Dec 09, 2013 10:17 PM EST
Kobe Bryant scored nine points to go with eight rebounds and four assists in his season debut for the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night, and he believes his return will not disrupt the team's chemistry.
"Chemistry will be fine. It's not like we were gangbusters before," Bryant said. "Guys know how to play. We'll be fine."
Bryant is comparing the next few weeks to a preseason schedule.
"I've always had sucky preseasons. Always," Bryant said. "It's just a matter of just kind of building your legs, finding your rhythm. Now there's a little bit more pressure obviously than in a preseason game. The crowd's a little bit more worried for me in between games to get ready."
Dec 09, 2013 6:22 PM EST
The Toronto Raptors traded Rudy Gay on Sunday in a deal with the Sacramento Kings.
Masai Ujiri found a trade partner in his former front office colleague with the Denver Nuggets in Pete D'Alessandro.
"I know GMs who say they wouldn’t touch him now in free agency for the midlevel exception," wrote Lowe.
Gay has a player option for the 14-15 season worth $19.3 million.
Dec 08, 2013 4:13 PM EST
The New York Knicks suffered a 114-73 defeat to the Boston Celtics at home on Sunday afternoon, but Raymond Felton does not believe it was a step back for the team after a brief, two-game winning streak.
"I don't think we had a bad effort," Felton said. "Those guys hit shots."
Iman Shumpert added he believed the game would have been different if the Knicks had hit a couple shots they normally make.
Carmelo Anthony called the loss "embarrassing."
Dec 08, 2013 10:59 AM EST
Kobe Bryant is expected to play under a minutes restriction to begin his return from a torn Achilles.
"I don't think it's a magical number," Mike D'Antoni said after practice Saturday when asked about a minute range for Bryant. "He's totally well and ready to go. I think he'll be limited by his wind and ability to be able to take the pounding. So, I would be surprised if more than in the twenties. It shouldn't be any more than that."
Jodie Meeks is the member of the Los Angeles Lakers that will have his minutes impacted most by Bryant's return.
Robert Sacre said Bryant also played well in practice this week.
"He never lost anything," Sacre said. "He's pretty much been the same player the whole time. It's been really good to have him work in practice and look like nothing ever happened."
Dec 08, 2013 10:57 AM EST
Doc Rivers expressed frustration with the Los Angeles Clippers about the state of their maturity following an 88-82 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
"We did a lot of pouting in the game," Rivers said Saturday. "You can't play that way. You have to keep playing. I always call them emotional hijacks, and we had a lot of that going on. That happens, but you have to be able to pull yourself out of it individually or as a group, and I don't think we did a good job of that."
Rivers has been critical of the Clippers' body language dating back to training camp.
"When we become a good team, if we become a good team, it will be because we miss 30 shots in a row and you wouldn't know it," Rivers said. "We just keep playing. You get some bad calls on you and you just keep playing. Right now we're not at that point maturity-wise. When we go bad, we start thinking bad. That's an area we have to grow in. …You can preach it but it's a habit and you have to get over it. There's been times where we've fought it and did good job, and this is one of those nights where we didn't."
Dec 07, 2013 2:36 AM EST
Kyle Korver set the NBA record for most three-pointers made consecutively at 90 straight games on Friday.
Korver surpassed Dana Barros, who hit at least one three-pointer in 89 consecutive contests.
Korver scored 10 points and knocked down two three-pointers in the Atlanta Hawks' win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday.
Dec 06, 2013 1:26 PM EST
The Oklahoma City Thunder reached the 2012 NBA Finals, but have since traded away James Harden and then Russell Westbrook was injured during the 2013 Playoffs.
The Thunder remain an elite team, but whether they can make a title run again remains unknown.
"Yeah, I think we're in a good position," said Westbrook to Amick. "I think everybody is still trying to figure out their role as a player on this team and what they need to do to help us win, and I think once we get that in full gear, we put ourselves in a position to be back where we were.
Dec 05, 2013 11:20 PM EST
Jason Kidd was asked to evaluate himself as Brooklyn Nets' head coach following the team's 113-83 blowout loss to the New York Knicks on Thursday night.
"I think you get evaluated by being whole," Kidd said. "It starts there.
