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Villanueva’s Response

3 Nov

via #Pistons Villanueva: “I heard his response, I stick to what I said, I heard what I heard…it is what it is, I got my point across”

NBA Skinny: Early Returns

3 Nov

Atlanta Hawks
The fantasy buzz here is that Mike Bibby has been solid through three games (13 points, 54% FG, 2.7 threes, 4.7 assists, 0.7 turnovers). Jeff Teague’s preseason ankle sprain could actually end up limiting his minutes potential for the entire season – it gave Bibby the edge he needed heading into the regular season, and Larry Drew had said that Teague would need to significantly outplay Bibby to end up with the starting gig anyway. Deep-league roto owners with bench space should hold Teague as long as possible, but he’s looking expendable in most formats right now. The Hawks are 3-0 and it’s going to take a dramatic swing in both Bibby and Teague’s play for talk of a position battle to resurface … Josh Smith has attempted three treys through three games this season, almost half as many as he attempted in 81 games last season (seven). Smith has made two of his three attempts (he made zero last season) and it will be interesting to see how judicious he remains when it comes to those long-range shots … Marvin Williams totaled six points in two games after scoring 15 in the season opener, and has no threes, no steals, and one block in 85 minutes through three games. At some point we’re going to have to stop talking about his teammates, his coaches, his team’s system, etc, and attribute his near-complete lack of production to his own shortcomings.

Boston Celtics
Rajon Rondo is delivering massive assist numbers (16.7) but needs to clean up his own offense a bit (10.7 points, 42% FG, 38% FT). Yes, that qualifies as nit-picking, particularly since his numbers are sure to normalize as we move forward … Glen Davis has been productive thus far (29 minutes, 14.3 points, 67% FG, 5.3 boards, 0 turnovers) and has little downside when it comes to his projected role, considering that he’s playing behind the brittle veteran trio of Kevin Garnett, Shaquille O’Neal, and Jermaine O’Neal.

Charlotte Bobcats
D.J. Augustin has looked very solid through three games (41 minutes, 17 points, 100% FT, 2.7 threes, 5.3 assists, 2 turnovers) and certainly isn’t the reason for the team’s 0-3 start. The major contributors (and fantasy negatives): Gerald Wallace’s 44-percent shooting and five turnovers per game, Tyrus Thomas’ 39-percent shooting, and the team’s overall sloppy play and complete lack of depth. The Bobcats have 52 assists and 55 turnovers as a team, and they’ve got a combined total of 32 points from players outside the top six of the rotation (Stephen Jackson, Wallace, Augustin, Boris Diaw, Thomas, Nazr Mohammed).
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Cavs Shut Down Jamison

3 Nov

The Cavaliers have shut down forward Antawn Jamison.

The veteran power forward has been bothered by a sore left knee. He didn’t practice on Monday and was on the inactive list against the Hawks on Tuesday.

Cavs coach Byron Scott said Jamison’s poor shooting (31.8 percent) and lack of production (6.3 points per game) can be traced to his knee problems.
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All A Misunderstanding???

3 Nov

“I am aware there was a major miscommunication regarding something I said on the court last night. My comment to Charlie Villanueva was in fact ‘You are cancerous to your team and our league.’ I would never be insensitive to the brave struggle that cancer patients endure. I have lost loved ones to this deadly disease and have a family member currently undergoing treatment. I would never say anything that distasteful. The game of life is far bigger than the game of basketball.”

– Kevin Garnett

Report: Michigan ‘very happy’ with NCAA verdict on football program

3 Nov

An end to the NCAA’s investigation into the Michigan football program apparently is nearing.
According to the Associated Press, a person with knowledge of the situation said the NCAA’s final decision regarding violations by the Michigan football program will be released Thursday. The source told the AP Michigan is “very happy” with the final outcome.

In August, Michigan went before the NCAA Committee on Infractions during a hearing in Seattle and challenged the NCAA on one of the five major violations that had been alleged — that Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez had failed to “promote an atmosphere of compliance.”Michigan had already accepted responsibility for the other four major violations and self-imposed penalties. The NCAA’s final decision Thursday, which will bring to a close an investigation that began in late August 2009, will reveal whether it believes Michigan warrants additional penalty.

The Michigan program already has self-imposed penalties, including two years probation. The program also has cut back practice and training time by 130 hours over the next two years, a penalty that began this summer. Michigan has cut its number of quality-control staff from five to three individuals and banned them from practices, games or coaching meetings for the rest of the year.
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Air Up There Puts On A SHOW At Howard Homecoming!

3 Nov

KG Calls Villanueva a Cancer Patient

3 Nov

The Boston Celtics pounded the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday, and Charlie Villanueva posted messages on his Twitter account that indicate Kevin Garnett may have made it personal.

One of the tweets says: “KG called me a cancer patient, I’m pissed because, u know how many people died from cancer, and he’s tossing it like it’s a joke.”

Garnett is known for his trash talking on the court. Villanueva suffers from alopecia universalis, a medical condition that results in hair loss. The Detroit forward does not have hair on his head.

The Pistons confirmed that Villanueva posted the tweets but had no further comment.

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