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Report: Odom Suffers Mild Concussion In Car Accident

Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom sustained a slight concussion in an automobile accident, team spokesman John Black said Wednesday.

The two-car crash happened Tuesday morning when Odom was driving to the Lakers' morning shootaround before their season-opening game against the Houston Rockets.

Odom, sitting out the first few games of the season while recuperating from shoulder surgery, attended Tuesday night's game, a 95-93 loss to Houston.

The driver of the other car was identified by police only as a 37-year-old woman from nearby Downey.

"At the time of the accident, it appeared the woman sustained very minor injuries," Hawthorne police Lt. Michael Ishii said.

Via Globe And Mail

Cuban: Kobe Not Coming To Dallas

During Wednesday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Mavs' owner Mark Cuban said that the team is not pursuing a trade for the Los Angeles Lakers star.

"We haven't talked to them," Cuban told ESPN's Lisa Salters during a sideline interview. "It's not gonna happen. We've got a great squad. We like it."

Cuban was asked if the team has any interest at all in Bryant.

"We're always looking for bargains, but I don't think they're going to give us any bargains," he said.

According to ESPN's Ric Bucher the Lakers are now actively looking to move the nine-time All-Star.

Via ESPN

NBA Suspends Buss For Two Games

Lakers' owner Jerry Buss was not at Tuesday night's season-opener at Staples Center and will not be at Friday's game in Phoenix because of a two-game suspension handed down by NBA Commissioner David Stern for Buss' pleading guilty to misdemeanor drunk driving in September. Buss was also fined $25,000 by the league.

Buss, 74, was arrested during the early hours of May 29 in Carlsbad after police saw him driving his gold Mercedes-Benz on the wrong side of the road. He was sentenced to five years' probation and fined $1,900.

Via L.A. Times

Injured Knee Sidelines Pacers' O'Neal For Opener

Pacers' forward Jermaine O'Neal sat out Indiana's regular-season opener against Washington on Wednesday night because of a hyperextended left knee.

O'Neal, a six-time All-Star, was hurt Oct. 8 when he collided with Shawne Williams during practice.

"Jermaine practiced today, but he's not ready to play," Pacers' coach Jim O' Brien said. "We expect him to play [Friday] against Miami."

Ike Diogu replaced O'Neal in the starting lineup.

Pacers center Troy Murphy also missed the game because of a strained left Achilles tendon. Williams sat out the first game of a three-game suspension for getting caught driving without a license.

Via ESPN

Cavs' Talks With Varejao Heat Up

After agreeing to terms with restricted free agent Sasha Pavlovic, the Cavaliers are also believed to have intensified talks with their remaining restricted free agent, Anderson Varejao, the Akron Beacon-Journal is reporting.

Via Akron Beacon-Journal

Cleveland Waives Anthony Tolliver

The Cleveland Cavaliers have waived forward Anthony Tolliver.  He played in three preseason games for Cleveland and averaged 2.0 points and 1.7 rebounds in 6.7 minutes per game.  

The Cavaliers' roster now stands at 14 players.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Jamison Thinks This Might Be Last Season In Washington

Antawn Jamison suspects that, barring a deep run in the playoffs, this season will be his last for the Washington Wizards.

"In the last couple years, it's always been something," said Jamison, the subject of numerous trade rumors in recent offseasons. "The only way I knew I wasn't getting traded was because of Ernie and Mr. Pollin. They said, 'You're not going anywhere,' and I knew I wasn't going anywhere."

Via Washington Times

Kobe Not Rattled By Boos

When Kobe Bryant was introduced to the Lakers' faithful in the player introductions on opening night Tuesday, the usual cheers were largely drowned out by boos cascading from the seats.

The response had apparently been triggered by the ugly situation Bryant and his team find themselves in, the Lakers' superstar publicly expressing his displeasure with the team and his desire to be traded -- a wish he later withdrew -- owner Jerry Buss publicly admitting he is entertaining trade offers and Coach Phil Jackson recently saying Bryant "hasn't thrown his heart and soul into performing on the floor."

