With centers Al Horford and Jason Collins both sidelined with injuries, the Hawks brought in Dampier earlier this month. He has appeared in four games and is averaging 6.5 minutes per games.
Dampier appeared in 51 games last season for Miami, averaging 2.5 points and 3.5 rebounds.
The 36-year-old Mississippi State product was selected by Indiana with the 10th overall pick of the 1996 draft and has averaged 7.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 976 games over 15 seasons with the Pacers, Warriors, Mavericks, Heat and Hawks.
Villanueva, Kleiza, Gray Exercise 2013/14 Options - May 18, 2013
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One ex-Raptor and two current Raps have opted in for the 2013/14 season, tweets Mark Deeks of ShamSports.com. According to RealGM's transactions log, Charlie Villanueva (6'10''-F-84, college: Connecticut), Linas Kleiza (6'8''-SF-85, college: Missouri), and Aaron Gray (7'0''-C-84, college: Pittsburgh) all picked up their '13/14 player options on May 13th [read more]
One ex-Raptor and two current Raps have opted in for the 2013/14 season, tweets Mark Deeks of ShamSports.com. According to RealGM's transactions log, Charlie Villanueva (6'10''-F-84, college: Connecticut), Linas Kleiza (6'8''-SF-85, college: Missouri), and Aaron Gray (7'0''-C-84, college: Pittsburgh) all picked up their '13/14 player options on May 13th. None of the decisions come as any surprise, given the production the three players provided on the court compared to the salaries they're now in line to earn next season. Villanueva had confirmed earlier in the season that he'd exercise his option, worth $8.58MM. In 69 games with the Pistons this season, Villanueva established career-lows in PPG (6.8), FG% (.377), and PER (14.0), among other categories. The Raptors duo won't be quite as expensive as Villanueva, as Kleiza's option is worth $4.6MM, while Gray's is worth about $2.69MM. Gray appeared in 42 games for Toronto this season, starting 16 of them, and averaged 2.8 PPG and 3.2 RPG. Kleiza played in just 20 contests for the Raps, missing time with a knee injury and then not getting back into the lineup even when he was healthy. While all three players are now set to become unrestricted free agents in the summer of 2014, free agency could come earlier for Villanueva and Kleiza. The Pistons and Raptors both still have the amensty provision available, and Villanueva and Kleiza represent the top amnesty candidates for their respective clubs. Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com
Highwater rising the shacks are sliding down,Folks lose their possessions, the folks are leaving town.Reformation shook it, broke it, then she hung it on the wall,Say you dancin' with whom they tell you to or you don't dance at all.It's tough out there,Highwater everywhere.Bob DylanXXX The Spanish Players Association the ABP, has given a 48 hour ultimatum to the Spanish League offices, the ACB to attend to its demands [read more]
Highwater rising the shacks are sliding down, Folks lose their possessions, the folks are leaving town. Reformation shook it, broke it, then she hung it on the wall, Say you dancin' with whom they tell you to or you don't dance at all. It's tough out there, Highwater everywhere. Bob Dylan
XXX The Spanish Players Association the ABP, has given a 48 hour ultimatum to the Spanish League offices, the ACB to attend to its demands. If not a players strike is threatened 10 days before the league playoffs are scheduled to begin.
From the mouth of the Player Associations President the Spanish version of the NBA Derrick Fischer, Jose Luis Llorente, these words: "Our Association has left the negotiating table because the league has absolutely broken the basis of the negotiations, has broken the actual ground rules. From the very first moment of our reunion the actual, in force and legally valid collective agreement was the basis of negotiations. From the very first moment the league has broken this basis and collective agreement therefore we have left the table until these conditions are recovered. We have given the league 48 hours to return to continue negotiations".
Some of the demands of the Players Association include: 1. Increase the Minimum Salary which at the moment is 25,000 Euros. 2. Double the actual coverage of the Guaranteed Salary Fund and ease the recovery process. 3. Teams that are not up to date on salary payments to players lose their right to first refusal on said players. 4. No restrictions on procuring a contract for those players that utilize the labor law (Real Decree #1006) to terminate their contracts with their clubs
Other negotiating points include: Christmas vacations, the conditions of unfulfilled contractual obligations to present players and that these clubs be prohibited from contracting new players, the ability of clubs to declare bankruptcy and continue to compete in the league and points regarding labor laws, free agent status, and the clubs social fiscal contributions. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The economic situation is Spain is in dire straits with 27% general unemployment and in the age group of most players that unemployment figure reaches almost 50%. It is a bad time all around. Take my word for it... Right now the times are worse than a Ponzi Scheme and there seems no end in sight.
