NBA Rumors 26-07-2013
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@ 10.38NBA0 Phil Jackson has already clashed with Dolan over personnel decisions
Just one month into his role as Knicks president, Jackson has already clashed with the chairman of MSG over personnel decisions, the NY Daily News has learned. According to a team source, Jackson is looking to remove several staff members, which is commonplace when a new administration takes over, but Dolan opposes removing certain employees. According to the source, Dolan’s reaction to Jackson’s request was to tell the 11-time NBA championship coach to simply focus his attention on building a winning team. To say that “minor friction,” as one Garden source called it, can be classified as Jackson’s honeymoon with Dolan being over may be stretching it a bit. Source: NY Daily News
@ 09.25NBA0 Evan Turner got into fistfight with Stephenson on eve of playoff
On the eve of this Eastern Conference series, the wobbling No. 1 seed punctuated its final playoff preparations in a most self-destructive way: Two Indiana Pacers dragged a cursing, cut Evan Turner out of the Bankers Life Fieldhouse court, untangling him from a practice-floor fistfight with teammate Lance Stephenson.
These scrapes aren't uncommon in the NBA, but this confrontation had been weeks in the making and that reflected in the ferocity of the encounter, sources told Yahoo Sports.
"This stuff happens, but the timing wasn't ideal," one witness told Yahoo Sports.
These two guards have struggled together since the deadline deal brought Turner from Philadelphia to Indiana. Suddenly, Turner is learning to play without the ball in his hands, and Stephenson is relearning the balance of passing and shooting. Truth be told, there were probably Pacers willing to let Stephenson and Turner beat the dribble out of each other. Still, Luis Scola and David West finally grabbed an enraged Turner and separated Stephenson. Source: Yahoo Sports
@ 00.56D-League0 Frank Gaines named D-League Most Improved Player
Maine Red Claws guard Frank Gaines was today named the 2014 NBA Development League Most Improved Player, as voted on by the 17 NBA D-League head coaches. The award, which was instituted prior to the 2009-10 season, honors the player who demonstrated the most significant improvement through the course of the season. Gaines (6-3, 195, IPFW) finished his rookie campaign in the NBA D-League having played in 48 of the team’s 50 regular season games, averaging a team-high 22.4 points, good for fourth-best in the NBA D-League. He added 3.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 35.4 minutes. A 34-game starter, Gaines began his professional career averaging 19.2 points in November, December and January, before finishing the season averaging 25.4 points in February, March and April. “As a rookie with the Red Claws this season, Frank seized the opportunity to develop all aspects of his game,” said Chris Alpert, Vice President of Basketball Operations for the NBA D-League. “I’m thrilled that the league’s coaches took note of his marked improvement during the season, and I congratulate Frank on an impressive inaugural campaign.” Gaines becomes the fifth player, and second member of the Red Claws, to earn Most Improved Player honors, joining Cameron Jones (Santa Cruz, 2012-13), Kenny Hayes (Maine, 2011-12), Dar Tucker (New Mexico, 2010-11), and Mildon Ambres (Idaho, 2009-10) as NBA D-League players to have received the award. Source: Insidehoops
@ 00.39NBA0 Damien Inglis enters the 2014 NBA Draft
Damien Inglis entered the NBA Draft today.
