Smack / Jul 19, 2009 / 6:42 am

Welcome to the NBA, Blake Griffin; Detroit (kinda) replaces ‘Sheed

Blake Griffin, Dime #49

Blake Griffin, Dime #49

Who would have guessed that the first NBA dude to put Blake Griffin on his ass would be skinny JaVale McGee? Blake finished with 19 points, 10 boards and four steals against the Wizards in yesterday’s Vegas Summer League, but one time he came through the lane with the rock and McGee (19 pts, 7 blks) gave the rookie a good, hard, welcome-to-the-NBA foul. Blake stayed on the ground for a second, but he was OK. Then later in the fourth quarter, McGee caught an alley-oop on Blake’s head and screamed on him. (JaVale is still doing the salute thing whenever he dunks, too.) … Rodrigue Beaubois scored 23 for the Mavs in a game against the Thunder that was just ugly. OKC had more turnovers (23) than made field goals (20), shot 35% from the field, and ended up with 54 points. The Mavs weren’t that much better; they had 25 turnovers and 28 field goals … Other notable rookie stat lines: Ty Lawson had 21 points (8-16 FG) and three steals against the D-League Select team; Sam Young scored 20 on the Suns, while Hasheem Thabeet had 10 points and seven boards; James Johnson scored 20 on the Knicks, while Jordan Hill had 16 points, nine boards and nine fouls; DeJuan Blair posted 16 points and 11 boards against Portland; and Darren Collison put up 18 points against the Wolves, while Jonny Flynn went for 24 points, Wayne Ellington had 17, and Gerald Henderson (playing for the Wolves since the Bobcats don’t have a summer team) added 12 points … Although you’ve still got Allen Iverson, Lamar Odom, David Lee, Andre Miller, Ray Felton and a couple other big-time players left on the free agent market, most teams have officially hit the “plugging holes” portion of the offseason. Case in point: Chris Wilcox agreed to a two-year, $6 million deal with the Pistons. It’s not exactly a risky move for Detroit, since the money isn’t that much, but Wilcox certainly isn’t the answer to replace Antonio McDyess and/or Rasheed Wallace. On his good days, he’s a guy that can give you 15-18 points and 7-9 boards. But on those days where he’s basically asleep in uniform, he’s just another dude out there … Meanwhile, Walter Herrmann is leaving the NBA to sign with a team in Spain. We’ll miss hearing those ridiculous Dr. J comparisons made by announcers every time Herrmann does something that proves he has really big hands … The Knicks are reportedly trying to get Ramon Sessions, either in a sign-and-trade or with a mid-level exception offer. Sessions is a restricted free agent, and it’s believed the Bucks will match any reasonable offer, but the more Brandon Jennings looks like he’s ready in summer league, the more likely Milwaukee lets Sessions walk … Apparently the Rockets were serious when they picked up forgotten draft pick David Andersen from the Hawks in a trade the other day. Andersen’s buyout with his Euroleague team has been completed, and the Rockets inked him to a two-year deal yesterday ($4.8M). If Houston doesn’t make another move, Andersen may very well be their opening-day starter, unless Rick Adelman goes small from the get-go and starts Luis Scola at the five … E-mail from Dime’s Austin Burton: “I caught Pistol: The Birth of a Legend on the Christian channel. First time I’d ever seen it, but I remember seeing an interview with Luke Ridnour where he said he learned how to dribble from that movie. Halfway through, I started wondering if the actor who played eighth-grade Pete Maravich (Adam Guier) went on to play college ball or something, ’cause obviously the kid had to develop (or already had) a sick handle for the role. I looked him up, and all I could find was that he only did that one movie. Anyone know what happened to him?” … Pistol’s varsity coach was mostly a jerk throughout the movie, but he also had some of the best lines. One time when the team lost screamed, “We ain’t worth a plum nickel!” Another time when a player questioned him during a timeout, the coach said, “How old are you?” The kid said 18, and the coach shot back, “If you wanna live to be 19, DO WHAT I’M TELLING YOU!” … We’re out like Herrmann …

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  • yw

    1st. at least detroit basketball could look forward to 2010 lottery, supposedly it’s a better class.

  • o000ooo

    y’all knew it was only a matter of time http://www.teamschwag.com/2009/07/17/dunk-on-lebron-t-shirt/

  • http://www.nba.com smoove chips

    ^^^ hahaha nice !!
    im copping in a large.rest o y’all can wait for the dime-tee lottery lol

  • Bigdog

    Julie won masterchef

  • jksonics

    thank god poh did not win! hahaha

  • Smith

    David Andersen just got paid! I wanted Poh to win, not Julie!

  • Smith

    David Andersen just got paid! …I wanted Poh to win, not Julie!

  • S-SiN

    just started downloading “Pistol”

  • S-SiN

    @2

    NICE! wish they came up with more of that, like maybe a frame-by-frame courtney dunk or smthn

  • Steve Nasty

    I hope J’Vale gets more than his normal 5 minutes in the first quarter this year. After all he is supposed to be the next D Howard. Props to Mr Anderson…do us Aussies proud, and I’d love to see Sessions runnin with the Knicks.

  • That’s whats up

    Walter Herrmann is leaving because American chicks just don’t get down like those European girls

  • sh!tfaced

    How about Ron Artest playing in NYC’s streetball circuit? Didn’t know a pro could do that especially after signing a new contract with a new team…

    http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/2009/07/19/2009-07-19_ron_artest_tells_lamar_odom_to_meet_him_in_la.html

  • robmo35

    Yeah Austin Burton endorsed it so it must be good?

  • BRUCE

    Where is the video?

  • Oscarisalakerfan

    imma get that tshirt in a large as well….wear it until lebron releases tape

  • MoxWestCoastRep

    Javale is super athletic/talented/skilled…just very immature. If he ever grows up he will be a true force and a throw back center a la Chewing…

  • http://twitter.com/PoppiGEE POPPI GEE

    David Andersen got more moves than ya know!

  • S-SiN

    David Andersen a typical Euro 5 only 3 inches shorter.

  • http://dimemag.com Big Freeze

    David Anderson = the future

  • marcus the great

    @10 artest has played streetball in the summer for… iono like as long as i can remember. its not that big of a deal.

  • Maynard

    If you’re on Facebook, I say ask him yourself.

    http://www.facebook.com/aguier

  • Da_Griff

    David Andersen is solid. He’ll get 5 boards, 11 points as a starter and allow Scola to do his thing at PF.

    Plus he takes up a lot of space. I’ve been waiting for him to come into the NBA for years. About time.

  • doc

    Who the Fuck is David Anderson?Please its back to the shitter for the Rockets.

  • jzsmoove

    Boring Smack today…………

  • Big Island

    Did you ever watch Hermann play? He was totally Dr. J reincarnated.

  • lifep

    I saw the Pistol Pete movie too. Was kinda taken back why it was on TBN (the Christian station) also!

  • http://www.f-the-refs.net Chicagorilla

    Javel “Young Barrack” McGee played his ass off this past weekend. He sat Blake on his back pockets, then He destroyed the Knicks with 7bks and 30pts and a sick array of dunks. Dude has crazy game and is probably the fastest 7fter in the NBA.

  • Diego

    I’ve heard Andersen is good. Couple of years ago when Billy Knight was still GM of the Hawks, Billy was really singing his praises at a function I was at and realy planning on bringing him over. (Billy built the current Hawks team.)

    Cheap Hawks owners.

    Hawks giving him away to Houston is kind of similar to San Antonio giving away Scola to Houston. (But I don’t think Andersen will be as good.)

    The Rockets would seem to have some serious “future considerations” to someday be called upon?!