HoopsHype Josh Harrellson rumors

August 23, 2012 Updates

Sometimes the source can be, well, the source, with Josh Harrellson confirming Heat workouts on his Twitter . . . first posting, "Miami here I come Wednesday! Let's have a good workout" followed by "Miami!!! Ready to impress!" Harrellson is one of SEVERAL free-agent big men Heat has looked at. Sulia

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

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