@ 09.24NBA0 John Wall Gets Second Double-Double of Season
John Wall has gone to work this season. With just two games into the season he has earned double-doubles each time. Wall lead the Wizards to their first win of the season with a 30 point and 12 assist effort.
@ 08.49NBA0 Oklahoma City Thunder' Russell Westbrook out with fractured hand
Kevin Durant is already out for anywhere from six to eight weeks after fracturing his foot, an injury that required surgery, in training camp. Russell Westbrook left Thursday’s loss to the Clippers with a “small fracture” in his right hand, according to Thunder coach Scott Brooks, who disclosed the diagnosis after the game in Los Angeles. Westbrook will be reevaluated on Friday.
@ 23.31NBA0 Jeffery Taylor sentenced to 18 months of probation
Jeffery Taylor of the Hornets who admitted pushing his then-girlfriend into a wall at an East Lansing hotel last month was sentenced today to 18 months of probation and ordered to pay $1,840 in fines and costs. Jeff Taylor, a forward for the Charlotte Hornets, pleaded guilty Wednesday in 54B District Court to domestic assault and destruction of property under $200. Each is a misdemeanor. "I'd just like to apologize to the victim and I'd like to apologize to the Marriott and all its employees," Taylor said in a brief statement in court. Source: Lansing State Journal
@ 23.18NBA0 Hornets sign Kemba Walker to a multi-year extension
Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has signed guard Kemba Walker to a multi-year extension. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Today is a great day for the Charlotte Hornets,” Cho said. “To be able to retain such an important piece of the core we are building here in Charlotte is exciting. Kemba is an integral part of the culture we’re trying to create within our organization and we are excited that he will continue to be a part of our team for years to come.” The 6-1 Walker was selected by Charlotte ninth overall of the 2011 NBA Draft and has appeared in 221 games, including 180 starts over his three-year career. He has averaged 16.0 points, 5.5 assists and 3.7 rebounds in 32.9 minutes. Charlotte improved its win total in each of Walker’s three seasons. Last season, Walker averaged a career-high-tying 17.7 points and career highs of 6.1 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 35.8 minutes. He finished the season tied for 13th in the NBA in assists, tied for 17th in minutes played, ranked 20th in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.64) and ranked 27th in free-throw percentage (.837). Walker has improved his averages in assists, rebounds and minutes played, as well as his three-point and free-throw percentages, in each of his three seasons. Before missing time last season due to an ankle injury, he appeared in 190 consecutive games to begin his career. In 2012-13, Walker was one of five players in the NBA to lead his team in scoring (17.7), assists (5.7) and steals (2.0). “It’s rewarding to continue my career with the team that drafted me,” Walker said. “Since my first day in Charlotte, I knew that this was where I wanted to be. I am excited about the direction in which this franchise is headed and I’m confident that we will only get better. I’m grateful for the opportunity to represent this organization, our fans and this city moving forward.” Source: Charlotte Hornets Official Website
@ 22.15NBA0 Cavaliers, Anderson Varejao Nearing Three-Year, $30M Extension
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Anderson Varejao are close to reaching a three-year, $30 million contract agreement.
Per ESPN, The Cleveland Cavaliers are nearing agreement on a contract extension with long-serving big man Anderson Varejao, league sources told ESPN.com on Thursday. Sources said the Cavaliers and Varejao -- one of LeBron James' most beloved teammates -- are closing in on a new three-year deal worth an estimated $30 million that would kick in starting with the 2015-16 season. Source: ESPN
@ 20.40NBA0 Reggie Jackson unlikely to sign a contract extension with Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Reggie Jackson are unlikely to reach an agreement for the contract extension by October 31 deadline. Per The Oklahoman, The clock continues to tick toward Friday’s deadline for the Thunder to come to terms on a contract extension for guard Reggie Jackson. But as the deadline nears, a deal appears unlikely to get done and talks will have to resume next summer when Jackson becomes a restricted free agent. The Thunder can match any offer Jackson might receive next summer, and Thunder general manager Sam Presti repeatedly has made it clear that the franchise intends to keep Jackson. Source: The Oklahoman
@ 17.04NBA0 Enes Kanter, Utah Jazz call off extension negotiations
Enes Kanter will enter the free-agency market next summer. The fourth-year big man and the Utah Jazz could not come to an agreement on a contract extension and mutually agreed to call off negotiations ahead of Friday's deadline, the Deseret News has confirmed. Source: Deseret News
@ 15.44NBA0 Andrew Wiggins has 6 points in just under 19 minutes in Wolves loss
Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 overall selection in this year's draft, got the start in his NBA debut after Kevin Martin was sidelined by an ankle injury. Wiggins scored six points in just under 19 minutes. "I was nervous, but not crazy nervous," Wiggins said. "I calmed down after the tip."
Wiggins added 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 4 fouls and 2 turnovers.
@ 15.26NBA0 Michael Jordan gets crazy during game-winning shots in overtime
The Charlotte Hornets opened the season with an overtime victory against the Bucks.
