Abt to board this plane to luxembourg. Last game of the summer for Sweden. I’m ready for this NBA season. how abt u?! #NBAse.@detroitpistons — Jonas Jerebko (@JonasJerebko) September 10, 2012 In our continuing efforts to keep you apprised of the latest developments from the Eurobasket ’13 qualifier, we grant Tweet of the Night to Jonas Jerebko of the Swedish National Team. Jerebko is listed in columnist A.J. Mitnick’s terrific list of the top 25 players with NBA ties competing this summer in
Retweet this if you care more about barely relevant NBA news than the start of the NFL season. — HoopsHype (@hoopshype) September 9, 2012 Yeah, yeah, yeah. David Akers kicked a 63-year field goal to tie the NFL record. But did he do it with half a foot? Tom Dempsey keeps the record in my book until someone knocks one through from 64 yards. Less than 4 weeks til training camps. If you missed them, here are NBA offseason report cards for all
Thanks to all my teammates.it was an unbelievable summer….thanks for everything — danilo gallinari (@gallinari8888) September 8, 2012 Congratulations to Gallinari and the entire Italian National Team, which finished Eurobasket qualifying with an 8-0 record after defeating Belarus 83-58. Gallinari had 16 points, 12 rebounds and four steals for Italy, which has dropped off the basketball map since competing at the 2006 World Championship in Japan, even giving Team USA a tight game in pool play. (The Italians won the silver medal
They say summer is over once Labor Day is behind us. A few of us know better, but let’s play to the crowd anyway. And if summer is over, it is time to start looking at the upcoming season and ranking the 30 NBA teams – as we will do twice a week, every week, during the regular season. For a look back my final power rankings from last season, click here. And for a view of how senior columnist Mark Heisler’s final
Who knows if David Lee was awake or awakened by the 3.3 magnitude earthquake that struck Los Angeles in the middle of the night between Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. Same with Dwight Howard. But both felt the earth shake enough that they took to Twitter to let the world know that the earth had been shaking. Wow , decent sized earthquake in LA… That felt weird! Hope everybody is ok! — David Lee (@Dlee042) September 3, 2012Just experienced an la earthquake wowwwww —
Ukraine qualified for EuroBasket 2013 with today’s win over Austria! wp.me/pJba2-3EW — Mike Fratello (@MikeFratello) September 2, 2012 Congratulations to Mike Fratello, who is coaching Ukraine for the second consecutive summer and qualified for next summer’s European championship by guiding Ukraine to a 68-57 victory over Austria. Detroit Pistons fans will be pleased to hear that incoming rookie center Viacheslav Kravtsov (No. 11 in out list of the Top 10 incoming international rookies) had nine defensive rebounds and was a plus-15 in 22 minutes
Dwight Howard has some parting words for the people of Orlando who suffered through the DwightMare. The Los Angeles Lakers center purchased a full-page ad in the Orlando Sentinel’s Sunday editions and thanked the fans for their support. He did not say he was sorry for leading them on an emotional roller-coaster ride that ended with one of the worst trades in NBA history. Here is a screenshot of the ad:
Did Pat Williams, who’ll be honored at the Hall of Fame this week, save the Bulls franchise for Chicago? nba.com/bulls/history/… — Sam Smith (@SamSmithHoops) September 2, 2012 Click through to a fantastic piece from Hall of Fame writer Sam Smith, who gives us all a history lesson on how Pat Williams — who will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame this week — helped keep the Bulls in Chicago.