HoopsHype Josh Harrellson rumors

August 23, 2012 Updates

Looking to fill their final spot on the roster, the Miami Heat hosted a workout for free agent center Josh Harrellson on Thursday morning, a league source told ESPN.com. The 6-foot-10 big man was waived last week by the Houston Rockets in order to make room for newly signed guard Carlos Delfino. Harrellson averaged 4.4 points and 3.9 rebounds while shooting 33.9 percent from downtown last season as a reserve big man for the Knicks before being traded this offseason to the Rockets in a package for center Marcus Camby. ESPN.com

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Amar'e Stoudemire was back at the scene of his crime, and some Knicks wouldn't let him live down what he did the last time he was here. Rookie Josh Harrellson called Stoudemire "The Extinguisher." Assistant coach Darrell Walker pulled out an autographed copy of a newspaper with Stoudemire on it, leaving AmericanAirlines Arena with his left arm in a sling and his left hand heavily wrapped from punching a fire extinguisher in frustration after Game 2. Newsday

March 31, 2012 Updates

Knicks rookie center Josh Harrellson, a member of Kentucky’s Final Four team last season, said he believes John Calipari has a great chance to win his first NCAA championship Monday, but is less certain on whether Calipari’s sideline theatrics will play well if he decides to cash in on a title by making a return to the NBA. Because Knicks management is influenced by the super agency Creative Artists Agency, the team likely will consider Calipari, a CAA client, if he wants to return to the NBA after his disastrous Nets stint of 1996-99. New York Post

“The NBA is more laid-back coaching,’’ Harrellson told The Post. “You really don’t yell too much. You don’t get up and stomp your feet like Coach Cal loves to do. That’s what motivates guys to play hard [in college. When they see him getting into the game, that’s when they get into the game and play harder for him. It might work at this level, I don’t know. I’ve never seen an NBA coach do that. Maybe he’ll be the first one to do it if he ever comes back.’’ New York Post

February 24, 2012 Updates

Harrellson will play D'Antoni said he "has to" get rookie big man Josh Harrellson in the rotation when he returns from wrist surgery next week. D'Antoni might have to expand his rotation to 11. "He played well and he guards extremely well and he hits threes and can spread the floor, which are things we need," D'Antoni said. "I would love to be able to find a place. I almost have to, I think. It's hard to sit somebody down who's really good." Newsday

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Me: Is there a part of you that goes 'I wasn't playing in college two years ago, and now I'm in the NBA'? Josh Harrellson: JH: Oh, yeah, every day. It's still a blessing, all of the opportunities I've had. I've been very fortunate to make the most of them. Just to be in the NBA and to be able to play for the Knicks, and be able to travel, be in the rotation, every day I'm still thankful for the opportunities I've had. It still amazes me when I can sit back and think about it. Two years ago, I didn't even play at Kentucky. I transformed my whole senior year, and now I play for the Knicks. So it's crazy to think about it. NBA.com

Me: What was that transformation like? I know you spent that whole summer in Lexington with Kenny Payne (the former Louisville star who played four years for the 76ers in the early 90s and is now an assistant coach at Kentucky). JH: It was tough. It was the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. I had to condition every day before practice for 45 minutes, and then I had to practice on top of that. It was the toughest thing I've ever done. But to be able to do that, transform my body, change my mindset, gain confidence, to get through that, put me at the next step. Because now, I attack anything with an open mind, knowing that if I got through that, I can get through anything now. NBA.com

January 3, 2012 Updates

The Knicks opened 2012 with a dud, losing, 90-85, to the Raptors at the Garden because they took — and missed — too many threes and because Josh Harrellson went back to being Josh Harrellson. The rookie forward, who played so well in his first pro start against the Kings, came crashing back to Earth by missing all four shots in 33 minutes. “He is going to have ups and downs,” Mike D'Antoni said after the Knicks, who trailed by as many as 18 in the second half, fell to 2-3 overall. “Obviously, we missed Amar’e but that can’t be our whole thing.” After he had connected on four 3-pointers for 14 points Saturday night, reality hit Harrellson and the Knicks about as hard as some of their long-range struck the rim. The “whole thing” for the Knicks was relying too much on the long jumper. They attempted 35 threes, making 10. The Raptors were a more economical 7-for-17 from behind the arc. Anthony went 4-for-9 on threes, including a miss on a potential game-tying jumper with 14 seconds left. “Coach told me to go quick,” said Anthony, who led the Knicks with 35 points. “That’s the shot we wanted to go for. I figured we were down three with 17 seconds left. If I make it it’s a tie game. If not we get the chance to get the rebound. That was the mind-set with that.” New York Daily News

October 6, 2011 Updates

Christian Laettner, arguably the most hated man in University of Kentucky basketball history, is coming to Rupp Arena to coach a group of “villains” against a team of famous Wildcats alumni on Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Former UK player Jeff Sheppard, who now owns an apparel company and is involved in sports marketing with Wazoo Sports, organized the game. Former Wildcat Rex Chapman will coach the Big Blue All Stars, whose roster includes DeMarcus Cousins, Brandon Knight, Eric Bledsoe, Jodie Meeks, Chuck Hayes, DeAndre Liggins and Josh Harrellson. Courier-Journal

August 15, 2011 Updates

It was in the parking lot of Tin Roof where Josh Harrellson says he saw a man who appeared to be drunk getting into a truck. He says he never expected what happened next. Josh says he and some friends were standing by his truck in the parking lot of Tin Roof when the man got into another truck, that's when things got out of control. "All of a sudden he was coming right at us," he said. Harrellson says he and his friends immediately jumped into action. "I just pushed everybody out of the way, and then bam - right into my truck," said Harrellson. WKYT

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