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Posted by John Schuhmann on September 16, 2005 11:15 a.m. ET
RELIEF EFFORTS CONTINUE
News of continuing relief efforts for the victims of Hurricane Katrina by players and teams continue to pour in. Keep an eye on the hurricane relief index
for all of the latest news and information on how you can help in your area.
It seems that the Hornets could play at least some games in Oklahoma City this season. The league is expected to make an announcement next week. I'd imagine they would like to play as many games as possible in Louisiana.
In other arena news, the Nets took another step towards Brooklyn
on Wednesday, as the MTA approved the sale of the land where owner Bruce Ratner wants to build his mini-city. There are still a couple of more hurdles to get through, but things are looking pretty good for a Nets move by the '08-09 season.
-- [Newark Star-Ledger
Two great games to start off the WNBA Finals
in Uncasville. This series couldn't be any more intense or tighly contested. We should be in for a great weekend of basketball in Sacramento.
NBA STARS ABROAD
tips off today, and there are several big name NBA players representing their countries. Dirk Nowitzki
, Andrei Kirilenko
, Tony Parker
, Nenad Krstic
and Vladimir Radmanovic
are just some of the names that will be taking part.
Despite struggling in last year's Olympics, hosts Serbia & Montenegro should be the favorites. France, Greece and Croatia should also be strong, Germany will go as far as Nowitzki can carry them, and Spain may have a tough time without injured Pau Gasol. The top six teams in the tournament qualify for next year's World Championships in Japan.
Here's the full list of NBA players and draftees on Eurobasket rosters:
Croatia: Gordan Giricek (Jazz), Mario Kasun (Magic), Zoran Planinic (Nets), Roko-Leni Ukic (2005 Draft-Raptors)
France: Boris Diaw (Suns), Tony Parker (Spurs), Mickael Pietrus (Warriors), Mickael Gelabale (2005 Draft-Sonics)
Germany: Dirk Nowitzki (Mavericks)
Greece: Andreas Glyniadakis (Draft rights held by Pistons), Vassilis Spanoulis (Draft rights held by Rockets)
Lithuania: Martynas Andriuskevicius (2005 Draft-Cavaliers), Linas Kleiza (2005 Draft-Nuggets), Robertas Javtokas (Draft rights held by Spurs)
Russia: Andrei Kirilenko (Jazz), Viktor Khryapa (Blazers), Sergei Monia (Blazers)
Serbia & Montenegro: Marko Jaric (Timberwolves), Nenad Krstic (Nets), Darko Milicic (Pistons), Vladimir Radmanovic (Sonics RFA), Zeljko Rebraca (Clippers), Dejan Bodiroga (Draft rights held by Kings)
Slovenia: Primoz Brezec (Bobcats), Erazem Lorbek (2005 Draft-Pacers), Bostjan Nachbar (Hornets), Rasho Nesterovic (Spurs), Sani Becirovic (Draft rights held by Nuggets), Uros Slokar (2005 Draft-Raptors)
Spain: Jose Calderon (Raptors), Juan Carlos Navarro (Draft rights held by Wizards), Fran Vazquez (2005 Draft-Magic)
Turkey: Mehmet Okur (Jazz), Hedo Turkoglu (Magic), Cenk Akyol (2005 Draft-Hawks)
Ukraine: Slava Medvedenko (Lakers), Sergei Lishouk (Draft rights held by Grizzlies)
QUALITY STILL AVAILABLE
Still some interesting free agents out there, but teams seem to be afraid to make offers to restricted free agents:
Gerald Wallace is one of those restricted free agents. He is reportedly not happy with the long term deal the Bobcats are offering, so he may look for a better deal elsewhere or take Charlotte's one-year qualifying offer.
-- [Charlotte Observer, Reg. req'd]
Same situation with Eddy Curry and the Bulls. Looks like he will take their qualifying offer and become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
-- [Chicago Sun Times, Reg. req'd]
The Bulls are close to signing someone else's restricted free agent though. Darius Songaila appears to be headed to Chicago.
-- [Chicago Tribune]
Out west, there hasn't been much talk about Sonics RFA's Reggie Evans, Flip Murray and Vladimir Radmanovic. Minnesota has shown some interest in Evans, but teams must feel that the Sonics intend to keep these guys, and don't want to waste their energy.
-- [Minneapolis Star Tribune]
Gary Payton may be Miami-bound. The Heat could have easily chalked up their Conference Finals loss to injuries and stayed pat this summer, but they have really changed the look of their team. It will be very interesting to see how that squad plays together this season.
-- [South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
The Cavs are reportedly close to signing Alan Henderson.
-- [Akron Beacon Journal, Reg. req'd]
BATTLEGROUNDS - LEBRON STYLE
will see if he can get street ballers from New York and Chicago to play team ball when the new season of Battlegrounds
premiers on MTV2 this Sunday at 8 pm eastern. Andre Iguodala
and Ben Gordon
will coach the two teams. Something to check out if you're feenin' for some hoops action this weekend.