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nba rumors Matt Barnes recently spent a few days with former Clippers teammate DeAndre Jordan to celebrate Jordan's 27th birthday, and it wasn't all backslaps and best wishes. Barnes made sure to warn Jordan that things could change between them in the flicker of a cake candle now that Barnes plays for the Memphis Grizzlies. LA Times

"I told him, 'Even though we're good friends, I'm still going to foul the beep out of you when we play,'" Barnes recalled Tuesday during his introductory news conference in Memphis. "That's just the kind of player I am. There's no hard feelings." Barnes seems to have a solid grasp of the line between adversary and ally even when some people who are close to him do not. LA Times

nba rumors Festus Ezeli departed from Nigeria in July 2004 as a nervous 14-year-old who stood 6-foot-8 and dreamed of becoming a doctor. While there is no medical degree 11 years later, the Golden State Warriors' center on Wednesday returned to Africa three inches taller and an NBA champion after living a real-life fairy tale. "I've been beyond lucky, blessed or whatever it is," Ezeli told Yahoo Sports. "I've had people come into my life that I never expected. I've had people come and support me that I never expected. They all are a part of my journey… "Nothing is impossible. You just have to be able to dream big and work hard for it." Yahoo Sports

Ifeanyi Festus Ezeli-Ndulue was born in Benin City, Nigeria, on Oct. 21, 1989, and was the first of six children to parents Chukwuma Festus Ezeli and Patricia Ada Ezeli. Ifeanyi means, "Nothing is impossible with God." The close-knit Ezeli family owns a home with a hoop outside. A young Festus Ezeli, however, didn't grow up a hoop fan in the southern Nigeria city of about 1.1 million as he enjoyed academics and soccer. Yahoo Sports

nba rumors The Denver Nuggets have signed center Nikola Jokic to a multi-year contract, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today. Jokic, 6-10, 250, was selected by the Denver Nuggets with the 41st overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. InsideHoops

The Brooklyn Nets will host Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul of the Turkish Basketball League for a preseason game on October 5, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at Barclays Center, General Manager Billy King announced today. “We are excited to be hosting Fenerbahce, as it will be a reunion for Bojan Bogdanovic with his former team,” said King. “Our fans will have an opportunity to see one of the best coached teams in all of Europe when they come to Brooklyn.” InsideHoops

Omri Casspi and NBA colleagues past and present spent the weekend in Jerusalem as part of a joint initiative between NBA Cares, the league’s global community outreach initiative, and the Omri Casspi Foundation, an organization set up by the player aimed at presenting Israel in a positive light across the world. All-Star DeMarcus Cousins, as well as fellow Sacramento Kings teammates Rudy Gay and Caron Butler, arrived in Israel on Friday, with Iman Shumpert, Alan Anderson, Tyreke Evans and Chandler Parsons also among those who will spend the coming days in the Holy Land. Jerusalem Post

A few Kings players are spending some time in Israel this off-season, the homeland of recently returned forward Omri Casspi. As part of their travels, the team decided to hit the Dead Sea, which is famed for its purported healing properties thanks to its high mineral content, prompting star power forward DeMarcus Cousins to take advantage by covering his body in mud from the sea’s banks. SI.com

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