Saturday, 25 September 2010
THROUGH THE WIRE: NEWS (09/23/10)
The Los Angeles are about to make a trip across Europe to start their preseason in London and Barcelona. As they look to make a strong start to their campaign for their third ring they will have to do this while missing some deliveries in the post. Andrew Bynum (who seems to share the same knees as Greg Oden) will start his preseason on the injured list. The talented centre appears to be in and out of rehab more times than Amy Winehouse. The Lakers will miss their true centre who despite being young, injured prone and playing on a team full of franchise players is becoming a star himself in Hollywood. The Lakers open training camp on Saturday and while Bynum will be there more than in spirit he won't be sprinting anytime soon. Bynum postponed knee surgery to help his team win the championship last season and as soon as he recovers he will hope he can do this again this season.
Dallas have added another Maverick to their cattle roping in free-agent Steve Novak. The 6-foot-10 forward just finished his 2 year contract with the Los Angeles Clippers and in his career has also logged a couple of years with the Houston Rockets. Novak who played in the Final Four in 2003 with Marquette and Dwyane Wade will be effective off the bench coming in with career averages of 4.1 points and 1.1 rebounds. The New York Knicks have also planted more growing talent in their Garden acquiring 6-foot-9 forward Shawne Williams. Again another strong player off the bench. During his time with Indiana and Dallas this 17Th pick of the 2006 draft has spark plugged career averages of 5.2 points, 2.4 rebounds. There really is some electricity coming out of Madison Square Garden now.
Back in this years playoffs he may have looked like he was throwing up at the sight of Kobe Bryant torching his Suns but one things for sure Phoenix aren't sick of their head coach Alvin Gentry. The Phoenix Suns have extended the coach's tenure through the 2012-13 season. Phoenix have extended the previous contract option they exercised through 2011-12 by a year. Gentry has helped rise Phoenix from the ashes of Mike D'Antoni's departure and Terry Porters brief stint by heating them up to third best in the West last season with a 54-28 record. Gentrys complete record with the Suns is 72-41 which flames at a 46-12 mark while the team have homecourt advantage. The Suns have also burnt the league in scoring for the last two seasons were they have shined the brightest. It's hoped that with Gentry the Suns can see the light at the end of the playoff tunnel.