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Tony Parker Wants To Play Five More Seasons With Spurs

Oct 9, 2015 1:42 PM

Tony Parker would like to continue his career with the San Antonio Spurs for another five seasons. Parker would like to play 20 seasons with the Spurs.

"The Spurs know I want to play until I'm 38," Parker told Yahoo Sports in a recent phone interview. "That will be 20 seasons for me. That's my goal. This year is No. 15. And if I'm lucky enough and I'm healthy, hopefully I can play 20 seasons and then I'll be ready to retire."

Parker is in the first season of his three-year, $43 million extension he signed in August of 2014.

Parker has told Gregg Popovich and R.C. Buford of his goal.

"Last year was the first year in my whole career where I had a lot of nagging injuries," Parker said. "When I compare to all the other guys when you look at D-Rose [Derrick Rose], [Paul] George and Wesley Matthews, I feel very lucky and blessed that I have been able with my little body to play all those years."


Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Blazers Name CJ McCollum Backup Point Guard

Oct 9, 2015 1:30 PM

CJ McCollum will be the Portland Trail Blazers' backup point guard behind Damian Lillard.

"Essentially, the plan is, when Dame (Lillard) is out, CJ will be the point guard,'' Terry Stotts said.

McCollum played point guard for the first time in the NBA on Thursday in the Blazers' preseason game.

McCollum played some point guard in college and often had the ball in his hands pushing a fast break when playing shooting guard.

"I guess it's preseason so you have to find something to write about,  but I don't think its really a big deal,'' McCollum said. "It's still a basketball game.''


Stotts estimated that Lillard would average around 36 minutes a game this season, leaving 12 minutes a game for McCollum at point guard.

Jason Quick/Oregonian

Tags: C.J. McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Pelicans Sign Greg Smith To Non-Guaranteed Deal

Oct 9, 2015 4:57 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have signed Greg Smith to a non-guaranteed deal.

The Pelicans are thin at center following the injuries to Omer Asik and Alexis Ajinca.

The Pelicans have several players vying for the remaining two spots on their 15-man roster.

Smith spent three seasons with the Houston Rockets before joining the Dallas Mavericks.

Scott Kushner/The Advocate

Tags: Greg Smith, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dwight Howard Played Through Torn MCL, Meniscus In WCF

Oct 9, 2015 11:53 AM

Dwight Howard said he played through a torn MCL and meniscus during the Western Conference Finals.

Team doctors said Howard did not need offseason surgery because the tears weren't that severe.

Howard hurt his left knee in the first quarter of Game 1 of that series when his then-teammate Josh Smith crashed into his knee. 

Howard missed 41 games for the Houston Rockets during the 14-15 season.


Calvin Watkins/ESPN

Tags: Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Injury

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Kevin Love Ahead Of Schedule, Could Play In Opener

Oct 9, 2015 1:22 PM

Kevin Love could be ready for the Cleveland Cavaliers' season opener on October 27th.

“I feel pretty good,” Love told Sporting News. “As far as the opener goes, I am not completely sure. I’ll probably get with the doctors and see what they have to say. I know that my six-month post-op is coming up here pretty fast. As far as getting the strength back, getting the range of motion, I feel pretty good, so I am looking forward to getting into some more contact, getting into a rhythm and getting out there as quickly as I can.”

Love has been cleared for 3-on-3 practices, but not yet for 5-on-5. 


“(Six months is) just a ballpark figure that has generally been thrown out there by anybody who has talked about the rehab process for this kind of an injury,” Love said. “I like to think that I am ahead of the game, but there’s different tests and the due diligence that the doctor will go through and the training staff will go through. So all I can do is go out there every day and attack my rehab and hopefully I will be able to go out there and help these guys as soon as possible.”

Sean Deveney/Sporting News

Tags: Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Thabo Sefolosha Found Not Guilty Of All Charges

Oct 9, 2015 11:49 AM

Thabo Sefolosha was found not guilty of all charges stemming from a confrontation with officers outside a Manhattan nightclub in April.

