As Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose makes his way back from a brutal ACL tear, adidas Basketball presents the first episode of “The Return of Derrick Rose.” Entitled “Belief,” the three-minute video recaps Rose’s season-ending injury against the Philadelphia 76ers in the first game of their series in the 2012 NBA Playoffs. Spotlighting the beginning of his rehabilitation process, the point guard explains that his family, friends and hometown of Chicago are ultimately what will pull him through these tough times and serve as a catalyst for his return to greatness.
The Thunder have reached an agreement with Serge Ibaka on a four-year contract extension worth $48 million, according to league sources. Ibaka could have become a restricted free agent after the 12-13 season.
Oklahoma City now has three of their young core players signed up over the long-term as Ibaka joins Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
James Harden is also eligible to sign an extension this offseason.
Kobe Bryant released the following statement on his Facebook page in response to the Lakers’ trade of Andrew Bynum for Dwight Howard.
“Well, it looks like Superman has found a home,” wrote Bryant. “I wish nothing but the best for Big Bynum. I hope he follows what was a great season last year with an even better one next year. I know LA is excited about the deal and rightfully so. The Lakers landed a piece that will hopefully carry the franchise long after I’m gone. I have spoken to Dwight Howard already and we are locked and loaded to bring back the title. Wow, what a summer Jimmy and Mitch have had so far. Unreal! I’m focused on our semifinal game vs Argentina but I had to pause for a few to send you my thoughts, in case you were curious..”
A four-team trade that would send Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers is complete, multiple sources told ESPN on Thursday night.
A source with direct knowledge of the talks told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein the Lakers will receive Howard, the Denver Nuggets will acquire Andre Iguodala, the 76ers will receive Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson, and the Magic will get Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vucevic and one protected future first-round pick from each of the other three teams.
In addition, the Magic will be getting other pieces, including 76ers No. 1 draft pick Moe Harkless, a source told Stein.