Indiana Pacers Get Chris Copeland

Chris Copeland. FOTO: blacksportsonline.com

INDIANAPOLIS-Indiana Pacers determined to make up for failure when it only lasts until the final round in the region NBA last season. They want to go beyond achievement has been reached last season when it denied Miami Heat.
One way is to strengthen the line performer. Pacers continue to chase the players who could be supportive of the mission in the new season. Latest, Pacers mengaget Chris Copeland.

Former New York Knicks player is considered to be very suitable to the wishes of the Pacers next season. Although not very fertile, Copeland considered very useful because it can play in several positions.

“He is a very nice additions. Copeland has a good level of versatility, “said Larry Bird, Pacers President of Basketball Operations as reported by the Associated Press website on Monday (15/7).

During the defense of Knicks, players born March 17, 1984 that scored 8.7 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. Shootingnya ability is actually pretty good. He posted a 47.9 percent shooting for the affair. While, for the three-point, Copeland recorded a 42.1 per cent.

“He is a great history to a perseverance. Copeland has reached the level where he became a key player for a team that could win 54 games last season, “said Frank Vogel, the Pacers coach. (jos / JPNN)

Warriors Beat Slingers

Jakarta – Indonesian Warriors again achieve positive results while competing in the competition continued Asean Basketball League (ABL). Warriors win over the Singapore Slingers with a score of 64-39.

In a match that took place at Mahaka Square, Jakarta, Friday (05/10/2013) night, the Warriors appeared dominant in the fourth quarter.

In the initial quarter, the defending champions were able to package 18 points and conceded 12 points. In the next quarter, the team dibesut John Todd Purves was successfully tighten up defense conceded only four points while generating 12 points.

Third quarter tight game back after the Warriors scored 19 points while the Slingers three points less. When the third quarter ended Warriors were ahead 49-32.

When the final quarter, scoring the Warriors were not overtaken after adding 15 points and conceding seven figures. They won with a final score of 64-39.

Shown as a top performer in this match is a power guard Warriors, Stanley Pringle, with a notch 16 points and eight rebounds.

With this result the Warriors already collected 15 wins from 21 matches and still menguni standings position just below the vice Philippines, San Miguel Beermen.

Metta World Peace Join Knicks

Las Vegas – After Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers take a player again. Metta World Peace is to ensure that it defends New York Knicks next season.

Reported Fox, World Peace actually still have remaining almost a year contract with the Lakers. However, the two sides agreed to end more quickly through the amnesty clause.

The player formerly known as Ron Artest who’s agreed to two-year contract with the Knicks with values ​​touted reach about 3.2 million U.S. dollars (USD 32 billion).

With this move, World Peace after the first Howard left the Staples Center. Howard crossed to the Houston Rockets after just one season to strengthen the Lakers.

“I do not care if I’ll be a starter or just sweeping the floor. You hear me? I just want to win,” World Peace said in a press conference as proclaimed ESPN.

World Peace is ready to work together with Knicks star Carmelo Anthony in an effort to win the NBA title. “This is not about someone helping someone else.”

“It’s about us doing it together., And they (the Knicks) got it. – If I’m not mistaken. They have a strong relationship, and everyone is team mates,” said 33-year-old small forward this.

World Peace had an average of 12.4 points, five rebounds and 1.5 assists in 75 games, including 66 times so the starter with the Lakers last season. He also suffered a left knee injury that required surgery in March.

Since starting his career with the Chicago Bulls in 1999, World Peace has appeared in 902 games with 832 times to be a starter.

He once became NBA champion with the Lakers (2010) and had an average of 14.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists and 1.8 steals in his career overall Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, Rockets and Lakers.

Lakers Ready Without Howard

Mike D'Antoni. (Foto: Reuters)

LAS VEGAS – Mike D’Antoni will undergo a second season refine the Los Angeles Lakers. Without the presence of Dwight Howard who moved to the Houston Rockets, D’Antoni admitted Lakers ready to gush through the season 2013/2014.

