NBA Rumors 26-07-2013
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@ 02.10NBA0 Dolan Will Never Let Anyone Have Full Autonomy
The New York Knicks and Phil Jackson are discussing a deal for him to run the front office.
Donnie Walsh was given tremendous power when he was hired in 2008 in a similar deal, but that had limitations when James Dolan chose to intervene. Dolan also gave considerable power to Isiah Thomas.
"Nobody will ever have full autonomy," a high-ranking league official told Yahoo Sports. "Donnie had it in his deal, and when he questioned it, it was, 'See you later.' "
Dolan believes Jackson is capable of swinging the balance of power in free agency.
But Dolan's persistent policy of stonewalling the media provides a foundation for the Knicks' turmoil.
"The biggest issue for [Dolan] is the no-talk policy with the media," a high-ranking league official said. "Everybody signs on, except for Walsh. And after that [Dolan] said, "Never again.' " Source: Yahoo! Sports
@ 01.54NBA0 One Knicks player: 'Team's CAA clients get preferential treatment' The New York Knicks have deep ties with Creative Artists Agency. It’d be one thing if the Knicks just had good relationships with those agents and that led to them repeatedly signing their players.
But the Knicks reportedly forced their coach, Mike Woodson, to join CAA. And above him, general manager Steve Mills and assistant general managers Mark Warkentein and Allan Houston are also CAA clients.
You can see how that could lead to problems.
Chris Broussard of ESPN:
One Knicks player recently told ESPN.com that the CAA ties were a problem in the locker room.
“You see how guys from CAA are treated differently,” the player said. “How they get away with saying certain things to coaches. How coaches talk to them differently than they talk to the other guys. It’s a problem.”
With Chris Smith gone, the Knicks are no longer quite as CAA-heavy.
Melo gets preferential treatment, because he’s the team’s best player and a true star. He’d get special privileges no matter which agent represents him.
Bargnani and J.R. Smith? Yeah, I can why (at least) one of their teammates is dismayed.
Smith has gotten a ridiculously long leash from Woodson, and before getting injured, Bargnani regularly started despite poor – and occasionally stupid – play. When all signs point to the Knicks playing better with other players – mostly small lineups that include Tyson Chandler as the only big and two point guards in the backcourt rather than Smith – these two got chance after chance.
@ 00.44NBA0 Anthony, Harden collect Player of the Week honors
The New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony and the Houston Rockets' James Harden today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, March 3, through Sunday, March 9.
Anthony led the Knicks to a 3-1 week behind averages of 29.0 points (third in the conference), 5.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.75 steals (fifth in the conference). Anthony also averaged the fourth-most minutes in the East, at 38.7 mpg. He connected on three-or-more three-point field goals in all four contests, and tallied three steals in three-of-four games. Anthony tallied 33 points and added five rebounds, five assists and three steals during the Knicks' 118-106 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 5.
Harden led the Rockets to a 4-0 week, which included wins over the Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers and Portland Trail Blazers. He averaged 30.3 points (second in the league), 6.8 assists (seventh in the conference) and 2.50 steals (tied for third in the conference). Harden, who collects his second consecutive Western Conference Player of the Week honor, capped his week with a 41-point, 10-rebound effort in which he also added six assists and six steals, as Houston topped Portland 118-113 in overtime on March 9. Source: NBA
@ 22.17NBA0 Warriors to workout D.J. White
Marc J.Spears: NBA free agent forward D.J. White is working out with the Warriors today, a source told Yahoo Sports. White has played with BOS, CHA & OKC. Source: Marc J.Spears
@ 21.55NBA0 Knicks Sign Earl Clark And Shannon Brown To 2nd 10-Day Contracts
New York Knickerbockers President and General Manager Steve Mills announced today that the team has signed guard Shannon Brown and forward Earl Clark each to second 10-day contracts.
Brown, 6-4, 210-pounds, is averaging 1.4 points and 1.0 rebounds over 8.3 minutes in seven games with New York.
Clark, 6-10, 234-pounds, is averaging 2.2 points and 1.5 rebounds over 6.6 minutes in six games with New York. Source: New York Knicks
@ 21.31NBA0 Hawks,Grizzlies and Jazz eye Joe Ingles for the next season
David Pick: Sources: Maccabi's Australian point-forward Joe Ingles is drawing lots of NBA interest for next season. Joe Ingles wants playing time. MEM, ATL, UTA I'm hearing are more likely than SAS. Joe Ingles is under contract with Maccabi but owns a NBA escape clause this summer. Hearing he could exercise it. Source: David Pick
@ 21.13NBA0 Knee injury to sideline Cavs' Bennett for 3 weeks Cavaliers rookie forward Anthony Bennett is expected to miss at least three weeks with a strained left knee.
The No. 1 overall pick in last year's draft, Bennett underwent an MRI on Sunday that showed an injury to his left patellar tendon. Bennett played eight minutes in Saturday's home loss to the New York Knicks.
The Cavs will likely take a cautious approach with Bennett, and it's possible he could be done for the year.
His injury is the latest setback in what has been a disappointing first season for Bennett, averaging only 4.1 points and 2.9 rebounds in 13 minutes per game.
Also, Cavaliers All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving was sick and missed practice Monday.
