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NBA rumors David Lee called it a career with some literal fireworks. The former two-time All-Star, Knicks first-round pick and Warriors world champion announced his retirement on Sunday with an Instagram post, saying his 12 seasons in the NBA were over. NY Post

Lee was an All-Star in 2009-10, when he averaged a career-best 20.2 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. He then went to Golden State in a sign-and-trade and continued to be a force in the paint and was again an All-Star in 2012-12. NY Post

Acquired in July of 2009 from the Knicks, Lee played five seasons with the Warriors. During his time in Oakland, he averaged 16.7 points and 9.6 rebounds. Lee was named to the Western Conference All-Star team during the 2012-13 season. He averaged 18.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per game that season. NBC Sports Bay Area

NBA rumors With Kevin Durant sidelined with a left ankle sprain and Stephen Curry fouling out late in the fourth quarter, the Golden State Warriors nearly took an "L" at Barclays Center. After Golden State built a sizable 28-point lead, the young Brooklyn Nets fought back, scoring 42 points in the third quarter to give themselves a chance at stealing the contest. The Nets came within four with 2:38 remaining, but couldn't gain any more ground.

Allen Crabbe led Brooklyn (6-10) with 25 points and seven rebounds, while Dinwiddie added 21 points (11 of 13 free throws) and eight assists. Next up for the defending champs is a marquee battle with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Durant's former team, on Wednesday. Durant told ESPN "I'm not sure" if he'll able to go Wednesday.

If Sunday was a measuring stick, they clearly aren’t the Warriors — but they just might not be on the opposite end of the spectrum, after all. The Nets lost 118-111 despite a spirited comeback bid before a sellout crowd of 17,732 at Barclays Center that actually cheered for them and not the star-studded visitors. The Nets fell behind by 26 points in the third quarter, seemingly destined for a one-sided caning. Behind Allen Crabbe (team-high 25 points) and Spencer Dinwiddie (21 points, eight assists), they stormed back to cut the lead to five in the waning minutes but ran out of clock and fell to 6-10. NY Post

On Rodney Hood: During the Jazz’s 40-point win in Orlando Saturday, Utah’s new sixth man got off to a steady pace with 10 first half points, then caught fire in the second half — posting 21 of his game-high 31 points in the third and fourth quarters. He entered the game for Donovan Mitchell at 6:12 in the third, and he then dropped a quick 15 points. “It felt good. I got an easy one, a layup, and my teammates was just finding me,” Hood said. “I was able to get a couple to go down. I was just real aggressive, I got to the basket a couple times, and then I just kept flowing from there.” Deseret News

The Wizards held John Wall out due his swollen left knee and it could keep him out against the Bucks on Monday. That's what head coach Scott Brooks told reporters in Toronto before the game. The Wizards proved on Sunday they can still compete against good teams without Wall, but the road won't get any easier. The Bucks have a very good backcourt with Eric Bledsoe, Malcolm Brogdon and Khris Middleton. After dealing with Kyle Lowry in this one, Tim Frazier will have to keep up with Bledsoe if Wall isn't available. NBC Sports Washington

The Mavericks' center position has turned into a roulette wheel. Spin it. Watch the ball go around. See where it lands and hope that a winning number gets called out. Rick Carlisle is the guy spinning the ball. When Dwight Powell was the choice Saturday against Milwaukee, he paid off big. The fourth year big man ripped down a career-high-tying 13 rebounds to go with eight points in 25 minutes of play. Dallas Morning News

It took a couple weeks, but the Pistons have their first real challenge of the season. Squandering the 22-point lead against the Indiana Pacers was a blow, but the next issue is injuries. Stanley Johnson has been slowed by issues with his back and a hip flexor. Now, the problem is Jon Leuer, who has missed a chunk of the season because of a sprained left ankle. Dealing with injuries is nothing new but the Pistons have been able to handle theirs because of the depth of their reserves. Detroit News

The saga between LaVar Ball and President Donald Trump is amusing. Maybe amusing isn’t the word. Maybe it’s sad. Sure, Trump defused a situation with the three UCLA basketball players and helped broker a deal to get them out of China. It’s what a president should do. Ball did what he was supposed to do as a media magnet and took advantage of the situation to get more attention. Warriors coach Steve Kerr had maybe the most critical take on the situation: “You can probably stop covering LaVar. I don’t think you can stop covering the president. I don’t think that would work. It would be nice for all of us if both of them would just be quiet.” Detroit News


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