• Paul George apparently hitting jumpers 3 months after gruesome injury

    Fox Sports "It's been nearly three months since Paul George suffered a gruesome broken leg on Aug. 1, and he wasn't expected to return to the court for the Pacers this upcoming season by any reports. When George was reportedly walking with only a slight limp at Indiana's media day in September, it was..." October 22

  • Kobe shrugs off critical article, cites 'cycle'

    ESPN Los Angeles "Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant says he has learned the ebb and flow of the media cycle over the course of his 19-year career and that it has given him the perspective to decide when he wants to react to criticism and when he wants to let it go. In his first time speaking to media after an..." October 22

  • Magic and Nik Vucevic are finalizing contract extension

    Orlando Sentinel "The Orlando Magic and the representatives for center Nik Vucevic are finalizing a contract extension that will add four years to his current deal and will run through the 2018-19 NBA season, industry sources told the Orlando Sentinel. The deal will pay Vucevic a total of $53 million over four..." October 22

  • Chandler Parsons: I want to prove I'm worth $46 million deal

    ESPN Dallas "Chandler Parsons embraces the challenge of proving the Dallas Mavericks didn’t overpay for him. The Mavs certainly paid a premium rate for a player who has never been an All-Star, signing Parsons to a three-year, $46 million deal that is close to a maximum contract for a four-year veteran...." October 22

  • Knicks’ big plans for Andrea Bargnani already gone awry

    New York Post "There was hope Andrea Bargnani would become a big cog in the Knicks’ triangle offense. There was hope Derek Fisher’s defensive-minded approach would rub off when training camp commenced in West Point. There was hope J.R. Smith would find his Sixth-Man-of-the-Year shooting touch and Tim Hardaway..." October 22

  • Paul George refutes report he didn’t want to play with Kobe Bryant: ‘Media reaching again’

    Pro Basketball Talk "The largest sports media outlet in existence published two hit jobs on Kobe Bryant inside of the same week. The first piece, which was in defense of placing Bryant at 40 in their individual player rankings, wasn’t worth responding to, mainly because of the bizarre, angry tone with which the..." October 22

  • Durant won't rush back, says injury 'win-win'

    ESPN.com "The door swung open, and Kevin Durant rolled in -- literally, on a scooter -- to speak with the media for the first time since undergoing surgery to repair a Jones fracture in his right foot. "It's definitely a different experience for me," Durant said Tuesday. "I've never been injured before,..." October 21

  • Why the NBA's draft lottery reform is a slippery slope

    Yahoo! Sports "Everyone understands the reasons the Philadelphia 76ers want the NBA to wait on implementing a plan to reform the draft lottery: They need one more season to complete a most brazen two-year tanking cycle. The Sixers didn't invent the idea of gutting a roster to short-circuit a path to the No. 1..." October 21

  • Blake Griffin vows to 'stand up for himself' more after hard fouls

    SB Nation "Griffin hasn't strongly retaliated after any of the hard fouls he has taken throughout his career, but that could change in the future. Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin has always done an admirable job restraining himself from retaliating after taking a hard foul, but after getting..." October 21

  • Mutombo shows interest in buying Hawks

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Former Hawks player Dikembe Mutombo has met with a group of investors about joining their bid to buy the Atlanta Hawks. The group, which is made up in part of Atlanta businessmen, has begun the preliminary work to get involved in the sale of the team. Talks are ongoing. The group may also..." October 21

  • Donald Sterling withdraws lawsuit against NBA, wife

    Los Angeles Times "Donald Sterling has withdrawn his lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court that accused his wife, Shelly, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and the league of fraud in the sale of the Clippers. The move last week came as Sterling’s federal anti-trust lawsuit against the NBA continues. “We believe..." October 21

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    Royce Young @royceyoung

    Durant on possibly coming back sooner: "Nah, I'm not going to rush it all. That's one thing I'm not going to do."

  • NBA to Increase China Cooperation, Considering Morning Games

    Variety "The National Basketball Assn. is considering rescheduling some marquee basketball games in order to grow audiences in China. The possible move emerged as the organization unveiled a multi-year partnership with China’s Ministry of Education to develop sports educational in China. The..." October 21

  • Is Kobe Bryant the reason for the Lakers downfall?

