Tag:NBA Issues
Posted on: October 29, 2010 2:54 pm

Rudy Fernandez files grievance over latest fine

Posted by Royce Young

Both Rudy Fernandez and his people haven't done a very excellent job of keeping their mouths shut lately. He wants (or wanted, at least) out of Portland and made that position pretty clear and pretty public. And as a result, the league stamped a $25,000 fine and then a $50,000 ticket.

I guess Fernandez accepted the first one, because with the lastest one, he's filed a grievance with the league, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports.

The fine stemmed from comments Fernandez's unofficial agent, Gerard Darnes, who made on his behalf to a Portland radio station. Basically, Darnes said Rudy wanted out of his contract and to return to Spain. This was the second time Fernadez (or his representation) had gone public with his desire to leave the Blazers so the league upped the ante.

What's interesting is that Fernandez appears to be happy and doing well in Portland right now. His big complaint was his role and playing time, but in two games, he's playing an average of about 18 minutes a game and has produced relatively well in that time scoring eight then seven points in two games. He's has a good attitude and hasn't appeared frustrated in the slightest.

Rich Cho has made it pretty clear Fernandez won't be released and likely will not be dealt, so Fernandez is embracing really his only basketball option and that's to suck it up and play his best for Portland. I guess he gets that now. And therefore, he's kindly asking for his $50,000 back.
Posted on: October 11, 2010 6:55 pm
Edited on: October 11, 2010 7:03 pm

Rudy Fernandez is fined again, this time $50,000

Posted by Royce Young

Sometimes, people just don't know when to shut up. And when a penalty of $25,000 isn't enough, that must mean you're probably a professional athlete losing another $50,000 isn't a big deal.

And that's what happened to Blazers' guard Rudy Fernandez late Monday as he was tagged with another fine making him a total of $75,000 lighter in the wallet.

Officially, Fernandez was fined the $50,000 for comments "detrimental to the league." Fernandez wasn't the one making them this time, but instead his representation Gerard Darnes who on Oct. 6 made some pretty clear comments about wanting Rudy out of Portland. Darnes was speaking to a Portland radio station about Fernandez and his situation, specifically addressing a newspaper article from The Oregonian they didn't like. During the conversation, Darnes said this:
"You cannot blame him for having the desire to be somewhere else. He has a contract, he's honoring the contract. He's here and playing. He has been very respectful to the fans. That's why he said that on Media Day also. He loves this community. Portland has treated him so well. He thanks the whole organization and the community. He's not saying, 'I don't want to practice.' He's practicing, playing, he's listening to the people cheer him ... Rudy wishes to go home. His personal situation got worse. This change of mind has been produced in four months. His personal situation has been getting worse. There are things that I cannot say publicly, personal situations, that have been getting worse."
When asked why Rudy wanted to go home, Darnes said, "There's friends, there's family, he's a shy guy. He's special." Special enough to pay $50,000 on your behalf, Gerard.

Fernandez's first comments that he was fined for came back on Aug. 19, but thus far, he's doing his job in the preseason for the Blazers. He's played well and hasn't said anything himself publically since August.

Obviously Fernandez still desperately wants out. This might not be the last fine the NBA has to lay down on Team Fernandez. The amount Fernandez has shelled out isn't a massive amount to him yet, but you can be sure if it happens again, the NBA will up the ante again. And at that point, Fernandez might start getting the message.
Posted on: September 29, 2010 1:49 pm
Edited on: September 29, 2010 1:53 pm

NBA pulls back helping Sacramento get new arena

Posted by Royce Young

Tell me if we've heard this story before. NBA team ownership wants a new arena. They say current arena can't be upgraded. And plans for a new arena are hitting major snags. The next part, well, you can fill in what that might be.

Where am I going with this? Well, the NBA has pulled the plug on supporting a new arena in downtown Sacramento, the Sac Bee reports. In an email to The Bee, NBA official John Moag said, "On the heels of the disappointing – but not surprising – action (or inaction) of the state and Cal Expo board, it is fair to say that the NBA has ceased its activities on the Sacramento arena front. However, we will continue to monitor and respond to the activities and options of others that might reasonably ensure the competitiveness and viability of the Kings' franchise."


But it's not all on the NBA here.
The statement came just days after the Cal Expo board closed the door on an NBA plan to move the State Fair to where Arco Arena is to help finance the new downtown arena.

Obviously, everyone from Seattle is having violent flashbacks right now. This sounds like the same song they heard when the city voted down financing a new arena. And with this new development, David Stern was reportedly "not enthused."

Arco is now one of the league's oldest arenas and is in need of an upgrade. But since that isn't likely coming, a brand new building is going to be required to keep both the NBA and Kings ownership happy. Voters already turned that down once, but things can always turn around.

But it's not all doom and gloom for the Kings. They have something the Sonics did not in stable, local ownership and plus, the team's prospects on the floor are looking up. This is certainly a setback for the Kings and some might hear moving trucks starting up with this development, but that's a long way off right now.
Category: NBA
Posted on: September 29, 2010 10:58 am
Edited on: September 29, 2010 10:59 am

D-League adding in FIBA goaltending rule

Posted by Royce Young

The NBA uses the D-League as a place for young players to work on their game, build up a reputation and at some point, maybe have a chance to be called to the professional level. And the same goes for new rules.

Sometimes, the D-League is used as a place to experiment with new rules to see how they operate in a live professional basketball game. And that's what will happen this season, as the famous FIBA goaltending rule will be brought over to the D-League.

A refresher in case you forgot: The FIBA goaltending rule basically says that once the ball hits the iron, it can be knocked off. In the NBA, if the ball is in the "cylinder" it has to be left there until it either falls off the rim or bounces in. But now, players can jump up and clear the ball off the rim.

As Scott Schroeder of FanHouse mentioned, these rule changes are rumored to have been a request from the NBA as an experiment, possibly similar to the D-League's testing of a new, synthetic basketball before its official use in the NBA for the 2006-2007 season. The new basketball didn't make it very long though in the NBA as NBA commissioner David Stern brought back the traditional leather basketball less than halfway into the season because of complaints from players.

This isn't the first time the NBA has tried this though. The goaltending rule was altered in the D-League in 2005, but that change only lasted one year. Schroeder surmises this change is a response by the NBA to FIBA's institution of a few new NBA-like rules into FIBA internernational play. Secretary general of FIBA, Patrick Baumann, made a comment prior to the World Championships about hoping for the goaltending rule change to come over. And it looks like David Stern gave him his wish. At least in the D-League.

So what to make of the rule change? Most people love the FIBA goaltending rule because it makes for an exciting moment when a player realizes the ball has bounced two or three times and he goes up and clears it. It's like the basketball equivalent of robbing someone of a home run. Though in the NBA where players are far more athletic, it might be difficult for the rule to be as successful because of the nature of playing above the rim. What if the score drops dramatically? What if it slows the game down because of the extra whistles? Or what if there's an extremely controversial call in a big game?

The rule is great in international play because it's kind of this kitschy, but unique rule that adds in interesting dynamic to the FIBA games. But I'm not so sure that it'll work for 82 games a year in the NBA. But hey, that's why they're trying it out in the D-League first.
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