@ 09.43NBA0 Thunder pick up options on Lamb, Adams, Jones and Roberson
The Oklahoma City Thunder exercised its third-year options on center Steven Adams and forward Andre Roberson in addition to its fourth-year options on forward Perry Jones and guard Jeremy Lamb, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. During his rookie season with Oklahoma City, Adams appeared in 81 games (20 starts) and averaged 3.3 points, 4.1 rebounds (ninth among NBA Rookies) and 14.8 minutes while being named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. The 12th overall selection of the 2013 NBA Draft, he was also named to the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge as part of All-Star Weekend. In one season with the Thunder, Roberson appeared in 40 games (16 starts) and averaged 1.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in 10.0 minutes per game. Oklahoma City was 12-4 with Roberson in the starting lineup. Source: Oklahoma City Thunder
@ 01.19NBA0 Blake Griffin slapped a guy in a L.A. club
According to a statement Daniel gave to Tao security, the man says Blake Griffin (who was partying at the club with his L.A. Clippers teammates) was bothered by the flash of the camera — and “grabbed my phone with one hand.” Daniel says he didn’t let go of the phone because his ID and credit card were attached to it — so Blake grabbed his neck and began to squeeze while demanding Daniel give up his phone “or else.” According to the statement, the two eventually separated after Blake took the phone — and when Daniel tried to ask for it back, Blake struck again … grabbing is neck and squeezing for a second time. Daniel says when security finally got to the scene — Blake told them, “Get him the f**k out of this club.” Daniel says Blake then “slapped me in the right side of my face.” Source: TMZ
@ 00.47NBA0 Grizzlies waive Earl Clark and Hassan Whiteside
The Memphis Grizzlies waived forward Earl Clark and center Hassan Whiteside, the team announced today. Both players were signed as free agents on Sept. 25. Clark (6-10, 225) averaged 5.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists on .474 shooting in 12.5 minutes in four preseason appearances. Whiteside (7-0, 275) recorded 3.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.00 blocks on .500 shooting in 8.2 minutes in five preseason contests. The Grizzlies’ roster now stands at 16 players. Source: Memphis Grizzlies
@ 20.47NBA0 Celtics most likely have to waive Will Bynum, source says
Danny Ainge and Mark Bartelstein, the agent for Will Bynum, continued to work yesterday to find a destination for the veteran point guard that might also bring the Celtics something of value in return. “We’re trying to see if there is something we can do,” said Bartelstein, who added Bynum is working out in Chicago, where years ago he was the high school teammate of Tony Allen. Bartelstein stressed that Bynum has neither been asked to stay away from Celtics training camp nor refused to attend. According to the agent, Bynum has recovered from a strained hamstring that kept him out of preseason games for the Pistons prior to last week’s Joel Anthony trade, and is ready to resume workouts for either the Celtics or another team. That said, the Celtics are still most likely to waive the 31-year-old Bynum by the end of the week. “It’s a tough time of year to make a trade,” said a league source to Boston Herald. “Teams are still trying to get used to their rosters, see what they have. Most likely they have to waive him.” Source: Boston Herald
@ 20.30NBA0 Vucevic is very excited for the 4-year contract extension with Orlando
Nikola Vucevic reached a four-year, $54 million contract extension with the Orlando Magic. And obviously, he is very happy and excited to remain with the Magic.
Per the Orlando Sentinel, “My agent and Rob [Hennigan, the Magic’s GM] are working on finalizing everything,” Vucevic said before the Magic began their shootaround minutes ago. “But like I said before, I always wanted to stay here and be a part of the Magic future, so I’m obviously very excited. I’m very happy. I can’t really put it into words, but I still have to wait for everything to be finalized and for me to officially sign it.” Source: Orlando Sentinel
@ 17.28NBA0 Rudy and Saric are best international players NOT in the NBA, according to NBA GMs survey
According to the NBA GMs Survey, Rudy Fernandeza and Dario Saric are the best international player not in the NBA.
The result of the poll.
Who is the best international player NOT in the NBA?1. Rudy Fernandez -- 32.0% Dario Saric -- 32.0% 3. Sergio Rodriguez -- 12.0% Milos Teodosic -- 12.0% Also receiving votes: Mario Hezonja, Nenad Krstic, Vassilis Spanoulis Last year: Nikola Mirotic -- 25.0%Source: NBA
@ 17.06NBA0 The NBA draft lottery reform has been voted down, system stays
The NBA draft lottery reform has been voted down at Board of Governors meeting, league sources tell Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. System stays. Thirteen teams voted against the reform, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Big markets -- Chicago and Washington -- voted against the reform, source says. Small market Sacramento voted for it. Strange twist.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) October 22, 2014
Here were the 13 "No" votes, sources told Yahoo: PHX, PHL, OKC, NO, DET, MIA, MIL, San Antonio, Utah, Wash, ATL, CHA and Chicago.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) October 22, 2014
One owner tells Yahoo: "Several teams started to wonder about unintended consequences and voted no to be able to do further study."
