Bumping Heads (ID# 25642)
  • Williams says his ankles finally feel good
    Deron Williams said on Monday that his ankles finally feel good.

    Advice: "[Before the surgery], I was just walking around and my ankles would swell up," said Williams. He had surgery on both ankles and unlike last season he says he'll be able to practice in camp and play in the preseason. He could experience a nice bump in production if any of this holds up and we'll be watching him closely during the preseason to see if he has regained any of his old explosion. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:51 pm
  • Scott thinks Kobe will average 20+ points
    Lakers' coach Byron Scott stated during a recent interview that he thinks Kobe Bryant will average 20+ points per game and have a great season.

    Advice: "I see a guy who's going to average 20 something points a game, will have a great year and have a lot of people eating crow," Scott said of Bryant. "I'm glad people are saying [otherwise]. Keep adding it. It motivates him that much more. It makes my job easier." Scott also added that he has "a set number in mind" with regard to how many minutes Kobe will be playing each night, as he continues to hint that Kobe will have a minutes cap, and be held out of the second games of back-to-back sets. Kobe has bounced back from injuries time and time again, but he's got a lot of miles on those tires and one has to wonder when the undefeated Father Time will finally claim him. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:16 pm
  • Mario Chalmers says he took a back seat
    Mario Chalmers said he felt like he wasn't involved enough during the NBA Finals.

    Advice: "Everybody in my ear, talking about `We need you, we need you to do this, we need you to do that.' And then when it comes to the game, I didn't feel involved," Chalmers said. "Like, you all talk about how y'all need me, but y'all didn't put me in position to do anything." He made just 33.3 percent from the field in 23.3 minutes per game, so wasn't great while he was out there. He'll have a much bigger opportunity this year and could be a steal in the second half of fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:49 am
  • Ricky Rubio never talked Love out of a trade
    Ricky Rubio said that he never tried to talk Kevin Love out of asking for a trade.

    Advice: "If he wanted to leave, there's no reason to talk to him about it," Rubio said. "I really liked playing with him, but I'll play with the players who want to be there." The Wolves are going to be hungry for offense this season and Rubio may have to take more shots, which is something he doesn't usually do. The loss of Love may hurt his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:16 am
  • Derrick Rose struggles, but stays healthy
    Tom Thibodeau focused on the positive aspects of Derrick Rose's participation in the FIBA World Cup, including his ability to play five games in six days.

    Advice: Rose stayed healthy and helped Team USA to the gold medal, though he averaged only 4.8 points on 25.4 percent shooting and was a combined 1-of-19 from downtown. He also had 18 turnovers to go along with his 28 assists, and will need to scrape off a few more layers of rust before Chicago's season opener vs. the Knicks on Oct. 29. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:21 pm
  • Team USA wins FIBA gold, Kyrie named MVP
    Kyrie Irving was named MVP of the FIBA World Cup after leading Team USA to the gold medal with a 129-92 victory vs. Serbia.

    Advice: Irving was on fire throughout the championship game, scoring 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting including a perfect 6-of-6 from beyond the arc. James Harden added 23 points in the victory and eight different U.S. players scored in the double-digits. The All-World Cup Team featured Irving, teammate Kenneth Faried, Pau Gasol, Nicolas Batum and Serbian SG Milos Teodosic. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:02 pm
  • Rose gives FIBA performance an 'A' grade
    Derrick Rose said he would give his FIBA World Cup performance an "A" grade.

    Advice: He must not have had many difficult classes in his day. Rose is sitting at 27.3 percent from the field and is 1-of-17 from beyond the arc, which gives him an effective field goal percentage of 28.2 in eight FIBA games. As a reference point, Michael Carter-Williams finished last among qualifiers with a 43.1 effective field goal percentage last season. Despite what he says, Rose really needs a strong game in the final to help his confidence. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:19 am
  • Lionel Hollins is sure of Deron-Jack combo
    Coach Lionel Hollins said he's "sure" he will play Jarrett Jack and Deron Williams together.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise at all and Jack may get some run as the point guard with Deron off the ball. Jack hasn't been great in the past couple seasons on the whole, but he could get enough run with the Nets to produce low-end value in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:20 am
  • Rose says he's in best shape ever before camp
    Derrick Rose said he's in the best shape ever before training camp.

