Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Hilton Armstrong Back in NBA; Jim Calhoun Back Helping Needy Families

Hilton Armstrong is back in the NBA, after being called up from the D-League to the Golden State Warriors.

Here's the press release sent out on Wednesday afternoon:

OAKLAND, CA – The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent center Hilton Armstrong as a Call-Up from the Warriors’ NBA Development League affiliate in Santa Cruz, the team announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Armstrong, 29, appeared in six games (all starts) with the Santa Cruz Warriors this season, averaging 15.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 3.00 blocks (fifth-best in the D-League) in 30.3 minutes while hitting 63.5 percent from the field (eighth). Armstrong, who spent the 2013 preseason with the Indiana Pacers, appeared in 29 games for Santa Cruz in 2012-13, leading the league in field goal percentage (62.8 percent) and earning Honorable Mention All-NBA D-League and Second Team All NBA D-League Defensive Team honors. The 19th D-League Call-Up in Golden State Warriors history (second this season), he holds career D-League marks of 13.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 2.37 blocks in 27.0 minutes over 35 games with Santa Cruz.

Originally selected by the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets with the 12th overall pick of the 2006 NBA Draft, Armstrong played five seasons with the Hornets (2006-09), Sacramento Kings (2010), Houston Rockets (2010), Washington Wizards (2010-11) and Atlanta Hawks (2011) and owns career NBA averages of 3.1 points and 2.6 rebounds in 11.8 minutes over 277 games (39 starts). He has also played professionally with ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne in France, Panathinaikos in Greece and Changsha Bank Guangdong in China.

A product of the University of Connecticut, Armstrong helped the Huskies win the NCAA Championship as a sophomore in 2004.

He will wear uniform #57.

*** Also, Jim Calhoun will continue his annual holiday tradition of helping the needy with holiday meals on Monday in Hartford. The details:

WHO: Coach Jim Calhoun, his family, a number of current players and Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra will join a team from ShopRite, the Hartford law firm of RisCassi and Davis, Omar Coffee, the City of Hartford Department of Families, Children, Youth & Recreation and the City of Hartford Department of Health & Human Services to provide holiday meals for 600 needy Hartford families. The meals were generously donated by Coach Calhoun, ShopRite and the Hartford law firm of RisCassi and Davis.

WHEN: Monday, December 16
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Pope Park Recreation Center)

WHAT: Coach Jim Calhoun, his family, players and Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra will join a team from ShopRite, the Hartford law firm of RisCassi and Davis Omar Coffee, the City of Hartford Department of Families, Children, Youth & Recreation and the City of Hartford Department of Health & Human Services will distribute 600 eighteen pound turkeys and holiday meal fixings to needy families. This year's event is Coach Calhoun's 15th Holiday Food Drive.

Since Coach began his efforts in 1999, over $1.9 million has been raised to benefit Connecticut families in need.

WHERE: Pope Park Recreation Center, 30 Pope Park Drive, Hartford

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