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Al Jefferson didn't like getting picked on in defensive pick-and-roll situations last season and is vowing to improve his defense this year.

"There’s a reason (teams pick on his defense) – I’d pick on me too," Jefferson said. "So I want to take the challenge to get better at that so it’s not an option they always go to. And they do go to it, so I’m culpable." We'll believe it when we see it, but if Jefferson improves his D, he could end up with more blocks and steals this year. Even with his lax defense, he's still a top fantasy center option.
Oct 2 - 12:26 AM

Marc Gasol looks great in training camp, and play-by-play man Pete Pranica tweets that he is already in All-Star form.

Pranica may be biased, but he's also watched Gasol in person early in camp. Gasol missed 23 games last season, but he's been durable throughout his career. And given how he looks this early in the game, his draft stock should be on the rise.
Oct 1 - 11:45 PM

Brook Lopez says he's going to play his game and not worry about his problematic foot this season.

"I’m going to go about (playing) as normal," Lopez said. "I feel good. We’ve done everything we could to prevent any further incident, knock on wood, but I’m going to go out and play basketball the way I know how to play." Lopez will be a risk-reward draft pick in fantasy, and owners will have to pray he stays healthy if they draft him as their starting center.
Oct 1 - 11:02 PM

LeBron James is excited about Kevin Love's ability to throw the long outlet pass.

"There's no one in the league that does that like him. No one," James said Wednesday. "He has the ability to get a rebound and look up the court with his outlet passes. The two-hand chest pass from 94 feet, there's no one like him." Dwyane Wade threw some nice passes to LeBron over the last few years and it appears that the Love-to-James combo should be even better. The Cavs looked fantastic in Wednesday's scrimmage and Cleveland fans have plenty to look forward to this season.
Oct 1 - 10:58 PM

Shabazz Muhammad lost weight and added muscle and body tone in the offseason, and says he feels great.

"I remember compared to last year just running up and down the floor feels great," Muhammad said. "I’ve got my wind and that’s definitely something I really needed to improve." Muhammad could get some nice run with the Wolves this year, but there's no reason to plan on drafting him just yet.
Oct 1 - 10:55 PM

Anthony Bennett has looked good in training camp and says he feels better, thanks to an improved physique.

"It’s definitely been a lot easier for me to run up and down," Bennett said. "I played 20 minutes straight [at Dunks After Dark] and I didn’t really have a problem with it." Bennett is a deep sleeper with the Wolves this season and should look much better than he did last year. Although he wouldn't exactly have to crush it to make that happen.
Oct 1 - 10:53 PM

Paul Millsap signed just a two-year deal with the Hawks, meaning he appears to be heading for free agency after this season.

"We want to keep him," coach Mike Budenholzer said. "He is someone who is really important to us. He fits us very well. We’ve communicated that with him on a regular basis." With free agency pending, Millsap should be in for a big season, although it will be interesting to see him and Al Horford on the court together this year.
Oct 1 - 10:44 PM

Wes Johnson, who played power forward at times last season, will be used primarily at small forward this year, and he's happy about it.

"I’m back on the wing again," he said on Wednesday. "I get to guard the threes (small forwards), mix it up with the twos (shooting guards). Of his days at power forward last season, he says it was not a good fit. "It was crazy," he said. "I was guarding Blake and banging with Z-Bo (Randolph). That ain’t me. Get me on the wing. I’m very glad to be back." Johnson has the potential to be a decent fantasy player as long as he's starting for the Lakers, making him a decent player to target late in drafts.
Oct 1 - 10:40 PM

LeBron James' bad back didn't hinder him from looking good in Wednesday's scrimmage.

"I think overall he’s fine," coach David Blatt said after the scrimmage. "He’s got a little bit of back soreness and we’ll monitor that carefully and we won’t overlook it." LeBron's back problems are a minor concern entering fantasy drafts, while the Cavs terrible fantasy playoff schedule is also a concern. These are both factors in why LeBron is going No. 3 in most drafts we've been a part of early this season, behind Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis.
Oct 1 - 10:23 PM

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 night 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

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