The Chicago Bulls will reportedly waive guard Richard Hamilton before July 10 rather than guarantee his $5 million salary for the 2013-14 season. The move will make Hamilton an unrestricted free agent.
During last night’s tightly contested game between the Miami Heat and the Charlotte Bobcats, Miami superstar Dwyane Wade kicked Charlotte guard Ramon Sessions in the groin.
It’s unclear what Sessions did – if anything – to provoke the kick, but you can see video of the incident below.
The Miami Heat were among this past offseason’s biggest stories. No doubt, no doubt. The teaming of the superstars made waves all over the sporting world and began a new era in the NBA. But at the same time, they aren’t doing anything new. They took the blueprints to success from the Lakers, Celtics, Bulls, and numerous other dynasties.
But along with the Heat’s mega-offseason came another side story. The story of Carmelo Anthony and just where he’d end up.
The attention seems to be mainly focused on the Big Apple. You have Prokhorov fighting to the earth’s ends in order to secure Melo for the future Brooklyn Nets, and then you have Amar’e attempting to recruit Anthony to play alongside him in New York. Heck, I’ve even heard Charlotte and Houston mentioned in this crazy mix. It seems as if we are in the midst of a great game of tug-o-war.
But it is yet to be finalized where the Syracuse alum will end up. Will he land alongside Amar’e, and try and build another mega-team? Or will he take his talents to New Jersey and try to continue Prokhorov’s global agenda? I wish I knew the answer.
The Pistons, who had been trending upward last week, have regressed again. They have gone 1-3 this week and are currently 15-28 overall.
In the New York game, Richard Hamilton was out with a stomach flu, joining Ben Gordon and Will Bynum on the inactive list. Chris Wilcox was also out by halftime with back problems. Though short-handed, the Pistons scrapped to stay in the game, but Rodney Stuckey lacked sufficient offensive support. Charlie Villanueva was also assessed a flagrant 1 foul that stalled the Pistons offensive momentum in the second half.
Within the space of the week, the Pistons have gone from the depths of a 13 game losing streak to riding the hope generated by a current 3 game win streak.
The Pistons hit rock bottom when they lost to the Chicago Bulls at the Palace 120-87. Detroit then avoided tying a franchise record 14 game losing streak with a gutty 99-90 road win over the even more bedeviled Washington Wizards.
In their three wins, the Pistons didn’t play a perfect 48 minutes with constant focus, ball movement, effort, and execution on both ends of the court, but they played through the lulls to persevere and pull out the wins.