D'Angelo Russell exits after hard fall, suffers bruised glute (October 07, 2015)
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D'Angelo Russell.

HONOLULU -- Los Angeles Lakers rookie guard D'Angelo Russell, the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft, left Tuesday's 117-114 loss against the Utah Jazz with a bruised glute that he suffered after crashing to the court in the first quarter.

Russell, who is 6-foot-5, went down after absorbing the brunt of a drive to the hoop from 7-foot-1 Jazz center Rudy Gobert with 7:42 left in the first quarter at the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Stan Sheriff Center.

Russell remained on the court for several minutes while teammates and Lakers trainers gathered around him. He was taken to the locker room soon after.

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Fred Hoiberg embraces triumph beyond the arc (October 07, 2015)
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CHICAGO -- The tenor for Fred Hoiberg's offensive system was set during the first preseason game of his professional head coaching career Tuesday night.

His new team jacked up 39 3-point attempts in a 105-95 win over the Milwaukee Bucks -- a number that likely would have made former coach Tom Thibodeau's skin crawl. But this is a new era for the Chicago Bulls, an era of more offensive freedom, and it's a pace Hoiberg doesn't want his group to shy away from. The Bulls aren't going to race up and down the floor throughout the night, but they will take plenty of looks from long range when given the chance, a point Hoiberg underscored after it was over when asked if 39 3-point attempts was a number to expect in the regular season.

"If they're open, and they're good looks," Hoiberg said with a bit of a chuckle, "then, yeah."

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Hornets' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist out 6 months after shoulder surgery (October 07, 2015)
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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist averaged 10.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game last season. Chris Humphreys/USA TODAY Sports

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to miss six months after having right shoulder surgery Tuesday night.

The Hornets' top defensive player, Kidd-Gilchrist tore his labrum and dislocated his shoulder in a preseason game Saturday night against Orlando.

Kidd-Gilchrist elected to have surgery after consulting with team orthopedist Marcus Cook earlier in the day. Had he not opted for surgery, his chances of reinjuring the shoulder were much higher.

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Alex Nuyles; Mike Burtscher. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

The Mahindra Enforcers have finally come to terms with players Alex Nuyles and Mike Burtscher after the coaches and players made their complaints – which included not honoring their contract obligations – public in the past several days.

Nuyles’ one-year contract extension, which Mahindra management had previously told him was invalid, will be honored, according to his manager Ed Ponceja, while Burtscher and Mahindra have reached an agreement on a buyout of his deal as well.

“Nagkaroon lang daw ng miscommunication,” Ponceja told InterAksyon.com in a telephone interview.

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Hassan Whiteside (calf) hopes to return in another week (October 07, 2015)
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MIAMI -- Hassan Whiteside believes he'll need about another week to recover from a strained right calf that has sidelined the Miami Heat center through the first two weeks of the preseason.

Whiteside, projected to be Miami's starter, will miss his second consecutive exhibition game Wednesday when the Heat face the Orlando Magic in Louisville, Kentucky.

The team continues to officially list Whiteside as day-to-day, but he has yet to practice since training camp opened last week.

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Kia Carnival, now known as Mahindra Enforcers. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

The Mahindra Enforcers may have begun to settle the contract disputes that have had them all over the headlines in the past several days but not before their players were able to disclose details about their plight with one of the PBA’s newest franchises.

Alex Nuyles, Hans Thiele, JR Buensuceso, Mike Burtscher and former coach Glenn Capacio all revealed stories of empty promises, tricky negotiation tactics, and misleading communication from inside what they perceived to be a disorganized organization.

Nuyles and Thiele both shared how they were convinced to sign contracts with terms that changed from what they were led to believe.

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James Yap of Purefoods Star Hotshots. KC Cruz

MANILA, Philippines – Over a month since beginning its preseason preparation, Star veteran wingman James Yap said everybody remains in "adjustment mode" under rookie coach Jason Webb.

Unlike the past four seasons with Tim Cone where their training centered a lot on the triangle offense, this time, the 6-foot-2 Yap said they have zeroed in on pushing the basketball at every given opportunity.

"Naga-adjust pa rin kami lahat kay coach J-Webb kaya lahat kami focused talaga sa practice," Yap said, shortly after Star squeaked past NLEX, 75-73 in their tuneup match on Tuesday at Ronac gym behind Rafi Reavis' game-winning tip-in at the buzzer.

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Lawyer says Thabo Sefolosha was targeted by cop because he's black (October 07, 2015)
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NEW YORK -- A white police officer singled out a black professional basketball player as he filed out of a trendy nightclub this year, sparking a confrontation that resulted in the player's arrest and a season-ending leg fracture, a defense lawyer told jurors Tuesday.

"I don't know what he saw," attorney Alex Spiro said of the officer, JohnPaul Giacona, who first told the Atlanta Hawks' Thabo Sefolosha to clear the area early on April 8. "I think he saw a black man in a hoodie."

Sefolosha, 30, has been charged with misdemeanor obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He pleaded not guilty and refused a plea deal.

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Abueva to lead Manila Masters in Fiba 3×3 World Tour Finals (October 07, 2015)
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Calvin Abueva during the Fiba 3×3 Manila Masters. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

After his scintillating showing in the 2015 Fiba Asia Championship, Calvin Abueva is representing the Philippines once again as he leads Manila North in the 2015 Fiba 3×3 World Tour Finals in Abu Dhabi.

The energetic forward has been given the green light by Alaska to play alongside Vic Manuel, Karl Dehesa, and Troy Rosario against the world’s best 3-on-3 players on October 15 and 16.

“They were already allowed by their clubs to participate,” said Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Sonny Barrios in Filipino.

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Romeo on another Gilas call-up: ‘I’m ready for PH anytime’ (October 07, 2015)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Terrence Romeo against an Iranian defender. Photo from Fiba.com

One of the biggest revelation Gilas Pilipinas’ campaign in the 2015 Fiba Asia Championship, Terrence Romeo expressed his eagerness to once again don the national colors.

“Ready ako anytime para sa Pilipinas (I’m ready anytime for the Philippines.),” the cat-quick guard said in a video taken by Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Musong Castillo in Changsa, China.

Romeo, a newbie in the national team but made heads turn with a fantastic showing in the Jones Cup, is taking the lessons from the defeat to China in the Fiba Asia final by heart.

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