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Kobe: Players, Owners Both Overpaid; Fight Is For Your Market Value

Like every player in the NBA, Kobe Bryant took notice of the new television deal that will result in a substantial increase in basketball related income.

"Listen: business is business," Bryant said. "I think people get that confused very easily in understanding that players should take substantially less than their market value in order to win championships." 

Bryant signed a two-year extension with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2013 worth $48.5 million.

"I think as players, you've kind of got to hold your ground a little bit and not be afraid of what the public perception is," Bryant said. "Instead, you try to educate the public a little bit and understand it's not about complaining about how much you're making, because that's ridiculous. We are overpaid, but so are the owners. And you have to fight for what your market value is."

Via Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Suns Release Joe Jackson, Casey Prather, Jamil Wilson

The Phoenix Suns have waived Joe Jackson, Casey Prather and Jamil Wilson.

Jackson recorded two points in seven minutes in one appearance this preseason, while Prather played five minutes in one appearance and Wilson totaled nine minutes in two appearances.

The Suns’ roster now stands at 16 players.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Raptors Exercise 15-16 Options On Jonas Valanciunas, Terrence Ross

The Toronto Raptors have exercised the fourth-year team options on Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross.

The contracts for Valanciunas and Ross are now guaranteed through the 2015-16 season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Adams Refutes Rep As Dirty Player, Claim He Baited Randolph Into Playoff Suspension

Zach Randolph insinuated that the Oklahoma City Thunder and Steven Adams baited him into a suspension in last season's first round playoff series.

Adams already has a reputation around the league as he enters his second NBA season. Some say he is a dirty player.

Randolph was suspended one game for throwing a punch toward Adams in Game 6 of the Thunder's series with the Memphis Grizzlies.

“I mean, seven players have gotten suspended because of him. You've got to look into that,” Randolph said. “Why are players getting into it with this particular guy?

“Honestly, I feel like that was his whole plan and I fell for it. I take responsibility. I’m too old for that...to get me off of my game and I went for it. It bothered me all summer. That was their plan.”

Adams shot down Randolph's claim on Tuesday.

“No, not at all,” Adams said. "I was just playing hard. I mean, it’s unfortunate that it happened. Honestly, I was just focusing on the game.”

“I probably just say aggressive,” Adams added, when asked how to describe his style of play. “Coach tells me to do one thing then I’ll just go do it. It’s pretty simple. Just go rebound or something simple like that. I just do the best I can. Just hustle. I don’t know. I mean, I know that it comes with the game, because I get frustrated, too, in the game. But I just show it in a different way. So frustration obviously comes with it, and people react in different ways.”

Via Darnell Mayberry/The Oklahoman

Jodie Meeks Out Eight Weeks With Back Injury

Jodie Meeks has a stress reaction in his lower back and will be out eight weeks.

Meeks signed with the Detroit Pistons in the offseason.

The Pistons will be forced to play Josh Smith more at small forward while Meeks is out.

Via Vincent Goodwill/Detroit News

Carter-Williams Given Longer Actual Recovery Time Than 76ers Released

The Philadelphia 76ers originally announced Michael Carter-Williams' rehab time from a torn labrum as two to four months, but it was actually six to nine months.

"Everything but play contact," Williams reiterated on his participation. "I wish I was [playing], but that's doctors' orders. I have to listen to what they say and come back 100 percent. I feel great.

"I am getting a little itchy to play. The surgery diagnosis was, I was supposed to be out from 6 to 9 months, but I'm plenty ahead of schedule. I feel great. I wish I was playing."

Asked about the timetable of 2 to 4 months, Carter-Williams said: "That not true at all. [The 6 to 9 months], that's from when I first got the surgery. But it's doing great.

"There is no specific set date. We have to plan a doctor's appointment and go in, do all that stuff. Like I said, I feel great. If it was up to me, I'd be out there playing right now. I want to be out there. I feel unbelievable. I feel 100 percent."

Via Bob Cooney/Philadelphia Daily News

Carmelo To Unveil Dirk-Like Wrong Footed Fade-Away

Carmelo Anthony plans to unveil a fade-away off the wrong foot this season, similar to one of Dirk Nowitzki's most effective moves.

“Well, I had to,” said Anthony. “Over the years, just playing against kind of the same guys over and over — guys watch film and study and scout just the way that I do. So I’m pretty sure that they go back to the drawing board and see what can we do to stop a move here and there.”

Via Mitch Abrahmson/New York Daily News

Carmelo: We Don't Have A Choice But To Make Triangle Work

Carmelo Anthony remains confident that the New York Knicks will successfully implement the Triangle offense, though they struggled in their loss on Monday to the Toronto Raptors.

The Knicks shot 37.8 percent from the field and converted 3-of-23 3-point attempts.

