• Despite Criticism Kobe Preaches Focus

    The ESPN article, quoting anonymous sources, framed Bryant as someone who alienated potential free agents and teammates.

    “It’s not the first one, it’s not going to be the last one,” Bryant said. “The one thing I’ve come to understand over the years is that you’ll have a bad story that comes out on a Monday and it seems like it’s the end of the world. It seems like everybody is taking shots at you.

    “It’s a cycle. And things are never as good or as bad as they seem at the moment in time. So you stay focused on the big picture. Things are never really as bleak as they seem at the time. I just kind of roll with it.”

    via Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times
  • Silver: Owners Concerned About Lottery Reform

    An effort to reform the NBA's draft lottery process failed to get enough votes to pass at the league's board of governors meeting Wednesday.

    While the final vote was 17-13 in favor of the reform, that was short of the required 23 votes needed to push the change through.

    "I think, in essence, the owners were concerned about unintended consequences," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said. "I think we all recognize we need to find the right balance between creating the appropriate incentives on one hand for teams to, of course, win, and on the other hand allowing for appropriate rebuilding and the draft to work as it should in which the worst performing teams get the highest picks in the draft."

    via ESPN
  • Bulls’ Joakim Noah to Have Minutes Restriction

    The tale of (Chicago Bulls) Joakim Noah and the mysterious knee continued today at the Advocate Center.

    He feels fine from the "minor'' surgery in May, but yet will remain on a minutes restriction moving forward. (Coach Tom Thibodeau) Thibs couldn't say how long.

    via Chicago Sun-Times Basketball on Twitter
  • Lakers to Rest Kobe for Remainder of Preseason

    (Los Angeles Lakers) Kobe Bryant will not play the Lakers' last two exhibition games. He's going to rest. Opener is next Tuesday vs. Houston (Rockets).

    via Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times on Twitter
  • Spurs’ Leonard Being Isolated Away From Team

    Kawhi Leonard (eye infection) has been working out some, but (San Antonio) Spurs still trying to keep him isolated from rest of team. Won't be at ATT Center tonight.

    via Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express News on Twitter
  • Report: Thunder Exercise Options on Four Players

    News: (Oklahoma City) Thunder exercises options on Steven Adams, Andre Roberson, Perry Jones and Jeremy Lamb.

    via Oklahoma City Thunder on Twitter
  • Celtics’ Faverani May Return to Action by November

    (Celtics GM Danny) Ainge said Vitor Faverani could be cleared for practice somewhere from mid-November to early December.

    via Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald on Twitter
  • Report: Nuggets Waive Benimon, Williams

    The Nuggets have waived forward Jerrelle Benimon and forward Marcus Williams, general manager and executive vice president of basketball operations Tim Connelly announced today.

    via NBA.com/Nuggets
  • Kings’ Ben McLemore Parts Ways with Agent

    (Sacramento Kings) Ben McLemore is making a change to his inner circle.  Sources confirmed to Cowbell Kingdom early on Wednesday that McLemore recently parted ways with agent Rodney Blackstock.  Following practice today, McLemore addressed the issue with the media.

    “It was a man decision,” McLemore said.  “It was something that I had to figure out on my own and make a decision for myself.”

    via James Ham of Cowbell Kingdom
  • Utah Jazz Waive Jack Cooley, Dahntay Jones

    The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has waived forward Jack Cooley and guard Dahntay Jones.  Following the moves, Utah’s roster now stands at 15 players.

    via NBA.com/Jazz
  • NBA Draft Lottery System To Remain The Same

    And just like that things stay the same.

    For the last few weeks there had been a lot of talk that the NBA and its Owners would vote to approve a new Lottery re-form system to disincentive losing and more evenly spread out the odds of landing the top level draft picks.

    That vote occurred today, and despite what was expected to be a win in favor of change, according to Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski 13 NBA teams voted “No” and the measure lost.

    According to Wojnarowski, the Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Oklahoma City Thunder, New Orleans Pelicans, Detroit Pistons, Miami HEAT, Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Bobcats and Chicago Bulls all voted against changing the system.

    The proposed plan was set to change the lottery system as early as this season, and seems to have been voted down.
  • Durant on Recovery: ‘I’m not going to rush it’

    Kevin Durant rolled into the media room inside the Thunder’s training facility Tuesday morning on a knee scooter, his propped-up right leg snugly wrapped in a cast to stabilize his surgically repaired right foot.

    But any dreams of Durant returning early were all but destroyed by the man himself.

    “I’m not going to rush it at all,” Durant said. “That’s one thing I’m not going to do. I’m sure I’ll feel better in two or three weeks. But I definitely don’t want to rush it. So I’m taking my time with it.

    via Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman
  • Source: Magic, Vucevic Reach 4-Yr Extension

    Magic give Vucevic four-year $54 million extension, source tells Yahoo.

    via Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports
  • Noah’s Knee Will be an ‘Issue All Season’?

    Those who know Joakim Noah often cite his warrior mentality.

    According to a member of the Noah camp, that mentality is about to be tested.

    “Jo’s [left] knee is going to be an issue all season,’’ the source said. “He has played through pain before with the plantar [fasciitis], but this is completely different, a different level.’’

    via Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times
  • Washington Wizards Sign Guard John Lucas

    Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has signed guard John Lucas.

    via NBA.com/Wizards