Running out of time to make the playoffs, the Cavs open a three-game road trip on Wednesday in Phoenix. Source: Cleveland Cavs
@ 20.35D-League0 NBA D-League Expands to 18 as Knicks Purchase Team
The NBA Development League and The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) today announced that MSG has acquired the right to own and operate an NBA D-League team that will play in White Plains, New York. The new team will be the NBA D-League’s record 18th team and will be the exclusive affiliate of the New York Knicks, playing its home games at the Westchester County Center, approximately 30 miles north of New York City. With the purchase, the Knicks become the seventh NBA team to fully own and operate their own NBA D-League affiliate.
“We are thrilled to work with the New York Knicks and Westchester County to bring NBA D-League basketball to White Plains,” said Dan Reed, NBA D-League president. “The New York area has a rich basketball history and we’re excited to give some of the game’s best fans the opportunity to watch top NBA prospects up close and personal in an intimate, family-friendly and affordable environment.”
Allan Houston, the Knicks’ Assistant General Manager, will serve as the new team’s General Manager, while Bill Boyce joins the MSG family as the vice president of sales and business operations for the club in Westchester, reporting to Dave Howard, president of MSG Sports. Bill joins MSG after four years as the president of the NBA D-League’s Frisco-based Texas Legends.
“We are very excited to bring a New York Knicks NBA Development League franchise to Westchester, a great basketball community that has embraced orange and blue and served as our training home for 25 plus years,” said Houston. “The NBA D-League is thriving, and this opportunity allows us to develop players closer to our training facility, and to provide high level, affordable basketball entertainment to the community.”
The Knicks are inviting fans to help choose the name for the new team. From now until March 24, fans can go to nyknicksdleague.com to submit their names online. Following the submission process, fans will go back to the same website to vote for the final team name. In addition, beginning today, fans can enter to win two full season tickets on the website; the sweepstakes will run until April 11.
Chairman of the Westchester Board of Legislators Michael Kaplowitz also welcomed the arrival of The Madison Square Garden Company and the New York Knicks organization to the County Center. “Westchester basketball fans will now have a quality professional sports team to root for right here at the County Center that builds on a long and storied tradition of basketball in Westchester County,” he said.
The team will bring the NBA D-League’s signature brand of NBA-caliber basketball and affordable, family-friendly entertainment to the County Center, where the squad will play 24 regular-season home games between November and April. The County Center will potentially play host to an additional six NBA D-League playoff games in April. Source: New York Knicks
@ 18.57NBA0 Pat Garofalo apologized to NBA players for his tweet
St. Paul- Rep. Pat Garofalo (R-Farmington) gave the following statement in response to his comments Sunday evening.
“In the last 24 hours, I’ve had the opportunity to re-learn one of life’s lessons: whenever any of us are offering opinions, it is best to refer to people as individuals as opposed to groups. Last night, I publicly commented on the NBA and I sincerely apologize to those who I unfairly categorized. The NBA has many examples of players and owners who are role models for our communities and for our country. Those individuals did not deserve that criticism and I apologize. In addition, it’s been brought to my attention that I was mistaken and the NBA policy on drug enforcement is stronger than I previously believed. Again, I offer my sincere apologies for my comments,” stated Rep. Garofalo. Source: Minnesota House of Representatives
@ 17.41NCAA0 NBA draft daily scores
-junior F LaQuinton Ross (Ohio State): 22 points (9 of 15 FG, 3 of 6 FT) and 5 rebounds in the 67-65 win over Michigan State -senior PF Adreian Payne (Michigan State): 23 points (9 of 19 FG, 2 of 3 FT), 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks -sophomore PG Fred VanVleet (Wichita State): 22 points (5 of 8 from two, 4 of 6 from long range), 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals in the 83-69 win over Indiana State -senior F C.J. Fair (Syracuse): 22 points (9 of 13 FG, 2 of 2 FT), 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals in the 74-58 win over Florida State -senior F Okaro White (Florida State): 20 points (7 of 12 FG, 5 of 6 FT) and 11 rebounds -junior G/F Dezmine Wells (Maryland): 18 points (5 of 7 FG, 8 of 8 FT), 3 rebounds and 2 assists in the 75-69 win over Virginia -sophomore forward T.J. Warren (NC State): 42 points (14 of 23 FG, 14 of 17 FT), 13 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in the 78-68 win over Boston College -sophomore G Olivier Hanlan (Boston College): 29 points (10 of 17 FG, 7 of 8 FT), 2 rebounds and 5 assists -sophomore G/F Terran Petteway (Nebraska): 26 points (7 of 16 FG, 11 of 14 FT), 10 rebounds and 2 assists in the 77-68 win over Wisconsin -sophomore G/F Shavon Shields (Nebraska): 26 points (10 of 17 FG, 6 of 7 FT), 3 rebounds and 2 assists -junior PF Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin): 14 points (5 of 14 FG, 2 of 4 FT), 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 blocks
@ 17.09NBA0 Damian Lillard on Patrick Beverley's antics: It’s irritating
Damian Lillard could not finish the game against the Rockets because he was fouled out early in the overtime. Per CSNNW, It’s irritating,” Lillard told CSNNW.com. “But I was locked into the game to be one hundred percent honest with you. It’s irritating that he’s doing all that little stuff like flopping, tying you up and all that for the whole game. But I don’t really get caught up in that. It’s whatever.”
Beverley, who takes exceptional pride in his defense, said all he’s concerned with is the win before he addressed what Lillard considers to be “antics.”
