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Stevens thinks Marcus Smart can be special - Marcus Smart (G) Boston Celtics

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens thinks that Marcus Smart can be a special player on defense.

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James Dolan takes Ice Bucket Challenge

Knicks and Rangers owner Jim Dolan completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge during Friday’s "Today" show on NBC. Dolan was challenged by former Knicks center Patrick Ewing. Joe Walsh, guitarist from the Eagles, dumped the ice-water bucket on Dolan's head. Dolan and his band "JD & The Straight Shot" will open for the Eagles on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

King defends embattled Hawks GM

Brooklyn Nets GM Billy King told Grantland in a statement that embattled Atlanta Hawks GM Danny Ferry is “the furthest thing from a racist.” “I have known him since we were 15 years old,” King said Thursday. “He is like a brother to me and he is the furthest thing from a racist.” Audio obtained by ESPN and other media outlets confirmed that Ferry used racial comments during a conference call with ownership in the offseason regarding free agent Luol Deng.

Burning Q's: Who has the most pressure?

With training camp a few weeks away, we’re examining the burning questions facing the Brooklyn Nets. Today’s question: Who has the most pressure on him? All eyes will be on Deron Williams once again. Yes, D-Will is coming off surgeries on his ankles and health is a concern again. And he has another new head coach and a new offensive system to get acclimated to. Without a doubt, Williams has a lot to deal with besides just regaining his old All-Star form.

More mature J.R. ready to bounce back

NEW YORK –- J.R. Smith never quite felt like himself last season. Coming off surgery to repair the patellar tendon and meniscus tears in his left knee, the shooter couldn't get comfortable nor did he have the kind of mobility he had in the past. Frustration and losses mounted, and Smith admits he only made things more difficult on himself with his shoelace antics, which led to $50,000 in fines. “I am not going to put it all on the injury," Smith said.
National Post Sep 11, 2014
Toronto Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas shows positive signs despite FIBA World Cup loss to the U.S.

Toronto Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas shows positive signs despite FIBA World Cup loss to the U.S.

In his first game against a team stacked with NBA players since May, Valanciunas worked his way into the middle of the action frequently
Toronto Star Sep 11, 2014
U.S. dunks Lithuania in World Cup basketball semifinal

U.S. dunks Lithuania in World Cup basketball semifinal

Raptor Jonas Valanciunas scores 15 points in defeat. NBA teammate DeMar DeRozan advances to World Cup final.

Nets sign ex-Knick Jerome Jordan

The Brooklyn Nets have signed former New York Knicks center Jerome Jordan, the team announced Thursday. Jordan, 27, appeared in 21 games for the Knicks in 2011-12, averaging two points in 5.1 minutes. The 7-footer spent last season in the Italian League. Jordan could have a chance to compete for a spot at the end of the roster during training camp. The Nets have 13 fully guaranteed contracts -- Cory Jefferson and Jorge Gutierrez not among them.
Boston Globe Sep 11, 2014

Paul George Apologizes for Insensitive Twitter Rant on Ray Rice, Domestic Violence

Paul George sparked outrage across social media Thursday morning for his tweets on Ray Rice and domestic violence, which have now been deleted.

Will C's be more watchable than we think?

As part of its 2014-15 season preview countdown, USA Today is ranking the 30 NBA teams based on watchability. The Boston Celtics landed at No. 29, just one spot in front of the basement-dwelling Philadelphia 76ers. It's not hard to understand Boston's low position. You have a rebuilding team coming off a 25-win season that made only minor tweaks this offseason. Heck, the NBA schedule-makers seem to agree with the rankings considering Boston landed only one national TV game -- an unremarkable mid-January tilt with the Atlanta Hawks.

D-Will clarifies statements about New York

Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams clarified his comments in which he said he doesn’t feel like a New Yorker. “It’s just a different lifestyle here,” Williams told FOX’s “GoodDay New York” morning show on Wednesday. “That’s all I was pointing out. I enjoy my time in the summers away, but I definitely love it in New York. You know, I signed here for five years.” Williams had told Resident Magazine: “I grew up in an apartment in Texas where you could send your kids outside like, ‘Yeah, go play in the sun.
New York Post Sep 10, 2014

Hollins likes what he sees from Nets

Nets coach Lionel Hollins has heard all the dire predictions for his team, but doesn’t care. He said Brook Lopez is recovering well and is expected to be ready for...

Hollins to perform roll call at Yankee game

New Brooklyn Nets coach Lionel Hollins will perform the roll call in the bleachers during the first inning Wednesday at Yankee Stadium. Hollins grew up in Las Vegas, but is a lifelong Yankee fan. "I like successful teams because everyone thinks losing is easy, but I always say that losing is easy, but winning is hard," Hollins said. "Winning takes a lot more. You go back to the old Celtics, the old UCLA teams, the Yankees, those teams, they have just do something that not everybody else does.
Hollins Expects Brook Lopez Will Be Ready For Start of NBA Season

Hollins Expects Brook Lopez Will Be Ready For Start of NBA Season

New Nets head coach Lionel Hollins expects Brook Lopez to be ready for the start of the NBA season.
New York Post Sep 10, 2014

Hawks GM also talked Carmelo on infamous Deng call

Danny Ferry has been under fire for several days since his racially-charged comments about Luol Deng became public knowledge. On that call, Ferry was discussing potential free agents for the...

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    Kevin Garnett will be Nets starting power forward, says new coach Lionel Hollins

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