Sefolosha's leg was broken in the incident.

A Manhattan jury found Sefolosha not guilty of misdemeanor charges of obstructing governmental administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, all of them arising from a disturbance outside the 1 Oak nightclub on April 8 at 4:30 a.m. as the police were trying to disperse a crowd.

Sefolosha has accused the police of brutality and wrongful arrest, testified that he was trying to give some money to a panhandler when a police officer pushed him without warning. 

Benjamin Mueller, James C McKinley Jr./New York Times

Tags: Thabo Sefolosha, Atlanta Hawks, NBA

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Kobe Bryant Finds No. 93 Ranking 'Silly'

Oct 9, 2015 2:03 PM

Kobe Bryant was ranked No. 93 by ESPN in their #NBArank project.

Bryant received some support from fans saying he shouldn't be ranked so low.

Bryant said, "Please don't ask me about silly stuff like that."

Bryant was ranked No. 40 last season.

"I've known for a long time [that] they're a bunch of idiots," Bryant said last October, referring to the ranking as "silly" and "laughable."

Bryant's ranking is actually higher than ESPN says the advanced stats indicate.

"This is our prediction for how much Kobe will be able to contribute this year and how effective he'll be," said Royce Webb, director of content analytics for ESPN Digital and Print Media.

"This ranking puts him much higher than advanced stats suggest. For instance, if you look at real plus-minus, which includes both offense and defense, and factor in how many minutes he's likely to play, those stats project that he'll be about the 163rd-most valuable player this year. He's projected to add only about two wins this season to the Lakers' total. Our voters decided to give him the benefit of the doubt and move him up to 93rd."

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Tags: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Matt Barnes Claims He Went To Check On Sons, Not Confront Derek Fisher

Oct 9, 2015 11:57 AM

Matt Barnes claims he went to his ex-wife's house to check on his six-year-old twin sons and not to confront Derek Fisher.

Barnes was at his home in Marina del Rey around 10 p.m. Saturday when he got a text from his son Carter that concerned him.

"I'm like, first of all, why are you still up? It's like 10 o'clock at night," Barnes said. "So I text back, 'I love you and I miss you too.' Then I FaceTimed him. I'm just like, 'Hey, what's up buddy?'

"Now, Carter is like the rambunctious one. He's always jumping off the walls. And when I saw his face, he was just sitting there, and I knew something was wrong. I was like, 'What's wrong, Carter?' and he shook his head, 'No.' Then he lays his head down on the couch, puts a pillow in front of his face and says, 'Mommy's friend Derek is here.'

"This wasn't a phone call. We were on FaceTime. I could see him and the look on his face."

The New York Post reported that Barnes texted a friend that he assaulted Fisher and took revenge on Govan.

“I kicked his ass from the back yard to the front room, and spit in her face,” the text read, according to the source.


"I can't believe people think I was some maniac driving 95 miles and listening to Tupac to go beat somebody up," Barnes said. "No. I live 15 minutes away, and I was going over to check on my kids because they seemed uncomfortable. That was my main reason for going over there."

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Tags: Matt Barnes, Memphis Grizzlies, New York Knicks, NBA

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Dunc'd On Pod: Washington Wizards Preview With Mike Prada

Oct 9, 2015 5:20 PM

SB Nation Senior Writer and Editor and DC native Mike Prada (@MikePradaSBN) joins Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) to preview the Washington Wizards.  

Topics include: Whether Otto Porter can be counted on as a starter; how well the Playoff Randy Wittman style will translate to the regular season; whether John Wall and Bradley Beal can take the next step; and how good this team needs to be to entice Kevin Durant to DC next summer.

