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@ 23.33NBA0 Dirk Nowitzki: Kobe is probably the greatest player in my generation
German superstar Dirk Nowitzki praised Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.
Per ESPN, “He’s probably the greatest player in my generation that I played against,” said Nowitzki, who has 27,239 career points and will likely pass Elvin Hayes and Moses Malone over the next few weeks to move up to seventh on the list. “Obviously Shaq was very dominant, Tim Duncan was great, but I just loved watching Kobe. I don’t think there will ever be another MJ, but he’s definitely as close as it gets that we’ll ever see. “He had it all. He’s a clutch player, can make shots from anywhere. I’ve had a blast from watching him during his career very closely. That’s a heck of an accomplishment for sure.” Source: ESPN
@ 22.53NBA0 Celtics engaged in serious discussion to trade Rajon Rondo
The Boston Celtics have been engaged in serious discussion to pursue trade packages that include Rajon Rondo. The point guard will be free agent from July 1. Per Yahoo Sport, the Celtics have left strong impressions with rival organizations that they’re prepared to make a deal that includes Rondo, sources said. Boston has been engaged in discussions described as “serious” in recent days, but no trade agreement is imminent. Boston's asking price for Rondo remains "pretty high, probably higher than most want to pay," one league official told Yahoo. Trade talks with Rondo have been focused more in the Western Conference than Eastern, sources said. Source: Yahoo Sports
@ 20.33NBA0 Pistons are shopping Josh Smith
As reported by Vincent Goodwill, the Detroit Pistons are shopping Josh Smith and they're willing to move him for the right deal. Kings seem still interested in him but no deal is imminent.
Stan Van Gundy rejected a proposal from the Kings during the summer but right now the situation could change. Source: Vincent Goodwill
@ 20.07NBA0 Alexey Shved may return to Europe at the end of the season
According to Shams Charania, Alexey Shved, Sixers guard, is strongly considering the possibility of returning to Europe as a free-agent at the end of the season. Shved has received outlines for multi-million dollar offers from Europe and he's not satisfied with his playing time in the NBA.
The russian guard is averaging 9.9 points, 2.7 assists and 1.3 rebounds with the 76ers. Source: Shams Charania
@ 13.25NBA0 Warriors' Andre Iguodala gets technical foul for...dancing
Last night Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala got a technical foul for dancing on the court.
Per Sportingnews, Golden State's do-it-all forward was complaining to referees that Memphis point guard Mike Conley had taken an extra step on a drive to the hoop during a critical moment in the fourth quarter.
After the play was over he immediately ran over to the baseline official to complain and then decided to mock Conley by dancing.
Iguodala and Warriors coach Steve Kerr were both assessed technical fouls for complaining, giving the Grizzlies two more points.
@ 11.05NBA0 Kevin Durant Scores 15,000th Career Point
Durant, who is 26 years old, became the second-youngest player to surpass 15,000 points. Only LeBron James (25) was younger.
Kevin Durant reaches the 15,000 point mark at 26 years 78 days, 550 games.
@ 10.50NBA0 Jamal Crawford may leave the Clippers
According to Sam Amico of FOX Sports, guard Jamal Crawford has been mentioned in some exploratory trade talks. Sacramento Kings, Oklahoma City Thunder and Denver Nuggets seem interested in him. Source: Sam Amico
@ 10.38NBA0 Cavs interested in Wesley Matthews
As reported by Chris Haynes, Cavs are very high on guard Wesley Matthews, who's on an expiring deal with the Trail Blazers. Cleveland made a couple of offers but Portland has no interest in trading him, he's a very important player for the team and they want to keep him around.
