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October 23, 2014 | 02:24 PM ET Update

Boston Celtics assistant coach Walter McCarty was arraigned Thursday in Framingham District Court court on a larceny charge. McCarty, who played 10 seasons in the NBA, including eight with the Celtics, is accused of bouncing checks to a contractor putting in $39,000 worth of cabinets in his home, according to WCVB-TV. ESPN.com

McCarty pleaded not guilty. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for Dec. 11. "This matter stems from ordering some kitchen cabinets for a home that my family and I are building," McCarty said in a statement released by the Celtics. "We hope to resolve the matter soon, but I simply cannot comment further while the case is pending." ESPN.com

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October 23, 2014 | 01:23 PM ET Update

What was your take on the whole Rick Carlisle and Chandler Parsons situation? Ellis: “Me personally, I would have addressed that a different way. But coach apologized for making that mistake. That’s all there is about it; admitting when you made a mistake. And Parsons didn’t take nothing of it, he just came in and practiced to do everything he could to get better and meet the requirement that coach wanted him to be at. He took on that challenge. I don’t think he took it personal, he just accepted that challenge. We put it behind us. We’re working hard. We want to get back to 2011 when they won the championship. At some point, things like that happen. We’re a family. Families have outbursts and disagreements, but at the same time, you come together, work together and put it behind you. Everyone knows it’s all love.” Dallas Morning News

But I make no excuses. I posted my best personal numbers last season, and we still didn’t make the playoffs. Some of the backlash was pretty hard to take — I learned that there is apparently such a thing as an “empty stat” (I’ll try to remember the importance of that the next time I am boxing out for a rebound against Tim Duncan). In the end, I was given the opportunity to move on, and I took it. My decision was about wanting to win. When I think back to being a kid shooting on an eight-foot hoop in my Shawn Kemp jersey, I never dreamed about putting up a triple-double or signing a max contract. I dreamed about holding up a championship trophy. In order to get to that place, I knew that I needed to move on. The Players' Tribune

I grew up a lot – personally and professionally – during my time with the Wolves. I’ll be the first to tell you that I didn’t always handle things perfectly. We are all unfinished products. It’s not easy to handle the disappointment of losing when you’re in your early twenties. There were times when I wasn’t easy to be around in the locker room. It’s hard to be a leader when you don’t have the model — and when you don’t have a blueprint for what winning in the NBA looks like. The Players' Tribune

So I’d like to take a moment to thank the fans of Minnesota for six great years. I still remember sitting in Madison Square Garden when I was first drafted in 2008, thinking that if I could go anywhere it would be to the Timberwolves to work with one of my childhood idols, Kevin McHale. There are so many people in Minnesota who helped to shape my game and mold me into the player I am today. I’ll always be fond of going to Manny’s Steakhouse, and the support I got from the entire Minnesota community — even in tough times — is something I’ll remember forever. (Seriously, thanks for not burning my jersey, you guys.) The Players' Tribune

Facing a 5 p.m. Monday deadline to reduce their roster to a maximum of 15 players, the Miami Heat on Thursday released rookie guards Tyler Johnson and Larry Drew and Hialeah-born forward Shawn Jones. The moves leave the Heat with 16 players on their preseason roster. Of the players released Thursday, Johnson was the most intriguing. Johnson, who went undrafted out of Fresno State in June, impressed the Heat with his athletic play during summer league to the degree that they offered him a $75,000 guarantee to attend training camp. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The Heat close their preseason schedule Friday at FedExForum against the Memphis Grizzlies, then open their regular season Wednesday at AmericanAirlines Arena against the Washington Wizards. The Heat's final cut could come down to guard Andre Dawkins or forward Khem Birch. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Everything on the plane to Rio was natural, and I felt like I could be a part of something special. It was a culture that I’m not accustomed to. After I was traded this summer, I kept hearing about how our challenge was going to be figuring out how to share the ball among LeBron, Kyrie and myself. Reporters kept asking me how I felt about it: Are you the second wheel? Are you the third wheel? What about your stats? To them I say: I don’t care. I’ve never played in a playoff game. I came to Cleveland because I want to win. The Players' Tribune

