• Stephen Curry: ‘No Reason’ to Leave Warriors

    Golden State can offer him a five-year deal for about $210 million. Other suitors can present only a four-year pact at approximately $140 million. It will pay to stay and Curry said as of now, he can't envision himself relocating next summer.

    "I can't," Curry said.

    "Like I've said from Day 1, when I was first asked about free agency, this is a perfect place to play. Bay Area fans are amazing, our organization's amazing, we've put together an amazing team that's competing for championships every year... There's really no reason that I can see right now that would draw me elsewhere."

    Source: Chris Haynes of ESPN.com
  • Kristaps Porzingis Still Hampered By Achilles

    Kristaps Porzingis sat out his second straight game with Achilles tendinitis and could miss the Martin Luther King Day matinee vs. Atlanta. He has missed five games total with the lingering issue, and now the medical staff’s edict is for him not to come back until he’s 100 percent. Hence, Hornacek said Porzingis “may be doubtful” vs. Atlanta but added the 7-foot-3 Latvian “hopes to play.’’

    Porzingis said it’s not his call and will listen to the medical staff. “No problema,” Porzingis said, using his Spanish. “I didn’t feel any pain. I hope [to be ready]. The way I feel right now, yes, I feel I’ll be available [Monday]. It all depends if the doctors let me go."

    Source: Marc Berman of the New York Post
  • Melo Hasn’t Considered Waiving No-Trade Clause

    New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony said that he hasn't thought about waiving his no-trade clause.

    "I've never even, haven't even thought about that," Anthony said in Toronto when asked about the no-trade clause amid fan and media speculation about the topic, according to reports. "Like you said, I guess there's people talking about it. I don't know, I haven't thought about it. It's not something that I've thought about so far."

    Source: Ian Begley of ESPN
  • HEAT to Begin Separation Process with Bosh in February?

    Forward Chris Bosh: Has been away from the team since failing his preseason physical, after missing the second half of the past two seasons due to blood clots.

    The Heat are expected to begin a permanent separation process sometime after Feb. 9, the one-year anniversary from Bosh's last game played with the team

    Source: Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel
  • Russell: People Panic When Lakers PG Not Doing Well

    d'angeloJulius Randle shot 1 for 6 against the Pistons. Brandon Ingram was 1 for 7. There was not nearly the frenzy over those duds that (D'Angelo) Russell regularly experiences.

    When this point was made to Russell on Sunday evening, he smirked and shook his head.

    "The Lakers are like the Lakers you know?” he said. “So when the Lakers point guard is not doing well, I guess you can say (people) panic.”

    Source: Bill Oram of The Orange County Register
  • Rodney Hood’s Return Date Not Established

    The following is a medical update on Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood, who left last night’s win over Orlando at the 1:44 mark of the fourth quarter and did not return: Hood was examined today by the Utah Jazz medical staff and underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) testing at University of Utah Health Care’s Orthopaedic Center, which confirmed a hyperextension of his right knee as well as a bone contusion.

    He did not travel with the team for Monday’s game at Phoenix and his status will continue to be reevaluated moving forward.

    Source: NBA.com/Jazz
  • Miami Signing Okaro White to 10-Day Contract?

    Source: Miami Heat is signing Okaro White of Sioux Falls to 10-day contract.

    Source: David Pick on Twitter

  • Knicks’ Thomas Leaves Game With Facial Fracture

    They (New York Knicks) also lost his (Kristaps Porzingis) replacement, Lance Thomas, less than two minutes into the game. Thomas was elbowed in the head by Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas and did not return. The Knicks announced that he suffered a left orbital fracture and is being evaluated for concussion-like symptoms.

    Source: Anthony Rieber of Newsday
  • NBCA Establishes New Coach of the Year Award

    Two years ago, the National Basketball Players Association launched its own annual awards, voted on the players because – as LeBron James said at the time – “Guys [can] recognize the guys they play against every night and what they do for their franchises.”

    Now the league’s head coaches will have that same opportunity with the National Basketball Coaches Association’s establishment of the Michael H. Goldberg NBCA Coach of the Year Award. Like the NBPA awards, this one will be voted on by peers, in this case the league’s 30 coaches. Who better to assess a coach’s performance than the men (or some day, women) against that person game-plans and navigates the challenges of an NBA season.

    Source: Steve Aschburner of NBA.com
  • Mike D’Antoni Praises Time Coaching Jeremy Lin

    As the Knicks coach during Linsanity, (Mike) D’Antoni looked back on that time fondly.

    “It wasn’t kind of fun. It was really fun. As a coach, it was fun doing it. Was really proud of him and what he’s done; and it couldn’t happen to a better person. It goes deep. That’s why you coach, for moments like that and people like him,’’ said D’Antoni, adding that Lin’s injury has hamstrung the Nets.

    Source: Brian Lewis of the New York Post
  • Isaiah Thomas Says Schroder Lied and ‘He Knows That’

    (Isaiah Thomas) response to #Hawks D. Schroder saying IT talked bad about his mom. "I don't talk about nobody's mom, I don't cuss at anybody's mom and...

    IT cont'd "... I don't talk about people's family. So whatever he said, that's a 100 percent lie and he knows that.

    Source: A. Sherrod Blakely of Comcast SportsNet on Twitter

  • Silver: League Looking Into Adding Franchise in Mexico City

    On the 25th anniversary of the first regular-season games played in Mexico, commissioner Adam Silver said fans can expect the NBA to bring more contests into the country, while adding the league is also exploring the possibility of adding a franchise in Mexico City, as well as a Development League team in Monterrey, Mexico.

    Source: Michael C. Wright of ESPN
  • Source: Hawks Strongly Considering Adding Gary Neal

    The Atlanta Hawks are giving strong consideration to the addition of veteran sharpshooter Gary Neal to their roster, according to league sources.

    Sources told ESPN.com that the Hawks worked Neal out this week to get a firsthand look at the 32-year-old guard and, barring a late snag, are expected to sign Neal to a 10-day contract in the coming days.

    Source: Marc Stein of ESPN
  • Rose Tells Hornacek to Yell at Team About Defense

    After Saturday’s practice, Knicks point guard Derrick Rose and coach Jeff Hornacek engaged in a long conversation. Rose, essentially, suggested the coach employ more butt-kicking regarding defense.

    “We were just talking about defensive schemes, what I see with our defense, what he thinks our problems are,” Rose said. “I just told him, ‘It’s defense. Our defense triggers a lot of things.’

    “I told him he has to be on us hard about defense every day. Like, beat it in our heads where we get tired of hearing him talking about it.”

    Source: Fred Kerber of the New York Post
  • Curry on Free Agency: No Reason to Leave Warriors

    Stephen Curry isn’t ready, willing or even curious about bolting from the Warriors in free agency this summer, which is no great surprise, but you still have to ask, right?

    “I can’t,” Curry said. “Like I’ve said from Day 1 when I was first asked about free agency, this is a perfect place to play. Bay Area fans are amazing, our organization’s amazing, we’ve put together an amazing team that’s competing for championships every year.

    “There’s really no reason that I can see right now that would draw me elsewhere."

    Source: Tim Kawakami of The San Jose Mercury News
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