• JR Smith Calls Dennis Rodman Comparison ‘an Honor’

    SLAM Online "The New York Knicks are holding training camp at Army’s Christl Arena in West Point, NY. JR Smith, naturally, feels a bit out of place. Smith, a notorious night owl, acknowledges that he wouldn’t survive in the armed forces. Smith says team president Phil Jackson comparing him to Dennis..." October 01

  • Updated NBA season win totals released

    Covers.com "The Westgate LV SuperBook released its updated list of 2014-15 NBA regular season win totals on Monday with LeBron James and his new-look Cavaliers topping the list. Here's a look at the odds for every team at the book: HAWKS 40.5 CELTICS 26.5 NETS..." October 01

  • Report: NBA lottery reform gaining support, could come this season

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA rewards failure. The league’s draft lottery was designed to curb tanking, and it might have worked. The worst team has only a 25 percent chance of landing the No. 1 pick. But it probably hasn’t worked effectively enough. Every year, teams still tank. No, the worst team doesn’t..." October 01

  • Paul George remains hopeful he can return for the playoffs

    CBSSports.com "It sounds crazy, if you've watched the injury. (Note: Do not go watch the injury. No good can come of that.) But Paul George still believes there's a chance that he can play again this season after he recovers from his severely broken leg. He just needs a little help: The Pacers need to make the..." October 01

  • LeBron James says his back has been 'iffy' at Cavaliers camp

    SI.com "LeBron James indicated Tuesday that he's been battling a back issue in the early part of the Cleveland Cavaliers' training camp. James said his back has been "iffy," according to ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin. James has yet to miss a work out but said he could sit one out on Tuesday..." October 01

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    Marc J. Spears @SpearsNBAYahoo

    Lakers coach Byron Scott said Kobe plans on playing in all 8 preseason games to get the rust off, get his timing and get his legs ready.

  • DeMarcus Cousins sets a goal of only 5 technicals for the season

    Sactown Royalty "DeMarcus Cousins has a bit of a reputation as a hothead, and at times he's deserved it. Cousins has led the league in technical fouls in both of the last two seasons and has finished in the top 5 every year he's been in the league. Last year saw him get his 15th technical in a late February..." October 01

  • Dion Waiters reignites Cavaliers’ rivalry with Wizards

    Akron Beacon Journal "Considering how much time LeBron James has invested in Dion Waiters, instructing him to ignore the noise and not worry so much about what everyone else is saying, it’s only natural that Waiters stoked the fires Tuesday on a reborn rivalry with the Washington Wizards precisely because of what..." October 01

  • Vonleh: I Should be Cleared Medically in 2-3 Weeks

    Basketball Insiders "Rookie power forward Noah Vonleh said he hopes to be fully cleared medically in the next two to three weeks, following surgery to repair a sports hernia. Vonleh said he was playing pickup basketball on Indiana’s campus when he felt a “pop,” which he thought was just a groin pull. " October 01

  • Butler hopeful Bulls extension comes soon

    ESPN Chicago "Jimmy Butler is hoping to stay in Chicago. The swingman made that clear after Tuesday's first practice as the Bulls' front office and Butler's agent, Happy Walters, continue to try to hammer out an extension before the Oct. 31 deadline. "I want to be here," Butler said. "I think the Bulls..." October 01

  • J.R. Smith knows he would make the absolute worst Army cadet

    New York Post "J.R. Smith grew up not so far away, in Freehold, NJ, but had never stepped foot on the post of West Point. Nor has he ever been in this sort of regimented environment. Smith wasn’t offended by the suggestion he was out of place – the NBA’s perennial rules-breaker amid an environment suffocated..." October 01

  • Rajon Rondo Wants To Invent ‘Waterproof’ Writing Instrument To Use In Shower

    NESN "If you’re one of those people who uses the shower as prime “thinking time” and your only wish is to have a waterproof writing utensil, have no fear. Rajon Rondo feels your pain. The Boston Celtics star is going to be out for several weeks with a broken hand after taking a fall in his shower,..." September 30

