NBA Rumors 26-07-2013
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@ 15.51NBA0 Grizzlies' Mike Conley claims NBA Sportsmanship Award
Mike Conley of the Memphis Grizzlies is the recipient of the Joe Dumars Trophy presented to the 2013-14 NBA Sportsmanship Award winner, the NBA announced today. Conley becomes the first Grizzlies player to receive the honor.
Conley (Southwest) was one of six divisional winners, which included Boston's Jeff Green (Atlantic), Chicago's Mike Dunleavy (Central), Phoenix's Channing Frye (Pacific), Portland's Damian Lillard (Northwest) and Washington's Bradley Beal (Southeast).
Conley received 77 first-place votes (of a possible 334) and 2,335 total points overall. The NBA will make a $10,000 donation on behalf of Conley to his charity of choice, the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, specifically for research pertaining to sickle cell anemia.
For the 10th consecutive year, NBA players voted on this award, with eleven points given for each first-place vote, nine points for each second-place vote, seven points for third, five points for fourth, three points for fifth and one point for each sixth-place vote received. Each team nominated one of its players for the award. Former NBA players John Crotty, Antonio Davis, Eddie Johnson, Jalen Rose, and Isiah Thomas selected the six divisional winners from a pool of 30 team nominees.
The NBA will make a $5,000 donation to each of the divisional winner's charities of choice: a split donation between Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington for Beal; Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer for Dunleavy ; the Frye Family Foundation on behalf of Frye; the Cleveland Clinic Foundation on behalf of Green; a split donation between the San Francisco Bay Area and the Oregon/Southwestern Washington affiliates of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure for Lillard.
The annual award reflects the ideals of sportsmanship -- ethical behavior, fair play and integrity -- in amateur and professional basketball, a key focus of the league's NBA Cares program efforts. The trophy is named for former Detroit Pistons guard and Hall of Famer Joe Dumars, the award's first recipient.
Following is a list of this year's voting totals for 2013-14 the NBA Sportsmanship Award.
@ 15.15NBA0 Aldridge is first player with consecutive 40-point playoff games since LeBron in 2009
LaMarcus Aldrige becomes the first player with consecutive 40-point playoff games since LeBron James in 2009.
LaMarcus Aldridge’s 89 points scored in Games 1 and 2, are the most in 1st 2 games of series since Tracy McGrady scored 89 in 2003 1st round (Allen Iverson scored 90 points in Game 1 and 2 of the 2001 Eastern Conference Finals).
Prior to this series, LaMarcus Aldridge had never scored 40+ points on the road in 298 career road games (including playoffs).
LaMarcus Aldridge is 1st NBA player to record 43+ points, 8+ rebounds and 3+ blocks in a playoff game since Shaquille O'Neal (May 8, 2001).
@ 15.01NBA0 Pau Gasol says he'd stay with the Lakers for Kobe Bryant
A key Lakers star has pressed on the organization to make “significant changes.” His name is not Kobe Bryant. His name is Pau Gasol, who will become a free agent in July and could leave the Lakers on his own after pleading endlessly for them to keep him the past three years amid never-ending trade rumors. “Re-signing for the Lakers is a possibility, but I’m not sure whether to say it’s a remote one,” Gasol wrote Wednesday on his personal Web site. “If there’s anything or anyone who could make me stay it’s Kobe Bryant. I’d stay for him, but there’d have to be significant changes. I’ve said it many times: I want to be in a team that has a solid chance to win another tournament and where I can be an important factor in the game. Source: LA Daily News
@ 14.37NBA0 Nikola Jokic will enter the 2014 NBA draft
Nikola Jokic will enter the 2014 NBA Draft. The Serbian player born in 1995 averaged 11.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists in Adriatic League with Mega Vizura.
After a strong Hoop Summit, Serbian big man Nikola Jokic (6'11, 1995) will declare for the 2014 Draft, his agent @MiskoRaznatovic tells us.
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) April 24, 2014
@ 12.40NCAA0 Dakari Johnson to return for sophomore season Dakari Johnson announced his intention to return at Kentucky for the 2014/15 season.
As freshman he averaged 5.2 points and 3.8 rebounds, with several good performance in the NCAA tournament (15 points and 6 boards vs Louisville, 10 points and 7 boards vs Wisconsin).
Johnson is the fourth Wildcats to announce his return, after Willie Cauley-Stein, Alex Poythress and Marcus Lee.
@ 11.18NBA0 Celtics are avalaible to trade Jeff Green
Jeff Green has two more seasons at $9.2 million per year left on his contract with the Boston Celtics, the second of which non-guaranteed. Green is "eminently available" if a contending team believes in the veteran forward as a fit, according to a report. Green could provide a third or fourth scorer on a contender. Green averaged 16.9 points and 4.6 rebounds this season. Source: Mark Murphy
@ 10.42NBA0 Josh McRoberts elbows LeBron James
LeBron James gets a forearm to the throat from Josh McRoberts as he goes up for the shot but no flagrant foul call as the Miami Heat beat the Charlotte Bobcats 101-97 in game two of their 2014 NBA Playoffs first round match-up.
