Friday, 18 February 2011
THROUGH THE WIRE: THURSDAY (02/17/10)
24.Former Los Angeles Laker, showtime legend and current Cleveland Cavalier coach Byron Scott will be honored this All-Star weekend, but outside Los Angeles and outside the NBA. His former college Arizona State will retire his jersey. Scott's number 11 will be retired, a number he wore in college in honor of his favourite player Bob McAdoo (also a former Laker). Byron later on got to play with his hero for the Lakers, but that meant he could no longer wear his number 11. Byron adopted the number 4, another number that deserves to be retired. It took two years for Byron to work up the courage to tell Bob he was his hero. Lets hope it doesn't take the Lakers too long to realise that some of their best role players deserve more recognition and status too.
48.Someone better get the Fonz on the phone because happy days aren't in Memphis right now. Their star player Rudy Gay is expected to miss 4 weeks with a shoulder injury. This month long infliction could really claw away at the Grizzlies playoff opportunities. Rudy picked up this injury during his teams in against the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday. A day later an MRI revealed a partial dislocation of the shoulder. Gay will be evaluated in four weeks but if there is little improvement he'll miss more time. This news is only good for the Utah Jazz and the Denver Nuggets who are battling with Memphis for the last playoff seed out West. Right now Memphis are just in a bad spot.
82. Keeping it between Byron Scott and the Lakers. You know things are bad when you lose to the Cleveland Cavaliers. This is one weary road trip that the Los Angeles Lakers will want to forget quick. Putting a 25 plus losing streak behind them and avenging a 55 point drubbing by the Lake Show earlier in the season, the Cavs took care of the Lakers 104-99. Former Laker and Cleveland coach Byron Scott ended the showtime as he sent in guard Ramon Sessions, who had a season-high 32 points to go with 8 assists off the pine and into the prime time. All the zen mater had after the game was more stress as he told press, "I think (the Lakers) took their All-Star break before the game. They left before this game started. I'm not happy with the way this trip ended, that's for sure." Kobe Bryant had a season-high 12 rebounds but was taken out the game on D by some Cavalier players. Kobe committed 7 turnovers and 4 fouls and was an old jersey/new jersey number 8 for 24, en route to 17 points. Pau Gasol may have had a big 30 points to go with Derek Fisher's 19, but the Lakers ended their 7 game road-trip with their third straight loss to the worst team in the league.
O.T. Brave Orlando Magic VP, Pat Williams has told press that he will beat cancer. We have faith in him, get well soon...Mike Miller injured his head during a Miami game but tests have revealed nothing serious for the oft-injured, shooting swingman...the Charlotte Bobcats have offered interim coach Paul Silas a one-year deal. Still a full contract, if a little interim-ish...Blake Griffin will be the first rookie to ever partake in all three days of the All-Star weekend in his teams native Los Angeles. The big talent will smash more records, playing in the Rookie challenge, the Slam Dunk comp and the All-Star game itself...also the Clippers other big talent, Chris Kaman is back from an ankle injury, so it's all looking good in Los Angeles this weekend. TIM DAVID HARVEY.