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More sad news today...just saw where Red Panda is retiring. Who will catch bowls on a dangerously tall unicycle this season for NBA fans?
Birdman and Josh McRoberts are also not participating in pre-game warmups, preferring instead to chat with assistant coaches.
Bosh and Udonis Haslem signing autographs and talking with fans during warmups.
"It's hard learning from young guys, because they're still learning themselves." -Cousins on the Kings bringing in veterans this offseason
First time back in the AT&T Center since Game 5. ... Still vaguely smells of champagne (not really)
Byron Scott on practice + the health of his backcourt: "I love what I saw with Kobe and Steve … Steve impressed me and Kobe impressed me."
Looks like the Heat will hold Chris Andersen out of tonight's scrimmage. Not stretching. No known issue. McRoberts (toe) also out.
Mario Chalmers wearing Nike shoes tonight. Was wearing his own model of Spalding last season.
Justin Hamilton is in the building but is not taking part in pre-game warmup drills with his Heat teammates.
A few LeBron jerseys inside AmericanAirlines Arena tonight for scrimmage, but most people pulled out the No. 3's.
Justin Hamilton walking around the court pre-scrimmage. Looks good. Had surgery to fix an atrial flutter Monday.
Lineups! I got $5 on Team Black. Check out Bob's DNP. http://t.co/xtKPQ1wvF5
Spurs have Wounded Warriors wheelchair teams playing a game on the court right now. Saw Coach Pop meeting with families before earlier.
Some good "Top 5 Raptors PGs" lists coming in. My list (+expert lists) will be posted on TSN.ca tmrw & we'll do this w/ new Top 5 each Thurs
Kobe on Ed Davis: "Defensively, he has really active feet, and he’s a pogo stick out there. He’s all over the place."
Team Silver for Spurs: Anderson, Ayres, Bonner, Cotton, Ginobili, Danny Green, JaMychal Green, Joseph
Team Black for Spurs: Anderson, Belinelli, Davis, Daye, Duncan, Kawhi, Parker, Holland
Kobe on Wesley Johnson: "His athletic ability/attention to detail (on D), I feel like, this season, is really going to go to another level."
Swaggy P defense this year? Says Kobe: "(Nick Young's) really getting after the defense and playing hard-press on the ball."
The NBA halftime act I've seen the most: Red Panda. The NBA halftime act I still enjoy the most: Red Panda. More consistent than the Spurs.
Red Panda is the closest thing I've ever been to witnessing God.
Can u spot TC? It's our new TV segment: "TC, Make My Day." Here w/ NAU team for 1st segment. Thx, Coach Murphy&Jacks http://t.co/poB6JBS9Zu
A look at the Cavs new cityscape floor from center court http://t.co/X7OzJX9mnc
All I'm saying is I know how Red Panda does her act (I cant do it, but I see how). How does Quick Change work? ANSWER ME THAT!
Doc Rivers said he's talked about playing Spencer Hawes, DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin together in limited situations.
Kostas Papanikolaou on Hakeem Olajuwon: "When I saw him walking in the door I was really like, 'Wow'. You can't see these things in Europe."
Red Panda could have had a yearlong retirement party like Jeter, but she's too classy for that. A selfless pro until the end.
"I know I'm not perfect. I probably never will be. But I'm aiming to be the best leader I can be for this team." -DeMarcus Cousins
I saw Red Panda many times and she was always great. Many a scribe skipped halftime snacks to watch the show.
How can Red Panda retire without a fairwell tour?
He also said he and Rudy Gay want to make the team better, not just by scoring, and lift up their teammates' play
DMC said seeing how supposed offensive players on Team USA bought in showed he and Kings can defend if all five players work together
Heat scrimmage at 7pm. First time they've played in this building since... http://t.co/lSVwEgV3J8
Cousins said Reggie Evans challenged him to get no more than 5 technical fouls, reminding him he can't be a leader if he's getting ejected
"With all Jason's been through, I'm glad to see him put it behind him and just lock in and focus in the moment." - Cousins on Jason Thompson
Random note from scrimmage game notes: Jeff Ayres scored 23 points in a game with Portland in 2010.
