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Dr.Zoidberg
11-17-2007, 03:05 PM
Golden State Signs Free Agent DJ Mbenga

November 17, 2007 - 4:00 pm

RealGM Staff Report - The Golden State Warriors (http://warriors.realgm.com/) have signed free agent center DJ Mbenga (http://www.realgm.com/src_playerfile/1004/dj_mbenga/) to a contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations, Chris Mullin (http://www.realgm.com/src_playerfile/125/chris_mullin/). Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.

Mbenga (Ben-ga), 27, was not drafted by an NBA team, but was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Mavericks (http://mavericks.realgm.com/) prior to the 2004-05 season. He played three seasons with the Mavericks (http://mavericks.realgm.com/) (2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07) prior to being waived before the start of this season (October 30). A native of the Congo, Mbenga has averaged 1.3 points and 0.9 rebounds in 79 career regular season games. He appeared in a career-high 43 games with the Mavericks (http://mavericks.realgm.com/) during the 2005-06 campaign and logged a career-best 237 minutes overall.

Mbenga will join the Warriors (http://warriors.realgm.com/) in New York (http://knicks.realgm.com/) on Monday and will wear uniform # 28.

Link (http://www.realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/49252/20071117/golden_state_signs_free_agent_dj_mbenga/)

EricaLubarsky
11-17-2007, 03:06 PM
lotta talent-- I dont know if I should feel happy for DJ or be scared of the dominant 1-6 warriors adding another impressive piece.

AxdemxO
11-17-2007, 03:37 PM
Umm yee tht would suk if they get back on track and we face them again and DJ beasts on us...but he will fit with their style and probably get playing time

Dirkgreatness
11-17-2007, 04:05 PM
I hope he doesn't become part of this list of former Mavs who are now Mav killers.

nowhereman
11-17-2007, 04:11 PM
lol, looks like Nellie really WAS enamored by his big mystery foreign center

Zaknaf3in
11-17-2007, 04:36 PM
http://www.nba.com/warriors/news/Mbenga_Lasme_Release.html

Now he seems to be desperate to get a contract, thats a bad move to do. :D

Edit: Always several steps behind. Please delete this crappy piece of work. ;)

Male30Dan
11-17-2007, 06:00 PM
the Warriors.

Underdog
11-17-2007, 08:01 PM
[comment moved to other thread]

Underdog
11-17-2007, 08:06 PM
- wasted talent (I'd still rather have Mbenga over Juwan Mexico...)

alby
11-17-2007, 08:58 PM
that would be just our luck if he pans out to be a solid player for Nellie.

MavsX
11-17-2007, 10:06 PM
the Warriors.


i wonder what he said before it was edited.

EricaLubarsky
11-17-2007, 10:22 PM
wankers?

jthig32
11-17-2007, 11:05 PM
I hope he doesn't become part of this list of former Mavs who are now Mav killers.

?

Other than Nash, who is on this list?

rabbitproof
11-17-2007, 11:19 PM
Nash hasn't really killed us - relative to how he does against other teams. That's what makes you a X-team killer, right?

I'd say Raja is a bit more of a Mavs killer but not really.

Dirkgreatness
11-17-2007, 11:23 PM
Errr.... i think i remember Jim Jackson killing us whenever he played against us but i'm not sure.

chumdawg
11-17-2007, 11:30 PM
?

Other than Nash, who is on this list?Nash and Finley and Nelson make up this list. Moreso Nash and Nelson, since they both ushered us out of the postseason.

mqywaaah
11-17-2007, 11:32 PM
I feel sorry for DJ...

rmacomic
11-17-2007, 11:33 PM
?

Other than Nash, who is on this list?
How exactly is Nash a Mav killer?
The Sun's beat us once in the playoffs, we beat them once in the playoffs.
Regular season has been prety much a stalemate as well.
This doesn't indicate "killer" to me.

I hate this theory that when the Mavs let someone go the only goal they have is to ruin us.

jthig32
11-17-2007, 11:37 PM
How exactly is Nash a Mav killer?
The Sun's beat us once in the playoffs, we beat them once in the playoffs.
Regular season has been prety much a stalemate as well.
This doesn't indicate "killer" to me.

I hate this theory that when the Mavs let someone go the only goal they have is to ruin us.

Again...?

I was questioning his statement that lots of players the Mavs let go come back to haunt us.

I figured someone with a list like this would have Nash on it, that's all.

Incidentally though, Nash has been pretty damn good against us in the playoffs, even in 05-06.

chumdawg
11-17-2007, 11:40 PM
How exactly is Nash a Mav killer?
The Sun's beat us once in the playoffs, we beat them once in the playoffs.
Regular season has been prety much a stalemate as well.
This doesn't indicate "killer" to me.