    Advice: "I accomplished everything I wanted to accomplish but win this championship. That's tomorrow," Rose said. He's saying all the right things, but his performances are speaking much louder volumes. Rose's jumper seems to be broken right now, and maybe he'll get it figured out before the regular season starts. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:40 am
  • Livingston ditches cast, hopeful for opener
    Shaun Livingston (right toe surgery) said he felt "great" after his cast was removed on Thursday and that he hopes to be ready for the season opener.

    Advice: Livingston was on a minimum 6-8 week timetable based on an August 15 report and this fits snugly into that outlook. Leandro Barbosa was brought on as insurance along with July acquisition Brandon Rush, so the Warriors have mobilized to play it safe, and along with this good news we haven't heard anything specific that would cause us to rule out his chances of playing on Opening Night. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 5:43 pm
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  • Derrick Rose not worried about his shot
    Derrick Rose said he's not worried about his jump shot at the FIBA World Cup.

    Advice: He gets bonus points for his unwavering confidence, but Rose has somehow shot just 1-of-17 from downtown in the tournament, and looked horrible against Lithuania on Thursday, making just 1-of-8 from the field. He's only had one good game in FIBA and will look to make it two in the final on Sunday. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:52 am
  • Jrue Holiday (leg) taking contact in practice
    Jrue Holiday (leg) participated in a contact practice on Thursday.

    Advice: It's the first time he's taken on contact since being diagnosed with a stress fracture to his right tibia back in January. Holiday was taking part in workouts last month, but taking contact already bodes well for him being 100 percent at training camp. He was fantastic before his injury in his first year with the Pelicans, so he could be a nice value in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:20 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 18, Team USA rolls 96-68
    Kyrie Irving scored a team-high 18 points during Team USA's 96-68 semifinal win over Lithuania on Thursday, adding one rebound, four assists, two steals, two turnovers and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He's looked great all tournament long and no other guard can cover him at FIBA. Irving hasn't had help on his Cavs for most of his career, so playing with this kind of talent could be foreshadowing to how his 2013-14 season goes. Still, his usage rate figures to take a massive hit, which will undoubtedly hurt his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:06 pm
  • Derrick Rose shoots 1-of-8, struggles again
    Derrick Rose's abysmal FIBA World Cup continued on Thursday, making 1-of-8 from the field for four points with one rebound, one assist, one steal and three turnovers against Lithuania on Thursday.

    Advice: Well, so much for that 6-of-10 shooting line on Tuesday carrying over into the semifinal. Rose is now just 1-of-17 from beyond the arc in the tournament and his jumper has been useless. He's still getting around people with his dribble, but he's now had eight games to shake off the rust, and it's becoming even more difficult to give him a pass. Fantasy owners should just let someone else deal with him at this point. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:02 pm
  • Kobe Bryant getting treatment in Germany
    Kobe Bryant returned to Germany to undergo Orthokine treatment for his knee.

    Advice: He's done this before and it's done to help take some precautions to his degenerative knee issues. Bryant and several athletes have gone overseas to have this procedure done and it takes several weeks to complete the process. This procedure doesn't directly impact his season-ending knee injury from 2014, which was more of a bone issue. He figures to be ready for training camp later this month and is worth a look in the late-early rounds of fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:46 pm
  • Jimmer Fredette to be himself in New Orleans
    Jimmer Fredette says the New Orleans Pelicans have told him that his role with the team will be to just be himself and score.

    Advice: Fredette has had a difficult time being his college self during his three NBA seasons as he's only averaged 6.9 points, 1.0 3-pointers, 1.1 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 179 career games. While he could help fantasy owners in deep fantasy leagues in the 3-pointer category, The Jimmer is better left undrafted in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:18 am
  • Several teams interested in Ramon Sessions
    Several teams are interested in Ramon Sessions and he could be closing in on a deal, according to Basketball Insiders.

