Gilbert Arenas & Javaris Crittenton Suspended For Remainder Of Season

Posted on January 28, 2010. Filed under: Sports | Tags: , , , , |

Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton have each been suspended for the remainder of the 2009-10 season, the NBA announced in a press release:

National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern issued the following statement today:

“The NBA has conducted a thorough investigation of events relating to this matter.

“It is not disputed that, following an argument on the team’s flight home from a game in Phoenix, both Mr. Arenas and Mr. Crittenton brought guns to the Verizon Center locker room and — with other players and team personnel present or nearby — displayed them to one another in a continuation of their dispute. The players engaged in this conduct despite a specific rule set forth in the collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and the Players Association prohibiting players from possessing a weapon at an NBA facility, and reminders of this prohibition given annually by the NBA to players both in writing and in person.

“The issue here is not about the legal ownership and possession of guns, either in one’s home or elsewhere. It is about possession of guns in the NBA workplace, which will not be tolerated.

“I have met separately with Mr. Arenas and with Mr. Crittenton. Both have expressed remorse for their actions and an understanding of the seriousness of their transgressions. Both have volunteered to engage in community service in order to turn the lessons they have learned into an educational message for others. I accept fully the sincerity of their expressions of regret and intent to create something positive from this incident.

“Nevertheless, there is no justification for their conduct. Accordingly, I am today converting Mr. Arenas’ indefinite suspension without pay to a suspension without pay for the remainder of the 2009-10 season, and am also suspending Mr. Crittenton without pay, effective immediately, for the remainder of the 2009-10 season.”

The Washington Wizards also released an official statement:

“The NBA announced today that they have suspended Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton for the remainder of the season. We understand and fully support their decision. “Both players violated D.C. laws and NBA rules by bringing guns into the locker room. Their poor judgment has also violated the trust of our fans and stands in contrast to everything Abe Pollin stood for throughout his life. It is widely known that Mr. Pollin took the extraordinary step of changing the team name from “Bullets” to “Wizards” in 1997 precisely to express his abhorrence of gun violence in our community. We hope that this negative situation can produce something positive by serving as a reminder that gun violence is a serious issue. “We look forward to putting this unfortunate incident behind us and once again focusing our full attention on playing exciting basketball in front of our great fans at Verizon Center.”

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Video: LeBron’s Leap Over Fans in Loose Ball Chase

Posted on January 23, 2010. Filed under: Sports | Tags: , , , , , , |

During the Cleveland Cavaliers 93-87 victory over the LA Lakers Thursday night, LeBron James couldn’t stand to see the ball get away (after he stole it) and did a Lambeau-ish leap into the courtside seats, bringing a few fans closer to the action than normal:

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Video: Jamal Crawford’s Long Buzzer Beater vs Phoenix Suns

Posted on January 16, 2010. Filed under: Sports | Tags: , , , , |

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Video: Monta Ellis’ Amazing Circus Shot

Posted on January 14, 2010. Filed under: Sports | Tags: , , , , , |

Now, this is just pure showing off! From the tunnel, backwards? Monta Ellis makes it look easy…

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Video: Fire Alarm Delays Memphis Grizzlies – LA Clippers Game

Posted on January 13, 2010. Filed under: Sports | Tags: , , , , , |

The FedEx Forum in Memphis was evacuated during Tuesday night’s game between the host Grizzlies and the Clippers after a broken water pipe near a loading dock caused fire alarms to go off.

With 47.8 seconds left in the third quarter, a message came on the scoreboard for the crowd at the game to evacuate the building. The game was delayed by 36 minutes before play resumed. The Grizzlies went on to a 104-102 victory:

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Video: Behind The Backboard Shot By LeBron James

Posted on January 7, 2010. Filed under: Sports | Tags: , , , , , |

During the Cleveland Cavaliers game against the Washington Wizards, Lebron James decided to go all Kobe and hit an impossible behind the backboard shot:

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NBA suspends Gilbert Arenas indefinitely without pay

Posted on January 7, 2010. Filed under: Sports | Tags: , , , |

The NBA has suspended Wizards player Gilbert Arenas indefinitely, without pay. National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern issued the following statement on Wednesday:

“The possession of firearms by an NBA player in an NBA arena is a matter of the utmost concern to us. I initially thought it prudent to refrain from taking immediate action because of the pendency of a criminal investigation involving the office of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia and the Metropolitan Police Department, and the consideration of this matter by a grand jury sitting in the District of Columbia. For the same reason, I directed the Wizards to refrain from taking any action.

Wizards personnel continue to be interviewed by law enforcement authorities, some are scheduled for appearance before the grand jury and the investigation is proceeding with the intensity that one would expect for such a serious incident.

