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Suns’ Devin Booker to Return Opening Night

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The Phoenix Suns will start the 2018-2019 regular season with their franchise cornerstone, shooting guard  Devin Booker, back on the court, according to Suns head coach Igor Kokoskov on Monday.

Booker will likely wear a splint on his pinky/ring finger after missing the entire preseason after undergoing surgery to repair an injury to the fifth metacarpophalangeal joint in his right hand in early September.

 

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Lakers Considering Jason Kidd as Next Head Coach

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The Los Angeles Lakers may have decided on their next head coach should they fire current head coach Luke Walton.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowksi, Jason Kidd would be “among the serious candidates” for the job, should it become available.

According to The Orgenonian’s John Canzano, the California Golden Bears fires head coach Wyking Jones, and are also targeting Kidd, who spent two years with the Golden Bears prior to his NBA career.

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Bucks’ Brook Lopez Breaks Single-Season Record for 3-Pointers by a Center

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Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez has made history.

Lopez passed former NBA big man Channing Frye on Sunday, setting a new single-season record for three-pointers made in a season by a center.

Lopez drained four triples in the Bucks’ victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers to reach 176 triples on the season, passing Frye’s mark set back in the 2009-2010 season with the Phoenix Suns.

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Knicks’ David Fizdale Praises Mitchell Robinson’s Shot-Blocking Ability

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New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale has been impressed with the shot blocking technique of rookie center Mitchell Robinson, who is averaging an impressive 2.43 blocks per game this season.

“Some of that is just natural,” Fizdale said, according to Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic. “The timing and all of that stuff, that’s natural stuff. He walked in here with timing everything. The fact that he naturally already just instinctually says, ‘oh left hand block versus the right hand block because it’s the right hand to use.’ Those are things that you can teach some of that stuff but man, he walked in the door with a lot of that. The biggest thing with him was understanding what was going on around him and how fast the action was coming at him. And over the course of the year, it seems like that he’s adjusted to that really well.”

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