@ 18.02NBA0 Miami's Josh Richardson available for Game 7
The Miami Heat will have Josh Richardson in uniform for Game 7 against the Hornets.
INJURY UPDATE: Coach Spo says Josh Richardson (shoulder) cleared all tests and is good to go for today's Game 7 vs Charlotte.— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) 1 maggio 2016
@ 11.21NCAA0 NCAA UNDERGROUND: take note for your team in Europe... Jarelle Reischel - EASTERN KENTUCKY
WHERE HE PLAYS – 6-7 wing player, 3-man. Can be used as a PF in some situations, but not too often.. PHYSICAL SKILLS – good athlete, long, good speed and decent explosiveness on his drives, decent average leaping ability. Average body frame. WHERE HE RECEIVES THE BALL AND HOW HE FINISHES –Reischel is aggressive wing player who improved a lot since his sophomore and junior year. This season he is much more aggressive on the offensive end and he showed some scoring ability. Reischel prefers to score the ball off the dribble from iso/1 on 1 situations. He has decent handles (not overly creative), but uses his speed and long steps in order to get by players. His length and explosiveness helps him a lot in order to get in the paint. He can create his own shot and feels comfortable in taking defender off the dribble. Reischel likes to play in the open court and attack in transition – uses his speed really well, can push the ball up the court, and runs wide looking to get scoring opportunity. Moreover he is good perimeter shooter (catch and shoot shots), takes good shots and is more than capable knocking them down from behind the arc. Most of his perimeter shots are spot up shots. He is capable of shooting the ball of the dribble from the mid range, but has to work on this segment. Moreover, Reischel is good at creating contact and getting to the foul line, which reflects his aggressiveness of the dribble. NEGATIVES: can get out of control on his drives; lacks pure leaping ability in traffic; could improve his jumper off the dribble, and could be more aggressive on the offensive glass; WHERE AND HOW HE DEFEND – Eastern Kentucky plays mostly zone – Reischel has good athleticism and speed in order to be a decent perimeter defender, can guard positions 2 and 3; has to improve his lateral movement, has decent aggressiveness on the ball, and uses his length [gambles and reaches] in order to get steals. As mentioned, has to work on sliding his feet laterally in order to keep players in front but has potential to be a decent defender. Very good on the defensive glass HOW HE PLAYS PICK AND ROLL – offense & defense – capable ball handler in ball screen situations, this is not his strength but can use ball screens from time to time. Usually coming off ball screens he would look to score by driving the ball. If he is in ball screen situations he will be aggressive coming out of it, but his strength is more of beating his player or getting fouled from iso situations. RIGHT FIT FOR HIM – faster pace team that wants to run in transition and with a lot of space for 1 on 1 game in the half court. Sportando PRO is your personal assistant in scouting the next undrafted players ready to have impact in FIBA leagues around the globe. For info and subscription: email@example.comSource: sportando pro
@ 05.53NBA0 Kings to interview Patrick Ewing for head-coaching position
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Sacramento Kings will interview Patrick Ewing this week for their head-coaching position. Ewing is an assistant-coach of Steve Clifford at the Charlotte Hornets and a former assistant-coach of Orlando (2007-12), Houston (2001-2006) and Washington (2005-06). Among the candidates for Kings head-coaching job there are also Vinny Del Negro, Kevin McHale and Nate McMillan. Source: Adrian Wojnarowski
@ 23.13NBA0 Luke Walton will sign a five-year contract at $5-to-6 million annually with Lakers
Luke Walton will sign a five-year contract with the Lakers. The first four years will be guaranteed while the 5th year is an option. According to ESPN Walton will earn $5-to-6 million per season including incentives.
ESPN sources say Luke Walton lands a five-year deal with the Lakers (four years guaranteed) at $5-to-6 million annually including incentives— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) April 30, 2016
@ 23.01NBA0 Luke Walton said he won't run the triangle offense as the Lakers coach
Luke Walton was named head coach of the Lakers. And the assistant coach of the Warriors said that he won’t run the triangle offense with the Lakers. “I don’t think the triangles the most appropriate offense for the players that they have down there” Walton said. The new head coach added that the Lakers will run offense more like the Warriors with spacing ad motion.
Luke: "I don't think the triangles the most appropriate offense for the players that they have down there." Says styles will be more GSW— Bill Oram (@billoram) 30 aprile 2016
@ 14.37NBA0 Paul Pierce says he is 50-50 on whether he'll retire this offseason
Paul Pierce doesn't know yet if he will retire. Per ESPN, Paul Pierce, 38, signed a three-year, $10 million contract with the Clippers last year, but said after the game he’s “50-50” on whether he will retire following the worst season of his professional career.
