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Rockets Rookie Royce White Refuses Assignment To D-League

Houston Rockets rookie forward Royce White was assigned to the organization’s D-League team Saturday (h/t Comcast Houston), but he has reportedly refused to accept the assignment, according to Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston:

What It Means

With such a high pick in the draft spent on the very talented forward, the organization doesn’t want to give up on the potential star.

As much as the team claims it wants to accommodate the talented forward, though, there is a serious issue if White still feels the way he claims.

No matter what the case, mental issues cannot be discounted.

What’s Next?

White has yet to play with the Rockets in his rookie season, and the fact that he will not accept the assignment to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers is indicative of where this situation is heading.

If White can’t come to a suitable agreement with his current team, Houston will either have to trade the young star or cut him loose.

The biggest obstacle to overcome for any team that will then try to sign White is the anxiety disorder he suffers from and the issues that can come of it.

After all of the drama over the last few months, Houston will likely not be able to find a trade partner and will be forced to cut ties with the young star.

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Towson University Upsets Oregon State

 December 29, 2012

Towson 67, Oregon State 66 (OT)

Junior forward Jerrelle Benimon delivered another monster effort and Marcus Damas scored with one second remaining in overtime, lifting Towson to a dramatic 67-66 victory Saturday at Gill Coliseum.

Benimon posted 20 points and a career-high 21 rebounds, recording his eighth double-double of the season for the Tigers (5-8). Damas added 16 points, including the game-winning jump shot.

Sophomore forward Eric Moreland posted 16 points, 18 rebounds and six blocked shots for the Beavers (9-3), who lost at home for the first time this season.

Oregon State controlled the first half and led 36-23 at the break after Devon Collier made a layup with five seconds remaining. The Beavers stretched their lead to 19 when Joe Burton scored to put them up 44-25 with 16:08 to play in the second half, but Towson mounted an 18-5 run over the next eight minutes to get back into the game.

Benimon’s layup cut Oregon State’s lead to two with 2:17 to go and Bilal Dixon tied the game with a layup 61 seconds later. The game went into overtime after the Beavers missed two layups in the final five seconds of regulation.

Milford Mill Rolls To Victory At Jameer Nelson Classic

Written by Staff 12/29/12

Jenifer guides No. 8 Millers past previously unbeaten Penn Wood (Pa.), rematch with Randallstown up next

No. 8 Milford Mill made it a two-game sweep at Pete and Jameer Nelson Classic with a 71-46 win over Penn Wood (Pa.) Friday.

Sophomore guard Justin Jenifer had 18 points and Bruce Watkins added 13 points as No. 8 Milford Mill Academy defeated Penn Wood (Pa.), 71-46, at the Pete and Jameer Nelson Classic at Widener University in Chester, Pa. Friday afternoon. The defending Baltimore County champ Millers (6-1 overall) took control in the third quarter, outscoring Penn Wood (6-1), 20-7, to claim a commanding 51-36 lead.
Allen Costley finished with 13 points, and Davonte Williams had 10 for Milford. Jenifer, who scored 10 points in the second quarter, earned game’s MVP honors.

The Millers kick off the 2013 portion of their regular season schedule at No. 12 Randallstown in the rematch of last winter’s Baltimore County finals. Milford Mill hasn’t loss a county game since December 2008.

Pete & Jameer Nelson Classic

at Widener University

No. 8 Milford Mill Academy 71, Penn Wood 46

Milford Mill – Lee 5, Jenifer 18, Jackson 4, Watkins 14, Costley 13, Williams 10, Cooper 2.

Penn Wood – Kaba 2, Price 9, Bynum 13, Johnson 5, Holbrook 10, Ward 5, East 2.

Milford Mill 15 19 20 17 – 71

Penn Wood 14 15 7 10 – 46

Last Updated (Saturday, 29 December 2012 10:01)

 


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12/29/12
 
No. 2 St. Joe routs Charlotte Christian, 77-57, in the final


No. 2 Mount St. Joseph continued to play its best basketball of the season, as it completed a three game sweep at the Piggly Wiggly Roundball Classic in Charleston, SC, with a 77-57 route of Charlotte Christian (NC), in the championship game, Saturday night.

The Gaels were fast and aggressive, shooting 57.9% from the field and taking control of the game early.