The French forward born in 1995 is averaging 4.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1 assist per game in French Pro A with Chorale Roanne. Inglis was at the Nike Hoop Summit 2014. Inglis has the chance to withdraw from the draft till next June 16. Source: Twitter Marc J. Spears
@ 00.12NBA0 Brett Brown loves the talent of Dante Exum
It seems to be a no-brainer that the soon-to-be-announced NBA rookie of the year will be back. But this time last year, I wrote about another young point guard who would be a key building block of the future in Jrue Holiday. He was gone a couple of months later. What if the Sixers fall to third or fourth in the draft and they decide the best available player is point guard Dante Exum? He hails from Australia (where Brett Brown coached for many years), and his dad was coached by Brown. Few know much about the kid, but Brown does. And he loves the kid. Just putting it out there. Source: Bob Cooney
@ 20.57NBA0 Mike Brown not so sure of his job with the Cavs
Griffin has been the Cavs' acting general manager since early February, when former GM Chris Grant was fired. Grant held the position for just more than three years. Griffin is scheduled to meet with reporters Tuesday morning at the Cavs' practice facility. The source told FOX Sports Ohio that "the feel inside" the organization is "Griffin is staying." The Cavs were 16-33 under Grant this season, then went a respectable 17-16 after Griffin took the job. League sources have indicated owner Dan Gilbert was impressed with how the Cavs' outlook seemed to improve after Griffin took over. Griffin's name has also been linked to openings in Detroit and potentially New York. That is part of the reason why the source cautioned "nothing is etched in stone" when it comes to a decision on the Cavs' new GM. The same apparently applies to coach Mike Brown, who was hired by Grant before the season. At the time, Brown signed a reported five-year deal for $20 million in his second stint with the Cavs. He also coached the team from 2005-10. According to the source, ownership is "looking for honesty" from the players and front office (once in place) about playing for Brown and believing in his system. The Cavs are also exploring ways to improve the roster. Along with the draft and free agency, it may involve making one or more trades. Every conceivable possibility regarding the roster is a real option, the source said. Source: Sam Amico
@ 20.40NBA0 Kevin Love's future with Timberwolves still up in the air
Flip Saunders returned to the Timberwolves as president of basketball operations last May with a lenghty list of items that needed to be fixed following David Kahn's atrocious run in the same role. Near the top of the list was Saunders' need to repair the relationship between superstar Kevin Love and the organization. While the forward had great respect for coach Rick Adelman, it was clear he had none for Kahn. The animosity was justified. It was Kahn, with the blessing of owner Glen Taylor, who decided that Love wasn't worthy of a max deal in January 2010, and offered him a four-year, $62 million contract. Love signed the deal and things haven't been the same sense. Once a gregarious and engaging person to interview, Love has grown incredibly distant. This petulant act is prelude to Love opting out of his contract on July 1, 2015 and never looking back. The majority believe this is destined to happen. This is where Saunders is going to have to make a crucial decision about Love, long before he can attempt to engage in contract negotiations with him in January 2015. Source: Judd Zulgad
@ 20.16NBA0 Sixers will likely trade Arnett Moultrie
It would be a shock to think that Moultrie, suspended for five games late in the season for violating the league's anti-drug policy and in possession of a horrible attitude most of the season, would be back. He will have to show tremendous improvement in both his game and demeanor if the Sixers even think of bringing him back. I expect some sort of buyout. Source: Bob Cooney
@ 19.44NBA0 Julius Randle officially declares for the NBA Draft
Kentucky freshman Julius Randle announced today that he’s entering the draft this year, in a press conference with the school. The power forward averaged 15.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game for a loaded Kentucky team that made it to the NCAA championship game. Source: Hoopsrumors
@ 16.37NBA0 Gregg Popovich named NBA Coach of the Year
Coach Pop on named the 2013-14 NBA Coach of the Year! pic.twitter.com/ZTliG2Qwu0
— Sportando (@sportando) April 22, 2014
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich named 2013-14 NBA Coach of the Year (joins Don Nelson and Pat Riley as the only three time winners of the award).
Jeff Hornacek of the Suns and Tim Thibodeau of the Bulls finished second and third, respectively, in NBA Coach of the Year voting.
Of the 124 first place votes cast, Popovich received 59, Hornacek received 37 and Thibodeau received 12.
Also getting first place votes for COY were Steve Clifford (8), Dwane Casey (5), Terry Stotts (2) and Doc Rivers (1).
@ 16.27NBA0 Danilo Gallinari: I want to play 10 more years in NBA and then return to Olimpia Milano
Danilo Gallinari said that he wants to play in the NBA for 10 more years and then he wants to return to Olimpia Milano. “I want to play in NBA till I will be 35” said Gallinari as reported by ANSA. “My goal is to play 16-17 seasons in the NBA. Then I will return to Olimpia Milano. I can play just with Olimpia Milano’s jersey. There are no other teams for me” added il Gallo.
@ 15.07NBA0 Pau Gasol: 'I will play in World Cup. I want to play five more years'
Pau Gasol confirmed to AS that he will play in FIBA World Cup with Spanish National Team. “I will play with my national team in the FIBA World Cup” said Gasol. “I’d love to play five more years” added the Spanish big man. “These days could be my last with the Lakers. I will listen to other offers during the summer and, of course, I will talk with the Lakers.” Source: AS
@ 14.48NBA0 Steve Kerr deep into discussions with Knicks
Steve Kerr is part of the conversation, and the two sides are deep into discussions, a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the Knicks' situation. He's at the top of the list. Source: USA Today
@ 14.44NBA0 Tony Parker: 'Duncan didn’t talk to me for entire rookie year'
Tony Parker said that Tim Duncan did not talk to him during his rookie season back in 2001-02. Per ESPN, “He (Tim Duncan) didn’t talk to me for a whole year,” (Tony) Parker said after practice Monday, reflecting on his rookie season in 2001-02 when it wasn’t just a French-English language barrier that wedged a gap between the two. “It was kind of weird coming from France and you have your superstar player that doesn’t talk to you as a point guard, it’s kind of tough, you know? Because you’re supposed to talk to everybody. “But as we grew together in the league and he trusted me more, I can really say it’s a special relationship because I feel close to him on the court. But even off the court, we’ve both been through a lot of stuff throughout our career so I think it got us closer.” Source: ESPN
@ 14.05NBA0 Ettore Messina is one of the front runners for Jazz head coaching job?
