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NBA approves Hornets name returning to Charlotte

NBA approves Hornets name returning to Charlotte

LAS VEGAS—Charlotte is the home of the Hornets once again.

The NBA unanimously approved Charlotte’s nickname change from Bobcats to Hornets on Thursday at the league’s Board of Governors meeting. The original Hornets built a supportive fan base in Charlotte from the time they entered the league in 1988 until they moved to New Orleans in 2002.

But the new owners in New Orleans have changed the team’s name to the Pelicans. That opened the door for owner Michael Jordan to bring the Hornets name back to Charlotte. The change will take place after the 2013-14 season.

“We’re thrilled to bring back the Hornets to Charlotte and the Carolinas,” Jordan said in a statement issued by the team. “The passion and enthusiasm around this name change by fans in this market has been unmatched. They overwhelmingly told us what they wanted, we listened and we couldn’t be happier with the Board of Governors’ approval of the name change. With the young team we are developing on the court, the direction of our business and the return of the Hornets name, we are extremely excited about our future. The buzz is back!”

The city, and the franchise, has been looking for a fresh start. The Hornets were a ticket-selling powerhouse for years, leading the league in attendance eight times and selling out 364 straight games in their turquoise, white and purple uniforms. The city bonded with a charismatic team that included such as stars Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson and fan favorite Muggsy Bogues.

But the franchise fell on hard times under previous owner George Shinn, who took to the team, and the Hornets name, to New Orleans. The NBA brought an expansion team back to Charlotte two years later, a team nicknamed the Bobcats in part due to founding owner Bob Johnson’s name.

The brand never resonated with the people the way the Hornets did, in large part because the team only has had one winning season and one playoff appearance in its first nine years of existence. The Bobcats, with their nondescript orange and grey color scheme, won just seven games two years ago and only 21 last season. So they are hoping the energy brought by the name change, even if it will take another year to set in, will somehow help galvanize a young team.

“We want to reach back and grab some of that equity that the Hornets earned in our community,” Charlotte COO Fred Whitfield said. “They did a lot of great things off the court. They were involved in the community. They became very accessible to the Charlotte fans and citizens of Charlotte. We want to reach back and grab some heritage and use it as we move forward to build a brand with our young team that continues to improve.”

The Bobcats’ website hailed the return of “Buzz City” and team officials said 2,000 season-ticket holders turned out at a downtown party that turned into a celebration of the name change. Bogues and other former Hornets including Rex Chapman, Kelly Tripucka, Dell Curry and Kendall Gill attended as well.

Commissioner David Stern said that he had heard pleas from Charlotte basketball fans for years to give them back the Hornets nickname, and he initially brushed those aside with a “get over it” view of the complaining. In time, however, he came to understand how important the name was to the community.

“It stayed there, bubbling below the surface, and there is something to it,” Stern said. “I think that the team is going to receive support from fans who think that this is a step in the direction that the fans have been asking for, and this is an attempt to both satisfy the fans and its accompanied by a kind of very specific market research that allows the Hornets to say, yes, this is what the market is asking for and they’re very much serving their market by making this change.”

The board also gave final approval to several rules changes, most notably expanding instant replay in the final two minutes to help officials with the block/charge call, perhaps the most difficult judgment in the game. If an official reviews a play to see if a defender’s feet were in the restricted area or not on a block/charge, the official can now also review whether the defender’s feet were set for a charge or if his body was still moving for a blocking foul.

“You always try to level the playing field and basically get it right,” said Kiki Vandeweghe, the league’s new vice president of basketball operations. “That’s the main focus is getting calls right.”

Officials now will also be able to review whether an off-the-ball foul occurred before or after a player started his shooting motion on a made shot, or before or after an inbounds pass. And during any review, the referees will also be able to now decide if any unsportsmanlike or “unnecessary” acts, including flagrant fouls, merit further punishment.

Two rules changes were adopted as well:

—It will no longer be a clear path foul if the defender gets ahead of the offensive player in the frontcourt before the foul is committed.

—If a player on offense stands out of bounds on purpose to create more spacing for his teammates, the offensive team will lose possession of the ball.

NBA Roundup: Heat use amnesty waiver with Miller

NBA Roundup: Heat use amnesty waiver with Miller

The Miami Heat waived veteran guard Mike Miller through the NBA’s amnesty provision on Tuesday, a move that saves the two-time NBA champions $17 million in luxury tax fees.

