|Tue Jul 29||11:50||Thibodeau says Derrick Rose looks explosive||Derrick Rose||PG||Bulls||Buchanalia|
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said that Derrick Rose (knee surgery) looked explosive at Team USA's training camp.
Rose has already received rave reviews from Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski and Bulls' head coach Tom Thibodeau joined the mix on Monday. "The same [speed and explosiveness[. The strength in his leg is great. His explosion is back. That's all there," said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, who is serving as a USA assistant to Krzyzewski. Rose still has a long way to go in proving he's healthy, but he'll be a steal in fantasy drafts this fall if his knee holds up all season.
|Tue Jul 29||11:18||Serge Ibaka's calf still not 100 percent||Serge Ibaka||PF||Thunder||The Schellackers|
Serge Ibaka (calf) is still not 100 percent after rupturing his left calf during the 2013-14 NBA playoffs.
While Ibaka is planning on playing for Spain in September's World Cup of Basketball, he disclosed that his ruptured calf isn't fully healed. "I'm not 100 percent back yet, but I'm getting better," Ibaka said. "I'm trying to get back in shape and it's going to take time." The Thunder would likely prohibit Ibaka from playing in the World Cup if he isn't fully healed by September, which could serve as good news for fantasy owners who want the big man healthy for the start of the 2014-15 NBA season.
|Source: CBS Sports|
|Tue Jul 29||10:45||Kevin Durant wants to play as much as he can||Kevin Durant||SF||Thunder||Doppelganger|
Kevin Durant said his commitment to Team USA stems from wanting to play as much basketball as he can.
Even though the reigning NBA MVP is only 25 years old, he is making sure he maximizes his hoops window. "My basketball life is short in the grand scheme of things. I want to play as much as I can." Durant will enter the 2014-15 season as the consensus No. 1 overall fantasy pick and will use this summer's World Cup of Basketball as a springboard to hit the ground running for the start of the NBA season.
|Source: Sam Amico on Twitter|
|Tue Jul 29||00:58||NBPA taps litigator Michele Roberts to lead||LeBron James||SF||Cavaliers||Back in the Saddle|
The NBA Players Association voted to make litigator Michele Roberts their next Executive Director late Monday night.
32 of 34 player reps and Executive Committee members voted Roberts in with a two-thirds vote being the mark to hit. She is the first woman to lead a major pro sports union and she enters the position with some controversy internally, as there were plenty reports of discord within the ranks as Roberts and two other candidates presented to the membership prior to the vote. The current Executive Committee for the players has proven to be borderline dysfunctional and we've seen flashes of that even with Billy Hunter out of the picture. In the sake of fair play we hope Roberts can keep the players from being run out of the gym again during a potential lockout in 2017.
|Mon Jul 28||22:55||Griffin missing FIBA Cup due to back fracture||Blake Griffin||PF||Clippers||Free Agent|
Blake Griffin withdrew from Team USA camp to rest a small fracture in his back, which is not believed to be serious.
We're not going to tell you not to get worried about a fracture in anybody's back, but owners should exercise a bit of discretion before assigning any long-term concern to this. The injury reportedly isn't serious and it occurred during the playoffs, which may explain some of the (relative) lack of explosion he showed against the Thunder. ESPN's Ramona Shelburne adds that Griffin should make a "full recovery."
|Mon Jul 28||20:54||Malone confirms that Collison will start||Darren Collison||PG||Hornets||Doppelganger|
Mike Malone confirmed that Darren Collison will start at point guard on Opening Night.
This isn't surprising but it's the first we've seen that Collison is indeed the man. Ray McCallum is going to push Collison right from the jump but there are a lot of people in the front office that want Collison to look good and he'll likely start off at 30 mpg. From there, if McCallum can unseat Collison it won't take very much to allow a changing of the guard. In any event, Collison profiles as a late round pick at best right now.
|Source: KHTK 1140|
|Mon Jul 28||19:06||Manu Ginobili (leg) will not play in FIBA WC||Manu Ginobili||SG||Spurs||Team Lorin|
The Spurs sent Manu Ginobili a letter informing him that he will not be granted permission to play in the 2014 FIBA World Cup.
