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September 18, 2014 | 10:01 PM ET Update

Ryan Hollins: Today was amazing, blessed to officially sign! @Sacramento Kings @Omri Casspi @Carl Landry #WorkWorkWork http://t.co/YcjVfg4Qs6 Twitter @TheRyanHollins

The Utah Jazz today announced that Andrae Patterson and Travis Walton have been named assistant coaches on Idaho Stampede Head Coach Dean Cooper’s staff. In addition, the Jazz announced that Brady Howe will serve as the head athletic trainer and strength-and-conditioning coach and Hans Steinbrenner as the director of basketball operations for the Stampede, the team’s NBA Development League affiliate. Per team policy, terms of the agreements were not announced. NBA.com

HARMAN International and the NBA announced a four-year partnership that will make HARMAN the official headphone, speaker and audio partner of the NBA, WNBA, NBA D-League and USA Basketball. The partnership will focus on HARMAN’s JBL brand. The deal presents a tremendous opportunity for JBL, a lesser-known commodity in a headphones space that is dominated by Beats Audio and Bose. HARMAN becomes the NBA’s first-ever marketing partner in the aforementioned categories, making it a slam dunk for the league. The Fields of Green

September 18, 2014 | 05:43 PM ET Update

Fernandez, 31, spent last season as an assistant coach with the Charge on Steve Hetzel’s staff. Before joining the Charge, he served as a player development coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2009-13. In both prior roles, Fernandez’s responsibilities included conducting individual skill workouts with players, assisting with practice and game preparation, and forming international scouting reports. “The Cavaliers and Charge are the model relationship for NBA D-League as far as the right balance between developing individual talent and attaining collective team success, and I am very thankful that they have given me this opportunity,” said Fernandez. “Canton has been like a second home to me since I arrived last year and I cannot wait to get started with a team that Charge fans can be proud to get behind.” NBA.com

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN CELTICS HISTORY

How bright is Boston's history? Well, the first 19 players in the list won NBA titles with the team.

   
September 18, 2014 | 05:08 PM ET Update

The Sacramento Kings today signed free agent forward Omri Casspi, according to Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro. NBA.com

The Sacramento Kings today signed free agent Ryan Hollins, according to Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro. NBA.com

Jason Kidd had a vision going to Milwaukee: to see Giannis Antetokounmpo running the point for the Bucks from the "1" position. The new coach of the "Bucks" is not only determined to implement this idea, but will have the help of one of the top point guards of the 90s in this effort: Gary Payton. Gary Payton is in Athens today and at an event held during the afternoon in the northern suburbs, he revealed that he has agreed with the Bucks to assume the role of 'Special Advisor' for Giannis Antetokounmpo during next season. The "Glove" will start work during pre-season, which will begin at the end of the month, and said that he has met with the 19 year old forward in Las Vegas, as well as with Jason Kidd, with whom he has a long friendship from the years they have both played in the NBA. Brew Hoop

Ray Richardson: Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine have family living in 'Sota: “I can’t cook. My mom can cook, so whenever I need food, I can go to her house.” Twitter @twolvesnow

 

THE TOP 25 PLAYERS EVER FROM THE AMERICAS

The U.S. of A. don't have the monopoly on basketball talent this side of the Atlantic. Plenty of Canadians, Argentinians and Brazilians have made a significant impact on the game in the last few years. Just check this list.

   
September 18, 2014 | 04:41 PM ET Update

Privately, Gibson isn’t too thrilled with the prospect of continuing to be a reserve, according to multiple people familiar with the situation, but the upbeat, team-first player values winning and chemistry too much to make it an issue or distraction. Furthermore, being an underdog his entire basketball career, it could serve as motivation and help him thrive, building upon last year’s bounce-back campaign and improvement as a scorer, which came after a disappointing, injury-riddled season immediately following a long-term contract extension with the Bulls on Halloween 2012. CSN Chicago

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.

