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    TYSON FURY has officially started training camp for next fight - as talks with Anthony Joshua continue. The heavyweight stars are still in negotiations for a December 3 Battle of Britain at Cardiff's Principality Stadium. 4Tyson Fury starts training camp for his next fight 4Anthony Joshua is still in talks to fight Tyson FuryCredit: Instagram / @anthonyjoshua Fury has warned he will return on that date with or without AJ in the opposite corner. And his preparations to do so are now underway as he posted a picture in the gym alongside his brother Tommy, 23. Fury, 34, wrote: "Day 1 of camp!" Joshua, 32, has had the contract for almost two weeks with broadcasters DAZN, BT Sport and ESPN also thrashing out a network deal. READ MORE in BOXINGWATER NICE GUY Anthony Joshua leaves Marathon runners stunned as he hands out drinks But Eddie Hearn insisted the paperwork is not yet ready to be signed as they go through the finer terms and conditions. That caused Hall of Famer Bob Arum, Fury's US promoter, to cast doubt...
    SAITAMA, Japan – The Warriors’ pair of preseason games shared a glimpse at 2022 first-round pick Patrick Baldwin Jr.’s potential after he missed summer league with an ankle injury. Baldwin showed great court awareness and solid decision-making in both games. After recording seven points on 2-of-3 shooting in eight minutes in his debut Friday, Baldwin was even more impressive Sunday. One highlight of his came in the fourth quarter when he intercepted a Wizards’ pass and tossed the ball to Mac McClung who took it home with a fast-break dunk. Baldwin finished with 12 points, going 4-for-5 from deep, and added six rebounds. “He was terrific,” coach Steve Kerr said after the NBA Japan Games finale. “He’s a really good basketball player. He understands the game, you can see with his flow, his moments, his shooting, his passing… He just gets it, he has a really good feel.” Kerr didn’t know what to expect from Baldwin heading into training camp. Baldwin was limited over the last two seasons due to an ankle injury. He was a top...
    Getty Zach LaVine and Billy Donovan look on during a bout between the Chicago Bulls and the Indiana Pacers. With point guard Lonzo Ball undergoing another knee surgery — one that’ll likely require an extended recovery and rehab period — the dream of a Chicago Bulls season sans injury problems has died on the vine. And Ball isn’t even the only player coming off of a procedure. Two-time All-Star Zach LaVine had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in May as well. And while several months have passed since he went under the knife, and the baller has been an active participant during training camp, a segment of the Windy City faithful have been understandably concerned about the situation. In addition to the Ball’s seemingly endless saga killing the mood, LaVine just so happens to be fresh off of inking a five-year, $215 million extension. So, yeah — not the guy you want to see having any kind of chronic knee problems. According to the latest update from Bulls coach Billy Donovan, though, things look to be headed...
    Getty Matisse Thybulle #22 of the Philadelphia 76ers shoots during the second quarter against the Toronto Raptors during Game One of the Eastern Conference First Round at Wells Fargo Center. One of the players with the most questions to answer heading into the 2022-23 NBA season is Matisse Thybulle. The fourth-year forward is heading into the final season of his rookie contract and has been connected to trade rumors throughout the summer. Daryl Morey declined to comment on the status of negotiations with the defensive standout during Sixers media day. The Washington product also appears to be losing his spot in the starting lineup due to the addition of PJ Tucker. There will be a number of eyes on Thybulle as he has a lot to prove this season. The biggest question is if he has continued in his offensive development which has been the area of his game most lacking. Doc Rivers and several other members of the praised Thybulle for the offseason work he has put in this summer. The 25-year-old displayed the new-look jump shot...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers. The Philadelphia 76ers landed an absolute steal in Tyrese Maxey during the 2020 draft. Despite being taken in the late first round, Maxey has blossomed into a starter in Philadelphia with his electric handle and effervescent personality. Last season was a major coming-out party for Maxey. He over doubled his points per game (17.5) and assists per game (4.3). Further, he shot a ridiculous 42.7% from three, giving the Sixers some much-needed floor-spacing to pair with Joel Embiid. He still has room to grow on both ends of the floor (and especially on defense), but the former Kentucky Wildcat is just 21 with plenty of time to grow. This season, Maxey projects to form a potent backcourt combo with former MVP James Harden. And at training camp this week, the two players got off some shots from deep, going back and forth. But Maxey ratcheted things up a notch, draining a shot from half-court in a must-see clip from camp. & one from half court because why not! ????‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/2jSN9pXGV1...
    Getty Professional basketball player James Harden gets hands on time with Destiny at the Activision booth during E3 on June 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. While traditionally all that is thought of in NBA training camp is the hours of hard work that each player puts in, there is plenty of time throughout the day that is not filled with basketball. Tyrese Maxey recently gave a window into what the Sixers have been doing during these times when speaking to reporters. He discussed the importance of the time spent off the court with each other and hinted at the fierce video game battles that occur behind the scenes. The 21-year-old can be seen given his full experience in recent days in the clip below. Tyrese on post practice activities in Charleston. (playing cards, Madden, Fifa etc.) pic.twitter.com/FvE9skM5yW — ᴀᴄʜ™???? (@StepbackAchV2) October 1, 2022 Sixers Team BondingOne of the reasons Doc Rivers discussed bringing camp to Charleston was the opportunity for more team bonding. With each player stepping away from their normal lives and out of their comfort zones,...
    Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra warned Friday that what you see during the preseason from his team is not what you might get when the season starts. So, yes, those who are curious about bigger lineups, perhaps ones that feature two out of Bam Adebayo, Dewayne Dedmon and Omer Yurtseven, there will be some of that over the course of the Heat’s five-game exhibition schedule. And those seeking a three-wing smaller-ball approach, that also could come into view with Kyle Lowry, Tyler Herro and Victor Oladipo. Basically, the laboratory will be open for experimentation. “There’ll probably be a decent amount of that,” Spoelstra said Friday, as his team continued training camp at the Baha Mar resort. “I mean, we do that every training camp and preseason, anyway. Our versatility is a really important part of our makeup, and you have to be able to take a look at different combinations just to see what they look like against competition. “I like the fact that we’ve had these different kinds of lineups that we can get — the big lineup, the...
    Getty Matisse Thybulle #22 of the Philadelphia 76ers tips the ball over Steven Adams #4 of the Memphis Grizzlies at Wells Fargo Center. The future between Matisse Thybulle and the Philadelphia 76ers has been the most unclear it has ever been. The former first-round pick survived an offseason filled with trade rumors and enters the season in the final season of his contract. Sixers President of Basketball Operations declined to comment on the status of the negotiations during Sixers media day and Thybulle enters the season with a lot to prove. While it is still very early, the signs have been extremely positive surrounding his progress. Joel Embiid has been the latest member of the Sixers to speak highly of the two-time All-NBA Second Team defender’s impact. Following the third day of training camp Embiid was asked about Thybulle and put it: “I’m so proud of him. So far, you can tell he’s put in the work all summer. He’s been amazing. Obviously, he needs to keep going when it matters, but he’s made a lot of improvement and...
    Getty LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Anthony Davis #3 talk with head coach Frank Vogel. A mildly surprising run to the Western Conference Finals last season had the potential to catapult the Dallas Mavericks into the company of premier basketball destinations this summer. But rather than add marquee talent, the Mavericks’ biggest roster move involved a departure, not an arrival. Jalen Brunson left the Mavericks this summer in favor of the Big Apple, teaming up with Julius Randle and RJ Barrett with the New York Knicks. To make up for the loss, the Mavericks traded for Christian Wood and signed free agent Javale McGee. The only problem? Brunson was a point guard and both Wood and McGee are centers (with Wood capable of playing some four, as well). It’s not quite the summer haul some fans might have hoped for, but Dallas was also cap-strapped this summer. Heading into the new season, Dallas has the 12th-highest payroll, though it now lacks much top-end talent outside of Luka Doncic. But that hasn’t stopped head coach...
    If it were up to Markelle Fultz, he’d been a more active participant in the Orlando Magic’s training camp despite recently fracturing his big left toe. “If it was up to me, I’d play,” Fultz said during the team’s media day on Monday. “That’s me. I’m kind of crazy.” With president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman saying Fultz will be sidelined for training camp, Fultz will have to wait at least a few more weeks before he can be back on the floor with his teammates. Weltman and Fultz declined to publicly establish a timeline for Fultz’s return after fracturing the bone earlier in the month, but there’s optimism he won’t be sidelined for long — especially since the injury didn’t require surgery. “The bone healing typically [takes] 3-6 weeks,” said David Lee, MD, orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon and chair of the orthopedics department at MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center. “And kind of depending on that, obviously there’s going to be a little bit of rehab to get him up to speed. The range, maybe, for returning to play...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers. The Philadelphia 76ers enter the new season with fresh faces, and new schemes, but the same overarching goal: to win the championship. After a summer of retooling the roster, the Sixers have to feel good about their chances at a deep postseason run. Joel Embiid should continue his MVP-like form, James Harden enters camp after an offseason of health and wellness, and Tyrese Maxey could well be on the way to his first All-Star nod. If Maxey does indeed take another leap like last year, he would cement his status as a late-first-round steal back in 2020. Maxey excelled in year two with the Sixers. He proved that he could handle the responsibility of being a starting guard in the league, over doubling his points (17.5) and assists (4.3), all while seeing massive increases in volume. He’s an electric talent, capable of zipping down the court in a transition break that usually results in two points, be it from the floor or free throw line. And his teammates know he’s...
    Getty Head Coach of the Philadelphia 76ers Doc Rivers speaks onstage during "The Intersection of Sports & Democracy" segment at When We All Vote Inaugural Culture Of Democracy Summit. While basketball is at the epicenter of the lives of every NBA player, it is important to recognize the other things in life as well. Doc Rivers referenced this as part of the reason for the team taking the trip south for training camp rather than the traditional location at the practice facility. The city of Charleston is loaded with history and Rivers believed this exposure was important from a personal growth and team bonding experience. Rivers and the rest of the team have acted on this and had several events together to educate the roster already. As the head coach put it according to the Post and Courier: “It’s good for team building and that’s why I think it’s good to get out of town for training camp. There’s a lot of history here in Charleston, American history, that we can teach.” Rivers continued, “From slavery to the military there’s...
