Training Camp Buzz: Latest news as teams kick off 2010-11 season
The feud between
Two days after James and business manager
"It's like watching a movie,"
Over the summer Barkley ripped James for staging his one-hour show announcing his decision and the Heat's three stars for celebrating at a Miami rally after
Seems wise to hold off on sending out those Thanksgiving invitations to James and Barkley.
While the Knicks have grown confident they can create a palatable package for Anthony, Denver's unwillingness to give Melo his wish of playing in New York appears to be the primary holdup in completing a deal, according to
With Anthony eligible to become a free agent next summer, the Nuggets are likely to hear the clock ticking on any deal a lot louder as the season continues.
The rapid change of heart from Paul, who has two years left on his contract with the Hornets, has been nothing short of shocking, and as training camps opened this week, it took on another twist.
After the proposed four-team trade that would have Carmelo to New Jersey was deemed "dead," Paul reportedly has been trying to convince the Nuggets' All-Star forward into joining him in New Orleans.
The Hornets new GM
Anthony has refused to sign a three-year, $65 million extension offered by the Nuggets, but at the team's media day Monday, he denied he ever requested a trade.
At Carmelo's July wedding in Manhattan, Paul gave a toast suggesting the two of them, along with
In June, Paul, who has two years left on his contract, said he'd be open to a trade if the Hornets weren't committed to spending in free agency to become competitive in the Western Conference.
A month later, after meeting with new coach
Hornets brass are well aware that a strong start to the season is paramount to keeping their point guard happy, especially now that his future has become the No. 2 story behind Carmelo.
"More than all the other stories that [were] taking place, I was fighting with myself mentally all summer just because I know where I want to be ... and by that I mean physically. I was more concentrating on getting myself back on the court so I could compete the way that I wanted to.
"It's like I'm a rookie again, like I'm starting over."
We'll see how long this outlook lasts.
After sitting out an entire season to recover from foot surgery, Houston's 7-foot-6 center
Yao turned his right ankle during the team's practice on Wednesday, but he said he wasn't concerned. He tested it a few minutes after the team decided to hold out him for the remainder of practice and said there was no reason to worry.
"It's not bad," Yao told the
Good news for LeBron: He's not the only one taking heat for his decisions over the summer. Lakers big man
Bynum held off on surgery for a torn ligament in his right knee late last season so he could help the Lakers to their second straight NBA championship. But instead of opting for surgery right after the playoffs, he delayed it roughly six weeks so he could take in the sights in South Africa.
When he finally went in for the procedure, on July 28, six weeks after the season ended, doctors realized the injury was more extensive than they originally thought, and Bynum's recovery time would have to be extended. Now, the center is sidelined for the start of the 2010-11 season, and at the team's media day on Saturday, he said he
Bynum is no stranger to the injured list: He missed 46 games in 2007-08 because of a partial dislocation of his left knee, another 32 games the following season with a torn ligament in his right knee and 13 games last season with a strained left Achilles tendon.
Given Bynum's history of knee problems, it seems baffling that
"I had to have the surgery when I was ready for it," Bynum told
The 7-footer has spent his entire five-year career with the Lakers. Last season, he averaged a career-high 15.0 points and 8.3 rebounds while shooting 57 percent from the floor. After aggravating his troublesome knee in the first round of the playoffs against Oklahoma City, Bynum played through pain to come up big for L.A. in the Finals, in which he grabbed 5.1 boards and recorded 1.3 blocks in about 25 minutes per game in the seven-game series against Boston.
"It's tough to speculate on what's going on in a guy's mind, as far as his body, his knee, how he feels about his situation," Lakers point guard
Was the vacation worth it? Was a week of escapism worth perhaps at least a month on the bench with his team is vying for a three-peat?
But Van Gundy wants to switch things up and move Lewis to small forward.
"I think it gives us more size on the floor if we do that," Van Gundy told reporters of moving Lewis. "He can get into his post-up game more. We don't lose any shooting on the floor. The concern with him playing the 3 is never at the offensive end."
Lewis, who shed about 10 pounds this summer, has admitted he feels more comfortable at small forward; he played nine seasons at the 3 with the Seattle SuperSonics before joining the Magic.
The most notable change, as
So far, the players seem amenable to the experiment.
Thabeet, the second overall pick in the 2009 draft, struggled with his transition to the pros and averaged only 2.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 10.3 minutes a game before the Grizzlies shipped him off to the D-League. But he apparently received an attitude check this summer.
