NBA Rumors 26-07-2013
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@ 13.14NBA0 NBA stats: Boston Celtics
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 averages of the players and the team placement in several of the main statistical categories.
Boston Celtics (25w, 57L)
FG%: 43 (No.28 in NBA)
2-points %: 47 (No.26)
3-points %: 33 (No.28)
Free throws %: 77 (No.10)
Offensive rebounds per game: 12 (No.7)
Defensive rebounds per game: 30.5 (No.24)
Rebound %: 50.1 (No.16)
Turnovers per game: 15.4 (No.27)
Pace: 95.88 (No.15)
Offensive rating: 99.7 (No.28)
Defensive rating: 105.2 (No.20)
Net Rating: -5.5 (No.26)
@ 11.56NCAA0 Jabari Parker announcement still on hold
Contrary to media reports earlier in the week, Jabari Parker will not announce Wednesday whether he has played his final game in a Duke uniform. The 6-foot-8 forward did not reveal Wednesday whether he will return for a sophomore season with the Blue Devils or enter the 2014 NBA draft.
Parker met with Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski Tuesday to discuss his future. Source: dukechronicle.com
@ 11.37NBA0 Gilbert Arenas Discounts Mansion With Custom Shark Tanks
Like the player himself, the market for Gilbert Arenas’ mansion in Virginia appears to have bottomed out. The NBA free agent’s 9,000-square-foot spread, known for its multiple custom shark tanks and “Entourage”-style swimming pool and grotto, has returned to the market at a discount. Arenas originally asked $3.5 million when he first began shopping the home in 2012, and he then dropped the price to $3 million last year. However, after its latest price cut, the mansion can now be had for just $2.798 million.
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@ 11.17NBA0 Kobe Bryant cleared to resume training and shooting
Kobe Bryant has been cleared to resume running and shooting and will begin an intense, six-month training program next week upon his return from a short family trip to Europe, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN. While he is in Europe, Bryant will visit the clinic in Germany where he had the platelet-rich plasma treatment known as Orthokineon on his knee, according to a source. Source: ESPN
@ 09.56NBA0 Mike Woodson: 'I'm the only guy for this job'
Mike Woodson took one last opportunity to assert himself on Wednesday, passionately defending his two-year track record with the Knicks before the tip-off of what might have been his final game as the team's head coach. "I'm pleased and happy to have been given this opportunity. And if they bring me back, I'm gonna make damn sure that this doesn't happen again next season," Woodson said ahead of the team's season finale, a 95-92 victory over Toronto at Madison Square Garden. Despite Woodson's stubbornness in playing Bargnani and his insistence on bigger lineups rather than the smaller ones that had better statistical success, Woodson was blunt in saying he deserved to coach the final year on his contract. "Am I the guy for the job? I'm the only guy for this job. I've always said that. I don't mean that in a braggadocios way. But I feel good about what I do as a coach. And I know the system works." Source: Wall Street Journal
@ 09.46NBA0 2013-14 NBA playoffs: Western Conference schedule (1) San Antonio Spurs vs. (8) Dallas MavericksGame 1 - Sun. April 20, Dallas at San Antonio, 1 p.m., TNT Game 2 - Wed. April 23, Dallas at San Antonio, 8 p.m., NBA TV Game 3 - Sat. April 26, San Antonio at Dallas, 4:30 p.m., TNT Game 4 - Mon. April 28, San Antonio at Dallas, 9:30 p.m., TNT Game 5 * Wed. April 30, Dallas at San Antonio, TBD, TBD Game 6 * Fri. May 2, San Antonio at Dallas, TBD, TBD Game 7 * Sun. May 4, Dallas at San Antonio, TBD, TBD
(2) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (7) Memphis GrizzliesGame 1 - Sat. April 19, Memphis at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m., ESPN Game 2 - Mon. April 21, Memphis at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m., TNT Game 3 - Thu. April 24, Oklahoma City at Memphis, 8 p.m., TNT Game 4 - Sat. April 26, Oklahoma City at Memphis, 9:30 p.m., ESPN/R Game 5 * Tue. April 29, Memphis at Oklahoma City, TBD, TBD Game 6 * Thu. May 1, Oklahoma City at Memphis, TBD, TBD Game 7 * Sat. May 3, Memphis at Oklahoma City, TBD, TNT
(3) L.A. Clippers vs. (6) Golden State WarriorsGame 1 - Sat. April 19, Golden State at L.A. Clippers, 3:30 p.m., ABC/R Game 2 - Mon. April 21, Golden State at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m., TNT Game 3 - Thu. April 24, L.A. Clippers at Golden State, 10:30 p.m., TNT Game 4 - Sun. April 27, L.A. Clippers at Golden State, 3:30 p.m., ABC/R Game 5 * Tue. April 29, Golden State at L.A. Clippers, TBD, TBD Game 6 * Thu. May 1, L.A. Clippers at Golden State, TBD, TBD Game 7 * Sat. May 3, Golden State at L.A. Clippers, TBD, TNT
(4) Houston Rockets vs. (5) Portland Trail BlazersGame 1 - Sun. April 20, Portland at Houston, 9:30 p.m., TNT Game 2 - Wed. April 23, Portland at Houston, 9:30 p.m., TNT Game 3 - Fri. April 25, Houston at Portland, 10:30 p.m., ESPN Game 4 - Sun. April 27, Houston at Portland, 9:30 p.m., TNT Game 5 * Wed. April 30, Portland at Houston, TBD, TBD Game 6 * Fri. May 2, Houston at Portland, TBD, TBD Game 7 * Sun. May 4, Portland at Houston, TBD, TBD Source: NBA
@ 09.45NBA0 2013-14 NBA playoffs: Eastern Conference schedule (1) Indiana Pacers vs. (8) Atlanta HawksGame 1 - Sat. April 19, Atlanta at Indiana, 7 p.m., ESPN Game 2 - Tue. April 22, Atlanta at Indiana, 7 p.m., TNT Game 3 - Thu. April 24, Indiana at Atlanta, 7 p.m., NBA TV Game 4 - Sat. April 26, Indiana at Atlanta, 2 p.m., TNT Game 5 * Mon. April 28, Atlanta at Indiana, 8 p.m., NBA TV Game 6 * Thu. May 1, Indiana at Atlanta, TBD, TBD Game 7 * Sat. May 3, Atlanta at Indiana, TBD, TNT
(2) Miami Heat vs. (7) Charlotte BobcatsGame 1 - Sun. April 20, Charlotte at Miami, 3:30 p.m., ABC/R Game 2 - Wed. April 23, Charlotte at Miami, 7 p.m., TNT Game 3 - Sat. April 26, Miami at Charlotte, 7 p.m., ESPN Game 4 - Mon. April 28, Miami at Charlotte, 7 p.m., TNT Game 5 * Wed. April 30, Charlotte at Miami, TBD, TBD Game 6 * Fri. May 2, Miami at Charlotte, TBD, TBD Game 7 * Sun. May 4, Charlotte at Miami, TBD, TBD
