The NBA’s Board of Governors voted Thursday to reimburse the Oklahoma City Thunder “several million” dollars for an issue regarding the contract of All-Star forward Kevin Durant, Zach Lowe of Grantland reports. Durant signed a five-year, maximum-value extension in the summer of 2010, before the ratification of the newest Collective Bargaining Agreement in 2011. The new CBA sets guidelines for what Lowe calls “super-max” deals. According to Larry Coon’s NBA salary cap FAQ, players can qualify for a super-max contract — which pays them 30 percent of the salary cap — if they meet any of the following criteria: Named to the All-NBA First, Second or Third team at least twice Voted as a starter in the All-Star game at least twice Named the NBA Most Valuable Player at least once Because Durant met those criteria when he signed the contract, the ratification of the new CBA put Oklahoma City on the hook for more money than it was anticipating; the Thunder could not have known the provisions of the new CBA when they inked Durant to his extension. Thursday’s vote, which Lowe says was not unanimous, reimburses the Thunder the difference between what they thought they would owe Durant and what they actually will owe him, under the terms of the CBA. This difference, according to Royce Young of CBS Sports, is “roughly $15 million.” At this point, it’s unclear if the Thunder will also have Durant’s extra salary removed from their cap space, but at the very least the development gives OKC some extra money to play around should ownership be willing to pay the luxury tax.
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Bangkok – San Miguel Beermen stepped into the ASEAN Basketball League finals after eliminating Sports Rev. Thailand Slammers. In the fourth game, 77-61 win over Slammers Beermen.
With the victory at Nimibutr Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday (30/05/2013), the Beermen won the semifinal playoff round with a score of 3-1.
Paulo Hubalde had 16 points and five assists for the Beermen. While teammate Hubalde, Pauliasi Taulava, had 15 points. While the camp Slammers, Christien Charles had 15 points and nine rebounds.
Beermen appeared dominant since the first quarter, in which they excel over Slammers 21-13. Only in the second quarter alone they lost the points of the Slammers.
An additional 24 points in the final quarter and then took Slammers to meet the Warriors, who had first advanced after defeating Westports Malaysia Dragons.
This is the final test. Last year, the Warriors defeated success to become a champion Beermen through three games.
Beermen won the first game by a score of 86-83 at the Ynares Sports Arena. However, the Warriors got up and won the next two games, each with a score of 81-61 and 78-76.
The first final between the Beermen and the Warriors will be held at the Ynares Arena on June 7.
Comments Off on Discuss Howard, Rockets Fined USD 1.4 MJuly 3, 2021 / Basketball
Washington – Houston Rockets fined 150 thousand dollars of the comments related to the club’s camp about prospective players, Dwight Howard. Comments that are called “one time” aka too early.
Howard late last week as the Rockets sure had chosen his new team. The announcement also ended speculation about the future of Howard who had become a bone of contention a team.
After the confirmation, as proclaimed USA Today, Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey Howard immediately comment on the decision via Twitter and TV in Houston. Coach Kevin McHale also called Reuters to do the same.
Howard actually is going to be the player the Rockets. The problem is that the comments Rockets camp was conducted in the public domain in the “time limits”.
Currently NBA is entering a period of moratorium – running on July 1 to 10 this year. In that period the teams could not complete the transfer or talk about a deal that has been established.
New Rockets should remark after Howard officially signed a contract on Wednesday (07/10/2013) local time. So this time it is premature comment to make NBA Rockets must be willing to be fined for 150 thousand U.S. dollars (about USD 1.4 billion).
Comments Off on NBA Rumors: Analyzing Latest Chatter Throughout the AssociationJune 25, 2021 / Basketball
As the NBA‘s free-agency period starts to wind down with many of the big names accounted for, there are still some interesting options out on the market, whether it be a couple of sharpshooters or a two-time NBA champion.
Teams are still hoping for some legitimate talent to sign with them as they finalize their 2013-14 rosters, whether it be veteran help or an undrafted rookie who took the summer league by storm.
Here’s a look at the latest chatter throughout the Association, complete with analysis.
Spurs’ Gary Neal to Become Unrestricted Free Agent?
After signing former Chicago Bulls guard Marco Belinelli to a two-year deal in June, the San Antonio Spurs are reportedly set to withdraw their qualifying offer to Gary Neal and let the 28-year-old walk, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com.