  • Kobe Bryant unloads on former coach Mike D'Antoni, again

    SB Nation "It's pretty well known that Kobe Bryant wasn't a big fan of former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni, and Bryant said as much Monday. "D'Antoni and I didn't have the same philosophy on winning. For me, it's winning and no in between...it's championship or a waste of time," Bryant..." September 30

  • Mike Miller on what angered LeBron James in Miami: "LeBron thought [amnestying me] was an unnecessary change"

    Cleveland Plain Dealer ""We're as close as teammates than any I've had in my career. I've always wanted to play alongside of him. When you go through tough times in an NBA season, you get to know each other even more beyond the game of basketball." Those were the words of Cavaliers superstar LeBron James after..." September 30

  • Timberwolves trio went through weeks of hell with Navy SEAL trainer

    Fox Sports Ohio "The children are slipping down Shabazz Muhammad's back, inches away from falling into a pit of whitewater rapids and fire. As Muhammad gropes for another handhold, his entire weight and an additional 100 pounds of helpless youth suspended above the perils below, he falters. A pair of guiding..." September 30

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    Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

    In chat for @SportsCenter to air this week, Kevin Durant tells ESPN he intends to be on Team USA for 2016 Olympics after his '14 summer off

  • Trey Burke, in wake of nude-photo scandal: ‘My judgments will be much better’

    Pro Basketball Talk "Before Media Day even started, the Jazz were dealing with a social media problem. Nude photos, purportedly of point guard Trey Burke, made the rounds on Twitter late last night and this morning, prompting an investigation of sorts by Jazz officials. "We were made aware of the situation this..." September 30

  • James Harden: "At times, my defense was pretty bad"

    The Dream Shake "At Houston Rockets media day, James Harden sat down for his interview and predictably the discourse shifted to his defense. After a World Cup in which Harden asserted himself in a larger role, Harden still came under fire for a perceived lack of effort on the defensive end. Here's what Harden had..." September 30

  • Budenholzer more than ready, able to function as Hawks' GM and coach

    Fox Sports South "Most people dread going back to work. For head coach Mike Budenholzer, the return to the basketball court will be refreshing. In reality though, Budenholzer's been hard at work for some time. Wearing two hats within the organization has left little time for rest. When general manager Danny..." September 30

  • Deron Williams and Kobe Bryant engage in an unlikely war of words

    Crossover Chronicles "It is no secret Deron Williams of the Brooklyn Nets has not been all that great in the past few seasons. He was consistently one of the few best point guards in the NBA throughout his time in Utah, and after a decent start with New Jersey/Brooklyn, injuries have claimed a lot of his..." September 30

  • Kobe Bryant: 'When I leave, it's because I choose to'

    Yahoo! Sports "Kobe Bryant watched on television as Derek Jeter walked off the field at Yankee Stadium for the last time last week. The Los Angeles Lakers guard hopes to eventually walk away just like Jeter did. But he also hopes to delay that day by a couple years. "The biggest key for anybody in retirement..." September 30

  • Pistons' Greg Monroe says rumors of team discord 'lies'

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Pistons forward/center Greg Monroe called them lies — not rumors — when discussing reports of a rocky relationship with his teammates, especially Josh Smith, that he didn't want to be in Detroit and why he signed a qualifying offer instead of a long-term deal with the Pistons. He tried..." September 30

  • Bradley Beal thinks Wizards have best backcourt, Dion Waiters disagrees

    CBSSports.com "Everyone else was saying it, so Bradley Beal joined in. "We're definitely the best backcourt in the league," the third-year shooting guard said at Washington Wizards media day Monday. So that was that. Beal and point guard John Wall swaggered through an endless series of interviews and photo..." September 30

  • Alonzo Gee Reaches Deal With Nuggets

    Real GM Basketball "Free agent forward Alonzo Gee has reached agreement on a deal with the Denver Nuggets, a source with knowledge told RealGM. After deciding on Monday to join the Nuggets, Gee will report to Denver training camp Tuesday. As one of the best players on the available market, the 6-foot-6 forward..." September 30

  • Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire, Andrea Bargnani say they are healthy and ready for triangle offense