(3) Toronto Raptors vs. (6) Brooklyn NetsGame 1 - Sat. April 19, Brooklyn at Toronto, 12:30 p.m., ESPN Game 2 - Tue. April 22, Brooklyn at Toronto, 8 p.m., NBA TV Game 3 - Fri. April 25, Toronto at Brooklyn, 7 p.m., ESPN2 Game 4 - Sun. April 27, Toronto at Brooklyn, 7 p.m., TNT Game 5 * Wed. April 30, Brooklyn at Toronto, TBD, TBD Game 6 * Fri. May 2, Toronto at Brooklyn, TBD, TBD Game 7 * Sun. May 4, Brooklyn at Toronto, TBD, TBD
(4) Chicago Bulls vs. (5) Washington WizardsGame 1 - Sun. April 20, Washington at Chicago, 7 p.m., TNT Game 2 - Tue. April 22, Washington at Chicago, 9:30 p.m., TNT Game 3 - Fri. April 25, Chicago at Washington, 8 p.m., ESPN Game 4 - Sun. April 27, Chicago at Washington, 1 p.m., ABC Game 5 * Tue. April 29, Washington at Chicago, TBD, TBD Game 6 * Thu. May 1, Chicago at Washington, TBD, TBD Game 7 * Sat. May 3, Washington at Chicago, TBD, TNT Source: NBA
@ 01.48NBA0 Knicks sign Lamar Odom
New York Knickerbockers President Phil Jackson announced today that the team has signed forward Lamar Odom for the remainder of the season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Odom, 6-10, 221-pounds, holds career averages of 13.3 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 33.4 minutes in 961 games (684 starts) over 14 seasons with the L.A. Clippers, Miami, L.A. Lakers and Dallas. He appeared in two games for Baskonia (Spain) this season and last played in the NBA for the Clippers during the 2012-13 season, averaging 4.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists over 19.7 minutes in 82 games (two starts). Source: New York Knicks
@ 22.10NBA0 Herb Kohl will donate 100 mln for the new arena in Milwaukee
Herb Kohl, Milwaukee Bucks President and Owner, today announced that he has entered into a signed purchase agreement to transfer ownership of the Bucks to Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry. Mr. Edens and Mr. Lasry are highly regarded investors who are firmly committed to the success of the franchise and its importance to Milwaukee. Furthermore, consistent with his commitment to the Bucks and Milwaukee, Senator Kohl has pledged a $100 million gift for the development of a new arena for the team. In addition to honoring Kohl's requirement that the team be kept in Milwaukee, the new owners have committed to contribute at least an additional $100 million towards the development of a new arena in the city. "My priority has always been and will continue to be keeping the Bucks in Milwaukee," said Kohl. "This announcement reinforces that Milwaukee is and will continue to be the home of the Bucks. Wes and Marc agree, and they share my commitment to the long-term success of this franchise in Milwaukee." Messrs. Edens and Lasry jointly stated: "We would like to thank Senator Kohl and his team for their support and cooperation throughout the purchase process. The Senator has provided the Bucks with nearly 30 years of dedicated stewardship, and we are very excited to join Bucks fans, the city of Milwaukee and the NBA to build the long-term success of this franchise. Having attended various sporting events in Milwaukee and Green Bay over the years, it is easy to see why the greater-Milwaukee area is such a storied sports atmosphere. "We are lifelong basketball fans who are committed to the success of the Bucks and the identity of the team as a part of the city of Milwaukee. It is our vision for this franchise to be admired both locally and nationally for its success on the court, the quality of its organization and the loyalty of its fan base. Having each built competitive teams in the business world, we will apply that same intensity and determination as owners of the Milwaukee Bucks. We are as passionate and energized as Bucks fans are about bringing home an NBA championship to Milwaukee." Under the terms of the agreement Edens and Lasry have agreed to buy the team for a total purchase price of approximately $550 million. The parties will proceed to closing following review and approval by the NBA Board of Governors. "Today's announcement signals the start of a new, exciting era for the Milwaukee Bucks," said Kohl. "Now, with a long-term commitment from the new owners and major components of the funding in place for a new arena, we need to come together as a community to develop plans for a new sports and entertainment facility that will host more than 200 events a year, including Bucks games. I am confident we will do this." The incoming Milwaukee Bucks owners, Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry, issued the following statement regarding the purchase of the franchise from Senator Kohl: We would like to thank Senator Kohl and his team for their support and cooperation throughout the purchase process. The Senator has provided the Bucks with nearly 30 years of dedicated stewardship, and we are very excited to join Bucks fans, the city of Milwaukee and the NBA to build the long-term success of this franchise. Having attended various sporting events in Milwaukee and Green Bay over the years, it is easy to see why the greater-Milwaukee area is such a storied sports atmosphere. We are lifelong basketball fans who are committed to the success of the Bucks and the identity of the team as a part of the city of Milwaukee. It is our vision for this franchise to be admired both locally and nationally for its success on the court, the quality of its organization and the loyalty of its fan base. Having each built competitive teams in the business world, we will apply that same intensity and determination as owners of the Milwaukee Bucks. We are as passionate and energized as Bucks fans are about bringing home an NBA championship to Milwaukee. In addition, our leadership of the Milwaukee Bucks will not be limited to the basketball court. We are eager to become active contributors to the greater-Milwaukee community, and plan to establish a presence in the city. Furthermore, we are committed to spending a significant amount of personal resources, including a contribution of at least $100 million, to work alongside the community and Senator Kohl to develop a new state-of-the-art sports venue in Milwaukee. We want to provide fans with the best sports experience imaginable, and we believe a new arena and the development of the surrounding downtown area will immensely benefit the game-day atmosphere as well as the city of Milwaukee. We would like to convey our appreciation to Commissioner Adam Silver