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January 26, 2015 | 11:26 AM ET Update

Since Waiters’ first game with the Thunder on Jan. 7, Jackson has averaged just 19.5 minutes. He’s averaging 9.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists over that same span. Oklahoman

Late in the first quarter of Sunday's 108-98 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, a disoriented Kevin Love went to the foul line. The Cavaliers' power forward looked out of sorts as he missed his first free throw. He then got the attention of team trainer Steve Spiro to signal something was wrong. He stayed in the game and knocked down the second free throw. As he trotted back on defense, it seemed as if he was himself again. After the game, Love revealed what he was going through earlier in the contest. "Everything was spinning there for a little bit," Love told Northeast Ohio Media Group. "It just happened. I was a little shocked. It was a scary moment, but I was good after that." Cleveland Plain Dealer

With his sprained left ankle taped up, his swollen right knee wrapped up, and still awaiting a brace for a sprained left wrist, Stoudemire quietly muttered, "Guys, it [stinks] getting old." Stoudemire may be just 32 years old, but it's been a hard-worn career — a run of injuries that never seems to end. With 37 games remaining this season, his five-year, $100 million contract with the Knicks is coming to an end, and his days in New York likely are, too. He couldn't say if he'd be back tonight to face Sacramento, and really couldn't put a date on a return with any certainty. Bergen Record

"With the ankle sprain, I tried to go back out and play through it," he said. "I was struggling the entire time. I was trying, trying. But I couldn't be myself out there. [In the final minutes] I couldn't do much. My ankle was throbbing. I felt like it was getting tighter and stiffer. At that point, I knew I couldn't be beneficial out there. "I'm sure it's going to be a little time for me to get over this ankle sprain and my wrist sprain. But we'll see. I'll bombard it with rehab the next few days, recover, and see how it feels." Bergen Record

But McHale didn't seem so sure the 36-year-old Bryant would be able to rebound from another potential season-ending injury, this time a torn rotator cuff in Bryant's right shoulder suffered last week in a loss at New Orleans. "Eventually, this catches up to you, man," McHale said Sunday before the Rockets beat the Lakers 99-87 at Staples Center. "Kobe's a great player, but I've seen other great players. When your time's up, your time's up, man. It's too bad, but it happens to everybody. "I wish him all the best. I've always admired him. I think he's a hell of a competitor, but everything comes to an end. In my case, my body just said, 'You weren't playing anymore,' and I said, 'OK.' " ESPN.com

The Utah Jazz and the Deseret News’ Newspapers in Education program are once again teaming up on a Classroom Connections publication to provide more than 400,000 local youth and families with valuable information from the Utah Anti-Bullying Coalition. The special section titled “Take a Stand Against Bullying” will be distributed to nearly 300 local schools and will be available online and within the Deseret News print edition on Tuesday, Jan. 27. NBA.com

January 26, 2015 | 07:07 AM ET Update

The Dallas Mavericks are confident they are inching closer to the eventual signing of veteran center Jermaine O'Neal, according to team sources. Sources told ESPN.com that the Mavericks -- who continue to closely monitor the 36-year-old center's progress as O'Neal works out in preparation for a comeback -- hope to sign him by the All-Star break. ESPN.com

Sources say O'Neal has made it clear to interested teams that he doesn't intend to sign anywhere until he is closer to NBA game shape. After taking the first few months of the season to focus on family time and business trips, O'Neal has been working out intensely since the start of 2015 out of his home gym in Southlake, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. ESPN.com

Either way, Scott said he wasn't happy with Young's effort. "It looked to me that he didn't want to be here," Scott said. "At halftime, we showed stuff on the tape where he was guarding [Houston swingman Corey] Brewer in the corner. I asked [Young], 'What were you thinking on his play?' The answer he gave me, I couldn't figure it out. So I just felt with his body language that he didn't want to play tonight, so I chose not to play him." ESPN.com

The Lakers' reserve guard was then a no-show after the Lakers' 99-87 loss to Houston, leaving without speaking to reporters after going scoreless for the first time for the Lakers in eight minutes of playing time -- his fewest as a Laker. ESPN.com

