Tag:Ben Golliver
Posted on: October 31, 2010 2:04 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:18 pm

Spike Lee predicts Carmelo to NY, promotes movie

Filmmaker Spike Lee said Saturday night that Denver Nuggets star forward Carmelo Anthony would become a member of the New York Knicks. Posted by Ben Golliver  spike-lee
About a week ago, we noted a New York Post story that Denver Nuggets star forward, Carmelo Anthony, who is in the final year of his contract and set to become a free agent this summer, told filmmaker Spike Lee that his top choice was to play for the New York Knicks, a team that has been actively courting Anthony. Lee, a longtime Knick fans and season ticket holder, told the New York Post on Saturday night that he believes Anthony will become a member of the Knicks. But he did so in the most cleverly self-promotional way possible.
"I have just one sentence for you," Lee told The Post before the Knicks' 100-95 loss to the Trail Blazers in their home opener. "Carmelo Anthony will be with the Knicks if God is willing and the creek don't rise."
An old saying meaning a goal will be achieved as outside forces do not wreak havoc, "If God Is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise" is also the title of Lee's latest documentary on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
When asked for his thoughts on Lee's statement, New Jersey Nets co-owner and rapper Jay-Z replied, "Carmelo will be a Net, AMERICAN GANGSTER SOUNDTRACK!!" Portland Trail Blazers owner and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen chimed in, "Melo to Portland... Bing! Xbox Live Gold Membership!" All jokes aside, Lee nicely accomplished two goals with his statement: 1) He spread awareness for his documentary and 2) He maintained "Melo to N.Y." momentum. Both are admirable in a way, because convincing an American viewing public to watch a full-length documentary is nearly as impossible as imagining a scenario where New York's no-name roster would have enough attractive assets to land Anthony via trade.  Kudos to Lee for fighting a difficult fight on two fronts in one sentence.
Posted on: October 29, 2010 10:47 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:18 pm

At The Buzzer: Heat 96, Magic 70

The Miami Heat ran away from the Orlando Magic in the highly-anticipated Friday night match-up between the top teams in the NBA's Southeast miami-heat-openerDivision. Posted by Ben Golliver  The Miami Heat made sure their home opener was worth the hefty price of admission, running away from the Orlando Magic in the second-half to cruise to a 96-70 victory Friday night. Heat vs. Magic had been circled on the calendar since this year's schedule was released, as many believe the Magic, boasting arguably the deepest roster in the league, a plethora of shooters and the best big man in the league, Dwight Howard, match-up better with the new-look, star-studded Heat better than anyone besides the Los Angeles Lakers. Early on, it looked like the match-up might play out as advertised, as Howard manned the middle like usual and also showed impressive range on the offensive end, netting multiple jumpers. Howard kept Orlando within striking distance, with Miami leading at halftime, 51-45.  Prior to the game, Magic players, including backup center Marcin Gortat, said they were tired of hearing about the Heat. Bad news, Marcin: Heat Hype will only increase after tape of the third quarter makes the rounds. The Heat shifted into fifth gear, winning the quarter 28-10, running up a 20+ point lead and pouring in points in spectacular fashion. Dwyane Wade did his best Michael Jordan impersonation, hitting a number of circus shots, while LeBron James looked comfortable in his role as playmaker.  Wade led all Heat scorers with 26 points. James finished with 15 points, six rebounds and seven assists. Meanwhile, Orlando went ice cold from the field, shooting just 30.4% from the field, one night after making 55.8% of their shots against the Washington Wizards. Perhaps the back-to-back for Orlando, combined with the energy burst the Heat received playing in front of a raucous Miami crowd on opening night, made things a little easier Friday, but the Heat's top-end talent had a lot to do with it too. Past Howard, Orlando failed to receive superstar-type performances from anyone, and while guard Vince Carter was rolling around on the ground with a back injury, the Heat stars were flying around above him, on a different tier. Howard finished with 19 points, seven rebounds, two steals and a block, but it wasn't nearly enough, and he fouled out in 29 minutes of action. Chapter one in the 2010-2011 Heat/Magic rivalry went down like this: Orlando wasn't capable of a team effort, and they got run off the court by a talented Heat team that showed for the first time this season how potent it can be.  The Heat improve to 2-1 on the season. The Magic fall to 1-1.
Posted on: October 29, 2010 9:57 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:15 pm

Andre Iguodala does want out of Philadelphia?