@ 08.06NBA0 Lakers Announce Agreement With Luke Walton to Become New Head Coach
Earlier today, the Los Angeles Lakers and Luke Walton reached an agreement on a multi-year contract for Walton to become the next Head Coach of the team, it was announced by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Walton will begin his new duties at the conclusion of the Golden State Warriors season. "We're excited to bring Luke back to Los Angeles, where we feel he's going to start an outstanding coaching career," said Kupchak. "He's one of the brightest young coaching minds in the game and we feel fortunate that he'll be leading the on-court future of our team." Walton, 36, will be the 26th head coach in franchise history, and the 22nd in the Los Angeles era. Walton is currently in his second season as an Assistant Coach with the Warriors. Earlier this season, he posted a 39-4 record as interim head coach in Steve Kerr's absence, including a 24-0 start, the best start in NBA history. Walton enjoyed a 10-year NBA playing career (2003-13), averaging 4.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 564 regular season games with the Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers. Originally selected with the 32nd overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, he was a member of championship teams with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010. After his playing career, Walton served as a player development coach for the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the 2013-14 season. He also served as an assistant coach at the University of Memphis during the 2011 NBA lockout. Source: Los Angeles Lakers
@ 22.33NBA0 Celtics will try to make a run at Kevin Durant
According to Chris Mannix of the Vertical, Danny Ainge, Celtics GM, will be very aggressive in free-agency. So he'll try to make a run at Kevin Durant, the biggest free agent on the market. Ainge knows that it will be very difficult to attract Durant to Boston without reaching a deal with another top free-agent on the market.
That's why Celtics are still very interested in Al Horford and they could try to make a trade with Chicago for Jimmy Butler. Source: Chris Mannix
@ 21.40NBA0 Marco Belinelli on season with Kings: 'There wasn't a group from the beginning'
Marco Belinelli made an interview with Sky Sport Italy and he talked about the season he had with Sacramento. Belinelli has been pretty negative about the team chemistry in Sacramento. Here's an extract from the interview:
"There wasn't a group from the start of the season," said Belinelli. 'Karl didn't want Cousins and Cousins didn't want Karl as coach. It's pretty hard to play well in a situation like that. At the beginning it looked like Ranadive was the man calling the shots but then Divac came in, trying to be the peacemaker between Cousins and Karl".
"I saw some very bad stuff in the locker room," Belinelli added. 'Coming from a perfect organization like the Spurs, I was pretty surprised to see stuff like that". Source: Sky Sport
@ 20.50NBA0 Heat, Tyler Johnson to play in crucial Game 6
Erik Spoelstra, coach of the Miami Heat, said to the reporters that guard Tyler Johnson will play tonight in Game 6. This will be Johnson's first game after the shoulder surgery that sidelined him for 2 months.
Tyler Johnson will be part of the rotation tonight. Not an emergency option anymore Spo says #Heat
— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) 29 aprile 2016Source: Manny Navarro
@ 20.20NBA0 Isaiah Thomas will represent the Celtics at the NBA draft lottery
Thomas said he plans to represent the Celtics at the ping-pong ball drawing on May 17. Team co-owner Wyc Grousbeck asked Thomas if he would like the honor. "I'm gonna do it," Thomas said. "He asked me up there upstairs, so I'm gonna definitely be that guy. Hopefully I can bring some luck." Source: Mass Live
@ 19.29NBA0 Deron Williams to opt-out of his deal with Dallas, will be an UFA
As reported by Tim MacMahon of ESPN, point-guard Deron Williams plans to opt-out of his contract with the Mavs for the next season. Williams has a player option, worth 5.6 mln, but he'll likely decline it to search a multi-year contract.