Cleveland is also still interested in Kosta Koufos, Grizzlies' big-man. Source: Chris Haynes
@ 10.26NCAA0 NBA draft daily scores
-Soph C Damian Jones (Vanderbilt): 16 points (5-6 FG 6-9 FT) and 5 rebounds in the 99-79 win over Western Carolina
-Soph F Vince Hunter (UTEP): 26 points (11-13 FG 4-4 FT) and 7 boards in the 80-62 win over SE Louisiana
-Sr F Le'Bryan Nash (Oklahoma State): 16 points (5-8 FG 6-7 FT), 2 assists and 2 blocks in the 68-44 win over Middle Tennessee
-Fr PG Duane Wilson (Marquette): 19 points (5-8 FG 9-17 FT), 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in the 78-71 win over Arizona State
-Soph C Luke Fischer (Marquette): 19 points (9-11 FG 1-2 FT), 9 boards and 5 blocks
-Fr G/F Stanley Johnson (Arizona): 18 points (7-14 FG 3-6 FT), 5 rebounds and 3 assists in the 101-64 win over Oakland
-Soph F Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Arizona): 13 points (3-6 FG 7-11 FT) and 6 rebounds
-Jr F Devonta Pollard (Houston): 17 points (5-9 FG 7-9 FT), 10 rebounds and 2 steals in the 86-73 win over Houston Baptist
-Fr F Myles Turner (Texas): 26 points (9-15 FG 7-7 FT), 9 rebounds and 6 blocks in the 106-61 win over Lipscomb
-Soph F/C Kennedy Meeks (UNC): 18 points (8-9 FG 2-2 FT) and 6 boards (19 minutes) in the 79-56 win over UNC Greensboro
-Soph G Jordan Price (La Salle): 26 points (7-13 FG 9-10 FT), 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in the 66-68 OT loss against American U
@ 10.21NBA0 Derek Fisher rips defenseless Knicks
After seven minutes into the first quarter, Knicks head coach Derek Fisher pulled Carmelo Anthony and the starters (Acy, Stoudemire, Hardaway and Calderon) on.
Per NY Daily News, Even a rare disciplinary tactic early in the game by Fisher – pulling Carmelo Anthony and the entire starting five not quite seven minutes into the first quarter — couldn’t spare the Knicks from their 12th loss in 13 games as they fell to 5-22. “I thought the start was not the right way to start a professional basketball game,” Fisher said in his harshest post-game critique of his first season as a head coach. “Those guys that were in there to start the game, that was a disappointment to their teammates more than anything.
“Guys that start the game have to mentally and physically be ready to play and they couldn’t put that out there. You know? We got another five guys in there that just came in and started playing hard and playing with some energy and got us back in the game. But we were behind the eight-ball from the jump.” Source: NY Daily News
@ 09.51NBA0 Mullin, D'Alessandro, Cousins have a meeting with Mark Jackson
After the firing of Mike Malone, it is still not clear if the Kings will keep Tyrone Corbin as interim head coach for the season.
After the loss to the Thunder the Kings had a more than one hour meeting with former Warriors head coach Mark Jackson.
Per USA Today, Yet late Tuesday night at Sleep Train Arena, after the Kings fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-92, another possible candidate emerged in the most convenient of ways: former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson. After calling the game courtside for ESPN, Jackson had a lengthy meeting with Mullin, Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro and franchise centerpiece DeMarcus Cousins inside the "Chairman's Lounge" where they had requested that arena workers and others give them some privacy. Jackson, Mullin, and Cousins entered the room at approximately 10:20 p.m. Pacific time, with Cousins sporting a black suit as he continues to recover from his bout with viral meningitis that has kept him out of action since Nov. 26. D'Alessandro joined them approximately 20 minutes into the meeting, and the group finally exited just before midnight, long after the room had been cleared so that they could have a moment to discuss, well, connect the dots yourself. Or, of course, maybe it was just a couple of old childhood pals sharing stories with their Kings friends. Mullin and Jackson have been the best of friends since their high school days, when Jackson was coming up at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn and Mullin was a star at Power Memorial Academy in New York City. They played together at St. John's University as well, then later spent three seasons side by side yet again with the Indiana Pacers (1997-2000).
"Honestly, it was not a meeting. Ty (Corbin) is (our) coach.Mark(Jackson) is our friend. End of story,"Kings GM Pete D'Alessandro told Yahoo
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) December 17, 2014Source: USA Today
@ 09.40NBA0 Heats, Nets game delayed 31 minutes for water leak in Barclays Center
Heat, Nets game was delayed due to a water leak in the Barclays Center. The game was stopped for 31 minutes The game between Brooklyn Nets and Miami Heat was stopped for 31 minutes in the first quarter due to a water leak in the Barclays Center.
Tonight's delay was caused by a water leak due to the installation of our new green roof. We've taken all necessary steps to rectify.
