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Kobe Bryant Undergoes Medical Procedure Overseas

Kobe BryantWe have all known about the injury that NBA Superstar Kobe Bryant has suffered this year that made him out of the picture during the NBA Playoffs on the last season. With this, the Los Angeles Lakers did not make it to the Finals, making Kobe feel somewhat guilty that he has nothing to do about it. So in order for him to come back, he has to undergo several medical procedures, but this time, this has nothing to do with his past injury.

Kobe Bryant is heading overseas to have a medical procedure unrelated to the torn Achilles tendon he sustained in April. On Thursday, the Los Angeles Lakers said that Kobe is expected to return early next week. Going back to year 2011, the NBA superstar was said to have gone to Germany twice to undergo a procedure on his sore right knee and a sore left ankle that bothered him at the time.

This year, he is once again going back to Germany to have a knee procedure that involves removing blood from the affected area and spinning it in a centrifuge. Molecules that cause inflammatory responses are then removed to create a serum that is injected back into the affected area. All his fans are hoping and praying for Kobe’s fast recovery.

Paul George Gets $90M Deal with Indiana Pacers

Paul George PacersThe All-star forward Paul George gladly accepted the $90-million plus worth of deal with Indiana Pacers. The two sides have reached an agreement on a five-year maximum extension on the team and Paul George have agreed and glad to have the deal.

It will be on Wednesday morning that the deal is scheduled to be signed and the Pacers have called for a news conference with George and the team President Larry Bird to make some public extension. Paul George was voted as the 2013 NBA Most Improved Player. For the two sides, the five-year deal cements the gifted young forward as Indiana’s designated franchise player and they are not planning to give him to other teams. Paul George’s extension on Pacers will begin on the 2014-2015 season of the NBA Tournament.

Included in the deal of Paul George is the super-max contract provision termed the “Derrick Rose Rule” that will pay him up to 30 percent of the franchise’s payroll total if he repeats as a third-team ALL-NBA selection or better next season. This is quite a challenge for Geroge but he has to prove himself worthy of the deal given by Pacers. If George fails to repeat as an all-league selection – and falls short of winning the league MVP or being voted an All-Star starter – he’ll make nearly $82 million over the five-year deal.

Indiana re-signed forward David West to a three-year, $36 million extension in July, and secured center Roy HIbbert with a four-year, $58 million deal last summer. George recently told the Indianapolis Star he expected an extension to be completed before the start of the season.

Kobe Byrant and Lakers to Face Howard and Rockets on Nov. 7

After Dwight Howard decided to transfer into another team and leave Los Angeles Lakers behind, he has definitely made it clear that he is one of the biggest enemies and rivals of the famous Kobe Bryant now. He chose to be on the Rockets and leave his former teammates behind.

Kobe Bryant, Dwight HowardWhile Kobe Bryant is currently rehabilitating his torn Achilles Tendon and gradually waiting for his fast recovery, he is already looking forward for a match up game with the Rockets and center Dwight Howard. With this, there will be a date circled on his and the Los Angeles Lakers’ schedule and that is a November 6 trip to Houston to meet with the Rockets.

Kobe Bryant, left, and Dwight Howard didn’t have the warmest relationship in Los Angeles. Probably this is the reason why it was a better idea for them to separate ways and be effective on different teams. The National Basketball Association is still expected to release the schedule in the next several days, but we have learned that Lakers and Rockets are bound to meet for the first time within the season’s first full week at Houston’s Toyota Center. This is going to be exciting!

There’s belief that Bryant could be ready to start the season, but he still has hurdles to complete in his rehabilitation process from the injury he suffered in mid-April against the Golden State Warriors. Meanwhile, Howard left Lakers in early July to sign for a four-year contract with the Rockets worth $88 million. We’ll see what they got when they finally battle on court this November. Watch out for it!

Andrew Bynum Agrees to 2-year Deal with Cavs

Andrew BynumJust last week, we have followed the issue of free-agent center Andrew Bynum being pursued by the Cleveland Cavaliers for a 2-year contract and be part of the team during the NBA Playoffs. Now, seems like Bynum already had his decision when he agreed to a 2-year deal with Cavs for NBA’s next season.

