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Kobe Bryant welcomed the idea of giving up the rock now that Steve Nash is his point guard.

"Thank God," said Kobe, when asked about the idea of Nash handling more of the ball. He looked good in the Olympics and we're not concerned about a major falloff physically, but the idea that he won't be relied on as much as he was last year is a real concern. It's going to take an early pick to get Bryant, but we're advising owners to wait until the second round to select him and the third round is preferable in an 8-cat format.
Mon, Oct 1, 2012 07:52:00 PM

DeMarcus Cousins (ankle) is expected to play against the Cavs on Friday.

He is listed as questionable due to an ankle tweak from Wednesday, but there are multiple reports of Cousins being ready to go in a favorable matchup. Cousins was also named to the All-Star Team today, so that's a little extra incentive. If he is active, he'll likely feast.
Jan 30 - 2:46 PM

Mike Dunleavy (ankle) is questionable to play against the Suns on Friday.

Considering how poorly the Bulls were on perimeter defense, one would think coach Tom Thibodeau will want Dunleavy out there. If he does miss his 16th straight game, the Bulls will use more two-PG lineups along with Tony Snell.
Jan 30 - 2:20 PM

Taj Gibson (knee) is probable to play against the Suns on Friday.

He is dealing with right patella tendinitis and it sounds more like a wear-and-tear issue. Gibson played 26 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday and the Bulls might hold him out in the second night of a back-to-back set -- that's not something coach Tom Thibodeau does often and we expect him to play. If he's out, Nikola Mirotic will play more in the late game of the night.
Jan 30 - 2:15 PM

George Hill went through a full practice on Friday, however, he will continue to come off the bench for Saturday's game against the Kings.

Hill is expected to remain with a minutes restriction for Saturday's game, so owners still holding on will need to remain patient as Hill is eased back into the rotation. After Saturday, the Pacers don't play again until Wednesday, and there's a chance his workload is increased for that game. Stay tuned.
Jan 30 - 1:57 PM

Updating a previous report, Nicolas Batum (wrist) is officially being listed as probable for Friday's game against the Hawks.

Batum said earlier that he plans to play, and all signs are pointing towards him giving it a go. Owners can plan on having Batum available, but should note the difficult matchup against the Hawks.
Jan 30 - 1:43 PM

Marco Belinelli (groin) went through roughly 80 percent of Friday's practice, and he is being listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Clippers.

Belinelli will likely be eased back into the rotation after spending the past 10 games on the sidelines, so there's not much reason to go and grab him in standard leagues. However, when Belinelli is at 100 percent, he'll likely take away some minutes from Patty Mills and Cory Joseph.
Jan 30 - 1:36 PM

Andrew Bogut (illness) will play on Friday vs. the Jazz, as expected.

Bogut was a full participant during Thursday's practice, as well as Friday morning's shootaround, so go ahead and get him active. He will likely slide back into the starting lineup, which would send Marreese Speights to the bench. His return puts a dent in the value of both Speights and David Lee.
Jan 30 - 1:32 PM

DeMarcus Cousins has been announced as Kobe Bryant's replacement for the All-Star game.

Someone was going to get snubbed in the West, and while Cousins is certainly deserving of his All-Star distinction, Damian Lillard is likely livid. Cousins probably feels a bit relieved to make the squad, but he still likely feels a bit disrespected only making it on the account of Bryant being injured. Both Cousins and Lillard figure to be quality plug-and-play options in daily leagues.
Jan 30 - 1:24 PM

Head coach Dave Joerger said Mike Conley's status for Saturday's game vs. OKC is still unknown at this point.

Conley has missed the past two games with a wrist injury, and the Grizzlies continue to be sparse with providing updates on his status. We should get another update on Conley after Saturday morning's shootaround, and if he's again unavailable, it will be Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes splitting minutes at point guard. Stay tuned.
Jan 30 - 1:13 PM

Anthony Davis (groin) said that he is unsure if he will suit up for Friday's game against the Clippers.

Davis added that will try and do everything in his power to get on the floor tonight, and it's looking like he's destined for the dreaded game-time decision. We'll continue to monitor his status closely, but if he's forced to sit, Ryan Anderson, Alexis Ajinca, and Omer Asik will all likely see extended minutes for the Pelicans.
Jan 30 - 12:34 PM

LeBron James (wrist) was a limited participant during shootaround, and he remains doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Kings.

James has been taking more time off than usual this season, and that has to be frustrating to owners who burned a No. 1 or 2 overall selection on him on draft day. If James sits, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love will be the primary beneficiaries, with J.R. Smith also seeing some increased opportunities on offense.
Jan 30 - 11:19 AM




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