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Warriors sign former Oregon Ducks star Jordan Bell

 

Jordan Bell (courtesy Oregon Athletic Communications)

 

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY & A COURTESY OF GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS MEDIA RELATIONS

Cavaliers sign Larry Sanders to replace injured Andrew Bogut

Larry Sanders slam dunking the ball By Keith Allison, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

NBA

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010–11 Milwaukee 60 12 14.5 .433 .000 .560 3.0 .3 .4 1.2 4.3
2011–12 Milwaukee 52 0 12.4 .457 .000 .474 3.1 .6 .6 1.5 3.6
2012–13 Milwaukee 71 55 27.3 .506 .000 .618 9.5 1.2 .7 2.8 9.8
2013–14 Milwaukee 23 20 25.4 .469 .000 .473 7.2 .8 .8 1.7 7.7
2014–15 Milwaukee 27 26 21.7 .500 .000 .500 6.1 .9 1.0 1.4 7.3
Career 233 113 19.8 .480 .000 .550 5.8 .7 .6 1.8 6.5

Playoffs

 

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013 Milwaukee 4 4 28.3 .576 .000 .455 8.3 1.3 .8 1.3 10.8
Career 4 4 28.3 .576 .000 .455 8.3 1.3 .8 1.3 10.8

 

According to several media reports today, the Cleveland Cavaliers have found a suitable replacement for Andrew Bogut.

The Cavs have signed Larry Sanders, a 28-year-old, 6’11, 235-pound center, who hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2014-15 season with the Milwaukee Bucks.

A former star at Virginia Commonwealth University, Sanders walked away from basketball during the 2014-15 season to address mental health issues which were found out to be anxiety, depression and mood disorders. At the time he walked away from the game, this was his statement: He said that the program led him to realize “what’s important, and where I would want to devote my time and energy” and that ultimately he realized that “for [basketball] to be consuming so much of my life and time right now … it’s not there for me. It’s not that worth it.” He did, however, claim to still love the game and that “if I get to a point where I feel I’m capable of playing basketball again, then I will.”

On January 26, 2017, Sanders announced his decision to return to basketball.

The new contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, marks the beginning of his comeback.

According to the news reports, the Cavs plans for Sanders at this time at not surprising. He will practice with the team during off-game days; then play with their NBA Development team, the Canton Charge for the rest of the regular season. By achieving that, the team has high hopes Sanders will be physically ready for the postseason stretch.

For his first two seasons for VCU, Sanders was the supporting star to guard Eric Maynor.  Sanders was brilliant as the second star,  utilizing his size and athleticism to disrupt teams defensively. As a sophomore, he helped the Rams into the 2009 NCAA Tournament,  but lost 65–64 to the UCLA Bruins in the first round of the tournament. Sanders went on to have a more prominent role in his junior season after Maynor was drafted into the NBA. As a junior Sanders averaged 14.4 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks, with 53% field-goal accuracy, all statistical team highs, on his way to earning the second of his consecutive Colonial Athletic AssociationDefensive Player of the Year awards in 2008–09 and 2009–10.

Larry Sanders announced in April 2010 after his junior year that he was leaving  VCU early to enter the National Basketball Association Draft.

His VCU honor roll:

  • First-team All-CAA (2010)
  • Second-team All-CAA (2009)
  • 2× CAA Defensive Player of the Year (2009, 2010)
  • 3× CAA All-Defensive Team (2008–2010)
  • CAA All-Freshman Team (2008)

 

 

STATS GRAPHICS COURTESY OF WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

 

 

 

Dolan-Oakley feud still in the news days after MSG incident

James Dolan Knicks owner (courtesy NY Knicks)

Charles Oakley in 2007 By photo taken by flickr user shgmom56, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Everybody around the NBA, players, fans, media members are still scratching their heads days after Knicks owner James Dolan has banned beloved former player Charles Oakley from Madison Square Garden.

Besides that incident, the unstable Knicks are having all sorts of issues. Team president Phil Jackson has been in a war of the words in the media towards star player Carmelo Anthony. The team is still terrible on the floor, losing recently to the lowly Lakers, the short-handed, injury-proned LA Clippers and then Friday night by Anthony’s old team, the Denver Nuggets. The team has now lost 4 in a row and the playoffs maybe fading away again.

But getting back to the Dolan-Oakley feud which has been a hot topic this past week.

Dolan claims that the incident was Oakley’s fault due to anger issues and maybe drinking. He said that the ban is not lifetime but indefinitely because the team wants the Garden to be a family-friendly, comfortable place to watch a game or sporting event.

Dolan furthermore stated that Oakley became verbally abusive in front of fans in a very nasty way. For example, Dolan said Oakley was using racial overtones, sexual overtones, stuff that fans should never hear. And that the former Knicks enforcer was impaired according to his MSG security staff.

The 53-year-old Oakley, who played 10 of his 19 NBA seasons with the Knicks is still a fan favorite. His accounts are very different from Dolan’s.

