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Post Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 2:46 pm 
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Starting this thread :lol:

Where do you think KG should end up?

Should they break up the SUNs?

and which rookie will make the most impact?

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Post Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 3:49 pm 
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Another Boring Season that is!

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Post Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2007 1:58 pm 
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With regards to the rookies, Oden was the 1st pick, but I'm sure Durant won't be far from the rankings. Oden should fill up the place Zach Randolph had left behind, but those are big shoes to fill.. :?

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Post Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2007 4:32 pm 
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Allen is now a Celtic
Stevie Franchise is teaming up with Oden at Portland..

hoping to see more trades soon

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Post Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 1:28 pm 
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Stevie Franchise going back to Houston, will he and T-Mac have enough shots? :lol:

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Post Posted: Fri Jul 20, 2007 4:55 pm 
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also note that houston has a lot of guards Mike James, Rafer Alston, luther head (combo guard) and Las Vegas Summer League standout Aaron Brooks.


with his age and injury problems, I doubt if he can grab the starting spot, as well as the back-up.. he'll be a 3rd stringer or a bench rider..

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Post Posted: Sat Jul 21, 2007 3:03 pm 
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FBI investigating whether NBA ref bet on games

David Stern led the NBA through drug problems and work stoppages. Now his league faces the stigma of a point-shaving scandal involving a referee.

The NBA acknowledged Friday that the FBI is investigating Tim Donaghy for betting on games, including ones in which he officiated.

According to a law enforcement official, authorities are examining whether the referee made calls to affect the point spread in games on which he or associates had wagered over the past two seasons.

The referee had a gambling problem and was approached by low-level mob associates through an acquaintance, said the official, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.

Donaghy is perhaps best-known previously as one of the referees in the 2004 game at Detroit that ended with Indiana Pacers players fighting with Pistons fans, among the biggest black marks in league history.

This could top it.

"We would like to assure our fans that no amount of effort, time or personnel is being spared to assist in this investigation, to bring to justice an individual who has betrayed the most sacred trust in professional sports, and to take the necessary steps to protect against this ever happening again," Stern said in a statement.

Donaghy officiated 68 games in the 2005-06 season and 63 games in 2006-07, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He also worked 20 playoff games, including five last season -- Pistons-Magic on April 23; Warriors-Mavericks on April 27; Suns-Lakers on April 29; Nets-Raptors on May 4; and Spurs-Suns on May 12.

The National Basketball Referees Association did not return calls for a statement, and Donaghy reportedly has resigned from the league.

A woman came to the door of the Bradenton, Fla. home where Donaghy lives and shouted through the door: "We have no comment."

Defense attorney John Lauro confirmed Donaghy is under investigation but refused to comment on the allegations or the case.

Stern's statement said the FBI is investigating allegations a "single" referee bet on basketball. But the law enforcement official, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the ongoing case, said other arrests are expected.

Those studying Donaghy's games might have noticed some trends.

When the home team was favored by 0-4 1/2 points, it went 5-12 against the spread in games officiated by Donaghy this season, according to Covers.com, a Web site that tracks referee trends. Home underdogs were 1-7 against the spread when it was 5-9.5 points.

Donaghy was part of a crew working the Heat-Knicks game in New York in February when the Knicks shot 39 free throws to the Heat's eight, technical fouls were called on Heat coach Pat Riley and assistant Ron Rothstein, and the Knicks won by six. New York was favored by 4 1/2 .

NBA players in Las Vegas for USA Basketball minicamp were surprised and disappointed to learn of the accusations.

"As a competitor, as hard as I play, it is disappointing, definitely," LeBron James said.

Pistons guard Chauncey Billups said he was surprised to learn of Donaghy's situation.

"I think everybody had the same kind of reaction whether you played in the league or just a regular citizen," Billups said.

Gambling long has been a problem in sports, and leagues have made a point of educating players of the potential pitfalls. The NBA, for example, discusses gambling at rookie orientation, even bringing in former mobster Michael Franceze to speak.

And the NBA dealt with negative stories about its officials earlier this year when an academic study detailed a bias by referees against players of the opposite color. The league requires its officials to file reports and defend or discuss every questionable call they make in a game.

The law enforcement official said the referee was aware of the investigation and had made arrangements to surrender as early as next week to face charges. The law enforcement official said the bets involved thousands of dollars.

The investigation first was reported Friday by the New York Post.

"I'm shocked, terribly shocked," said Gary Benson, an NBA official for 17 years who retired two years ago because of knee problems. "Those are people that you work with and that you literally -- you spend more time with those people than you do with your family."

Benson said he didn't work with Donaghy much.

"You have a lot of acquaintances and very few friends. ... I probably worked a handful of games with him overall, just a handful."

Donaghy's neighbors in Bradenton also knew little about the man who has grabbed the attention of the NBA and FBI.

