Buzz Wire- November 28th, 2012

November 28

Washington earned its first victory after starting the season with 12 straight losses, beating thePortland Trail Blazers 84-82 on Wednesday night…“You don’t want to be the first team, that’s very embarrassing,” Nicolas Batum said. -ESPN

Jason Terry says Kris Humphries “pretends” to be tough. “I know. I played with the guy.” – Gary Washburn

Chandler Parsons does not believe shoulder injury serious, but will be getting precautionary MRI tomorrow.- Jason Friedman

Rajon Rondo’s assist streak ends at 37 after he was ejected from tonight’s game vs. Brooklyn. He tied John Stockton for the second-longest streak in NBA history needed just 10 more games to trump Magic Johnson’s record of 46 games. 

Derek Fisher is expected to sign with a team in the next several days, sources tell ESPN. Considering 2-3 teams. -Brian Windhorst

Utah guard Mo Williams (sprained right forefoot) will not play tonight, says Coach Ty Corbin.- Jimmy Smith

Mavericks PG Darren Collison is inactive tonight because of a right middle finger injury. X-rays were negative. But he will not play tonight against the Bulls.- Dwain Price

Stephen Jackson (finger) tells reporters in SA doctors say he could return in 2 1/2 weeks. He hopes to beat that timetable. Kawhi Leonard tells same group of reporters he hopes to play Dec. 1 against Memphis, after Spurs return from the road.- Jeff McDonald 

No signing done yet, but hearing injury-hit Raptors ramping up search for new SF, with Mickael Pietrus being strongly considered anew. Landry Fields & Alan Anderson both out up to month so Raps have renewed interest in SF market (headed by Pietrus) even w/15 guaranteed deals. -Marc Stein

Chandler Parsons is out vs. Thunder with a sore right shoulder. Injury happened as Parsons was trying to get thru Bargnani pick, final min 2Q. Still played 2nd half. 

Rivers states that Avery Bradley has taken part in pre-practice offensive skeleton drills but he is not participating in actual practices, – Celtics 

My MRI today confirmed I still have an abdominal strain & will be out at least two more weeks. Look forward to returning as soon as I can. -Steve Blake

Vail surgeon clears Ricky Rubio for no limitation, contact practices during checkup there. He’llparticipate as soon as team returns home. -Jerry Zgoda

Blazers COO Sarah Mensah resigns, team issues this press release: “After a long-standing and substantial career with the Portland Trail Blazers, Sarah Mensah, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, has resigned after 19 years with the organization. “Mensah’s departure is effective at the end of this month,” said Trail Blazers President and Chief Executive Officer Chris McGowan. Day-to-day management of the team’s business, revenue and brand management operations, including ticket sales and service, corporate sales and service, suite sales and service, marketing, communications, community relations, broadcasting, game operations and digital communications will move under McGowan’s leadership.” – via Ben Golliver – Mensah confirmed the news via Twitter. 

Robert Sacre has been assigned to the D-Fenders & will be available for tonight’s home opener vs. Idaho at 7pm PT. Sacre, who has appeared in 8 games for the Lakers this season, also practiced with the D-Fenders yesterday prior to the LAL/IND game.- Lakers 

Clippers guard Chauncey Billups will make his season debut tonight against Minnesota, a source tells Y! Sports. Billups will start at SG.- Marc J. Spears

Darren Collison on coming off bench: “Am I happy about the situation as a competitor? No,” Collison said. “I know how hard I work. I’m still going to try to lead this team to victories in the near future.” -ESPN

Coach Larry Drew has changed the way he has used his bench during the Hawks’ current five-game win streak. No need to change what has worked he said Tuesday, a day before the Hawks host the Bobcats.

The notable changes have been an increased playing time for the starting unit, more minutes for Ivan Johnson and Anthony Morrow and a decrease in time for Anthony Tolliver. -Atlanta Journal Constitution

Asked LeBron who would win in a Euro-step competition, Wade or Manu? “Manu, but you gotta throw Harden in there too…Man, I don’t know. D-Wade’s Euro-step is unbelievable. Harden’s is crazy too. Doesn’t get better than those 3.”- Tom Haberstroh

Tyson Chandler tells Jason Kidd not to rush back from back spasms: “I reached out to him (yesterday)…I’m more concerned about his health. I didn’t even go there with him. I know he wanted to be there. I know he knows we need him. He doesn’t need any added pressure. We need him to be healthy for the long haul. I’m looking for this year to be a long one. I’m looking for him to be with us down the stretch. It’s more important he’s healthy than (playing) in November, December.’’- NY Post

Kobe Bryant on committing 10 turnovers in 79-77 loss to Pacers: “It boggles my mind that I had 10 turnovers..Those are things that I can minimize, and my responsibility is to pick everybody up. … The fact is, we had 10 possessions we didn’t get looks at the basket because I turned it over.”- ESPN

Rockets head coach Kevin McHale watched last night’s game from Minnesota and even texted Jeremy Lin, Chandler Parsons and others after the 117-101 victory. Jeremy Lin: “He texted me and told me his thoughts. It’s just incredible that he takes the time to do that.” — Chandler Parsons: “He texted me after the game and just said, thank you.” – CSN Houston

Did Chris Paul and Blake Griffin take shots at head coach Vinny Del Negro following their 105-98 loss to the Hornets at home Monday? — Blake Griffin: “We tried to change some of the things we’ve been successful doing.” — Chris Paul: [We] lost to “a less-talented team that was well coached.”

Steve Nash will not play Fri or Sun, says he’ll be sidelined “about another week.” Still can’t do serious running, he says.- Mike Bresnahan

Mike D’Antoni on Pau Gasol trade rumors: “I don’t get it. That definitely doesn’t come from us….It’s like New York, this is Los Angeles, that’s what you all do and that’s good. You all talk and most of it’s wrong. But it does get people interested and that’s good. I’m OK with that …”-Dave McMenamin

Darren Collison on not starting vs. Philly: “You can only control so much,’’ Collison said. “At the end of the day coach is going to make a decision. He’s made plenty of rotation switches throughout this whole coaching thing….I just wanted to come in the game and show them that I’m a starter in this league,’’ Collison said. “But I also wanted to make it a point that it’s not about me, it’s about the team and I really just wanted to focus on winning and stuff.”- Dwain Price


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