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NBA Announces Basketball Development Curriculum in Chinese Schools

NBA Announces Basketball Development Curriculum in Chinese SchoolsNational Basketball Association(NEW YORK) -- For years the NBA has been focused on expanding the game's popularity and reach internationally. They have taken another big step in doing so as the league has announced they've agreed on a partnership with ...

Nets Center Brook Lopez Out 10-14 Days with Foot Injury

Nets Center Brook Lopez Out 10-14 Days with Foot Injury

NBA via Brooklyn Nets(NEW YORK) -- Brooklyn Nets fans are holding their breath as center Brook Lopez will miss the next 10-14 days to deal with a "soft tissue" injury in his surgically repaired right foot.

The team will give him some time off to recover, but his status for the start of the season is in question now.

"X-ray and CT scan studies done Thursday in New York reveal no fractures or bone injuries," Nets medical director Dr. Riley Williams II said in a statement. "Brook has been diagnosed with a mild midfoot sprain and is likely to be out for approximately 10-14 days."

Lopez' health will go a long way in determining just how good the Nets can be this season.

When healthy, Lopez is one of the more offensively skilled centers in the NBA. In his six-year career, the 26-year-old Lopez is averaging 18.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.

He's battled injuries in recent years though. He played in just 17 games last season and played in just five games three seasons ago. He's missed 134 games over the last three seasons.

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Durant has Successful Foot Surgery

Durant has Successful Foot Surgery

Oklahoma City Thunder/NBA(NEW YORK) -- Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant had successful surgery on his right foot to repair a Jones fracture, the team announced Thursday.Durant will be re-evaluated in six weeks; he's expected to miss six to eight weeks."Successful surgery, thanks for all the prayers and concerns! Headed back to okc. Move em," Durant tweeted Thursday.The team became aware of Durant's problem after practice Saturday when the reigning league MVP said his foot was "aching." The Thunder then announced Sunday that Durant had endured the Jones fracture, which is a broken bone at the base of the small toe, and that surgery would probably be necessary.The surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Anderson at the OrthoCarolina Foot and Ankle Clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina.The 26-year-old Durant averaged 32 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game last season.

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Pistons’ Jodie Meeks Out 8 Weeks

Pistons’ Jodie Meeks Out 8 Weeks

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(AUBURN HILLS, Mich.) -- Detroit Pistons guard Jodie Meeks will be out eight weeks due to a stress fraction in his lower back, the team announced on Tuesday.

The injury was discovered following a CAT scan conducted on Monday by team medical personnel, the Pistons said.

Detroit gave Meeks a three-year deal worth $19.5 million this offseason and he will be re-evaluated on a regular basis as the season progresses.

Meeks has a career averages of 9.7 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 24.3 minutes in 355 games with 194 starts.

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Mavericks’ Rick Carlisle Apologizes for Calling Out Chandler Parsons

Mavericks’ Rick Carlisle Apologizes for Calling Out Chandler Parsons

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- A couple of days after criticizing newly-signed forward Chandler Parsons for his weight and conditioning, Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle has apologized for his comments.

"An increase of 18 to 20 pounds is just too much," Carlisle said Friday night. "We talked about it today. We talk about it a lot. He'll get there, but he looked tired out there and a little heavy-legged, and the extra 7 or 8 pounds aren't helping."

Carlisle realized he was wrong to publicly criticize Parsons, and promptly apologized.

"It was unfair and inappropriate to single out Chandler Parsons after the game Friday night," Carlisle wrote in a statement issued Sunday afternoon. "I have apologized to him and the entire team for this error in judgment. Not only is Chandler Parsons one of our best players, he is also one of our hardest working players and the kind of high-character person we strive to bring to our city and franchise."

Parsons, who signed a three-year deal with the Mavericks this past summer worth $46 million, says he has moved on from the incident.

"It just shows what kind of guy he is," Parsons said of Carlisle's apology. "We're in this together. Everybody makes mistakes, and he came to me as a man. We have a great relationship. It's in the past, and we're going to move forward. It's over with."

Last season with the Houston Rockets, Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game.

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Pistons’ Guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Out with Sprained Knee

Pistons’ Guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Out with Sprained Knee

Jed Jacobson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Detroit Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope suffered a sprain in his left knee during the team's preseason game against the Washington Wizards on Sunday.

After Caldwell-Pope fell underneath Washington's basket, he needed assistance getting back to the locker room.

