• 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

  • 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 19

  • 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 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."

  • Blake Griffin calls Steve Ballmer 'a cool dad,' Donald Sterling a 'weird uncle'

    SB Nation "The Los Angeles Clippers have only been owned by Steve Ballmer for a few months, but star player Blake Griffin has already thrown his support fully behind the former Microsoft CEO. Comparing the Clippers' new owner to their previous one, Donald Sterling, in a piece for The Players' Tribune,..." October 17

  • Timberwolves shopping forward Chase Budinger

    Yahoo! Sports "The Minnesota Timberwolves are shopping forward Chase Budinger in trade talks, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Among talks with several teams, the Detroit Pistons and Houston Rockets have shown an interest, league sources said. Houston is reluctant to take on the $5 million player option..." October 17

  • Mavs explore trades to free up roster spots

    Yahoo! Sports "The Dallas Mavericks have been shopping point guard Gal Mekel and center Bernard James in trade talks, sources told Yahoo Sports. The Mavericks would prefer to keep one or two of their 15 roster spots open entering this upcoming season, the sources said. No trade for either player is currently..." October 17

  • Suns owner takes mic mid-game, apologizes to Phoenix fans for Spurs keeping players home

    Pro Basketball Talk "It’s the preseason. With that it’s pretty much caveat emptor. The best players play limited minutes if they play at all. In the case of the Spurs, having just gotten back from their NBA preseason tour of Turkey and Germany, Gregg Popovich decided to give pretty much everybody the night off..." October 17

  • Joel Embiid's younger brother dies

    CSN Philly "No. 3 overall pick Joel Embiid was informed today that his younger brother Arthur has died. Embiid's brother lived in Cameroon. He died in Africa. No further details were immediately available. In a text from Embiid’s agent, Arn Tellem, “Joel is devastated.” Embiid was not at tonight's..." October 17

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    Lenn Robbins @LennRobbins

    #nets GM Billy King says he's optimistic about Brook Lopez's mild mid foot sprain. King says the Nets will not restrict his minutes

  • Brook Lopez out 10 to 14 days with "soft tissue" injury to right foot

    Nets Daily "Ohm Youngmisuk reports that Brook Lopez will be out for 10 days to two weeks with a "soft issue" injury to his surgically reconstructed right foot. Youngmisuk, citing league sources, reports the seven-footer "might miss the next 10 days to two weeks with a soft tissue injury in his surgically..." October 17

  • Sources: Chris Webber joins group interested in buying Hawks

    Yahoo! Sports "Five-time NBA All-Star Chris Webber is part of a potential ownership group that has submitted a letter of interest to the NBA about its desire to purchase the Atlanta Hawks, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Webber would have a modest financial investment in the partnership, but is expected to..." October 17

  • Kobe, Scott talk about limiting minutes, but no specifics are revealed

    ESPN Los Angeles "How many minutes will Kobe Bryant play per game this season? Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott said Wednesday that he and his star have, in fact, reached an agreement on the matter, but Scott declined to reveal the exact figure. "His number was lower than mine," Scott said after Lakers..." October 16

  • Steve Ballmer considered buying Bucks, commuting to and from Seattle

    CBSSports.com "Before buying the Los Angeles Clippers, Steve Ballmer tried to buy the Sacramento Kings, Milwaukee Bucks and Minnesota Timberwolves in order to relocate a franchise to Seattle. He and partner Chris Hansen offered Bucks owner Herb Kohl "in excess of 650 million," according to ESPN, but Kohl..." October 16

  • NBA May Base Teams in Europe If Arenas Meet League’s Standards

    Bloomberg "The National Basketball Association will consider basing teams in Europe if the arenas are up to league standards, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. The NBA would have to weigh the benefits of increasing the size of the 30-team league against possible costs, such as spreading television..." October 16

  • The Klay Thompson gamble will determine fate of 3 franchises

    New York Post "As the NBA playoffs rolled on last spring, there was a steady undercurrent of trade talks between the Timberwolves and Warriors over a blockbuster Kevin Love deal. Even while LeBron James and Tim Duncan were facing off in the Finals, the expectation was the Warriors would eventually relent,..." October 16

  • Kevin Durant undergoes successful surgery

    CBSSports.com "After discussing it for nearly a week, Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant finally underwent surgery at the OrthoCarolina Foot and Ankle Clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina the team announced Thursday. Durant will be re-evaluated in six weeks. Recovery time for the injury is supposed to be..." October 16

  • Amar'e Stoudemire bathes in wine. No, really, Amar'e Stoudemire bathes in wine

    CBSSports.com "Amar'e Stoudemire of the New York Knicks takes baths in wine. What's that? Oh, no, that's not a punchline. It's actually a thing. There's a photo and everything. So does this actually work? Well, some people think so. From the Daily Mail: So what is vinotherapy and how does it work?..." October 16

  • Bucks Exercise Rookie Scale Contract Options on Antetokounmpo and Henson

    NBA.com "The Milwaukee Bucks have exercised the third-year contract option on Giannis Antetokounmpo and the fourth-year contract option on John Henson, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Antetokounmpo, 19, appeared in 77 games last year during his rookie season and averaged 6.8 points with..." October 16

  • Lakers' Nash injures back carrying bags

    ESPN Los Angeles "The Los Angeles Lakers said point guard Steve Nash injured his back carrying bags Wednesday, forcing him to miss practice for the third straight day and raising more questions about the 40-year-old's availability going forward. Lakers coach Byron Scott said the team was still gathering..." October 16

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    Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA

    Seven-year veteran Tyrus Thomas is training in San Antonio as he attempts an NBA comeback. He has signed with agent Roger Montgomery.