The Spurs cited his recent stress fracture, and the necessary recovery time as their reasons for denying him permission to play. It's not exactly shocking that the Spurs organization is not too keen on letting their 37-year-old star risk further injury from unnecessary international play, as they're set to again chase a title for the 2014-15 season. Argentina will now be without Manu, and Carlos Delfino, and with this news Argentina's gold medal aspirations are looking pretty grim.
|Source: Marc Stein on Twitter|
|Mon Jul 28||18:43||Derrick Rose: 'My confidence is very high'||Derrick Rose||PG||Bulls||Buchanalia|
Derrick Rose spoke with media following Monday's Team USA practice, and he is not lacking in confidence.
"I really think that I'm a special player in my mind," said Rose. "I still have youth. I'm only 25, man." When Rose was asked how close he is to being his old-self, Rose responded: "I'm there, man. I'm not worried about that. My confidence is very high." The hype-train on Rose is going to start early this year as the basketball world anticipates the return of the former MVP. He'll come with a lot of risk, and at a steep price on draft day, but if he can remain healthy, he'll be a very fun, and exciting player to own.
|Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter|
|Mon Jul 28||17:48||Derrick Rose practices for Team USA pain free||Derrick Rose||PG||Bulls||Buchanalia|
Derrick Rose briefly played during Team USA's scrimmage on Monday, and said that "it feels great" to be back on the court.
He also added that he is pain free, and that's what all the reports have been saying up to this point. Rose will be under a microscope throughout the FIBA World Cup (assuming he makes the 12-man roster), and Coach Mike Krzyzewski said that he would play without restrictions. Rose will be a risky first-round selection in next year's fantasy drafts.
|Source: Nick Friedell on Twitter|
|Mon Jul 28||16:59||Report: Mo Williams nearing deal with Wolves||Mo Williams||PG||Cavaliers||The Sith Lords|
Mo Williams is reportedly nearing an agreement to sign with the Timberwolves.
Williams had stated that his goal during this free agency period was to sign a long-term deal, so perhaps that's what's in the works in Minnesota. Williams wouldn't have much value in the Timberwolves crowded backcourt, but things could change depending on how the pieces are moved in a Kevin Love deal.
|Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter|
|Mon Jul 28||16:04||DET thinks Jodie Meeks is more than a shooter||Jodie Meeks||SG||76ers||Free Agent|
Detroit management thinks Jodie Meeks is more than just a shooter.
"Players like Jodie take a lot of pride in developing other parts of their game. That's something that's driven his progress," Pistons' GM Jeff Bower said. "He's worked hard to become an adequate defender... The ability to make plays and put other people in position to be successful is something his unselfish nature just lends itself to. And, lastly, no dominant inside attack can be as potent without the play in the backcourt, either through spacing the floor or creating an inside-out threat. All of those things aren't lost on Jodie and he has impact in all of those areas."
|Mon Jul 28||15:36||Report: Timberwolves eyeing Thaddeus Young||Thaddeus Young||SF||76ers||Doppelganger|
The Timberwolves reportedly view Thaddeus Young as a potential Kevin Love replacement.
The Wolves are reportedly looking into acquiring Young from the 76ers either through a separate transaction, or as part of an expanded Love trade. However, Young still has two years remaining on his current contract, and it's unclear as to whether Philadelphia is willing to part ways with Young in any deal.
|Mon Jul 28||14:55||Steve Nash: 'I think this is my last season'||Steve Nash||PG||Suns||Doppelganger|
Steve Nash confirmed in a recent interview that he will retire after the 2014-15 season.
"I think this is my last season," said the 40-year-old Nash. "But I still love to play, practice and work on my game. I'm going to spend hopefully many many years living this life without basketball. It'll be nice to play one more year." Nash, in his prime, was one of the most exciting point guards to watch. He won back-to-back MVP awards from 2004-2006, taking his Phoenix Suns team through multiple deep playoff runs, but never ending on the ultimate goal of an NBA championship. However, he just doesn't have it anymore at 40 years of age, and he only managed to make it through 15 games last season. While no longer a fantasy option, he figures to be a first ballot Hall of Famer, and the league will miss his constant professionalism.
|Mon Jul 28||11:50||Dwyane Wade says his new rival is LeBron||Dwyane Wade||SG||Heat||Buchanalia|
Dwyane Wade said LeBron James is his new favorite player to play against.
