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November 14, 2012 | 08:40 PM ET Update

Jefferson is making $15 million in the final year of his deal in Utah. “I want to be in the NBA,” Jefferson said. “When both teams want me, that’s when I need to start worrying. Right now, I just want to be in the NBA, I want to be with the Utah Jazz to be honest with you. I’d love to stay in Utah. They do things the right way, kind of remind me of Boston, first class. They do everything the right way. They have to do what’s best for their team and I have to do what’s best for my family. Right now, it’s all about winning and getting back to the playoffs. “I’ll cross that bridge when I get there. You really don’t want to think too far ahead. You have to take care of business day-by-day. If I do my part, everything will work out.” WEEI.com

November 14, 2012 | 07:09 PM ET Update

Royce White Tweeted a cell phone picture of an email sent to him by a doctor. The Tweet has since been deleted, but this is another example of Royce contributing to this Twitter disaster he’s started. CBS Local

The Nets anchored Lopez in the frontcourt and put All-Star guards Deron Williams and Joe Johnson on the perimeter – a nucleus the Nets believe can lead the team to the playoffs for the first time since 2006-07. "Obviously, I'm very happy with the situation," said Lopez, who no longer has to wonder if this is the day he is traded. "This is where I wanted to be. For me, it worked out the best way possible." USA Today

Late in the third quarter, reserve Jan Vesely drew a foul from Bobcats reserve Tyrus Thomas but Jordan Crawford tried to pull a fast one and stepped to the foul line instead. Crawford knocked down the first free throw, until the referees realized the mistake and sent Vesely to the line. “Nothing against Jan. I was just trying to get as many points as we can because we was struggling to score,” said Crawford, who joked with the coaches on the Bobcats’ bench. “I was just saying, ‘I thought I got bumped on the play,’ making a little joke.” Washington Post

Heck, the Knicks have employees whose job is to eavesdrop on conversations between reporters and players. We’re talking established veterans who are 37, 38 and 40 years old being treated like children. And it’s not like Jason Kidd is revealing what really happened in Benghazi or giving away Dolan’s WiFi password. It’s a rather silly exercise, especially in a locker room with engaging and been-there, done-that players. Is it meant as a form of intimidation? Sure. Mostly, it’s a way of letting everyone know that Big (dufus) Brother is always watching. New York Daily News

Ivan Carter, the Post sportswriter turned TV host, is leaving Comcast SportsNet, according to a statement from the network. “Comcast SportsNet has decided to make changes to the on-air team for SportsTalk Live, its daily talk show,” the statement read. “Ivan Carter will no longer appear on the program; his contract is expiring and he is leaving the network. Brian Mitchell will continue to co-host and will be joined by guests until a permanent replacement is named.” Washington Post

What that means, in practice, is that Bryant can focus on the issues that matter to him at any particular time instead of devoting all his power to one cause. So, for his latest charitable endeavor, Kobe went down to Los Angeles's Skid Row — site of one of the largest groups of homeless Americans — to meet with a segment of the population that rarely gets any attention from media or politicians. Yahoo! Sports

He was joined by a camera crew from TakePart TV, a YouTube channel that produces web series with a sociological bent. The resulting five-part miniseries, "Mission: Kobe Bryant," hit the internet earlier this week. You can watch the trailer above and learn more after the jump. From the press release: Mission follows Bryant as he documents an honest and unfiltered account of challenges facing residents of Skid Row, the downtown Los Angeles area with the largest concentration of homeless people in the United States. Through Bryant's personal and candid conversations with residents of The Los Angeles Mission, a nonprofit organization that cares for homeless people in the area, Mission highlights key social issues affecting millions of homeless Americans and how organizations are helping people regain their lives. Yahoo! Sports

This year, the magazine chose the sexiest man from each 50 states. The spread was called the "United States of Sexy," probably after an intense newsroom debate over other names like "U.S(exy).A", "Stars, Stripes and Sexy" or "Any Excuse to Show Channing Tatum shirtless." It included stars like Jon Hamm (Missouri), Patrick Dempsey (Maine) and Ne-Yo (Nevada). Brady got the nod from Michigan, Ohno won from Washington, Mario Chalmers was the representative from Alaska and, in the biggest upset of all, Tim Tebow was not named Florida's sexiest man. We'll have to wait for ESPN to release its own list, I guess. USA Today

