NBA News – September 20, 2009

Cavs’ West arrested after police find him carrying three guns

Fear the NBA Replacement Officials

Utah Flash owner to Marbury: Come play in the D-League!

Cavs’ West arrested after police find him carrying three guns

Brian Windhorst

Cavaliers guard Delonte West faces weapons charges after being pulled over while carrying a small arsenal near his Maryland home late Thursday night.

Prince George’s County police said West was carrying two handguns and a shotgun when he was pulled over on Interstate 495 in Upper Marlboro, Md., around 10 p.m. Police Cpl. Clinton Copeland said West was speeding and cut off a police cruiser while riding on his three-wheeled 2009 Can-Am Spyder motorcycle.

After being stopped, West informed police he was carrying a gun in his waistband, which was a 9mm Beretta. Police also found a .357-caliber Ruger on his leg and a shotgun in side a guitar case that was slung over his back. All three guns were loaded. West was traveling alone.

Utah Flash owner to Marbury: Come play in the D-League!

J.E. Skeets

Perhaps frustrated by the lack of interest on the NBA, European and South Korean free agent market, Internet star Stephon Marbury(notes) posted comments on his Twitter page not too long ago that sounded like he was ready to call it a career.

"Basketball is just a game. I will say it again. 14 years 250 million. Hold that. I’m good. Thank you Jesus for the blessing. Thanks NBA," Marbury tweeted in early September before pumping the Kirk Franklin tunes and recycling those pesky cardboard boxes once and for all.

But wait! Not so fast, says one NBA Development League team owner! Come to Utah!

"I am the owner of the Utah Flash NBA D-League team. Why not come play for us this season," tweet-asked Brandt Andersen Wednesday. "Fans would love having [you].",190503

Fear the NBA Replacement Officials

Tim Povtak

In case anyone has forgotten, the last time the NBA started a season using replacement officials — 1995-96 — it was not a pretty sight.

It was close to chaos.

With the league Friday officially notifying the refs group that the lockout has begun, it’s a certainty that the exhibition schedule — and likely the regular season — will start next month with new officials calling the games.

The league has lined up officials from the D-League to come to a revamped training camp next week. The preseason games start Oct. 1. The regular season doesn’t begin until Oct. 27.

"It is extremely disappointing that the refs has ignored the economic realities, rejected our offer, and left us no choice but to begin using replacement officials,” said NBA executive vice president and general counsel Rick Buchanan in a statement.

The NBA used replacement officials for more than two months during the start of that 95-96 season. During that time, players, coaches and fans — more than ever — were criticizing officials, who struggled to control games from getting out of hand.

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