Monthly Archives: June 2010

Bosh wanting to be 'the man' in free agency

Chris Bosh isn’t waiting for some summit to determine his landing spot
next season. The soon-to-be Toronto Raptors free agent is determined to
chart his own course and forge his own identity apart from the
star-studded field of peers also entering the open market.

"I don’t want to be mentioned as an addition to a team," Bosh said prior
to the season. "I want to be mentioned as the guy that
people want to center their team around."

Knicks go all in to claim King

When Donnie Walsh was hired as president of the New York Knicks in April
2008, his first priority was to slash a roster high on salary and low
on production.

The Knicks’ payroll had escalated to more than $130 million in 2005-06,
easily the league’s highest, under team president Isaiah Thomas. All
that cash resulted in just 23 victories.

Walsh knew of the marquee free-agent class coming this summer, headlined
by LeBron James. He had two years to get the Knicks under the salary
cap, so he took a calculated risk few others in New York have ever dared
to try — go slowly and rebuild.

Basketball Trade Rumors and Notes for June 20th

1. After great show, Rivers may bow out

2. Devin Harris unlikely to be trade bait in NBA Draft,

3. Nets likely to select big man with No. 3 pick

4. Manute Bol, NBA player-humanitarian, dies at 47

5. Iverson plans NBA return

6. Knicks wait to see if Lebron plan works

7. Wolves unlikely to trade fourth overall pick

8. Clippers may reap benefits of long-term investment

Group plans rally Sunday to bring LeBron James to Portland

This time, it’s official. A group of Trail Blazers fans who want LeBron
James to sign with Portland will hold a rally Sunday outside the Rose
Garden.

The rally was originally scheduled for Pioneer Courthouse Square until
organizer David Chitsazan discovered the group needed a permit. The
group has secured permission to gather on the sidewalk that surrounds
the Rose Garden and Memorial Coliseum.

"We will remain on that city block," Chitsazan said in an e-mail. "The
event was approved by City of Portland Special Events Coordinator
Allison Madsen."

Basketball Trade Rumors and Notes for June 18th

1. Lakers’ Jackson unsure if he’ll return to coaching

2. Rasheed Wallace valiant in possible NBA finale

3. Wall sure looks like No. 1

4. Cavs call Kidd, Paul about Byron Scott

5. Pacers may take Orton at No. 10

Mavericks center Erick Dampier: 'Hopefully I'll be here next year&#039

PLANO – Mavericks center Erick Dampier is working on his conditioning
in preparation for next season. What remains to be worked out is where
he will be playing.

Dampier said he wants to return for a seventh season with the Mavericks.
But with a $13 million contract for next season not guaranteed, he
knows that could be a long shot.

"I’ve enjoyed it here," Dampier said Tuesday. "It’s been a great run,
for the guys and for myself. I could continue playing with these guys
and have a great career here. Come July 1, we’ll all get together and
see what happens and hopefully I’ll be here next year."

Haslem thinks Wade will be back, not as sure about himself

Miami Heat power forward Udonis Haslem spent Tuesday considering
makeovers, in terms of both personal grooming and grooming his future.

Foremost, the focus during an appearance at the team’s youth camp at
South Broward High School in Hollywood was the direction the Heat will
take in free agency, with Haslem and teammate Dwyane Wade both to become
part of that process July 1.

Asked if he expected Wade, his closest friend on the team, to be back
next season, Haslem said "I think he will."

Basketball Trade Rumors and Notes for June 16th

1. Steve Kerr steps down as Suns GM

2. Jarrett Jack denies seeking trade, wants to stay with Raptors

3. Lakers’ Jackson making $2 million with Finals win?

4. Celtics’ Perkins "done"

5. Evan Turner ignoring Wizards’ interest

Basketball Trade Rumors and Notes for June 15th

1. Dwyane Wade doesn’t expect Pat Riley to return to bench

2. All quiet on the Izzo front: MSU coach stays mum on Cavaliers offer

3. After amazing run, Doc Rivers good as gone

4. Pacers are interested in Nuggets Lawson and Hornets Collison

5. Top Pistons prospects visit for workouts; team considering moving up in draft

6. Draft prospects spurning Memphis

Mike Brown closing in on staff

Toronto Raptors assistant coach Scott Roth, Philadelphia 76ers player
development coach Quin Snyder and former University of Utah head coach
Jim Boylen are the three finalists for a position on the staff of new
Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown, according to sources close to the
situation.

Roth and Snyder have already interviewed for the position, sources said, with Boylen scheduled to meet Monday with Brown.

Brown has already hired famed Italian coach Ettore Messina to serve as a
coaching consultant and likewise intends to hire John Kuester, recently
fired by the Detroit Pistons, to focus on the Lakers’ offense as
Kuester did when he coached under Brown in Cleveland.