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Former NBA player Ernie Vandeweghe dies at 86
The death was confirmed Sunday night by Kiki Vandeweghe, who said his father died of natural causes at his home in Newport Beach.
Vandeweghe averaged 9.5 points and 4.6 rebounds in 224 regular-season games for the Knicks from 1949-56. In college, he averaged 19.1 points in four seasons at Colgate.
"I am so lucky to have spent so many years with him learning and growing," granddaughter CoCo Vandeweghe, a pro tennis player ranked 40th in the world, said in a Facebook post Saturday. "He is now in a better place with his beloved wife. He will be missed dearly. Love you Pal."
Ernie Vandeweghe's wife, Colleen, died in 2010. She won the 1952 Miss America pageant.
Born in Montreal, Vandeweghe went to medical school while in the NBA and was a physician in the U.S. Air Force. He was chairman of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and served on the Olympic Sports Commission. He also was the Lakers' team physician when the team moved to Los Angeles from Minneapolis.
"He's never really gone because the lessons are still there," said Kiki Vandeweghe, who as a 5-year-old didn't understand why his physician father would often be gone on weekends.
"He used to take care of the athletes and their kids. I found out he never charged any of those people. When you can afford to give back, you do."
Kiki Vandeweghe played 13 seasons in the NBA and was a two-time All-Star who averaged 19.7 points for his career. Daughter Tauna won a U.S. swimming championship in the backstroke and competed in the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Son Bruk was a beach volleyball player, and daughter Heather captained the U.S. women's polo team. Coco is Tauna's daughter.
Ernie Vandeweghe grew up on Long Island and played football, basketball and baseball at Oceanside High School.
NBA: Pistons introduce Bower as new GM
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Jeff Bower is now the teams general manager, after Van Gundy was hired as coach and team president last month. They both appeared at a news conference, then were available for more informal interviews afterward. Van Gundy was surrounded by reporters almost immediately, and its clear that hes still the face of the franchises next big effort to return to relevance.
But Bower brings plenty of experience at the NBA level to his new job. He was the coach at Marist College last season, but hes been a general manager and coach in the pros with New Orleans.
"Hes done almost everything at the NBA level," Van Gundy said. "Hes been an assistant coach, hes been a head coach, hes been a scout, hes been an assistant general manager, hes been a general manager, so hes got an experience that really allows him to know the NBA on every level of what goes on in terms of basketball operations."
Bower said his coaching experience helps shape the way he evaluates talent.
"Being able to see how players change and the impact that you can have on a players game always kind of kept that thought process in mind, that you can improve players, and that players can get better," Bower said.
Bower was the general manager of the Charlotte-New Orleans Hornets from 2001-03 and again from 2005-10. He also coached the team in 2009-10, going 34-39.
Bower has also been an assistant coach at Penn State and Marist. Van Gundy said their relationship dates to when Bower was an assistant at Marist and Van Gundy was an assistant at Fordham.
"Ive always had a tremendous respect for people who have really had to work their way up the ladder," Van Gundy said.
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NBA: Phoenix at San Antonio (9:30E – ESPN)
The Spurs have to win four of their next five games to advance to West Finals and even having its three stars seemingly healthy might not be enough to make that occur. It seems that Phoenix has all of its pieces meshing at this point in time and appears to be a real threat to the Lakers in the Western Conference. With the Spurs in a must-win spot at home in Game 3 of this series, Sportsbook.com oddsmakers have listed San Antonio as a 6-point favorite.
Basketball is five on five with every player having a job to do. Though Tony Parker is coming off the bench, he’s playing starter minutes. (36:05 in Game 2) And even if you take bench scoring in the literal sense, San Antonio was outscored 31-24 by players that came off the Phoenix chairs, which was essentially the difference in 110-102 final.
Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili have been carrying this franchise for years, unfortunately they can’t do it alone and need more help. This helps explain an 11-25 ATS record revenging a road loss over the last two seasons. Richard Jefferson was more effective in the last contest, but Antonio McDyess and Matt Bonner were non-factors.
