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Posted on: July 30, 2011 12:50 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2011 1:51 pm

Report: Biyombo denied FIBA clearance

Posted by Royce Young

Forget the actual NBA lockout. It looks like Charlotte's No. 7 overall pick Bismack Biyombo may be locked out of the NBA regardless of any future labor agreement.

Biyombo's agent, Igor Crespo, recently said his client would play for the Bobcats in 2011-12 (if there's a season) but now there's a report saying that might not happen. According to the Charlotte Observer, Biyombo has yet to receive clearance from FIBA because the Spanish league still considers him under contract with Fuenlabrada.

He has two years remaining on his contract with Fuenlabrada with a buyout of about $1.4 million. FIBA said in an email to the paper, "The NBA has indeed requested a Letter of Clearance (LoC) for the Player Bismack Biyombo. In accordance with the NBA/FIBA Agreement, FIBA has contacted the Spanish Federation in order to obtain the LoC. However, the Spanish Basketball Federation refused to issue the LoC in view of the fact that the Player is still under contract with a team in Spain."
There was a mediation session between Biyombo's representation and Fuenlabrada scheduled for early July, but the results of that aren't public right now.

The Bobcats knew of Biyombo's potentially complicated buyout when they drafted him seventh overall in June. New general manager Rich Cho said on draft night, "He's got a dispute with his Spanish team. It's something we'll have to address. It's a little bit complicated."
Obviously the Bobcats are hoping Biyombo is eligible as they're starting a rebuilding process centered around him and fellow lottery pick Kemba Walker. There was a lot of noise leading up to the draft about Biyombo and not just because he's somewhat of a mystery. But Cho, who was hired right before the draft, was sold on Biyombo and a strong advocate for drafting him despite the buyout concerns.

All it takes is for FIBA to push something through and for a buyout to be settled with his team. Hard not to think that would happen if the lockout is resolved and Biyombo is fine footing the bill. The Bobcats can contribute $500,000 to his buyout.
Posted on: July 29, 2011 5:37 pm

Kobe on his knee: 'Best it's felt in a long time'

Posted by Royce Young

Sometimes all a guy needs is some extra rest and a little experimental knee therapy. Or at least that's all Kobe Bryant apparently needed.

Over the past few years, Kobe, who isn't getting any younger, has been battling knee issues. Coming into last year he confessed it was almost bone on bone. Then he had surgery. Then he had it drained an untold number of times. He's still just 32, but with some 1200 games on the odometer, he's starting to wear down a bit. Which is one reason he is trying PRP, an experimental knee treatment.

(PRP therapy injects a patient's blood into the area of concern to try to stimulate the body's natural healing abilities. It doesn't require an extended time away from physical activity and is quick and easy to undergo.)

Evidently, it's working. Kobe has shown off some youthful hops in a few exhibitions and basketball camps, but he said recently that he's feeling just about as good as ever. Via the OC Register:

Derek Fisher said Friday about teammate and pal Kobe Bryant: “He’s telling me — and I saw for myself — that his knee is the best it’s been in a long time…”

Fisher said he didn’t really believe Bryant’s boasting initially, but seeing Bryant in action was convincing.

“I saw it a little bit in Manila,” Fisher said, smiling, “so I believe it now.”

A healthy Kobe means a very dangerous Laker team. I'm sure he was somewhat banged up in the postseason but he never used that as an excuse. The championship Lakers have been able to overcome issues and injuries, but last season's group obviously wasn't.

What would be a shame though is for Kobe to get all healthy and feeling good and then lose a year having to just sit and wait to show off his newly found knees. But clearly the therapy is working some Magic on Kobe and he's thrilled about the progress. I mean, hard to imagine how not having to run around 82 nights a year with your bones grinding on each other can make a difference. I guess that would make you feel pretty good.
Posted on: July 29, 2011 4:50 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 4:53 pm

Video: Extreme Makover, MSG Edition

Posted by Royce Young

At some point, the world's most famous arena only stays that way because it keeps up with the times. Which is why Madison Square Garden is getting a major makeover this summer.

