NBA News: Player News and Updates for 9/1/14
NBA Player Updates 9/1: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
September 1, 2014
We’re currently two days into the basketball World Cup, and it’s been a solid weekend of viewing for fans of the USA team. We’ve got more to look forward to as the week goes on, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look around the league and check out some of the noteworthy happenings out there right now.
Team USA Latest: After the Americans flat-out destroyed Finland on Saturday, they had considerably more difficulty with their next opponent on Sunday. Turkey gave Team USA quite a bit of trouble, leading 40-35 at the half. The US wouldn’t take control of the game until a big 17-1 run in the fourth quarter, and they’d go on to win 98-77 in a too-close-for-comfort affair.
Kenneth Faried led the way for America with 22 points, with the ever-valuable Anthony Davis contributing 19 of his own, all in the second half.
The US beat up on Finland by 59 points on Saturday, so this was a bit of a wake-up call for them. The national team hasn’t lost since the 2006 world championship semifinals, and this very well could have broken that streak.
Play resumes after an off-day today. The Americans will take on New Zealand.
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Rondo Latest: Here’s an interesting tidbit from yesterday’s newsfeed. The Celtics’ Rajon Rondo, long the subject of rampant trade rumors, has informed the team that he will not be re-signing with them during the 2015 off-season and that he wishes to be traded.
Rondo also has some limitations on where he wants to go. He also told the team that he would not re-sign with Sacramento if he were traded there.
Does that mean the Kings won’t be making a run at Rondo? Not necessarily; They may want to try to convince him of what they have to offer. That said, they probably won’t want to give up the necessary pieces to get him on what would essentially be a one-year rental.
USA World Cup Schedule: With the World Cup tipping off, it’s time to start checking out the first round of games. Here’s a quick look at the Americans’ schedule for the opening matchups.
August 30: USA-Finland 3:30 PM ET (W 114-55)
August 31: USA-Turkey 3:30 PM ET (W 98-77)
September 2: USA-New Zealand 11:30 AM ET
September 3: USA-Dominican Republic 3:30 PM ET
September 4: USA-Ukraine 11:30 AM ET
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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