|Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Mavericks part ways with Delonte West||10.30.12 at 7:53 am ET|
TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Celtics at Heat, 8 p.m. (TNT; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Mavericks at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ The Mavericks open the season Tuesday night with a game against the Lakers, and they’ll do so without troubled guard Delonte West. The onetime Celtic was dismissed on Monday following his second suspension in as many weeks.
West, who has bipolar disorder, was expected to be a key role player for the Mavs, but his behavior during the preseason forced Dallas to make the move. The Mavericks, who will be without Dirk Nowitzki for a while as he recovers from knee surgery, start the season with nine new players and four new starters.
“This is what we’ve got. That’s the way it is,” said forward Shawn Marion, the only returning starter. “We can’t harp on it all day. We’ll do what we’ve got to do.”
Meanwhile, the Lakers might not be at full strength either, as Kobe Bryant has missed the last week of practice with a foot injury and is a game-time decision.
♦ According to an ESPN report, Yankees manager Joe Girardi called Alex Rodriguez late last week in an attempt to improve their relationship following the veteran third baseman’s disastrous postseason.
Giardi called A-Rod on the same day it was reported that Girardi contacted the Yankee Stadium press box during a postseason game asking that Rodriguez’s name not be announced when he was removed for a pinch-hitter, apparently to protect A-Rod from more booing from the home fans.
According to ESPN, the conversation went well. “Joe could not have been more supportive, and Alex couldn’t have been more receptive,” the source said.
Rodriguez has five years and $114 million remaining on his contract, making it unlikely the Yankees could trade him even if he waived his no-trade rights.
♦ Here’s your daily Jets update: Coach Rex Ryan, who gave his team the week off with Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the area and with a bye next Sunday, professed loyalty to much-maligned quarterback Mark Sanchez following Sunday’s 30-9 embarrassment vs. the Dolphins.
“I think Mark’s our guy,” Ryan said at Monday’s media session. “I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. I’m confident in Mark.”
Ryan said he plans to brainstorm with his coaches this week and come up with ways to right the sinking ship. He acknowledged considering finding a way to get more out of Tim Tebow — but not as the starting quarterback.
“I think we’ll take a hard look at how we’re using him, what we’re asking him to do,” Ryan said. “Are there other things we can do with him? I think you’re absolutely right. We will definitely look at that.”
♦ Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel is known as a defensive specialist, and apparently he doesn’t pay close attention to his own team’s offense. The former Patriots defensive coordinator was as surprised as anyone that running back Jamaal Charles — who averages 5.0 yards per carry this season — had just five rushes in Sunday’s 26-16 loss to the Raiders.
“Now, I’m not exactly sure,” Crennel said after the game when asked about Charles’ limited touches.
On Monday, Crennel had a better explanation, saying that the Raiders “loaded up” against the run.
“I think they expected us to run the ball a little bit,” he said.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 30, 1954, the Celtics lost to the Rochester Royals, 98-95, in a game that marked the debut of which two NBA rules that had a big effect on the way the game was played?
|Report: Delonte West, Mavericks to part ways||10.26.12 at 10:46 am ET|
Troubled guard Delonte West will not return to the Mavericks following his second suspension in two weeks, according to an ESPNDallas report.
A source told ESPNDallas that the team is negotiating West’s release with his agent, Dan Fegan. West, who started his career with the Celtics, was suspended Thursday for conduct detrimental to the team. It was West’s second suspension, though the first suspension lasted just 21 hours, ending after West met with coach Rick Carlisle and president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson.
ESPNDallas reported Thursday that West said he was being blamed for an argument between teammates after the Mavericks’ 88-76 preseason loss to Thunder on Wednesday night. West said he got a text message Thursday morning telling him not to come to practice.
“There was an argument between two teammates in the locker room last night that didn’t involve me,” West said. “Somehow I’m being blamed for it. I had nothing to do with it. I don’t know what’s going on.”
The Mavericks might give West a buyout, waive him or reach a mutual decision to part ways, in which West would be free to sign with another team but would not be compensated by the Mavericks.
