Kurt Helin

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Knicks’ camp invitee Chasson Randle suffers left orbital bone fracture


With Derrick Rose and Brandon Jennings ahead of him, Chasson Randle was a long shot to make the Knicks’ roster as a third point guard — especially considering the team already has 15 guaranteed contracts on the books (the max they can carry into the season) and Randle was not one of them. Although, with Rose and Jennings histories you can make a case they may want a third point guard on that roster.

Now comes this setback.

For some perspective, the orbital bone fracture is the one Derrick Rose suffered a season ago. He was sidelined about three weeks then had to play with a mask for some time after that.

Most likely, the former Stanford star Randle will be cut, and Phil Jackson will bet on Justin Holiday to cover the point when Rose and Jennings can’t. Hopefully, that bet goes better than Jackson’s “Rose’s rape trial will not be a distraction” gamble.

Grizzles are launching, hitting more threes — especially against Rockets’ defense

Memphis Grizzlies forward Troy Williams, left, goes to the basket against Houston Rockets forward Ryan Anderson during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Richard Carson)
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Last season the Memphis Grizzlies launched 18.6 threes per game (25th in the NBA), hitting 33.1 percent of them (29th in the NBA).

New Coach David Fizdale is changing that.

So far this preseason the Grizzlies are averaging 28.8 threes per game and hitting 34 percent of them. The Grizzlies made 17 threes against the Rockets Saturday night, and they were coming from everyone.

For example, Marc Gasol is 6-of-13 from three this preseason. It’s going to be interesting to see how this carries over to the regular season for the Grizzlies.

Memphis won the game 134-125, handing Houston its first loss of the preseason.

Watch Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant combine for 41 as Warriors beat Lakers 112-107


New Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton’s first matchup against Golden State, where he won a championship as an assistant in 2015, went about as expected – with a Warriors’ rout.

Klay Thompson scored 24 to lead the Warriors to a 112-107 win over the Lakers in Las Vegas.

Kevin Durant added 17 points as Golden State (4-1) shot 54.3 percent from the field. Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and David West did not play.

Nick Young led the Lakers with 17 off the bench on 6 for 9 shooting while No. 2 overall pick Brandon Ingram scored 12 off the bench.

Los Angeles (2-4) was outscored 54-30 in the paint. Lou Williams and Metta World Peace did not play.


Carmelo Anthony wants Derrick Rose to get this trial done, report back to Knicks

WHITE PLAINS, NY - SEPTEMBER 26:  Derrick Rose #25 of the New York Knicks looks on as Carmelo Anthony #7 addresses the media during the New York Knicks Media Day at the Ritz Carlton on September 26, 2016 in White Plains, New York.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Good news for Carmelo Anthony, the judge in the Derrick Rose trial wants to wrap the thing up and send it to the jury on next Tuesday.

That’s good news because the Knicks’ leader wants Rose back in New York.

Rose has been away from the Knicks longer than the team expected, and Anthony said he wants Rose to get that trial done and get home. Via Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.

“I’m pretty sure if I was (Knicks’ coach Jeff Hornacek) I’d be calling Derrick and telling him, ‘Hurry up. Figure it out and hurry up back,’” Carmelo Anthony said. “Just because the way the team is starting to jell together and come together, the camaraderie we’re starting to create with one another, we don’t want him missing out on that.”

The Knicks have a lot of things holding that camaraderie — Joakim Noah has battled injuries through camp, for example. It just means it will take more of the regular season for the Knicks to figure out their chemistry (providing they can stay healthy, which is another issue).

Since the day the Knicks signed Rose, Phil Jackson has been dismissive of the impact of this trial on the team. It’s not going to send Rose to jail (it’s a civil trial), but it has become a distraction — one of the biggest preseason stories in the NBA — that Rose is going to have to discuss when he gets back to NYC. This is a team that is likely in that 5-10 grouping in the East that is going to be very close, and every game is going to matter. An early distraction and slow start doesn’t help the cause.

Watch Warriors rookie Patrick McCaw hit game winner to beat Nuggets in OT


After the first few weeks of training camp and the preseason, the Warriors think they may have a steal with No. 38 pick Patrick McCaw. The 6’10” UNLV product is the kind of athletic and versatile player the Warriors are built around, and the rookie is quickly making a splash with the team.

Including dropping 18 and hitting the game winner against Denver Friday night, a pretty running floater.

Before that he hit the three that forced OT.

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McCaw is a rookie with growing pains to come in the NBA, but he looks like someone who could develop into a rotation player — and if they are lucky a little more — for the Warriors.