@ 23.32NBA0 Quin Snyder is one of the candidates for Jazz's bench
Marc Stein: NBA coaching sources have identified another prime candidate for the Utah Jazz opening: Hawks assistant Quin Snyder. Snyder worked w/Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey in San Antonio and, interestingly, spent a season w/CSKA Moscow studying Lindsey pal Ettore Messina. Source: Marc Stein
@ 21.33NBA0 Courtney Lee: 'More Westbrook Shots Means Fewer For Durant'
Russell Westbrook went 11-for-28 in a 105-111 Oklahoma City loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 2. The Grizzlies apparently prefer a high usage rate from Westbrook because it limits the number of opportunities Kevin Durant receives. "We're fine with Westbrook taking shots, I mean, that's kinda what you want - the more shots he takes, the less Durant takes," said Courtney Lee. Source: Real GM
@ 21.10NBA0 Jackson says Anthony talked to him about taking a pay cut to help club
Phil Jackson hopes Carmelo Anthony will stay with the Knicks taking a paycut. Anthony will be free agent after this season opting out of his final year of contract.
Phil said he hopes Carmelo Anthony "stays true to his word" and be willing to take less to give Knicks more flexibility.
— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) 23 Aprile 2014
So if Melo re-signs: Phil said, "man are we fortunate." if he doesn't: "man are we fortunate... and we're moving forward."
— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) 23 Aprile 2014
Phil says Carmelo talked to him about taking a pay cut to help the club. Hopes that he "is true to his word."
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) 23 Aprile 2014
Phil says Carmelo talked to him about taking a pay cut to help the club. Hopes that he "is true to his word."
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) 23 Aprile 2014
@ 19.26NBA0 Guillem Vives will enter 2014 NBA draft
Jonathan Givony: Spanish guard Guillem Vives (6-4, 1993) from Joventut will enter the 2014 NBA Draft, according to a source.
Spanish guard Guillem Vives (6-4, 1993) from Joventut will enter the 2014 NBA Draft, according to a source.
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) 23 Aprile 2014Source: Jonathan Givony
@ 19.09NBA0 Frank Vogel's job is at risk
One playoff win has not eased the mounting pressure on Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel. Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com that Vogel, despite a 56-win season that secured the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, is "coaching for his job" in the wake of a prolonged slide that has stretched into its third month. After Indiana's 101-85 triumph over Atlanta in Game 2 of the teams' first-round playoff series, sources told ESPN.com that coming back to win the series against the Hawks would not automatically ensure Vogel's safety. After a 40-11 start, the Pacers went just 16-15 the rest of the way before a humbling loss in the series opener to the eighth-seeded Hawks.
The decision on whether to retain Vogel at season's end ultimately rests with Pacers president Larry Bird, sources said, but frustration throughout the organization has been mounting thanks to a nose dive that began in February with a loss in Orlando just before the All-Star break and has shown few signs of abating. Expectations were raised not only externally but also internally after in-season moves Bird made to acquire Evan Turner from Philadelphia and add Andrew Bynum for bench depth on top of last summer's additions of Luis Scola and C.J. Watson. All of Bird's moves, sources said, were made with the intent to get the team at least one step further and back to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2000, when Bird was the coach. Team sources on Wednesday confirmed a Yahoo! Sports report that Turner and Lance Stephenson got into a practice-floor fight on the eve of Game 1 against Atlanta. But sources told ESPN.com it wasn't the first time in recent weeks that Stephenson has clashed with a teammate. Sources said that Stephenson and guard George Hill had to be separated on the bench during a 26-point home loss to San Antonio on March 31. And when Roy Hibbert made his well-chronicled complaints to NBA.com in late March about "some selfish dudes in here," sources say he was essentially referring to Stephenson, who ranks as one of the league's most improved players this season as he approaches free agency in July and is well-known to be a Bird favorite. Source: Marc Stein
@ 18.57NBA0 Chase Behanan to declare for NBA draft
Former Louisville forward Chane Behanan has hired an agent and will declare this week for the NBA Draft, a source close to the situation told SNY.tv. “Yeah, sometime this week,” the source said. “He signed, he’s got an agent already.” One veteran NBA scout thinks it’s a bad move, calling it a “mistake.” “Off the court issues will really affect his draft stock,” the scout told SNY.tv. “He goes undrafted. He is a small 4 with no NBA-type 3 skills.” The 6-foot-6 Behanan was dismissed from Louisville in December for a violation of team rules. He averaged 7.6 points and 6.3 rebounds last season with the Cardinals. Source: Adam Zagoria
@ 17.40NCAA0 Alex Poythress will return to Kentucky
Sophomore forward Alex Poythress will return to the Kentucky men's basketball program for the 2014-15 season, he announced Wednesday. "Playing in the NBA has always been a dream of mine, but I want to make sure that I'm NBA-ready before I make that jump," Poythress said. "By coming back, I'll be so much closer to earning my degree in business and it will give me another year to prepare my game and my body for the next level." The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 5.9 points and 4.5 rebounds in helping lead the Wildcats to the NCAA title game. He shot better than 68 percent from the field in the NCAA Tournament, including an eight-point, seven-rebound performance in the Final Four against Wisconsin. "I'm excited for Alex and the decision he's arrived at," head coach John Caliparisaid. "I'm proud of the work he committed to this past season, on and off the floor, and think he's ready to take that next step and lead this team next season." The Clarksville, Tenn., native tallied a double-double (10 points, 13 rebounds) in UK's season-opener against UNC Asheville and pulled down 12 rebounds two games later against second-ranked Michigan State. Fellow sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein and freshman Marcus Lee announced their intentions to return for the 2014-15 season last week. Source: UK Official Website
@ 17.27NBA0 Phoenix's Goran Dragic wins NBA's Most Improved Player award
Phoenix Suns point guard Goran Dragic wins NBA's Most Improved Player of the year Award.