Asked after Tuesday's game if it was the first time he had been booed at Staples Center, Bryant, rather than taking offense, cracked a smile.

"No, it wasn't," he said. "I've had a couple of 10-for-40s [shooting nights]. I understand where they are coming from. Nobody knows the entire situation because I just keep my mouth shut, as I should. But it was good to see them come back to normal later in the game."

Via L.A. Times

Three-Way Kobe Trade Involving Kings Falls Through

ESPN is reporting that a three-way trade involving the Lakers, Bulls and Kings is now dead but has been discussed.

The Lakers would acquire Ron Artest and Ben Wallace; the Kings would acquire Ben Gordon and P.J. Brown (acquired via sign-and-trade), while the Bulls would get Kobe Bryant.

Via ESPN

Magic Sign Nelson To Multi-Year Deal

The Orlando Magic have signed guard Jameer Nelson to a multi-year contract extension, General Manager Otis Smith announced today.  Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed.

?Jameer (Nelson) is a key part of our foundation,? said Smith.  ?He is a tremendous leader, both on and off the court, and he will continue to improve as we strive to reach our ultimate goal.  We look forward to watching Jameer develop in a Magic uniform for many years to come.?

Nelson (6?, 190, 2/9/82) has played in 218 regular games during his NBA career, all with Orlando, averaging 11.9 ppg., 4.0 apg., 2.8 rpg. and 1.01 stlpg. in 26.3 minpg.  He also appeared in four playoff games last season, averaging 14.3 ppg., 3.3 apg. and 3.0 rpg. in 32.3 minpg.  

Originally selected with the 20th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft by Denver, Nelson was acquired by the Magic on draft night (Jun. 24, 2004) in exchange for a future first round draft pick.  Nelson was named to the 2004-05 NBA All-Rookie Second Team.

Nelson spent four seasons at Saint Joseph?s University, averaging 16.8 ppg., 5.7 apg., 4.6 rpg. and 2.05 stlpg. in 125 career games.  He left as the school?s all-time leader in points (2,094), assists (713) and steals (256).  Following his senior season (2003-04), Nelson was the consensus National Player of the Year, earning the Associated Press, Naismith, Rupp, Robertson and Chevrolet Player of the Year awards.  He also shared the NABC top player award with Connecticut?s Emeka Okafor.  In addition, Nelson was selected as a unanimous First Team All-America by the Associated Press, named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and captured the Francis Pomeroy Naismith Award, signifying the top player in the country 6-feet and under.  Nelson had his jersey number 14 retired by the Hawks on April 23, 2004.

Via RealGM Staff Report

NBA Launches Effort To Rebuild New Orleans

Report: Lakers' Odom Suffered Concussion In Crash

Rockets Pick Up Option For Head

Artest Trade Rumors Appear Again?

Magic Johnson: Kobe To Chicago Isn't Going To Happen

Lakers' vice president Magic Johnson said the deal between Chicago and the Lakers involving Kobe Bryant isn't going to happen.

Nuggets, J.R. Smith Still Talking Extension

J.R. Smith and the Nuggets are discussing an extension, according to Smith's agent.

Mourning Says This Is Last Season

Unhappy Stern Chides Knicks As Season Starts

Bulls' Wallace Leaning Towards Playing

Popovich Also Gets A Bump From Duncan's Deal

Jazz' Stars Ruin Warriors' Home Opener

Rockets Edge Lakers In Opener, Kobe Scores 45 Points

Spurs Get Rings, Take Care Of Oden-Less Blazers

Mavs Free Up Room For Howard, Waive Mbenga

Magic, Nelson Reach Agreement On Extension

Lakers And Pacers Talking About Jermaine Trade Again?

According to reports the Pacers continue to be interested in Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum.

Sixers' Hill Undergoes Surgery

Mavs Exercise Option On Ager

Pavlovic, Cavs Agree To Three-Year Deal

Celtics Pick Up Option On Rondo

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