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Posts Tagged ‘Shaquille O’Neal.’

Cavs rookies Irving, Thompson headed to All-Star weekend

 

Kyrie Irving (courtesy of Duke athletics)

Tristan Thompson (courtesy of Texas athletics)

The two players who have injected new life into the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson, have been noticed by everybody around the NBA.

The two rookies have been selected by NBA assistant coaches to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star weekend on February 24.

In the past years, rookies have faced each other in an East-West game.

This year, they’ll be a new twist, Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal will each draft a nine-man team.

 

Info compiled from Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, Radio & TV news

Orlando’s Howard breaks Chamberlain’s 50-year-old FT record

 

Dwight Howard (file photo)

Wilt Chamberlain is best known for his 100-point game against the New York Knicks on March 2, 1962.

But he also had another record that was not as well known but was a 50-year-old regular-season record. The 7’1 giant set a record on February 22, 1962 with 34 free throw attempts as a member of the Philadelphia Warriors.

Last week, Orlando Magic star Dwight Howard shot 39 free throws in his team’s 117-109 win over the Golden State Warriors.

Prior to the game, Howard was the worst free-throw shooter in the NBA at 42.6%, so the Warriors thought they’d foul him in the post and make him score at the free-throw line.

The 26-year-old Howard took advantage of the situation, making 21 of 39 attempts and finished with 45 points and 23 rebounds.

It was the first time an NBA player scored at least 40 points and at least 23 rebounds since March 1, 2003 when the Lakers’ Shaquille O’Neal put in 48 points and yanked down 20 boards.

 

Info compiled from NBA, Orlando Magic, Radio & TV news

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

 

 

Celtics give Doc Rivers contract extension

 

Doc Rivers (file photo)

General manager Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics organization are so pleased with the job that Doc Rivers is doing, that they’ve extended his contract for five years.

The new deal will keep him around to help rebuild the team which has one of the NBA’s oldest rosters especially with Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Shaquille O’Neal in the twilight of their careers.

Rivers has coached the Celtics for seven years, winning the NBA title in 2008 and reaching the finals in 2010 before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games.

 

Info courtesy of NBA & Boston Celtics news

 

Cavaliers get season off on good foot; defeat Shaq & Celtics

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been going about business as usual without LeBron James and compiled a 6-2 exhibition season record.

That solid play continued in the NBA opener against the defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics on Wenesday night.

The 95-87 win over the Celtics proved that Byron Scott’s team are still a good team who can win games without James.

Cavaliers dance team (WAXXTV.com photo)

The Quicken Loans Arena was thrilled with the team’s play. J.J. Hickson had 21 points and six rebounds, Daniel Gibson added 16 points, including four free throws in the final 17.2 seconds.

The Cavs did not dominate the game by any stretch of the imagination. They trailed by as many as 11 points in the third quarter. The defense was very shaky and they struggled with Byron Scott’s Princeton offense which designed to run the clock and keep the score close.

The turning point came when Boston’s Nate Robinson turned the ball over and received a technical four for kicking Ryan Hollins in the groin. Shaquille O’Neal was hit with a technical for arguing about the call. Daniel Gibson hit both of the technical free throws to give Cleveland a 78-77 lead.

With the game tied at 84, Hickson’s layup with 3:09 left gave the Cavaliers the lead for good. The game-clincher was a three-pointer from Anthony Parker with 2:27 left off an inbounds pass from Hickson as the shot clock expired.

compiled from staff, NBA & Cleveland Cavaliers news

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