NBA News: Player News and Updates for 7/31/14
NBA Player Updates 7/31: The Latest News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
July 31, 2014
Even though there aren’t any shoes squeaking out there on the NBA hardwood right now, that doesn’t mean there’s not plenty to check out as we look forward to the 2014-15 campaign. With that in mind, let’s take our daily look across the league at some of the noteworthy players out there and see who’s in the news.
Young Health: Let’s stop by Boston quickly this morning to check in on rookie James Young and his health. He missed out on the Summer League action thanks to a concussion (suffered in a car accident) but is now without symptoms.
Young comes into the league as the No. 17 overall pick out of Kentucky. He’s okay to practice now, so it won’t be too long before we see what he’s able to do.
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Nash Future: We haven’t touched on this just yet, so let’s visit with Nash and see what his immediate future may hold. He recently announced that he believed 2013-14 to be his final NBA season, and considering the rash of injuries the 40-year-old has suffered through, that’s a pretty believable statement.
Nash played in only 15 games during 2013-14 thanks to lower-back and nerve issues. If he can remain healthy this season, he’ll likely serve in a minor role behind the Lakers’ new point guard Jeremy Lin. Think of 2014-15 as a farewell tour for Nash.
Parker Health: Things are looking pretty good this off-season for Spurs guard Tony Parker. He (like his teammate Manu Ginobili) won’t be playing in any international basketball this summer, which means he’s got plenty of time to rest up and make a run at a title defense in 2014-15.
Parker has been traveling and enjoying the downtime so far, but has also admitted to missing international play with France for the first summer in three years. In that time, he played 27 international games for his country.
All of that said, it’s good news for Spurs fans (and the NBA as a whole) for a healthy Tony Parker to enter 2014-15 on a good note.
NBA 2014 Off-Season Schedule: It’ll be a long off-season, but we’ll have plenty of happenings (and rumors) around the league to keep us busy. The major events this summer will be the NBA Draft and the free agency period, so let’s check out the dates on those and a few others.
June 26: NBA Draft
July 1: Teams can officially begin negotiating with free agents
July 10: Players can begin signing contracts
October 4: Pre-season begins
October 28: First game of the 2014-15 season
April 18, 2015: Playoffs begin
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