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Carmelo Anthony 'Challenges' Coaching Staff To Hold Him Accountable

Oct 13, 2015 1:34 PM

Carmelo Anthony has "challenged" the coaching staff to single him out and hold him accountable in film sessions if he's not doing things correctly on either end of the floor.

Anthony has been working harder on the defensive end of the floor in the preseason.

"I kind of challenged the staff to kind of push me and stay on me when I'm not doing something," Anthony said. "Call it out in the film session so everybody can see that and hear that. By them doing that, when that time comes, it kind of forces me to be at the top level of my game on both ends of the court.

"Right now it's just a couple clips here and there, but for the most part I want them to do that. I think it brings the best out of me and if you bring the best out of me I think it will bring the best out of everyone on the team."

Al Iannazzone/Newsday

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, NBA

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Average NBA Team Now Attempting More 3's Than 04-05 Suns

Oct 13, 2015 12:17 PM

With more than 90 games of preseason complete, the average team is taking 25.1 three-pointers per game, up from 21.8 last preseason, which represents a 15 percent surge. 

During the 14-15 regular season, teams shot 22.4 three-pointers per game.

Preseason rates have mirrored regular season rates dating back to 10-11 when RealGM began preseason tracking.

The 04-05 Phoenix Suns attempted an average of 24.7 three-pointers per game, which easily led the NBA. The average team is now shooting more than that.

"This preseason right now, everybody's playing with space and everybody's playing fast," Erik Spoelstra said. "The first open 3, people are taking it."

"If you look at trends in this league, 3-point shooting percentage was the No. 1 factor in why teams won," Steve Clifford said. "The five best 3-point shooting teams were the four teams who played in the conference finals and then the Clippers. All five of them were top 10 all-time in the NBA. That's the way this league has gone."

Tom Haberstroh/ESPN

Tags: NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Unnamed West Team Internally Discussing Signing Larry Sanders

Oct 12, 2015 8:00 PM

A Western Conference team has had internal talks about signing Larry Sanders, according to a source.

Sanders and the Milwaukee Bucks agreed upon a buyout last season in which he took significantly less money to walk away from the game.

Sanders signed a four-year, $44 million extension in 2013 with the Bucks.

Gery Woelfel/Racine Journal Times

Tags: Larry Sanders, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kristaps Porzingis Suffers Third Non-Contact Injury Since June

Oct 12, 2015 6:33 PM

Kristaps Porzingis injured his left upper quad during practice on Sunday.

Porzingis had an MRI and it is not deemed serious.

Porzingis has suffered three non-contact injuries since June. 

Al Iannazzone/Newsday

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Injury

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Lance Stephenson Feels Hornets Misused His Game

Oct 12, 2015 6:27 PM

Lance Stephenson is excited for his fresh start with the Los Angeles Clippers after a disappointing season with the Charlotte Hornets.

The Hornets signed Stephenson in free agency and he expected to dominate the ball, but the team was still built around Kemba Walker on the perimeter.

“I don’t feel that,” he said. “I was just sitting in the corner. That’s not trying to be a star. A star normally gets the ball.”

Stephenson feels like he was misused.

“I think the way they wanted me to be a star isn’t the way my game is,” he said.

Doc Rivers is attempting to find Stephenson's game again.

“I’ve got the ball in my hands. We’re moving; we’re screening for each other. Everybody touches the ball in this unit,” said Stephenson. “Anything can happen.”

Dan Woike/Orange County Register

Tags: Lance Stephenson, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Sam Presti Compares Rising Cap To Famous Line From 'Chinatown'

Oct 12, 2015 5:21 PM

The NBA's new television contract will increase the salary cap by approximately $20 million for the 16-17 season, which will make it more difficult for the Oklahoma City Thunder to retain Kevin Durant.

Teams will have additional cap space without the type of sacrifice that was seen leading up to the 2010 free agency.

Sam Presti was asked how he feels about the economic shift during an interview with Ramona Shelburne.

'Presti bites his tongue and points to a magnet on his office wall that reads: Forget It, Jake, It's Chinatown,' writes Shelburne.

The quote is from Roman Polanski's 1974 film starring Jack Nicholson and essentially means there's nothing that can be done to change the situation.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Tags: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Rockets Claim Arlasan Kazemi Off Waivers

Oct 12, 2015 5:13 PM

The Houston Rockets have claimed Arlasan Kazemi off waivers.

Kazemi was waived by the Atlanta Hawks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Arsalan Kazemi, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Hornets 'Love' Jeremy Lamb, Tried To Trade For Him Previously

Oct 12, 2015 4:06 PM

Jeremy Lamb will be given ample opportunities by the Charlotte Hornets this season, especially with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist out for the season.

"They love Lamb," said a league source plugged into the dynamics in Charlotte. "He's really the only long, athletic shooting guard they have now that (Nicolas) Batum will be back at the three. He has a chance to be really good."

The Hornets tried to trade for Lamb long before the Oklahoma City Thunder finally dealt him.