West, who announced in 2009 that he suffers from bipolar disorder, has used Twitter to express his disapproval of the situation with the Mavericks.
|Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Mavericks suspend Delonte West after reported outburst||10.16.12 at 7:47 am ET|
TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB playoffs: Yankees at Tigers, 8 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-AM)
NBA preseason: Nets at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI-FM)
College football: Louisiana-Lafayette at North Texas, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: World Cup qualifier, Guatemala at U.S., 6:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: World Cup qualifier, France at Spain., 2:55 p.m. (ESPN2)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ The up-and-down career of Delonte West has taken another downturn, as the former Celtic was suspended by Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle on Monday night for conduct detrimental to the team. According to multiple reports, West had an outburst in the locker room following Monday night’s 123-104 preseason win over the Rockets in which the guard had two points, two assists and one rebound in almost 17 minutes.
Tweeted West late Monday: “Sorry moma…” adding, “I showed off on ur birthday again…”
West, known for his solid defense but questionable behavior, averaged 9.6 points and 3.2 rebounds for the Mavs last season. An eight-year veteran who started his NBA career in Boston, West was sentenced to eight months of house arrest and suspended for 10 games by the league for an incident in September 2009 in which he was arrested on weapons charges. He has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
♦ While the New York Giants were in San Francisco over the weekend beating the 49ers, their cars were being burglarized back in New Jersey. Despite the fact that the cars were parked in a gated lot that includes video surveillance, crooks broke into several vehicles and stole one.
Tweeted offensive tackle James Brewer: “Only in Jersey can someone be heartless enough to break into my car while we are in Cali making fans proud.”
♦ Add this to the list of bizarre injuries in professional sports: Timberwolves center Kevin Love sat out Saturday’s preseason game against the Bulls because his right elbow was sore from hanging off the edge of his bed while he slept the night before. Love said he woke up and could barely lift a basketball.
“I couldn’t shoot it 10 feet,” he said.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 16, 2004, the Red Sox lost Game 3 of the ALCS to the Yankees, 19-8, before embarking on their historic comeback. Bronson Arroyo started for the Red Sox and managed to avoid being saddled with the loss despite allowing six earned runs in two-plus innings, as the Sox tied the score after three innings. Which former Yankee relieved Arroyo and took the loss despite allowing the fewest runs of any of the six Sox pitchers that night (one run in one-plus inning)?
|Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Ozzie Guillen returns to Marlins, on self-probation||04.18.12 at 7:38 am ET|
WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Magic at Celtics, 8 p.m. (ESPN; WRKO)
NBA: Lakers at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Rangers at Senators, 7:30 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Penguins at Flyers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Canucks at Kings, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
MLB: Rangers at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, ESPN2; WEEI)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen returned Tuesday from a five-game team suspension for his comments praising Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, and he remained apologetic.
“I put myself on probation … me, nobody else,” Guillen said. “It’s probation about growing up and being better, and be careful to not trust too many people. That was my problem.”
There were no demonstrations against Guillen prior to the Marlins’ 5-2 victory over the Cubs, which drew a season-low 24,544 to Marlins Park in Miami.
There was one noticeable heckler during the game, but Guillen said he heard only supportive comments.
“Everything was pretty nice,” he said. “It made my day a little easier. I appreciate the way people were, not just with me but with the team.”
♦ Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was incensed during Tuesday night’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Coyotes when Phoenix forward Raffi Torres left his feet and drilled Marian Hossa in the head but was not penalized. Hossa was taken off on a stretcher and checked out at an area hospital before being released.
“I can’t believe four [officials] missed it,” Quenneville said during an in-game interview. “Makes me sick.”
Torres, the former Canuck who said he was “just trying to finish my hit out there,” undoubtedly will become the latest player to receive a multiple-game suspension after the league reviews the play.
♦ Mavericks guard Delonte West is back in the news, and once again it’s not for something good. During Monday night’s triple-overtime loss to the Jazz, West stuck his finger in the ear of Utah forward Gordon Hayward and gave him a push, leading to a technical foul after a video review.
“We are two warriors, out here battling,” West said. “I forgot the NBA is a gentleman’s game.”
Hayward walked away from the incident but said Tuesday that he was angry enough to respond.
“I wanted to fight right there, but you can’t do that,” he said. “It wouldn’t have been the smart idea. I’d risk getting a technical foul, getting suspended for the season, whatever. There’s more important things than fighting someone out on the court. The more important thing was getting the win, and we were able to do that.”
