The closer Derrick Rose gets to the reality of playing with Pau Gasol with the game on the line, the more the Bulls star dreams.
LAS VEGAS - A year ago, the Los Angeles Clippers received a motivational gift on the first day of training camp. Maps of downtown Los Angeles were distributed, along with an unmistakable message: "Pick which route we're going to take."
LOS ANGELES-To hear everybody talk, Kobe Bryant was 26 years old, not 36. He was merely coming off a bruised thigh and scratched elbow, not a torn Achilles' tendon and fractured knee.
The night before his first official NBA practice, Doug McDermott went to bed early. He set three alarm clocks. He awoke every hour, hearing Tom Thibodeau's voice.
The Timberwolves discovered what they sought - a loud, energetic start to their new life without Kevin Love - with Monday's late-night welcome to another season. Borrowing from college basketball's midnight-madness tradition, the Wolves opened training camp with their "Dunks After Dark" production as the clock struck 12 o'clock that attracted NBA TV and a capacity crowd of 4,500 fans to Minnesota State-Mankato's Bresnan Arena, home to six days of Wolves' workouts starting Tuesday afternoon. The crowd of mostly college students stormed into the arena when the doors opened at 11 p.m. and it spilled onto the floor when the Wolves took the floor an hour later.
The question comes up weekly, daily, almost hourly whenever the Charlotte Hornets are discussed:
Considering how much time LeBron James has invested in Dion Waiters, instructing him to ignore the noise and not worry so much about what everyone else is saying, it's only natural that Waiters stoked the fires Tuesday on a reborn rivalry with the Washington Wizards precisely because of what others were saying.
Al Jefferson breaks into a wide, giddy smile and anxiously rubs his large hands together when he thinks about what he and the Charlotte Hornets might to able to accomplish this season.
Miami Heat center Justin Hamilton is expected to be sidelined for about a month after undergoing a procedure to repair a common abnormal heart rhythm.
The Heat's power rotation took a hit in training camp when center Justin Hamilton experienced dizziness in Monday's practice and was later treated for a minor heart condition.
The Chicago Bulls staged their first practice of training camp Tuesday morning, and it's no surprise that Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Mike Dunleavy, Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah were the starters in the scrimmaging portion.
Former NBA star Kenny Smith and his family will appear on a reality show on TBS in the spring.
With NBA Media Day barely behind us, it's perfect fair and reasonable to already speculate as to which coaches will be fired soonest.
The official beginning of The Last Chapter was uncomfortable, unseemly, and undeniably perfect.
Somehow, some way, it felt as if Byron Scott was a player again.
The banter was lighthearted again inside the Los Angeles Clippers' practice facility, months of fretting over a disgraced owner and an excruciating playoff loss giving way to several less weighty topics.
The boring stuff is important.
Doc Rivers is adding three new assistant coaches to his Los Angeles Clippers staff for the upcoming season.
San Antonio Spurs big man Tiago Splitter has a strained calf, the team said Monday.
Troubling as the Charlotte Hornets found Jeff Taylor's arrest, their coach said Monday the roster has the depth to compensate for Taylor's absence.