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リンク: NBA season's marathon grind takes toll, raises labor issue - USATODAY.com.
"The NCAA tournament, in 63 games, makes more money than the entire NBA regular season of 1,200-plus games," Morey said at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in March. "It would be hard to tell the owners you'd have to take a revenue hit, but you might get it back later because more people are tuning in."
Any reduction of games would require a requisite cutback of salaries. No problem, says Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen, who is making $17.4 million this season.
"I'd give some of my check back," he says. "And I venture to say the quality of the games would go up another notch."
Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy would take the corresponding pay cut, "because it might add years to the end of your career."
And that's an important point, according to Celtics forward Paul Pierce. "You look at some guys. After they're done playing, they can barely walk."
"You play a game, travel, get in at 2 or 3 in the morning, that's hard
on you," says TNT analyst Charles Barkley, who played from 1985 to
2000. "My last year with the Rockets, I guarantee you, we didn't win
any back-to-backs. Me, Hakeem (Olajuwon) and Clyde (Drexler) would be
リンク: The Associated Press: Pistons' Dumars hopes to make splash this summer.
With about $20 million to spend and four draft picks, Dumars hopes to make a splash in free agency or on the trading market.
"I'm not just looking for a couple complementary players," he said.
リンク: Nuggets win their first playoff series since 1994 - NBA - Yahoo! Sports.
“That monkey is awful heavy sometimes,” Nuggets coach George Karl said. “I’m just really happy for ‘Melo.”
“It took me five years to get that gorilla off my back,” said Anthony, drafted third overall by the Nuggets in 2003 after leading Syracuse to the national title in his only college season. “And it’s a great feeling. I’m just going to soak this time up, this moment.”
“It feels good. It feels great actually, especially me being a hometown kid
and kind of from afar following the struggles that they’ve had the last five
years in the first round,” Billups said. “It’s crazy, that monkey is big on
everybody’s shoulders around here. It’s good to get that off, even though I
haven’t lost in the first round in a long time.
“Being around here all year, man, it’s like everybody’s putting all the
emphasis on the first round. I shoot higher than that.”
Karl, who famously benched Anthony for a game earlier this season for
ignoring his orders to take a breather, kept asking his superstar if he wanted
to take a seat in the closing minutes.
“I said, ‘George, I’m good. I’m going to go get this one,”’ Anthony
After his last bucket, a 3-pointer that made it 104-81, Anthony spun around
and yelled, “This is my house!”
“What else do you want me to say about that?” Anthony said. “Chauncey
moved in with me.”
The average margin of victory in Denver’s four wins was 37.5 points
リンク: Rashard Lewis in the Kentucky Derby -- NBA FanHouse.
Lewis is a major stakeholder in Join in the Dance, which was added to the Derby field earlier this week after the late scratch by Quality Road.
"We may be a long shot to win it [the Derby], but we're in and we have chance,'' Lewis said. "What's amazing is that some people in the horse racing business can go all their lives and never get into the Derby. I've only been involved two years and I'm already in.''
Lewis, who never has been to the Kentucky Derby, is hoping the Magic can end the playoff series in six games, giving him all day Saturday to enjoy horse racing. If a Game 7 is necessary, it will be played Saturday, possibly at the same time as the Derby.
One of his childhood friends and now a business partner got him involved in the horse racing industry. They purchased Join in the Dance for $250,000 more than a year ago. They have three horses in their stable.
"I said 'why not?' I can't ride them, but it's been a lot of fun. It's a hobby, but it's also an investment,'' he said. "After he won his first race, we were offered a million dollars for the horse, but we said no.''
リンク: Mavericks oust Spurs from playoffs with 106-93 win - NBA - Yahoo! Sports.
Howard rang in his 29th birthday with 17 points, and may have permission from Carlisle to celebrate this time. Howard enraged former coach Avery Johnson last year when he didn’t cancel his birthday plans despite a blistering Mavs playoff defeat, but the party may be on coach Carlisle after this series win.
“I think (Howard) probably is our MVP of the series,” Carlisle said. “He played great. He was there for us?a lot of big plays that didn’t necessarily lead to scores.”
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リンク: SLAM ONLINE | ≫ Links: Hawks/Heat Game 4 Notes.
Zaza Pachulia was sporting a black eye he received in Game 3, though he had no idea how he got it. It wasn’t swollen, but it was definitely bruised. Zaza also said he was trying to find some sunglasses to wear around so people wouldn’t think he got in a fight in the club.
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? Tom Washington calls a foul on James Jones, who’s been like Eddie Jones tonight.
リンク: BLAZER NOTES: Outlook not good for Sergio Rodriguez; Von Wafer has been Houston's X factor.
In the Portland series, Wafer has averaged 11 points, including a 21-point outburst in Game 2. Active and aggressive, he takes the ball well to the hoop and can create his own shot.
“Von got a great opportunity in Houston, and he has taken advantage of it,” Pritchard said. “You have to give the kid credit. He has been an X factor in the series, no doubt about it.”
