NBA News: Player News and Updates for 10/9/14
NBA Player Updates 10/9: News From Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
October 9, 2014
In less than three weeks, we’ll be mired in the NBA regular season for 2014-15, and we certainly can’t wait for those tip-offs. In the meantime, there’s plenty of preseason action and news to keep us occupied, so with that let’s take our daily look around the league and see who’s making headlines.
We’re not sure quite what to make of Celtics rookie Marcus Smart just yet, but he’s certainly got the confidence of his coaching staff.
Smart missed everything he put up (0-for-8) in Boston’s preseason opener, going 0-for-5 from three-point range. He helped out in other ways, however, posting three boards and six helpers in his 27 minutes on the floor.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens has been heaping the praise on Smart thus far, so we’ll see what the youngster can do with his time in Boston.
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Warriors center Festus Ezeli is planning on being ready for the team’s regular-season opener, though we’ll have to wait and see if his optimism is well-founded. He’s dealing with inflammation in his shin, and by the way he’s been speaking, the injury seems to be a week-to-week reevaluation process. More on his status as he heals up.
Earlier this week, the Denver Nuggets and Kenneth Faried inked a four-year extension worth $50 million. That deal came after an initial agreement to five years at $60 million, which was reworked to the lesser contract.
Faried is coming off 13.7 PPG and 8.6 RPG in Denver during 2013-14.
Let’s take a look at those Wizards players who were suspended this week for that on-court altercation with the Bulls. The league has slapped suspensions on Nene, DeJuan Blair, Daniel Orton and Xavier Silas.
They’ll all be out for the regular-season opener for leaving the bench during the brawl between Joakim Noah and Paul Pierce.
Al Horford seems to be coming along pretty well from his torn pectoral muscle. He was able to play in 5-on-5 drills during yesterday’s practice session, with full contact involved.
Horford is on track to be able to play in the Hawks’ season opener.
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: Preseason begins
October 28: First game of the 2014-15 season
April 18, 2015: Playoffs begin
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