and the entire NBA organization. It will be an honor and a privilege to be the new owners of the Milwaukee Bucks and a part of the NBA. We look forward to playing an integral and active role in the future success of the Bucks on and off the court, with the organization's operations and talent as well as through the development of a new arena in Milwaukee. Fear the Deer! The deal is subject to the approval of the National Basketball Association Board of Governors. About the Incoming Owners: Wesley R. Edens is a Founder and Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Fortress Investment Group LLC. Fortress was founded in 1998 and is a $62 billion alternative asset management company with headquarters in New York and offices around the world. Mr. Edens is responsible for Fortress's private equity business, which primarily invests in the transportation and infrastructure, real estate, health care, financial services and media sectors. Mr. Edens was raised in Helena, Montana, and received a B.S. in Finance from Oregon State University. Marc Lasry is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and a Co-Founder of Avenue Capital Group. Founded in 1995, Avenue is a global investment firm with over $13 billion of assets under management. Avenue maintains its headquarters in New York and has offices in London, Luxembourg, Munich and throughout Asia. Source: Milwaukee Bucks
@ 20.37NBA0 Jameer Nelson's future with the Magic still up in the air
The Orlando Magic's game tonight at Amway Center will close their 2013-14 season. It also could mark the end of the team's Jameer Nelson era. Nelson might not be with the franchise next season. Although he's about to complete just the second year of a three-year contract, his salary for the 2014-15 season is only partially guaranteed. If the Magic waive him before July 15, the team would owe him only $2 million instead of $8 million. Nelson, a diminutive point guard who has spent all 10 of his NBA seasons with the Magic, has said repeatedly he wants to remain with the team because his family loves Central Florida. "I'm very cognizant it could be my last home game," Nelson said. "It's not up to me. It's up to the team. It's the team's option. I would like to still be here and finish my career here. I have a lot more years left in me. Good years. I'm not sure what they have in store for me, but I'm just going to play it out and see what happens. Like I said, it's just one of those things. I don't have control over it. I don't know what their thoughts are right now. "I have kids, so I'm worried about it. That's the biggest thing for me. My family is more important to me than anything. I just want to be treated the right way. I want to be treated fair. I want to be treated the right way. I feel like I'm a guy of loyalty, so I just want everybody that's involved in my life and in the organization to be loyal to me." A league source said the Magic haven't made a decision on Nelson's future. Source: Josh Robbins
@ 19.29NBA0 Gary Payton: Parker, Rondo and Paul are the true point guards in NBA
Gary Payton said that there are only three real point guards in the NBA. Per Bleacher Report, "There's only one or two or three [real point guards]," he explained. "I say Tony Parker, Rondo and Chris Paul. They're the only three true point guards. In a video posted by TMZ, Payton took some not-so-subtle shots at Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook, essentially claiming they play a different position. "You got shooting guards now that's playing point guard," he said. "Steph Curry, Westbrook—all them. They own that. But you know what? I'm the Hall of Famer, so you gotta ride with that," he reminded us. "They don't work with me. When they get to my level, then they can talk to me." Source: Bleacher Report
@ 18.25NBA0 Pistons eye a few names for General Manager job
Two are the names already on Detroit Pistons list to replace Joe Dumars: Scotty Perry, assistant GM of the Magic and Grant Hill.
Others who could be in the mix: Warriors assistant GM Travis Schlenk (former Kings GM candidate) and Bryan Colangelo (former Raps GM). Source: Twitter Marc Stein
@ 17.02NBA0 Channing Frye would like to negotiate a contract extension with Suns
Channing Frye has a $6.8 million player option for next season. Frye would like to negotiate a contract extension after averaging 11.2 points and 5.1 rebounds this season on 43.3 percent shooting, including 37.1 percent on 3s. "I want to talk to the Suns and make sure we're both on the same page about what I want," Frye said. "I'd love to stay here. It's up to them and their future and what they want to do. I love wearing this uniform. I think I take a little more pride in it than everyone else because I'm from here. "It's looking for the future and if I could get something longer. I got kids and I want to be somewhere. I've been here for five years already so it wouldn't be bad to kind of not be worried about being traded or buying a house." Source: AZ Central
@ 14.45NBA0 Misko Raznatovic says Dario Saric will declare for the NBA Draft
Misko Raznatovic confirmed that Dario Saric will declare for the NBA Draft in the next 7-10 days, #ixzz2z3KJ9EZZ http://www.draftexpress.com">according to DrafExpress.
The Serbian agent denied that Saric has already signed a deal with Anadolu Efes Istanbul and that he might stay in Europe for a season or two before going to the NBA.
#ixzz2z3KJ9EZZ%20http://www.draftexpress.com">DraftExpress: Will Dario Saric be entering the 2014 NBA Draft?
Misko Raznatovic: Dario will declare for the 2014 draft in the next seven days for sure, what's a logical step after the best season in his career. He was voted the best young player in Europe by FIBA, as well as MVP of the Adriatic League.
#ixzz2z3KJ9EZZ http://www.draftexpress.com">DraftExpress: Will Saric keep his name in the draft at the withdrawal deadline?
Misko Raznatovic: It is very difficult to say at this moment. His target is to be in the top 10 picks of the draft this year, maybe it would be acceptable to be a lottery pick. If we have a clear situation for getting where we would like him to be drafted, then for sure he will keep his name in.
#ixzz2z3KJ9EZZ http://www.draftexpress.com">DraftExpress: What will need to happen for Saric to join a NBA team immediately next season?
