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The latest news and rumors from the NBA as the regular season approaches.

October 26, 2015

By Brian Rauf, Chat Sports

The NBA regular season kicks off Tuesday with the Bulls hosting the Cavaliers, the Hawks hosting the Pistons, and the Warriors hosting the Pelicans.

Check out the latest NBA news and rumors below.

• The Minnesota Timberwolves announced that president and head coach Flip Saunders died Sunday of Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 60.

• NBA veteran Lamar Odom suffered “several mini strokes” while he was unconscious, reports ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. Odom was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel Oct. 13.

• Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers announced that head coach Steve Kerr will miss the team’s season opener Tuesday against the New Orleans Pelicans. Kerr is recovering from two off-season back surgeries, and there is no timetable for his return.

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• Cavaliers forward LeBron James is expected to play in the season opener against the Bulls, reports Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports. James missed Cleveland’s last five preseason games and has not been practicing because of discomfort in his back.

• Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg confirmed that point guard Derrick Rose will play against the Cavs, reports K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. Rose is recovering from a broken orbital bone he sustained on Sept. 29.

Knicks guard Arron Afflalo told reporters that he could miss two weeks with a mild left hamstring strain.

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• Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington will miss two weeks with a sprained MCL and bone bruise in his left knee, reports Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.

• Atlanta Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder told the German magazine Bild that he will explore other teams next year if he does not start over Jeff Teague this year.

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