Lin didn't play in the Lakers' 99-85 loss at San Antonio on Friday, missing a game for the first time in his first season. He returned to coach Byron Scott's rotation in Sunday's game against Houston, playing as a reserve in the first quarter. ''I'm going to show up and do my best to play and work hard and stuff, but it definitely hurts,'' Lin said before Sunday's game in his first public comments since being a healthy scratch. ''I'm human. I've got emotions, too. ... It's discouraging sometimes. It's disappointing sometimes. All of those emotions, of course. I don't think anybody would feel great after a DNP, anybody. It doesn't matter who you are.'' NBA.com

Ramona Shelburne: Kobe is the type to exhaust all options before a decision and I'm told that's what he's doing now. So far, everyone has recommended surgery Twitter @ramonashelburne

Stoudemire sprained his ankle and wrist in the game. He finished 0-for-5 with one point in 12 minutes and didn't sound too confident about being able to play Monday night against the Kings. "I'm sure it's going to be a little time for me to get over this ankle sprain and my wrist sprain," Stoudemire said. "But we'll see. I'll bombard it with rehab the next few days, recover and see how it feels." Newsday

As far as I know, the only media member to suggest the hot seat theory in writing was Chris Sheridan of Sheridanhoops.com, a national NBA site. Van Gundy seems to believe Bulls management promoted this idea behind the scenes, but let's let JVG speak for himself. “He has done such a good job here," Van Gundy said during the broadcast. "First two years had the best record in the league. Unfortunately, these last three playoffs have been disrupted by injury. But he came to the Bulls at a time where mediocrity reigned. They had struggled for a long time, they were basically a .500 team. Along with the emergence of some players, he's taken it to elite status. “I think right now, it's almost criminal … what he's having to endure with some of the fringe media – attacking his job status, attacking his personality. This isn't new to Chicago Bulls basketball, all the way back to Phil Jackson. The team has publicly supported their coach while privately, often times, undermining that same person. You saw it with Vinny Del Negro, Scott Skiles. Think about it, they ran out Phil Jackson out after winning all those championships. “I think it's wrong. It's wrong for the town, wrong for the team and it certainly has not been fair to Tom Thibodeau." Arlington Heights Daily Herald

Van Gundy went on to spread his criticism to the Chicago media. “Listen, I read every Chicago story and there is no doubt that the Bulls organization has the media, with a few exceptions, in their hip pocket," he said. "And for whatever reason, they have taken their sights on Thibodeau when all he's done is deliver greatness here in his five years." Arlington Heights Daily Herald

Asked if he feels he has management's support, Thibodeau said: "I'm fine. I don't get wrapped up in that stuff. That's (Van Gundy's) opinion. He's paid to give opinions. He has to do his job. I try to do my job. I'm just trying to work here. ... My job is to coach the team. That's what I worry about. (Van Gundy) doesn't speak for me. I don't speak for him." Chicago Tribune

Look, Thibodeau is a workaholic when it comes to preparation and effort and he expects his players to do the same -- wait, no, he believes in that as the surest way to success. Every player in uniform is at his disposal, which might make some linger a little longer now in street clothes when they've been hurting. Management's imposed limits on minutes, for Derrick Rose and Noah in particular, has led to the coach straining some at the leash. He and his bosses have had frictions in the past, though GM Gar Forman dismissed this week's drama as any sort of story. NBA.com

Besides, the idea that, merely halfway through a season begun with championship hopes, the locker room would be on the verge of mutiny vs. Thibodeau -- who'd be snatched up in 48 hours to steer some other contenders' defense toward the Finals, if he wanted that -- was silly. At best, if the "insiders say" stuff were true, it would reveal an immaturity and lack of seriousness within the ranks. NBA.com

"This don't have anything to do with Thibs at all," Rose said. " The way we've been playing don't have anything to do with Thibs. He's preparing us right. Everything he's doing, everything he did, everything possible to prepare us as a coach. It's up to the players to give the effort." NBA.com

After reviewing the post on Reddit today, we have found that changes were made manually to Chad Ford’s NBA Draft prospects rankings. We have not been able to determine who made the changes, or when. We have talked to Chad Ford, who strongly denies any involvement, and based on his past work and professionalism, we believe him. Our review will continue but it is unclear at this time if we will be able to ascertain who was responsible. ESPN.com

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