“We get some interesting players. We tried to get a more athletic player again, “said D’Antoni, quoted from Sgvtribune, Wednesday (17/07/2013).

Trips last season was not fun for D’Antoni. He was appointed to replace Mike Brown, one week after the NBA 2012/2013 rolling. However, the Lakers game when it does not get better.

After foundered in the first round of the playoffs last season, the Lakers again having problems. Attempt to re-sign Howard aground already. The American Center has officially joined the Houston Rockets.

“The thing that upset me was the Rockets, they will do the same. And Howard chose to join the Rockets? Okay, so they will talk about the difference there? Do not tell me it was the difference, “he explained.

Former New York Knicks coach may wish Howard was successful in his new team. “He could be a force and he could really good, as well as dominating the league. Howard to dominate the game in different ways in the low post, “said D’Antoni.

“But he has to be better and he would be correct. Howard intension is to survive and have a strong force. I think Howard will be a better player if able to use it. But, he’s a good player, “he concluded.
(HMR)

Dominant, Warriors Smash Cobras

Bangkok – Indonesia Warriors win third in the ASEAN Basketball League this season. Compete at Chulalongkorn University, the Warriors 73-57 win over host Bangkok Cobras.

It was the second victory in the last two games for the Warriors. Previously, in a match held in Bandung, Rony Gunawan et al. successfully beat Saigon Heat 96-76.

In the match on Sunday (02/12/2012), Star Warriors, Demon Steven Thomas, craze. He scored 24 points, the most of any other player who competed today, and made ​​17 rebounds. Meanwhile, the agile guard, Uy Jerick Canada, contributed 5 assists.

Warriors appeared dominant in the first quarter, in which the direction of Todd Purves’s squad winning 21 -12. However, Cobras bankers in the second quarter and scored 19 points, making the position changed to 35-31, still to lead the Warriors.

However, Warriors step on the gas in the third quarter. Encouraged by Mario Wuysang assisted by the speed of Canada, the Warriors scored 24 points. Cobras could not stem, and ultimately can only create 10 points.

Mario ended the match with three assists, was below the record level of sati Canada. Warriors went home in triumph after adding 14 more points last quarter.

“When we lost three times in a row, no one ever gave up and nobody blaming each other. Now, we get back to winning ways,” said Purves in ABL’s official website.

Furthermore, the Warriors will face the San Miguel Beermen at home on February 18.

NBA flopping rule may go to arbitration, per report

The NBA Players Association filed an unfair labor practices charge against the league to combat the new anti-flopping fines, but the National Labor Relations Board refused to rule on the complaint. Now, the NBAPA is seeking an arbitrator to work between itself and the NBA, according to CBS Sports’ Ken Berger. In October of 2012, the NBA announced a set of punishments for faking or exaggerating official calls: “We are now in the process of scheduling a case with our arbitrator to determine whether the NBA is allowed to unilaterally impose discipline in an area that exceeds the commissioner’s authority without the consent of the union,” NBPA interim executive director Ron Klempner told CBSSports.com on Tuesday. “It’s a subject they need to bargain with us, and we hope that the arbitrator will find that any type of discipline must be collectively bargained.” The complaint against the NBA was filed by the ousted director of the NBAPA, Billy Hunter, who said the league should not have the power to fine its players without discussing it and then earning consent from the union. In the regular season, players were warned once after a first-time offense before being charged $5,000, $10,000, $15,000 and then $30,000 for follow-up offenses. Nineteen NBA players were given warnings during the year, and five players received the initial fines. There were stricter rules without warnings during the playoffs, and eight players earned $5,000 fines in the postseason. The NBA and NBAPA could resolve the issue between themselves to avoid the need for arbitration, and Berger reports discussions are ongoing. Outgoing NBA commissioner David Stern said he was happy with how the anti-flopping rules worked to combat a growing league-wide problem.

NBA approves Hornets name returning to Charlotte

LAS VEGAS—Charlotte is the home of the Hornets once again.

