NBA news roundup: Tony Parker injures knee in exhibition game against Spain


A French newspaper reported Spurs' guard Tony Parker has a MRI scheduled for Tuesday after injuring his knee in a EuroBasket tournament preparatory game.

Tony Parker has a MRI scheduled for Tuesday after injuring his right knee during an exhibition as he gears up to lead the French team in the EuroBasket tournament, Dan McCarney of the San Antonio Express-News reported on Monday.

Details about the injury are limited, but Parker apparently injured his knee during an 85-84 loss to Spain. Parker still finished the game with 29 points, and he did not reference anything about the injury in comments published after the game.

Parker suffered through hamstring issues during the NBA Finals and according to McCarney, this is the second time Parker has injured his knee in exhibition play with France.

The EuroBasket tournament takes place from Sept. 4-22 in Slovenia, and the Spurs training camp begins Oct. 1.

Lamar Odom has not gone missing

Lamar Odom is staying in a hotel in Los Angeles as he attempts to deal with drug abuse problems, ESPN reported on Monday.

TMZ reported Odom had gone missing after a dispute with his wife Khloe Kardashian. According to the TMZ report, Odom has been fighting a drug abuse problem for the past two years, and spent three weeks in a rehab facility last summer.

Odom's agent told ESPN that Odom is indeed not missing and that his wife is aware of his location. His agent also said Odom plans on playing in the NBA in the future.

But as Silver Screen and Roll details, that future will not include his past employers, the Los Angeles Lakers.

Tracy McGrady officially retires

Tracy McGrady's basketball career is officially over after the two-time scoring champion announced his retirement on ESPN's "First Take" on Monday morning.

McGrady didn't play a single game in the regular season last year, but got time in six postseason games with the San Antonio Spurs.

As Orlando Pinstriped Post says, McGrady will go down as one of the best Orlando Magic players in franchise history, where he averaged 28.1 points, seven rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.5 steals over four of his most productive NBA years.

McGrady joins the group of great NBA players who never tasted a NBA Championship, something that isn't really his fault.

Orlando fans derided McGrady for never leading the Magic to advance in the Playoffs, but such a criticism isn't necessarily fair; in none of Orlando's series losses was it the favored team, and McGrady did not have much support from his teammates. That he dominated to the extent that he did despite the fact that opposing defenses knew to key on him attests to his incredible skill level.

Antawn Jamison signs with Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers signed Antawn Jamison to a one-year contract for the veteran's minimum of $1.4 million on Monday.

The Clippers are the sixth home for the 15-year veteran who still has a bit left in the gas tank. He averaged 16 points per 36 minutes on 56 percent true shooting last season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

He will join a stable of Clippers who love to shoot the long ball. Los Angeles acquired J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley in the Eric Bledsoe trade, and also drafted Tar Heels guard Reggie Bullock.

Clips Nation acknowledges that looking at the Clippers roster, it is a bit tough to pay for better help than Jamison, but they would still prefer a more defensive oriented player.

The idea of getting a big who can both score and defend was probably unrealistic -- but I think I would have preferred it had the Clippers focused on defense with this roster spot.

C.J. McCollum one of favorites to win Rookie of the Year according to NBA rookies

According to a recent survey of the 2013 NBA rookies, Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum is one of the favorites to win the Rookie of the Year award, John Schuhmann of reported on Monday.

McCollum garnered 24.2 percent of the votes to tie for first with Victor Oladipo of the Orlando Magic. Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk rounded out the top three with 18.2 percent of the vote.

Although it is early to be projecting awards already, the NBA rookies got pretty close to the right answer last year. As Blazers Edge notes, the 2012 NBA rookies picked guard Damian Lillard as the second best candidate for the award, which he would go on to win.

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