    Advice: The Rockets had previously shown interest in the 28-year-old, but seem to have moved on by acquiring Jason Terry via trade. Sessions averaged 12.3 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 4.1 assists with the Bucks and Bobcats (now Hornets) during the 2013-14 season, but is more of a deep league fantasy option unless he can somehow find himself a starting job. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:37 am
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  • Ricky Rubio goes 1-of-7 in World Cup loss
    Ricky Rubio struggled against in Spain's World Cup loss to France, going 1-of-7 from the floor.

    Advice: The trio of Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka, and Rubio combined to go 3-of-21 from the floor, resulting from Spain being eliminated by France in shocking fashion. Rubio struggling with his shot is not news to Timberwolves fans, but the young point guard failed to have any tangible impact on the game. His final stat line for the loss to Spain was four points, two rebounds, one assist, three steals, and one turnover. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:01 pm
  • Kyrie Irving OK after hard fall at World Cup
    Kyrie Irving admitted that he "couldn't even sit down on the bench" after taking a hard fall during Friday's FIBA World Cup game, but he's since fully recovered.

    Advice: Irving hurt his left hip but he has since played without limitations in victories against Mexico and Slovenia. He's never been to the playoffs and conceded that Team USA's march into the World Cup semifinals has been "by far the biggest stage [he's] played on in [his] career." With LeBron James and Kevin Love coming to help him in Cleveland next season, that's likely to change in a hurry. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:15 am
  • Chauncey Billups retires after 17 seasons
    Chauncey Billups announced his retirement from the NBA after 17 seasons on Tuesday.

    Advice: He was named the 2004 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player and had a storied career - one that was sidetracked after he ruptured his Achilles in 2012. He missed 185 games the past three seasons and decided to hang it up instead of trying to (potentially) help LeBron James win a ring in Cleveland. "It's just time. I know when it's time," Billups said. This isn't the last we've heard of Billups though, as he will almost assuredly end up in a team's front office at some point. So long, Mr. Big Shot. It was a good ride. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:06 pm
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  • Derrick Rose 1-of-13 from deep in World Cup
    Derrick Rose has shot 1-of-13 from beyond the arc through seven games at the FIBA World Cup.

    Advice: He's averaging just 5.6 points in the tournament, but to his credit he's adding 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals in just 18 minutes per game. He looked sharper and more aggressive vs. Slovenia during Tuesday's quarterfinals, scoring 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting. With any luck his 3-point drought is temporary -- he was hitting 1.6 triples on a career-high 34.0 percent shooting from deep in 10 games last season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:29 pm
  • Goran Dragic to opt out and re-sign in 2015
    Goran Dragic said that he plans on opting out of his current contract after the 2014-15 season in order to quickly re-sign with the Phoenix Suns.

    Advice: Speaking at the FIBA World Cup of Basketball, Dragic said, "Got a very interesting position with the club. Guess I'll break the contract and sign a new one. As I spoke [to the Suns], I immediately during the first week, when the market opens, sign and I will therefore be calm." Dragic is coming off a breakout 2013-14 season during which he averaged 20.3 points, 1.6 threes, 3.2 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.4 steals, and should be one of the top 10 point guards on draft boards heading into fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:03 am
  • Kings want Collison to be a passer
    General manager Pete D'Alessandro said he wants Darren Collison to be a "guy that brings out the talent from everyone else."

    Advice: Well, that's what a point guard is supposed to do, so this isn't an Earth-shattering statement or anything. The Kings were last in the NBA in assists last season, and they'll likely be near the bottom in that department again. Collison is an effective shooter from the line and he could have success from the field, and PDA broke his neck to bring Collison in after the Isaiah Thomas fiasco, making him a decent mid-to-late round target. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:29 pm
  • Jimmer Fredette excited for fresh start in NO
    Jimmer Fredette is excited to get a fresh start in New Orleans, and has been working hard this offseason to improve his defense.