"We'll re-evaluate it going forward," Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy said. "We'll get him an MRI and we'll go from there [to] see what's going on. ...You go through these things, everybody goes through them."

After averaging 5.9 points per game last season as a rookie, Caldwell-Pope was averaging 16.7 points in the Piston's first three preseason games.

Caldwell-Pope was the eighth overall selection by the Pistons back in 2013 out of Georgia. He was primed to see an expanded role behind Jodie Meeks in the guard rotation.

It is unknown just how long he'll be out of action as the Pistons begin their regular season on Oct. 29.

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Kevin Durant Out 6-8 Weeks with Jones Fracture in Foot

Kevin Durant Out 6-8 Weeks with Jones Fracture in Foot

Oklahoma City Thunder/NBA(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant will be out six to eight weeks with a Jones fracture in his foot, the team announced on Sunday.

Durant noticed the pain in his foot and notified the team after practice on Saturday.

There is no official timetable for the reigning MVP, but general manager Sam Presti said that he will do his best to improve the team while Durant is sidelined.

"In regard to replacing a player like Kevin Durant, you don't replace Kevin Durant. It's not going to be one person. It's going to be a collective mindset," Presti said. "We know we're a better basketball team with Kevin Durant on the floor. But we can have some influence on how good we are in the meantime. We're certainly not going to be looking at the calendar waiting for him to get back. I don't think he'd want us to do that."

Presti said that it's a good thing that Durant let the team know now instead of starting the regular season with the fracture.

"Because it's a stress injury, it happened over time," Presti said. "The fact that Kevin mentioned it when he did is a real fortunate piece of this because if he had continued to play on it, it would continue to get worse. So that it was identified when it was identified, and that the pain, or achiness, was enough to mention it, is a positive."

Durant averaged 32 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 81 games last season and has played the most minutes in the league since 2007.

"Coming in to this season having not played USA Basketball, reflecting on that decision now, I think clearly, probably helped him a great deal, just the amount of stress he was able to avoid at that point in time," Presti said. "I think that brought him back in to camp in a good spot."

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/10/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/10/14Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB ALCS Game 1: Kansas City Royals 8  -Baltimore Orioles 6 - 10 Innings (Royals lead series, 1-0) NCAAF: Stanford Cardinal 27 (4-2) - Washington State Cougars 17 (2-5) NHL: New York Islanders 5 (1-0-0) - Carolina ...

Magic’s Victor Oladipo and Channing Frye Suffer Sprained MCLs

Magic’s Victor Oladipo and Channing Frye Suffer Sprained MCLs

Ingrim Publishing/Thinkstock(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- As the preseason opens in the NBA, the Orlando Magic are already dealing with injuries to two starters as guard Victor Oladipo and forward Channing Frye are both dealing with sprained MCLs.

Oladipo suffered the injury in his right knee after landing awkwardly during a scrimmage on Friday. Frye suffered the same injury in his left knee during a scrimmage.

Magic head coach Jaque Vaughn said, "It's not ideal and we'd love to have all 15 guys ready to rock and roll, participating and learning each other, but that's not where we are. But you know we won't complain and we'll keep this thing rolling."

"It gives an opportunity for other guys to understand how we want to play," he continued.

It is unknown just when either player will be ready to return to the court, or if either will be ready to play when the team opens up the regular season on Oct. 28.

Oladipo was the runner-up in last season's Rookie of the Year voting after he averaged 13.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.

Frye is entering his ninth NBA season and his first with the Magic.

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NBA Announces New TV Deal with ESPN and TNT

NBA Announces New TV Deal with ESPN and TNT

National Basketball Association(NEW YORK) -- The NBA proved on Monday just how popular the sport is and how popular they think it will be going forward as it announced a new TV deal with ESPN and TNT.

The league announced a new nine-year deal worth $9 billion, or $2.5 billion per year, which is more than triple the value of the current deal.

The new deal will go into effect starting the 2016-2017 season.

"The NBA has never been more popular and it continues to grow under Adam's leadership," ESPN president John Skipper said Monday in a statement. "By acquiring significantly more NBA content for both existing and yet-to-be created platforms, we will establish a vibrant, year-round NBA presence for fans. For ESPN, this agreement continues our fruitful, longstanding relationship with the NBA and bolsters what is already the sports industry's most impressive and impactful collection of media rights."

Games will continue to air on ESPN and TNT through the 2024-25 season.

As part of the deal, ESPN will increase its NBA-centered programming with 750 new hours of NBA content on linear and digital platforms.