Charlie Jones led the way with 22 points, while Phil Booth had18 points and Kameron Williams added 16.  Patrick Rooks scored a game-high 25 points to lead Charlotte Christian.

Williams and Booth were each named to the All-Tournament Team and Jones received the Teddy Wright MVP Award.

St. Joe (14-2) now will turn its attention to a huge MIAA A Conference/Baltimore Catholic League battle with No. 1 St. Frances, Wednesday night at St. Frances.

Last Updated (Saturday, 29 December 2012 23:26)

NBA Star Kenyon Martin Selling Texas Mansion

NBA star Kenyon Martin, who last played for the Los Angeles Clippers, has put his Texas mansion up on the market for a cool $5 million.

According to TMZ.com, the 34-year-old NBa player bought the 15,000 sq. ft. home, located in Arlington, Texas, back in 2008 for around $3 million… and hopes to make a profit.

It sits on 8.4 acres of land, boasts 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, a full-sized basketball court, bowling alley, gym, game room, pond, pool with two huge dolphin fountains, two water slides, and 10-car garage.

Other features include white marble floors, white walls, and a pecan orchard.

Barkley, O'Neal Rip D-Will Over Johnson's Firing

TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal ripped Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams on Thursday night following Nets coach Avery Johnson’s firing. “He’s got the reputation of getting coaches fired,” Barkley said. “Whatever happened in Utah [head coach Jerry Sloan resigned], it happened. Whatever happened in Brooklyn, it happened. This is all on Deron Williams right now. It’s time to put up or shut up.” “Sometimes before great players point fingers, they should look in the mirror,” O’Neal said. “This is the first time I’ve heard the guy with the ball at all times say that he doesn’t like the offense. My advice is for him to look in the mirror and see if he’s doing enough. At times, I think he’s trying to do too much. There are only 24 seconds on the shot clock and he spends 10-12 seconds dribbling between his legs. He needs to get everyone else involved and himself involved. … He’s not really playi…
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Brooklyn Nets Want Phil Jackson

Brooklyn Nets Want Phil Jackson

The Brooklyn Nets have made retired Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson their top choice to replace fired Nets coach Avery Johnson.

ESPN.com reports that the Nets will make a hard push for the 67-year-old Jackson, who won 11 NBA titles.

Jackson’s agent, Todd Musburger, told TNT’s David Aldridge that his client has “no interest in the Nets’ job at this time.”

But sources said Jackson would entertain a Brooklyn approach. In fact, his failed discussions with the Lakers last month got him “thinking about coaching again.”

The Nets appear to be rolling out the red carpet for Jackson.

ESPN reports that the Lakers’ presumed reluctance to give Jackson the salary he wanted, and a say in basketball matters, wouldn’t be an issue with the Nets.

Jackson is considered one of the greatest coaches in NBA history, leading both the Chicago Bulls and Lakers to championships.

Jackson also played for the New Jersey Nets from 1978-1980. He played for the New York Knicks from 1967-1978

Chip Kelly Reportedly Will Be Pursued By Eagles

Chip Kelly is expected to be one of the hottest head coaching candidates after the NFL regular season ends, and reports say the Philadelphia Eagles will be one of the most prominent teams to target him.

CBS Sports’ Jason LaCanfora says the Eagles will likely make a “heavy push” to get the Oregon coach. Current Eagles coach Andy Reid is expected to be let go after Philly’s disappointing season.

Kelly was pursued by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season and reportedly accepted the job before being persuaded to return to Oregon. He has gone 45-7 over four seasons as Oregon’s head coach since replacing Mike Bellotti. His Ducks are getting prepared for their Jan. 3 Fiesta Bowl game against Kansas State.

There are a few reasons Kelly might consider leaving Oregon for the NFL.

Oregon reportedly is facing potential sanctions from the NCAA and may have to appear in front of the committee on infractions in the spring. Knowing penalties are coming, Kelly could skip out the way Pete Carroll left USC for Seattle. Additionally, Kelly has been so successful running the Ducks program, he may want to see whether he can enjoy similar success at football’s highest level. Kelly has exclusively coached at the collegiate level during his career.

NFL.com’s Albert Breer also reports that the Carolina Panthers likely would have interest in Kelly if they fire second-year head coach Ron Rivera. Chip Kelly calling plays for Cam Newton? Now that would be spectacular.