    ESPN.com "NOT LONG AFTER the final horn of Game 7 of the 2010 Finals, Champagne-soaked Lakers captain Derek Fisher, who carries a reputation as an NBA stoic, screamed with glee. "We just gettin' started, baby!" he bellowed from beneath his freshly minted back-to-back-title cap. In case anyone missed it, he..." October 21

  • Rondo 'progressing great' still waiting for full clearance, but Celtics consider opening night a possibility

    MassLive.com "After the latest examination of Rajon Rondo's left hand, an opening night return remains a possibility. But the Boston Celtics star no longer wants to target a certain date. “I don’t know,” he said before Monday’s practice. “I still haven’t had any contact yet. Opener’s a little bit over a week..." October 21

  • Daryl Morey calls James Harden defense video 'completely unfair'

    CBSSports.com "Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey told USA Today's Sam Amick that the infamous James Harden YouTube video was not a proper reflection of the star guard's game: "For whatever reason, it has taken on a life of its own," Morey says about the criticism about Harden's defense. "You've..." October 21

  • Wizards Sign John Lucas

    Wizards Mystics Today "Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has signed guard John Lucas. In six seasons with Houston, Chicago, Toronto and Utah, Lucas has appeared in 216 career regular season games (eight starts) while averaging 4.8 points and 1.4 assists in 12.2 minutes. Last..." October 21

  • Chris Bosh Admits Money Was Factor In Choosing Heat Over Rockets

    Real GM Basketball "Chris Bosh was close to signing a four-year, $88 million deal with the Houston Rockets, but ultimately decided to remain with the Miami Heat on a five-year, $118 million contract. Bosh would have returned to his home state of Texas to form a Big 3 with Dwight Howard and James Harden. "I..." October 21

  • Kobe Bryant believes Lakers will play “smashmouth basketball”

    Inside Socal "The NBA championship trophies sitting near the window in Jeanie Buss’ office may greet the Lakers every time they step foot on the practice floor. The celebrity starpower that still watch the Lakers at Staples Center may seem captivating. Even Byron Scott’s presence as the Lakers’ coach may spark..." October 21

  • ‘I feel like I’m 19 again': Amar’e Stoudemire is back

    New York Post "The joy is back for Amar’e Stoudemire. And no, it’s not because he’s been sampling his red wine baths. Rather, Stoudemire feels healthy and with that health comes a feeling that maybe, just maybe, there can be some form of dominance up front alongside Carmelo Anthony for the Knicks this..." October 21

  • Rajon Rondo: Celtics ‘Going To Surprise A Lot Of People’ Under Brad Stevens

    NESN "Last season was a trial run of sorts for Brad Stevens. Mediocrity was expected from the 2013-14 Boston Celtics, no matter who held the position of head coach. Now, in his second year on an NBA bench, Stevens knows what to expect. And, perhaps more importantly, he has the full trust of the players..." October 21

  • Mavs request waivers on Eric Griffin, Yuki Togashi

    ESPN Dallas "The Mavericks requested waivers on forward Eric Griffin and guard Yuki Togashi on Tuesday. The 6-foot-8 Griffin was originally signed July 18 after playing for the Mavs in the Las Vegas Summer League, where he averaged 9.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.3 steals in 19.3 minutes. He saw..." October 21

  • Gerald Wallace content despite knee pain, possibility of limited role with Boston Celtics

    MassLive.com "One year ago, Gerald Wallace feared for the Boston Celtics. Even before the preseason ended, he delivered the message multiple times: his team needed to improve or it would get whipped just about every night. At least for now, though, the grumbling has ceased. The veteran seems content with his..." October 21

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    Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

    P.J. Hairston said he's considering changing agents. He said among those he's considering: Former UNC-Greensboro player Rodney Blackstock.

