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  1. Kobe Bryant is back from Germany, feels like his rehab is ‘ahead of schedule’

    Oct 9, 2013, 12:03 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant has returned from Germany, after embarking on a journey there five days ago to undergo another round of Orthokine treatment to his knee. It was a maintenance procedure following something similar he underwent twice in 2011, and whether or not he personally informed Mike D’Antoni of his trip has essentially nothing to do…

  2. Carmelo Anthony says injury issues with Amar’e Stoudemire are ‘just sad’

    Oct 8, 2013, 10:29 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    Before Carmelo Anthony forced his way out of Denver and became the face of the New York Knicks, Amar’e Stoudemire was there first. He signed a max free agent contract the summer before the 2010-11 season, becoming the first major star talent to come to the Knicks to begin the franchise’s turnaround. The reason Stoudemire…

  3. Heat exercise option to keep Norris Cole for 2014-15 season

    Oct 8, 2013, 9:09 PM EDT

    Heat's Cole celebrates after scoring the go ahead basket against the Bulls during the fourth quarter in Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final basketball playoff in Miami

    Norris Cole is entering his third NBA season, but has already proven to be a key contributor on two straight championship teams for the Heat. Not surprisingly, since he’s still playing out his rookie contract and is considered to be still-developing talent at an extremely low price, Miami exercised its option to keep Cole under…

  4. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Denver Nuggets

    Oct 8, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    Last season: The Nuggets finished the regular season with the best home record in the league, and a franchise best 57 wins, good for the three seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Then, they were bounced out of the first round by the Golden State Warriors in six games. George Karl won Coach of the…

  5. Mark Jackson’s challenge to Stephen Curry: Commit fewer turnovers

    Oct 7, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

    Mark Jackson, Stephen Curry

    Stephen Curry is coming off of a breakout season for the Warriors, one in which he averaged career-bests in points, assists, and minutes played. But Warriors head coach Mark Jackson is a master motivator, and he wants Curry to continue to improve. So he provided him with a little project. The challenge he posed to…

  6. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder

    Oct 7, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Durant reacts during NBA Global Game against Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul

    Last season: The Thunder finished the regular season with a record of 60-22, which was good for the number one playoff seed in the Western Conference. Thanks to the unfortunate knee injury that occurred in Game 2 of the team’s first round playoff series against the Rockets, however, OKC quite literally limped to the finish…

  7. Andray Blatche takes to Fifth Avenue to practice his Eurostep (VIDEO)

    Oct 6, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Brooklyn Nets

    Andray Blatche has had a mini-resurgence of his career since being amnestied by the Wizards and playing a meaningful role with the Nets last season. Blatche wasn’t known as being the brightest of players, and along with JaVale McGee gave the Wizards a boneheaded duo that was responsible for more nonsense on the court than…

  8. George Karl hopes to return to coaching, admits ‘anger and frustration’ over way things ended with Nuggets

    Oct 6, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    George Karl

    George Karl led the Nuggets to the best home record in all of the NBA last season, and along with it a 57-win season that was the most in franchise history since the team joined the NBA in the 1976-77 season. But all of that wasn’t enough to save Karl’s job. He won the Coach…

  9. Austin Rivers finds Anthony Davis for the alley-oop slam (VIDEO)

    Oct 6, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Knicks Pelicans Basketball

    We wrote a lot about Austin Rivers while seeing him in action at Summer League in Las Vegas, and with good reason. Rivers was terrible for most of last year, but then was able to string together a series of nice performances just before breaking his hand which prematurely ended his season. Rivers looked good…

  10. Jose Calderon likely to miss Mavs’ preseason opener due to injury

    Oct 6, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Jose Calderon,  Rick Carlisle

    Jose Calderon was one of the free agent pickups by the Mavericks that lets you know they have no interest in rebuilding, and after missing the playoffs for the first time in 13 years last season, are trying to get back as soon as possible. Calderon is a productive point guard, but he’s also an…

  11. Danny Granger returns too, but appeared ‘a little rusty’ to Pacers’ head coach

    Oct 6, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Danny Granger

    Derrick Rose wasn’t the only player making a long-awaited return to the court when the Bulls and the Pacers opened the preseason against each other on Saturday. Danny Granger, who missed essentially all of last season with a knee injury, came off the bench for Indiana and scored six points on 2-of-10 shooting in 29…

  12. Report: Luol Deng ‘privately disappointed’ at lack of contract talks with Bulls

    Oct 6, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    deng

    Luol Deng is in the final year of his contract with the Bulls, one that will pay him more than $14 million this season. He’s a two-time All-Star who performs well at both ends of the floor, and someone considered vital to Chicago’s chances for success. But whether due to disagreement over his future value…

  13. Brian Shaw: ‘No regrets’ about the way things ended with Lakers

    Oct 6, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Brian Shaw

    When Phil Jackson retired from coaching following the 2011 season, many believed that Brian Shaw was a logical choice to be next in line for the head coaching job in Los Angeles. Shaw played for and was an assistant coach under Jackson, and had been endorsed by both his former boss and Lakers star Kobe…