November 14, 2012 | 04:22 PM ET Update

Rockets TV analyst Matt Bullard said Tuesday night that Royce White's comments about his decision to leave the team for now "shows that he does have, you know, a mental illness, because a lot of the things he's saying don't really match up with the reality as I see it as I'm around the Rockets every day." Royce White: @bull50 Matt, How dare you say my comments are a representation of my #MentalIlness... if you don't know don't say. http://buzztap.com/-Qy82lF Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins' suspension will be appealed by the NBA players union, according to a Wednesday release from the NBPA, which called the two-game punishment "excessive and unwarranted." Cousins was suspended for a confrontation with San Antonio Spurs TV commentator Sean Elliot after a game Friday in San Antonio. On Tuesday, the NBA denied a request for reconsideration that would have permitted Cousins to against Portland. "We recognize the Commissioner's desire to discourage confrontations between players and members of the media," NBPA's Billy Hunter said in a statement. "But he needs to exercise more subtlety and discretion in ascertaining and examining the specific facts and circumstances before handing down such heavy-handed discipline." USA Today

Cuban said he was unaware of the news that Kaman will start. Cuban supported the decision, pointing out the Mavericks’ recent poor starts. They fell behind Charlotte 17-4 and trailed Minnesota after one period, 25-17. “I think it will get us off to a better start, and I think it will get (Kaman) into the rhythm of the game more,” Cuban said. “I think all of our guys, including Chris, are trying to do too much, particularly on the offensive end. We’ve seen that. Everybody comes in and immediately wants to score, immediately wants to have an impact on the game.” Dallas Morning News

Carroll was obtained from the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday in exchange for forward Hakim Warrick, who had seen only a few minutes of action with the Hornets in the first five games of the season. "We can always use guys who can shoot," Williams said of Carroll, a career 38 percent 3-point shooter, "but I didn't feel good about having Hakim sitting like that. We don't feel like that's right when a guy does what he's supposed to do every day and not get a chance to play. "In a sense, we've made this trade in our detriment, losing a guy like Hakim who can play, but we also felt like it was owed to him to have an opportunity to play, especially in his final (contract) year." New Orleans Times-Picayune

Under NBA rules, Carroll, in his 10th season, has several days to report to the Hornets and take a physical. "Matt is a guy who's been around, but he hasn't played a lot in the last couple of years," Williams said. "We don't know. We'll figure it out as we go along. But we certainly wanted to help Hakim get in a situation where he could play more." New Orleans Times-Picayune

So Carroll had quite the unique and overwhelmingly valuable existence in Dallas for a player who scored 71 points over 262 minutes in 46 games in a season-and-a-half. Yet every time the name Matt Carroll comes up, it makes Mavs owner Mark Cuban bust out with a smile. “I do,” Cuban wrote in an email. “Because Matt is such a good guy. He makes the NBA better on the court and off.” NBA.com

Football isn’t basketball and college kids aren’t paid professionals, but the message resonates with Lawrence Frank as the Pistons are mired in a 0-8 start heading into tonight’s game at Philadelphia. “It’s always easier to be harder when you’re winning,” Frank said after the morning shootaround at the Wells Fargo Center. “The reality is you learn from losing, you really do. When you win, guys naturally feel good about themselves but there’s also a complacency element. That’s when, as a coach, you’re on them harder.” NBA.com

But it’s a balancing act, too. “When you lose, they have to know why you’re losing. At the same time, confidence is an important part of this game. So there’s a delicate balance between being real and also making sure that guys are confident enough to get the job done. Where you get confidence is through demonstrated behavior. Once you’re doing it and you’re doing it right, you get confident about it. You can’t tell a guy who can’t shoot at all, ‘You’re a great shooter, man, keep on shooting.’ He’s still going to miss as many shots because he can’t shoot, so you’ve got to be real.” NBA.com