Miller appeared in 59 regular-season games last season, and averaged 4.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 15.3 minutes.

The Heat still owe Miller $12.8 million over the next two seasons. Miller signed with the Heat in summer of 2010 but suffered through injuries to his thumbs and back that limited his playing time.

—Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge and will speak with young drivers as a condition of a settlement, according to News12 Long Island.

Kidd was arrested in Long Island on July 16, 2012, when he crashed his Cadillac SUV into a telephone pole. The 40-year-old was placed on interim probation pending his appearance at two Suffolk County schools regarding the dangers of drunken driving. After he speaks, News 12 Long Island reported that Kidd will be allowed to change his plea to driving while impaired, a lesser charge. His driver’s license remains suspended.

Kidd retired as an NBA player after last season and was hired to coach the Nets.

—Metta World Peace officially joined the New York Knicks on Tuesday, signing a contract with his hometown team.

The Knicks made the announcement and World Peace confirmed it by tweeting a picture of the signing. After World Peace was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers under the amnesty provision, he received a $1.7 million contract from the Knicks and the Lakers will play the remaining $7.7 million of his deal in LA.

—The Philadelphia 76ers claimed swingman James Anderson and center Tim Ohlbrecht off waivers from the Houston Rockets. the team announced Tuesday.

Selected No. 20 overall in the 2010 NBA Draft by San Antonio, Anderson played three seasons with the Spurs and Rockets, averaging 3.7 points and 1.5 rebounds in 116 games.

The 6-foot-11 Ohlbrecht is a native of Germany who spent time this past season in the D-League with Rio Grande Valley, averaging 13.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.63 blocks and 1.13 steals. Ohlbrecht also saw action in three games for the Rockets.

—Omri Casspi, the first Israeli-born athlete to play in the NBA, has joined the Houston Rockets on a two-year, $2 million deal.

The 6-foot-9 forward spent his first four NBA seasons split between the Sacramento Kings andCleveland Cavaliers. His best season came in his rookie year of 2009-10, when he averaged 10.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Casspi has averaged 7.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.0 assists over 256 career games.

—The Denver Nuggets continued to transform their front office Tuesday when they named Arturas Karnisovas as assistant general manager.

Karnisovas, 42, joins the Nuggets after five years with the Houston Rockets. He started with the team as an international scout in 2008, and was most recently the team’s director of scouting. Karnisovas will assist new general manager Tim Connelly and team president Josh Kroenke with day-to-day operations related to scouting and player personnel matters.

Six Memorabilia Kobe Bryant is sold USD 4.3 Billion

Six Memorabilia Kobe Bryant is sold USD 4.3 Billion

Los Angeles – Six of Kobe Bryant memorabilia sold in an auction to support one of the charities the LA Lakers basketball star owned it. A total of 433 531 U.S. dollars which obtains, or approximately USD 4.3 billion.

The auction was for one month and officially closed on Saturday (20/7) morning local time. The two most expensive item sold was a pair of rings that Kobe had given to his parents.

The ring is a ring championship 2000 season, when Kobe led the Lakers to the NBA championship for the 12th time. A ring given to her father, Joe, sold for 174 184 dollars, equivalent to Rp 1.7 billion. While the rings were passed on to her mother, Pamela, sold 108,153 dollars or about $ 1 billion.

Other items sold in this auction include All-Stars ring maroon for 55 597 dollars (USD 550 million), two high school basketball Kobe uniform and a medal of the championship high school.

The auction itself was colored by controversy when Bryant sued the company that did the auction, Goldin Auctions, because he felt his mother had no right to sell the goods. But this case is resolved after both parents Kobe apologized and thanked for financial support that has been given.

As part of the auction, the company donated 62,565 U.S. dollars to The Bully Project, a charity supported by Kobe. As reported by Yahoo Sports.

Discuss Howard, Rockets Fined USD 1.4 M

Discuss Howard, Rockets Fined USD 1.4 M

Washington – Houston Rockets fined 150 thousand dollars of the comments related to the club’s camp about prospective players, Dwight Howard. Comments that are called “one time” aka too early.

Howard late last week as the Rockets sure had chosen his new team. The announcement also ended speculation about the future of Howard who had become a bone of contention a team.

After the confirmation, as proclaimed USA Today, Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey Howard immediately comment on the decision via Twitter and TV in Houston. Coach Kevin McHale also called Reuters to do the same.

