Chuck Hayes NBA
December 20, 2011 by staff
Kings general manager Geoff Petrie said in a statement Monday that informing Hayes his deal had been voided was “one of the most heartbreaking moments of my professional or personal life.” He said Hayes asked the team to refrain from any further comment.
The team announced last week that a heart exam on the new Kings big man showed an abnormality that would require further testing. That came days after the former Houston Rockets forward-center signed a contract with Sacramento.
BLAZERS: Paul Allen was emphatic: He’s not selling the Portland Trail Blazers.
In a rare and wide-ranging discussion with reporters, the billionaire owner shot down recent talk that he wants to put the Blazers on the market in the near future.
“I have no plans to sell the team,” he declared.
Allen would not, however, say how long he expects to keep the Blazers. He says numerous factors would play into that decision, including his health. The co-founder of Microsoft was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and underwent chemotherapy in 2009, but was declared cancer-free late last year.
BIG APPLE: Baron Davis’ desire to play in New York outweighed the chance to play with Kobe Bryant or LeBron James.
The veteran point guard signed with the Knicks, passing up a chance to join stronger teams because he said he always saw himself playing at Madison Square Garden.
“I always kind of rise to the occasion when I’m playing against the Knicks and playing in the Garden,” Davis said at the Knicks’ training facility. “It’s just an unbelievable opportunity and I’m ready to accept the challenge.”
RETIRING: Antonio McDyess was waived by the San Antonio Spurs, clearing a path to retirement for the 17-year NBA veteran.
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