Phoenix on the other hand showed the depth of the Chinese Red Army. The Suns starters were a step slow, out of rhythm and playing mediocre basketball as they trailed 30-21 after the first quarter.
Coach Alvin Gentry had just pleaded with his team to give more effort and in came Jared Dudley, Channing Frye and Louis Amundson. Phoenix exploded with increased energy, scoring, rebounding and playing tighter defense. The starters watched as their teammates led the surge on San Antonio and by halftime the game was knotted up at 51.
Dudley in particular was the star of stars. "He was my player of the game -- he made some huge plays for us," Steve Nash said. "He did a bunch of things that more than anything gave us energy and confidence and changed the game and enabled us to come back and tie at halftime just because of his energy and spirit."
San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich seconded that notion: "Jared Dudley changed the whole game. He came in and was a monster. He was committed to the boards, and it was infectious."
The Spurs need this type of player to help the power trio against a Suns’ team that is shining bright with a 20-4 SU and 17-6-1 ATS record since Mar.14. San Antonio is six-point favorites with total of 205.5 and is 8-3 ATS off a straight up and spread loss. This is a conflict they need to take control of throughout and are 10-3-1 UNDER at home vs. teams with a winning road record.
Phoenix has covered eight of last 11 contests as road underdogs and is 17-6 OVER away from Arizona after consecutive games as a home favorite.
NBA: Top NBA Weekend Power Trends 2/5-2/7
It’s Super Bowl weekend, but of course, football isn’t the only wagering option, the NBA & college hoops are in full swing with a busy slate of action on tap. In the NBA, it is the last full weekend before the all-star break, as next weekend will be dominated the festivities in Dallas. For now though, the next three days offer up 24 different games, highlighted by the biggest Saturday board we’ve seen this season. Read on for a look at some of the most compelling games upcoming, as well as the list of some of this weekend’s Top StatFox Betting Trends for you to consider.
Friday’s board features 10 games highlighted by two on ESPN. In the first one, the surging Chicago Bulls travel to Atlanta to take on the Hawks. The Bulls had won five straight games prior to a back-to-back this week with the Clippers and 76ers. Amazingly, their five game winning streak came on the road, all against winning teams, only for it to end with a pair of losses to teams with losing marks. Perhaps the challenge of the Hawks will get things turned around again, as Atlanta remains one of the league’s top teams at home, 20-5 SU & 17-8 ATS. In the nightcap, Kobe & the Lakers host Denver. Bryant comes off a game in which he scored just five points, bothered by a sore ankle and perhaps fatigued by a record setting week for both he & coach Phil Jackson, in which Bryant became the franchise’s all-time leading scorer and Jackson the Lakers leader in coaching wins. L.A. is just 12-17 ATS vs. Western Conference foes this season, while Denver is just 11-17 ATS. Elsewhere, Houston will visit Memphis in a battle of two teams tied at 26-22 for the 9th spot in the West playoff standings. In the East, Boston and Orlando will each be hosting games as double-digit favorites.
On Saturday, the association has 12 games scheduled including three pitting opponents who both played on Friday night. In these contests, Memphis visits Minnesota, Indiana travels to Milwaukee, and Houston plays host to Philadelphia. Of those matchups, Milwaukee and Philadelphia enjoy significant edges in their records when playing on zero days rest this season. That is something you’ll want to remember as you handicap Saturday’s games. Elsewhere, the red-hot Cavaliers, on a winning and spread-covering roll, play host to New York, hoping to extend a 10-game winning streak. The Heat continue a difficult stretch of games in Chicago and come in having taking four of the L5 head-to-head meetings from Dwyane Wade’s hometown team. Another team that is heating up of late is the Utah Jazz, and they will look to make it eight straight wins when they welcome Denver to Salt Lake. The Nuggets are on a 7-3 ATS run vs. Utah. Finally, the Blazers will look to make it six in a row, both SU & ATS, at home versus the Lakers.