    Getty Jaden Springer #11 of the Philadelphia 76ers poses at 76ers Training Complex on September 26, 2022 in Camden, New Jersey. There has been an overly negative perception of Jaden Springer since the Philadelphia 76ers selected him with the 28th overall pick in the 2021 draft. Springer has been unable to fill the massive shoes that were left by Tyrese Maxey in the previous draft and played a total of just six total minutes at the NBA level in his rookie season. The Tennessee product recently turned 20 years old and still has plenty of time to grow into the player he has flashed the potential to be. Through the first two days of training camp, Springer has shown the early signs of this development coming along exactly as the organization has hoped. PJ Tucker had a promising quote surrounding the young guard that can be seen in the tweet below. Keep the Jaden Springer propaganda coming! pic.twitter.com/2mZM35031Q — Harrison Grimm (@Harrison_Grimm) September 28, 2022 What Else is Being Said About Springer?Tucker was not the only member of the Sixers...
    Getty Kemba Walker #8 of the Boston Celtics shoots as Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets defends. Ever since the New York Knicks traded former Boston Celtics all-star Kemba Walker to the Detroit Pistons on draft night, it seemed inevitable that Walker would hit the buyout market. On June 30, Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Walker and the Pistons were finalizing a buyout. However, Walker still remains with the Pistons as of September 28. This saga has dragged on to training camp, as according to Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report, Walker is not only not attending training camp, but he’s not even on the Pistons training camp roster, and they haven’t assigned him a number. Looking at the Pistons announced training camp roster, not only is Kemba Walker not with the team, Detroit didn't issue him a jersey number. Ouch — Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) September 27, 2022 This would indicate that no matter how this all ends, Walker will not be playing a minute for the Pistons. While the Pistons are expected to be one of the worst...
    Getty Head coach Doc Rivers of the Philadelphia 76ers. The Philadelphia 76ers‘ season is right around the corner, so the team is working out any kinks at training camp this week. But the team is far from Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia or its training facility in Camden, New Jersey. No, the Sixers pulled a reverse-bird migration and headed south for the late summer. The Sixers will train at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina this week. It’s an unusual choice to spend time fine-tuning things so far from home. But according to head coach Doc Rivers, the decision to set up camp in Charleston was an intentional one. The Sixers’ head coach told Tim Bontemps on September 27 that camp in Charleston would be part-basketball, part-history lesson. “Doc Rivers says part of the appeal of coming to Charleston – where he first came with the Pat Riley Knicks in the 1990s – is to have a chance to teach his players about American history. Said a professor spoke to the team last night and other activities are...
    Getty P.J. Tucker #17 of the Philadelphia 76ers poses at 76ers Training Complex on September 26, 2022 in Camden, New Jersey. The Philadelphia 76ers made a splash this offseason by giving a three-year contract to PJ Tucker worth roughly $33 million. This is set to be the highest-paid contract of the 37-year-old’s career. The Sixers have lacked the intangibles that Tucker is known for and are hoping his toughness, versatility, and playoff experience can help them to get over the postseason hump. The early signs are seeming positive as several of the members of the Sixers raved about his impact following the first day of camp. When asked about the debut practice of the veteran, Doc Rivers told reporters: “You can see certain guys like P.J. stand out, especially defensively. When he’s on the floor, when he’s off the floor, it is night and day. That’s what we’re challenging guys, because P.J.’s not playing 48 minutes. And it’s not just his defense. It’s his talking and it’s his knowledge,” Rivers stated following day one of training camp.Tucker’s Importance on...
    Nets head coach Steve Nash said All-Star forward Ben Simmons “looked great” on the first day of training camp at the HSS Training Facility in Industry City on Tuesday. Simmons, who missed the entire 2021-22 NBA season due to a combination of mental health issues and a herniated disc that ultimately required offseason surgery, completed his first official Nets practice as a full participant on Tuesday. Last season, he was a limited participant in team practice and never advanced to playing five-on-five before the season ended. “Ben looked great. He’s looking really well,” Nash said. “He put in the time this summer and he’s continually getting better every week. It looks to me like he’s pretty close to the player we envisioned. He’s going to make a big impact for us.” Veteran forward Markieff Morris also said that Simmons looks “great. Good, in-shape. He looked good the past couple weeks before training camp.” Morris added Simmons looks like he was before the back surgery, noting he’s “strong as hell, too.” Nash said the biggest hurdle for Simmons after his yearlong...
    The first day of training camp after media day— especially for teams that didn’t make the playoffs the prior season, like the Orlando Magic — typically brings a lot of excitement, energy and eagerness to get back on the practice floor after a five-month offseason. All of those emotions were palpable from Magic players and coaches once reporters were able to watch the Magic’s first practice ahead of the 2022-23 season on Tuesday at their new state-of-the-art AdventHealth Training Center. But in the backdrop were concerns about what’ll come next in light of Hurricane Ian likely making landfall in Florida between Naples and Tampa late Wednesday. Chris Newton, the team’s director of security, and Regan Harris, the assistant director of team services, were among Magic personnel who addressed the team about the hurricane once practice ended. “We just talked about it,” big man Franz Wagner said. “Obviously, I’m nervous because I’ve never experienced anything like this. Just trying to listen to everybody here, what they’re telling us and making sure we have everything at home. Trying to be safe.” Added...
    The San Jose Sharks made their first round of training camp cuts Monday afternoon, one day after their opening game of the preseason schedule and a week and a half ahead of their season opener in Prague against the Predators. Their roster began the day with 64 players and will end it with 50. Ozzy Wiesblatt, the Sharks’ first-round pick (No. 31) in the 2020 draft, was among the cuts, but that was not unexpected as he has been ticketed for the Barracuda, where he was assigned Monday. New coach David Quinn had praised Wiesblatt on Saturday for his willingness to get involved in scrums, rather than just relying on his offensive talent, but in the end, the Sharks decided he wasn’t in a position to take a roster spot away from someone else. Related Articles San Jose Sharks | San Jose Sharks roster projection 1.0: Who’s packing their bags for Europe? San Jose Sharks | Sharks’ Kahkonen has busy night in preseason game vs. Los Angeles Kings San Jose Sharks | See the huge upgrade...
