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The Suns’ training camp roster grew to 18 players with the addition of point guard Deonte Burton on a make-good contract that could lead him to Bakersfield. Arizona Republic
Burton, 24, is a 6-foot-1 point guard who starred at Nevada, where he averaged 20.1 points and 4.4 assists as a senior in 2013-14. He went undrafted last year and was waived during Sacramento’s training camp before playing in Germany. Arizona Republic
The Cavaliers plan to work Kyrie Irving back into playing condition carefully and methodically as he recovers from a left kneecap fracture suffered in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Multiple league sources say his rehabilitation is going smoothly, but that the chances are slim of him being in the opening-night lineup against the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 27. One source said he could very well be unavailable up until January. Cleveland.com
With Irving's status in doubt for the first couple of months of the season, the Mo Williams acquisition was a tremendous pickup by the Cavs this off-season. The move shored up the team's point-guard rotation, and when Irving does return, he will be an offensive threat regardless of which player is on the floor. Cleveland.com
Darryl [Dawkins] was a blithe spirit who, as he liked to say, was big even when he was small, and is gone much before his time, at age 58. He leaves behind a legacy of concern for others. On a basketball court he will forever be remembered for the night of Nov. 13, 1979, in Kansas City when he went rolling down on a breakaway and elevated. On defense was Bill Robinzine, who wanted no part of it, and he ran for cover, hands on head. The backboard exploded. Every TV station in the world gleefully pounced, and it was replayed endlessly. (There was also the inevitable poster, and somewhere in the back of a closet I still have a poster of the man who claimed to be Chocolate Thunder from the planet Lovetron.) Philadelphia Inquirer
Less than 24 hours after it was revealed that Derrick Rose was being sued in civil court for gang rape by an ex-girlfriend, he issued a statement to USA Today. “I am just focusing on staying healthy and getting ready for the season,” Rose said in the statement. “I am not going to comment other than to say – I know the truth, and am confident I will be proven innocent.” Rose is being accused of gang raping an ex-girlfriend with whom he had a “non-exclusive relationship” from 2011-13, according to a statement issued by a spokesperson late Wednesday night, not too long after the allegations were revealed. CSN Chicago
Enjoy this video showcasing the explosiveness of Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook. InsideHoops
Last summer, Thunder star Russell Westbrook proposed to long-time girlfriend Nina Earl. This summer, the two are getting married. TMZ is reporting that Westbrook’s wedding will take place on Saturday in an undisclosed Los Angeles location. Oklahoman
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