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October 18, 2014 Updates

Each and every year, ESPN ranks the top 500 players in the NBA. 36-year-old Kobe Bryant, who missed 76 games last year, was ranked No. 40, his lowest ranking since ESPN started #NBARank — but Kobe isn’t bothered by his spot in the lineup. “I’ve known for a long time they’re a bunch of idiots…. I tend to use things as motivation that tend to be in the realm of reality.” For The Win

October 17, 2014 Updates

LeBron James said he spoke to Kobe Bryant prior to the start of training camp, welcoming him back to the NBA after he missed all but six games with the Los Angeles Lakers last season due to a knee injury. "I love Kobe, I love his competitive nature," James said prior to the Cleveland Cavaliers' preseason game against the Dallas Mavericks Friday night. "I love competing against him and I talked to him before the season and just said how it's great to have him back. Like I said about (Kevin) Durant and a couple guys our league doesn't seem right with certain guys not in uniform." On Wednesday, James said he had reached out to Oklahoma City's Durant via text message to console him after breaking his foot over the weekend – which could cost Durant two months. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Bryant is entering his 19th pro season; James is in his 12th. The Lakers and Cavaliers appear to be heading in opposite directions, with Los Angeles seeking to rebuild in Bryant's final years while Cleveland is positioned to contend for championships in James' prime. "I know he doesn't enjoy kind of the rebuilding phase, especially at this point in his career," James said. "One thing about him, he's going to give it his championship effort every night. And you have to understand that when you're competing against him." Cleveland Plain Dealer

October 16, 2014 Updates
October 15, 2014 Updates

Eric Pincus: If Steve Nash was forced to medically retire (playing <10 games) - his salary would come off Lakers's books in Apr - doesn't help much. There's no reason to believe Nash will be forced to medically retire - a complicated process - and doesn't give Lakers much of anything. Lakers signed Nash to the contract - he's going to walk away from millions because fans think he should? Come on now, this is business. Twitter @EricPincus

 

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