The 7-foot-3 center out of Tanzania has been working with Hall of Famer
"He put in the most time this summer," Hollins said of Thabeet. "He put in the most days here.
"I expect him to play and I expect him to contribute every game. I expect him to be a factor."
Thabeet played three seasons at UConn, where he averaged 10.3 points and 8.5 rebounds. In his third and final season, he was named the Big East Co-Player of the Year and the conference's Defensive Player of the Year.
The Grizzlies placed high hopes on the big man, only to watch him fail to contribute while players selected after him -- like
The Grizzlies didn't add anyone to back up
The biggest story of the 2010-11 season resides in Miami. So it should come as no surprise that a whopping 350 media members -- not including ESPN's television crew that's stationed outside the team's training camp facility at an Air Force Base in the Florida panhandle -- swarmed the Heat's media day on Monday.
Donning their new uniforms --
"I've heard everything this summer," said James, who responded to criticism from
"A lot of people try to tell you what to do in life, and a lot of them don't have their own life in order."
Since the three joined forces over the summer, there has been speculation over whether they can actually play together, whether three of the league's finest players can share minutes and sacrifice individual accolades in order to win.
"We understand the steps we've got to take," Wade said. "It's going to be a long journey, but it's going to be a fun one."
"I'm not the loudest guy," he said when asked about sharing leadership duties. "It allows me to stay within my personality and not go outside my box."
When James committed to the Heat in July, he said he understood each player would have to make individual sacrifices to help the team as a whole. But on Monday, he insisted he never would have left Cleveland if he thought Wade's style of play would change.
"When you're the No. 1 option, there's times when you've got to force certain shots," James said, "because you feel like, 'My shot is a lot better percentage-wise than somebody else's.'
"But if he's not the same player, I could have stayed where I was."
Among other tidbits to come from Miami's media day: LeBron said his elbow -- the one that limited him in the Cavaliers' playoff run last season -- is as good as new.
"I never said I wanted to be traded. I never once said that," he said. "Right now, I'm leaving my options open. At the end of the season I'll sit down with my team, sit down with the Nuggets, we'll discuss it and go from there."
Over the weekend, the Nuggets were reportedly close to sending Anthony to New Jersey in a complicated, multi-team deal. But after days of stalling, the deal the crumbled and a league source told SI.com's
Earlier this week, there was speculation about a potential trade with the Sixers that would ship
"There's been a lot of speculation, a lot of rumors going on this summer about where I'm going to end up, the Nuggets want to trade me, I want to be traded. That's for my team and front office to discuss. I'm here to focus on basketball and training camp tomorrow."
"Everybody knows that I don't want to be a free agent," Billups said. "I want to be a Nugget until I'm done, until I have no more gas left in the tank."
But even with their starting point guard back, the Nuggets, who overhauled their front office and named
The focus in Portland this summer has been on
When asked if he'd be ready to play by Christmas, Oden simply shrugged, according to
"I wish I could honestly say there's a timeline, but there's not," he told reporters. "There's good days and bad days."
Oden missed his rookie season after undergoing microfracture surgery on his right knee, and then he missed six games the following season after injuring his right foot in the season opener. Later in the 2008-09 season, Oden sat out another 14 games with a bone chip in his left knee before finishing the season with averages of 8.9 points and 7 rebounds.
But the Blazers' concerns down low go beyond Oden. Fellow center
As the C's opened camp in Newport, R.I., on Tuesday, newcomer Shaq said he doesn't expect to encounter any trouble in adjusting to his new team. The big man signed a two-year deal with the Celtics at a veteran's minimum this summer to help fill in for the injuried
"I just wanted to come to an organization that's used to winning," Shaq told
"At this point in my career, it's not about what I can do individually. I've got 28,000 points, 12,000 rebounds so I've been there and done that.
"I'm 38 years old. I have no quarrels, no beef. It's all about the team, it's all about the city of Boston. Whatever they need me to do, the Big Shamrock will do."
The start of a season has never been kind to
An MRI revealed Curry strained his right hamstring in practice on Sunday and will need four to six weeks to recover. He is not expected to make the trip to Europe for the team's exhibitions in Italy and Paris the first week of October.
The day before camp opened last year, Curry was hospitalized with an illnees, and the year before that, he tore a calf muscle on the first day of practice.
The latest injury prompted questions about whether Curry, who has an expiring $11.3 million contract and has played only 10 games the past two seasons, has actually been working out on his own this offseason. While coach
"The great thing about this is the fact that we came in so early this summer, to where this doesn't feel hard to us," Stoudemire told