— Barclays Center (@barclayscenter) 17 Dicembre 2014
@ 08.45NBA0 Bucks rookie Jabari Parker done for the season
Jabari Parker’s season is over. The rookie of the Bucks tore his ACL and will undergo surgery soon. Since being selected No. 2 overall in June by the Bucks, Parker had emerged as a top rookie of the year contender in Milwaukee's surprising 13-12 start, averaging 12.3 points and 5.5 rebounds in 29.5 minutes in 25 games. Source: ESPN
@ 00.38NBA0 Isaiah Austin added to the NBA 2K15 roster
2K announced today that former Baylor University center Isaiah Austin is now available as a playable free agent in NBA 2K15 on all platforms. To celebrate his remarkable courage and character during his career-ending diagnosis of Marfan syndrome, 2K conducted facial scanning with Isaiah at the NBA 2K studios to fulfill one more part of the dream of any aspiring basketball athlete by becoming an in-game player in NBA 2K15.
Fans will have the opportunity to add him to their team as a free agent as well as in the MyTEAM mode, and view him on this week's episode of NBA2K TV.
NEW #Emerald players are now available in #NBA2K15. Our man @IsaiahAustin introduces them. Go grab them in MyTEAM! pic.twitter.com/n5JtgJ5cvM
— NBA 2K 2K15 (@NBA2K) 16 Dicembre 2014Source: 2K Sports
@ 00.04NBA0 Heat to apply for disabled-player exception to help replace McRoberts
The Miami Heat will apply to the NBA for a disabled-player exception to help replace Josh McRoberts, who is expected to be out for the remainder of season with a torn meniscus in his right knee. Under NBA rules, if McRoberts' injury is deemed by an independent NBA physician to be deemed season ending, the Heat then would receive half of McRoberts' 2014-15 salary for a replacement player, either through a trade or free-agent signing. A $2.65 million amount can only be used in a trade for a player in the final year of his contract or in a one-year offer to a free agent. Source: RealGm
@ 23.56NBA0 Blazers' Robin Lopez will miss 6-7 weeks of action
Portland’s once and future starting center tweeted Tuesday afternoon after seeing a specialist that his broken right hand would keep him sidelined for more than a month.
Thanks for all your thoughts & support! It'll be 6 or 7 weeks til I'm on the floor again thanks to this bum hand. Can't wait!!! #NeverSayDie
— Robin Lopez (@rolopez42) 16 Dicembre 2014
@ 22.23NBA0 Google Releases 10 Most Searched NBA Players and Teams in 2014 As reported by DieHardSport, Paul George of the Pacers has been the most googled NBA player in 2014.
NBA players in 2014 are as follows (Top 10):
Paul George Carmelo Anthony Kevin Love LeBron James Shabazz Napier Kevin Durant Lance Stephenson Ray Allen Blake Griffin Damian Lillard
Below is the 10 most searched NBA teams in 2014:
Cleveland Cavaliers San Antonio Spurs Charlotte Hornets Washington Wizards Dallas Mavericks Portland Trail Blazers Oklahoma City Thunder LA Clippers Indiana Pacers Phoenix Suns Source: Die Hard Sport
@ 21.47NBA0 Ty Corbin will finish the season as head coach of the Kings
Tyrone Corbin will finish the season as head coach of the Kings. Corbin started the season as assistant coach of Mike Malone who was fired on Sunday. Chris Mullin, one of the candidates for the head coaching job, will be more involved witht the team in practices and planning but he has no intention to take the job at mid-season. Kings are not interested in George Karl.
As @Chris_Broussard noted, I'm told Tyrone Corbin would have to fall on his face to not make it to end of season w/ Kings. Karl not in plans
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) December 16, 2014
Chris Mullin will be more involved with the team in practices, planning etc., but no current plans to coach Kings. Will try to aid offense.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) December 16, 2014
@ 21.22NBA0 Many teams are active on the market
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, many NBA teams are active on the phones right now and there's a tremendous volume of trade discussions.
Among the teams that are active on the phones: Celtics, Pistons, Suns, Timberwolves, Nuggets, Rockets, Clippers, Pacers and Hornets. Source: Adrian Wojnarowski
@ 20.06NBA0 Greg Monroe denies rumors he wants to be traded at any cost
Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe was perturbed by a report that he wants to be traded at virtually any cost, calling it "completely false" and "annoying" to have to answer about. Head coach Stan Van Gundy also debunked the report by The Sporting News that the Pistons are seeking a first-round pick for Monroe, saying the team has approached no one, nor been approached by other teams, about trading the center-forward. Source: MLive
@ 19.56NBA0 Reggie Miller: Michael Jordan is 10 times better than Kobe Bryant
Reggie Miller said that Michael Jordan is better than Kobe Bryant.