The NBA unanimously approved Charlotte’s nickname change from Bobcats to Hornets on Thursday at the league’s Board of Governors meeting. The original Hornets built a supportive fan base in Charlotte from the time they entered the league in 1988 until they moved to New Orleans in 2002.

But the new owners in New Orleans have changed the team’s name to the Pelicans. That opened the door for owner Michael Jordan to bring the Hornets name back to Charlotte. The change will take place after the 2013-14 season.

“We’re thrilled to bring back the Hornets to Charlotte and the Carolinas,” Jordan said in a statement issued by the team. “The passion and enthusiasm around this name change by fans in this market has been unmatched. They overwhelmingly told us what they wanted, we listened and we couldn’t be happier with the Board of Governors’ approval of the name change. With the young team we are developing on the court, the direction of our business and the return of the Hornets name, we are extremely excited about our future. The buzz is back!”

The city, and the franchise, has been looking for a fresh start. The Hornets were a ticket-selling powerhouse for years, leading the league in attendance eight times and selling out 364 straight games in their turquoise, white and purple uniforms. The city bonded with a charismatic team that included such as stars Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson and fan favorite Muggsy Bogues.

But the franchise fell on hard times under previous owner George Shinn, who took to the team, and the Hornets name, to New Orleans. The NBA brought an expansion team back to Charlotte two years later, a team nicknamed the Bobcats in part due to founding owner Bob Johnson’s name.

The brand never resonated with the people the way the Hornets did, in large part because the team only has had one winning season and one playoff appearance in its first nine years of existence. The Bobcats, with their nondescript orange and grey color scheme, won just seven games two years ago and only 21 last season. So they are hoping the energy brought by the name change, even if it will take another year to set in, will somehow help galvanize a young team.

“We want to reach back and grab some of that equity that the Hornets earned in our community,” Charlotte COO Fred Whitfield said. “They did a lot of great things off the court. They were involved in the community. They became very accessible to the Charlotte fans and citizens of Charlotte. We want to reach back and grab some heritage and use it as we move forward to build a brand with our young team that continues to improve.”

The Bobcats’ website hailed the return of “Buzz City” and team officials said 2,000 season-ticket holders turned out at a downtown party that turned into a celebration of the name change. Bogues and other former Hornets including Rex Chapman, Kelly Tripucka, Dell Curry and Kendall Gill attended as well.

Commissioner David Stern said that he had heard pleas from Charlotte basketball fans for years to give them back the Hornets nickname, and he initially brushed those aside with a “get over it” view of the complaining. In time, however, he came to understand how important the name was to the community.

“It stayed there, bubbling below the surface, and there is something to it,” Stern said. “I think that the team is going to receive support from fans who think that this is a step in the direction that the fans have been asking for, and this is an attempt to both satisfy the fans and its accompanied by a kind of very specific market research that allows the Hornets to say, yes, this is what the market is asking for and they’re very much serving their market by making this change.”

The board also gave final approval to several rules changes, most notably expanding instant replay in the final two minutes to help officials with the block/charge call, perhaps the most difficult judgment in the game. If an official reviews a play to see if a defender’s feet were in the restricted area or not on a block/charge, the official can now also review whether the defender’s feet were set for a charge or if his body was still moving for a blocking foul.

“You always try to level the playing field and basically get it right,” said Kiki Vandeweghe, the league’s new vice president of basketball operations. “That’s the main focus is getting calls right.”

Officials now will also be able to review whether an off-the-ball foul occurred before or after a player started his shooting motion on a made shot, or before or after an inbounds pass. And during any review, the referees will also be able to now decide if any unsportsmanlike or “unnecessary” acts, including flagrant fouls, merit further punishment.

Two rules changes were adopted as well:

—It will no longer be a clear path foul if the defender gets ahead of the offensive player in the frontcourt before the foul is committed.

—If a player on offense stands out of bounds on purpose to create more spacing for his teammates, the offensive team will lose possession of the ball.

