week. There's also no large scoreboard or video replay, so it can get a bit confusing keeping track of everyone, especially for the non-diehards. Many of the players in attendance are not particularly recognizable or well-known, either, so the emcee was a thoughtful improvement.
On Wednesday, Impact also cut back from four games per day to three games per day. While you might think at first that this would be less basketball for your money, the move actually improved the games considerably. Less was more here. The change allowed the games to be standardized to 10-minute quarters and rosters were condensed so that each team had seven or eight players instead of the five-a-side that was the norm during the four games per day earlier in the week. That meant each player could go harder, each guy could get breathers if necessary and the threat of a single injury stopping play was no longer a problem. Perhaps most importantly, it cut down on the total number of hours a fan would need to devote to seeing all the best players play. Instead of being in the gym from 1:30 p.m.to 9:30 p.m., fans could leave closer to 7:30 p.m.
The new presence of bigger-name players like Al Harrington, Stephen Curry and Rudy Gay (who watched from the sideline) on Thursday didn't hurt either.
In this no-frills environment there was bound to be edgier player behavior. Profanity from the court and from the pre-game soundtrack was the norm at Impact; the sterilization that you find at the NBA in that regard was not present.
With only a few exceptions, the players, who were not forced by anyone to conduct interviews or interact with media or fans, were thoughtful and kind on and off the court. Of course, the exceptions are far more entertaining than the rule, so here are a few highlights.
Melvin Ely, who is reportedly heading to China, crumpled to the ground after taking a blow to his face. In some fairly serious pain, Ely was escorted to a training area away from the court, where he was attended to by medical personnel. On his way there, though, he took a quick detour to upend a large gatorade bucket in frustration, crashing the contents behind one of the team's benches. Players chuckled and media members raised their eyebrows.
On Thursday, Denver Nuggets forward Al Harrington made his debut with a bang, earning two technical fouls in one game for disputing calls. The first time, he merely shouted at one of the referees; the second time, he chucked a ball so far off the court it hit a brick wall some 20 or 30 feet behind one of the baskets. Harrington was not ejected after receiving his second technical, although free throws were awarded on both violations.
The best trash talk exchange of the week occurred on Thursday, when Indiana Pacers forward Dahntay Jones and Detroit Pistons forward Austin Daye got into an entertaining back-and-forth. Jones, as you might expect, was the Impact Basketball king of the hard foul, sending player after player crashing to the hardwood in an effort to prevent lay-ups. He also was quick to chat too.
Daye found himself arguing a call while waiting to rebound a free throw attempt. Jones, who was in the backcourt, piped up to let Daye know that he was "soft" and that he should end his argument. Daye, an exceptionally skinny man for an NBA player, took real exception to Jones' label, raising his arms up to gesture towards the media section located behind the basket.
"You've got the worst game in here, ask any of them," Daye told Jones twice. Jones responded by mocking Daye's arm motions and sarcastically mimicking his aggravated tone. Play eventually resumed.
'When you work out with guys for three or four months," Dudley explained, "they get under your skin. You're tired, you want to go home."
Houston Rockets guard Kyle Lowry had the high point scoring game of the week, notching 56 points in a heated Thursday contest.
Probably the most entertaining team to watch was a late-arriving Golden State Warriors crew that made its debut on Thursday. Curry, David Lee, Jeremy Lin, Ekpe Udoh, Jeremy Tyler, Klay Thompson, Lou Amundson, Charles Jenkins and Dorell Wright all got some run in. There were so many Warriors they actually had to be split up into two squads. What was great about Golden State was that you could see real chemistry at work rather than the slapped together teamwork that you usually see in summer exhibitions. Lots of communication and instruction. Lee hollered across the court at Lin, instructing him to stay in the weakside corner and serve as an outlet whenever he drew interior defenders on a drive. Thompson got a feel for establishing an inside-outside game with Lee, and lit it up from deep, draining jumper after jumper.
Undersized Thomas feels he has a leg upOf the incoming rookie class of 2011, Isaiah Thomas, the draft's final pick by the Sacramento Kings, stood out for how comfortable he looked against more seasoned competition. Thomas is an undersized scoring guard who will struggle to defend at the NBA level. But he's also exceedingly quick, confident and able to create his own shot, a nice combination for a reserve, change of pace guard.
Thomas said he fit in right away at Impact because of his previous experience playing against professional players in Seattle, where he attended the University of Washington.
"It's a blessing because not everybody in my position has that [experience]," Thomas said. "We've got guys like Brandon Roy, Jamal Crawford, Nate Robinson and the list goes on. Jason Terry. They really look out for the younger guys, the guy like Brandon Roy is such a great guy, he gives me input before games, after games, even when we workout together up in Seattle. He's a great guy and I learn from things like that.
He said he feels like he has a leg up on many other rookies in his position, both on and off the court, because of that guidance.
"It makes the transition smoother. Every guy up in Seattle has been through the situation I'm about to go through, but in different ways. If I can ask them about practice is going, what to expect, what's the business side of things. They all got different input, I take that all in. They are just trying to help, they are never going to steer me in the wrong direction."