“If he thinks I’m flopping, that’s on him, not me,” Beverley told CSNNW.com. “We won. That’s all I care about.”
The two even got tangled up late in the fourth quarter and had to be separated as they where jawing at one another. Beverley, who has a broken nose, took off his protective mask as if he wanted to do more than play basketball.
“It’s basketball,” Beverley said. “That’s how basketball is. It’s not going to be pretty all the time.” Source: csnnw.com
@ 16.16NBA0 A negative effect of NBA shutdown would be a spike in crime, Minnesota State Rep. Tweets Per Bleacher Report, Judging by the tweet the Minnesota state representative sent out on Sunday night, the only negative effect of an NBA shutdown would be a spike in crime. The controversial tweet was spotted by Samer Kalaf of Deadspin.
Let's be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in streetcrime
— Rep. Pat Garofalo (@PatGarofalo) 9 Marzo 2014
Deadspin reached out to the Minnesota Republican for comment via email. Garofalo maintains that he was commenting on the NBA’s high arrest rate and the “above the law” attitude professional athletes tend to harbor.
“I was talking about the NBA’s high arrest rate and that their punishment for positive drugs tests are weaker than other leagues. No intent beyond that,” Garofalo wrote in an email to Deadspin. “The culture among many pro athletes that they are above the law is the problem, not people like me pointing that problem out.” Source: Bleacher Report
@ 15.48NBA0 Andrew Bynum could make his debut with the Indiana Pacers soon
Andrew Bynum may make his debut with Pacers on Friday. Per IndyStar, On Sunday, Bynum said that he hopes to be "cleared to play next week," believing that he could be on the floor by Friday, March 14 when the Pacers play in Philadelphia. Pacers coach Frank Vogel said the team planned to re-evaluate Bynum after the road trip. "We'll see after (Sunday's) game goes and then we'll probably meet about it (Monday)," Vogel said, "and try to come up with a firmer plan." Source: IndyStar
@ 15.42NBA0 Josh Smith and Rajon Rondo would love to team up again
Josh Smith of the Pistons and Rajon Rondo of the Celtics were teammates back in high school when they star for Oak Hill Academy. Now the two players would love to play again in the same team.
J-Smith and Rondo dream about playing together. Smith: "We tell each other (how) surreal that would be, for us to be able to reconnect again
— Mark Murphy (@Murf56) 9 Marzo 2014
@ 15.19NBA0 Anthony on Knicks' pursuit of Jackson: I don’t even know what’s going on with that
The New York Knicks should hire Phil Jackson as president of basketball operations but Carmelo Anthony doesn’t know anything about the hiring of former head coach. Per NY Post, In fact, Carmelo Anthony admitted he was in the dark regarding the team’s pursuit of Jackson and thought it would be best executed after the season. “I don’t even know what’s going on with that,’’ Anthony said late Saturday night after the Knicks beat the Cavaliers for their third straight win. “Nobody came to me about that. Until that time comes, I’m not going to know what’s going on. “It’s hard to say at this particular moment. If anything, it’s not going to be right now. I’m pretty sure they’d try to wait for the offseason and then we’ll deal with all that stuff.’’ Source: NY Post
@ 14.44NCAA0 Adidas unveil jerseys for March Madness #1">As reported by Slam Online, Just in time for March Madness, adidas unveils the most advanced uniform system and basketball apparel technology for the 2014 NCAA basketball postseason. The collection was created for Baylor, UCLA, Cincinnati, Louisville—who all will wear short-sleeve Made in March uniforms—Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Wisconsin—who will don sleeveless versions.
Adidas unveils March Madness jerseys (Baylor, Kansas, Michigan) http://t.co/IHzl1oBmDx#CdnBallerspic.twitter.com/KpfzPvuAa1
— Hoops Hype Canada (@HoopsHypeCA) March 10, 2014Source: Slamonline
@ 12.49NCAA0 Ohio State beats Michigan State 69-67
Ohio State tops Michigan State 69-67 and close the Big Ten regular season with 10 wins in 18 games. Junior forward LaQuinton Ross scored 22 points (9 of 15 FG, 3 of 6 FT) and grabbed 5 boards, while senior pointguard Aaron Craft had his usual strong all-around game with 12 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. For the Spartans senior power forward Adreian Payne had 23 points (9 of 19 FG, 2 of 3 FT), 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks, while sophomore two-guard Gary Harris ended with 12 points (3 of 9 FG, 4 of 4 FT), 5 boards and 4 assists
@ 12.22NCAA0 Kansas' Joel Embiid seeking a second opinion from a back specialist
Kansas center Joel Embiid boarded a plane on Sunday and flew to Los Angeles, seeking a second opinion from a back specialist in the area. The injury, though, is certainly cause for concern as No. 8 Kansas prepares for the postseason. Self said Sunday that Embiid’s injury is more “significant” than a lower-back strain, the term used last week when KU announced Embiid would miss regular-season games against Texas Tech and West Virginia. Self wouldn’t disclose the specific lower-back injury or condition plaguing Embiid, but he remains hopeful Embiid will be in position to be healthy for the NCAA Tournament. “It’s nothing where he won’t be feeling great in four weeks with some rest,” Self said. “But we don’t have four weeks. Embiid is averaging 11.2 points and 8.1 rebounds while setting the KU freshman record with 72 blocks. He was selected the Big 12 coaches’ defensive player of the year on Sunday. Source: KansasCity.com
@ 12.09NCAA0 Melvin Ejim named Big 12 POY
Melvin Ejim was named Big12 Player of the year from the league's coaches. The senior forward has averages of 18.2 points and 8.6 rebounds The all-conference team -first team: Juwan Staten, Marcus Smart, DeAndre Kane, Andrew Wiggins, Melvin Ejim -second team: Marcus Foster, Buddy Hield, Markel Brown, Jonathan Holmes,Joel Embiid -third team:Jaye Crockett, Cory Jefferson, georges Niang, Perry Ellis, Cameron Clark -defensive player of the year: Joel Embiid -freshman of the year: Andrew Wiggins -Newcomer of the year: DeAndre Kane -Sixth man: Tyler Neal, Phil Forte -Coach of the year: Rick Barnes
@ 09.32NBA0 Meeks is first Lakers after Kobe to score at least 40 points
Lakers guard Jodie Meeks scored a career-high 42 points, smashing his previous career best of 31 set two years ago as a member of the 76ers.
