Tag:Fabricio Oberto
Posted on: April 12, 2011 1:58 pm
Edited on: April 12, 2011 2:05 pm

Blazers sign C Earl Barron

The Portland Trail Blazers have signed free agent center Earl Barron. Posted by Ben Golliver. earl-barron

The Portland Trail Blazers had looked content to enter the NBA playoffs with their roster but then starting center Marcus Camby suffered a freak neck injury last week. Camby's absence exposed Portland's lack of interior depth, a constant problem during a season that has seen big men Greg Oden and Jeff Pendergraph go down to season-ending knee injuries. 

On Tuesday, the Blazers decided to fill their one remaining roster spot with the best available seven-footer: free agent center Earl Barron. He will be eligible for the playoffs.     
The Portland Trail Blazers have signed center Earl Barron for the remainder of the season, it was announced today by General Manager Rich Cho. Barron, 29, was a member of the 2005-06 NBA Champion Miami Heat his rookie season in the league and has played parts of five seasons with Miami (2005-08), the New York Knicks (2009-10), Phoenix Suns (2010-11) and Milwaukee Bucks (2010-11), posting career averages of 5.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 15.1 minutes in 108 games (27 starts).
A University of Memphis product, Barron (7-0, 250) averaged 3.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 14.1 minutes in 19 games (six starts) with Phoenix and Milwaukee this season.
Barron also played parts of five seasons in the NBA Development League, making the D-League All-Star team in 2009-10 with the Iowa Energy. The Trail Blazers roster now stands at 15 players. Barron will wear jersey No. 40.
Camby is expected to return to the court this week and be available for the playoffs, so Barron is really just injury insurance. The Blazers also recently signed reserve big man Chris Johnson, who has played sparingly when Camby has been out. 

Rather than lean on Johnson or Barron should Camby go down again, Blazers coach Nate McMillan is much more likely to play a smallball lineup that shifts forward LaMarcus Aldridge into the middle. Nevertheless, the spot was open and there's very little cost associated with bringing Barron on at this point.

The signing completes a crazy year for Cho, who has signed five free agent centers in less than six months: Fabricio Oberto, Sean Marks, Jarron Collins, Johnson and now Barron.

If the playoffs started Tuesday, the Blazers would be the Western Conference's No. 6 seed. They would face off against the No. 3 seed Los Angeles Lakers.
Posted on: November 5, 2010 10:34 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:31 pm

Blazers to sign free agent center Sean Marks

League sources tell CBSSports.com that the Portland Trail Blazers will sign free agent center Sean Marks to replace Fabricio Oberto, who retired onsean-marksThursday. Posted by Ben Golliver

League sources tell CBSSports.com that the Portland Trail Blazers will sign free agent center Sean Marks to replace center Fabricio Oberto, who retired this week due to a re-occurring heart condition.  Marks was was one of five players invited to a Friday workout at the team's practice facility, and he beat out Earl Barron, Eric Boateng, Dwayne Jones and former Blazer Shavlik Randolph to take the team's only open roster spot. The Blazers are said to favor Marks for his combination of experience and ability to defend the center position. League sources tell CBSSports.com's Ken Berger that Marks will receive a non-guaranteed veteran's minimum contract.  Marks is listed at 6'10" and 250, and he has enjoyed a lengthy, although unproductive, NBA career that dates back to the 1998-1999 season and includes time with the Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Phoenix Suns and New Orleans Hornets. Marks attended training camp with the Washington Wizards this fall before the team released him to get down to the NBA's roster maximum of 15 players. Marks will serve as Portland's backup center, behind starter Marcus Camby and will join Camby and power forwards LaMarcus Aldridge and Dante Cunningham in Portland's short-handed frontcourt rotation. Once injured centers Joel Przybilla and Greg Oden return, Marks is not likely to see much, if any, playing time. His signing will push Portland's roster back to the maximum of 15 players.
Posted on: November 5, 2010 9:37 am
Edited on: November 5, 2010 9:38 am

Shootaround 11.5.10: Like That

Posted by Matt Moore

  • The Sonics mascot showed up with a sign that said "Homeless" last night. Which is adorable. I do wonder where the sign is that reads "Homeless because people didn't think it was a good idea to build me a new home" but I'm a stickler for accuracy like that.
  • Mikael Pietrus and Stan Van Gundy got into a shouting match over Pietrus being yanked in the third quarter against the Wolves. One would think in a 40 point annihilation that everyone would be happy. It's also bizarre that SVG continues to have trouble with Pietrus considering that he's been a big part of the team's success and I don't see any yelling or screaming at Vince Carter, but I'm a stickler for fairness like that.
  • Twitter has not been kind to the Celtics. Twitter is a remarkably easy interface to control, you just have to be sure to think about what you're posting before you post it. Then, if you do post something that isn't great, you need to be prepared to take responsibility for it. Or blame it on hackers. You know, either one.
Posted on: November 5, 2010 4:25 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:31 pm

