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Report: Greg Oden arrested, charged with battery


Greg Oden was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery early Thursday morning in Lawrence, Indiana, according to police reports.

The extremely unpleasant details, from Matt Adams of Fox59:

When [police] arrived, they found a woman lying down with blood on her face. They encountered a witness who was yelling and crying. The witness identified herself as the victim’s best friend.

“He punched her in the face, my hand hurts and I just want to go home,” the woman told police, according to the incident report.

The officer noticed “blood, swelling to the nose, lacerations to the forehead and nose area” of the victim’s face. Police also saw blood on the sofa and floor. A flower pot was also knocked over during the disturbance. …

“Things got out of control and I started to go after the victim,” police quoted Oden in the report. He said the relative and witness tried to hold him back, but he swung his arms trying to break free and punched the victim.

“I was wrong and I know what has to happen,” Oden told officers. He said he and the woman had dated for approximately two years and broke up about two months ago.

Police described Oden as “calm, apologetic and cooperative” and said he told them he took “full responsibility” for his actions.

Oden was a member of the Miami Heat last season, but health issues kept him from contributing meaningful minutes, especially late in the year and during the playoffs. Oden averaged 2.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in 9.2 minutes per game, while appearing in 23 regular season contests.

It was reported recently that Oden had a workout scheduled with the Los Angeles Clippers. He is currently an unrestricted free agent.

Report: Heat to sign undrafted Tyler Johnson

Tyler Johnson

The Heat are already learning the perils of life without LeBron James.

Sure, they’ll miss LeBron’s production when the season begins. You don’t easily replace an all-time great player in his prime.

But LeBron also has an ability to attract high-profile teammates, even for small roles.

Former All-Stars Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Juwan Howard, Jamaal Magloire and Jerry Stackhouse and former top-10 picks Greg Oden, Michael Beasley, Eddy Curry and Erick Dampier passed through Miami in the last four years. The Heat might not have gotten those talented players in their primes, but they got talented players.

Now, Miami is signing Shawn Williams and James Ennis, guaranteeing the contract of Justin Hamilton and adding undrafted free agents.

Shams Charania of RealGM:

Undrafted rookie Tyler Johnson has reached an agreement on a free agent contract with the Miami Heat, a league source told RealGM.

Johnson, 21, had significant overseas offers, too, deciding to go with the Heat’s deal with an opportunity to make the regular season roster.

These are the type of players who sit on the end of the bench for nearly every team in the league. Even with LeBron, Miami had plenty of low-profile reserves.

It’s not even certain Johnson, who played at Fresno State, received any guaranteed money and will make the roster. He could be gone during training camp.

But the Heat are relying more on these marginal talents that previously. There’s more pressure to unearth gems and find rotation players where nobody else is looking.

Maybe Johnson can become one of those players, but his résumé is much thinner the ones Pat Riley is accustomed to seeing.

Meanwhile, in Cleveland, Shawn Marion and Ray Allen are considering signing up and Mike Miller already has.

Report: Greg Oden, Andrew Bynum to work out for Clippers

Greg Oden

The Clippers made it to the second round of the playoffs last season, but seemed to hit a ceiling of sorts, at least with the talent that was already in place.

The team didn’t have any frontcourt depth to speak of, which was a glaring area of concern as Blake Griffin was often forced to play heavy minutes during the postseason, and when he or DeAndre Jordan were limited by foul trouble, there was simply no help available to come off the bench.

L.A. addressed that need by inking Spencer Hawes to a free agent deal this summer, and will be looking to add further depth by working out some guys later this week, all of whom could be considered reclamation projects.

From Jorge Sedano of ESPN:

Clippers to work out back up Centers this week. Names that will come thru: Andray Blatche, Greg Oden, Andrew Bynum & Emeka Okafor

Blatche is the most talented, and could provide immediate rotation help in the right situation. Attitude issues are the reason the Nets won’t be bringing him back, and the team quietly suspended Blatche back in December.

