Dec 05, 2013 1:25 PM EST
The Golden State Warriors have waived center Dewayne Dedmon.
Dedmon, 24, was originally signed as a D-League call-up from the Santa Cruz Warriors on Nov. 18.
The 7’0” center appeared in four games with Golden State, logging a total of six minutes.
During his time with Golden State, Dedmon also appeared in one game with Santa Cruz while on assignment to the D-League club
Dec 05, 2013 12:54 PM EST
In this episode of RealGM Radio, host Daniel Leroux talks with Sam Amick of USA Today, Larry Coon of CBAFAQ.com, ESPN and HoopsWorld, and Charles Modiano of RealGM.
Sam (@sam_amick) and Daniel discuss the disparity between the Eastern Conference and Western Conference so far, the strong start of the Portland Trail Blazers, and the progress of DeMarcus Cousins.
For the My Life in Basketball segment, CBA guru Larry Coon (@LarryCoon) talks about his background and the path to creating the first CBA FAQ as well as the role of the individual max contract moving forward.
Finally, Charles Modiano comes on to discuss the Knicks' rough present and uncertain future.
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Dec 05, 2013 12:51 PM EST
Derrick Rose spoke to the media on Thursday for the first time since undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.
Rose was asked if he could return for the playoffs.
"If I'm healthy and the situation is right - I'm playing," said Rose.
K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune was told by the Chicago Bulls two weeks ago that the chances of Rose returning are "almost non-existent."
Rose also was asked if the Bulls may have to move on without him.
"You can be a fool if you want to," said Rose.
Dec 05, 2013 12:27 PM EST
The seriousness of how Portland treats the Trail Blazers forced Neil Olshey to accelerate his approach in rebuilding the roster.
The Blazers are now 16-3 with the best record in the Western Conference.
"It caught me off guard," Olshey said. "Listen, I had been in this building as a front-office executive, a coach, and I knew how much it meant inside this building with the fans. But how much the identity of this city is wrapped up in the Blazers. It's so important that this team performs well – and does it with the right kind of guys. It's not just winning, but how we win, how we lose, how guys play, how guys treat the fans.
"And you know, that's what accelerated it for me. It would be great to come in with a three-to-five-year plan, slowly rebuild, but about five minutes after I got here, I realized: We're going to have to pick the pace up on this."
Olshey came from the Los Angeles Clippers, where he worked in the shadow of the Los Angeles Lakers and the ubiquitous entertainment industry.
"You could live and work in anonymity in L.A.," Olshey told Yahoo Sports, "but it's different here. At one point, the Dalai Lama was here and our president, Chris McGowan, and I presented him with a Blazers jersey. I wouldn't have even been on the list to be in the arena with him in L.A."
LaMarcus Aldridge has been one of the NBA's best players just months after he doubted if he may be better off going to a team ready to contend.
"Neil has done great job," Aldridge told Yahoo Sports. "I mean, he's done … great."
Dec 05, 2013 11:41 AM EST
The Milwaukee Bucks are 3-15 after losing both members of their starting backcourt from last season, Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, in free agency.
Jennings and Ellis are both playing well with their new teams.
"It's the situation he's in," Jennings said of Ellis' explosion. "He's on a team where they need somebody to score. Dirk (Nowitzki) is not that scorer like he used to be. He still can do it, don't get me wrong. But he (Ellis) is in a situation kind of like he was in at Golden State, before Stephen Curry and all of them got there. So he's the main scorer and he's the guy."
The pairing of Jennings and Ellis was ill-fitted.
"We're two players that need the ball," said Jennings.
"Here, I can just run the team," Jennings said. "I'm playing with an unbelievable frontcourt. My assists are high, higher than they ever have been so far, which I'm really happy about. I'm just finding guys and just learning how to control the game down the stretch and win."
Dec 05, 2013 11:35 AM EST
Rajon Rondo is moving closer to returning to the Boston Celtics from a torn ACL, but Danny Ainge says he still has a long ways to go.
