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Poll: Which New York City Basketball team is in more trouble, the Knicks or Nets?

December 27, 2013

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New Yorkers including myself are finding it hard to watch NBA games because the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets have been playing bad basketball the first two months. So I ask you the question, Which New York City Basketball team is in more trouble, the Knicks or Nets? Love to get some feedback from the fans.

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Former Marquette Guard Trent Lockett signs with Sacramento Kings

September 3, 2013
(Hector Amezcua / hamezcua@sacbee.com)

(Hector Amezcua / hamezcua@sacbee.com)

The Sacramento Kings have signed undrafted rookie free agent guard Trent Lockett to a contract after playing for them during the Las Vegas Summer League.

Lockett averaged seven points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.8 assists during his senior year at Marquette and during his time with the Kings Vegas Summer League team, he averaged seven points, 1.6 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in five games.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed and many sources believe this is just a training camp invite.  With Lockett’s signing, the Kings are currently at 15 roster spots, but they can add more for training camp.

Here is a video from MUTV Sports on the former Golden Eagle guard…

Former Marquette standout Dwight Buycks signs NBA Deal with the Toronto Raptors

July 12, 2013

Good news coming out of the NBA Summer League in Orlando for Marquette Basketball fans.

According to Darnell Mayberry, the Toronto Raptors offered their backup point guard duties to Dwight Buycks, who more than happily accepted:

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Undrafted out of Marquette in 2011, Buycks was voted as the top AAU player in Wisconsin during his senior season in high school. He then attended junior college at Indian Hills before coming to Milwaukee in 2009.

After his playing days as a Golden Eagle, Buycks has played in the NBDL along with the French and Belgium leagues. He was named to the D-League’s all first rookie team.

Currently playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Orlando Summer League for the second straight year, the six foot three combo guard is scheduled to participate in the Las Vegas Summer League.

In 2012, Buycks averaged 15.1 points, 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals on 49.7 percent shooting during his stint in the D-League.

After watching Dwight Buycks during my time at Marquette I knew that he had the potential to get the call from an NBA Team. I didn’t think he was Welsey Matthews or Jimmy Butler good, but I knew with time and a lot of work he would get a call. What stands out about his play is the tough man to man defense, deep shooting range, and non-stop effort. Going under new leadership and a new regime in Toronto, I think backing up Kyle Lowry will be a good thing for him and he can grow as a ball handler and a passer. I love seeing more Golden Eagles in the NBA and you can now add Mr. Buycks to the list in 2013…

Photo of the Day: “The Block”

June 10, 2013
(Derick E. Hingle - USA TODAY Sports)

(Derick E. Hingle – USA TODAY Sports)

…First of all, O.M.G. Second of all, this is what makes Lebron the best player in the world. Finally, I am sorry Tiago Splitter that this happened to you. If you watch the replay over and over again, the timing is what makes this block so amazing. Working with Hakeem Olajuwon in the off season has really paid off for #6 on both ends of the floor. Lebron is a six foot eight monster and plays so aggressive that he can make big plays occur at any moment. Expect more of this throughout the NBA Finals…

David Stern goes off on Jim Rome for no reason over draft pick question

June 13, 2012

I had to post this story to you fans because this story is hilarious but also goes beyond the game and into reporting. Take a look at what NBA commissioner David Stern said to Jim Rome on his show today.

Via ESPN:

“I know that you appreciate a good conspiracy theory as much as the next guy, was the fix in for the lottery?” asked Rome, who hosts a daily show on CBS Sports Network.

“I have two answers for that,” Stern said. “The simple easy one, no, the second, a statement, shame on you for asking.”

Rome went on to say that he thought it was his job to ask because people wonder.

“No, it’s ridiculous, but that’s OK,” Stern said.

Rome, who used to host the show “Jim Rome is Burning” on ESPN, said he didn’t think the question was ridiculous.

Stern responded: “Have you stopped beating your wife yet?”

Since Rome has no history of spousal abuse, it appears that the commissioner was using a traditional loaded question as a tool to make his point: that the question itself, in this case about the lottery, presumes guilt.

Rome responded: “I don’t think that’s fair.”

After a little more back and forth, Rome said he hoped Stern wouldn’t hold the question against him.

“I wouldn’t hold it against you,” Stern said. “You and I have been in more contentious talks that that. But it’s good copy. You do these things for cheap thrills.”

Rome took offense to that statement, and Stern changed his characterization.

“Cheap trick,” he said. “You’ve been successful in making a career of it, and I keep coming on.”

That prompted a flurry of exchanges:

Rome: “Making a career of it? Making a career of what? What? Cheap thrills?”

Stern: “Now you’re getting mad. You’re taking on the world and now Jim Rome is pouting.”

