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Pro Update 12-17

Posted by Josh on December 17, 2006

So much going on I don’t know where to begin. Wait, yes I do.

The suspensions have not been announced yet for the Nuggets-Knicks fight, but the rumors suggest that Carmelo is in for a hefty one; 8, 10, even 12 games is not out of the question. Especially since he was an aggressor during the incident, rather than just retaliating for someone going after him. It’s really too bad he couldn’t control himself because this may very well undo all the positive change his image had undergone in the past year or so. Nobody is going to talk about the youth center he personally reopened in Baltimore (thanks to the syracuse.com blog for the link) or how well he played for the USA in the summer or how he has responded to his captaincy of Denver by becoming a better teammate and a true leader. No, it’s back to the caricature of him being selfish, impulsive, and immature, with a subtle whiff of “still just a thug from West Baltimore” although most media people won’t say that on the record. It’s a shame. All we can do is hope he grows from it. This apology sounds heartfelt and is a good starting point. Hopefully he takes like a man whatever punishment the league hands down, even if it seems unjust to him.

Happier news: It turns out Hakim Warrick has indeed earned his minutes. Memphis has played two games since Pau Gasol returned to the lineup: Warrick played 31 minutes in each, scoring 16 and then 20 points. He even started one of the games, with Gasol starting at center. Big Pau is not quite in game shape yet, only playing 17 minutes in each game himself. But anyone worrying about Hak being buried back on the bench need not worry any longer.

Etan Thomas’ ankle sprain already had him missing the last two home games, and he is not going to play at all on their upcoming 4-game road trip (starting tonight in LA).

Jason Hart played 3 minutes Friday and tallied not a single stat (not even a foul or a missed shot). He did not get into Saturday’s game.

NBDL

TNIAAM provides this link to a game story about Gerry McNamara’s first game for Bakersfield. Here is a box score. Gerry’s name is not in it — his stats (9 pts, 5 assists) are attributed to Tony Bobbitt, who is the player cut to make room for G-Mac on the roster. I guess they are wearing the same jersey number (very likely the same jersey for that matter). His next game is Tuesday in Tulsa. The thing that jumps out at me is 5 assists to guys he’d basically never met 3 days prior to the game. (Except Brandon Bowman I suppose.) Bodes well for his PT going forward.

CBA

Easy come, easy go: Dayshawn Wright was waived by the Minot Skyrockets on Friday after appearing in only a handful of games. Perhaps he will turn up in the ABA next — although seeing as how he broke a contract with ABA Buffalo in order to sign with Minot, he may not be welcome.

Speaking of the ABA, no word on Duany and Sims’ contributions in their teams’ recent games. However, it is worthwhile to note that Z is averaging 7 assists per game and has nearly a 4:1 assist-to-turnover ratio. He’s not on the court to score, which is why his name rarely shows up in the game stories that usually name only the high scorers. And box scores remain hard to come by.

EUROPE

Preston Shumpert had just 4 points and 3 rebounds in Sunday’s Italian League game, following up his 4 & 2 in the Euroleague game Wednesday. How’s that for a rapid decline? Although he is still playing significant minutes as the team’s 6th man. Somehow his ability to score has vanished.

Elvir Ovcina had a terrible European Cup game on Tuesday, going scoreless and grabbing only one rebound. Saturday in the Belgian league he scored 7 but pulled down 16 rebounds. Apparently Belgians are short and can’t jump because he continues to lead that league in rebounding by more than a full rebound per game.

Otis Hill is back playing for Anwil in Poland. He had 4 points in their game Saturday after sitting out last week for unspecified (in English) reasons. Josh Pace has not signed with a new team yet.

JAPAN

Ryan Blackwell had 31 & 13 Saturday, and 22 & 8 Sunday as his team split a pair with the Saitama Broncos. For the season he is averaging about 22 & 10, and is now third in the league in scoring. One note: I misrepresented his stats last weekend. He actually missed last weekend’s games — the stats I reported belonged to Mamadou Diouf. The problem is that I have to read the Japanese box scores by uniform number, and Diouf wears Damone Brown’s number (25) and with Blackwellian stats on his line I just got confused. Sorry.

PLAYA

Jason Cipolla is still dating Lorraine Bracco.

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