Howard actually is going to be the player the Rockets. The problem is that the comments Rockets camp was conducted in the public domain in the “time limits”.

Currently NBA is entering a period of moratorium – running on July 1 to 10 this year. In that period the teams could not complete the transfer or talk about a deal that has been established.

New Rockets should remark after Howard officially signed a contract on Wednesday (07/10/2013) local time. So this time it is premature comment to make NBA Rockets must be willing to be fined for 150 thousand U.S. dollars (about USD 1.4 billion).

Early triumph Djokovic

Early triumph Djokovic

akarta – Novak Djokovic fasting Grand Slam title by appearing as the champion of the Australian Open. The glorious result was the beginning of the Serb’s success throughout the year 2011.

The title is relatively easily achieved by Djokovic. Face Andy Murray in the final round, the player who was a successful third seed beat Murray in straight sets 6-4 6-2 6-3 in 159 minutes.

In his struggle to the top of the party, Djokovic managed to beat tough as Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals and former world number one, Roger Federer in the semifinals.

This title is the second major title for 24-year-old after the first achieved at the same event in 2008 by beating Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

While in the women’s champion Kim Clijsters became. After trailing in the first set, the Belgian fought back to conquer the representative of China, Li Na in three-set battle 3-6 6-3 6-3 in the final.

This success is the continued success of former world number one was in a Grand Slam after winning in 2010 with a cover series won the U.S. Open.

Still from the tennis arena, the former world number one Justine Henin retired again shortly after being eliminated in the Grand Slam tournament’s biggest prize. Prolonged elbow injury is the reason Henin withdrew from the world that has made his name is.

Of the badminton arena, Indonesia failed to win a title in the Super Series Masters Finals in 2010 after his last vice Vita Marissa / Hendra Aprida Gunawan and Greysia Polii / Jauhari Meilina only until the semifinals.

Packelik achievements continued in Indonesia Super Series title. In the tournament opener, held Malaysia in 2011, ‘Red and White’ is represented only by Taufik Hidayat in the final round.

In the end, Indonesia was again vacant title after champion Taufik defeated host, Lee Chong Wei 8-21 17-21 in just 37 minutes.

Of basketball country, Satria Muda Britama forced to bury his dream to qualify for the playoffs the second season of the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) after bent Philippines Patriots 74-77.

This defeat practically bury SM ambition to enter the top four and qualify for the playoffs ABL because they only finished fifth in 15 games.

From automotive, Toni Elias returned to MotoGP this year after the previous season as the champion Moto2. In addition, Karel Abraham and Cal Cruthlow into two rookie who enliven motor racing this premium.

Nets Bring in Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce

Nets Bring in Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce

Brooklyn Nets have officially announced the pick up Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics. Transfer two top NBA player exchange involving nine players.

Besides Garnett and Pierce, Nets Celtics also acquired veteran guard Jason Terry. While the Celtics acquire Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph, Keith Bogans and first choice player in 2014, 2016 and 2018.

As part of this exchange, the Celtics also acquired the right to swap first-choice player in 2017. So proclaimed Reuters.

“Today, the basketball gods smile to the Nets,” said club owner Mikhail Prokhorov.

“With the arrival of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, we have achieved a balance between our team of veteran and young talent.’s Team would be amazing views, and competed hard.”

Although last season failed miserably with the Celtics, the veteran trio still be in the count. Garnett, 15, entered the All-Star team, had an average of 19.1 points and 10.5 rebounds per game had a career for 18 years in the NBA.

Pierce has an average of 18.6 points and 6.3 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game. Small 35-year-old guard is also ranked fifth in the number of points on a three-pointer with 1,823 points.

On the other hand, Terry had an average of 15.7 points and 4.5 assists per game. Terry also became part of the squad that won the Dallas Mavericks NBA in 2011.

Conquered Slammers, Third Defeat Warriors Swallow

Conquered Slammers, Third Defeat Warriors Swallow

Jakarta – Indonesia Warriors third defeat in four games earlier in the ASEAN Basketball League. Compete in BRITAMA Arena to face Chang Thailand Slammers, they were defeated 70-82.

In the match that took place on Wednesday (01/02/2012) night, the Warriors had left behind 18-23 in the first quarter. Slammers also managed to maintain an edge over the hosts in the second quarter.