  • LeBron: Winning Two Titles Has Made Recruiting To Cleveland Easier

    Real GM Basketball "LeBron James addressed how he was able to forgive Dan Gilbert and play for the man who excoriated him with a public letter on the Cleveland Cavaliers' team website in 2010. "As a man, if you got a problem with somebody, you sit down face to face and you talk to them eye to eye. And you hash it..." October 16

  • MJ mystified by shorter season talk

    ESPN.com "Michael Jordan was surprised and a bit bewildered to hear LeBron James and Dirk Nowitzki suggest Wednesday that they'd like to see the NBA's 82-game regular season shortened. "I love both of those guys, but as an owner who played the game, I loved playing,'' Jordan, who owns the Charlotte..." October 16

  • Knicks' J.R. Smith called the 'new Dennis Rodman' by The Worm himself

    New York Daily News "Saying a player is the modern-day version of Dennis Rodman is both a compliment and an affront to humanity. If it means comparing one's talent to that of Rodman and his five NBA rings and seven straight rebounding titles, then, hey, that's alright. If it means saying a player is a candidate..." October 16

  • Duncan working to rediscover jumper after down season

    San Antonio Express-News "It is Tim Duncan’s 18th NBA season, and the first-ballot Hall of Famer has no intention of easing into retirement. At roughly 250 pounds, Duncan looks as lean and cut as ever, having spent another summer carefully monitoring his diet and working on his jab with local boxer Jesse “James” Leija...." October 16

  • Pistons' Josh Smith 'understands' to shoot fewer threes

    Detroit Free Press "Josh Smith and Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy had a good talk during the weekend. The discussion was about what the forward does well, and both came up with the same general answers. One thing not on the list is three-pointers. He doesn't need to shoot many this season. "I think..." October 16

  • LeBron James says shortening the game won't cut it, eliminating games is the answer

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The NBA recently experimented with a 44-minute game involving the Brooklyn Nets and the Boston Celtics. The league is exploring the impact of shortening the game for various reasons. One of the most obvious reasons is the hope of preventing injuries. LeBron James was asked about his opinion..." October 15

  • Dirk Nowitzki : Trim from 82 to 'mid-60s'

    ESPN Dallas "Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki sees no need for the NBA to experiment with the length of games. The length of the season? Nowitzki would be all for shortening it significantly, although he realizes that business realities make that extremely unlikely. "I think you don't need 82 games to..." October 15

  • Kobe Bryant urges NBA players to fight for market value

    Inside Socal "Kobe Bryant went on the offensive. But it had nothing to do with going on a scoring binge. It had everything to do with challenging NBA players both to fight for their market value and expose the hypocrisy surrounding NBA owners. “We are overpaid,” Bryant said Tuesday, shortly less than a year..." October 15

  • Dario Saric looking into leaving Turkish team, father says

    Pro Basketball Talk "After scouting Dario Saric, 76ers coach Brett Brown said the No. 12 draft pick is NBA ready. Will Philadelphia have to put its money where its mouth is? Before the draft, Saric signed with Anadolu Efes in Turkey for two more years, though he said a jump to the NBA in 2015 is possible. But..." October 15

  • Byron Scott Says Jeremy Lin Could Start for Lakers

    Silver Screen And Roll "When he gets healthy, Lin could potentially move into a starting role for the Lakers. The Lakers concluded another day of training camp today, with most of the news coming out of the session once again concerning (what else?) injured players. Regarding Nash and Lin, Byron Scott also stated..." October 15

  • Steve Nash Dealing With Similar Issues From Last Season

    Lakers Nation "On Sunday, Steve Nash sat out the second half in the 116-75 loss to the Golden State Warriors. While it was initially reported as Nash just resting, it was later revealed that the point guard is dealing with a “little sciatica problem” and his status for Thursday’s game is uncertain. While head..." October 15

  • J.R. Smith says back spasms due to long preseason bus rides

    New York Post "J.R. Smith experienced back spasms in the second quarter and left for the locker room briefly. He still returned to play in the second half but finished just 1-of-7 for four points in the Knicks’ 84-77 preseason win over the 76ers at the Carrier Dome. Smith said the spasms “have been going back..." October 15

  • Russell Westbrook provides a peek at life without Kevin Durant

    The Oklahoman "Moments before retaking the floor following a timeout, Russell Westbrook turned back toward the scorer’s table and delivered a sharp directive to Steven Adams. “Every time,” Westbrook said. The point guard had found a play that worked against Memphis, and Westbrook needed to make sure his..." October 15

  • Iguodala unsure if he'd be OK coming off Warriors bench

    CSN Bay Area "Andre Iguodala came to the Warriors last season and played 63 games, never once coming off the bench. That could change for the upcoming season. Iguodala might need some gentle persuading from the coaching staff, but the veteran small forward on Tuesday seemed open to the..." October 15

  • Shaq says Knicks need two superstars to successfully run Triangle Offense

    Pro Basketball Talk "Phil Jackson is one of the greatest basketball coaches of all time, having amassed 11 championships over a career that spanned 20 seasons. If there’s a knock on him, Jackson’s detractors will remind you that he only won by having similarly great, Hall of Fame caliber players on those rosters...." October 15

  • Pacers coach Frank Vogel to give players 'a crack' at LeBron James

    Indianapolis Star "Heading into the Indiana Pacers fourth preseason game, coach Frank Vogel may not have a set lineup, but he does have a plan. That plan? Throw anything and everyone at LeBron James and hope something clicks in the Pacers' matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers at 7 p.m. Wednesday (FSI) at..." October 15