Basketball

NBA reimburses Thunder millions for Kevin Durant’s extension

The NBA’s Board of Governors voted Thursday to reimburse the Oklahoma City Thunder “several million” dollars for an issue regarding the contract of All-Star forward Kevin Durant, Zach Lowe of Grantland reports. Durant signed a five-year, maximum-value extension in the summer of 2010, before the ratification of the newest Collective Bargaining Agreement in 2011. The new CBA sets guidelines for what Lowe calls “super-max” deals. According to Larry Coon’s NBA salary cap FAQ, players can qualify for a super-max contract — which pays them 30 percent of the salary cap — if they meet any of the following criteria: Named to the All-NBA First, Second or Third team at least twice Voted as a starter in the All-Star game at least twice Named the NBA Most Valuable Player at least once Because Durant met those criteria when he signed the contract, the ratification of the new CBA put Oklahoma City on the hook for more money than it was anticipating; the Thunder could not have known the provisions of the new CBA when they inked Durant to his extension. Thursday’s vote, which Lowe says was not unanimous, reimburses the Thunder the difference between what they thought they would owe Durant and what they actually will owe him, under the terms of the CBA. This difference, according to Royce Young of CBS Sports, is “roughly $15 million.” At this point, it’s unclear if the Thunder will also have Durant’s extra salary removed from their cap space, but at the very least the development gives OKC some extra money to play around should ownership be willing to pay the luxury tax.

It has been 20 NBA Big Names Visit Indonesia

JAKARTA – A total of 20 big name in the NBA record ever visited Indonesia.
Finally, two NBA legends, Horace Grant and Rafer Alston Indonesia helped enliven the mat NBL All Star 2013 in the DBL Arena, Surabaya, Saturday (06/29/2013).
Horace Grant who had been crisscrossing the NBA with the Chicago Bulls, Orlando Magic and LA Lakers will be joined in the Red team coached by Anthony Rinaldo Ferry Sinaga (Kukar Garuda Bandung) and Aprijadi (Hangtuah South Sumatra).
While Rafer Alston who had shot to fame as Houston Rockets point guard will be joined with the Blue team coached Rastafari Horongbala (Dell Aspac Jakarta) and Abdurrahman Padang (Stadium Jakarta).
Before Grant and Alston, already there are 18 other big names who ever brought by DBL Indonesia. Indiana Pacers player, Danny Granger is the first name that was imported by DBL. When it comes Granger in 2008 to participate in the NBA Basketball Clinic.
Special for Indonesian NBL All-Star, DBL Indonesia has since 2012 invited the big name NBA to come into play. Point guard action-packed magical assists, Jason Williams came with Ricky Pierce, Vin Baker, and Duane Causwell.

Two New Teams Join NBL Indonesia

Surabaya – Starting the season 2011/2012, participants Indonesian NBL competition increases, following the merger of the two new teams. They are Pacific Caesar Suarabaya and NSH GMC Riau.

“We are on the DBL Indonesia as the organizer and all members of the Board of Commissioners congratulated NBL Indonesia joined the Pacific Caesar and NSH GMC. Hopefully they can further enliven the competition in the most prestigious basketball league in Indonesia, “said Azrul Ananda, Indonesian NBL commissioner in a press release received detikSport, Tuesday (08/09/2011).

The decision to accept a new team, obviously Azrul, has long been discussed in the meeting of the Board of Commissioners NBL Indonesia, which consists of the leadership of all the participants and organizers of the club. As soon as the 2010-2011 inaugural season ended, the plan was directly addressed.

Once an opportunity is opened, Azrul revealed that there are some clubs that expressed interest in joining. Some then submit a formal letter, says ready to join. DBL Indonesia parties then discussed with the Board of Commissioners about the acceptance criteria before deciding which teams received first.

In the end, it was decided Pacific Caesar Surabaya and NSH GMC Riau Indonesian NBL as a new member. “To the other teams that are interested, we have to convey that there is still a chance to join in the future,” said Azrul.

Decisions regarding new members NBL Indonesia was greeted enthusiastically by both teams. “Since frozen out of Kobatama eleven years ago, we always look forward to come the opportunity to play at the highest basketball league in Indonesia,” said Willy Winoto, Deputy Manager of Pacific Caesar Surabaya. “Could tasting class action-game NBL Indonesia clearly be a matter of pride for us that are not measurable. All can not wait to welcome the passing of the new season next September, “said Willy.

NSH GMC Riau was no less excited. “We were surprised and delighted at the incredible declared officially joined NBL Indonesia. With the inclusion of our team in the best league ground water, may become more vibrant competition, “said Arlan Joseph, Manager NSH GMC Riau.

Pacific Caesar Surabaya ever enliven the competition in Major League Basketball (Kobatama), then joined the Premier Basketball League (PBL). In the 2010-2011 season PBL, Pacific Caesar signed up as the runner up. NSH GMC Riau also once graced the competition Kobatama and PBL.

NBL Indonesia 2011-2012 season will begin with the Preseason Tournament, in Malang, the end of September. New regular season will begin this December, after the end of the SEA Games XXVI.

With the addition of two new clubs, it also increases the number of matches. Last season, each club playing 27 times in the regular season. In this new season, each club played up to 33 times.

Again Win Over Dragons, Warriors now 2-0

Jakarta – Indonesia Warriors beat Westports Malaysia Dragons back in the second game of the play-offs ASEAN Basketball League (ABL). Warrios won by a score of 77-65, they are now 2-0.

Competing in front of supporters in Mahaka Square, Sunday (05/26/2013) evening local time, the Warriors get fierce opposition from the Dragons. John Todd Purves’s side just edged it 16-15 when the first quarter ended.

