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Marching 100 Shuts it Down at the Florida Classic

23 Nov

How the Grinch Stole a Christmas Win

23 Nov

Kobe's Grinch Smirk

“You’re a vile one, Mr. Grinch! You have termites in your smile. You have all the tender sweetness of a seasick crocodile, Mr. Grinch!”

Something tells me I’m going to hear words to that legendary song from Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas and it isn’t just because the holiday season is upon us. It’s because Kobe Bryant plans to make his debut wearing the Grinch edition of the Nike Zoom Kobe VI displayed to your left on the Lakers’ Christmas Day game against the Miami Heat (first reported by The Basketball Jones’ Trey Kerby and displayed at marqueesole.com). It’s not exactly the prettiest site to see on your new plasma HD television and the brightness of the Black Mamba’s new shoe may make you spend all your Christmas money on seeing an eye doctor. Considering the shoes go on sale Dec. 26, you very may well have to decide spending your money between Kobe’s new kicks or getting your vision back.

But Bryant wouldn’t have it any other way. On a day that will feature plenty of rhetoric and manufactured story lines regarding the supposed Heat-Lakers rivalry, Bryant is breaking out the shoes at the perfect time. It’s also seeming to follow a Lakers pattern in which they’re devising ways to throw wrenches in the manufactured hype surrounding the Heat. The obvious part first involves winning and playing like a team. The second part entails Ron Artest announcing the winner of his charity raffle regarding his championship ring. And the third part now includes Bryant’s bright green shoes.

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Haslem Out for the Season?

23 Nov

The look of disappointment

 

Heat forward Udonis Haslem may miss the remainder of the regular season after having surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left foot, and free agent Erick Dampier has been signed to help fill the void that creates.

Haslem had surgery Tuesday, the same day Dampier took a physical with the Heat — the last hurdle before a contract could be signed. Dampier practiced with the Heat that afternoon.

Haslem ruptured the Lisfranc ligament in his foot, which connects arch bones to the ones leading to his toes. His recovery could take more than four months. The Heat may consider applying for an injury exception if the determination is that Haslem’s season is over.

Dampier worked out in September for Miami, which decided at that time not to offer him a contract.

To make room for Dampier, the Heat waived guard Jerry Stackhouse, whose contract was not guaranteed.

At 8-6, the Heat entered Tuesday tied for the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference and the 10th-best mark in the NBA — not exactly what a team filled with superstars wanted.

And the words Heat president Pat Riley once famously said — “No rebounds, no rings” — are resonating again, especially after an embarrassing home loss to Indiana on Monday night.
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ESPNU #5 Recruit: James McAdoo

23 Nov

“Strengths:
McAdoo is an “Old School” throw-back that highly skilled and fundamentally sound. He understands the games nuances and takes advantage of positioning and angles to make it look easy. He is an effort guy that disregards his high-profile reputation and just goes to work when the game begins. He has great hands and can finish with either around the basket. He is also an active rebounder that gets to ball outside of his area and excellent shot blocker and erases teammate’s defensive errors. He has developed his face-up game and is transitioning into a blossoming combo-forward.

Weakness:
Although he is rapidly improving his skills away from the basket, he is still a work in progress on the perimeter. He needs to develop more confidence in his ball handling and passing abilities when pressured away from the basket by a smaller/quicker defender. He has a good free-throw stroke, but has yet to display a comfortable rhythm behind the arc (his footwork and shot set-up are inconsistent). A focused effort on developing his body will go a long way; at the next level he will need to carry a few more pounds to bang on the interior.

Bottom Line:
One of the best “pure” basketball players in the 2011 class, McAdoo is going to be a joy for Roy Williams to coach. The Carolina faithful were teased a little when he flirted with finishing high school early and enrolling this fall, but they are sure to learn he is worth the wait.”

Bob McAdoo’s nephew is a certified beast. On top of that he’s from VA
(VA All Day).
Position: Power Forward
6’8″ 216lbs out of Norfolk Christian, Norfolk, VA
College: UNC

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Stevie Franchise

23 Nov

Sources: Stevie Franchise to sign with the Beijing Ducks

23 Nov

Ready to take flight for the Ducks

RJP even follows Chinese Sports Reporters’ Tweets? LOL not so much, but according to this one, Stevie Franchise to Beijing is a done deal:

Rijay Wang: for the record, Beijing Ducks announced today that the team has signed Steve Francis with one year deal, terms of the deal were not announced.

Dampier to Sign with Heat Today

23 Nov

The Heat needed a low post presence before Haslem went down, now they'll be even better prepared for his return

Erick Dampier has a one-year offer from the Miami Heat and is expected to sign it Tuesday, CBSSports.com has learned.

The 35-year-old center arrived in Miami Monday night and, pending his passing of a medical exam, will join the team to replace Udonis Haslem, who is out until at least February with a torn ligament in his foot. The deal is for one year at the prorated veteran’s minimum, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

The Heat will have to release a player to create a roster spot for Dampier, likely Dexter Pittman or Jamaal Magloire.

The Heat previously worked out Dampier in September, but decided not to proceed with an offer. The Suns, Raptors, Rockets and Bucks pursued Dampier, who had a verbal agreement to join the Rockets. But Houston surprisingly backed away after failing to clear a roster spot for Dampier. In the end, Dampier got his preferred situation: a title contender forced to accelerate its pursuit of him based on a need that arose during the season. His patience, it turns out, paid off.
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