    New York Daily News "Better check those expiration dates. Amar’e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani will combine for $35.4 million in expiring contracts after the upcoming season for Phil Jackson and the Knicks to have some workable cap space next summer. But both veteran big men claimed to be in good health on Monday,..." September 30

  • Lillard's diet, the crazy big men and a load of notes from Blazers media day

    Portland Tribune "Damian Lillard said the biggest change he made during the offseason was with his diet. "I stopped eating fast foods," the All-Star point guard said. "Stopped drinking sodas. No salt, no sugar. The only sugar comes from fruit. "It's been 2 1/2 months. I feel great. I wake up in the morning..." September 30

  • Take 5: On Marc Gasol's future and Tony Allen's key to a good start

    Memphis Commercial Appeal "Five quick quotes from the Griz media day: 1. Marc Gasol, on his pending free agency: “I think we’ve got to take it day by day. We have so many goals and things that we’ve got to do, still. We’ll get there when we get there and then we’ll see how everything is. You guys know how much I love..." September 30

  • Employees deny Rajon Rondo broke his hand at birthday party

    Fox Sports "No, folks, Rajon Rondo did not break his hand at a trampoline park. Multiple employees at Altitude Trampoline Park in Billerica, Mass., tweeted over the weekend, and a NESN.com source confirmed, that Rondo did nothing but sit and watch his kids jump at a birthday party Tuesday, dispelling..." September 30

  • Saunders and Rubio decline to dive into discussion on contract

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Both Flip Saunders and Ricky Rubio deflected questions Monday about the status of Rubio’s possible contract extension with the Timberwolves. “He has a contract right now,” said Saunders, the Wolves president of basketball operations and coach. “The future, as I’ve said about all rookies, they..." September 30

  • Hornets coach Steve Clifford: Lance Stephenson, Marvin Williams will start

    Charlotte Observer "The Charlotte Hornets have yet to bounce a ball at training camp, but we now know four of the five starters this season. Center Al Jefferson and point guard Kemba Walker were givens. Then Monday coach Steve Clifford said he plans to start free-agent signees Marvin Williams and Lance..." September 30

  • Report: Cavs And Pacers Discussing Deal For Roy Hibbert

    Black Sports Online "In what could only be described as an unfair proposal, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers have reportedly had discussions about a deal for center Roy Hibbert. The Cavs have reportedly offered Dion Waiters, Brendan Haywood and a first-round pick. An already nightmare Cavs lineup could..." September 29

  • Carmelo Anthony: It would have been tough to leave after I “forced my way here”

    Sports-Kings "The New York Knicks held media day on Monday, and as usual, the center of attention was forward Carmelo Anthony, who re-signed with the Knicks this offseason to the tune of five years, $124 million. There are several factors that went into ‘Melo deciding to stay in New York, money obviously..." September 29

  • Kevin Durant battles the noise

    USA Today "The fingerprints were fresh on the window next to Kevin Durant, the screaming kids having followed the NBA's MVP from the steps of the Oklahoma State Capitol building to the black Chevy Suburban that barely escaped the adoring masses. Another day of off-court work in his home away from home was..." September 29

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    Paul Coro @paulcoro

    Markieff Morris signed a four-year, $32M extension and Marcus Morris signed a four-year, $20M extension with the #Suns. More to come.

  • Celtics Sign Evan Turner

    Hoops Rumors "The deal is finally official, the team announced via press release. Boston cleared room under the preseason limit of 20 players with a series of moves in the past few days to accommodate Turner." September 29

  • Rockets GM Daryl Morey fires back at Mavericks owner Mark Cuban

    Yahoo! Sports "For months, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has unleashed a barrage of slights and snipes onto the Houston Rockets, framing the regime of general manager Daryl Morey in the most unflattering of ways. It has been an undermining, calculated campaign. Just understand this, though: No longer does it..." September 29

  • Steve Ballmer worth $22.5 billion

    ESPN.com "Sports owners filled the annual list of the 400 richest Americans published by Forbes magazine on Monday, including new Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, who at a net worth of $22.5 billion is the richest American owner of a sports team. Ballmer, who spent 34 years at Microsoft, bought..." September 29

  • Kevin Durant squashes beef with Lil B (or so he says)