  • Kobe Bryant to Julius Randle: You’re an idiot if you f*** this up

    Larry Brown Sports "Los Angeles Lakers rookie Julius Randle had one of his better games of the preseason on Sunday night against the Utah Jazz. The 19-year old scored eight points, grabbed five rebounds and blocked two shots. There will likely be some growing pains for Randle throughout the season, but Kobe Bryant..." October 20

  • Spurs' Tony Parker has a sensible suggestion for NBA scheduling

    San Antonio Express-News "The NBA will experiment today, starting in about an hour (3 p.m. Eastern), with a 44-minute game between Boston and Brooklyn. It’s hard to imagine the league will actually cut four minutes from its traditional run time, but leadership is still interested in seeing what impact it has on game flow..." October 20

  • Melo: Scoring title unlikely in triangle offense

    ESPN New York "Carmelo Anthony doesn't expect to win the scoring title this season, his first in the triangle offense. In fact, he suggested on Saturday that he may score less and take fewer shots this season. "I don't think I'll be the scoring champ. Especially with this system, the way we're playing --..." October 20

  • LeBron James: Bulls 'much better than Cavs'

    ESPN.com "Less than two weeks before their first regular season meeting, LeBron James believes the Chicago Bulls are better than his Cleveland Cavaliers. The two teams play Monday night in a preseason game at Ohio State University. The Cavs are calling it their most important preseason game, not just..." October 20

  • Jason Kidd: Nets letting me go to Milwaukee showed truth in rumors they wanted me fired in December

    Pro Basketball Talk "As the Nets started 10-21 last season, Jason Kidd was reportedly in danger of being fired. But, once Brook Lopez got hurt and Kidd turned to a small-ball lineup, Brooklyn surged into the playoffs. Not only did the Nets fall into something that worked, Kidd appeared to be coaching much better...." October 20

  • Gregg Popovich defends his decision to sit players, and David Robinson defends that defense

    Yahoo! Sports "On Friday, the NBA will wrap up an exhibition schedule of games that it refers to as the “preseason,” which continues to be a laughable term. Even those of us that spend our mornings and afternoons staring at video clips of last season’s NBA games, the ones that sweat out the summer dying for NBA..." October 20

  • NBA’s 44-minute game clocks in at under two hours, players barely notice

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Celtics came from 17 points down to beat the Nets 95-90 in preseason action on Sunday, but those weren’t the numbers everyone was looking at. Instead, it was those on the clock. The game lasted just one hour and 58 minutes, thanks to the NBA experimenting with a 44-minute format that saw..." October 20

  • Wade ready to go on attack, when given the call

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The numbers indicate a passive approach, nothing like the aggression needed to inspire hope in the wake of LeBron James' free-agency defection. Just 17 free throws in five preseason appearances. Fewer rebounds than three of the team's other guards. A .408 shooting percentage. Already held out..." October 20

  • Kevin Love eager for NBA playoff credibility with Cavs

    Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum "Kevin Love's career statistics are stellar. In six NBA seasons, Love has averaged 19.2 points and 12.2 rebounds, including 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds last season. Since joining the league in 2008-09, Love has registered the third-most double-doubles (256), leading the league with 65 a year..." October 20

  • Triangle May Actually Boost Anthony’s Scoring

    The Wall Street Journal "Carmelo Anthony has declared several times during this preseason that he will fully embrace the Knicks’ new triangle offense, even if it means shooting and scoring less than he has in the past. “I don’t think I’ll be the scoring champ, especially in this system with the way we’re playing and..." October 20

  • Jared Sullinger is having some deep thoughts

    Boston Globe "Jared Sullinger does not want to declare himself a proven 3-point threat — yet. But thanks to preparation that began when Sullinger was a youngster he should not be considered a long shot to establish himself as an effective long-range shooter. “Coach has a lot of confidence in me to take those..." October 20

  • Popovich says he's surprised Sarver didn't apologize in chicken suit

    CBSSports.com "There's a bit of a history between the San Antonio Spurs and the Phoenix Suns. Over the past 10 years, we've seen the Spurs and Suns have some incredible battles in the regular season and the playoffs. We've seen teams knocked out of the postseason, hip-checks that caused big time playoff..." October 19

  • Carmelo Anthony: Fewer back-to-backs? 'That's the dream'

    ESPN New York "If it were up to Carmelo Anthony, teams would play fewer sets of consecutive games. “I don’t know if that will ever happen, but that’s the dream,” Anthony said after practice Saturday. “Maybe it will happen 10 years from now when I’m out of the league.” The Knicks play 20 back-to-backs this..." October 19

