Tuesday, February 21, 2017

NBA 2016-2017 transactions

2/23/17 - Chicago trades Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott to Oklahoma City for Cameron Payne, Joffrey Lauvergne, and Anthony Morrow
2/23/17 - P.J. Tucker traded from Phoenix to Toronto for Jared Sullinger and two second-round pickks
2/23/17 - Nerlens Noel to be traded from Philadelphia to Dallas for Andrew Bogut, Justin Anderson, protected 2017 first-round pick
2/22/17 - Ilyasova traded from Philadelphia to Atlanta for Splitter and a second-round pick
2/22/17 - Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCoullough traded from Brooklyn to Washington for Marcus Thornton, Andrew Nicholson, and protected first-round pick
2/21/17 - Lou Williams traded from Lakers to Houston for Corey Brewer and first round pick
2/2/1/17 - Jeannie Buss ousts Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak from front office, putting Magic Johnson in charge of basketball operations
2/19/17 - DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Caspi traded from Sacramento to New Orleans for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, 2017 first round pick (top three protected), 2017 second round pick.
2/14/17 - Serge Ibaka traded from Orlando to Toronto for Terrence Ross and 2017 first round pick
2/12/17 - Mason Plumlee and 2018 second-round traded from Portland to Denver for Jusuf Nurkic and 2017 first round pick
2/2/17 - Bucks trade Miles Plumlee to Hornets for Roy Hibbert and Spencer Hawes
1/5/17 - Kyle Korver traded to Cleveland from Atlanta for Mike Dunleavy, Mo Williams, first-round pick
11/1/16 - Jerami Grant traded from Philadelphia to Oklahoma City for Ersan Ilyasova and a protected 2020 first-round pick
11/1/16 - Ray Allen retires
9/23/16 - Kevin Garnett retires after 21 seasons
9/23/16 - Chris Bosh fails physical, future unclear
8/17/16 - Yi Jianlian to sign with Lakers for 1 year, $8 million
8/12/16 - LeBron re-signs with Cleveland for three years, $100 million
8/3/16 - Russell Westbrook agrees to three-year $86 million renegotiation
8/3/16 - Jimmer to reportedly play in China for Yao Ming's team
8/2/16 - David Lee signs with Spurs
7/26/16 - Amare Stoudemire retires / will play in Israel
7/26/16 - CJ McCollum signs max extension, four years, $106 million
7/11/16 - Tim Duncan retires after 19 seasons
7/11/16 - Draymond Green arrested for assault
7/11/16 - Portland matches Nets offer sheet for Allen Crabbe
7/11/16 - Heat match offer sheet for Tyler Johnson, re-sign Haslem, sign Wayne Ellington, sign James Johnson, acquire Luke Babbitt from New Orleans
7/10/16 - Meyers Leonard signs four-year, $41 million extension with Portfland
7/9/16 - James Harden agrees to $118 million, 4 year renegotiation
7/9/16 - Warriors sign David West for veteran's minimum
7/8/16 - Derrick Williams signs with Miami for 1 year, $5 million
7/8/16 - Marreese Speights agrees to join Clippers
7/7/16 - Nets offer Allen Crabbe $75 million for four years
7/7/16 - Festus Ezeli headed to Portland for two years, $15 million
7/6/16 - Nets offer Tyler Johnson $50 million for four years (matched by Miami 7/11)
7/6/16 - Dwyane Wade leaving Miami for Chicago for two years, $47.5 million, Bulls trade Jose Calderon to Lakers and Mike Dunleavy to Cleveland
7/6/16 - Barbosa to return to Phoenix for two years, $8 million
7/6/16 - Nene heads to Houston for one year, $2.9 million
7/5/16 - San Antonio trades Boris Diaw to Utah for rights to Olivier Hanlan (i.e. salary cap space)
7/5/16 - Dirk Nowitzki to re-sign with Dallas for two years, $40 million
7/5/16 - Gerald Henderson head to Philiadelphia for two years, $18 million
7/5/16 - Ramon Sessions signs with Charlotte for two years, $12.3 million
7/4/16 - Roy Hibbert signs with Charlotte for one year, $5 million