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O.k. o.k. We have a history of suckin! We are the Clippers of the NFL We've won 1 playoff game since 54' can't I dream?
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リンク: Deseret News | Utah Jazz: Fisher still fond of his only season as a Jazz player.
"We had some success that season that not a lot of people anticipated," said Fisher of his year with the Jazz. "Deron was in his second year. (Carlos) Boozer was a couple of years younger and we had a team that nobody knew what to expect coming in. It was refreshing to be a part of that team because we learned that if we could go out there and play as a unit, good things would happen."
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Well the season came to an end last week, it’s been very difficult because I’m not use to the season ending so soon. The last two years I haven’t played in the post season, things happen!!! We did finish on a positive note with 3 consecutive wins and 9 out 12. So, I will keep you posted on what’s next and you can also now follow me on twitter under matrix31. Now it’s time to relax and enjoy Toronto a little.
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Happy for the Eagles gettin Maclin to help McNabb. Hopefully Eagles get Boldin too. Also went to Game 3 Sixers vs Magic in Philly.
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リンク: Ben Wallace Reflects on the Pistons -- NBA FanHouse.
Reporter: What's it like to see them struggle?
Ben Wallace: It's tough. Usually when you leave a team and you come back and play against them or whatever, you want to win and you want to rub it in -- you want to get those bragging rights, you want to talk a little trash. But it's tough.
Some of the guys are hurt -- Sheed is hurting, Tayshaun is hurting. I still want to win, but I just hate to see the guys out there hurting. When it's all finished and done, those are always going to be some of the guys that I'm going to pick up the phone and call and see how they're doing.
Reporter: Have you talked to any of them recently or in the last couple of weeks?
Ben Wallace: Oh yeah, we talk all the time. I'm about to borrow one of Rip's cars tonight. (Laughter) No, but we've always been a close group. We said even when we were playing together that after this thing was over with that we were still going to keep in touch, check on each other, see what the kid's are doing, see how the family's doing. That's priceless. You don't usually get that in this league.
Reporter: Do you think that chemistry that you guys had in '03-'04 would be hard to duplicate ever again?
Ben Wallace: No, we have it in Cleveland right now. You can't tell? (Laughter) I think that's one of the keys to our success [this year] -- everybody is pulling for each other, everybody genuinely likes each other. Off days, even after practice, we got guys that are still in the gym two and three hours just hanging out, just talking. I think that's what this game should be about, you should really enjoy the moments that you can get to know your teammates, get to know their family, let them get to know your family and just go out and have fun.
Reporter: In your opinion, which team is stronger: the 2004 Pistons or the current Cavaliers?
Ben Wallace: Right now, the Pistons, because they won a championship. We haven't won a championship yet with the Cavaliers, so that's a tough question to answer right. But after this thing is over and done, then I'll let you know. (Laughter)Matt Watson: It seems like the fans [in Detroit] still
get on you, but looking at it in hindsight, I think that it's pretty
clear now that -- even though people didn't realize it then -- when you
left, that was the end of the Pistons as we know it. They had some
success after, but do you feel vindicated at all?
Ben Wallace: I
mean, it was ... (pause) ... it was tough. It was a tough decision to
make because I came here and they allowed me to go out and do what I do
and I appreciate the fans every night for coming out and cheering for
me when I was here. It was just time for me to move on. I mean, me and
the coach (Flip Saunders) were bumping heads, and you know, that's not
me. I want to go out and play basketball, I want to have a little fun,
so it was time for me to move on.
But when I left this team,
it was still a good solid team. I think they made some changes over the
years that really hurt them. The Chauncey Billups trade, I think that
hurt him because they got nothing in return. They got Iverson but he's
hurt, he's not playing, so he's not helping the team, so really they
don't have anything. I enjoyed my time here with the fans, man. We're
always going to have that love/hate relationship.
Matt Watson: I know if you talk to a lot of fans outside of the arena, they'll say those were some of their fondest
memories of the Pistons -- you guys were so good then. Over time, do
you think that rivalry is going to die down once you stop playing?Ben Wallace: If I had to stop and retire today and
came back here and announced my retirement, I don't suspect that there
would be one fan in the building who would boo me. But now, I
am the enemy coming in here, so I expect them to boo me because I know
what they did to teams when they came here playing. And I respect that.
Matt Watson: There was a time when I was
convinced that your number would probably be hanging in the rafters
here someday. Do you think maybe 10 years down the line when things die
down you'll come back and see that happen?
Ben Wallace: Who knows? That's something that I can't control and it's out of my hands, but maybe one day. I would appreciate it.
Matt Watson: You keep in touch with a lot of your [former] teammates, but do you ever talk to Joe [Dumars] at all?
Ben Wallace: Yeah, I talk to Joe all the time. All those guys, I talk to all of
them. I talk to Joe, Mike Curry ? I played with Mike Curry ? I knew all
those guys. And after this day is said and done, we'll all continue to
talk to each other. I consider those guys my family..