Andre Iguodala has reportedly informed Philadelphia 76ers management through his camp that he would like to be traded if the team is not able toandre-iguodalaimprove this season. Posted by Ben Golliver  Earlier Friday, we noted a reassuring report out of Philadelphia that stated 76ers star forward Andre Iguodala had not requested a trade from the team. On Friday evening, a slightly different story emerged from ESPN's Chris Broussard, the go-to source for players to passive-aggressively make their disaffection with their organizations public. Broussard writes that Iguodala has not and would not publicly request a trade because that's not his style but that his camp "has let Sixers management know that if the team doesn't begin winning, he'd like to be moved elsewhere." 
I’m told by well-placed sources that Andre Iguodala would like a change of scenery; that after spending the summer winning a World Championship with Team USA Iguodala can’t stomach going through another losing season in Philadelphia, especially when there’s no light at the end of the tunnel.
Broussard also notes that the Sixers have denied speaking with Iguodala on the matter. Taking the soft float from Iguodala's camp and the Sixers denial together, that puts us in the most preliminary stages of a star player hijacking an organization, roughly three months behind Carmelo Anthony's current timetable. Buckle up, City of Brotherly Love. And buy stock in Evan Turner now while people still think he's a harmless nerd.
Posted on: October 29, 2010 8:50 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:15 pm

LeBron James uses fangs mouthguard

Miami Heat star LeBron James wore a mouthguard with fangs during his team's game against the Orlando Magic on Friday night. Posted by Ben Golliver Either Miami Heat star LeBron James is in the Halloween spirit or he's lost his mind. Or both.  During Friday night's home opener for the Miami Heat against the Orlando Magic, James donned a mouthguard with vampire fangs. Here's a close up look at the, um, interesting mouthguard, courtesy of Darren Rovell's Twitpic. lebron-james-fangs-mouthguard Rovell speculated on Twitter that perhaps the unique mouthguard could draw a fine from the league.  Here's another shot courtesy of @Jose3030 on Twitter. lebron-james-mouthguard-fangs Recently, James's teammate Dwyane Wade said he wanted a new nickname. Perhaps it's time for LeBron to switch his moniker from "King" to "Count."
Posted on: October 29, 2010 5:32 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:15 pm

Allen Iverson to Turkey is officially official

Allen Iverson signed with Besiktas, a professional basketball team in Turkey, during a press conference in Manhattan. Posted by Ben Golliver Earlier this week, we noted two reports (here and here) that linked former Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson to the Turkish club Besiktas. Last night, Iverson's management company issued a press release confirming that Iverson had agreed to sign a 2-year, $4 million contract with the team and that he would sign it during a ceremony at the St. Regis hotel in Manhattan. That ceremony took place today and, from the looks of it, I wish I had been there. This picture, for example, is pretty incredible, as Iverson is either holding his future jersey, a tent flap or maternity clothing, I can't tell which. Kate Fagan reports that Iverson plans to move his family to Turkey with him and that he claims money is not a problem.
"It’s not a problem, it’s not a problem – money. Obviously if it was about money, I would jump out there and say, ‘You want me to come off the bench? How much money are you paying?' It wouldn’t be a big deal. It’s not about money or anything like that. It’s the fact that I want to play and contribute what I can give to a basketball team. I made a ton of money playing in the NBA and all I want to do is play basketball and be happy. I’m at the point in my career where mentally and physically I know I can play basketball and that’s what I want to do. If I can’t play in the NBA, but I want to play basketball, that’s a decision I have to make."
Here's some video of the signing, via Philly.com, which shows Iverson shaking hands with Besiktas executives. What a surreal scene, and my immediate impulse is to conclude that, despite Iverson's move halfway across the globe to play basketball, we'll be seeing The Answer pop up from time to time for many years to come. Unfortunately, I'm cringing at that thought. Hopefully Iverson gets this back on track before he reaches Tyson Territory.
Posted on: October 29, 2010 4:12 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:15 pm