The interest in Neal should stretch throughout the NBA, from contenders to rebuilding teams. The three-year pro has shot 40 percent from beyond the arc and 82 percent from the free-throw line in his career.
Adding to Neal’s intrigue is the fact that he played better defensively in 2012-13. After opposing point guards registered a PER of 21.3 against him in 2011-12, according to82games.com, they registered a PER of 15.5 against him last season.
That’s not great, but it is a noticeable improvement.
If anything, Neal can space the floor, which is always valuable.
Clippers to Re-Sign Lamar Odom?
According to Arash Markazi of ESPN LA, the Los Angeles Clippers are still interested in signing free-agent forward Lamar Odom.
Earlier in the month, Mike Bresnahan and Melissa Rohlin of the Los Angeles Times reported that Odom was deciding between the Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers, who both offered him $1.4 million.
Odom averaged 4.0 points and 5.9 rebounds while shooting 40 percent from the floor in 20 minutes per game last season. He ranked well below the league average in PER among forwards who averaged at least 15 minutes per game, via Hoopdata.com.
While that’s not exactly eye-opening, there aren’t many other options on the market to back up Blake Griffin at this point.
Rookie guard Ian Clark went undrafted this year, despite averaging 18.2 points while shooting 54 percent from the floor and 46 percent from beyond the arc in his senior season at Belmont.
Now, after he posted 33 points against the Phoenix Suns in the Las Vegas Summer League championship game, he’s reportedly drawing heavy interest throughout the NBA, according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today Sports.
According to Zillgitt, the Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz are interested in the 6’3″ combo guard.
In seven games with the Warriors in Las Vegas, Clark averaged 12.4 points while shooting 48 percent from the field and 49 percent from beyond the arc. Against the Suns, he posted 33 points while going 12-of-19 from the floor and 7-of-10 from three-point range.
Before that, he averaged 16.4 points (ranked sixth) while shooting 48 percent from the field in five games with the Miami Heat in the Orlando Summer League.
One thing’s for sure: Ian Clark knows how to drop buckets. He also knows how to defend, averaging 2.2 steals in Orlando and 1.1 steals in Vegas while playing strong man-to-man defense.
So, why wasn’t he drafted?
Well, there is the matter of his size. At 6’3″, there are concerns about plopping him into the shooting guard role. He may have trouble finishing against the more physical players in the league.
But, given the way he shot the ball and defended this summer, it’s hard to imagine an NBA team not picking him up now.
Who said summer league didn’t mean anything?
Comments Off on Terry: Nets Have Strategy Beat the HeatJune 16, 2021 / Basketball
BROOKLYN – Brooklyn Nets confident to face the NBA season 2013/2014. In fact, Jason Terry insists the Nets have the formula to beat the Miami Heat.
Nets did clean up after a failure in the playoffs last season. The squad is now dibesut Jason Kidd was brought three veteran players, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Terry, who today has been introduced.
Many great teams from the Eastern Conference has to face the Nets. In addition to the New York Knicks, the defending champion Heat is one of them. Terry assess the Nets have a strategy to subvert LeBron James et al.
“It’s time. If we could start the final game at training camp, I could do it. We know the need of the process, but it will not require adaptation for two years. Let’s do it this year, and why not, we get all the pieces, “said Terry.
“I’m not worried. We have a strategy. Me and Jason Kidd is a player who never beat them, “said the former Boston Celtics star, the Daily News reported on Saturday (07/20/2013).
Yes, when I was with the Dallas Mavericks, Kidd and Terry berhasul beat the Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals. They won the first title in history.
Comments Off on Witnessed More Viewers, NBL RisesJune 3, 2021 / Basketball
Jakarta – Indonesia’s second season NBL claimed to attract more viewers. The data presented league manager, PT Detection Basketball Cross (DBL) Indonesia, which mentions that the audience grew 50% compared to the NBL previous season.
If the inaugural season in 2010/2011 a total audience reached 103 414 people, the national basketball league season has recorded 151 369 spectators watched. This calculation is done after the event Championship Seris in Yogyakarta over the weekend. DBL party also thinks this achievement as something extraordinary.
“In just two years, NBL Indonesia is able to get a place in the hearts of basketball fans. They kept coming, and invite other enthusiasts, to watch the match live in the stadium, “said Azrul Ananda, director of DBL Indonesia and PT Indonesian NBL commissioner, in a release received detikSport.