As PBT notes, there is a crew of 1,000 workers that are broken into groups working around the clock, 24 hours a day. The finished product will feature new seats, suites, a new bar that allows you to watch the Knicks walk from the locker room to the floor, suites that are floor level and a bunch of other neat features that you'd expect MSG to have. And can you believe it only cost a smooth $1 billion?

The New York Post put together a time-lapse video of the remodel, which is pretty darn neato. Looks like work is being done. Now let's just hope there will be basketball played in it next year.

Posted on: July 29, 2011 3:01 pm

Lawrence Frank gets three-year deal with Pistons

Posted by Royce Young

More than a week ago, word broke that the Pistons were set to hire former New Jersey head coach and current Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank as their new head coach. Things have dragged out a bit, but Friday Yahoo! Sports reports that everything is set in stone.

Frank has reached a three-year deal with the team holding an option for a fourth. There will be a news conference early next week. Frank has already reportedly started working on filling out his staff.

According to the report, Frank was "clearly Joe Dumars' choice to replace John Kuester" and there was no close second in the process. Other candidates were Mike Woodson, Patrick Ewing, Kelvin Sampson and Bill Laimbeer.

Is it a fit? Here's what Matt Moore wrote last week when news originally broke:
The Pistons need a coach who comes in with built-in respect and having had success as a players' coach. Frank definitely fits that description, and despite the sometimes unhappy locker room in New Jersey at the end of the Jason Kidd-Vince Carter eara, Frank also continuously pulled more from the Nets than people expected, right up until the wheels came flying off in 2009. With Detroit, Frank's first order of business will be to... well, assemble a staff and then redecorate his office or something, considering he can't do anything until the lockout's lifted.

Once that's over, Frank will need to work to figure out which of the veterans are salvageable from a chemistry aspect and which of them need to go immediately. The Pistons need a youth movement, but more than that, they don't need any more hijinx from the veterans like last year. The players got what they wanted, Kuester's gone. Now the question will be whether Frank's tough, acerbic style manages to get a hold on the situation in Detroit without a full-scale clean sweep.
Kuester lost his team mid-way through the season because he was a bit demanding. But that may have been because he never actually earned the respect of the team either. Frank will be hard on his young team, but as a former head coach and someone that's coached in The Finals and won a title on the bench in Boston, he understands the line you have to walk.

Or at least that's what Joe Dumars is banking on.
Posted on: July 29, 2011 2:00 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 2:07 pm

Artest to play in England, take two?

Posted by Royce Young

First, he was playing in Finland. Then he wasn't. Then he was playing in England. Then he wasn't.

Now, he's playing in England again. The Metta World Peace international basketball watch drags on. Via the Chester Chronicle, Cheshire director Pete Hawkins said a deal is in place for Artest to play for his team.

"I spoke to Ron's representatives on Tuesday night. We have agreed the fundamentals of the deal and Ron is coming over (to England) in a few weeks," he's quoted as saying. "What we need to do is match up our timetables because we need him here for the start of the season, but there is a bit of a clash of timetables. If we can sort that out then the deal will be done, but talks are ongoing so hopefully we can get everything straightened out in time."

All we need now to make the circle complete again is for Artest agent to come out and emphatically deny this. Because after the first Britain rumor, here's what hs agent, Daniel Bauman, said:

"I told him, 'Ron, the league over there is not strong enough to really give you the competition that you want,'" Bauman said. "Even though that makes sense from a (convenience standpoint), it doesn't make sense from a basketball perspective."


"God forbid any of these guys get hurt," Bauman said. "Can I get $22 million insurance for Ron? I don't think so."

So something would've had to change in his mind to really start working a deal for Artest to play there. Maybe it was dollar signs. Those can change people's minds pretty quickly.