♦ Jets defensive back Antonio Cromartie‘s wife on Tuesday posted an ultrasound picture of twins, which she tweeted are due in November. The 28-year-old cornerback already has 10 children with eight women, and he became famous for apparently struggling to remember all their names during the team’s appearance on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” in 2010.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 18, 1997, the Bruins fired which coach one week after the season ended without the Bruins making the playoffs for the first time since 1967?
|Monday’s Morning Mashup: Kobe Bryant has nasal fracture from All-Star Game foul||02.27.12 at 7:10 am ET|
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
College basketball: Notre Dame at Georgetown, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Kansas at Oklahoma State, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Texas Tech at Baylor, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
NHL: Devils at Rangers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ Kevin Durant scored 34 points and was the MVP of the All-Star Game as the West held off the East in Orlando Sunday night, 152-149, but the lasting image was that of Kobe Bryant suffering a nasal fracture after a hard foul from Dwyane Wade in the third quarter.
Bryant, who scored 27 points to become the All-Star Game’s career leader in points with 271 (passing Michael Jordan), finished the game after wiping away some blood. He skipped the postgame press conference after reportedly experiencing headaches and is expected to see a specialist.
The game almost turned into a blowout, but the East rallied from an 18-point deficit to make it an exciting finish. With a chance for the East to tie in the final seconds, LeBron James‘ pass was picked off by Blake Griffin. “Definitely wish I could have that one back,” said James, who scored 36 points to lead the East while Wade recorded a triple-double.
For the Celtics, Paul Pierce played 11 minutes and scored three points on 1-for-8 shooting. Rajon Rondo had two points in 15 1/2 minutes.
♦ Mavericks guard Delonte West has become a punch line since rumors that he had an affair with LeBron James’ mother when both players were members of the Cavaliers in 2010. During a long interview with Dallas Morning News writer Brad Townsend, West talked about how much respect he has for Gloria James and how disappointed he has been to hear the joking about something he said never took place.
“If we want to continue to grow as a human race, what are we teaching our kids if we try to make humor and fun out of stuff like that?” he said. “Number one, something like that never happened. I don’t know where they got that from.
“For a strong black woman like that, for people to try to tear her down, that’s terrible. That’s terrible in so many ways.”
♦ Tim Tebow had his coming-out party in Hollywood over the weekend, and he was a hit with the Academy Awards crowd. Tebow signed with the William Morris agency for personal endorsements and charity dealings, and the company put the Broncos quarterback front and center at its pre-Oscars party, where he was greeted by stars of the big screen, TV and music.
♦ When Canucks pest Alex Burrows ended the Red Wings’ 23-game home winning streak Thursday by scoring a shootout goal, he mimicked breaking his stick over his knee in celebration. Asked about Burrows’ antics, Wings goalie Jimmy Howard wasn’t very complimentary.
“I don’t even pay attention,” he said. “They’ve got a bunch of idiots over there. There are only several good guys on that team, and they know who they are.”
The Canucks acknowledged the win meant a lot, not just because the two teams are in a race for the best record in the league.
“Yeah, it was [special],” goalie Roberto Luongo said. “The Boston one was nice, too. Those are emotional games and we’re used to those. They’re always fun to be a part of.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Feb. 27, 1983, which Bruin recorded two goals and an assist in a 4-3 victory over the Whalers in Hartford and in the process became the sixth player to score 250 goals in a Bruins uniform?
|Delonte West skips Mavericks’ visit to White House, blames ’09 arrest||01.09.12 at 11:38 am ET|
The defending NBA champion Mavericks were scheduled to visit President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday, but new Mavs guard Delonte West won’t be with the team.
Although the U.S. Secret Service denied that West failed a criminal background check, West implied that his 2009 arrest in which he was pulled over on his motorcycle and found to be carrying three guns in a guitar case led to his exclusion. He pleaded guilty to weapons and traffic charges in 2010.
“I’m banned from going to the White House, so I’m not going to make it,” the former Celtic told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Saturday night. “But I’m going home to D.C. I’m just not allowed to go to the White House.
