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October 1, 2014 | 10:10 AM ET Update

The similarities do not stop there, which is strange to say about the genial DeRozan and the verging-on-sociopathic Bryant. The Lakers star is famous for taking every perceived slight against him and blowing it up to majestic proportions. DeRozan, in a quieter fashion, is doing the same. The latest outrage: Sports Illustrated ranking DeRozan as the 61st best player in the league, the lowest returning all-star. He was placed behind less decorated players such as Utah’s Gordon Hayward and Detroit’s Josh Smith, as well as players on the back half of their career such as Washington’s Paul Pierce and Brooklyn’s Joe Johnson. “All of it matters to me,” DeRozan said on Tuesday. “I don’t let nothing go over my head. I use negatives, and not just on myself but on my team, as motivation. You need to. I’m never going to get comfortable with the accomplishments I’ve [had]. There’s always going to be something that’s said that I have to worry about.” National Post

That means he'll miss the first few weeks of the season . . . or will he? "Hopefully I won't miss any games this year," Rondo said in an exclusive interview with CSNNE's Mike Gorman. "Lord willing I heal correctly and I'll be back in no time. "They're telling me 6-to-8 [weeks]. But that means nothing to me." Gorman then asked if Rondo would be a possibility for Opening Night at the end of October. "Always," Rondo said. CSNNE.com

October 1, 2014 | 07:32 AM ET Update

As for a possible preseason trade, akin to the James Harden surprise trade, Presti said, “That’s just not something we’ve considered. He’s a guy we see being here for a long time.” These sound like reassuring words, but is it sufficient reassurance to believe in his long-term future in OKC? “My representation and Sam and the Thunder organization, they’re talking,” Jackson shared. “We’ve got a month to try to get things done; hopefully we can figure that out. I definitely like being a part of this team. Let’s just hope they make progress on things. It’s not something that anybody has to talk about anymore or think about it and we can just focus on the season.” Basketball Insiders

The Bleacher Report article quoted an unnamed source who claimed Thompson was ticked off that the Warriors seriously considered trading him to Minnesota for Kevin Love. “He jokes about it a lot,” Curry said. “I don’t know if he reads a lot, but people guess how he feels or his emotions, and he handles it really well. Somebody said he was pissed off about the trade rumors, and he showed me the link. He started laughing, like, 'What are they talking about?’ “He knows the game and what could happen every offseason. He handles it well. I don’t think it affected him with Team USA, and I don’t think it will affect him going into our season.” San Francisco Chronicle

"My family and I made the decision," Monroe said of signing the qualifying offer. "I have an agent who handles that and I don't feel as a player it's something I should talk about. Just because I signed a qualifying offer people assume I'm leaving. That's not the case. "I love Detroit and the people here. I'm looking forward to playing for this coaching staff. There's no problem with any of my teammates. I went to Josh and we talked. He knows what I said and didn't say." Detroit Free Press

McDaniels was not present Tuesday for the opening day of training camp at Richard Stockton College. As of Tuesday afternoon, he had yet to sign his contract. The Sixers expect him to sign it in the near future. "It's just a situation that comes up, and [general manager] Sam [Hinkie] is handling it," coach Brett Brown said. "I trust Sam will handle it the way we need to as a club. Philadelphia Inquirer

The Sixers waived Pierre Jackson, two months after signing the injured point guard to a partially guaranteed deal. Philadelphia Inquirer

John Wall keeps a list on his phone of the slights and criticism he hears, reads and perceives. He updates it whenever he comes across a new form of disrespect and reads it for motivation before he steps on the floor for every practice and game. Washington Post

“I thought I should’ve made the all-star team maybe four or five times,” Miller said. “It’s never happened just because it’s a popularity contest. So I just find myself going out and working hard. And I think that’s what he’s done.” Washington Post

Jackson became emotional when describing why he will not be satisfied until he locks down a regular starting role. He made his desire known during exit interviews last season when he simply disclosed he would like a starting role. His statement garnered attention back then; fast forward four months, and Jackson has now elevated his stance to a proclamation. “I want to be a starter,” Jackson said. “I’ve always wanted to be a starter. I’ve always wanted to be great. All the greats I’ve seen started, so that’s kind of the mold.” Basketball Insiders

“I feel like I’m blessed beyond wildest measures. So to me, I don’t want to – this is just how I feel, I don’t know how people will take it – I don’t want to disrespect my God by settling. I think me and everybody else has a reason and a chance to go out there and be great in whatever aspect they want in life, and I’ve always tried to do my best. That’s kind of how I approach life. My family taught me, and especially my brothers growing up, that I always wanted a chance to be great. That’s my destiny.” Basketball Insiders

Going even more in depth, when Thompson drives to the left in isolation situations (which he does 80.2 percent of his iso attacks) he is either heavily settling for a pull up jumper (48.2 percent of the time) of the time and shooting a lackluster 27.3 percent off the bounce; 33.8 percent of the time he is attempting to finish at the rim (an area he is increasingly improving at and showed great progress at the World Cup in Spain) but isn’t converting at much greater of a success rate (41.7 percent). What sticks out to me is the lack of in-between game, the floater, in which he only attempts 7.5 percent of the time he puts the ball on the floor. HoopsHype

Thompson is holding opponents to shooting an abysmal 35.8 percent from the field and forcing a turnover at a rate of 11.3 percent. With his length, mobility, and desire to win every play, Thompson has the mold to become a lock-down wing defender for years to come. HoopsHype

Miami Heat center Justin Hamilton is expected to be sidelined for about a month after undergoing a procedure to repair a common abnormal heart rhythm. The team says a full recovery is expected. Yahoo! Sports

Howard Lorber, who was sitting near Rotondi on the night of loss to the Pistons, said he went far beyond just yelling “You stink.” “I’ve never heard a fan sitting around there carrying on like that,” Lorber said. He said Rotondi was waving his arms, told Melo, “You suck!” repeatedly and then launched an F-bomb at him. “The loud part of it went on for a few minutes.” New York Daily News

Former University of Kentucky and NBA basketball player Rex Chapman began a 28-day substance-abuse treatment program at The Brook Hospital in Louisville on Monday, a source with knowledge of the situation said. Chapman, who will be 47 Sunday, is determined to break a reliance on suboxone, a medication prescribed to help patients stop using opioid-based pain medication. Chapman suffered multiple knee, ankle and thumb injuries over his 12-season, 666-game NBA career. He never played an entire 82-game schedule and retired from the Phoenix Suns, his fourth pro team, in 2000. WDRB

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