Ettore Messina is one of the front runners for Utah Jazz head coaching job, according to Marc Stein.
Messina has one year remaining on his contract with CSKA Moscow but he will likely leave after this season.
More than one coaching insider has insisted Utah is on short list of teams that will give legit consideration to Euro legend Ettore Messina
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) 22 Aprile 2014
Utah's Dennis Lindsey and top front-office aide Justin Zanik are both known to be big fans of Messina. And word in Europe all season ...
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) 22 Aprile 2014
Detractors say Messina drives players too hard to succeed in NBA. Fans insist he can adapt after that season he spent as a Lakers assistant
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) 22 Aprile 2014
@ 13.42NCAA0 Sean Obi commits to Duke Sean Obi announced on instagram his intention to attend Duke.
Last season at Rice the big man averaged 11.4 points (59%FG) and 9.3 rebounds. Starting from 2015/2016, he'll have three seasons of elegibility left.
@ 13.26NBA0 Elfrid Payton to enter the NBA Draft Elfrid Payton on Monday announced his intention to enter the NBA Draft.
Last season the Louisiana-Lafayette pointguard averaged 19.2 points (54% 2p, 25% 3p, 60%FT), 6 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 2,4 steals with a 25.2 P.E.R
@ 12.38NBA0 Timberwolves GM Flip Saunders said he wants an offensive coach
Stepping away from a 23-year NBA career that included 1,042 games won, Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman formally announced his retirement Monday morning, setting in motion the search for the franchise’s 11th coach. “You know, it’s time,” he said in ending three seasons on the job, none of which ended up taking the Wolves back to the playoffs for the first time since 2004. “I wish I could have done more, but I enjoyed my time.” Team President of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders vowed an “extensive” and secretive search in which he would prefer a candidate with substantial head coaching experience, preferably in the NBA. He said he wants to find a successor who would bring a similar kind of offensive identity Adelman lent the franchise and used such qualities as “demanding,” “adaptable” and “flexibility” he will seeks in a coach. He also once again refused to rule himself out as a possibility, even as he pledged to use his vast network of coaches to search “in a lot of places” for that new coach. If he is looking for substantial NBA experience, Saunders has coached 1,164 games and won 638 of them, by the way. When asked if he can fill both management and coach’s jobs, Saunders said, “I’m not going to answer that.” He then echoed Adelman’s answer when Adelman was asked if he will ever coach again. “Rick said that you never know,” Saunders said. “Ideally, right now we’re going to do a search.” Wolves owner Glen Taylor has said he doesn’t want Saunders to do both jobs because they are mutually exclusive: A coach is concerned only about today, a general manager must think about the future. The Clippers’ Doc Rivers is the closest the NBA gets to a guy who does both jobs. “It’d take a special person,” Taylor said. Saunders said he wants to find a coach experienced in developing an entire season’s practice plan and capable of striking the proper balance between offense and defense for a team he says needs to add toughness — mentally and physically — on both ends of the floor.
