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Like an old EARL MONROE & DICK MCGUIRE jersey, here comes NUMBER 15 With today's latest Transactions, Hottest Rumors, Scoreboard and Trivia Question!!!


Here we go with the leagues Signings, Waivings, Tradings and important IL placements around the NBA.

Monday, April 11th 2005

Washington signs Damone Brown for the rest of the season.

Sunday, April 10th 2005

Orlando signs Andre Barrett for the rest of the season.

San Antonio places Rasho Nesterovic on the injured list and activates Linton Johnson III from the injured list.

Saturday, April 9th 2005

Atlanta signs James Thomas for the rest of the season.

Toronto signs Omar Cook to a 10-day contract.

Friday, April 8th 2005

New Orleans places Speedy Claxton on the injured list and activates Maciej Lampe from the injured list.

Orlando places Grant Hill on the injured list and signs Mark Jones for the remainder of the season.

Thursday, April 7th 2005

Atlanta places Al Harrington on the injured list and activates Michael Stewart from the injured list.

Lets get right to the part of this thread dedicated to the speculation and facts regarding anything news worthy around the league. Heres my Top 5.

#5.NEW JERSEY:::LOOKING TO NET IN A POWER FORWARD???GM Ed Stefanski faces a busy summer. In addition to draft and free agent hunt (Nets will look at Donyell Marshall, Stromile Swift, Shareef Abdur-Rahim) they have decisions to make about their own properties. Nets hold options on Robinson ($5.875M) and Jacque Vaughn ($745,046). "When the season is over, we're going to sit down with everybody," said Stefanski. "We'll sit down and Rod [Thorn] and the coach and make a decision." Nets have free agents in Travis Best, Rodney Buford, Jabari Smith and Billy Thomas. Mercer has a player option ($1.76M)....If Jason Kidd stays in NJ, Richard Jefferson comes back 100%, they reboost the bench and pick up someone like Swift, Rahim, Marshall...the Nets are the favorite to win the Atlantic next year and possibly make it to the Eastern Conference finals. NO i dont like the nets, BUT its hard not to see that...PF (Swift,Marshall,Rahim) SF Richard Jefferson SG Vince Carter PG Jason Kidd...sound good to you??


You can call it the $10 million gamble. During the off-season, the Phoenix Suns had the chance to sign Joe Johnson to a $50 million contract extension that would have kept him in a Suns uniform for the next six years; they decided to take a pass. Now with restricted free agency just around the corner and the talented two-guard finishing up the best season of his young career, that price tag could easily jump to $60 million. Not that you can blame the Suns for rolling the dice.
They had just spent some $100 million on free agents Steve Nash and Quentin Richardson and weren't prepared to make another substantial commitment because the revenue model they had in place just didn't support it.Plus they knew that with Johnson as a restricted free agent, they had the right to match any offer that he receives from another team. So keeping him in a Suns uniform remained in Phoenix's control.
It's not that Suns management didn't know what they had in Johnson, but it didn't hurt either to spend another year evaluating him even after his first three promising seasons in the league.The year bought the Suns time to come up with a financial plan, which included the trading of Zarko Cabarkapa and the increase in ticket prices. With Cabarkapa's salary of $1.4 million off the books for next year and the Suns reaping the benefits of packed houses at America West Arena, the organization is in a much better position financially to keep Johnson in the fold.
Not that Johnson won't entertain offers from other clubs when the free-agency period begins July 1. He'd be foolish not to. But it's hard to envision Johnson not wanting to come back to a young team that he is a key part of and a team that could be a force in the Western Conference for years to come.Johnson has stepped up big in his contract year. He is averaging 16.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.
Most importantly for the Suns, Johnson has been consistent throughout the season. In the past two years Johnson would show flashes of brilliance, then disappear for stretches. This season he has been a reliable force on both ends of the floor.In a league that boasts few players who can be considered great defenders, Johnson is thought of as a solid defensive player. In other words, he tries, unlike most of the players in the NBA. Johnson did hold Lebron James to 15 points on 6-for-19 shooting early in the season and usually shares with Shaun Marion the duties of matching up with an opponent's top scorer.
While not the first - and sometimes not even the second - option, Johnson has had his share of big games and gotten plenty of touches on a team that relies heavily on its top five players for scoring. In a win over the Lakers he had 25 points and hit a clutch three-pointer late that helped Phoenix overcome a 107-94 deficit. He was 12-for-17 for 30 points in a win over Utah. In two wins over Seattle he tallied 24 points and 10 rebounds in and then poured in 30 points with five treys. His 23 points and 11 rebounds led the way in a victory over Denver and his 28 points keyed a win over Memphis.
When Amare Stoudemire was ineffective against Golden State with the flu, Johnson led the way with 23 points in an overtime victory. Johnson is well respected by the fans and the Suns know the importance of keeping him. Which is why they will try and reach a contract agreement with him once he hits free agency. But the Suns are also poised to match any offer that comes Johnson's way. And signing him could be a risky proposition for any team that wants to tie up its cap space on a player not likely to be leaving.
During the two-week period of which the Suns would have the ability to match, the signing team could be losing out on other free agents unwilling to wait it out. The three teams expected to make runs at Johnson are Atlanta, Cleveland and Seattle if it loses Ray Allen. The Hawks make no sense for Johnson. Why would he want to go from being on one of the top teams in the league to one of the bottom teams? Cleveland could make sense and the Cavs are looking for a complementary second option to James.
And if Seattle loses Allen, Johnson would be the perfect replacement for the type of style it plays.Johnson will have earned his right to test the market come July. But more than likely he will remain part of the Suns' young core of stars
...unless they throw a lot of money at him and i mean a lot, expect him to stay. Just like Amare will stay. The suns will accomodate them for their success and maybe even with a championship ring. Its in all their best interest to stay together. Unless their best interest is an overly amount of un needed cash...