Cousins also said he wants to anchor the defense, Kings don't need to go find a shot blocker. Not how he talked before Team USA
I get way too much enjoyment out of blaring Kanye's Broke Phi Broke skits while driving through West Point.
Hakeem Olajuwon said being back at practice and working w/ Dwight Howard is "always a joy for me." On Dwight, "More mature, more confident."
Now he could be perfect in that 6th man role if he embraced. That's the 'Get Buckets' role, why wouldn't you embrace that?
"I'm a vet, but he's my vet. I'm all ears. That's a guy I truly respect on this team." -DeMarcus Cousins on Reggie Evans
Countdown on when Dion Waiters gets traded. His game just doesn't match Bron's or Kyrie's. He's the epitome of a 1-on-1 player.
Of the Spurs' 15 guaranteed players on roster, only 6 were actually signed as free agents. 6 drafted, 3 acquired by trade.
Cousins said he had lunch with Darren Collison, Ryan Hollins, Reggie Evans yesterday, talking about traits of winning teams
That's quite a coaching staff... http://t.co/jCLG0xRsl6
No ceremony. The 2013-14 Eastern Conference championship banner already in place. http://t.co/UAuj388zD7
Doc Rivers said he could play Spencer Hawes with DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin "if a team has a gigantic three."
New shooting coach Mike Penberthy's resume include work w/ Paul George,Reggie Jackson, Jrue Holiday, Iguodala, Wes Johnson (last year)
DeMarcus Cousins said that Jason Thompson has been one of the most impressive guys in training camp so far.
Good media session with DeMarcus Cousins today. Talked about being a leader/defender, said Jason Thompson has been great in camp
Beverley: "Me and Kostas were in Greece riding the bench together and now we are in the NBA battling together."
Pat Beverley and Kostas Papanikolaou played together in Greece - Pat said it was great to have him back on the same team.
Quin Snyder used his key phrase with the media today "Obvious Unselfishness" His players will hear this often
DeMarcus Cousins echoed Michael Malone's comments about Jason Thompson's strong camp so far.
Kobe asked about Kevin Love deal to Cleveland. Called it"good trade." Then sarcastically said "no" when asked if he wanted him here
Doc Rivers said Clippers still haven't scrimmaged much. They're mostly teaching at this point.
Noah and percentages: “I haven’t been 100 percent in years, so … ‘’ 95? “No.’’
Lillard also loves WingStop lemon pepper, but "I thought it was necessary to cut out."
Noah on being told East is Cavs/Bulls: “Is that what it looks like? Cool.’’
Meteorologist Noah: "That polar vortex thing. Brutal. When you’re used to beach every day, to pick the polar vortex, it says a lot (of Pau)"
Lillard on what was tough to give up in diet. "I love Benihana with extra garlic butter & fried rice & all that stuff with steak & chicken"
Clippers camp invitees Joe Ingles and Jared Cunningham are candidates for final roster spot, Doc Rivers said.
Noah on surprise Gasol came: “Because it’s freezing here. I think the last night he came there was that polar arctic thing going on."
Doc Rivers said Ray Allen was not a candidate to take Clippers' final roster spot with glut of shooting guards already on team.
DeMarcus Cousins gave us a really good 12 minutes of conversation after practice today.
Papanikolaou: "When I saw him walk in, I was really like wow. You can’t see these things in Europe."
Rockets’ Kostas Papanikolaou was a little starstruck when Hakeem Olajuwon walked into camp today… cont.
What kind of odds can I get on Rodney Stuckey leading the Pacers in scoring (and holy cow is that a sad sentence)?
More Vogel on Stuckey playing a role like Stephenson of 13/14: "And possibly how the rotation looks, it could be similar as well."
Kobe playfully telling reporters that we're "rusty" with endless questions on how he's doing. Kept repeating that he's "fine"
Respected coach Tim Grgurich worked Bucks practice. Said Kidd: "He's here until he leaves."
Noah on Taj back to 6th man: "To win big sacrifices must be made; Taj is a proven winner and someone that will sacrifice for this team."