    Q: Ira, I’ve seen the Tyler Herro pictures and Kyle Lowry videos. But how do the Heat keep them in shape? – Larry. A: And that is the aspect that many overlook when it comes to players having months during the offseason to prepare for camp. Even last season, after grueling work that also saw him bulk up, Tyler Herro acknowledged he needed to add more muscle to his base. And there hardly was question about Kyle Lowry’s conditioning before he began to miss time last season for family reasons. In fact, more than those two, it will be interesting to see where Caleb Martin stands, now that he is expected to play more in the power rotation. Same with Haywood Highsmith. And even Duncan Robinson spoke of continuing to work on his frame. So while the initial focus might be on Herro and Lowry, there might be more significant gains that had to be made during the offseason. Q: I wouldn’t be mad if the Heat’s starting power forward is Haywood Highsmith. He offers spacing and he’s a switchable...
    Getty Ryan Rollins of the Toledo Rockets handles the ball during a bout with the Michigan Wolverines. When the Golden State Warriors made the move to acquire Toledo standout Ryan Rollins on draft night, a steep price was paid. In addition to coughing up their pick at No. 51 overall, the team also sent the Atlanta Hawks a whopping $2 million to get Rollins at No. 44. Clearly, though, Bob Myers and the rest of the Warriors brain trust had a feeling about the baller. Rather than making Rollins come to camp and fight for a roster spot like most second-rounders have to do, the Dubs ponied up to the tune of a three-year, $4.8 million rookie deal. Moreover, the first two years of his contract are guaranteed. Alas, fans haven’t had an opportunity to see what the Warriors saw in the 20-year-old, as he was held out of summer league with a stress fracture in his right foot. At Warriors Media Day on Sunday, however, Rollins made it clear that his injury is in the rearview.Everything Is...
    The Orlando Magic have plenty of questions entering the 2022-23 season, which will tip off against the Detroit Pistons on Oct. 19. Their training camp, which starts Tuesday at their new state-of-the-art AdventHealth Training Center, should help provide answers. The Magic’s 2½ weeks between the start of camp and the regular season, which includes five preseason games, will provide insight on the plan for their big men. Orlando’s bigs include Mo Bamba, Paolo Banchero, Bol Bol, Wendell Carter Jr., Jonathan Isaac, Moe Wagner. Here are three storylines to monitor once camp starts: 1. Isaac’s status Isaac’s status and when he’ll return to the floor is the biggest storyline surrounding the Magic. He’s missed the last two seasons and hasn’t played since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the bubble on Aug. 2, 2020. Isaac had a setback when he suffered a right hamstring injury that required surgery during his March 15 rehab session — a couple of hours after the team announced he’d miss the remainder of the 2021-22 season. There have been encouraging signs for his progress. Isaac hasn’t been seen wearing a...
    With the 2022-23 NBA season approaching, the Orlando Sentinel is unveiling a five-part series of Orlando Magic storylines to keep an eye on heading into training camp, which kicks off on Sept. 27 at their new state-of-the-art AdventHealth Training Center. Part one addressed whether the Magic did enough to turn around their shooting woes. Part Two: Health The Magic’s season hasn’t started yet, but they already have injury-related questions. Player-availability inquiries came frequently for president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman and coach Jamahl Mosley in light of the Magic having the most games missed (449) because of injuries and the league’s health and safety protocols according to ManGamesLost.com, an injury analytics website. They’ll face similar questions on Media Day, which takes place Monday, because of the uncertainty of Gary Harris and Jonathan Isaac’s status. Isaac hasn’t played since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the bubble on Aug. 2, 2020, after the league returned from a four-month hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Harris, who signed a 2-year, $26 million contract extension to return to Orlando...
    The Chicago Bulls stayed quiet for most of the offseason, focusing on re-signing Zach LaVine and returning the core of last year’s roster to build into the 2022-23 season. But it was still a busy summer for Bulls players, who spent the time recovering from injury, expanding their families and competing in local and international competitions. The Bulls added free agents Andre Drummond and Goran Dragić along with draft pick Dalen Terry to complement the starting trio of LaVine, DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vučević. The front office committed early to its plan for running back last season’s roster, but injuries remain a key concern as the team plans to enter the season without starting point guard Lonzo Ball. With the Bulls opening training camp Tuesday, here’s a rundown of how some of the top players spent their summer 1. Lonzo Ball’s left knee injury lingers The offseason didn’t offer relief for Lonzo Ball, who will have left knee surgery Wednesday and miss the start of the season as he continues to seek answers for an injury that has lingered since...
    With the 2022-23 NBA season approaching, the Orlando Sentinel is unveiling a five-part series of Orlando Magic storylines to keep an eye on heading into training camp, which tips off Tuesday at their new state-of-the-art AdventHealth Training Center. Part one addressed whether the Magic did enough to turn around their shooting woes, part two focused on injury-related questions, part three touched on the rookies and part four addressed lineup experimentation. Part Five: Accountability As a team stocked with young talent in the first full season of a rebuild, the Magic were in player-evaluation mode in 2021-22. That’ll still be the case, with Orlando entering 2022-23 as the league’s second-youngest team, only behind the Oklahoma City Thunder. But how the evaluations are made will be different. Fourteen of the Magic’s 16 players signed to standard contracts were on last year’s team. The other two, Paolo Banchero and Caleb Houstan, are rookies. The continuity and familiarity allowed coach Jamahl Mosley and his staff to have a better idea of each player’s strengths and areas for improvement. Now, they can elevate the expectations....
