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Pro Update

Posted by Josh on November 12, 2006

Here is the first of what will be semi-regular updates on former Orangemen playing professionally.

Hakim Warrick has been starting for the Memphis Grizzlies this year, since they are without All-Star Pau Gasol indefinitely. Saturday night, while SU was handling Penn, Hak played 33 minutes, scoring 12 points on 5/8 from the field, 2/3 from the line, grabbing 4 boards. The last 2 games his production has dipped a bit — the first 3 games of the year he scored 22, 15, and 21 points. Overall he is averaging about 16 points and 6 rebounds. Hopefully he keeps up his production while he has this opportunity to play major minutes.

Carmelo Anthony has had a good but frustrating start to the season. The Nuggets started 0-3 before winning their most recent game against the 76ers, with all three losses coming by 3 or fewer points. Melo is scoring 25 points a game, shooting 47%, but has only 18 rebounds in 4 games. Also, he was ejected from the first game of the year, one of the casualties of the NBA’s crackdown on whining to the officials. On the other hand, he was named one of the Nuggets’ captains for the season, along with Marcus Camby. Denver will need to right the ship if Carmelo is going to finally make the all-star team this year.

Etan Thomas is averaging 9.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks after moving into the Wizards’ starting lineup this season. Like Warrick, Thomas has had a solid start to the season in his new role, with highs of 14 points, 15 boards, and 6 blocks vs Orlando. He continues to split time with Brendan Haywood, with whom he got into a fight last week.

Thomas’ former teammate Jason Hart has yet to play in a game this season for the Sacramento Kings. I can’t find whether Hart has been inactive for any games, or is just riding the pine. This has got to be somewhat disappointing for Jason, who was Mike Bibby’s primary backup last year and played 12 minutes a game, starting when Bibby was injured. This year those minutes appear to be going to someone named Ronnie Price.

But that’s not all!

Kueth Duany has signed with the ABA’s Buffalo Silverbacks (formerly the Rapids). They opened their season on Wednesday. Duany did not play because of a bum ankle.

Speaking of the ABA, last year Lawrence Moten was an ABA all-star and all-league first-teamer for the Maryland Nighthawks. He was 2nd on the team with 21 ppg and led the team with 5 assists per game. (That would have been 2nd in the league except he only played in 9 games – you need 10 games to qualify for league leaders.) This year, though, he has retired from playing, but has stayed with the team as VP of Player Development. And his picture is still on the banner at the top of their website.

Preston Shumpert is starting for Climamio Bologna, alongside Tyus Edney and James Thomas (that guy with the abnormally huge shoulders who played for Texas in 2003). Preston is averaging 17.6 ppg so far in Euroleague play (3 games), and in the non-Euroleague games (the regular Italian league) he has been inconsistent — went scoreless in one game, but also poured in 29 in their most recent game vs. Eldo Napoli. He’s averaging just shy of 11 ppg overall.

Jason Cipolla is still dating Lorraine Bracco.

And the one update you have all been waiting for: Gerry McNamara is playing for Olympiakos in Greece. Well, “playing” is not exactly accurate. He is on their roster. My understanding, from reading the Syracuse.com coverage over the summer, is that he is not eligible to play in the regular Greek-league games — only the Euroleague games. He did play one minute in their first Euroleague game — his only stat was one foul committed. He did not play in either of the next two games. I would guess that not being able to play in some of his team’s games hurts his chances of getting into the other games — in terms of team chemistry, regular player rotation and roles, and that sort of thing. By the way, their starting point guard — a term they do not use; PG is called “playmaker” in Europe — is former BC player Scoonie Penn. There are five PM’s on this team so it looks like it could be tough for Gerry to get any regular time. But we’ll keep an eye on it for you.

Next time: whoever else I can dig up. John Wallace? Marius Janulis? Elimu Nelson? You’ll just have to tune in and find out. If there are any particular players you want to hear about, leave a comment and I’ll try to track them down.

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4 Responses to “Pro Update”

  1. syracusan said

    Since you’re taking requests, see if you can find out what happened to Damone Brown. Gracias.

  2. Daz said

    How about some post-playing updates? What the heck is Sherman Douglass up to, for example?

  3. Bam said

    Hi – how long is Derrick Coleman’s dick? Thanks in advance.

  4. mia said

    does anyone know if elimu nelson has a fan club or website?

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