NBA Will Return to London for Regular Season Game- The O2 in London will host its seventh NBA game on Jan.17, 2013 and will feature the Detroit Pistons vs. the New York Knicks. It marks the third-ever NBA regular season game to take place in Europe (NBA.com).
Peyton Manning Becomes Minority Owner of Memphis Grizzlies – The Grizzlies have had trouble finding an owner, so they have started to sell minority shares and this week Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning reportedly agreed to become a minority owner. He joins other notable share-holders, Justin Timberlake and Anfernee Hardaway (Bleacher Report).
Steve Blake Back at Practice After Injury- Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Blake returned to practice on Thursday just days after puncturing his left foot on a spike strip in a Manhattan Beach parking lot. He was originally supposed to miss up to three weeks (ESPN).
Nowitzki Calls Flopping Rule “a bunch of crap“- Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki is apparently not on board with the new anti-flopping rules instituted by the NBA. He told the Dallas Morning News that selling the call is part of the game. “I think it’s a bunch of crap to be honest with you,” Nowitzki said. “Are they going to come back after a game and fine you for flopping? That’s tough to do to me.” (Sports Illustrated)
Tim Duncan Takes Pay Cut – Tim Duncan accepted a 54% pay cut to remain with the Spurs for the 2012-2013 season. He will still make $9.6 million this season, but said “I’m am awful negotiator. My agent was mad at me the whole time.” (Sporting News)
Iverson Not Signing with Israeli Team- After rumors surfaced on an Israeli sports website about Allen Iverson possibly signing with a team, Maccabi Haifa, its head coach Brad Greenberg quickly dismissed them (NBC Sports).
McGrady Considering Playing in China- With no NBA teams willing to commit to a deal with Tracy McGrady, his agent told Chinese GMs that his client is willing to play in China. Reportedly, McGrady wants at least a $2 million deal (CBS Sports).
Kentucky Lands Harrison Twins- Andrew and Aaron Harrison of Richmond Travis High School have committed to Kentucky. The twins are ranked #2 and #4 respectively out of all high school recruits in the country and helped boost Kentucky’s recruiting class to a #1 ranking (Hoops World).