Indiana center Jermaine O'Neal said the NBA's desire to put an age limit in the next collective bargaining agreement could be driven by racism."In the last two or three years, the rookie of the year has a been a high school player. There were seven high school players in the All-Star game, so why we even talking an age limit?" said O'Neal, who was drafted out of high school in 1996 by the Portland Trail Blazers."As a black guy, you kind of think that's the reason why it's coming up.
You don't hear about it in baseball or hockey. To say you have to be 20, 21 to get in the league, it's unconstitutional. If I can go to the U.S. army and fight the war at 18, why can't you play basketball for 48 minutes?"The NBA's seven-year labor agreement expires after the season and NBA commissioner David Stern has asked for a 20-year-old age limit in the next deal, with incentives provided to players who defer their draft eligibility to stay in college. The union originally opposed raising the current age limit of 18, but has begun to waver.Cleveland's LeBron James won the rookie of the year award last season, and Phoenix's Amare Stoudemire took home the honor for the 2002-03 season. Both were drafted out of high school.
...i was watching ESPN and have to say Steven A Smith said something intelligent for once and that was if race wasnt said in his statement this would be a credible point filled statement. And he is 100% correct. There was no need to bring up race in this. As the league is a primarily black league it means no difference, Swift was taken at 18, Milicic, Stoyakovic all taken young just to name a few. Should there be an age limit? NO. Was O'Neal right about every point he made except for the race part? YES. It's all a ploy so the veterans get their minutes and the league isnt "watered down".

Tim Thomas has a bum knee as well as an uncertain future, but that didn't stop him from putting on a uniform and lacing up his sneakers last night. Less than a week after declaring that his season was probably over, Thomas returned to the lineup, not ready to give up on the season, his teammates or his coaches. "Whatever you start you finish, that's how I feel," Thomas said before scoring 11 points in last night's 105-93 loss to Toronto. "I started it so I want to finish it." Thomas had missed two games because of soreness in his left knee, and with the Knicks out of playoff contention, it was widely assumed that Thomas was done for the season and perhaps done as a Knick.
Isiah Thomas, the Knicks president, has made it abundantly clear that he will do everything in his power during the offseason to trade Thomas, who will be in the final year of his contract next year. Despite being well aware that his days in New York may be numbered, Tim Thomas feels an obligation to keep playing. That philosophy is not shared by all of his teammates. Penny Hardaway, another player entering the final year of his contract and one that Isiah Thomas has said he will try to move, quit on the season months ago. Hardaway, upset over limited playing time, left the team three weeks ago, saying he needed time to rest a sore hamstring. In January, Hardaway took a month-long leave of absence after complaining about his role. Several players have privately criticized Hardaway's behavior. Tim Thomas refused to comment on Hardaway's status, saying only that his motivation for returning was to be there for his teammates.
"Personally, I don't care what the fans or the media thinks about me," he said. "I do care what my teammates and my coaches think. Ultimately, this was my decision. I wanted to play."Thomas was an emotional wreck at the start of the season following the death of his sister. His mother and wife also had medical problems that Thomas declined to discuss. With his mind clear, Thomas became a more productive player under Herb Williams and is finally starting to resemble the player that helped Milwaukee reached the conference finals in 2001. In 36 games under Lenny Wilkens, Thomas scored at least 20 points just once. Over his next 30 games, Thomas did it nine times. "The way I'm playing now is how I envisioned myself playing at the start of the season," Thomas said. "But things happened. That's why I'm already looking forward to next season." Thomas, 32, wants to remain with the Knicks but realizes that he has no control over his future.
There are rumors that the Sixers could make a run at Thomas, who began his career in Philadelphia. Thomas smiled when asked about returning to Philadelphia, a place where he owns a home and spends most of his offseason. "There's been a lot of talk about trading me," Thomas said. "We'll see. I'm just going to prepare myself to have a great season. I'm not going to stress about where I might be. If I'm here, so be it. If it's someplace else I'm still going to have a great year."
...Hardaway gone? please do. I want to say pay him to let him go but maybe we can get something for him. What? I dont know. Possibly something. Now Tim Thomas, id love to keep. 76ers? Why? I dont know. Who is on that team worth 12.5 No one to my knowledge and I doubt it has anything to do with Iverson, Iguodala or anyone else young or good. Busy summer for the Knicks, I know ill be tuned into finding out the daily ordeal..

