Saturday, March 7, 2009
The Raptors signed C Pops Mensah-Bonsu, a former George Washington star, for the final 20 games of the season yesterday, two days after he was released from a 10-day contract with San Antonio.
Mensah-Bonsu, 25, made his debut last night in a 108-102 loss to the Heat, playing 15 minutes and pulling down a game-high 10 rebounds to go with four points.
He appeared in three games for the Spurs, averaging five points and 3.3 rebounds. He also played in 12 games with Denver in the 2006-07 season.
-- PISTONS: Former coach Chuck Daly, who led Detroit to championships in 1989 and 1990, has pancreatic cancer.
The team said that Daly "is being treated for the cancer and his family is requesting privacy."
Daly also coached the 1992 gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic squad dubbed the "Dream Team." He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1994.
-- CELTICS: F Kevin Garnett has started running on a treadmill but is expected to miss at least another week with a strained right knee.
Coach Doc Rivers said Garnett reported feeling "great" after running on a treadmill, but that he is still day-to-day. . . .
F Glen "Big Baby" Davis was ejected from last night's game against Cleveland for a flagrant foul in the third quarter.
Davis wrapped up Anderson Varejao under the basket to keep him from an easy layup, causing tempers to erupt. LeBron James and Ray Allen began jawing at each other and were each called for technical fouls, as was Cavs C Zydrunas Ilgauskas.
-- PACERS: G Mike Dunleavy had surgery on his right knee to remove a bone spur and repair a torn tendon and will be out indefinitely.
-- From News Services