Williams said that he'd love to stay in Dallas because his family is feeling great in the city. Former Nets point-guard will have surgery this summer to repair a sports hernia. Source: ESPN
@ 18.04NBA0 Abdul Malik-Abu will workout for the Timberwolves
According to Jeff Goodman of espn Abdul-Malik Abu will workout for Minnesota on May 7. The power forward ended last season at NC State with averages of 12.9 points (49%FG, 63%FT), 8.8 boards and 1.3 assists
NC State’s Abdul Malik-Abu will work out for the Minnesota Timberwolves on May 7, source told ESPN.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) 29 aprile 2016
@ 09.17NBA0 Kings plan to interview Ettore Messina for head coaching job
The Sacramento Kings plans to interview four more coaches and one of them is Spurs assistant Ettore Messina. The Kings have already spoken with Mike Woodson, Vinny Del Negro, Sam Mitchell and Kevin McHale and plan to interview four more candidates for the head coaching job. Per USA Today, They plan to speak with at least four more candidates as well: Nate McMillan (formerSeattle SuperSonics and Portland Trailblazers coach); now an associate head coach with the Indiana Pacers), Mark Jackson (former Golden State Warriors coach), Ettore Messina (renowned European coach, former Los Angeles Lakers assistant who is currently an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs), and Elston Turner (longtime assistant coach who spent four seasons with Kings president of basketball operationsVlade Divac in Sacramento and is currently on Dave Joerger’s staff in Memphis). Is Messina interested? Clarity is tough to come by, but it’s safe to say the Lakers’ position is a much more intriguing opportunity. He is known to be on their short list. Folks close to Messina are skeptical that he has interest in the Kings’ position. Source: USA Today
@ 09.07NBA0 Hornets' Spencer Hawes out at least one week with sprain of MCL
The Charlotte Hornets announced today that center Spencer Hawes underwent a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) which revealed a sprain of the medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his right knee. Hawes is listed as out for Game 6 tomorrow night in Charlotte and will be re-evaluated in a week. He suffered the injury during the Hornets win in Game 5 last night in Miami. Hawes has appeared in five playoff games for Charlotte with averages of 3.6 points (.462 FG%) and 3.2 rebounds in 10.6 minutes per game. Game 6 of the Hornets-Heat first-round playoff series will be tomorrow, Friday, April 29, at Time Warner Cable Arena at 8 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN and locally on FOX Sports Southeast, and the radio broadcast will air on WFNZ-AM (610) and the Hornets Mobile App. Tickets for Game 6 are on sale now online at hornets.com or ticketmaster.com, on the Hornets Mobile App, via phone at 1-800-4NBA-TIX, or at the Time Warner Cable Arena Box Office. Source: Charlotte Hornets
@ 09.05NBA0 Melo about Phil Jackson: I don't have no other choice but to believe in what's his plan
Carmelo Anthony said he doesn’t know the plans of Knicks president Phil Jackson about the coach and the players for next season. Per Ian Begley of ESPN, "I don't really know what's happening as far as the coaching decisions and the players. At this point, I still have to believe in what Phil is doing. I can't say that I don't believe in him no more, this is over with. I still have to believe in him. I'm here, I still want to be here. I still want to be successful so I don't have no other choice but to believe in what's his plan." Source: ESPN
@ 23.47NBA0 Kings name Ken Catanella assistant general manager
Sacramento Kings Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Vlade Divac announced today that the team has named Ken Catanella as Assistant General Manager. Catanella has more than ten years of experience in player negotiation, contracts, statistical scouting systems and a comprehensive understanding of the salary cap. He joins the Kings front office after serving the Detroit Pistons for nearly five years as Director of Basketball Operations and Assistant General Manager. Prior to the Pistons, Catanella worked for the NBA and the New Jersey Nets. “We are focused on building a winning team and part of that process is ensuring we have a sound front office structure,” said Divac. “We are thrilled that Ken Catanella is joining the Kings to help us build on our progress and drive success on the court. Ken’s unique statistical and player expertise will provide a significant boost to our basketball operations team.” In his role with the Kings, Catanella will function as the organization’s salary cap specialist, support Divac with personnel decisions and day-to-day management of the basketball operations department and assist with the team’s statistical and analytical systems. A graduate of Amherst College where he played and coached, Catanella’s professional experience includes a stint on Wall Street where he provided analytics to sports franchises examining arena financing. While earning his MBA at Duke University, he served as a graduate assistant to the Blue Devils Men’s Basketball team from 2004-06. Catanella also played professional basketball for the Bundesliga’s Cologne 99ers of the German League and later served as the assistant general manager for the 99ers. Source: Sacramento Kings
@ 21.36NBA0 Andre Drummond to change his style to underhand free throws next season?
Andre Drummond finished the NBA shooting 35.5% from the line. One of the worst % in the NBA history. Per Detroit News, Drummond, who had a horrific season at the line — making just 36 percent — potentially could be changing his style to underhand free throws next season. There’s no guarantee, but Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said the unorthodox style popularized in the 1970s by Barry — who shot 89 percent from the line in his career, including 90 percent or higher in his last eight seasons — could be on the horizon for Drummond. It was a topic of discussion this week in the Pistons’ players exit interviews with Van Gundy. “As far as shooting underhand or anything else, it’s fair to say my discussion with Andre yesterday and the discussions Jeff and I have had and staff — everything is on the table,” Van Gundy said Thursday during the season wrap-up at The Palace. “It won’t be a unilateral decision; we’ll do some research on some things and come up with what we think is a good approach, talk to Andre and see what he thinks and develop an approach going forward. “We all know it’s an important thing — Andre more than any of us – he’s pretty open to anything. There’s a lot of ways to attack this problem and we’ll all have a hand in it.” Source: Detroit News
@ 20.58NBA0 James Harden frequently skipped Rockets bus to road games
Rockets superstar James Harden frequently skipped the team bus to road games.
ESPN sources say Harden, for example, frequently skips the team bus to road games, not just in this series as reported by our Calvin Watkins
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) April 28, 2016
The optics are bad for a team leader not to ride with his teammates whatever Harden's reasons are. It's likewise on Houston for allowing it.
