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October 7, 2013 Updates

While the Wizards continue to figure out how to carry on without him, Emeka Okafor is rehabilitating and recovering under the supervision of a cervical spine specialist in New York. Out indefinitely with a herniated disk in his neck, Okafor participated in Wizards media day festivities and the team dinner in Virginia later that evening. But the veteran big man returned to New York – where he also maintains his offseason home with his wife and newborn daughter – before the team started practicing at George Mason. Washington Post

October 3, 2013 Updates

Kobe Bryant has the third-most popular selling NBA jersey worldwide, according to the league. Based on global sales from Adidas, LeBron James of the Miami Heat topped the list for the first time in his career. Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls placed second. The Lakers star finished ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant, who was followed by Miami's Dwyane Wade at No. 5 and Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks at No. 6. Los Angeles Times

September 14, 2013 Updates

Just a few months after signing Dwight Howard in an $88 million megadeal, Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander was relatively frugal while shopping for apartments in New York City. Alexander recently completed the sale of a duplex penthouse on the 17th and 18th floors of 18 Gramercy Park South for a cool $42 million, which is just under half of what he paid for the Houston Rockets franchise in 1993 ($85 million). The residence is one of the most exclusive in the city, and Alexander will receive a key to his own private park, which only residents are allowed to enter. For The Win

September 11, 2013 Updates

Wall, who recently celebrated his 23rd birthday in New York, looked like he will be ready to go full bore during training camp as he lead his Blue team to a 111-95 victory in a game that also featured NBA players Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Brandon Knight, Patrick Patterson and Terrence Jones. DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Bledsoe, Wall’s good friends and former teammates for one year at Kentucky, were assistant coaches and helped get the most out of him — with a little reverse psychology. “E. Bled told me I wasn’t going to get 40, so I went to go get 40,” Wall proclaimed to reporters after the game. Washington Post

On the 12th anniversary of 9-11, NBA Cares has released a video of Mason Plumlee honoring New York's firefighters, one of whom is his uncle. Plumlee attends a fund-raising breakfast for an NYFD charity and he talks about the sacrifices the firefighters make, including the greatest sacrifice that 343 of them made on 9-11. NetsDaily

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Sports, science and technology are converging at an all-time pace and eight NBA teams are experimenting with a new device designed to optimize and personalize training regiments, thus the ability to maximize performance and reduce injury. The San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets and New York Knicks, plus four other teams that have chosen to keep their identities secret, have invested in these complex GPS tracking devices created by the Australian company Catapult Sports, the self-professed leader in “athlete analytics.” “We just want to be able to get smarter about our players and how to train them and how to put them in a position to succeed,” said Mavs owner Mark Cuban. “So that’s just one component of a lot of different things that we’re doing.” NBA.com

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New York Knicks' superstar power forward Amar'e Stoudemire has joined a group in talks to buy Israeli basketball club Hapoel Jerusalem, he tweeted on Friday. Stoudemire tweeted that he is "excited to join the partnership that is giving back to the city of Jerusalem by offering the Hapoel basketball team a fresh start." Jerusalem Post

June 23, 2013 Updates

Lance Stephenson is back in his hometown this weekend for a special honor. The 22-year-old had his No. 1 jersey retired at Lincoln High School in New York Saturday evening before the school’s alumni game. A replica now hangs in the rafters (as seen above) next to Sebastian Telfair’s No. 31. Stephenson won the city basketball championship in each of his four years at Lincoln and concluded his high school career as New York’s all-time leading scorer (2,946 points). In 2009, he was named New York’s Mr. Basketball and finished with 12 points, six assists and three steals in the McDonald’s All-American game. Pacers.com

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Mike D’Antoni’s exit from the Big Apple was unceremonious at best, but the former New York Knicks head coach may have the last laugh if he’s able to get his asking price for his estate in Rye, NY. Roughly five years since he inked a 4- year, $24 million contract with New York and nearly a year removed from his resignation (and with his new team, the Los Angeles Lakers, fighting for their playoff lives), the coach fondly known as “Pringles” is finally getting around to selling the suburban New York home. D’Antoni and his wife, Laurel, purchased the seven-bedroom, eight-bathroom Colonial in late 2008, shortly after joining the Knicks. The couple is said to have paid $5.75 million for the 7,142-square-foot estate, which was built in 2004, but look to make a considerable profit on the home after listing it for $6.95 million. Realtor

April 1, 2013 Updates

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Childhood in the city is pretty different now. There’s not a whole lot of ethnic neighborhoods anymore. They’ve taken all the people in New York and put them in a blender, and they land in chunks and puddles in various parts of the city. It’s a city of workaholics, where the successful really live well. You see that, and you want to join their ranks. I remember I saw a man get out of a Rolls-Royce—the man was Caucasian, and his driver was black. I said to the driver, “I’m gonna have a car like that one day.” New York Magazine

March 6, 2013 Updates

The British Basketball Association has established an office in Manhattan and plans to start a high-level professional league in the United Kingdom with play beginning in November 2014. The league wants to have eight teams in major UK cities in its first season, and the BBA has "adapted a single entity business model similar to Major League Soccer … which will offer Investors and Franchise Partners a scalable platform to participate in the growth of the sport through equity ownership. This formula allows the BBA to implement stringent financial and operational controls necessary, while providing local ownership groups access to proven basketball, sports marketing and finance professionals," according a new release. USA Today Sports

March 4, 2013 Updates

Kyrie Irving made it through Sunday’s morning practice without incident and is expected to play tonight when the Cavaliers host the New York Knicks. “Based on what I saw in practice, there’s a good chance he’ll play,” coach Byron Scott said. “We will see how he feels after really going up and down and going a full scrimmage, and obviously that will determine whether he’s good to go or not. But from what I saw [Sunday], he’s good.” Akron Beacon Journal

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