Told Stotts he should TM the saying, but he said, "After the season. We'll see how well it works, first."
Kobe not interested in continued talk about his health: "I understand the level of curiosity but I just do what I do."
I can’t figure out if Steve Smith has any animosity towards the Panthers. Anyone know?
Noah on a Bulls secret: "I think he’s (Mirotic) definitely one of our secret weapons.’’
I mean seriously... how bad do you look as a GM when your players are better in the draft than you are?
In ESPN's players only 2013 mock draft, Al Horford selected Gorgui Dieng and Steven Adams for the Hawks. Horford for player/GM. Bump Ferry.
Byron still not budging. Kobe will sit out evening session
Matthews may or may not practice tomorrow, per Stotts.
Klay Thompson: "You know there's no love between the Clippers and the Warriors."
Jo on Nikola: "You don’t think of stretch fours as guys that can block shots, run the floor and he can; he’s a hell of a player.’’
Jason Kidd fully intends to experiment during preseason games, saying he'll use various lineups.
Noah effusive on Mirotic: “He’s pretty good; he’s really good. He adds a different dimension to the game...a lot more than just a shooter"
Noah building toward playoffs: "I feel a lot better in the second practice than the first practice, so that’s a plus.’’
Taj for 6th Man: "I was kind of disappointed I didn’t win but that’s more fuel for my fire to push forward. I really want to win that award"
Taj on rotation: "That doesn’t matter. We understand we have a championship-mentality team. It’s within our grasp, we’re close to a title."
In offseason, Brandon Knight studied films of premier PGs, past and present, 1 being his head coach.
Mates say Taj has looked good. Taj: "I feel good. I came in the way they wanted me to come in, about 242. I feel stronger, lighter, quicker.
Julius Randle taking some questions after practice, said he's feeling very positive about how camp has started. http://t.co/ih2ZKBn92a
Wesley Matthews practiced in the first half of today's session but didn't feel well in the 2nd half, per Terry Stotts.
Thibs on rotation: "My first two years we played nine; sometime ten. Ten is hard; most likely nine."
Kobe already tired of being asked about his health, chided reporters for repetitive questions. Said "I'm fine" probably half a dozen times.
Spurs new court, covered with dance team http://t.co/rHV2DJ4ona
To be clear, the regents will discuss legal and personnel matters in executive session, so the whole meeting isn't about Strong.
Thibs and Nikola: "He’s going to be a good player. He has a lot of pride and great work ethic. I like who he is."
Shaun Livingston hasn't been practicing but he is working on his jump shot with Ron Adams.
Bulletin! Thibs gushes about rookie: "I thought (Mirotic) had a really good 1st day. Then after watching film, it was better than I thought.
Panathinaikos have reached an agreement on deal with 32-year-old Latvian guard Janis Blums, according to source.
I imagine none of them will come out against them.
Texas' regents will hold a special meeting Friday to discuss a motion in support of Charlie Strong's "core values."
Just learned that Superhero/Journalist Pat Andrews is leaving the Miami Herald to retire. It's a sad damn day, man.
Thibs in apparent tribute to baseball playoffs keeps talking about Bulls having established "baseline" these first two days of practice.
Cavs new court design looks even better in person http://t.co/B7ENzoARxR
Bryant said Nick Young is "taking the challenge" in practice, not backing down from him. He's a Swaggy fan. Kobe also impressed by Johnson.
Debuting on TSN.ca tmrw: Raptors Top 5 - a weekly look back at the best/worst from first 19 yrs. First up: Top 5 point guards. Who you got?
Melo on NYK after 2 days of camp: “The energy is different. The culture is a lot different now. The vibes around here is different.”
Bryant dismissed any notion of him needing a progression. He's ready to go, full speed, feels fully like himself. No nagging injuries.
Jason Vargas and Jered Weaver, teammates at Long Beach State and with the Angels, will start Game 1.
The Warriors held Festus Ezeli (knee) out of last night's scrimmage, but he was back in Wednesday's practice.
Penberthy on Rubio: "He works. He listens. He communicates."