The fifth year center, who spent the previous two seasons in Dallas, acknowledged he knew his time with the Mavericks had come to an end before free agency began. Although Mahinmi was moving on, he remains happy his former club received value in return in the deal based on how the organization treated him with respect over the past two years. “I was going to come to Indiana regardless,” Mahinmi said to HOOPSWORLD on his free agency plans. “So I’m just happy we were able to make [the trade] work that way. I think it worked good for both teams and I’m thankful for everything Dallas did for me the last two years. I’m happy we worked a good deal for both sides.” As part of the deal, Mahinmi signed a four-year $16 million contract with the Pacers. HoopsWorld

The acknowledgement of respect for his service was something Battier says he will cherish forever when looking back at his career. “It was special,” Battier said to HOOPSWORLD on the recognition. “Very special and something I will remember the rest of my life. When you’re in a place for five years you hope to leave a positive mark. You hope that people remember you fondly. Very few people get video tributes so it was a touching moment. I’m trying to focus on the game and I‘m laughing and getting emotional over this video, but it was very special for me.” HoopsWorld

Crawford, 32, said he is having more fun this season than he has had playing basketball since he was in high school, and it shows. “I’m just comfortable,” Crawford said. “I’ve never felt this comfortable. Knowing I worked at my game and knowing my teammates and coaches have confidence in me, we feel like we can do anything, honestly. I feel like out there, there’s nothing that can’t be done when you have that confidence from your teammates and your coaching staff. It makes you go enjoy it and that’s what I’m trying to do.” ESPN.com

Rasheed is averaging "just" five points and three rebounds this season in his return to the NBA, but he's making that noise happen in only 10 minutes a contest. That is some solid per-minute production. Of course, Sheed is shooting more often per-minute than any rotation player on the Knicks outside of Carmelo Anthony (he's even shooting more frequently, per-minute, than J.R. Smith), managing a whopping 10.9 three-pointers attempted for every 36 minutes of play in spite of making just 18.8 percent of his looks from long range, while nailing just 40 percent of his shots overall. THIS IS NOT THE POINT. The point is that 38-year old Rasheed Wallace calls Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo "AFLAC" after he misses free throws. And that, with at least some of his traits, we're glad Rasheed Wallace will never change. Yahoo! Sports

A doctor’s check-up that Hedo Turkoglu hoped would lead him one step closer to returning for the Orlando Magic turned sour on Wednesday and the veteran small forward could be out of action another month. When doctors determined that one of the screws in Turkoglu’s surgically repaired left hand had loosened, his hand, fingers and arm were put back into a cast and his timetable for returning for the Magic was adjusted. Turkoglu broke the fifth metacarpal in his left hand in the season-opener on Nov. 2 and a day later he had surgery to implant a metal plate and several screws to help the broken bone heal. The hope was that Turkoglu would be able to return after a four-week period or the equivalent of 14 games for the Magic. NBA.com

Chad Ford: I've spoken with a number of NBA GMs and scouts about this. Every single person I spoke with believes he'd be a Top 3 pick. He could still be No. 1. Nerlens Noel is so raw and I think some GMs aren't convinced that Cody Zeller has the upside to be the No. 1 pick. So I wonder if he's not just better off hiring a personal trainer and shrugging off the NCAA. Wish more players would do it frankly. I think the NCAA is out of control ... ESPN.com

Chad Ford: Phil Jackson was asking for the moon -- huge salary, ownership stake, personnel control, etc and Jim Buss didn't want to cede control of the franchise. But perhaps equally important, Phil was seen as a short term solution and the Lakers want to think long-term as well. As for D'Antoni? He's a great coach, gets along well with the players on the roster and is a better long-term fit. Phil would've been awesome and maybe even given the Lakers a better shot to win the next year or two. But long-term? I think D'Antoni was the right choice. ESPN.com

Speaking Tuesday at Beyond Sport United, a gathering of global team, league and industry executives at Yankee Stadium that focuses on social responsibility. Stern said NBA expansion to Europe is probably at least a decade away and that it likely would make sense to add several clubs there at once. "I think for us the thing that would make the most sense would be a division in Europe at the time that it comes," he said. "I don't see that for another decade at least. Not one team." MSNBC.com