Bob Girard, who lives near Donaghy in a gated community along a golf course, said he only noticed one thing out of the ordinary about his neighbor.

"His house just went up for sale," said Girard, who recalled Donaghy moving into the neighborhood less than a year ago.

When Girard saw the news of the NBA betting scandal on TV, he wondered whether it might involve his neighbor, the NBA referee with daughters who sometimes sold lemonade in front of their house for five cents a cup.

"They've got a nice family," Girard said. "They seem to be a pretty normal family to me."

Next-door neighbor Earle Swan said he had not spoken more than four words to Donaghy since he moved in.

Nevada gambling regulators were not involved in an investigation and had no information about the allegations, said Jerry Markling, enforcement chief for the state Gaming Commission and Gaming Control Board.

Veteran oddsmaker John Avello, at the Wynn resort on the Las Vegas Strip, said that without specific information it would be difficult to identify wagering irregularities over the last two seasons.

"At this point, it's too early to know if any games were affected," Avello said, adding that no regulators or investigators had contacted him about the case.

Jay Kornegay, executive director of the sports book at the Las Vegas Hilton, said he had never seen any unusual activity in NBA betting, and was surprised not to have heard about an investigation until Friday.

"Whispers would have happened on the street, and we would have heard something," Kornegay said. "Any type of suspicious or unusual movements, you usually hear in the industry. We're so regulated and policed, any kind of suspicion would be discussed.

"We haven't seen anything like that in the NBA that I can remember," he said.

Associated Press Writer Pat Milton in New York, AP Writer Ken Ritter in Las Vegas, AP Sports Writers Noah Trister in Little Rock, Ark., and Fred Goodall in Bradenton, Fla., contributed to this report.

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Post Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 9:38 pm 
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KG is now a CELTIC :)

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Post Posted: Tue Jul 31, 2007 9:49 pm 
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KG, Allen and Pierce, w/o any injuries the Celtics will finally play in the Playoffs :) KG would dominate the East.

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Post Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 7:51 pm 
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AK47 doesn't want to play with the jazz anymore..

he's willing to give up big bucks just to play in his own country..


that's the real "love for the game"


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Post Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2007 3:15 pm 
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NBA news:

Sep 27, 2007 10:17pm ET
Suns Teammates Want Marion to Stay
In THE EAST VALLEY TRIBUNE, Jerry Brown writes “Steve Nash last talked to Shawn Marion in July, after trade rumors had “The Matrix” heading to Boston in a Kevin Garnett deal. Coach Mike D’Antoni spoke to Marion in early September, about the time the Suns and Utah Jazz are known to have had at least cursory discussions involving a possible Marion for Andrei Kirilenko deal. Raja Bell called Marion Tuesday; the same day Marion went public with a request that he be traded from the Suns — preferably to the rival Lakers, where he can join forces with Kobe Bryant.”

Does the Matrix want to be traded because of Grant Hill's entry to the Suns? Hope not... :?

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Post Posted: Sat Sep 29, 2007 12:13 am 
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Marion is a selfish mess, what he's sick of Nash ooping it to him every night? He wants to go from a championship-caliber team so he can be 'the man' and a crappy one. Y'know, cause Marion gotta "take care of myself". :roll: :x

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Post Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 8:45 am 
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Lakers acquire Gasol for Brown, Crittenton

Friday, Feb 1, 2008 3:51 pm EST
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The Los Angeles Lakers have acquired forward-center Pau Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies for center Kwame Brown, guard Javaris Crittenton and a series of draft picks between the two teams, The Los Angeles Times has learned.

Gasol, 27, is averaging 18.9 points and 8.8 rebounds this season for the Grizzlies. He has expressed discontent in the past year with the Grizzlies (13-33) who have not been in playoffs since 2006 and have never won a playoff game since he was drafted in 2001.


He was the NBA's rookie of the year in 2001-02 and made the All-Star team in 2006. Gasol, 7 feet and 260 pounds, has three more years and an estimated $49 million on his contract. Brown's $9.1-million conract expires after this season and Crittenton is a rookie.

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Post Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 9:47 am 
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Good acquisition, I think, for the Lakers.
They get an All-star caliber player for a Lottery Bust in Kwame, and some scrap players. :duh:

Also, it'll be quite interesting when Bynum goes back into the lineup:
PG - Fish
SG - Black Mamba
SF - Pau Gasol
PF - Lamar Odom (actually, Gasol's & Odom's positions are interchangeable)
C - Andrew Bynum

Lakers should see some playoff depth. :lol:

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Post Posted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 10:34 am 
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Jerry West, a former Laker, being the Grizzlies' G.M. helped in making this deal "one sided", just like K.G.'s trade to Boston, Kevin McHale a former Celtic being the Wolves' G.M.

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