The Charlotte Hornets announced today that the team will honor the late Bobby Phills and re-hang his retired No. 13 jersey in a halftime ceremony during its game against Memphis on Saturday, November 1. The jersey was originally raised to the rafters on February 9, 2000, following Phills’ passing a month earlier. “During the process of bringing the Hornets name back to Charlotte, one of the most important elements to us was to once again honor the retired jersey of Bobby Phills,” said Hornets President & COO Fred Whitfield. “It is our responsibility to appropriately recognize the legacy of a man who impacted so many people with his contributions both on and off the basketball court.” NBA.com

On what he does when he’s not playing basketball: Monta Ellis: “During the season I usually go home and play with my kids. With the time that I have in the offseason, I’m going to fish at least four or five times a week. That’s what I love doing. That’s my second love besides basketball because it relaxes me. It gives me a time to think and reflect on what I need to do for next season. Seeing the Spurs win the championship after we gave them the toughest run; it’s a time where I can think and evaluate myself as a person and a player and see what I can do to get better and better. I don’t too much mess with the catfish. If I’m with my uncle or granddaddy, I let them take it off. [If I’m not with them] I’ll cut the line. I don’t do catfish. They’re slimy and too wiggly. They got the pointy things on the side and on the top that’ll stick you. I hate that. Fishing is like going to court. You don’t know what to expect. I go out there to just ease my mind and be on the water to relax. If I’m catching fish, that’s good. If I’m not catching fish, it’s not bad for me because I’m still getting that relaxation that I’m looking for. It takes your mind off everything else around you.” Dallas Morning News

October 23, 2014 | 12:33 PM ET Update

Shams Charania: The Houston Rockets have waived forward Josh Powell, league source tells RealGM. Powell had a non-guaranteed deal for this season. Twitter @ShamsCharania

Jackson had plenty to say about every player on the Knicks' roster in an interview with ESPN.com. He was very thorough and honest in his evaluation, particularly of Smith, whose past performance has many wondering if he will buy into the triangle offense. "J.R. is easily the best athlete on the team," Jackson said. "But J.R. has to learn the difference between a good shot and a bad shot. He has to trust that the triangle will create good shots and to avoid searching for his own shot. His defense also needs work because he tends to be a ball-watcher, and he's late in chasing his man around screens when he should be tailgating him." Newsday

"Carmelo Anthony is obviously the team's only certified All-Star," Jackson said. "It's also no secret that Melo has to keep the ball moving, but he's committed to doing this. Passing has never been a great strength of his, but in the triangle he'll be able to have checkoff reads like a quarterback looking for his first-option receiver, then his second and then his third." Newsday

With the Pacers in town for Thursday’s preseason finale, Stephenson had dinner in Charlotte with Roy Hibbert, George Hill, and Ian Mahinmi. Also present were Pacers rookie Shayne Whittington and Director of Player Relations Heather Denton. Both Hill and Hibbert shared a picture with Stephenson on social media. Hill wrote “GOOD TO SEE HIM TONIGHT.. ALWAYS GREAT LAUGHS WHEN HES AROUND… #MISSMYBRO,” while Hibbert said he was “Glad for him n his fam in Char.” Pacers.com

Nothing is more important to Jeanie Buss than the Lakers, including longtime fiancé Phil Jackson. The Lakers president, who met with Carmelo Anthony during the summer in hopes of luring the free agent away from New York, said it was strange to be pursuing a player who was also being courted by Jackson — the new Knicks president — but Buss said helping the Lakers get back to greatness is her biggest priority. “It was a bit awkward during that time,” Buss said. “Carmelo is a player who’s worth fighting for. In basketball, family, love, relationships, nothing is more important to me than the Lakers, so I’ll do it again.” New York Post

Heading into Wednesday’s game with Phoenix, Barnes is shooting 9.7 percent from the field (3for 31) and 5.6 percent from 3-point range (1 for 18) this preseason. “It’s just a rough stretch. Luckily, it’s only the preseason,” Barnes said last week. “Doc said he’s trying to figure out the starting lineup. He said he wants to bring me off the bench; I want to come off the bench. It’s just a matter of finding a rhythm, clearing my mind and playing basketball. “… It’s a process. I know I can play. It’s just a matter of finding my rhythm, finding my niche coming off the bench with the second unit.” Orange County Register

