Gibbs, Underclassmen Must Make Quick NBA Decisions

Ashton Gibbs won’t have much time to make a decision that will determine the rest of his life.

Gibbs, a sophomore guard at Pittsburgh from Scotch Plains, N.J., is one of 44 draft-eligible players who will work out this weekend in front of coaches and personnel executives from 26 NBA teams at the Nets facility in East Rutherford, N.J.

At least Gibbs can give thanks that he isn’t one of the players working out Sunday — because by midnight Sunday underclassmen must decide whether they will remain in the draft or pull out and return to campus.

“The whole decision is kind of a train wreck,” said veteran NBA agent Mark Bartelstein. “If the goal is for players to get really accurate information on where they stand and make a good decision, I think the May 8 date is certainly not benefitting [them]. To read more of this story, click here

John Wall Has a Photographic Memory

NEW YORK — In addition to his supersonic speed and killer instinct, it turns out John Wall may also possess a photographic memory.

So says Washington Wizards coach Flip Saunders.

“He’s got an extremely high basketball IQ and it seems like he’s got a photographic memory,” Saunders said before Wall put up 19 points, six assists and five rebounds in the Wizards’ 92-90 loss to the Knicks Sunday night at Madison Square Garden. To read more of this story, click here

Wall's Reebok Commercial to Air Thursday

NEW YORKJohn Wall’s life will change forever Thursday night.

Not only is expected to be the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards, but Wall’s sneaker commercial will make its television debut during the draft.

“To have your own commercial is a dream come true,” Wall said Wednesday during a meeting with the media.

Yahoo! Sports reported that Wall inked a five-year, $25-million deal with Reebok.

The “ZigTech Slash” is part of the company’s ZigTech collection. To read more of this story, click here

Prokhorov Still Confident After Lottery

SECAUCUS, N.J. – Mikhail Prokhorov looked a little like an Austin Powers villain even before the NBA draft lottery began.

Once it was announced that Prokhorov and his Nets would not get John Wall with the first pick in the Draft, the brow of the Russian billionaire furrowed even more.

Whether you call him Mike or Michael, as NBA Commissioner David Stern said we should now that Prokhorov has come to America, one thing you should call him is confident.

“If everything goes as planned, I predict that next season we will be in the playoffs and as championship, minimum in one year, maximum five,” he said.

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LeBron & Wall Together in Jersey?

Imagine John Wall furiously pushing the ball in transition and then dishing off to LeBron James on the wing for a windmill dunk to finish.

If you’re a New Jersey Nets fan, is this pure fantasy or is it within the realm of possibility?

After their 12-70 finish last season, the Nets are in position to acquire both Wall and James to bolster their team as they begin a new era under the ownership of Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov.

The Nets will learn during Tuesday night’s NBA Draft Lottery in Secaucus whether they will secure the rights to use the No. 1 pick on Wall, the 6-foot-4 freshman point guard from Kentucky.

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Coach K Says Irving Will Transform Duke

NEW YORK --After winning the NCAA championship last month in Indianapolis, you wouldn’t think Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski would want to change too much.

But Coach K says the addition of a single player to the 2010-11 version of the Blue Devils will  transform the team’s entire offense.

“We’ll change our whole offense, the way we play because of Kyrie,” Krzyzewski said Wednesday at the New York Athletic Club, referring to incoming freshman point guard Kyrie Irving of Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick High School.

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