Dragic easily won over Lance Stephenson of the Pacers and Anthony Davis of the Pelicans.
Goran Dragic got 408 points, Stephenson 158 points, Davis 155 and Green 117. Source: NBA
@ 14.49NBA0 Joakim Noah had reportedly sued his former shoe sponsor Le Cof Sportif
NBA superstar Joakim Noah has sued his former shoe sponsor -- claiming Le Coq Sportif makes TERRIBLE SNEAKERS that may have damaged his feet, according to TMZ.
Noah quietly declared war on the French company in a D.C. court back in November ... claiming LCS signed him to a 6-year $6 million deal back in 2007, only to screw him out of more than $1.65 million. In the suit, Noah says he was pumped about the deal at first -- but shortly after he signed, LCS shut down its U.S. offices, fired the guy who signed Noah, and started looking for ways to back out of the deal. Noah claims things came to a head in 2013 when they suddenly stopped paying him money he believed they were obligated to pay. Noah says despite the negative energy, he held up his end of the bargain -- and wore Le Coq shoes in every NBA game he played even though he claims they were "not well designed and likely contributed to [my] development of plantar fasciitis." Noah says his medical condition likely linked to the crappy shoes "caused him to miss several games during the 2012-13 Chicago Bulls NBA season, including key games in the NBA playoffs." Le Coq filed a counterclaim against Noah -- but it appears the two sides were able to strike a settlement because they suddenly dropped their cases against each other just last month. Noah has moved on to a new shoe sponsor ... Adidas. Source: TMZ
@ 13.08NBA0 Utah Jazz eyeing Ettore Messina for head coaching job As reported by ESPN, Utah Jazz are on that very short list of teams that will give bona fide consideration to breaking basketball's Euro barrier on the X's and O's side by hiring a new head coach who wasn't reared in North America.
NBA coaching sources say that the Jazz will take a legit look at Italian legend Ettore Messina now that they're on the hunt for a replacement for Ty Corbin, who was informed Monday after three-plus seasons as Jerry Sloan's successor that he would not be offered a new contract.
The immediate focus, in terms of replacements, centered on San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Jim Boylen, but Boylen's rough stint as the University of Utah's coach from 2007 to 2011 complicates his candidacy with the Jazz, since hiring him would almost certainly generate a lukewarm response from the local die-hards.
NBA coaching sources, furthermore, say Messina has another big fan in Salt Lake City in former player agent Justin Zanik, who's in his first season as a member of Lindsey's front-office cabinet with the Jazz. So rest assured that Messina figures into Utah's thoughts.
Lindsey being Lindsey suggests he'll surely talk to a variety of other candidates to help gather intel on other teams while he's also out looking for Mr. Right. Maybe the next Utah coach even comes from that group (Chicago Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin and current Jazz assistant Brad Jones have also been mentioned as potential targets), but the early line has Boylen and Messina at the front of the line.
@ 10.38NBA0 Phil Jackson has already clashed with Dolan over personnel decisions
Just one month into his role as Knicks president, Jackson has already clashed with the chairman of MSG over personnel decisions, the NY Daily News has learned. According to a team source, Jackson is looking to remove several staff members, which is commonplace when a new administration takes over, but Dolan opposes removing certain employees. According to the source, Dolan’s reaction to Jackson’s request was to tell the 11-time NBA championship coach to simply focus his attention on building a winning team. To say that “minor friction,” as one Garden source called it, can be classified as Jackson’s honeymoon with Dolan being over may be stretching it a bit. Source: NY Daily News
@ 09.25NBA0 Evan Turner got into fistfight with Stephenson on eve of playoff
On the eve of this Eastern Conference series, the wobbling No. 1 seed punctuated its final playoff preparations in a most self-destructive way: Two Indiana Pacers dragged a cursing, cut Evan Turner out of the Bankers Life Fieldhouse court, untangling him from a practice-floor fistfight with teammate Lance Stephenson.
These scrapes aren't uncommon in the NBA, but this confrontation had been weeks in the making and that reflected in the ferocity of the encounter, sources told Yahoo Sports.
"This stuff happens, but the timing wasn't ideal," one witness told Yahoo Sports.
