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NBA placing stronger emphasis on violations

CLEVELAND – NBA referees will whistle if you walk.

That’s the message being sent by the league entering the 2013-14 season, which begins in less than two weeks.

Along with traveling, the league is emphasizing quick whistles on infractions such as carrying, delay of game and contact on jump shots.

The NBA has also instituted a new rule that will result in a foul on offensive players who step out of bounds and stay there longer than they should — which teams have occasionally done in the past for the purpose of spacing.

It’s pretty clear the league is taking these points of emphasis fairly seriously, too. The Cavaliers were whistled for two traveling violations in the first 10 minutes of their preseason game Saturday vs. the Pacers.

Key dates for 2013-14 NBA season

NBA teams playing preseason games overseas will conduct their media days Friday, kicking off the 2013-14 season. Among those teams: the Wizards, Bulls, Warriors and two-time defending champion Heat.

Those teams will start training camp Saturday, with everyone else to hold media day Monday and start camp Tuesday.

Here’s a full list of key dates for the 2013-14 NBA season:

* Sept: 27: Media Day for teams competing in international preseason contests
* Sept. 28:  Training camps open for practice for teams competing in international preseason contests
* Sept. 30: Remaining Media Days held
* Oct. 1: Remaining training camps open
* Oct. 5: NBA Global Games Istanbul (Oklahoma City Thunder @ Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul, Turkey at Ulker Sports Arena)
* Oct. 6: NBA Global Games Bilbao (Philadelphia 76ers @ Bilbao Basket in Bilbao, Spain at Bizkaia Arena at the BEC)
* Oct. 8: NBA Global Games Manchester (Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Philadelphia 76ers in Manchester, England at Phones 4u Arena)
* Oct. 10: NBA Global Games Manila (Houston Rockets vs. Indiana Pacers in Manila, Philippines at Mall of Asia Arena)
* Oct. 12: NBA Global Games Rio de Janeiro (Chicago Bulls vs. Washington Wizards in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at HSBC Arena)
* Oct. 13: NBA Global Games Taipei (Houston Rockets vs. Indiana Pacers in Taipei, Taiwan at Taipei Arena)
* Oct. 15: NBA Global Games Beijing (Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers in Beijing, China at MasterCard Arena)
* Oct. 18: NBA Global Games Shanghai (Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers in Shanghai, China at Mercedes-Benz Arena)
* Oct. 28: Rosters set for Opening Day (5 p.m. ET)
* Oct. 29: 2013-14 Season Tips Off
* Dec. 4: NBA Global Games Mexico City (Minnesota Timberwolves vs. San Antonio Spurs at Mexico City Arena)
* Jan. 6: 10-day Contracts can now be signed
* Jan. 10: All Contracts are guaranteed for remainder of the season
* Jan. 16: NBA Global Games London 2014 (Atlanta Hawks vs. Brooklyn Nets at The 02)
* Feb. 14-16: 2014 NBA All-Star (New Orleans, LA)
* Feb. 20: 2014 NBA Trade Deadline (3 p.m. ET)
* April 16: Last Day of 2013-14 Regular Season
* April 19: 2014 NBA Playoffs begin
* April 27: NBA Draft Early Entry Eligibility Deadline (11:59 p.m. ET)
* May 5: Conference Semifinals begin (possible move-up to May 3 or 4)
* May 20: Conference Finals begin (possibly move-up to May 18 or 19)
* May 20: 2014 NBA Draft Lottery
* June 5: NBA Finals begin
* June 16: NBA Draft Early Entry Withdrawal Deadline (5 p.m. ET)
June 26: 2014 NBA Draft

NBA team-by-team remaining free agents

A look at which NBA players remain unsigned through July 29:

ATLANTA HAWKS — Unrestricted: Ivan Johnson, Devin Harris, Dahntay Jones, Johan Petro, Anthony Tolliver

BOSTON CELTICS — Unrestricted: Chris Wilcox

BROOKLYN NETS — Unrestricted: Jerry Stackhouse

CHARLOTTE BOBCATS — Unrestricted: DeSagana Diop, Jannero Pargo

CHICAGO BULLS — Unrestricted: Daequan Cook, Vladimir Radmanovic

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS — Unrestricted: Daniel Gibson, Luke Walton

DALLAS MAVERICKS — Unrestricted: Rodrigue Beaubois, Mike James


DETROIT PISTONS — Unrestricted: Corey Maggette



INDIANA PACERS — Unrestricted: Ben Hansbrough, Sam Young

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS — Unrestricted: Lamar Odom

LOS ANGELES LAKERS — Unrestricted: Devin Ebanks, Andrew Goudelock, Darius Morris, Antawn Jamison

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES — Unrestricted: Austin Daye, Keyon Dooling

MIAMI HEAT — Unrestricted: Juwan Howard.

