AP Source: Warriors, Thompson agree to extension (The Associated Press)
31 Oct 2014 at 2:58pm
The Golden State Warriors and shooting guard Klay Thompson have agreed to a four-year maximum contract extension worth about $70 million, a person with knowledge of the deal said Friday. Thompson and the team had until the end of Friday to get a deal done or Thompson could become a restricted free agent next summer, when the Warriors would've had an opportunity to match any offer sheet he signed. Golden State drafted Thompson out of Washington State with the 11th overall pick in 2011. He has become one of the NBA's top two-way guards and teamed with fellow ''Splash Brothers'' star Stephen Curry to form one of the league's best backcourts.
NBA Halloween highlights: 'Pornstache' Westbrook, Khal D-Will-go, Swaggy Rick...
31 Oct 2014 at 1:55pm
It's Oct. 31, which can mean only one thing ? the frustrating lack of closure to a number of young extension-eligible players who will become restricted free agents this summer! No, wait, that's not it ? well, I mean, that is it , but it's not all . It's also Halloween, which means a bunch of NBA players are celebrating the somewhat shocking rarity of finding costumes that fit the very tall and muscular among us. Let's review some of the more notable All Hallow's Eve entries, shall we? [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Basketball: Sign up and join a league today! ] Several days before his Halloween turned truly horrifying , Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook got us started with his portrayal of George "Pornstache" Mendez , Pablo Schreiber's alternately terrifying and laughable mustachioed corrections officer from "Orange is The New Black": Several of Westbrook's teammates suited up, too, with Andre Roberson going with the ol' reliable Ghostbuster costume, Steven Adams (who'd have made a dynamite "Pornstache" as recently as a month ago ) as "Cast Away"-era Tom Hanks, Lance Thomas as Finn from Cartoon Network's "Adventure Time" and, tucked away in the right-hand corner, rookie Mitch McGary as Batman villain Bane from "The Dark Knight Rises": While Westbrook went Netflix, Deron Williams went the HBO GO route, donning his warrior's braid to dress as Khal Drogo in a "Game of Thrones"-inspired couples costume with his wife, Amy, as Daenerys Targaryen, a.k.a. Khaleesi: Got so real last night. Had to take a mid-party turn up break. @redbullNYC #gotwings #HappyHalloween #GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/VXMSnfIyMY ? Deron Williams (@DeronWilliams) October 31, 2014 The Brooklyn Nets point guard was joined at The Players' Tribune's Halloween party by teammates Brook Lopez, whose foot injury might be keeping him out of the lineup , but didn't prevent him from kicking it as the Black Ranger: Check out TPT's Facebook page for more pics from the party https://t.co/8cxh5mN9tZ pic.twitter.com/P7vF7vsuWM ? The Players' Tribune (@PlayersTribune) October 31, 2014 (Not as good as J.R. Smith: Power Ranger , but still, pretty decent.) And yes, that is Andrei Kirilenko as a member of the Na'vi from "Avatar": Young Nets Mason Plumlee, Cory Jefferson and Sergey Karasev went as Homer Simpson, Superman and a skeleton, respectively, according to The Brooklyn Game , but to me, none of those are nearly as much fun as rookie Markel Brown explaining why "Freddy vs. Jason" is his all-time favorite Halloween movie: "... because you have two characters in the same movie, and they just trying to destroy each other, while killing others." That "while killing others" is just absolutely wonderful. Likewise wonderful: Former Net and current Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce, a longtime staple of NBA Halloween greatness , decided to both get involved in the unstoppable superheroization of American popular entertainment and stay true to his new squad's color scheme: Ladies and gentleman Paul Pierce !!!:)) #legend #this #guyyyyyy ??? pic.twitter.com/XCdxDmNKWf ? Marcin Gortat (@MGortat) October 31, 2014 Maybe this is just my irrepressible patriotism shining through, but for my money, Pierce's Cap was a more successful superhero effort than his former Boston Celtics teammate Jared Sullinger's Extra-Muscly Spider-Man With Necklaces: Happy Halloween guys!!! Be safe and have fun pic.twitter.com/1eScXDBlxM ? Jared Sullinger (@Jared_Sully0) October 31, 2014 While a good superhero costume's always a winner, you've always got to award high marks for a little bit of extra creativity. So here's to you, New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert, for showing up Friday as a literal sneakerhead: Sure, Nick Young's injured and can't play for what might be the worst Los Angeles Lakers team we've ever seen, but not even that can get him down while he's playing the "Chappelle's Show" representation of Rick James: But despite Swaggy's work in the role he was clearly born to play, the award for best commitment this Halloween comes from this Philadelphia 76ers fan ? or, perhaps more accurately, whoever was holding the marker while putting all the right touches on this Allen Iverson costume: All that's missing is a receipt from T.G.I. Friday's. With all due respect to the players and this one remarkable little fan, though, the best scare of NBA Halloween came from an owner: Man, it's only Game 1, and Steve Ballmer's out here terrifying his son after a Los Angeles Clippers win. The only thing scarier than that is ... well, Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder's face (via the great @cjzero ). Here's hoping you don't see anything scarier than that this Halloween weekend. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.