These two guards have struggled together since the deadline deal brought Turner from Philadelphia to Indiana. Suddenly, Turner is learning to play without the ball in his hands, and Stephenson is relearning the balance of passing and shooting. Truth be told, there were probably Pacers willing to let Stephenson and Turner beat the dribble out of each other. Still, Luis Scola and David West finally grabbed an enraged Turner and separated Stephenson. Source: Yahoo Sports
@ 00.56D-League0 Frank Gaines named D-League Most Improved Player
Maine Red Claws guard Frank Gaines was today named the 2014 NBA Development League Most Improved Player, as voted on by the 17 NBA D-League head coaches. The award, which was instituted prior to the 2009-10 season, honors the player who demonstrated the most significant improvement through the course of the season. Gaines (6-3, 195, IPFW) finished his rookie campaign in the NBA D-League having played in 48 of the team’s 50 regular season games, averaging a team-high 22.4 points, good for fourth-best in the NBA D-League. He added 3.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 35.4 minutes. A 34-game starter, Gaines began his professional career averaging 19.2 points in November, December and January, before finishing the season averaging 25.4 points in February, March and April. “As a rookie with the Red Claws this season, Frank seized the opportunity to develop all aspects of his game,” said Chris Alpert, Vice President of Basketball Operations for the NBA D-League. “I’m thrilled that the league’s coaches took note of his marked improvement during the season, and I congratulate Frank on an impressive inaugural campaign.” Gaines becomes the fifth player, and second member of the Red Claws, to earn Most Improved Player honors, joining Cameron Jones (Santa Cruz, 2012-13), Kenny Hayes (Maine, 2011-12), Dar Tucker (New Mexico, 2010-11), and Mildon Ambres (Idaho, 2009-10) as NBA D-League players to have received the award. Source: Insidehoops
@ 00.39NBA0 Damien Inglis enters the 2014 NBA Draft
Damien Inglis entered the NBA Draft today.
The French forward born in 1995 is averaging 4.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1 assist per game in French Pro A with Chorale Roanne. Inglis was at the Nike Hoop Summit 2014. Inglis has the chance to withdraw from the draft till next June 16. Source: Twitter Marc J. Spears
@ 00.12NBA0 Brett Brown loves the talent of Dante Exum
It seems to be a no-brainer that the soon-to-be-announced NBA rookie of the year will be back. But this time last year, I wrote about another young point guard who would be a key building block of the future in Jrue Holiday. He was gone a couple of months later. What if the Sixers fall to third or fourth in the draft and they decide the best available player is point guard Dante Exum? He hails from Australia (where Brett Brown coached for many years), and his dad was coached by Brown. Few know much about the kid, but Brown does. And he loves the kid. Just putting it out there. Source: Bob Cooney
@ 20.57NBA0 Mike Brown not so sure of his job with the Cavs
Griffin has been the Cavs' acting general manager since early February, when former GM Chris Grant was fired. Grant held the position for just more than three years. Griffin is scheduled to meet with reporters Tuesday morning at the Cavs' practice facility. The source told FOX Sports Ohio that "the feel inside" the organization is "Griffin is staying." The Cavs were 16-33 under Grant this season, then went a respectable 17-16 after Griffin took the job. League sources have indicated owner Dan Gilbert was impressed with how the Cavs' outlook seemed to improve after Griffin took over. Griffin's name has also been linked to openings in Detroit and potentially New York. That is part of the reason why the source cautioned "nothing is etched in stone" when it comes to a decision on the Cavs' new GM. The same apparently applies to coach Mike Brown, who was hired by Grant before the season. At the time, Brown signed a reported five-year deal for $20 million in his second stint with the Cavs. He also coached the team from 2005-10. According to the source, ownership is "looking for honesty" from the players and front office (once in place) about playing for Brown and believing in his system. The Cavs are also exploring ways to improve the roster. Along with the draft and free agency, it may involve making one or more trades. Every conceivable possibility regarding the roster is a real option, the source said. Source: Sam Amico
@ 20.40NBA0 Kevin Love's future with Timberwolves still up in the air
Flip Saunders returned to the Timberwolves as president of basketball operations last May with a lenghty list of items that needed to be fixed following David Kahn's atrocious run in the same role. Near the top of the list was Saunders' need to repair the relationship between superstar Kevin Love and the organization. While the forward had great respect for coach Rick Adelman, it was clear he had none for Kahn. The animosity was justified. It was Kahn, with the blessing of owner Glen Taylor, who decided that Love wasn't worthy of a max deal in January 2010, and offered him a four-year, $62 million contract. Love signed the deal and things haven't been the same sense. Once a gregarious and engaging person to interview, Love has grown incredibly distant. This petulant act is prelude to Love opting out of his contract on July 1, 2015 and never looking back. The majority believe this is destined to happen. This is where Saunders is going to have to make a crucial decision about Love, long before he can attempt to engage in contract negotiations with him in January 2015. Source: Judd Zulgad
@ 20.16NBA0 Sixers will likely trade Arnett Moultrie
It would be a shock to think that Moultrie, suspended for five games late in the season for violating the league's anti-drug policy and in possession of a horrible attitude most of the season, would be back. He will have to show tremendous improvement in both his game and demeanor if the Sixers even think of bringing him back. I expect some sort of buyout. Source: Bob Cooney
@ 19.44NBA0 Julius Randle officially declares for the NBA Draft
Kentucky freshman Julius Randle announced today that he’s entering the draft this year, in a press conference with the school. The power forward averaged 15.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game for a loaded Kentucky team that made it to the NCAA championship game. Source: Hoopsrumors
@ 16.37NBA0 Gregg Popovich named NBA Coach of the Year
Coach Pop on named the 2013-14 NBA Coach of the Year! pic.twitter.com/ZTliG2Qwu0
— Sportando (@sportando) April 22, 2014
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich named 2013-14 NBA Coach of the Year (joins Don Nelson and Pat Riley as the only three time winners of the award).