Michael Carter-Williams and the Philadelphia 76ers have set a target date of Nov. 13 for his return, a source close to the situation told ESPN.com. Carter-Williams, who won Rookie of the Year honors last season, has been out since May following surgery on his right shoulder. He averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 assists and 6.2 rebounds for the 76ers team that finished with the second-worst record in the NBA. ESPN.com

A source told ESPN that Carter-Williams is optimistic about returning on Nov. 13 in Dallas. However, there remains a belief that the team will hold him back, since general manager Sam Hinkie has shown little desire to win games this season and instead remains hopeful of landing another top draft pick in order to rebuild the franchise through high draft picks. ESPN.com

There’s nothing like an NBA ban to send sneakers flying off of shelves. That’s what Adam and Ryan Goldston learned after they received a fateful email from the league announcing the basketball shoe they had engineered in their free time during college was barred from use on the court for providing an “undue competitive advantage.” In the surreal hours and days after that, hundreds of news outlets picked up the story. Their company name, Athletic Propulsion Labs (APL), shot up to become one of the top search terms on Google. Their website crashed for eight hours. The twins, then 23, were thrilled. Fastcompany.com

Though they had once hoped the NBA might endorse the shoe--which uses forefoot compression springs to give players a vertical boost--they now realized a ban carried even more marketing value. “We sold nine months’ worth of inventory in three days,” Adam says. “There are few people who can point to an exact moment when the trajectory of their life changes, but that literally happened for us that day.” Fastcompany.com

The Indiana Pacers are now accepting nominations for the Indiana Pacers “Indiana Heroes” Award Program, presented by Citizens Energy Group. The Indiana Heroes program serves as one of the premier community outreach programs of the Pacers organization. Anyone can nominate an individual or a group that has made an overwhelming impact on the lives of others and who, through their unique commitment and humanitarian spirit, has made exceptional and lasting contributions to our community and our State. NBA.com

We spoke to DeAndre out in L.A. yesterday who told us he had NO IDEA Blake was being investigated by police for allegedly pulling a Zsa Zsa Gabor on a patron at Tao nightclub early Sunday morning. As we previously reported, Jordan was partying with Blake and several other Clippers teammates that night -- but tells TMZ Sports he has no recollection of Blake whipping out the pimp hand that night. TMZ.com

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October 23, 2014 | 08:39 AM ET Update

This is what the preseason is for: recognizing where one can improve and adjusting before the regular season hits. Love is in a good place right now. He's eager to kick thee season off, and with his new-found revelation, he anticipates having a strong year for the Cavaliers. "We just looked at film and I saw it. I felt it," he said. "Where I'm very effective is on the low block. That's where I need to be." Cleveland Plain Dealer

First, Vooch learned he will become a very, very rich man. Secondly, he later learned he didn't have to play against Dwight Howard. Your day doesn't get much better than that. "…I always wanted to stay here and be part of the Magic future, so I'm obviously very excited. I'm very happy," Vucevic said. Orlando Sentinel

Two executives with NBA teams told the AP the domestic violence charge was not a deal-breaker for their teams to consider Cunningham, but it definitely made it more difficult to bring him in. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment publicly on team personnel decisions. Cunningham's agent, Joel Bell, estimates Cunningham could have landed a deal paying him more than $4 million per season were it not for the charge. He said he was told as recently as Monday by one team that it couldn't risk the public relations trouble that could come from signing him. "Why would owners be skittish and worried about bringing him on board?" Roberts said. "Why are we afraid to say he didn't do anything wrong and there's no evidence to support that he did anything wrong?" Boston Herald

Players' union executive director Michele Roberts told the AP that she has had substantive dialogue with the league about addressing domestic violence and educating players and their families about it. But as a former public defender, she is also an advocate for due process. "I don't, quite frankly, know what the rush is," Roberts said. "Many of the teams are saying, until this is resolved I'd like at least for you to not play. I'm not fond of that." Boston Herald