Oakley said that the Knicks had cameras following him down to his seat. He did not get up from the seat until security walked over to him. He was arrested and charged with three counts of assault following an altercation in the stands near Dolan at MSG at Wednesday night’s game. Oakley said he will hold a press conference next week to go further into detail.

It has come out in media reports since the incident that Oakley for years had not been given comp tickets by the Knicks, nor is he invited to team functions honoring the teams he played on. He attends several games a year but buys his own tickets.

It is no secret around the Knicks organiation that Dolan and Oakley have not seen eye-to-eye since Oakley’s Knicks career ended in 1998. Oakley believes the team has ridiculed and persecuted him because he has been critical of the organization and how they handle situations. Dolan however, wants to mend all fences that are and have been broken.

“There is nothing that would make me happier to see Charles Oakley at center court and being honored with the rest of his teammates and me shaking his hand. All we really need for that to happen is for Charles to change his behavior.”

 

Reports say Cleveland Cavaliers to sign veteran forward Derrick Williams to 10-day contract

Derrick Williams with Kings in 2013 By Mike, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Reports out of Cleveland say that the Cavaliers will sign free agent Derrick Williams to a 10-day contract.

The 10-day deal, which counts for $57,672 against the Cleveland’s cap, provides Williams with some flexibility in case the Cavaliers decide to make an expected key trade before the Feb. 23 trade deadline.

A forward, the 25-year-old La Mirada, California is 6’8, 240-pounds. He went to college at the University of Arizona and played for Sean Miller.

He was the 2nd overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

His NBA career has included stints with Sacramento, the New York Knicks and Miami.

Williams became an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday after going unclaimed on waivers after being released by Miami. He averaged 5.9 points and 2.9 rebounds in his 25 games with the Heat, starting in 11 of them.

 

 

Cavaliers in Columbus tonight taking on former OSU star Mike Conley and Memphis Grizzlies

The Cavaliers Bring #AllForOhio Preseason Action to Columbus at the Schottenstein Center on Monday, October 12th 

Cavs vs. Memphis Grizzlies at 7:00 P.M.
FREE Outdoor Cavs Fan Fest Begins at 4:00 P.M.
with Interactive Games, Cavaliers Entertainment Team Appearances, Ticket Giveaways and More!

The Cleveland Cavaliers are heading to Columbus to show their O-H-I-O love to fans! As part of the Cavs’ #AllforOhio tour of the Buckeye State, the team will make Ohio State University’s Schottenstein Center their “home away from home” for preseason action against the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday, October 12th at 7:00 p.m. Before game time, the Cavs are inviting all fans to enjoy the FREE Fan Fest that starts at 4:00 p.m. just outside the Schottenstein Center and will feature lots of fun activities and entertainment for the whole family. Inside the arena, fans will get a preview of the 2015-16 Cavaliers and a taste of what makes the home court advantage so special.

“We are very excited to be back in Columbus for some preseason action,” said Len Komoroski, CEO of the Cleveland Cavaliers. “Columbus fans have been absolutely great in their support of the Cavs and being able to connect with them this way is something we appreciate and very much look forward to.”

To unite the crowd, all fans in attendance at the Schottenstein Center will receive a wine-colored ‘We Are All Cavaliers’ T-Shirt presented by IGS Energy. Cavs in-arena hype man Ahmaad Crump and PA announcer Olivier Sedra will oversee the Cavaliers popular game entertainment show on the road. The show-stopping performances of the Cavalier Girls dance team, high energy Scream Team hip-hop troupe, gravity defying stunts of the Q Spirit Squad and playful antics of Cavs mascot Sir C.C. will be on site to keep the crowd entertained until the final buzzer!

FREE Outdoor Cavs Fan Fest Tips Off at 4:00 p.m.

Fans of ALL ages can enjoy a FREE Fan Fest outside of the Schottenstein Center beginning at 4:00 p.m. A ticket to the game is NOT required to enjoy:

  • Prizes and giveaways, including tickets to the game,
  • Appearances by the Cavalier Girls, Scream Team, Q Spirit Squad and Sir C.C.,
  • Interactive basketball games and inflatables,
  • Face, hair painting and temporary tattoos,
  • Food and beverage available for purchase from favorite local food trucks,
  • And much more!

Tickets are still available on Cavs.com/Tickets, at the Schottenstein Center box office, via Ticketmaster.com and Ticketmaster Charge-by-Phone at 1-800-745-3000. There is a (6) ticket limit per person. Additional fees may apply.

Fans can catch the action on FOX Sports Ohio TV and on radio with 95.5 The Game.

Visit Cavs.com/tickets for complete Cavs 2015-16 preseason information. Stay connected on social media with hashtag #AllForOhio on Twitter (@Cavs), Instagram (@cavs) and Facebook(Cavs).

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PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY CLEVELAND CAVALIERS MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY CLEVELAND CAVALIERS & GREATER COLUMBUS SPORTS COMMISSION

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