    SAN FRANCISCO — After the confetti stopped falling and the champagne-pouring slowed from the Warriors’ championship celebrations, Kevon Looney had some uncertainty of his future with the only NBA team he had known and wanted to be with. Of course, he wanted to return to Golden State, who drafted him No. 30 overall in 2015. But worries over the team’s long-term financial constraints due to being so deep into the luxury tax complicated his situation. Looney entertained other suitors. But ultimately, the three-time NBA champion and the Warriors were able to agree on a three-year, $22.5 million deal. “I wanted to come back here, have another chance at a championship,” Looney, speaking for the first time with the media since he signed the deal in July, said Saturday after the Warriors’ first day of training camp. “This is the final place, where I really wanted to be.” After an offseason of celebrating and training, Looney, the only Warriors player to play all 104 games (including playoffs) last season, said his “body is feeling better than ever.” Playing all 82 regular-season...
    Of all the seasons Nets GM Sean Marks has been in the running for Executive of the Year, this might be the year his peers tip their hats. Marks and team governor Joe Tsai stared an explosive situation in the face – a potential detonation of a championship franchise in the wake of Kevin Durant’s summertime trade request – and steadied the ship through turbulent waters. Durant remains a Net ostensibly against his will, Kyrie Irving appears motivated on what’s serving as a one-year deal, Ben Simmons both looks and sounds healthy, and the Nets, yet again, return as championship contenders powered by a Big 3 that might be the best in basketball. But will it be enough? History has shown, especially for this franchise, that the talent on paper is not the end-all, be-all to making a deep playoff run. Entering Year 4 of the Seven-Eleven era, the Nets have just one playoff series victory to show, with the same number of sweeps to boot after the Celtics dusted off the broomsticks and knocked them out of the first...
    Give Leon Rose credit for this aspect of his roster construction: if the Knicks play well and exceed expectations, they’re in good position to add difference-makers. Real difference-makers. All those first-round draft picks – 11 over the next seven years – are awaiting a trade partner more eager to accept them than Danny Ainge. The Knicks love to remind us of all their picks. “We are flush with draft capital,” Rose boasted to the team’s in-house cable station, MSG Network, which is owned by James Dolan. Of course, Rose was in a similar situation a year ago and bungled free agency. The deals given to Kemba Walker, Evan Fournier, Nerlens Noel, Alec Burks and Julius Randle turned into negative assets, leaving Rose to quickly accept those as failures by unloading most of them with attached draft picks. Now Rose enters Year 3 of his regime without the same hopes of contention from last season, but with a few other reasons for optimism: his team has real depth, his team has a new point guard, his team has plenty of assets...
    SAN FRANCISCO — The Warriors’ top six is “clear” in the eyes of coach Steve Kerr. With the re-signing of Kevon Looney this summer, the Warriors were able to maintain their championship-winning starting five from last season. Stephen Curry, Andrew Wiggins, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Looney are locks to be the starting five come opening night. Jordan Poole will most likely be the first man off the bench. But the rest of the rotation remains a mystery. “We know those guys are all going to get playing time but from what happens from there, to me, it’s wide open,” Kerr said Thursday. “We have JaMychal [Green] and Donte [DiVincenzo] who have been a big part of rotations for great teams in this league. I have a lot of faith they will be able to come in and contribute at a high level, and we have got all these young guys fighting for spots. I’m excited about the competition that’s ahead.” Other players expected to earn elevated rotation roles this season include Moses Moody, Jonathan Kuminga and James Wiseman. The...
    SAN FRANCISCO — The Warriors’ top six is clear in the eyes of coach Steve Kerr and just about anyone else who watched even a snippet of the playoffs. With the re-signing of Kevon Looney this summer, the Warriors were able to maintain their championship-winning starting five from last season. Stephen Curry, Andrew Wiggins, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Looney are locks to be the starting five come opening night. Jordan Poole will most likely be the first man off the bench. But the rest of the rotation remains a mystery. “We know those guys are all going to get playing time but from what happens from there, to me, it’s wide open,” Kerr said Thursday. “We have JaMychal [Green] and Donte [DiVincenzo] who have been a big part of rotations for great teams in this league. I have a lot of faith they will be able to come in and contribute at a high level, and we have got all these young guys fighting for spots. I’m excited about the competition that’s ahead.” Other players expected to earn elevated...
    With the 2022-23 NBA season approaching, the Orlando Sentinel is unveiling a five-part series of Orlando Magic storylines to keep an eye on heading into training camp, which tips off Tuesday at their new state-of-the-art AdventHealth Training Center. Part one addressed whether the Magic did enough to turn around their shooting woes, part two focused on injury-related questions, and part three touched on the rookies. Part Four: Lineup Experimentation For most NBA teams, training camp and the preseason are about experimentation and trying new things out. Expect that to especially be the case for the Magic in 2022-23, even once the regular season starts. The Magic had three five-man lineups played at least 100 minutes in 2021-22, led by their starting lineup for most of the season that played 424 minutes: Cole Anthony, Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner, Wendell Carter, Jr. and Mo Bamba. Having three lineups that shared the floor for at least 100 minutes was standard for most teams last season because of absences related to injuries and the league’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Player availability was an...
