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nba rumors New York Knicks shooting guard Iman Shumpert will be out for at least three weeks with a dislocated left shoulder, the team announced on Saturday. Shumpert dislocated his left shoulder in the second quarter of Friday night's 101-95 win against the Boston Celtics following a collision with Boston's Jeff Green. ESPN NY

An MRI taken Saturday confirmed the shoulder dislocation. The team said Shumpert will be re-evaluated in three weeks, leaving his timetable for return uncertain. "We don't want to jeopardize the remaining part of his season, so we'll have to see," Knicks coach Derek Fisher said on Friday night, before Shumpert underwent an MRI. ESPN NY

In other injury news, an MRI to J.R. Smith's left foot taken Saturday revealed a small partial tear of the plantar fascia, the team said. Smith is questionable for Sunday's game against the Toronto Raptors and will remain day to day after that. ESPN NY

The timetable for his return depends on how much interior damage was done to ligaments or the labrum. Dwyane Wade missed five weeks last season with a dislocated shoulder. “We’ll see, I think I’m a pretty strong guy so hopefully all the weights I lifted this summer paid off and it will be a simple dislocation and I’ll be rehabbing it back,’’ Shumpert said. Shumpert said the team doctors wouldn’t give him a projection until they knew there was no further damage from the MRI exam. NY Post

nba rumors On Friday, as Nuggets coach Brian Shaw observed practice, he noticed something he liked. Kenneth Faried with the second unit. "We had a second unit of Gary (Harris), Erick (Green), (Darrell Arthur) at the three, with Kenneth and (Jusuf) Nurkic at the four and five, and it was pretty good," Shaw said. "The energy was good, so I kind of want to see that again and see where that goes." Denver Post

It will not be a permanent move, Shaw said, but Faried will come off the bench for a second straight game tonight against the Rockets. Faried played well in that role on Wednesday night in the Nuggets win over Miami, scoring 13 points with eight rebounds in 22 minutes. He made 4-of-9 shots from the field. Denver Post

nba rumors Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard said he will play Saturday against the Denver Nuggets after missing the last 11 games with right knee soreness. "I'm just thankful to be back out there," Howard said. "Nobody wants to sit on the bench in a suit and watch his team play. You want to get out there in the action. But I'm happy to be back out there, thankful. I thank God for just allowing me to be able to play again. I'm just happy to play again. That's the big thing." ESPN.com

The Rockets have missed Howard's presence in the middle of their defense but managed to go 8-3 without him. Howard, 29, is averaging 18.8 points,11.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game this season, his second with the Rockets. ESPN.com

nba rumors Nets general manager Billy King knows his team isn’t playing up to expectations, but he isn’t ready to pull the plug. “My job is to listen to people and to make calls and to make calls back,” King said before the Nets’ 88-70 victory over the 76ers on Friday night at Barclays Center. NY Post

Billy King: “Does that mean we’re having a fire sale? Absolutely not. I’m doing my job, as well as asking the players and the coaches to do their job. But my job is to work the phones, see what’s available. “If things make sense you make trades. If they don’t, you don’t do it. But we’re not shopping or having a fire sale.” NY Post

“I think one, Brook was playing himself back into shape, after being out so long,” King said. “I think a lot of guys were trying to adjust to the new system. “But some guys just haven’t played up to the level we need them to play.” NY Post

nba rumors Just 2 1/2 months later, however, James’ thinking might be changing. The weight loss aside, James on Friday seemed to admit for the first time he’s not the same athletic player he was in recent years. “You can look at it in a bad way or a good way,” he said. “I’ve expanded the rest of my game. I’m still out there making plays. My athleticism, obviously I’m not the 18-year-old kid I was before. But I can still do the things I need to do to be successful.” Akron Beacon Journal

The Cavaliers suffered their second consecutive loss as the New Orleans Pelicans took care of business, 119-114 victory on Friday night. New Orleans head coach Monty Williams chose to start Luke Babbitt on James. Babbitt has never been associated with defense. Being the ultra competitor that James is, gimpy knee and all, he had to have taken Williams' plan of attack as an insult. Cleveland Plain Dealer

