Posts Tagged ‘Prince’

Report: Grizzlies get Green from Celtics

VIDEO: Jeff Green scores 32 points in Dec. 3 win over Pistons

While the Celtics continue the complete rebuilding effort that they hope will deliver the 18th NBA championship somewhere down the line, the Grizzlies are reportedly turning up the heat in pursuit of their first in franchise history.

Marc Stein of ESPN first reported that Memphis will trade veteran Tayshaun Prince’s expiring $7.7 million contract and future first round draft pick to Boston for forward Jeff Green.

It is possible, sources say, that Boston and Memphis will recruit a third team to join the final trade construction, but one source told that the trade will “most likely” happen with or without a third team.

Green was scheduled to start for Boston at Indiana but did not take the floor with his teammates and was ultimately pulled from the starting lineup and replaced by Jae Crowder.

Prince, meanwhile, was informed of the looming trade by Memphis officials but is expected to play for the Grizzlies in their Friday night game at New Orleans, which would pose no real issues for the Celtics because they’re essentially taking him back for Green because he possesses an expiring contract.

After starting out the season a sizzling 21-4 and zooming to challenge Golden State at the top of the Western Conference standings, the Grizzlies have hit a skid recently with Zach Randolph sidelined by injured and lost six of the 10 games heading into Friday night.

Memphis has been searching for offensive help at the small forward position for the past two seasons and the 28-year-old Green is currently having the best season of his career, averaging 17.6 points per game.

The Celtics had earlier announced a trade that sent recently acquired Brandan Wright to Phoenix for a conditional first round draft pick and created a $5 million trade exception in the process.

The Grizzlies turned their attention to Green after failing to in a bid to engage the Heat in talks for Luol Deng.

Hang Time Podcast (Episode 108) Featuring SI Swimsuit Model Damaris Lewis

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Just because you are born and raised in Brooklyn doesn’t mean you have to pledge your allegiance to the hometown team, the Nets.

Sometimes the ties that bind go beyond the borough limits. For Sports Illustrated swimsuit model and NBA blogger extraordinaire Damaris Lewis that means never cutting ties with her beloved New York Knicks.

Yes, she has love for the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Miami Heat and all seven of her teams (it’s a League Pass thing, trust us). But the nearly 6-foot fashion model, dancer and member of Prince‘s famous New Power Generation band joined us on Episode 108 of the Hang Time Podcast, doing whatever she could to school us on the art of being a true basketball fan.

That’s much easier to do when you have a captive audience (as you might imagine, everyone but Rick Fox was on best behavior).  And don’t let the beautiful face and runaway fashion fool you, Damaris knows the game! She weighs in on Kevin Durant and the Thunder, LeBron James and the Heat, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers the wise old men in San Antonio and a whole lot more.

We also discuss the Derrick Rose toughness saga in Chicago as well as check in on Braggin’ Rights. Check out all of that and Damaris Lewis as she drops knowledge on Episode 108 f the Hang Time Podcast.


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Shaq’s Karaoke Sing Off (Video)

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Proving once again that he is willing to go where other would not dare, TNT’s Shaquille O’Neal graced the stage on Live with Kelly (Ripa) and Michael (Strahan) to battle with the hosts in a karaoke sing-off.

Shaq was on the road, so the home crowd wasn’t completely behind him. But it’s hard to argue that Rip or Strahan topped Shaq’s version of the Prince classic, When Doves Cry:

MJ, Kobe And Everybody Else


HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Just so we’re clear on who is and is not worthy of comparison among the greatest of the all-time (or soon-to-be) greats: Michael Jordan says Kobe Bryant is the only player, apparently past or present, that has earned the right to be compared with his Airness, as relayed by Roland Lazenby (who is working on a Jordan book) via Twitter over the weekend:

Kobe’s ultimate competition is MJ. That’s why MJ watches him. MJ made people think what he was doing wasn’t human. Ditto the Kobester.

I never said Kobe was better than MJ. MJ just told me Kobe’s the only one to have done the work, to deserve comparison.

And Kobe says that Chris Paul is the only player other than reigning MVP Derrick Rose that possess the same drive and desire to be the best of the very best that he does:

“He’s a dog. He’s going to fight to win, and not too many teams can deal with him. Chris Paul is really the only other guy in the league, other than Derrick Rose, who also has that competitive edge.”

Is anyone else sick of all of this? So now MJ and Kobe get to decide who measures up, who is on their level?

Well fellas, I can think of several guys who could and should be included in the discussion. Bill Russell, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O’Neal come to mind.

Funny, you never hear Russell, Magic or Bird yapping about who is on their level. In fact, I don’t remember any of them spending much time engaging in the G.O.A.T. conversation at all, when all three of them certainly could make a claim.