Archive for December 16, 2016

Former BYU big man Trent Plaisted is a basketball player without a team.

The nine-year pro played just 11 games with Phoenix Hagen in the German BBL before the team folded up shop because of financial difficulties.

 It was something he wasn’t expecting.

“The German league is widely thought to be the most stable so for that to happen in Germany is completely insane,” said Plaisted, who signed in Germany because it was a stable place for his family, and a good place to live. “Obviously it didn’t work out.”

It shouldn’t have happened in the first place, according to Plaisted. The team had some issues the season before, but it was believed that everything had been handled by the team and the league.

“There was a massive failure by both the league and the people from the team because there was never enough money to even start signing players this year,” said Plaisted. “Let alone some of the guys they signed, like myself.”

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ESPN’s Zach Lowe focused on the Utah Jazz and how they can go from a good to a great team.

Lowe writes, “The Jazz have crossed the line from curious to frustrated in imagining what their injury-riddled team might do if it could finally get healthy. They are sick of hearing how they are on the precipice — how they are one of just four teams that rank in the top 10 in both points scored and allowed per possession, how all the numbers underlying their ho-hum record hint at the great team lurking beneath.”

He continued, “There are deadlines approaching, and hard choices for a small-market franchise that will have a tough time paying all five of its best players: Gobert, Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward, George Hill, and Rodney Hood. The Jazz face an urgent need for information about how those players fit.”

Lowe then looks at the decisions the Jazz have to make, including whether to extend Favors or Hill and what will happen with Hayward.

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A big day from Jimmer Fredette wasn’t enough for the Sharks to overcome a massive scoring performance from Errick McCollum as the Beikong Fly Dragons stunned Shanghai 116-112 in overtime on Friday night.

McCollum finished with a game-high 48 points on 16 for 31 shooting from the floor and 10 for 12 from the free-throw line.

Fredette did his best to keep the Sharks in the game with a team-high 46 points on 13 for 32 shooting from the floor, including 7 for 20 from beyond the arc and 13 for 14 from the free-throw line. He added 14 rebounds, five assists and a steal in 47:15.

After a slow start that saw him score just 11 points in the first half, Fredette got things going in the third. He scored nine points in the quarter as the Sharks cut the deficit down to one.

He followed that up with a monstrous fourth quarter that saw him score 19 points, including three free throws with 9.9 seconds remaining to push the game to overtime.

Fredette added seven more points in the overtime session, including a crazy off-balance 3-pointer, but Beikong answered the Sharks at ever turn.

Yang Chin-Min added 19 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Fly Dragons who improved to 4-14 with the win while Esteban Batista managed 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Guerschon Yabusele, Zhai Yi and Lu Wei each reached double figures in scoring for the Sharks who dropped just their second game in 18 tries.

Yabusele finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds while Yi and Wei chipped in with 14 and 13 points respectively.

On the season, Fredette is averaging a league-leading 39.6 points on 49.2 percent shooting from the floor, including 40.7 percent from 3-point range and 91.9 percent from the free-throw line. He also contributes 9.1 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.1 steals.

Up next for Fredette and Shanghai is a matchup with the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. The Lions are 14-4 on the season following a 105-102 loss to Liaoning.

Players to watch are Courtney Fortson and Elijah Holman. Fortson is averaging 28.6 points, 7.7 assists and 6.2 rebounds while Holman adds 18.7 points and 10.3 rebounds.