Asked about qualities in a new coach, Flip said he doesn't want to lose the offensive identity that Adelman brought to franchise
— Jerry Zgoda (@JerryZgoda) 21 Aprile 2014
“Someone who has been the CEO of the team,” said Saunders, who has no timetable for a search he said conceivably could last beyond the June draft. He acknowledged it will be a “delicate” proposition trying to sell top candidates on a franchise that doesn’t know if it can keep star Kevin Love signed beyond summer 2015. “You can’t hide from it,” he said. Saunders said he will ask Love and teammates such as Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic what qualities they want in their next coach, but he said Love will not be asked to help choose his next coach. “Hey, listen, I had KG for 10 years,” Saunders said, referring to superstar Kevin Garnett. “If I took the players KG wanted all the time, the roster would have looked a lot different. You talk characteristics, but you don’t put a player — any player, no matter who he is — in that light where he’s making that decision. It’s not fair to him. It’s not fair to the person you bring in. I wouldn’t do that.” Saunders hopes to sell the correct candidate on his vision of the future for a franchise that is moving into a new training facility developed jointly with the Mayo Clinic. The Wolves also eventually will play in a Target Center remodeled with $100 million in refurbishments. Adelman said Love’s uncertain future contributed to his decision to opt out of the final season of his contract, but perhaps not in the way you might first think. Source: Star Tribune
@ 12.18NBA0 Mike Woodson could be fit for Detroit Pistons opening
Last time Mike Woodson got dismissed as head coach, by Atlanta, he was unable to immediately land another head job. He instead joined the Knicks as Mike D’Antoni’s defensive assistant for the 2012 lockout season, getting promoted to the head job when D’Antoni resigned with 24 games left in the season. While Woodson could take next season off as he’s due $3.4 million on the final year of his contract, he may investigate current vacancies, specifically the one in Detroit. According to a source, before taking the job with D’Antoni, Woodson finished runner-up to Lawrence Frank during the Pistons’ coaching search in 2011-12. Woodson won a title on Larry Brown’s Detroit staff in 2004 and his .580 winning percentage in New York is a selling point. Woodson also interviewed that summer with Minnesota, losing out to Rick Adelman, who retired Monday, theoretically giving Woodson another crack to coach the Timberwolves. There also has been talk Woodson could eventually be interested in returning to his alma mater, Indiana, but there’s no expected vacancy. Source: New York Post
@ 10.40NBA0 Warriors To Buy New Site In San Francisco, Abandon Waterfront Plans
Multiple city sources have told SF Weekly that the Golden State Warriors and Salesforce.com have agreed on terms to sell the team a future stadium site on a sprawling patch of Mission Bay land off Third Street -- dooming the proposed waterfront arena Mayor Ed Lee tabbed his "legacy project." Officials at the Port of San Francisco denied knowledge of such a deal earlier this month and, again, today. Warriors president Rick Welts did not return SF Weekly's calls. Team spokesman P.J. Johnston last week refused to confirm or deny the transaction, and hasn't returned calls today. Calls to the mayor's office have, thus far, gone unanswered. Well-placed sources within the city, however, said that the team could be announcing its plans as soon as Tuesday. Source: Joe Eskenazi
@ 10.26NBA0 Watch Kevin Durant's crazy clutch Four-Point Play
Watch Kevin Durant's crazy clutch four-point play in the final seconds of the regulation against the Grizzlies.
Thunder were able to force the game to the overtime but they lost to Grizzlies.
@ 10.26NBA0 NBA Can Buy Back Bucks If No Arena Deal In Place By Nov. 2017
If a deal to build a new arena is not in place by November 2017, the NBA has the right to buy back the Milwaukee Bucks from incoming owners Wesley Edens and Mark Lasry. Sources told ESPN.com that the sale agreement announced last week to transfer the Bucks from longtime owner Herb Kohl to Edens and Lasry for a purchase price of $550 million includes a provision that allows the league to buy back the team for $575 million. This provision ensures that the NBA would control the fate of the franchise from that point as opposed to Edens and Lasry. Source: Marc Stein
@ 10.16NBA0 Mouhammadou Jaiteh won't enter NBA draft
After intending to declare for the NBA, French center Mouhammadou Jaiteh won’t formally enter his name in the June Draft, a source told RealGM. Jaiteh had been gauging feedback from the NBA, and the 6-foot-10 prospect ultimately decided to forgo the draft. Jaiteh will likely re-sign in France’s ProA league to continue his development. RealGM reported on March 25 that Jaiteh would declare for the draft. The 19-year-old also entered the draft process a year ago before pulling out in the weeks before the 60 selections. Source: Shams Charania
@ 09.43NBA0 Gregg Popovich to be named Coach of the Year?
The San Antonio Spurs will have a press conference today to announce a major award. According to Dave McMenamin they will announce that Gregg Popovich has won the Coach of the Year or Manu Ginobili the 6th Man of the Year.
The Spurs are going to have a press conference tomorrow to announce a major award. Got to be Manu as 6th Man or Pop as COY. My guess is Pop
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) 21 Aprile 2014
@ 22.32NBA0 NBA Admits Blown Foul Call on Howard with 10.8 seconds left in overtime
NBA issues statement on Houston-Portland Game 1: Foul on Dwight Howard with 10.8 seconds left in overtime should've been called on Joel Freeland.
Dwight Howard should've been awarded two free throws, NBA says. As it turned out, Howard fouled out and Blazers secured Game 1, 122-120.
