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  1. Kobe Bryant says there’s no timetable for his return

    Sep 29, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    As the Lakers opened training camp with media day on Saturday, the first questions posed to Kobe Bryant were ones about his recovery from the torn Achilles injury he suffered back in April near the end of the regular season. Bryant seemed to be in good spirits, and is feeling optimistic about the way his…

  2. Heat announce hiring of Juwan Howard as assistant coach

    Sep 28, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    The Detroit Pistons against the Miami Heat 03/22/2013

    Juwan Howard has been a member of the Miami Heat for the past three seasons, although last year he appeared in just seven games for the team, all in the regular season. Howard’s impact was made with his veteran presence, most notably in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals versus the Pacers when he…

  3. John Wall says Wizards need to win for him to become an All-Star

    Sep 28, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    John Wall

    John Wall received a max contract extension from the Wizards this summer that will see him earn $80 million over the next five years. Now that he’s being paid like an All-Star, it’s time for him to go out and actually perform well enough to deserve the honor. Wall was limited to just 49 games…

  4. Russell Westbrook says Thunder don’t need to fill James Harden’s slot

    Sep 28, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, James Harden

    At the time the Thunder traded James Harden to the Rockets, the thinking in OKC was that if they were never going to come to terms on a contract extension, then the team might as well get something in return for its most dynamic scorer off the bench. History, however, will not be kind to…

  5. Kobe Bryant on Dwight Howard leaving Lakers: ‘Honestly, man, I don’t really give a s—‘

    Sep 28, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    The Lakers held their annual media day to open training camp on Saturday, and before the team could move forward to the business of the upcoming season, a question forced Kobe Bryant to take one final look at the one that just passed. Asked about his surprise level when Dwight Howard chose to leave L.A.…

  6. Otto Porter limited on first day of Wizards training camp due to injury

    Sep 28, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Otto Porter

    Otto Porter was selected by the Wizards with the third overall pick in this summer’s draft, but injuries have kept the team from seeing what he might be able to contribute during his rookie campaign. Porter barely played in the Las Vegas Summer League, and was far from impressive in the limited time he was…

  7. Derrick Rose on his return: ‘I think I’m going to play the same way’

    Sep 28, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose speaks to the media at the start of the team's training camp at the Berto Arena in Chicago, Illinois

    It’s been almost 18 months since we’ve gotten a look at the speed, athleticism, and overall explosiveness that Derrick Rose is uniquely able to showcase on the basketball court. His comeback is upon us, however, with training camp now open and Chicago’s first preseason game set for Oct. 5 in Indiana against the Pacers. And…

  8. Harrison Barnes hopes to participate in this year’s dunk contest

    Sep 28, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Harrison Barnes

    Harrison Barnes had more than his fair share of amazing slam dunk highlights during his rookie season with the Warriors — just check out the clip above, or this collection of the team’s best plays from last year for visual confirmation. It’s rare that we get the best in-game dunkers wanting to participate in All-Star…

  9. Rockets unveil state-of-the-art new locker room (VIDEO)

    Sep 28, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    rockets locker room

    Most would agree that the Rockets were the biggest winners in free agency this summer, inking one of the game’s best all-around players in Dwight Howard to a five-year deal that puts them in the championship conversation for the upcoming season. The franchise apparently decided to go all-in with their facilities too, and unveiled a…

  10. Luol Deng would rather not talk about the contract extension he isn’t getting from Bulls

    Sep 28, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    deng

    Luol Deng is a two-time All-Star who’s embedded himself as an important part of the identity of the Chicago Bulls. Entering the final year of his contract, however, the team seems willing to let the season play out without securing him to a long-term extension. Speaking at the team’s media day on Friday, Deng didn’t…

  11. Steve Nash open to taking games off to rest during regular season

    Sep 28, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Now that Grant Hill has retired and the playing days of Kurt Thomas similarly appear to be behind him, the players whose birthdays are just a day apart no longer top the list of the league’s oldest players. The honor now belongs to Steve Nash, and if he wasn’t aware of it before, he is…

  12. Sixers’ Evan Turner caught swearing on media day live stream (VIDEO)

    Sep 28, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    evan turner media day

    Normally we run video at the top of a post, but because of a certain 12-letter word uttered in this particular clip that makes it noteworthy, we’re going to give you the requisite warnings up front. If you’re at all bothered by swear words, especially the one that rhymes with “rubber trucker,” then this clip…

  13. Warriors unveil white alternate short sleeved jersey for 2013-14 season

    Sep 28, 2013, 12:03 AM EDT

    barnes white sleeved

    The Warriors were the first team to wear the new short sleeved NBA jerseys in games that counted last season, and while as many as 20 teams may join that trend this year, Golden State will remain in the group, albeit with a new-look version. Last season’s yellow look is no more, as the team…