Rome: “I’m not pouting, I’m taking offense.”

Stern: “You want to hang up on me?”

Rome: “No, I’m seriously running out of time.”

Stern: “Listen, I gotta go call somebody important like Stephen A. Smith back. He’s next.”

Rome: “OK, you go make that call and I’ll go talk to somebody else too I guess. Have a nice day. I did not hang up on him, we are officially out of time.”

This is a case of good reporting by Jim Rome and just utter foolishness by the commissioner David Stern. Honestly, I agree with Rome on his question and told my brothers the other week that the reason the New Orleans Hornets got the number one pick in the draft this season was because David Stern is part the owner and he thinks that the Hornets can be just as big as the Saints. He loved how the Final Four was a big thing in New Orleans and now he wants them to become a dynasty. I don’t blame him after the whole Chris Paul saga and the drop of the franchise the past few years but to lash out on Jim Rome was wrong. He didn’t mean to attack David Stern and also he wants the community to know the reason. It’s good reporting and Jim Rome did a good job. Shame on you David Stern, you should know better on how to deal with the media…

Marquette’s DJO is perfect fit for “defensive” New York Knicks

May 25, 2012

Via Zagsblog:

Darius Johnson-Odom says he knows what the Knicks need.

The former Marquette star worked out for the team on Thursday and said he was more concerned with bringing intensity on the defensive end than with showing his offensive skills to head coach Mike Woodson and company.

“I know what the Knicks need so I came with a defensive mindset,” DJO told SNY.tv. “With Iman [Shumpert] being out, with Baron [Davis] being out, with them being low on guards, I know if can just get in and play hard for six or seven minutes defensive-wise then that’s all I need to do.”

A natural two guard, DJO averaged 18.5 points and 3.5 rebounds last season for a Marquette team went 27-8 overall, 14-4 in the Big East and lost to Florida in the Sweet 16.

With Shumpert sidelined until December or January with a torn ACL, DJO is hoping the Knicks might use their No. 48 pick on him with the idea that he might be a similar kind of physical, defensive-stopper on the wing. DraftExpress.com calls him the No. 47 prospect in the Top 100 this year.

The Knicks enjoyed great success this season with another Marquette product when Steve Novak led the NBA in 3-point efficiency. Still another Marquette product, Dwyane Wade, went off for 41 points when the Miami Heat ousted the Indiana Pacers in Game 6 of their series Thursday night.

The Knicks have auditioned a slew of point guards this week, including Tu Holloway (Xavier), Scoop Jardine (Syracuse) and Scott Machado (Iona).

“[Shumpert] is a little bit taller than me,” said the 6-2 DJO. “I think we do have athletic ability, the effort he plays on defense. That’s all I can give you.

“I can give you a couple points here but whatever I have to do to help the team  that’s what I’m wiling to do. I feel like defense is something that the Knicks will need here with Iman being out.”

DJO has already worked out for the Philadelphia 76ers and at the Nets free-agent combine and still plans to attend the Minnesota Timberwolves combine, a workout with the Detroit Pistons and the Chicago Pre-Draft combine before other individual workouts.

DJO remains in constant touch with Marquette coach Buzz Williams for support.

“He always texts me, ‘Did you guard anybody today?’” DJO said. “And I always tell him, ‘Just a little bit,’ knowing I did a little bit better than ‘just a little bit.’ That’s one of the things coach Buzz is always pushing me to be, a defensive player with my athletic ability and my strength and my speed. I should be a top defensive player.”

Knowing DJO for three years I have to say this guy has been a sleeper his whole life. I remember when he got hurt when he got to campus and had to sit out Marquette madness and a few games. Then when he arrived, he brought the madness to campus. This guy is a complete player and if you need a defensive stop or a big shot, put the ball in #1 hands. He also is a perfect teammate. When I interviewed him, all he cared about was winning and only wanted to get better each game. That would be a coaches dream! As a Knicks fan, I would be praying for Darius to get drafted by this team. Not only could he play point but he can hit shots and get to the basket and take it to the rack with authority. The Knicks have been missing that over the past few years and if they want to hit it big with a draft pick, take the tough-minded and clutch Darius Johnson-Odom with that #48 pick…

Photo of the Week: Tebow and Wade get booed

April 16, 2012

Their faces are priceless in this photo. It all makes sense why they got booed because Wade is on the rival Heat (who just beat the Knicks that day) and Tebow beat the Jets this season in Denver using his famous “Tebow Time.” The thing I am wondering is are they really Yankee fans?  If they are, then good for them but like most athletes in sports, the Yankee cap is just a symbol for champion. So does Tebow think he is a champion? Because Wade has got himself a ring already…