The last member of the Lakers to score at least 40 points was Kobe Bryant last April at Portland. The last member of L.A. other than Bryant to produce a 40-point game was Andrew Bynum in January 2009.
Jodie Meeks’ 42 points Shotchart: pic.twitter.com/ICqRFNherI
— Sportando (@sportando) March 10, 2014Source: NBA
@ 09.24NBA0 Harden joins MJ as only player to register 41+10+6+6 James Harden joined Michael Jordan as the only players to register 41 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and six steals in a game since 1985-86. James Harden erupted for 20 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, rallying the Houston Rockets from a 13-point, fourth-period deficit to outlast the Portland Trail Blazers 118-113 on Sunday at Toyota Center.
James Harden’s 41 points shotchart: pic.twitter.com/Xhe1MqZGyz
— Sportando (@sportando) March 10, 2014
@ 19.33NBA0 Celtics Likely To Sign Babb To Second 10-Day
Sunday will be the final day for Chris Babb’s 10-day contract and Stevens said he hopes the club continues the relationship with another contract. The club is expected to extend Babb with another 10-day deal. Babb has appeared in three games for the Celtics and has averaged 3.7 points. He was signed from NBADL Maine. Source: Gary Washburn
@ 19.11NBA0 Ex-Sixers GM Brad Greenberg responds to non-invite to Iverson ceremony
Allen Iverson doesn't have a bigger fan on Earth than Hapoel Jerusalem coach Brad Greenberg.
Which is why, as Greenberg recently confessed, he badly wished he could have been in Philly last weekend when Iverson's famous No. 3 jersey was hoisted to the rafters of the Wells Fargo Center. "I wasn't contacted (about attending the ceremony)," Greenberg said this week, "but that's fine. (Current Sixers GM) Sam Hinkie has his hands full. Philly is a rough town when you're a bad team." Greenberg, as the Sixers' former general manager from 1996-97, selected Iverson with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1996 draft. Now in his second season coaching in Israel, Greenberg has Hapoel Jerusalem tied for first place (17-4) after combining with Dallas Mavericks rookie Gal Mekel to lead little Maccabi Haifa on a fairy-tale run to the Israeli championship last season. Although he has not maintained close contact with Iverson over the past few years, Greenberg remains a huge admirer of the 6-foot scoring sensation. "A.I. is most deserving of having his number hanging," Greenberg said. "I'm proud of drafting Allen (Iverson) and feel his legacy is one of the greatest (scorers), if not the greatest little scorer, in the history of the game. "Allen has been of the most honest – and at times - misunderstood athletes of modern times," Greenberg added. "I'm glad to see him have his number retired. He's a Hall of Famer." Iverson is an 11-time NBA All-Star and four-time scoring champ. The 2001 MVP led the Sixers to the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers that season. The 38-year-old made his last appearance as an active player in January 2011 as a member of Turkish club Besiktas. Among the former NBA greats who did attend the retirement ceremony were Julius Erving, Gary Payton, Dikembe Mutombo, Moses Malone, Theo Ratliff, and ex-president Pat Croce. Coach Larry Brown was also in on the celebration via video message. STORY BY DAVID PICKTwitter IAmDPick
@ 18.00NBA0 Paul Millsap on his return to Utah: 'They should boo me'
Paul Millap moved from Utah last summer and signed a two year contract with Atlanta Hawks. Tomorrow the Hawks will face Utah Jazz for the first time this year and Paul Millsap will play for the first time against his former team. He doesn't expect, neither wants a comeback celebration: "They shoud boo me, I'm on the opposing team" he said about Jazz fans. Source: Twitter Chris Vivlamore
@ 15.29NBA0 Zydrunas Ilgauskas unhappy in his role with the Cavs, next to leave?
Now Grant is gone and Ilgauskas, the man James adores, the man for whom he made this highly unusual trip, will likely be next. It’s an open secret in certain circles that Ilgauskas is unhappy in his role with the Cavs. He was the assistant to the general manager, only that general manager is gone.
Ilgauskas has become a ghost at Cavs games, rarely spotted around Cleveland Clinic Courts or the Q since Grant was fired. It’s what made Saturday’s ceremony so surreal. There remains palpable unhappiness from Ilgauskas toward certain facets of the organization, yet all that was put aside and the halftime show with no budget went off as planned Saturday night.