7/4/16 - Brandon Jennings to play for Knicks for one year, $5 million
7/4/16 - Andew Bogut traded from Golden State to Dallas
7/4/16 - Pau Gasol signs with San Antonio for two years, $30 million
7/4/16 - which means Harrison Barnes will be headed to Dallas
7/4/16 - Warriors are now heavy favorites to win
7/6/16 - Charles Barkley comments on Durant's move
7/4/16 - Tarik Black returns to Lakers for two years, $12.85 million
7/3/16 - Trey Burke traded from Utah to Washington for 2021 second round pick
7/3/16  - Dallas bringing back Deron Williams for one year, $10 million and Dwight Powell for four years, $37 million
7/3/16 - Cole Aldridge will go to Minnesota for 3 years, $22 million
7/3/16 - Rondo going to Chicago for two years, $30 million
7/3/16 - Garrett Temple going to Sacramento for three years, $24 million
7/3/16 - Nets to sign Tyler Johnson to four-year, $50 million offer sheet
7/3/16 - Ginobili to return to Spurs for 15th season
7/2/16 - Wesley Johnson to return to Clippers for three years, $18 million
7/2/16 - Eric Gordon to join Rockets for four years, $53 million
7/2/16 - Ian Mahinmi signs with Wizards for four years, $64 million (Mozgov money)
7/2/16 - Austin Rivers to re-sign with Clippers for three years, $35 million
7/2/16 - Dallas to make max offer to Harrison Barnes
7/2/16 - Courtney Lee agrees to join Knicks for four years, $50 million
7/2/16 - Celtics signs Al Hoford to max deal, four years, $113 million
7/2/16 - Ryan Anderson headed to Houston for four years, $80 million
7/2/16 - Arron Affalo headed to Sacrament for two years, $25 million
7/2/16 - Bismack Biyombo to leave Toronto for Orlando for four years, $70 million
7/2/16 - Marvin Williams to return to Charlotte for four years, $54.5 million
7/2/16 - Jon Leuer heads to Detroit for four years, $42 million
7/2/16 - Luol Deng agrees to join Lakers for four years, $72 million
7/2/16 - Joe Johnson signs with Utah for two years, $22 million
7/2/16 - Kent Bazemore to return to Hawks for four years, $70 million
7/1/16 - Jared Dudley returning to Phoenix for three years, $30 million
7/1/16 - Jeff Green to join Orlando for 1 year, $15 million
7/1/16 - Mike Conley Jr. re-signs with Memphis for 5 years and a record $153 million
7/1/16 - Dwight Howard signs with Atlanta for three years, $70.5 million
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7/1/16 - Solomon Hill to New Orlenas for four years, $48 million
7/1/16 - Matthew Dellavdeova agrees to Milwaukee offer sheet for four years, $38.4 million
7/1/16 - Evan Fournier to stay with Orlando for five years, $85 million
7/1/16 - Mirza Telotovic agree with Bucks for three years, $30 million
7/1/16 - Jerryd Bayless agrees to go to Philadelphia for three years, $27 million
7/1/16 - DJ Augustin to sign with Orlando for four years, $29 million
7/1/16 - OJ Mayo banned by NBA for at least two years
7/1/16 - Chandler Parsons signs max deal with Memphis for four years, $94 million
7/1/16 - Evan Turner headed to Portland for four years, $70 million
7/1/16 - Al Jefferson signs with Indiana for three years, $30 million
7/1/16 - Detroit signs Ish Smith for three years, $18 million
7/1/16 - Andre Drummond agrees to stay with Detroit for five year max of $130 million
7/1/16 - Jeremy Lin heads to Brooklyn for three years, $36 million
7/1/16 - Hassan Whiteside to stay with Heat for max deal of four years, 98.6 milllion
7/1/16 - Nicolas Batum to re-sign with Charlotte for five years, $120 million
7/1/16 - Bradley Beal agrees to stay with Wizards for five years, $128 million
7/1/16 - DeMar DeRozan to stay with Raptors for five years, $139 million
7/1/16 - Lakers resign Jordan Clarkson for four years, $50 million
7/1/16 - Joakim Noah and Knicks nearing agreement on deal for four years $72 million
7/1/16 - Lakers to pay Timofey Mozgov $64 million for four years

