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Brooklyn Nets keeping Mason Plumlee, Sergey Karasev, but not Marquis Teague

Brooklyn Nets keeping Mason Plumlee, Sergey Karasev, but not Marquis Teague

Billy King announced Friday that they have exercised the third-year contract options on Mason Plumlee and Sergey Karasev, but there was no mention of Marquis Teague, who's expected to be traded to Philadelphia, perhaps as early as today. Teams were required to make decisions on third and fourth year rookie contract options by October 31. As a result of the move, Nets will retain their rights to the two 2013 first round picks, selected at No. 19 (Karasev) and No. 22 (Plumlee) through 2015-16. Karasev will earn $1,599,840 next season;  Plumlee $1,415,520. The Nets will have to decide again...

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Carmelo ranked 11th in player rankings

It remains to be seen how Carmelo Anthony fits into the triangle. With a first-time head coach in Derek Fisher, a new system and perhaps even a new way of thinking to learn, Anthony enters the season with some uncertainty ahead of him. In ESPN’s latest NBA player rankings, Anthony comes in at No. 11 on the list of the NBA's 500 players. The rankings are decided by the ESPN Forecast panel, which rates each player on a 0-to-10 scale in terms of “the overall level of play for each player for the upcoming NBA season.
New York Daily News 20 hours ago
Derek Fisher trying to distance himself from Phil Jackson

Derek Fisher trying to distance himself from Phil Jackson

When Phil Jackson was hired as Knicks president, it was assumed that whomever he picked as coach would be nothing more than a Zen Master-clone, toeing the sideline with triangle philosophies piped in from the front office.

Calderon sits out practice

GREENBURGH, N.Y. –- Jose Calderon sat out practice Thursday as the point guard continues to nurse a calf injury. Calderon said he is unsure if he will play against the Raptors in Montreal on Friday. “Don’t know yet,” Calderon said. “It’s day to day. It’s better ... We’ll see tomorrow. We’re getting more treatment. Like I said the other day it’s nothing to worry about.” Calderon suffered a calf injury in the first quarter against Milwaukee on Monday.

Healing will dictate if Rondo plays opener

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens was talking Thursday about the ways the team was helping point guard Rajon Rondo stay sharp while rehabbing from a broken hand when Stevens noted how skeleton work and conditioning drills would help "expedite [Rondo] being ready on Wed..." Then Stevens caught himself. It might have been a simple slip, but Stevens quickly changed what might have been "Wednesday" -- as in Boston's season-opener against the Brooklyn Nets -- to "whenever" while noting that he hoped Rondo's return was, "hopefully sooner rather than later" and that the point...

McCarty pleads not guilty to larceny

WALTHAM Mass. -- Boston Celtics assistant coach Walter McCarty was arraigned Thursday in Framingham District Court court on a larceny charge. McCarty, who played 10 seasons in the NBA, including eight with the Celtics, is accused of bouncing checks to a contractor putting in $39,000 worth of cabinets in his home, according to WCVB-TV. McCarty, now in his second season as an assistant coach, pleaded not guilty. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for Dec.
Boston Globe 23 hours ago

Celtics Assistant Coach Walter McCarty Faces Larceny Charge

Celtics assistant coach Walter McCarty faced a larceny by check charge Thursday morning in Framingham District Court.

Nets cut Reed

The Nets began cutting down their roster by releasing Willie Reed. Reed, a 6-10 power forward/center, was signed in September to provide an extra big body in camp. He averaged 4.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in two preseason games. The Nets will need some depth in the front court to protect them in case of injuries. They currently have Brook Lopez, Kevin Garnett, Mason Plumlee, Mirza Teletovic, Cory Jefferson and Jerome Jordan at power forward and center.

Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston, Celtics will struggle to make the playoffs. 10-23-14

Jackie MacMullan joins MFB for the first time this season. She discusses the rejection of NBA lottery reform, Rajon Rondo, and the Celtics chances this season.
New York Daily News Oct 23, 2014
Lakers boss slams free agents scared away by Kobe Bryant as 'losers'

Lakers boss slams free agents scared away by Kobe Bryant as 'losers'

Lakers boss Jeanie Buss has a harsh message for anyone who doesn't want to play alongside Kobe Bryant: You’re a loser.
Washington Post Oct 23, 2014

Wiz Insider: Wizards’ offense progresses in loss to Knicks, though turnovers persist in preseason finale

NEW YORK — John Wall, per usual, believed there was a point to prove Wednesday night on the grandest stage in basketball. “I wanted to show people that my tendinitis is not as bad as they keep saying it is,” Wall said following the Washington Wizards’ 103-100 loss to the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Read full article >>

Wizards’ offense progresses in loss to Knicks, though turnovers persist in preseason finale

NEW YORK — John Wall, per usual, believed there was a point to prove Wednesday night on the grandest stage in basketball. “I wanted to show people that my tendinitis is not as bad as they keep saying it is,” Wall said following the Washington Wizards’ 103-100 loss to the New York Knicks at Madison […]
Newark Star-Ledger Oct 23, 2014

NBA Preview 2014-2015: Can Russell Westbrook carry the Thunder without Kevin Durant? Northwest Division predictions

Our daily look at the upcoming season continues with a look at the division that includes the Thunder, Nuggets, Blazers, Jazz and Timberwolves.
Boston Herald Oct 23, 2014
Celtics Notebook: C's bomb away to beat the Nets

Celtics Notebook: C's bomb away to beat the Nets

Nets coach Lionel Hollins, whose team is still attempting to recover from maybe the most unappetizing trip to China in NBA history, took a cue from Spurs coach Gregg Popovich last night.Joe Johnson traveled but didn’t play. Kevin Garnett, a food poisoning victim, Deron Williams and the injured Brook Lopez stayed home.
philly.com Oct 23, 2014

Sampson could be the type of guy who sticks with Sixers

JaKarr Sampson still seems like a project offensively, but thinks defense could be his ticket to staying with the Sixers.

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