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) October 22, 2014
@ 16.52NBA0 Patric Young will likely make the Pelicans roster
Patric Young will likely make the Pelicans roster, according to sources.
The rookie was signed last July to a two-year, $1.4 million partially guaranteed minimum contract according to Basketballinsiders.
Young, a product of Florida (11 points and 6 rebounds per game as senior), is averaging 1.6 points and 4 rebounds per game in 5 NBA preseason games.
@ 16.00NBA0 Fisher on Bargnani: When he’s healthy, he's the player that you need to have on the floor
New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher spoke on Andrea Bargain. The Italian forward will miss the fifth game in a row due to a hamstring injury. Per North Jersey, After a few days in which he was reported by the team to be limited in practice, he has been out of action. A marginal player on his best days, he has seen his chance to get on the court and acclimate to the new offensive and defensive schemes disappear with a lost training camp. "I’m not a medical doctor or definitely not our athletic trainer," said coach Derek Fisher. "We still have eight days before opening night. I can’t say at this point whether or not [the start of the regular season] is in jeopardy. "But obviously getting some practice time in, being at the level of conditioning that you need to play the game, will be important for Andrea to get in. With that being said, when he’s healthy, he is the type of player that you need to have on the floor because he can do good things. We are not really focused on that at the moment but obviously as this week goes by, we will have to make a decision on it." Source: North Jersey
@ 15.00NBA0 Durant rolls into a press conference on a scooter: I’m not going to rush the recovery
Kevin Durant rolled into the media room inside the Thunder’s training facility Tuesday morning on a knee scooter, his propped-up right leg snugly wrapped in a cast to stabilize his surgically repaired right foot.
But any dreams of Durant returning early were all but destroyed by the man himself. “I’m not going to rush it at all,” Durant said. “That’s one thing I’m not going to do. I’m sure I’ll feel better in two or three weeks. But I definitely don’t want to rush it. So I’m taking my time with it. Source: The Oklahoman
@ 13.58NBA0 Alonzo Gee made the Nuggets roster
Alonzo Gee has made the Nuggets roster, a move set in stone when the Nuggets released forward Quincy Miller after Tuesday night’s preseason game against Portland at the Coors Events Center. Source: Denver Post
@ 12.25NBA0 Morey: Overall we were an average team. We want to be a top 10 team
The Houston Rockets talk about how they've moved on from Damian Lillard's buzzer beater that knocked them out of the playoffs in the first round in May. But the shot remains with the Rockets and is one of many motivations for a team determined to do more this season. ''Our focus is getting there, and losing in the first round was disappointing for all of us and still hurts,'' general manager Daryl Morey said of the postseason. ''We don't want to go through that again.'' Houston has made two straight trips to the postseason after a three-year layoff, but the team hasn't advanced to the second round since 2009. ''We learned a lot the whole year,'' Howard said of his first season with the Rockets. ''Especially understanding that each moment of the game counts.'' ''Overall we were an average team, we want to be a top-10 team,'' Morey said. ''If we can be a top-10 team on both sides of the ball that's the entry card to compete for a championship.'' The Rockets beefed up their defense by adding Trevor Ariza in an offseason trade with Washington. ''The season is probably going to come down to our defense,'' Morey said. ''We need that to be championship caliber.'' Source: AP
@ 09.45NBA0 Nuggets to waive Quincy Miller
As reported by Shams Charania, Nuggets will waive forward Quincy Miller. He was on a partially guaranteed deal for the upcoming season. Roster now stands at 17. Source: Shams Charania
@ 00.46NBA0 Bulls' Jimmy Butler out with sprained thumb
Bulls guard Jimmy Butler sustained an injury to his left thumb against Charlotte on Monday night. Subsequent examinations and an MRI confirmed a sprain of thumb ligaments. Butler will not practice this week and will not play in Chicago’s final preseason game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. He will be re-evaluated after that.
@ 00.34NBA0 Paul George plays 1-on-1 with his dog who is a great rebounder
Indiana Pacers forward Paul George played basketball 1-on-1 with his dog. After George hit the basket, his dog showed his rebounding skills.
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A video posted by Paul George (@ygtrece) on Oct 10, 2014 at 2:40pm PDT
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A photo posted by Paul George (@ygtrece) on Oct 10, 2014 at 2:19pm PDT
Source: USA Today
@ 00.01NBA0 Knicks' Andrea Bargnani will miss fifth straight preseason game
Knicks big man Andrea Bargnani will not play Wednesday due to hamstring injury, Ian Begley reported. Il Mago has missed the last four preseason games for the Knicks. Coach Derek Fisher was noncommittal when asked if Bargnani would be ready for the season opener scheduled for October 29.