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HANG TIME NEW JERSEY — There is nothing to indicate that Deron Williams had direct input on Avery Johnson‘s dismissal on Thursday. In their press conferences on Thursday afternoon, both Johnson and Nets general manager Billy King said that the blame can’t be pinned on Williams. And King added that no players were consulted before the decision was made.

Considering his comments last week regarding Johnson’s offense though, the timing of all this only adds to Williams’ coach-killing reputation. First, Jerry Sloan resigns shortly after an argument with Williams in Utah, and now Johnson is fired shortly after Williams pines for Sloan’s offense.

But let’s just put Williams’ relationship with his coach(es) aside for now, and focus on what he has done on the floor.

The numbers, both simple and advanced, tell the story. Williams has shot less than 40 percent from the field and less than…

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Is the Right Solution the Dwight Solution?

With Dwight Howard not being one of the focal points on offense, are the Lakers focused on the wrong avenues trying to get on track this season? Take a look at the Dwight Solution.

After a rough 2011-2012 playoff run, all Laker fans asked for was that Dwight Howard be in purple and gold for the 2012-2013 season. Who cares about what happened in Orlando? So what that Dwight is coming off back surgery? JUST GET DWIGHT HOWARD TO LOS ANGELES!
Laker Nation got their wish and six-time All-Star and three-time Defensive Player of the Year was all ours. We rejoiced, sitting on top of the basketball world with the acquisition of Steve Nash to lead the offense and role players like Jodi Meeks and Antwan Jamsion signed to bulk up the bench play.
Fast forward to mid-December and the fact the Lakers are on a three-game winning streak against mediocre teams (if that), should not appease fans, but unfortunately, it does. Everyone has an opinion on the slow start to the season, but fans have heard every excuse in the book.
However, one possible solution is not getting enough attention: plain and simple, get Dwight Howard the ball! You say “but the guy is averaging 18 points per game and 12 rebounds, he is putting up great numbers.” Well the fact remains that these numbers are a far cry from Howard’s potential. Over the past 10 games, Howard has never lead the team in field goal attempts (which isn’t much of a surprise); however, over that same span Howard has been a lone 2nd in attempts only once and in 5 of the games has been either 4th or 5th in field goal attempts. Sounds strange, huh? Why wouldn’t you want the player who leads our team in field goal percentage (.576%) shooting the ball more? This has to play a factor in the Lakers recent woes going 4-6 in December and finding their record under .500.
The reasoning behind it is that in D’Antoni’s offense, players like Metta World Peace and Jodi Meeks (although playing spectacular as of late) feast and have the go ahead to jack up what seems to be any shot. What about the post game? With players like Howard and Gasol working down low, they will always demand attention. This would open up so many more of the beloved perimeter shots D’Antoni is looking for.
Howard coming into the season knew that this was not yet his team and he would not be taking the majority of the shots. However, he could not have expected his role to be so minute offensively. This week, ex-Laker center Andrew Bynum had some words of wisdom for Howard as he spoke about playing with Kobe: “He’s going to get accustomed to playing with Kobe obviously, and not touching the ball every single play”.
Even with the lack of shots, Howard has to be admired this year for the professionalism he has shown pushing through this stretch. Howard knows he is not being utilized to his full potential, but he is putting up outstanding numbers for a player who isnt even 100 percent. You would think the media would be all over this issue, but it seems as if they seem to be more concerned with Gasol’s absence from paint. Mind you, the Lakers have shown that Gasol is expendable, but this year is a test run for Howard. If Howard does not like the direction this team is going, he can go wherever he pleases come free agency this summer.
Let’s hope that Howard’s lack of touches is addressed sooner than later and with Steve Nash set to return to the lineup, Howard will get more looks at the basket. Knowing that size is one of the Lakers biggest advantages and that Kobe will generally take 20+ shots a night, players such as Jodi Meeks and Metta World Peace cannot continue to shoot so often. If the offense continues going down this path the Lakers could be in for a bumpy ride. Instead of coach D’Antoni focusing on tweaking the offense, different rotations, and getting open looks on the floor, maybe it is time for to start looking down other avenues and pulling for the Dwight Solution.

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