Davis scores 14 in Pelicans’ win over Wizards (Yahoo Sports)

NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 16: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans handles the ball against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Smoothie King Center on October 16, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)

BALTIMORE (AP) — Anthony Davis scored 14 points and Ryan Anderson had 11 as the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Washington Wizards 88-84 on Monday night in the next-to-last preseason game for both teams.


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Paul George blasts media over Kobe Bryant report

Paul George put the media on blast over a report saying he’s one of many free agents who was deterred by the Lakers because of Kobe Bryant. In a story for ESPN the Magazine published Monday, Henry Abbott explored the topic of how many key free agents were disinterested in the Lakers because of Kobe….Read More

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Highlight: Wizards’ Nene spins and dunks over Pelicans’ Omer Asik

Washington Wizards forward Nene took it back to his younger days, as he posted up New Orleans Pelicans center Omer Asik then spun off him to throw down a thunderous dunk. The Wizards have been carefully easing Nene through the preseason, given his injury history and the fact he played for his native Brazil during the FIBA World Basketball Championships. When healthy, there is no denying Nene can produce moments like this. Asik got a whiff of what the Chicago Bulls saw in last season’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. [Vine] The post Highlight: Wizards’ Nene spins and dunks over Pelicans’ Omer Asik appeared first on KCM SPORTS.

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Jimmy Butler 3-pointer lifts Bulls over Hawks

Jimmy Butler’s 3-pointer at the buzzer gives Bulls 85-84 victory over Hawks

      
 

 

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WATCH: Bulls’ commentator goes insane over buzzer-beater

Jason Whitney Chicago Bulls‘ color commentator Stacey King lost his mind after Jimmy Butler hit a game winning three-pointer at the buzzer. And when I say “lost his mind” that might be an understatement. King literally called Jimmy Butler “Jimmy Jordan.” I love the enthusiasm, but lets take it easy on the Jordan comparisons. I wonder what […] Sports-Kings – The Kings of Sports Lists – Sports bloggers that cover the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, fantasy sports, college sports and much more. From funny videos to pictures we have it all

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Aaron Gordon Slams Absurd 2-Handed Dunk over Flamengo Defender

Aaron Gordon is going to disable an NBA rim one day. Bank on that.

The former McDonald’s All-American and Arizona Wildcats standout has been bashing rims for years, and pro scouts fairly slavered at the mouth upon seeing the 6’9″ freshman show off his 39-inch vertical at the NBA combine in May.

So it comes as no surprise to see Gordon nearly jumping over defenders in preseason exhibition games. The 19-year-old Orlando Magic rookie nearly brought down the gym Wednesday with a two-handed slam against professional Brazilian powerhouse Flamengo.

Gordon grabbed an entry pass in the high post during the fourth quarter, turned to the basket and threw down a two-handed rim-bender over Flamengo‘s Vitor Benite. With a few short steps, Gordon went from earthbound to having his knees around Benite‘s shoulders.

Here’s a clip of the dunk, courtesy of Ball Up NBA—because it must be watched on a loop.

The scariest part is Gordon knows he could have cleared the Brazilian guard.

“I jumped around him,” Gordon told NBA.com’s John Denton. “In the aftermath, hindsight is 20/20, but I probably could have jumped over him. But I just avoided the charge and dunked it.”

Indeed, Gordon intelligently avoided the charge. He also kindly left Benite‘s likeness off a ream of posters in the process.

Gordon will likely have plenty of opportunities to leave his mark on NBA rims this season. The Magic are excited about their team’s athleticism and appear content to let their young talent lead the charge in an uptempo offense this season.

We’ll see how Gordon fares against stiffer competition, but suffice it to say, the kid is ready to bend iron.

 

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Teletovic leads Nets to 129-117 OT win over Kings

Teletovic scores 22 to lead Brooklyn over Kings 129-117 in overtime in Beijing exhibition game

      
 

 

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Lakers’ Nick Young Takes Over Hollywood Bus Tour

Los Angeles Lakers small forward Nick Young has had an eventful offseason, so it comes as no surprise that he recently had some fun in Hollywood.

While recovering from a broken hand, Swaggy P decided to take over Starline City Sightseeing, a bus tour through Hollywood. Watch the video above as Young acts as a tour guide around Sunset Boulevard.

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Teletovic leads Nets to 129-117 OT win over Kings (Yahoo Sports)

BEIJING (AP) — Mirza Teletovic scored 22 points to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 129-117 overtime preseason victory over the Sacramento Kings in the second of their two NBA exhibition games in China.

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Jeremy Lin Deserves to Start for Los Angeles Lakers over Steve Nash

Jeremy Lin was acquired by the Los Angeles Lakers as an insurance policy for starting point guard Steve Nash, but it has become clear through training camp and in the preseason that Lin deserves the starting job.

According to head coach Byron Scott, via Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times, the team is already considering starting Lin over Nash:

Lin has been dealing with an ankle injury of his own, but the 26-year-old point guard has missed just 11 games over the last two seasons. After averaging 12.5 points, 4.1 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game last year alongside James Harden and Dwight Howard on the Houston Rockets, the Lakers acquired Lin to add depth behind Nash and alleviate some of the pressure on the veteran.

Lin struggled in his first preseason game against Denver, missing all six of his field goals and finishing the day with just one point. He bounced back in his second game, though, and racking up 14 points, four assists and four rebounds.

On the other hand, Nash has already been dealing with back and hamstring injuries, according to Mike Trudell of Lakers.com, and pulled himself from Sunday’s loss to Golden State:

The problem for the Lakers is reliability. The team needs a consistent point guard who can lead the offense, and Lin is the better option at this point of their respective careers. Nash is 40 years old and played in only 15 games last season while dealing with injuries. After playing in only 50 games the previous year, Nash would be better suited for sporadic minutes off the bench.

Sitting a star like Nash won’t be easy, but Scott told Bresnahan and Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times about how he thinks the veteran will take the news if asked to be a role player: “I have no doubt in my mind that if I went to Steve and said tomorrow, ‘You know what, I’m going to start Jeremy and the games that you’re available, we’re going bring you off the bench,’ he’s such a professional that I don’t think it would be a problem whatsoever.”

The decision on which player is named starter should be based on who gives the team the best chance to win, not who had the most illustrious career. Los Angeles is trying to return to championship contention as soon as possible. As great as Nash was in the past, he is too injury-prone to carry the offensive unit throughout the 2014-15 campaign.

With players like Kobe Bryant, Nick Young and Carlos Boozer all looking for a point guard to find them when they get open, building a rapport with Lin as the starter instead of learning on the fly is the smart move for the coaching staff.

Nash’s possible switch to a backup role would also give the team a serious weapon off the bench. The less minutes Nash has on his legs, the longer he can stay healthy and remain a contributing factor to the team.

Lin would play the majority of the minutes each game, and Nash could come in and operate a dangerous second-team offense or even play alongside Kobe in a dynamic backcourt.

No one will ever doubt the skill of Nash when he is healthy, but his unreliability over the last two seasons can’t be ignored. The veteran will remain a valuable asset off the bench, but Lin should be the starter for the Lakers moving forward.

 

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