Silicon Valley Mercury News: Andrew Bogut collected 18 rebounds in Golden State’s overtime win yesterday. Not only is he leading the NBA’s postseason (despite ranking 25th in minutes played), but his 118 rebounds gives him a full 21-rebound lead over second-place (Joakim Noah has 97).
Bogut was slowed after picking up a bunch of first-half fouls for moving screens in the high pick-and-roll, but once he got into the flow of the game in the second half, he made all the difference. His defense frustrated Tim Duncan into a 2-for-12 shooting performance in the second half and overtime.
“He’s a great defender, he’s a great rebounder, he’s a great rim protector. We were missing him,” (Mark) Jackson said. “But he’s played lights out, and he certainly has elevated his game in the postseason.”
Regardless of how Monta Ellis performed after the trade, it was silly to trade Bogut for Ellis. Bogut was a number-one overall pick, a rare gem of a defensive center in a league with few. Ellis was a scoring guard in a league full of scoring guards. Of course, Bogut asked to be traded.
But saying ‘no’ was a viable option, no?
The Bear Insider: Luc Mbah a Moute helped his brother, Roger Moute a Bidias, choose California from among several basketball scholarship offers. Moute a Bidias, on picking Cal’s Golden Bears:
“I just went with my heart and my family was with me on that, too, so that’s why I made the decision.
“My brother did a lot of research and made a lot of calls to kind of back up the way I felt and he and the family feel like it will be a good place for me, too.
“We both feel like it’s a place where I could really evolve as a player and as a person and I’m looking forward to it.”
The 6’7″, 190 lb. forward picked from a list of schools including Marquette, Cal, Iona, Valparaiso, and George Washington. When asked about the prospect of bulking up in college,
“I hope to be bigger than my brother. You always hope to pass your your brother. I hope one day I can talk a little smack to him if I pass him up,” said Moute a Bidias, with a chuckle.
CBSSports.com: Remember when Vivek Ranadive swayed the NBA’s committee on relocation by agreeing to forgo an luxury tax payments in an attempt to keep the Kings in Sacramento? The tactic paid off as the group voted to recommend Sacramento unanimously. But now Chris Hansen, chair of Seattle’s group, upped the ante in a desperate attempt to get the NBA’s owners to reconsider when they meet to vote on May 15.
The Hansen-Ballmer agreement to purchase 65 percent of the team from the Maloofs would now be based on a valuation of $550 million, an increase of $25 million. Now, Hansen has sweetened the pot again — increasing the franchise valuation by another $75 million as part of a backup plan to buy 20 percent of the team from the Maloofs if owners formally reject relocation on Wednesday in Dallas.
Oh, and as part of this backup plan, owners are being offered a relocation fee of $115 million — approximately $4 million per owner — in a nearly four-fold increase of the $30 million fee that owners received when the SuperSonics moved from Seattle to Oklahoma City in 2008, league sources confirmed to CBSSports.com on Sunday.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: The Bucks interviewed Houston assistant coach J.B. Bickerstaff on Friday. In his nine seasons as an assistant coach, his teams have averaged 26 wins per season. Forgive me for being skeptical about an assistant whose teams have won 32% of their games over the course of nine seasons. Or for having questions about whether a younger assistant — one who got his first job from his dad as a 25-year-old — can be the strong locker room presence reportedly coveted by the Bucks.