Lawrence Frank has been “reassigned” to doing daily reports, (Nets head coach Jason) Kidd announces. No longer on the Nets’ bench as assistant coach.
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Today the Wizards are off, but rest assured players will be at Verizon Center to get up shots and treatment to heal their sore muscles. While Bradley Beal and Al Harrington are still out, rookie Otto Porter is on the cusp of getting his first game action vs. the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.
HEAT coach Erik Spoelstra said former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden, signed as a free agent in the offseason, is coming along nicely. But what Spoelstra probably really meant is the 7-foot center is coming along slowly. According to several sources, the HEAT don’t expect to integrate Oden into the rotation until sometime around the All-Star break in mid-February. Even then, the HEAT aren’t planning on much more out of Oden than 8-10 minutes per game this season. Oden signed a one-year deal.
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that Anthony Davis has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal of his left hand. The injury occurred during the first quarter of the December 1 game against the New York Knicks. Davis underwent further evaluations by team doctors this morning in New Orleans and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
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Royce White still wants to play professional basketball. He’s just looking for the right fit.
“I’m optimistic it will happen,” the former Iowa State star said. “We’re in contact with some teams. “Quite a few more than expected. People are more understanding than you think. It’s not an insensitive crowd. There are teams involved. It’s finding a situation that’s appropriate.”
Wrong or right, (Indiana Pacers forward Paul) George stole the show. In hindsight, maybe we should have seen it coming due to George’s motivational goal to become the best small forward in the league. He revealed that he gets up for games against the rising wing players who posses a threat to challenge him for small forward supremacy.
“I feel like I’m competing with Carmelo [Anthony], K.D. [Kevin Durant] and LeBron [James],” George told CSNNW.com. “I’m not taking nothing away from (any) other small forwards in this league, but I feel like those guys are my competition and they’re who I’m going for.”
Clippers shooting guard J.J. Redick was informed Monday that he won’t need surgery for a broken right hand or for torn ligaments in the right side of his wrist, the team announced.
Redick saw Dr. Steve Shin, a hand specialist, Monday in Los Angeles.
“D-Wade is getting that Kobe deal,”(LeBron) James said from the next locker.
(Dwyane) Wade, knowing the gravity of this issue, smiled and shook his head. Then he gave a more diplomatic answer.
“When I get into that position, it’s something I’ll think about,” Wade said. “You have to sit down at the time and see what is best for you and for your team.”
“As a player, I loved it. Everyone who gets what they get deserves it, great,” Wade said of Bryant’s new deal. “There’s a reason the Lakers felt that Kobe should get that money. There’s no right or wrong.”
“It’s unbelievable,” Cavs forward Alonzo Gee said of the big man (Andrew Bynum). “I haven’t seen it in a while, so I was very happy for him. He played really well. We’re just happy he’s coming back.”
Cavs coach Mike Brown played Bynum a season-high 30 minutes. Bynum wondered after the game how his knees would feel the next day.
“He’s been making progress. Our medical team has done a great job. He’s done a great job of stuff that’s needed to be done. (Sunday) we had a day off, he was in here at 9:30 in the morning.
“That’s how he’s been. Before the season started, he was doing that every day. I think he might have done it every day but one day. That type of dedication from him, from our medical staff, led by (Cavs physical therapist) George Sibel. It’s been good. They got the formula back there.”
(Coach Mike) Budenholzer said (Kyle) Korver is still day-to-day but did use the word “soon” as to when he could return. #ATLHawks
“A lot of guys expect us to tank for (Jabari) Parker or (Andrew) Wiggins,” (Celtics’ Jared) Sullinger said after Monday’s practice. “Y’all might as well throw that out the door. I don’t know why people keep talking about tanking. We have competitors around here, we’re really not like that. We don’t care if Jeff (Green) averages 20 or I average 8 (points per game). We just want to win and show everybody that y’all can kiss our butts about the tanking stuff.”
To Sullinger’s point, the Celtics are in playoff contention in the woeful Eastern Conference. Without Rajon Rondo for the entirety of a tough schedule, Boston is just one game out of the eighth seed – and improbably, because the winner of the terrible Atlantic Division automatically receives a top-four seed, a half-game back of No. 4.
Out of Boston and onto Brooklyn, (Paul) Pierce and (Kevin) Garnett understood leaders on their former team would be newly cultivated. As much as anything, (Celtics’ Avery) Bradley heard from them that being a foundational part of the Celtics’ rebuild wouldn’t be easy – that there’s a preciousness to patience, to discipline.
“They told me this was going to be hard,” Bradley told RealGM. “At some point in their careers, they both played on teams that were very young, and that’s how our team is now. It takes time, but if everybody buys into what we’re trying to do, everything works out.”
“I don’t really speak much, I try to lead by example,” Bradley said. “I definitely learned leadership from the guys that were here before, because the Celtics have a culture. Playing hard and respecting the game – I try to keep that going, hoping it rubs off on my new teammates and some of the younger guys.”
“We are in a rebuilding process,” (Jameer Nelson) he said. “We have a lot of young guys. Those guys have gotten better over the summer. The future could be bright because of the talent we have.”
“I’m in a different chapter of my career,” Nelson said. “I still feel young. I’m only 31 . . . I’m also helping and teaching, trying not to step on any toes because I’m not the coach.”
“My coaching staff and my general manager know this is difficult for me, but I wouldn’t be here if I couldn’t handle it,” Nelson said.
YES, THE 76ERS’ defensive rotations are in shambles right now. The defensive presence in the paint is nearly invisible. Stopping the fastbreak seems to happen only when the Sixers are taking the ball out of the net.
So what is the problem with coach Brett Brown’s team as far as defending the basket? Believe it or not, much of it has to do with the offense. After getting a look at the roster he had been dealt last summer, Brown concluded that the best way for his players to compete would be to have them play an uptempo offense, filled with fastbreaks, leak-outs and long breakout passes. While that style seemed to work perfectly early in the season – with wins in the first three games – it has faltered of late, as the team has dropped eight of its last 10 games.
“When you choose to play at a pace that we’re trying to play at, the problems can really start there,” Brown said following practice yesterday at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. “We turn it over a lot, and they run at us. We take quick, bad shots and they run at us. A lot of our transition defensive problems are coming from turnovers and quick, bad shots, because we’re so adamant on playing at a speed. Somewhere out there, down the road now, there needs to be a better understanding for how you responsibly play that style of play. Then, when you just get into basic halfcourt defense, it’s a whole other story about accountability, define a team, all those things. And me doing a better job coaching some rotations. But our defense is most definitely a problem, and I think some of that spins into the style of play that we’ve decided to play in regards of pace.”