In the next 12 minutes, the Warriors failed to tighten defense. As a result, they conceded 20 points and only 18 points entering.

Time lags 34-35 in the second half of the game began, the Warriors were able to perform well. They managed to pack 19 points and holding the Dragons collection points when the third quarter ended.

In the final quarter, the Warriors were able to perform very well with 24 points while adding nicely to the Dragons defense only collected 14 points. The match ended with a score of 77-65.

Shown as a top performer in the game is a power guard Warriors, Stanley Pringle, with 21 points and six rebounds.

With this result, the Warriors STAYED need one more victory to qualify for the final round. The next match will take place at home to the Dragons, Maba Stadium on May 29.

Longtime NBA exec Stu Jackson to leave post, Rod Thorn returns to league office

NBA Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Stu Jackson will be leaving the league after more than 13 years, commissioner David Stern announced Wednesday. Jackson will be replaced by veteran league and team executive Rod Thorn, who will assume the title of President of Basketball Operations on August 1.

 

“Stu has made enormous contributions to the NBA over the past 13 years,” Stern said. “He informed (Stern and several other league officials) some months ago that after a long and distinguished career at the league, he felt that this was the appropriate time to step down. We thank Stu for a job very well done, including assisting with the transition to Rod, and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

 

Jackson was in charge of all oncourt and international basketball operations, including game rules, conduct, discipline and analytics. He also served as chairman of the NBA Competition Committee and on FIBA’s Competition Commission and USA Basketball’s Board of Directors.

 

“The NBA has given me an extraordinary opportunity to work with some of the most talented people in sports and I am extremely proud to be associated with the remarkable global growth of the league, which couldn’t be in better hands with Rod coming in to lead Basketball Operations,” Jackson said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to applying my NBA experience as I move onto my next challenge.”

 

Jackson has been in college or pro basketball for over 30 years. Prior to coming to the NBA, he also served as as head coach of the New York Knicks, was President and General Manager of the Vancouver Grizzlies, head coach at the University of Wisconsin, and assistant coach at Providence College, Washington State and the University of Oregon.

 

Thorn, meanwhile, returns to the league office, where he previously spent 10 seasons as President of Basketball Operations, after executive stints with New Jersey and, most recently, Philadelphia. He also served earlier in his career with the Chicago Bulls.

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.

Terry: Nets Have Strategy Beat the Heat

Perkenalan Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce dan Jason Terry. (Foto: Ist)

BROOKLYN – Brooklyn Nets confident to face the NBA season 2013/2014. In fact, Jason Terry insists the Nets have the formula to beat the Miami Heat.

Nets did clean up after a failure in the playoffs last season. The squad is now dibesut Jason Kidd was brought three veteran players, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Terry, who today has been introduced.

Many great teams from the Eastern Conference has to face the Nets. In addition to the New York Knicks, the defending champion Heat is one of them. Terry assess the Nets have a strategy to subvert LeBron James et al.

“It’s time. If we could start the final game at training camp, I could do it. We know the need of the process, but it will not require adaptation for two years. Let’s do it this year, and why not, we get all the pieces, “said Terry.

“I’m not worried. We have a strategy. Me and Jason Kidd is a player who never beat them, “said the former Boston Celtics star, the Daily News reported on Saturday (07/20/2013).

Yes, when I was with the Dallas Mavericks, Kidd and Terry berhasul beat the Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals. They won the first title in history.

Howard: teammate with Kobe Not Fun

Houston – Dwight Howard expressed his frustration during his career at the LA Lakers. One is to be a team with Kobe Bryant called Howard not a pleasant thing.

27-year-old center is only just one season with the Lakers before leaving to Houston Rocketrs. In Los Angeles, Howard is expected to add strength to the Lakers actually disappointing.

Howard could not be united with his teammates and coach Mike D’Antoni. As a result, Howard was not uncommon heavily criticized.

Nicks stats in the regular season was worse with an average of 17.1 points per games – the second-worst of his career – and 12.4 rebounds per games, fourth worst in his career.

With Howard, Lakers painstakingly entered into the Western Conference playoff zone. After qualifying was, the Lakers only up to the first round after dilibas San Antonio Spurs without resistance alias 0-4.

“Is it hard to play with Kobe? Yeah, used to be very difficult,” said the former Orlando Magic player was quoted by Fox Sports.

“Me and Kobe, we debated several times. Everybody knows Kobe wants to score and there is some time we scramble to get the ball. And it happens within a team.”

“But playing with Kobe does not affect my decision to join with Houston. I just think Houston offers a better situation for me and my career.”

Rumors of a rift between Howard and Bryant even clearer. Kobe is no longer known memfollow’s former colleagues on Twitter.

Kobe Bryant Practicing With AC Milan squad

Kobe Bryant, berlatih sejenak dengan skuat Milan selain menjalani perawatan cedera tendon Achilles

Barcelona apparently not the only European club football are popular Kobe Bryant.

U.S. basketball star who played for the LA Lakers for this is known as a supporter Blauragana. But, aside from the Catalan giants, Kobe was also supports elite team of the Italian Serie A, AC Milan.

On Saturday (20/7) is, Kobe was caught visiting Rossoneri at Milanello training base for treatment of Achilles tendon injuries recently smother.

However, in addition to these reasons, the 34-year-old basketball player also take advantage of the visit to the practice squad for a moment with the Rossoneri. Milan tifosi itself then appreciate the arrival of their fame to give this one back number 24 jersey, corresponding Kobe in Lakers uniform.

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.