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Posts Tagged ‘NBA Draft.’

Boston Celtics announce Jared Sullinger’s season is over due to foot issues

 

Jared Sullinger with Team USA in 2011 (photo by lcealien33 via wikipedia commons)

 

The Boston Celtics announced on Sunday that one of their rising stars, Jared Sullinger will miss the rest of the season with a broken bone in his left foot.

The former Ohio State star, who was selected in the first round of the NBA Draft, the 21st overall pick in 2012, is in his third year on the Boston roster.

He is the leading scorer and rebounder on the team at 14.4 points and 8.1 rebounds.

The 22-year-old Sullinger was sent back to Boston on Thursday for a foot exam. Team doctors discovered that he has a metatarsal stress fracture.

The Columbus, Ohio native had his rookie season end early also in February. On February 1, 2013, it was announced he would miss the rest of the season with a back injury.

 

Vern Mikkelsen, teammate of George Mikan, dies at 85

Vern Mikkelsen (photo from Minnesota Historical Society via wikipedia commons)

 

Vern Mikkelsen, who along with teammates George Mikan, Slater Martin, Jim Pollard and Clyde Lovellette made the Minneapolis Lakers the top NBA team in the early 1950′s, died on Thursday at age 85.

The 6’7, 230-pound forward starred at Hamline College from 1945-1948.

He was drafted by the Lakers in 1949 as a territorial pick in the NBA Draft.

He helped lead the franchise to four NBA Championships: 1950, ’52, ’53 and ’54.

Mikkelsen played for the Lakers from 1949-1959, amassing 10,063 points (14.4ppg), 5,940 rebounds (9.4rpg) and 1,515 assists 2.2apg).

Born Arild Verner Agerskov Mikkelsen in 1928, Vern was known for his tenacious defense in shutting down the NBA’s top scoring forwards. He was a 6-time NBA All-Star and was voted to the All-NBA Second Team.

Shane Larkin leaving Miami Hurricanes to enter NBA Draft

 

Shane Larkin, is from a family of athletes.

His uncle Byron Larkin played for the Xavier University Musketeers. His dad, Barry Larkin was a Hall of Fame shortstop for the Cincinnati Reds. His uncle, Stephen Larkin, played in the Reds organization as well.

Shane Larkin (courtesy of U of Miami athletics)

The younger Larkin is about to become a pro in his own right.

The University of Miami guard has announced that he will forgo his final two years of college eligibility and enter the NBA Draft.

Larkin averaged 14.5 points, 4.6 assists this past season.

 

Kevin Durant named NBA Western Conference Player of the Week

 

Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant was named earlier in the week as the NBA’s Western Conference Player of the Week.

Durant paced the Thunder to a 3-1 record while averaging a double-double for the week. In four games, Durant averaged a Western Conference-best 28 points per game and a team-high 10.3 rebounds. The second overall pick of the 2007 NBA Draft also notched his first career triple-double — 25 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists — in the Thunder’s 119-109 win over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday.

Kevin Durant (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

The 24-year-old former Texas Longhorns standout, was the 2008 NBA Rookie of the Year. He has been a 3-time NBA All-Star, 3-time NBA scoring champion and 3-time All-NBA First team performer.

Former OSU star Diebler traded from Portland to Houston

 

The Portland Trail Blazers have traded the negotiating rights to former Ohio State guard Jon Diebler to the Houston Rockets as part of a three-team trade that also involved Boston Celtics and shooting guard Courtney Lee.

Jon Diebler (OSU photo)

In exchange for Diebler, Portland obtained guard Sasha Pavlovic, two 2013 second-round draft picks and cash from the Celtics.

Diebler, who is from Upper Sandusky, Ohio, was selected by the Trail Blazers with the 51st pick in the 2011 NBA draft, played his rookie season in Greece.

 

Info compiled from NBA, Portland Trail Blazers, Radio & TV news

 

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