Heard It Through the Grapevine

Posted by Rob Mahoney on July 3, 2009 under xOther | Read the First Comment

  • Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman, via TrueHoop: “On the day Gerald Green was given a blank page to write the next chapter of his career, he took one of sports most used idioms to a new level in describing his eagerness to prove he belongs in the NBA. ‘I’m so hungry I could eat this phone,’ Green said during a telephone interview Wednesday, the day he became an unrestricted free agent…’It’s been a roller-coaster,’ said Green about the start to his career. ‘It’s gone up and down and in circles. But I don’t ever give up.’ It’s low-risk, high-reward players like Green that Thunder general manager Sam Presti has become known for targeting. Green turned only 23 in January and figures to be four years from entering into the prime of his career. For now, he’s seemingly a cost-effective option that potentially could provide Oklahoma City with another perimeter shooter and rangy defender on the wing…Gym rats like Dirk Nowitzki and Yao Ming, Green said, taught him the value of hard work. And with the help of former Mavs assistant coach Mario Elie, now with Sacramento, Green said he’s blossoming into more than just an athlete and has developed a better understanding of fundamentals and basketball concepts. Elie has worked on Green’s footwork and got him studying more film during his free time. When asked what areas of his game he’s seeking to improve this summer, Green responded, ‘Everything, but really I want to be that defender that I know I can be.’ It’s a desire that could raise some eyebrows in the defensive-minded Thunder’s front office.”  “Rangy defender” is definitely one way to put it.
  • Ben Q. Rock of Third Quarter Collapse reviews Marcin Gortat’s season, and give some pretty heavy praise.
  • Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, via Ball Don’t Lie: “Looking to address the Charlotte Bobcats’ need for a backup power forward, general manager Rod Higgins has contacted agents for Antonio McDyess and Brandon Bass…Higgins said both discussions were preliminary, but he made it clear either one could fill a hole on the depth chart. ‘You look at our roster, and he makes a lot of sense,’ Higgins said of 6-foot-8 Bass, who played a total of four NBA seasons with the Hornets and Mavericks. ‘But he’s going to have options, too.’”
  • A case against re-signing Jason Kidd, but one that essentially boils down to “OMG 2010!”  I don’t see the cap numbers being there, Kidd or no Kidd, for the Mavs to make a run at a max contract free agent.  Regardless, any cap space the Mavs have or don’t have will likely hinge on Josh Howard’s team option for that season.  It’s also worth noting that letting Kidd bolt this summer would likely turn into a disastrous campaign, which puts another feather in the cap of the Nets.  The Nets have the Mavs’ draft pick in the 2010 draft, and a regular season failure only makes the Kidd-Harris trade look that much more foolish.
  • Kidd ranked as the 19th highest-paid American athlete, while Dirk ranked 16th among his international peers. (via TrueHoop)
  • Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni’s thoughts on Jason Kidd, via Alan Hahn of The Knicks Fix: “There’ll always be that talk. I thought he had a great year this year. I though he played well. I think he was shooting better than he ever has. So there are a lot of parts of his game that are getting better . . . I think he’s got another two or three years left in him at the highest level…At least. Stockton went until his was 40-something. Athletes today, there’s a little bit of change and they can contribute in a lot of ways another four, five years. I don’t think you ever know and at some point it’s going to catch up with you, but he’ll always be important for what he does with a team for a few more years to come, for sure…I was always asked the same thing when we got Steve Nash at 32, does he have anything left? They have it left. They keep themselves in shape. Life has changed a little. And it’s up here (points to his head). If you have it up here, you can go. He’s still excited and hopefully a new challenge will help him to achieve more. Hopefully.”
  • http://www.bign.com/cagabel Cynthia

    Keeping my fingers crossed here and hoping the basketball gods shine down on the Mavs that Orlando doesn’t match the offer….Gortat would be an EXCELLENT pick up for the MAVS! He’s athletic, works hard, can run, plays EXCELLENT D, great rebounder, blocks shots, shoots pretty well and is INFINITELY better than Damp. Plus he’s young and comes cheaper than Damp. With starters minutes Gortat’s potential (imop) is unlimited. With Damp, what ya see is what ya get. This IS no more ‘up’ with Damp. Here’s hoping that Gortat is wearing a MAVS jersey on July 8th.