Even ones that are hanging on to precious pieces of personal memorabilia: “The ball Cleveland Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas used to score his 10,000th career point turned up in the hands of a local youngster who left with it after it was thrown into the seats at Quicken Loans Arena following a March 21 game against Atlanta. Ilgauskas, who hit the 10,000 mark early in the first quarter, was hoping to find the ball and keep it as a memento.
Dude is 38, bald, and Jewish. He’s also one of the most sought-after personal trainers by players in the L: “Though he doesn’t know who started it, Mr. Ravin’s nickname in NBA circles is ‘The Hoops Whisperer.’ Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony flies Mr. Ravin to Denver several times a season to help him with his ballhandling.
Despite skepticism from the local press corps, Harrington believes he’ll be wearing a Knicks jersey for a while: “Harrington is signed through next season — an expiring contract that could be dealt this summer. Though the Knicks want to create cap space for the summer of 2010 to sign two players, Harrington claimed he’s been told by Walsh, who drafted him in Indiana, he has a future here. ‘I know Donnie wants me here long-term,’ Harrington said.
by Marcel Mutoni
Lawrence Frank’s status as the longest-tenured coach in the East might soon change, to that of a guy looking for work. At least, that’s the impression his boss gave to the local media when asked about Frank’s job security.
The injured ankle in on every Sixer fan’s mind this morning: “Late in the second quarter, Sixers officials distributed a release saying that x-rays were negative for a fracture, that Young would obviously not return (the obviously being my addition, not what they said), and that it was officially diagnosed as an ankle sprain. After the game, the Sixers officials said that Young would receive an MRI sometime on Wednesday to determine if there was any ligament damage.
by Holly MacKenzie/ @stackmack
Big night, tired hands. Burning wrists, actually. Gotta try to keep this short.
THE MOST IMPORTANT NEWS: Shaun Livingston getting signed to a two-year deal with the Thunder. I just typed Hornets in there, think it’s because I’m watching the Kings/Hornets. Also cried at Vlade’s halftime ceremony. That stuff KILLS me. I love that they scheduled it with the Hornets in town so that Peja would be there.
by Marcel Mutoni
Except for perhaps the most unreasonably optimistic of Pistons fans, anyone following the Allen Iverson situation in Detroit had to know that things would come to a boil, and that A.I. would eventually reveal how he truly felt about coming off the bench.
The pivotal moment happened last night, after Iverson clocked just 18 minutes in yet another Pistons loss to the Cavs.
The Zen Master took the Andrew Bynum “controversy” in stride: “I think there’s a lot being made out of that that is unnecessary,” Jackson said before Tuesday’s game against Charlotte. “This is a young guy. I don’t think Andrew is 22 yet, is he? He’s a 21-year-old guy. He’s been out of basketball 5 1/2-6 weeks. He’s got to have some energy and vent and have some fun.