Chandler Parsons was bought off from the Houston Rockets by the Dallas Mavericks, and now that he's here, he wants to prove to everyone that he can be an All-Star worth his three-year $46 million contract. He couldn't grab the opportunity back with the Rockets where he was always second to James Harden and Dwight Howard but now he has the chance to do so with training camp beginning.
Even though his aim is to be an All-Star this season, he knows that it isn't a priority right now. His focus would be on doing everything he can to make sure that his team makes it in the playoffs this 2014-15 NBA season.
"I've always been a team guy, and I'm not trying to come here and get mine and be the go-to guy necessarily. I'm going to do whatever it takes for our team to win as many games as possible," Parsons said. Having said that, he'll have to live up to the expecations of Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle. more >>
The Miami Heat has just started its training for the 2014-15 NBA season and rumors about its players are flying off the handle. With LeBron James gone to Cleveland Cavaliers, how will the Heat fare without him?
Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade and Danny Granger are looking to be the top players for the team this season. Bosh for one, sees himself as the new leader of the team and has been training for months to prepare for his new role.
"Right now it's easy. Everybody is supposed to win a championship, everybody wants to win a championship right now, everybody is undefeated, but when those back-to-backs come and those long road trips come, it's going to be a big-time challenge," Bosh said. more >>
The Los Angeles Lakers had just started their training camp and it seems that fans are skeptical at how the team would fair during the 2014-15 season. The skepticism isn't at all odd since the Lakers were plagued with injured players last season and dropped to the second-lowest spot, and suffered their worst record since moving to Los Angeles in 1960.
The team's star-player Kobe Bryant has been working non-stop to get back into shape to make amends for his absence last season due to injuries. Because of the injuries, he only managed to play six games and it is unclear on whether the veteran player will be able to carry the team to the championships.
Only recently, Bryant had gone off to Munich, Germany to visit his doctor for a routine checkup. This has been indication enough that Bryant is at least up and ready to play this season. However, the hard times is still to come. more >>
The Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose is looking highly confident with his health and is ready to play in the 2014-15 season. This is good considering that he had only played a measley 10 games in the last two seasons because of two major knee injuries.
"I try my hardest to stay away from the predictions. But we know we have an opportunity ahead of us. It may not be this year, it may not be the next year or whatever, but I know that we have one in us," Rose said. "I know I'm going to win a championship soon so I'm not worried about that."
Many believe that the Bulls have a legitimate chance at winning the championship this season, especially with a healthy Rose, former All-Star Pau Gasol, and All-Star Joakim Noah in their team's roster. more >>
Manny Pacquiao recently revealed that he pities professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and suggested that he should get to know God instead of flaunting his wealth as Mayweather is known to do.
Pacquiao made the comment after Mayweather posted several photographs on his Instagram account, showing Pacquiao knocked down in his past fights with the caption, "Miss Pac Man is broke for a pay day."
"I'm not affected by it. I pity him and I pray that someday he would change his ways. He should fear God. 'For what is a man profited if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?,'" Pacquiao told AFP News , quoting the biblical passage Matthew 16:26. more >>
A Muslim NFL player was penalized after dropping to his knees and praying following a touchdown on Monday night, leading to a discussion of whether his prayer should have gotten him a penalty.
Husain Abdullah of the Kansas City Chiefs returned an interception during a game against the New England Patriots. He ran the ball into the endzone for a touchdown before dropping to his knees, putting his forehead to the ground and praying. Abdullah received a penalty of unsportsmanlike conduct, angering fans and Muslims alike.
"Abdullah should not have been penalized," Michael Signora, NFL Vice President of Football Communications, posted on Twitter the following morning. "Officiating mechanic is not to flag player who goes to ground for religious reasons." more >>