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) April 28, 2016
@ 15.15NBA0 Lakers plan to interview David Blatt for their head-coaching job
The Los Angeles Lakers plan to interview former Cavs head-coach David Blatt for their coaching vacancy. Luke Walton is still the top candidate but they're considering also other options. Among the names that Lakers are considering there are also Jeff Van Gundy and Doug Collins. Source: Marc Stein
@ 10.26NBA0 David Blatt may join the Knicks as associate head coach?
David Blatt spoke with the Knicks last Monday for the head coaching job. According to Frank Isola, the former head coach of the Cavs may join the Knicks as associate head coach. Kurt Rambis is stil the top choice for Phil Jackson.
If David Blatt isn't the head coach maybe he'll join the Knicks staff as an associate head coach.
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) 27 aprile 2016
Kurt Rambis is still the top choice for a Phil Jackson. Of course, Jim Dolan could always back Steve Mills at which point all bets are off.
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) 27 aprile 2016
@ 09.56NBA0 Kings want to hire Ken Catanella as assistant general manager
The Sacramento Kings want to hire Ken Catanella as assistant General Manager to work under Vlade Divac. Per ESPN, The Sacramento Kings intend to hire Detroit Pistons executive Ken Catanella as their new assistant general manager, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that the Kings were drawn to Catanella's versatile background in their search for a seasoned front office executive to work under vice president and general manager Vlade Divac. Catanella joined the Pistons for the 2011-12 season as director of basketball operations and was promoted to assistant general manager in 2014-15. Source: ESPN
@ 09.53NBA0 Steve Kerr says Lakers called Warriors asking for permission to interview Luke Walton
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said that the Lakers asked the franchise for permission to interview Luke Walton for the head coaching job. Luke Walton is expected to talk with the Lakers in the upcoming days.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak has called asking for permission to speak Luke Walton.Permission granted after series
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) 28 aprile 2016
@ 09.40NBA0 Kings plan to interview Nate McMillan for head coaching job
The Sacramento Kings plan to interview Pacers assistant coach Nate McMillan once the playoffs are over for Indiana. McMillan is one of the candidates for the Kings head coaching job.
Coaching watch: The Kings have asked Pacers for permission to speak with assistant coach Nate McMillan once playoffs are over, sources say
— Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) 28 aprile 2016
@ 09.34NBA0 Rockets' search for a new coach starts with Jeff Van Gundy
The Houston Rockets have been eliminated from the playoffs and they are ready to start the market from the head coach. Jeff Van Gundy is one of the candidates for the Rockets head coaching job.
JB Bickerstaff had impossible job: Interim where two stars hated each other -- and brought it onto court. He can be a good NBA head coach.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) April 28, 2016
Players knew Bickerstaff was an interim -- and that Rockets will go big-game hunting on market. Houston's search starts with Jeff Van Gundy.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) April 28, 2016
@ 23.51NBA0 Deron Williams likely to have surgery to repair a sports hernia
Deron Williams will likely have an off-season surgery to resolve a sports hernia, as he said to Earl K.Sneed. Williams played a good season in Dallas but looks like injuries are still coming for him.
Deron Williams says he want to see a specialist for his sports hernia and the injury got worse, so a surgery is coming to repair the injury.
— Earl K. Sneed (@EarlKSneed) 26 aprile 2016Source: Earl K Sneed
@ 23.19NBA0 Kings no longer in talks with former Pacers executive David Morway
As reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Sacramento Kings are no longer in talks with former Pacers executive David Morway. Sacramento initially got in touch with Morway offering him a front-office role to help Vlade Divac with salary cap and daily business.
Morway is already talking with other teams for a front-office role.
Sources: Longtime league executive David Morway and Sacramento Kings are no longer discussing a front office job. Morway talking elsewhere.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) 26 aprile 2016Source: Adrian Wojnarowski
@ 22.30NBA0 Jason Terry guaranteed that Rockets will get a win in Game 5
Jason Terry is confident in the face of elimination. The Houston Rockets guard believes firmly that his team will extend their season Wednesday with a win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 5. "I'm guaranteeing it," Terry told reporters. "If I don't, then what? It's a loss, right. I guarantee victory - that's what it's going to take. I believe in my group. I know we can get a win here and send this thing back to Houston." Source: The Score
@ 21.44NBA0 Magic, Bucks, Trail Blazers and Hornets in the mix for Dwight Howard
Dwight Howard's tenure in Houston may be over soon. The big-man has a player option for the next season but he'll likely opt-out of his deal and becoming a free-agent. According to Calvin Watkins of ESPN, Howard is very likely to leave Houston in free-agency and among the teams interested in him there are Orlando, Charlotte, Portland and Milwaukee.
Chandler Parsons, former Howard teammate in Houston, would love to recruit him in Dallas. Source: ESPN
@ 17.00NBA0 Hornets' Nicolas Batum likely to return for Game 5 vs. Heat
Nicolas Datum will likely play tonight in Game 5 of the series between Hornets and Heat. The French forward missed the last few games with an ankle injury. Tatum participated in the shootaround.