    With the 2022-23 NBA season approaching, the Orlando Sentinel is unveiling a five-part series of Orlando Magic storylines to keep an eye on heading into training camp, which tips off Tuesday at their new state-of-the-art AdventHealth Training Center. Part one addressed whether the Magic did enough to turn around their shooting woes, while part two focused on injury-related questions. Part Three: The Rookies Paolo Banchero and Caleb Houstan took the first step in their NBA careers on the same night. But the outside expectations surrounding them couldn’t be more stark entering their rookies seasons. Houstan faces minimal external pressure as the Magic’s second-round pick (No. 32). As the top pick in June’s NBA draft, all eyes on are Banchero. Banchero’s used to attention after being a 5-star and playing at Duke during coach Mike Krzyzewski’s final season. He’s accustomed to high expectations and has embraced the pressure. Banchero used summer league to help show he can be the kind of go-to guy people expect most No. 1 picks to be. That process will continue once the Magic start camp. Orlando’s...
    SAN FRANCISCO — Warriors general manager Bob Myers was cautiously optimistic heading into training camp last year that Golden State could be title contenders, though that was contingent on whether Klay Thompson would return after back-to-back major injuries sidelined him since the 2019 NBA Finals. But fresh off an NBA title and with a deep roster with the top six players already established, Myers feels like the Warriors are in an even better position this year to contend for another title. “Doesn’t mean we’ll do what we did last year,” Myers said Thursday, “but I feel like we know our team a little bit better even though the young guys there’s still a lot of uncertainty.” The Warriors are entering training camp at full strength for the first time in years. Thompson got to enjoy his first offseason in three years where he wasn’t rehabbing from an injury and is said to be in the best physical, mental and emotional state since the injuries. And James Wiseman is expected to have his first full NBA training camp after he made...
    Getty RJ Barrett #9 and Cam Reddish #21 of the New York Knicks converse on the bench against the Atlanta Hawks. The New York Knicks offseason is almost over as training camp officially starts Tuesday, September 27. While the season is almost here, the offseason gave fans a chance to see players work on their skills. Whether that be through individual workouts, pickup games or playing in pro-am leagues, it has been an active time off for the Knicks roster. Knicks teammates RJ Barrett, Cam Reddish and Trevor Keels returned to Duke University last week. Each of them were former players for the Duke Blue Devils under former Hall of Fame coach, Mike Krzyzewski. The three players were also one-and-done, playing only their freshman season before getting drafted. Barrett and Reddish were teammates during the 2018-2019 season at Duke. That team was notable for making basketball headlines due to their dominant performances and having an All-Star player in Zion Williamson, who ended being the first pick in the 2019 NBA draft. Though Williamson was the main attraction, both...
    Gary Payton II became an unlikely X-factor for the Warriors last season. After initially being waived, Payton earned the 15th and final roster spot on Golden State before opening night and played his way into a major pay raise this offseason. Could this year’s training camp roster contain the next Payton? The Warriors have 13 players signed for this season and have reserved their 14th spot for Andre Iguodala if he decides to return. Whether Golden State, owner of the league’s highest payroll, chose to fill their 15th opening will be determined in training camp, which opens Saturday. Here’s a look at the six potential candidate vying for that last spot: Two-way contracts Quinndary Weatherspoon turned heads with his impressive defense against Klay Thompson as the Warriors star worked his way back from his most recent injury. That earned him a 10-day deal, which turned into a two-way opportunity that landed him on the bench throughout the Warriors’ championship run. He seems the most likely to earn a permanent spot on the roster given his defensive abilities and the way...
    The Orlando Magic have plenty of questions entering the 2022-23 season, which will tip off against the Detroit Pistons on Oct. 19. Their training camp, which starts in one week at their new state-of-the-art AdventHealth Training Center, should help provide answers. The Magic’s 2½ weeks between the start of camp and the regular season, which includes five preseason games, will provide insight on their plan for their wings (combo players who can slot in at shooting guard or small forward). Orlando’s wings include Gary Harris, Caleb Houstan, Chuma Okeke, Terrence Ross and Franz Wagner. Forwards Kevon Harris and Admiral Schofield also are signed to two-way contracts with the Magic, while Joel Ayayi will be included on Orlando’s 20-man training-camp roster after signing an Exhibit 10 deal. Here are three storylines to monitor once camp starts: 1. Wagner’s usage Wagner exceeded expectations by playing at an elite level for a rookie most of the season. He averaged 15.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 30.7 minutes (79 starts in 79 appearances), being named to the All-Rookie first team and finishing...
    Getty Dwight Howard #39 of the Philadelphia 76ers and DeMarcus Cousins #15 of the Houston Rockets speak. With Robert Williams III out for four to six weeks due to arthroscopic surgery on his knee, as reported by Heavy Sports’ Sean Deveney, the Boston Celtics have the option to add one of the bigger name free agent centers still available on the market. That includes Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge, DeMarcus Cousins, and Hassan Whiteside, among others. Adding one of them could potentially help the Celtics’ frontcourt depth, but according to Jay King, the Celtics aren’t interested in them or any other big-name veteran center on the market. Despite Robert Williams’s knee procedure, I was told the Celtics are not planning to sign one of the big-name veteran centers still available. Expect them to replace the recently waived Bruno Caboclo with another young big man to compete for a spot in training camp. — Jay King (@ByJayKing) September 21, 2022 This does not necessarily mean they won’t be interested in signing one of those centers down the line, but it...
