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Lakers Benching Kobe Bryant 'Not An Option'

Nov 28, 2015 12:28 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers will not bench Kobe Bryant for poor play regardless of his performance.

"I would never, never, never do that," Byron Scott said after practice at the Lakers' facility. "That's not an option whatsoever. No, that's not an option."

Bryant is shooting 31.1 percent from the field and 19.5 percent on three-pointers.

Bryant is averaging more field goal attempts per game (a team-high 16.4) than points (15.2). 

Scott said the plan would just be to keep Bryant as healthy as possible and put him in positions to succeed this season.

"Absolutely," Scott said. "And we'll just roll with the punches."

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Tags: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

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Reggie Jackson On OKC Boos: I Kind Of Love To Be Hated

Nov 28, 2015 12:51 PM

Reggie Jackson was booed loudly in his first game at the Oklahoma City Thunder since he was traded to the Detroit Pistons.

Jackson had 15 points, five rebounds and four assists in 27 minutes.

"I knew what time it was when I got in," Jackson said of the crowd reaction. "I'm not really tripping. It doesn't bother me.

"I kind of love to be hated. It's flattering. I think it's the greatest kind of love. It's love and spite at the same time. They wouldn't boo me if I didn't do anything to build some memories here, so obviously, if they booed me, that means I did something special."

The Thunder traded Jackson last February a few months after they were unable to agree upon a contract extension.

David Mayo/MLive

Tags: Reggie Jackson, Detroit Pistons, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Dunc'd On Pod: Facebook Mailbag

Nov 28, 2015 11:00 PM

Host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Danny Leroux of RealGM and the Sporting News (@DannyLeroux) answer reader questions submitted via Facebook. Topics include potential mid-December trades, the Warriors and Kevin Durant, Indiana's success and how to defend dribble handoffs.

Subscribe to the Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast on iTunes or via the XML feed.

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Harrison Barnes Injures Ankle, X-Rays Negative

Nov 28, 2015 12:57 PM

Harrison Barnes suffered a badly sprained ankle during the third quarter of the Golden State Warriors' win at the Phoenix Suns.

X-rays immediately taken on Barnes' ankle were negative.

"It was kind of a bittersweet victory with one of our teammates going down," Shaun Livingston said.

Diamond Leung/San Jose Mercury News

Tags: Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Injury

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Westchester Knicks Re-Acquire Jimmer Fredette

Nov 28, 2015 1:07 PM

The Westchester Knicks have re-acquired Jimmer Fredette.

Fredette was originally acquired by the Westchester Knicks in the 2015 NBA D-League Draft (first round, second overall). 

Fredette became the second Call-Up of the 2015-16 NBA Development League season when he was signed by the New Orleans Pelicans on Nov. 10, 2015 under the NBA’s injury hardship exception. He appeared in 13 minutes over four games for New Orleans before being waived on Nov. 19, 2015.

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Tags: Jimmer Fredette, Westchester Knicks, D-League, D-League Teams

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Bighorns Acquire David Stockton, Waive Marshall Henderson

Nov 28, 2015 12:33 PM

The Reno Bighorns have acquired David Stockton.

Stockton, a 5-11, 165-pound guard, averaged 20.1 points (.461 FG%, .398 3pt%, .824 FT%), 4.2 rebounds, 9.4 assists, 2.5 steals and 30.5 minutes per game in 43 contests (38 starts) for the Bighorns during the 2014-15 season. Stockton recorded two triple-doubles during the 2014-15 season and ranked 11th in scoring, third in assists and second in steals per game among D-League leaders

Most recently, Stockton joined the Sacramento Kings for preseason, where he totaled four points (1-7 FG, 0-1 3pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds and four assists in 16 minutes off the bench in three preseason contests.

To create a roster spot for Stockton, the Bighorns have waived Marshall Henderson.


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Tags: David Stockton, Marshall Henderson, Reno Bighorns, D-League, D-League Teams

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Dwyane Wade Was Fine Missing Playoffs In 2015 Since Winning Title Was Unrealstic

Nov 27, 2015 2:04 PM

The Miami Heat didn't reach the playoffs last season, which Dwyane Wade doesn't see as being much different than going out in the first or second round.

“If you’re not going to win a championship, that whole run through June sucks anyway,” Wade said earlier this season. “We weren’t going to win a championship last year, so it wouldn’t matter if we went out in the first round or April 17, when our last game was. That’s kind of what I think at this point in my career. I don’t play to get into the first round of the playoffs. We’re still a young team, together trying to grow. We have a lot of potential and we see that.”

The Heat have reloaded with the trade for Goran Dragic and the draft selection of Justise Winslow.

Bosh wants the Heat to return to the top of the NBA landscape.

“[LeBron] is there and he's going to be trying to get to the mountaintop every year. Why not us?” Bosh said. “We might as well challenge him and see what we can dig out of ourselves before our careers are over.”