There was a touching video tribute of Z’s career, speeches from Wayne Embry, Gilbert and Ilgauskas himself. Friends and former players lined the entrance as Ilgauskas walked on and off the floor. Source: Akron Beacon-Journal
@ 14.22NCAA0 NBA draft daily scores (part two)
-junior PF Eric Moreland (Oregon State): 16 points (6 0f 8 FG, 4 of 5 FT), 19 rebounds, 3 blocks and 4 steals in the 78-76 OT win over Arizona State -senior PF Richard Solomon (California): 14 points (6 of 10 FG, 2 of 4 FT), 12 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 blocks in the 66-65 win over Colorado -sophomore F Xavier Johnson (Colorado): 24 points (8 of 15 FG, 5 of 6 FT) and 6 rebounds -senior PF Juvonte Reddic (VCU): 13 points (5 of 8 FG, 3 of 6 FT), 14 rebounds and 4 steals in the 86-67 win over ST.Bonaventure -senior F Doug McDermott (Creighton): 45 points (12 of 18 from two, 5 of 7 from long range, 6 of 9 FT), 7 rebounds and 2 assists -freshman F Jabari Parker (Duke): 30 points (10 of 17 FG, 8 of 9 FT) and 11 rebounds in the 93-81 win over North Carolina -senior PG Deonte Burton (Nevada): 24 points (8 of 16 FG, 6 of 6 FT), 8 rebounds and 11 assists in the 76-72 win over UNLV -junior PF Khem Birch (UNLV): 15 points (5 of 13 FG, 5 of 7 FT), 22 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 blocks -senior PG Xavier Thames (San Diego State): 23 points (8 of 16 FG, 7 of 8 FT), 3 assists and 5 steals in the 51-48 win over New Mexico -sophomore F Dorian Finney-Smith (Florida): 11 points (3 of 6 FG, 2 of 2 FT), 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks in the 84-65 win over Kentucky -senior F De'Mon Brooks (Davidson): 26 points (9 of 17 FG, 6 of 8 FT), 12 rebounds and 3 blocks in the 77-54 win over Samford -junior G Dai-Jon Parker (Vanderbilt): 25 points (3 of 4 from two, 5 of 7 from long range, 4 of 4 FT), 4 rebounds and 2 assists in the 62-65 loss against Ole Miss -senior PF Javon McCrea (Buffalo): 34 points (13 of 18 FG, 7 of 10 FT), 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals in the 88-65 win over Bowling Green -junior PF Alan Williams (UC Santa Barbara): 23 points (9 of 14 FG, 5 of 6 FT), 10 rebounds, 2 assists and 5 blocks in the 71-55 win over Cal Poly
@ 14.03NCAA0 NBA draft daily scores (part one)
-freshman PF Devin Williams (West Virginia): 22 points (8 of 10 FG, 6 of 7 FT) and 13 rebounds in the 92-86 win over Kansas -junior PG Juwan Staten (West Virginia): 24 points (5 of 11 FG, 14 of 20 FT), 5 rebounds and 9 assists -freshman G/F Andrew Wiggins (Kansas): 41 points (10 of 13 from two, 2 of 5 from long range, 15 of 19 FT), 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 blocks and 5 steals -freshman PF Austin Nichols (Memphis): 14 points (7 of 9 FG), 9 rebounds and 3 blocks in the 67-58 win over SMU -freshman PG Rysheed Jordan (Saint John's): 20 points (6 of 12 FG, 7 of 10 FT), 6 assists and 5 steals in the 91-90 OT win over Marquette -junior SG Darrun Hilliard II (Villanova): 19 points (7 of 11 FG, 4 of 4 FT), 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in the 77-59 win over Georgetown -senior G Russ Smith (Louisville): 3 points (1 of 2 Fg), 13 assists and 4 steals in the 81-48 win over Connecticut -senior G DeAndre Kane (Iowa State): 27 points (8 of 13 FG, 10 of 14 FT), 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals in the 85-81 OT win over Oklahoma State -senior SG Markel Brown (Oklahoma State): 26 points (8 of 18 FG, 6 of 10 FT) 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks -freshman PF Aaron Gordon (Arizona): 21 points (7 of 17 FG, 7 of 12 FT), 8 rebounds and 3 assists in the 57-64 loss against Oregon -sophomore SG Buddy Hield (Oklahoma): 24 points (3 of 3 from two, 5 of 8 from long range, 3 of 3 FT), 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals in the 97-67 win over TCU -senior G/F Lamar Patterson (Pittsburgh): 30 points (5 of 10 from two, 5 of 9 from long range, 5 of 5 FT), 7 rebounds and 2 steals in the 83-78 OT win over Clemson -freshman G Sindarius Thornwell (South Carolina): 22 points (9 of 19 FG, 2 of 3 FT), 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals in the 74-62 win over Mississipi State -sophomore G Kellen Dunham (Butler): 29 points (4 of 7 from two, 7 of 7 from long range) and 2 rebounds in the 71-54 win over Seton Hall -
@ 13.06NBA0 Knicks to re-sign Earl Clark? Marc Berman of the NYPost writes on twitter: 'Expect #Knicks to sign Earl Clark to second ten-day contract after tonight's game in Cleveland' The forward has averaged 2.2 points and 1.5 rebounds in 6.6 minutes Source: Berman
@ 12.26NCAA0 Duke beats North Carolina 93-81
Duke tops North Carolina 93-81. Freshman forward Jabari Parker had 30 points (10 of 17 FG, 8 of 9 FT), and 11 rebounds. The 30 points are the most ever scored by a Duke freshman against the Tar Heels. Sophomore swingman Rodney Hood added 24 points (8 of 13 FG, 5 of 5 FT), while junior pointguard Quinn Cook ended with 11 points and 6 assists. For the Tar heels sophomore pointguard Marcus Paige was the leading scorer with 24 points (9 of 14 FG, 3 of 4 FT) plus 2 assists and 2 steals, sophomore power forward Brice Johnson added 15 points (7 of 9 FG, 1 of 3 FT), 9 boards and 2 steals.
