July 29, 2015 | 3:38 pm EDT Update
Were you certain that you’d be back here? Lavoy Allen: There were other options. There was Spain, Italy, France, Israel, I could go on… Australia. I was really unsure (if I’d be back).
What are the twins’ names? Lavoy Allen: I’m not releasing that yet. I have names, but right now I’m trying to sell it to the tabloids — like US Weekly, the big name tabloids. I think the biggest offer I got so far was about $35 bucks. I’m still waiting.
How do you feel about the Hickory alternative uniforms? Lavoy Allen: Oh! I love em. I don’t know if I loved the uniforms or maybe George Hill just makes them look good because of the hair. Oh my god, I’m a big fan of the hair. I might go blonde during the season.
July 29, 2015 | 3:14 pm EDT Update
July 29, 2015 | 1:06 pm EDT Update
He had hoped he could return to the city that had embraced him, to the team with players he considered brothers, to the franchise where he grew into one of the NBA’s most well-rounded and respected shooting guards. But in the end, after five seasons, the feeling was not mutual. He was greeted with silence. No phone call. No text messages. The Blazers never made an offer. “I was pissed off,” Matthews said. “I felt disrespected.”
Two days after free agency opened, he agreed in principle to join the Mavericks. On July 9, he signed a four-year, $70 million deal – an average salary of $17.5 million a season, about $10 million more than he earned last season. “I told Cuban this the other day: This is the first time, head-to-toe, that an organization has had faith and confidence in me,” Matthews said. “From coaches, to GM to owner — complete confidence. That’s all I wanted. That’s all I wanted.”
He says it’s not all about the money, a fact underlined by his recruitment of free agent center DeAndre Jordan, who was waffling between the Mavericks and staying with the Los Angeles Clippers. If Jordan signed with Dallas, his deal would reduce the amount of money the Mavericks could give Matthews by $4 million a season. If Jordan stayed in Los Angeles, Matthews would get the max. “I was honest with him,” Matthews said. “I said, ‘Look man, I would make less money if you come here and I’m begging you to come here. Begging you. I think that shows what I’m about.'”
One NBA general manager who spoke to the Heat said Heat brass realized Shabazz Napier “was not good enough. At that size (6-1), you have to be really quick or a very good shooter, and he’s neither.”… Please see the last post for details on Josh Richardson’s signing.
Wasserman Media Group, a sports and entertainment marketing and management company and Nervve, a video and image recognition technology company, announced a partnership between each other. Wasserman has agreed to work exclusively with Nervve to bring to market their visual search technology, which allows brands to track and analyze brand exposure impact across several sports and entertainment programming more efficiently.
How long have you been active on social media? Andrew Bogut: I have been active on social media since 2008. I have started with Facebook, my personal account and the fan page. Later on I opened my Twitter account. Do you consider social media a must-have for all professional athletes? Andrew Bogut: Yes and No. Some athletes like to be more private. I think it is good to connect with fans. Also, a lot of marketing and branding is done. These days your sponsors, brands such as Nike, Coca-Cola, Mc Donald’s, whoever you sign with, would like you to post things on your social media. It can help with the interaction with your sponsors.
July 29, 2015 | 12:01 pm EDT Update
The Russian basketball federation posted a letter on its website saying it’s been suspended by FIBA due to its management issues, which could impact its Rio 2016 Olympic qualification hopes. The letter, signed by FIBA officials, said Russia can attempt to have its ban lifted at a FIBA meeting Aug. 8-9. That is crucial, given the European Olympic men’s basketball qualifying tournament is in September.
Scott Agness: Never taking himself too seriously, Lavoy Allen had some great one-liners Tuesday after re-signing with the Pacers bit.ly/1LUEW7W For ex.: Allen on the Hickory uniforms, “I don’t know if I loved the uniforms or maybe George Hill just makes them look good bc of the hair”
During the first day of the CJ McCollum Youth Basketball Camp in Tualatin, it was hard to tell if he or the kids were enjoying themselves more. “This is a lot of fun,” McCollum said Tuesday. “It gives me a chance to bond with the kids. Being a professional athlete, you’re in a position where kids look up to you and you can make an impression —sometimes more of an impression than family members. It’s important that you do things the right way and put yourself in a position to help out and give back. My mom always raised me to give back and remember where you come from. This is just one way to do that.”
“My first couple years, I wanted to transition and focus on the floor; I wanted to try to solidify myself in the rotation, solidify myself in the NBA,” McCollum said. “But as we transition to year three, four, five, six, and so on, the community becomes more familiar with me, my personality, and then I get to figure out what I want to do. I want to be active and involved.”
Paul Pierce threw out the first pitch at Tuesday’s Dodgers – A’s game. Pierce seemed to enjoy his reception, though I’m not sure why. A baseball game starting at 7:10 in LA means that there can’t be more than 100 people in the stands. Perhaps he picked out a smattering of boos from unemployed Lakers fans? Either way, he proceeded to ham it up on the mound before bouncing one in the dirt 10-feet in front of the plate.
July 29, 2015 | 7:05 am EDT Update
Jackson still wants to sign a big man, and Carlos Boozer and Washington center Kevin Seraphin are still unsigned. The Knicks have shown tepid interest in Boozer.
Even after the undrafted Ndour agreed to terms with Dallas, the Knicks called Ndour’s camp to see if there was something that still could be worked out. Ndour, however, would not break his verbal agreement with Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, according to a source.