Michael Lee/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat, NBA

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Jason Kidd Suspended One Game By NBA

Nov 27, 2015 1:01 PM

Jason Kidd has received a one-game suspension by the NBA for slapping the ball out of a referee's hands and not leaving the court in a timely manner.

The incident occurred with 1:49 remaining in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's game.

Kidd will serve his suspension on Friday when the Milwaukee Bucks play the Orlando Magic.

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Windhorst: LeBron James Has 'Warrior Paranoia'

Nov 27, 2015 12:49 PM

ESPN's Brian Windhorst believes LeBron James has "Warrior Paranoia."

James has been more concerned with winning regular season games this season than he has in the past as the Golden State Warriors have started 16-0.

James held a players-only meeting after the Cleveland Cavaliers lost on Wednesday to the Toronto Raptors.

"I really think that the Warriors have had an effect on him. It's interesting. I've never seen this before."

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, NBA

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Jerry West: Draymond Green Has Become Top-10 Player In NBA

Nov 27, 2015 12:23 PM

Jerry West believes Draymond Green has become one of the top-10 players in the NBA.

“We have two of the top-10 players in the league,” West told KNBR on Wednesday, knowing he didn’t need to explain Stephen Curry. “Draymond Green is the second one. He’s the most underrated player in the NBA, period. There are very few players I think anyone in our organization would trade for him. He’s just a remarkable player.

“If he’s not a top-10 player in this league, I don’t know who is.”

Green currently ranks fourth in Basketball Reference's MVP tracker for the current season, averaging 12.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.3 blocks per game.

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Byron Scott Believes He Still Has Support Of Lakers' Front Office
Byron Scott is in the second-year of a four-year contract worth $17 million, with a team option for the final season.

Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

Austin Daye Signs With Victoria Libertas Pesaro
Austin Daye's father, Darren Daye, also played for the team during his own playing career.

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Lakers Working On Improving Julius Randle's Jumper
Julius Randle has always been an effective player on offense due to his strength and ability off the dribble.

Bill Oram/Orange County Register

Jahlil Okafor Punches Man Outside Boston Nightclub
Jahlil Okafor then punches a man after at least one person tries to restrain him, knocking him to the ground.

Mike Sielski/Philadelphia Inquirer

Cavaliers Hold Players-Only Meeting After Loss To Raptors
LeBron James and James Jones got on the team for its inconsistent play during their 11-4 start to the season.

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Jason Kidd Ejected After Knocking Ball Out Of Ref's Hands
Jason Kidd said he was sticking up for himself and protecting his players before he was tossed.


Suns To Sign Bryce Cotton From D-League
Bryce Cotton was with the Jazz in the preseason but didn't make their regular season roster.

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Curry, Westbrook, Lowry, LeBron, Draymond Comprise RPM Top-5
Stephen Curry leads the NBA in Real Plus-Minus after the first month of the season with a mark of 8.85.


Emmanuel Mudiay Apologizes For Verbal Altercation With Mike Malone
With 1:53 left in the fourth quarter, Mike Malone laid into Emmanuel Mudiay for what he thought was a subpar performance.

Chris Dempsey/Denver Post

Stephen Curry: We're Probably Not Going 82-0
The Warriors improved to 16-0 with their blowout win over the Lakers.

Diamond Leung/San Jose Mercury News

Vogel: Paul George Is Best Two-Way Player In NBA
Paul George is leading the Pacers in scoring and rebounding, while ranking second in assists.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

Steve Clifford, Hornets Agree Upon Three-Year Extension
The Hornets have an option on the 2019-20 season for Steve Clifford.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Dunc'd On Pod: 30 In 60 (Thanksgiving Edition)
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux go through all 30 NBA teams starting with the Lakers and Warriors and then working from the middle.

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Carmelo Believes Kristaps Porzingis Will Lead Knicks Long After His Retirement
Carmelo Anthony said he and Kristaps Porzingis are "building" their relationship.

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LeBron James: We've Taken Downplaying Of Eastern Conference Personally
Eleven of the 15 teams in the Eastern Conference have a record of .500 or better.

Chris Fedor/Cleveland Plain Dealer

CJ McCollum Trying To Take Next Step With Improved Handle
C.J. McCollum's ability with his handle is clear in one-on-one situations.

Mike Richman/Oregonian

Heat Assign Jarnell Stokes To D-League
Last season, Jarnell Stokes appeared in 23 NBA Development League games and averaged 15.1 points, 11.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 32.0 minutes.

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Raptors Assign Delon Wright To D-League
Delon Wright was selected 20th overall by Toronto in the 2015 NBA Draft.

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Ben Simmons Considered Consensus No. 1 Prospect For 2016
Fifty-one NBA scouts and execs attended Ben Simmons' game in Brooklyn on Monday in which he had 21 points, 20 rebounds and seven assists.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Amar'e Stoudemire Taking Classes To Possibly Become Agent
Amar'e Stoudemire has long been represented by Happy Walters.

Marc Berman/New York Post

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