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Dunc'd On Pod: Memphis Grizzlies Preview With Chris Vernon

Oct 9, 2015 5:16 PM

Chris Vernon, host of the Chris Vernon Show (@ChrisVernonShow) on 92.9 ESPN in Memphis and Fox Sports Southeast's Grizzlies coverage, joins Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) to preview the Memphis Grizzlies.

Topics included: Can the Grizzlies' home-grown talent produce this year, how the Matt Barnes/Derek Fisher incident has affected his standing within the team; whether Memphis can continue to compete in the West, and a vehement prediction on Mike Conley's impending free agency.

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Trevor Booker Suspended One Game By NBA
Trevor Booker will serve the suspension in the season-opening game against the Pistons on Oct. 28.

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Kris Humphries Adapting To Become Stretch-4
Kris Humphries went 2-for-26 from three-point range over his first 11 NBA seasons.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

Execs Expect Kobe Bryant To Have Limited NBA Options If He Leaves Lakers In 2016
One executive mentioned the Knicks and another brought up the Clippers as teams possibly interested in signing Kobe Bryant.

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Bucks Waive Jon Horford, Charlie Westbrook
The Bucks have requested waivers on forward Jon Horford and guard Charlie Westbrook.

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Chandler Parsons: No Way DeAndre Was Coming To Mavericks Unless I Presented
Chandler Parsons played a significant role in the Mavericks' initially successful, ultimately futile pursuit of DeAndre Jordan.

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Omer Asik Out Three Weeks With Calf Strain
Omer Asik appeared in 76 games for the Pelicans in 2014-15, averaging 7.3 points and 9.8 rebounds per game.

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Dunc'd On Pod: Detroit Pistons Preview With Dan Feldman
Dan Feldman joins Nate Duncan to preview the Pistons season.

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Eric Griffin Waived By Pistons
Eric Griffin played for the Texas Legends of the NBA's Developmental League last season.

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Dunc'd On Pod: Indiana Pacers Preview With Candace Buckner
Candace Buckner joins Nate Duncan to preview the Pacers season and discuss the latest on Paul George at the 4.

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Report: Matt Barnes Attacked Derek Fisher For Dating Ex-Wife
Derek Fisher has been dating Matt Barnes' ex-wife, Gloria Govan, for "a few months."

Ian Mohr/New York Post

Gilbert Arenas, Javaris Crittenton Dispute Was Over $1,100
Gilbert Arenas' suspension cost him $7.5 million in salary.

Dan Steinberg/Washington Post

Pacers Sign Kadeem Jack
Kadeem Jack is a 6-9, 235 lb. forward that played collegiately at Rutgers.

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Klutch Sports Planned On Finishing Thompson Deal Before LeBron
LeBron James' agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, also represents Tristan Thompson.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

LeBron James Ready To 'Lead' Not 'Carry' Cavaliers
Cleveland's schedule to start the season is relatively easy, which offsets several missing players.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Trevor Booker Takes Open-Handed Swing At Hibbert
Roy Hibbert was held back his teammates to avoid a further escalation.

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

DeMarcus Cousins: MVP Is Mine To Grab
DeMarcus Cousins has become one of the NBA's best bigs and is the best player in the league to have never appeared in a playoff game.

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Raptors Giving Anthony Bennett 'Opportunity To Grow, Be A Player'
The Raptors plan on keeping Anthony Bennett plenty of time to develop.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Skal Labissiere Hasn't Been Cleared To Play For Kentucky
Skal Labissiere is expected to be one of the first three picks of the 2016 NBA Draft.

Jeff Goodman, Jeff Borzello/ESPN

AmeriLeague Signs Deals With Terrence Williams, Antoine Wright
The AmeriLeague inaugural season will tip-off November 9th at Cashman Center in Las Vegas.

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Windhorst: Tristan Thompson Holdout Likely To 'Go Well Into Regular Season'
Brian Windhorst believes there's a lot of parallels between Tristan Thompson's situation and the on the Cavaliers underwent in 2007 with Anderson Varejao.

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