Though he has yet to confirm his retirement, Steve Nash is under no delusions when it comes to the fact that his NBA career is at its end. The Los Angeles Lakers point guard joined the The Bro Jake Show on TSN Radio 1040 Vancouver on Tuesday morning and pulled no punches when it came to the state of his game. “Unfortunately the NBA game is just a touch too far for me,” said the 41-year-old native of Victoria, BC. “I play one game and I’m out a month. I have a bunch of back things going on that compromise that nerve.”
October 12, 2015 | 9:57 pm EDT Update
Derrick Rose may be cleared to begin activity within a week, and be able to practice shortly thereafter, Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said Monday. The Bulls haven’t ruled Rose out for the opening game of the regular season against Cleveland Oct. 27. He had surgery Sept. 30 on a fractured left orbital bone suffered in practice a day earlier. “Derrick, hopefully in another week, will be able to start getting active again, and then hopefully start practicing shortly thereafter,” Hoiberg said. Rose was at the United Center for the Bulls’ preseason game against the New Orleans Pelicans Monday night, but likely wouldn’t be on the bench, Hoiberg said. “He’s still getting a little bit of blurred vision, so I feel it’s best for him to watch the game in the back,” Hoiberg said. “But I know he’s excited to be here and be with the guys in the locker room.”
October 12, 2015 | 7:27 pm EDT Update
Alex Kennedy: Former NBA player Josh Selby has signed a contract to play in the AmeriLeague, according to sources. http://t.co/KamCJjjXdk
Serena Winters: Byron on D’Angelo: “It was the same w/ Magic, when he came down the court, you made sure your hands were ready & you were looking because even if Magic wasn’t looking at you, he could fire a pass to you. D’Angelo has a lot of that type of instinct in him”
KC Johnson: Rose didn’t have formal session w/ reporters but said he’s feeling better and fitted for mask tomorrow as he walked through locker room. Rose’s eye is still swollen.
October 12, 2015 | 5:19 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Rockets claimed Iranian forward Arsalan Kazemi off waivers, league source tells Yahoo Sports. He had been on Atlanta roster.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets claim Arsalan Kazemi from Rice off waivers, person with knowledge of deal said. Kazemi is a 6-7 forward from Iran. Had been with Philadelphia before going to camp with the Hawks.
Scoop Jackson: Did you think that winning a championship would shut up a lot of the people who had critical evaluations of your game when you came into college last year? Jahlil Okafor: That wasn’t my thought, that if I won a championship I wouldn’t get any criticism. I just think that playing in a championship game and playing in every game in March Madnessb that’s just more time for critics to watch you and more time for them to nitpick at what you don’t do well or what they feel you don’t do well. During the whole season, they said our team didn’t play defense, that our team was one of the worst defensive teams in Duke’s history, but somehow we still won the national championship, so I’m going to let the experts do their thing. Look, I’m definitely not the caliber player that LeBron is, but I find it funny how people can criticize him and the way he plays the game. So it’s pretty easy to criticize me if they are still able to criticize LeBron.
Scoop Jackson: Good point. Did you see that you came in 90th on ESPN’s NBA rankings? Jahlil Okafor: I have not seen the yet. Scoop Jackson: That’s three places above Kobe. How does that sit with you? Especially since you haven’t played a single game yet? Jahlil Okafor: Jeez. [Laughs] … Uh … [Silence] … I don’t want that pressure on me. I’ll let you all do that [rankings], I have nothing to say about that. I would not rank myself higher than Kobe. I have a lot of work to get to that point. I’ll be the first to say it, regardless of how they came to that conclusion: Kobe Bryant? No, we are not in the same category right now.
October 12, 2015 | 4:17 pm EDT Update
Gery Woelfel: You knew this was inevitable: A source tells me a Western Conference team has had internal talks about possibly signing Larry Sanders.
Alex Kennedy: Myck Kabongo is the latest player to join the semi-pro AmeriLeague, according to a league announcement.