@ 19.18NBA0 Wizards officially sign John Lucas III
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 season, Lucas appeared in 42 games with Utah and averaged 3.8 points and 1.0 assists in 14.1 minutes. Lucas was undrafted out of Oklahoma State in 2005. He originally signed as a free agent with Houston on December 9, 2005. Source: Washington Wizards
@ 19.08NBA0 Mavericks waive Yuki Togashi
Dallas Mavericks have officially waived point-guard Yuki Togashi. Roster now stands at 18. Japanese point-guard will likely end up with Texas Legends in D-League, sources told Sportando. Source: Dallas Mavericks
@ 17.44NBA0 Jabari Parker: I have a voice on my team
Jabari Parker is already of the leaders of the new Milwaukee Bucks. The rookie selected with the second overall pick said he has already voice on the team.
Per Sportingnews, As ferocious a player as Jabari Parker can be on the offensive end, he struggles defensively and is not a particularly vocal guy.
“I have a voice on my team,” Parker said. “That’s been good. The guys have been doing a good job listening to me and I listen to them — that’s one aspect I have been wanting to have, especially coming to the Bucks, is being a leader and using my wisdom as much as possible.” Source: Sportingnews
@ 17.36NBA0 LeBron James: We are not a Big Three. We are a Big Fifteen
After the victory over the Bulls, LeBron James said that the Cavaliers are not the team of the Big Three but a Big Fifteen roster. Per Cleveland.com, “We're not a Big Three, we're a team," James said afterwards. "We're a Big Fifteen." "Are we ready for the (season opener), not right now," James said. "We will be. We will be as ready as any team is ready for the first game of the season. At the first game of the season, you're not ready to win the championship then." Source: Cleveland.com
@ 15.20NBA0 Amar'e Stoudemire: I feel like I’m 19 again
Amar'e Stoudemire is ready for a new season with the Knicks.
Per ESPN, “My joy is there. My love of the game is there," Stoudemire said before the Knicks’ preseason game Monday. "I feel like I’m 19 again, as far as how much I love to play the game of basketball. I feel youthful. To have that type of feeling again, as I had my rookie year, to want to play and just want to be out there and get better as a player is pretty encouraging.” Stoudemire added another goal to his list Monday. “My goal this year is to become a better defensive player and be known as a defensive player,” he said. Source: ESPN
@ 15.06NBA0 Kobe Bryant: We’re going to be smashmouth basketball
Kobe Bryant said the Lakers are going to play a smashmouth basketball this season. Per LA Daily News, “We’re going to be smashmouth basketball,” Lakers guard Kobe Bryant said. “That’s how we’re going to play. We’re going to be nasty. We’re going to be physical.” The Lakers showed how those elements could work in their 98-91 preseason win on Sunday over the Utah Jazz at Staples Center. Source: LA Daily News
@ 14.56NBA0 Wizards signing John Lucas
The Washington Wizards are signing John Lucas to replace the injured Bradley Beal.
ESPN sources say Wizards on the verge of signing veteran guard John Lucas to bolster backcourt depth after early injury to Bradley Beal
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) October 21, 2014
@ 12.54NBA0 JaVale McGee ready to make preseason debut for Nuggets
JaVale McGee is ready to make the preseason debut for the Nuggets. The forward will return in the next game or in the preseason finale against the Warriors.
JaVale McGee (tibia), however, might make his preseason debut tomorrow. If not, then against Golden State in the preseason finale #Nuggets
— Chris Dempsey (@dempseypost) 20 Ottobre 2014
@ 12.30NBA0 Bosh admits that money was a factor in his decision to stay with Heat
Chris Bosh admitted that the five-year, $118 million offer made by the Miami Heat to re-sign him had a big influence on his decision to remain in Florida turning down the proposal made by the Rockets (4 year at $88 million). Per Sun Sentinel, 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 admits that money was a factor in his decision to stay with the Heat. “It’s always business,” he said. “Nothing is ever personal. I think 100 percent of those dudes would have taken the deal I took. “It’s not always about money,” Bosh said. “But you do want your full market value. If you work your butt off to get to a certain point, you want to be rewarded for that.” Source: Sun Sentinel
@ 12.08NBA0 Celtics' Rajon Rondo to suit up for the opener against the Nets?
