Smack / Jul 17, 2009 / 1:34 am

Another Vegas explosion, and Paul Millsap is staying in Utah

Anthony Morrow (photo. SF Chronicle)

Anthony Morrow (photo. SF Chronicle)

Whatever you hear coming out of Las Vegas today, don’t believe Anthony Morrow if he says he wasn’t gunning to break teammate Anthony Randolph‘s summer-league scoring record. A couple days after Randolph dropped 42 points in a game for the Warriors, Morrow went Desperado on the Hornets — in a game Randolph was sitting out — sniping them for 47 points (18-26 FG, 7-9 3PA) to take his spot in the record books. (Not that they keep an actual book of VSL records; it’s probably scribbled on the back of a racing form.) Morrow had zero assists … And it’s nice to know Nellie will reward Morrow by benching him for two straight weeks once the season starts in favor of Rob Kurz … Thursday’s big matchup pitted Blake Griffin versus Hasheem Thabeet. Since no one cares who won the game, all you need to know is Blake dominated the box score. He put up 18 points (8-20 FG), 15 boards and five dimes, while Thabeet turned in seven points, three rebounds and seven fouls. Blake threw down a crazy lefty tip dunk where he soared over two Grizzlies’ heads, finished a few alley-oops with power and pinned one guy on the glass, but he still has yet to make a facial expression … Is it bad news for Thabeet or good news for Hamed Haddadi that they don’t seem that far apart in terms of ability right now? … DeMar DeRozan had 20 points and Smush Parker chipped in 14 to lead the Raptors past the Bucks. Brandon Jennings put up 13 points, seven dimes and eight turnovers — yes, BJ was arguably outplayed by Smush — and Jodie Meeks dropped 29 points (12-23 FG) for Milwaukee. Whether he cracks the Bucks’ NBA roster or he’s trying to order pizza in Turkish next season, Meeks was built to get buckets somewhere on Earth … And speaking of, at this point we’re almost convinced Chase Budinger is a robot. We told you about his torrid shooting pace so far; yesterday Budinger went 7-9 from the field, 8-8 at the line, and hit all three of his three-pointers for 25 points against the Lakers. Joey Dorsey continued to put up his own beast numbers, pulling down 20 rebounds (seven offensive) to go with 11 points, five dimes and two blocks. If Budinger is one of the Autobots, Dorsey is playing like a descendant of the Uruk-hai … Can we all agree to refer to L.A. rookie Chinemelu Elonu as ‘Melu from here on out? … Tarence Kinsey had a stat line that would’ve made Kevin Martin proud: 20 points on TWO field goals. Kinsey went 16-18 at the free throw line and 2-5 from the field in a game where the Cavs only allowed one Dallas player into double-figures — and that guy (Andre Brown) only scored 10 points … George Hill and DeJuan Blair scored 20 apiece to lead the Spurs over the Thunder. Hill added nine assists and three steals. James Harden sat out the game for OKC …

Paul Millsap

Paul Millsap

It was another slow NBA news day in what should be a string of them. The biggest story came out of Utah, where the Jazz decided to match Portland’s offer sheet (5 yrs, $32 million) for Paul Millsap. The other day we wondered why Allen Iverson is getting lower offers than Marcin Gortat on the market, but at least in that case you could argue in favor of Gortat’s youth, position, and the fact that he doesn’t have a bad reputation. But Marcin getting more money than Millsap? Somebody explain that one … So now the next question is, Where does this leave Carlos Boozer? A trade still seems inevitable. Our best guess says Booz ends up in Chicago … But don’t count out Miami. In the recent tradition of constantly scouring Twitter for news, the NBA rumor mill is abuzz after D-Wade dropped a simple, “I got good news coming, stay tuned” on his page last night. Boozer trade? Lamar Odom signing? The light bulb over Jamario Moon‘s head finally lit up? Maybe Flash just wants to brag about hooking up with another five-star dimepiece … We know Team USA doesn’t have anything substantial to do this summer, but dudes are still dropping out of next week’s training camp like flies. Brandon Roy, Andrew Bynum, David Lee and David West are expected to skip the camp in Vegas, and Big Baby Davis just confirmed he won’t be there. Big Baby and Lee have good enough reasons — as free agents, they don’t want to risk getting hurt. Do you think Bynum will claim fatigue? After all, playing 15 minutes a night in the playoffs can take a lot out of you. Seriously, though, doesn’t AB need all the work he can get against NBA comp? … And speaking of questionable commitment to the game, Spencer Hawes is blowing off Sacramento’s summer league run because he had a family wedding and a basketball camp he was scheduled to attend this week. “It’s kind of more of a suggestion-type thing rather than a requirement,” Hawes told a local paper in Washington. Yeah, that’s if you’re not Julian Wright. Kings’ GM Geoff Petrie said he isn’t exactly thrilled with Hawes’ decision … On NBA TV they’ve been randomly showing some of the teams’ local commercials urging fans to buy season tickets. Yesterday we saw the Wizards‘ ad, which is an Antawn Jamison PSA where he’s basically saying, “We know we were embarrassingly bad. We’re sorry. But you guys were great. Please come back.” … E-mail from Dime’s Andrew Katz after work: “Just saw Big Z walking down West Broadway looking like he’s in really good shape — not.” … We’re out like Spencer …