“I can’t really worry about what other people are worrying about, whether it works for me or not,” said Anthony, who finished with nine points on 4-of-6 shooting in 15 minutes against Toronto as the Knicks dropped to 1-2 this preseason. “I go out there and I don’t have a choice but to make it work. Whether it takes now or it takes later, we don’t have a choice but to make this work. I told you all early on, media day, I’m willing to take that chance to try to make it work and be patient with it.”

Via Mitch Abramson/New York Daily News

Ridnour Beginning To Consider End Of Career

Luke Ridnour is beginning to consider when he may retire from the NBA.

"It all goes by so fast," he said of his career, now in its 12th season. "My family is the most important thing. . . . After this [season,] I'll just take it season to season."

Ridnour signed a one-year, $2.75 million deal with the Orlando Magic and the team has an option for 15-16 when he will be 34.

 

Via Brian Schmitz/Orlando Sentinel

Thibodeau Wants Bulls To Get Into Mind-Set Like Spurs

Tom Thibodeau is looking for his core players to get in a mindset similar to the San Antonio Spurs.

In the two preseason games the Spurs played overseas last week, veteran Tim Duncan played 33 and 35 minutes, while Tony Parker played 35 and 36.

‘‘I’m watching San Antonio, and they’re going after it,’’ Thibodeau said. ‘‘Parker, Duncan, they’re playing huge minutes right off the start. I think it’s a strong message what they’re saying right now. They’re preparing themselves to defend their championship. And so in order to get that way from them, you’re going to have to wrestle it away from them. They’re not just going to give it away. Your mind-set has to be right.’’

Thibodeau singled out Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.

‘‘Oh, no, they’re working hard enough,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s getting ready to play in games. You’re going to have timing and conditioning by playing together.’’

Via Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Jeff Bower Has Freedom To Pursue Trades As Pistons' GM

Jeff Bower consults daily with Stan Van Gundy about ways in which the Pistons can improve their roster.

NBA To Experiment With 44-Minute Game

The league wants to examine the flow of a shorter game as compared to the standard 48-minute game.

Luke Hancock Waived By Grizzlies

Luke Hancock recorded two points in nine minutes in his lone preseason appearance on Oct. 9 at Houston.

Johnny O'Bryant Rehabilitating Grade III MCL Strain

No surgery is required, and Johnny O’Bryant has already begun the rehabilitation process.

James Southerland To Be Waived By Blazers, Sign Overseas

The Blazers will waive James Southerland.

NBA Moving Its Own Logo To Back Of Jerseys Next Season

The switch comes as league owners consider whether to put advertisements on uniforms for the first time.

Bucks To Start Giannis Antetokounmpo At Point Guard In Next Game

Giannis Antetokounmpo will start with Khris Middleton and Jabari Parker on the wings, Ersan Ilyasova at power forward and Zaza Pachulia at center.

Heat Waive Reggie Williams, Chris Johnson

The Heat's roster now stands at 18.

NBA Held TV Talks With Fox, NBC, Google, Apple

The NBA's preference was to remain with ESPN and Turner for their new television deal, but held talks with rival companies.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Out One Week With Knee Strain

Kentavious Caldwell-PopeÕs MRI results on his left knee showed no structural damage.

Andrew Wiggins Being Pushed To 'Come Back At You' From Start

The Timberwolves' coaching staff has been encouraging Andrew Wiggins to push himself and stop trying to blend in.

Rubio, Wolves At Standstill On Extension Negotiations

Ricky Rubio is at a standstill in negotiations with the Timberwolves regarding a contract extension.

Phil Jackson: Dolan Had To Meddle With Knicks

Phil Jackson said James Dolan was forced to become involved in day-to-day operations of the Knicks prior to his hiring as president.

John Holland Close To Signing With Besiktas

Last season with Gravelines in France, John Holland averaged 10.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.

Knicks Hire 'Mindfulness' Trainer

Under the direction of Phil Jackson, the Knicks have hired an expert to teach "mindfulness training" to the team.

Celtics Could Waive Vitor Faverani As Part Of Roster Crunch

Vitor Faverani is owed $2.09 million this season, but he has yet to recover seven months later from a car accident that led to his arrest.

Brett Brown Approaches 76ers' Job With 'Very Long Lens'

The 76ers finished 13-14 with the second worse record in the NBA and are expected to struggle again to produce wins this season.

Felton Out At Least 10 Days With High Ankle Sprain

Raymond Felton was expected to compete with Jameer Nelson as the Mavs’ starting point guard.

Pau Gasol, Bulls Believe He Can Thrive Defensively In Thibodeau's System

The Bulls won't have Pau Gasol guarding "stretch four" forwards on the perimeter and will allow him to use his length to defend the rim

Carlisle Apologizes For Criticising Parsons' Weight, Conditioning

Rick Carlisle apologized to Chandler Parsons via a press release from the Mavericks for criticizing his weight and conditioning.
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