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October 5, 2015 | 9:30 am EDT Update
Karl, who angered his sixth-year veteran late last season by suggesting every player was tradeable, apologized during a Divac-facilitated meeting during the offseason that seems to have repaired the breach. “What I said, I should not have said,” Karl reiterated Friday. “But we all make mistakes. I make mistakes with game-planning, make mistakes coaching. DeMarcus makes mistakes. I think he was a little surprised (laugh) to hear me say that I make mistakes and that I’m going to ‘bleep up’ again.”
via Sacramento Bee
October 5, 2015 | 8:06 am EDT Update

George Karl apologized to DeMarcus Cousins

During media day, Karl opened up to CSN’s Kayte Christensen and addressed the situation directly. For the first time in public, Karl gave a mea culpa that went largely unnoticed. “To be honest with you, I apologized to DeMarcus for making the trade comment that I’ve never coached a player that’s untradeable,” Karl told Christensen. “That was wrong for me to say, because you all (the media) took it and blew it up into crazy.”
via CSNBayArea.com
Cedi Osman: In my mind, in the summer of 2017, I’m going to make the big step and go to the United States to play in the NBA. Until then, a big goal that I’d like to accomplish is to win the Euroleague! It’s a dream for which we have all the prerequisites and credentials to make it come true. At 22 and after some full seasons in the Euroleague and the TBL, I’d like to go to the NBA and begin my effort there. I’m happy that my rights are owned by the Cleveland Cavaliers and I hope that when I go there, I’ll meet LeBron James! I have a lot to learn from him!
via EuroHoops.net
After his first game since late January, when he tore the rotator cuff in his right shoulder, ending his 2014-15 season after 35 games, Bryant said he felt “pretty good” and that it was “good to get out there.” He added that his legs feel strong and that he didn’t feel any fatigue. “It’s just getting the timing,” said Bryant, whose past three seasons have all been cut short by injury. “Getting timing. Getting acclimated to that again.”
via ESPN.com
Nick Young shot 4-of-10 from the field, but it’s been no secret since the middle of last season that Scott is looking for a lot more than offense from the self-monikered Swaggy P. The coach said Young seems to have taken seriously his demands that he focus on defense, and not letting bad shooting nights affect his mentality. “I think he’s made strides in those departments that we talked about on both ends of the floor,” Scott said. “I’m going to harp on him all season long to continue to get better at it.”
via Orange County Register
Anthony Morrow said it on Thursday. Russell Westbrook backed him on Friday. The Billy Donovan offense is opening up scoring opportunities for every Thunder player, not just the shooters. “Definitely. Definitely more space,” Westbrook said. “Guys are in positions where they can score the basketball. The space is especially good for myself and it’s also good for guys that shoot the basketball really well, roll to the basket, whatever it is, can use their strengths really well.”
via Oklahoman
New York Liberty president Isiah Thomas continues to deny wrongdoing in a 2007 sexual harassment case stemming from his time as New York Knicks coach, telling ESPN that it “just didn’t happen.” In 2007, when Thomas was coaching the New York Knicks, Madison Square Garden executive Anucha Browne Sanders alleged that she was sexually harassed by Thomas. Although Thomas maintained his innocence, a jury found that Madison Square Garden, the owner of the team, improperly fired Browne Sanders for complaining about the unwanted advances. “I will own up to what I did and the mistakes that I made, but I can’t own up to things that I didn’t do,” Thomas told ESPN’s Hannah Storm in an interview that aired on SportsCenter on Sunday. “… I did not call her derogatory names. Just didn’t happen.”
via ESPN.com
The Phoenix Suns do not have many people who can claim working in the organization for about two-thirds of its 46-year history and there are only two players who can claim a 20-point, 12-rebound season for the Suns. Neal Walk’s legacy includes both. Walk passed away Sunday night at age 67. He was at a Phoenix hospital after being in poor health in recent weeks for various medical reasons, 28 years after surviving surgery to remove a tumor on his spinal cord.
via Arizona Republic
October 4, 2015 | 9:09 pm EDT Update
Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told the Boston Globe there is “nothing imminent” regarding contract extension negotiations for Jared Sullinger and Tyler Zeller, but the team will continue to speak to representatives for both players. The Celtics have until an Oct. 31 deadline to reach extensions with Zeller and Sullinger, who are entering the final seasons of their rookie contracts.
via Booth Newspapers
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