"Well, it used to be Kobe Bryant... the second best all time.... now, I have a new favorite player to play against... my former teammate, LeBron James." LeBron heading to Cleveland cost Wade around $10 million because Wade opted out of his $42 million option. Wade and the Heat are thin and injury-prone on the wing this season, so there may be some unexpected players needing to step up, or Wade is going to have to turn back the clock a few years and be his old self.
|Source: Hot Hot Hoops|
|Mon Jul 28||11:45||Coach K: Derrick Rose won't have restrictions||Derrick Rose||PG||Bulls||Buchanalia|
Coach Mike Krzyzewski said Derrick Rose will not have any restrictions with Team USA.
Considering he's had eight months to rehab his torn meniscus, Rose should be ready to go in Spain. As a reference point, most meniscus tears require around eight weeks of rehab time. He'll be competing for a roster spot and Coach K said he's excited to be see Rose play. We'll be tracking his progress throughout the event.
|Source: Yahoo! Sports|
|Mon Jul 28||11:26||Brooks wants more ball movement||Russell Westbrook||PG||Thunder||The Sith Lords|
Coach Scott Brooks is hoping his team will get into the top 10 for assists per game.
They were tied for 13th in assists per game last season and just 26th in total passes per game, so ball movement hasn't been a strong suit for the Thunder. Of course, when a team has the top two players in usage rate, it's unlikely to lead to a well-balanced attack. The roles of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant shouldn't change much with both guys expected to have big seasons.
|Mon Jul 28||11:15||Thibodeau: D-Rose doing things the right way||Derrick Rose||PG||Bulls||Buchanalia|
Coach Tom Thibodeau said that Derrick Rose (knee) has "handled every step to this point the right way."
There has been very little word as to how Rose looks on a basketball court since tearing his meniscus back on Nov. 22, 2013. Rose is expected to make the Team USA FIBA roster, but he'll get some stiff competition from Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard and John Wall. Three of the five are expected to make the team. If Rose makes it, he'll definitely be under a microscope in Spain.
|Source: Chicago Tribune|
|Mon Jul 28||11:06||Joakim Noah will be ready for training camp||Joakim Noah||C/PF||Bulls||The Sith Lords|
Joakim Noah said he'll be ready for training camp as he continues his rehab on his left knee.
He had arthroscopic knee surgery back on May 2, which was expected to sideline him for 8-12 weeks. Noah has dealt with a slew of injuries in his career and the 29-year-old center may see his minutes drop a bit this season. He made First Team All-NBA last season for being a big factor on both ends, but he'll have a little more help this season.
|Source: ESPN Chicago|
|Mon Jul 28||09:38||Nick Young playing at the Drew League||Nick Young||SG||Wizards||Team Erik|
Nick Young scored 26 points on 21 shots at the Drew League on Sunday.
In his usual fashion, Swaggy P said his nickname is "I Am Legend" at the Drew League. "I've been a one-man show since I started at the Drew League," Young said. "I've been playing at the Drew for a while. I never played with no NBA people on my team or nothing. That's why." He won't have any Will Smith-based nicknames this season with Kobe Bryant around and his production is expected to take a hit after a career year in 2013-14.
|Source: ESPN LA|
|Mon Jul 28||09:31||Kobe Bryant has been working with Young, Wes||Kobe Bryant||SG||Lakers||Back in the Saddle|
Head coach Byron Scott said Kobe Bryant has been working out with Wesley Johnson and Nick Young.
Scott added his team "better be ready to play some defense" this season. The Lakers had the third-worst defensive efficiency in the NBA last season and allowed the most field goals at the rim by a fairly wide margin. As for Bryant, he was at one point expected to be back in action in January, so he should be 100 percent when training camp comes around.
|Source: ESPN LA|