Hoops junkies, get excited, as the 2012 NBA season is about to tip off.
What’s that? It’s still too far? Preseason games aren’t giving you a fix? Well, worry not, my friends, as we have some juicy rumors to tide you over for the next few days.
Keep reading to see what’s going on with Kobe Bryant, the New York Knicks and more.
Lakers Keeping Fisher’s Seat Warm?
The Los Angeles Lakers have two spots left on their roster, with 13 contracts currently guaranteed. There’s a solid chance that 7'0" center Robert Sacre makes the roster, leaving just one additional spot for the team to fill.
According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles, the club may keep the seat empty for some time to save some salary—and considering how much they are paying players (not to mention the luxury tax) in 2012, that would be quite wise.
However, there’s also a chance that 38-year-old PG Derek Fisher could be considered for the spot. ESPN’s Marc Stein noted a while back that the Lakers would be willing to trade either of their backup point guards (Steve Blake and Chris Duhon) to a team willing to take their salary.
As of right now, there have been no takers, but the Lakers could always go ahead and dole out a veteran’s minimum contract to the Fish—as long as they keep that empty roster spot.
Kobe Missing Debut?
Speaking of the Lakers, there is a chance that the Black Mamba has to watch Tuesday’s season tipoff from the bench.
Ramona Shelbourne and Dave McMenamin of ESPN L.A. found that Bryant has a strained foot—which will definitely sideline him for the remaining preseason games.
However, there’s a chance he isn’t able to suit up against the Mavericks to open the 2012-13 campaign. Sources are hinting that the foot is much more painful than Kobe or the team is letting on, and it could leave Jodie Meeks to start in his place.
We’ll keep you updated on the Lakers superstar’s status in the coming days right here on B/R’s NBA hub.
‘Sheed and Copeland Getting Knicks' Final Roster Spots?
The Knicks are getting ready to make the final roster selections, and they have until Oct. 29 to decide who gets their last two available spots.
Right now, it seems that the organization is leaning toward Rasheed Wallace and surprise training camp invitee Chris Copeland.
According to ESPN New York’s Jared Zwerling, a source close to the team said Copeland must impress coach Mike Brown with his defense, as he’s already shown a propensity to score.
Wallace is likely to make the roster, as the team is desperate for PF play with Amar'e Stoudemire and Marcus Camby dealing with injuries.
As always, check back on B/R’s NBA page to find out the latest breaking news and updates on who makes the Knicks' final roster.