“The number of spectators is arguably extraordinary. League long, Indonesian Basketball League or IBL, only able to reach 250 viewers per day,” he continued.
Azrul later revealed that the growth was helped by the audience ditambahnya one more series, which is in Palembang. Noted, there are 12,000 people who watched the series straight there.
“The new city this season, Palembang, capable of making an audience of more than 12 thousand people. Looks are not crowded, because the stadium is so big. But the total number of viewers still good, “said Azrul.
Meanwhile, Surabaya penghelat noted for the series with the highest number of viewers. Noted, there suck 25000 series viewers. ari first series of Surabaya, the game presents CLS Knights Surabaya Good Day versus Satria Muda Britama Jakarta, more than 6,200 spectators witnessed the DBL Arena in Surabaya.
“It’s hard to break that record again in the next season. But with the rapid growth of the audience, anything can be achieved. We will continue to deliver the best spectacle for fans of Indonesian basketball. Schedule and venue Flexi NBL Indonesia 2012-2013 we will immediately announce, “he said.
Comments Off on Again Win Over Dragons, Warriors now 2-0May 22, 2021 / Basketball
Jakarta – Indonesia Warriors beat Westports Malaysia Dragons back in the second game of the play-offs ASEAN Basketball League (ABL). Warrios won by a score of 77-65, they are now 2-0.
Competing in front of supporters in Mahaka Square, Sunday (05/26/2013) evening local time, the Warriors get fierce opposition from the Dragons. John Todd Purves’s side just edged it 16-15 when the first quarter ended.
In the next 12 minutes, the Warriors failed to tighten defense. As a result, they conceded 20 points and only 18 points entering.
Time lags 34-35 in the second half of the game began, the Warriors were able to perform well. They managed to pack 19 points and holding the Dragons collection points when the third quarter ended.
In the final quarter, the Warriors were able to perform very well with 24 points while adding nicely to the Dragons defense only collected 14 points. The match ended with a score of 77-65.
Shown as a top performer in the game is a power guard Warriors, Stanley Pringle, with 21 points and six rebounds.
With this result, the Warriors STAYED need one more victory to qualify for the final round. The next match will take place at home to the Dragons, Maba Stadium on May 29.
Comments Off on Todd Purves and Indonesia Warriors SplitMay 8, 2021 / Basketball
Jakarta – Todd Purves will no longer be the coach of Indonesia Warriors in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) next season. Warriors decided not to extend the contract which runs out Todd on June 30, 2013.
Todd underwent two that could be considered a successful season with the Warriors. In his first season in 2012, coach from the United States successfully led the Warriors won the first title in the ABL.
In the second season, Todd returned with the Warriors until the final round. But they failed to retain the title after losing to San Miguel Beermen.
“There is nothing wrong or something. It was a wonderful time here and the success that I have had here has given me a good chance in the NBA and internationally,” Todd said as quoted by the official website of the ABL.
“So I hope to continue my career and I owe a lot of the Indonesia Warriors.”
After leaving the Warriors, Purves has not decided where he will continue his career. But Purves admitted that he had received an offer from a number of clubs.
“There are a few options that I was considering with the help of an agent. Has been no decision made at this time but I’ve been contacted by several teams, both internationally and domestically in the United States,” said Purves.
“I will consider the options and will make a decision that I thought would be best for my career and my family,” he said.
Comments Off on Nets Bring in Kevin Garnett and Paul PierceMarch 16, 2021 / Basketball
Brooklyn Nets have officially announced the pick up Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics. Transfer two top NBA player exchange involving nine players.
Besides Garnett and Pierce, Nets Celtics also acquired veteran guard Jason Terry. While the Celtics acquire Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph, Keith Bogans and first choice player in 2014, 2016 and 2018.
As part of this exchange, the Celtics also acquired the right to swap first-choice player in 2017. So proclaimed Reuters.
“Today, the basketball gods smile to the Nets,” said club owner Mikhail Prokhorov.
“With the arrival of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, we have achieved a balance between our team of veteran and young talent.’s Team would be amazing views, and competed hard.”
Although last season failed miserably with the Celtics, the veteran trio still be in the count. Garnett, 15, entered the All-Star team, had an average of 19.1 points and 10.5 rebounds per game had a career for 18 years in the NBA.