Rockets were trailing by point, and Howard would've been shooting two free throws. Freeland made one of two FT's. Harden missed at buzzer.
VIDEOSource: Twitter Adrian Wojnarowski
@ 22.20D-League0 DeAndre Liggins Named 2014 NBA D-League Defensive Player of the Year
Sioux Falls Skyforce guard DeAndre Liggins has been selected as the 2014 NBA Development League’s Defensive Player of the Year by a vote of the league’s 17 head coaches, it was announced today. Liggins (6-6, 209, Kentucky) appeared in 42 regular season games for the Skyforce, anchoring the defensive efforts of a Sioux Falls team that held their opponents to league-lows of only 45 percent shooting from the field and 100.1 points per 100 possessions. Sioux Falls’ opponents averaged 102.9 points, good for second-lowest in the NBA D-League. As an individual, he averaged an NBA D-League best 2.6 steals, to go with 14.2 points and 4.8 assists. Liggins’ defensive prowess helped Sioux Falls to a 31-19 record during the regular season and the fourth seed in the 2014 NBA D-League Playoffs. The Skyforce defeated the Canton Charge 2-1 in the best-of-three first round series, and were defeated by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the top overall seed in the 2014 NBA D-League postseason, in second round playoff action. “DeAndre has demonstrated his ability to be a consistent lock-down defender all season long – a quality that surely helped Sioux Falls have such a successful campaign,” said Chris Alpert, Vice President of Basketball Operations for the NBA D-League. “A top prospect in the NBA D-League this season, I’m looking forward to watching DeAndre continue to develop on both ends of the court and congratulate him on this well-deserved accomplishment.” Originally selected with the 53rd overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic, Liggins has appeared in 57 career NBA games, including one with the Miami Heat during the 2013-14 campaign following a GATORADE Call-Up from the Skyforce. He owns NBA career averages of 1.6 points and 1.2 rebounds. All-Time NBA D-League Defensive Players of the Year: DeAndre Liggins (Sioux Falls Skyforce, 2013-14) Stefhon Hannah (Santa Cruz Warriors, 2012-13) Stefhon Hannah (Dakota Wizards, 2011-12) Chris Johnson (Dakota Wizards, 2010-11) Greg Stiemsma (Sioux Falls Skyforce, 2009-10) Brent Petway (Idaho Stampede, 2008-09) Stefane Lasme (Los Angeles D-Fenders, 2007-08) Mouhamed Sene (Idaho Stampede, 2007-08) Renaldo Major (Dakota Wizards, 2006-07) Derrick Zimmerman (Austin Toros, 2005-06) Derrick Zimmerman (Columbus Riverdragons, 2004-05) Karim Shabazz (Charleston Lowgators, 2003-04) Mikki Moore (Roanoke Dazzle, 2002-03) Jeff Myers (Greenville Groove, 2001-02) Source: D-League Official Website
@ 22.03NBA0 Utah Jazz Will Not Offer Tyrone Corbin a New Contract
The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has elected not to offer head coach Tyrone Corbin a new contract. As a result, a search for a new head coach will begin immediately. “I would like to thank Ty and his staff for all of their hard work, dedication and professionalism over the last three-plus seasons,” said Jazz General Manager Dennis Lindsey. “This has not been an easy decision, but after a thorough review process, we as an organization feel that this is the best decision for our franchise moving forward.” Corbin compiled a 112-146 (.434) record with the Jazz in four seasons, guiding the team to a winning record in two of his three full seasons and a playoff appearance in 2012. The Jazz finished the 2013-14 season with a 25-57 (.305) record. “The decision to make impactful changes in our organization is never taken lightly,” said Greg Miller, CEO of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. “Ty has always represented the Jazz franchise in a first-class manner both on the court and in the community. He did a wonderful job of building relationships with the players and encouraged their growth throughout the season. We wish Ty, Dante and their family nothing but the very best for their future.” Corbin became the seventh head coach in Jazz history and only the fourth since the franchise’s relocation to Utah in 1979, when he was elevated to head coach on February 10, 2011 following the resignation of Jerry Sloan. Prior to his promotion, Corbin served as an assistant coach for the Jazz under Sloan from 2004-2011. He also played for nine teams during a 16-year NBA career (1985-2001), including three seasons with the Jazz from 1991-94. Source: Utah Jazz
@ 21.56NBA0 Carmelo Anthony will meet other teams in the off-season
League sources told Sporting News that, though Anthony had been a supporter of Woodson, the coaching change will not have any impact on how he will go about making his decision on where to play next season. Anthony has a player option worth $23.5 million next year, but he will opt out of that contract and hit free agency.
