NBA News: Player News and Updates for 8/12/14
NBA Player Updates 8/12: News from Around the League, Off-Season Schedule and More
August 12, 2014
Even though it’s the off-season in the NBA, there are a few very noteworthy storylines that are developing each day. There’s much to check in on every morning, so with that in mind let’s take our daily look at the headlines out there and see what everyone’s been talking about recently. Here’s the latest.
Carmelo Anthony Latest: It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on the Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony, so let’s see what he’s up to these days.
He caused some headlines yesterday when comments he made to the Puerto Rican media during a charity visit to the country. “I don’t think we’re that far away” from winning a championship, he said, but also added: “I do not expect to win a championship this year.”
Anthony seems to be admitting what the rest of us already know: New York probably won’t even make the playoffs in 2014-15. That’s okay, though; With new president Phil Jackson holding the reins, the team is gearing toward next summer to make some significant moves that will help get the pieces in place for a future title run. Until then, salary cap constrictions and old, bloated contracts are keeping the team from doing much of anything.
Anthony is also looking noticeably thinner, which should add some extra pep to his defensive efforts. It should be another interesting season in New York.
Ginobili’s International Future: Last month, the Spurs prevented longtime veteran Manu Ginobili from playing in the 2014 FIBA World Cup, thanks to a stress fracture doctors discovered this off-season.
According to Ginobili himself, he’s almost certainly done playing international basketball for Argentina all together. In an interview with an Argentinean newspaper, he said he was “98 percent” sure that he wouldn’t be able to participate on the national team again.
As for his injury, Ginobili says he doesn’t feel any pain unless he jumps, pushes or brakes on the floor. He’ll need some more rest to get back to playing shape for the 2014-15 campaign.
Brown Update: Brooklyn guard Markel Brown has been diagnosed with a nondisplaced fracture in his hand, and he’ll be out of action for four to six weeks.
Brown was the 44th overall pick in the 2014 draft. He averaged 17.2 points last year at Oklahoma State.
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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