On Super Bowl Sunday, there are just two games, both early, giving bettors plenty of time to get ready for the Indy-New Orleans showdown. In Toronto, the Raptors play their customary matinee when they host Sacramento. On paper, this figures to be a tough spot for the Kings, as they were just 3-21 SU on the road and 6-13 SU & ATS vs. the East headed into the weekend. Toronto has also proven tough in the home chalk role. In the other game, ABC brings an Orlando-Boston clash at 2:30 PM ET. Both teams have fallen well behind Cleveland with prolonged stretches of mediocre play and figure to be resigned to battling with Atlanta for the 2nd-4th spots in the East standings for the rest of the season. As of presstime, the three teams were separated by just a game-and-a-half.
Now, here’s our weekly look at the top StatFox Power Trends to consider in your NBA wagering over the next three days.
(803) DETROIT vs. (804) INDIANA
DETROIT is 6-20 ATS (-16 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons. The average score was DETROIT 91.9, OPPONENT 97.7 - (Rating = 2*)
(807) MILWAUKEE vs. (808) NEW YORK
MILWAUKEE is 16-4 ATS (+11.6 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 99+ points/game this season. The average score was MILWAUKEE 102.1, OPPONENT 96.5 - (Rating = 3*)
(811) HOUSTON vs. (812) MEMPHIS
MEMPHIS is 8-28 ATS (-22.8 Units) when playing against a marginal winning team (Win Pct. 51%-60%) over L3 seasons. The average score was MEMPHIS 97.2, OPPONENT 105.4 - (Rating = 3*)
(813) PHILADELPHIA vs. (814) NEW ORLEANS
NEW ORLEANS is 4-16 ATS (-13.6 Units) versus poor defensive teams - shooting pct defense of >=46% this season. The average score was NEW ORLEANS 102.3, OPPONENT 104.7 - (Rating = 3*)
(817) PHOENIX vs. (818) SACRAMENTO
PHOENIX is 20-5 ATS (+14.5 Units) vs. poor defensive teams - FG pct defense of >=46% in 2nd half of the L3 seasons. The average score was PHOENIX 122.3, OPPONENT 108.7 - (Rating = 2*)
(501) NEW ORLEANS vs. (502) CHARLOTTE
CHARLOTTE is 40-20 ATS (+18 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 99+ points/game over the last 2 seasons. The average score was CHARLOTTE 98.1, OPPONENT 94.3 - (Rating = 2*)
(503) ATLANTA vs. (504) WASHINGTON
WASHINGTON is 5-19 ATS (-15.9 Units) vs. division opponents over the last 2 seasons. The average score was WASHINGTON 87.5, OPPONENT 97.7 - (Rating = 2*)
(507) NEW YORK vs. (508) CLEVELAND
NEW YORK is 19-6 ATS (+12.4 Units) in road games vs. good offensive teams scoring 99+ PPG over the last 2 seasons. The average score was NEW YORK 107, OPPONENT 110.6 - (Rating = 2*)
(511) MEMPHIS vs. (512) MINNESOTA
MINNESOTA is 8-25 ATS (-19.5 Units) at home against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons. The average score was MINNESOTA 93.7, OPPONENT 104.8 - (Rating = 3*)
(801) SACRAMENTO vs. (802) TORONTO
SACRAMENTO is 15-34 ATS (-22.4 Units) in non-conference games over the last 2 seasons. The average score was SACRAMENTO 99.5, OPPONENT 109.2 - (Rating = 2*)
(801) SACRAMENTO vs. (802) TORONTO
TORONTO is 17-6 UNDER (+10.4 Units) versus terrible defensive teams - allowing 103+ PPG over the last 2 seasons. The average score was TORONTO 101.7, OPPONENT 102 - (Rating = 1*)
(803) ORLANDO vs. (804) BOSTON
Stan Van Gundy is 65-40 ATS (+21 Units) versus good offensive teams - scoring 99+ PPG as the coach of ORLANDO. The average score was Van Gundy 103, OPPONENT 98.5 - (Rating = 2*)