"Once that occurs, then you're evaluated"
Kidd reassigned Lawrence Frank from being the Nets' lead assistant coach to only "daily reports" filed to the team.
Dec 05, 2013 12:27 PM EST
The seriousness of how Portland treats the Trail Blazers forced Neil Olshey to accelerate his approach in rebuilding the roster.
The Blazers are now 16-3 with the best record in the Western Conference.
"It caught me off guard," Olshey said. "Listen, I had been in this building as a front-office executive, a coach, and I knew how much it meant inside this building with the fans. But how much the identity of this city is wrapped up in the Blazers. It's so important that this team performs well – and does it with the right kind of guys. It's not just winning, but how we win, how we lose, how guys play, how guys treat the fans.
"And you know, that's what accelerated it for me. It would be great to come in with a three-to-five-year plan, slowly rebuild, but about five minutes after I got here, I realized: We're going to have to pick the pace up on this."
Olshey came from the Los Angeles Clippers, where he worked in the shadow of the Los Angeles Lakers and the ubiquitous entertainment industry.
"You could live and work in anonymity in L.A.," Olshey told Yahoo Sports, "but it's different here. At one point, the Dalai Lama was here and our president, Chris McGowan, and I presented him with a Blazers jersey. I wouldn't have even been on the list to be in the arena with him in L.A."
LaMarcus Aldridge has been one of the NBA's best players just months after he doubted if he may be better off going to a team ready to contend.
"Neil has done great job," Aldridge told Yahoo Sports. "I mean, he's done … great."
Dec 05, 2013 11:41 AM EST
The Milwaukee Bucks are 3-15 after losing both members of their starting backcourt from last season, Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, in free agency.
Jennings and Ellis are both playing well with their new teams.
"It's the situation he's in," Jennings said of Ellis' explosion. "He's on a team where they need somebody to score. Dirk (Nowitzki) is not that scorer like he used to be. He still can do it, don't get me wrong. But he (Ellis) is in a situation kind of like he was in at Golden State, before Stephen Curry and all of them got there. So he's the main scorer and he's the guy."
The pairing of Jennings and Ellis was ill-fitted.
"We're two players that need the ball," said Jennings.
"Here, I can just run the team," Jennings said. "I'm playing with an unbelievable frontcourt. My assists are high, higher than they ever have been so far, which I'm really happy about. I'm just finding guys and just learning how to control the game down the stretch and win."
Byron Scott coached Jason Kidd to two NBA Finals appearances with the Nets in 2002 and 2003, when Lawrence Frank was on his coaching staff.
Timofey Mozgov is averaging 16.5 points and 17.5 rebounds over the past two games as his numbers are up across the board in his third full season with the Nuggets.
The 76ers are averaging 17.8 turnovers per game, which had led to a lot of easy baskets for opponents.
Lou Williams is averaging 8.4 points and 3.8 assists in five games this season.
Tom Thibodeau said Kirk Hinrich will start and Mike James will be his backup at this point.
Brian Shaw said he will sit down with Nate Robinson to discuss how to better control his emotions.
Wesley Johnson revealed he declined more lucrative contract offers from the Bucks and Hawks during the offseason.
Jeremy Lamb is averaging 10.8 points in 22.4 minutes on 55 percent shooting from the field over the past five games.
Brad Stevens sees his vision for the Celtics as similar to Danny Ainge.
Russell Westbrook also shot just 38.8 percent through his first 10 games last season.
Tony Parker's current deal with the Spurs expires in 2015 and won't turn 32 until May.
The Heat have been able to have a fast start to the 13-14 season despite significant reductions in the minutes to LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.
The Heat won 21 of 22 games after that meeting in Dallas.
Kobe Bryant is willing to allow his game to evolve as he enters the final phase of his career coming back from a torn Achilles.
John Wall has scored at least 30 points in three straight games.
The Grizzlies won 56 games last season as Lionel Hollins resisted changes from the front office, leading to the promotion of Dave Joerger.
Gar Forman believes Derrick Rose suffered a "freak injury" and he remains confident in building around the former MVP.
Anthony Davis is averaging 20 points, 11 rebounds, two steals and four blocks, putting up the type of numbers the NBA has only seen from Hakeem Olajuwon and David Robinson.
Russell Westbrook's knee is healed, but the Thunder saw an opportunity to get him five straight days of rest.
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