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@ 09.55NBA0 Durant: We can't feel sorry for ourselves. We gotta get ready for Game 7
Kevin Durant said that the Thunder will be ready for Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors. The Thunder were up 3-1 but lost the last two games. Game 7 will be played at the Oracle Arena.
Per Bleacher Report, "If we walk in here like it's a funeral, then we already lost," Durant said of Sunday's practice, via Anthony Slater of the Oklahoman. "Nobody walked in like that."
"We can't feel sorry for ourselves," Durant said, via Slater, "because [the Warriors] aren't going to feel sorry for us. Whoever is covering the game, fans—nobody's feeling sorry for us. It's just a part of basketball. Guys walked in here real confident. We were upset we lost, but we let that go. We gotta get ready for Game 7." Source: Bleacher Report
@ 22.14NBA0 Grizzlies name David Fizdale Head Coach
Memphis Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace today named David Fizdale as the team’s new head coach. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Considered one of the rising stars in NBA coaching ranks, Fizdale comes to Memphis after spending eight seasons (2008-16) with the Miami Heat, including the last two as the assistant head coach and the previous six as an assistant coach under Erik Spoelstra. During that time, Fizdale’s assistance in game preparation, involvement in player development and rapport with the roster played a major role in the Heat’s championship success. Dating back to his first season on the Heat sidelines in 2008-09, Miami won more playoff games (70) and playoff series (15) than any team in the NBA and compiled the league’s second-best regular season (.623) and fourth-best postseason (.619) winning percentages. Before his tenure in Miami, Fizdale spent four seasons (2004-08) as an assistant coach with the Atlanta Hawks, where he was instrumental in the development of their young players. The Hawks increased their win total in each of his final three seasons and in 2007-08 earned the franchise’s first postseason appearance since 1999. He began his NBA coaching career as an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors for one season (2003-04). Prior to joining the Warriors, Fizdale spent five seasons coaching in the college ranks. After one year (1997-98) in the Heat video department, he started his coaching career as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of San Diego. After four seasons (1998-2002) with the Toreros, he spent one season (2002-03) as an assistant coach at Fresno State University. A three-year starter at point guard while playing at the University of San Diego, Fizdale was selected to the All-West Coast Conference team after his senior season in 1996. The Los Angeles native earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and a minor in sociology from San Diego in 1996. Source: Memphis Grizzlies
@ 20.20NBA1 LeBron praises coach Lue: I knew what he was capable of
LeBron James praised his coach Ty Lue in an interview with Cleveland.com.Per Cleveland.com, "I knew what he was capable of," James told cleveland.com. "I've had a long history with Coach Lue. ... I just always believed he was ready for the moment if the moment presented itself. I was just hoping we didn't lose him to another team. That was my thing, because I knew he was next in line [for a head job]. I was just hoping we didn't lose him to somebody else and obviously he's shown how valuable he is." The results have borne out James' assessment. "Just look at him. Look at how we respond to him," veteran forward James Jones said. "You can tell a lot about a person by the way people respond to them. On this team, guys are laying it on the line. I don't know if you notice in games, but our guys are reaching levels physically that they haven't reached in two years. "He connects with us and he's done a great job of helping us connect the dots and see the plan, the vision and how every step is necessary."
@ 16.56NBA0 Warriors owner Joe Lacob bows down to Klay Thompson
Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob bowed down to Klay Thompson after Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals. Thompson scored 41 points shooting 11 for 18 from long range and led the Warriors to Game 7 against the Thunder.