    Despite losing two key off-the-bench contributors from their championship run in free agency, the Warriors find themselves in pretty good shape heading into training camp. Golden State has 13 players signed for their upcoming title defense. The team is welcoming back the entire starting unit and has loads of up-and-coming talent. The Warriors’ current “Big Three” isn’t getting any younger. Stephen Curry is 34; Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are 32. Meanwhile, the median age of Golden State’s bench is 22, and that includes 32-year-old offseason pick-up JaMychal Green. And the Warriors have good reason to believe their championship window could be open for years to come. One of the more exciting moments from the Warriors’ summer league was seeing Jonathan Kuminga, James Wiseman and Moses Moody share the court for the very first time. It was a mixed bag of sorts as it’ll take time for those three players — along with 23-year-old Jordan Poole — to build chemistry and develop their games. But those four could be the cornerstones of the next generation of Warriors players to eventually...
    Getty Dwight Howard #39 of the Los Angeles Lakers fouls LaMarcus Aldridge #21 of the Brooklyn Nets. The Boston Celtics‘ frontcourt suffered a significant blow when Danilo Gallinari suffered a torn ACL, which presumably sideline him for the entirety of the 2022-23 season. Then, Heavy’s Sean Deveney reported on September 20 that Robert Williams III will get arthroscopic surgery on his knee, which will sideline him for four to six weeks. That leaves Al Horford, Grant Williams, and Luke Kornet as their only viable options at center. The injuries to Gallinari and Williams make the Celtics a little thin in that department, so it may be in their best to add another proven option until Williams makes his return. After Williams’ surgery had been confirmed, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski brought up who the Celtics could potentially sign. One name, in particular, was brought up because according to Wojnarowski, the Celtics had interesting him at one point. “There are still some veteran bigs out there in the marketplace if they decide that they want to add somebody. Dwight Howard is...
    It appears Joe Thornton will not be attending San Jose Sharks training camp on a professional tryout. The Sharks released their training camp roster Tuesday afternoon and Thornton, 43, was not among the 34 forwards listed. The Sharks, who begin their first training camp under new coach David Quinn on Thursday, also have 19 defensemen and eight goalies coming to camp. Thornton, 43, had taken part in some of the team’s informal ‘captains skates’ in San Jose this month, leading to some speculation that he might be rejoining the Sharks in some capacity. He skated with some of the more veteran players as recently as Saturday when the team was at Tech CU Arena, which is located right beside Sharks Ice. “I think he’s still kind of sorting things out on what he wants to do and (we’ll) let him lead the way with that,” Sharks general manager Mike Grier said when asked about Thornton on ‘The Athletic Hockey Show’ podcast. “I think right now he’s enjoying time with his family and being a dad, but he still likes being...
    Getty Bruno Caboclo of Brazil making a dunk during the 2020 FIBA Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Training camp hasn’t even started, and the Boston Celtics have already started making cuts. With Danilo Gallinari out indefinitely with an ACL tear, and Robert Williams III out for the next four to six weeks to recover from arthroscopic surgery on his knee, the Celtics are in need of some frontcourt help and may very well look for more proven options still available on the market. To do this, the Celtics have already cut one of the players they had previously signed on to participate in their training camp: Bruno Caboclo. Sources: The Celtics have waived forward Bruno Caboclo. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 20, 2022 It may not have gone this way had Gallinari and/or Williams been ready to go for training camp, but Caboclo may not have made the team regardless if they were knowing the number of veterans who are competing for a spot on the team. Caboclo is best known for the label of being “two years away...
    Getty Robert Williams, Celtics After grinding his way through the NBA postseason last year despite dealing with a surgically repaired left knee, Celtics center Robert Williams was able to take some time off and, he hoped, allow the knee to fully heal. But as training camp is set to get underway next week, Williams has gotten some bad news—according to a source, he will again need surgery on the knee, which will keep him out for all of camp and likely into the early weeks of the season. It is a tough blow for Williams, who had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in the knee in late March, and was expected to miss the early part of the postseason. Williams, though, surprised everyone by coming back for Game 3 of the first round of the playoffs, during the Celtics’ sweep of the Nets. Surgery went well, Preciate all the prayers and concern! — Robert Williams (@rob_williamsIII) March 30, 2022 He played well when he was on the floor but struggled with fluid buildup and missed the last...
    JOSEPH PARKER has given a rare glimpse behind the scenes of his final preparations to face Brit Joe Joyce on Saturday. And a training montage shows the Kiwi working out with WBC heavyweight champ Tyson Fury. 2Joseph Parker is hit with medicine ball by John FuryCredit: PROAM Boxing 2Parker works on his body shotsCredit: PROAM Boxing It also contains footage of Tyson's dad John furiously pounding at Parker's stomach and ribs with a medicine ball. This controversial training method was reported to have broke Tommy Fury's ribs before his fight with Jake Paul, although Tommy denied it. The video opens with Parker hammering the heavy bag, then moves on to him doing some pad work inside the ring as he works up a serious sweat. Parker is looking sharp and explosive. He than practises body shots by blasting away at someone wearing protection. Read more in BoxingGET WELL SOON Tyson opens up on health condition after being pictured in a wheelchair He moves on to pad work with John Fury and a speed ball workout, followed by deadlifts, shadow boxing...