As the last man selected in the draft and with a nonguaranteed contract likely in his future, Thomas realizes he will have to get in where he fits in with the Kings. "Play hard, play every possession like it's my last," Thomas explained. "Do whatever that want me to do. Score, get others involved, get on loose balls, play defense, I just want to play. After the draft, the Kings said, 'Keep doing what you're doing. We're excited when the time comes.'"
Posted on: June 28, 2011 2:26 am
Edited on: June 28, 2011 2:35 am
The Golden State Warriors have reportedly purchased a stake in the Dakota Wizards, a D-League team. Posted by Ben Golliver.
Bismarck, North Dakota, is a long, long way from the Golden Gate Bridge. The Golden State Warriors, under new owners Joe Lacob and Peter Gruber, have just shortened the distance considerably.
RidiculousUpside.com reports that the Warriors have "bought into" the Dakota Wizards of the NBA Developmental League, giving Golden State the opportunity to run the Wizards as their exclusive affiliate.
The Golden State Warriors have bought into the NBA Development League's Dakota Wizards, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, making the two teams one-to-one affiliates for the upcoming season. The D-League team has called an 11 a.m. press conference on Tuesday in Bismarck, ND, to announce the new affiliation.With each passing month, Warriors ownership continues to put its money where its mouth is. Upon taking over the team last summer, Lacob and Gruber pledged to make the financial commitments necessary to turn the Warriors into a first-rate NBA team.
In the past month alone, the Warriors have shelled out big dollars for big name coach Mark Jackson, brought on NBA legend Jerry West as a consultant, and spent millions of dollars to buy a second round draft pick with which they selected project Jeremy Tyler. Now, they have invested in their own D-League team. That, my friends, is real commitment and smart ownership.
Of course, the Warriors are no stranger to the D-League. They've regularly sent players down for seasoning and have effectively used the D-League to find players who wound up sticking on their roster. Guys like Reggie Williams and Anthony Tolliver. Not to mention: When you draft players like Jeremy Lin, owning your own D-League team can really come in handy.
According to RidiculousUpside.com, the Warriors join the New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers as teams that have bought all or part of a D-League affiliate in order to establish a direct affiliation during this offseason. Boom time for the D-League, apparently.
Posted on: February 5, 2011 4:03 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2011 4:07 pm
Golden State Warriors guard Charlie Bell was arrested on DUI early Friday morning. Posted by Ben Golliver.
Stop the presses: there was a basketball-related, drunk driving arrest in Northern California that didn't involve the Sacramento Kings. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Golden State Warriors guard Charlie Bell was taken into custody early Friday morning "on suspicion of drunken driving."
A CHP officer arrested Bell about 2:45 a.m. on Lakeshore Avenue, near Oakland's Lake Merritt, CHP Officer Sam Morgan said. Bell was booked at a downtown Oakland jail, where he remained for about four hours before being picked up by teammate Reggie Williams.First of all: shout out to Reggie Williams. Picking up your drunk teammate from jail in the middle of the night is worth some serious brownie points. In a horrible situation, that's going above and beyond the call of duty.
Second of all: The plot thickens a little bit, as Bell was arrested the night after a game in which he actually played, because the Warriors are currently short-handed in the backcourt. The Contra Costa Times reports that the Warriors are now recalling Jeremy Lin from the D-League because reserve guard Acie Law is dealing with a wrist injury.
In need of bodies in the backcourt, the Warriors recalled Jeremy Lin from the NBA Development League. Lin has been dominating the D-League and Warriors’ management loves the progress he’s made. He’s gotten better going left, his outside shot has improved and he’s gotten experience playing consistently. Most importantly, I’m told, Lin plays with more confidence.
In 16 games, he is averaging 17.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists with 2.2 steals in 32 minutes. He’s shooting 51.8 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range.The most prudent course of action here is probably to assign Lin an extra rookie duty: acting as the team's official on-call designated driver. Just get him a giant 8-passenger van and a walkie-talkie and/or pager. Seems like a reasonable investment if the Warriors would like to stay on the court rather than in the courtroom.
Posted on: December 28, 2010 10:10 am
Edited on: December 28, 2010 10:10 am
Rose having a tough time in the mid-range, Dirk and Horford to get scans, Bynum still brimming, and Steve Francis bids ... whatever the Chinese word for goodbye is to China. All this and more in today's Shootaround.
Posted by Matt Moore
Derrick Rose is having a hard time in the midrange game, mostly because he doesn't trust his jumper yet, even though it's improved. He's especially improved in 3-point shooting, but continues to try floaters from mid-range.
Dirk Nowitzki will have an MRI this morning on his injured knee. So try not to scare your Maverick fan friends too much this morning. They're going to be a little jumpy.
Al Horford will also have an MRI on his hand this morning. We'll keep you updated on both of their statuses.
Andrew Bynum is still "brimming with potential" apparently. At this point I think it's better to say he's brimming with disappointment. Or, "brimming with doctor's appointments."
And just like that... Steve Francis was gone. From China.
Fan sensation Jeremy Lin will likely spend some time in the D-League.
The sixth-man who was traded for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar now is a restaurant mogul.
