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Major Pro News

Posted by Josh on November 29, 2006

Two major stories tonight regarding former Orangemen.

Mike Waters has just broken the news on the blog that Gerry McNamara has requested and been granted his release from his Greek team, Olympiacos. There is not yet any news release on the team’s website, or the Euroleague website, but I will link to such once there is (if there’s an English version). Considering his well-chronicled (by this blog) lack of playing time, this is not a shocking move. The question is, where will he end up? He was drafted #1 overall by the Northeastern PA USBL team, so if he feels like heading home that is a possibility. The NBDL is starting up, there might be a spot for him there. And considering that he was good enough to earn a roster spot for one of the top European teams, I’d guess he’d have a pretty good chance to sign up with most European squads, if he wanted to. We will of course keep you posted as much as possible on these developments.

The other big story was Carmelo Anthony going head-to-head with Hakim Warrick in Denver tonight. The two former Orangemen both led their teams’ attacks. Melo had 14 in the first quarter as the Nuggets pushed out to an early lead. Warrick started off slow, hitting only one of his first 5 attempts (a dunk of course) and being taken out of the game halfway through the quarter. But he would have his time soon.

After a Carmelo dunk gave the Nugs a 10-pt lead early in the 2nd quarter, Warrick came back in the game. He immediately hit a short jumper, igniting a 17-5 run in which Hak scored 9 points, hitting all 4 of his shots — on the last of which he was fouled, and hit the free throw, at which point Denver had to take a timeout to try and stop the bleeding. They succeeded, behind Carmelo’s 6 points and 2 assists, though Hak had 2 more hoops in the period as well, and they went to the half with Memphis up by 1.

The teams traded blows in the 3rd quarter. At one point Hak had two dunks in the span of 25 seconds. Melo had 6 points and 2 assists. The lead at the end of three remained Memphis up by 1.

Early in the 4th quarter, Memphis built a lead of about 10 points. This was a cold spell for both Anthony and Warrick; the difference in the game was that other Grizzlies were able to step up while Melo got no help while he was struggling. Denver was scoreless for 4:19, but still Anthony was the one who scored on both ‘ends’ of that drought. At this point comes the all-Orange sequence of the game. With Memphis up 8, the two Cuse guys traded baskets on five straight possessions. Warrick scored, then Carmelo answered, then Warrick scored again, then Melo answered again, then Warrick threw down a driving dunk to push the lead back to 10. And, though Melo hit one more shot down the stretch and assisted on another, it was not enough to pull the Nuggets back into the game. Grizzlies 108, Nuggets 96.

Final stats: Anthony 37 points, 9 rebs, 7 assists, 1 block; Warrick 25 pts, 4 rebs, 1 block, 1 win. Both shot over 50% from the floor. The two teams will match up three more times this year, but the next meeting is not until January.


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