Jeff Hornacek of the Suns and Tim Thibodeau of the Bulls finished second and third, respectively, in NBA Coach of the Year voting.
Of the 124 first place votes cast, Popovich received 59, Hornacek received 37 and Thibodeau received 12.
Also getting first place votes for COY were Steve Clifford (8), Dwane Casey (5), Terry Stotts (2) and Doc Rivers (1).
@ 16.27NBA0 Danilo Gallinari: I want to play 10 more years in NBA and then return to Olimpia Milano
Danilo Gallinari said that he wants to play in the NBA for 10 more years and then he wants to return to Olimpia Milano. “I want to play in NBA till I will be 35” said Gallinari as reported by ANSA. “My goal is to play 16-17 seasons in the NBA. Then I will return to Olimpia Milano. I can play just with Olimpia Milano’s jersey. There are no other teams for me” added il Gallo.
@ 15.07NBA0 Pau Gasol: 'I will play in World Cup. I want to play five more years'
Pau Gasol confirmed to AS that he will play in FIBA World Cup with Spanish National Team. “I will play with my national team in the FIBA World Cup” said Gasol. “I’d love to play five more years” added the Spanish big man. “These days could be my last with the Lakers. I will listen to other offers during the summer and, of course, I will talk with the Lakers.” Source: AS
@ 14.48NBA0 Steve Kerr deep into discussions with Knicks
Steve Kerr is part of the conversation, and the two sides are deep into discussions, a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the Knicks' situation. He's at the top of the list. Source: USA Today
@ 14.44NBA0 Tony Parker: 'Duncan didn’t talk to me for entire rookie year'
Tony Parker said that Tim Duncan did not talk to him during his rookie season back in 2001-02. Per ESPN, “He (Tim Duncan) didn’t talk to me for a whole year,” (Tony) Parker said after practice Monday, reflecting on his rookie season in 2001-02 when it wasn’t just a French-English language barrier that wedged a gap between the two. “It was kind of weird coming from France and you have your superstar player that doesn’t talk to you as a point guard, it’s kind of tough, you know? Because you’re supposed to talk to everybody. “But as we grew together in the league and he trusted me more, I can really say it’s a special relationship because I feel close to him on the court. But even off the court, we’ve both been through a lot of stuff throughout our career so I think it got us closer.” Source: ESPN
@ 14.05NBA0 Ettore Messina is one of the front runners for Jazz head coaching job?
Ettore Messina is one of the front runners for Utah Jazz head coaching job, according to Marc Stein.
Messina has one year remaining on his contract with CSKA Moscow but he will likely leave after this season.
More than one coaching insider has insisted Utah is on short list of teams that will give legit consideration to Euro legend Ettore Messina
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) 22 Aprile 2014
Utah's Dennis Lindsey and top front-office aide Justin Zanik are both known to be big fans of Messina. And word in Europe all season ...
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) 22 Aprile 2014
Detractors say Messina drives players too hard to succeed in NBA. Fans insist he can adapt after that season he spent as a Lakers assistant
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) 22 Aprile 2014
@ 13.42NCAA0 Sean Obi commits to Duke Sean Obi announced on instagram his intention to attend Duke.
Last season at Rice the big man averaged 11.4 points (59%FG) and 9.3 rebounds. Starting from 2015/2016, he'll have three seasons of elegibility left.
@ 13.26NBA0 Elfrid Payton to enter the NBA Draft Elfrid Payton on Monday announced his intention to enter the NBA Draft.