Highwater risin', rising night and day, All the gold and silver are being stolen away. Big Joe Turner looking east and west from the dark room of his mind, He made it to Kansas City, twelfth street and vine. Nothin' standing there, Highwater everywhere. Bob Dylan
Tim Shea is an American and long time European basketball coach and former NBA International Scouting Director residing in Spain. He is a frequent contributor to Eurobasket.
Knicks defeat Pacers to force Game 6 - May 17, 2013
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New York K. - Indiana P. 85-75
Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) and the Knicks broke out just enough to stay in it. Anthony scored 28 points and the Knicks avoided elimination in the Eastern Conference semifinals with an 85-75 victory over the Indiana Pacers in Game 5 last night. Reserves J [read more]
New York K. - Indiana P. 85-75 Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) and the Knicks broke out just enough to stay in it. Anthony scored 28 points and the Knicks avoided elimination in the Eastern Conference semifinals with an 85-75 victory over the Indiana Pacers in Game 5 last night. Reserves J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) and Christopher Copeland (6'8''-F-84, college: Colorado) each had 13 points for the Knicks, who trail 3-2 and will need a victory tomorrow in Indiana to force a seventh game at Madison Square Garden on Monday. They are trying to become the ninth NBA team to overcome a 3-1 deficit to win a series. "I was totally impressed because we met the challenge," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. "I think as a coach you come into games like this and you want to see who's going to step up and make plays, and I thought we did that tonight. We were the better team in terms of doing that." Anthony, who didn't make a basket in the fourth quarter of either game in Indiana, made a jumper midway through the fourth quarter after Indiana closed within four points. He followed with two free throws, Raymond Felton made a layup, and the Knicks were never in jeopardy again. Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) had 23 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Pacers. They played without point guard George Hill because of a concussion and committed 19 turnovers. "We've just got to play more solid. There's no other way to put it," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. But George battled foul trouble and couldn't contain Anthony quite as well as he had while the Pacers easily won the previous two games. Anthony made his first two shots as the Knicks raced out to a 7-0 lead in a game it never trailed. He finished only 12 of 28, but got plenty of bench help. David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers, who were trying to reach the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2004. "We didn't play well. It was a bad game for us and we were still there," George said. The winner will face the defending NBA champion Miami Heat in a series that will start Wednesday. The Knicks didn't really shake their scoring slump, shooting only 41 percent from the field, but put together a few runs during the game to open just enough space against a Pacers team that shot 36 percent and was a dismal 19 of 33 at the free throw line. They clearly missed Hill after learning about four hours before the game they would be without him. Vogel said Hill was hurt after a collision with Knicks center Tyson Chandler (7'1''-C-82) during the first half of Indiana's 93-82 victory on Tuesday. Hill finished the game and scored 26 points, but experienced some headaches and showed concussion symptoms since and wasn't able to pass the league's concussion tests so he could play last night. The Knicks went back to their regular lineup, reinserting Pablo Prigioni, after going with a bigger group in Game 4 in a futile effort to match Indiana on the boards. The smaller group did a better job, getting outrebounded only 43-40. The Knicks finally opened it up midway through the third quarter with a 12-4 run, started by Smith's bank shot and featuring a 3-pointer and follow shot from Copeland, who got more playing time while Woodson gave little to veterans Amare Stoudemire and the slumping Jason Kidd, who missed his only shot and remains scoreless in the series. "Coaching is a feel. It's not always what players want at the end of the day, it's about winning," Woodson said. "That's all I'm in it for." Anthony made a jumper and a 3-pointer on his first two shots, and Iman Shumpert followed with another jumper for a 7-0 start. Smith got a big ovation when he checked in, which grew much louder when he made his first shot, dribbling back behind the arc for a 3-pointer that made it 17-12 with 2:56 left in the opening quarter. Smith has endured a miserable stretch since elbowing Boston's Jason Terry in the fourth quarter of Game 3 in the first round. Suspended for Game 4, he hasn't relocated his shot since, hitting 28 percent in the first four games and has been criticized for not being focused after he was seen out a nightclub with singer Rihanna the night before Game 1 - a day game. He was only 4 of 11, but hit the jumper that started the Knicks' run in the third quarter. The Knicks extended their 19-15 lead after one to 32-23 on Copeland's 3-pointer with 7:06 remaining in the second. The Pacers chipped away for most of the half but couldn't take the large in part because of their sloppy free throw shooting, going 8 of 16 in the half that agonizingly wouldn't end when both Chandler and the Pacers' Sam Young committed fouls more than 30 feet from the basket in the final 2.4 seconds. Courtesy of: nj.com
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