Per Sportingnews, When asked about Kobe Bryant passing Michael Jordan for third place on the all-time scoring list earlier this week, Miller said, “Michael Jordan on his worst day is 10 times better than Kobe Bryant on his best day. That’s not short-changing Kobe at at all, because he handed me my lunch pail, too, but I will take that Black Cat (Jordan) all day, any day over Kobe.”
Miller went on to credit Bryant for an incredible career, much like he did on Twitter when Bryant passed Jordan against the Timberwolves with a pair of free throws. “It’s truly a special career,” Miller said of Bryant. “That’s a heck of a lot of points and a heck of a lot of longevity.” Source: Sportingnews
@ 17.22NBA0 Bucks' Jabari Parker will have MRI on his knee today
Bucks rookie Jabari Parker will undergo MRI on his knee today.
Per CBS Sports, Parker, who was carried off the floor Monday against the Suns, drove to the basket and collapsed to the floor. It was reported as a knee sprain by the team. Parker is averaging 12.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Source: CBSSports
@ 17.16NBA0 Watch Peja Stojakovic's Top 10 Career Plays
The Sacramento Kings will retire the #16 jersey of three-time NBA All-Star and NBA Champion Peja Stojakovic today.
From dunks to critical three pointers, check out the top 10 plays of Peja Stojakovic's Career!
@ 15.52NCAA0 Bill Self: Mock drafts don't mean anything. They're ridiculous
Kansas head coach Bill Self is not a fan of the NBA Mock Drafts. Per Bleacher Report, "The mock drafts don't mean anything," Self said. "And I would tell the guy if he was here doing the mock drafts. They don't mean anything. They're ridiculous." "You really get saddened when you look at players who end up making decisions based on mock drafts," an NBA scout told Bleacher Report. "They go to their coaches or end up disrupting the team because they have certain expectations based on coming into this season or something they did in the offseason.
"They move up to a first-rounder, and they expect so many touches based on where they were in a mock draft." "You can follow the mock drafts, and they will have 120 players that are going to go in the first round this year," Self said. "That is true. You can count them. That is going to be true. So obviously they don't know, and they're guessing. And some kids it takes more time in the system." Source: Bleacher Report
@ 15.24NBA0 Evan Turner compared himself to Jesus Christ
Last night the Celtics won easily the game against the Philadelphia 76ers and former Sixers Evan Turner has been boo'd by his former fans. Turner spoke to the media after the game and compared himself to Jesus Christ:
"Once the game started, it was like, 'what the hell is going on?'" Turner said. "I was like, 'this is weird. Did they take all the good people out. I don't worry about it anymore. I don't want to sound super weird, but Jesus was hated too". Source: Sporting News
@ 15.10NBA0 Chris Jent leaves Kings' coaching staff
Tyrone Corbin, new Kings' ad-interim coach, announced that Chris Jent won't join his coaching staff. Jent, who was hired by Mike Malone, has resolved his contract with the Kings and left the team. Source: Jason Jones
@ 14.54NBA0 Pacers' owner would be ok with the possible return of Lance Stephenson
Herb Simon, the owner of the Indiana Pacers, spoke with the Indy Star yesterday and told that he'd be ok with the possible return of Lance Stephenson, who's currently struggling with the Charlotte Hornets. But Simon has specified that the final decision would be on Larry Bird and Kevin Pritchard, the team's president and the GM, respectively.
""I'd be OK with it but it's not up to me. Larry (Bird) has to decide if he fits. First of all, we don't know if they're really trading him, at least I don't know," Simon said about the Hornets. "I know they made some calls and we would have to (figure out) how he fits back into the team. Those are all basketball decisions and Larry and Kevin (Pritchard) are the best to answer that." Source: Indy Star
@ 12.04NCAA0 Duke beats Elon 75-62
Duke beats Elon 75-62.
Freshman center Jahlil Okafor ended with 25 points, 20 rebounds, 2 steals and 3 blocks, while junior forward Amile Jefferson added 13 points, 5 boards and 2 assists.
