HoopsHype Reggie Evans rumors

January 31, 2013 Updates

"You can't just come out and say something like that versus a champion," James said after the game. "No one knows what it takes unless you've done it. You can't sit here and judge and talk about a team winning a championship unless you've done it. (Evans) hasn't done it. “I’m not going to sit here and give Reggie Evans a lot of press because that’s what’s going to happen," he continued. "I’m going to give him a lot of press and people going to talk about Reggie Evans for the next couple of days when he probably wouldn’t be talked about.” NetsDaily

Then, to rub it in, he read off Evans' line on the stat sheet. "Let me look at his numbers real quick -- he had no offensive rebounds, so we did our number on him," James said. Then, there was the matter of points. Evans didn't score. James had 24. Evans didn't comment. He had escaped the Nets locker room before reporters arrived but later tweeted about the controversy. Some samples... NetsDaily

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Evans admitted the Nets put themselves in that position by the way they played against Memphis. saying “You can do what you want.” But that didn’t mean he liked it. “We’re pretty much putting our subs in the game, and just to see you putting him in the game,” Evans said. “You’ve got Rudy and Zach still in the game. You still got Conley in the game and then you’re going to put [Gasol] in the game? It’s like, ‘Are you serious?’ “I’m kind of shocked, you know what I’m saying? It is what it is, but you can’t do nothing but respect it. It won’t be forgotten, though.” New York Post

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Evans is one of the most effective rebounders of the last 10 years, and one of the league’s grittiest defenders. But he is also viewed as one of the most shameless floppers, a reputation he sort of half-embraces, even as he tries to evade scrutiny in this new era of flopping prohibition. “It seems like there’s a magnifier on me right now,” Evans said last week, during a lengthy interview about his career. “I’m real cautious this year. It seems like everybody’s watching me on the court.” New York Times

This season, Evans is averaging 16.7 rebounds per 40 minutes for the Nets, second only to Anderson Varejao (16.8) among everyday players. Evans joined the Nets in July, but he is already a fan favorite at Barclays Center. The crowd chanted his name during a victory over the Los Angeles Clippers, though he scored just 6 points that night. Eleven years into an N.B.A. career that nearly wasn’t, Evans still has not developed any sort of offensive game. He is averaging 3 points per game and rarely even looks to score. When the ball hits his hands, Evans’s first instinct is to pass it to someone who can, as quickly as possible. (“It’s like the first time someone holds a really small infant,” Barry said. “ ‘O.K., here, take it back.’ ”) New York Times

Even as a rookie, Evans had a knack for irritating his opponents, some of them his teammates. Most players will downshift a bit in practice, to conserve energy and to avoid bruising anyone. Not Evans. “I remember getting on the practice court with him at times and him literally just bowling people over,” Barry said. “To the point where midway through the season, at times, Gary Payton didn’t practice — because, one, he is Gary Payton, and two, because Reggie didn’t care whether it was the practice court or the game court. He was going to do what he did, no matter who it was that was in front of him.” Nate McMillan, who coached the Sonics then, saw a player who was “strong as an ox” and “tough as nails,” who kept running while his teammates stopped for water breaks in a September minicamp. “Reggie only knows one way to play, and that is hard,” McMillan said. “And if you’re not playing hard, he’s going to beat you up even more.” New York Times

It is June 1998, and Evans is 18 years old. He is sitting on the public side of a glass partition. On the other side is his cousin Devalaus Marquis Rome, who has been arrested twice in eight days for dealing crack cocaine. This was not unusual. Drugs were prevalent in the neighborhood surrounding the Pensacola Village housing projects, where Evans lived. His family was huge — his mother had 10 siblings — and Evans had many cousins who were running the streets. Evans hardly knew his father, who was in and out of jail. “I could have strayed away, a lot of different times,” Evans recalled, speaking in a soft Southern drawl. “My family’s so big, so you’re still around it. There’s no way of avoiding it.” New York Times

Evans preferred the relative safety of the basketball court, just outside his apartment in Building M. But for a time, Evans began dealing too. Until his cousin, the one everyone affectionately called “Ba-ba” (pronounced bay-bay), went to jail. “I went to go see him in the jailhouse,” Evans said, “and I was like, ‘Man, I think you went to jail for me, just to kind of wake my eyes up, open my eyes.’ So I quit.” New York Times

December 7, 2012 Updates

Although Gerald Wallace and Reggie Evans – two of Nets coach Avery Johnson’s best defenders – have already been first warned and then fined $5,000 under the league’s new anti-flopping rules, Johnson isn’t concerned it will impact the way either of them play. “Not at all,” Johnson said when asked if the fines would change the mentality of either player. “I think there was another warning given, and you’re gonna see more warnings with other teams. “We’re not getting picked on. We’re a good defensive team. Unfortunately, two of our guys have gotten fined, but both of our guys have guys that have gotten fined, Reggie and Gerald, it’s not gonna affect their play.” New York Post

November 29, 2012 Updates

Reggie Evans likened Rondo to an annoying bug. Rondo is eight inches shorter and 50 pounds lighter than Humphries. "That's just like a mosquito in your face. Eventually, you are going to swat at the mosquito, right?” Evans told reporters. “You aren't going to let mosquitos in your face. You are going to get bumps all over your face. So you have to knock the mosquito down." New York Daily News

November 22, 2012 Updates

Metta World Peace loved to hear that Reggie Evans was fined $5,000 for flopping. "Yes!" he said when informed by a reporter. He wasn't so happy to learn that Brooklyn forward Gerald Wallace wasn't fined by the NBA. Both players committed questionable flops when World Peace had the ball in the Lakers' 95-90 victory Tuesday over Brooklyn. Los Angeles Times

November 21, 2012 Updates

Given the fact that Reggie Evans was prominently featured in the video the league showed to teams and media before the season started to demonstrate what would and would not be tolerated under the league’s new rules against flopping, the fact that he’s now likely to be the first player fined for it really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Evans received one of the first four warnings for flopping that’s been given out this season, and if after receiving a warning a player is determined to have flopped once again, they would receive a fine of $5,000. NBCSports.com

Metta World Peace would disagree. The Lakers forward went on a Twitter rant on Tuesday night about the flopping Nets, referencing two flops by Gerald Wallace and one by Reggie Evans. Here’s World Peace’s timeline: “what was the best flop tonight? out of the three?i am so happy the nba charges $5000 per flop......” “the two gerad wallace flops were crazy..lol i am on the court like"what in the world"!!! it is crazy because i am still strong but quicker.” “i was so nervous when gerald wallace flopped twiced.lol i thought the ref ws going to call a foul on me.. Nick Batum got me in Portland.” “i can see overseas players flopping but not american players.. they made the rule for the overseas players.. but now its out of hand.....” New York Daily News

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