When the match five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the Warriors still 27-31 behind. Jerick Uy Canada then managed to make an equalizer for a 37-37 Warriors, but Warriors fall behind 37-40 at the end of the second quarter.

Led by Chester Tolomia, who chalked 24 points, eight rebounds, and three assists in the game, Slammers continue to maintain their lead. At the end of the third quarter, they made the Warriors behind 53-63.

Warriors two foreign players, Larry Smith and Steven Demon Jonathan Thomas, contributed a total of 34 points in this game. Thomas also had 11 rebounds, but still could not save the Warriors from defeat.

Warriors finally defeat by a margin of 12 points at the end of the game.

It was the third defeat of the season the Warriors were ingested. Previously, they were putty in the hands of Westports Malaysia Dragons and the AirAsia Philippine Patriots.

Warriors are now in seventh position standings of the eight teams that competed in the ABL. “We have to stick together as a team,” said Thomas sesusai game.

NBA Rumors: Analyzing Latest Chatter Throughout the Association

NBA Rumors: Analyzing Latest Chatter Throughout the Association

As the NBA‘s free-agency period starts to wind down with many of the big names accounted for, there are still some interesting options out on the market, whether it be a couple of sharpshooters or a two-time NBA champion.

Teams are still hoping for some legitimate talent to sign with them as they finalize their 2013-14 rosters, whether it be veteran help or an undrafted rookie who took the summer league by storm.

Here’s a look at the latest chatter throughout the Association, complete with analysis.

Spurs’ Gary Neal to Become Unrestricted Free Agent?

After signing former Chicago Bulls guard Marco Belinelli to a two-year deal in June, the San Antonio Spurs are reportedly set to withdraw their qualifying offer to Gary Neal and let the 28-year-old walk, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com.

The interest in Neal should stretch throughout the NBA, from contenders to rebuilding teams. The three-year pro has shot 40 percent from beyond the arc and 82 percent from the free-throw line in his career.

Adding to Neal’s intrigue is the fact that he played better defensively in 2012-13. After opposing point guards registered a PER of 21.3 against him in 2011-12, according to82games.com, they registered a PER of 15.5 against him last season.

That’s not great, but it is a noticeable improvement.

If anything, Neal can space the floor, which is always valuable.

Clippers to Re-Sign Lamar Odom?

According to Arash Markazi of ESPN LA, the Los Angeles Clippers are still interested in signing free-agent forward Lamar Odom.

Earlier in the month, Mike Bresnahan and Melissa Rohlin of the Los Angeles Times reported that Odom was deciding between the Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers, who both offered him $1.4 million.

Odom averaged 4.0 points and 5.9 rebounds while shooting 40 percent from the floor in 20 minutes per game last season. He ranked well below the league average in PER among forwards who averaged at least 15 minutes per game, via Hoopdata.com.

While that’s not exactly eye-opening, there aren’t many other options on the market to back up Blake Griffin at this point.

Rookie guard Ian Clark went undrafted this year, despite averaging 18.2 points while shooting 54 percent from the floor and 46 percent from beyond the arc in his senior season at Belmont.

Now, after he posted 33 points against the Phoenix Suns in the Las Vegas Summer League championship game, he’s reportedly drawing heavy interest throughout the NBA, according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today Sports.

According to Zillgitt, the Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz are interested in the 6’3″ combo guard.

In seven games with the Warriors in Las Vegas, Clark averaged 12.4 points while shooting 48 percent from the field and 49 percent from beyond the arc. Against the Suns, he posted 33 points while going 12-of-19 from the floor and 7-of-10 from three-point range.

Before that, he averaged 16.4 points (ranked sixth) while shooting 48 percent from the field in five games with the Miami Heat in the Orlando Summer League.

One thing’s for sure: Ian Clark knows how to drop buckets. He also knows how to defend, averaging 2.2 steals in Orlando and 1.1 steals in Vegas while playing strong man-to-man defense.

So, why wasn’t he drafted?

Well, there is the matter of his size. At 6’3″, there are concerns about plopping him into the shooting guard role. He may have trouble finishing against the more physical players in the league.

But, given the way he shot the ball and defended this summer, it’s hard to imagine an NBA team not picking him up now.

Who said summer league didn’t mean anything?