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@ 22.12NBA0 Ranadive pressed Mike Malone to consider playing 4-on-5 defense According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive played the part of a fantasy league owner, treating the Kings like a science experiment. He shared tactical experiences with Malone about coaching his child’s youth team, and pressed him to consider playing four-on-five defense, leaking out a defender for cherry-picking baskets. Some semblance of that strategy is expected to be employed with Corbin now, a source told Yahoo Sports.
Mike Malone has been fired by the Kings and Tyrone Corbin has been promoted as interim head coach. Source: Yahoo Sports
@ 21.19NBA0 Kobe Bryant writes 'Twenty-four years later, I pass my muse'
Kobe Bryant wrote on The Players Tribune after he passed Michael Jordan on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, moving into third place behind Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
VIA THE PLAYERS TRIBUNE: "Zero. That’s the number of points I scored the entire summer while playing in Philadelphia’s Sonny Hill Future League when I was 12 years old. I didn’t score. Not a free throw, not an accidental layup, not even a lucky throw-the-ball-up-oops-it-went-in basket. My father Joe “Jellybean” Bryant and my uncle John “Chubby” Cox were Future League legends in their day. My father as a 6-10 point forward and my uncle as a 6-4 point guard. I was putting my family to shame!
I considered maybe just giving up basketball and just focusing on soccer. Here’s where my respect and admiration for MJ was forged. I learned that he had been cut from his high school team as a freshman; I learned he knew what it felt like to be embarrassed, to feel like a failure. But he used those emotions to fuel him, make him stronger, he didn’t quit. So I decided to take on my challenge the same way he did. I would channel my failure as fuel to keep my competitive fire burning. I became obsessed with proving to my family — and more importantly to myself — that I CAN DO THIS. It became an obsession. I learned everything about the game, the history, the players, the fundamentals. I wasn’t just determined to never have a summer of zero again, I was driven to inflict the same sense of failure on my competition as they unknowingly inflicted on me. My killer instinct to score was born. Twenty-four years later, I pass my muse. What a journey this has been. Setting this mark is a huge honor. I’m aware of Father Time’s curfew. He has sent me to my room to brush my teeth before he tucks me in, but I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t walk to the bathroom slowly. I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t act as if someone misplaced the toothpaste. I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t brush every tooth twice, brush my tongue three times, floss until my gums bleed and rinse with mouthwash until the inside of my mouth burns and then goes numb.
I would not be the kid that bounced back after zero, and I would not be honoring the man that inspired me to challenge everything. Thank you all for your love and support, it is much appreciated, even if the villain in me refuses to acknowledge it all the time. Much Love, Mamba out
Source: The Players Tribune
@ 19.56NBA0 Steve Kerr: Warriors won't win 72 games as the Bulls did in 1996
The Golden State Warriors started the season with a 21-2 record but coach Steve Kerr already knows that the team will not end the season as his Bulls did in 1996. Per ESPN, the Golden State Warriors have begun the season 21-2 and are on a 16-game win streak, but first-year Warriors coach Steve Kerr is rejecting comparisons to the 1996 72-win Chicago Bulls team on which he played. When asked if the Warriors could pull it off, Kerr responded, "Oh God, no. No!"
Kerr followed that exclamation with, "We had this guy named Michael Jordan on that team. That year, I think we were 41-3. So if we can go 21-1 the next 22 games, come talk to me."
"What I remember that year is there were about 10 games where Michael just decided, 'We're going to win,'" he said. "And every other team on Earth would have lost those 10 games. And Michael Jordan was ... there'll never be another one. Nobody has ever come close, and I don't think anybody ever will. He wanted to break that Lakers record of 69 wins, so he decided we would do it, so we did it. There's only one Michael." Source: ESPN
@ 19.07NBA0 Only 10 more days until the NBA on Christmas!
The NBA on Christmas Day has become a holiday tradition for fans around the world. With all five games televised in 215 countries in 47 languages and more than 730 million fans globally following the NBA on social media, Christmas Day is likely to be one of the most talked about days on the NBA calendar.
As the league prepares to tip off this holiday tradition for the 67th time, here are 10 stocking stuffers about the NBA Christmas Day games, which will air this year on ABC, TNT and ESPN:
10 -- NBA teams in action on Christmas Day, marking the seventh consecutive year that five games will be nationally televised on Dec. 25.
