LA Lakers re-sign Metta World Peace for 17th NBA season (Yahoo Sports)
(Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:14:08 PDT)
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- The Los Angeles Lakers have re-signed veteran forward Metta World Peace, who will attempt to win a roster spot for his 17th NBA season.
Knicks not concerned about possible Rose rape trial (Yahoo Sports)
(Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:19:24 PDT)
Derrick Rose apparently isn't worried about a potential rape trial, and neither are the New York Knicks. President of Basketball Operations Phil Jackson said Friday that the Knicks don't expect Rose's season to be affected, but won't say if he might miss any games because of the trial that would begin in California exactly three weeks before the official Oct. 25 opener. ''So Derrick has expressed that he's not concerned about it.
Westbrook on police shootings: "Something has to change" (Yahoo Sports)
(Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:28:53 PDT)
Russell Westbrook is a multi-millionaire basketball player, far removed from the rough community he came from in the Los Angeles area. When the Thunder All-Star learned about the recent police shootings of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa and Keith Scott in Charlotte, his mind went right back to his old neighborhood. ''Me growing up in the inner city and being able to see different things on a night in and day in, day out basis - it hit home for me, just being able to see the different things that's going on globally, and giving people across the world an opportunity to see it,'' Westbrook said at Thunder media day on Friday.
Around NBA, teams already discussing need for social change (Yahoo Sports)
(Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:10:59 PDT)
Whatever the Detroit Pistons decide to do when it comes to protests that call for societal change this season, they'll have the support of coach Stan Van Gundy. As NBA teams began gathering Friday to start training camps - three teams hold their first practices Saturday, while 27 others get going in the coming days - an issue each is addressing is how players and coaches can help create substantive change in cities across the country. The NBA and the players' union urged teams this week to develop ideas in a memo this week.
Griffin apologizes to Clippers fans again for altercation (Yahoo Sports)
(Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:36:27 PDT)
Griffin broke his right hand and Matias Testi's face was severely swollen. Testi no longer works for team, having left in late July with no reason given by the Clippers, who open training camp Tuesday in Irvine. Griffin says not a day goes by that he doesn't think about the incident and says he feels like he let down longtime Clippers fans.
Harden focused on helping Rockets improve after tough season (Yahoo Sports)
(Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:59:25 PDT)
HOUSTON (AP) -- James Harden was second in the NBA with 29 points per game last season and his 7.5 rebounds were a career high.
Pelicans enter camp rife with uncertainty, but also optimism (Yahoo Sports)
(Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:02:00 PDT)
The New Orleans Pelicans are rife with uncertainty as they prepare to open training camp this weekend. It's unclear when several members of Davis' supporting cast will return from various injuries - or in guard Jrue Holiday's case, a serious family matter requiring leave. The Pelicans' top free-agent pickups included Solomon Hill from Indiana, guard E'Twaun Moore from Chicago and point guard Langston Galloway from New York.