Lakers in for a 'tough' season, says Magic
From where Magic Johnson sits, the Los Angeles Lakers are in for a long season.
The former Lakers great, who now is a part owner of the Dodgers, said the team's fans are spoiled.
"I don't know how they're going to react now because this is going to be a tough season," Johnson said Tuesday in a radio interview on ESPNLA 710. "This is going to be one of the roughest seasons that the Lakers have ever faced.
"You're waiting on Kobe (Bryant) to see if he can get healthy. Nobody knows if he can be what he was. Then you've got (Pau) Gasol -- who I think is a premier big man -- but he plays better when he has talent around him."
Jeremy Lin was not in the starting lineup when the Houston Rockets took the floor for their season opener Wednesday against the Charlotte Bobcats.
Patrick Beverley, starting his second season in the NBA, was slated to be the point guard in a lineup that includes Dwight Howard, James Harden, Omer Asik and Chandler Parsons.
The Denver Nuggets exercised contract options on forward Kenneth Faried and guard Evan Fournier, the team announced.
Faried averaged a career-high 11.5 points and 9.2 rebounds in 80 games last season. He was ninth in the NBA in field goal percentage at .552.
Fournier was a rookie last season who averaged 5.3 points and 1.2 assists in 38 games. Late in the season, he scored a career-high 24 points against the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Oklahoma City Thunder could be getting Russell Westbrook back soon.
Yahoo! Sports reported that the point guard is progressing in his recovery from knee surgery and could be back on the court within two weeks.
Westbrook, 24, underwent a second procedure on his right knee early this month. At the time, it was estimated his recovery would be 4-6 weeks.
In 82 regular-season games last season before the injury, the sixth-year pro averaged 23.2 points and 7.4 assists.
Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes will miss the first two games of the regular season because of a foot injury, coach Mark Jackson said.
The foot issue kept Barnes from playing for most of the preseason. He has been shut down for nearly three weeks because of lingering inflammation.
Calling it a "happy day" and the end of a "great ride," former Philadelphia 76ers great Allen Iverson formally announced his retirement during a news conference in the Sixers' home arena, over three years after he played his final NBA game.
The 38-year-old Iverson, an 11-time All-Star, four-time NBA scoring champion and three-time All-NBA first-teamer, spent parts of 12 seasons with the Sixers, and played 14 years in total. He was the league MVP in 2001, leading Philadelphia to its most recent appearance in the Finals.
Known for his daring all-out style on the court, he has also become something of a cultural icon because of his tattoos, the cornrows in his hair, jewelry and baggy clothing.