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Other than Jerome Jordan, we still don't know who has been invited to Nets training camp. Last year, the Nets waiting until three days before Media Day to announce that they have signed Jorge Gutierrez, Chris Johnson and Gary Forbes, then surprised everyone with the addition on Marko Jaric on Media Day. Not that it mattered. He was done. So we expect to hear this week on the official list. Teams can invite up to 20 players, with or without contracts, to training camp. We doubt they will bring in four more players, with 16 already in camp. We are told no headlines, no big names. NetsDaily

On the pressure of being Minny’s franchise player: I don’t really feel like it’s too much pressure right now. I’ve been through being the number one player in high school, in college, all that stuff. So, pressure to me has really died down; I don’t feel it as much as I used to. Dime

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September 21, 2014 | 10:56 AM ET Update

They came from near and far on Saturday to the Nets’ practice center in East Rutherford, where it was just infinitesimally possible that a cup of coffee in the NBA awaited their arduous efforts. The cost of this farfetched daydream was $150, the entry fee to try out for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the independent D-League team that occasionally feeds short-termers to injured and shorthanded NBA rosters. Of these 40 candidates, maybe two or three would be invited to return to the main training camp in Fort Wayne. They would still then have to make the D-League roster, and then... well, that’s where the dream comes in. New York Daily News

Now at age 28, entering the prime of his career, Green said he understands and embraces his increased responsibility in the Celtics’ success. “I’ve been working on everything basically,” he said last week. “There’s not one thing I didn’t work on. Just coming into camp in good shape, new focus, and a lot of people say it’s a different vibe they feel from me now and I just have to transfer it on the court, continue to get better as a player, and find a way to stay consistent. I think that’s been my biggest fall throughout my career, so I’ve just got to find a way to do that.” Boston Globe

Lawson says he returns to the team in similar shape as what he played in last season, when he set career highs in points and assists per game. "I'm probably over by about four pounds," Lawson said. "But that's all. I always come back and work it off in one or two weeks and will be ready for training camp." Boulder Daily Camera

One person who is not worried about Kobe is Lakers’ part-owner and President, Jeanie Buss, who revealed her thoughts on Kobe’s return to Time Warner Cable SportsNet on their ‘Inside The Lens’ series: Phil told me when Kobe got hurt, he said ‘Jeanie it’s gonna take a year, but he will come back.’ And I know Kobe. He put a lot of pressure on himself to help the team out last season [...] He came back after six months, but now I know he’s healed, and he’s ready to play, so I’m really not worried about him coming back and contributing. Lakers Nation

The way Bogut sees it, though, there's not much he can do about contact injuries. The only solution, well, that's not in Bogut's nature. As he told the San Francisco Gate: My body feels great. All of my injuries have been of the high-impact variety. The only thing I can do to change that is to be a puss and avoid contact at all costs. Then, it’s the other side of the ball when people say I’m a puss. I’ll take the good with the bad. I’ll still take charges and go for blocked shots. Every now and then, I’ll get a knock. The Score

It was great to see Klay Thompson and Steph Curry playing for Team USA. ... I would imagine having Thompson selected to that team, and having (Mike) Krzyzewski and the other coaches talk about how good he is at both ends of the floor, really quieted a lot of us who thought the Warriors should have gone after Kevin Love. Do you feel that way? Kerr: No. I don’t really care about what anybody says about that. I only care about our own players — I don’t worry about speculation or what could’ve or what should’ve (happened) or anything like that. I just worry about our own guys and what we’re going to do. I do know this — if we can keep Steph and Klay together here, we have a chance to have one of the best backcourts in the NBA for many years to come. San Francisco Chronicle

The Nets are seeking a Director of Analytics, five weeks before opening night, according to an ad on the team's website. The ad, placed late last week, describes the job this way... The Director of Basketball Analytics Charged with developing an analytical group to assist the front office and coaching staff. The incumbent is responsible for recommending process improvement and changes in order to facilitate and maintain efficient and confidential sharing of information that may be deemed sensitive NetsDaily

Former executive director Charles Grantham said it will be significant responsibility for the neophyte executive director. “The biggest challenge for [the NBPA] is the [potential] lockout,” said Grantham, who teaches at New York University and Seton Hall. “The question is for the last three times, there has been probably 15 or 16 givebacks or concessions that [the players’ union] made over this period of time that puts them at the bottom. “It starts with preparation and being prepared for this thing [a lockout] that we all know is coming. After three successive collective bargaining negotiations from management side, all that began with the [1998] lockout and put the union in a concessionary bargaining position. The day is gone when you used to be able to tell players to save money. You can’t do that.” Boston Globe

