Tag:Kyrylo Fesenko
Posted on: January 13, 2012 6:47 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2012 7:15 pm

Warriors release Ish Smith to sign Earl Barron

Posted by Ben Golliver ish-smith

The roster churn continues in the Bay Area.

The Golden State Warriors have released guard Ish Smith, according to the Contra Costa Times. Smith, 23, was signed to a non-guaranteed contract. He appeared in six games for the Warriors, averaging 5.3 points and 1.8 assists.

HoopsWorld.com reports that the Warriors will use Smith's roster spot to sign free agent big man Earl Barron to a "partially-guaranteed" contract. SI.com confirms the report.

Barron, 30, went to training camp with the Portland Trail Blazers but was released after the team signed free agent big men Kurt Thomas and Craig Smith. Barron has played five seasons in the NBA, including stops with the Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks and the Blazers. Barron is a lithe 7-footer with a limited offensive game. His career averages: 5.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in 110 appearances.

The moves come one day after starting center Kwame Brown was lost to a chest injury that is expected to sideline him for at least three months. The Warriors got hammered in the paint by Orlando Magic All-Star center Dwight Howard on Thursday night, as he erupted for 45 points and 23 rebounds while drawing an NBA-record 39 foul shots.

The Warriors were previously linked to free agent center Kyrylo Fesenko two weeks ago but instead decided to sign athletic guard Nate Robinson, who was bought out by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Warriors, under first-year coach Mark Jackson, are 3-7 on the season.
Posted on: December 27, 2011 6:02 pm
Edited on: December 30, 2011 4:51 pm

Report: Kyrylo Fesenko to Warriors now off

Posted by Ben Golliverfesenko-jazz

Update (12/30): The San Jose Mercury News reports that Golden State's expected signing is now "off" after the team decided to go in a different direction. So much for that one.

Original Post (12/27): The Golden State Warriors continue to reshape their frontcourt.

After taking a stab at Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, settling for free agent pickup Kwame Brown and shipping Lou Amundson to the Indiana Pacers, the Warriors have signed free agent center Kyrylo Fesenko to a 1-year contract worth $1.1 million, according to SI.com.

Fesenko, 25, is entering his fifth NBA season. A 2007 second pick, Fesenko spent all four previous years with the Utah Jazz. His career averages: 2.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per game.

Utah has proceeded with a new-look frontcourt, rendering Fesenko extraneous. The Jazz have vets Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap in place and are clearly looking to give extended playing time to Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter, two youngsters with significant upside. Fesenko is a bit clunky and known as somewhat of a goof, but he can deliver hard fouls and play spot minutes, and he comes at a bargain basement price for a 7-footer.

ESPN.com reports that the Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors were also interested in Fesenko's services.
Posted on: October 4, 2011 4:51 pm
Edited on: October 4, 2011 5:02 pm

The worst overall player ratings in NBA 2K12

Posted by Ben Golliver


Last week, we took a look at the top-rated players in the latest rendition of the popular video game, NBA 2K12. Miami Heat forward LeBron James led all current players with a player rating of 98. Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams were all rated above 90 by the game on a scale of 1-100.

Here's the flipside. The following is a list of the worst-rated players on each team. The absolute worst of the worst is Oklahoma City Thunder center Byron Mullens, who rates as a 40. The rest of the bottom five: Chicago Bulls forward Brian Scalabrine (41), Toronto Raptors center Alexis Ajinca (42), Utah Jazz center Kyrylo Fesenko (42) and San Antonio Spurs forward Steve Novak (43).