Pierce has an average of 18.6 points and 6.3 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game. Small 35-year-old guard is also ranked fifth in the number of points on a three-pointer with 1,823 points.
On the other hand, Terry had an average of 15.7 points and 4.5 assists per game. Terry also became part of the squad that won the Dallas Mavericks NBA in 2011.
Comments Off on Where’s Brooklyn at now?
The Brooklyn Nets are all-in for the 2013-14 season. How will this play out? We go 5-on-5:
1. Fact or Fiction: The Nets have the best starting five in basketball.
Chris Forsberg, ESPNBoston.com: Fiction. On paper, the Nets have a very talented starting five. But let’s see it on the floor before we start handing out superlatives. For the moment, Miami holds the right to all of the “best” titles, including the only one that truly matters in the NBA.
Jeremy Gordon, Brooklyn’s Finest: Fiction. If it’s where each individual player might fall within the ranking of his position, then sure — you can make an argument that the Nets have a top-10 player at every spot. But it’s still the sum that ultimately matters, and this Nets starting five needs to play at least one game before they make any designs on the top position.
Michael Wallace, ESPN.com: Fiction. On paper? Yes. It’s hard to out-fantasy that unit of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Brook Lopez. But dig a bit deeper based on recent evidence, and there are some serious concerns with each one of those players, from age to consistency. Until the Nets prove their value on the court, it’s all fiction.
Brian Windhorst, ESPN.com: Fiction. They have the most high-profile starting five, I would agree with that. We need to see them play together to have a feel for how they define their roles. There are two All-Stars from last season in the lineup. The Heat had three All-Stars in their lineup, the Bulls have two and get Derrick Rose back, the Clippers have two, the Rockets have two, the Knicks have two, the Thunder have two, and the Spurs have two. There are a lot of excellent starting lineups, let’s wait and see.
Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPNNew York.com: Fiction. Few can match the name recognition, and there will be nights when they look like an All-Star squad. However, Jason Kidd’s starters may not even play a ton together for much of the season because he has to regulate Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce’s minutes. And there isn’t one Nets starter who’s in the top two at his position.
2. Fact or Fiction: KG and Pierce are still All-Star caliber players.
Forsberg: Fact. With Boston’s 2007-08 squad as a guide, the Nets ought to expect a downturn in individual production from all of their stars as they assemble, but Garnett and Pierce still can make a case for the midseason exhibition. Garnett, a fan-voted starter last season, rebounded like an All-Star in the postseason and his defense remains a game-changer, while Pierce’s all-around efforts help him garner consideration annually.
Gordon: Fact. When they play, that is. Last season, Garnett averaged his lowest minutes count since his first year; Pierce, in his career. Their per-36 stats remained the same and the Celtics were better with them on the court, but Jason Kidd managing their minutes should keep them off the All-Star squad, barring some unexpected collapse from the rest of the competition.
Wallace: Fact. But only based on fans voting them in as starters. Otherwise, they’ll have a difficult time at this stage beating out LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George, Luol Deng, Chris Bosh and possibly Josh Smith at those dynamic frontcourt spots. If Brooklyn lives up to expectations, the Nets’ balance may make it difficult for Pierce or Garnett to register the numbers necessary to make them surefire All-Stars.
Windhorst: Fact. Pierce had a pretty good season last year but had to compete with the likes of James, Anthony, Deng and George as a wing player and didn’t make it. Garnett is still one of the most valuable big men in the game. There is some question about the minutes they’ll probably get with such a deep team and that may affect their numbers and perhaps their candidacy.
Youngmisuk: Fiction. Because of age, new roles and the minutes limit they should be on, Garnett and Pierce likely won’t be All-Star caliber players this season. Nor do they have to be during the regular season. They still may be voted All-Stars, but the goal is to have Garnett and Pierce fresh and playing like All-Stars in the postseason.
3. Fact or Fiction: Deron Williams will reassert himself as a top-five PG.
Forsberg: Fact. With both Derrick Rose and Rajon Rondo coming off ACL rehab, this is probably easier than it sounds. But Williams should absolutely benefit from the additional talent around him. After averaging 18.9 points and 7.7 assists in a bit of a “down” year last season, it’s scary to think of the numbers Williams is capable of posting now. And team success has a way of making every floor general look even better.