Jackson is said to want his former player and current TNT broadcaster Steve Kerr to take the Knicks’ job. But, a source with knowledge of the situation said, the team’s decision on replacing Woodson—with Kerr or anyone else—will have little impact on how Anthony, who missed the postseason for the first time in his 11-year career, approaches his free agency. “He wants to be in a situation where he can start winning, and he is going to look at teams based on that,” the source said. “Coaching is only a part of the equation. What they do now is not going to be as important as can they win?” Free agency opens on July 1, and, the source said, Anthony would like, “the Dwight Howard treatment.” That means he wants to go through the same sort of process that Howard went through last summer, when Howard set up shop in Los Angeles and set up meetings with five teams—Houston, the Lakers, Dallas, Golden State and Atlanta—each of whom came in and made formal presentations. Anthony has not finalized any list of teams, but the Knicks and Bulls are certain to be on it. Chicago would have to shed salary to accommodate Anthony, but the Bulls will make Anthony their offseason priority. Chicago has its amnesty provision available and could use it to dump the contract of forward Carlos Boozer. Source: Sean Deveney
@ 21.06NBA0 Rockets guard Patrick Beverley cleared to play in Game 2
After undergoing an MRI on his damaged right knee Monday morning, Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley has been cleared to play in Game 2 of the Western Conference first-round series against Portland on Wednesday, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The MRI showed no new damage to Beverley's right knee, sources said. Beverley suffered a torn meniscus in the knee on March 27. Source: Yahoo Sports
@ 20.32NBA0 NBA Stats: Los Angeles Lakers
For 14 NBA teams the season is over, and now for them the main focus is the draft lottery. For each of these teams we'll see the players' averages and the team placement in several of the main statistical categories.
Los Angeles Lakers (27W,55L)
2-points %: 47 (No.19 in NBA) 3-points %: 38 (No.3) Free throws %: 75 (No.17) Offensive rebounds per game: 9.1 (No.27) Defensive rebounds per game: 32 (No.15) Rebound %: 45.6 (No.30) Turnovers per game: 15.1 (No.21) Pace: 100.98 (No.2) Offensive rating: 101.9 (No.20) Defensive rating: 107.9 (No.28) Net Rating: -6 (No.27)
@ 18.47NBA0 Knicks fire coach Mike Woodson and his staff
Mike Woodson has been fired as the New York Knicks' head coach, the team announced Monday morning. New Knicks president Phil Jackson announced in a release that the entire coaching staff was relieved of their duties.
"I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mike Woodson and his entire staff," Jackson said. "The coaches and players on this team had an extremely difficult 2013-14 season, and blame should not be put on one individual. But the time has come for change throughout the franchise as we start the journey to assess and build this team for next season and beyond. "Everyone in this franchise owes a great deal of gratitude to what Mike and his staff have done. We wish him the best." Woodson had one year remaining on the three-year contract he signed with the Knicks before the 2011-12 season. Source: ESPN
@ 17.20NBA0 Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman announces his retirement
Coach Adelman announcing his retirement pic.twitter.com/XTX9w6OLE8
— Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) 21 Aprile 2014
The Minnesota Timberwolves announce the retirement of head coach Rick Adelman.
Flip Saunders announces that Adelman will stay on staff as a consultant with the organization.
Adelman: "It's time for me to step aside. When I came here, we really tried to turn some things around and I think we made some strides. I think I'm ready and I think my wife is ready to move on to another phase. I always feel like I've had very good people around me".
Flip Saunders: "I don't consider Rick a coach, I consider him a teacher".
@ 14.45NBA0 Knicks to decide the future of coach Woodson this week?
The future of coach Mike Woodson could be resolved this week according to The NY Daily News. The coach is under contract through next season but the new presidente Phil Jackson may fire him and replace with another head coach. Woodson missed the playoffs.
@ 11.38NBA0 Aldridge-Lillard put up numbers as Jordan and Pippen in 1992
LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard are the first teammates with 45 and 30 points in a playoff game since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen in 1992. LaMarcus Aldrdige is also the second player with at least 40 points and 15 rebounds in a road Game 1 after Wilt Chamberlain who did at Boston in 1960. Source: Twitter ESPN Stats
@ 01.30NCAA0 Davante Gardner named MVP of Portsmouth Invitational
The Portsmouth Invitational Tournament ended with the 75-73 win of Sales System,LTD in the title game against Norfolk Sports Club.