Bynum has been well-traveled lately, with stops in Philadelphia, Cleveland and Indiana not working out — primarily due to health concerns, but there were some attitude problems with Bynum as well, at least before his departure from the Cavaliers.

Oden doesn’t have any reported issues like the previous two candidates, but he had been unable to contribute meaningful minutes for Miami last year, despite working out with the team all season long in hopes he’d be ready by the time the playoffs began.

Finally, Okafor missed all of last season due to a neck injury, and was traded to the Suns in the deal that sent Marcin Gortat to the Wizards. If healthy, he would pretty clearly be the best option out of the bunch.

Agent for Andrew Bynum: ‘If he’s healthy, Phil Jackson will be interested’


Andrew Bynum tried to make his NBA comeback last season with both Cleveland and Indiana, following a year of rehabilitation while technically employed by the Sixers.

Bynum appeared in 24 games for the Cavaliers, before unprofessionalism got the better of him and he was eventually kept away from all team activities. He was then traded to Chicago in the deal that brought Luol Deng to Cleveland, but the Bulls were only interested in salary cap relief, and Bynum was waived shortly thereafter.

The Pacer took a chance on Bynum as a form of insurance for their postseason run, but his continual knee issues kept him off the court for all but two appearances, and the team and Bynum eventually parted ways a couple of weeks after the playoffs began.

Bynum won’t be of any use to anyone until he gets right physically, and he intends to take next season off in order to try to do that. But if and when he’s able to return, a natural landing place for him might just be with Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks.

From Marc Berman of the New York Post:

The 7-foot Bynum may not be reuniting with Phil Jackson’s Knicks or any other team next season because he is seriously contemplating sitting out 2014-15 to undergo the Germany-based knee therapy called “The Regenokine Program’’ that would require an extra long rehab, according to his agent David Lee. But he could be in play for the following season. …

“If he’s healthy, Phil will be interested,’’ Lee told The Post. “Phil knew how to tap into Andrew. They got along famously.’’ …

“He would be looking at in a longer-term situation,’’ Lee said. “He’s still a baby. If he went to college, he’d be coming off his rookie contract at age 26.’’

Bynum will continue to intrigue teams because of his sheer physical presence, the same way Greg Oden got another shot with Miami last season after years of being unable to play. But he hasn’t been able to contribute meaningful minutes over the course of a season since 2012, and the further away we get from what was his best season as a pro, the less likely it seems he’ll be able to regain that form — whether with Jackson and the Knicks, or anywhere else.

NBA jerseys to feature gold patches for every team that has ever won a championship

gold jersey patch

The NBA has been interested in tinkering with its jerseys in one form or another in recent seasons, and while some of the plans for the upcoming year aren’t as drastic as they’ve been in the recent past, we can expect some additional tweaks nonetheless.

One of them will be the appearance of gold patches on the backs of jerseys, which is intended to commemorate championship seasons.

It actually seems like a cool idea — until you realize that the plan is to have it in place for every team that has ever won a championship in NBA history.


[Photo via Ben Golliver, SI.com]

This is a look at the jersey for the Pistons, which features the Larry O’Brien trophy along with a 3X designation for each the team’s historical titles.

Once it becomes clear that there are more franchises that have won NBA titles than those that have not, however, the idea becomes far less interesting.

A good use of this patch would be to include it on the jerseys of the 15 players who were on the roster of the previous year’s championship team each season, regardless of whether or not they switch teams via trade or free agency the following year. (For example, Mike Miller would have had one on his Memphis Grizzlies jersey last season, thanks to being a part of the Heat’s title team in 2013.)

Simply putting the patch on the jerseys of the reigning champs each year would seem odd for the players who were newcomers, and didn’t contribute to the championship effort of the previous season — like Greg Oden in Miami, for instance.

Either way, a patch like this should commemorate something special and unique. Since it will be displayed by more than half of the teams in the league next season, its overall effect will be minimized.