Penberthy on Rubio: "When you read all the time that you're not a good shooter, you start to believe it."
Kobe said he feels good physically, no worse for wear after two practices. Added that Nash "looks great ... he looks like Steve."
Ryan Kelly told me he was going through practice w/simple running/jumping and felt the hamstring pull. Bad timing, he came in great shape.
Clarkson just pulled Kobe aside - asking for what looked like defensive advice in post - Kobe spent a few minutes showing the rookie
Fisher after practice: Being here at West Point is bigger than basketball. Bigger than what we’re trying to do from a team perspective.''
Julius bantering with Kobe, asking if he will play tomorrow
Kobe post-practice http://t.co/RRGbkhKR09
David Lee is a fan of the new slate-colored jerseys, just not the sleeves.
Lakers get 80 layups on the second time. So the work is done
BREAKING: KOBE JUST DUNKED IN A LAYUP DRILL.
Cool how Derek Fisher talks like he was here last season. "We lost 15 games by 5 points or less. We couldn't get stops at end of games.''
Kobe and Nash going to the end, but each sat out about 30 minutes in middle of three hour practice.
Lakers are on the brink of going a full hour beyond scheduled practice time. Scheduled to hit court again at 5 pm.
Nemanja Nedovic among those who have stood out to Steve Kerr.
Melo on the Knicks now: "The energy is different. The culture is a lot different now. The vibes around here is different."
Kobe's dunk was a right hander. Nothing fancy, but obviously a good sign
Festus Ezeli held out of last night's scrimmage.
Kobe just dunked in that layup drill.
Faverani had MRI taken of left knee after some swelling. Considered a normal post-surgical reaction.
Kobe just dunked during the layup drill
Byron Scott - "It's a sprint - not a jog"
Lakers finish w/ 78, so B. Scott says, "Gotta do it again."
From SVG today: "We’ll play at least nine on a nightly basis, probably 10 a lot based on the way Jonas has played in Sept. and in camp ..."
Byron Scott - "Do it again"
Vitor had knee MRI. Stevens: "He doesn’t feel like it’s an insurmountable amount of pain, he just has a lot more swelling than he had hoped"
Gerald Wallace said surgically-repaired knee responding well to his 14th training camp. "(But) I feel every one of them."
Full court run into layup drill
B. Scott has drill where team has to make 80 layups in 2 min. Assistants hand off ball at elbows on both ends of court, while players sprint
Derrick Williams and Jason Thompson are having a 3-point shootout after practice. Neither have missed many. Huge improvement by both.
Fisher: "Our penetration won't come off of pick and roll as it does 98 percent of the league but it will come off of interior passes."
Coach Byron Scott in the huddle after an intense practice: "Keep pushing each other."
Just FYI: Wolves will finish Mankato camp Sunday with a scrimmage, but it will be closed and not open to the public
Kobe last-second shot from the left elbow a little long with Ronnie Price on him. Scrimmage over.
Oops, Alex Smith's total 49ers OC count is actually 7. I accidentally counted Jimmy Raye twice.
Can't hear what they're saying, but Nick Young keeps bantering to Kobe, who isn't paying much attention to him
Bruno Heller's new show, Gotham, might end up being fantastic. Really good so far.
Jared Sullinger on Jeff Green: "Defensively, these past couple of days, he’s just been stepping it up.”
Nice sequence in Lakers scrimmage: Kobe underhands to cutting Nash, who finds Jeremy Tyler at the rim. Tyler fouled. Kobe thrilled.
Kobe just got caught on a screen - I think Price - giving Young an open 3 but Swaggy was off line
Team Nash/Kobe holding a 18-9 lead; Bryant's controlling his matchup with Young and letting Swaggy know about it.
Kobe nice up-and-under move, found Nash cutting baseline, who passed it to a cutting Jeremy Tyler, who was fouled.
I'm not making any conclusions by citing that OC count. Just startling to see how two 49ers QBs could have such different environments.
Price Brown Young Randle Davis on floor for 2nd team
In short: practice looks more competitive today from what we saw yesterday.