“One, the first challenge is again to get back to the concept that it’s got to be an institutional response — how does the institution create the protection for the players?” he said. “[Roberts’s] challenge is to rally the troops and unite the troops and get them into a position of understanding the business side of the sport, which is always the most difficult part because our players are very active playing in their careers and if they’re asked to do two things at once . . . [and] we expect that they know everything else about the collective bargaining agreement. “That road to having a four- or five-year NBA experience is a difficult one and we keep forgetting it’s in a fish bowl and they’re 19, 20, 21 [years old]. They are growing in front of our eyes but we expect them to make mature decisions. That’s the challenge, not to follow them but to lead them.” Boston Globe

And now, as part of a program to help them prepare for the most seismic transformation of their lives, members of the National Basketball Association’s rookie class of 2014 were assembled in a conference room in a hotel in Florham Park, N.J., being lectured on a crucial part of their new job: personal style. “These are some of the things that are inappropriate, guys,” said Rachel Johnson, a celebrity stylist who has worked with such megastar athletes as LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers. She looked sharply at the 59 young men arrayed in front of her. “No headphones outside of the locker room, bus or plane. No sleeveless shirts. No chains!” New York Times

Meanwhile, in the section on financial planning, the players were told to recite the words “I don’t want to go broke” aloud; soon it became a chant, with some of them clapping along. And in a session on how to make good decisions, they were shown clips from familiar movies and asked to vote, using handheld devices, on what the characters should do next. After a scene from “Blue Jasmine” in which a character gets into a fight with her boyfriend after she sleeps with another man, the players voted on what they would have done, with options including “hit the girlfriend” and “leave and go get high and drunk.” (No one chose those.) Sixty-two percent of the rookies said they would “call another girl and hang out with her.” New York Times

Money is one thing; women are another altogether. “We joke that the moment you sign your contract, you become far more handsome than the day before,” Taylor said. Detlef Schrempf, who was at the program to share his own experience in the N.B.A. in the 1980s and ’90s, agreed. “You’re talking about superstar athletes and male hormones,” he said. “For those who want to partake, it’s easily accessible 24/7.” To deter the rookies from partaking, there was a slide show juxtaposing photographs of beautiful semi-clad women with photographs of hideously diseased genitalia. There was also a handout listing how much child support the rookies would be required to pay in various states, should they find themselves in sudden possession of a child after a one- night stand. “It was disturbing,” said Tyler Ennis, 20, a freshman star at Syracuse University who was drafted to play for the Phoenix Suns. New York Times

Not even the transition program itself is exempt from mishaps. In 2008, Mario Chalmers of the Miami Heat and Darrell Arthur, formerly of the Memphis Grizzlies, were sent home and fined $20,000 after being caught with women in a room that smelled of pot. And last year, Shabazz Muhammad, a rookie for the Minnesota Timberwolves, was ejected after illicitly entertaining a woman (he was forced to repeat the program this year). “We’ve all heard the horror stories,” said Jason Collins, who most recently played for the Brooklyn Nets and who, as the N.B.A.’s first openly gay player, had come to talk about diversity. “When they leave the Rookie Transition Program, their learning process is just beginning.” New York Times

Gabrielle Union says she was the victim of a digital hate crime ... after some topless photos she sent to Dwayne Wade somehow leaked onto the internet -- and now her legal team will be contacting the FBI. Union and Wade released a joint statement saying, "it has come to our attention that our private moments, that were shared and deleted solely between my husband and myself, have been leaked by some vultures." They add, "I can’t help but to be reminded that since the dawn of time women and children, specifically women of color, have been victimized, and the power over their own bodies taken from them. These atrocities against women and children continue worldwide." TMZ.com

Can share your thoughts about the domestic abuse problems that continues to be a problem in the NFL? Shaquille O'Neal: I don’t have an opinion about it. However, it is a slippery slope to tell someone how to discipline their kids. Similar to what he (Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who faces child abuse charges) did, that’s how I got disciplined and it worked for me. My grandmother, who was 4 feet 9, told me to go outside and get one (a switch). She wasn’t playing. That’s the only issue I have a problem with. But then on the other side to go back – the kid was only four. So you have to look at both sides. New Orleans Times-Picayune

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