Blake Griffin back soon

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Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin is expected to return to the team on Sunday or Tuesday, multiple sources told ESPN.com. Griffin went through a full workout in Los Angeles without any limitations Friday during the Clippers’ 129-99 loss to the Mavericks in Dallas. The plan is for him to return Sunday against the Houston Rockets, but there is a chance the Clippers will want to see him go through a practice and a shootaround with the team first, pushing his return to Tuesday against the Hornets.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo: For as long as I can, I’ll always be in the national team. As long as I’m healthy and as much as I have a say in it, I want to play for Greece. I know that, one day a lot might depend on me for the team to achieve its goals and I already feel that responsibility. I think about the fact that, in ten years from now, there’s a chance that some of my brothers might also be playing in the national team and that seems amazing to me! To be able to say, ‘I’m going off to play for my country,’ and to know that you’ll be playing with members of your family. All of us playing for our country! That’s a big dream.”
via EuroHoops.net
Giannis Antetokounmpo: (Anthony Davis) was trying to post me and I was using all of my strength, I didn’t let him. He turns around, shoots off balance and scores. As we were running side-by-side, he says to me: You can’t guard me young fella! As we were running together towards the Bucks’ offense, I process it and think about it. Dude, what are you talking about? You’re only a year older than me! In the next possession he was defending me and I scored that shot where I faked and I let the ball in with the left hand.
via EuroHoops.net
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It started with a trip to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Jeff Teague just wanted to visit hospitalized children to spread a little cheer last summer. He and the hospital got a whole lot more. The Hawks guard felt compelled to donate $20 for each assist he had the previous season, a sum of $11,260. He felt he could do more. Teague and the hospital set up a program where he would match the figure again this year and challenge others to do the same. Those who matched his $20 per assist total would be All-Star sponsors. Others could give $2 per assist for $1,126 as Teammate sponsors. The money benefits the Hughes Spalding Hospital, according to a hospital spokesperson.
via Atlanta Journal-Constitution
There are plans to continue the program next year – and for years to come. Teague finished last season with 620 assists in the regular season and playoffs combined. He finished 10th in the NBA in regular-season assists with 513 and added 107 more in the postseason. His donation will be $12,400 dollars. He will ask others to match or give $1,260 at $2 per assist. “I just wanted to give back,” Teague said. “I didn’t think it would grow into something like this. It’s a beautiful thing. At first it was just something I wanted to do from my heart. I just wanted to give back. Now, it’s grown into something beautiful and large.”
via Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 1, 2015 | 10:50 am EDT Update
The Trail Blazers have informed Allen Crabbe his contract will be guaranteed for the 2015-16 season, CSNNW.com has learned. The team had until Saturday to decide on Crabbe’s contract status. The 23-year-old is expected to make more than $900,000 next season. “It’s always good to know that your [contract] is going to be guaranteed so it just makes you focus on continuing to work hard for the rest of the summer and get prepared for training camp,” Crabbe told CSNNW.com on Friday. “I’ve got a clear mind just knowing that I’m going to be on the roster next year.”
via CSNNW.com
August 1, 2015 | 7:32 am EDT Update

Dwight Howard in for Team USA minicamp

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Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard is the latest marquee name to commit to attend the upcoming USA Basketball minicamp, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that Howard, who had to withdraw from the 2012 Olympic team to undergo back surgery, has told USA Basketball officials he plans to attend the Aug. 11-13 gathering in Las Vegas to make known his availability for selection to the 2016 Olympic squad.
via ESPN.com
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In a phone conversation with News10, Lieberman talked at length about her new role in Sacramento and making an impression with the players, as well as Divac. “My job is not to be a woman in the NBA, my job is to be an assistant coach,” Lierberman told News10. “I have such a deep respect for coach Karl and Vlade, and I knew there was some discussion, but for it to actually come to fruition, I mean I was thrilled.” “It’s one of the greatest days I’ve had in my basketball career.”
via news10.net
The backboard, hoop, net and stand that was the recipient of Michael Jordan’s last shot with the Chicago Bulls sold for $41,825 by Heritage Auctions at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago on Thursday night. The collectible is from the Delta Center, where the Utah Jazz hosted the Bulls for Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals. With 5.6 seconds to go, Jordan hit a go-ahead jumper from the top of the key, giving the Bulls a one-point victory and their sixth title in eight years.
via ESPN.com
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