• Several Teams Inquiring About Celtics’ Bass

    Brandon Bass has continued to play very well for the Celtics, which means there’s a chance he may not be with the team this entire season.

    Scouts and opposing front-office types have begun to speak and inquire about the 29-year-old forward, a practice that’s generally a precursor to discussing a trade. Danny Ainge could not be reached on whether teams have called about Bass — not that he would say anyway — but it certainly makes sense.

    His teammates and coach certainly have appreciated the way he’s gone about his business, playing hard and well and not lamenting the fact he signed for a contending situation and now is part of a rebuilding group.

    “If there’s a team competing for a championship and they could steal him, that’d be big,” said Rajon Rondo. “He’s one of the best mid-range shooters in the league.

    via Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald
  • Clifford: Lance Stephenson Isn’t a Star Yet

    Hornets coach Steve Clifford believes Lance Stephenson's problems adjusting during his first season in Charlotte are partly due to the guard's struggles to live up to external expectations.

    "To be fair, one of the things that's made it more difficult for him is that he came here and people proclaimed him as the next superstar," Clifford said Wednesday. "He's not a star. He's a guy that has talent to become a star. To be a star in this league, you have to do it over years."

    via Michael Wallace of ESPN
  • Cuban Takes Sarcastic Jab at Knicks’ Fisher

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban took a subtle shot at New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher before Wednesday’s game.

    Cuban was asked if he was concerned about Fisher’s commitment to the struggling Knicks, who have dropped 10 of 12.

    “I’m more concerned with his health and welfare. I know how hard it is for him to fly and travel and be away,” Cuban said sarcastically.

    Cuban’s sarcasm was a reference to Fisher’s decision to leave the Dallas Mavericks midway through the 2012-13 season and later sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

    “It's not so much what he did, but how he did it,” Cuban said at the time.

    via Ian Begley of ESPN New York
  • Melo Plagued by Back Spasms; Doubtful Friday

    Knicks say Carmelo Anthony is doubtful tomorrow vs the thunder due to back spasms

    via Al Iannazzone of Newsday on Twitter
  • Williams: We Need Davis to Take 20 Shots a Game

    As promised, Pelicans coach Monty Williams gathered his players for a meeting on Wednesday.

    Williams issued objectives that he wants carried out for the remainder of the season. Perhaps, it didn't come as a surprise that getting the ball more to star forward Anthony Davis is at the top of the list.

    Williams wasn’t happy after the game, saying they are going to have a session on Wednesday where they have to be honest about who they are and what they have to do to win games.

    ''Anthony (Davis) cannot be in a game and not touch the ball,''Williams said after his meeting with players. ''We have to have an effort to get him at least 20 shots every night. ''And that’s on me too. As much as I draw up plays for him, run the offense through him, the guys on the floor has to know it. When they don’t do it, I’ve got to make sure they get him the ball. Because he’s not a selfish player, he’s going to make the right plays. And our guys know that.''

    via John Reid of The Times Picayune
  • Irving: I Want to Make Defense a Personal Challenge

    LeBron James has still picked up opposing guards for stretches in games, including the first game against the Washington Wizards when he (unsuccessfully) defended John Wall at times. But Irving said Wednesday he wants that responsibility going forward.

    “If one person gets going, whether it’s the 1 or 2 [point guard or shooting guard], I’m going to guard them,” Irving said. “It’s more or less a personal challenge.

    “I talked to our coaching staff beforehand and told them, ‘Whenever I have the chance to guard the point guard, just leave me on him.”

    via Jason Lloyd of the Boston Herald
  • Bulls’ Rose, Gibson Out; Hinrich Probable Friday

    (Chicago) Bulls list Gibson as out and Rose, Noah and Hinrich all probable for Celtics.

    via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune on Twitter
  • Lakers’ Coach: Kelly May Not Return Until 2015

    Ryan Kelly is on the floor but not doing anything. (Lakers Coach) Byron (Scott) doesn't believe he's coming back until 2015

    via Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News on Twitter
  • Mavs Reassign Ricky Ledo Down to D-League

    Per @MavsPR, the @dallasmavs have reassigned Ricky Ledo to the @TexasLegends.

    via Earl K. Sneed of NBA.com/Mavs on Twitter
  • Kings’ Rudy Gay, Darren Collison Questionable Friday

    Injury Update: Rudy Gay (Right Achilles Tendinitis) & Darren Collison (Left Quadriceps Strain) are Questionable for 11/28 game vs Spurs.

    via Sacramento Kings on Twitter
  • Earl Clark Nearing Deal With L.A. Lakers

    Lakers, Earl Clark working on a one-year deal, league sources told Yahoo. He's averaging nearly 30 points for Houston's D-League affiliate.

    via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports
  • Poor Start Leads Van Gundy to Talk With Pistons’ Owner

    (Stan) Van Gundy, after a chunk of games that has his team at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, paying an early deposit with the 76ers for a good seat at next May's draft lottery, has begun to realize that balance is probably more delicate than his dual titles as coach and president of basketball operations.

    "I don't think it's gonna be overnight," Van Gundy said. "I'd like it to be. (Pistons owner) Tom (Gores) would like it to be, but I don't think it's gonna be an overnight thing."

    "Last night it was an hour and a half, just talking about our roster and where we're headed and the whole thing. What I feel good about, what I don't like. It was two days of texts."

    "We talk once a week or so. Last night for a long time," Van Gundy said. "I think that we're very much aware of what his thinking is and feeling and he is of mine and we're on the same page. I don't think somebody in my position can have much closer communication with an owner than I do. I can't imagine that."

    via Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News
  • Bulls’ Rose Sits Out Amid Hamstring Concerns

    Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose's left hamstring hampered him in the first half of Tuesday night's game against the Denver Nuggets, and he did not return for the second half as the Bulls fell 114-109.

    The Bulls officially listed the injury as left hamstring tightness, but Rose said after the game his hamstring was fine and he did not have a setback. He was "just trying to be smart" given his recent injury history.

    "It wasn't nothing like I'm limping or I pulled it or anything, it wasn't any of that," Rose said. "It was just that I wasn't moving the way I wanted to while I was on the floor. So why push through it when I wasn't able to affect the game the way I wanted to? I came in here and talked to (Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau) and we both agreed on just sitting out."

    via Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago
  • Kobe Bryant : Grizzlies Big Man Gasol Has it All

    (Los Angeles Lakers) Kobe (Bryant) on (Memphis Grizzlies) Marc Gasol "bad boy. Has it all"

    via Beto Duran of Duran Sports/ESPN on Twitter
  • Malone: Cousins is the Best Big Man in the Game

    (Kings Coach Mike) Malone admits he's biased but said (DeMarcus) Cousins is the best big man in the game.

    via Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee on Twitter