Clifford says @hornets Nic Batum participated in shootaround and will most likely play tonight.— Charlotte Hornets PR (@HornetsPR) April 27, 2016
@ 13.46NBA0 Kings want to meet with Luke Walton
The Sacramento Kings hope to interview Luke Walton for the head coaching job. Walton is Steve Kerr’s assistant coach in Golden State and is also targeted by the Lakers. Per Sacramento Bee, Whether or not Walton wanted the attention, a 39-4 record and a Coach of the Month honor (October/November) draw interest from teams such as the Kings, who desperately need a coach who can change the franchise’s culture. But Walton, 36, isn’t using the playoffs to begin a campaign to coach the Kings or the Los Angeles Lakers, with whom Walton won two NBA championships as a player. “I love my job, absolutely love it,” Walton said. “Love the playoff battle we’re in now. We’ve got prep work to do. Every bit of our focus should be on the playoffs. Any question I answer about anything else is a distraction in my opinion and then I’m being selfish, so I’m not answering anything about anything except the playoffs.” The Kings want to meet with Walton, probably after the conclusion of Golden State’s first-round series against the Houston Rockets. The team will speak with former Kings assistant Elston Turner, who was on Rick Adelman’s staff in Sacramento and is currently an assistant with the Memphis Grizzlies. The Kings also have reached out to former USC coach Henry Bibby, father of former Kings guard Mike Bibby. Source: Sacramento Bee
@ 10.54NBA0 NBA announces early entry candidates for 2016 Draft
The National Basketball Association announced today that 162 players -- 117 players from colleges/post-graduate institutions and 45 international players - have filed as early entry candidates for the 2016 NBA Draft presented by State Farm. Players wishing to enter the 2016 NBA Draft were required to submit a letter to the NBA to be received no later than Sunday, April 24. Players who have applied for early entry have the right to withdraw their names from consideration for the Draft by notifying the NBA of their decision in writing no later than 5 p.m. ET on Monday, June 13. Under NCAA rules, in order to retain college basketball eligibility, underclassmen that have entered the 2016 Draft must withdraw by Wednesday, May 25. Following is the list of players from colleges and post-graduate institutions who have applied for early entry into the 2016 NBA Draft, which will be held Thursday, June 23. EARLY ENTRY CANDIDATES FOR 2016 NBA DRAFT Abdul-Malik Abu North Carolina State 6-8 Sophomore Rosco Allen Stanford 6-9 Junior Tony Anderson Southeast Missouri State 6-9 Freshman BeeJay Anya North Carolina State 6-9 Junior Brandon Austin Northwest Florida State 6-6 Sophomore Ian Baker New Mexico State 6-0 Junior Wade Baldwin IV Vanderbilt 6-3 Sophomore Anthony “Cat” Barber North Carolina State 6-2 Junior V.J. Beachem Notre Dame 6-8 Junior Malik Beasley Florida State 6-5 Freshman DeAndre Bembry St. Joseph’s 6-6 Junior Ben Bentil Providence 6-9 Sophomore James Blackmon Jr. Indiana 6-4 Sophomore Antonio Blakeney LSU 6-4 Freshman Jaron Blossomgame Clemson 6-7 Junior Trevon Bluiett Xavier 6-6 Sophomore Amida Brimah Connecticut 7-0 Junior Isaiah Briscoe Kentucky 6-3 Freshman Dillon Brooks Oregon 6-7 Sophomore Elijah Brown New Mexico 6-4 Sophomore Jaylen Brown California 6-7 Freshman Lamous Brown Utah State U-Eastern (CC) 7-0 Sophomore Deonte Burton Iowa State 6-4 Junior Antonio Campbell Ohio 6-10 Junior Kareem Canty Auburn 6-0 Junior Robert Carter Jr. Maryland 6-9 Junior Marquese Chriss Washington 6-9 Freshman Conor Clifford Washington State 7-0 Junior Charles Cooke III Dayton 6-5 Junior Bakari Copeland Maryland-Eastern Shore 6-6 Junior Deyonta Davis Michigan State 6-10 Freshman Moustapha Diagne Northwest Florida State 6-9 Freshman Cheick Diallo Kansas 6-9 