“The fifth Italian in the NBA is going to be Alessandro Gentile. He will move to the Rockets this summer” said Hackett. Alessandro Gentile signed a contract extension with EA7 last summer and he was supposed to remain in Europe for two more years before moving overseas. But his plans seem different now and he is ready to join the Rockets in 2015.
July 6, 2015 | 12:02 pm EDT Update
dennism: Do Spurs plan to acquire Scola and Delfino? Who is the priority right now? Jeff McDonald: I don’t think Delfino is actually on their list, from what I hear.
And that first one will be Joseph. Toronto-born Jamaal Magloire played his final season as a Raptor, but was far from his former all-star form by then, whereas Joseph remains on the rise so fits the bill as an impact Canuck. “There’s nothing like coming home. It’s just unbelievable to get the chance,” Joseph told the Toronto Sun a day before he played his first game as a Spur in Toronto.
July 6, 2015 | 11:08 am EDT Update
The 6-foot-2 point guard played well for the Jazz in summer league two years ago, but he then opted to continue his professional career overseas. “Playing in the NBA is a dream I want to make happen. I think I’ve taken the first step, but I cannot be in a hurry,” Neto told Brazilian media outlet Basketeria.com at the time. “I have to wait for the right moment.”
The Brooklyn Nets have signed rookie forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson to a multi-year contract, Nets General Manager Billy King announced today. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.
One more confirmation of Eurohoops reports as Maccabi Tel Aviv announced officially the signing of Jordan Farmar! He returns to team and Isreal after his great experience on 2011-12 season during the lock out in the NBA. Farmar finished the season to Dogus Darussafaka and he was free agent. He wanted to comeback to the team and club made all the propert moves in order to persuade him.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Tony Dutt, agent for Jordan Farmar, tried landing the former LA Lakers champion an NBA deal. No takers, I’m told.
Marc Stein: Perennial Euroleague power Maccabi Tel Aviv just announced Jordan Farmar signing and, as @David ‘Dubi’ Pick reports, now hopes to lock up Gal Mekel
Marc Stein: But Mekel, I’m told, also has big offer from Hapoel Jerusalem and still in talks with NBA teams as well as Euroleague clubs outside Israel
July 6, 2015 | 10:12 am EDT Update
Tim MacMahon: Shooter Charlie Villanueva is a good bet to re-sign for minimum to be a Mavs bench weapon again.
Latvian power-forward Kristaps Porzingis won’t play Eurobasket2015 for Latvian National Team. The player will stay in USA with the Knicks.: 12 more rumors
Entertainment Weekly recently published an article touting James as “Hollywood’s Newest MVP.” “We didn’t realize till we were on set that he’s this really good actor and really funny,” Schumer told EW. “It could have been bad if he wasn’t so good! He was able to improvise—and he was down to joke about everything. It was fun to watch.”
Schumer even went as far as to compare James to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who went from WWE superstar to one of the most bankable movie stars on the planet. “I think he’s all set right now employment-wise, but I can say with full confidence that I believe he could have another career in acting if he wanted,” Schumer said of James.
July 6, 2015 | 8:49 am EDT Update
During the presser, Olshey fired back in fierce denial, saying: I spoke with LaMarcus… I actually asked him, “how would you like me to address this?” And he said, “Just say it’s not true. You and I know where we are right now.” It was misreported. It’s not true. I can tell you he has not informed anybody in this organization of his intention not to return to the team. How much of this was true? According to our source, some…depending on perspective. Both sides knew at that point that Aldridge was gone. Olshey was painted into a corner, having to defend something that he couldn’t tell the whole story about. The source also shed some light on official procedure. Usually if you’re a pro about it, you place a phone call to the team you’re leaving first then you call the other team and accept. Olshey hadn’t received that official phone call.: 96 more rumors
Left to shoot in the dark, the Blazers publicized an alternate plan to attract Aldridge, a “Plan A” that combined their power forward with Detroit free agent Greg Monroe. People were chuckling at that idea, and how quickly he ended up in Milwaukee.
Integrating any new major piece takes time, toil and patience. Just ask the Cleveland Cavaliers, who struggled to adapt to the arrivals of All-Stars LeBron James and Kevin Love early last season. Aldridge’s game, built on post-ups and mid-range jumpers, can at times lend itself to ball stoppage, a no-no in Popovich’s world. “He’s used to being the man, and he’s going to kind of get out of that mode,” one Eastern Conference coach said.
What emerges might be an amalgam of the “beautiful game” offense the Spurs rode to the 2014 NBA title and the Tim Duncan-centric offense that led to championships before that, this time with Aldridge at the core. “He’ll fit into their offense really well,” one Eastern Conference scout said. “He’ll be very good in what they do. It will be so easy for them it’s not even funny.”
After a while, though, he set up closer to the rim, and there, even tired and moving as if he were underwater, Okafor showed what the Sixers and everyone else around basketball saw from him at Duke and could see coming from him in the NBA: the balletic footwork in the lane, his touch returning, all 6-foot-11 and 270 pounds of him a smooth, synchronous machine. “My goal is to be the best,” Okafor said in an interview after he’d finished. “That’s my thing I want to achieve – the best that I can be, and hopefully that’s the best player in the NBA. I know it’s a long way to get to that point, but that’s what I want to get to.”
Steve Nash is making a comeback in New York. Just not in basketball. The future NBA Hall of Famer trained this week the New York Cosmos B Team of the National Premier Soccer League, the Daily News has learned, and there’s a possibility he plays Sunday in a game against the Rhode Island Reds.
The Hawks have not renewed the contracts of long-time head athletic trainer Wally Blase, assistant trainer Pete Radulovic and team security officer Andre Cottle, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned.
July 6, 2015 | 7:57 am EDT Update
The Serbian giant had an excellent season with Crvena Zvezda smashing several “haunted” records in the Euroleague. His name has been linked with many top European teams, like Barcelona and Efes, but his desire is different. As he says to Eurohoops.net: “I know about the prospects that exist in Europe, but I want to play in the NBA. I want to wait and if a good proposition comes from there I want to try and play in the NBA.”
According to Tiago Splitter, the Brazilian presence in the NBA could grow. The center said point guard Marcelinho Huertas, his partner on the National Team, wants to play in the NBA. “Yes, I talked to him. He’s interested in going to the NBA. He is talking to his agent and looking for a team to play there,” Splitter said.