  • Jeremy Lin takes sane approach to his opportunity with the Lakers

    Los Angeles Times "If you ever meet Jeremy Lin, don't bring up the "L" word. He doesn't like it. Definitely tries to create distance from it. That wild run in New York might as well have happened three decades, not three seasons, ago. The Lakers guard now considers himself more Linteresting than Linsanity,..." October 19

  • Jason Kidd discusses Nets' tenure

    ESPN New York "A year ago, the Brooklyn Nets hired Jason Kidd and traded three first-round picks for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett with the sole goal of winning a championship. This season, only Garnett remains in Brooklyn. In his first trip back to New York as head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, Kidd spoke..." October 19

  • Griffin: 'Probably' will retaliate for hard fouls

    ESPN Los Angeles "Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin said his frustration over continued hard fouls "probably" will result in him retaliating if it continues. Griffin and Utah Jazz forward Trevor Booker had to be separated in the third quarter of the Clippers' 101-97 preseason win Friday when Booker..." October 19

  • Celtics likely to waive Will Bynum

    Boston Globe "Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and guard Will Bynum are expected to meet on Saturday, according to two NBA sources, and the team is likely to waive Bynum, who was acquired Friday from the Detroit Pistons. Bynum, 31, is in Boston and will take his physical before he and..." October 19

  • Nash optimistic, but return unknown

    ESPN Los Angeles "In his first public comments in nearly a week, Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash said Saturday his health issues aren't as severe as those that kept him sidelined for all but 15 games last season. But it remains unclear when Nash, who specifically has had trouble with his back, will..." October 19

  • Kobe Bryant Thought He'd Retire With Pau Gasol

    Washington Post "The days leading up to his first – and he hopes, last – decision in free agency were so agonizing for Pau Gasol that he eventually had to turn off his phone and let the voice mail handle what he couldn’t. The calls were so incessant, the recruiting pitches from the game’s top executive executives..." October 19

  • Olajuwon: Howard should have MVP-caliber season

    NBA.com "At least one former MVP doesn’t think it should have taken a broken bone in Kevin Durant’s foot to throw the 2015 MVP race wide open. According to Hakeem Olajuwon, Dwight Howard was already prepared to kick the door down. “He’s healthy. He’s strong. He’s ready,” said Olajuwon, who won the..." October 19

  • Boston Celtics Will Have A Difficult Time Trading Rajon Rondo

    CSN New England "As another rebuilding Celtics' season approaches, Sports Illustrated senior writer Ian Thomsen joined Kyle Draper and Bob Neumeier on Sports Tonight to discuss just what fans can expect from the Green. Short answer: As Rajon Rondo goes, so goes these Celtics. And Rondo is likely to go, out of..." October 18

  • David Blatt on Dion Waiters: 'I don't think he should lead us in shots'

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Last week Dion Waiters told Northeast Ohio Media Group that he hasn't had to adjust his game much since LeBron James and Kevin Love joined the Cavaliers. In Brazil, Waiters said, "Not really," when I asked if he has had to modify his game. "I've been able to play my game. I've been able to..." October 18

  • Kobe: Not motivated by ranking

    ESPN Los Angeles "Kobe Bryant grinned from ear to ear as the question was being lobbed his way, then the Los Angeles Lakers star offered a deep laugh. No, Bryant said after a pause, he did not consider ESPN.com ranking him as the 40th-best NBA player to be any form of motivation. "I've known for a long time..." October 18

  • Kobe Bryant calls ESPN a 'bunch of idiots'

    Sporting News "Kobe Bryant doesn't sugar coat things and in his 19th season in the NBA it's doubtful he's going to start. ESPN released their annual rankings of NBA players and named Bryant as the 40th best in the league. Hard to believe but according to the "worldwide leader in sports" there are 39 players..." October 18

  • Boston Celtics trade: Joel Anthony headed to Detroit Pistons for Will Bynum

    MassLive.com "Shedding a bit of salary, the Boston Celtics are finalizing a trade that will send Joel Anthony to the Detroit Pistons for Will Bynum, according to ESPN Boston's Chris Forsberg. With Bynum set to make about $2.9 million in guaranteed money, compared to $3.8 million for Anthony, the Celtics will..." October 18

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    Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

    Lakers coach Byron Scott on his philosophy on 3-pointers: "I don't believe it wins championships, gets you to the playoffs."