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Chris Kaman has stopped trying to figure out how he fell so far out of the Los Angeles Lakers' rotation. The veteran center says he joined the team as a free agent this summer because he saw opportunity to play significant minutes and re-establish his value after a couple of up-and-down seasons with New Orleans and Dallas. Instead he's found himself at the end of the Lakers' bench. ESPN LA
"It's absolutely not what I was looking for," Kaman told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Monday morning after the Lakers' shootaround. "It's not really in my control. I just try to keep working hard and be ready if the time comes. And if it doesn't, then it just wasn't meant to be." Kaman "tweaked" his back in practice a few weeks ago when he twisted and someone hit him from behind. But he said he's back to 100 percent and ready to go if called upon. ESPN LA
"I haven't," Kaman said, when asked if he'd heard from the Lakers or anyone else about whether he'd be moved. "The conversations I've had have been, 'Let's stick with it. Let's play it out a little more. Let's see where things go.' So I just try to be ready and be positive. I'm not going to let it take away from me having fun and being a good person. I just do the best I can with what I've got." ESPN LA
76ers rookie Nerlens Noel said “there’s a possibility” he could play this season. In an interview Monday with “Off The Dribble,” an NBA radio show hosted by Jason Goff and Sam Mitchell for SiriusXM Radio, Noel said no decision between he and the Sixers has been made regarding his availability to play at some point this season. Delaware County Daily Times
Noel has been viewed as a long shot to play while rehabbing the torn ACL in his left knee that he incurred in February as a freshman at Kentucky. Sixers coach Brett Brown has said that he looks upon this season as an opportunity to reconstruct the mechanics on Noel’s shot. Noel participating in one-handed shooting drills, with Brown and assistant coach Greg Foster serving as his instructors and rebounders, is a common occurrence after practices and before games. Delaware County Daily Times
As expected, Michael Carter-Williams did not play Monday against the Brooklyn Nets. That made seven consecutive games missed by Carter-Williams, who is out with a skin infection on his right knee. And that’s all it is. “That really is it,” Brown said. “There’s no conspiracy theory or something sinister going on. It is what it is. You’re right, it is a long time. But that’s how it’s played out.” Delaware County Daily Times
Mike Woodson owned up to it all when the Knicks’ latest debacle was over on Monday night. He blamed himself when his players didn’t foul when they had a foul to give in the last seconds of their jaw-dropping 102-101 loss to the Wizards at the Garden. And then Woodson took the fall when they didn’t use a timeout before Carmelo Anthony half-heartedly put up a final prayer that was not answered at the buzzer. NY Daily News
Tyson Chandler is coming back Wednesday in Milwaukee if all goes well in his five-on-five contact practice Tuesday. Because of his track record, his presence certainly will help matters on the back line and in matters of communication. But on Monday, he was dressed in a suit and sitting on the bench, exhorting his teammates to make one more stop, when they didn’t even come close. In a mismatch of the first degree, the Wiz’s Bradley Beal found himself on the wing with only Beno Udrih between him and the basket. NY Daily News
The Chicago Bulls announced today that the team has waived guard Mike James. James (6-2, 188) appeared in seven games with Chicago, and averaged 0.3 ppg, 0.9 apg in 5.4 mpg. He signed with Chicago on Sept. 27. Chicago’s roster now stands at 13. InsideHoops
The Memphis Grizzlies signed forward James Johnson of the NBA Development League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the team announced today. Johnson (6-9, 245) joins the Grizzlies after averaging 18.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.90 steals and 3.40 blocks on .496 shooting in 29.9 minutes in 10 games (all starts) for Rio Grande Valley this season. The 26-year-old is the only D-League player this season to rank in the top 15 in scoring (14th), rebounding (12th) and assists (14th) by average. He also places third in the D-League in blocks per game and is tied for seventh in steals per game. InsideHoops
After weighing interest from both adidas and Under Armour, Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons will be leaving Nike and has agreed to terms on a new long-term deal with Chinese brand ANTA, according to multiple sources. Parsons, a third-year 6'9" forward from Florida, known for his outside shooting and slashing game, has increased his role with the team in each season. He's now averaging 17 points and 5 rebounds per game on 51% shooting as a major piece of the Rockets offense. Terms of Parsons' new shoe deal, negotiated by agent Dan Fegan, have yet to be disclosed, but Anta's offer is believed to have been substantially higher than others. Sole Collector
Retired basketball star Dennis Rodman will return to North Korea for a third time on Thursday, despite political tension surrounding the execution of leader Kim Jong Un's uncle, trip organizers said. "It's certainly safe, even when there is a bit of disruption like there is now -- a bit of trouble or chaos -- there's even more need for cultural or sporting exchanges," said Rory Scott, a spokesman for Irish bookmakers Paddy Power, which has arranged the trip. Reuters
Rodman is expected to provide North Korea's national basketball team with four days of training. He also intends to return to Pyongyang in January with a team of fellow former NBA stars to hold basketball games on Kim Jong Un's birthday. Reuters
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