Misko Raznatovic: It's very difficult to predict now. Dario's ultimate dream is to be a NBA All-Star and he absolutely does not accept anything less than that. At this moment he believes that is better to stay in Europe for a season or two, to get a taste of the Euroleague, and then to enter the NBA when he has more experience.
#ixzz2z3KJ9EZZ http://www.draftexpress.com">DraftExpress: ESPN reported that he already signed a three year contract with Efes. How true is that?
Misko Raznatovic: That's absolutely false information. As I clearly stated Dario did not decide anything about his summer direction (NBA or Europe). People believe this due to my link with Mr. Dusan Ivkovic (a client of mine, and their next coach). If you follow European basketball sites, Micic, Krstic and Doelmann (all clients of mine) are also linked with Efes.
@ 11.50NBA0 NBA on fire: Mike Miller
In the final sprint that allowed Memphis to clinch a spot in the playoffs there is the big imprint of Mike Miller, shooter with 13 NBA seasons behind him, returned to the Grizzlies after having been 'amnestied' from Miami during the offseason for economic reasons.
In the last three wins the 2001 Rookie of the year has averaged 17.7 points in 24 minutes, shooting 10 of 15 from two-points and 11 of 14 (78%!!!) from long range.
Miller is also the only player of the Grizzlies that has played in each of the 81 regular season games, a good sign for a 13 years veteran that has played 82 games only in his rookie year.
Memphis has won 11 of the 14 games in which the former Gators has scored 3 or more triples.
And now the playoffs....
@ 11.38NBA0 Tyson Chandler says he doesn't want to waste another season
If Knicks president Phil Jackson is more concerned with 2015 free agency than the 2014-15 season, center Tyson Chandler acknowledged this may not be the right place for him. “I definitely don’t want to waste another season,’’ Chandler said before the Knicks faced the Nets Tuesday at Barclays Center. “I don’t want to waste this season. I’m not into wasting seasons. Your time is too short in this league and I want to win a championship, another one. I’m not into wasting seasons.’’ Source: NY Post
@ 11.08NCAA0 NCAA Approves Unlimited Meals, Snacks for Division I Student-Athletes
Division I student-athletes can receive unlimited meals and snacks in conjunction with their athletics participation, the Legislative Council decided Tuesday. The rule, which applies to walk-ons as well as scholarship student-athletes, is an effort to meet the nutritional needs of all student-athletes. The provision of meals approved today is in addition to the meal plan provided as part of a full scholarship. Prior to this change, scholarship student-athletes received three meals a day or a food stipend. Council chair Mary Mulvenna, associate commissioner of the America East Conference, said Tuesday’s decisions underscored the commitment to student-athletes. “Today we took action to provide meals to student-athletes incidental to participation,” Mulvenna said. “I think the end result is right where it needs to be.” No action is considered final until the Division I Board of Directors meets April 24. The adoption of the meals legislation finished a conversation that began in the Awards, Benefits, Expenses and Financial Aid Cabinet. Members have worked to find appropriate ways to ensure student-athletes get the nutrition they need without jeopardizing Pell Grants or other federal aid received by the neediest student-athletes. With their vote, members of the council said they believe that loosening NCAA rules on what and when food can be provided from athletics departments is the best way to address the issue. Members also voted to: Require strength and conditioning coaches to be certified from a nationally accredited certification body; Require a school staff member certified in CPR, first aid and arterial external defibrillation to be present at all physical, countable athletic activities; Reduce the penalty for a first positive test for street drugs during championships; and Require football players to rest for at least three hours between practices during the preseason. Film review and team meetings will be allowed during this period. The penalty for testing positive for street drugs, including marijuana, will be reduced to half a season from a full season. Street drugs are not performance-enhancing in nature, and this change will encourage schools to provide student-athletes the necessary rehabilitation. All of the adopted proposals are effective August 1, with the exception of the strength and conditioning coach certification requirement. The council members voted to delay until August 1, 2015 to allow coaches time to achieve their certification without their jeopardizing their employment. Source: NCAA
@ 10.50NBA0 Bucks sign Chris Wright for the rest of the season
The Bucks have signed forward Chris Wright to finish the season and a non-guaranteed deal for the 2014-'15 season. Wright's second 10-day contract expired following Monday's game in Toronto. So Wright will be able to play Wednesday in the season finale against the Atlanta Hawks. The former Dayton player earned a roster spot with his late-season play, beating out two other candidates signed to 10-day deals (Tony Mitchell and D.J. Stephens). His signing means he will join in the Bucks' summer program and can be included in training camp prior to next season. And it also gives the Bucks some flexibility in potential trade scenarios. Other NBA teams have made similar moves toward the end of the season by filling open roster spots. Source: Charles Gardner
@ 10.39NBA0 Elfrid Payton will enter 2014 NBA draft
Point guard Elfrid Payton will forgo his senior season at Louisiana Lafayette and enter the 2014 NBA Draft, a league source informed CSNNW.com. According to another source educated on the situation says the 6-4 guard has agreed to make Ty Sullivan of Creative Artist Agency his agent. Payton, 20, was the winner of the Lefty Driesell Award for the nation's top college player and he took home the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year award. Source: Chris Haynes
@ 10.31NBA0 Clippers set a franchise record for wins in a single season: 57
With a 117-105 victory over the Nuggets (36-45) on Tuesday night at Staples Center, not only did the Clippers (57-24) break a franchise record for wins in a season, they also kept hope alive to better their postseason positioning. The previous top mark for victories in a year was 56, first set last season and duplicated with Saturday's 117-101 favorable result against Sacramento. Source: NBA
@ 09.17NBA0 Blake Griffin picked up his 16th technical, will be suspended one game
Blake Griffin picked up his 16th technical of the year and will be suspended for the regular season finale if the foul is not rescinded. In somewhat of a surprise move, even if the call is overturned, coach Doc Rivers said that Griffin will not travel with the team on Wednesday. Source: NBA
@ 02.58D-League0 Magic will collaborate with the Erie Bayhawks
The Orlando Magic plan to enter a single-affiliation hybrid relationship with the NBA Development League's Erie BayHawks, people familiar with news told USA TODAY Sports. They requested anonymity because the deal has not been finalized. An official announcement is not expected until late May as the parties finalize details. The Magic will run basketball ops and the ownership will handle business operations and community relations. Source: Jeff Zillgitt
@ 02.23NBA0 A group from Chicago may be new Bucks' owners
Gery Woelfel: NBA Board of Governors convene in NY on Thursday. Told today Bucks sale will likely be discussed. Kohl & gang have done stellar job keeping Bucks sale secretive. Don't be surprised if new owners have never been mentioned in reports.