9 -- International players on San Antonio's Christmas Day roster, most of any team this season. In total, 33 international players will be on rosters for NBA teams playing on Christmas Day, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, and New York Knicks with four each.
8 -- Number of former No. 1 overall draft picks on rosters for NBA teams playing on Dec. 25 -- Tim Duncan (1997), LeBron James (2003), Andrew Bogut (2005),Andrea Bargnani (2006), Derrick Rose (2008), Blake Griffin (2009), John Wall(2010) and Kyrie Irving (2011).
7 -- Current and former NBA players celebrating birthdays on Dec. 25, including New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon.
6 -- Australian players on rosters for teams playing on Christmas Day (most of any country outside of the U.S.): Cameron Bairstow (CHI), Matthew Dellavedova(CLE), Kyrie Irving (CLE), Andrew Bogut (GSW), Aron Baynes (SAS) and Patty Mills (SAS).
5 -- Number of NBA championships won by both San Antonio's Tim Duncan and Los Angeles's Kobe Bryant. Duncan will be playing in his fifth Christmas Day game and Bryant will be making a record 16th appearance on Dec 25.
4 -- The top four active Christmas Day scoring leaders will be on display this year: Kobe Bryant (383), Dwyane Wade (227), LeBron James (215) and Kevin Durant (159).
3 -- Times in NBA history that ABC, ESPN and TNT have combined to present NBA games on Christmas Day. ABC's trio of Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson will call their fifth Christmas Day game together while TNT's "Three Wise Men" -- Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal -- will join Ernie Johnson for a special Christmas edition of "Inside the NBA."
2 -- The Golden State Warriors' dynamic duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, this season's highest scoring backcourt combination in the NBA, are each averaging 20+ ppg and hold a combined average of 45.4 ppg.
1 - New York Knicks, with the most appearances on Christmas Day (50), after playing their first Christmas Day game against the Providence Steamrollers in 1947.
NBA on Christmas Day
Wizards vs. Knicks, Noon ET, ESPNThunder vs. Spurs, 2:30 p.m. ET, ABCCavaliers vs. Heat, 5 p.m. ET, ABCLakers vs. Bulls, 8 p.m. ET, TNTWarriors vs. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNTSource: NBA
@ 18.43NBA0 Sixers sign Furkan Aldemir, waive Ronald Roberts Jr
The Philadelphia 76ers today announced they have signed power forward/center Furkan Aldemir (Fur-kahn Al-di-meer). The native of Turkey has been playing professionally in his home country since 2007-08. He joined Galatasaray Liv Hospital in 2011 and helped them earn the Turkish Basketball League (TBL) title in 2012-13 before finishing as runner-up in 2013-14. Aldemir (6'10", 240) was leading the TBL in rebounding with 11 per game this season, after leading the league in total rebounds in 2013-14 and earning All-Star honors in 2010 and 2012. During EuroLeague play, Aldemir was part of the Galatasaray team that advanced to the final 16 in 2011-12 and the top eight in 2013-14. Aldemir is also a member of the Turkish senior national team and competed in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. At the 2011 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship, Aldemir averaged 15 points, a tournament-high 16 rebounds and nearly two blocks per game en route to earning All-Tournament honors. Aldemir was originally the 53rd overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and the Sixers acquired his rights from Houston on July 13, 2013. Prior to his signing, Aldemir was one of five players (Dario Saric, Vasilije Micic, Jordan McRae and Arsalan Kazemi) playing internationally whose rights are held by the Sixers. In a related move, the Sixers waived Ronald Roberts. Source: Philadelphia 76ers
@ 18.00NBA0 Nets superfan Jeffrey Gamblero dies after jumping out of a window
Jeffrey Vanchiro, a popular Brooklyn Nets fan, died Sunday night from injuries he sustained when he jumped out of a second-story window at his father's house in Flushing, Queens, on Saturday night.
Vanchiro, commonly known as Jeffrey Gamblero, was 38. Vanchiro, who was recently in the news after security removed him from Madison Square Garden without his prosthetic leg, sustained severe brain damage and a fractured spinal cord as a result of the fall, according to his fiancée, Kristi Evans. Vanchiro had been in the intensive care unit Sunday on a ventilator at New York Hospital Queens.