Some executives feel Lamb's lack of opportunities hurt his confidence with the Thunder.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Tags: Jeremy Lamb, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Derrick Rose Rejoins Bulls, Not Cleared Yet For Activity

Oct 12, 2015 1:23 PM

Derrick Rose rejoined the Chicago Bulls for the first time since fracturing his left orbital on Sept. 29th, but he hasn't been cleared to activity.

Rose was initially on a two-week timetable, but the swelling didn't dissipate as quickly as envisioned.

The Bulls have yet to rule Rose out for the Oct. 27 regular season opener against the Cavaliers. 


"He still has some blurred vision in that eye. It’s still very swollen," Fred Hoiberg said. "But he’s definitely making progress from when I saw him a week ago."

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Injury

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Warriors Officially Purchase Land For San Francisco Arena

Oct 12, 2015 1:11 PM

The Golden State Warriors have formally acquired the 12-acre site of its future sports and entertainment complex in Mission Bay from Salesforce.

Environmental review is expected to be completed this fall. The team plans to open the new arena in time for the 2018-19 NBA season.

“The Warriors are making an unprecedented, $1 billion-plus investment in San Francisco,” president and COO of the Warriors Rick Welts said. “We’re the only sports team in America doing this all with private funds, on private land, with no public subsidy.”

The Warriors’ plan is unique in that it is the only completely privately financed arena or stadium in the U.S. over the past two decades.

“We’ve been the Bay Area’s team for more than 50 years, and this plan keeps us in the Bay Area for the next 50 and beyond,” Welts said. “If there were any lingering doubts about our commitment to Mission Bay, purchasing this land should put them to rest. We love this neighborhood - nobody else is getting this land.”

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: Golden State Warriors, NBA

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NBA Rookie Extension Deadline Moved To Nov. 2nd
Andre Drummond and Harrison Barnes are the players best positioned to secure a big extension before the Nov. 2nd deadline.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Lakers Want Julius Randle To Initiate Offense After Defensive Rebounds
Julius Randle has always handled the ball a lot.

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

West: Kerr Was Hired With Emphasis On Getting More People Involved In Offense
The Warriors' offense had better ball movement under Steve Kerr than Mark Jackson.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss/ESPN

Nuggets Exercise 16-17 Options On Gary Harris, Jusuf Nurkic
Gary Harris and Jusuf Nurkic were mid-first rounders in the 2014 NBA Draft.

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Jahlil Okafor, Brett Brown Figuring Out How To 'Quarterback The Gym'
Jahlil Okafor has struggled on offense during the preseason.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Stan Van Gundy: Balancing Length, Quickness On Defense With Shooting Is Difficult
The Bucks have length at every position and how Jason Kidd organizes his rotations will be one of the NBA's most interesting storylines.

Charles F. Gardner/Journal Sentinel

Steve Kerr Has No Timetable For Return
Steve Kerr suffered a spinal fluid leak during his July 28th back surgery on a ruptured disk.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss/ESPN

Hawks Release Edgar Sosa, Arsalan Kazemi
Both Edgar Sosa and Arsalan Kazemi received limited playing time in the preseason.

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Nikoloz Tskitishvili Signs In China With Fujian
Nikoloz Tskitishvili was with the Clippers in preseason, his first NBA appearance since 2006.

David A. Pick/Sportando

John Wall: My Goal Is To Be NBA's No. 1 Point Guard
John Wall has improved every year and has risen up the NBA's list of point guards.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

Dunc'd On Pod: Golden State Warriors Season Preview With Ethan Sherwood Strauss
Predictions for the Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli extension talks, obstacles to a Warriors repeat, and their most feared playoff matchups.

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Dunc'd On Pod: San Antonio Spurs Preview With Dan McCarney
Dan McCarney and Nate Duncan discuss how the Spurs put together their triumphant offseason, whether Tony Parker can bounce back and more.

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Chris Paul Fractures Left Index Finger
Chris Paul will be re-evaluated prior to the Clippers game against the Hornets Wednesday in Shanghai.

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Kevin Love Practices Fully For First Time Since Injury
Kevin Love will likely play game action on Thursday against the Indiana Pacers.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Joe Harris Won't Be Waived By Cavaliers
Joe Harris is struggling in the preseason, shooting 30 percent from the field.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Cavaliers Sign Dionte Christmas
Dionte Christmas averaged 8.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 19.4 minutes per game last season.

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Pelicans Sign Jerome Jordan
The Pelicans have depth issues at center with Omer Asik and Alexis Ajinca suffering from injuries.

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Dunc'd On Pod: Washington Wizards Preview With Mike Prada
Mike Prada and Nate Duncan discuss John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Playoff Wittman and how good the Wizards need to be to entice Kevin Durant.

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Dunc'd On Pod: Memphis Grizzlies Preview With Chris Vernon
Nate Duncan and Chris Vernon discuss whether Memphis can continue to compete in the West, and a vehement prediction on Mike Conley's impending free agency.

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Pelicans Sign Greg Smith To Non-Guaranteed Deal
The Pelicans are thin at center following the injuries to Omer Asik and Alexis Ajinca.

Scott Kushner/The Advocate

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