Celtics-Rockets Preview (The Associated Press)
31 Oct 2014 at 11:44am
After getting referred to as "soft" in a quiet season opener, Dwight Howard is feeling good heading into the Houston Rockets' first home game following a bounce-back effort. The Boston Celtics hope to spoil Houston's home opener after Rajon Rondo returned to spark a victory in their debut. With Howard and the Rockets seeking their second straight 3-0 start, Rondo and the Celtics will try to open the season with consecutive wins for the first time in five years on Saturday night. Cameras caught Kobe Bryant calling Howard "soft" - among other things - as the two jawed at one another in Houston's 108-90 season-opening win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.
Clippers-Lakers Preview (The Associated Press)
31 Oct 2014 at 12:24am
The Los Angeles Clippers didn't exactly look the part of a Finals contender in their opener against a short-handed team. They'll aim for a better showing - particularly from 3-point range - when they take on another underwhelming roster in Friday night's matchup with the Lakers. The Clippers started their season by enacting some revenge for their Western Conference semifinal loss with Thursday's 93-90 home win over Oklahoma City in their first game under new owner Steve Ballmer. Blake Griffin and Chris Paul scored 23 and 22 points, respectively, going a combined 17 for 36 from the field.
Cavaliers-Bulls Preview (The Associated Press)
30 Oct 2014 at 11:16pm
After struggling in his highly anticipated homecoming, LeBron James will face the team that was the best at containing him last season. With a healthier Derrick Rose and the addition of Pau Gasol, the Chicago Bulls will try to show the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers that they'll be one of their main challengers in the Eastern Conference on Friday night. He finished with 17 points on 5-of-15 shooting and eight turnovers in a 95-90 loss to the New York Knicks - who were soundly beaten by Chicago a night earlier. I'm glad it was great, but I'm also glad it's over." Cleveland's other ballyhooed new player, Kevin Love, had 19 points and 14 rebounds while Kyrie Irving had a team-best 22 points and seven assists.
Daily Fantasy Review (Rotoworld)
30 Oct 2014 at 3:54pm
Ryan Knaus sums up daily fantasy trends from the 2013-14 season in the final edition of 'The Numbers Game.'
Lakers' Randle has surgery, likely out for year (The Associated Press)
30 Oct 2014 at 3:41pm
Los Angeles Lakers rookie forward Julius Randle is expected to miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his broken right leg. The seventh overall pick out of Kentucky broke his leg in the fourth quarter of his NBA debut in Los Angeles' season-opening loss to the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. Randle was strapped to a wheeled stretcher and taken off the Staples Center court after colliding with two Rockets and landing awkwardly with 6:46 to play. Before Wednesday's game at Phoenix, the Lakers announced that Randle's injury was just as serious as it appeared.
Spurs-Suns Preview (The Associated Press)
30 Oct 2014 at 3:29pm
After missing the postseason despite winning 48 games, the Phoenix Suns know building on last season's drastic improvement may be necessary to push into the top eight in the Western Conference. Beating more playoff teams would seem to be a good next step. After showing promising signs in their opener against a lesser opponent, they'll face a tougher test Friday night as they take on their first playoff participant of 2014, the visiting San Antonio Spurs. Phoenix went 11-18 against West playoff teams a season ago and missed out on the eighth seed by a game to Dallas.
Suns rout Lakers 119-99 despite Kobe's 31 points (The Associated Press)
30 Oct 2014 at 6:48am
The shots were falling from all over the court for the Phoenix Suns in their home opener Wednesday night. Kobe Bryant was a one-man show for the Los Angeles Lakers. The result was a 119-99 Suns blowout. Isaiah Thomas scored 23 points in his Phoenix debut, Marcus Morris matched his career high with five 3-pointers and the Suns dominated the night despite Bryant's 31 points.
Warriors whip Kings 95-77 in season opener (The Associated Press)
29 Oct 2014 at 10:52pm
The only thing Steve Kerr lost in his coaching debut was his voice. Stephen Curry had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Klay Thompson scored 19 points and the undermanned Golden State Warriors made Kerr a winner in his first game, shaking off a slow start to roll past the Sacramento Kings 95-77 on Wednesday night in the regular-season opener for both teams. ''I got nothing left.'' The Warriors overcame the first hurdle of Kerr's tenure - besides his wavering voice, that is - with a patchwork lineup that did just enough against their rebuilding Northern California rivals. Golden State played without power forward David Lee (strained left hamstring) and reserve Brandon Rush (lower back spasms).
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