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Kyrie Irving hip injury doesn’t appear serious (Video)

Kyrie Irving left Team USA’s win over the Ukraine at the FIBA World Cup of Basketball on Thursday after taking a hard fall under the basket. The Cleveland Cavaliers point guard drove to the lane and looked like he was trying to pass when the ball was deflected and he lost his balance. Irving’s left side slammed on the floor.

Irving was unable to get his hand down to break the fall, and he ended up limping off the court very gingerly.

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Fortunately, the 22-year-old tweeted after the game that he is “all good” and is looking forward to Team USA’s next game.

Again, we are reminded of why NBA team owners like Mark Cuban despise international play. Irving is a huge part of what the Cavaliers plan to do this season with their revitalized team led by LeBron James. They can’t afford to lose the player that they expect to be the quarterback of their offense. The Indiana Pacers know all about what that’s like.

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Derek Fisher hires ‘Kevin Durant’s guy’ Brian Keefe as Knicks assistant

Kevin DurantIf the New York Knicks are looking to make a run at Kevin Durant if and when he becomes a free agent in 2016, they may have taken a step in the right direction with one of their recent hires. According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Durant is “very close” with new Knicks assistant coach Brian Keefe.

Keefe, who was hired this week, spent the past seven seasons with the Oklahoma City — five as an assistant coach and two as a developmental coach.

“He’s Durant’s guy,” a league source told Berman.

Durant mentioned last season how Keefe called him out on his body language and attitude, so he obviously has a great deal of respect for the coach. KD also has a close relationship with Fisher, whom he played alongside with the Thunder. Durant was vocal in backing Fisher as a candidate for the Knicks head coaching job and reportedly helped sell Carmelo Anthony on playing for him.

It’s quite possible the Thunder will sign Durant to an extension before he hits free agency, but the stars are certainly aligned for the Knicks to be a top contender for KD’s services should he become a free agent.

Russell Westbrook and girlfriend Nina Earl engaged

Russell Westbrook girlfriend Nina Earl

Russell Westbrook took a big step in his life by getting engaged to longtime girlfriend Nina Earl.

Both Westbrook and Earl announced the happy news via Instagram on Wednesday.

“Nothing even matters..” @ninamari3_ forever my lady! LOVE YOU!!!!” Westbrook wrote on Instagram.

“My life! I love you like XO @russwest44″ – wrote Earl.

The two even received congratulations from Westbrook’s Oklahoma City Thunder teammate, Kevin Durant:

Here’s another up-close look at Earl’s engagement ring:

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Westbrook and Earl met at UCLA. Here’s what Russ had to say about Nina in a 2013 interview with ESPN:

“But she’s a smart girl. She’s in school right now, trying to get her master’s in psychology. She knows what she wants to do in life, which is great. That’s easy for me to cope with.”

Clearly he found a keeper.

Tracy McGrady considering NBA comeback

Tracy-McGrady-SpursTracy McGrady seems to be having a midlife crisis of sorts. The seven-time NBA All-Star retired from baseball last month after recording his first and only strikeout in professional ball. Does McGrady now have basketball back on the brain?

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, McGrady worked out with Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles this summer to figure out if his body might be able to handle an NBA comeback.

“Yes, I was working out with K.B. to get in shape and see how my body feels,” McGrady told Woj.

At least two NBA teams say they were contacted over the summer about their potential interest in McGrady, but none of them plan to give the 35-year-old a chance. McGrady played in the Chinese Basketball Association last year before joining the San Antonio Spurs for their championship run. He is still under contract in China, meaning he could not join an NBA team in training camp.

“The contact will not happen, unless I have the drive whenever I get back,” McGrady said.

McGrady’s body rapidly started to break down after he was one of the NBA’s top scorers for years. He played 15 seasons and won two scoring titles but played no significant minutes with the Spurs during their postseason run. An NBA comeback seems high unlikely.

Rajon Rondo reportedly told Celtics he wants to be traded

Rajon RondoRajon Rondo has been mentioned in trade rumors for the past few years, and it looks like that is for good reason: he wants out of Boston.

ESPN Boston reporter Jackie MacMullan, who is a regular panelist on ESPN talk show “Around the Horn,” said in a behind-the-scenes conversation recorded by the show last week that Rondo has told the Celtics he wants out.

The problem, as MacMullan says, is that the Celtics would not be able to get good value for him in return. She mentions the Kings as a possible trade partner, but says Rondo told Sacramento he would never re-sign with them. They also mention the Knicks, but New York doesn’t have much to offer.

Rondo is set to earn $12.9 million next season and will be a free agent after that. In an interview with The Boston Globe back in July, Rondo indicated he was looking forward to exploring free agency.

“It just depends,” Rondo said about his free agency plans. “I don’t know if I’m going to do 10 teams. I may do a lot. I don’t know. It’s kind of like college all over again, with recruiting, only times 50 because they have a ton of money to throw at the guys and they don’t have any restrictions on what they can do. No [NCAA] rules.

It might just make sense for the Celtics to trade him rather than lose him in free agency.

Donald Sterling, his gut, and wife Shelly hang out at Bellagio

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Looks like Donald and Shelly Sterling aren’t exactly on the worst of terms despite their intense legal battles over ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Twitter user Tommy Lorenzo of TheVegasParlay.com shared the photo seen above of the Sterlings together at the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Check out Donnie boy all decked out in the horizontal striped shirt and sweater around the neck. He’s only a dunce cap away from perfecting the Mr. Smee look. Guess nobody told him it’s 105 degrees in the desert this weekend. And we know he likes spending time out by the pool, too.

Just a reminder that in court, Donnie had this to say about wife Shelly.

“My wife is beautiful but she can’t run anything.”

Good to know that sort of verbal praise had no affect on their relationship.

Brandon Jennings and girlfriend Tae Heckard broke up

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Looks like the relationship between Brandon Jennings and Tae Heckard is over.

We told you back in May that Jennings and Heckard were together and even engaged. What was interesting about the boyfriend-girlfriend relationship is that Heckard was previously in a domestic partnership with another woman. After that woman, there were rumors that she got with rapper Nelly, who seems to be getting with everyone these days.

Jennings tweeted Friday about his relationship with Heckard and confirmed the engagement was off.

He also said Heckard tried to play him.

Did Heckard cheat on him? He’s making it sound like it by saying unless you’re married, the girl can still get with everyone else. There were some rumors that Heckard hooked up with Nelly when he was in town, which wouldn’t be the first time he was accused of breaking up an athlete’s relationship.

It could also explain this tweet:

Ashanti is Nelly’s ex. Maybe Jennings wants revenge.

[Previously: Brandon Jennings denies dating Chris Brown's ex]