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Aussie Simmons part of global revival plan for 76ers (AFP)
23 Oct 2016 at 2:22am
Australia's Ben Simmons, last June's NBA Draft top pick now sidelined by a fractured right foot, is part of a global initiative aimed at reviving the NBA's woeful Philadelphia 76ers. Alongside fellow NBA newcomers Joel Embiid of Cameroon and Dario Saric of Croatia, Simmons will be called upon to help advance the fortunes of a club that went an NBA-worst 10-72 last season, barely beating the all-time worst full-season record of 9-73 set by Philadelphia's 1972-73 squad. Just four seasons after winning just nine games, the 76ers made a run to the 1977 NBA Finals.
Rockets lose guard Beverley for opening six weeks (AFP)
22 Oct 2016 at 6:44pm
Patrick Beverley, the Houston Rockets' backcourt starter alongside top scorer James Harden, will miss at least 20 games to start the NBA season with a left knee injury. Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said Beverley will miss the first six weeks of the upcoming campaign, which begins for Houston on Wednesday at the Los Angeles Lakers. Eric Gordon, Tyler Ennis, P.J. Hairston and K.J. McDaniels figure to share time at point guard in place of 28-year-old Beverley, who averaged 9.9 points, 3.4 assists and 3.5 rebounds a game last season.
News flash: The Sixers have injury problems as season nears (The Associated P...
22 Oct 2016 at 5:15am
The last thing the Philadelphia 76ers need less than a week before the season begins is more bad news on the injury front.
Deng looking forward to Lakers renaissance (AFP)
22 Oct 2016 at 2:14am
Whether fleeing civil war in Sudan with his family or moving to the United States on a scholarship as a 14-year-old, Luol Deng is no stranger to new beginnings. The 31-year-old British forward's nomadic existence has now taken him to Hollywood, where he is expected to be a key figure as the Los Angeles Lakers attempt to rebuild after the worst season in their history. Deng joined the Lakers on a four-year $72 million deal in July, lured by the possibility of working with new coach Luke Walton at the start of a long-term project to revive the iconic franchise.
Harden ready to help Rockets bounce back this season (The Associated Press)
21 Oct 2016 at 10:30pm
When the NBA season tips off, James Harden will be able to run Mike D'Antoni's famed seven seconds or less offense in games that count. The question is whether the scheme of Houston's new coach will be enough to help the Rockets bounce back after last year's disappointing season. Harden was second in the NBA with a career-high 29 points per game last season and his 7.5 assists and 6.1 rebounds were also career bests.
Duncan-less Spurs eager for another run at NBA postseason (The Associated Press)
21 Oct 2016 at 10:14pm
Tim Duncan's retirement played a large role in the reconstruction, but so did losing in six games to Oklahoma City in the Western Conference semifinals. Duncan is gone along with veterans Boris Diaw, Matt Bonner and late-season additions Andre Miller and Kevin Martin. While San Antonio added another veteran in Pau Gasol, they also brought in a lot of youth and athleticism as they prepared for life without Duncan, the power forward who led the franchise to five NBA titles in 19 seasons.
It turns out the Knicks bid against themselves for Brandon Jennings (Ball Don...
21 Oct 2016 at 8:00pm
Who is Brandon Jennings to say no to a few extra million dollars? Little about Brandon Jennings? basketball career has been conventional. Jennings started all 82 games, averaging 15.5 points, 5.7 assists and 3.4 rebounds for a Bucks team that won 46 games and nearly upset the No. 3 seed in the playoffs.
Will it work? A look at some NBA free agent deals of note (The Associated Press)
21 Oct 2016 at 6:24pm
MIAMI (AP) -- Out of the nearly $4 billion worth of new contracts that were signed this offseason, some of them seem fairly certain to benefit the team that's laying out the money.
Golden State expects growing pains with addition of Durant (The Associated Pr...
21 Oct 2016 at 6:19pm
Steve Kerr fully expects plenty of growing pains for the Golden State Warriors as Kevin Durant finds his way on a new-look, superstar roster. ''In the NBA you never know what you have until it's there,'' Kerr said.
Lakers look exciting, but Walton knows rebuilding takes time (The Associated ...
21 Oct 2016 at 6:04pm
After a half-decade of excruciating decline, the future has finally arrived for the Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe Bryant is gone. Luke Walton is in charge, and the promising young coach has the luxury of time to rebuild a 16-time champion franchise in ruins.

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