The free agent center has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Cavs despite the fact that he has never played even one second with Philadelphia last season because of knee injuries. Looks like the Cleveland Cavaliers are taking a chance on Andrew Bynum and his creaky knees and they are pretty much confident that he will be a big help to the team.

According to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hasn’t announced the agreement yet, he said that it was last Wednesday night when Bynum accepted the deal. Meanwhile, earlier last Wednesday, Bynum visited the Dallas Mavericks after meeting with the Atlanta Hawks also earlier this week. But it looks like Bynum really ended up choosing Cleveland Cavaliers.

Bynum, a former All-Star with the Lakers, was expected to help Philadelphia contend, but the 25-year-old never stepped on the court and underwent surgery on both knees in March. The person also added that the Cavaliers are only guaranteeing $6million and one year to Bynum and that the team has a $12million option on the second year. However, the contract could reach $24million if Bynum hits certain performance bonuses. Looks like we have our eyes set on Bynum the next season.

Cleveland Cavaliers Giving Bynum a $24M Offer

NBA: Preseason-Boston Celtics at Philadelphia 76ersOn Monday night, a report came out saying that the Cleveland Cavaliers are pushing for a free-agent center Andrew Bynum to accept the two-year, $24 million-plus, incentive-based contract offer, and the two-time NBA champion tried to consider the offer.

During the last season of the NBA Playoffs, Andrew Bynum did not play a game for the Sixers last season so he probably missed playing basketball. In addition to the news, sources also said that when the Cavaliers met with Bynum on Monday, they could have lost patience in waiting for him to decided on the accepting the offer which includes a team option in the second year of the deal.

With this, league sources also added that they have just began considering to engage in free agents such as Andrei Kirilenko and Elton Brand on possible one-year deals that would preclude the Cavaliers from the ability to sign Bynum and Bynum himself left Cleveland to travel to Atlanta and met with the officials of Hawks.

It seems like it is turning out that Bynum’s camp has been shopping for one-year, high money deals that would allow him to hit the market again next year but they can’t decide on that yet. In the meantime, for the Cavs, the possibility of a Bynum reclamation project taking shape in Cleveland was also coupled with All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving and this could be the cornerstones of a recruiting pitch to bring back LeBron James in the summer of 2014. Bynum missed the entire 2012-13 season with the Philadelphia 76ers, after chronic knees problems ultimately required surgery. We’ll just see if he comes back in the next season.

Dwight Howard Leaving Lakers for Rockets

Dwight HowardAll this time, it seems like Dwight Howard never really felt comfortable playing with Kobe Bryant and for Mike D’Antoni, this is probably the reason why he decided to transfer to Houston Rockets. What do you think will happen to the upcoming new season of the NBA Playoffs now that Howard is no longer part of LA Lakers?

If you have seen how he played in his previous games, it seems like the once wide-smiling and fun-loving Dwight Howard lacked joy when playing for Lakers. With this, the Rockets are pretty much confident that he will find it again in Houston if he decides to return. Anyways, Howard seems to be thinking about his decision pretty well.

”We’re going to get a smile back on his face that hasn’t been on it for a couple of years because of various things, injury and maybe the team situation he was in at the time,” general manager Daryl Morey said. ”He’s going to have a smile back on his face.”

Meawnhile, Howard revealed his great desire to move to Houston Rockets on his Twitter account. ”I’ve decided to become a member of the Houston Rockets. I feel (it’s) the best place for me and I am excited about joining the Rockets and I’m looking forward to a great season,” Howard wrote on Twitter.

He leaves behind an extra $30 million and an offense under D’Antoni that he was never fully pleased with, joining a Rockets team that could become an immediate contender in the Western Conference with the All-Star center in the middle. It was last Friday when USA Today first reported that Dwight is now going to be part of Houston Rockets, joining in All-Star James Harden as they team up to give the team a potentially potent inside-outside combination.

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