Freshman Tyler Dorsey Oregon 6-4 Freshman D’andre Downey Stillman College (AL) 6-9 Junior Kris Dunn Providence 6-4 Junior Vince Edwards Purdue 6-8 Sophomore Henry Ellenson Marquette 6-11 Freshman Kay Felder Oakland 5-9 Junior Brannen Greene Kansas 6-7 Junior Jimmy Hall Kent State 6-8 Junior Daniel Hamilton Connecticut 6-7 Sophomore Cedric Happi Noube Virginia Union 6-7 Junior Jordan Hare Rhode Island 6-10 Junior Josh Hart Villanova 6-5 Junior Josh Hawkinson Washington State 6-10 Junior Nigel Hayes Wisconsin 6-8 Junior Brandon Ingram Duke 6-9 Freshman Ike Iroegbu Washington State 6-2 Junior Demetrius Jackson Notre Dame 6-1 Junior Justin Jackson North Carolina 6-8 Sophomore Julian Jacobs USC 6-4 Junior Stefan Jankovic Hawaii 6-11 Junior Anthony January Cal State-San Bernardino 6-8 Sophomore Kris Jenkins Villanova 6-6 Junior Que Johnson Washington State 6-5 Junior Peter Jok Iowa 6-6 Junior Damian Jones Vanderbilt 7-0 Junior Derrick Jones Jr. UNLV 6-7 Freshman Nikola Jovanovic USC 6-11 Junior Moses Kingsley Arkansas 6-10 Junior Travion Kirkendoll Centenary College (LA) 6-3 Sophomore Skal Labissiere Kentucky 6-11 Freshman Jermaine Lawrence Manhattan 6-10 Sophomore Dedric Lawson Memphis 6-9 Freshman Marcus Lee Kentucky 6-9 Junior Thon Maker Orangeville Prep/Athlete Institute 7-0 Post-Graduate Emmanuel Malou Yuba CC (CA) 6-9 Sophomore Makai Mason Yale 6-1 Sophomore Patrick McCaw UNLV 6-7 Sophomore Zak McLaughlin Gadsden State CC (AL) 6-9 Freshman Jahmal McMurray South Florida 6-0 Freshman Kennedy Meeks North Carolina 6-10 Junior Dallas Moore North Florida 6-1 Junior Jalen Moore Utah State 6-9 Junior Dejounte Murray Washington 6-5 Freshman Jamal Murray Kentucky 6-4 Freshman Mamadou Ndiaye UC-Irvine 7-6 Junior Tyrell Nelson Gardner-Webb 6-7 Junior Malik Newman Mississippi State 6-3 Freshman Marc-Eddy Norelia Florida Gulf Coast 6-8 Junior Chris Obekpa St. John’s 6-10 Junior Goodluck Okonoboh UNLV 6-10 Sophomore Cameron Oliver Nevada 6-8 Freshman Chinanu Onuaku Louisville 6-10 Sophomore Alec Peters Valparaiso 6-9 Junior QJ Peterson VMI 6-0 Junior Jakob Poeltl Utah 7-0 Sophomore Malik Pope San Diego State 6-10 Sophomore Rodney Purvis Connecticut 6-4 Junior Tim Quarterman LSU 6-6 Junior Jalen Reynolds Xavier 6-10 Junior Malachi Richardson Syracuse 6-6 Freshman Domantas Sabonis Gonzaga 6-11 Sophomore Corey Sanders Jr. Rutgers 6-2 Freshman Wayne Selden Jr. Kansas 6-5 Junior Ingrid Sewa Arizona Western College (CC) 6-9 Sophomore Pascal Siakam New Mexico State 6-9 Sophomore Ben Simmons LSU 6-10 Freshman Diamond Stone Maryland 6-11 Freshman Caleb Swanigan Purdue 6-9 Freshman Isaiah Taylor Texas 6-1 Junior Rakish Taylor Anderson University (SC) 6-7 Junior Ethan Telfair Idaho State 6-0 Junior Trevor Thompson Ohio State 6-11 Sophomore Melo Trimble Maryland 6-3 Sophomore Tyler Ulis Kentucky 5-9 Sophomore Aaron Valdes Hawaii 6-5 Junior Maurice Watson Jr. Creighton 5-10 Junior James Webb III Boise State 6-9 Junior Andrew White III Nebraska 6-7 Junior Isaiah Whitehead Seton Hall 6-4 Sophomore Devin Williams West Virginia 6-9 Junior Troy Williams Indiana 6-7 Junior Alec Wintering Portland 5-11 Junior Zeek Woodley Northwestern State 6-2 Junior Stephen Zimmerman UNLV 7-0 Freshman The following is the list of international players who have applied for early entry into the 2016 NBA Draft: Marko Arapovic Cedevita (Croatia) 6-9 1996 DOB Ege Arar Galatasaray (Turkey) 6-9 1996 DOB Edin Atic Spars Sarajevo (Bosnia) 6-7 1997 DOB Gracin Bakumanya Antibes (France) 7-0 1997 DOB Romaric Belemene Clinicas Rincon (Spain) 6-9 1997 DOB Dragan Bender Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel) 7-0 1997 DOB Metecan Birsen Istanbul BSB (Turkey) 6-9 1995 DOB Axel Bouteille Chalon (France) 6-7 1995 DOB Isaia Cordinier Denain (France) 6-5 1996 DOB Petr Cornelie Le Mans (France) 6-11 1995 DOB Ilimane Diop Laboral Kutxa (Spain) 6-11 1995 DOB Youssoupha