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[Kobe] Bryant, speaking after the Lakers' shootaround today at AAC, said he considers NBA owners to be "brilliant" for the way they have made it trendy for stars to take hometown discounts in their salary. He's also not buying it. Dallas Morning News
"It's the popular thing to do," Bryant said as he was surrounded by reporters. "Player takes less, blah, blah, blah. I think it's a big coup for the owners to put players in situations where public perception puts pressure on them to take less money because if you don't, then you get criticized for it. It's absolutely brilliant. "But I'm not going for it. And I know the new head of the players' association ain't going for it, either." Dallas Morning News
Kevin Martin, the Timberwolves’ leading scorer at 20.4 points per game, is out indefinitely with a broken wrist suffered in their recent victory over New York. Martin scored 37 points in that game, including 31 after his injury. He joins starting point guard Ricky Rubio, out with a sprained ankle, and starting center Nikola Pekovic, who is dealing with a variety of maladies. San Antonio Express-News Blog
The team said he broke his right wrist midway through Wednesday's first quarter. That's his shooting wrist, of course.
You might recall he went on to score a season-high 37 points that night. Surgery likely is the fastest way to get him back on the court, perhaps in four to six weeks. Minneapolis Star Tribune Blog
Although he hasn’t played in an NBA game in almost two years, Jason Richardson remains signed to the Sixers. Despite the widely-held belief that he may stay sidelined for the entire season, Richardson has other intentions. He was asked by reporters prior to the Sixers’ loss to the Celtics Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center if he expected to play this season. Richardson's reply, as relayed by Calkins Media's Tom Moore: “No doubt in my mind.” Philly.com
Richardson will be an unrestricted free agent after this season, so he would use any time he received with the Sixers this season to show the rest of the teams across the league’s landscape that he still has some left in the tank. Philly.com
There is a chance Andrei Kirilenko has played his last game with the Brooklyn Nets. Although league sources indicated Kirilenko’s absence for personal reasons for Friday’s game against the Thunder and Saturday’s in San Antonio had nothing to do with his lack of playing time recently, the 33-year-old forward has clearly fallen out of Nets coach Lionel Hollins’ plans, and it appears the team could soon be ready to move on. NY Post
Sources said no buyout negotiations have taken place yet, but that it’s possible the team could try to trade Kirilenko and his $3.3 million expiring contract. If such a trade were to materialize, it would likely be after Dec. 15, when all rookies and players signed to contracts this summer are eligible to be moved. If a trade doesn’t materialize, it seems inevitable that a buyout would be reached at some point. NY Post
Kirilenko signed with the Nets in July 2013 with great fanfare, and deservedly so, after they landed him on a two-year deal worth $6.5 million, including a player option for the second season. Kirilenko had turned down a $10 million option with the Timberwolves to enter free agency. NY Post
Despite the pronounced public backing of his union, Charlotte Hornets forward Jeff Taylor will not file an appeal to the NBA for a 24-game suspension centered on a domestic abuse incident, league sources told Yahoo Sports on Friday. National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts ripped NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s punishment as “excessive and without precedent” in a statement on Thursday. The union was eager to challenge the NBA on the severity of the suspension based on the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. Yahoo Sports
Nevertheless, Taylor, 25, and his agent chose to accept the suspension and sit the remaining 13 games until he can return to the lineup. Taylor has already missed 11 games stemming from the incident, which occurred prior to the start of the Hornets’ training camp in late September. Yahoo Sports
Hulk Hogan showed up to the Cleveland Cavaliers game on Wednesday night to ask the NBA audience, “Whatchya gonna do, brother,” when WWE’s “TLC” pay-per-view event rolls into town next month? He and the WWE hope the answer is buy tickets. The event, which by the way, stands for “Tables, Ladders and Chairs,” is scheduled to happen on Dec. 14 in Cleveland’s Quicken Loans arena, aka “The Q,” where the Cavs play. Washington Post Blog
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