Allen Iverson and the Pistons have decided he will not play again this season. Wow, did that go bad fast.
Wait a minute. Shouldn’t it be the other way around: “With seven games left in the season and free agency right around the corner, Lee made a pitch Thursday to remain a Knick as the organization looks to continue its rebuilding phase, with an eye toward landing a pair of big-name free agents during the summer of 2010.
Which is now begging the question: Is USC basketball on the verge of becoming a more desirable program than Arizona?
Pearl leveraged prospects of a job at Memphis into a six-year extension that will gross him about $3.25 per. The University of Tennessee has shown its commitment to the men’s basketball program by re-negotiating Pearl’s contract, building a new basketball complex and renovating its arena. It’s time to see some serious results.
They also don’t want to see him walk away from the game: “I’ll call him up and see what’s up,’’ Carmelo Anthony said before Thursday’s game against Utah about reaching out to his former teammate, traded last November from Denver to Detroit. “I hope (Iverson isn’t serious about retiring).
That’s the word on the street, it seems: “The draft lottery is May 19…and I’ve talked to several NBA executives and scouts who feel like this is going to be a very weak draft year. Some scouts actually don’t like to watch NCAA Tournament games because it can give you a false prospective of a players talent (especially considering the much weaker competition that player could face).
This, friends, is what we call managing expectations: ” Denver head coach, George Karl, joined the Dan Patrick Show to discuss his playoff aspirations (or lack thereof), what has gone right with his team, what has gone wrong with Allen Iverson in Detroit and an issue some young people in the NBA face. On whether or not he thinks the Nuggets can win a title: ‘No (laughs). All we’re trying to do is win a playoff round.
Yes, even assistant coaches undergo season-ending surgery: “Portland Trail Blazers assistant coach Maurice Lucas underwent successful bladder cancer surgery on Tuesday, the Trail Blazers announced today. Doctors anticipate a recovery period of 6-to-8 weeks. Lucas will not return to the bench for the remainder of the 2008-09 season. ‘I’m disappointed that I will be missing this stretch run,” Lucas said.
As such, heads are likely to roll: “With eight games left and the Kings (16-58) on track to be the worst team in the 50-year franchise history, the inability to finish close games has significantly hurt coach Kenny Natt’s chances of returning next season. The Kings have lost 10 consecutive games decided by seven points or fewer, turning the in-house spotlight to matters of coaching creativity and late-game control. Combined with the defensive effort that has continued to worsen after the Dec.