There r whispers a group from Chicago has emerged as new Bucks owners, pending league approval of course. Told business entrepreneurs Junior Bridgeman + Jon Hammes receptive to being Bucks minority owners. Source: Gery Woelfel
@ 23.47NBA0 Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson officially declare for the NBA Draft
Congrats to Nick Johnson & Aaron Gordon on their announcement to enter the draft. Classy announcing together. pic.twitter.com/WTYo7Ha42a
— Greg Byrne (@Greg_Byrne) April 15, 2014
Following a season in which they helped lead the Arizona men’s basketball program to a 33-5 record, a Pac-12 regular-season title and an Elite Eight appearance, Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson have entered their names in the 2014 NBA Draft.
Gordon averaged 12.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 blocks per game in 38 contests (all starts) for Arizona this season, leading the team on the boards and ranking second in both scoring and blocks. He posted a team-high eight double-doubles, good for sixth in the Pac-12, and shot 49.5 percent from the field and 35.6 percent from beyond the arc.
He scored in double figures 28 times, including three 20-point games, and put up 11 double-figure rebounding performances. Gordon finished the season ranked fourth in the Pac-12 in offensive rebounds per game (2.7), seventh in rebound average (8.0), 11th in blocks per game (1.0) and defensive rebounds per game (5.3), 14th in field goal percentage (.495) and 22nd in scoring (12.4).
His 303 total rebounds on the year were the most in program history by a freshman, breaking a 40 year-old team record, and the 10th-highest single-season total in program history. He also started more games (38) than any other freshman in UA history.
Gordon finished the year ranked second on UA’s freshman list for minutes played (1,187), as well as third in field goals (189), fourth in rebound average (8.0), fifth in blocks (39) and eighth in points (470).
The San Jose native was named a third-team All-American by the Sporting News, as well as first-team All-Pac-12 and Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. He was one of six finalists for the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Year Award.
“Aaron has so many gifts as a player,” Arizona head coach Sean Miller said. “His high energy level, love for the game, competitive fire and ability to blend into a team and become a great teammate are a few of these. Considering he is 18 years old, I can certainly see why the NBA thinks so highly of him. I fully expect Aaron to be a high pick in this year’s NBA Draft. Whichever franchise chooses him is getting the ultimate winner.”
Johnson led Arizona in scoring in 2013-14 with an average of 16.3 points per game, and also ranked second on the team in assists (2.8 per game) and steals (1.1 per game). He shot 43.2 percent from the floor and 78.1 percent from the free throw line, while averaging a career-high 4.1 rebounds per game and posting a 1.67 assist-to-turnover ratio.
The Gilbert, Ariz., native reached the 20-point mark a team-high 11 times on the year and had one double-double. He became the 48th member of Arizona’s 1,000-point club in mid-January, scoring in double figures in 35 of 38 games this season. His 618 points as a junior marked the second-best single-season total in Miller’s tenure.
Johnson ranked eighth in the Pac-12 overall rankings in scoring (16.3), 11th in three-point field goals per game (1.6), 14th in steals per game (1.1) and 14th in assists per game (2.8). He finished the conference season ranked 10th in scoring (16.2), fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.8), seventh in steals per game (1.5) and 14th in assists per game (3.0) in Pac-12 games.
In recognition of those efforts, Johnson was named a first-team All-American by the NABC, Sporting News, USBWA and Wooden Award, as well as a second-team selection by the AP. He was also named Pac-12 Player of the Year, first-team All-Pac-12, USBWA District IX Player of the Year and first-team NABC All-District 20. He was the Most Outstanding Player at the NIT Season Tip-Off and a member of the Pac-12 Tournament All-Tournament Team, and was named a finalist for all three major National Player of the Year awards.
“Nick embodies all of the qualities you want in a player,” Miller said. “He’s extremely unselfish, plays both ends of the floor and always thinks about winning first. He’s made a meteoric improvement across the board in his time at Arizona, and that stems from his unbelievable attitude and his desire to be a great player. After receiving the feedback from the NBA, Nick, his family and our staff came together and we think it’s appropriate that he moves on to the next level. When you’re a first-team All-American, it speaks volumes to your talent. He leaves Arizona with my complete support, and I have no doubt that he’s going to be successful at the next level.”
Last summer, ESPN ranked Arizona sixth among all college programs in terms of producing top NBA talent over the last two-plus decades.
Over the last two-and-a-half decades, NBA Draft night has been a night of celebration for members of the Arizona men’s basketball program, as 36 UA players have heard their names called since 1988.
The Wildcats’ 36 selections since 1988 are tied with Duke and Kentucky for the most in the nation over that span. Kansas has 33 selections in that time, while North Carolina and UCLA both have 31.
UA players have been far from content by just hearing their names called on draft night, however. As has been reported by various media outlets, the fraternity of Arizona’s NBA players is nearing the collective $1 billion mark in career earnings, with the total haul set to exceed $960 million this season.
Collectively, the Wildcats who have been drafted since 1988 are an accomplished group, having won 13 NBA championships and made six All-Star appearances. The group also boasts an NBA Rookie of the Year (current UA assistant coach Damon Stoudamire), a Sixth Man of the Year (Terry) and a Most Improved Player (Gilbert Arenas). Source: Arizona Wildcats Official Website
@ 23.02NBA0 Soldier surprises his eight-year old son during Suns game
8-year-old Logan Bledsoe called to the court at U.S. Airways Stadium for a contest during Mondays game, had no idea the surprise in store behind his blindfold and through the courtside tunnel. 8-year-old Logan Bledsoe called to the court at U.S. Airways Stadium for a contest during Mondayâs game, had no idea the surprise in store behind his blindfold and through the courtside tunnel. 8-year-old Logan Bledsoe called to the court at U.S. Airways Stadium for a contest during Mondayâs game, had no idea the surprise in store behind his blindfold and through the courtside tunnel.