   
September 18, 2014 | 02:39 PM ET Update

It should be noted that though I have no idea what other items would be on that list, there were two “interesting” things that happened around that time — the Rockets hired Howard’s former trainer with the Orlando Magic and they later added Dwight’s brother to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, though it was largely believed that he wasn’t a good enough prospect to make that jump. See JR Smith-Chris Smith for how nepotism package deals can work. Clutchfans

 

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.

   
September 18, 2014 | 02:07 PM ET Update

The Chicago Bulls announced today the team has signed guard E’Twaun Moore (EE-twan). In accordance with team policy, terms of the contract were not announced. NBA.com

Earlier this week, it was reported that Wasserman Media Group received a $100 million investment from a Silicon Valley investment group. The investment from Madrone Capital Partners is the second investment Wasserman has taken since the sports agency’s creation over a decade ago. According to SportsBusiness Journal, two years ago, Wasserman received $25 million from Highbridge Capital Partners. Sports Agent Blog

With the new investment by Madrone Capital Partners, Wasserman will continue its role as the majority shareholder. This summer, Forbes.com recently listed Wasserman Media Group as the world’s fifth most valuable sports agency, with $1.52 billion worth of contracts under management. Sports Agent Blog

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.

   
September 18, 2014 | 12:26 PM ET Update

Unprompted, Krzyzewski brought up the columnist's insinuation that Krzyzewski had arranged for someone to take a photograph of Krzyzewski embracing an injured Paul George in George's hospital room — to both deflect attention from the NBA "losing a $100 million star in a worthless scrimmage" and "for all those moms and dads to see the compassion and caring of Duke's coach." Unprompted, Krzyzewski explained what had happened leading up to that photo. "That was a really bad thing, to bring up Paul George," Krzyzewski said. "After he was injured, USA Basketball was in the trauma room — me, Jerry (Colangelo), a bunch of NBA people and whatever. There were too many people there, so they asked for only the family and the doctors. We went back. A few of the people from USA Basketball left that morning. I was staying with my family for a couple of days. USA Today Sports

"I went back to the hospital the next day secretly. ESPN had cameras in front of the hospital. We were able to go through the back and go in. I spent a half hour with Paul, his mom, dad, two sisters, a couple of friends and his girlfriend. There was an emotional moment during it. I did not take any pictures. I did not know a picture was taken. I think his sister took a picture and she tweeted it because it was an emotional scene. "To say that I orchestrated that and used Paul George to show that I was a good guy is really wrong. For anybody to think that, if you want to think that, then you are a bad person." USA Today Sports

Popovich, in his own way, is always trying to surgically tweak brains. It's not manipulation as much as it is a search for the clearest, most honest message. He doesn't want to do what the Heat did, which is not handle success well. A year ago, even as he said he was tormented by Game 6, Popovich secretly loved that the disappointment could be used as fuel. So facing the opposite problem now, is he concerned? “I'm worried for one reason,” he said. “They are human beings. They are going to feel satisfied.” San Antonio Express-News

Jordi Fernandez named head coach of Canton Charge. Fernandez, 31, was Steve Hetzel's assistant last year. Has been with #Cavs since '09. Twitter @JasonLloydABJ

Nick Young is fond of his nickname, "Swaggy P," and, until recently, he was not so interested in manipulations of that moniker. With one season on the Lakers under his belt and a long-term deal inked, Young has become comfortable enough to dictate variations of his nickname to younger players. This explains why rookies in Los Angeles have been forced to call Young "Daddy Swag," as he told NBA.com. "Well the rooks know. Y'all gotta ask them what they gotta call me all year. When you talk to them next time, ask Jordan (Clarkson) what he calls me every morning, and ask Julius (Randle) what he calls me every morning. ... It's got a little Swag in it. Sporting News

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN NETS HISTORY

Deron Williams and Joe Johnson move up a few spots in a list topped by their former head coach.