@ 11.45NCAA0 Doug McDermott tops 3,000 career points in the win over Providence Doug McDermott with the 45 points scored against providence becomes the eight player in Division I history to reach more than 3,000 for a career - 3,011, 7th in Division I history-. The forward shot 12 of 18 from two, 5 of 7 from long range and 6 of 9 from the foul line. Creighton tops Providence 88-73, for the Friars senior pointguard Bryce Cotton had 23 points, 4 assists and 2 steals
@ 00.14NBA0 Phil Jackson leaning toward taking a front-office job with Knicks?
While a decision has not been made, Phil Jackson is leaning toward taking a front-office job with the New York Knicks, a source close to the team tells ESPN's Stephen A. Smith.
Jackson's role would be president of basketball operations, in complete control of all basketball-related matters, according to the source.
It is unclear whether the decision would include an agreement to coach the Knicks next season, the source said. A decision is expected sometime next week. Source: ESPN
@ 21.10NBA0 Clippers have interest in Bobby Brown
The Los Angeles Clippers are interested in signing Bobby Brown.
Brown cannot sign an NBA deal until his team in China is eliminated from the playoffs.
Brown is averaging 30.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game for Dongguan.
Source: Sam Amick
@ 15.13NCAA0 Jabari Parker undecided on entering NBA Draft Jabari Parker is undecided on whether entering the NBA draft after this season: 'If I feel like there are things I could improve on or things I left, like during the season, then I will probably come back. A deciding factor is where I'm going to grow the most, whether it's in the NBA or even in college, the learning experiences that I need as far as a basketball player' The Blue Devils forward has averages of 18.8 points, 9 rebounds and 1.4 blocks Source: AP
@ 13.19NBA0 Pacers had a long discussion after the loss in Houston
Candace Buckner: The postgame summits are continuing & growing. #Pacers including Paul George, Hibbert, West talked for extended time inside coaches' lounge. Several of those players remained in there for at least 15-20 minutes before showering, seemingly having a State of the Team session. It's not just David West this time raising the red flag of concern. George Hill and P. George both appeared ticked off yet ready for change. Hill: "We're not the same team. I feel like last year, even the beginning of this year, we were a team that really mucked the game up... "We just got to figure out how to get back to mucking the game up and playing our style of ball." G. Hill. Paul George: "It's the first time we probably lost three in a row. (Sh--)'s gotta change. Sorry for the language but it's gotta change." Source: Candace Buckner
@ 12.37NBA0 Lakers allowed 408 points over the last three games From Elias: The Nuggets were the latest team to put up big offensive numbers against the Lakers, winning by a 134-126 score on Friday night. That on the heels of the Clippers' 142-94 beatdown of the Purple and Gold the previous night, and the Pelicans' 132-125 win over the Lakers on Tuesday.
The total of 408 points allowed by the Lakers over those three games matched the most allowed by any NBA team over a span of three straight games over the past 23 seasons. One other team yielded 408 points over three games over that period - and the omen is not good for the Lakers. In March of 2008, the Sonics allowed 408 points over three straight losses to the Nuggets (who scored 168 points), the Suns (110) and the Lakers (130). Following that season, the Sonics franchise relocated from Seattle to Oklahoma City. Just sayin'.
The last NBA team to allow more than 130 points in each of three successive games was the Nuggets, back in December of 1990. That was the season in which the Nuggets, under head coach Paul Westhead used a breakneck run-and-gun style that resulted in the team allowing 130.8 points per game over the season as a whole, by far the highest such average in NBA history. And it's the first time that the Lakers have ever allowed 130-plus points in each of three straight games. Source: ESPN Elias
@ 12.20NBA0 NBA on fire: Al Jefferson
The Charlotte Bobcats are about to reach the second qualification to the playoffs in their history, and the absolute star on offense is Al Jefferson. In the last four games - two wins-the big man has 31.3 points per game: The numbers: 31.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.3 steals, 67% from the field and 66% from the foul line, with a plus / minus average of +6 When Big Al scores the Bobcats usually wins: in the 24 wins in which he played has scored 25.3 points (52%FG), while in the 29 losses drops to 17.9 (48% FG). Without him, the offense collapse to 95.8 points per 100 possessions, four points less than the season average (99.8).