Last season the Louisiana-Lafayette pointguard averaged 19.2 points (54% 2p, 25% 3p, 60%FT), 6 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 2,4 steals with a 25.2 P.E.R
@ 12.38NBA0 Timberwolves GM Flip Saunders said he wants an offensive coach
Stepping away from a 23-year NBA career that included 1,042 games won, Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman formally announced his retirement Monday morning, setting in motion the search for the franchise’s 11th coach. “You know, it’s time,” he said in ending three seasons on the job, none of which ended up taking the Wolves back to the playoffs for the first time since 2004. “I wish I could have done more, but I enjoyed my time.” Team President of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders vowed an “extensive” and secretive search in which he would prefer a candidate with substantial head coaching experience, preferably in the NBA. He said he wants to find a successor who would bring a similar kind of offensive identity Adelman lent the franchise and used such qualities as “demanding,” “adaptable” and “flexibility” he will seeks in a coach. He also once again refused to rule himself out as a possibility, even as he pledged to use his vast network of coaches to search “in a lot of places” for that new coach. If he is looking for substantial NBA experience, Saunders has coached 1,164 games and won 638 of them, by the way. When asked if he can fill both management and coach’s jobs, Saunders said, “I’m not going to answer that.” He then echoed Adelman’s answer when Adelman was asked if he will ever coach again. “Rick said that you never know,” Saunders said. “Ideally, right now we’re going to do a search.” Wolves owner Glen Taylor has said he doesn’t want Saunders to do both jobs because they are mutually exclusive: A coach is concerned only about today, a general manager must think about the future. The Clippers’ Doc Rivers is the closest the NBA gets to a guy who does both jobs. “It’d take a special person,” Taylor said. Saunders said he wants to find a coach experienced in developing an entire season’s practice plan and capable of striking the proper balance between offense and defense for a team he says needs to add toughness — mentally and physically — on both ends of the floor.
Asked about qualities in a new coach, Flip said he doesn't want to lose the offensive identity that Adelman brought to franchise
— Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) 21 Aprile 2014
“Someone who has been the CEO of the team,” said Saunders, who has no timetable for a search he said conceivably could last beyond the June draft. He acknowledged it will be a “delicate” proposition trying to sell top candidates on a franchise that doesn’t know if it can keep star Kevin Love signed beyond summer 2015. “You can’t hide from it,” he said. Saunders said he will ask Love and teammates such as Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic what qualities they want in their next coach, but he said Love will not be asked to help choose his next coach. “Hey, listen, I had KG for 10 years,” Saunders said, referring to superstar Kevin Garnett. “If I took the players KG wanted all the time, the roster would have looked a lot different. You talk characteristics, but you don’t put a player — any player, no matter who he is — in that light where he’s making that decision. It’s not fair to him. It’s not fair to the person you bring in. I wouldn’t do that.” Saunders hopes to sell the correct candidate on his vision of the future for a franchise that is moving into a new training facility developed jointly with the Mayo Clinic. The Wolves also eventually will play in a Target Center remodeled with $100 million in refurbishments. Adelman said Love’s uncertain future contributed to his decision to opt out of the final season of his contract, but perhaps not in the way you might first think. Source: Star Tribune
@ 12.18NBA0 Mike Woodson could be fit for Detroit Pistons opening
Last time Mike Woodson got dismissed as head coach, by Atlanta, he was unable to immediately land another head job. He instead joined the Knicks as Mike D’Antoni’s defensive assistant for the 2012 lockout season, getting promoted to the head job when D’Antoni resigned with 24 games left in the season. While Woodson could take next season off as he’s due $3.4 million on the final year of his contract, he may investigate current vacancies, specifically the one in Detroit. According to a source, before taking the job with D’Antoni, Woodson finished runner-up to Lawrence Frank during the Pistons’ coaching search in 2011-12. Woodson won a title on Larry Brown’s Detroit staff in 2004 and his .580 winning percentage in New York is a selling point. Woodson also interviewed that summer with Minnesota, losing out to Rick Adelman, who retired Monday, theoretically giving Woodson another crack to coach the Timberwolves. There also has been talk Woodson could eventually be interested in returning to his alma mater, Indiana, but there’s no expected vacancy. Source: New York Post
@ 10.40NBA0 Warriors To Buy New Site In San Francisco, Abandon Waterfront Plans
Multiple city sources have told SF Weekly that the Golden State Warriors and Salesforce.com have agreed on terms to sell the team a future stadium site on a sprawling patch of Mission Bay land off Third Street -- dooming the proposed waterfront arena Mayor Ed Lee tabbed his "legacy project." Officials at the Port of San Francisco denied knowledge of such a deal earlier this month and, again, today. Warriors president Rick Welts did not return SF Weekly's calls. Team spokesman P.J. Johnston last week refused to confirm or deny the transaction, and hasn't returned calls today. Calls to the mayor's office have, thus far, gone unanswered. Well-placed sources within the city, however, said that the team could be announcing its plans as soon as Tuesday. Source: Joe Eskenazi
@ 10.26NBA0 Watch Kevin Durant's crazy clutch Four-Point Play
Watch Kevin Durant's crazy clutch four-point play in the final seconds of the regulation against the Grizzlies.
Thunder were able to force the game to the overtime but they lost to Grizzlies.
@ 10.26NBA0 NBA Can Buy Back Bucks If No Arena Deal In Place By Nov. 2017
If a deal to build a new arena is not in place by November 2017, the NBA has the right to buy back the Milwaukee Bucks from incoming owners Wesley Edens and Mark Lasry. Sources told ESPN.com that the sale agreement announced last week to transfer the Bucks from longtime owner Herb Kohl to Edens and Lasry for a purchase price of $550 million includes a provision that allows the league to buy back the team for $575 million. This provision ensures that the NBA would control the fate of the franchise from that point as opposed to Edens and Lasry. Source: Marc Stein
@ 10.16NBA0 Mouhammadou Jaiteh won't enter NBA draft
After intending to declare for the NBA, French center Mouhammadou Jaiteh won’t formally enter his name in the June Draft, a source told RealGM. Jaiteh had been gauging feedback from the NBA, and the 6-foot-10 prospect ultimately decided to forgo the draft. Jaiteh will likely re-sign in France’s ProA league to continue his development. RealGM reported on March 25 that Jaiteh would declare for the draft. The 19-year-old also entered the draft process a year ago before pulling out in the weeks before the 60 selections. Source: Shams Charania
@ 09.43NBA0 Gregg Popovich to be named Coach of the Year?
