NBA Chatter - Tuesday, Oct 16th sorted by time
Bleacher Report: WNBA All-Star Kristi Toliver Hired by Wizards as Assistant Coach
Washington Mystics star Kristi Toliver has been hired as an assistant coach for player development with the Washington Wizards, according to NBA.com.
The WNBA All-Star will work on the back of the team's bench along with assistants David Adkins, Mike Terpstra and Maz Trakh. She previously worked as an assistant with the Wizards during the Las Vegas Summer League as well as during training camp.
This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.
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- Bleacher Report: Full Article
Deseret News: Utah Jazz regain connectivity entering 2018-19 opener against Sacramento
SALT LAKE CITY -- Less than a week ago, members of the Utah Jazz traveled to Sacramento's Golden 1 Center to deliver a 39-point beatdown over the Kings.
That victory marked a 5-0 preseason finish for the Jazz, but Derrick Favors has erased that performance from his memory.
As the franchise gets close to tipping off its 40th season of Utah Jazz basketball, Sacramento is once again on the schedule for the 2018-19 regular-season opener on Wednesday in the same arena.
"We have to forget about that game. That was a preseason game," Favors said following Monday's practice.
- Deseret News: Full Article
The Star: Eight games every Raptors fan should circle on their calendar
This season, the Raptors' 82-game schedule includes 12 back-to-back games, four four-game game road swings, nine away games in both November and December and a season-high eight home games in the month of January. There will be homecomings, old rivalries renewed and new foes to conquer, all in the hopes of setting up the easiest possible playoff path to the franchise's first NBA final. Catching every game, PVR or not, will be next to impossible, so if you're going to pick your spots, here are eight games you won't want to miss:
Wednesday vs. Cleveland: The season opener will give fans a first glimpse at these new-look Raptors, plus the Cavaliers without LeBron James.
- The Star: Full Article
Official Site of the Kings: Kings Join SiriusXM for Season Preview Show
It's that time of the year!
Basketball is finally in the air, as season preview columns, podcasts and more flood your news feeds.
This past week, head coach Dave Joerger, point guard De'Aaron Fox, No. 2 overall pick Marvin Bagley III and General Manager Vlade Divac joined Sirius NBA Radio to discuss everything Sactown.
"We work hard and we have fun doing it, that's our mantra," said coach Joerger.
The @SacramentoKings have been building up their young assets for the last couple years, but GM Vlade Divac says they're always open to adding more.
- Official Site of the Kings: Full Article
Fansided: Portland Trail Blazers: How did their preseason compare to their regular season?
The preseason - everyone's favorite collection of five games that don't matter. However, while the Portland Trail Blazers 3-2 record in these games will mean nothing come this Thursday, we can look at their team stats and see how this current iteration of the club may differ from last year's.
Of course, take all these assessments with a grain of salt. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum will play more than 22 minutes per game. Jake Layman won't start. Coach Terry Stotts won't play all of his players every night.
But some of the numbers from preseason will point to trends that we will continue to see in the Blazers' games that actually matter.
- Fansided: Full Article
Bright Side Of The Sun: Report: Suns waive Davon Reed to free up room for Jamal Crawford
According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, after no movement was made before yesterday's roster cut down deadline, the Phoenix Suns have waived Davon Reed after presumably failing to find a trading partner for him elsewhere.
Reed was taken near the top of the second round after Josh Jackson was taken No. 4 overall in the 2017 NBA Draft. Tyler Ulis, taken 34th in 2016, was released before July and Alec Peters, taken later in the second round in Reed's year, was let go after Las Vegas Summer League.
- Bright Side Of The Sun: Full Article
Liberty Ballers: Sixers at Celtics: Game Thread
When: 8 p.m. ET
Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA
Line: Sixers +5.5 (Bovada), O/U 211
Starting Lineups (2017-18 stats)
G: Ben Simmons (15.8 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 8.2 apg, 1.7 spg, 54.5 FG/0.0 3PT/56.0 FT)
G: Markelle Fultz (7.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.8 apg, 40.5/0.0/47.6)
F: Robert Covington (12.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.7 spg, 41.3/36.9/85.3)
F: Dario Saric (14.
