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Carmelo Believes Kristaps Porzingis Will Lead Knicks Long After His Retirement

Nov 24, 2015 6:50 PM

Carmelo Anthony believes Kristaps Porzingis is the future leader of the New York Knicks.

Over 15 games this season, Porzingis is averaging 13.7 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.

“He’s going to lead this organization long after I’m retired,” Anthony said. “Hopefully we can hoist one or two [championship trophies] before that happens.”

Anthony said he and Porzingis are "building" their relationship.

“I'm here to help him and use my experience and help him get his feet wet, and he's doing a pretty good job,” Anthony said.

Sports Illustrated

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, NBA

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LeBron James: We've Taken Downplaying Of Eastern Conference Personally

Nov 24, 2015 6:43 PM

LeBron James has been sensitive to how the Eastern Conference has been downgraded in the views of the public and the media.

There had been brief conversations about changing the playoff format to counter the imbalance between conferences.

"There's always been a conversation," James said. "Obviously our conference has always been downplayed the last couple years and we've kind of taken it personal."

The Eastern Conference is trying to rewrite the narrative this season.

Eleven of the 15 teams in the Eastern Conference have a record of .500 or better.

"I think from a collective group of all 15 teams, trying to just hold our end of the bargain and not be the sought-after conference," James said pointedly. "The Western Conference respect us, and glad to be on this side and see so many great teams, so many teams doing well."

Chris Fedor/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA

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CJ McCollum Trying To Take Next Step With Improved Handle

Nov 24, 2015 6:40 PM

CJ McCollum's father challenged him in the offseason to improve his ballhandling.

McCollum's father was struck in the playoffs by how Kyrie Irving could get anywhere he wanted on the floor due to his handle.

"I always could (dribble). It was more about synchronizing it all together," McCollum says. "Finding out what dribble moves I could use to kind of be efficient and get to a spot. But I've always been able to dribble I just think I've gotten tighter with it and have a better sense of control, command."

McCollum's ability with his handle is clear in one-on-one situations.

"If you can handle the ball in this league, there's room for you," McCollum said. "Because everybody can't dribble. Everybody doesn't possess the ability to break down a defender, the ability to get into the lane and draw help. Everybody can't do that."

McCollum works on his handle before every game.

Mike Richman/Oregonian

Tags: C.J. McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Heat Assign Jarnell Stokes To D-League

Nov 24, 2015 5:12 PM

The Miami Heat have assigned forward/center Jarnell Stokes to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

Stokes has appeared in two NBA games this season totaling two rebounds in four minutes of action. He was acquired by the Heat, along with Beno Udrih, from Memphis in exchange for Mario Chalmers and James Ennis earlier this season on November 10. Last season, Stokes appeared in 23 NBA Development League games (14 starts) with the Iowa Energy and averaged 15.1 points, 11.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 32.0 minutes while shooting 61.7 percent from the field.

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Tags: Jarnell Stokes, Miami Heat, Sioux Falls Skyforce, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

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Raptors Assign Delon Wright To D-League

Nov 24, 2015 1:42 PM

The Toronto Raptors announced Tuesday they have assigned guard Delon Wright to Raptors 905, the NBA Development League affiliate of the Raptors. Wright is expected to be in the lineup Wednesday when Raptors 905 hosts the Idaho Stampede at Hershey Centre at 7:30 p.m.

Wright has appeared in four games with the Raptors this season, totaling four rebounds in 10 minutes of action. Wright was selected 20th overall by Toronto in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Wright will continue to be included on the Raptors’ roster and will remain on the team’s inactive list.

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Tags: Delon Wright, Toronto Raptors, Raptors 905, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

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Ben Simmons Considered Consensus No. 1 Prospect For 2016

Nov 24, 2015 12:46 PM

Ben Simmons ranks No. 1 on ESPN's Big Board for the 2016 NBA Draft.

"Anyone that doesn't have Simmons No. 1 [on their draft board] should be fired," one longtime GM with a great draft track record told ESPN on Monday.

Fifty-one NBA scouts and execs attended Simmons' game in Brooklyn on Monday in which he had 21 points, 20 rebounds and seven assists.

"You don't find players his size, with his elite athletic ability that see the game the way he sees the game," one GM said. "He's unselfish to a fault. He's always trying to make the right play. And he's just scratching the surface. Look at how the other freshmen are faring right now. It takes a while to adjust. What does his box score start looking like when he adjusts?"

The main concern with Simmons is his jumper and whether that may make a team pass on him at No. 1 was asked.

"Not a chance," one GM said. "He does everything else well. He's not a bad shooter. It won't stop anyone from taking him No. 1."

Skal Labissiere, Dragan Bender and Jaylen Brown could all compete for the No. 1 spot.

"Towns, Mudiay and Porzingis were always in the mix last year," one GM said. "There was plenty of debate. There just isn't any real debate with my scouts about Simmons right now. He's way ahead of those guys. He's going to have to struggle and those guys are going to have to get a lot better."

Labissiere has ranked No. 1 on the Draft Express' Big Board since last April.


Chad Ford/ESPN

Tags: Ben Simmons, LSU Tigers, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Amar'e Stoudemire Taking Classes To Possibly Become Agent

Nov 24, 2015 12:30 PM

Amar'e Stoudemire is taking classes in contract negotiations and sports business, perhaps as a precursor to becoming an agent.

