- China annihilated New Zealand 93-63 for their second victory in the Stankovic Cup this morning. Yi Jianlian finished with 17 points to lead all scorers. I caught the first half before leaving for work and China was up 46-24, with Yi contributing 8 points and 6 rebounds at the half (by my count at least). Wang Zhizhi returned after missing the previous couple games, and was leading the way offensively, while Yi was playing more of a garbage man role. Perhaps most importantly for the Chinese, their erratic guards were actually playing quite well. The Chinese play the NBDL Ambassadors tomorrow morning in their final game of the round-robin tournament. NBATV has been showing the Ambassadors' games on tape delay, so look for that on Thursday afternoon most likely.
- Keith Brewster has posted an email interview he did with Andrew Bogut. Probably the most important thing from the interview:
KB: How is the recovery from your foot sprain progressing?
AB: The foot is 100%. It's been great to have a proper offseason to get in the weights and other on-court things that need work.
- As first speculated on RealGM, the Celtics are reportedly talking to a number of free agent PGs, including Charlie Bell.
Presently, agents and league sources confirm that the Celts are looking at four point guards and five big men as they try to find the right players to support their talented trio.While Bell might be the most attractive of those options given his versatility and the fact that the Celtics aren't looking for a starter, his restricted status could be a major sticking point.
Eddie House, Troy Hudson, Brevin Knight and Charlie Bell are reportedly on the point guard list. Bell is a restricted free agent, which makes his situation a little different (Milwaukee can match any offer he gets). Hudson had his contract bought out by the Timberwolves yesterday, making him a free agent. And while the C’s were previously steering away from Knight because of alleged locker room issues, a source said, “Hey, just about everyone that’s out there now has (a few) spots.”
- In addition to the Bucks Diary which has been around for a few months, Alex Boeder has also started a Bucks blog. Looks good so far, and so far he's also covering some more general NBA issues.