- Liberty Ballers: Full Article
Welcome to Loud City: Thunder vs Warriors preview and gamethread: OKC faces the champs without Westbrook, Roberson, possibly Adams
The Thunder debut in the 2018-19 season far away from the safe haven that is the 'Peake, and instead in the belly of the gym that represents everything they want. And they're doing it with close to zero chance of competing tonight.
The Warriors kick off their season at home and in preparation to raise the championship banner and pass out some jewelry. The Thunder, much to our dismay, will be playing the champs absent Russell Westbrook, Andre Roberson, and potentially Steven Adams, which all but kills their chances of making this any type of competitive battle.
- Welcome to Loud City: Full Article
Fansided: New York Knicks: Trade options never materialized for Joakim Noah
The New York Knicks removed Joakim Noah from their roster via the waive-and-stretch provision. They failed to reach a buyout agreement since no teams were interested in the veteran center, so New York was forced to take a $6.4 million cap hit in each of 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22.
No trade seemed imminent, either, as the front office looked for this before the official waive of Noah's contract.
For the reason why, general manager Scott Perry said they explored trade options, but the market was expensive. He reiterated president Steve Mills' words on an unwillingness to move first round picks, according to ESPN's Ian Begley:
On the decision to waive Joakim Noah & stretch the final year ($19.
- Fansided: Full Article
Canis Hoopus: NBA Opening Night: 76ers at Celtics, Thunder at Warriors
Our long, difficult summer comes to an end tonight as NBA basketball returns to our lives and our televisions. I thought we better have a game(s) thread for opening night so we can practice for the Wolves, who open tomorrow in San Antonio.
Two reasonably good match ups tonight, starting in Boston where two of the expected Eastern Conference contenders meet. The Celtics are probably the favorites in the East, and are an incredibly deep and well coached team. Kyrie Irving is their big scoring star, but the signature of this team is depth. They welcome back Gordon Hayward, signed as a free agent in 2017 but injured and lost for the season in his first game as a Celtic.
- Canis Hoopus: Full Article
Miami Herald: How teammates view this year's Whiteside and challenges that await Spoelstra and his center
This could have gone one of two ways with Hassan Whiteside after the Heat was unable to find an appealing trade for him this summer:
After his humbling, ineffective first-round playoff series against Philadelphia, he could have spent the summer pouting, pushing for a trade and putting the onus on Erik Spoelstra, not himself, to change.
Or Whiteside could have spent the summer polishing and expanding his game and making changes his teammates sought - primarily setting more forceful screens, a particular irritant to them in the past.
Whiteside chose option two and Heat people - while cautious - are also appreciative, knowing the alternative would have been potentially toxic.
- Miami Herald: Full Article
LA Times: JaVale McGee impresses teammate with his knowledge of the game
Kyle Kuzma and JaVale McGee have a history, both having grown up in Flint, Mich.
"He's actually a student of the game," Kuzma said. "You see the Shaqtin' A Fool, you see everything like that, but he actually knows basketball and he's always watching film. You talk to him on the court and you can just tell how he talks and how he screens you that he knows what he's doing and he's really smart."
McGee, 31, is entering his 11th season after winning two championships with the Golden State Warriors. He will be the Lakers' starting center this season and is expected to see more playing time than in most of his previous seasons in the NBA.
- LA Times: Full Article
Clips Nation: 4 Questions for the Clippers Going Into Opening Night
Yep, it's time people. After five long months without regular season or playoff NBA basketball, the NBA is back Tuesday night. While the offseason has been an eventful hodgepodge of trade demands (awkward laughs and front-office badmouthing included), big name free-agent signings, and coaching changes, nothing beats opening day. For the Los Angeles Clippers, this takes place Wednesday night against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center.
After an undefeated preseason (First time in franchise history by the way. Clipper fans have to celebrate the little things), the Clips head into the regular season with momentum and a budding chemistry.
- Clips Nation: Full Article
Official Site of the Pacers: Turner's Extension Provides Good Vibes Heading into Season
The jokes were inevitably waiting for Myles Turner when he showed up for practice on Tuesday. The news of his four-year contract extension from the Pacers had broken the previous evening, so this was the first chance for his teammates to take shots at him.