Jason Williams suspended for bumping NBA official

Orlando Magic guard Jason Williams has been suspended by the NBA for one game after making contact with a referee. Posted by Ben Golliver The NBA has announced in a press release that Orlando Magic reserve point guard Jason Williams has been suspended by the league for a game after he made contact with a referee during Orlando's Thursday night season-opener against the Washington Wizards.  Here's the release.
NEW YORK, October 29, 2010 –  Jason Williams of the Orlando Magic has been suspended without pay for one game for making contact with a game official following his ejection, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. 
The incident occurred with 58 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of the Magic’s 112-83 victory over the Washington Wizards at Amway Center on Thursday, Oct. 28.  Williams will serve his suspension tonight when the Magic face the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. 
And here's the video of the incident courtesy of NBARauf on YouTube Williams received back-to-back technical fouls during the final minute of Orlando's blowout win for arguing a player control foul. Williams then lightly brushed one of the officials before being escorted off the court by teammate Marcin Gortat.  The NBA, of course, has implemented stricter technical foul guidelines this year.  The Artist Formerly Known As White Chocolate goes down as the regular season's first high-profile victim of the new rules.  The Magic will make due with starting point guard Jameer Nelson and backup point guard Chris Duhon in Williams's absence.
Posted on: October 29, 2010 3:41 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:16 pm

Report: Andre Iguodala hasn't made trade request

Philadelphia 76ers forward Andre Iguodala reportedly hasn't requested a trade. Posted by Ben Golliverandre-iguodala Kate Fagan of Philly.com reports that Philadelphia 76ers star forward Andre Iguodala, a member of the 2010 Team USA World Championship team, has not requested a trade.  Fagan writes that an ESPN broadcaster alluded to a trade request -- either now or later in the season if the Sixers struggled -- during a television broadcast on Wednesday, when the Sixers hosted the Miami Heat.
That statement, along with some circulating second and third-hand rumors, created a small amount of buzz that Iguodala wants out of Philly.
That is untrue. Iguodala has not requested a trade, nor has he told management he'd like to be traded if the Sixers aren't winning by midseason. Iguodala has not approached management with any trade request. According to a source, the "news" came from a statement Iguodala made -- saying he'd like to play for a winning team -- that was then taken out of context and morphed into the logical next step: well, if Philly isn't winning, then Iguodala wants out.
Iguodala's case in Philadelphia is an interesting one right now because presumably rookie Evan Turner is the franchise's face of the future. Turner and Iguodala aren't incompatible by any means, but, fast forwarding a few years, could the Sixers make better use of his salary slot to complement Turner? It seems likely. But if you're Philadelphia and you're not in love with the Iguodala/Turner pairing, you're still in no rush to move Iguodala, even if he's unhappy. At age 26, Iguodala is just entering his prime and his trade value will therefore remain as-is into the foreseeable future. For that reason, and the fact that Iguodala's contract runs into 2013-2014 (player option on the final year), any trade talk seems extremely premature. As for Iguodala's statement that he wants to play for a winner? That's all good. With the young pieces Philly has assembled around Iguodala, contending for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference isn't out of the question. So, Iggy, don't talk about playing for a winner, be about it. 
Posted on: October 29, 2010 2:18 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:16 pm

Delonte West punched a teammate at practice

According to a report, Delonte West punched Boston Celtics teammate Von Wafer after the team's practice. Posted by Ben Golliverdelonte-west Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld.com is reporting that Boston Celtics guard Delonte West, who has been involved in spats with teammates previously this season, may have punched fellow Celtic guard Von Wafter after practice Friday.
During a three-on-three game with Avery Bradley, Luke Harangody, Semih Erden and assistant coach Tyronn Lue, West began fouling Wafer each time the reserve guard touched the ball. West was increasingly physical to the point that Wafer exited to the locker room midway through the game. As he walked away, West barked obscenities and taunted Wafer. After Wafer had showered and sat down at his locker, West approached from behind and threw a punch. Wafer didn't see the punch coming but quickly got off of the ground and connected on two punches of his own. He then wrestled West to the ground before being separated by the team's veterans. 
Kennedy also quotes sources saying that Boston Celtics management and director of basketball operations Danny Ainge will weigh their options with regard to West, who is signed to a non-guaranteed contract. More details as they emerge.

: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports on Twitter that "Delonte West has been livid with Von Wafer for days" prior to Friday's reported altercation and that "West believed Wafer was responsible for published anonymous quote saying it was 'obvious' when West hadn't taken his medicine, source says."

Update 2:
WEEI says West might be released after the fight. Also, Wafer updated his Twitter to say, "i love my team #wefamily." Update 3: Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reports on Twitter that Boston is "not expected to release West, sources say."  Update 4: The Boston Herald quotes Ainge confirming that an altercation took place and calling the incident "unacceptable." The paper also notes that Ainge "denied there would be any repercussions," such as releasing West, a possibility that had been floated earlier today. 
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