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  • Bigdog

    Woof Woof big dog strikes again at 1!!

  • Quincy Watkins


  • chancepassenger

    The light bulb over Jamario Moon’s head finally lit up? LOL
    Dime’s in mid season form…

  • baron von faulk

    SPURS 3-0

    DeJuan blair is a BEAST.

    George Hill is puttin’ in work, too.

    Also, Malik Hairston is looking good, he may just contribute this season.

    Ian Mahinmi is picking up his game as well, finally!

    We’ll hafta see if Romel Beck can beat out Marcus Williams and James Gist for the final roster spot. Williams is the favorite but injured right now.

    . . . . .

    Anthony Morrow – can you say UNCONSCIOUS?! 47 points, damn…

  • sh!tfaced

    Chase Budinger an autobot? Just wait til Aubrey ‘Megatron’ Coleman gets into the league…

  • baron von faulk

    Bigdog, congatulations…that’s very faggy of you

  • schoop hoop

    Millsap needs a new agent if he comes away from the off season with the same, or with a worse contract than both gortat and ver-a-blow/sideshow bob.

  • Josh Tha roc

    Spencer always has some funny off season stories, like last years straight legged sprints.

  • billbone

    Meeks signed a 3 year deal with the bucks so he will probably be around next year and not in another country

  • John

    Mario Chalmers
    Lamar Odom
    Carlos Boozer
    Jermaine Oneal

    With D-Cook, James Jones, Michael Beasley and Jamal Magloire of the bench sounds pretty good to me.

    The best thing ? If dont go well this year, Miami will have cap in the 2010 free agency to sign another Max Player by just let Boozer 12M, Blount 8M and JO 23M contracts expire.

  • loser

    rob kurz isnt even on the team moron.
    he’s on the twolves summer league roster

  • Steve Nasty

    You beat me to it Josh Tha roc

  • Mark

    Jodie Meeks is signed to the bucks now, 2yr deal, so he wont be ordering any pizzas in Turkey! Come on Dime I thought you had your finger on the pulse!?

  • That’s whats up

    The Meeks shall inherit the horrible squad

  • josh tha roc

    @ loser
    pretty sure that was just an example of what happened last yr a GS.

  • “Big Hook” Nunez

    Meeks can be another Michael Redd, the Bucks have an eye for talent in the 2 round but unfortunately they just draft busts in the 1st.

    Millsap can’t fire his agent cuz he is an uncle or cousin. You can’t fire fam.

    I see LO taking the $7.7M Portland offers because Buss has disrespected him and I suspect Bynum’s knee is not healthy enough to participate. Between Bynum’s foul troubles and being injury prone I can see the Lakers rolling with Melu or Powell as the center during crunch time, cuz LO is one foot out the door.

  • danny

    Lmao yeah i doubt that lamar would take 2 mill less to go to Portland, Oregon. I’m sure he’ll love the city and STILL try to get on tv shows like big’n’rob. Why in the world would L.O. actually take a mid level offer to join miami either, makes no sense and would be a F.U. to lakerland. Never gonna happen-

  • That’s whats up

    isn’t weed legal in Portland? Something is making L.O. crave all that candy

  • S-SiN

    See how no one gives a shit about Team USA again, all of a sudden? i mean Bynum wants no part in this? they will need many more of them blind Iraq war veterans to come in with motivational speeches before “the real deal” in 2012. if it stays like this, there will be another amusing BRONZE set of medals. at best that is.