“That’s what happens when you make bad decisions your life. You can’t go to the White House.”
|Delonte West applies for job at Home Depot||08.17.11 at 1:16 pm ET|
The NBA has made little progress in lifting its lockout, which has forced many players to seek alternative money-making methods in the offseason. While a cast of stars seem poised to play overseas, Celtics guard Delonte West is apparently looking for work on a local scale.
“It’s official. Pride 2 the side,” West tweeted. “Just filled out [an] application at Home Depot. Lockout aint a game.”
West had attempted to explore opportunities abroad earlier this month, but a judge apparently ruled that he could not play overseas because of his two years of unsupervised probation for weapons charges in July of 2010.
|LEEInks List: Best uses of the NBA lockout||07.15.11 at 1:26 pm ET|
Celtics captain Paul Pierce has enjoyed his extended offseason thus far. “The Truth” showed he can bluff with the best of them at the main event of the 2011 World Series of Poker, lasting 17 hours and 40 minutes on the felt, according to the ESPN Poker Blog.
This begs the question: What else are NBA players doing during the lockout? Who is making the best (or worst) use of the extra time? Find out in the list below.
10. McGee stays cool during the summer
Wizards center JaVale McGee showcased his dunking ability last year, throwing down two balls into two hoops and three into one, on separate attempts. Now, he’s showing off his planking ability.
9. J-Rich hits the greens
Free agent swingman Jason Richardson has been spending time on the golf course. The former Arthur High School star hosts an annual charity tournament that has raised $23,000 for the United Way over seven years. Richardson hopes to eclipse the $30,000 mark this year, and also find a team to play for.
|Monday’s Morning Mashup: Cavaliers owner makes dig at LeBron James||06.12.11 at 9:13 pm ET|
WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY MONDAY:
NHL Playoffs: Canucks at Bruins, 8 p.m. (Versus)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ The city of Cleveland is smirking Monday, following LeBron James‘ latest failed effort to win an NBA title. About 15 minutes after the Mavericks knocked off the Heat in Game 6 Sunday night, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert sent a congratulatory tweet to Mavs owner Mark Cuban and it included this line obviously intended as a shot at LeBron: There are NO SHORTCUTS. NONE.
In his postgame press conference, LeBron responded to his critics. “At the end of the day, all the people that were rooting on me to fail, at the end of the day, they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today,” he said.
Meanwhile, Wizards forward Rashard Lewis took to the airwaves to deny a rumor that he had an affair with James’ fiancee, Savannah Brinson. Lewis said he had no idea how the rumor started and insisted he has never met Brinson. “Those rumors are 100 percent false,” Lewis told a Houston radio station Friday. “They’re not true. I don’t know how they came up.”
The rumor sprouted last week and was supposed to explain why James has struggled in the NBA finals, especially late in the games. It comes one year after a rumor that James’ mother had a sexual relationship with current Celtics guard Delonte West.
♦ According to the New York Post, Giants owner Steve Tisch will be the first pro sports team owner to publicly back the New York Marriage Equality campaign. Tisch is expected to follow Giants legend Michael Strahan‘s lead in filming a video in support of gay marriage rights.
♦ The son of legendary NFL coach Vince Lombardi wrote to the Green Bay Press Gazette to clarify that the family had not neglected Lombardi’s New Jersey grave site. This had been implied in a story last month about a man who had been tending to the site on his own.
♦ The University of California baseball team, which had been designated for elimination by the school’s administration a few months ago, advanced to its first College World Series since 1992. The San Francisco Chronicle has the story of the “team of destiny.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On June 13, 1974, Don Cherry was named coach of the Bruins. Who did he replace?
|Timberwolves officially waive ex-Celtic West||08.03.10 at 1:16 pm ET|
The Timberwolves announced on their website that they have waived former Celtics and Cavaliers guard Delonte West. Minnesota acquired West as well as Sebastian Telfair in a trade with Cleveland for Ryan Hollins and Ramon Sessions. With West off the roster, Minnesota has to pay just $500,000 of the $4.6 million it would have owed him had he stayed. West put up 8.8 points per game as well as 3.3 assists per game for the Cavs last season.
Previous rumors had West returning to Boston should he be released in order to replace recently departed Tony Allen as a guard off the bench, and given the recent move, the door appears to be open for such a possibility.
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