MILWAUKEE BUCKS — Restricted: Brandon Jennings. Unrestricted: Marquis Daniels, Joel Przybilla

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES — Restricted: Nikola Pekovic

NEW ORLEANS PELICANS — Unrestricted: Lou Amundson, Xavier Henry, Roger Mason Jr.

NEW YORK KNICKS — Unrestricted: Earl Barron

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER — Unrestricted: Ronnie Brewer

ORLANDO MAGIC — Unrestricted: DaQuan Jones, Beno Udrih

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS — Unrestricted: Charles Jenkins, Royal Ivey, Damien Wilkins

PHOENIX SUNS — Unrestricted: Diante Garrett

PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS —Unrestricted: Luke Babbitt, Nolan Smith, Elliot Williams

SACRAMENTO KINGS — Unrestricted: Cole Aldrich, James Johnson

SAN ANTONIO SPURS — Unrestricted: DeJuan Blair, Tracy McGrady

TORONTO RAPTORS — Unrestricted: Mickael Pietrus, Sebastian Telfair

UTAH JAZZ — Unrestricted: Jamaal Tinsley, Mo Williams

WASHINGTON WIZARDS — Unrestricted: Leandro Barbosa, Jason Collins, Cartier Martin, A.J. Price


Kyrie dazzles, leads White to win in USA scrimmage

Based on the Team USA scrimmage Thursday in Las Vegas, the NBA has a dazzling future.

Perhaps no one exemplified that more than Cleveland Cavaliers’ point guard Kyrie Irving, who scored a game-high 23 points and added seven assists to lead the White squad to a 128-106 win over the Blue.

The game concluded four days of mini-camp under Team USA coach Mike Krzyzyewski.

Irving did what he typically does while wearing a Cavs uniform — displaying an array of drives, an ability to take contact and finish near the basket, and stepping out for a pair of 3-pointers.

New Orleans Pelicans forward center Anthony Davis led the Blue team with 22 points and seven rebounds.

In all, the mini-camp featured 28 younger NBA players who are vying for a spot on a Team USA roster that currently boasts future Hall-of-Famers such as Miami Heat forward LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.

Twenty-five of the 28 in camp played in the scrimmage.

“For me personally, I was just trying to make plays for myself and my teammates, that’s what it’s about,” Irving told reporters in Las Vegas. “Nerves were a factor in the beginning. The Blue team got up 8-0 … but when we settled in we did a great job and picked it up on the defensive end first and the offense took care of itself.”

Irving’s Cavs teammates, shooting guard Dion Waiters and center Tyler Zeller, also saw action. Waiters started for the Blue team and scored five points. Zeller came off the bench for the White and collected eight points and five boards.

Podcast: Talkin’ NBA Finals and Cavs’ draft prospects

I guaranteed the Spurs would win beat the Heat in Game 7. Well, we all know how that turned out. I talked about that — as well as offers updates on the Cavaliers’ draft prospects and a breakdown of Lehigh guard C.J. McCollum (Canton GlenOak) — with Jeff Phelps and Andy Baskin of 92.3 The Fan.

You can listen to the entire podcast by clicking this link.

I’ll have plenty more on the draft, and NBA free agency, in the coming days.

Three Cavs invited to participate in Team USA camp

Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving, shooting guard Dion Waiters and center Tyler Zeller are among the 27 players who have been invited to participate in the 2013 USA national team mini-camp, USA Basketball officials announced Wednesday.

Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski, Irving’s coach at Duke University, will direct the camp. It is scheduled for July 22-25 in Las Vegas.

Krzyzewski will be assisted by Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, Pelicans coach Monty Williams and Syracuse University coach Jim Boeheim.

Team USA’s next competition is at the World Championships in Spain in 2014.

The list of invitees:

Ryan Anderson (New Orleans Pelicans)
Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors)
Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards)
Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies)
DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings)
Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)
DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors)
Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons)
Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets)
Derrick Favors (Utah Jazz)
Paul George (Indiana Pacers)
Taj Gibson (Chicago Bulls)
Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz)
Jrue Holiday (Philadelphia 76ers)
Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers)
DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers)
Ty Lawson(Denver Nuggets)
Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs)
Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
Greg Monroe (Detroit Pistons)
Chandler Parsons (Houston Rockets)
Larry Sanders(Milwaukee Bucks)
Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors)
Dion Waiters (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Kemba Walker (Charlotte Bobcats)
John Wall (Washington Wizards)
Tyler Zeller (Cleveland Cavaliers)

Tickets for the 2013 USA Basketball Showcase on July 25 go on sale June 13.  Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased by calling 702-739-FANS or at

Report: Byron Scott to interview with Clippers

Former Cavaliers coach Byron Scott is one of four candidates who will interview for the Los Angeles Clippers coaching vacancy, according to a report in the L.A. Times.

