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Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said that Derrick Rose (knee surgery) looked explosive at Team USA's training camp.

Rose has already received rave reviews from Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski and Bulls' head coach Tom Thibodeau joined the mix on Monday. "The same [speed and explosiveness[. The strength in his leg is great. His explosion is back. That’s all there," said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, who is serving as a USA assistant to Krzyzewski. Rose still has a long way to go in proving he's healthy, but he'll be a steal in fantasy drafts this fall if his knee holds up all season.
Source: Bulls.com
Jul 29 - 11:50 AM

Serge Ibaka (calf) is still not 100 percent after rupturing his left calf during the 2013-14 NBA playoffs.

While Ibaka is planning on playing for Spain in September's World Cup of Basketball, he disclosed that his ruptured calf isn't fully healed. "I'm not 100 percent back yet, but I'm getting better," Ibaka said. "I'm trying to get back in shape and it's going to take time." The Thunder would likely prohibit Ibaka from playing in the World Cup if he isn't fully healed by September, which could serve as good news for fantasy owners who want the big man healthy for the start of the 2014-15 NBA season.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 29 - 11:18 AM

Kevin Durant said his commitment to Team USA stems from wanting to play as much basketball as he can.

Even though the reigning NBA MVP is only 25 years old, he is making sure he maximizes his hoops window. "My basketball life is short in the grand scheme of things. I want to play as much as I can." Durant will enter the 2014-15 season as the consensus No. 1 overall fantasy pick and will use this summer's World Cup of Basketball as a springboard to hit the ground running for the start of the NBA season.
Jul 29 - 10:45 AM

DeMarcus Cousins has positioned himself to make the cut for Team USA's World Cup of Basketball roster.

Cousins has dedicated himself to making Team USA's roster during this month's training camp and has been getting rave reviews from Team USA officials. "We love the fact he’s committed. He’s trying like crazy," Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "That level of commitment is not just to be admired, it needs to be talked about." If Cousins can translate this dedication to the 2014-15 NBA season, he could position himself as a Top 15 fantasy player.
Jul 29 - 10:17 AM

Kyrie Irving is prepping for the World Cup of Basketball in Las Vegas, but he's already planning the 2014-15 season with new teammate LeBron James.

Irving is taking part in Team USA's training camp in Vegas, but is already talking to LeBron James about the 2014-15 season. "At first you were speechless because you couldn’t believe it," Irving said. "I’ve been watching LeBron for a while now and it’s nice to be going to run along side of him and be his point guard." Irving averaged 20.8 points, 6.1 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.7 three-pointers a game last season and should see his fantasy value increase with King James as his running mate.
Jul 29 - 9:22 AM

The NBA Players Association voted to make litigator Michele Roberts their next Executive Director late Monday night.

32 of 34 player reps and Executive Committee members voted Roberts in with a two-thirds vote being the mark to hit. She is the first woman to lead a major pro sports union and she enters the position with some controversy internally, as there were plenty reports of discord within the ranks as Roberts and two other candidates presented to the membership prior to the vote. The current Executive Committee for the players has proven to be borderline dysfunctional and we've seen flashes of that even with Billy Hunter out of the picture. In the sake of fair play we hope Roberts can keep the players from being run out of the gym again during a potential lockout in 2017.
Jul 29 - 12:58 AM

Blake Griffin withdrew from Team USA camp to rest a small fracture in his back, which is not believed to be serious.

We're not going to tell you not to get worried about a fracture in anybody's back, but owners should exercise a bit of discretion before assigning any long-term concern to this. The injury reportedly isn't serious and it occurred during the playoffs, which may explain some of the (relative) lack of explosion he showed against the Thunder. ESPN's Ramona Shelburne adds that Griffin should make a "full recovery."
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 28 - 10:55 PM

Byron Scott has signed with the Lakers to be their new head coach according to the L.A. Times.

It sounded like there were some small sticking points over the weekend but this marriage has been all-but finalized for a while now. It's going to be interesting to see how he plans to handle the fledgling Lakers, and in particular question mark Kobe Bryant.
Jul 28 - 10:30 PM

Mike Malone confirmed that Darren Collison will start at point guard on Opening Night.

This isn't surprising but it's the first we've seen that Collison is indeed the man. Ray McCallum is going to push Collison right from the jump but there are a lot of people in the front office that want Collison to look good and he'll likely start off at 30 mpg. From there, if McCallum can unseat Collison it won't take very much to allow a changing of the guard. In any event, Collison profiles as a late round pick at best right now.
Source: KHTK 1140
Jul 28 - 8:54 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker was arrested for a "super extreme" DUI in May according to the Arizona Republic.

The details of the alleged incident aren't pretty and a suspension is probably coming down the pipe once the court case has worked itself out.
Jul 28 - 8:34 PM

Heat owner Micky Arison posted a message to the Miami fan base on the Heat's website Monday stating, "We are not done, not even close."

Arison goes on to list the achievements of the Miami franchise, citing their championships, free agent signings, and Pat Riley. While the Heat did lose LeBron James, and probably their hopes of immediate championship success, Pat Riley has proven he's more than capable of assembling championship caliber squads.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 28 - 7:25 PM

The Spurs sent Manu Ginobili a letter informing him that he will not be granted permission to play in the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

The Spurs cited his recent stress fracture, and the necessary recovery time as their reasons for denying him permission to play. It's not exactly shocking that the Spurs organization is not too keen on letting their 37-year-old star risk further injury from unnecessary international play, as they're set to again chase a title for the 2014-15 season. Argentina will now be without Manu, and Carlos Delfino, and with this news Argentina’s gold medal aspirations are looking pretty grim.
Jul 28 - 7:06 PM

Doug McDermott stated on Monday that the minor foot injury that sidelined him for the final Summer League game is now fine.

He also scrimmaged against Team USA on Monday, so it's obvious that this will not be an issue moving forward. That being said, unless there's a major shakeup to the Chicago roster, McDermott isn't likely to earn enough minutes in coach Tom Thibodeau's tight rotations to warrant consideration in standard leagues.
Jul 28 - 6:54 PM

Derrick Rose spoke with media following Monday's Team USA practice, and he is not lacking in confidence.

"I really think that I’m a special player in my mind," said Rose. "I still have youth. I’m only 25, man." When Rose was asked how close he is to being his old-self, he responded, "I’m there, man. I’m not worried about that. My confidence is very high." The hype-train on Rose is going to start early this year as the basketball world anticipates the return of the former MVP. He'll come with a lot of risk, and at a steep price on draft day, but if he can remain healthy, he'll be a very fun and exciting player to own.
Jul 28 - 6:43 PM

Dion Waiters stated again in a recent interview that he wants to be a starter for the Cavaliers.

"I want to start and I believe I should," said Waiters. With all the trade rumors flying around Cleveland it's not even clear that Waiters will be in a Cavs uniform next year, but it appears that he is not happy in a reserve role. Through 24 games as a starter with the Cavs last season, Waiters averaged 18.3 points, 3.5 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.5 three-pointers, so he could be a solid late-round pick.
Jul 28 - 6:28 PM



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