Blazers' horrible day ends with loss to Thunder

The Portland Trail Blazers lost two players for the season on Thursday, and lost to their major rival, the Oklahoma City Thunder, on Thursday night. kevin-durantPosted by Ben Golliver The Portland Trail Blazers know a thing or two about bad days, especially after last season, when they suffered through some shell-shocking 24-hour periods. Greg Oden writhing in pain on the floor, his knee completely out of place. Joel Pryzbilla, injuring his knee on the court and then again at home in his shower a few months later, sitting on the bathroom floor, tears flowing as he realized what he had done. Draft night: firing a popular general manager out of nowhere, trading a popular player and leaving its fanbase in a state of shock. Thursday ranks right up there with any of them, though. In less than 10 hours, the Blazers: 1) lost first-round draft pick Elliot Williams for the season due to a knee injury, 2) lost center Fabricio Oberto to retirement due to a re-occurring heart problem 3) lost guard Rudy Fernandez for an indefinite time period (not expected to be too long) to a minor back injury and 4) lost at home in overtime to their chief rival, the Oklahoma City Thunder, after blowing a 13-point lead on national television. "Thank goodness it's over," said Blazers coach Nate McMillan after the game. "It's shocking some of the things that happened, but you have to move on." Even though the back half of their roster was seemingly melting away before their eyes, the Blazers came out relatively poised against the Thunder, dumping in 64.3% of their first half shots and scoring easily time after time. Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge was a major recipient, finishing a number of alley oops at the rim, without a Thunder defender in sight.  Battling back from down double digits, the Thunder tightened up big time in the second half, limiting the Blazers to just 19 fourth-quarter points and, even more remarkably, holding the Blazers scoreless through the first 4:19 of overtime. Oklahoma City all star Kevin Durant switched onto Blazers all star Brandon Roy down the stretch. Roy finished with 19 points, five rebounds and five assists on the night, but he shot just 6-17 from the field and was 0-4 from the field in the fourth quarter and overtime. One of the misses was a potential game-winner in the final seconds of regulation, with Durant waving at his look. "They definitely keyed on some of the spots that I like to get the ball," Roy said. "So I think because of that we went other places and we just looked a little confused there. We've got to get better down the stretch. We've got to figure that out." Durant, meanwhile, was steely-faced before the game and animated throughout, looking to make up for a 6-24 shooting night in an ugly blowout loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. He did so in a big way Thursday, out-dueling Roy by putting up 28 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and three blocked shots. "We needed that a lot, man," Durant said. "It's kind of like a monkey off of our backs once the buzzer ended. It's a good win for us but we've got to move on." As for the Blazers, the injury monkey remains on their backs, and it only seems to increase in size. Portland played just eight players on Thursday due to all the injuries, and the team plans to bring in five free agent big men for a look, as first reported on CBSSports.com. "We'll be looking at guys," McMillan said after the game. "We certainly are looking at bringing somebody in." Portland needs the interior help if they are to keep pace with the Thunder (and the Jazz, and the Nuggets) for the Northwest Division crown. Make no mistake, that's still the goal for the Blazers, who remain in first place in the Northwest at 4-2, despite a Thursday they won't soon forget. 
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Posted on: November 4, 2010 8:39 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2010 10:17 pm

Fabricio Oberto announces unexpected retirement

Posted by Royce Young

Some sad news out of Portland late Thursday - Blazer big man Fabricio Oberto has unexpectedly announced his retirement due to recurrent palpitations related to a prior cardiac condition.

Oberto experienced lightheadedness and dizziness during the first half of Portland’s game at Milwaukee on Nov. 2 and was just expected to miss a few games. But thinking forward, Oberto made a good decision and has put basketball second to his health.
"I made this decision to put my health and my family in front of basketball," said Oberto in a press release. "It was a tough decision to make after playing for so many years, but it was the right one."

Sources tell CBSSports.com's Ben Golliver that the Blazers will work out Earl Barron, Dwayne Jones, Sean Marks and Shavlik Randolph. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com also confirms these names. The Blazers could also work out other players as well. The Portland Tribune reports Eric Boateng also will get a look.

In his sixth season in the NBA, Oberto appeared in each of Portland’s first five games, averaging 1.4 points and 1.4 rebounds in 9.0 minutes.
“We want to thank Fabricio for his professionalism and hard work during his short time here,” said Trail Blazers General Manager Rich Cho in the release. “It's unfortunate to lose him, but we respect his decision to do what's best for his health and his family.”
A native of Las Varillas, Argentina, Oberto played four seasons for the San Antonio Spurs (2005-09), winning an NBA Championship as the starting center in 2007, before spending last season with the Washington Wizards.

So, what happens now for the Blazers? That's another big man that's gone down and without Joel Przybilla expected back until the end of the month, it's likely Portland will make some sort of move to fill the hole on the inside. With Elliot Williams being lost to a season-ending injury earlier Thursday, Portland needs bodies at least for the practice court now.

It's another blow to the Blazers but if anyone knows how to come this sort of adversity, it's Nate McMillan and the resiliant Blazers. Not that Oberto was a key piece the puzzle, but he was a quality body on the inside that was at least reliable to provide productive minutes. Portland will have to just do was it does and find another warm body to plug in. The good thing is, at least the Blazers are used to it.
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