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ESPN: Nuggets Agree on Five-Year Extension with Kenneth Faried

ESPN: Nuggets Agree on Five-Year Extension with Kenneth Faried

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Fresh off his dominating performance for the United States in the FIBA World Cup, Yahoo! Sports and ESPN reports that the Denver Nuggets and forward Kenneth Faried have agreed on a five-year extension.

The deal is reportedly worth $60 million, and Faried will make no less than $52 million over the duration of the contract.

Entering his fourth season with the Nuggets, Faried has steadily improved since the Nuggets drafted him 22nd overall back in 2011. While he is not the team's star player, Faried is seen a relentless rebounder who plays with high energy and is a true "glue" guy who plays solid defense and is a key part of the Nuggets starting rotation.

In 80 games last season, the 24-year-old Faried averaged 13.7 points and 8.6 rebounds in 27.2 minutes per game.

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Steve Nash Open to Playing Beyond this Season

Steve Nash Open to Playing Beyond this Season

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(NEW YORK) -- Even though Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash has had to battle to stay on the court in recent years, with one year left on his contract he's open to playing beyond the 2014-2015 season.

At 40 years old, Nash is the already the oldest player in the NBA. He appeared in just 15 games for the Lakers last season, and just 50 the season before that.

Nash was expected by many to retire once his current contract expires, but he left the door open for extending his career beyond this season.

“If I have a chance to play, it would have to be here. I’m not going to at this stage move somewhere else for a season and move my kids there,” Nash told the Los Angeles Daily News of the possibility of playing longer.

Nash is a two-time league MVP and is likely headed to the Hall of Fame one day. This past season, Nash averaged 6.8 points and 5.7 assists per game.

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Suns Reward Marcus and Markieff Morris with Contract Extensions

Suns Reward Marcus and Markieff Morris with Contract Extensions

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After expressing a desire to continue their NBA playing careers together, the Phoenix Suns have announced they've reach contract extensions with twins Marcus and Markieff Morris.

The Arizona Republic reports Markieff has agreed on a four-year deal worth $32 million, while Marcus will receive a four-year deal worth $20 million.

"We are particularly pleased to have reached extension agreements with Marcus and Markieff before the start of training camp," Suns' president of basketball operations Lon Babby said in a release. "There is an extraordinary bond between these twin brothers; they make each other better players and better men. We take pride in their growth and look forward to their bright futures."

The Morris twins played together at the University of Kansas, but began their NBA careers on separate teams as Marcus was drafted by the Houston Rockets, but was traded to Phoenix in 2013 where the two were re-united.

Last season, Marcus averaged 9.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per game while Markeiff averaged 13.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.

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Spurs Not Thinking Repeat Yet

Spurs Not Thinking Repeat Yet

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) -- The Spurs are not thinking about repeating as NBA champions this year.  

After beating the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, head coach Gregg Popovich is stressing to his team that this is the start of a new season and nothing else matters.

"Just to be clear, we've never had any goals whatsoever in the sense of winning 'X' number of games or this year is our year to win a championship," Popovich said Friday at the team's media day.

"All we've said is that we want to be the best team we can be at playoff time and that starts with the very first practice and it's a building block sort of thing."

Spurs All-Star Tim Duncan, who is entering his 18th season, understands his head coaches philosophy.

"I'm sure Pop can put together film of what went wrong, that's the way he works," Duncan said. "We still start with watching film even in the wins. We celebrate our wins, too. I have no idea if [Popovich] will start us off down that road or we'll just go from square one and try to put that behind us like we put last year behind us."

Popovich is looking forward to seeing Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard develop even more this year.

"He's made huge strides every year, but I'm probably going to talk to him more about consistency," Popovich said. "He's reached a certain level. If you look at those last three games he played, they were pretty special, but to be in that top echelon of players in our league, it's a huge responsibility to come and do that every night. ... In his case, he's very special because he can bring it on both ends of the court."

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Jeff Taylor Put On Leave By Hornets

Jeff Taylor Put On Leave By Hornets

Jed Jacobson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Charlotte Hornets announced on Friday that they have placed Jeffery Taylor on leave while the NBA investigates his arrest on domestic violence charges. A third-year forward, Taylor will not be allowed to participate in team activities during the investigation.

"We have informed Jeffery Taylor that effective immediately he will not be participating in any team-related activities while the NBA is investigating his conduct in this matter," the team said in a statement. "As an organization, we understand and appreciate the seriousness of this matter, and will assist the NBA and law enforcement in any way we can until this comes to an acceptable resolution."

