Sharks recall Braun, Demers; White to make debut


Sharks recall Braun, Demers; White to make debut

Feb. 19, 2011

Brodie Brazil

SAN JOSE Newly acquired San Jose Shark Ian White will arrive in the Bay Area this afternoon. White wear 9, and is expected to dress tonight. Head Coach Todd McLellan says theyll keep it pretty simple for him: We won't ask him to do too much, just go out and play hockey tonight and then as practices add up, well be able to add him into more situations. We really believe hell fit in fine.

White will recognize some familiar faces on the team, having previously played with Dany Heatley, Kyle Wellwood and Jamal Mayers. Mayers has been White's teammate on three separate clubs - Toronto, Calgary and now San Jose.

Mayers had positive things to say about his on-again teammate, noting that .. hes a really smart player, moves the puck extremely well, has a lot of poise out there and for a smaller defenceman, he really plays well positionally, as well.

Kyle Wellwood, White's teammate in Calgary noted that ...with him, its smarts and his puck moving, he can jump in a play offensively and shoot it, and the style we play where we like to have the D catch the puck high slot and shoot, is where he can score from. He should fit in well.

San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General ManagerDoug Wilson announced that the club has recalled defensemen Justin Braunfrom the Worcester Sharks and Jason Demers from the Stockton Thunder.

Marc-Eduard Vlasic will not play tonight, suffering an upper body injury.
Braun has posted 21 points (nine goals, 21 assists) and 18 penalty minutes with Worcester. In 15 games with San Jose, Braun has nine points (one goal, eight assists).Demers has 17 points (two goals, 15 assists), 20 penalty minutes and a plus-nine rating in 53 games with the Sharks. In a separate transaction, forwardBenn Ferriero and defenseman Matt Irwin have been reassigned to Worcester.
The Sharks take on the Colorado Avalanche tonight at HP Pavilion. The Avs are 0-8-1 in their last 9 games, and also made a fair amount of trades yesterday. The Sharks are more concerned about their own game, but are not taking Colorado lightly.

Head Coach Todd McLellan on the Avalanche: Theyre a very good hockey club, and it hasnt gone their way as of late, but when you shake your team up, usually you create a bit of emotion in it. Theyre still one of the best 5 on 5 scoring teams, they still have team speed, and theyre very dangerous. We dont have the luxury of deciding were going to mail one in tonight, thats not the way it works around here. If our players make that decision then shame on them. If our players go out and compete then it gives us a chance to win, then so be it.".
Mayers: Were really not worried about them to be honest with you, were concerned about ourselves and the way we want to play and weve been playing well lately and want to keep that going. And like you said get off to a good start and get on them right away.Logan Couture: They are due theyve got a lot of good players a lot of game breakers on this team, theyve got Stasny back theyve got Liles there. A lot of teams in our division have beaten them lately and we look to do the same.Follow Brodie in real-time on Twitter: @BrodieBrazilCSN

LeBron joins 30,000-point club with buzzer-beater vs Spurs


LeBron joins 30,000-point club with buzzer-beater vs Spurs

SAN ANTONIO — LeBron James has joined the NBA's 30,000-point club.

James became the seventh player with 30,000 career points when he hit a jumper with one second left in the first quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers' game against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.

James was recognized by the arena before the second quarter and got a standing ovation from Spurs fans. James patted his heard and said "thank you so much."

James needed seven points Tuesday to get there. He missed his first two midrange jumpers before making two driving layups and a 20-footer. He hit the milestone jumper over Danny Green from 19 feet out.

The 33-year-old James joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), Karl Malone (36,928), Kobe Bryant (33,643), Michael Jordan (32,292), Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) and Dirk Nowitzki (30,808) on the list.

At 33 years and 24 days, James is the youngest to reach the mark. Bryant was 34 years and 104 days when he got there.

The 14-time All-Star has averaged 27.1 points since breaking into the league as an 18-year-old in 2003.

Warriors have four All-Stars for second consecutive season

Warriors have four All-Stars for second consecutive season

OAKLAND -- The Warriors on Tuesday captured their first repeat of the season. For the second consecutive year, they’re sending four players to the All-Star Game.

Forward Draymond Green and guard Klay Thompson were announced as reserves for the game scheduled for Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. They join Warriors teammates Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, who were voted in as starters.

It’s the ninth time four players from one team were selected, but the first time it has happened in consecutive seasons.

The same four players made the team last season, when the Warriors went on to win the NBA Finals, but the format was strictly Western Conference vs. Eastern Conference.

Though reserves are still determined by a vote among coaches, the roster format has been altered this season. The top voting leaders in each conference -- Curry in the West, LeBron James in the East -- choose from the pool of available players, irrespective of conference affiliation. Those voted starters are first off the board.

With so many talented forwards migrating to the West -- including newcomers Paul George and Carmelo Anthony moving to Oklahoma City -- Green on Tuesday morning voiced some trepidation about being selected as reserve.

“It’s something that you want,” he said after shootaround. “It’s something I’d be excited about. But I do know it’s a tough pool.

“I want to be an All Star, one of the top guys in the league. But I’m here to win championships.”

Green is fourth on the Warriors in scoring, averaging 11.3 points, but leads them in rebounds (7.9) and assists (7.6). Despite missing seven of the team’s 47 games, he is making his third consecutive appearance in the All-Star game.

Thompson, who has played in all but one game this season, is making his fourth consecutive appearance in All-Star game. Third on the Warriors in scoring, at 20.6 points per game, he is having his most efficient season, shooting 48.6 percent from the field, including a league-leading 45.3 percent from deep.

Here is the full list of All-Stars:

Starters: Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins
Reserves: Jimmy Butler, Russell Westbrook, LaMarcus Aldridge, Draymond Green, Karl-Anthony Towns, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard

Starters: Kyrie Irving, DeMar DeRozan, LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid
Reserves: Kyle Lowry, Kristaps Porzingis, Kevin Love, Bradley Beal, John Wall, Al Horford, Victor Oladipo