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Kobe Told Shaq He Wanted To Become Will Smith Of NBA

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."

Via Deadspin

Arison Fined $500k For Dissenting Remarks

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.

Via Yahoo! Sports

Aaron Scales Decommits From Missouri

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.”

Via Columbia Daily Tribune

Sullinger, Barnes, Jones, Lamb, Taylor Named To Preseason All-America Team

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."

Via AP

Hardaway Jr. Embracing Bigger Role For Michigan

John Beilein said Tim Hardaway Jr. has embraced his role as being a lead player for Michigan. 

Hardaway Jr. is beginning his sophomore season.

Via Andy Katz/ESPN

Freshman Trey Burke Improving Quickly, Could Start For Michigan At Point Guard

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.

Via Andy Katz/ESPN

Willie Cauley Commits To Kentucky

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.

Via Courier-Journal

Elie, Smart Likely On Nets' Wish List For Assistant Coach Position

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.

Via David Aldridge/NBA.com

Blazers Could Be Interested In Donnie Nelson

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.

Via David Aldridge/NBA.com

Front Office Exec Concerned About 'Resentment' Following Lockout

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.”

Via Boston Herald

Parsons Leaves Cholet After Three Games

Chandler Parsons had signed a short-term contract with Cholet.

Dwaun Anderson Will Move To Wagner

Dwaun Anderson withdrew from Michigan State following the death of his mother.

Muhammad On Official Visit To USC

Shabazz Muhammad's father, Ron Holmes, played for the USC men's basketball team from 1981 to 1985.

Farmar Leads Maccabi To 78-67 Win Over KK Partizan

Maccabi Tel Aviv defeated KK Partizan by a final score of 78-67 in the Adriatic League.

ASVEL Improves To 2-2 With Win Over Cholet

Tony Parker had 19 points, seven assists, five rebounds and four steals.

78-Game Schedule If CBA Done Next Week?

David Stern and Adam Silver could still get a deal with the players in the next week and preserve 78 games.

Louisville's Blackshear Hurts Shoulder, Set To Miss Entire Season

Wayne Blackshear hurt his shoulder and will miss the entire season.

Summers, Montepaschi Siena Part Ways

Siena has a deal with Omar Thomas to fill DaJuan Summers' slot on the roster.

New Labor Deal 95 Percent Complete

In real terms, the NBA and NBPA are separated by 2.5 percent of BRI and $100 million per year.

Besiktas Defeats Turk Telekom In Battle Of Former Jazz Teammates

Besiktas defeated Turk Telekom by a final score of 97-88 on Sunday behind strong performances from Deron Williams and Marcelus Kemp.

Real Madrid Denies Contract Talks With Marc Gasol

Real Madrid has denied being in contract talks with Marc Gasol.

Scout Calls Anthony Davis 'Most Talented, Most Complete' Freshman Big In A Decade

Anthony Davis will continue Kentucky's run of successful freshmen during the tenure of John Calipari.

Arison To Angry Critic On Twitter: You're Barking At The Wrong Owner

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.

Durant Re-Tweets Statement About 'Setting Standards For Future' On Labor Talks

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.

Hunter: Stern Snookered Me By Moving To 47

The owners claim to have moved to 50 percent, but they have made that move during two previous bargaining sessions.

Drummond Breaks Nose, Suffers Concussion

Andre Drummond will wear a protective mask for six to eight weeks.

Sunday's 'World Tour' Game In Puerto Rico Canceled

The organizer of the event has been unable to deliver the promised stars to participate.

Wolves To Hire Adelman's Son For Front Office Role

R.J. Adelman is known for bringing statistical analysis to his evaluation.

NBA Formally Cancels All Games Through November 30

The inability to come to an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement has forced the cancelation of all November games.

Source: NBA Will Cancel More Regular Season Games Today

With talks breaking down on Friday, sources say David Stern will cancel more regular season games.
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