When Allen Iverson left town after being traded to the Denver Nuggets on Dec. 19, 2006, he departed without having any words with 76ers coach Maurice Cheeks. Fifteen months later, they still haven’t spoken. The relationship between Cheeks and Iverson may have started going downhill after an incident on Nov. 29, 2006. The two had words at practice. Iverson left, and then didn’t attend a mandatory team party and was fined $20,000. He then played in three games, the final one on Dec. 6, a 121-94 loss at Chicago…….and we flashback to one of A.I’s finer moments…
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Chad Johnson‘s offseason of discontent could be headed for its first showdown with the Bengals. The Bengals wide receiver, in a series of Los Angeles-based television appearances, said he would not participate in the team’s offseason strength and conditioning program beginning Monday. “I will not be there,” he said during a late afternoon stop at Current TV and Current.com. “There are a lot of issues that need to be dealt with. Nothing has changed.”
The Clippers are interested in signing veteran point guard Smush Parker, waived recently by the Miami Heat, for the rest of the season, Clippers sources said. The Clippers have targeted another NBA veteran point guard since buying out Sam Cassell‘s contract last month and after Ronald “Flip” Murray passed them over to sign with the Pacers.
Mediatakeout.com reported that the KING OF BASEBALL caught a Lakers game with son Nikolai…that is not Nikolai. I hope this raises awareness!!! Shouts to JJ
Dopest dude in college hands down…
Amid news that former Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh is close to reaching an agreement to tell what he knows, the Globe found that Walsh broke league rules under orders from the Patriots by videotaping opponents’ signals between 2000 and 2002, and could have video recordings to prove it, which has not been previously reported. But if he illegally videotaped the St. Louis Rams in their final practice before the 2002 Super Bowl, as widely suspected, team and league officials say he must have done it on his own. One league source detailed the circumstantial evidence that persuaded NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to accept the team’s explanation that it never sanctioned, or knew of, any spying of that sort.
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Ron Artest said he would approve getting dealt to his hometown team and thinks he can reverse the Knicks‘ catastrophic situation. The Knicks were hotly interested in Artest over the summer, with coach Isiah Thomas believing Artest could have been the final piece to the puzzle to compete for the Eastern title. Artest can opt out of his contract after the season, leaving $8.5 million on the table. Thomas is one of the few who wants to coach Artest. And the Knicks can offer him a long-term, mid-level contract for $31 million.
If there was any question that Mike Singletary might be interested in becoming the Falcons‘ next coach, he put that to rest Thursday night. “Sure I would — absolutely,” the San Francisco 49ers assistant head coach said by phone when asked if he would like the job. “The one thing I’ve learned is it’s hard to become a head coach. But I feel I’m ready now. I know I’m ready.”
While Greg Oden playfully admonished Kevin Durant for not calling him on Christmas Eve when he arrived to town, the Sonics rookie couldn’t help but to marvel at how much the Trail Blazers‘ top pick had grown since their last meeting. “Man, you’ve gotten big,” Durant said when the two met in the Rose Garden hallways Tuesday. Dressed in a ruby red blazer, dress shirt and blue jeans, it was easy to see how the 7-foot, 250-pound center has added weight during his seasonlong recovery from microfracture surgery on his right knee. The Blazers brass were concerned when Oden ballooned from 252 pounds to 282 several weeks ago and told him he doesn’t need to add any more weight. Oden declined to say specifically how much he weighs, but many around the team believe he’s about 290 pounds.
When the Vikings begin the offseason, they’re expected to be nearly $33 million under the NFL’s salary cap. Some people believe they should try to acquire receiver Larry Fitzgerald from the Cardinals. But the two-time Pro Bowl selection’s $60 million, four-year contract has escalators that will increase his salary next season to approximately $15 million. Fitzgerald has two seasons left on his current contract.
According to a high-ranking Garden official, Garden president Steve Mills is seething over the state of the Knicks as well as the damage Isiah Thomas has done to Mills’ reputation. Mills has remained conspicuously silent on Thomas’ job status and has maintained a low profile since the trial ended. For years there has been talk of a power struggle between Thomas and Mills. In fact, a person close to Thomas said that the Knicks coach did not feel that Mills gave him enough public support in the months and weeks leading up to the sexual harassment trial.
Isiah Thomas sounds like a man desperate to make changes to his roster – and you can take Eddy Curry off the untouchable list. Thomas insinuated some guys on the club can’t play in the manner he wants, and made his most damning remarks yet about Curry, pointing out his flaws and admitting Curry may not develop into a franchise center to build around. It seems the time for the Knicks to reignite trade talks for Ron Artest, who can opt out after next season. Artest can’t make the climate any worse.
Titans coach Jeff Fisher took offense to claims by the Chargers that he ordered a “hit” on star linebacker Shawne Merriman during Sunday’s game. Merriman suffered a sprained ligament in his left knee against the Titans and will miss this Sunday’s game against the Lions. Merriman said teammates told him Fisher ordered a hit on him for knocking quarterback Vince Young out of the game in the second quarter. Several Chargers said Titans center Kevin Mawae and another player were involved in the play with intentions of hurting Merriman.
As part of Nike’s effort to improve lives through sport, NBA superstar LeBron James will dedicate a refurbished basketball court to New York City. The NBA All-Star will spearhead the LeBron James “Give to the Game” shoe drive where used athletic shoes will be collected throughout various Explorer’s Clubs locations in each of New York City’s five boroughs as well as the newly opened House of Hoops presented by Footlocker. The borough that collects the most shoes will have the shoes recycled into a refurbished basketball court located in that borough.
To construct the sport surfaces, Nike will employ its Reuse-A-Shoe program, which recycles old athletic shoes of any brand into new surfaces. Donated shoes will be moved to Nike recycling facilities and broken down to create Nike Grind, a product resulting from the re-purposed elements of the shoes. Nike Grind is mixed with other components to create running tracks, basketball courts, playgrounds and soccer fields. In the end, what started out as a beat-up shoe bound for a landfill is now a high-quality sport surface that is safer for young people to play on and ideal for athletes.
When: Now until December 18th
The overwhelmingly British crowd was deafening as it cheered, chanted and sang for Ricky Hatton throughout the fight, but it couldn’t fight for him.
He could have used the help.
Floyd Mayweather, faster, more skilled and far more accurate with his punches, dominated Hatton and knocked him out in the 10th round to retain the welterweight championship at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night.
Jason Kidd was “on strike” last night, several team sources claimed. He essentially called in sick, perhaps seeking to force a trade from the Nets or gain a contract extension. Coach Lawrence Frank said Kidd phoned him complaining of a migraine yesterday at about 2 p.m. Kidd never showed for the Nets‘ 100-93 defeat against the Knicks, also short-handed, at the Meadowlands last night.
The Tigers and Marlins completed their blockbuster trade Wednesday, an eight-player swap that sent All-Stars Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis from Florida to Detroit.
The Marlins received a package of six players, including two highly rated prospects: left-hander Andrew Miller and outfielder Cameron Maybin. The teams reached a preliminary agreement Tuesday, with the deal subject to players passing physicals.
The Tigers also sent catcher Mike Rabelo and right-handers Burke Badenhop, Eulogio De La Cruz and Dallas Trahern to Florida.
Florida didn’t even approach the Tigers until Tuesday morning. The Marlins told the Tigers they could have both stars for those six players, then Detroit called back later in the day and agreed.
Detroit had not been considered a contender for Cabrera or Willis, who both can become free agents after the 2009 season.