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Lakers’ Yi Jianlian: Right Timing for NBA Return

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So much unknown surrounds Yi Jianlian as the former lottery pick prepares to return to the NBA following a four-year absence.

It’s unclear exactly what the 7-footer’s role with the Los Angeles Lakers will be in first-year head coach Luke Walton’s new system. It’s undecided what position Yi will play.

But if Friday proved anything, it’s that there is plenty of interest and intrigue in the 28-year-old, who was surrounded by about three dozen media members –- local and international –- after his workout at the Lakers’ training facility.

He also said he felt that the Lakers were a “good opportunity” and that the “timing” was right for an NBA return.

Source: Baxter Holmes of ESPN

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James Harden Could Return as Soon as Thursday?

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The Houston Rockets hope star guard James Harden can return from a Grade 2 strain of his right hamstring within a week, coach Mike D’Antoni said.

“It could be Thursday or Saturday, I don’t know,” D’Antoni said before the Rockets’ practice Sunday at UCLA. “He’s got to get better. We’ll see. Whenever he’s ready.”

Source: Tim MacMahon of ESPN

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Anthony Davis Posts Season High 48 Points in Win vs Knicks

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New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis had a simple explanation for his 48-point, 17-rebound performance against the New York Knicks on Sunday. “I just tried to get us going on both ends of the floor. I was able just to continue to make shots,” Davis said. That’s quite an understatement.

Davis set a season-high for points on Sunday and compiled a stat line rarely seen in the NBA. In the process, he helped the New Orleans Pelicans rebound from a 19-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Knicks in overtime.

Source: Ian Begley of ESPN

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Lakers’ Lonzo Ball (Knee) Questionable vs Grizzlies

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Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball has a minor left-knee sprain after the rookie underwent an MRI, the team said Sunday. Ball is questionable for Monday’s game against the Grizzlies.

Ball woke up feeling soreness in the knee on Sunday, and the team sent the No. 2 overall pick to undergo an MRI in Memphis.

Source: Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN

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