  14. Derrick Rose is back, shows trademark speed and explosiveness in return vs. Pacers

    Oct 6, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    The highly anticipated return of Derrick Rose to the court occurred on Saturday, as the Bulls made their preseason debut against the Pacers. All eyes were on Rose, of course, who was seeing his first game action in almost 18 months after sitting out all of last season to rehabilitate his torn ACL injury. If…

  15. Report: Kobe didn’t tell Mike D’Antoni he was leaving the country for medical treatment

    Oct 6, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni, Kobe Bryant

    The news broke a few days ago that Kobe Bryant was once again heading to Germany to receive a special treatment on his knee in order to help him be as right as possible whenever his rehab from a torn Achilles allows him to return to the court at some point this season. Bryant’s every…

  16. Dwight Howard records first blocked shot with Rockets (VIDEO)

    Oct 6, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard

    We could have brought you video of Dwight Howard scoring his first bucket as a member of the Houston Rockets, but considering his defensive impact will be far more important to the ultimate fortunes of his new franchise, a blocked shot seems much more appropriate. It didn’t take long for Howard to make his presence…

  17. Tyreke Evans leaves with an ankle sprain in preseason debut with Pelicans (VIDEO)

    Oct 5, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    PELICANS TYREKE EVANS

    The Pelicans signed Tyreke Evans to a large free agent contract this summer, so obviously the last thing they want to see is the player they just invested in go down with an injury in the first game of the preseason. Evans landed awkwardly after hitting a shot in the lane early in the second…

  18. Blazers rookie C.J. McCollum breaks foot in practice, out indefinitely

    Oct 5, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    CJ McCollum

    The Portland Trail Blazers aren’t exactly the luckiest franchise when it comes to injuries suffered by its rookie players. That unfortunate tradition continued, with the team’s PR staff announcing on Saturday that C.J. McCollum will be out indefinitely after suffering a broken bone in his left foot that will require surgery. From Erik Gundersen of…

  19. Derrick Rose’s first basket in preseason return against Pacers (VIDEO)

    Oct 5, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    The wait is over. Derrick Rose returned to the court for the first time in almost 18 months on Saturday, playing as part of the starting lineup for the Bulls in the team’s preseason opener against the Pacers. Rose started off slowly, initiating the offense and preferring to observe his teammates go to work during…

  20. Doc Rivers says he didn’t want Clippers to trade DeAndre Jordan for Kevin Garnett

    Oct 5, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    DeAndre Jordan

    At one point during the prolonged and somewhat messy divorce between Doc Rivers and the Celtics that resulted in the veteran head coach landing in Los Angeles to coach the Clippers, a “side deal” was in place that would have sent DeAndre Jordan to Boston in exchange for Kevin Garnett. The league doesn’t allow multi-step…

  21. Kevin Durant with the monster jam in Thunder’s preseason opener (VIDEO)

    Oct 5, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Durant reacts after a missed point against the Memphis Grizzlies during overtime of Game 4 in the Western Conference semi-finals of the NBA playoffs in Memphis

    The Thunder came away with a 95-82 victory over Fenerbahce Ulker in the team’s preseason opener played in Istanbul on Saturday, and not surprisingly, Kevin Durant came away with the game’s signature highlight. The explosive jam right down the middle of the lane was impressive, even by Durant’s standards. Durant led all scorers, finishing with…

  22. Dwyane Wade ‘concerned’ about money being a factor in Heat Big Three’s free agent decision

    Oct 5, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    The Heat’s star trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh are doing their best to avoid talking about next summer’s free agent decision that all three players will be faced with, but inevitably, the questions keep coming, and so do some answers. When they signed their Miami contracts in 2010, the group all…

  23. Joakim Noah to miss ‘first couple’ preseason games due to injury

    Oct 5, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Joakim Noah

    The Bulls open their preseason schedule Saturday in Indiana against the Pacers, and all eyes will be on Derrick Rose as he returns to action for the fist time in almost 18 months. Rose won’t be playing alongside his team’s full compliment of players, however, as Joakim Noah will be sidelined due to injury. From…

  24. Wizards owner says he won’t allow players to use injuries as an excuse

    Oct 5, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    John Wall, Ted Leonsis

    The Wizards have suffered far more than their fair share of injuries recently, making it difficult to climb out of the five-year funk that has let the team out of the postseason picture. This year is no exception, with Emeka Okafor and Chris Singleton already sidelined. But they aren’s exactly John Wall and Nene, who…

  25. Kendrick Perkins dislocates finger, tries to fix it himself (VIDEO)

    Oct 5, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    perkins

    The Thunder opened the NBA’s 2013 preseason schedule on Saturday morning, playing Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul as part of the Global Games that will see teams play eight preseason games in eight cities, in six countries and territories. Oklahoma City was already without Russell Westbrook, who will now miss at least the first month of the…

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