One thing of vital importance to the Celtics? Transition defense, because it's feast or famine for them.
The Rockets and Bobcats are both in talks with Houston about acquiring the Yao Ming salary dump.
Nets blog Nets Are Scorching asks the question: "LeBron James: Evil or Stupid?"
Posted on: December 9, 2010 10:22 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:23 pm
Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry suffered another ankle injury and reportedly left the arena wearing a protective boot. Posted by Ben Golliver.
Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has enjoyed a pretty remarkable first quarter of the NBA season -- averaging 20.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 2.2 steals -- and it's made even more remarkable by the fact he has been bothered by numerous ankle injuries. On Wednesday, the Warriors lost to the Spurs in San Antonio, their 10th loss in 11 games. To make matters worse, the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Curry had to be carried off the floor by teammates after suffering yet another ankle injury, and he left the arena wearing a protective boot.
Stephen Curry appeared to be harmlessly dribbling on the right side of the three-point arc, when he pulled up and called timeout with 5:20 remaining in the second quarter. After being checked by head athletic trainer Tommy Abdenour on the court, Curry was basically carried to the locker room by Vladimir Radmanovic and Jeff Adrien.
"You hold your breath every time there's a limp," coach Keith Smart said. "Once you sprain it, it can always happen again at any given moment. He's been pretty resilient this season, so we've got to hope he can keep doing it."Prior to Wednesday's game, GoldenStateofMind.com was wondering aloud whether Curry should take the court. Now, the Chronicle reports that Curry "could miss extended time" because of the repeated sprains, although X-rays taken on Wednesday did not show a fracture. The team is thin at the point guard position behind Curry: untested rookie Jeremy Lin and journeyman Charlie Bell were the only available options to play alongside scoring guard Monta Ellis. To add some depth at the position, the Warriors plan to sign free agent point guard Acie Law on Thursday. Law was waived by the Memphis Grizzlies earlier this week, after he couldn't find playing time behind Mike Conley and Greivis Vasquez. A long-term loss of Curry would be tough news for the Warriors, who have slipped to 8-14 on the season, after starting the year 7-4.
Posted on: September 23, 2010 2:42 pm
Edited on: September 23, 2010 2:43 pm
Posted by Royce Young
The Warriors will be under new leadership once the season starts, but it's going to be the same group running training camp. This is a new-look team with a number of fresh faces, but the core backcourt remains and looks to grow another year together. Can the Warriors begin a climb back to respectibility? It'll all start in training camp for them and it'll also require a number of issue to get sorted out.
Training camp site: Oakland, CA
Training camp starts: Sept. 28
Key additions: Dorell Wright (free agent), David Lee (sign and trade), Jeremy Lin (draft), Ekpe Udoh (draft), Louis Amundson (free agent), Rodney Carney (free agent)
Key subtractions: Anthony Randolph (trade), C.J. Watson (free agent), Corey Maggette (trade), Anthony Morrow (free agent)
Likely starting lineup: Stephen Curry, PG; Monta Ellis, SG; Dorell Wright, SF; David Lee, PF; Andris Biedrins, C
Player to watch: Jeremy Lin. For whatever reason, Lin has already become a cult basketball star. He's the Harvard grad who blew people away with his summer league fearlessness and ability. He got a guaranteed contract from the Warriors and is already becoming one of the faces of the team and probably the fan favorite. Everyone has him dubbed a sleeper and a ready-made scorer that's going to make an impact.
Did I mention he hasn't played a game yet? While Lin was impressive during the summer, he's still an unknown. Right now he's third on the depth chart behind Charlie Bell for backup point guard duties, so he's got to work to earn time on the floor as well.
Chemistry quiz: The Curry-Ellis experiment enters year two, with both guys desperate to have the ball in their hands. In the Don Nelson system, shots are there for pretty much anyone who's willing to take them, but a constant battle over who controls the ball is something the Warriors hope to avoid. It can upset not just on-court chemistry, but also off-court unity as well.
The real chemistry question is what's happening upstairs. Once ownership of the team is transferred, will the Warriors still be under the same direction of Nelson, or will they be scrambling to make a switch to Keith Smart (or someone else) right before the season?
Camp battles: Who's backing up David Lee at power forward? Ekpe Udoh was hurt this summer with a wrist injury, but is he ready to find rotation time in front of Brandan Wright? Wright has always seemed to find himself in Nelson's dog house, but with Udoh's setback, Wright may get his chances.
Injury issues: David Lee hurt his hand during Team USA's training camp but is supposed to be healthy for the Warriors camp.
Biggest strength: Speed. Everyone knows the Warriors can score. Their points per game is often a bit deceiving because in terms of offensive efficiency, they're typically in the middle to lower half of the league. But this Warrior team has a bunch of skill around the ball. Curry is a gifted passer and shooter. Ellis goes end to end in a blur. David Lee runs the floor exceptionally well for a big man. And there are hyper-athletic guys waiting on the pine like Udoh, Wright and Lou Amundson.
Glaring weakness: Should I just say "defense" and leave it at that. Or do I really need to explain why the Warriors are bad defensively and therefore, that's a weakness? Let's just leave it at that.