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Laboral Kutxa Vitoria reached an agreement with versatile forward Lamar Odom, who signed a two-month deal with an option to extend it for the remainder of the season, the club announced Tuesday. Odom (2.08 meters, 34 years old) had a long, successful NBA career and is set to make his Turkish Airlines Euroleague debut. Euroleague.net
Lamar Odom is on the verge of launching his basketball comeback in Spain. Sources with knowledge of Odom's thinking told ESPN.com that the 34-year-old has reached an agreement in principal to sign a deal with Laboral Kutxa in Spain's top league. ESPN.com
Joakim Noah: I won't play the World Championship in Spain. I'm very happy for what my teammates did at the last Eurobasket, espcially Tony [Parker]. I don't know how I could help them. It's hard to play all year long, do that kind of sacrifice. Lance!
Tony Parker on his chances to play the World Championship: To be honest with you, there's not many chances that I will play the World Championship. We'll see how I am at the end of the season, how I feel. Lance!
That’s another aspect of Aldridge that’s evolved – that he is thinking of his career in the long view, picturing how he will adjust. He said he plans to play for Team USA in the World Cup this summer and would also like to play in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, which will be held shortly after his 31st birthday. Oregonian
The fantastic run may have a downside for Real, though. The strong play of the team's stars has not gone unnoticed in the NBA. With Nikola Mirotic, the tournament MVP, already widely presumed to be leaving for Chicago next season, now comes news of renewed interest in Rudy Fernandez from the States, with Oklahoma City being one of the teams inquiring about his contract situation, according to a source. HoopsHype
Lucas Nogueira will resume practice next week with Tuenti Estudiantes after almost 10 weeks sidelined. Encestando
Derrick Rose not only said he wasn’t depressed about his latest injury setback, but he wanted to know who even said he was. He didn’t say anything about disliking the Bulls’ rebuilding plans going forward, which was suggested in anonymous reports a few months back. He didn’t seem upset about the Luol Deng trade, said he wasn’t really even thinking about the possibility of a return this season because he’s so focused on his rehabilitation and isn’t even able to run yet. He said he feels terrific, but he hardly sounded like someone who planned to play any basketball before the USA camp this summer. “For sure, if my leg is feeling healthy I’m all in,” Rose said about the USA Basketball invite for this summer’s pre World Cup tournament. ”Of course I want to play for that team. Playing for that team, I think, helped the year I won MVP, just getting in a groove. I’m excited if I am able to play in it. Bulls.com
“I haven’t even had a chance to think about it, to tell you truth,” Rose said about holding open the possibility of a return this season or in the playoffs. “I’m just worrying about my next stage in this process and that’s running. Right now I’m not. I’m on the Alter G (anti gravity treadmill) right now, running on that and hopefully I’ll be running without it pretty soon. “I haven’t even asked; we haven’t even talked about it (a return schedule),” said Rose. “I just come every day, six days a week and try to do all my work and see how far it’s going to take me when I step back on the court.” Bulls.com
But Rose Wednesday seemed to make clear that no longer was a possibility and that perhaps it was misunderstood back then. “I’m feeling good, feels normal,” Rose said, sounding upbeat and positive. “Just trying to take it one day at a time and trying to stay positive. It (injured knee) feels normal. It’s an easier (rehabilitation) process for sure (from a torn meniscus rather than an ACL in the 2012-13 season). I’m able to walk. It feels normal right now, but I know I’m not there. “I’m not keeping it (playing) open,” Rose corrected. “I just said right now I haven’t thought about it. I can’t think about it right now. I’m not running yet. When I get off the Alter G, that’s when I’ll consider coming back.” Bulls.com
Jorge Sierra: Bulls draftee Nikola Mirotic is named MVP of the Spanish Cup. I predict it's the last time he gets this award. Twitter @hoopshype
When Rockets center Omer Asik saw the FIBA World Cup groups, pitting his Turkish national team against the United States and teammate Dwight Howard, his reaction was different from others. “I really did not care,” he said. Houston Chronicle
Nikola Mirotic: What I can tell, and I'm being very honest about this, is that in my soul, in my mind, I still don't know what is going to happen, but I would like very much to make a decision this summer, to know if I will play with the Spanish National Team and if I will go to the NBA. If I stay or if I go. It's January and there is a lot of time left. ABC.es
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