LeBron James: He went off, scoring a season-high 41 points on 17-of-24 from the floor. In the process of dominating, he also became the franchise's all-time leader in 3-pointers made, surpassing Mark Price who knocked down 802 for the organization. James is a future Hall-of-Famer, a four-time MVP, a two-time NBA champion, an Olympic gold medalist, and so on. Babbitt had no business being in the vicinity of James, especially not during large chunks of the game. Cleveland Plain Dealer

He couldn't believe New Orleans' defensive strategy was to match him with Babbitt. "Uh, nah," James answered with a puzzled looked on his face. "No. I mean, uh, no. I have no explanation behind that." Cleveland Plain Dealer

nba rumors In a telephone interview, [Stephen] Curry’s father, Dell, who played 16 N.B.A. seasons as a sweet-shooting guard, said: “The Warriors had some questionable characters on their team, the Knicks really needed a point guard, and we felt that Stephen would fit perfectly with a coach like Mike D’Antoni, playing that fast up-and-down style. He loved the idea of playing at Madison Square Garden.” In his final season at Davidson, Curry appeared in an early December game at the Garden against West Virginia and missed 12 of his first 13 3-point shots. But as a close game wound down, Curry heated up, finishing with 27 points, 10 assists, 4 steals and even 2 blocks. NY Times

As the season progressed, Walsh and Riley remained fixated on Curry. But as draft positions settled in the annual lottery selection, Riley was engaged in trade negotiations with Phoenix. Steve Kerr, the Suns’ general manager, was eager to deal his All-Star forward, Amar’e Stoudemire, who was entering the final year of his contract and whose future was clouded by troublesome knees. The proposed trade would have sent Stoudemire to the Warriors for the seventh draft pick and other players to create a salary-cap match. Kerr liked Curry as an eventual replacement for the aging Steve Nash. NY Times

Riley said that although talks were serious, the deal was never agreed to, and as the draft drew closer, he and Coach Don Nelson warmed more to teaming Curry with Monta Ellis, another 6-3 explosive-scoring point guard. “Nelly always loved playing small ball,” Riley said. “And there was always the thought that if it didn’t work, we could move someone.” NY Times

Kerr, who rejected his mentor Jackson’s offer to coach the Knicks when the Warriors’ job opened last spring, wound up with Curry, after all, while avoiding the nightmare Derek Fisher has been living in New York. Had Kerr completed the 2009 Stoudemire deal for Phoenix, Golden State probably would have cut a multiyear deal with Stoudemire, sparing the Knicks the $100 million contract they handed him in 2010, with diminished returns because of injuries. Instead, when the Knicks signed Stoudemire, the Warriors took Lee in a sign-and-trade deal for about $80 million. NY Times

nba rumors Kobe Bryant’s voice reached fever pitch. He let out a string of expletives with as much volume as one of his shooting outbursts. He demeaned teammates about their talent and effort. All of which prompted Lakers coach Byron Scott to say, so what? “That’s not the first time he has gone at those guys and it’s not the first time they’ve gone back at him,” Scott said of Bryant’s practice on Thursday that soon went viral. “It wasn’t that big of a deal. To me, it was fun.” LA Daily News

“We can all criticize my style of leadership all day long,” Bryant said. “It’s uncomfortable or whatever you want to say. I’ve been doing it since high school. We play this game to win championships and I have five of them. It’s worked pretty well throughout my career. I’ve done all right.” Scott also saw value that Bryant actually practiced after missing them for the last two weeks to rest his 36-year-old body. Scott said Bryant may practice when the Lakers have multiple days off in between games. The Lakers have three days off in between Monday’s game in Indiana and Friday’s home game against Oklahoma City.LA Daily News

According to Rondo, that was his own problem last night. The veteran point guard, despite two triple-doubles in his last four games, has been suffering from an aggression drain of late. He only took three shots last night, hit one, and along with Jared Sullinger (a scoreless 0-for-6) was a stranger in the paint. Rondo also had 10 assists, and was important to the success of Tyler Zeller (19 points) and Green. Boston Herald

Hawks rookie Adreian Payne had eight points and six rebounds for the Austin Spurs in a 112-93 NBA Development League win over the Santa Cruz Warriors Friday night. Payne, the 15th overall pick, was 1 of 8 from the field and 6 of 8 from the free-throw line. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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