    Coming off their fourth NBA title in eight years, the Warriors were hoping to run it back as they look to capitalize on their championship core for as long as possible. But payroll restrictions made that goal nothing more than an unattainable dream. Gary Payton II and Otto Porter Jr. were two of the bigger offseason losses for the Warriors as they took more money to play elsewhere. With those two key role players gone, Golden State picked up Donte DiVincenzo and JaMychal Green on one-year deals, with the hopes that they can help revitalize those players’ careers in a way the team has done in the past. As of Monday, the Warriors have a 19-player training camp roster, with 13 signed for the upcoming season, including 2022 first- and second-round picks Patrick Baldwin Jr. and Ryan Rollins. Of course, the elephant on the roster — or perhaps not on it as of now — is Andre Iguodala, who hasn’t announced yet whether he’ll return for a 19th NBA season. But all those changes come on the bench, while the...
    With the 2022-23 NBA season approaching, the Orlando Sentinel is unveiling a five-part series of Orlando Magic storylines to keep an eye on heading into training camp, which kicks off on Sept. 27 at their new state-of-the-art AdventHealth Training Center. Part One: Shooting To say outside shooting has been a struggle for the Orlando Magic in recent years would be an understatement. The Magic’s 3-point percentage has been a bottom-six mark in each of the previous five seasons except one: 2018-19, the lone year Orlando has finished with a plus-. 500 record (42-40) since 2011-12. They’re coming off back-to-back years finishing in the bottom-four in 3-point percentage. The Magic understand how important outside shooting is in the modern NBA, even if their percentages haven’t reflected it. Coach Jamahl Mosley, in multiple instances, has said his offensive philosophy involves playing with pace, space and “the pass.” Orlando demonstrated growth in those areas in the first year under Mosley. The Magic’s average of 11.8 seconds before taking a shot last year was an above-average mark (13th) for the first time since the...
    For the third time in 10 years, the Miami Heat will hold training camp in the Bahamas. The Heat previously trained in 2013 and 2016 at the Atlantis Paradise Island resort, this time to hold their camp at the Baha Mar resort complex on the island of New Providence. The Heat had planned to return to the Bahamas in the interim, with those plans preempted by the COVID pandemic. Instead, the team mostly has held camp at FTX Arena, although there also have been camps in Palm Beach County. The Heat’s initial camp in the Bahamas came ahead of the franchise’s fourth and final season of the Big Three of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh, after two consecutive NBA championships. The visit resonated with all three. “It was,” Bosh said, “the best training camp ever.” Said Wade, “It was one of my favorite training camps.” After the Heat’s most recent camp in the Bahamas, coach Erik Spoelstra said, “We spent so much time together and really tried to get to know each other. We spent a lot of...
    Getty Dustin Poirier celebrates after recieving the title belt from UFC President Dana White. UFC superstar Dustin Poirier revealed his future in the lightweight division after wanting a move up to welterweight. The former lightweight champion is set to face Michael Chandler at UFC 281 on Nov. 12 in the promotion’s long-awaited return to Madison Square Garden in New York. Having been on the sidelines for about a year, he will look to get back to winning ways after a loss to uncrowned champion Charles Oliveira in his last outing at UFC 269 in Dec. 2021. Poirier weighed his options after the contest and expressed interest in moving up a weight class to 170 pounds. Ultimately, he decided to continue at lightweight and will be looking to make a statement opposite Chandler to stay in the mix of title contention. In an interview with Heavy ahead of his fight with Chandler, CELSIUS-sponsored athlete Poirier shared his thoughts on potentially leaving the 155-pound division and detailed his reasons behind wanting to make the move earlier. “Everybody, if I decided...
    Getty Brad Stevens, Boston Celtics Finding some help at the power forward position remains a high priority for the Boston Celtics as we inch closer to the start of training camp. By now, we’re all aware of the former first-round draft picks set to duke it out for a potential roster spot in the coming weeks, but what happens if none of them manage to impress? Or do they show limited upside? Do the Celtics pivot and dive into the free agent market in hopes of finding an impactful veteran? Well, according to Sports Illustrated’s Ben Stinar, there is another option available, but it certainly comes with a risk factor – and that is extending a contract for LiAngelo Ball for the upcoming season. “Last season, Ball played for the G League’s Greensboro Swarm (Hornets’ affiliate) and averaged 9.1 points and 2.3 rebounds per contest. He also shot a miraculous 62.2% from the field and 53.6% from the three-point range…Ball is 6’5″, 230 lbs, so he could provide depth at the position if he were to make the...
    SAN JOSE – Sharks general manager Mike Grier joked last week that part of the reason he traded Adin Hill when he did was to save coach David Quinn the headache of having three NHL goalies at training camp. “I did that once,” replied a smiling Quinn, who had Henrik Lundqvist, Igor Shesterkin, and Alexandar Georgiev on his New York Rangers team in 2019-2020. Hill’s departure to the Vegas Golden Knights on Aug. 29 answered at least one question the Sharks would have had at camp, which starts Wednesday in San Jose. But there remain a handful of others as the Sharks begin a new era under Grier with a coaching staff led by Quinn. “The system and the mentality,” Quinn said when asked what he’ll emphasize early in training camp. “You can’t have an effective system unless you have the right mentality. That’s something we’ll stress from the minute we start training camp.” Quinn and the Sharks don’t have a day to waste to try and implement that system. Their first preseason game is Sunday, and they leave for...