@ 19.22NBA0 Luol Deng Wins 2013-14 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award Luol Deng of the Cleveland Cavaliers has been voted the 2013-14 winner of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, named after the second commissioner of the NBA and presented annually by the Professional Basketball Writers Association to the player, coach or trainer who shows outstanding service and dedication to the community.
The two-time All-Star forward recently recorded a public service announcement for the EnoughProject.org, urging peace during a time of renewed conflict in his native South Sudan. In the video, he tells young people, "Look around you, and reach out. Make peace among those who are fighting. Forgive one another and encourage others to forgive. Build trust with people who fear each other. You are young, and if you are wise, you will build bridges with people your age that will last a lifetime. It is not too late to start…but it is not too soon either.''
This is his latest contribution to a number of international causes, including The Luol Deng Foundation, which is a global non-profit organization that uses basketball as a platform to give hope to those in Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. The work in Africa focuses on building outdoor basketball courts and delivering initiatives to bring together local communities. Two courts, funded by Deng, will open in the summer of 2014 and include 12 hoops and locker rooms as well as basketball gear (shoes, jerseys, equipment). Plans are also in the works to increase the support of schools and renovate and build schools in South Sudan.
The program in the United Kingdom, where Deng grew up, focuses on providing opportunities for participation in basketball camps, clinics and events for all sections of the community. The primary goals are to increase participation in grassroots development, provide advice and support for children to pursue the sport at an elite level, and increase opportunities for participation among young women.
In the U.S., Deng’s work has been focused primarily on the communities in which he has played, Chicago and Cleveland. He has funded Thanksgiving and holiday events that provide meals and toys to the underserved and has also served as a mentor to the “Lost Boys of Sudan.” He is also an avid supporter of the NBA’s Basketball without Borders program and has participated in PSA’s to raise awareness for World Malaria Day.
"The breadth and depth of Luol Deng's community service elevated him from a deep pool of committed candidates,'' PBWA President Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Cleveland Plain Dealer said. "But, really, all the candidates and their communities are winners.''
2013-14 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship
The PBWA comprises approximately 175 writers for newspapers, Internet services and magazines, who cover the NBA on a regular basis. Other candidates nominated by PBWA members this year were Miami's Ray Allen, San Antonio's Matt Bonner, Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant, Toronto's Amir Johnson, Atlanta's Kyle Korver, Portland's Damian Lillard, Minnesota's Kevin Love, the L.A. Lakers’ Steve Nash, Chicago's Joakim Noah and the L.A. Clippers’ Chris Paul.
ALL-TIME NBA J. WALTER KENNEDY CITIZENSHIP AWARD WINNERS
1974-75: Wes Unseld, Washington 1975-76: Slick Watts, Seattle 1976-77: Dave Bing, Washington 1977-78: Bob Lanier, Detroit 1978-79: Calvin Murphy, Houston 1979-80: Austin Carr, Cleveland 1980-81: Mike Glenn, New York 1981-82: Kent Benson, Detroit 1982-83: Julius Erving, Philadelphia 1983-84: Frank Layden, Utah 1984-85: Dan Issel, Denver 1985-86: Michael Cooper, L.A. Lakers, Rory Sparrow, New York 1986-87: Isiah Thomas, Detroit 1987-88: Alex English, Denver 1988-89: Thurl Bailey, Utah 1989-90: Doc Rivers, Atlanta 1990-91: Kevin Johnson, Phoenix 1991-92: Magic Johnson, L.A. Lakers 1992-93: Terry Porter, Portland 1993-94: Joe Dumars, Detroit 1994-95: Joe O’Toole, Atlanta 1995-96: Chris Dudley, Portland 1996-97: P.J. Brown, Miami 1997-98 : Steve Smith, Atlanta 1998-99: Brian Grant, Portland 1999-00: Vlade Divac, Sacramento 2000-01: Dikembe Mutombo, Philadelphia 2001-02: Alonzo Mourning, Miami 2002-03: David Robinson, San Antonio 2003-04: Reggie Miller, Indiana 2004-05: Eric Snow, Cleveland 2005-06: Kevin Garnett, Minnesota 2006-07: Steve Nash, Phoenix 2007-08: Chauncey Billups, Detroit 2008-09: Dikembe Mutombo, Houston 2009-10: Samuel Dalembert, Philadelphia 2010-11: Metta World Peace, L.A. Lakers 2011-12: Pau Gasol, L.A. Lakers 2012-13: Kenneth Faried, Denver 2013-14: Luol Deng, Cleveland Source: Cleveland Cavaliers Official Website
@ 17.52NCAA0 Arvydas Sabonis says his son Domantas will likely play for Gonzaga
NBA legend Arvydas Sabonis confirmed that his son Domantas will play for Gonzaga University. “Domantas wants to go to the United States and he will likely go. He will decide his future soon. And he will play for Gonzaga. Malaga made an offer to him but in NCAA he will play and study” said Arvydas. “In Europe he is sitting most of the games while in NCAA he can be in the starting five” added Sabonis. Source: Gigantes
@ 17.09NBA0 Pharrell Williams teams up with TNT for its NBA Playoffs campaign
Pharrell Williams teams up with TNT for its NBA Playoffs campaign, set to his new hit song, "Come Get it Bae". Pharrell's performance is intercut with highlights from LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Paul George, Tim Duncan, Blake Griffin, James Harden, Steph Curry and all the great stars of the 2014 NBA Playoffs.
@ 16.47NBA0 Damian Lillard Pokes Fun at Malone, Webber in new 'No Rings' Foot Locker ad
Rising basketball star Damian Lillard is ready to step up his game this playoff season with new adidas gear from Foot Locker. When he looks good he plays good, and the last thing he wants is to be like one of those legends who never won a ring.