Stoudemire has long been represented by Happy Walters.

Stoudemire has played sparingly this season with the Miami Heat.

“I had a pretty strong 14-year career so far,’’ Stoudemire said. “Right now I’m taking it one day at a time, one season at a time. I don’t know how much time left I have as a player. I’m just cherishing the moment and try to develop the young guys.’’

Marc Berman/New York Post

Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire, Miami Heat, NBA

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Warriors Outscore Opponents 37.5-17.7 Per Game On Three-Pointers

Nov 24, 2015 12:25 PM

A big reason why the Golden State Warriors are so successful is by controlling the edges of the scoring area.

The Warriors score 37.5 points per game beyond the arc while allowing opponents just 17.7 points from there.

Stephen Curry has made 74 three-pointers so far this season and just 62 percent of them are from assists compared to 84 percent league-wide.

The Warriors lead the NBA in points per 100 possessions with 112 and fifth on defense with 97 points per 100.

Kirk Goldsberry/ESPN

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

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NBRA Believes Mike Budenholzer Should Have Been Suspended

Nov 23, 2015 5:15 PM

Mike Budenholzer has received a $25,000 fine for making contact with referee Ben Taylor.

But the National Basketball Referees Association believes Budenholzer should have received a suspension.

The incident occurred on Saturday.

"Referees operate in environment in which an influential NBA team owner has repeatedly mocked the efficacy of fines as means to change bad behavior. Coaches should compete by creating better teams, not by physically intimidating officials."

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Suspension

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Kevin Durant To Return From Hamstring Injury This Week

Nov 23, 2015 4:34 PM

Kevin Durant is on course to return to the lineup this week.

Durant missed the past six games with a strained left hamstring.

Durant was not cleared to play in Sunday night's home win over Dallas, but it's believed that either Monday night's visit to Utah or Wednesday's home game against Brooklyn is a strong possibility for his return.

Durant suffered the injury on Nov. 10.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Injury

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Stephen Curry, LeBron James Named Players Of The Week
Stephen Curry and LeBron James have been named the NBA's Player of the Week for games played between Nov. 16th and Nov. 22nd.

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Marcus Smart Out At Least Two Weeks With 'Really Unique' Leg Injury
Marcus Smart will not need surgery.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

Morey: James Harden's Personal Life Not A Factor In Play
James Harden spent his offseason in a high profile relationship with Khloe Kardashian and also signed a $200 million contract with Adidas.

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GMs Cite Steep Learning Curve On Defense For Duke Players Coming To NBA
Jahlil Okafor came to the NBA with questions about his defense and he has predictably struggled.

Chad FordESPN

LeBron: Warriors Are Healthiest Team In NBA History
LeBron James said that continuity in the lineup has led to consistency in their play.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Joel Embiid Showing 'New Level Of Maturity'
The multi-season injury to Joel Embiid has delayed the 76ers' timetable for their rebuild.

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NBA PER: Westbrook Closing In On Curry; Towns In Top-25
The gap between Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook in terms of PER has narrowed to just 0.9.

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NBA Efficiency Differential Rankings: Celtics, Pacers Move Into Top-5
The Pacers jumped from 15th to fifth in the Efficiency Differential rankings.

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Josh Smith, Unnamed Assistant Coach Engage In Argument After Loss
The Clippers are now 6-7 after beginning the season 4-0.


Dunc'd On Pod: Golden State's Death Lineup, Weekend Action
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux break down the weekend's action including Golden State's Death Lineup helping continue their undefeated start, the Raptors finishing their road trip strong and notable wins for Oklahoma City and New Orleans.

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Jonas Valanciunas Decides On Rehab Instead Of Surgery On Hand
Jonas Valanciunas is expected to miss approximately six weeks.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! SportS

Mark Cuban: It Will Be Tough To Have Multiple $30M+ Players On Single Team
Mark Cuban was asked about how the NBA's escalating salary cap will change the way rosters are built.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Billy King: We Took Our Shot, It Didn't Work
Billy King is looking forward to seeing some of their players develop and what they can do with cap space in 2016.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Warriors Remain Unsure When Steve Kerr Will Return
Steve Kerr remains very involved with day-to-day operations of the Warriors.

Sam Amick/USA Today

John Wall In Shoe Endorsement Free Agency
John Wall's deal with Adidas expired on Sept. 30th.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

Celtics Recall Terry Rozier, James Young From D-League
Terry Rozier tallied 16 points on 5-10 (.500) shooting from the field, three rebounds and a game-high eight assists in 31 minutes on Friday.

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Jonas Valanciunas Breaks Bone In Non-Shooting Hand
Jonas Valanciunas broke the same bone -- in his right hand -- during his 2012-13 rookie season.


Mavericks Assign Justin Anderson, Salah Mejri To D-League
The Mavericks selected Justin Anderson with the 21st overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft.

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Kevin Durant Has 'Real Brotherhood Type Relationship' With Westbrook
Kevin Durant says anyone who speculates about a rift between he and Russell Westbrook is being "disrespectful."

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

J.R. Smith Accused Of Choking 19-Year-Old
J.r. Smith allegedly confronted the teen after he was heckeld for being traded by the Knicks.

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