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kevin Durant… really good at feuding with rappers. Kevin Durant… good enough at ending feuds with rappers? The Thunder’s future might just depend on it. Durant got into it with The Game earlier this summer, but they put the issue to bed. That left Durant’s beef with Lil B. The Thunder..." September 29

  • Hawks to put Dominique Wilkins statue outside of Philips Arena

    CBSSports.com "One of the best ways to pay homage to a star of a sports organization is to retire their number so that nobody else in team history can ever wear it. But when you have an even bigger star whose presence lives beyond the playing days and continues to make an impact in the organization, eventually..." September 29

  • Earl Watson to retire to join San Antonio Spurs' D-League coaching staff

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "After 13 years, point guard Earl Watson will retire from the NBA to accept a coaching position with the San Antonio Spurs' NBA Development League affiliate, the Austin Toros, a league source informed Northeast Ohio Media Group. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team has..." September 29

  • Mehmet Okur named 'team ambassador' for Utah Jazz

    The Deseret News "Mehmet Okur is back with the Utah Jazz. Not as a player, though. The lovable, sharpshooting Turkish big man isn't leaving the retirement life anytime soon. Rather, Okur has agreed to be a team ambassador in an official capacity for the NBA team he played for from 2004-11. Jazz CEO Greg..." September 29

  • Deron Williams: Last year 'behind us'

    ESPN.com "Brooklyn Nets coach Lionel Hollins is confident that Deron Williams will bounce back in 2014-15 following back-to-back seasons in which the three-time All-Star point guard was plagued by ankle injuries and struggled on the court as a result. "There are a lot of expectations on him," Hollins..." September 29

  • Greg Monroe says he could re-sign with Pistons next summer. Sure.

    Pro Basketball Talk "Eric Bledsoe threatened it, but Greg Monroe actually did it — he will play for the qualifying offer of $5.5 million this season just so he can be a free agent next summer. The Pistons offered him a lot more money (Monroe denied getting a five-year, $60 million offer, but talks were in the eight..." September 29

  • Chris Bosh plans to be seen, and heard, this season

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Chris Bosh has always been the calm. The fiery locker-room speeches came from Udonis Haslem. The huddle in the hallway leading to the court was the inspirational province of LeBron James. And the final pregame words of motivation often came from Dwyane Wade, as the last player introduced...." September 29

  • Timberwolves willing to wait on contract extension for Rubio if he won’t accept 4-year deal

    Twin Cities "Contract talks that could make Ricky Rubio the second-highest-paid Timberwolves player will take place in person this week, and both the 23-year-old point guard and the Wolves seem ready to make a deal. Rubio and Wolves owner Glen Taylor spoke several times by telephone last week, with each..." September 28

  • Source: No negotiations with Shumpert

    ESPN.com "Iman Shumpert is entering the fourth and final year of his rookie contract. He is eligible to sign a rookie scale extension between now and Oct. 31. According to league sources, the Knicks haven't had any contact with Shumpert or his representatives about a possible extension. New York still..." September 28

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    Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN

    Celtics brass aware Rondo went to trampoline park on Tuesday (for his daughter's b-day party). Ainge & Co. still believe shower incident.

  • As LeBron starts over in Cleveland, his most fascinating chapter begins

    CBSSports.com "More than an hour after the first practice of his return to Cleveland, LeBron James walked over to the same spot he'd occupied more than four years ago in one of the most desperate moments of his career. This was during the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals, after James had oddly and passively..." September 28

  • Phil Jackson, Derek Fisher ready to begin shaping Knicks into a winner

    Newsday "The Knicks opened training camp last year with more questions and concerns than healthy bodies. Part of that stemmed from the sudden dismissal of Glen Grunwald and subsequent hiring of Steve Mills as team president four days before the start of camp. Four days before camp opens this year, new..." September 28

  • Hornets’ Lance Stephenson on the verge of a breakout season

    Charlotte Observer "Lance Stephenson can remember well the moment he felt on top of the basketball world. He was 12 years old, ranked the No. 1 sixth-grade player in the country by Hoop Scoop, a national basketball player-ranking service. Hoop Scoop editor Clark Francis said Stephenson was the best middle..." September 28