リンク: Hawks stifle Wade, knot series with Heat - NBA - Yahoo! Sports.
Zaza Pachulia’s right eye was black, and his face was dotted with nicks and scrapes.
“I look like Rocky Balboa,” the Atlanta forward said.
Fought like him, too.Pachulia had 12 points and 18 rebounds
リンク: Nuggets dismantle Hornets, 121-63 - NBA - Yahoo! Sports.
“Every coach talks about playing a playoff game, every possession having value, every possession having intensity to it,” Karl began. “I thought my team, probably in my career, I’ve never seen a team probably do that on every possession?do what they were supposed to do and play the game the right way? as much as they did tonight.”“I don’t think I’ve ever had a team play defense like that,” Karl said. “Defensively, when you play this well, offense just happens.”“I wouldn’t have thought that we would win by 58 points,” Anthony said. “I never thought anyone could win by 58 points in the playoffs.”
リンク: Chicago Bulls Blog: Bulls Win Another Classic. Series Tied 2-2..
It was as emotional as we’ve ever seen the cool Gordon, grabbing
himself after his big overtime three?“If Mr. Stern asks it was my groin
(injured),” he joked about a possible league discipline?and chest
bumping with Joakim Noah after a Noah block on Glen Davis with 2:22
left in the second overtime and the Bulls ahead by four.
was pumped today,” said Gordon. “I wanted to do whatever I could to
help the crowd get into it, my teammates. Because we definitely needed
this game. I’m just living in the moment. At that point it was the
biggest play of the game. I was so proud of him for the effort he gave
and everything he did
I wanted to hug him. But I thought a chest bump was a little more appropriate for a basketball player.”
actually suffered a hamstring strain in the first half and said he’ll
have an MRI Monday. He rode a stationary bicycle during the game to
keep loose, but said he expects to play in Game 5 Tuesday.“Right now we don’t have anything to lose,” said Gordon. “I think everyone is rising to the occasion. This was probably the most exciting game I’ve played in. Double overtime. We could have easily (quit) after Ray hit that shot. We could have easily lost our cool and put our heads down and given up.
Everyone stayed in and we were able to pull a victory out. As long as there’s time we never really figure we’re out of it.”
“I think the play Vinny drew up really threw them off,” said Gordon,
who called it the biggest shot of his career. “They didn’t know what to
do. Paul got out to me pretty well because I couldn’t catch and shoot
like I wanted to. I managed to get a good shot off. I think we caught
‘em off balance. Paul stumbled a little bit and I was able to get some
separation. We definitely needed this game.”
リンク: Chicago Bulls Blog: Bulls Win Another Classic. Series Tied 2-2..
The plays brought a series of “Noah, Noah, Noah,” chants from the hysterical, celebrating home crowd.
“Guys are playing and having fun and have a lot of confidence now,” said Brad Miller, who was almost ejected for a little skirmish with Davis early in the fourth quarter. “They were doing a little Noah chant and he was getting all fired up about that. That’s how he plays and that gets him going.”
“This is beautiful,” Noah announced to the crowd after the game ended and he grabbed the microphone from postgame host Steve Kashul as he was about to do the interview. “Can you believe three months ago we would be sitting here in this situation against the defending champions!”
リンク: Justice: Blazers' 'D' on Yao more like mixed martial arts | Richard Justice: Columnist | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle.
Yao Ming gets pounded on from the moment he steps on the court. Shoving and grabbing, slapping and scratching, kicking and holding.
“Every time he moves, it’s a wrestling match,” Rockets coach Rick Adelman said. “I just don’t think it should be allowed.”
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Asked about possibly playing his last home game as a Bull, Gordon smiled and said, "No, no, I am not thinking that. I am living in the moment."
As is Hinrich. Asked about whether he's comfortable with his role, he said, "Well, I have to be. I mean, I just try to do what I normally do, but it is challenging for me. So I try to stay ready so I can do whatever I can. If I am not comfortable with my role, it's not something I can afford to worry about now. We just want to keep this going as long as we can."
With good reason. The Bulls careers of Hinrich and Gordon could end soon after this postseason ends. At least they're leaving a positive lasting memory.
リンク: Magic PG Anthony Johnson: Only the playoffs matter -- OrlandoSentinel.com.
Although he didn't want to think about the possibility of trailing 3-1 in the series against the 76ers, Magic Coach Stan Van Gundy said before Game 4 that he didn't believe any deficit was too great to overcome.
Only eight teams in NBA history have ever come back to win a seven-game series after trailing 3-1. One of those teams was the Detroit Pistons, who rallied to beat the Magic in the first round in 2003.
"Ask Tracy McGrady what being up 3-1 means, right? Didn't he make the pronouncement, 'I've never been to the second round before.' Like he was already there at 3-1. That didn't work out well for him," Van Gundy laughed.
"Like I said at the beginning of this, it's over when somebody wins four."
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