Per Bleacher Report, The 2014 NBA playoffs are nearing, and Lillard makes it quite clear that he's chasing a ring in the latest Foot Locker ad. However, he finds a way to offend a few NBA and NFL stars (Barry Sanders, LaDainian Tomlinson, Chris Webber and Karl Malone) who he happened to be hanging out with.
Source: Bleacher Report
@ 16.42NBA0 Aaron Gordon will announce today his decision to leave Arizona
Arizona freshman forward Aaron Gordon and junior guard Nick Johnson will declare for the NBA Draft during a press conference Tuesday at the school, sources told SNY.tv. The 6-foot-9 Gordon is projected as the No. 8 pick by DraftExpress.com, while the 6-2 Johnson is projected at 48. Source: Adam Zagoria
@ 16.08NBA0 Nick Johnson will enter NBA draft
Arizona freshman forward Aaron Gordon and junior guard Nick Johnson will declare for the NBA Draft during a press conference Tuesday at the school, sources told SNY.tv. The 6-foot-9 Gordon is projected as the No. 8 pick by DraftExpress.com, while the 6-2 Johnson is projected at 48. Gordon averaged 12.4 points and 8.0 rebounds, while Johnson led the team in scoring at 16.3 points per game. Source: Adam Zagoria
@ 15.52NBA0 Rockets will sign Josh Powell today
NBA sources told FOX 26 Sports center Josh Powell, who has been playing in the Philippines, will sign with the Houston Rockets on Tuesday pending successful completion of his physical. Sources with knowledge of the situation said Powell received his letter of clearance on Monday from FIBA, world governing body for basketball, allowing him to leave his team (Ginebra) in the Philippines and sign with Houston Powell has played with the Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Lakers and most recently the Atlanta Hawks during the 2010-11 season. Source: Mark Berman
@ 15.40NBA0 Sixers sign Casper Ware for remainder of the season
Despite his second 10-day contract expiring Sunday, diminutive guard Casper Ware was back yesterday after agreeing to a contract for the rest of the season. "I just want to finish up strong and try to work out something for the long term," the 5-10 guard said. "I had a meeting with [general manager] Sam [Hinkie] this morning. All [day], I was, like, 'Dang, when am I going to get the call?' It ended up good, so I'm happy about that." Source: Bob Cooney
@ 13.10NBA0 Knicks close to Lamar Odom
The New York Knicks are progressing toward a deal to sign veteran free agent Lamar Odom before the NBA regular season ends Wednesday, according to sources briefed on the situation. According to ESPN, the Knicks are on course, barring an unforeseen snag, to formally sign Odom this week in a move that would put him on their roster immediately and, more importantly, include a team option for next season. Source: ESPN
@ 13.00NBA0 Knicks fan booted for allegedly yelling ‘bang, bang, bang’ at Felton
An MSG spectator was booted from Sunday’s Knicks victory over the Bulls for taunting Felton late in the fourth quarter, according to NY Post. According to blogger Adam Gross, who was at the game, the fan yelled: “Bang, bang, bang, Felton! Where’s your gun? Bang bang bang!”
@StevePopper I was an eyewitness. The building was silent and he was screaming "bang, bang, bang, Felton! Where's your gun? Bang bang bang!"
— Adam Gross (@MetsOnline) April 14, 2014
Nearby fans then pointed out the guilty party and security booted him out. Felton was charged in February with two counts of weapons possession after his estranged wife brought a loaded handgun to the police, and claimed he had aimed it at her. Source: NY Post
@ 00.58NBA0 NBA suspended DeMarcus Cousins after his 16th technical foul
The season is over for Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins.
The NBA announced Monday that it upheld his 16th technical foul of the season. Players and coaches are suspended one game without pay when they reach 16 technical fouls. Cousins will sit out Wednesday's season finale against Phoenix. He had needed the NBA to rescind a technical foul in each of the previous two seasons to avoid the automatic suspension. The incident is his latest suspension in a young career already full of them. In February, the league suspended Cousins for one game and fined him $20,000 for punching Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley in the stomach and verbally abusing an official. He also drew three suspensions last season, including one by the Kings for "unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team" after he shouted at then-coach Keith Smart in the locker room during halftime of a loss at the Los Angeles Clippers. Cousins has repeatedly said he's trying to correct his behavior, though it hasn't always played out that way on the court. He was called for his 16th technical foul this season in Sacramento's 106-103 win over Minnesota on Sunday night after waving his arm at an official. Cousins, who signed a four-year, $62 million contract extension with the Kings before the season, declined to answer questions about the call after the game. The technical was Cousins' first since Feb. 25 and ended the longest stretch of his career without one. Cousins ends his fourth season in the NBA averaging career highs of 22.7 points, 11.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists. He also shot a career-best 49.6 percent. Source: NBA
@ 00.38NCAA0 William Cauley-Stein won't enter NBA draft
William Cauley-Stein announced on Twitter that he will return to Kentucky for his junior year.
The player will not enter the 2014 NBA Draft, as it was expected.
I'm proud to say I'm coming back for my junior year. I still have an empty spot to fulfill and in no rush to leave the best fans in the USA!
— Willie Cauley-Stein (@THEwillieCS15) April 14, 2014Source: William Cauley-Stein
@ 23.11NBA0 Jeff Teague, Monta Ellis Named NBA Players Of The Week
Jeff Teague and Monta Ellis have been named the NBA's Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games Monday, April 7, through Sunday, April 13. Teague averaged 20.25 points and 5.75 as the Hawks went 3-1 in the week. Ellis averaged 25.7 points, 4.7 assists and 51.6 percent field-goal shooting in three games, including a 37-point performance against the Phoenix Suns. Source: NBA
@ 22.15NBA0 Lakers and Suns eye Luol Deng
It's hard to know if Luol Deng will play for the Cavaliers again, but one thing is for certain: It won't be this season. Deng is suffering from a sore lower back and will miss the finale Wednesday vs. the Nets, coach Mike Brown said Monday. The injury caused Deng to miss the previous two games as well. Deng, 28, will be an unrestricted free agent in July, meaning he is free to sign with any team without the Cavs possessing the option to match. The Cavs are expected to make an offer, but after years of success, Deng may prefer to move on. The Lakers and Suns are among those interested, league sources say. Source: Sam Amico
@ 20.08NBA0 Jerami Grant will enter NBA draft
Jerami Grant will announce his decision to enter the NBA Draft in the coming hours. The forward averaged 12.1 points and 6.8 rebounds this season. Those numbers were a huge improvement on his freshman stats of 3.9 points and 3.0 rebounds. Source: Pete Thamel
@ 19.42NBA0 Bulls sign Greg Smith for remainder of the season
The Chicago Bulls announced today the team has signed forward Greg Smith for the remainder of the season. In accordance with team policy, terms of the contract were not announced. Smith (6-10, 250), has played two-plus seasons in the NBA for the Houston Rockets where he appeared in 89 regular-season games (10 starts). During that time, he has posted career averages of 5.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 0.53 bpg in 14.4 mpg, while shooting .623 from the field and .615 from the free throw line. This season, Smith played in 11 games for the Rockets and averaged 3.5 ppg and 2.5 rpg in 9.1 mpg. Source: Chicago Bulls
@ 19.36NBA0 Damian Lillard officially signs a new contract with Adidas
Damian Lillard announced on Twitter that he has signed a new contract with Adidas.
