In today’s NBA news, Mavericks forward Brandan Wright will be out of action for a while with a small fracture in his left shoulder; Rodney Stuckey fractured his thumb on a car door; and Dwayne Wade returned to action for the Miami Heat.
Wednesday, October 9
Daily Trivia: Carmelo Anthony is fifth among active players with a career playoff average of 25.4 points per game. Who is ahead of him? Answer below.
LeBron likes new look Pistons
Posted at 09:19 PM ET
Miami Heat forward LeBron James was intrigued by the offseason makeover of the Detroit Pistons, reports Michael Wallace of ESPN. The team brought back championship guard Chauncey Billups as well as acquired former Atlanta Hawks star Josh Smith and high-scoring ex-Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings. Detroit also hired Maurice Cheeks as head coach. “I think only time will tell, but they definitely improved their roster bringing in Jennings and Josh, and Big Shot [Billups] as well,” James said after Wednesday’s practice. “[On] paper, they look like they can be pretty good this year. No individual can do it by himself, but they have a lot of talent.”"
Rondo has no desire to leave Boston
Posted at 09:05 PM ET
When Bill Simmons says the Boston Celtics will have a terrible season, it’s probably true. But Celtics star point guard Rajon Rondo, who’s been mentioned in trade rumors all offseason, says he has no plans to bail on his team. In an interview with Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe, Rondo said he loves Boston. “The fans are great here. And Danny [Ainge] has been straightforward with me. This is my team. Why would I want to leave? Why would I want out? I never really backed away from a challenge. This would be a challenge. I’m looking forward to working with coach [Brad] Stevens. It’s a brand new start for us as a team. A lot of new players and a lot of young guys willing to listen, so I’m very excited.”
Marcus Camby could miss significant time with foot injury
Posted at 11:56 AM ET
Houston Rockets center Marcus Camby tore his plantar fascia and could miss nearly two months if conditions don’t improve, he told Jonathan Feigen of Ultimate Rockets. The injury occurred in January when Camby was a member of the New York Knicks but he’s expected to be out at least another two weeks. He’s been in therapy trying is to improve his condition enough to avoid surgery. “I’m trying to do whatever I can to avoid surgery. We’re just going to rehab it and see how it goes in the next two weeks and take it from there. We don’t want to rehab it and nurse it and have it still be lingering. That is something I’m going to sit back and figure out and definitely look toward long term, as the season progresses to the second half of the season. I have to be smart about it.” Camby has not participated in practices in training camp this season. He played in just 24 games last season.
Trivia Answer: Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki, Kobe Bryant
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The Detroit Pistons have been one of the most active teams in the NBA this offseason. Of course, that shouldn’t surprise anybody who suffered through the marginal talent base and boring, uninspired basketball on display in Motown the past few years.
But after a whirlwind offseason, Detroit is definitely ready to take a big step forward. The Pistons will feature four new starters on Opening Night, including the team’s big free agent signing – Josh Smith. The Smith signing had many NBA observers scratching their heads, and when president Joe Dumars traded for talented but jumper-happy point guard Brandon Jennings, the rumble of questions just got louder.
Jennings and Smith will start alongside the young frontcourt duo of Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond and a shooting guard to be named later. Other new faces include the returning Chauncey Billups, Italian League MVP Luigi Datome and lottery pick Kentavious Caldwell-Pope on the floor, and Maurice Cheeks and Rasheed Wallace on the coaching staff.
The Dwight Howard signing had a humongous effect on the futures market for who will win the NBA title.
And then it started a trickle-down effect.
You never know what to expect when dealing with the NBA offseason on a day-to-day basis. Some days, the biggest news turns out to be Tyreke Evans crossing up the mayor of Seattle in a Pro-Am game. Then there are days like today, where there are an endless number of eye-catching stories around the league.
Here is something in particular that will make you say “whoa, really??”: Chris Paul, at one point during free agency, was going to leave Los Angeles to team up with James Harden and Dwight Howard in Houston. Now that’s a scary thought for the rest of the league. As we know, though, Paul will remain with the Clippers, making this story something that would have been much more juicy had it been leaked before things settled down with the addition of Doc Rivers.
This one has been expected for a while, but John Wall has officially come to terms with the Washington Wizards on a maximum contract worth approximately $80 million over five years. The question is, did anyone else think that Wall deserved a contract that only the best point guards in the league have received? Shlomo Sprung explains why that’s not the case.