First Cup: Monday
September, 10, 2012
By Nick Borges
- Brian T. Smith of The Salt Lake Tribune: Jazz center Enes Kanter began one-on-one workouts Monday with former NBA All-Star small forward Kiki Vandeweghe in Los Angeles. Kanter is scheduled to spend two weeks working out with Vandeweghe. Daily individual sessions are broken up by weight training, five-on-five games and shooting drills. After a two-week run with Vandeweghe, Kanter will return to Salt Lake City by Sept. 17. He'll engage in one-on-one workouts with Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin in preparation for training camp for the 2012-13 season. Kanter's work with Vandeweghe marks the first time the No. 3 overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft has been individually trained by a specific big-man coach since he entered the league. He previously engaged in workouts with Chicago-based trainer Tim Grover, and spent the 2011-12 season working with Jazz player development coach Michael Sanders, who was promoted Thursday to assistant coach.
- Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel: In the wake of a season where he felt his jumper got away from him, Dwyane Wade said upon further review it was not as much about how he was shooting the ball as how he was going through that motion. Now, with training camp three weeks away, he believes he has a grasp on the situation. I have one of the best mid-range shots in the league," he said. "But, obviously, when you have different injuries, it makes you change a little bit. So it's just about getting back to that comfort of it and finding out where you are now. My midrange game is very important to me. The biggest thing is coming out of my pull-up without losing the ball and just making sure it comes through my hand the right way. When it comes to my shot exactly, I don't have a bad shot. There's other reasons why I come up short a lot. So it's just trying to work the kinks out." Wade said he now has a shooting coach lined up. But what he doesn't have, at least at the moment, are his legs, having only recently returned to court work following his July 9 arthroscopic knee surgery.
- Keldy Ortiz Special to Newsday: The 6-11, 235-pound Camby, 38, who spent four seasons as a Knick early in his 16-year career and has played for six NBA teams, was in attendance to open the new facility. He spoke about being back in the city he once called home and is looking forward to having a long season. "I feel we have a team assembled that can definitely make a long playoff push," the Hartford native said. "I'm excited about helping out this team in whatever capacity I can." ... One of Camby's roles will be backing up Tyson Chandler and Amar'e Stoudemire. In preparation for that, he met with Knicks coach Mike Woodson and Stoudemire, who was working out with Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon in Houston. "Me, [Stoudemire] and Coach went out to dinner," Camby said. "We talked about a lot of things, just trying to get that continuity together."
- Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun: Toronto’s final roster spot is about to be filled. Free agent small forward Dominic McGuire and the Raptors are putting the finishing details on a deal. The 6-foot-9 forward is a strong defender and rebounder, but has a non-existent offensive game. McGuire played 64 games for Golden State last season, averaging 3.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 17.6 minutes per game. He will likely backup Landry Fields and help replace James Johnson, who was dealt to Sacramento, one of the five teams McGuire has played for since being selected by Washington in the second round back in 2007. ... The Raptors had planned to extend Toronto-born centre Jamaal Magloire a partially guaranteed training camp offer, but adding a wing player with the 15th and final available roster spot made more sense considering Toronto’s depth up front.
- Fred Kerber of the New York Post: The Andray Blatche to the Nets’ move, a sensible and logical act, is expected to happen. It’s just going to take a little longer than it previously appeared. Blatche, the talented 6-11 power forward who was amnestied by the Wizards, has other business that needs to be addressed first before he could or would make any official agreement, explained his agent, Andy Miller, who still sees the 9.9-point career scorer as a good fit for the Nets. Blatche likely will agree sometime this week to report to the Nets -- there are options, but every indication says Brooklyn. Previously, it appeared he might have signed as early as last week. League sources have maintained for some time that Blatche eventually would end up with Brooklyn, going to Nets’ camp with a non-guaranteed deal.
- Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald: Chris Bosh is adding bulk (six pounds of lean muscle) to prepare for the rigors of playing a full season at center.... The Heat is still giving thought about whether to sign former Knicks centerJosh Harrellson, who worked out for them the past week.... Knicks center Marcus Camby told Newday that even though he considered the Heat this summer, "I knew it would have been very hard for me to put on that Miami Heat uniform, especially with all the battles we used to have back in the days with [Allan] Houston and those guys."
- Marc Berman of the New York Post: Though Dolan has no desire to have Thomas fill Scott O’Neil’s job as Madison Square Garden sports president because it is a marketing position, the Knicks owner summoned Thomas on short notice. O’Neil was a staunch opponent of rehiring Thomas, feeling it was not good for the Knicks brand. The Knicks declined comment on the meeting other than to offer it should not be construed as significant that Dolan and Thomas, who have maintained a friendship, had a business meeting. With an eventful summer filled with a series of roster additions, Dolan may well have wanted to pick Thomas’ brain on his new team. Certainly they weren’t discussing opening a new sports bar “Isiah & Jimmy’s.’’ Whether Dolan will rehire Thomas for the third time in an official and visible consultant capacity is unclear. Dolan hired Thomas as a part-time consultant two years ago when he was coaching Florida International before commissioner David Stern blocked the move, citing a conflict of interest.
- Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press: It would be an understatement to say the fans are sour on Charlie Villanueva. The relationship reached its low point when a mysterious ankle injury caused Villanueva to miss a sizable portion of last season. He was buried on the bench when he became available. So he has to earn the trust of coach Lawrence Frank. But the seven-year pro can still shoot, and it wouldn't be a stretch to see him regain considerable playing time.
- Mary Schmitt Boyer of The Plain Dealer: Q: In one of the last telecasts last season while Dan Gilbert was on the air with Fred McLeod and Austin Carr, he mentioned the Cavs were trying to get approval from the league to wear yellow home uniforms starting this upcoming season. Is that still happening? A: Yes. The Cavs will wear gold/yellow alternate home uniforms for many games this coming season, in addition to the traditional white. They will be releasing the new gold uniform design soon.
- Michael Clancy of The Arizona Republic: The Phoenix Suns have a job opening, and landing it will be harder than actually making the team. After all, the roster has room for 13 players. There is only one Suns Gorilla. The responsibilities and qualifications are extensive: The ideal candidate needs to have a college degree and two years' experience in a similar job, the ability to work with children and adults, some computer savvy and a level of fitness that goes well beyond what most people can achieve. Broken legs, separated shoulders and pulled hamstrings? Threats, insults, even assaults? All part of the job. But so is the happiness on the face of a sick child who is getting a visit from the big ape. Former Gorilla Devin Nelson said interacting with children was one reason he stayed around for six years, but the time had come to move on. He shared Gorilla duties with another man, Bob Woolf, during that time. The Gorilla job was posted on the National Basketball Association's website recently. But it's not a position for the average business-school graduate. The list of responsibilities has 12 items, from entertaining at games to developing new routines to maintaining the website, Facebook page and Twitter account. Not to mention the more than 300 personal appearances a year.