   
September 18, 2014 | 09:06 AM ET Update

Sacramento is still concerned about the power forward position, which is eating a sizable portion of the team’s salary. Between Reggie Evans, Jason Thompson and Carl Landry, the Kings are paying nearly $14 million for players who don’t fit in their long-range plans. The Kings would like to find a player who can come in and take command at power forward and allow the team to cut salary. Sacramento Bee

Zoran Dragic arrived in Malaga late last week to start the training camp. “I am here preparing the season with Malaga. But if I have the chance to go the NBA my desire is to go” said Zoran Dragic to La Opinion de Malaga. “I think that the best option for me is to go the NBA now because I don’t want to lose one year. I think I am ready to play in the NBA but the truth is that I don’t know anything about the NBA at the moment. My heart is with Unicaja” added Zoran Dragic. Sportando

During one six-week period in the late summer of 2014, Cousins tinkered madly with his narrative, changing perceptions and recasting his image, emerging as a significant, perhaps invaluable member of the senior national team, and displaying a familiar dramatic flair at the end. Here is what coach Mike Krzyzewski said moments after the USA’s 129-92 gold-medal romp Sunday over Serbia: “The first five minutes of tonight’s game, they knocked us back. Cousins really, I think, turned the game around. I don’t only think; I know. Watching (him), I’m saying, ‘Whoa,’ we just made another stop, or he just made another stop. He knocked the ball off the rim and they didn’t score. (Nenad) Krstic wasn’t able to score because he bodied up on him. …” Sacramento Bee

But Cousins can’t worry about who’s in, who’s out. He merely has to remain, well, the King of Spain. “You can use all the superlatives you want,” Colangelo said Tuesday afternoon, “and apply them to DeMarcus. He made the team, made a major contribution, made tremendous strides. In the locker room after our win over Serbia (earned an automatic berth to the Rio Games), DeMarcus in particular was emotional. He hugged me and thanked me for putting him on the team, and I told him, ‘the past is the past. This is the beginning of your career. Take everything you learned back to Sacramento. You can build on this and have a tremendous career.’ ” Sacramento Bee

Still, we can learn about Bryant through Johnson’s experiences. The workouts were just as rigorous as was described throughout his rehabiliation from the torn Achilles, and Bryant just as demanding – of himself and the teammates who found themselves sharing his space. “People come to work out (and think), ‘I’m going to get some shots up,’ or do what they do,” Johnson said. “But he takes it like it’s a preparation for the game.” Orange County Register

Former Bulls guard Craig Hodges has emerged as a leading candidate to become head coach of the Knicks’ D-League affiliate, the Westchester Knicks. Hodges played under Phil Jackson in Chicago and worked for Jackson with the Lakers for six seasons. New York Daily News

Mehmet Okur was among the blasts from the Jazz past who returned to Utah to honor Jerry Sloan last week. The retired center hopes to focus on someone else in his next trip to his old NBA stomping grounds. Enes Kanter, have some free time? “I’d like to take him out and talk to him a little bit, see what happens, try to help him a little bit more,” Okur said. “That’s what I’m going to do the next time I come to town.” Deseret News

Memo sent Kanter a text, telling him he wants to grab a bite to eat the next time he comes to Salt Lake. Kanter said he'd be more than willing to absorb more from Okur, a learning experience that could be similar to his visit to Louisiana to train with Karl Malone last summer. “Learning from a guy like (Okur), it would be really good,” Kanter said. “We both play similar positions, shoot, and I think it would be really good.” Deseret News

Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant is reportedly one of the investors in the group led by the American Joe Tacopina who is trying to purchase Football Club Bologna. Kobe Bryant would invest around €350.000 in the purchase of the Italian team, according to the media from Bologna. Sportando

The guy who's been hailed as a BEST commissioner is throwing his SUPPORT behind the guy who's being trashed as the WORST ... with Adam Silver telling TMZ Sports he believes Roger Goodell is still doing "great" at his job. We spoke with the NBA Commish in NYC Wednesday -- nearly 5 months after he was praised for his handling of the Donald Sterling situation -- and asked him how he felt about the way Goodell is handling all of the scandals in the NFL. "He's doing the best he can under difficult circumstances," Silver said ... "He's been a great commissioner so far and he'll work his way through these issues." TMZ.com

BEST PLAYERS THAT DIDN'T GET THEIR NUMBERS RETIRED

There's no shortage of great players who don't have their jerseys hanging in the rafters at the arenas of the teams they starred for.

   

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