Scott coached the Cavs for three seasons, before being fired a few days after the regular season ended. If he were to get the Clippers job, it could potentially reunite him with point guard Chris Paul — whom Scott coached when the two were together with the New Orleans Hornets (now Pelicans).

Paul is an unrestricted free agent, free to sign with any team. However, those around the league believe a return the Clippers for a maximum contract are in his plans.

Scott has compiled a 416-571 record in 13 NBA seasons. He led the New Jersey Nets to back-to-back Finals appearances in 2001-02 and 2002-03 (both losses), but finished last in the Central Division in all three seasons with the rebuilding Cavs.

Scott compiled a 64-166 record with the Cavs.

According to the Times, the Clippers are also set to interview Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw, former Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan, and Lionel Hollins, who led the Memphis Grizzlies to the Western Conference Finals before his contract expired.

EuroCamp tipping off with all 30 NBA teams represented

The 2013 adidas EuroCamp tips off Saturday in Italy, and when it comes to the NBA Draft, this event is almost as significant as last month’s combine.

It is at EuroCamp that scouts aim to locate the next Danilo Gallinari, Serge Iabaka, Nicolas Batum or Omer Asik — all past participants.

This year, top names at the camp include potential first-round picks Rudy Gobert (France), Lucas Nogueira (Brazil) and Livio Jean-Charles (France).

All 30 NBA teams will be represented, with assistants Kenny Atkinson (Hawks), Armond Hill (Celtics), Melvin Hunt (Nuggets) and Kelvin Sampson (Rockets) among those handling coaching duties.

Timberwolves assistant Bill Bayno is this year’s coaching director.

Also, Ibaka of the Thunder, Omri Casspi of the Cavaliers and Kenneth Faried of the Nuggets will be present to share their NBA experiences with the campers.

Click here to visit the official EuroCamp website.

NBA Notes: Cavs hire another assistant, report says

A few notes from around the NBA:

• Cavaliers coach Mike Brown is adding a one-time Cavs big man to his staff. According to a report by Yahoo! Sports, the Cavs are in the process of hiring Vitaly Potapenko as an assistant coach. Potapenko was drafted by the Cavs and played for them from 1996-99.

• Potapenko hails from the Ukraine and also spent time as a center with the Celtics, SuperSonics and Kings. He has been an assistant coach with the Celtics and in the D-League.

• The Cavs have now added Phil Handy from the Lakers, Igor Kokoskov from the Suns and now Potapenko to Brown’s staff. Brown is expected to retain Jamahl Mosley from Byron Scott’s staff, as Brown and Mosley share an agent and Mosely has been credited with a role in the development of Cavs forward Tristan Thompson.

• Kent State forward Chris Evans is among the NBA Draft prospects working out for the Kings, who own the Nos. 7 and 36 picks. Others working out for the Kings include: French center Rudy Gobert, Montana guard Will Cherry and Syracuse guard Brandon Triche.

• Ohio guard D.J. Cooper has worked out for the Trail Blazers.

• Michigan guard Tim Hardaway Jr. has worked out for the Bucks and Timberwolves.

• Akron center Zeke Marshall worked out for the Bulls and Pacers.

• The Jazz worked out Indiana power forward/center Cody Zeller on Monday. They own the Nos. 14, 21 and 46 picks in the draft.

NBA lottery stacks odds against worst of worst

The Orlando Magic possess the best chance of winning the NBA Draft lottery, which of course means they probably won’t.

That’s just the way the lottery typically works. You lose all season long — then you lose again.

It’s actually a good system, as the league doesn’t reward a team for stinking. You can be awful, the NBA seems to say, but that doesn’t mean you’ll get the first overall pick in the draft. You just can’t do worse than third.

Sounds fair.

Unless you’re the Magic, who could really use the No. 1 pick. But history shows that the inception of the lottery in 1985, the team with the worst record has won just four times.

That’s four times … in 27 years.

On the bright side, the Magic were one of those teams, in 2004, when they drafted Dwight Howard.

Coming in with the second-worst record are the Charlotte Bobcats, followed by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

What makes this particularly lottery so interesting is, even if you win it, there’s no clear-cut top prospect. A lot of folks are saying it will come down to Kentucky center Nerlens Noel or Kansas shooting guard Ben McLemore.

But Noel tore his ACL in February and McLeMore bombed late in the season and at the draft combine. Still, the draft is all about upside these days, and those two are viewed as the two guys with the most.

If the Magic win the lottery, they’re seem more likely to take McLemore. Same with the Bobcats. If the Cavs or Phoenix Suns (fourth-worst record), they’re more likely to go with Noel.

But that’s just a theory, and most of what happens between now and the June 27 draft will be determined by how well prospects perform when teams bring them in for individual workouts.

If those don’t go well, teams will consider trading their pick. If there ever were a year to do it, league executives have hinted, this is it.

Either way, by the end of the night, the NBA Draft will become very interesting. It just might be as interesting as the team with the league’s worst record may like.