6/30/16 - Nets release Jarrett Jack
6/23/16 - Brooklyn trades Thaddeus Young to Indiana for first round pick (no. 20)
6/22/16 - Hawks send Jeff Teague to Pacers who send George Hill to Utah who send first round pick (no. 12) to Atlanta
6/22/16 - Knicks acquire Derrick Rose, Justin Holiday, 2017 second-round pick from Bulls for Robin Lopez, Jose Calderon, Jerian Grant
6/3/16 - Knicks hire Jeff Hornacek as head coach
5/30/16 - Memphis hires David Fizdale as head coach
5/28/16 - Houston to hire Mike D'Antoni as head coach
5/27/16 - the smartest coaching move of the off-season
5/19/16 - Orlando to hire Frank Vogel as head coach
5/16/16 - Pacers name Nate McMillan as head coach
5/12/16 - Scott Skiles resigns as Orlando coach
5/10/16 - Sacramento hires Joerger (to replace the fired George Karl)
5/7/16 - Memphis fires Dave Joerger
5/5/16 - Pacers part ways with Frank Vogel
4/29/16 - Luke Walton agrees to become new head coach of the Lakers
4/25/16 - Byron Scott won't return as Lakers coach
4/21/16 - Tom Thibodeaux to become coach and president of operations for Timberwolves
4/21/16 - Wizards hire Scott Brooks as head coach to replace Randy Wittman
4/17/16 - Kenny Atkinson named Brooklyn head coach

Monday, February 20, 2017

Ivan Koloff

Ivan Koloff, knowing among wrestling fans as “The Russian Bear,” has died. He was 74.

Koloff had been battling liver cancer and was in need of “urgent medical care,” according to a Go Fund Me page set up by his daughter, Rachel Marley, on Feb. 2.

After news of his death surfaced, condolences were spread on social media. Hulk Hogan said he felt “helpless” — with Koloff’s death coming after a string of losses for the wrestling community including George “The Animal” Steele, who died Friday.

He was born Oreal Perras in Montreal, Canada, in 1942 — and found a passion for wrestling early on, leaving high school at 18 to devote himself full-time to the sport. He first debuted as a character name Red McNulty, according to Brian Solomon’s book WWE Legends, and built up a strong following wrestling in Toronto.

Perras debuted “The Russian Bear” Ivan Koloff in 1967 during an International Wresting Association match, winning the Heavyweight Championship the final year. He joined the WWWF in 1969, under the guidance of “Captain “Lou Albano.

He would go on to win the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship in 1971, defeating defending champ Bruno Sammartino by pinfall in a legendary match at Madison Square Garden. The Italian hero had previously had a seven-and-a-half year run with the belt.

In 2014 his struggle with drugs and alcohol, as well as his life as a wrestler, were shared in the book Life in the Trenches, which included testimonies from the likes of “Rowdy” Roddy Pipper, Diamond Dallas Page, Dan Severn, George “The Animal” Steele, the “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, Rick Martel and Jim Abbott.

Anthony Davis breaks Wilt's record

NEW ORLEANS -- Pelicans star Anthony Davis openly proclaimed ahead of Sunday's All-Star Game that he was going after the MVP award, and he didn't make his master plan on how to do so much of a secret.

"Coach [Alvin] Gentry already told me every time I catch it to put it up," said Davis upon being selected to his fourth straight spot on the Western Conference team.

The Western Conference All-Stars seemed to have no problems feeding Davis on his home floor at the Smoothie King Center.

Davis took an All-Star record 39 shots and scored 52 points to lead the West over the East at the 66th All-Star Game, 192-182 -- the highest-scoring game in league history.