I know that some of you, because you have been glued to League Pass, are behind on watching episodes of “Go On,” the NBC sitcom with Mathew Perry where he’s a sports talk radio host (Tuesdays at 9 ET, 8 CT). That means on Tuesday night you missed a Chris Bosh cameo. NBCSports.com

"I would say that China, which is the largest segment outside the U.S., is doing very well. I would say we'll see that to some degree as well in Turkey, in Africa, in Brazil," Stern said. "The components are broadcast, digital, merchandise, marketing partnerships and events, which can be games and the 3-on-3 tournaments and clinics, any variety of events that draw people." MSNBC.com

November 14, 2012 | 02:04 PM ET Update

The Houston Rockets want rookie forward Royce White to go the NBA Development League to help him improve his game. However, according to NBA sources, the club's priority right now is for their rookie from Iowa State to get healthy. FOX 26 Sports

"It wasn't like I worried they were going to cut me," Lin said. "But it just seemed too good to be true. Like, the coach actually cared about what plays I enjoy running, or that the coach would text me on a day off to see how I was feeling. That type of stuff was too good to be true." Lin was asked, "You had that with Mike D'Antoni, didn't you?" "But it was so short," Lin responded. And when Mike Woodson took over? "It changed," Lin said. "Different style, different coach." Yahoo! Sports

"Now, I'm at the point where if I meet somebody, I look at their reaction: If it's over the top, that's a huge red flag. … I won't let any of my friends become a fan. To me, you're either a friend or you're a fan. That doesn't mean my friends can't support me, because they all do, but they can't treat me differently than they would treat someone else. None of my friends are in awe of me." Yahoo! Sports

Turns out, that seven to 10 days of rest for Andrew Bogut and his left ankle was a little optimistic. Warriors coach Mark Jackson announced on Tuesday that Bogut would not play in the team’s upcoming three-game road trip, which begins Friday in Minnesota. “No, he won’t make the trip,” Jackson said after putting the team through a 90-minute practice. “We’re going to stick true to the rehab and try to get him as strong as possible and when he’s ready to play, he’ll play. But he won’t be on the trip.” CSNBayArea.com

Former Chicago Bulls guard and forward Thabo Sefolosha, who now plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder, has listed his three-bedroom town home in Northbrook for $499,000. Swiss-born Sefolosha, 28, played for the Bulls from 2006 until the team traded him to Oklahoma City in 2009. Like several of his Bulls teammates -- including Andres Nocioni and Luol Deng -- Sefolosha opted to live in the gated Royal Ridge town home development in Northbrook, paying $630,000 in late 2006 for his 2,511-square-foot unit. Chicago Tribune

November 14, 2012 | 12:48 PM ET Update

The gulf between the Rockets and rookie Royce White has continued to escalate. With White blaming the Rockets for failing to consistently support his treatment for anxiety issues, White is being fined every day he remains away from the team or fails to attend sessions with a therapist the Rockets have arranged for him, a person with knowledge of the situation said. White and Rockets general manager Daryl Morey have declined interview requests. Houston Chronicle

Royce White: I tweet 2 promote #Honesty and point out #Misinformation... It's important 2 see what ppl think about issues, their ur neighbors. #ItMatters Twitter @Highway_30

Royce White: http://blog.chron.com/ultimaterockets/2012/11/lack-of-playing-time-one-of-issues-in-royce-white-conflict-with-rockets/ … Funny how there is SO much ppl seen to know, but the head honcho won't speak. Low Validity, I think is a understatement Twitter @Highway_30

Bryant believes in D'Antoni. He'll play for him and push for him and continue to chase down that sixth title -- his first, it would turn out now, without Jackson. D'Antoni, he said, has "some of the same characteristics as Phil in terms of not micromanaging a team." But as Popovich said, "Phil's Phil." Exactly. And nobody else is. "If you talk to Michael and you talk to myself, we'll sing his praises to the heavens," Bryant said. "Michael didn't want to play for any other coach. That's just how it is." CBSSports.com

A cheerleader and stunt team member is in stable condition after falling on her head during a performance at an Orlando Magic game. In a statement released by the Magic on Wednesday, the family of 31-year-old Jamie Woode says she suffered three vertebrae fractures and a broken rib. But there were no signs of neurological damage and she's expected to make a full recovery. Oklahoman