I hate this theory that when the Mavs let someone go the only goal they have is to ruin us.The "Sun's" (sic) beat us once in the playoffs? That's how you characterize it? Really?

2005 was probably our best chance to win a title, even better than 2006. At least equal to last year.

They ended that, and you don't see it as a "killer?" Goodness, what is?

jthig32
11-17-2007, 11:44 PM
The "Sun's" (sic) beat us once in the playoffs? That's how you characterize it? Really?

2005 was probably our best chance to win a title, even better than 2006. At least equal to last year.

They ended that, and you don't see it as a "killer?" Goodness, what is?

Er...Chum....how can you possibly begin to characterize 2005 as a better chance to win the title than 2006? That's just completely illogical.

In 2005 we still would have had to go through the Spurs. You're the one always saying we played them to an essential draw and drawing negative conclusion from that. How on earth could 2005 have been an even better opportunity to win the title when they still would have stood in our path.

I agree with your overall point, losing to the Suns in 2005 was a killer, and we would have had a great shot at a title, but saying it was a better chance than 2006 is silly.

chumdawg
11-17-2007, 11:49 PM
Simple. In 2005 we had Finley. In 2006 we didn't.

QED.

Windmill360
11-17-2007, 11:49 PM
raja bell

rabbitproof
11-18-2007, 12:07 AM
Chum, in your world, is the size of the Mavericks' chance correlated to the amount of time we put between us and Nash the Maverick or something?? Cmon....

In 2005, Amare was AMARE, Mavericks interior destroyer. In 2006, Amare was no longer AMARE, Mavericks interior destroyer, and did not play. It's laughable to say we had a better shot in 2005. Our head coach was like 20 games old and we didn't know how to play real defense yet.

We had two peers in 2005 whereas we only had the Spurs in 2006.

Male30Dan
11-18-2007, 12:09 AM
uckFa heTa arriorsWa!!!

rmacomic
11-18-2007, 12:13 AM
The "Sun's" (sic) beat us once in the playoffs? That's how you characterize it? Really?

2005 was probably our best chance to win a title, even better than 2006. At least equal to last year.

They ended that, and you don't see it as a "killer?" Goodness, what is?
You over dramatize anything related to Steve Nash? That's how anyone on this board characterizes my posts? Really?

Wow, how did I know you'd be the first to rush to Nash's defense?

Would have been better if the Kings (reaching) beat our best chance in 2005?

I don't see that as a "killer". Goodness Gracious, what is? I dunno Luck? Fate?

"A" team beat the Mavs every time they have been in the playoffs.
The way I see it. It just hasn't been in the cards for the Mavs to go all the way yet.

Do you really think players stay awake at night, awaiting the first chance to get back at Mark Cuban?

Every interview I have read on Steve Nash regarding leaving the Mavs he pretty much says the same thing. While he didn't want to leave, the offer the Suns gave him was just too good to turn down. No hard feelings, yet some posters on here continue to have this paranoid belief that Nash lives his life to embarrass the Mavs.

I think Nash is above such bush league mentality. I would think Nash lovers would agree.

Flacolaco
11-18-2007, 12:19 AM
Our head coach was like 20 games old and we didn't know how to play real defense yet.

That's what I was going to say. 2005, was not a great chance at anything, IMO.

It was however, host to the greatest game 7 ever ;)

Windmill360
11-18-2007, 12:21 AM
Ohhhh, man I wish I could go back in time. I'd take state.

Flacolaco
11-18-2007, 12:32 AM
Ohhhh, man I wish I could go back in time. I'd take state.


http://www.dr4b.org/pictures/Baseball/Mariners/ND/unclerico.JPG

chumdawg
11-18-2007, 12:32 AM
You over dramatize anything related to Steve Nash? That's how anyone on this board characterizes my posts? Really?

Wow, how did I know you'd be the first to rush to Nash's defense?

Would have been better if the Kings (reaching) beat our best chance in 2005?

I don't see that as a "killer". Goodness Gracious, what is? I dunno Luck? Fate?

"A" team beat the Mavs every time they have been in the playoffs.
The way I see it. It just hasn't been in the cards for the Mavs to go all the way yet.

Do you really think players stay awake at night, awaiting the first chance to get back at Mark Cuban?

Every interview I have read on Steve Nash regarding leaving the Mavs he pretty much says the same thing. While he didn't want to leave, the offer the Suns gave him was just too good to turn down. No hard feelings, yet some posters on here continue to have this paranoid belief that Nash lives his life to embarrass the Mavs.