The 23-year-old's point total smashed the previous record of 42, set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1962.

"I stressed that, I think more than enough, to the guys in the locker room before the game that I wanted to get the MVP for this crowd, for the city, and I ended up doing it," Davis said. "Them guys did a great job of just finding me, giving me the basketball. They wanted me to score 50. Every time, Kawhi [Leonard] was like, 'Six more points.' Or James [Harden] was like, 'I'm going to pass you the ball.'"

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Kahuku defeats Punahou for boy's basketball title

Kahuku finally has its first boys basketball state championship.

In one of the most fast-paced state finals in recent memory, top-seeded Kahuku got 23 points from point guard Jessiya Villa and 20 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks from Samuta Avea to outlast second-seeded Punahou 70-55 in the Division I final of the Snapple/HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships on Saturday at Stan Sheriff Center.

A crowd of 3,565 sounded double its size, and most of the volume came from Kahuku fans.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Hawaii Swish

[2/11/17] he Hawaii Swish’s first foray into the realm of professional basketball was a success.

Team owner Geremy Robinson scored 24 points and a youthful crowd of around 600 was on hand in the Blaisdell Arena for a 99-84 victory over the Yuba City Goldminers in the Swish debut in the American Basketball Association on Friday night.

The Swish overcame a 13-point first-half deficit to win going away.

“That was wonderful. This was a really big win,” said Robinson, a former University of Hawaii guard. “I’m so proud of my team. They stepped up. Imagine when they get some real experience — these guys are going to be great.”

The Swish, sporting Lakers-esque gold jerseys, are comprised of a mix of former UH and other college players. Derrick Braziel scored 18 points, Mark Veazey added 15 and Leon Ballard 14 in the victory.

“The crowd was excellent. It was more than I thought it would be,” coach Artie Wilson said. “I think we got excited and they played the music and they got energy in this building. My team really thrived from that energy.”

*** [2/24/17]

But now what we have is the Hawaii Swish, and now maybe — just maybe — this time it’s different.


Because Geremy Robinson is no carpetbagger.

No one is coming and going — they’re already here. Hawaii is Robinson’s home, as it is for coach Artie Wilson and all of the Swish players.

You already know a lot of the names: Miah Ostrowski, Pi’i Minns, JC Carter.

This is no fly-by-night operation. Actually, the Swish aren’t flying anywhere at all. No road games, not until next year.

Robinson, 38, doesn’t only own the Swish. After one game, he is its leading scorer. A crowd of somewhere between 600 and 1,200, depending on who you talk to, saw him score 24 points as the Swish beat the Yuba City Goldminers 99-84 at the Blaisdell Arena on Feb. 10.

Monday, February 06, 2017

Super Bowl LI

They looked old and outmanned. Their star quarterback was frazzled, their stingy defense was a sieve.

So what? Tom Brady and the New England Patriots shrugged and did what they always seem to do: Win the Super Bowl.

Brady led one of the greatest comebacks in sports history highlighted by a Julian Edelman catch that was almost beyond belief. The Patriots pulled themselves out of a 25-point hole against the Atlanta Falcons to a 34-28 win for New England’s fifth NFL championship. Today was the first Super Bowl decided in overtime.

“There were a lot of plays that coach talks about, you never know which one is going to be the Super Bowl winner,” said Brady, who earned a record fourth MVP award and a fifth Super Bowl ring, the most for a quarterback. “There were probably 30 of those plays tonight and (if) any one of those were different, the outcome could have been different.”

But down 28-3 in the third quarter, Tom?

“It’s hard to imagine us winning,” the 39-year-old Brady said. “It took a lot of great plays and that’s why you play to the end.”

The Patriots scored 19 points in the final quarter, including a pair of 2-point conversions, then marched relentlessly to James White’s 2-yard touchdown run in overtime after winning the coin toss. White scored three touchdowns and a 2-pointer.

“We knew we had a shot the whole game,” White said. “It was an amazing comeback by our team. It’s surreal right now. You couldn’t write this script.”