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Steve Kerr hired to coach Golden State Warriors

Steve Kerr NBA (2007 photo by jmrosenfeld via wikipedia commons)

It had been rumored for weeks by the so-called NBA experts in the media, that when Phil Jackson took over as team president of the New York Knicks that he would hire Steve Kerr.

To some it seemed far-fetched that Jackson would actually hire Kerr, who has never been an NBA head coach, to lead the Knicks.

While Jackson was still deciding on who he would hire, Kerr was also negotiating with the Golden State Warriors.

As it turned out, the Warriors out-bid the Knicks and have hired Kerr away from his job as a TNT broadcaster to replace Mark Jackson as their head coach.

Kerr, according to his agent, will be paid $25 million dollars on a five-year deal.

The 48-year-old Kerr was born in Beirut, Lebanon while his dad, Malcolm was engaged in higher learning and research in the Middle East.

The former point guard played his college basketball at the University of Arizona for Lute Olson and his teammates included Sean Elliott, Tom Tolbert and Kenny Lofton.

As an NBA player, the 6’3, 175-pounder played for Phoenix, Cleveland, Orlando, Chicago, San Antonio twice and Portland. He scored 5,437 points and 1,658 assists. He won five NBA Championships.

Cavs dominate Pacers, 90-76; fighting Knicks & Hawks for 8th spot in Eastern Conference playoffs

Dion Waiters gives the Cavs another scoring option (2012 photo by Erik Drost via wikipedia commons)

There was a time when everybody said the Cleveland Cavaliers could not win without All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving.

That statement has been proven wrong as peaking Cavs have won four of the past five games without Irving.

In the meantime, other players are stepping up. Dion Waiters, Luol Deng, Jarrett Jack, Tristan Thompson and Spencer Hawes have chipped in to lead the young team.

On Sunday afternoon, Cleveland dominated the East’s best team, the Indiana Pacers, 90-76.

Walters scored 19 points, Deng knocked down 15 and Thompson controlled the boards with 16 rebounds to help in chasing down the Atlanta Hawks for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Cavs, who are 14-12 since February 5, might be getting Irving back into action this week as they play at Orlando on Wednesday, at  Atlanta on Friday and host Charlotte on Saturday. The Hawks are injured and sputtering having lost six in a row.

Cleveland ended a nine-game losing streak to the Pacers.

Dayton Flyers win Old Spice Classic; downs Minnesota

 

Josh Parker talks to reporter Doug Harris (megasportsnews.com photo)

The Dayton Flyers defeated the Minnesota Golden Gophers 86-70 to capture the 2011 Old Spice Classic championship in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, which is in the Orlando area.

Five Flyers scored in double figures led by the Old Spice Most Valuable Player, Kevin Dillard. Dillard scored 19 points, 10 assists and career-highs with seven steals and three blocks.

Josh Parker put in 12 points and Luke Fabrizius scored 11 as the Flyers won their fourth in a row and improved to a 5-1 overall record.

The Old Spice Classic is Dayton’s 12th in-season tournament title. UD has won three of the last five it has participated in and is the first since taking the 2008 Chicago Invitational Challenge.

The Flyers improved to 14-5 against BCS programs over the previous five years and has won eight of the last nine.

In the program’s history, Dayton had never beaten a Big Ten team by double-figures prior to the game against Minnesota. It was their first win against a Big Ten team since winning at Illinois during a run to the 2010 NIT crown. This was their first regular-season win over a Big Ten school since knocking off Purdue in 2001-02 at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Dayton led at the half 37-28, using a 25-5 run to the first 20 minutes.

The Flyers led by as many as 18 points in the second half.

 

Info compiled from Dayton athletics

OHIO STATE AT MIAMI (FL) GAMEWEEK: Buckeyes’ Brewster glad to play in home state of Florida

 

Mike Brewster (courtesy of Ohio State athletics)

Ohio State All-American senior center Mike Brewster was born in Kansas, but moved to Florida early in his life. He is looking forward to the Buckeyes trip to Miami because he has not played in his home state since the high school days in Orlando.

Brewster is regarded as the best center in college football. He is a four-year starter with 38 career starts.

In 2010 he was the only junior to rank among the finalists for the Rimington Trophy, was a first team all-Big Ten selection and a FFWA and Phil Steele first team All-American.

This season Brewster was named to the preseason Playboy All-America team, the Rimington and Outland Trophy watch lists and was voted one of 12 “players to watch” by a Big Ten media panel.

Brewster was asked earlier week about the OSU offense, Miami’s history and their defense.

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48 016 Mike Brewster OSU center On local Miami HS getting several players hasn’t worked out

48 017 Mike Brewster OSU center on young offense going into hostile stadium

48 018 Mike Brewster OSU center Miami defense scouting report

48 019 Mike Brewster OSU center playing in Florida a big deal to him

Popular, fun-loving Shaq retires after 19 NBA seasons

Shaquille O'Neal of Miami vs Washington February 28 2007 (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Shaquille O’Neal, who won three NBA  championships with the Los Angeles Lakers (2000, 2001, 2002) and won with the Miami Heat (2004) announced his retirement on Wednesday after spending his 19th season with various injuries with the Boston Celtics.

The 7’1, 325-pound giant from LSU played from 1992-2011 with Orlando, the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami, Phoenix, Cleveland and Boston.

He was a 15-time All-Star, four-time champion and the  2000 NBA Most Valuable Player.

The 39-year-old O’Neal retires fifth on the all-time points list with 28,596, 12th in rebounds with 13,099, a .582 field goal percentage that is second only to Artis Gilmore among the players with more than 2,000 baskets.

 

Info courtesy of NBA & Boston Celtics

 

 

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