I think Nash is above such bush league mentality. I would think Nash lovers would agree.Dan was right. You simply should explore the possibility that you aren't funny.

chumdawg
11-18-2007, 12:38 AM
Chum, in your world, is the size of the Mavericks' chance correlated to the amount of time we put between us and Nash the Maverick or something?? Cmon....

In 2005, Amare was AMARE, Mavericks interior destroyer. In 2006, Amare was no longer AMARE, Mavericks interior destroyer, and did not play. It's laughable to say we had a better shot in 2005. Our head coach was like 20 games old and we didn't know how to play real defense yet.

We had two peers in 2005 whereas we only had the Spurs in 2006.We were a good team in 2005. If we couldn't beat Amare then, we can't beat him now, so I don't want to hear it.

If we beat the Suns that year, we beat the Spurs in the WCF. None of this crap about "waah, waah, we ran into a hot team." No, none of that. If we beat the Suns we play the Spurs, and if we beat the Spurs we walk to the Finals.

For a team that was hungry for it since 2001, that was our year.

It is a sad thing that Nellie quit on us, for if he hadn't, we would surely have won the NBA title that year.

But we carry on. We showed our ass the last couple years, but I think this year we have a chance.

mqywaaah
11-18-2007, 12:58 AM
http://www.dr4b.org/pictures/Baseball/Mariners/ND/unclerico.JPG


Uncle Rico!!!

EricaLubarsky
11-18-2007, 02:03 AM
Warriors sgned Nash? The dastards!

chumdawg
11-18-2007, 02:10 AM
Warriors sgned Nash? The dastards!Nash?

Thespiralgoeson
11-18-2007, 02:32 AM
How exactly is Nash a Mav killer?
The Sun's beat us once in the playoffs, we beat them once in the playoffs.


Uh, yes they have beaten us...

Thespiralgoeson
11-18-2007, 02:38 AM
Chum, I've always respected you, but I really do wish you'd shut the hell up sometimes. Reading your posts is becoming a lot like reading Ape's posts or watching a Michael Moore movie.

chumdawg
11-18-2007, 02:41 AM
Chum, I've always respected you, but I really do wish you'd shut the hell up sometimes. Reading your posts is becoming a lot like reading Ape's posts or watching a Michael Moore movie.You should try to breathe deeply, and keep your head.

ty
11-18-2007, 03:48 AM
Mbenga reunited with Croshere on GS...

mary
11-18-2007, 05:20 AM
I can't help but feel happy for Mbenga. I hope good things happen for him.

EricaLubarsky
11-18-2007, 06:25 AM
I'm happy for him too-- the reason I was sad he was waived is because I wanted him to make it in the NBA. It's good to see he is still in the league.

Anyway, is anyone scared to death of Golden State now that they have the best of our Finals team?

Underdog
11-18-2007, 09:25 AM
We were a good team in 2005........ If we beat the Suns we play the Spurs, and if we beat the Spurs we walk to the Finals.


IF we beat the Suns & Spurs in 2005, then that would have been our best chance???

We DID beat the Suns & Spurs in 2006 and went onto the Finals (but somehow that wasn't our best chance in your mind?)

Sorry, but you sound like a Nash/Nellie-nut-hugging idiot...

jthig32
11-18-2007, 09:51 AM
Simple. In 2005 we had Finley. In 2006 we didn't.

QED.

You are nuts.

skylive321
11-18-2007, 12:06 PM
nellie's just building on his insider info... think tony cubes'll include croshere and mbenga as part of the lawsuit?

rabbitproof
11-18-2007, 12:37 PM
We were a good team in 2005. If we couldn't beat Amare then, we can't beat him now, so I don't want to hear it.

If we beat the Suns that year, we beat the Spurs in the WCF. None of this crap about "waah, waah, we ran into a hot team." No, none of that. If we beat the Suns we play the Spurs, and if we beat the Spurs we walk to the Finals.

For a team that was hungry for it since 2001, that was our year.

It is a sad thing that Nellie quit on us, for if he hadn't, we would surely have won the NBA title that year.

But we carry on. We showed our ass the last couple years, but I think this year we have a chance.

Eh. Where are you going? I thought we were comparing 2005 to 2006. In 2006, the Suns didn't have Amare. In 2005, they did and it was the original pre-micro Amare. I don't see how having Amare in 2005 makes the Suns more beatable.

Also beating the Suns is no recipe for beating the Spurs. In 2005, even if we were able to beat the Suns, the Spurs would've been a tougher opponent. They traditionally have been the better team of the two, four rocks and all.

As for Nellie being a sure-fire thing, Nellie's never beaten the Spurs in the playoffs as a Mavericks coach. Correct me if I'm wrong.

