An abandoned home is inundated with water at Shinnecock Bay in Southampton

Hurricane Sandy could make some NBA travel difficult

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The East Coast is hunkered down, trying to ride out hurricane Sandy and the wind and rain she is going to dump all over the area for a week.

Coincidentally, the NBA’s regular season starts this week, and a couple of games are potentially impacted. Look at the projected path of the storm and it is going to stall out near some NBA cities next week.

There are no issues Tuesday night’s openers, where the games are set for Miami, Cleveland and Los Angeles.

But on Wednesday, Halloween night, when the storm’s center is expected to be somewhere over Pennsylvania, games potentially could be impacted. The Philadelphia 76ers are scheduled to host the Denver Nuggets Wednesday night. Also potentially an issue but not likely as big of one because it is far enough north, Toronto is scheduled to host the Indiana Pacers.

Hopefully the storm will have dissipated enough by that time that there will be no changes.

Thursday night, the Nets are scheduled to host the Knicks in New York, no travel there but it should be plenty wet in New York by then.

By Friday we hope things have returned to normal. For the sake of our friends on the East Coast if nothing else.

Watch Kobe Bryant’s entire retirement-announcement press conference (video)

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Kobe Bryant reflected, told stories and showed his emotions.

For nearly 25 minutes, the Lakers star talked about his pending retirement. It was pretty cool.

Report: Wizards signing Ryan Hollins

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Nene hurt his calf. Drew Gooden is banged up. Martell Webster is out for the season.

Those are three players the Wizards expected to play power forward this season.

So, Washington – which has lost four straight – will bring in another big man: Ryan Hollins.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

The Wizards have a full roster of 15 players. They don’t qualify for a hardship exemption, which a team gets if four players have missed three straight games and will continue to be out. Only Webster and Alan Anderson definitely fit that bill. Gooden, who has missed five straight, might. But it’s unclear both how many of those absences were due to injury and when he’ll return.

So, Washington will have to waive someone to sign Hollins now. It’ll probably be Webster, whose $5,845,250 2016-17 salary is just $2.5 million guaranteed. If he’s out for the year and the Wizards plan to drop him by the summer to clear cap space, why not just do it now?

Hollins is more center than power forward and doesn’t appear to fit well with Marcin Gortat. But at this point, Washington just needs big bodies. Hollins – a nine-year veteran who plays decent interior defense, lacks offensive skill and rebounds poorly for his 7-foot frame – is at least that.

Dwight Howard crushes Kristaps Porzingis with dunk (video)

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Sometimes – as Kristaps Porzingis sees against Dwight Howard – it’s more flattering just to play James Harden-level defense.