Happy to be a member of the @adidasHoops family for years to come #ThreeStripeLife#Teamadidashttp://t.co/2PCkPY32GVpic.twitter.com/cGBnepcWeZ
— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) April 14, 2014
Adidas head of global basketball sports marketing Chris Grancio highlighted why the company decided to make the move: Damian has proven to be not only an amazing basketball player, but a great partner, member of the community and someone who creates excitement for our products. His leadership and commitment to success on the court and his ability to interact and relate to fans through social media and the community make him the perfect fit to be one of the cornerstones of the adidas brand. Lillard spoke about his decision to remain with the company: adidas has been great to me over my first two seasons. I've had the opportunity to wear a lot of great product, help design special versions of shoes, be a part of TV commercials and travel the world with the brand. I'm excited for what the future holds for me and adidas. CSNWW.com's Chris Haynes shared some of the reported details of the deal: The deal, according to another source, is an eight-year contract that has the potential to stretch out to 10 years if he reaches certain incentive clauses. We’ve confirmed Lillard’s new contract is slightly less than that of Derrick Rose. The Chicago Bulls' Rose reportedly makes $185 million over his 13-year deal with Adidas, and the Miami Heat's LeBron James reportedly makes $20 million per year with Nike. Source: Bleacher Report
@ 19.07NBA0 Bulls waive Tornike Shengelia
The Chicago Bulls announced today the team has requested waivers on Tornike Shengelia (TOR-Neek Shen-ge-liya). Shengelia (6-9, 220), was acquired from Brooklyn in exchange for guard Marquis Teague on January 21. He appeared in nine games for the Bulls and averaged 0.4 ppg and 0.2 rpg in 1.9 mpg. In his NBA career, Shengelia has appeared in 45 games and averaged 1.3 ppg, 0.9 rpg and 0.4 apg in 5.5 mpg, while shooting .451 from the field. Source: Chicago Bulls
@ 18.17NBA0 Joe Dumars steps aside as GM of Detroit Pistons
The Detroit Pistons announced today that Joe Dumars will step aside as President of Basketball Operations, effective immediately. The team has launched a search for a new head of basketball operations. “Joe Dumars is a great champion who has meant so much to this franchise and this community,” said Pistons owner Tom Gores. “We are turning the page with great respect for what he has accomplished not only as a player and a front office executive, but as a person who has represented this team and the NBA with extraordinary dignity.” During the transition, Director of Basketball Operations Ken Catanella and Assistant General Manager George David will continue preparing for the upcoming NBA Draft and free agency signing period, reporting to ownership executives Phil Norment and Bob Wentworth. Mr. Norment said the organization has developed a preliminary list of candidates that includes “the best executives in the business,” but he declined to place a specific timetable on selecting a replacement. Mr. Dumars will continue his relationship with the franchise as an advisor to the organization and its ownership team. “It’s time to turn the page on a wonderful chapter and begin writing a new one,” Dumars said. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with some great people throughout the last 29 years as both a player and executive, and I’m proud of our accomplishments. Tom Gores and ownership is committed to winning and they will continue to move the franchise forward.” Drafted with the 18th selection in the first round of the 1985 NBA Draft, Dumars has spent 29 years with the Detroit Pistons organization, 14 years as a player (1985-1999) and 15 years as a member of the front office (1999-2014). Throughout that time, the franchise won three NBA Championships (1989, 1990, 2004), five Eastern Conference titles (1988, 1989, 1990, 2004, 2005), nine Central Division titles and reached the Eastern Conference Finals 11 times. Over the last 14 years as the club’s top basketball executive, Dumars guided the organization to a 595-536 (.527) regular-season record, 73 playoff wins, six Eastern Conference Finals appearances (2003-08), six Central Division titles, two Eastern Conference Championships (2004, 2005), two NBA Finals appearances and the 2004 NBA Championship. Source: Detroit Pistons
@ 17.06NBA0 Pelicans waive Greg Stiemsma, sign Melvin Ely
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team waived center Greg Stiemsma and signed center Melvin Ely for the remainder of the season. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not released. Ely (6-10, 260) has appeared in 373 games over eight NBA seasons, averaging 5.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in 16.0 minutes per game. The 6-10 center joins the Pelicans after playing the last two seasons for the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League, where he appeared in 78 games (74 starts) and averaged 13.4 points and 6.0 rebounds in 27.7 minutes per game. In the 2013-14 season, Ely totaled 15.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in 41 appearances and was selected to the 2014 NBA D-League All-Star Game. Source: Pelicans
@ 15.02NBA0 Mike Woodson: I just have to apologize to the fans
Knicks were eliminated from NBA playoffs and Mike Woodson apologizes to the fans for the result under expectations. Per WJS, "We didn't get it done, and at the end of the day as the coach, I just have to apologize to the fans," the 56-year-old said a day after the Knicks had been mathematically eliminated from postseason contention. It remains to be seen whether the playoff miss will cost Woodson his job, which he's signed on for through the end of next season. Source: WSJ