Oct 31, 2011 8:50 PM EDT
Shaquille O'Neal has written an autobiography, set for release in November and some of it has been excerpted.
"He was so young and so immature in some ways, but I can tell you this: everything Kobe is doing now, he told me all the way back then he was going to do it," writes O'Neal. "We were sitting on the bus once and he told me, "I'm going to be the number one scorer for the Lakers, I'm going to win five or six championships, and I'm going to be the best player in the game." I was like, "Okay, whatever." Then he looked me right in the eye and said, "I'm going to be the Will Smith of the NBA."
Oct 31, 2011 6:27 PM EDT
The league office fined Heat owner Mickey Arison $500,000 for Friday comments he made on Twitter.
Arison seemed to disagree with the formal negotiating position of his fellow owners, and the league executives who are negotiating directly with the union, on their insistence that the players accept no more than 50% of basketball-related income.
Arison later deleted the controversial statements.
Oct 31, 2011 3:40 PM EDT
Aaron Scales, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound power forward prospect from the American Basketball Institute in Charlotte, N.C., announced he has de-committed from Missouri.
His coach, John Jordan, who made the announcement in an email to several media members, cited the uncertain outcome of the NCAA investigation into allegations of impropriety by Frank Haith while at Miami as the reason for Scales to change his mind.
“Actually, he’s been thinking about it for the last few weeks. It’s just a tough situation,” Jordan said in a phone interview Monday morning. “He really likes Coach Haith. He’d love to play for him, but with these allegations pending, it’s a situation where we just can’t gamble on this kind of situation.”
Oct 31, 2011 3:37 PM EDT
Jared Sullinger was a unanimous preseason All-America pick, headlining a group that also includes Harrison Barnes, Terrence Jones, Jeremy Lamb and Jordan Taylor.
Taylor was the only senior named to the first team.
"I just hope he doesn't think he has to score 40 a game this year," coach Bo Ryan said. "I think we're going to be in trouble if he does. He doesn't. He wants to be even more consistent. He wants to be more inclusive with his teammates, maybe in transition. There are different things we're looking at in trying to get done with a different-sized team maybe on the floor."
Oct 31, 2011 3:32 PM EDT
John Beilein said Tim Hardaway Jr. has embraced his role as being a lead player for Michigan.
Hardaway Jr. is beginning his sophomore season.
Oct 31, 2011 3:30 PM EDT
Trey Burke has been rapidly improving and the freshman may end up starting at point guard for Michigan.
The other choice at the position is senior Stu Douglass.
Darius Morris was Michigan's starter at point guard last season.
Oct 31, 2011 2:48 PM EDT
Willie Cauley has committed to Kentucky as a member of the class of 2012.
Cauley is a 7-foot, 230 pound center generally considered as a top-40 member of his class.
Cauley plays at Olathe (Kan.) Northwest.
“I would say he’s a very, very high-level run and jump athlete,” Rivals.com Eric Bossi said. “And he’s also very fluid from side-to-side. He can get from one end of the floor to the other better (than most big men). His offense needs some work but I wouldn’t say he’s totally raw.
Oct 31, 2011 12:01 PM EDT
The Nets are still searching for a replacement for assistant coach Sam Mitchell.
Mario Elie and Keith Smart are two candidates that could be of interest to the Nets to assist Avery Johnson.
Oct 31, 2011 11:59 AM EDT
Some front office executives believe the Blazers are doing due diligence on Donnie Nelson as a candidate for their general manager vacancy.
Nelson is a longtime executive with the Mavericks.
There is no concrete evidence to suggest the Blazers have asked Dallas for permission to interview Nelson.
Oct 31, 2011 11:56 AM EDT
Sources within the front office of teams believe the NBA's labor leaders should adopt a more conciliatory tone to reach agreement on a new deal.
“This is getting a little ridiculous,” said one. “The longer this drags out, I think we’re going to have to deal with some serious resentment when this thing does end.”
Chandler Parsons had signed a short-term contract with Cholet.
Dwaun Anderson withdrew from Michigan State following the death of his mother.
Shabazz Muhammad's father, Ron Holmes, played for the USC men's basketball team from 1981 to 1985.
Maccabi Tel Aviv defeated KK Partizan by a final score of 78-67 in the Adriatic League.
Tony Parker had 19 points, seven assists, five rebounds and four steals.
Oct 30, 2011 | New York Post
David Stern and Adam Silver could still get a deal with the players in the next week and preserve 78 games.
Wayne Blackshear hurt his shoulder and will miss the entire season.
Siena has a deal with Omar Thomas to fill DaJuan Summers' slot on the roster.
In real terms, the NBA and NBPA are separated by 2.5 percent of BRI and $100 million per year.
Besiktas defeated Turk Telekom by a final score of 97-88 on Sunday behind strong performances from Deron Williams and Marcelus Kemp.
Real Madrid has denied being in contract talks with Marc Gasol.
Anthony Davis will continue Kentucky's run of successful freshmen during the tenure of John Calipari.
Micky Arison has been categorized by NBPA Executive Director Billy Hunter as part of a group of owners eager to reach a deal with the players.
Even though the math says the NBA players are leaving money on the table for the current season that they will never get back, they appear to realize that holding firm for a favorable deal is about the future.
Oct 28, 2011 | CBS Sports
The owners claim to have moved to 50 percent, but they have made that move during two previous bargaining sessions.
Oct 28, 2011 | ZagsBlog.com
Andre Drummond will wear a protective mask for six to eight weeks.
The organizer of the event has been unable to deliver the promised stars to participate.
Oct 28, 2011 | Star Tribune
R.J. Adelman is known for bringing statistical analysis to his evaluation.
Oct 28, 2011 | Press Release
The inability to come to an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement has forced the cancelation of all November games.
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With talks breaking down on Friday, sources say David Stern will cancel more regular season games.
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