The San Antonio Spurs will have a press conference today to announce a major award. According to Dave McMenamin they will announce that Gregg Popovich has won the Coach of the Year or Manu Ginobili the 6th Man of the Year.
The Spurs are going to have a press conference tomorrow to announce a major award. Got to be Manu as 6th Man or Pop as COY. My guess is Pop
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) 21 Aprile 2014
@ 22.32NBA0 NBA Admits Blown Foul Call on Howard with 10.8 seconds left in overtime
NBA issues statement on Houston-Portland Game 1: Foul on Dwight Howard with 10.8 seconds left in overtime should've been called on Joel Freeland.
Dwight Howard should've been awarded two free throws, NBA says. As it turned out, Howard fouled out and Blazers secured Game 1, 122-120.
Rockets were trailing by point, and Howard would've been shooting two free throws. Freeland made one of two FT's. Harden missed at buzzer.
VIDEOSource: Twitter Adrian Wojnarowski
@ 22.20D-League0 DeAndre Liggins Named 2014 NBA D-League Defensive Player of the Year
Sioux Falls Skyforce guard DeAndre Liggins has been selected as the 2014 NBA Development League’s Defensive Player of the Year by a vote of the league’s 17 head coaches, it was announced today. Liggins (6-6, 209, Kentucky) appeared in 42 regular season games for the Skyforce, anchoring the defensive efforts of a Sioux Falls team that held their opponents to league-lows of only 45 percent shooting from the field and 100.1 points per 100 possessions. Sioux Falls’ opponents averaged 102.9 points, good for second-lowest in the NBA D-League. As an individual, he averaged an NBA D-League best 2.6 steals, to go with 14.2 points and 4.8 assists. Liggins’ defensive prowess helped Sioux Falls to a 31-19 record during the regular season and the fourth seed in the 2014 NBA D-League Playoffs. The Skyforce defeated the Canton Charge 2-1 in the best-of-three first round series, and were defeated by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the top overall seed in the 2014 NBA D-League postseason, in second round playoff action. “DeAndre has demonstrated his ability to be a consistent lock-down defender all season long – a quality that surely helped Sioux Falls have such a successful campaign,” said Chris Alpert, Vice President of Basketball Operations for the NBA D-League. “A top prospect in the NBA D-League this season, I’m looking forward to watching DeAndre continue to develop on both ends of the court and congratulate him on this well-deserved accomplishment.” Originally selected with the 53rd overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic, Liggins has appeared in 57 career NBA games, including one with the Miami Heat during the 2013-14 campaign following a GATORADE Call-Up from the Skyforce. He owns NBA career averages of 1.6 points and 1.2 rebounds. All-Time NBA D-League Defensive Players of the Year: DeAndre Liggins (Sioux Falls Skyforce, 2013-14) Stefhon Hannah (Santa Cruz Warriors, 2012-13) Stefhon Hannah (Dakota Wizards, 2011-12) Chris Johnson (Dakota Wizards, 2010-11) Greg Stiemsma (Sioux Falls Skyforce, 2009-10) Brent Petway (Idaho Stampede, 2008-09) Stefane Lasme (Los Angeles D-Fenders, 2007-08) Mouhamed Sene (Idaho Stampede, 2007-08) Renaldo Major (Dakota Wizards, 2006-07) Derrick Zimmerman (Austin Toros, 2005-06) Derrick Zimmerman (Columbus Riverdragons, 2004-05) Karim Shabazz (Charleston Lowgators, 2003-04) Mikki Moore (Roanoke Dazzle, 2002-03) Jeff Myers (Greenville Groove, 2001-02) Source: D-League Official Website
@ 22.03NBA0 Utah Jazz Will Not Offer Tyrone Corbin a New Contract
The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has elected not to offer head coach Tyrone Corbin a new contract. As a result, a search for a new head coach will begin immediately. “I would like to thank Ty and his staff for all of their hard work, dedication and professionalism over the last three-plus seasons,” said Jazz General Manager Dennis Lindsey. “This has not been an easy decision, but after a thorough review process, we as an organization feel that this is the best decision for our franchise moving forward.” Corbin compiled a 112-146 (.434) record with the Jazz in four seasons, guiding the team to a winning record in two of his three full seasons and a playoff appearance in 2012. The Jazz finished the 2013-14 season with a 25-57 (.305) record. “The decision to make impactful changes in our organization is never taken lightly,” said Greg Miller, CEO of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. “Ty has always represented the Jazz franchise in a first-class manner both on the court and in the community. He did a wonderful job of building relationships with the players and encouraged their growth throughout the season. We wish Ty, Dante and their family nothing but the very best for their future.” Corbin became the seventh head coach in Jazz history and only the fourth since the franchise’s relocation to Utah in 1979, when he was elevated to head coach on February 10, 2011 following the resignation of Jerry Sloan. Prior to his promotion, Corbin served as an assistant coach for the Jazz under Sloan from 2004-2011. He also played for nine teams during a 16-year NBA career (1985-2001), including three seasons with the Jazz from 1991-94. Source: Utah Jazz
@ 21.56NBA0 Carmelo Anthony will meet other teams in the off-season
League sources told Sporting News that, though Anthony had been a supporter of Woodson, the coaching change will not have any impact on how he will go about making his decision on where to play next season. Anthony has a player option worth $23.5 million next year, but he will opt out of that contract and hit free agency.