Fan, player and Michael Jordan get crazy during Kemba Walker's game-winning shots in OT.
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@ 14.51NBA0 Phil Jackson says Knicks are not ready for showtime
New York Knicks president Phil Jackson said the team is not ready for the showtime yet. Per ESPN, "Not ready for showtime, were we guys?" the Knicks president said to reporters before getting into the passenger seat of his SUV. Jackson's new-look Knicks struggled on both ends of the floor in their opener, hitting just 37 percent of their shots and allowing Chicago to score 42 points in the paint. Afterward, Jackson was asked how long he thought it would take for the Knicks to be competitive in his first full season as president. "I can't say how long it's going to take," he said. Jackson, a 13-time NBA champion, added that he largely expected the Knicks to struggle as badly as they did on Wednesday. "Sure did," he said.
@ 22.37NBA0 Warriors guard Stephen Curry explains how he changed his shot
Stephen Curry is renowned as one of the best shooting specialists in the league. The drive to succeed started in high school, when Curry changed his entire shot form to set him apart from taller opponents. The result? The perfect shot. Curry channels his "I Can Do All Things" mindset in this two-minute video to give you an inside look at the practice, process and perseverance that led him to develop the perfect shot. www.musclemilk.com.
@ 21.47NBA0 MJ doesn't criticize Kobe for signing max salary with Lakers
Michael Jordan doesn’t blame Kobe Bryant for signing a two-year, $48.5 million extension with the Lakers last season. Per Sportingnews, In his 11-year stint with in the Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan made approximately $90.2 million in salary from the team. Of that total income, roughly $24.9 million was earned over the first nine years, while another $63.2 million was made in the final two. "Can I criticize him for maximizing his opportunity from a financial standpoint? No," Jordan said. "Does his decision have an affect on how the team will structure certain things? Maybe." "But that's something the team didn't have to give to him," Jordan said. "They could easily give him a different scenario and Kobe could make his choice from that standpoint. It's easy to criticize where we sit, and you don't know all the dynamics of why or what the opportunities were for him. I'm not going to criticize him for taking advantage of the opportunity presented to him." Source: Sportingnews
@ 16.14NBA0 Lakers' Julius Randle will undergo surgery, may be done for season
Lakers rookie Julius Randle will undergo leg surgery as early as Wednseday. The season of the 7th overall pick of the 2014 NBA draft could be over. "I just told him, 'Keep your spirits up,'" the Lakers' Kobe Bryant said to LA Times, adding that an injury like that would be hard enough to stomach for a veteran, let alone a 19-year-old like Randle. Source: LA Times
@ 14.36NBA0 Carmelo Anthony has a message for Knicks fans: be patient
Carmelo Anthony has a message for Knicks fans: be patient. Per ESPN, The Knicks open the season on Wednesday night against the Chicago Bulls with tempered expectations. "It's a work in progress now. It's going to be a work in progress until the end of the season," Anthony said. "We're not looking for nothing easy, but we know it's a work in progress. We have a chance to create something here, and we're excited about it." Source: ESPN
@ 09.34NBA0 Anthony Davis Starts the New Season with a Near Triple-Double
Anthony Davis started the 2014-2015 season with a statement, leading the Pelicans to an opening night victory over the Magic with a near triple-double. Davis finished with 26 points, 17 rebounds and a career high 9 blocks. Davis added also 2 assists and 3 steals.
@ 09.27NBA0 Lakers rookie Julius Randle suffers broken tibia
The Los Angeles Lakers lost 108-90 against the Rockets and lost to an injury Julius Randle. The rookie Julius Randle sustained a broken tibia in his right leg and was carted off on a stretcher after a collision with two Rockets players in the fourth quarter of the Lakers' 108-90 loss in their season opener Tuesday.
Source: LA Times
@ 00.03NBA0 Bucks have guaranteed contract of Kendall Marshall
As reported by Adrian Wojnarowski, the Milwaukee Bucks have decided to guarantee contract of point-guard Kendall Marshall. He'll make around 915.000 this season.
Bucks claimed Marshall off the waivers during this summer, after he was waived by the Lakers. Source: Adrian Wojnarowski
@ 19.46NBA0 Jason Thompson is getting trade interest
Zach Lowe: They’ll also be active on the trade market, and I’d love to see them either move Jason Thompson or use him as a backup center. In Gay, Derrick Williams, and even Omri Casspi, the Kings have the tools to play small-ball lineups, but that will be a tiny feature of their rotation as long as Malone starts the Cousins-Thompson duo. The rising cap has renewed interest in Thompson as a bench big, according to several sources across the league. Source: Zach Lowe
@ 19.29NBA0 Timberwolves close to re-sign Ricky Rubio
According to Darren Wolfson, Timberwolves are getting closer to re-sign Spanish point-guard Ricky Rubio. The sense around the league is that Rubio will sign a four-year deal extension, worth 52-54 mln. Source: Darren Wolfson
@ 15.59NBA0 NBA cheerleaders are not happy with their pay
The NBA Cheerleaders or dancers are not happy with their pay.