He is now an ex-Timberwolves forward, an NBA free agent who is living in a motorhome at a campground near the campus of Penn State, where a former college teammate is on the coaching staff and runs him through workouts. He is staying in the motorhome for reasons of convenience and not monetary. But the journeyman player who was hoping to get a new multi-million dollar contract this summer says he hasn't even gotten an offer for the league minimum because teams have told them it's too risky to bring him in. "At this point it's about justice and it's about clearing my name," the 27-year-old forward told The Associated Press. "Clearly this adds a terrible stigma to my name. ... Now when anyone looks up Dante Cunningham, oh, wasn't he the one that was in trouble? There's nothing out there saying there was a false charge and now we have to change it. We have to bring justice to this situation so that this doesn't happen again." Boston Herald

Abbott’s piece de resistance is a rarely-attempted defense of Jim Buss, suggesting that he gave Bryant that $48.5 million last winter—before Kobe played, after which he came back and lasted six games—to avoid a public squabble over a new contract. Actually, Jeanie Buss made that call, not her brother. After losing Howard, they were terrified of losing Kobe, although at his pay scale, he had nowhere to go. The real key for the Buss kids was it was what their father did, as in 1991 when he gave Magic Johnson a one-year $14.6 million extension, bigger than half the NBA payrolls at the time. Forbes.com

D’Antoni’s problem was being in the wrong place at the wrong time but by then, bringing him back would have been another terrible blunder. If D’Antoni hadn’t made picking up his 2015-16 option a precondition for returning, he would be coaching today. As high-maintenance superstars go, Kobe is sadder but wise. Among peers, he’s now almost one of the guys. James, leery of him before they began playing together on Olympic teams, is now a friend. Forbes.com

Mike Bresnahan: Kobe Bryant will not play the Lakers' last two exhibition games. He's going to rest. Opener is next Tuesday vs. Houston. Twitter @Mike_Bresnahan

Together, coach Jason Kidd and veterans Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were supposed to lead Brooklyn into championship contention. Now, Pierce and Kidd are gone and hardly anyone views the Nets as a championship caliber team. “I definitely didn’t see all that coming,” Pierce, now with the Wizards, said this morning. “I think it all started probably with Jason leaving, it’s kind of like a domino from there. … I was a little disappointed, because I thought I was going to come back there and Jason was one of the main reasons I came to Brooklyn, him and Kevin.” Bergen Record

Shortly after Raptors' rookie Lucas "Bebe" Nogueira returned to the locker room following his NBA pre-season debut Wednesday, he received an emotional phone call from back home. His family and friends had watched the game live from Brazil. His mother was first on the line. "My mom, she's so emotional," the 22-year-old Nogueira said after scoring eight points and blocking three shots in the Raptors' 92-85 victory over Israeli club, Maccabi Haifa. "She [was] crying a lot. She cries about everything, but I understand why she is crying, because they adopted me." TSN

Nogueira went on to praise his family and his upbringing. "They gave me all the support to be, not [only] a basketball player, but a good person and a good human," he continued. "I think the most important thing about making money and playing basketball is that you get to be a good person. They gave me a whole education and support so right now to see her son in the NBA, she's so proud. So I understand why she's crying." TSN

"I was nervous because it was my first game," he admitted when it was all over. "I had just two practices with the team, so I was a little bit nervous." Nogueira waited anxiously, standing in front of his locker just over an hour ahead of tip-off. James Johnson, his neighbour and one of his biggest supporters on the team, came over to give him a pep talk. TSN

While playing defense, Kaman backed into Mozgov in an effort to box him out as a Denver player attempted a shot from the perimeter. But as Kaman pushed Mozgov, the 7-foot-1 center toppled on Kaman's back and chomped down on his head with his teeth. "I went back pretty hard and I must've hit him in the chest," Kaman said, retelling the story. "He kind of folded over and his teeth went down on my head." Oregonian

Kaman instantly cupped his head, felt a gash and blood. He was pulled from the game and taken to the locker room, where he was given three stitches. After the game, he was wearing a big bandage on his balding head, but said he felt "pretty good." "It happened so fast, I was like, 'What the heck?" Kaman said. "I felt his teeth kind of crush me in and I was like, 'Crap, I know I'm going to need some stitches." Oregonian