Artest clearly has his eyes on playing overseas. He recently told SLAM, "Europe is definitely a real option, and it seems more likely every day. As far as where I'm gonna play, that's still open but I have an idea. I'd play anywhere with the best offer so I gotta look at all my options. So far I'm looking at France, Spain, Finland, Greece, and the UK. But it has to match up. If the offer matches up, I'm there. 'Cause like, you know, the movies and all that stuff. So if it doesn't match up, I'm not going, but if it does, I'm out."

And now FIBA has now officially cleared the path for players to head overseas that are still under NBA contracts, so it's possible if Artest is serious. Then again, it's kind of hard to know when Metta WorldPeace is serious.
Posted on: July 29, 2011 12:45 pm

CP3 and Melo's interpretive opera mask dance

Posted by Royce Young

Superpals Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony are having themselves quite an adventure. They've spent the past week in China and besides posing with panda bears, they've also taken in some opera, and even participated in said opera.

Proof is this strange video of them holding framed masks over their faces while "dancing."

Man, that one guy thinks this is REALLY funny.
Posted on: July 28, 2011 4:50 pm

One crappy Wednesday for Jalen Rose

Posted by Royce Young

On Wednesday, former NBA player and current TV analyst Jalen Rose was hit with a 20-day jail sentence for a March DUI. That's pretty rough. But to make things worse, he was pulled over again on the way home, this time for going 20 over the speed limit. Via the Detroit Free Press:

Former Michigan Fab Fiver Jalen Rose was given a speeding ticket in Clawson hours after he was sentenced to nearly three weeks in jail for drunken driving, authorities said today.

Rose was clocked going 46 m.p.h. in a 25-m.p.h. zone shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday night, Clawson Police Chief Harry Anderson said. He was given a citation for going at least 10 m.p.h. over the limit.
Obviously not a major violation and it's something we all do, but that's pretty ironic, or something. He gets punished for an irresponsible driving thing and then on the way home, does some irresponsible driving. Lesson learned!
Category: NBA
Posted on: July 28, 2011 3:32 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2011 3:36 pm

Kevin Love said the NBA rejoiced when Miami lost

Posted by Royce Young

Sometimes people forget that players are NBA fans too. They obviously are rooting for their own team to win the most, but they watch the games, they care about who wins and doesn't and pay attention to all the biggest stories.

So with last season's no doubt biggest story being the Miami Heat, a lot of players had opinions on the team. And just like a lot of fans celebrated when the Heat lost in six games to the Mavericks in The Finals, so did players. At least so says Kevin Love. Via the Sun-Sentinel, when Love was asked by WFAN in New York if players were happy, he had no problem saying absolutely.

“Oh yeah, great amount of joy out of it,” he said. “Plus, for me, they say nice guys, good guys finish last. But Dallas, they just had a slew of great guys and veterans on their team that made for just a great team.

“It wasn’t just two, three, four guys on the team, like Miami I kind of felt it was.

“Around the league, it was kind of a consensus that guys were happy.”

Obviously this isn't really shocking because we all pretty much knew the second LeBron said he was joining the Heat that everyone set them as enemy No. 1. Teams played them like it was a playoff game every night and the Heat were forced to take everyone's best shot. People wanted to beat them. And so the teams that couldn't were forced to just root against them in The Finals.

But what made it even easier to root against the Heat was the fact that it was pretty easy to root for the Mavericks. Dirk was chasing his first title along with quality veterans Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Peja Stojakovic, Tyson Chandler and Shawn Marion. It was one of those teams that if they didn't get it done this time, you'd kind of have to wonder if they ever would. With the Heat, they're going to have more chances.

Love is kind of trying to say that the Mavs' victory was a triumph for team basketball, which is something every basketball purist -- like Love -- appreciates. Some probably found joy in the Heat's failure because of jealousy, some because of dislike and some for whatever reason they came up with. The Heat were the villains of the NBA last season and will continue to be.

And Kevin Love will probably have a lot more opportunities to sit at home and hope the Heat lose in The Finals. Because he plays for the Wolves, you see.

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