They mostly consisted of the standard dinner's-on-you jokes one years upon receiving a financial windfall, but he had a ready answer.
"People don't understand, that doesn't kick in until next year," Turner said, laughing after Tuesday's practice at St. Vincent Center.
The contract agreement has kept him laughing and his cell phone buzzing since he put ink to paper within an hour of Monday's 6 p.
- Official Site of the Pacers: Full Article
Fansided: The Houston Rockets get their first jersey sponsorship
The Houston Rockets have entered the jersey advertisement game. They officially will have a jersey-patch on their uniforms for the 2018-19 NBA season.
The Rockets were one of the last teams to jump into this type of advertisement in the NBA. Many franchises chose to take part in them last year during their inaugural season.
Houston was never opposed to adding the patches to their jersey, but they were waiting for the perfect opportunity for it to happen first. They found just that, choosing to partner with ROKiT phone company.
Here are how the patches will look this season:
Proud to announce a multi-year partnership with ROKiT Phones that includes designating ROKiT as our inaugural jersey partner!
- Fansided: Full Article
San Jose Mercury News: Warriors Profiles: Kerr ready to joyfully guide craft into uncharted waters
The man behind the machine appears to be happy and healthy headed into the Warriors' 3-peat bid. That's excellent news for a team with just as much firepower as ever (more if DeMarcus Cousins returns to health), only in need of the steady hand of its skipper.
This is the final installment of our 'Game Faces' feature. Our Kevin Durant profile also just posted -- check it out.
It's time to unveil some shiny new bling and tip this season off. In case you missed any of our other profiles (and cool portraits from Jose Carlos Fajardo), please check out the links below.
- San Jose Mercury News: Full Article
Denver Stiffs: Stiffs NBA Show: Episode 3
The NBA is finally back and so is the Stiffs NBA Show. In episode three, Adam Mares and Brendan Vogt offer their takeaways from the preseason. How does Monte Morris change things for the second unit? Are Malik Beasley and Juancho Hernangomez any closer to cracking the rotation?
The guys then enter preview mode and fire off some takes for the upcoming season. Who will be the leading scorer on the Denver Nuggets? Can Nikola Jokic match his triple double output from last season? Will the Nuggets clear their over/under projection?
Bonus content: Five quick questions with Torrey Craig.
- Denver Stiffs: Full Article
Dallas Morning News: Having Tyson Chandler 2.0 should work wonders for Mavericks' goal to establish new defensive identity
PHOENIX -- Tyson Chandler, whom the Mavericks will see with the Suns in the season opener Wednesday night, remains the greatest center in franchise history.
When you are a vital piece of a championship, you earn that designation until further notice.
DeAndre Jordan arrives hoping to be further noticed.
In everything from his playing style to his chin-up dunks, Jordan is Tyson 2.0 for the Mavericks. He will be leaned on almost exactly like the Mavericks asked Chandler to prop them up in so many ways when they won the title in 2011 and again when he rejoined them in 2014-15.
- Dallas Morning News: Full Article
Cleveland Plain Dealer: Should athletes be allowed to use their bodies as billboards?
J.R. Smith and Lonzo Ball are being forced to cover up their tattoos that prominently display brands and companies that are not endorsed by the NBA. Many believe that adults should be able to display whatever tattoos they want as long as they are not explicit or harmful. Others argue that while self-expression should be encouraged in the league, players should not use their bodies as corporate billboards. What do you think?
The NBA has been one of the more lenient leagues when it comes to self-expression, especially in regards to tattoos.
- Cleveland Plain Dealer: Full Article
CSN Chicago: 'Underdog' Tyler Ulis will fit in just fine with these Bulls
It's been a whirlwind of a summer for point guard Tyler Ulis, but he finally feels like he's found a home. Literally.
The 5-foot-9 point guard was cut by the Suns in late June, latched on with a training camp invite by the Warriors and was subsequently waived on Friday. It was then that Ulis, working out in California, received a call from his agent. He had been claimed on waivers by the Chicago Bulls. His hometown Bulls.
"I grew up watching (the Bulls)," he said after his first practice on Tuesday. "Growing up in this city, you always want to be a Bull and you're always willing and hoping that you'll be here one day.
- CSN Chicago: Full Article