When two reporters from Italy interviewed him after he spoke to the New York media for the first time since being shut down Oct. 9, he said in Italian he underwent an MRI exam, but didn’t say what it revealed. That Bargnani had an MRI exam reveals the Knicks are surprised his injury hasn’t healed yet. When he missed the Oct. 11 game at the Mohegan Sun, Knicks coach Derek Fisher indicated he could’ve played if it were the regular season. Speaking in the locker room before the Knicks’ 103-100 win over the the Wizards at the Garden on Wednesday night, Bargnani said, “Injuries are always frustrating.’’ New York Post

Jackson said he was “crazy enough” to believe that Curry saw his ankle problems healed because God blessed the point guard who was “bold enough” to come to the altar at his church. “I was able to witness, share, testify and when necessary use words,” Jackson said. “It’s not like I was hitting them over the head with the Bible.” Contra Costa Times

Phoenix Suns forward T.J. Warren has sustained a small crack in a bone in his left thumb. He will be treated with a splint and rest. There is no timetable for his return. NBA.com

Asked if at Golden State he was given the freedom to help shape the lives of his players, Jackson said, “I will give them credit for that. They knew who they were hiring, and I had a platform, and it was incredible to see.” Jackson, a pastor at his church in Reseda, recalled that during weekend road trips in Los Angeles, he would invite players to either come to church or go to the gym and then have a “busload of guys” show up to church. Contra Costa Times

Stan Van Gundy took a question about the Detroit Pistons' vote on NBA draft lottery reform and turned it into a compelling lobby against maximum individual salaries for NBA players, which he deemed anti-competitive for elite players and teams alike. "They don't say to Bruce Springsteen, 'You can only get 25 percent of the proceeds and 75 percent's got to go to the E Street Band.' I mean, that's not the way it works," Van Gundy said Wednesday. Booth Newspapers

"If it were more of a free-market system, I think things would change," Van Gundy said. "I think you'd see greater parity in the league -- especially having the (salary) cap and no individual max." Booth Newspapers

The Cavs have been inundated with media requests for next Thursday’s opener. One team executive estimated tonight that the requests have surpassed the Dec. 2, 2010 game that was LeBron’s original return game to Cleveland as a member of the Heat. Now the Cavs are scrambling to find places to house all the media, since they can’t use their normal postseason media seating. That requires eliminating seats, and fans have already purchased tickets for those seats for Thursday night. Regardless, it should be a special night for the city and Cavs fans. I’ll see you then. Akron Beacon Journal

McLemore has made changes off the court, too, including leaving agent Rodney Blackstock. McLemore didn’t announce he’d signed with Blackstock until shortly before last year’s draft and the indecision over an agent might have hurt McLemore, once considered a top-three pick. “It was something that I had to figure out on my own, and I made the decision for myself,” McLemore said. “I just tried to get everybody’s opinion. At the end of the day, it was my decision. I’m just trying to move forward and focus on this upcoming season.” McLemore said he’s in no rush to hire a new agent; he’s under contract through the 2015-16 season. Sacramento Bee

Barnes, instead, is surrounded by chaos. It has followed him “from the jump” in his life, and right now, with his on-court game struggling and off-court life in the tabloids, peace couldn’t be farther away. The gossip site TMZ is reporting about his split with wife Gloria Govan. (“Going through a divorce is never easy,” Barnes said. “But, my life has always been hectic.”) His spot in the starting lineup is at serious risk, and his on-court play has been a disaster in the preseason’s first five games. Orange County Register

A Palestinian-American student alleged that she was assaulted by a group of Jewish fans at a Brooklyn arena during an exhibition basketball game between the host Nets and Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv. Nerdeen Kiswani, 20, said that she was punched in the stomach and had a Palestinian flag taken from her hands during the October 7 game at the Barclays Center by a group that included Leonard Petlakh, the executive director of the Kings Bay YM-YWHA, who was punched outside the arena after the game. Kiswani, who wears a hijab, is a student at Hunter College in Manhattan, where Petlakh also teaches. Haaretz

Blake Griffin has been accused of bitch-slapping a 39-year-old man inside a nightclub in Vegas this weekend ... TMZ Sports has learned. Here's what we know ... a man named Daniel says he was partying at Tao nightclub in the Venetian in the early hours of October 19th when he tried to take a cell phone pic of the crowd. TMZ.com

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