Nets giving Brook Lopez the freedom to take more jumpers
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(9/30/2014) Nets head coach Lionel Hollins told reporters he's given center Brook Lopez the freedom to shoot more jumpers this season, per the New York Post.

"It's been a mixture of high post and low post, depending on our set," Lopez said, per the Brooklyn Game. "It's been a lot of moving the ball, we have a lot of smart guys that can move the ball. So we want to take advantage of that."

Jeff Green, Gerald Wallace could earn minutes at PF
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(9/30/2014) Celtics head coach Brad Stevens indicated that Jeff Green and Gerald Wallace could earn some minutes at power forward to start the season, according to the MetroWest Daily News on Tuesday. The move would likely cut into the playing time of Jared Sullinger and Brandon Bass.

Green appeared in all 82 games last season for the Celtics, averaging 16.9 points, 4.6 boards and 1.7 assists per outing. Wallace was limited to 58 games in 2013-14 and averaged only 5.1 points in 24.4 minutes per game.

Bulls C Joakim Noah taking cautious approach to season
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(9/30/2014) Bulls center Joakim Noah hopes he won't be limited by his surgically repaired left knee this season, according to ESPN Chicago on Tuesday.

"Obviously this is the first time I've ever had surgery on my knee so I'm hoping there's no limitations," Noah said. "But I just have to be a little bit more cautious. But it's exciting, it's really exciting. I know that this is a long journey we're about to embark (on) and I just want to be as ready as possible."

Noah enjoyed the best season of his career last year, post averages of 12.6 points, 11.3 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 80 games. He also won his first Defensive Player of the Year award along with first-team All-NBA honors.

Warriors C Andrew Bogut full participant in practice Tuesday
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(9/30/2014) Warriors center Andrew Bogut was a full participant during the first training camp practice on Tuesday, per  Bogut suffered a fractured rib in mid-April and appears to be fully recovered from the ailment. He averaged 7.3 points, 10.0 boards and 1.8 blocks per game over 67 games last season.

Hawks say Al Horford will be at 100 percent for season opener
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(9/30/2014) Hawks center Al Horford didn't participate in contact drills Tuesday, but remains on track to be at 100 percent for the team's opening game Oct. 29 against the Raptors, per the team's official website.

Horford missed most of last season due to a torn right pectoral muscle. He posted career highs in points per game (18.6) and field goal percentage (56.7) in 29 contests.

Heat C Justin Hamilton undergoes heart surgery
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(9/30/2014) The Heat announced that center Justin Hamilton underwent a procedure to repair an atrial flutter on Monday, according to the Miami HeraldHamilton experienced light-headedness during practice which led to the diagnosis. He can participate in non-contact drills in a few days and will be re-evaluated in three weeks.

Rockets' Dwight Howard finally healthy from 2012 back surgery
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(9/30/2014) Two years removed from a back surgery that limited his explosion in the paint, Rockets center Dwight Howard told reporters he's made significant strides over the offseason to return to a high level of play heading into the new season, according to the Houston Chronicle.

"When you have a serious injury – the back injury I suffered, it takes time to heal," Howard said. "I don't think a lot of people understood how serious the injury was. It was something that could have been career-ending. I decided to come back and play earlier than I was supposed to and I suffered a lot because of that."

Howard still managed to average a double-double in 2013-14, posting 47 of them in his first season with the Rockets. He averaged 18.3 points, 12.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 71 appearances. He shot 59.1 percent from the field and 54.7 percent from the free throw line -- his best percentages since 2010-11 when he was a member of the Magic.

Bucks' John Henson unsure of his role this season
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(9/30/2014) Bucks forward John Henson told reporters he's unsure of the role he'll have heading into the 2014-15 season under Jason Kidd, according to FOX Sports Wisconsin. Henson will likely be working behind Ersan Ilyasova at power forward, but could slide over and play center at times, depending on certain matchups.

"My rookie year was the same way -- I didn't know what I was going to be," Henson said. "I had no idea. I just have to come to play in training camp, and hopefully I'll be in a position to help the team."

Nikola Vucevic, Tobias Harris are part of team's future, Magic GM says
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(9/30/2014) Magic general manager Rob Hennigan told reporters on media day that he envisions center Nikola Vucevic and forward Tobias Harris as part of their future, according to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders.

"We don't envision a scenario where either of those players aren't with us moving forward," Hennigan said.

Vucevic appeared in 57 games last season, averaging a career-best 14.2 points per outing. He is expected to become a restricted free agent at the end of the 2014-15 season. The Magic are hoping to give Harris an extension before the start of this season. He averaged 14.6 points and 7.0 rebounds over 61 games in 2013-14.

Nuggets not ready to name starting center
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(9/30/2014) When asked if he's named a starting center, Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw said, "we'll kind of have to see," according to the Denver Post. JaVale McGee missed most of last season because of a fractured right fibula. Timofey Mozgov took over for him over that stretch and averaged 9.4 points and 6.4 rebounds over 82 games.

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