Archive for September 2011

Rashad McCants in talks with Chinese club

Rashad McCants in talks with Chinese club
NBA free-agent guard Rashad McCants is in serious talks with an unnamed Chinese team, his agent, Bernie Lee, confirmed Thursday afternoon. The two sides could reach an agreement within the next 24 hours, a source close to the talks said. McCants averaged 10 points per game and shot 36.8 percent from the three-point line in... Read more »

Optimism stems from short labor meeting

The NBA owners and players union started an important round of negotiations Tuesday in Manhattan, with hopes of salvaging the entire 2011-12 NBA season, scheduled to begin Nov. 1, hanging in the balance. Although a deal wasn’t reached during the two-hour bargaining session, both sides said it was best to spend time discussing among themselves... Read more »

Brian Scalabrine signs with Benetton Treviso

Following a five-week training camp with Italy’s Benetton Treviso, Bulls free-agent forward Brian Scalabrine has inked a deal with the club for the upcoming season, according to the team’s website. His deal reportedly does not include an opt-out clause that would allow him to return to the NBA if the league-imposed lockout ends. “My expectations... Read more »

Bulls Notes: Joakim Noah, France lose to Spain in EuroBasket title game

Bulls center Joakim Noah ended his first international competition in defeat as his French national team lost on Sunday, 98-85, to Spain in the EuroBasket 2011 gold medal game. Both teams had already qualified for the 2012 London Olympics by advancing to the tournament’s title game. Noah, who fouled out late in the contest, posted... Read more »

Joakim Noah, France clinch Olympic berth

The French advanced to the EuroBasket 2011 championship game and punched their ticket into the 2012 London Olympics after a 79-71 victory over Russia in the semifinals on Friday. By defeating Macedonia 82-70 earlier in the day, Spain also qualifed for the tournament’s title game and the Olympics. Coming off a 1-for-8 shooting performance Thursday... Read more »

Joakim Noah struggles as France advances to EuroBasket semifinals

Joakim Noah’s French team advanced to the EuroBasket 2011 semifinals following a 64-56 victory over Greece on Thursday. In 27 minutes of action, he recorded five points and eight rebounds. Once again, San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker led France with 18 points. Although Noah — who missed France’s last game due to a calf... Read more »

Omer Asik, Turkey fail to qualify for 2012 Olympics

Following a second place (to Team USA) finish in the 2010 FIBA World Championships, the Turkish national team had lofty expectations coming into EuroBasket 2011, the qualifying tournament for the 2012 London Olympics. Their high hopes were shattered Sunday in a 68-67 loss to Serbia. Turkey, which fell to 1-4 in second-round action, needed a... Read more »

Exceptions to CBA ruling possible

Denver Nuggets swingman Wilson Chandler made a risky decision last week, becoming the second NBA free-agent, joining Orlando’s Earl Clark, to sign with Zhejiang Guangsha of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday that Nuggets free-agent guard J.R. Smith is nearing an agreement on the richest contract in CBA history. While the... Read more »

Bulls wrap-up preliminary round of EuroBasket

The NBA owners and players union will reportedly meet again this week in New York for just the third time since the lockout began. Following last week’s six-hour bargaining session, both sides spoke of an increased level of urgency. “It’s very obvious that coming out of the lockout being July 1 and into this part... Read more »