Gordon: Fact. He’s got tough competition, but he was already playing like a top-five point after the All-Star break. The tricky thing is that all the best points play so differently that it’s hard to rank them along a firm scale — how do you value Stephen Curry against Rajon Rondo, for example? — but Deron should be in the conversation.
Wallace: Fact. I’m willing to write off the past two seasons based on the injuries, turmoil and drastic roster turnover. But D-Will is all out of excuses at this point. He’s either going to solidify his stature as an elite player or he’ll hitch himself to Joe Johnson as the biggest bust of a starting backcourt max money could buy. He’ll get his mojo back.
Windhorst: Fact. If you look at the numbers after the All-Star break last season you could make the argument he was already there. Williams seemed to be soured a bit by that season and a half he was mired on bad teams in Newark and didn’t come in the best shape or with the best mindset to Brooklyn. He seemed like a different player in March and April and you would assume he carries that over to November.
Youngmisuk: Fact. Williams will be even more rejuvenated with the talent surrounding him. He will be eager to show that this is his team and veterans such as Garnett and Pierce will make him better. Also, Kidd — his friend, mentor and coach –- will push the right buttons and get the best out of Williams.
4. Fact or Fiction: Coaching will be the Nets’ biggest weakness in 2013-14.
Forsberg: Fiction. Coaching is one of the team’s biggest wild cards at the moment given the untested nature of first-year coach Jason Kidd. That said, having a proven top assistant such as Lawrence Frank will ease Kidd’s transition and prevent coaching from hurting this team. Coaching will get blamed as the Nets’ biggest weakness if they struggle, but chances are the Nets will have more glaring issues elsewhere.
Gordon: Fact. Only by default, though. It’s hard to look at the lineup and see a strongly identifiable weakness, and we know that Kidd is still learning the ropes — some of the plays during his first Summer League games were drawn up by Frank, who’s surely going to justify his fat contract. It hopefully will be less so as the year wears on.
Wallace: Fiction. Kidd has a solid mentor beside him on the bench in Frank. Kidd was always a coach on the floor during his remarkable career at point guard. Managing clutch situations, egos and minutes will be a challenge as coach. But he’s got a team of veterans who appear to have his back. But it’s still early. Adversity hasn’t struck yet. Age will be their biggest strength — and potential weakness.
Windhorst: Fiction. While I think it is a risk to trust a team with such championship aspirations to a rookie coach, health will be a huge factor. This is an older team and their youngest star, Brook Lopez, is coming off foot surgery. Last season, injuries to Lopez and Joe Johnson really gave the Nets problems. If they’re healthy, they’ll be contenders.
Youngmisuk: Fiction. Kidd may be a rookie and there certainly will be a learning curve. Kidd, though, will lean on his staff, especially Frank. The Nets have potentially bigger pitfalls such as health, age and chemistry.
5. Fact or Fiction: The Nets will win a championship by 2015.
Forsberg: Fiction. Money can build you a competitive team and a fantasy roster, but championship teams have a little something extra and we won’t know if Brooklyn has that until we see this group on the floor. The Nets will give themselves a short window to compete for a crown, but winning one in the next two seasons is no slam dunk, particularly if the group in Miami keeps its band together.
Gordon: You’re not getting me to answer this one with a straight face. If everything breaks right for them — Garnett and Pierce’s health, Kidd’s feel for the job, etc. — the Nets should surely be in the running. But all of that means they carry more risk than any other contender, too. (Hey, the boom-or-bust thing is kind of fun, right?)
Wallace: Fiction. It’s hard to say for sure that any team will certainly win a title by 2015. But the Nets have their work cut out with the Heat, Pacers and Bulls collectively in the midst of their prime. Considering Garnett and Pierce have a relatively short window of opportunity, the Nets have this season and next to get it done. I’ll believe how reliable they are when I see it. But I wouldn’t be absolutely stunned if they broke through.
Windhorst: Fiction. I can’t possibly predict what the landscape will be in the 2014-15 season, so basically I’m answering this on this season. If all teams stay healthy, I believe the Heat and Pacers are still better than the Nets. The Bulls are right there as well. I am not picking them to win the East at this point, so I can’t say they’ll win the title.
Youngmisuk: Fiction. They will contend but they might be the third-best team in the East. If they don’t win it all, the task only gets more difficult. The Nets’ cap-strapped roster will only get older while the 2014 superstar free-agent crop may alter the balance of power in the league, with the top players constantly looking to join forces to create the next star-studded team.