  14. Omer Asik won’t comment on trade demand, will ‘see how it goes’ playing with Dwight Howard

    Sep 27, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

    dwight asik

    Rockets head coach Kevin McHale made it very clear earlier this week that he has no interest in Omer Asik‘s feelings about Dwight Howard now being in Houston. “I haven’t had an opportunity to talk with him about all that, but Daryl (Morey’s) job is to try to improve the team,” McHale told the Houston…

  15. Russell Westbrook ‘not sure’ if he’ll be ready to return for start of season

    Sep 27, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    Russell Westbrook hasn’t yet been cleared for basketball activities, and during the Thunder’s media day on Friday, said he was uncertain about when he’ll be able to return — which means he doesn’t yet know if he’ll miss the start of the regular season on Oct. 30. From Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman: When asked…

  16. Report: DeMarcus Cousins gets his 4-year max contract extension with Kings

    Sep 27, 2013, 12:51 AM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    The new ownership of the Sacramento Kings has made it clear that they want to build their franchise around DeMarcus Cousins (have fun with that), and a player with his skill set, despite his considerable baggage, will command in the neighborhood of a max contract when the time comes. Talks were reportedly underway this week,…

  17. Roy Hibbert plays paintball while wearing Google Glass (VIDEO)

    Sep 27, 2013, 12:06 AM EDT

    Pacers' Hibbert looks down court during Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference Final basketball playoff series against the Heat in Indianapolis

    Google Glass seems like a great idea in theory, especially when it comes to having kind of a heads up display that will allow you to read emails, text messages, or directions in front of your face in real time. But I’m not sure these first person videos will end up catching on. Nevertheless, here’s…

  18. Wojnarowski: Lamarcus Aldridge will be in Portland for the foreseeable future

    Sep 26, 2013, 11:02 PM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge, Marcus  Camby

    There were reports earlier this summer that LaMarcus Aldridge was unhappy, and wanted out of Portland. The way the team has performed during his seven years there, the frustration level is somewhat understandable. The Blazers have only made the playoffs in three of those seasons, and were first round losers every single time. The last…

  19. Trey Burke thinks there’s ‘a good chance’ he can win Rookie of the Year award

    Sep 26, 2013, 9:41 PM EDT

    Trey Burke

    Trey Burke was selected with the ninth overall pick in this summer’s draft, but was traded that night from the Timberwolves to the Jazz after Minnesota felt they could get better value by trading down to the 14th slot. With eight players going ahead of him, Burke wouldn’t appear to be the favorite to take…

  20. Refs say Rick Barry is wrong, Ray Allen didn’t travel on critical shot in Game 6 of Finals

    Sep 26, 2013, 4:52 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6

    Ray Allen‘s shot at the end of regulation to send Game 6 of the Finals into overtime was as clutch as they come, especially considering those now famous yellow ropes in place along the sidelines that were there in preparation for the Spurs’ trophy presentation. NBA Hall-of-Famer Rick Barry has turned it into a mini-controversy…

  21. Chris Bosh says focusing on free agency in Toronto ‘messed him up’

    Sep 26, 2013, 3:56 PM EDT

    Quincy Acy, Chris Bosh

    As you may have heard by now, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh all have the ability to opt out of their respective contracts at the end of this season to become unrestricted free agents. While no one knows what the climate will be like for each of these players almost 10 months from…

  22. Report: Spurs add Corey Maggette to training camp roster

    Sep 26, 2013, 3:27 PM EDT

    Corey Maggette

    Corey Maggette had a rough season with the Pistons last year. He appeared in only 18 games — none after Dec. 15, for reasons unknown — while putting up career-low averages in points, minutes, and field goal percentage. Maggette has been known throughout his 14-year career for his ability to score and get to the…

  23. Isaiah Thomas hopes the starting point guard spot in Sacramento is ‘up for competition’

    Sep 26, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Golden State Warriors

    Isaiah Thomas started 62 games at point guard for the Kings last season, but with an average of just 4.6 assists in 26.9 minutes per game, he’s someone who has looked to score first rather than distribute to others. With the Kings making DeMarcus Cousins the face of the franchise, you can bet that they’ll…

  24. Mitch Kupchak: Kobe won’t play a certain way to lure free agents to Lakers

    Sep 26, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    kobe mitch

    Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak knows Kobe Bryant professionally as well as anyone at this point, considering that he’s been in the team’s front office for every one of Bryant’s 17-year career in Los Angeles. So while Bryant’s will to win is unparalleled in today’s NBA, Kupchak knows that he won’t change his game for…

  25. Chris Bosh believes another title in Miami will keep Heat together

    Sep 26, 2013, 12:04 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6

    The Heat will be gunning for a third straight title in the upcoming season, and to have a chance at it they’d have to get back to the Finals for the fourth straight season — something last achieved in the NBA by the Boston Celtics from 1984-87. Adding to that is the looming situation that…

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