    Advice: "I've worked on a lot of different things," Fredette said. "The pick-and-roll game is real big in the NBA, so I've worked on that both offensively and defensively. I think being in Chicago helped me out on defensive schemes being able to get into the right positioning. I think that's improved my game." Fredette also added that Pelicans management wants him to "score the basketball," and they brought him in to be a 3-point threat off the bench. However, Fredette's career averages are unimpressive to say the least, and with a very crowded backcourt it would be shocking to see Fredette suddenly emerge into fantasy relevance during his fourth NBA season. He's not a target in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:54 pm
  • Australians being accused of throwing game
    FIBA is opening an investigation to determine if Australia purposefully lost a World Cup game in order to avoid playing against Team USA.

    Advice: FIBA has stated that "it is widely suspected that Australia lost" their game vs. Angola on purpose, and that their "on-court behavior... generated huge disappointment by basketball fans and experts." The blowing of their game vs. Angola was done so that they wouldn't have to face Team USA until the semifinals, however the strategy did not work as Australia was later eliminated by Slovenia. FIBA is allowing Australia to "state their case" before deciding on possible disciplinary sanctions. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:09 pm
  • Scott may give Kobe Bryant some DNP-CD's
    Byron Scott hinted during a recent interview that he may be looking to rest Kobe Bryant, and perhaps limit his minutes this upcoming season.

    Advice: "[Kobe] understands that he only has a few more miles left on that body, you know, maybe two, maybe three years," said Scott. "And I think he's probably more acceptable to accept the fact that you can't practice every day. There might be some games where you can't play this game or that game. But that's all to be determined... me and my trainer have already sat down, already started talking about the amount of minutes Kobe should probably play, going into this season." Kobe's got a lot of miles on those legs, and after sustaining two major injuries that limited him to just six games last season, it wouldn't be shocking to see Kobe pick up some DNP-CD's this upcoming season. Kobe is the definition of a risk-reward pick, and while father time may finally be catching up to Bryant, he's still likely to be swooped up in the early rounds of your draft. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:53 am
  • Suitors emerging early for Reggie Jackson
    Reggie Jackson is expected to get interest from the Mavs, Heat, Knicks and Lakers next summer when he becomes a restricted free agent.

    Advice: Jackson would become the best point guard on any of those teams' rosters as it stands right now, and they also project to have the cap space to make him an offer. He'll get plenty of minutes next to Russell Westbrook and should be in for a productive 2014-15 season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:16 am
  • Derrick Rose says he figured it out
    Derrick Rose said he think he's figured out what's wrong with his shot and said everyone will see his improvements against Slovenia on Tuesday.

    Advice: ESPN's Marc Stein added that a source told him that Rose's jumper looks a little different. He is shooting a pathetic 21.6 percent from the field in FIBA while the rest of Team USA is shooting over 55 percent. We'll let you know how he fares on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:14 am
  • Spencer Dinwiddie (ACL) awaiting timetable
    Spencer Dinwiddie (ACL surgery) doesn't have a timetable for his return, but he's been feeling "really, really good" in recent weeks.

    Advice: "I've been feeling like I can do all the things I need to do," Dinwiddie said. Stan Van Gundy referred to Dinwiddie as a 6'6" true point guard and the rookie could crack the rotation once he's fully recovered, but Detroit has too much backcourt depth to bother with him in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 7, 12:55 pm
  • Greece eliminated from World Cup by Serbia
    Nick Calathes scored a team-high 14 points for Greece in a losing effort vs. Serbia in Sunday's World Cup elimination game.

    Advice: Calathes had a nice tournament but his Greek team bowed out in the round of 16, while Serbia, led by Bogdan Bogdanovic, will advance to the quarterfinals. Calathes will rejoin the Grizzlies but must sit out the first 13 games due to last season's suspension. When he does return he'll be fighting Beno Udrih for reserve PG minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 7, 12:07 pm
  • Thibodeau preaches patience with Derrick Rose
    Tom Thibodeau emphasized that it will be a process for Derrick Rose to return to his MVP-form, and that there's not much to read into his uninspiring stat-lines through the FIBA World Cup.

