Adam Morrison may not show much personality in front of the cameras but given the chance I believe he can be an offensive Spark off the bench.
Daily Archives: September 29, 2009
Today is media day in El Segundo, and for the first time since Shaquille O’neal left, their were more cameras around a player that was not named Kobe Bryant. Lamar Odom, due to his recent nuptials to Khloe Kardashian, had what looked like a “circus” of reporters surrounding him, as the Lakers gathered together for their first step toward defending their NBA title. It’s 50 years in LA, let’s celebrate with another one. The road to 5 starts here.
While addressing a thirsty group of reporters, Kobe Bryant alluded to his calm, physically restful offseason, said that the Lakers are 100 percent focused on repeating and continuing to improve, and declined to acknowledge any off court distractions. Lakers center Andrew Bynum spent most of his offseason training in Atlanta, where he told us his primary focus was “getting my base back.” Bynum said that his workouts included a lot of work strengthening the muscles around his knees, and declared himself 100 percent healthy. He also talked about his personal goal for the 2009-10 season and what is was like scrimmaging against Ron Artest.
Shannon Brown came to the Lakers in a February 2009 trade from the Charlotte Bobcats, then promptly showed L.A.’s operations office exactly why they’d coveted his combination of athleticism and skill, particularly in the playoffs.
As such, Mitch Kupchak and Co. re-signed Brown subsequent to the season, and are looking forward to seeing him grow even further after a full summer of digesting Phil Jackson’s offense.
Brown mentioned the benefits of coming into training camp with the team when we spoke to him at media day, talked about what he added to his game and gave a quick review of Jay-Z’s new album.
Lady Vol Basketball Announces 22 Television Dates
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Sept. 29, 2009
By Debby Jennings, Assoc. AD for Media Relations University of Tennessee Lady Vol basketball has added 14 more television dates to its 2009-10 schedule to bring the current number of TV games to 22.
Eight contests had previously been slated for national television including: Nov. 15 Baylor (ESPN2), Nov. 17 vs. Texas Tech (ESPNU), Dec. 6 Texas (ESPN2), Dec. 13 vs. Rutgers (ESPNU), Dec. 19 at Stanford (FSN), Jan. 3 Oklahoma (ESPN2), Feb. 8 at Vanderbilt (ESPN2) and Feb. 22 LSU (ESPN2).
On Tues., Sept. 29, the Southeastern Conference announced the comprehensive regular season television package for women’s basketball and the Lady Vols picked up the additional dates. They include: Jan. 7 South Carolina (FSN), Jan. 10 at Mississippi St. (SEC Network), Jan. 14 at Florida (CSS), Jan. 17 Vanderbilt (ESPNU), Jan. 21 at Georgia (FSN), Jan. 24 at LSU (ESPNU), Jan. 28 Auburn (CSS), Jan. 31 at South Carolina (SEC Network), Feb. 4 Arkansas (FSN), Feb. 11 at Mississippi (CSS), Feb. 14 Florida (SEC Network), Feb. 18 at Alabama (CSS), Feb. 25 Kentucky (FSN) and Feb. 28 Mississippi (ESPNU).
The expanded coverage from the SEC package makes it possible for Lady Vol fans to watch every conference game in the coming season.
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Lakers.com: The Los Angeles Lakers have signed forwards Tony Gaffney, David Monds, Mickael Gelebale and Michael Fey, as announced (on Monday). Per team policy, terms of the agreements were not released. Gaffney, an undrafted forward out of Massachusetts, finished his senior year at UMASS averaging a double-double with 11.5 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. The 6-8 forward was ranked 3rd in the nation in blocked shots (3.8) and was named the 2009 Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year. Most recently Gaffney was a member of the 2009 Lakers summer league team where he averaged 3.8 points and 2.8 rebounds in four games played.
Monds, a 6-9 forward out of Oklahoma State, was a member of the Lakers 2009 summer league squad where he scored 14.0 points and pulled down 5.2 rebounds in five games. The Georgia native spent last season playing in the NBA Development League as a member of the Albuquerque Thunderbirds where he averaged 13.4 points and 9.6 rebounds before finishing out the season with the Dakota Wizards.
Gelabale, a 6-7 forward from France, finished the 2008-09 season as a member of the Los Angeles D-Fenders where he averaged 16.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in six games played. Prior to his stint in the NBA D-League, Gelabale spent two seasons (2006-08) with the Seattle SuperSonics where he averaged 4.5 points and 2.1 rebounds in 15.6 minutes.
Fey, a 7-0 forward/center out of UCLA, played all four seasons at UCLA where he averaged 5.2 points and 2.7 rebounds while shooting 54.6% from the field. The former Bruin spent the 2008-09 season playing for Al Shabab (United Arab Emirates).
The Lakers training camp roster now stands at 17 players.