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Posted: February 7th, 2012

Now this is a dunk over someone.

Not a thrown in.

Check out former Erie BayHawks forward Ivan Johnson dropping the hammer on Channing Frye for the Atlanta Hawks in their loss to the Phoenix Suns on Monday night.


Posted: January 15th, 2012

Ivan “The Hawk-Nest Monster” Johnson is at it again.

The former Erie BayHawks power forward had a double-double – 11 points, 10 rebounds – and hit the game-winning free throws with 4.6 seconds left to lift the Atlanta Hawks to a 93-91 win against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.

Johnson was 8-of-8 from the line for the game.

Posted: January 5th, 2012

Charles Barkley loves him. So does Reggie Miller.

Ivan Johnson impressed Barkley, a Hall of Famer, and Miller, a future Hall of Famer, with his effort for the Atlanta Hawks in their 116-109 triple-overtime home loss Thursday night to the Miami Heat, who were without injured stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

Johnson, who starred for the Erie BayHawks last season, had 13 points Thursday night that included a coast-to-coast jam in the third quarter.

Johnson added four rebounds for the Hawks before fouling out in the third and final overtime.

Posted: December 30th, 2011

God bless him.

We’ve seen this before in Erie.

Power forward Ivan Johnson, 27, who was no stranger to picking up technical fouls playing for the BayHawks in the D-League last season, was whistled for one in his NBA debut Wednesday night for the Atlanta Hawks.

Johnson replaced Tracy McGrady with 6:27 left in the game. At the 4:15 mark, Johnson picked up a technical after getting tangled with New Jersey big man Mehmet Okur on a rebound attempt.

Johnson finished the game with two points, four rebounds and an assist.

Posted: December 19th, 2011

Donald Sloan

Erie BayHawks point guard Donald Sloan had three points on 1-of-6 shooting for the Atlanta Hawks in their 79-77 loss at Charlotte tonight.

Sloan, who was invited to Atlanta’s training camp, had three assists and two rebounds in 16 minutes, 53 seconds.

Former BayHawk power forward Ivan Johnson is also in Atlanta’s training camp. He had four points on 2-of-6 shooting and seven rebounds in 17 minutes, 18 seconds.

If Johnson is waived by the Hawks and returns to the D-League, he’ll join the BayHawks.

BayHawks center Chris Daniels is playing in tonight’s preseason game for the Los Angeles Lakers against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Erie has four players in NBA training camps in Sloan, Daniels, combo guard Cory Higgins (Denver) and forward Mychel Thompson (Cleveland).

The NBA season starts Christmas Day.

Posted: December 16th, 2011

Cory Higgins

Check out Erie BayHawks combo guard Cory Higgins dancing along with three other rookies at the Denver Nuggets scrimmage tonight.

No. 22. Kind of in the background wearing an underneath shirt.

Higgins was one of five BayHawks who was invited to NBA training camps with the other four being Donald Sloan (Atlanta Hawks), Chris Daniels (Los Angeles Lakers), Mychel Thompson (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Kyle Goldcamp (Cleveland).

Thompson played in Cleveland’s preseason win at Detroit on Friday night. He scored three points on 1-of-7 shooting. Goldcamp didn’t play, but his parents made the trek from Pittsburgh to see him play.

Goldcamp is in his third season with the BayHawks after starring at Gannon.

Sloan saw action in a public scrimmage and had five points and three assists. Played solid.

Posted: July 14th, 2011

Charlotte Bobcats' D.J. Augustin is an emerging star PG in the NBA./AP Photo

With the NBA in lockout mode, it may be easy to forget how the 2010-11 season reestablished the league as one of the best in pro sp0rts.

While the owners and players try to work things out, here’s a look at my five favorite players who I consider to be under the radar. They can play.

Just aren’t on TV enough for people to notice or they’re playing for bad teams or they’re part of a team that’s a playoff contender or they’re one of many who excel at the same position (Hint! Hint!).

Now I tried to avoid guys who have made the all-star team. That kept hem from including Al Hortford. Guy is an very good player, but teammates Joe Johnson, Josh Smith and even Jamal Crawford get more pub than him in Atlanta.

I could have put guys like Houston Rockets forward Luis Scola on there, but people talk so much about how underrated he is, we all know who is he now.

In closing, I really wanted to put Philadelphia 76ers forward Thaddeus Young on the list, but I want to see how he does with coach Doug Collins for another season. I love Young’s game.

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Posted in: NBA, NBA fix
Posted: May 14th, 2011

If Oklahoma City can't find an answer for Memphis PF Zach Randolph, it will fall to the eighth-seeded Grizzlies in Sunday's Game 7./AP Photo

1-2 so far. Not good.

Chicago over Atlanta is the only conference semifinal prediction I’ve gotten right in this year’s NBA Playoffs.

Picked Boston in six games. The Celtics lost in five to the Miami Heat.

Picked the Los Angeles Lakers in six games. The two-time defending NBA champions were swept by the Dallas Mavericks.

I could see the Miami one, coming because age was going to catch Boston sooner or later, but Dallas sweeping the Lakers? The only people who picked that besides Charles Barkley (He’s been on during these playoffs) are Dallas owner Mark Cuban and his closest family members.

Everyone else went with the Lakers.

Now I picked Oklahoma City to take down Memphis in six games, but we’re going to have a deciding Game 7 today to determine who will face the Mavericks in the Western Conference finals.

Can’t see Kevin Durant having two bad games in a row so I’m pretty confident in my Thunder pick, but Memphis won’t go down easily. Got too many tough guys. The Grizzlies are more than capable of winning today.

But they won’t.

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Posted in: NBA
Posted: April 30th, 2011

He's in a new uniform, but same foe awaits LeBron James in the NBA playoffs - the Boston Celtics./Photo by AP.

Goodbye Shield. Welcome back logo.

With the NFL Draft ending today, let’s talk NBA Playoffs.

The first round was good. Correction. It was great.

The Memphis Grizzlies stunned everyone except Charles Barkley in beating the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs in six games, the Boston Celtics posted the only sweep in a first-round series and Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant has been the best player in the playoffs so far.

Now the conference semifinals are here. We’ve got the match up everyone wants (Miami Heat vs. the Celtics), the one we didn’t expect (Grizzlies vs. Thunder), the one that will end quickly (Atlanta Hawks vs. the Bulls) and the one that will last longer than it should (Los Angeles Lakers vs. the Dallas Mavericks).

Let’s do this:

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Posted in: NBA
Posted: February 22nd, 2011

Can NBA veteran Chauncey Billups hit big shots in the Big Apple? The New York Knicks sure hope so. /AP Photo

The New York Knicks are getting more than just NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony in this three-team, multi-player trade that went down today.

They’re getting Mr. Big Shot – NBA vet point guard Chauncey Billups – from the Denver Nuggets.

The Knicks gave up some good players, but everyone on their team other than Amare Stoudemire was fair game.

What the Knicks are besides one of the game’s best in Anthony is a guy who can hit big shots in Billups. In the playoffs, the game slows down to execution in the half court and that’s more up Billups’ alley. He’s not the complete pick-and-roll player for Stoudemire like Steve Nash was, but Billups can play off the pick-and-roll, catch a pass on the wing and nail the deep jump shot.

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