NBA Wire Notes | Dorsey stokes speculation of Beasley, Rose selection
Joey Dorsey, a former forward for Memphis, came to this week's NBA predraft camp looking to get noticed on the court. Yet with one bold...
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Joey Dorsey, a former forward for Memphis, came to this week's NBA predraft camp looking to get noticed on the court. Yet with one bold proclamation Wednesday, added intrigue to the speculation about whether Michael Beasley of Kansas State or Derrick Rose of Memphis will go first in next month's NBA draft.
"Chicago's got a lot of pressure on them because Derrick's from Chicago," Dorsey said during the first full day of predraft workouts at the Disney complex near Orlando. "But they're going to take Beasley. I've got the inside. They're going to get Beasley. ... I'm not telling you how I know. You'll see June 26. I can't say any more."
Within hours after word broke of Dorsey's prediction, officials from both Chicago and Miami insisted nothing has been decided.
Michael Beasley, Derrick Rose, O.J. Mayo, Kevin Love and others are expected by the NBA to participate in interview sessions today, ahead of their taking physicals on Friday to help teams in their evaluation processes.
Also attending the predraft camp is former Sonic Kenny Anderson — but he's there as an assistant coach. Just like the players he's coaching, Anderson is trying to catch the eye of NBA coaches and executives, looking to parlay this week's exposure into a job at the next level.
"I love being on the sideline," Anderson said. "I'm playing through them. I've got to calm down every now and then and remember that I'm in coaching now. I love it."
Anderson was the coach of a CBA franchise in Atlanta this past season, plus works with an elite AAU team in South Florida, where he now resides.
NBA acknowledges blown call
The NBA acknowledged Wednesday that a foul should have been called on the final possession of Game 4 in the Western Conference finals, which would have given the San Antonio Spurs a chance to even the series.
Trailing 93-91 on Tuesday night, the Spurs inbounded the ball with 2.1 seconds left to Brent Barry, who was bumped by Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher on the floor. No foul was called, and Barry missed badly on a three-pointer before time expired.
Had that happened, Barry would have gone to the line for two free throws and a chance to tie the game.
Coaches and contracts
Before the Spurs' Game 4 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich confirmed he has signed a contract extension with the defending NBA champions. The deal runs through the 2011-12 season.
Meanwhile, NBA coach of the year Byron Scott and the New Orleans Hornets agreed in principle to a contract extension on Wednesday.
• Chicago Bulls forward Joakim Noah accepted a deferred prosecution agreement Wednesday in his marijuana possession case, resulting in six months' probation and a $200 fine.
Noah also must pay $206 in traffic fines for two citations he received Sunday on the University of Florida campus. Noah was ticketed for driving with a suspended license without knowledge and not wearing a seat belt.
• Entertainment programs — including NBA playoff games — on Chinese television were suspended last week during a three-day period of mourning for victims of the deadly Sichuan earthquake. When the mourning period ended, the NBA playoffs returned as the state-run national broadcaster CCTV showed the Western Conference final between the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs. However, subsequent games have not been shown.
"Since the May 12 earthquake, we're careful about the way we broadcast the NBA and the content must match the whole atmosphere," said Jiang Heping, director for CCTV's sport channel, said in Wednesday editions of the Shanghai-based Oriental Sports Daily.
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