Tag:NBA Western Conference
Posted on: November 10, 2009 11:42 am

McGrady, Rockets send mixed signals on return

By Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle : Tracy McGrady said Monday that he would make his season debut Nov. 18.

But the Rockets said neither they nor McGrady knows when he would go through a full practice, much less a game.

McGrady’s announcement was contrary to comments by Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, who had said earlier Monday that there is no timetable for McGrady to play and that he would not play until he can be checked out in the Rockets’ next full practice, Nov. 23.

In an e-mail to Yahoo Sports, McGrady said he would play Nov. 18 against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis.

In his blog later, he disputed Morey’s contention that his participation in practice has been "off and on" but did not target a date for his return.

"I have been practicing, training, and rehabbing hard for my return to the court," McGrady wrote. "I’m in a good place mentally and my body feels ready to get back out there, so now I am just waiting on my doctors to give me the clearance to go ahead to play. I’m going full speed at practice and am not being held out of drills anymore. I’m hoping to get out there as soon as possible, and with everything that my doctors have been telling me, it sounds like that will be sooner rather than later."

But Morey had said earlier Monday that McGrady, 30, has been able only to practice sporadically and would not play until doctors and team officials consider him to be 100 percent.


Posted on: November 2, 2009 11:33 am
Edited on: November 10, 2009 11:45 am

O.J. Mayo, Rudy Gay Have To Be Separated

By Ronald Tillery: The Commercial Appeal - Memphis teammates O.J. Mayo and Rudy Gay got into a shouting match near the end of the team's loss to Denver on Sunday night.

Mayo scored a career-high 40 points, but the Grizzlies lost 133-123.

The incident took place during a timeout late in the fourth quarter. Gay took exception when Mayo made a strong comment about his teammates not getting back on defense, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins and a number of players stepped in to separate the two players.


Posted on: October 19, 2009 11:31 am

Cavaliers discuss trading for Jackson

Brian Windhorst, The Plain Dealer - According to sources, the Cavaliers do have an interest in Stephen Jackson and have had some internal discussions about trading for him.

The Warriors are seeking a big man in return, which is something the Cavaliers don't have a surplus they are willing to part with at this time.

Cleveland is expected to continue to monitor the situation.

Posted on: October 14, 2009 12:16 pm

Stephen Jackson would accept buyout

Rusty Simmons, Chronicle Staff Writer - Stephen Jackson would be interested in listening to a conversation about a buyout or any other means of getting out of Golden State.

"If they want to send me home and pay me, I'm fine with that. No question," Jackson said. "If they decide to send me home and still pay me, I'll still be playing basketball somewhere. That's not going to stop. This is not the only team in the NBA."

Asked if he would take a buyout, Jackson said, "It would have to be right. That's something that they would talk about with my agent and he'd get back to me. I doubt they'd do that."


Posted on: October 1, 2009 12:18 pm
Edited on: October 1, 2009 12:19 pm

Hornets center Okafor could miss rest of camp

By John Reid, The Times Picayune

The New Orleans Hornets’ biggest offseason acquisition, Emeka Okafor , was held out of contact work for the second consecutive day because of soreness below his knee, Hornets Coach Byron Scott said after Wednesday’s practice.

“We’re just trying to limit him right now, but we will find out a little more tomorrow,’’   Scott said. “We have some concerns of something that he did this summer, so we just want to make sure he’s OK before we try to put him through a full day of practice.’’

Scott did not rule out the possibility that Okafor could be held out for the remainder of training camp, which concludes Sunday at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

Posted on: September 30, 2009 2:20 pm

Carmelo committed to Team USA in 2010

The Denver Post reports:

Carmelo Anthony said he has made a decision to play for Team USA at the world championships in Turkey in 2010.

"Everybody committed to it," Anthony said, referring to many of his Olympic gold medal-winning teammates. "Jerry Colangelo cornered me one day. Can't say no to him. It'll be great."

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Posted on: September 29, 2009 11:31 am

Warriors' Ellis Says He Can't Play with Curry

By Matt Steinmetz - Fanhouse NBA - OAKLAND, Calif. -- Most everyone came to the Warriors ' start of training camp on Monday to hear what forward Stephen Jackson was going to say about that trade demand he made a few weeks back.

But it was Monta Ellis who might have had the most interesting -- and perhaps the most troubling -- thing to say on Day 1.

Ellis was asked a relatively innocuous question about playing alongside rookie Stephen Curry , and responded emphatically that the two smallish guards weren't going to be able to play together.

"Us together? No," Ellis said. "Can't. We just can't. ... Just can't."

Someone then jumped in and said to Ellis: "Do you understand, they (the Warriors and coach Don Nelson) say you can?"

"They say you can?" Ellis repeated. "They say you can ... but you can't. I just want to win and you're not going to win that way."

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Posted on: September 28, 2009 3:28 pm

Battle for starting forward spot news to Boozer

By Tim Buckley - The Deseret News- When training camp opened Saturday, coach Jerry Sloan made it known he had not yet decided if incumbent Carlos Boozer or backup Paul Millsap

will start the 2009-10 NBA season at power forward for the Jazz.

It was news to Boozer.

"I feel like I'm the starter," the two-time NBA All-Star said Sunday, before the Jazz open their second day of two-a-days. "I think I've earned that. That's the only role I've been in my whole career."

Boozer has started each game he's played in four of his five seasons with the Jazz, and started 129 of 156 in during his two years in Cleveland.

"I think it's great to have competition," said Boozer, who during the offseason expressed eagerness to be traded to either Chicago or Miami. "You know, I think Paul is very good. I guess if we are competing, then we're competing for it. But I feel like I am the starter."

Boozer indicated he did not feel the fact he missed 45 games due to injury last season should be held against him in the season to come.

"Obviously me being hurt, that hurt us a little bit. I think if I was healthy we'd have a higher seed (than eighth in the Western Conference) in the playoffs," he said. "But, at the same time, maybe it does (have an impact on his status).

"You know, I can't control having knee surgery. I had to have it. I tried to avoid it, but I had to have it," added Boozer, who first sustained a quadriceps injury and later underwent arthroscopic knee surgery. "So if it affects me from that respect then that's (Sloan's) decision."

But Boozer did suggest he'd be open to yielding some of his minutes to Millsap, who in July signed a four-year, $32 million offer sheet with Portland that was matched by Utah.

"If we're winning, and everybody gets out there and has a chance to help us win, I'm happy with that," said Boozer, who averaged 32.3 minutes last season and 34.5 in 2007-08.

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