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October 21, 2014 Updates

The National Basketball Assn. is considering rescheduling some marquee basketball games in order to grow audiences in China. The possible move emerged as the organization unveiled a multi-year partnership with China’s Ministry of Education to develop sports educational in China. The education deal is expected to provide enhanced fitness and basketball training to at least 3 million school and college students by 2017. Variety.com

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The NBA will experiment with a 44-minute game Sunday when the Nets play host to the Celtics "to examine the flow" of a shorter contest. "It's interesting," Thibodeau said. "I'm curious myself how it plays out. In some ways, the technology (we have) has been great but it also has prolonged the game. "(Commissioner) Adam Silver is very open-minded. There's part of me that likes (the idea) a lot. And there's also a part of me that thinks about the tradition of the game and the records and the history. That's where there's conflict. But the intent is good." Chicago Tribune

October 9, 2014 Updates

However, these exhibitions are less about competition and more about marketing. The NBA has embraced international expansion, with the league even considering earlier tip-offs to accommodate fans abroad. The NBA is also continuing to stage regular-season games abroad (this season in Mexico and England) in an effort to provide international fans the chance to see its stars in person. Though these trips force teams to lose home-court advantage, they provide ample opportunity to connect with fans abroad. The NBA’s international fan base is exploding; the 2014 Finals were broadcast to 215 countries and in 47 languages. Individual teams and players have made extra efforts to connect with foreign fans, perhaps none more successfully than Kobe Bryant in China. The Fields of Green

Fewer scouts watch international games than NCAA games, making these exhibitions especially important to international players. In fact, a slew of athletes turned their performances this summer in the FIBA World Cup into NBA interest. These games are especially vital for Americans who found playing time abroad after being unable to make the leap into the NBA. Case in point: Alba Berlin’s game-winner against the Spurs came from James McLean, a forward from Xavier. The Fields of Green

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Scott plans to feature Bryant more in the post and along the elbows in a system featuring pick-and-roll sets and elements of the Princeton offense. Scott downplayed concerns over the Lakers struggling to learn that system under Mike Brown two years ago, saying his version of the Princeton offense bodes similar to the triangle system the Lakers once ran under Phil Jackson. Yet, Scott cautioned he will handle Bryant with care, including sitting him out of select practices and possibly back-to-back games. “I know how stubborn he is and he knows how stubborn I am,” Scott said. “There’s going to be times we’re butting heads. But it’s all because we want to win.” Los Angeles Daily News

What if Bryant checks himself into the game? “I might have to tackle him and hold him back,” Scott joked. “I don’t know if I’m strong enough to do that anymore. But I’ll have to get one of the coaches to come with me and grab him and hold him back. I know how competitive he is. But for me, I’m looking out for him.” Los Angeles Daily News

September 11, 2014 Updates

Czeisler was getting Silver up to speed on some harrowing details about the effects of sleep deprivation on athletes. With its numerous back-to-backs, the NBA is creating a dangerous situation in which its players might be showing up to games with the impairment of someone who is legally drunk. All from not getting enough z's. ESPN.com

This was just one of the many alarming scientific findings that the sleep doctor had divulged just an hour earlier when he gave his own Sloan talk to a roomful of attendees that included team executives and national media. Silver, who was prepping for Gladwell's interview, had not been present for Czeisler's stern recommendation to the league: "Personally, I'm very much hoping that the new NBA commissioner eliminates back-to-back road games," Czeisler said during his talk moderated by ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz. "It's a disservice to the fans to have one of the teams so degraded because there's no way structurally that we can ensure the players get enough sleep if they're on a trip like that." ESPN.com

September 10, 2014 Updates

The Brooklyn Nets released information about the team's Media Day and Training Camp for the 2014-2015 season. Media Day will be held on September 26 at the team's practice facility in East Rutherford, New Jersey, this season likely being the last year that East Rutherford is the home of the Nets practice facility. Expect comments to come out about Deron Williams and Brook Lopez's health, what kind of shape the players are in, and a type of system that Lionel Hollins will implement in Brooklyn. NetsDaily

September 8, 2014 Updates

Yeah, Kobe’s his own man. We know how hard he works, we know how driven he is. But I think he’s at the point too where he’s so much more mature, and he understands that he only has a few more miles left on that body, you know, maybe two, maybe three years. And I think he’s probably more acceptable to accept the fact that you can’t practice every day. There might be some games where you can’t play this game or that game. But that’s all to be determined. We have to sit down before training camp and go over some things because I can’t have him going twice a day in training camp. That’s what the young guys are supposed to do. He’s been here long enough and understands his game better than anybody here, what it takes to win. I got to use that knowledge that he has as well. I’m going to treat him like he’s an assistant coach as well as a player. SCPR

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The Chicago Bulls announced today their 2014-15 preseason schedule. This preseason, Chicago will play eight games, including four home games at the United Center. Chicago will tip off its preseason on Monday, Oct. 6, when they take on the Washington Wizards at the United Center at 7:00 p.m. (CT). The Bulls will then travel to Detroit to take on the Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m. (CT). NBA.com

Two more teams announced preseason schedules that included the Hawks in the past several days. The Hawks have not released their preseason schedule. The Hawks will play at the Grizzlies on Oct. 11 and at the Bulls on Oct. 16. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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