  • Three Stacks

    Weed is more legal in California. Los Angeles these days has a weed dispensary on pretty much every corner. Look for the “caregivers.” They got every kind of OG or kush, indica or sativa, weed cookies and lollipops you can imagine. The one I go to is in a warehouse, they have Rastafarian services and dance hall nights on weekends. Other places, each is usually stocked with at least a plasma screen and a few video game consoles. You just need to get a prescription.

    Odom is going nowhere. Morrison gonna average near double digits this year. Bynum needs to step up or give his money back.

  • Ashlov

    10 points for the Uruk-hai reference. Now tell me, did you guys have to Google that, or did you know it right off the bat?

  • alf (from melmak)

    If it is just Haslem and change for Boozer, the Jazz should decline. Boozer is worth more than that. I would rather have them push for the Tyrus Thomas trade scenario.

    Anyway, I am still offering the remainder of my meal allowance for the month to Dumars if he would give Rip and Prince to the Jazz for Boozer and AK. It is a win-win situation for all concerned.

    Lastly, is it still robot talk for Dime? It is already Harry Potter on the big screen. How about saying instead that Chase Budinger is like a magician with the way he is playing. Not to take anything away, it was still funny.

    Just messing with you Dime. :)


    DIME…. Millsap will not fire his agent BECAUSE HIS CONTRACT IS 4 (FOUR) YEARS 32MIL. NOT 5 YRS 32 MIL. DO YA RESEARCH. geez.

  • Kobeef

    LO is going nowhere. The nonsense you hear is just his agent trying to grab more cash.

    As for Boozer, nobody is talking about it but both the Clippers and Orlando have $7 million trade exceptions that they could use to get Booz and give Utah cap space.

    Given that Utah is having to take out loans to pay Milsap, I think these two teams have to be front-runners…Griffin looks like he could play some 3…

  • Sixx

    Seriously Dime, you guys are right on the money every morning. Makes my day. Where else can I get Rob Kurz, Hamed Haddadi, and Jamario Mooon jokes before 10 AM! Love it!

  • gyp

    FIRST, MOFOS!!!!

    aww, shit

  • gyp

    TWENTY-SEVEN, mofos!!!!!!

  • TJ 2
  • Buffalo Brave

    “… And it’s nice to know Nellie will reward Morrow by benching him for two straight weeks once the season starts in favor of Rob Kurz …”



    Is there ANY reason to Gun Nelson’s substitution patterns?

    It often seems like he’s not even TRYING to win OR make any logical sense!

  • http://www.espn.com Sho-Nuff

    D-Wade switching shoes isn’t a big deal. Bosh went to Nike years ago, but like the article said and everyone knows, Nike bought out Converse years ago, so it’s just a formality.

    That’s why the switch was so amicable.

  • LakeShow84

    “… And it’s nice to know Nellie will reward Morrow by benching him for two straight weeks once the season starts in favor of Rob Kurz …”

    For really though lol

    Morrow is a straight streak shooter.. which would benefit the Bay if the season started tomorrow but he’ll probably come out for the season opener looking busted..

    One more day.. still no LO signing.. *SIGHS*

  • Kobeef

    I wonder if the Wade departure means the end of converse? I mean really – what else do they have if they don’t have the wades – Elton Brand?

  • shake&bake

    Why is Davis invited to Team USA anyways?

  • Oscarisalakerfan

    The lakers need Odom in a bad ….
    they cant win a championship without a reliable backup big

  • jzsmoove

    I think Wade is just desperate if he thinks Boozer is good nough. He is a team cancer. Millsap over Boozer anyday. And Boozer antics and his mouth are getting pretty annoying and old.

    Budinger will make Rookies first-team this year.


  • Mack Brownee

    @35 Budinger may make the all-rookie first team, but you’ve lost your mind if you think Thabeet is going to make it.

    All Rookie 1st Team:

    B. Jennings
    T. Evans
    J. Harden
    T. Hansbrough
    B. Griffin

    I might be a lil crazie for taking t-hans but no doubt he’s a better basketball player than thabeet. Thabeet was a olowakandi pick to me and isn’t as polished as roy hibbert who didn’t do nan last year

  • http://www.hoops-insider.de oO

    And Dime by the way, the twitter tweet from dwade was about the shoe deal not because of an extension or a signing of some dudes…
    just my two cents.

  • the cynic

    Odom, please don’t leave! we have the danks here in soCal as im sure you know!

  • Ekstor

    Bynum’s knee isn’t fully healed. I heard it was around 80% during the playoffs and he said the only way to get it to 100 is to rest. There’s no point in him playing.