Evans, in an interview earlier Sunday at the hospital, said she believed the Dec. 2 incident during a Nets-Knicks game at MSG changed Vanchiro for the worse. "After that, he was a completely different person," an emotional Evans said. "He was paranoid. He was erratic. He was frightened. He was horrified. He was a bit delusional. And he was having a lot of trouble sleeping. He couldn't sleep at all. When he would sleep or try to sleep, it would only take about 10 to 15 minutes before he would wake up screaming, covered in sweat."
Three days after the incident at MSG, Vanchiro remained distraught and said he wasn't feeling like himself. He thought he'd need until the All-Star break to return to normal.
But Friday night in Brooklyn, Vanchiro was shown on the arena video boards dancing and enjoying himself. He later went to his fiancée's nightclub, but something wasn't right, Evans said. Still, Vanchiro danced a lot, and Evans figured it would relieve a lot of his stress.
The next day, Vanchiro went to a friend's house, then told Evans he was going to stay with his father, Sylvester, that night. Evans told him she thought it would be a good idea, so Vanchiro could get some peace of mind. But an hour and a half after Vanchiro arrived, Evans got a call from Sylvester saying Vanchiro had jumped out of a window.
We lost a brilliant, unique, incredible man today. Please tell me your stories about Jeffrey Gamblero so I can share them with the world.
— Kristi Evans (@TwittsMcGee) 15 Dicembre 2014Source: ESPN
@ 14.42NBA0 Kobe: Competitive nature frightens a lot of people that are just comfortable being average
All these years, Kobe Bryant has been chasing Michael Jordan. The bar doesn't get any higher than that. And after Bryant passed Jordan for third on the NBA's career scoring list in the Los Angeles Lakers' 100-94 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night, he offered a glimpse into the relentless mentality it takes to run down a legend. ''I think the competitive nature is something that frightens a lot of people when you peel back truly what's inside of a person to compete and be at that high level,'' Bryant said. ''It scares a lot of people that are just comfortable being average.'' Bryant has been compared to Jordan for a long time, in part because he dared to chase him. Where Bryant is every bit Jordan's equal is in the tenacity that has kept him going through a torn Achilles tendon, bone-on-bone friction in his knees and now the painful rebuilding of a proud franchise. It's the only way Bryant knows. And he learned by studying the best. ''I think when you look at Michael's (Hall of Fame) speech,'' Bryant said, referring to a speech in which Jordan cited those who he perceived to have gotten in his way over the years. ''People really got a chance to see how he ticks and it scared a lot of people, right? But that's just the reality of it. You can't get to a supreme level without channeling the dark side a little bit.'' Bryant's willingness to embrace the darkness has, in his own eyes, cast him as one of the league's villains. It also likely ensures that his farewell tour, whenever that comes, will not be of the warm and fuzzy variety that New York Yankees star Derek Jeter enjoyed last season. ''Derek and I are different people,'' Bryant said. ''He hides it a lot better but I guarantee you our competitive spirit is exactly the same. He just hides it better or chooses to hide it. I don't choose to hide it.'' Then again, maybe he overestimates the animosity out there. Maybe that's another mind trick that he plays on himself to get him out of bed in the morning and to the gym for another workout. When No. 24 stepped to the free-throw line midway through the second quarter on Sunday night - with 5:24 remaining and 24 seconds on the shot clock, to be exact - needing both shots to move past Jordan, a Lakers-heavy crowd at Target Center stood and serenaded him. Cell phone flashes flickered as the first and second shots swished through and the Timberwolves stopped the game, with owner Glen Taylor presenting Bryant the game ball to a thunderous ovation. ''I'm used to being the villain, man,'' Bryant said with a sheepish smile. ''To have moments like that, when you're not expecting a hug and you get a hug, this feels pretty damn good.'' Once it was finally over, the weight lifted and Bryant found another gear against a young Timberwolves team that includes 19-year-olds Andrew Wiggins - the No. 1 overall pick in the June draft - and Zach LaVine, who wears No. 8 in honor of Bryant. He finished the night with 26 points, including a dagger of