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National Basketball Association roundup (Reuters)
30 Sep 2014 at 6:26pm
(The Sports Xchange) - Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant practiced Tuesday for the first time since his knee injury 10 months ago and said he felt good afterward. "I felt normal. I felt like myself," Bryant said. "That's a good thing." - - Miami Heat center Justin Hamilton is expected to be sidelined for at least three weeks after undergoing a procedure Monday to repair an atrial flutter. Hamilton was sent to the hospital after experiencing light-headedness during practice. ...
Kobe Bryant picks Iggy Azalea over Nick Young in media day questionnaire (Yah...
30 Sep 2014 at 5:14pm
At least Kobe Bryant is honest when it comes to answering questions about the status of his teammates compared to their girlfriends. We know this because when the Los Angeles Lakers star was asked "Iggy Azalea or Swaggy P" during a questionnaire conducted at the team's media day Monday, The Black Mamba didn't hesitate with a reasoned reply. "Iggy," Bryant answered after a hearty laugh. "She's been more successful in her career so far." Nevermind the fact that Nick "Swaggy P" Young averaged a team-high 17.9 points per game last year for the injury-ravaged Lakers (which helped him earn a four-year/$21.5 million deal in the offseason). Young is Bryant's teammate! Clearly, Kobe is going with the chalk here. Azalea, who has been in a relationship with Young for roughly one year, is quickly establishing herself in the recording industry. Earlier this year, the 24-year-old Australian joined The Beatles and Ashanti as the only acts to have their first two Billboard Hot 100 hits reach No. 1 and No. 2 simultaneously. Her single "Fancy" held the top spot for seven straight weeks and was named the Billboard's Song of the Summer for 2014. But Swaggy was a two-time All-Pac 10 First Team player during his days at USC. So he has that goin' for him ? which is nice.
Training camp essential for NBA's new head coaches (The Associated Press)
30 Sep 2014 at 10:12am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers made an impromptu visit to Steve Kerr's office last week and couldn't stop staring at the walls.
Kobe feeling healthy for 19th season with Lakers (The Associated Press)
29 Sep 2014 at 8:23pm
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- After the longest offseason of his career, Kobe Bryant pulled on his familiar gold jersey Monday and went back to work with the Los Angeles Lakers, quietly believing his 19th NBA season will be better than almost anybody expects.
Roy Hibbert watched 'ninja movies' with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar during their inst...
29 Sep 2014 at 7:41pm
It is no secret that Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert had a trying end to the 2013-14 NBA season. After earning All-Star honors and emerging as a Defensive Player of the Year favorite over the first few months, Hibbert sputtered after the break and into the postseason, enduring four zero-point performances in the playoffs and a lot of criticism . Hibbert entered the offseason hoping to reclaim his once lofty status and called upon Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to serve as a personal instructor. Kareem, who helped Andrew Bynum during his best days with the Los Angeles Lakers, figured to help Hibbert develop post moves and increase his chances at becoming a more dependable scorer for a Pacers team in need of added firepower. All evidence indicates that he did just that. But Hibbert also said at Pacers Media Day on Monday that they watched 'ninja movies' together (via PBT ): Hibbert said Kareem Abdul-Jabbar also helped him mentally. Kareem joined Roy at his home for ninja movies. Seriously. ? Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) September 29, 2014 I think we can assume that Hibbert means kung fu movies in the style of Bruce Lee and similar martial artists. If that's the case, then it was a good idea for both Hibbert and Abdul-Jabbar to go in this direction, because kung fu movies are awesome. Have you seen "The 36th Chamber of Shaolin" ? Come for the Wu-Tang Clan connection, stay for everything else. Or maybe KAJ had more complicated lessons to impart to his young apprentice. In the late '70s, Abdul-Jabbar took a part in the unfinished Bruce Lee vehicle " Game of Death ," in which he plays a sunlight-averse fighter. Hibbert is no stranger to film and TV either, having guest-starred on NBC's "Parks and Recreation."  It could be that Abdul-Jabbar wanted to teach him about the things a 7-footer can do in film. You don't have to play yourself! Of course, we can guess that Kareem wasn't much interested in telling Hibbert how to respond to critics. Otherwise he would've shown him that scene from "Airplane" . More NBA coverage: - - - - - - - Eric Freeman is a writer for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at efreeman_ysports@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @FreemanEric
Bulls eyeing contention with Rose, Gasol (The Associated Press)
29 Sep 2014 at 5:44pm
CHICAGO (AP) -- This is one way it could go for the revamped Chicago Bulls, according to Derrick Rose.
Harden, Rockets focus on defensive improvement (The Associated Press)
29 Sep 2014 at 5:35pm
HOUSTON (AP) -- James Harden was the target of plenty of criticism for his defense after the Houston Rockets were bounced from the playoffs in the first round last season on a last-second shot by Portland's Damian Lillard.
BDL's 2014-15 NBA Season Previews: Chicago Bulls (Ball Don't Lie)
29 Sep 2014 at 1:12pm
Anthony back for 'unfinished business' in New York (The Associated Press)
29 Sep 2014 at 11:56am
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) -- Carmelo Anthony knows the easiest path to a title probably isn't in New York.
Kupchak: Healthy Kobe plans big return for Lakers (The Associated Press)
26 Sep 2014 at 5:44pm
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- Mitch Kupchak is confident Kobe Bryant will make an impressive return to the Los Angeles Lakers after losing last season to injuries.

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