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).