November 14, 2012 | 11:02 AM ET Update

However, according to White his absence from the Rockets has nothing to do with the decision to send him to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. He issued a statement Tuesday night through his California-based publicist, China Myers, explaining his position. "In hindsight, perhaps it was not a good idea to be open and honest about my anxiety disorder - due to the current situations at hand that involve the nature of actions from the Houston Rockets," White said. "As a rookie, I want to settle into a team and make progress; but since preseason the Rockets have been inconsistent with their agreement to proactively create a healthy and successful relationship. "At this point, the Rockets are aware of my position and the reason for my absence. Any other response is inaccurate. This is important to me. it is a health issue. I must advocate for my rights. it is a player-commodity league. The failure to meet my requests for support will end with me being unhealthy and that is not a consequence that I am willing to accept to play any sport." FOX 26 Sports

Royce White: “@DreamShakeSBN: Transparency is fine for a high school student. Maybe a college player. Not a professional.” SMH! Twitter @Highway_30

Biedrins said he's adopted the thinking he can't get his offensive groove back unless he puts up the shots in the game. He was 0-for-2 in the double- overtime loss to Denver. But he had another breakthrough: making a pair of free throws for the first time since Jan. 26, 2011 vs. New Orleans. He said the support of fans -- the encouragement he receives when he steps to the line, or the cheers he gets when his hustle leads to an extra possession -- are significant drops in his confidence bucket. "It's really nice. It just means they care about me," he said. "I heard some boos, but that's all right. That's normal. Obviously, I didn't have a great season before and they're kind of a (upset). That's OK. But it feels great that your home crowd is really behind you. They saw I was playing well and they give me more and more energy. It was an awesome feeling." San Jose Mercury-News

Asked Kobe if he enjoyed playing point guard tonight, despite the loss. He said he was really the point guard/initiator in the triangle so it wasn't really anything different to him. Bryant had eight assists with 2 turnovers in the loss to the Spurs. Kobe said he can initaite and score - but he looks forward to Steve Nash's return so he can go to the finisher role, where he's at his best. Sulia

There are many ways to trash talk your opponent on the basketball court. The method chosen by Rasheed Wallace here is definitely one of my favorites. Sure, you can be mean, funny, vulgar, profane, or a combination of all of those. But in the NBA, where egos are often as big as guys’ salaries, simple and subtle non-recognition could dig the deepest of all. Arron Afflalo steps to the line for two free throws. After missing the first, Wallace can clearly be heard excitedly shouting, “Yeah, Aflac!” Not Afflalo. Aflac. NBCSports.com

With an alley-oop from Will Bynum at Tuesday's practice, Pistons swingman Corey Maggette effectively cleared the final hurdle in his calf injury. "It's better," he said." His explosiveness was there, he said, and he's optimistic he'll make his debut tonight against the 76ers. "I think so," he said. "I think the biggest thing is just conditioning. It's going to take awhile just getting back into game condition, but at the end of the day, it's up to Arnie (Kander)." Detroit Free Press

Jackson wasn't complimentary toward the Lakers. Sources close to Jackson indicated his agent, Todd Musberger, planned to take a red-eye flight Monday morning to Los Angeles to talk further about the coaching job. "We concluded with a handshake and an understanding that I would have until Monday to come back to them with my decision," Jackson said in a statement. "I did convey to them that I did have the confidence that I could do the job." Los Angeles Daily News

Whether there's actual ill-will behind the verbal sparring, one can only guess, but there is definitely a mutual respect. "We never really knew each other that well at all. We waved to each other before the game, that's all," Popovich said, when asked if his relationship with Jackson extended off the court. "But Phil's Phil. He's the all-time best. What else can you say? He's somebody that commanded a lot of attention and deservedly so." ESPN.com