Fall Le Mans (France) 7-3 1995 DOB Diego Flaccadori Trento (Italy) 6-5 1996 DOB Michael Fusek Spirou (Belgium) 7-3 1995 DOB Marko Guduric Crvena Zvezda (Serbia) 6-6 1995 DOB Egemen Guven Karsiyaka (Turkey) 6-10 1996 DOB Ludvig Hakanson Sevilla (Spain) 6-3 1996 DOB Juancho Hernangomez Estudiantes (Spain) 6-9 1995 DOB Ognjen Jaramaz Mega Leks (Serbia) 6-4 1995 DOB Alpha Kaba Mega Leks (Serbia) 6-10 1996 DOB Vincent Kesteloot Aalstar (Belgium) 6-7 1995 DOB Furkan Korkmaz Efes (Turkey) 6-7 1997 DOB Emircan Kosut Efes (Turkey) 7-1 1995 DOB Mathias Lessort Chalon (France) 6-9 1995 DOB Luc Loubaki Orleans (France) 6-3 1997 DOB Timothé Luwawu Mega Leks (Serbia) 6-7 1995 DOB Blaz Mesicek Union Olimpija (Slovenia) 6-6 1997 DOB Aleksej Nikolic Brose Baskets (Germany) 6-3 1995 DOB Georgios Papagiannis Panathinaikos (Greece) 7-2 1997 DOB Adam Pechacek Koszalin (Poland) 6-10 1995 DOB Petar Rakicevic Metalac (Serbia) 6-9 1995 DOB Martynas Sajus Zalgiris (Lithuania) 6-9 1996 DOB Jordan Sakho Torrelodones (Spain) 6-10 1997 DOB Wesley Sena Bauru (Brazil) 6-11 1996 DOB Kenan Sipahi Karsiyaka (Turkey) 6-6 1995 DOB Nik Slavica Cibona (Croatia) 6-7 1997 DOB Rolands Smits Fuenlabrada (Spain) 6-10 1995 DOB Emir Sulejmanovic Barcelona (Spain) 6-9 1995 DOB Berk Ugurlu Fenerbahce (Turkey) 6-3 1996 DOB Alexander Vezenkov Barcelona (Spain) 6-9 1995 DOB Guerschon Yabusele Rouen (France) 6-7 1995 DOB Rade Zagorac Mega Leks (Serbia) 6-10 1995 DOB Zhou Qi Xinjiang (China) 7-2 1996 DOB Ante Zizic Cibona (Croatia) 6-11 1997 DOB Ivica Zubac Mega Leks (Serbia) 7-0 1997 DOB Source: NBA
@ 21.12NBA0 Dirk Nowitzki: 'I won't retire, that's out of question'
Dirk Nowitzki said during his exit interview that he has no intention to retire. German superstar said that he felt great this season and wants to continue to play next season:
"I won't retire, that's out of question," Nowitzki said. "This year I felt great". Source: Tim MacMahon
@ 19.05NBA0 Sacramento Kings Unveil New Branding
The new primary emblem is inspired by the Kings classic logo. It is reimagined to reflect the civic and franchise pride that has lasted and grown for a generation. Now, with a clean, modern look – a reshaped crown, refined basketball and new typeface that puts Sacramento front and center – the new identity draws from the team’s ambitious beginnings and reminds our region and the world that Sacramento is undergoing a transformation.
Refined crown & ball is modern take on civic & franchise pride that has grown for generation. #NewEraOfProudpic.twitter.com/81GT0RWvHE
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) 26 aprile 2016
Each of the team’s new insignia are designed to connect to the elements that define the Sacramento Kings: Our City. Our Pride. Our Foundation.
Each designed to connect elements that define Sacramento Kings: Our City. Our Pride. Our Foundation. #NewEraOfProudpic.twitter.com/k68iogxCpd
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) 26 aprile 2016Source: Sacramento Kings
@ 18.36NBA0 Warriors' Steve Kerr named 2015-16 NBA Coach of the Year
The Golden State Warriors' Steve Kerr, whose team won an NBA-record 73 games, is the recipient of the Red Auerbach Trophy as the 2015-16 NBA Coach of the Year, the NBA announced today. He becomes the Warriors' first winner since Don Nelson in the 1991-92 season.
Kerr, in his second season as Golden State head coach, received 64 first-place votes and 381 total points from a panel of 130 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. The Portland Trail Blazers' Terry Stotts, who guided his team to the playoffs with four new starters, finished second with 37 first-place votes and 335 total points. Three-time winner Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs was third with 10 first-place votes and 166 total points. Coaches were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote.
