Chris Paul gave his fellow West All-Star Kobe a cane, reading glasses, dental adhesive and compression socks. Appropriate for a 37-year-old like Kobe (or someone closing in on their 90th birthday).
Luckily for Mamba, Carmelo Anthony is a man with expensive taste — and/or he didn’t get the gag gift memo — and decided to pay tribute to the Lakers legend’s Italian roots with a magnum of 1996 vintage Gaja Barbaresco. This was also to insinuate that like a fine wine, the five-time NBA champion got better with age.
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Jeremy Lin Suffers Knee Injury, Will Undergo Evaluation Thursday
Bulls Suspend Bobby Portis 8 Games
The Chicago Bulls have suspended forward Bobby Portis for eight games following his role in a practice altercation that left teammate Nikola Mirotic in the hospital, the team announced Wednesday. Portis will be eligible to return for a Nov. 7 game against Toronto, and will be eligible to practice during his extension.
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Joel Embiid Not Happy With Early Minutes Restriction
The Philadelphia 76ers will be cautious with Joel Embiid early on this season, and the star center isn’t thrilled with that plan.
Sixers coach Brett Brown, when asked how much Embiid would play in Wednesday’s season opener against the Wizards, told reporters that he didn’t have a set number of minutes in mind before acknowledging “somewhere like in the teens.” “That’s f—ing bulls—. I wish I was playing more minutes,” Embiid told reporters on Tuesday. “I think I’m ready. I think I’m ready for more than whatever number they have. I don’t know. I wish I was playing more, but we’re going to see how that goes.”