Jackson is said to want his former player and current TNT broadcaster Steve Kerr to take the Knicks’ job. But, a source with knowledge of the situation said, the team’s decision on replacing Woodson—with Kerr or anyone else—will have little impact on how Anthony, who missed the postseason for the first time in his 11-year career, approaches his free agency. “He wants to be in a situation where he can start winning, and he is going to look at teams based on that,” the source said. “Coaching is only a part of the equation. What they do now is not going to be as important as can they win?” Free agency opens on July 1, and, the source said, Anthony would like, “the Dwight Howard treatment.” That means he wants to go through the same sort of process that Howard went through last summer, when Howard set up shop in Los Angeles and set up meetings with five teams—Houston, the Lakers, Dallas, Golden State and Atlanta—each of whom came in and made formal presentations. Anthony has not finalized any list of teams, but the Knicks and Bulls are certain to be on it. Chicago would have to shed salary to accommodate Anthony, but the Bulls will make Anthony their offseason priority. Chicago has its amnesty provision available and could use it to dump the contract of forward Carlos Boozer. Source: Sean Deveney
@ 21.06NBA0 Rockets guard Patrick Beverley cleared to play in Game 2
After undergoing an MRI on his damaged right knee Monday morning, Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley has been cleared to play in Game 2 of the Western Conference first-round series against Portland on Wednesday, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The MRI showed no new damage to Beverley's right knee, sources said. Beverley suffered a torn meniscus in the knee on March 27. Source: Yahoo Sports
@ 20.32NBA0 NBA Stats: Los Angeles Lakers
For 14 NBA teams the season is over, and now for them the main focus is the draft lottery. For each of these teams we'll see the players' averages and the team placement in several of the main statistical categories.
Los Angeles Lakers (27W,55L)
2-points %: 47 (No.19 in NBA) 3-points %: 38 (No.3) Free throws %: 75 (No.17) Offensive rebounds per game: 9.1 (No.27) Defensive rebounds per game: 32 (No.15) Rebound %: 45.6 (No.30) Turnovers per game: 15.1 (No.21) Pace: 100.98 (No.2) Offensive rating: 101.9 (No.20) Defensive rating: 107.9 (No.28) Net Rating: -6 (No.27)
@ 18.47NBA0 Knicks fire coach Mike Woodson and his staff
Mike Woodson has been fired as the New York Knicks' head coach, the team announced Monday morning. New Knicks president Phil Jackson announced in a release that the entire coaching staff was relieved of their duties.
"I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mike Woodson and his entire staff," Jackson said. "The coaches and players on this team had an extremely difficult 2013-14 season, and blame should not be put on one individual. But the time has come for change throughout the franchise as we start the journey to assess and build this team for next season and beyond. "Everyone in this franchise owes a great deal of gratitude to what Mike and his staff have done. We wish him the best." Woodson had one year remaining on the three-year contract he signed with the Knicks before the 2011-12 season. Source: ESPN
@ 17.20NBA0 Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman announces his retirement
Coach Adelman announcing his retirement pic.twitter.com/XTX9w6OLE8
— Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) 21 Aprile 2014
The Minnesota Timberwolves announce the retirement of head coach Rick Adelman.
Flip Saunders announces that Adelman will stay on staff as a consultant with the organization.
Adelman: "It's time for me to step aside. When I came here, we really tried to turn some things around and I think we made some strides. I think I'm ready and I think my wife is ready to move on to another phase. I always feel like I've had very good people around me".
Flip Saunders: "I don't consider Rick a coach, I consider him a teacher".
@ 14.45NBA0 Knicks to decide the future of coach Woodson this week?
The future of coach Mike Woodson could be resolved this week according to The NY Daily News. The coach is under contract through next season but the new presidente Phil Jackson may fire him and replace with another head coach. Woodson missed the playoffs.
@ 11.38NBA0 Aldridge-Lillard put up numbers as Jordan and Pippen in 1992
LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard are the first teammates with 45 and 30 points in a playoff game since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen in 1992. LaMarcus Aldrdige is also the second player with at least 40 points and 15 rebounds in a road Game 1 after Wilt Chamberlain who did at Boston in 1960. Source: Twitter ESPN Stats