Dec 30, 2011 10:31 AM EST
Paul Pierce is impatient to make his season debut, possibly tonight for the Celtics’ home opener against Detroit.
“I’m close very very close,” he tweeted last night.
On Wednesday, Pierce admitted it’s been difficult to watch the start of the season from the bench.
“It’s tough, man, because I can see how my teammates need me,” he said before the Celts’ 97-78 loss to the Hornets. “But I think they’re doing all right out there in a lot of ways.”
Dec 30, 2011 10:29 AM EST
Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni said it could be five weeks before Baron Davis makes his Knicks debut.
“Everything I hear is positive, but there’s no timetable yet,’’ D’Antoni said. “He’s doing everything possible to get ready as soon as he can. But it’s going to be a while. I keep asking him every hour or so. He’s still got about five weeks to go. .’’
Davis, despite his rehab program from a herniated disk, is traveling with the club.
Dec 30, 2011 10:27 AM EST
Bucks rookie Tobias Harris suffered from dehydration after a practice session early in training camp and was taken to the hospital, where he stayed for two nights.
Now he is having his blood levels monitored daily while waiting for full clearance from team doctors.
"When you sit out that many days, you can't be in the best of shape," Harris said. "I've just got to stay confident and push through it."
Bucks athletic trainer Marc Boff said Harris is being monitored for his electrolyte levels, hydration and muscle byproduct levels. One of the muscle tests being done is the creatine kinase or CK test, which measures an enzyme in the blood and can show if muscles have been injured or are healing.
"It's something doctors are really looking into and it's why they're really cautious," Harris said. "That's why I've been cautious also during this time. Each day I have to take it step by step. It's a process."
Dec 30, 2011 10:26 AM EST
Maurice Evans remains sidelined with a sore right knee and will get an MRI when the Wizards return home from Milwaukee.
Evans re-signed with the Wizards before their preseason opener but has been unable to practice the past week after development pain and swelling in his surgically-repaired knee.
He said the pain was reminiscent to what he felt before having surgery in August of 2010 to repair torn cartilage in his right knee and is “fearful” that the problem may have returned.
“I got to see why my knee is swollen, and we can go from there, so I can be effective out there,” Evans said. “I know, going out there at 70 percent, 60 percent, isn’t going to help this team right now. We understand that we’ve got guys who are playing and some of them are playing pretty well in my position, so it’s no point in trying. I could be insurance right now, obviously, but the reason they brought me in to be a veteran presence and truly help these young guys.”
Dec 30, 2011 10:23 AM EST
Boston Celtics All-Star forward Kevin Garnett is about to become a small shareholder in the American-owned Roma football club.
Roma has confirmed that Garnett accepted an offer from James Pallotta, one of the four Boston executives that closed a deal in August to become the first foreign majority owners of a Serie A club.
Pallotta is also a minority owner of the Celtics.
Dec 29, 2011 7:44 PM EST
Jerry Colangelo expects there will be comparisons next summer between the Dream Team and the 2012 Olympic basketball team.
He says to bring them on.
"I think it will be a fair comparison with the Dream Team," Colangelo said. "Look at the progress our players have made since (winning Olympic gold in) 2008. We have some of the greatest players of all time.
"You're hearing Kobe (Bryant) right up there with the greatest of all time. Dwayne Wade and LeBron (James) are right up there. You've got to add up the names, and you look at the young guys like (Kevin) Durant as an example and (Derrick) Rose as an example. There's so many. There's only been one Dream Team, and that's the way I think it should be. But there's no question our team will be much stronger than we had in 2008. They're more mature, more experienced and we've got more talent."
Dec 29, 2011 7:41 PM EST
Bobcats majority owner Michael Jordan got engaged over the Christmas holiday, a spokeswoman for the basketball legend confirmed this afternoon.
Jordan has reportedly dated Cuban-born model Yvette Prieto since 2008.
No wedding date has been set.
Dec 29, 2011 7:03 PM EST
The Bakersfield Jam have acquired Seton Hall standout Jeremy Hazell.
Hazell participated in training camp with the Phoenix Suns. The Jam claimed his rights through the league’s “Affiliate Player” rule that allows NBA Development League affiliates to acquire players that were waived from their affiliate’s training camp, and who do not otherwise have their rights held by another team.
Dec 29, 2011 6:45 PM EST
The Milwaukee Bucks assigned guard Darington Hobson to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the Bucks’ NBA D-League affiliate,.
It marks the first assignment for Hobson this season.
A rookie, Hobson (6-7, 210) appeared in both regular season games for the Bucks, averaging 3.0 points and 2.5 assists.
Dec 29, 2011 6:43 PM EST
The Memphis Grizzlies waived Brian Skinner, Chris Wallace announced on Thursday.
Skinner (6-9, 255), who originally signed with Memphis on Dec. 10, appeared in one regular season game with the Grizzlies, logging four minutes on Dec. 26 at San Antonio.
Dec 29, 2011 | CBSSports.com
Pittsburgh's style of play did not match the ambitions of Khem Birch.
Syracuse’s Fab Melo is one of the top-rated centers projected in the 2012 draft.
The Heat's struggles to close out games have been well documented.
Dec 29, 2011 | Press Release
The Phoenix Suns have signed Michael Redd.
The Clippers have the mini mid-level exception of $2.5 million to offer free agents.
The Lakers are making an effort to create space for Kobe Bryant to operate offensively.
Spurs rookie Kawhi Leonard was the first player off the bench Wednesday night against the Clippers.
The Raptors need DeMar DeRozan to diversity his game.
The Suns shot an anemic 32.5 percent in the opening half against the Sixers.
Rick Carlisle plans to emphasize defense during film sessions and practices.
Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant got into a second quarter altercation.
Michael Redd is a career 20-points-per-game scorer.
The Nets are believed to be Dwight Howard's preferred trade destination.
Moe Harkless is one of only five major conference freshmen with a 30-10 game in the past five seasons.
The Los Angeles D-Fenders have acquired Mardy Collins and an 8th-round 2012 NBA Development League Draft pick from the Iowa Energy.
Cody Zeller already has a reliable jumper from 15-feet and it's conceivable that he will work his way beyond the arc.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has helped lead the Wildcats on and off the floor.
The Heat finished among the ten slowest-paced teams in the NBA last season.
Deron Williams is struggling to find open lanes to the basket.
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