Under Kerr and assistant coach Luke Walton, who served as interim head coach until Kerr returned from back-surgery complications in January, the Warriors (73-9) posted the best regular-season record in league history, eclipsing the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls (72-10). The defending NBA champions opened the season 24-0, the best start in league history, which pushed their overall regular-season winning streak to 28 games, the second longest of all time.
The Warriors set NBA records for single-season road victories (34) and consecutive home regular-season wins (54, including 18 victories to finish last season), and went 39-2 at Oracle Arena for the second season in a row. Golden State also became the first team to go through a season without losing two games in a row or losing to the same team twice.
The Warriors excelled at both ends of the court. They established an NBA record with 1,077 three-pointers, part of a high-powered offense that posted the league's highest scoring average (114.9 ppg) since the 1991-92 season and led the NBA in offensive rating (112.5 points per 100 possessions), field goal percentage (48.7), three-point field goal percentage (41.6, second highest in NBA history) and assists (28.9 apg). On defense, the Warriors tied for fourth in defensive rating, allowing 100.9 points per 100 possessions.
The Coach of the Year Award is named after legendary coach and Hall of Famer Red Auerbach, who guided the Celtics to nine NBA championships. In 1996, Auerbach was honored as one of the Top 10 Coaches in NBA History as the NBA celebrated its 50th anniversary.
For the third year in a row, complete media voting results for each NBA annual award will be posted on NBA.com/official after the announcement of each winner. Click here for those results. Source: NBA
@ 15.49NBA0 Kevin Ollie is interested in Lakers head coach job
Kevin Ollie is one the candidates for Lakers head coaching job and he is interested in the position. Per SportsNet New York, UConn coach Kevin Ollie is interested in the Lakers’ coaching opening, a source close to the situation told SNY.tv. “Of course he is interested,” the source said. “He is from Crenshaw.” The source told SNY.tv that Ollie — who led UConn to the 2014 NCAA championship — would want at least some involvement in player personnel decisions with the Lakers. “He’s gotta be involved in player personnel decisions,” the source said. “Mitch Kupchak has to be willing to involve him in player personnel. He has to have a say-so in that.” Source: SNY
@ 10.43NBA0 Lakers received permission from Spurs to interview Ettore Messina for head coaching job
The Lakers plan to interview Ettore Messina for the head coaching job. Messina is the assistant coach of the Spurs and the head coach of the Italian National Team. Per USA Today, According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the Lakers have received permission from the San Antonio Spurs to interview their lead assistant coach, Ettore Messina, as a possible replacement for the recently departed Byron Scott. It is unclear how soon the team plans to interview Messina.
@ 09.41NBA0 Kevin Durant says Mark Cuban is an idiot
After Game 5 of the series between Thunder and Mavericks, Kevin Durant called Mark Cuban an idiot. The owner of the Mavs said that Russell Westbrook is an All-Star but not a superstar, calling KD the only star in the Thunder.
@ 09.07NBA0 Clippers' Blake Griffin reaggravated his left quad injury As reported by CBS Sports, Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin left Monday's 98-84 Game 4 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers in the fourth quarter because of left quad soreness. Initially, Griffin went to the locker room and the team listed him as questionable to return. When Griffin checked back in, he was hobbling around. When he went back to the bench, he was in obvious discomfort. After the game, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said he's "50-50" for Game 5.
@ 08.45NBA0 Clippers' Chris Paul leaves game with fractured hand
Chris Paul left Monday night’s Game 4 against the Trail Blazers with a third metacarpal fracture in his right hand and didn’t return. It was a three-point game when Paul injured his hand in the third quarter, immediately asking for the sub and briefly going to the bench before heading back to the locker room, clearly frustrated knowing the injury wasn’t minor. Paul was the only Clippers player to make a shot the first nine minutes of the game, starting the night 6-for-6 while the rest of the Clippers began the game 0-for-12. He had 16 points and four assists in 25 minutes and entered the night with at least 25 points in five straight playoff games dating back to last season Source: Los Angeles Clippers
@ 01.44NBA0 Warriors' Stephen Curry out at least two weeks
Warriors guard Stephen Curry underwent an MRI this morning that revealed a Grade 1 MCL sprain in his right knee. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks.
Curry suffered the injury on the last play of the first half of Game 4 last night at Houston and was diagnosed with a sprained right knee by the team’s medical staff on site.
@ 17.52NBA0 Kevin McHale among the candidates for Kings head-coaching job
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Sacramento Kings have had some exploratory talks with former Rockets head-coach Kevin McHale, who's now a candidate for the head-coaching job. Kings had an interview with Sam Mitchell last week and will interview Vinny Del Negro this week. Source: ESPN
@ 16.13NBA0 Steph Curry may miss at least two weeks of action
According to Sam Amick of USA Today, Steph Curry suffered a MCL sprain last night and could miss at least two weeks of action. Curry went down badly just before the halftime of Game 4 against the Rockets last night. Source: Sam Amick