Rose's status for opener in doubt
Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said Derrick Rose "most likely" will not play in the preseason and his status for the team's season opener is in doubt. Rose had surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone on Sept. 30.
Frank Kaminsky. Dancing. In China.
The Hornets rookie used every trick in his arsenal to impress the crowd in Shanghai with his dance moves.
Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer
Boris Diaw will be out for Spurs-Hawks game on Wednesday. He's missed the first two preseason outings as well. Team's official reasoning for Diaw missing is rest and rehabilitation.
The importance of the assist
Kirk Goldsberry writes for Grantland: "[S]hots that immediately follow passes are much more likely to go in the hoop than their unassisted counterparts. The best kinds of shots result from teamwork, and the worst kinds are a result of selfishness." The next shooting revolution
Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer
Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (illness) is not expected to accompany the team to New York on Tuesday night and will sit out Wednesday’s exhibition game versus the Brooklyn Nets. “He’s got what everybody else had plus fever and everything else,” said Stevens, whose roster has battled illness throughout training camp. “We’ve gone through that a little bit with our roster and hopefully we’re nearing the end of it.”
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Feel like when Kerr comes back all quotes will suddenly be, "Both teams played hard."
Curry 'apologizes' for Warriors' title
Stephen Curry said of critics who've implied the Warriors needed luck to win their title last season: "I apologize for us being healthy, I apologize for us playing who was in front of us. I apologize for all the accolades we received as a team and individually. I'm very, truly sorry, and we'll rectify that situation this year."
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Paul Pierce hears it from the fans in Shanghai for his birthday! #ClippersInChina #NBAGlobalGames
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Hoiberg still isn't sure Rose will be ready for opener, but admits that it's 'most likely' Rose won't play in preseason.
Spurs are best across sports
The Spurs have never won back-to-back NBA titles, but for the second consecutive year they top ESPN The Magazine's Ultimate Standings, which ranks every franchise in the four major North American professional sports. No. 1 to 122 ranked
Spurs rank No. 1 in Ultimate Standings
Said ESPN the Mag's Peter Keating: "They win on the court with a group of hardworking likeable players. Off the court they’re just relentless about being in the community."
For J.R. Smith, game time = cotton candy time
The guard sat out for his 2nd straight preseason game because of a sore hamstring but didn't stay out of the spotlight. Smith flagged down a cotton candy vendor and, unbeknownst to his coach, obtained the snack and munched on it during the game. May have gifted treat
James Harden: More than a beard
You want to go from obscure to unforgettable? Grow the most famous beard in sports history. When Rockets star goes out, "it's just, like, There's The Beard! There's that guy with The Beard! Mom, Dad, there's The Beard!" The Harden brand
NBA is doubling down on love of the 3
Kings center DeMarcus Cousins shot just eight 3-pointers all of last season. But he's attempted 10 already this preseason, part of the league's obsession with the shot beyond the arc -- an obsession that's growing beyond record levels. More 3s than ever (Insider)
Another long season ahead for the Lakers
RPM projects the Lakers to finish 14th in the West with 27 wins, which Amin Elhassan thinks is right on: "It's tough to get wins in the Western Conference ... if it's anything more than 27, I'd be shocked."
Shaq on current state of the Lakers
"When you mean 'turn it around,' do you mean a championship? Because that's done. That's not happening unless they make a miraculous trade and get four new people. Who do they have on the Lakers? I'm not sure. I'm not joking. Do they even have anyone to trade that somebody would want?" Lakers' new reality