Jack.Kerr
11-18-2007, 01:43 PM
Will Mbenga take mintues from Brandan Wright?

alby
11-18-2007, 02:00 PM
Mbenga will get minutes?

MavsFanFinley
11-18-2007, 10:27 PM
I see MBenga getting minutes. The only legit center they have is Biedrins and though Nellie likes smallball I see MBenga flourishly in this style of play.

fluid.forty.one
11-18-2007, 10:41 PM
non story

EricaLubarsky
11-18-2007, 11:41 PM
The run and gun is perfect for a shotblocker like DJ. DJ has difficulty learning defensive schemes plus he can't rebound to save his life.

He's a prefect fit for the Warriors.

chumdawg
11-18-2007, 11:45 PM
The run and gun is perfect for a shotblocker like DJ. DJ has difficulty learning defensive schemes plus he can't rebound to save his life.

He's a prefect fit for the Warriors.He has difficulty learning defensive schemes?

Like, they had to bring a specialist to teach him? With blocks or something as opposed to men?

wmbwinn
11-18-2007, 11:46 PM
I don't see Nellie turning a lot to a center who is an offensive liability. If Mbenga is on the court, then the opposing defense can use the center to double on someone. The opposing defense can largely ignore Mbenga.

I don't see Mbenga playing for Nellie unless he improves a lot as a project. The other possibility is bringing in Mbenga at the end of games when a time out is called after each possession in tight games. Mbenga comes in for defense against a big in the paint and sits for offense.

Mbenga would be perfect for the Hack a Shaq type strats.

wmbwinn
11-18-2007, 11:49 PM
I see MBenga getting minutes. The only legit center they have is Biedrins and though Nellie likes smallball I see MBenga flourishly in this style of play.

Biedrins is a classic center for Nellie and reminds me of a shorter Sean Bradley. Biedrin is not an offensive liability. He rebounds ok.

The only time I recall Nellie using a Mbenga type center is if he wanted to foul someone like Shaq.

dalmations202
11-19-2007, 08:13 AM
Didn't you all read about Dirk saying that Benga spent more time practicing his three pointers and half-court shots than he did his inside game.

Nellie will Love to line Benga up outside to shoot threes.

Anyone who would focus an offense around Anthony Mason instead of Patrick Ewing has the perfect mindset to love a half court shooting Benga.

horse900703
11-19-2007, 09:00 AM
we dont need him~~~~

MavsFanFinley
11-19-2007, 09:58 AM
Biedrins is a classic center for Nellie and reminds me of a shorter Sean Bradley. Biedrin is not an offensive liability. He rebounds ok.

The only time I recall Nellie using a Mbenga type center is if he wanted to foul someone like Shaq.

Biedrins is more than an ok rebounder. He's averaging just over a 11 a game right now. Most impressively is that he's shooting 70% from the ft line. Talk about an improvement though it's still early in the season.

Davis and Jackson are good at passing to cutters when double-teamed so if MBenga could get some easy points that way he wouldn't be too bad offensively. Or focus solely on clean up baskets.

Not saying he's going to be a force or have the Mavs wishing he was back but he could play effectively in this system.

Dirkenstien
11-19-2007, 09:58 AM
Crap. Good for Benga because I really like the guy. I just wish it was anyone but the Warriors because that makes it tremendously difficult to root for him.

MavsFanFinley
11-20-2007, 07:31 PM
He's played about 5 minutes so far in the 2nd quarter. Hasn't had a chance to do anything and looks a little lost in the set plays but that's to be expected for his first game and no practice with the team.

Dtownsfinest
11-20-2007, 10:30 PM
If Ginobilli wouldn't have committed that foul towards Dirk i'm not sure if that 3 by Finley two post seasons ago wouldn't have been a dagger.

Underdog
11-21-2007, 12:04 AM
If Ginobilli wouldn't have committed that foul towards Dirk i'm not sure if that 3 by Finley two post seasons ago wouldn't have been a dagger.


Wow, never heard that one before...

:rolleyes:

Thespiralgoeson
11-21-2007, 12:40 AM
If Ginobilli wouldn't have committed that foul towards Dirk i'm not sure if that 3 by Finley two post seasons ago wouldn't have been a dagger.

Yeah, and if the officials hadn't f**ked us in game 6, OR if Terry hadn't been suspended, that game never would've happened to begin with.

alby
11-21-2007, 01:46 AM
it is 2007.

Underdog
11-21-2007, 08:57 AM
it is 2007.


I guess nobody got the memo...

mqywaaah
11-21-2007, 12:21 PM
Any pics of DJ wearing the enemy's uniform?