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March 30, 2014 Updates

Lopez was eventually the one lying on the ground. It was October 2002, and the Timberwolves took on the Boston Celtics in a preseason game at an obscure arena in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Lopez charged into swingman Paul Pierce and twisted awkwardly. He tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee, and writhed on the floor, fearing the worst. It was over. Lopez, who was entering his fifth season, rehabilitated, but never played another regular-season game in the NBA. Living in Miami, he transitioned to television, working for Telemundo as an analyst, but wanted back on court after a while. He had a daughter named Anuhea Alexa, and left the States to play in Europe, suiting up for a team in Oldenburg, Germany. The new country piqued his interest, and he drove for hours on off days, stopping at the Berlin Wall, touring Munich and drinking in Oktoberfest. He was enchanted by the journey. “They walk 10 miles to the woods and suddenly there’s a castle,” Lopez says. “When you get there they just have beer after beer after beer.” He followed the bouncing ball to Spain, back stateside and through South America. International competition always thrilled him, but sometimes the unexpected clipped Lopez. New York Daily News

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What he doesn’t want is the New York winter. The 68-year-old, who needs a second knee replacement, lives with his fiancée Jeanie Buss in a house in Playa Del Rey. Buss is the president of the Lakers and finds herself in New York on business on occasion. Jackson also has two houses in Montana, which he frequents in the summer. “He doesn’t want to live in the cold anymore,’’ said Rosen, who lives in the Kingston, N.Y., area. “But when we’ve discussed living in New York, I told him Brooklyn Heights. Hey, it’s not so bad if you have a driver.’’ New York Post

February 23, 2014 Updates

Collins’ identity and confidence will come in handy because the spotlight is about to turn even brighter. He’ll be moving to a perfect market for his endeavor, but New York is also a media circus. Those executives who cited the media glare as a legitimate deterrent were misguided, but they weren't incorrect about its existence. Collins’ integration into the league will probably be somewhat disruptive. There will likely be awkward and obtrusive moments for some of his teammates. More and more pro athletes are ready to accept a gay teammate, but not every 24-year-old NBA player has the confidence, vocabulary or cultural sensibility to speak confidently about homosexuality. ESPN.com

February 16, 2014 Updates

It already will be different, as the Friday and Saturday events will be at Barclays Center and Sunday's All-Star Game will be at the Garden. But Silver, in his first state of the league address, said instead of the fan-friendly Jam Session that features interactive basketball activities, the NBA might do something involving all five boroughs. "Several members of the Knicks and Nets are in town studying everything that they're doing here in New Orleans," Silver said. "One of the ideas we have talked about, and it's consistent with a focus on the game, is to expand the All-Star experience to all five boroughs through programs for kids, a series of clinics throughout the New York area. "As opposed to one focused Jam Session, taking the game to the schools and having a program involving coaches and kids leading up to All-Star Weekend, that's one of my primary focuses." Newsday

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The New York Knicks are pursuing Toronto point guard Kyle Lowry with a package of Raymond Felton, Metta World Peace and a 2018 first-round draft pick, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Knicks refused a Raptors proposal that would've included Iman Shumpert and Felton, sources told Yahoo Sports. WIthout a first-round pick or Shumpert, there is no traction for a deal. The Knicks have no appetite for including Shumpert or rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. in a package. Yahoo! Sports

November 30, 2013 Updates

The Nets are a basketball calamity of the highest order, co-authors of a New York basketball season in desperate need of that most New York of sporting creations, the do-over. “We’re not just losing,” Nets guard Tyshaun Taylor said of his team, though he could well have been speaking for the Knicks as well. “We’re getting killed.” New York Post

November 24, 2013 Updates

After yet another loss for his New York Knicks in what's been a trying — not to mention 3-9 — start to the season, Carmelo Anthony did not attempt to pretend everything is wonderful right now. "It's a very tough time," Anthony said. "This is a time where you could easily put your head down and mope around, but I can't do that." Taking their poor home-court play on the road, the Knicks allowed Washington's John Wall to score 31 points and dropped into a last-place tie in the Atlantic Division by getting beaten 98-89 at the Wizards on Saturday night. USA Today Sports

November 23, 2013 Updates

When Kidd had forsaken the Mavericks to join the New York Knicks after his contract with the Mavericks expired in 2012, after having committed to return, Cuban said he'd never consider retiring Kidd's number. And now? "I just have to decide how to do it, because there's a lot of guys from those years' teams," Cuban said. "While J. Kidd is a Hall of Famer, he wasn't really a Hall of Famer who spent most of his career here. He had some great years here, but so did a lot of guys. It's not really a reflection on J. Kidd. It's more a reflection of how I want to deal with it. Do I want to do a Ring of Honor? Put a team in and honor all the guys on the team? I don't know. I haven't decided yet." Dallas Morning News

October 31, 2013 Updates

Earlier this week, Marc Berman of the New York Post reported that the Knicks were attempting to acquire recently cut big man Jeremy Tyler's NBA D-League rights. RidiculousUpside.com can now confirm through our own sources that such an attempt is (still) going on. Interestingly enough, however, such a deal wouldn't technically be brokered through the Knicks and Warriors, but rather each one's respective NBADL affiliates. The (Santa Cruz) Warriors own Tyler's rights from last season, when he helped lead the way towards his team's D-League Finals appearance. The tricky question now is, what do the BayHawks have to trade, and what might the Warriors desire back in return to have in Santa Cruz? Erie's best player from last season, Henry Sims, is now a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Ridiculous Upside

October 30, 2013 Updates

New York native Metta World Peace will make his regular-season debut for the New York Knicks tonight at Madison Square Garden to play the Milwaukee Bucks, and World Peace wanted to make his first journey to the Garden on game day a special one. World Peace took the New York City subway’s F-train from Queensbridge to its 34th street stop in Manhattan, much to the surprise of the other riders. Newsday reporter Jim Baumbach rode along with World Peace to chronicle his trip. For The Win

October 15, 2013 Updates

A year ago on Tuesday, Brett Yormark, chief executive of the Brooklyn Nets NBA basketball team, was watching his team play its first game in its new home after a move from New Jersey to New York. Twelve months on, and the 10-mile move to Brooklyn now looks inspired, with an expensively assembled "super-team" of stars, playing in front of bigger audiences in a new arena. "In every respect the move has been transformational," Mr Yormark tells the BBC News website. "We have moved a few miles but we could have moved to the other side of the country, such is the difference. We got more buy-in from New York people than we expected. "The resources we have at our disposal are now so different." BBC

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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