As reported by Slam Online, ome dancers make roughly between $25- to-$28 an hour for twice-weekly practices, and $175 per game. Teams don’t cover the dancers for health insurance. Per NY POST, Cheerleaders — or dancers as they are called — for the Knicks and for the Brooklyn Nets will pull in $200 or less a game and receive no health insurance coverage from their teams. […] “There is no way to live off that money,” Cherielee Passalaqua, a former New Jersey Nets hype team member who now cheers for the NBA, said. “You’re choosing to put on those shorts where you’re bottom’s hanging out, and a push-up bra, and that makeup,” she said. “You’re there because you love to dance.” Pay for cheerleaders across professional sports has become a hot-button issue this year as dancers for National Football League teams have filed lawsuits against their employers alleging grueling conditions and sub-minimum wage pay. […] The Oakland Raiders’ cheerleaders won a $1.25 million wage theft lawsuit against the team last month after claiming they were paid as little as $5 an hour and were fined for forgetting their pom-poms.
@ 14.53NBA0 Perkins on his role with Thunder: Ain’t gonna lie, I’m nervous
Kendrick Perkins of the Thunder is nervous because he doesn’t know his role in the team. The big man missed the entire preseason due to an injury and his goal for the year is to play in the fourth quarters. Per The Oklahoman, He doesn’t know if he’ll start. He doesn’t know how much he’ll play. Facing a contract year, he doesn’t even know where he’ll be next season. “Ain’t gonna lie, I’m nervous,” Perkins admitted. “I don’t know what it’s gonna be, what the playing time gonna be, whether I’m starting or whether I’m coming off the bench.” “Like I told y’all at Media Day, I started all the games last year that I played in and didn’t play in nearly enough of the fourth quarters that I wanted to play in,” he said. “So that really was my goal coming into this year. I wanted to give Coach a reason he should have me in in the fourth. I started last year and a lot of games I was unhappy because I didn’t play in the fourth quarter, probably because I didn’t deserve it. So I want to give him a reason to have me out there in the fourth.” Source: The Oklahoman
@ 13.22NBA0 NBA preseason: Rookies' stats
Tonight will start the 2014/15 NBA season and there are several reasons to get excited (These are Matt Moore's 50)
One is that Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and the rest of the 2014 draft class will begin their careers.
Let's get a look at the rookies' preseason stats:
Surprise outside the lottery: Jusuf Nurkic (second in the LEAGUE with a 26% total rebound percentage), Tarik Black (18.2% total rebound percentage and a spot in the Rockets' roster) and the sharpshooters, Rodney Hood and PJ Hairston.
Bojan Bogdanovic, Nikola Mirotic and Kostas Papanikolau are gamer, with a style of game best suited for the real games.
@ 08.02NBA0 Carmelo Anthony says he would always love to play with Kobe
Carmelo Anthony signed a five-year, $124 million contract with the Knicks during the summer, turning down the Rockets and the Lakers. Per ESPN, Carmelo Anthony heard "MVP" chants from the Madison Square Garden crowd as the New York Knicks held an open practice Sunday afternoon. So yes, it's good to be back in New York after a summer of free agent visits to Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and Houston. Anthony ultimately chose to remain in New York and sign a five-year, $124 million contract with the Knicks. But he says that's because he "just felt more comfortable staying here in New York" and not because he had any misgivings about playing with Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant. "Hell no. Of course not," Anthony said. "If I thought that [playing for the Lakers] was the right situation for me from an overall perspective as far as having a team there, then I would have looked at that situation more in-depth. I just felt more comfortable staying here in New York. But as far as playing with him ... I'm here now but I would always love to play with Kobe." Source: ESPN
@ 01.56NBA0 Terrence Williams working out with Kings
With an opportunity to sign, free agent Terrence Williams worked out for the Sacramento Kings on Monday for the second time since July, league sources told RealGM. Williams, the No. 11 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, has reshaped his professionalism and maturity over the past several years, longing to reprove and commit himself in the NBA. Source: Real GM
@ 01.24NBA0 Bulls exercise option on Snell
The Chicago Bulls announced today the team has exercised its third-year option for the 2015-16 season for guard Tony Snell. By exercising Snell’s option, he will be under contract with the Bulls for the 2015-16 season. Snell (6-7, 200), appeared in 77 games (12 starts) during his rookie campaign and posted averages of 4.5 ppg and 1.6 rpg in 16.0 mpg. He also shot .384 from the floor, .320 from behind the arc and .756 from the line. This past summer at the 2014 NBA Summer League, Snell was named to the Samsung All-NBA Summer League First Team. In five summer league games, he posted averages of 20.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 2.8 apg in 30.2 mpg. He also shot .466 from the floor, .500 from three-point range and .833 from the free-throw line. Snell was selected by the Bulls in the first round (20th overall) in the 2013 NBA Draft. Source: Chicago Bulls