    Advice: "If you look at the missed layups, those are ones he usually makes, so that will come,'' Thibodeau told reporters. "As he finds the rhythm of the game, it will get better and better for him... He's not playing a lot of minutes, so that's different for him, but he's finding his way." Rose also said that he was "laughing" about going scoreless in USAB's game vs. Mexico, and added that it's hard to come into games aggressively looking to score when your team is up by 20 points. Rose has not had a good tournament, struggling to score against weak defenses (21.6 percent from the field), but some rust is to be expected after only playing in 10 games over two years. It'll be interesting to see how he performs during preseason when he'll be asked to score as the team's number one option on offense. Rose remains an extremely risky selection come draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 7, 5:48 am
  • Derrick Rose says he can still be dominate
    Derrick Rose said he can still be a dominant scorer for the Bulls this upcoming season.

    Advice: "Oh, hell yeah; c'mon, man," Rose said when asked if he's capable of being an elite scorer. "I'm definitely ready for that. But right now [for Team USA], I don't have to, so what's the need?" Coach Tom Thibodeau added that the World Cup has been "all positive" for Rose. Hopefully, he can get one good game in before he comes back to the states, because his 21.6 percent from the field right in his six FIBA games would not be a positive for fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 6, 3:45 pm
  • Ricky Rubio puts up a 4x5 line in easy win
    Ricky Rubio filled the stat sheet in an easy win over Senegal on Saturday with seven points, five boards, six assists, five steals and one block on 2-of-4 from the field.

    Advice: He did all of this damage in just 20.5 minutes. Rubio has been an absolute thief in FIBA with his 3.7 steals per game and he's had two or fewer turnovers in five of his six games. He's been very adept with steals in his NBA career, but he's yet to come around on offense. Fantasy owners will want to take into account how bad he'll be from the field with less help around him. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 6, 3:07 pm
  • Goran Dragic scores 12, Slovenia to play USA
    Goran Dragic didn't have his best game during Saturday's win over the Dominican Republic, turning the ball over six times to go with 12 points, two boards, six assists, and one steal.

    Advice: He missed all four attempts from beyond the arc and his entire team struggled from there, making a total of just six treys on 26 attempts. The Slovenians were attacking the rim quite a bit due to the lack of size of the Dominicans, but they won't be able to do that when they play Team USA on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 6, 1:01 pm
  • Stephen Curry hits six treys, scores 20
    Stephen Curry caught fire vs. Mexico during Saturday's 86-63 win, scoring 20 points with three rebounds, four assists, one steal, six 3-pointers and no turnovers.

    Advice: He was hitting threes in transition, in halfcourt and was just unstoppable. Curry shot 7-of-10 from the field, so his effective field goal percentage today was a tidy 100.0. He struggled in the group stage, but it was only a matter of time before he got hot. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 6, 8:44 am
  • Derrick Rose goes scoreless vs. Mexico
    Derrick Rose went scoreless on his five attempts from the field vs. Mexico on Saturday, adding two rebounds, four assists, one steal and three turnovers.

    Advice: This has not been a great week for Rose. He's had some positives with his lateral quickness, but he isn't elevating like he used, he's turning the ball over too often, and now he's shooting an abysmal 21.6 percent from the field. There's no reason to overreact, but this is even tougher to swallow considering how great his teammates have looked. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 6, 8:38 am
  • Austin Rivers says this is his year
    Austin Rivers thinks 2014-15 will be his breakout season.

    Advice: "I was constantly working the entire summer," Rivers said. "I gained 10 pounds and I've got stronger in my upper body. This is my year." He said he's worked on his mid-range jumper a lot, which had been a problem. Rivers is just a career 39.0 percent shooter, so he has his work cut out for himself. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 6, 6:33 am
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