Trans. Oct 28 11:32 ET (Oct 28 11:32 ET ) Injury woes mounted for the Los Angeles Lakers as rookie forward Julius Randle broke his leg in his first National Basketball Association game. With just under seven minutes to play in a blowout 108-90 Houston Rockets win Tuesday night, Randle fell hard after a drive to the lane, breaking his tibia, the Lakers announced. The Lakers, who lost Kobe Bryant to injury for all but six games of last season, had already been hit with injuries even before Randle got hurt. Future hall of famer Steve Nash is expected to miss the entire season, possibly ending his career with a back injury.
A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C : Sports Illustrated . Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney get us hyped for the season ahead. PF : SLAM . In which 10 rappers answer 10 questions to preview the 2014-15 NBA season, and Jadakiss offers a trenchant analysis of why championship teams break up. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Basketball: Sign up and join a league today! ] SF : The Cauldron . Jared Dubin makes the case for Blake Griffin, 2014-15 NBA Most Valuable Player. SG : The Triangle . Sideways geysers, free-jazz Richard Nixons, Kendrick Perkins clones and the most demeaning branch of mobility: Brian Phillips writes about the challenges facing the Kevin Durant-less Oklahoma City Thunder. PG : Sportsnet . Dave Zarum on DeMar DeRozan, who "just might be the hardest-working man in the NBA," and the coach who's helped fuel his steady ascent to the ranks of the NBA's All-Stars, a place the Toronto Raptors swingman doesn't want to leave any time soon: “I’m sure there’s a long list of one-time all-stars, and I don’t want to be on it.” 6th : CBSSports.com . Ken Berger goes long on Kobe Bryant's recovery and his efforts to finish the journey, featuring some anonymous executive comments offering some semblance of a counterpoint to the anonymous Lakers sources recently cited by ESPN: "'[The Lakers are] the ones that gave him a $48 million extension knowing that nobody wanted to play with him,' one rival executive said. 'And they were also the ones that gave away multiple first-round picks for an over-the-hill Steve Nash. Not to mention firing every coach that Magic [Johnson] decided he didn't like.'" 7th : San Antonio Express-News . Jeff McDonald brings us to Gregg Popovich's hometown to show us how the head coach of the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs came up. As it turns out, he wasn't always the hard-ass barking about missed rotations and blown calls; once upon a time, he was just a kid trying to find a pick-up game whose high-school coach kept calling by the wrong name. 8th : Bleacher Report . Howard Beck with a fantastic read on one of Pop's new assistants in San Antonio: "In so many ways, Becky Hammon is the perfect individual at the perfect time to make history. In so many ways, she is the unlikeliest candidate." 9th : In Street Clothes . Jeff Stotts has built an injury database stretching back nine seasons to find out which teams' training staffs have had the most success at keeping their players healthy and on the court. You'll never guess which team tops the charts, and which team has seen the most money languish on the training table over the past nine years. 10th : Biscutball . The only New Orleans Pelicans season preview you need — well, besides this one — comes courtesy of Corbin Smith, who turns Omer Asik into, I think, a dystopian superhero? - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.
The Scoop:He's also going to be the backup shooting guard with Nick Young (thumb) and Wayne Ellington (concussion) also on the sidelines. Clarkson could see some extended run if things get out of hand early, and head coach Byron Scott decides to give his starters some rest, but he's not likely to do much during his first career NBA game.
When the Lakers traded four draft picks to sign Steve Nash, his new teammates couldn't wait to talk about what might happen when Nash began distributing the ball to the likes of Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol. A day after Nash's season - and possibly his career - ended before the regular season opener there wasn't much said at all about the point guard who never played enough to make a difference in Los Angeles. We haven't talked about it at all,'' Lakers coach Byron Scott said Friday. You send out well wishes and then try to move on.'' That didn't mean Scott didn't have some compassion for the 40-year-old Nash, who announced jointly with the Lakers on Thursday that he would miss his 19th season in the league because of a back injury.
Later this month, Paul Pierce will play his first game as a member of the Washington Wizards, which is nearly as weird as what he did 12 months ago, when he played his first game as a member of the Brooklyn Nets. His former teammate in Brooklyn and Boston, Kevin Garnett, still plays in Brooklyn, still working in a Nets uniform that looks as weird on him now as the Celtics uniform that looked super-weird on him in 2007 after KG donned it following 12 seasons in a Minnesota Timberwolves uniform. Kevin Love, meanwhile, will sport a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform this season after half as many seasons as Garnett played in a Wolves uni, working alongside LeBron James in a Cavaliers uniform that almost immediately makes his four-year run in a Miami Heat uniform look truly weird. Weirdness abounds, as longtime stars jump from one team to another, especially as stalwarts like Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki stick to the same team for the duration of their careers. That’s just how this league works, it’s how it’s always worked, and Paul Pierce wouldn’t mind it continuing to work that way. Via Pro Basketball Talk , here is an interview Pierce recently gave with the Associated Press: This is in no way a dig at Paul Pierce, who has enjoyed a fantastic, Hall of Fame career, but he is in a tier of star just below the Kobe/Tim/Dirk triptych mentioned above. Pierce was nearly traded from the Celtics once things went sour in Boston during the middle of the last decade, and Pierce’s most closest contemporary – Vince Carter – is about to suit up for his sixth NBA team this season. Seventh, if you count the draft night trade that sent Carter from Golden State to Toronto. Most notably, Michael Jordan ended his career in a Wizards uniform. Oscar Robertson was dealt late in his career in a move that would be widely derided by cranks in the modern era as he attempted to chase a ring with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Milwaukee. Wilt Chamberlain was traded twice in his career and he would have ended his time as a player with an ABA team in San Diego had the courts not gotten in the way. Larry Bird and Magic Johnson never switched jerseys, but Moses Malone and Shaquille O’Neal combined to wear sixteen different pro uniforms over the course of their lengthy careers. Boston Celtics fans, as they gear up for yet another losing season, would love to see Paul Pierce back in a Celtics uniform, but in their hearts they know they don’t want Pierce taking minutes and shots away from developing youngsters, and they don’t mind their old hero attempting to play deep into the postseason once again for a potentially potent Washington Wizards squad. Both the Boston front office and Pierce’s own anxious feet feel the same. It’s a win-win. Before we laud Bryant, Duncan and Nowitzki for their commitment to their longtime teams (Bryant and Dirk were both drafted by other franchises and traded soon after), things could have turned out different for that trio. Kobe visited the Clippers and Bulls as a free agent even after he forced the Shaquille O’Neal move to Miami in 2004, and he very publicly demanded a trade in 2007. Tim Duncan was very close to signing with the Orlando Magic in the summer of 2000, and while Nowitzki never had much reason to leave Dallas, his onetime running partner Steve Nash left the Mavs in 2004 to play for a crummier team, only because they offered him more money. Players move. Superstar players move, even, and the teams they leave are sometimes (if not “often”) just fine with them moving. There’s a reason these guys get away, there’s a reason why Boston and Brooklyn passed on retaining Paul Pierce, and smart hometown fans understand this. It’s not a question of loyalty, because it is the team that would usually dump the player in a second if given the chance. It’s not a question of nouveau ethics, either, because these sorts of moves have been going on for decades. It’s how pro basketball works, and Paul Pierce is completely correct in his estimation that this is and will always be a good thing. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops