Dec 11, 2013 3:49 PM EST
In a late change, Jeff Van Gundy has been removed from ESPN's broadcast of the New York Knicks versus Chicago Bulls game on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.
Van Gundy was assigned to announce the game with Mike Tirico.
“We’re always reexamining our commentating assignments,” ESPN spokesman Ben Cafardo said.
Van Gundy reportedly would be considered by the Knicks to replace Mike Woodson, but the former coach said recently that he "felt badly" for Woodson to deal with speculation about his job status.
“He never wants to be a distraction,” a Van Gundy friend said Wednesday. “He’s very sensitive about current coaches.”
Dec 11, 2013 3:45 PM EST
The Cleveland Cavaliers have assigned guard/forward Carrick Felix, guard/forward Sergey Karasev and center Henry Sims to the Canton Charge of the NBA D-League.
Felix has appeared in three games for the Cavs this season, averaging 1.3 points in 5.0 minutes per game. He has also played in two games for the Charge, averaging 11.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in 22.5 minutes per game.
Karasev has played in 12 games for the Cavs, averaging 2.4 points and 1.1 rebounds in 9.0 minutes per game.
Sims has appeared in six games for the Cavs, averaging 1.7 points and 2.8 rebounds in 5.8 minutes per game and two Canton games with averages of 15.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in 21.5 minutes.
Dec 11, 2013 12:16 PM EST
The Golden State Warriors have signed Hilton Armstrong from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the D-League.
Armstrong hasn't been in the NBA during the regular season since 2011 with the Atlanta Hawks. Armstrong was with the Indiana Pacers this season in training camp.
Dec 11, 2013 11:17 AM EST
Doc Rivers and the Boston Celtics won the 2008 title together and very nearly won again in 2010.
The Celtics were unable to fully defend their championship in 2009 due to an injury to Kevin Garnett. Garnett remained an effective player, but clearly limited after his initial season with the Celtics.
"I swear if Kevin would've been healthy, we would've won two or three in a row," said Rivers on Wednesday ahead of his return to Boston.
"I wish it could have ended better," said Rivers.
Dec 11, 2013 10:32 AM EST
Rajon Rondo dismissed comments from his former high school coach, Steve Smith of Oak Hill, that he's being recruited by Carmelo Anthony to join the New York Knicks.
“People talk, media talk, people make up rumors, people run with them,” said Rondo.
“I haven’t spoken to him. He ain’t contacted me. It’s just rumors.”
Rondo is eligible for free agency in 2015.
Dec 10, 2013 10:58 PM EST
Jeremy Lin practiced fully with the Houston Rockets on Tuesday and will return from his right knee sprain in Thursday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
“I feel good, no limitations.” Lin said following Tuesday’s practice session. “I’ll be back (for Thursday’s game).
“I’m full go. (I might need) a little conditioning, or maybe I’m not jumping as high off of that right foot, but I never really jumped that high off the right foot, anyway.”
Lin has missed the past seven games. He is averaging 15.3 points and 4.5 assists this season.
Dec 10, 2013 10:43 PM EST
LeBron James discussed on Tuesday the status of rivalries -- or lack thereof -- in the NBA these days.
“What is a rivalry these days?” James said when asked if the Miami Heat hold a rivalry with the Indiana Pacers. “What’s a rivalry? A rivalry is Celtics and Lakers. They met like four out of five years. … Bulls-Pistons. Those are rivalries, man.
“We’ve played these guys two straight years in the playoffs, and guys automatically make it a rivalry. It’s not a rivalry.”
James believes no rivalries exist in the NBA anymore.
“There is no real rivalry in the NBA these days,” James said. “You don’t see the competition enough or play the competition a lot. It’s two really, really good teams that [are] striving to win a championship, but rivalries … there are no more rivalries. There isn’t. It’s the truth. No rivalries.
“Cowboys-Redskins is a rivalry. Ohio State-Michigan is a rivalry. Duke-North Carolina is a rivalry. Bears-Packers is a rivalry.”
Dec 10, 2013 9:41 PM EST
Chris Douglas-Roberts will be called up from the NBA D-League by the Charlotte Bobcats.
Douglas-Roberts was playing with the Texas Legends this season.
Douglas-Roberts spent part of last season with the Dallas Mavericks.
Dec 10, 2013 6:22 PM EST
Omer Asik has filed paperwork to drop Andy Miller and hire Arn Tellem as his new NBA agent, according to sources.
The Turkish basketball site Superbasket.org first reported the news.
Tellem must wait 10 days after Asik files documents to the NBA players union before commencing representation.
Asik has reportedly requested multiple trades since the offseason, when the Houston Rockets signed Dwight Howard.
Dec 10, 2013 5:12 PM EST
Danny Granger is hoping to return to the Indiana Pacers' lineup on Friday against the Charlotte Bobcats.
"There's a good chance. A very good chance," Granger said. "I'm working on it everyday.
"I'll have a minutes limit, strictly because I have to play my way into shape. We don't have enough practice for me to practice my way into shape. It's literally going to be in games where I am playing where I get in shape."
Granger has missed every game this season due to a calf injury.
"Right now I'm getting back in shape," Granger said. "My shot feels great."
The Bulls are thin at point guard with the injury to Derrick Rose and struggles for Marquis Teague.
Jason Kidd tried to put his own imprint on the Brooklyn Nets, but found it difficult with the way Lawrence Frank carried himself.
Waiters has been mentioned in trade rumors, but Dan Gilbert likes his game and want to keep him with the Cavaliers.
Kobe Bryant is comparing the next few weeks to a preseason schedule.
Al Harrington will miss the next four weeks and then be re-evaluated.
Thaddeus Young understands the nature of his name being involved in trade speculation, most recently with the Rockets.
Jerry Sloan spent 23 seasons as the head coach of the Jazz.
Zaza Pachuliaís foot will be immobilized in a walking boot and re-examined in four weeks.
In 19 games this season, Tyreke Evans is averaging 11.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.3 steals in 24.9 minutes per game.
Bradley Beal has been cleared to increase basketball activities after a follow-up MRI exam showed improvement in the stress injury to his right fibula.
Carrick Felix appeared in two games for the Charge this past weekend, averaging 11.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in 22.5 minutes per game.
Isaiah Canaan is a rookie on the Rockets playing for the D-League's Vipers.
Rudy Gay has a player option for the 14-15 season worth $19.3 million.
The Raptors have waived D.J. Augustin.
Stephen Jackson has signed his contract agreement with the Clippers, a source told RealGM.
Andre Roberson averaged 17.3 points while shooting .561 percent from the field, 11.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 3.3 steals and 1.0 block in 35.0 minutes per game.
David Stern added that he is less concerned about divisions and more concerned with a good team missing the playoffs due to the conference structure.
Jordan Crawford and LaMarcus Aldridge have been named the Eastern Conference and Western Conference Players of the Week.
Quincy Pondexter is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a stress fracture in his left foot.
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