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October 31, 2014 Updates

Veteran NBA forward Josh Powell, waived by the Rockets last week, has remained with the team to try his hand at coaching while he considers his next move. If he chooses to retire as a player, he could then officially join the Rockets’ staff as a player development coach working with Rockets big men. “It just fell into place,” Powell said. “I don’t ever question what God has in store. One door closes and another one opens. Coach (Kevin McHale) is being patient with me. Everyone has been real helpful in helping me through the transition process. I look forward to a new chapter and an exciting opportunity.” Houston Chronicle

October 30, 2014 Updates
October 29, 2014 Updates

Los Angeles Lakers rookie Julius Randle got some unexpected support this morning after breaking his leg in his NBA debut -- when two players from the opposing team visited him in the hospital. Randle broke his right tibia while the Lakers were playing the Houston Rockets in L.A. on Tuesday night -- and was rushed to a hospital where he underwent surgery. But before he went under the knife Wednesday morning -- he was visited by James Harden and Trevor Ariza ... who stopped by to check up on the 19-year-old. We're told Randle was touched by the visit -- and was in good spirits overall. TMZ.com

Lakers fans stuck it to him from the start, predictably booing him during pregame introductions and also getting really fired up when Howard took a defensive rebound in the fourth quarter and swung his elbows as Bryant pestered him. Howard pointed at Bryant and yelled at him as referees moved quickly to separate them. Bryant then appeared to say "soft" to Howard. Los Angeles Times

Bryant was called for a personal foul, Howard was called for a flagrant and they each picked up a technical foul. The Lakers trailed at the time, 99-74. "I think it's fantastic," Bryant said. "Elbows are part of the game. Trash-talking is part of the game. I don't know where the NBA became so sensitive." Los Angeles Times

October 28, 2014 Updates

“I didn’t leave LA because I was afraid of Kobe Bryant,” Howard said. “I went to a good situation for myself. I can’t change people’s opinions, but I did what I had to do for myself.” Howard said he had “no response” to the suggestion that players avoid the Lakers because of Bryant that was detailed in an ESPN.com report. “People have different reasons for why they go play for different teams,” Howard said. “It’s over with now. There’s no need to continue to talk about it. It happened. We played together for a year. The whole team was injured, didn’t really get an opportunity to do what we all set out to do. Things happen. Life happens. I think everybody needs to move forward from the situation and worry about their respective teams.” Houston Chronicle

Veteran NBA forward Josh Powell, waived by the Rockets last week, has remained with the team to try his hand at coaching while he considers his next move. If he chooses to retire as a player, he could then officially join the Rockets’ staff as a player development coach working with Rockets big men. “It just fell into place,” Powell said. “I don’t ever question what God has in store. One door closes and another one opens. Coach (Kevin McHale) is being patient with me. Everyone has been real helpful in helping me through the transition process. I look forward to a new chapter and an exciting opportunity.” Houston Chronicle

"It's been great here," Harden told USA TODAY Sports. "The coaches have been great. The front office is amazing. My teammates work hard to better each other every single day in practice. It's all smiles and we have fun. That's the most important thing. The culture is great over here, and it's only going to get better. "(The Rockets and Thunder are) different organizations, but both cultures are very good. It's more strict in Oklahoma City. They have their ways and there's no other way. Here it's a little bit more lenient. You kind of have fun. There's a lot more communication with players. Players have their opinion, and players can voice their opinion over here. Both are great…(but) we're just trying to build something special." USA Today Sports

"There are some broader themes here, like (the idea that) using analysis means somehow you're like Spock, an unfeeling robot machine," Morey told USA TODAY Sports. "Now yeah, I have a more open style (than some of his like-minded contemporaries) and I really don't hide that fact. My background would make it, to me, silly to try and say that all I do is wear shorts and bounce a basketball all day and don't ever partake in any analysis. USA Today Sports

"I think people look at Daryl as a guy who is playing NBA2K15 with his roster," Battier, who is now retired, told USA TODAY Sports. "Now Daryl would be the first to tell you, 'Look, I am about improving my team in every way possible and I'm going to do it in a way that makes sense for this organization.' But if you gave truth serum to every (general manager), that's what they would tell you. Daryl is a little more forthcoming with his motivations. "I think Daryl's background as an MIT guy, a Northwestern guy works against him. And then again, people feel he's cold and calculating and doesn't have a heart. I enjoyed my conversations with Daryl. He's one of the smartest people I've come to know in sports. We've always had a great personal relationship." USA Today Sports

 

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