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Carmelo Anthony said he does not expect to win a championship in the 2014-15 season.

"That’s something that takes time and everything has to be in sync, from management to players. We have much work to do, but something that drives me. I know we can start creating the foundation of what we do. It’s the start of a good process," Anthony said. "Next year we will have enough money to spend within the salary cap. But this year it is important to take the necessary steps towards those who will in the next year." It's no secret the Knicks do not have a very good roster due to all the money they have invested in Andrea Bargnani and Amare Stoudemire, but they could turn things around in 2015-16 in a a potent free agent class.
Aug 9 - 9:23 AM

Kyrie Irving was named MVP of the FIBA World Cup after leading Team USA to the gold medal with a 129-92 victory vs. Serbia.

Irving was on fire throughout the championship game, scoring 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting including a perfect 6-of-6 from beyond the arc. James Harden added 23 points in the victory and eight different U.S. players scored in the double-digits. The All-World Cup Team featured Irving, teammate Kenneth Faried, Pau Gasol, Nicolas Batum and Serbian SG Milos Teodosic.
Sep 14 - 5:02 PM

Derrick Favors is expected to start at center for new head coach Quin Snyder, according to Jazz writer Tony Jones.

Enes Kanter played almost all of his minutes as a C under former coach Ty Corbin last year, but we should see a new-look Jazz frontcourt with Snyder at the helm. Favors has focused this summer on losing weight, expanding his shooting range and improving his back-to-the basket post moves. He's expected to spend more time in pick-and-rolls this year, which is good news since he was one of the most efficient roll-men off screens last season.
Sep 14 - 3:53 PM

Derrick Rose said he would give his FIBA World Cup performance an "A" grade.

He must not have had many difficult classes in his day. Rose is sitting at 27.3 percent from the field and is 1-of-17 from beyond the arc, which gives him an effective field goal percentage of 28.2 in eight FIBA games. As a reference point, Michael Carter-Williams finished last among qualifiers with a 43.1 effective field goal percentage last season. Despite what he says, Rose really needs a strong game in the final to help his confidence.
Sep 14 - 9:19 AM

Updating a previous item, Rudy Gay's jaw is not fractured from Thursday game vs. Lithuania.

He said that he had a fracture in his jaw in a report earlier today, but a team official said that it wasn't the case. Gay does have a broken tooth and it's not expected to keep him out long. He could suit up for Sunday's final vs. Serbia.
Source: USA Today
Sep 13 - 9:04 PM

Carmelo Anthony said on Saturday that future NBA free agents will be hesitant to sign with the Hawks based on statements from general manager Danny Ferry.

"[There] ain't nobody [who] would want to go there," Anthony said. "At the end of the day, Atlanta, I think it puts Atlanta back even further now, from that standpoint." Ferry had some interesting comments on Melo, saying he would "absolutely" be worth $20 million per season if he was used the right way. Ferry is on an indefinite leave of absence and his future with the Hawks isn't looking great.
Source: ESPN NY
Sep 13 - 3:54 PM

Jonas Valanciunas finished his FIBA World Cup on a high note in a loss to France on Saturday, scoring 25 points with nine rebounds and no turnovers on 8-of-12 from the field and 9-of-10 from the line.

The Lithuanian team didn’t play him big minutes in the early going, but the 22-year-old center was just too good to keep on the bench in this tournament. Valanciunas has been outstanding down the stretch in each of his last two seasons, but some slow starts have kept his draft value a bit low. There’s a chance he puts it all together in his third year and is well worthy of a mid-round pick.
Sep 13 - 2:24 PM

Nicolas Batum was outstanding in France's 95-93 victory over Lithuania on Saturday, making 8-of-12 from the field for 27 points with three rebounds, one assist, three steals and two 3-pointers.

Considering the French team didn't have Tony Parker, they have to be pleased with a bronze medal. Batum was fantastic the entire tournament, averaging 14.6 points 3.1 boards, 1.3 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.7 triples on 48.9 percent from the field. He was extremely efficient after the break last season with a sterling 57.4 effective field goal percentage with the Blazers, which helped him climb to second-round value in fantasy leagues last year. He'll be looking at a similar role and is a bit of an unheralded fantasy stud.
Sep 13 - 2:23 PM

Tyreke Evans (knee) said he's not all the way back from his arthroscopic knee surgery.

"I'm just taking it one day at a time, working on the strength in my knee and just coming in and getting up shots," Evans said. He's expected to be close to 100 percent in the coming weeks from his surgery back in May. It's still unclear if he's going to be come off the bench or start, but his fantasy value shouldn't be affected too much regardless of coach Monty Williams' decision.
Sep 13 - 10:27 AM

Shaun Livingston (right toe surgery) said he felt "great" after his cast was removed on Thursday and that he hopes to be ready for the season opener.

Livingston was on a minimum 6-8 week timetable based on an August 15 report and this fits snugly into that outlook. Leandro Barbosa was brought on as insurance along with July acquisition Brandon Rush, so the Warriors have mobilized to play it safe, and along with this good news we haven't heard anything specific that would cause us to rule out his chances of playing on Opening Night.
Sep 12 - 8:43 PM

Derrick Rose said he's not worried about his jump shot at the FIBA World Cup.

He gets bonus points for his unwavering confidence, but Rose has somehow shot just 1-of-17 from downtown in the tournament, and looked horrible against Lithuania on Thursday, making just 1-of-8 from the field. He's only had one good game in FIBA and will look to make it two in the final on Sunday.
Sep 12 - 9:52 AM

Jrue Holiday (leg) participated in a contact practice on Thursday.

It's the first time he's taken on contact since being diagnosed with a stress fracture to his right tibia back in January. Holiday was taking part in workouts last month, but taking contact already bodes well for him being 100 percent at training camp. He was fantastic before his injury in his first year with the Pelicans, so he could be a nice value in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts.
Source: NOLA.com
Sep 11 - 7:20 PM




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