a 3-pointer over Wiggins' outstretched hand with just over a minute to play that helped seal the win. ''It was a strange feeling,'' Bryant said. ''I remember being Andrew Wiggins. I remember playing against Michael my first year. To be here tonight and playing against him and seeing the baby face and the little footwork and little technique things that he's going to be much, much sharper at as time goes on. It was like looking at a reflection of myself 19 years ago. It was pretty cool.'' Now that Bryant has bumped Jordan from the scoring podium, only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and Karl Malone (36,928) are in front of him. Even if he remains in third place, which appears likely, it won't really matter. Vaulting over Jordan, whose Jumpman logo is as synonymous with the NBA as Jerry West's silhouette, is its own reward. Maybe that's why the insatiable Bryant wore the unfamiliar smile of satisfaction on Sunday night. He's been trying for almost two decades. And now he can finally say he's beaten Jordan at something. ''It has a certain finality to it,'' he said. ''When moments like this come around, you're really overjoyed by it. At the same time, you know the end is pretty near, which is fine, too.'' Source: The Score
@ 13.10NBA0 Nuggets' JaVale McGee will miss significant time
JaVale McGee’s long injury saga has taken yet another negative turn. The Nuggets reserve center is expected to be out a “significant” amount of time after he aggravated a muscle near the tibia in which he had a stress fracture repaired, Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said Sunday. “I heard six weeks at one point,” Shaw said. “I don’t know. I don’t think he’s anywhere close to coming back right now.” Source: Denver Post
@ 12.31NCAA0 NBA draft daily scores
-Jr G Denzel Valentine (Michigan State): 19 points (7-12 FG 5-6 3P), 3 rebounds and 4 assists in the 87-61 win over Oakland
-Soph G Josh Hart (Villanova): 20 points (6-7 FG 3-3 3P 5-5 FT), 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in the 85-62 win over Temple
-Sr G Josh Richardson (Tennessee): 20 points (9-13 FG 2-4 FT), 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 6 steals in the 67-55 win over Butler
-Soph PG Rysheed Jordan (St. John's): 24 points (9-12 FG 3-5 3P 3-3 FT), 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals in the 74-53 win over Fordham
-Soph C Amida Brimah (UConn): 40 points (13-13 FG 14-16 FT), 12 rebounds and 3 blocks in the 106-85 win over Coppin State
-Fr G Daniel Hamilton (UConn): 11 points (5-10 FG 1-2 FT), 5 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals
-Soph F Tyler Roberson (Syracuse): 14 points (7-13 FG 0-2 FT), 17 rebounds and 2 steals in the 71-69 win over Louisiana Tech
-Jr F Dorian Finney-Smith (Florida): 25 points (10-15 FG 5-7 3P), 6 rebounds and 2 assists in the 79-34 win over Jacksonville
-Jr PF Montrezl Harrell (Louisville): 19 points (9-17 FG 1-2 FT), 17 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks in the 68-57 win over UNC-Wilmington
-Soph PG Monte Morris (Iowa State): 15 points (5-7 FG 5-5 FT), 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals in the 88-78 win over Southern
-Sr G Derrick Marks (Boise State): 30 points (12-19 FG 3-5 3P 3-3 FT), 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in the 79-60 win over Southern Utah
-Jr C Robert Upshaw (Washington): 21 points (8-10 FG 5-14 FT), 9 rebounds and 6 blocks in the 81-77 win over Eastern Washington
@ 11.41NBA0 Nike honors Kobe Bryant with the release of the NIKEiD KOBE 9 Elite Low Mamba Moment shoe
When Kobe Bryant entered the league as the 13th overall draft pick in 1996, expectations for the 17-year-old were high, as were the hopes that he would play a role in the resurgence of his new team in Los Angeles. Five championships, 16 All-Star appearances and more than 32,000 points later, Bryant has erased any doubt that he’s one of the best to set foot on a basketball court. Nike celebrates Bryant’s new honor as the NBA’s third all-time leading scorer with the limited-edition release of the NIKEiD KOBE 9 Elite Low “Mamba Moment” shoe.
The shoe’s purple and green multicolor Flyknit upper is a pre-set design while the fully customizable options include: the laces, midsole, tongue and Swoosh. There are up to 21 color choices available including glow-in-the-dark and metallic colors. A personalized name and number can be printed on the inside of the tongue.
The NIKEiD KOBE 9 Elite Low “Mamba Moment” shoe is available globally now, timed with Bryant’s scoring milestone. They are available for a limited time on nike.com. Source: NIKE