Kobe Bryant didn't envision Mike D'Antoni becoming the Lakers' next coach. Neither did his teammates. "I think we were all kind of thinking it was going to be Phil" Jackson, Bryant said Tuesday. "It probably caught Mike off guard a little bit too. But I'm excited." Jackson coached Bryant for 11 seasons on the Lakers, the two of them winning five championships together. "Phil and I have gone back since I was 20 years old and everything he's taught me and so forth," said Bryant, normally not the nostalgic type. "There's a little bit of that. At the same time, I'm very excited about Coach D. I know Phil will be enjoying his retirement and looking to get back in the game, although probably not in a coaching standpoint, probably a managerial role at some point." Los Angeles Times

"To be honest, I said D'Antoni was my first choice because I didn't even know Phil was going to be an option," Bryant said. "And then Jimmy's the one that brought up Phil's name. I didn't even know that was a consideration. They said, 'Well it is, and I want to know how you feel about it.' I said 'I love it' and that was it. They knew my two guys that I liked. If one didn't work out obviously with Phil, they knew that they had my approval to pull the trigger on the other one." Los Angeles Times

"He's an offensive genius," Bryant said. "The offense that he installed for our U.S. team is the offense that we've run to the tune of two gold medals. We all know the type of talent that we have on that team so it was important for us to have an offense that was flexible, that was open, that kept everybody involved." Los Angeles Times

Given where he has been for the last four years, D’Antoni will happily take the pressure, the unfair comparisons and the ghost of Jackson. “If your expectations are way up there and you don’t have the team, then you’re doomed,” D’Antoni said by telephone. “The expectations are where they are because this team is built to win a championship.” He added: “I like my chances. I like the guys we have.” New York Times

I asked D'Antoni yesterday about crowd reaction when #Lakers invade Garden Dec. 13th. "I don't worry about it,'' he said. "Two great teams. It will be fun and interesting to say the least. The fans should be happy because (my resignation) worked out great for them.’’ D'Antoni said his Sunday debut is "not set in stone,'' pending how he reacts to today's flight and where team is with preparation. D'Antoni had knee- replacement surgery Nov. 1st and will do his physical therapy at the Lakers facility under the guidance of L.A.'s medical staff. They are the one who will clear him to sit on bench. Sulia

First there was "Here We Stay." That was followed by "Here We Build," "Here We Sit" and even "Here We Burkle." Now, Kings fans are spreading the word about "Here We Purple." It's a movement to have Kings fans throughout the city wear purple on Thursday, the day an NBA delegation arrives in Sacramento to test the region's viability as a pro basketball market. Like the other campaigns, this one is being spread through social media such as Twitter. The hashtag #HereWePurple had been mentioned in more than 100 tweets by 9:30 this morning. Sacramento Bee

Former Rockets center Yao Ming these days will spend more time at the games of his Shanghai Sharks than at Toyota Center, but his uniform number will likely make its way to the arena rafters. Rockets owner Leslie Alexander, speaking after Tuesday’s unveiling of the All-Star ballot, said he expects to retire Yao’s No. 11. “Sometime probably, yes,” Alexander said. Houston Chronicle

Kirilenko called playing in Utah "a blessing" and said it was "never going to be forgotten." This is the same Kirilenko who offered to walk away from millions of guaranteed dollars the Jazz owed him if they didn't feel he was meeting expectations. I can't recall an American player ever making such an offer. Deseret News

Robertson is going through SCP Auctions, the same company that sold the Cousy and Erving trophies. SCP president David Kohler predicts Robertson’s award should fetch about the same as Erving’s in the online auction that will run Wednesday through Dec. 1. “A lot of (sports stars) are selling a lot of items,’’ Robertson said by phone from his Cincinnati home when asked why he’s parting with the only NBA MVP he won in his legendary career, which spanned from 1960-74. “I don’t feel that I need to keep it, to be honest. I haven’t seen it for 40 years. It was sitting in the attic.’’ FOXSports Florida

“I know what I did in basketball,’’ Robertson said. “I don’t need that to remind me. If there’s an opportunity for somebody out there to get more enjoyment from it, that’s fine.’’ FOXSports Florida

Jamie Woode, a member of the Orlando Magic's stunt team, fell from the arms of a male teammate during a routine in Tuesday night's game against the New York Knicks. The game was stopped for about 10 minutes between the first and second quarter as Woode was wheeled off the court on a stretcher. As she left the court, she waved her arms to the crowd. Philadelphia Inquirer

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