“Although it is clear that the actions of Mr. Arenas will ultimately result in a substantial suspension, and perhaps worse, his ongoing conduct has led me to conclude that he is not currently fit to take the court in an NBA game. Accordingly, I am suspending Mr. Arenas indefinitely, without pay, effective immediately pending the completion of the investigation by the NBA.”

Stern’s announcement came on Arenas’ 28th birthday.

The Wizards released a statement shortly after Stern’s statement came out:

“We fully endorse the decision of the NBA to indefinitely suspend Gilbert Arenas. Strictly legal issues aside, Gilbert’s recent behavior and statements, including his actions and statements last night in Philadelphia, are unacceptable. Some of our other players appeared to find Gilbert’s behavior in Philadelphia amusing. This is also unacceptable. Under Abe Pollin’s leadership, our organization never tolerated such behavior, and we have no intention of ever doing so.”

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NBA 2009: The Year in Fines

Posted on December 30, 2009. Filed under: Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Here is a different kind of review for 2009 in the NBA: It’s the year in fines, and there have been quite a few: 28 in total, adding up to $690.000 (£434.000) – and it’s not only players who get into hot water. Owners, coaches and even agents can find themselves out of pocket as the list below shows. We’ve included links to the original stories on each entry, so you can see for yourself what went on at the time:

03 January: Joel Przybilla fined $7500 (£ 4700) for flagrant foul & role in altercation in a game against the Chicago  Bulls.

16 January: Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban fined $25.000 (£ 15.700) for “improper interactions” with Denver Nuggets J.R. Smith.

02 February: Boston Celtics Kendrick Perkins fined $10.000 (£ 6300) for flagrant foul in game vs. Detroit Pistons

07 February: Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers fined $15.000 (£ 9400) for verbally abusing referees in game vs. Los Angeles Lakers.

12 February: Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown fined $25.000 (£15.700) for comments about officiating.

27 February: Detroit forward Rasheed Wallace fined $25.000 (£ 15.700) for throwing a towel into the stands after ejection.

19 March: Doc Rivers fined $25.000 (£15.700) for criticising referee during a game vs. Chicago Bulls.

29 March: Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban fined $25,000 (£15.700) for criticising referees on Twitter.

28 April: Doc Rivers fined $25.000 (again) for criticising officiating. Celtics franchise was also fined $25.000 (£15.700)

28 April: Portland Trailblazers coach Nate McMillan fined $25,000 (£15.700) for criticising officials.

28 April: Houston Rockets coach Rick Adelman fined $25,000 (£ 15.700) for criticising officials.

04 May: Kenyon Martin fined $25.000 (£15.700) for flagrant foul.

26 May: LA Lakers coach Phil Jackson and the Lakers organization fined $25.000 (£15.700) each for Jackson criticising referees.

04 June: Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James fined $25.000 (£15.700) for skipping postgame press conference.

15 September: Stephen Jackson fined $25,000 (£15.700) for publically asking to be traded.

13 October: Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas fined $25.000 (£ 15.700) and Wizards fined an additional $25,000 for failing to make himself available for media interviews.

14 October: Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins fined $25,000 (£15.700) for publically criticising referees.

14 October: Charlotte Bobcats coach Larry Brown fined $35.000 (£ 22.000) for verbally abusing referees and refusing to leave the court. The league fined him an additional $25.000 (£15.700) for publically criticising the refs after the game and fined Charlotte Bobcats $60.000 (£ 37.700) for Brown’s actions.

16 October: Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy fined $35.000 (£ 22.000) for publically criticising referees and Orlando Magic fined $35.000 for his actions.

01 November: NY Knicks forward Al Harrington fined $25.000 (£15.700) for criticising referees.

10 November: Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard fined $15.000 (£9400) for criticising referees in his blog.

28 November: Orlando Magic forward Matt Barnes fined $20.000 (£ 12.600) for throwing ball into the stands after a game against the Miami Heat.

29 November: Charlotte Bobcats center Tyson Chandler fined $7500 (£ 4700) for comments made on Twitter.

29 November: Phoenix Suns forward Amare Stoudemire fined $7500 (£ 4700) for comments made on Twitter.

29 November: Rasheed Wallace fined $30.000 (£ 18.900) for publically criticising the referees.

07 December: Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah fined $15.000 (£ 9400) for throwing ball into stands and hitting a photographer.

18 December: Brandon Jennings fined $7500 (£ 4700) for posting to his Twitter account before post-game interview.

28 December: NY Knicks guard Nate Robinson fined $25.000 (£ 15.700) for comments made by his agent demanding a trade for Robinson.

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Funny Sports Moments To Brighten Up Your Sunday

Posted on November 22, 2009. Filed under: Fun & Games | Tags: , , , |

Some funny moments from the world of sports, for no other reason than to brighten up your sunday, which is a very windy and rainy one, at least here on the Isle of Man..

American Football

NBA Bloopers

Funny Goals Compilation

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