@ 11.49NBA0 Phil Jackson offered a front office position with the Knicks
The New York Knicks are pursuing Phil Jackso and they offered him a front office position with the team. Per NY Daily News, Phil Jackson has been offered a front office position with the Knicks and is expected to give the club a decision sometime next week, the Daily News has learned. According to an NBA source, Garden Chairman James Dolan has met with Jackson about a potential return to the franchise where he was a member of the Knicks’ only two championship teams. Jackson also won 11 titles as a head coach with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers but apparently has no interest in coaching the Knicks. ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith reported that Knicks president Steve Mills offered the head coaching position to Jackson but he declined. Jackson has on numerous occasions ruled out returning to the bench. However, the 68-year-old Hall of Fame coach has said publicly that he would like to move into a front office and run a team. Source: NY Daily News
@ 01.57D-League0 Trade deadline in D-League
The NBA D-League trade deadline took place today, and a few teams utilized the opportunity to make some last minute changes.
Sources tell DLeagueDigest.com that in a four team deal, the Canton Charge received William Buford and a fourth round draft pick, Delaware picked up a second round draft pick, Idaho snagged Vander Blue from Delaware, and Santa Cruz received Richard Howell’s returning player rights from the Stampede.
In another deal, Santa Cruz sent Dominic McGuire to Tulsa in exchange for Dominic Sutton’s returning player rights.
And finally, another notable deal was Delaware shipping off Kyrylo Fesenko and a second round pick to the Canton Charge in exchange for second round draft pick. Source: D-League Digest
@ 22.50NBA0 Celtics big man Vitor Faverani done for the season
The Boston Celtics announced today that center Vitor Faverani had successful left knee arthroscopy to repair a torn lateral meniscus at the New England Baptist Hospital. The procedure was performed by Celtics team physician Dr. Brian McKeon and was assisted by Jason Rand, PAC. Faverani will not return this season.
Faverani, a 6’11” center, has appeared in 37 games during his rookie season for the Celtics where he averaged 4.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 0.73 blocks in 13.2 minutes per game. He recorded a season-high of 13 point against Toronto on October 30 and recorded season-highs of 18 rebounds and six blocks against Milwaukee on November 1. Faverani also appeared in four games for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League on assignment this season where he averaged 12.8 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.0 block in 25.0 minutes per game. Source: Boston Celtics Official Website
@ 22.17NBA0 NBA suspends Ersan Ilyasova one game
NBA suspended Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova one game without fine. Ilyasova has been fined for punching Kings' forward Reggie Evans in the stomach on March 5.
@ 18.32NCAA0 NBA draft daily scores
-senior PF Justin Jackson (Cincinnati): 13 points (6 of 13 FG,1of 4 FT), 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks in the 97-84 win over Memphis -senior G Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati): 34 points (11 of 18 FG, 10 of 11 FT) and 3 assists -junior PF/C Johnny O'Bryant III (LSU): 25 points (11 of 18 FG, 3 of 4 FT) and 10 rebounds in the 57-51 win over Vanderbilt -junior PG Elfrid Payton (LA-Lafayette): 31 points (11 of 24 FG, 7 of 9 FT), 13 rebounds and 3 assists in the 72-75 loss against Western Kentucky -sophomore all-around Denzel Valentine (Michigan State): 13 points (4 of 5 FG, 4 of 6 FT), 6 rebounds and 9 assists in the 86-76 win over Iowa -junior F Branden Dawson (Michigan State): 8 points (4 of 7 FG), 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 blocks and 5 steals -sophomore C Sim Bhullar (New Mexico State): 22 points (10 of 13 FG, 2 of 3 FT), 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks in the 81-57 win over Grand Canyon -sophomore G/F Jordan Adams (UCLA): 31 points (11 of 15 FG, 8 of 9 FT), 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in the 91-82 win over Washington -junior SG Treveon Graham (VCU): 18 points (6 of 11 FG, 3 of 4 FT), 10 rebounds and 4 assists in the 56-50 win over Richmond -junior G/F Byron Wesley (USC): 31 points (10 of 17 FG, 9 of 13 FT), 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in the 79-68 win over Washington State -senior G LaQuentin Miles (Central Arkansas): 34 points (13 of 25 FG, 4 of 11 FT), 12 rebounds and 3 assists in the 102-119 loss against Northwestern State -sophomore PF Willie Clayton (Charlotte): 15 points (6 of 8 FG, 3 of 4 FT), 10 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 blocks in the 74-70 win over Marshall
@ 18.02NCAA0 Michigan State tops Iowa 86-76
Michigan State won against Iowa with a 47-35 second half. Sophomore all-around Denzel Valentine had 13 points (4 of 5 FG, 4 of 6 FT), 6 rebounds and 9 assists, while junior guard Travis Trice added 17 points (4 of 5 FG, 6 of 6 FT) and 3 points off the bench. For the Hawkeyes senior guard Roy Marble was the leading scorer with 24 points (9 of 17 FG, 4 of 4 FT) plus 5 assists.
@ 17.35NBA0 Knicks reportedly met with Phil Jackson According to ESPN, New York Knicks president and general manager Steve Mills met about two weeks ago with Phil Jackson about the possibility of becoming the team's next head coach.
The sources told Smith the message the Knicks received from Jackson was that he was not interested in the position at this time. Source: ESPN
@ 17.12NBA0 Raptors announce return of 'Dino' Jerseys for select games next season
The Toronto Raptors announced today the return of the team’s original purple jersey for select home games during the 2014-15 season. The throwback uniform will be worn as the franchise celebrates its 20th Anniversary in the National Basketball Association.