"I don't think he's close," Ainge said. "I don't think it's gonna happen in the next few weeks. We're not on pins and needles about it. We're being very cautious with Rondo. He's still got a little bit of a limp. He needs to get his strength back."
Rondo has not been cleared for 5-on-5 basketball.
"He's just not himself yet, but he's getting there and he's pushing himself to get there," Ainge said. "Listen, we're going to be very cautious with him and make sure he's right before he comes back. There's just a little bit of a limp still, and he's got to get that strength in his knee back to 100 percent before we'll let him back out on the court."
Dec 05, 2013 11:30 AM EST
Carmelo Anthony has denied a report from Stephen A. Smith citing sources that he's already made up his mind to leave the New York Knicks as a free agent this offseason.
Anthony said he hasn't talked about his future plans to those close to him.
"Anybody in my crew, anybody on my team, family nobody," said Anthony.
Smith believes Anthony will sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Dec 05, 2013 1:16 AM EST
Charlotte Bobcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to miss four to six weeks after suffering a non-displaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his left hand during the third quarter of last night’s game in Dallas.
In 18 games this season, Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging 9.1 points on .500 shooting (62-124) and 5.3 rebounds in 26.7 minutes per game.
Dec 05, 2013 1:12 AM EST
The game between the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves was postponed on Wednesday night because of smoky conditions inside the Mexico City arena.
The NBA announced the suspended game following smoke inhabiting the entire arena.
Dec 05, 2013 1:07 AM EST
Byron Scott coached Jason Kidd to two NBA Finals appearances with the then-New Jersey Nets in 2002 and 2003, when Lawrence Frank was on his coaching staff.
The former Cleveland Cavaliers and New Orleans coach was not surprised at all by Kidd's demotion of Frank to "daily reports," banning Frank's presence in practice and games.
“It does surprise me a little that it happened so quickly,” Scott said. “But it’s safe to say that I’m not [surprised] it happened at all because of the personalities involved.”
Scott was replaced by Frank as Nets' coach in the 2003-04 season.
“When I’m putting a staff together,” said Scott, “the key point of emphasis for me is, ‘I want you to be open and honest, I want your input but at the end of the day, I’m going to do what I think is best.’
“In Jason and Lawrence, I detect two very strong-willed people who don’t back down. I could easily see maybe Jason getting to the point where he felt Lawrence was over-stepping his bounds.”
Charlie Westbrook joined the D-League’s waiver process late Wednesday afternoon to determine his franchise.
Lawrence Frank signed a six-year, roughly $6 million deal with the Nets in the offseason to be Jason Kidd's lead assistant coach.
The Pacers’ local television ratings rank fourth in the NBA.
Danny Ainge said Rajon Rondo still has not been cleared fully for contact practice.
Dennis Schröder ranks tied for fourth among all NBA rookies in assists.
Marquis Teague was recalled due to an injury to Mike James.
Timofey Mozgov is averaging 16.5 points and 17.5 rebounds over the past two games as his numbers are up across the board in his third full season with the Nuggets.
Allan Houston is currently an executive under Steve Mills.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist sustained a fracture in his left hand on Tuesday night.
Lamar Odom has returned to Los Angeles after two weeks of workouts with Rob McClanaghan.
Michael Carter-Williams is averaging 17 points, seven assists, five rebounds and a league-high three steals per game.
Paul George posted averages of 23.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists as the Pacers went 15-1 through November.
Kobe Bryant passed throughout a 20-minute scrimmage game on Tuesday that was highlighted by a steal and dunk.
Retaining the meniscus improves Derrick Rose's odds of avoiding chronic knee issues.
Lawrence Frank was Jason Kidd's top assistant coach and responsible for the defense.
Anthony Davis has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal of his left hand.
Kendall Marshall has been claimed by the Delaware 87ers, D-League affiliate for the 76ers.
Tobias Harris received a second opinion on his ankle.
Andre Roberson will join the Thunder's D-League affiliate, the Tulsa 66ers.
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