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On Friday, following the game between the Lakers and Sacramento Kings, GM Mitch Kupchak appeared on an episode of “Connected With…” on TWCSportsNet. Kupchak talked about all things Lakers along with touching on what he believes Kobe will accomplish this season: “I think he can make the All-Star team…I think he’ll have the ability to score when he wants to score. I think he’ll be a great leader. His voice will be heard….He won’t be like he was fifteen years ago… that wirey, springy, try to dunk the ball every time…but you won’t notice it.” Lakers Nation

 

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.

   
October 25, 2014 | 10:54 AM ET Update
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The deadline for the Cavaliers and Thompson to agree to a rookie-scale extension is Oct. 31. That's less than a week away and sources close to the situation says, "There has been zero discussion on an extension" between the two sides. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Chances are he'll never play another NBA minute. There's a chance he won't even exit the grand stage as a Laker because, as club sources indicate, management plans to at least explore its options to turn Nash's $9.7 million expiring contract into something useful between now and the February trade deadline. ESPN.com

Kupchak said the Lakers have reached out to the league about applying for a disabled player exception. If it is granted, it would be worth roughly $4.85 million. "This just came about, and he remains on our roster," Kupchak said. "We made a couple of preliminary phone calls, looking into the mechanics of the disabled player exception, so we'll look into that further next week and probably get that process going." ESPN.com

Though Bryant viewed Dwight Howard's free-agent departure in 2013 as "a positive," according to a person close to him, the Lakers barely got this past summer's prime free agents, James and Anthony, to give the franchise a passing thought. Why is that? CBSSports.com

That's why it's no surprise that Love's admission about his new role following the preseason finale spread throughout the NBA, and found its way into the Cavaliers' locker room. "I think we are all going to go through an adjustment and less touches than we would like. Anytime one of us says something it will get blown out of proportion and I think that got blown out of proportion," James said following practice on Friday. "I read the clips of what he stressed. The first thing you see is Kevin Love wants more touches and is unhappy, but I've had zero reaction." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Love averaged 14 points per game during the preseason while shooting 48 percent from the field and 43 percent from three-point range. But much of that production came early. Love shot just 28 percent from the field in the final three exhibition contests, including 2-of-10 against Chicago, a game used as the dress rehearsal. "Kevin is fine. That is what the preseason is all about," Blatt said. "The last thing I worry about with Kevin is his shooting. He's done a very good job defensively in the preseason, which was a concern people had about him. He's a great player and I'm not concerned whether the ball has been going in consistently or not for him. It will." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Bryant, for example, wanted to incorporate Olympic lifts into his comeback routine, movements that he hadn't done consistently for about 10 years. DiFrancesco objected, saying that for a long-levered, aging athlete like Bryant, the technical, explosive movements like the clean-and-jerk and snatch didn't fit his criteria for a simple, low-risk, high-reward program. Bryant wouldn't budge. He told DiFrancesco to write a report explaining his reasoning and deliver it to him the next day. DiFrancesco did; Olympic lifts were out. Bryant won't reveal, and won't let anyone else reveal, his body composition results or what combination of exercises he did. The way he did them was much more telling, anyway. CBSSports.com

Through all the platitudes, a complicated figure finds himself hemmed in by his own reality. There, in a quiet corner of the practice court, I asked him, "How do you know that your body won't let you down again?" "I don't," he said. "How do you deal with that?" "I accept it," he said. "It could happen at any moment, right?" CBSSports.com

As a teammate, I'd put him in an exclusive club of two when it comes to on-court leadership over these past two decades. Nash and Tim Duncan are the two finest star players I've ever seen when it comes to the rare art of positive reinforcement, making everyone around them feel good about themselves and galvanizing a group. On his own several years back, well aware of the critics who argued so loudly that Shaquille O'Neal should have won the MVP award that went to the little Canadian in 2005, Nash volunteered that the honor, in his case, was really a Best Teammate trophy -- in a nod to the dramatic impact he had on the 2004-05 Suns -- more than a Best Player trophy. ESPN.com

Just outside the trainer's office, I stood in the doorway for a good half-hour, horrified but unable to look away as Suns lifer Aaron Nelson pushed and pulled and twisted and stretched Nash's limbs in a manner that your squeamish correspondent will never forget. Just picturing the pressure Nelson was applying so close to Nash's crotch, trying to loosen up all the connected circuitry that made him go back then at 38, still makes me wince as I type about it more than two years later. Nash, of course, would eventually rise up off Nelson's training table and laugh at me for being such a baby. The daily toll it took just to get on the floor in his later years, just to be able to handle the rigors of your average Friday in the NBA, never bothered "Two Time." ESPN.com

Sadly, though, Nash has essentially never recovered from that collision with Portland's Damian Lillard in his second game as a Laker, which left him vulnerable to the heartless whims of nerve root irritation and its habit of zapping him in the back without warning. Yet close associates of the now 40-year-old insist that he's in pretty good spirits given the gravity and suddenness of Thursday's announcement from the Lakers that Nash's 2014-15 season is over before it started. It has unofficially forced Nash to retire, whether he's really ready to or not. ESPN.com

If Nash does want to continue playing, it’s possible, Rice said that after a year off the nerve damage would heal enough to allow him to do so. He pointed to Alex Rodriguez as someone who was out for a year and might come back with a healed hip and a better game than before he was suspended. “Here’s a guy who’s very competitive and he doesn’t want to go out this way … I wouldn’t put it past him,” he said of Nash. “But again if you try to measure him against what he was when he was young he’s not going to be as fast but he is going to be as smart and is that enough?” For The Win

Childress, who still pockets a cool $7 million a season, has apologised for the Friday night brain snap which saw him ejected for striking Perth Wildcats forward Jesse Wagstaff. The ex-NBA player will most likely be charged by the NBL tomorrow ahead of a Tuesday night tribunal appearance, with the incident attracting international attention due to Childress’s global profile. “I want to apologise for my reaction, I definitely think I reacted poorly,” Childress told The Sunday Telegraph. The Courier-Mail

Childress took aim at the NBL and the Wildcats physical brand of play on Twitter after the match before later removing the comment from social media. On Friday night, the US import posted: “@NBL it was very clear who runs the league and the officials tonight. Maybe the best officiated game I’ve ever been a part of.” Childress said a number of NBL players had privately applauded his stance. “While I think the referee situation wasn’t exactly impartial and unbiased, I probably shouldn’t have tweeted what I did,” he said. “It’s an interesting situation because on one hand I’m getting vilified by thousands of people for supposedly being a thug and a dirty player. The Courier-Mail

Tayshaun Prince, the NBA small forward who currently plays for the "Memphis Grizzlies", has reportedly purchased a home in North Palm Beach, Fla., for $3.1 million. Prince snagged the home for a discount as property records show that it was listed for $3.28 million. The home came up on market in mid September and closed deal by the end of that month marking a pretty quick sale. Realty Today

 

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN SPURS HISTORY

The big stars from the Gregg Popovich years crowd the top of the list.

   

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