Taylor was charged with one count of domestic assault, one count of assault and one count of malicious destruction of property on Thursday by East Lansing police, stemming from an incident at the East Lansing Marriott. A prosecutor said the police report will not be released during the investigation.

The 25-year-old is originally from Sweden but resides in North Carolina.

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Suns Agree to 5-Year Deal with Eric Bledsoe

Suns Agree to 5-Year Deal with Eric Bledsoe

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Phoenix Suns have agreed to a five-year, $70 million deal with restricted free-agent guard Eric Bledsoe. The deal comes after an offseason that was filled with rumors of Bledsoe leaving Phoenix. In the end, he gets the largest restricted free-agent contract this offseason. Bledsoe only played in 43 games last season because of a torn meniscus. When he was in the lineup, the Suns were noticeably better, going 28-15 compared to 20-19 without him. The 24-year-old finished the 2013-14 season averaging 17.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 1.6 steals.

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Dallas Mavericks Sign G Doran Lamb

Dallas Mavericks Sign G Doran Lamb

iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- The Dallas Mavericks signed free agent guard Doran Lamb on Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In 53 games with the Orlando Magic last season, Lamb averaged 3.6 points, 0.9 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game. The three-year NBA veteran was originally selected by the Milwaukee Bucks out of Kentucky in the second round of the 2012 NBA draft.

Lamb was a member of Kentucky’s 2012 NCAA championship team. As a sophomore, he averaged 13.7 points in 31.2 minutes of action.

In 100 career regular-season NBA games, Lamb has averaged 3.6 points per game.

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Timberwolves Optimistic They Will Re-Sign Ricky Rubio

Timberwolves Optimistic They Will Re-Sign Ricky Rubio

Thomas Northcut/Digital Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Now that Kevin Love is out the door, the Minnesota Timberwolves are shifting their focus in an effort to keep point guard Ricky Rubio.

General Manager Milt Newton expressed optimism recently that the team would be able to retain Rubio, who becomes a restricted free agent next summer if a new deal isn't reach by Oct. 31.

"We're going to look at the situation the same way we did with Kevin Love," Newton said. "We're going to do the best thing for the organization, and if we can get something done sooner, great. If not, we're not necessarily in a rush."

"Going forward, you want to show good will and trust in a player," Newton continued. "So it can kind of go both ways whether you wait or do something now, but it has to be right for both sides."

If Rubio does indeed become a restricted free agent, the Timberwolves will still have to match any offer he would receive from another club.

Coming into his fourth NBA season, the 23-year-old Rubio was fourth in the NBA last season with 8.6 assists per game.

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Timberwolves Offer Max Deal to Bledsoe

Timberwolves Offer Max Deal to Bledsoe

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Minnesota Timberwolves have reportedly offered a maximum contract to restricted free-agent Eric Bledsoe in hopes of a sign-and-trade deal with the Phoenix Suns, Bledsoe's current team. 

The deal is for a reported four years and $63 million, exceeding the Suns offer of four years and $48 million. Bledsoe has told the Suns, as well as other teams, that he would only consider a max contract but would be willing to sign a qualifying offer worth one year and $3.7 million. By signing that deal, Bledsoe would make himself an unrestricted free agent following the 2014-15 season.

Minnesota had inquired about Bledsoe while shopping all-star forward Kevin Love, but trade talks never reached a serious point. The Timberwolves are hoping to pair Bledsoe with Andrew Wiggins, whom they acquired from Cleveland for Love.

Phoenix has already started making possible arrangements for life after Bledsoe. The Suns signed free-agent Isaiah Thomas and drafted Tyler Ennis in the first-year player draft in June. Bledsoe averaged 17.7 points per game for Phoenix last season.

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Rockets Acquire G Jason Terry from Kings

Rockets Acquire G Jason Terry from Kings

Thomas Northcut/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- The Sacramento Kings dealt guard Jason Terry and draft picks to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday for forward Alonzo Gee and guard Scotty Hopson.

In 35 games with the Brooklyn Nets last season, Terry averaged 4.5 points and 1.6 assists per game. He was dealt to the Kings along with forward Reggie Evans on Feb. 19 for guard Marcus Thornton.  Terry did not appear in a game with Sacramento due to knee issues. The 15-year veteran is second among active players with 1,950 three-pointers.

The Rockets acquired Gee and Hopson in a three-team trade with the Washington Wizards and New Orleans Pelicans during this offseason that also included forward Trevor Ariza.

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