Beat Warriors, Champion ABL Beermen

Jakarta – San Miguel Beermen came out as the champion of ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) 2013. They make sure the title after win over Indonesia Warriors 70-55 in the third game.

In a match in Mahaka Square, Wednesday (06/12/2013) night local time, Beermen already winning since the first quarter. They closed the quarter with a 14-10 advantage over the Warriors.

In the second quarter, the Warriors had time to catch up and just left half a 20-21 ball in position. But this quarter remain the property Beermen with a score of 33-27.

Beermen getting away in the third quarter and was ahead 11 points at 53-42 position. Beermen then closes the quarter with a 53-43 advantage.

Beermen advantages persist in the fourth quarter and 17 points in their winning positions 65-48. Beermen were kept going and won 70-55.

With the victory in the third game, the ABL Beermen juar clinched with a 3-0 aggregate advantage over the Warriors in the final best of five format. In the two previous games were played at home, the Beermen also recorded victories.

Pauliasi Taulava became the best performers of the Beermen had 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. While the Warriors camp, Mario Wuysang so it’s best with 21 points and 3 rebounds.

For the Beermen, this is their first ABL title. As for the Warriors, this defeat means the failure to defend the title in the 2012 season earned last.

NBA reimburses Thunder millions for Kevin Durant’s extension

The NBA’s Board of Governors voted Thursday to reimburse the Oklahoma City Thunder “several million” dollars for an issue regarding the contract of All-Star forward Kevin Durant, Zach Lowe of Grantland reports. Durant signed a five-year, maximum-value extension in the summer of 2010, before the ratification of the newest Collective Bargaining Agreement in 2011. The new CBA sets guidelines for what Lowe calls “super-max” deals. According to Larry Coon’s NBA salary cap FAQ, players can qualify for a super-max contract — which pays them 30 percent of the salary cap — if they meet any of the following criteria: Named to the All-NBA First, Second or Third team at least twice Voted as a starter in the All-Star game at least twice Named the NBA Most Valuable Player at least once Because Durant met those criteria when he signed the contract, the ratification of the new CBA put Oklahoma City on the hook for more money than it was anticipating; the Thunder could not have known the provisions of the new CBA when they inked Durant to his extension. Thursday’s vote, which Lowe says was not unanimous, reimburses the Thunder the difference between what they thought they would owe Durant and what they actually will owe him, under the terms of the CBA. This difference, according to Royce Young of CBS Sports, is “roughly $15 million.” At this point, it’s unclear if the Thunder will also have Durant’s extra salary removed from their cap space, but at the very least the development gives OKC some extra money to play around should ownership be willing to pay the luxury tax.

It has been 20 NBA Big Names Visit Indonesia

JAKARTA – A total of 20 big name in the NBA record ever visited Indonesia.
Finally, two NBA legends, Horace Grant and Rafer Alston Indonesia helped enliven the mat NBL All Star 2013 in the DBL Arena, Surabaya, Saturday (06/29/2013).
Horace Grant who had been crisscrossing the NBA with the Chicago Bulls, Orlando Magic and LA Lakers will be joined in the Red team coached by Anthony Rinaldo Ferry Sinaga (Kukar Garuda Bandung) and Aprijadi (Hangtuah South Sumatra).
While Rafer Alston who had shot to fame as Houston Rockets point guard will be joined with the Blue team coached Rastafari Horongbala (Dell Aspac Jakarta) and Abdurrahman Padang (Stadium Jakarta).
Before Grant and Alston, already there are 18 other big names who ever brought by DBL Indonesia. Indiana Pacers player, Danny Granger is the first name that was imported by DBL. When it comes Granger in 2008 to participate in the NBA Basketball Clinic.
Special for Indonesian NBL All-Star, DBL Indonesia has since 2012 invited the big name NBA to come into play. Point guard action-packed magical assists, Jason Williams came with Ricky Pierce, Vin Baker, and Duane Causwell.