Scotto: The Return of Derrick Rose and Chicago’s ‘Scary’ Team

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NEW YORK – After mixed results while playing for Team USA in the FIBA World Cup this summer (he had one good game, and it was Coach K, not Coach Thibs, who inspired him), Derrick Rose returned to the NBA hardwood for the first time in a regular season game since Nov. 22, 2013. “I think USA Basketball did a great job of making sure that my nerves weren’t too high,” Rose said. “I wasn’t too antsy when I was out


10 Fast Facts from Last Night’s Games — Bosh Goes Off, Kemba Beats the Buzzer, Kobe’s 31 Spoiled


Day 2 of the 2014-15 NBA regular season is officially in the books. Wednesday, October 29 was a day that played host to some throwback performances by major stars, the return of others and the first overtime period of the season. There was a buzzer-beater, a number of massive statistical performances and the debut of big-name rookies. When it was all said and done, Day 2 set the stage for a magnificent 2014-15 campaign. These are the 10 facts that you need


Pau Gasol could be Bulls’ missing link to a title contender


Pau Gasol has everything the Chicago Bulls were missing in the past. Clearly Chicago needs a healthy Derrick Rose to compete for a championship, but Gasol looked every bit of the team’s missing part in Wednesday night’s 104-80 win over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Gasol scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 29 minutes in the win and added a lot to the team that they lacked last year, according to Bulls players and head coach Tom Thibodeau. “He’s


Photo of the Day: NBA Players Gear Up for Start of the Season

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The NBA season got started in a big way last night. Anthony Davis absolutely dominated the Orlando Magic, putting up 26 points, 17 rebounds, two assists, nine blocks and three steals, in which the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Magic 101-84. The San Antonio Spurs hung their fifth title banner since 1999 and flashed their championship rings as they took on Dallas at home. The Spurs, playing without Tiago Splitter and Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, outlasted the visiting Mavericks by a


Kamenetzky: Kobe Learning to Let Go of Lacking Lakers

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LOS ANGELES — “You can only control what you can control. That’s really tough to process, it’s tough to let that go. But it’s the truth, man.” That was Kobe Bryant at the podium Tuesday night after his Los Angeles Lakers dropped their season opener to the Houston Rockets, a 108-90 home loss that wasn’t as competitive as even the lopsided score might indicate. Small picture, he was speaking specifically about the spirit-crushing injury – a broken right tibia – suffered by


10 Fast Facts From Last Night’s Games — Davis Goes Off, Spurs Raise Banner, Kobe Battles Howard

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Tuesday, October 28 marked the commencement of the 2014-15 NBA regular season. Six teams took part in three games, and the results did not disappoint. One of the association’s fastest rising stars joined the ranks of legends just one game into the new campaign. He wasn’t alone in what was an extraordinary day of basketball for some of the game’s biggest and most under-appreciated players. Whether you saw it all or missed it, these are the 10 facts that you need to know about


Photo of the Day: Spurs Reveal Championship Rings


The day we’ve all been waiting for is finally here. NBA basketball is back. After a long, incredible offseason for the league and many teams, Tuesday night kicks off the first real action since the San Antonio Spurs routed the Miami Heat in five games in the Finals. So, what better way to bring back basketball than having those same Spurs present their title and the rings they earned, and to hang the franchise’s fifth NBA Championship banner. The new-look Mavericks


Don’t Sleep on the Raptors

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Did you hear LeBron James is back in Cleveland? And Derrick Rose has returned from injury! Stop the presses! It’s an exciting time in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, to be sure, but those two stories aren’t the only two worth mentioning as the league’s opening day gets closer and closer. The Toronto Raptors are legit, and there is reason to think they could improve on their breakout performance last season in 2014-2015. For starters, to state the obvious, the East is a