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March 5, 2013 Updates

The veteran big man wouldn’t deny the reputation that Brazil — and Rio in particular — has for being a little wild. “I know, and the whole world knows that,” Nene said. “You guys hear about the Carnival. All celebrities come down. But there’s a lot of things to do. Nice beach, nice mall. A lot of shows, a lot of events. For me, nothing’s changed … but for [my teammates], it’s going to be a lot of new things. I hope they slow down.” Coach Randy Wittman didn’t spend a lot of time elaborating on the trip. “Eh, the weather’s nice, especially at that time of year, I hope,” he said. Washington Post

The NBA global games will conclude with two games in China between the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors. The teams will play on Oct. 15 at the MasterCard Center in Beijing, then travel to Shanghai for a game at the Mercedes-Benz Arena on Oct. 18. To date, the NBA has staged 138 preseason and regular-season games in 19 countries and territories across Europe, the Americas and Asia since 1978. NBA.com

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Several professional and college sports teams were forced to rearrange their travel plans as a massive storm swept through the Northeast. The NBA's New York Knicks were stuck in Minnesota after playing the Timberwolves on Friday night, hoping to try to fly home sometime Saturday. The San Antonio Spurs were also staying overnight in Detroit after seeing their 11-game winning streak end against the Pistons, awaiting word on when they might be able to fly to New York for their game Sunday night at Brooklyn. 13wmaz.com

February 8, 2013 Updates

The Lakers are expected to play October exhibition games in Beijing and Shanghai before next season as part of the NBA's annual China Games series, although the NBA has not announced its plans yet. Bryant, who has an epic fan following in Asia, has said he might retire when his contract expires at the end of next season. Dwight Howard, who could re-sign with the Lakers this offseason, did a promotional tour for Adidas in China last summer also. Orange County Register

December 17, 2012 Updates

The seventh-winningest coach in league history told NBA.com that the travel has become especially wearing and that he may speak with team officials about staying overnight in a city and flying to the next stop the following morning, rather than leaving with the team after the game and often arriving early in the morning. Karl said he does not, however, envision missing games. “I don’t think it’ll ever go that far,” he said. “I’ve thought about not traveling with the team on the late-night flights. I’ve thought about instead of getting to bed at 4 o’clock in the morning, I’ll let my coaches have the morning shootaround. I’ll sleep in in L.A. or I’ll sleep in in Sacramento, get up at 7:30 or 8 o’clock, catch a flight. I’ve thought about that. But my energy level is getting better and stronger every year. I’m feeling healthier. I’m trying to eat better. People ask me all the time how am I doing. I’m doing a hell of a lot better than I was doing before I got cancer.” NBA.com

“The NBA is four to five games a week,” he told NBA.com. “I think I can handle that the way I’m doing it now, but I also don’t want to intensify my life any more. I would like to slowly cut whatever I’m cutting. Five or 10 percent of my intensity. I don’t want the organization to be unhappy with me. I think my organization’s happy with me, but I delegate a lot. I give it to my assistant coaches a lot more than I think most coaches do.” NBA.com

December 14, 2012 Updates

By the end, though, the product the Lakers put on the court drew cheers of amusement and derision Thursday at Madison Square Garden. Actually, it started in the first quarter, long before the Knicks' 116-107 victory. The Lakers (9-14) didn't find anything close to a tonic, falling further into mediocrity, or sub-mediocrity, if that's even possible. "I wish we had the Washington Generals on the schedule," Bryant said afterward. Los Angeles Times

November 30, 2012 Updates

“It is pretty logical,’’ Popovich said before his gritty understudies made a game out of it, leading 98-93 with two minutes left before previously lackluster Miami came back and took the lead for good at 100-98 on a Ray Allen 3-pointer with 22.6 seconds left. “I don’t think it was a tough decision at all. In fact, the decision was made when the schedule came out.’’ FOXSports Florida

November 16, 2012 Updates

Yet one of the more interesting changes to the international basketball calendar involves the introduction of six planned qualifying windows for the 2019 World Cup that will be staged in November 2017, February 2018, June 2018, September 2018, November 2018 and February 2019. You'll notice, as you re-read that sentence, that four of those six windows take place at the same time that the NBA schedule calls for NBA players to play NBA games. ESPN.com

How big a deal is that? Not that massive, realistically, when viewed through a strictly American prism. USA Basketball will continue to field teams that qualify for every major tournament even if it has to trot out a pack of All-Stars from the D-League for most of the qualifying games starting in November 2017. As one longtime European coach told ESPN.com this week: "There's no way FIBA would go to a system that hurts the big countries. They want the stars playing in the biggest tournaments." ESPN.com

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November 1, 2012 Updates

The NBA has rescheduled the game between the Knicks and Nets, which was originally to have been played tonight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, for Monday, November 26 at 7 p.m.. The game will be televised by TNT. The game was to have been the season opener for both teams and the first NBA regular season game played at the brand new Barclays Center, and the Nets' first regular season game in Brooklyn. However, because of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy -- including the shutdown of the New York City subway system, the NBA decided Wednesday to postpone the game. Newark Star-Ledger

The Nets' season opener instead will be Saturday night at Barclays Center against the Toronto Raptors. Bloomberg, who confirmed that game would go on as scheduled, said he's working with the city to provide extra bus service for fans to get to the arena. Knicks general manager Glen Grunwald said Friday's game against the Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden is still on. NBA spokesman Tim Frank later confirmed that in an email. "We're good to go," Grunwald said. The NBA said it doesn't anticipate the status of the Knicks-Heat game to change Thursday. Nets coach Avery Johnson informed his team in the middle of Wednesday's practice at Barclays Center that the game against the Knicks was postponed. "We're definitely disappointed ... but we realize the seriousness of the situation," Nets point guard Deron Williams said on "SportsCenter." "A lot of people have lost homes and lost loved ones, so in the grand scheme of things, it's really not that important." ESPN.com

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