Markel Starks (Georgetown) hit the game-winning shot with two seconds left, while his teammate Davante Gardner (Marquette) was named tournament MVP after a 20 points-9 rebounds effort.
For Norfolk Sports Club Ronald Roberts (Saint Joseph's) had 24 points, 12 boards and 2 blocks.
MVP: PF Davante Gardner (Marquette)
-PG Markel Starks (Georgetown)
-F Jamil Wilson (Marquette)
-PF Shawn Jones (Middle Tennessee)
-SG Andre Dawkins (Duke)
-SG Travis Bader (Oakland)
-C Garrick Sherman (Notre Dame)
-PF Javon McCrea (Buffalo)
-SG Drew Crawford (Northwestern)
-PF Ronald Roberts (Saint Joseph's)
-PG Jake Odum (Indiana State)
-C Shayne Whittington (Western Michigan)
@ 21.12NBA0 Popovich has message for Sager: I promise I’ll be nice. Get back here
Craig Sager will not be on television for the 2014 playoffs. The longtime reporter is currently undergoing treatment for acute leukemia and will be forced to watch the games from home instead of from the sidelines.
With Sager at home for the Spurs first round series against the Dallas Mavericks, TNT found the perfect replacement, Craig Sager Jr. The former Georgia Bulldog football walk-on was in San Antonio for Game 1 and filled in for his father during a fourth interview with Popovich.
@ 20.41NBA0 Salary cap projected to rise $5M
The NBA has informed teams that it is projecting a rise in the salary cap of nearly $5 million for next season, which could aid clubs such as Chicago and Houston in their attempts to steal free agent-to-be Carmelo Anthony from the New York Knicks, according to sources familiar with the forecasts. Sources told ESPN.com that all 30 teams were informed this week via league memorandum that an increase in the cap from this season's $58.6 million to $63.2 million in 2014-15 -- thanks to increased revenues -- is now expected. A corresponding rise in the luxury-tax threshold from $71.7 million to $77 million is also projected, sources said.
It must be noted that these are non-binding forecasts that have been circulated roughly three months before the official cap ceiling and luxury-tax threshold for next season are announced in early July following a league-wide audit. But the latest projections will undoubtedly be welcomed by numerous teams that are planning to be active in free agency this summer. If the projections hold, several clubs will find themselves with more spending money and financial flexibility than they initially planned. The Knicks remain unquestioned favorites to re-sign Anthony after the March hiring of the decorated Phil Jackson as team president and given the fact that only New York can offer the 29-year-old a five-year deal -- one year longer than any other team -- in the $130 million range. Source: ESPN
@ 20.07NBA0 NBA stats: Detroit Pistons
For 14 NBA teams the season is over, and now for them the main focus is the draft lottery. For each of these teams we'll see the players' averages and the team placement in several of the main statistical categories.
Detroit Pistons (29W,53L)
Team Stats 2-points %: 48 (No.13 in NBA) 3-points %: 32 (No.29) Free throws %: 67 (No.30) Offensive rebounds per game: 14.6 (No.1) Defensive rebounds per game: 30.8 (No.22) Rebound %: 51.4 (No.8) Turnovers per game: 14.5 (No.13) Pace: 97.39 (No.11) Offensive rating: 102.9 (No.19) Defensive rating: 107.3 (No.26) Net Rating: -4.4 (No.24)
@ 19.03NCAA0 Okafor and Alexander are the MVP of the Jordan Brand Classic
Duke commit Jahlil Okafor (29 points and 9 rebounds for the East) and Kansas commit Cliff Alexander (23 points, 8 boards and 5 blocks) earned MVP honors in the Jordan Brand Classic.
