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Pro Update 1-8-07

Posted by Josh on January 9, 2007

Happy new year! It’s been so long, there is lots to get to.

NBA

News in the NBA is not so good. Carmelo is still suspended (for another 5 games). Etan Thomas’ injury has not healed as expected and he is still on the shelf, having not played since early December. Brendan Haywood has played pretty well in Thomas’s absence and Etan may be looking at losing his starting job when he is healthy. Jason Hart has played one second in the past 5 games, when he was inserted late as a “designated fouler” as the Kings attempted to come from behind. (He did commit the foul.) And Hakim Warrick’s time has shrunk considerably. Since Pau Gasol is no banger in the post, the Grizz have turned to a brawnier power forward, rookie Alex Johnson, to complement Gasol in the starting lineup. Hak’s role and play have suffered accordingly: he is averaging 15 minutes and 7 points over his last 6 games. Not that it helps — the Grizzlies continue to lose, lose, lose.

Things look a bit brighter in the D-League. Sunday night, Gerry McNamara had 29 points (on 11-22 shooting) and also found time to dish out 7 assists, though the Jam lost in Colorado. G-Mac is now averaging over 15 ppg (28th in the league) and nearly 7 apg (5th in the league) through eight games, with a season high 11 assists back on Jan 4. The Jam are not on NBAtv this week but keep checking your local listings.

Europe

Preston Shumpert got in his first game with his new team in Italian League competition — against his old team! Preston’s Revenge did not really come to fruition, as he scored just 4 points (2-4 shooting) and his new team lost by two.

Otis Hill is fitting in nicely with his new team. In Polish league action on Wednesday, and again on Sunday, Big O had back-to-back 22-point games, leading Anwil in scoring both times (they split the games). Their other competition, the ULEB Cup, has been off since before Christmas but resumes this week. The other former Orangeman whose team is in the ULEB Cup, Elvir Ovcina (the other “Big O” for that matter) had 11 points and 5 rebounds on Saturday in Belgian League action vs. the team that cut Billy Edelin before the season. Josh Pace has not yet signed on with anyone new.

JAPAN

JBL Superleague play (and more Damone Brown dominance) resumes this coming weekend. Meanwhile, Ryan Blackwell takes no holidays. On December 23 & 24, he scored 21 & 14 points in a pair of wins (pulling down 8 & 10 rebounds respectively). He then had 26 & 10 in the first game of the new year (Jan 6). Something must have got in his soup because he had only 6 points the next night (though he still did grab 12 rebounds). He is now averaging over 20 points and just shy of 10 rebounds per game.

ABA

The Buffalo Silverbacks have begun posting cumulative averages on their website. Who knows how accurate they are, or how many games they include, but Kueth Duany is averaging 13 ppg and 4.5 rpg according to their numbers. Buffalo is 7-7 and angling for a playoff spot. Meanwhile, Z Sims had a double-double Sunday in a loss to Detroit. Rochester is in 2nd place.

See you next week!

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