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SOCIAL MEDIA PICTURES: PHOTOS PLAYERS POST

Just like everybody else, NBA players are spending more and more time on social media sites and photo-sharing services. Check all the pictures they are posting on Instagram, Twitter and more here.

   
August 28, 2014 | 04:47 PM ET Update

The first game of FIBA World Cup play is Aug. 30. Teams have to submit a final roster 24 hours before the tournament begins. No team will be allowed to add a player once the tournament starts under any circumstances. CSNNW.com

THE TOP 100 PLAYERS OF THE CENTURY

From Jameer Nelson to you know who, HoopsHype ranked the best players so far in the 21st century.

   
August 28, 2014 | 02:30 PM ET Update

On the progress of Michael Carter-Williams following his April shoulder surgery: "Things are coming along. I haven't seen the full report of late and haven't seen the most recent checkup. He can shoot and is working hard. He is not ready for full five-on-five contact." Philadelphia Inquirer

SOCIAL MEDIA VIDEOS: THE BEST OF VINE AND INSTAGRAM

Adding to our social media tools, you can now watch here all the videos NBA players are posting online – including those by Nate Robinson, Iman Shumpert and JR Smith, of course.

   
August 28, 2014 | 12:57 PM ET Update

NBA fans might be in for a treat if San Antonio Spurs’ Matt Bonner has his way. And what is the said treat? How about seeing Bonner play until he is 40 years old. In an interview with Basket USA, Bonner spoke on how much longer he can still play and if his body holds up, he’d like to play until the ripe old age of 40. I plan to play as long as possible. Up to 40 years old, that would be great! I will take year by year and see if the team needs me and if I’m still healthy enough to play. ProjectSpurs.com

Insisting he had zero worries about making the 12-man squad, Cousins brushed off the doubters last Friday night in the bowels of Madison Square Garden, telling assembled reporters: “Y’all will see.” Turns out Cousins had plenty of justification to be so self-assured: Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski told ESPN.com this week that Cousins has cemented himself as the backup to starting center Anthony Davis…. For all the skepticism about his ability to win over Team USA staffers who haven’t forgotten his poor first impression in 2012 — as well as the questions that linger about how he’ll get along with FIBA referees — Cousins is clearly ahead of fellow bigs Mason Plumlee and Andre Drummond. (Ditto for 10th man DeMar DeRozan.) ESPN.com

The Memphis Grizzlies today announced Bob Donewald Jr. as head coach of its NBA Development League team, the Iowa Energy. Per team policy, terms of the deal, which is pending NBA approval, are not disclosed. NBA.com

The latter group, even bigger, includes Jack Sikma, Mario Elie, Terry Porter, T.R. Dunn, Igor Kokoskov, Scott Williams, Bill Peterson, Bernie Bickerstaff, Brian Hill, Bob Ociepka and, hey, Rasheed Wallace. Actually, you could go dozens deep with solid coaching pros who once were in but now are out, the one place few of them want to be. “There’s an old expression in the NBA, ‘Never get off the bus. Stay on the bus!’ ” said Jim Boylan, an NBA assistant for most of his 22 years in the league who survived a coaching change in Cleveland this offseason. “We all realize it too — it’s a privilege for us to be involved in the NBA and to coach athletes at this level.” NBA.com

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN KNICKS HISTORY

Carmelo Anthony already ahead of Phil Jackson, but still far away from the all-time New York greats.

   
August 28, 2014 | 08:11 AM ET Update

Brazil guard Leandro Barbosa has reached an agreement to sign with the Golden State Warriors for the upcoming season, ESPN.com has learned. After Barbosa received initial interest from the Miami Heat, Golden State has secured a commitment from the 31-year-old on a one-year deal at the veteran minimum, according to NBA front-office sources. ESPN.com

After missing out on LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony in July, the Lakers held a free agent workout Tuesday in Los Angeles. The workout included forward Michael Beasley; big men Dexter Pittman, Greg Stiemsma, and Daniel Orton; and guards Bobby Brown, Toney Douglas, Ben Hansbrough and Malcolm Lee, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. USA Today Sports

While Douglas and Brown have already signed contracts to play in China next season, they both still have the ability to sign with the Lakers. Yet Douglas' agent, David Falk, told USA TODAY Sports that the 28-year-old point guard still intends on playing with the Jiangsu Dragons on his one-year deal. USA Today Sports

Sam Hinkie on whether Embiid may play this season: "I don't know at this point. Right now, he's in Philly and visiting with a variety of our medical professionals and going through tests. He'll get a good baseline and then we'll put together a rehab plan. He's still in a boot. He was shooting threes on one leg in our gym [Monday]. I don't know how it will play out. We'll take an approach without knowing where the finish line is. We want to know how we can be sure to put him in a position to have a long NBA career. However long [rehab] takes will be however long it takes. In my experience with this injury, a very reasonable approach that our medical professionals take is to put these hurdles in place for them to rise above and then measure the symptoms and then let's see what happens in the days after. Is there tightness or soreness or swelling? Does the MRI or X-ray show something different? When we set that road map, no one knows [how long it will take]." Philadelphia Inquirer

January 3 was a very scary day for the New Orleans Pelicans and Ryan Anderson. The 25-year-old suffered two herniated discs in his neck at Boston that night and missed the rest of the 2014 season with an injury that could have been career-threatening. But Anderson has been working his way back through rehabilitation and feels "great," as he told sports reporter Rachel Whittaker this week. The Pelicans begin training camp in October and the regular season Oct. 28 at the Smoothie King Center. New Orleans Times-Picayune

The Boomers begin their tournament against Slovenia in Gran Canaria, Spain on Sunday morning and coach Andrej Lemanis is expected to bring Exum off the bench, charging his young star with using his speed and athleticism to make an impact. Sydney Morning Herald

When asked about how money affects roles in the NBA, Hollins referred specifically to loyalty, reminding the radio hosts that players, coaches, and management should stay in their roles. "I think it's up to players to play, coaches to coach, and management to do what they have to do to provide the talent for the coach for the great players that are on their team to help them go further," Hollins said. "I think everybody, our society has moved towards now not a lot of loyalty, run for this, run for that, whether it be money, whether it be for to be with better players." The Brooklyn Game

Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers has listed a Miami condominium formerly owned by the hip-hop artist Drake for sale at $4 million. The residence, which featured prominently in the music video for the DJ Khaled song “I’m on One,” consists of two merged units within the Marquis Residences with vaulted interiors, floor-to-ceiling glass and a marble staircase. Combined, the two-story floor plan contains a chef’s kitchen, a den, a game room, a wet bar, five bedrooms and five baths in 5,475 square feet of living space. Los Angeles Times

Stephon Marbury’s turbulent decade in the N.B.A. was marked by public feuds and lackluster teams, but in recent years he has found a better basketball life in China, where he has led the Beijing Ducks to two national championships. The mutual love affair between Marbury, 37, and his adopted home of Beijing will reach a new milestone this fall when “I Am Stephon Marbury,” a musical about his life in China, opens in the capital with Marbury on stage, playing himself. New York Times

 

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN SUNS HISTORY

The Phoenix Suns might be the best NBA franchise never to win a title. They came close a few times thanks to the two point guards that top this list.

   

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