NBA News: Player News and Updates for 8/21/14
NBA Player Updates 8/21: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
August 21, 2014
Even though the NBA is at an off-season standstill right now, we’ve still got USA Basketball to keep us busy until the 2014-15 campaign gets started. While we’re waiting on the next game, let’s take our daily look around the league and see who’s in the news this morning. Here’s the latest.
USA Basketball Latest: Team USA has a couple of World Cup tune-up games late this week, with the first one coming last night against the Dominican Republic. It wasn’t much of a game.
Team USA emerged victorious in a 105-62 blowout, with Kyrie Irving and James Harden pitching in for 12 points each. DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay posted 13 apiece.
Though the crowd really wanted him in there--and we’re sure he would have loved to oblige--Bulls star Derrick Rose ended up sitting out due to general soreness, probably a wise move as he works his way back from his second knee injury in as many seasons.
With Rose gone and the score so out-of-hand, the team’s subs played most of the way. That’ll help Coach K and his staff in determining which players they’ll be cutting this week as they work their way down to 12 players on the roster. No cuts will be coming before tomorrow night’s game, which is against Puerto Rico (and Rose will reportedly be playing in that one).
The national team will be leaving for Spain on Saturday, and the World Cup will get started on August 30. They’ll be seeing the Dominican Republic again during the tournament, as both teams are in Group C.
USA TODAY Sports
Bavetta Retiring: Legendary veteran NBA referee Dick Bavetta is calling it a career.
He’ll be retiring after 39 years in the league, and in that time he’s never missed a game. Bavetta has officiated 2,635 consecutive regular-season contests since December 2, 1975, and has also been there for 270 playoff games (27 in the Finals).
The 74-year-old Bavetta deserves every accolade thrown his way, as his iron-man streak is even lengthier than the legendary Cal Ripken, Jr. (who played in 2,632 consecutive games).
NBA Daily Schedule: Let’s start looking forward to the upcoming 2014-15 NBA regular season. Here’s a look at opening night on October 28.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014:
8:00 PM ET:
Orlando Magic at New Orleans Pelicans
Dallas Mavericks at San Antonio Spurs (TNT)
10:30 PM ET:
Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers (TNT)
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. Here’s a look at what we’ve got left.
October 4: Pre-season begins
October 28: First game of the 2014-15 season
April 18, 2015: Playoffs begin
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