The East topped the West 158-147 in the highest scoring game in Jordan Brand Classic history
@ 15.26NBA0 Harrisons waiting feedback from NBA before making a decision on draft
The father of Kentucky Wildcats freshmen guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison told FOX 26 Sports on Saturday the family is waiting for feedback from the NBA before making a decision on whether the two will make themselves available for the NBA Draft or stay in college. If the Harrisons, who are former stars at Fort Bend Travis High School, are headed to the NBA they must let the league know by April 27. "I just sent the paperwork in two or three days ago," said Aaron Harrison Sr. "I talked to a gentleman at the NBA and he said he would get it to me as fast as possible and then we'll go from there. "It's important. You're trying to find out what the prospects are for them and where they'll be drafted and all those things." The family's decision is a work-in-progress. "We are probably midway," said Aaron Harrison Sr. We got to make a decision here in the next six or seven days anyway, but we've sat down and had one or two conversations about it and had some prayer about it, but that's pretty much where we're at. Source: My Fox Houston
@ 12.54NBA0 Sixers owner Harris says he's proud of what the 76ers accomplished this season
Sixers owner Josh Harris told reporters Friday that he's proud of what the 19-63 Philadelphia 76ers accomplished this season despite losing 26 in a row. "I think the season has been a huge success for us," Harris said in an Associated Press story on Friday. Give Harris credit for his honesty. The Sixers hold two lottery picks (one via a trade) and never were shy about admitting they had to tank -- make that, rebuild -- this season in order to start their hopeful championship track. "We don't use that word," Harris said of tanking. He said losing was tough for everyone in the organization, but this season was never about the final record. "We don't want to be 41-41. We don't want to be one-and-done," Harris said. "We want this team, this city to be proud of the Sixers. We want to be proud of the Sixers." Source: CBSSports
@ 12.36NBA0 Greg Monroe’s agent Falk going to ask for a max contract?
Greg Monroe will be restricted free agent this summer. Per The Oakland Press, Monroe’s agent David Falk is likely going to ask for a max contract, which will be somewhere in the neighborhood of four years and $60 million.
Falk is most famous for being the agent of Michael Jordan and is a master negotiator. Two years ago, Falk was able to convince Portland to sign restricted free agent Roy Hibbert to a four-year, $58 million deal after the Pacers didn’t offer what he wanted. Indiana matched, but the key is Falk got the number he wanted for his client.
Expect Falk to do something similar with Monroe. If the Pistons don’t offer the money he wants, then he will try find someone who will.
Detroit has the option to match any deal Monroe signs, but is Monroe worth $15 million or something close to that per year? Source: The Oakland Press
@ 11.46NBA2 Pero Antic and David West get nose-to-nose
Pero Antic, at his first game in the NBA playoffs, did not step back when David West of the Pacers had something to tell him.
The two players got nose-to-nose during Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs between Hawks and Pacers.
@ 23.17NBA0 Woodson not interested in having a face-to-face meeting with Jackson
New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson is not interested in having a face-to-face meeting with team president Phil Jackson until he gets further clarification on his status, a league source said. "He just wants to know one way or the other," the source said. On Wednesday, the coach said he'd like a resolution on whether he will return next season as soon as possible. "I think it's been enough said about my job all year with you guys," he said. "Hopefully, soon I'll know my destination in terms of where I'm going to be." Earlier Friday on "SportsCenter," ESPN's Stephen A. Smith said Woodson would prefer that Jackson reach out to his agent if he's going to fire him rather than having a face-to-face meeting to inform him that he's being let go. Source: ESPN
@ 20.03NBA0 NBA Salary Cap Projected To Increase By 7.7 Percent
The NBA 2014-15 salary cap is now projected to be $63.2 million and the tax level is projected to be $77.0 million. The numbers for 2015-16 are now projected to be $66.5 million and $81.0 million, respectively. The official numbers won't come out until July when the NBA conducts its audit. The salary cap and luxury tax values for the current season are $58.679 million and $71.748 million, respectively, which means the new cap projection for next season represents a 7.7% increase over this season. The original revenue forecast for 2014-15 was $4.66 billion, so with an actual revenue of $4.75 billion, the players would get 60.5% of the difference, or $54.45 million, on top of their 50% guarantee ($2,33 billion), for a total of about $2.384 billion. Source: Larry Coon
@ 18.14NBA0 NBA stats: New York Knicks
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.
New York Knicks (37w, 45 L)
Team Stats FG%: .449 (No.16 in NBA) 2-points %: 48 (No.13) 3-points %: 37 (No.7) Free throws %: 75 (No.20) Offensive rebounds per game: 10.6 (No.20) Defensive rebounds per game: 29.7 (No.27) Rebound %: 49 (No.22) Turnovers per game: 13 (No2) Pace: 92.59 (No.29) Offensive rating: 105.4 (No.11) Defensive rating: 106.5 (No.24) Net Rating: -1.1 (No.19)
@ 15.48NBA0 Zeljko Obradovic drawing interest from three NBA teams
Zeljko Obradovic is drawing interest from three NBA teams who did not make NBA playoffs, a source told Sportando confirming the report of Djordje Matic.
Obradovic signed a multi-year deal with Fenerbahce last summer and the Turkish powerhouse were eliminated in the Euroleague Top 16.
Obradovic is one of the top coaches in Europe and won everything with Panathinaikos during his 13-year experience with the Greens.