Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin may not return this season as he deals with a left knee injury.
Martin has described his chances of playing in any of Denver’s remaining seven regular-season games as “dim.”
He missed his 14th consecutive game when the Nuggets lost to the Mavericks on Monday night. He has been undergoing platelet-rich plasma therapy, which involves injecting his blood into his knee to help spur tendon recovery.
“Realistically, I might not be able to play this year. … I might not be able to play the rest of the year,” Martin told Yahoo! Sports.
Kobe Bryant can become combustible when he sees teammates standing around.
Bryant was not happy at the end of that game, punching a chair during a timeout with 38.1 seconds left as the Lakers fell to 2-2 on a five-game trip that ends Wednesday night in Atlanta.
On Tuesday, Bryant started the interview by dryly saying he was in a “very jovial” mood Monday night. Then he said why he was so angry.
“It’s important for me to put my foot on the gas and have in our mind’s eye the kind of urgency that we need to play with in order to defend [the championship],” Bryant told NBA TV host Ernie Johnson and analysts Kevin McHale and Chris Webber.
Josh Childress, who is currently playing with Olympiacos in Greece, remains interested in a possible return to the NBA.
Childress can opt out of his contract with Olympiacos after this season and would be a restricted free agent with Atlanta.
He could also sign a qualifying offer with the Hawks for one year and become a free agent in 2011, or ink a multiyear deal with the club.
Score a round for Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade in his legal battle with former partners in a failed restaurant venture.
A federal judge has dismissed a $90 million lawsuit claiming that Wade violated antitrust laws by walking away from the D. Wade’s Place enterprise.
Wade’s former partners contended Wade sought to monopolize sales of memorabilia and personalized items. The judge rejected that, noting that consumers can buy merchandise featuring other NBA stars and celebrities.
Jeff Van Gundy
It is no secret the New Jersey Nets could get a complete overhaul before next season. A new owner is on the way. A new arena has broken ground.
They have a 25-percent chance of landing the top pick in the draft (John Wall?), and they have reserved a lot of salary-cap space for some top free agents.
And now, it seems the team has set its sights on a new coach: Jeff Van Gundy.
Sources say Mikhail Prokhorov plans to give president Rod Thorn an extension (with a pay cut) to help groom a successor and find a new coach. The chance of landing the top choice, Van Gundy, has improved with Thorn staying.
Oklahoma City Thunder announced today that the team has signed guard Mustafa Shakur. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Shakur, who was originally signed to a 10-day contract by the Thunder on March 16, is a free agent call-up from the Tulsa 66ers, NBA Development League affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
During his first stint with Oklahoma City Shakur did not see action in five games.
Since his return to Tulsa, Shakur has appeared in three games and helped lead the 66ers to a 2-1 record.
Jazz forward Carlos Boozer did not shoot down the possibility of signing with the Knicks as a free agent this summer.
Boozer, who appeared to be done in Utah heading into the season, has expressed his desire to re-sign with the Jazz as well.
“I love D’Antoni, he’s the dope,” Boozer said of New York’s coach.
“Spending time with him in the Olympics, his offensive mindset is unbelievable. He’s got the best plays I’ve ever been around — on a whim. It’s like rappers when they come out on the top of the dome with quotes. He’s got plays in the back of his head with plays for that moment.”
Numbers suggest that Toronto Raptors forward Chris Bosh is no longer giving full effort for the team.
So when Bosh’s team needs him the most — in their current struggle to hold onto the eighth, and final, playoff spot in the East, the star’s production is falling off.
Bosh is also getting to the charity stripe three times less per game in March than the rest of the year — it is this apparent lack of aggression that is leading some pundits to accuse Bosh of bailing on the Raptors.
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have signed guard/forward Alonzo Gee from the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
The 6-6, 220 lbs. Gee had previously been playing with the Washington Wizards where he signed his first of two 10-day contracts on 3/7.
In 11 games -including two starts- with Washington he averaged 7.4 points and 2.9 rebounds in 16.5 minutes.
The Kings waived forward Joey Dorsey on Monday.
Sacramento acquired Dorsey on Feb. 18 in the three-team deal with Houston and New York that brought Carl Landry to the Kings.
He averaged 1.5 points and 2.3 rebounds in eight games.