There are possibilities for Rajon Rondo to play in the regular season opener against the Nets on October 29. Per Masslive, Within the past few days Rondo underwent a CT scan for the broken bone in his left hand, which showed he is “progressing great,” according to Stevens. But the 28-year-old still hasn’t received clearance for contact. He said his hand got bumped last week by strength and conditioning coach Bryan Doo, but: “It was B-Doo. He’s not an NBA player so he’s not as strong as those guys.” “It doesn’t bother me at all,” Rondo said of the injury. “When I dribble the ball, when I catch the ball, it doesn’t bother me. But it’s night and day from trying to brace myself hitting the floor, and going into the lane and somebody smacking my hand.” The Celtics initially set a 6-8 week timetable, which would keep Rondo out for about 1-3 weeks of the regular season. But staying true to his reputation, the guard immediately said he would like to expedite the process. Stevens did not rule out Rondo suiting up for the Oct. 29 opener against the Brooklyn Nets. "I think it's a possibility," the coach said. Source: Masslive
@ 11.17NBA0 Mavericks waive Eric Griffin
As reported by Shams Charania, Dallas Mavericks have waived swingman Eric Griffin. The player had signed a three-year deal partially guaranteed before the training camp.
He'll make around 150k for this deal. Roster now stands at 19. Source: Shams Charania
@ 10.24NBA0 Point Guard Duel: Kyrie Irving vs Derrick Rose
Check out this classic duel that happened tonight between Irving and Rose. Who do you think came out on top?
Derrick Rose had 30 points in the loss while Kyrie Irving scored 28 points for the Cavaliers.
@ 00.12NBA0 Warriors sign Sean Kilpatrick
The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent guard Sean Kilpatrick to a contract, the team announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. Kilpatrick, 24, earned First Team All-America honors as a senior at the University of Cincinnati in 2013-14, posting an American Athletic Conference-best 20.6 points per contest to go with 4.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.41 steals in 34 games, while leading the conference in three-point field goals (93). In four years with the Bearcats, the 6’4” guard tallied averages of 15.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.19 steals in 30.8 minutes over 140 career games, finishing as the school’s second all-time leading scorer behind only Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson. He was a Second Team All-Big East selection in 2011-12 and 2012-13 before earning First Team All-AAC honors as a senior. Source: Golden State Warriors
@ 23.56NBA0 Lakers waive Keith Appling and Jeremy Tyler
The Los Angeles Lakers have waived guard Keith Appling and center Jeremy Tyler, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Appling, a rookie from Michigan State, saw action in two games this preseason, scoring two points with three rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes. Tyler, a three-year NBA veteran with Golden State, Atlanta, and New York, appeared in three preseason games for the Lakers, averaging 2.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in 9.4 minutes per game. Both players were originally signed to the Lakers training camp roster on September 23. The training camp roster (attached) currently stands at 17. Source: Los Angeles Lakers
@ 23.49NBA0 Timberwolves waive Kyrylo Fesenko
The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has waived center Kyrylo Fesenko. The Wolves roster now stands at 17 players. Fesenko, 27, appeared in one preseason game for the Wolves, tallying one rebound and one steal in three minutes of play. The 7-1 center saw action in five games (three starts) for the Wolves entry in 2014 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, averaging 8.4 points and 5.2 rebounds in 17.6 minutes per game. Fesenko, originally drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round (38th overall pick) of the 2007 NBA Draft, has averaged 2.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per game over his five-year NBA career. Source: Minnesota Timberwolves
@ 23.09NBA0 LeBron James: Bulls are a team that's much better than us right now
LeBron James believes the Bulls are better than the Cavaliers at the moment. Per ESPN, 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 because they're facing a potential Eastern Conference rival but because James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving will start together for the first time against an NBA team. "[The Bulls] are a team that's much better than us right now just off chemistry," James said. "They've been together for a while, we've got a long way to go." Source: ESPN
@ 22.24NBA0 Dikembe Mutombo shows interest in buying the Hawks
Former Hawks player Dikembe Mutombo has met with a group of investors about joining their bid to buy the Atlanta Hawks, as reported by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The group, which is made up in part of Atlanta businessmen, has begun the preliminary work to get involved in the process. Talks are ongoing. The group may also consist of other former NBA players. They hope to meet with the NBA commissioner’s office in the near future. Mutombo, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, played five seasons for the Hawks from 1996-2001 where he twice won the Defensive Player of the Year award. Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution
@ 15.52NBA0 Manny Pacquiao makes professional basketball debut in PBA
Manny Pacquiao made his professional basketball debut in PBA. Pacquiao was selected with the 11th overall pick in the last PBA draft and is serving as coach-player of Kia Sorento.
But also, listen to the crowd reaction the champ receives:
@ 12.08NBA0 Steph Curry stars in the new 'Under Armour' Commercial
Under Armour takes you inside the mind of All-Star Point Guard Stephen Curry to show you what it takes to dictate "How It Ends." It's not just about the shot...it's about everything he's done to prepare for every clutch moment he'll ever face.