“We are excited to bring back a piece of team history as part of our 20th Anniversary celebration,” said Masai Ujiri, President and General Manager of the Raptors. “Our fans have shown affection for the original purple uniform and I think our players will enjoy the chance to wear them next season.”
The front of the uniform top features the unique Raptors font in silver with the team’s dinosaur motif in action with basketball in hand. The uniform showcases the original team colours of Raptor Red, purple, black and Naismith Silver, the latter in honour of Dr. James A. Naismith of Almonte, Ontario, the multi-faceted Canadian who invented basketball in 1891. The uniform also features the unique jagged pinstripe design.
The club will announce details at later dates regarding 20th Anniversary events to be held throughout the 2014-15 campaign.
Source: Toronto Raptors Official Website
@ 15.45NBA0 Magic sign Adonis Thomas, Dewayne Dedom to 2nd 10-day contract
The Orlando Magic have signed center Dewayne Dedmon and guard-forward Adonis Thomas each to a second 10-day contract, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced today. Dedmon and Thomas both originally signed 10-day contracts on Feb. 25.
Dedmon (#3, 7’0”, 255, 8/12/89) has appeared in two games with Orlando, averaging 2.5 ppg. and 1.5 rpg. in 2.2 minpg. He has played in 17 combined games this season with Golden State, Philadelphia and Orlando, averaging 2.5 ppg. and 3.1 rpg. in 9.4 minpg. He also appeared in 15 games with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, averaging 15.2 ppg., 13.1 rpg., 1.3 apg., 2.33 blkpg. and 1.53 stlpg. in 33.7 minpg.
Thomas (#8, 6’7”, 235, 3/25/93) has appeared in three games with Orlando, averaging 2.3 ppg. and 1.0 rpg. in 7.6 minpg. He played in 26 games (21 starts) with the Springfield Armor of the NBA Development League, averaging 16.2 ppg., 4.2 rpg. and 1.3 apg. in 35.1 minpg., while shooting .469 (38-81) from three-point range.
Not drafted by an NBA team in 2013, Dedmon played in 51 games (49 starts) during his two-year career at USC, averaging 7.1 ppg., 6.7 rpg. and 1.67 blkpg. In 2012-13 as a redshirt junior, he appeared in 31 games (29 starts), averaging 6.7 ppg., 7.0 rpg., 2.13 blkpg. and 1.10 stlpg. in 22.3 minpg. He led the Trojans in rebounding and blocked shots. Dedmon did not play organized basketball until his senior year of high school due to religious reasons and played one season at Antelope Valley College in his hometown of Lancaster, CA, before transferring to USC.
Also undrafted in 2013, Thomas played in 55 games (44 starts) during two years at the University of Memphis, averaging 10.7 ppg., 4.0 rpg. and 1.5 apg. in 27.5 minpg. He was named to the Conference USA All-Tournament Team in 2013.
Orlando’s roster stands at 14 players. Source: Insidehoops
@ 15.36NBA0 Bulls' Joakim Noah status for Friday still unclear
Initial tests run on Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah's injured right thumb revealed a sprain, according to a league source.
It is unclear whether Noah will have to miss any time or will be available to play Friday night against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Noah injured the thumb during Wednesday night's win against the Detroit Pistons. He didn't want to go into detail about the injury after the game, calling it just a "boo-boo," but he did wear a protective brace on it as he headed out of the Palace of Auburn Hills. Source: ESPN
@ 15.09NBA0 Kobe believes Gasol’s chance of returning next season is 8 out 10?
Kobe Bryant believes that Pau Gasol's chance of re-signing with Lakers this summer are high. Per Lakersnation, During Thursday night’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher stated on the TNT broadcast that he spoke with Kobe Bryant prior to the game and asked him who he could “envision” on next year’s team. Bucher reported that Bryant included Pau Gasol’s name, which the reporter said “surprised” him. Bucher further pressed Bryant, asking how confident the five-time champion is on a scale of one to 10, that Gasol will be with the Los Angeles Lakers next season, to which Bryant responded “eight.” Source: Lakersnation
@ 14.33NCAA0 Andrew Wiggins confirms decision to enter NBA Draft
Andrew Wiggins remembers sitting in the bleachers of Allen Fieldhouse long after the final whistle, watching as the crowd showered the departing Kansas players with love.
It may not have been that exact moment that the nation's No. 1 recruit decided he would play his only season of college basketball with the Jayhawks. But the outpouring of support on senior night certainly played a role in his decision, one that he doesn't regret for a moment.
"It went too quick," Wiggins said late Wednesday after his own version of senior night, tucked away in a small room not far from those stands where he sat a year ago.
"I wish I had more time to stay here and do my thing, just be here with the team and the coaches and all these wonderful fans," Wiggins said, thoughtfully. "That's one of the reasons I committed here. I came here on senior night and the fans were so loyal." To be perfectly clear, Wiggins has never led anybody on. He made it clear from the outset that he would head to the NBA next season, and after having one of the best freshman campaigns in Kansas history, he's certain to be a lottery pick if not the No. 1 overall choice. "I think it's all puddled up," Wiggins said. "I'm happy, sad, my last game. But I just enjoy my time here. I'm thankful for everything. I can't ask for more. I've been blessed by a good team, great coaches and the greatest fans a team could ask for." Source: The Canadian Press