Monthly Archives: March 2009

Andrew Bynum rehabs at the Playboy Mansion

Bynum's knee seems to be feeling better. (Pic via fannation.com/Playboy entertainment)

Bynum's knee seems to be feeling better. (Pic via fannation.com/Playboy entertainment)

Andrew Bynum spent the weekend rehabbing his MCL at the Playboy Mansion. Bynum’s rehab is reportedly progressing ahead of schedule, and I’m sure he enjoyed mingling with the Playmates while his teammates lost to the Atlanta Hawks.

We might post some more pictures later, but for now this will have to do.

Stay tuned.

Previewing the NIT Final Four tonight in NYC

Amoroso & the Aztecs meet Baylor tonight. (AP Photo)

Amoroso & the Aztecs meet Baylor tonight. (AP Photo)

It’s not quite the real thing, but the NIT Final Four promises to be entertaining. The games begin tonight at 6 CST on ESPN2.

(3) Baylor vs. (1) San Diego State

Baylor was one of the most disappointing teams in College Basketball this season, but made an impressive run to the Big 12 tournament final and has kept on rolling.

The Bears have terrific guard play, led by Curtis Jerrells and LaceDarius Dunn. Jerrells was a first team all-Big 12 performer this season and is excellent off the dribble. Dunn has played really well during Baylor’s run and is good shooter.

San Diego St. was a surprising NCAA tournament snub, and is arguably the most talented team in the NIT Final Four.

The Aztecs are led by Kyle Spain and Lorenzo Wade, but have a deep supporting cast including Ryan Amoroso, Richie Williams, and Billy White.

San Diego St. is bigger than Baylor but is mainly a perimeter team. The Aztecs should have an edge on the boards, which could be the difference in a close game.

I like San Diego State to win in a great game.

(2) Notre Dame vs. (2) Penn State

Luke Harangody and Kyle McAlarney are used to playing, and losing, in Madison Square Garden. But the Irish should win tonight against Talor Battle and a scrappy Penn State team.

ND beat Kentucky to advance to the NIT Final Four, and has played fairly well down the stretch this season. Harangody will go against Penn State’s Jamelle Cornley in what should be a fun matchup to watch.

Staten Island’s Finest (McAlarney) usually plays well in the Garden and should play well tonight.

Battle is crafty and very quick, but Notre Dame is much more balanced than Penn State. Expect Tory Jackson to shadow battle tonight.

If Cornley can get Harangody in foul trouble, Penn State has a chance. Otherwise, I look for ND to win easily.

So, how are your NIT brackets looking? Stay tuned.

Breaking News: KG out at least four games

KG will be sidelined for several games.

KG will be sidelined for several games.

Celtics coach Doc Rivers has decided to shut down Kevin Garnett, ESPN reported today.

Rivers watched KG practice Tuesday before announcing his decision.

The Celtics had been strictly regulating his minutes since his return, but Garnett looked tentative and likely came back too soon.

There is no timetable for his return, although it appears the Celtics would like Garnett to play in a few games at the end of the regular season.

I wouldn’t expect Garnett back for two weeks, maybe longer depending on what his actual injury is.  It’s possible he might not be ready at the outset of the NBA Playoffs.

Leon Powe and Glen Davis will continue to get minutes while KG sits.  Both have shown tremendous improvement and are excellent fantasy options.

Boston has secured the third seed in the East, but could lose in the first round if KG is still not healthy.

Stay tuned.

This is Randy Culpepper dunking in the CBI

This is what I was looking for several days ago…UTEP’s Randy Culpepper throwing it down in the famed CBI tournament:

Dwight Howard snags history

Howard secured his first major NBA record Monday. (Getty Images)

Howard secured his first major NBA record Monday. (Getty Images)

Dwight Howard scored 22 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to lead Orlando over Miami 101-95 Monday night, making history along the way.

Superman passed Wilt Chamberlin to become the youngest player in NBA history to grab 5,000 rebounds.

Howard is 23 years, 112 days old. Wilt was 25 years, 128 days old when he reached the plateau.

After watching Howard develop, there is no question he has a chance to go down as one of the top-three big men to ever play the game.

He is still somewhat raw offensively, but his amazing athleticism has made him a dominant force. The best is yet to come.

Although Howard will not win the MVP this season, I look for him to be in contention for the award in seasons to come.

Orlando seems committed to winning, but we’ll see if Howard decides to stick around for his entire career.

Chamberlin’s name still appears throughout the NBA record books, and his 100-point game will almost certainly never be broken.

Neither will his record for “relationships” with women, which he estimated to be upwards of 20,000.

Jealous?

Stay tuned.

Calathes declares for NBA draft, won’t hire agent

Calathes will test the NBA waters.

Calathes will test the NBA waters.

Let the exodus begin. Florida PG Nick Calathes has declared for the NBA draft but will not hire an agent, leaving the door open for a return to Gainesville for his junior season.

Calathes has averaged 16.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg, and 6.3 apg during his two seasons at Florida. At 6’5″, he has good size to play the point and is a terrific passer. He lacks physical strength and isn’t a great shooter, so he might be advised to stay in school, especially if Ty Lawson, Jrue Holiday, and Jeff Teague turn pro.

Draftexpress.com currently has Calathes projected as a mid-second round pick.

DaJuan Summers turns pro: Georgetown F DaJuan Summers will forgo his senior season and hire an agent hoping to catch on with an NBA team. Summers averaged a modest 13.1 ppg and 4.1 rpg this season, but has good size at 6’8″ 240. Look for him to play overseas or in the D-League before landing in the NBA.

Stay tuned.

Update: Calipari wants big paper, Memphis has interest in Mizzou’s Anderson

Could Anderson be headed back to the dirty south?

Could Anderson be headed back to the dirty south?

As of 7:30 PM Central time, Kentucky had yet to finalize a contract with Memphis coach John Calipari.

All indications are that Coach Cal will accept the Kentucky job – if the money is right.

ESPN is reporting that he is seeking an eight-year, 35 million dollar contract.

CBS’s Greg Anthony told WSCR 670 AM in Chicago he believes Calipari wants at least six million per year.

Wow.

I still expect this deal to be finalized soon, but Calipari’s asking price is really high and might make Kentucky hesitate a bit.

Meanwhile, reports out of Memphis say the Tigers are already looking to replace Calipari. Anthony reported that Missouri head coach Mike Anderson is a leading candidate for the job.

Time will tell. As always, stay tuned.