Monday, 25 October 2010
THROUGH THE WIRE: NEWS (10/26/10)
As if the Miami Heat needed any more firepower. Perhaps they just needed a championship guarantee, or just maybe they needed someone to sing the national anthem as the South Beach favourites have brought in veteran All-Star Jerry Stackhouse to the mix. The scoring machine Stacks the Heats balanced championship esque roster even more and provides them with much needed help after sharp shooter Mike Miller injured his hand last week. Stack was a star in Detroit, and even lost a championship to Miami in Dallas. Most recently last season with the Bucks Jerry averaged 8.5 points. He brings depth, buckets and big game playoff experience. There is more good news for Miami as Dwyane Wade has come back from Chicago to practice with Miami. Everything seems fine with his hamstring and he is expected to play in the Miami's season opener versus Boston. The Heat is definitely on.
It looks like Patrick Ewing might have a call to make to Madison Square Garden. His son, Patrick Ewing Jr. Who was signed this offseason hasn't made the cut. The Knicks waived the guard on Sunday for the second time in three years meaning none of that famous Ewing sweat will drop on the floor of MSG. The Hall of Famer Pat Ewing is the Knickerbocker all time top scorer whilst Ewing Jr. averaged only 1.8 points in only 6.0 minutes of preseason burn. Although this New York times story didn't end well we hope Ewing Jr's NBA fairytale isn't over. Although the Knicks didn't have a roster spot for this former Georgetown player they did exercise their contract options on three other players. Fourth years were picked up on shooting scorer Danilo Gallinari aNd rising Odom/Garnett like talent Antony Randolph, while guard Toney Douglas' third year option was picked up.
Speaking of rejected former Georgetown Hoya's, the nightmare summer without work for Allen Iverson is over. After the NBA and China had no answers it looked like next season was going to be a Turkey for A.I. but according to reports from Canadian site Basketball Buzz Iverson has inked a two-year, $4 million deal with Turkish side Besiktas. No news about Allen's villa and car demands but still he's getting money and more importantly playing time. It still seems amazing that no NBA team picked up this still talented veteran guard, but hey this is the league where amazing happens. What's America's loss is Turkeys gain. All the best of luck to you A.I. It's good to know your still ballin' but we'll miss you in the league. Make sure you check out rising site basketballbuzz.ca for all your basketball news in Canada, the NBA and around the world and for brilliant blogging opportunities. TIM DAVID HARVEY.