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Dwyane Wade says he still hasn’t spoken to Pat Riley since leaving Miami

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Pat Riley said he had “great regret” he didn’t do more to keep Dwyane Wade in Miami.

Wade said he has no hard feelings toward Riley, the guy who makes the roster calls with the Heat, that it was just business that sent him packing.

But lest you think those two have come together and sung Kumbaya, know that Wade and Riley have yet to speak, as reported by Vincent Goodwill at CSNChicago.com.

He insists there’s no hurt feelings with the Miami Heat franchise he became synonymous with, though he hasn’t spoken to Heat president Pat Riley since his departure — the only member of the franchise he hasn’t spoken with since free agency started, as one could say Riley is the sole reason Wade is wearing Bulls red as opposed to Heat red.

“I’ve kept in touch from everybody there besides Pat. From the owners on down,” Wade said. “It’s nothing but respect, and I have no hard feelings. I understand what Pat is, he’s a competitor. I’ve been knowing him for 13 years so I expect no different.

“People might not believe me, but I have no hard feelings toward Pat. Everything happened the way it was supposed to happen, everything happens for a reason, so I’m fine.”

Consider this reminder 1,673,947 the NBA is a cold, hard business.

It worked out for Wade. He likes being in home Chicago, where the Bulls are shooting 35.9 percent from three, have the third-best offense in the NBA so far at 110.2 points per 100 possessions, and look like real threat to make the playoffs if they can stay healthy (the team is 4-3 to start but playing better than that). Miami, on the other hand, is stumbling out of the gate.

Not that Wade is going to gloat when the Bulls return to Miami Thursday night. But it might be a good night to have him on your fantasy roster.

Report: Nets to release Greivis Vasquez who needs ankle surgery, sign Yogi Ferrell

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Last season, Greivis Vasquez missed 58 games with an ankle injury for Milwaukee, and when he did play his shooting (24.7 percent from three) and efficiency (PER of 7.4) were career lows. The Bucks let him walk, and Nets snapped him up on a very affordable $4.3 million contract hoping he could be a solid backup to Jeremy Lin.

Except that Lin is out with a groin injury (likely for another week at least, maybe a few) and Vasquez can’t play. His ankle never got right, he has played just 39 minutes all season, and Vasquez needs another ankle surgery.

Which has prompted Brooklyn to release him, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at The Vertical at Yahoo Sports, and reach into their waived guys from training camp to find a replacement.

After releasing veteran guard Greivis Vasquez, who needs ankle surgery, the Brooklyn Nets are signing undrafted rookie Yogi Ferrell, league sources told The Vertical. Vasquez signed a free-agent deal with Brooklyn in July, but a recurring injury to his right ankle will necessitate surgery and he’s expected to miss extended time in rehabilitation….

Ferrell signed a partially guaranteed deal with the Nets after going undrafted out of the University of Indiana. He was one of Brooklyn’s final training-camp cuts and had been preparing to play for the Nets’ new NBA Development League affiliate in New York.

Ferrell likely will get minutes from the start, and that start is against Derrick Rose and the cross-town rival Nets on Wednesday. Welcome to the NBA Ferrell, go slow down a former MVP.

NBA players react to election of Donald Trump as president

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Like the rest of the nation, the NBA world is distracted Wednesday as news of Donald Trump being elected President sinks in.

Trump is not a well-liked figure among NBA players, which follows the national trend of his low popularity among largely African-American communities. Below are the reactions of some NBA players, collected from Twitter and Instagram.

As I woke up today looking and searching for answers on what has happened this song hit it right on the head! If we continue the faith(as hard as it may be to do so) we will BE ALRIGHT!! Parents and leaders of our children please let them know they can still change the world for the better! Don't lose a bit of faith! They're our future and we must remain stronger than ever!! Yes we all wanna lace up the boots, put on the hard hats and strike but that's not the answer. Love, genuine LOVE and FAITH will be the only thing that can get us through this. Minorities and Women in all please know that this isn't the end, it's just a very challenging obstacle that we will overcome!! The man above will never put something in our paths that we can handle no matter how difficult it may feel/be! To all the youth out there I PROMISE I'll continue to lead u guys every single day without no hesitation!! Time to educate and even more mold my children into being the greatest model citizens they can become in life! They will continue the legacy beyond life! Lastly, Even if whos now in office doesn't, Know that I LOVE YOU'LL!!!

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Not all of the NBA family was unhappy. Outside Cavaliers’ owner Dan Gilbert and some other owners, there were players who backed Trump. Spencer Hawes posted this:

However, in general, around the NBA the reaction more closely followed these responses.

Watch Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins trade buckets Tuesday night

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If you were otherwise preoccupied and not watching NBA games last night, we fully understand. Far more important things were taking place.

But if you want a distraction from the fallout of Tuesday night, watch Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins go at it.

Davis represents the new generation of bigs who can play almost as a wing or near the rim, and he dropped 34 on the Kings with just 22 shots. Cousins represents the evolution of the traditional big man — he can hit the midrange (or three) if you leave him, but his game is power, and he dropped 28.

The Kings got the 102-94 win because they have more around their stud big man than the Pelicans (who fell to 0-8 on the season).

James Harden, who is the best point guard in the NBA? “I am”

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James Harden does not lack for swagger. His confidence, like his beard, may be unparalleled in the NBA.

As everyone expected, Harden is putting up ridiculous numbers as the point guard in Mike D’Antoni’s offense — 31.6 points per game with a true shooting percentage of 66.5 percent (which is incredibly efficient, and he is hitting 41 percent from three), 12.7 assists per game, 7.1 rebounds a game, and he has had four games in a row where he dropped at least 30 and 10 (first guys since Jordan to do that).

All of that a cycle feeding his confidence. How good does Harden feel? Check out this exchange from a great bit of writing by Michael Lee of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.

Now that Harden is setting up teammates better than anyone else and currently leads the league in assists, who is the league’s best player at his position?

“Best point guard or best player?” Harden responded when asked.

Either one.

“I am,” Harden told The Vertical.

Let’s get the two obvious things out of the way up top. First, what did you expect him to say? I don’t have a problem with Harden thinking he’s the best point guard and player in the NBA, that swagger is part of what allows him special on the court. Second, if you put defense into the equation then no, Harden is not the best point guard in the NBA. You can debate among yourselves where he fits in the Stephen Curry/Russell Westbrook/Chris Paul hierarchy, but also know that he belongs in the discussion of the best ones in the game.

Harden and D’Antoni are perfect for each other, and Harden’s skills are going to be spotlighted all season long (they put shooting around him that is helping with space and pace). He could be the first player since Nate “Tiny” Archibald to averaged 30 points and 10 assists per game for a season. And if that happens, the Rockets almost certainly land in the playoffs. All of that puts Harden in the MVP conversation.

But the very best players in the game prove themselves in the playoffs, and both Harden and D’Antoni will have work to do with these Rockets to take big steps on that stage.