Superagent Aaron Goodwin admits he is good friends with Knicks superfan Spike Lee. But Goodwin says Lee might be barking up the wrong tree if he thinks his client LeBron James will be steered by Nike to become the Knicks' savior. There's speculation James, whose Cavs face the pitiful Knicks tomorrow at Gund Arena, will force a trade at season's end.
He will not become a free agent until the summer of 2007, since the Cavs have already exercised the fourth-year option on his rookie contract. In a despicable Knick showing last night at the Garden, NASCAR's Jeff Gordon watched from celebrity row another second-half car wreck as they blew a 16-point lead at intermission, fell, 105-93, to the rotten Raptors, getting booed off the court. Last week in The Post, Lee, who's well known for his own Nike commercials, suggested James' $102 million Nike contract offers a bump if he plays for the Knicks, dreaming he can wind up at the Garden.
With reports James is already unhappy in Cleveland following the ownership change, the Cavaliers brass was not pleased with Spike's chirping. The filmmaker was quoted as saying, "There's no guarantee LeBron is going back to Cleveland." Goodwin would neither confirm nor deny if James has a Knick-related sneaker contract clause but told The Post, "When you have a contract like that, you look for every edge, every angle."Goodwin says reports of James' desire to leave Cleveland — stemming partly from Paul Silas' firing and their slide — has been exaggerated. Asked about the chances of James winding up a Knick, Goodwin said, "I'll never predict what can happen in the future, but at this point he wants to bring a championship to Cleveland and has no intention of leaving. He has full confidence the new owner [Dan Gilbert] will do everything he can to build a winning team. He will not think of going anywhere else until that goal is exhausted."
James attempted to clear the air, saying in Tuesday's Ohio papers, "The fans in the city of Cleveland have nothing to worry about at this point. I'm here." Goodwin believes the shoe giant is extremely happy with James' marketability. In another seminal moment in the 20-year-old's career, Time Magazine this week voted him as one of the top 100 influential people in the world. "I don't think Nike needs him in New York," Goodwin added. "He's world wide, whether LeBron is playing in New York or Timbukto." When James is free, Goodwin would have to force the Cavaliers into a sign-and-trade with the Knicks or settle for the $5 million mid-level exception, hoping Nike makes up the difference.
...Could it happen? Possibly. Is everyone being too optimistic? 100% YES. This is New York people, NOT Heaven. As much as I love the Knicks and would LOVE James to be on our team, it wont happen anytime soon. Who would cleveland get back? we have no one equal in stature OR to equal in contracts. I guess we'll wait until 2007? But do you really think that nothing will change in Cleveland by then? Do you really think Cleveland wont improve by then? Remember this is still a playoff team everybody...

BOS 105 - PHI 98
TOR 105 - NYK 93
POR 89 - SAS 95
NOH 85 - PHO 99
UTA 85 - LAC 94

tRiViA tImE
Alright heres a new part where Ill ask a trivia question one day, answer it the following and post a new question along with the answer. Alright, we did a "QuickQuestion", we did a "MathematicalMaze" and we did the "ChainGame" Todays question is "WhoInTheWorld?"
Heres how it works, there will be a fact at the top of the question that by process of elimination you will answer. Just write the alphebet down and as you answer the questions, erase the letters beside your answer for example...(What is Ariza's jersey number...ABC) 21...you would cross off ABC on the alphabet)...the letters you are left with at the end of the 5 questions either duplicated or rearranged equal the answer...confused just PM me...but until then here its is...enjoy....(PS, PM me your answers and ill post the winners up the following post!)


NUMBER OF TEAMS California, Texas, Florida, Wisconsin & Michigan have combined???
ABC) 12
FGH) 11
MNO) 9
STU) 7
WXY) 5

NUMBER OF TIMES The Knicks played in a different country this season???
HIJ) 4
NOP) 3
LMN) 2
QRS) 1
UVW) 0

NUMBER OF TIMES The Knicks played in Louisiana this season???
XZ) 4
RU) 3
ED) 2
AB) 1
YS) 0

NUMBER OF TEAMS That's state name begins with the letter N???

NUMBER OF STATES That dont have an NBA basketball team???


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