Here's the full list of the worst-rated players for each team in NBA 2K12

Atlanta Hawks -- Jason Collins -- C -- 45
Boston Celtics -- Nenad Krstic -- C -- 54
Charlotte Bobcats -- DeSagana Diop -- C -- 51
Chicago Bulls -- Brian Scalabrine -- PF -- 41
Cleveland Cavaliers -- Luke Harangody -- PF -- 50
Dallas Mavericks -- Ian Mahinmi -- C -- 47
Denver Nuggets -- Kosta Koufos -- C -- 53
Detroit Pistons -- DaJuan Summers -- SF -- 55
Golden State Warriors -- Vladimir Radmanovic -- PF -- 53
Houston Rockets -- Hasheem Thabeet -- C -- 51
Indiana Pacers -- A.J. Price -- PG -- 53
Los Angeles Clippers -- Brian Cook -- PF -- 49
Los Angeles Lakers -- Theo Ratliff -- C -- 53
Memphis Grizzlies -- Hamed Haddadi -- C -- 48
Miami Heat -- Dexter Pittman -- C -- 45
Milwaukee Bucks -- Jon Brockman -- PF -- 51
Minnesota Timberwolves -- Nikola Pekovic -- C -- 55
New Jersey Nets -- Mario West -- PG -- 49
New Orleans Hornets -- D.J. Mbenga -- C -- 45
New York Knicks -- Anthony Carter -- PG -- 53
Oklahoma City Thunder -- Byron Mullens -- C -- 40
Orlando Magic -- Malik Allen -- PF -- 49
Philadelphia 76ers -- Tony Battie -- C -- 47
Phoenix Suns -- Garret Siler -- C -- 52
Portland Trail Blazers -- Earl Barron -- C -- 47
Sacramento Kings -- Hassan Whiteside -- C -- 49
San Antonio Spurs -- Steve Novak -- PF -- 43
Toronto Raptors -- Alexis Ajinca -- C -- 42
Utah Jazz -- Kyrylo Fesenko -- C -- 42
Washington Wizards -- Hamady N'Diaye -- C -- 50

Note: Both the Hawks and the Hornets had multiple players rated below 50. Guard Pape Sy was rated 48 for Atlanta and center David Andersen was rated 49 for New Orleans.
Posted on: September 27, 2010 9:36 am
Edited on: September 27, 2010 9:36 am

Shootaround 9.27.10: Taking and Giving

Jazz will take back Fesenko, Conley has to take charge, Dampier will take his time, and Shaq giving quotes as usual, all in today's Shootaround.
Posted by Matt Moore

It's Fesenko time! ESPN.com's Marc Stein reported via Twitter last night that Kyrylo Fesenko had elected to turn down an offer from the Rockets and return to the Jazz for a one-year, $1-million deal. NBA FanHouse's Sam Sam Amick confirmed that same report . Funny thing is, the Salt Lake City Tribune reports that while Fesenko's made up his mind, discussions haven't begun with Utah to finalize. So we're in the 90% range but not a done deal. If you're wondering why you care, take a look around the Western Conference to see how big the West is. Every center matters.

The Commercial Appeal 's Ron Tillery has a look at five things to watch during Grizzlies training camp, and Mike Conley is the big one. The Grizzlies have eliminated all competition for the point guard job in an effort to give him the confidence to be the player they need him to be. Which isn't really the player he's been for the duration of his career.

Guyism has an awesome run-down of the new technical foul violations , as demonstrated by Rasheed Wallace. Here's a question: How's the league going to make up for the loss of revenue with 'Sheed retiring? That's a lot of fine money going out the door. Could it be that's the reason for the expanded tech rules? Conspiracy! (Note: Not a real conspiracy.)

Sam Amick at FanHouse has another interesting story, as he spoke with Erick Dampier and found out Damp has expanded his list of prospective teams , with Portland, Toronto, and Milwaukee joining the list of teams he's considering. Portland's an interesting option, considering they have Greg Oden, Marcus Camby, and Joel Przybilla on roster, even with the injuries to the first two. Would be quite a statement if Portland brought in Dampier.

NIUBall.com, which covers the Chinese leagues, reports via HoopChina.com that either Von Wafer, Rafer Alston, or both could be headed to China . You realize Rafer Alston was starting for a Finals team a year and a half ago? Geez, talk about a plummet.

Among the many, many quotes that Shaq gave ESPN Boston , he says that this is the first time in his career he doesn't have to hold anyone's hand, nor have anyone hold his. Which is kind of ridiculous considering the level to which Dwyane Wade shouldered the load in Miami, having already made the playoffs. And I think it's hard to argue he had to hold James' hand. And he actually damaged Amar'e Stoudemire's confidence to a large degree. But hey, whatever makes the big guy feel good about himself. Also, apparently Glen "Big Baby" Davis is considered a "great player" by O'Neal. ... 'Kay.

Kwame Brown was injured in a pickup game and will be out 4-6 weeks. The Bobcats are going to be insanely short on centers. Bloggers will be insanely long on jokes about this situation.

Primoz Brezec is playing in Russia this season, according to ... himself . Again, see shot #1 here for why that's relevant.

Don't get Brook Lopez started on comic books .... you'll be there for a while.

Disney is now sponsoring Amway Arena , where the Magic now play. ESPN is owned by Disney. Maybe now you'll see Orlando getting the kind of attention respect that Boston and Cleveland have enjoyed from ESPN for... "BREAKING NEWS! The Miami Heat have gone to dinner together! We take you there live!"

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