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Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash both started with the first unit in Wednesday's scrimmage, and looked great according to coach Byron Scott.

"I love what I saw with Kobe and Steve," said Scott after the practice. "Steve impressed me and Kobe impressed me." This is good news for both players, but we trust Kobe a lot more than Nash this season. Wes Johnson, Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill filled out the first unit starters for the Lakers today.
Oct 1 - 10:14 PM

Cavs coach David Blatt said Wednesday nigh that he's not sure if Anderson Varejao or Tristan Thompson will start at center for the Cavs this season.

This appears to be shaping up as a true training camp battle, and bringing Varejao off the bench could help to keep him healthy this season. That's always a tough thing to accomplish, but keep an eye on this battle throughout training camp and the preseason. Obviously, if Thompson wins the starting center job, his value would see a spike, while Varejao's would take a hit.
Oct 1 - 10:06 PM

Kenneth Faried, who played very well for Team USA this summer, will get Thursday off for the Nuggets.

Faried has earned as many days off as he needs and there's really nothing to see here. He's healthy and appears to be primed for a full breakout season. Don't sleep on him.
Oct 1 - 10:03 PM

Danilo Gallinari, coming off two knee surgeries (meniscus, ACL) is expected to participate in some contact drills on Thursday.

This is a little bit surprising, as initial reports after his surgery put him back in December, and not October. Than again, he is likely a ways off from playing in an actual game. Wilson Chandler will pick up his slack while Gallo is getting healthy, and it will be interesting to see if he can stay that way once he takes the court.
Oct 1 - 9:46 PM

Nate Robinson, who is coming off left knee ACL surgery, is expected to participate in some contact drills on Wednesday.

This will be a big test for Robinson, but regardless of how well tomorrow goes, it's hard to see him doing much in real games before Christmas.
Oct 1 - 9:40 PM

Shawne Williams started at power forward for the Heat's first unit in Wednesday's scrimmage.

Chris Andersen (undisclosed) and Josh McRoberts (toe) were both held out tonight, clearing the way for Williams to start. It doesn't mean much, but the Heat clearly won't hesitate to use Williams at either forward spot this season.
Oct 1 - 8:56 PM

Chris Andersen didn't play in Wednesday's scrimmage.

We still don't know exactly why he was held out, but we're guessing it's a minor injury or illness. With Josh McRoberts (toe) also out, Shawne Williams got the start at PF with the first unit.
Oct 1 - 8:44 PM

Pops Mensah-Bonsu has left Nuggets training camp for personal reasons, and will not return.

His NBA career appears to be about over, but we're hoping his personal matter is nothing too serious. There was little chance that Mensah-Bonsu was going to make the opening-night roster in Denver.
Oct 1 - 8:37 PM

Coach Quin Snyder said Gordon Hayward needs to be efficient and aggressive this season.

Hayward added there were less lanes and opposing teams doubled him more. He ranked 51st in the NBA for drives per game and was sub-par making just 40.1 percent of those attempts. The Jazz will also look to get more transition buckets, which should give him get easier looks. He could improve on last season and is worth a look in the fourth or fifth round.
Oct 1 - 8:37 PM

Kings coach Mike Malone said on Wednesday that he will be playing the role of famed referee Joey Crawford in practice, calling technical fouls and ejecting players in hopes of breaking bad habits.

Malone's thinking is that if players complain and do dumb things in practice, it will carry over to real games. And if, for instance, DeMarcus Cousins is ejected from practice for arguing, picking up seven technical fouls in five minutes, or anything else, he will go do conditioning drills, and not be sent to the locker room. This sounds like a really good idea, but it will be interesting to see how long Malone sticks with the plan.
Oct 1 - 8:14 PM

Taj Gibson, who added 15 pounds of muscle to his frame over the summer, says he's disappointed at not winning last season's Sixth Man of the Year Award (won by Jamal Crawford).

"It was great to be amongst the names of guys like J.R. Smith, Jamal Crawford, Lamar Odom," Gibson said. "I was kind of disappointed I didn't win it, but that's more fuel for my fire to push forward." Gibson should still see solid fourth-quarter minutes this season, but we'd like his chances for fantasy success a lot more if he wasn't playing behind Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah.
Oct 1 - 8:09 PM

Will Bynum will be limited for a couple days in training camp with a hamstring injury.

It doesn't sound serious and he should be fully healthy by the start of the preseason, assuming he doesn't have a setback.
Oct 1 - 8:02 PM

Tristan Thompson started with the first unit at center over Anderson Varejao in Wednesday's scrimmage.

Coach David Blatt said after the game that he's really not sure who will be his opening-night starter. Starting Thompson over Varejao might work wonders in terms of keeping Varejao healthy this season, and owners will want to keep a close eye on this battle throughout training camp and the preseason. We still think Varejao will be the opening-night starter, but this position battle is worth keeping an eye on.
Oct 1 - 7:30 PM

The Pelicans will monitor Jrue Holiday's workload at practice this month.

"We are trying to be smart with his comeback," Williams said. "After about two weeks of this, it's time to ramp it up and get going." Holiday is still not at 100 percent, but expects to be ready to go when the season starts. He's a risky pick after his season-ending leg fracture last season.
Oct 1 - 7:25 PM

Coach Doc Rivers said he's talked about playing Spencer Hawes, DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin together in limited situations.

It would be a very strange move and it's still doubtful to happen unless the wings get in foul trouble. Hawes will be a backup and is unlikely to have fantasy value in standard leagues.
Oct 1 - 6:27 PM


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