Indonesia in Grand Final of 3×3 World Basketball

Indonesia in Grand Final of 3×3 World Basketball

Indonesia Masuk Grand Final Basket 3x3 Dunia

Jakarta – The Indonesian team won the FIBA ​​3×3 World Tour event Tokyo Master 2013. By bringing the team name Yoska Jakarta, Indonesia bowed team Nagoya (Japan) in the final round on Sunday, July 21, 2013 with the score 16-15.
“This victory is not anyone thought,” said coach Yoska Jakarta, Anthony Gunawan at Hotel Atlet Century Jakarta, Tuesday, July 23, 2013, evening. The reason, the players just have little preparation time and have never played with three against three schemes. Not to mention, he said, his opponents are the best players representing each country.
Anthony describes his team lost in the preliminary round twice and only won once. However, they qualified for the second round because bears three teams with the best ratings. “After that we did not want to give up home. We focus per game and was finally able to get in the final and win,” he said.
Ramadhani said team captain Fandi although the first time three players to play with the format, his colleagues were able to show the best game. According to him, basically playing basketball at the same everywhere. It’s just using a 3×3 game rules and playing strategies specifically. “It was difficult to play. But we try to focus on playing games per game,” said Fandi, who plays Aspac.
Fandi said that in the first game against the team they play very bad Guangzhou. The cause is not just a matter of non-technical, such as hot weather, wind, and outdoor field, the players also do not know how to set the tempo of the game. But it could eventually be overcome after entering the second game.
Armed with passion and are reluctant to throw away a chance to play in the international arena, he said, the team was playing trengginas. “It can not be separated from our strong defense. Especially fitting in the final round,” said Anthony.
Secretary-General of the Basketball Association of Indonesia Indonesia Agus Mauro said they were proud to qualify for the grand final which will be held in Istanbul, Turkey. This achievement is the best achievement of Indonesian basketball team. “This is a tremendous victory, because our opponents are very good,” said Agus. He hopes that Indonesia could play more leverage in the grand final round later.
Further, Sport Director of the Federation Internationale de Basket-ball Amateur Kosta Iliev said initially the presence of the Indonesian team does not get the spotlight means. Costa also said he was surprised Indonesia could qualify and represent the Asia Pacific-Oceania region.
“It turns out Jakarta formidable team. Hopefully it can continue in the grand final,” he said. On the other hand, is currently being sought to basketball FIBA ​​3×3 can go down in the 2016 Olympics. According to Costa, basketball 3×3 has a good development.
For this result, Jakarta Yoska reinforced Fandi Ramadhani, Wijaya Saputra, Vinton Nollan, and Rizky Effendi entitled to a cash prize of $ 10,000 and a ticket to the world championship. Until now, only two teams that already have a place in the grand final, ie Jakarta and Nagoya.
FIBA are still awaiting the results of the series in the series tour San Juan, Puerto Rico; series Prague, Czech Republic; Laussane, Switzerland, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The grand final will take place in Istanbul, Turkey at 4-5 October 2013.

NBA flopping rule may go to arbitration, per report

NBA flopping rule may go to arbitration, per report

The NBA Players Association filed an unfair labor practices charge against the league to combat the new anti-flopping fines, but the National Labor Relations Board refused to rule on the complaint. Now, the NBAPA is seeking an arbitrator to work between itself and the NBA, according to CBS Sports’ Ken Berger. In October of 2012, the NBA announced a set of punishments for faking or exaggerating official calls: “We are now in the process of scheduling a case with our arbitrator to determine whether the NBA is allowed to unilaterally impose discipline in an area that exceeds the commissioner’s authority without the consent of the union,” NBPA interim executive director Ron Klempner told CBSSports.com on Tuesday. “It’s a subject they need to bargain with us, and we hope that the arbitrator will find that any type of discipline must be collectively bargained.” The complaint against the NBA was filed by the ousted director of the NBAPA, Billy Hunter, who said the league should not have the power to fine its players without discussing it and then earning consent from the union. In the regular season, players were warned once after a first-time offense before being charged $5,000, $10,000, $15,000 and then $30,000 for follow-up offenses. Nineteen NBA players were given warnings during the year, and five players received the initial fines. There were stricter rules without warnings during the playoffs, and eight players earned $5,000 fines in the postseason. The NBA and NBAPA could resolve the issue between themselves to avoid the need for arbitration, and Berger reports discussions are ongoing. Outgoing NBA commissioner David Stern said he was happy with how the anti-flopping rules worked to combat a growing league-wide problem.