@ 15.54NBA0 DeRozan wants to stick with Raptors: I definitely don't want to switch up after we win
DeMar DeRozan will be one of the most important free agents from July 1 but he doesn’t want to leave Toronto. Per CBC.ca, "I took pride in putting that Raptors jersey on when people counted us out, or when people said 'Why go to Toronto? Why this, why that, why this, why that?"' DeRozan said. "My mindset has always been Toronto. I was passionate about it when we was losing. When we was terrible, I said I'm going to stick through this whole thing and I want to be that guy who brings this organization to where it is now. I definitely don't want to switch up after we win." "I grew up in L.A. That's my home. . . I let whoever comes up with that say what they want to say," DeRozan said. "Only thing appealing to me is the things I've done in this organization and the things that can be done here. And that's always been my mindset since I've been here." Source: CBC
@ 15.02NCAA0 NCAA UNDERGROUND: take note for your team in Europe...David Walker - NORTHEASTERN WHERE HE PLAYS – A complete Guard – can play all perimeter positions, however he is the most effective if offense is ran through him; if he handles the ball and uses ball screens. PHYSICAL SKILLS – Good length and speed. Not great leaping ability and explosiveness in traffic. Has to get stronger and improve defensive lateral speed. WHERE HE RECEIVES THE BALL AND HOW HE FINISHES – As mentioned, Walker is the most effective if he handles the ball and uses ball screens. Walker is very versatile player and can score in numerous ways – really good outside shooter (prefers to shoot the ball over attacking all the way to the rim). He will shoot the ball from any situation on the floor - has the ability to set his feet really quick as well as to pull up off the dribble from either hand and knock down outside/mid-range jumpers. He knows how to play the game and understands how to attack defense depending on how he is guarded. He has decent handles and can create his own shot. Walker is aggressive player but patient at the same time always looking how to attack defends. He has great court vision and will involve his teammates when defense focuses on him (can improve his passing a bit). Has the ability to get all the way to the rim but this is not his strength and this is something he can still get better at. Walker has room to improve his slashing game in order to be even better all-around offensive player. WHERE AND HOW HE DEFEND – Walker is long and versatile guard also on defense. Has to improve lateral speed and physicality in order to keep perimeter players in front of him all the time. Most of the time he would defend 2 or 3 position, and players who can attack off the dribble. He might struggle in defending them at NBA level or Euroleague level. Howevere he’s a smart player and once he get stronger and become more physical defender he will significantly improve in his half of the court. HOW HE PLAYS PICK AND ROLL – this is his strength. Walker is 6’6 guard who handles the ball and likes using ball screens most of his offensive possessions. He has really good perimeter shot, and with this being said coming off the pick, his first option is to take pull up jumper. If defense is late on ball screens, for a split of a second, he will use that to release the ball. Moreover he has good court vision and will involve teammates when driving the ball coming off the pick. RIGHT FIT FOR HIM – team with a lot of movement on offensive end. Team that uses a lot of sets, and a lot of ball screen. He lives in ball screens and he has to be put in situations where he can handle the ball and use picks. Source: sportando pro
@ 09.02NBA0 Bucks hiring Justin Zanik as general manager in waiting
The Bucks will hire Justin Zanik as general manager in waiting. Per The Vertical, Zanik, an assistant general manager with Utah, will join the Bucks with a similar job title – and an agreement that he will eventually become the successor to Milwaukee GM John Hammond, sources said. A timetable on the succession plan is still unclear, sources said. Source: The Vertical
@ 00.10NBA0 Bryce Dejean-Jones shot and killed while breaking into Dallas apartment, police says
NBA player Bryce Dejean-Jones was shot and killed early Saturday after he broke into a Dallas apartment he believed belonged to an “estranged acquaintance” and instead startled a man he didn’t know, according to police and apartment management, as reported by the Dallas News. ESPN reported that the acquaintance was his child’s mother. The shot happened at 3.20 a.m. As reported by The Vertical, according to the Dallas Police Department, police responded to a shooting at an apartment and found Dejean-Jones collapsed in the apartment breezeway. Dejean-Jones allegedly kicked in the front door of the apartment and entered, the resident told police. The resident called out to Dejean-Jones from the bedroom but received no answer, according to the report. Dejean-Jones then allegedly kicked in the bedroom and the resident fired his gun. Dejean-Jones was taken to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. Source: The Vertical
@ 21.26NBA0 Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones dies at age 23
Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones died on Friday night, as reported by Shams Charania of The Vertical. He was shot in the abdomen and bled to death. Dejean-Jones had recently signed a three-year deal with New Orleans Pelicans after went undrafted last summer.
What a tragic news for all the basketball fans.
Pelicans' Bryce Dejean-Jones suffered gun shot to abdomen late Friday, bled to death. Full story coming on passing of promising 23-year-old.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) 28 maggio 2016Source: Shams Charania
@ 10.07NBA0 Bismack Biyombo to decline his $2.9 million option for next season
Bismack Biyombo will opt out of his contract with the Raptors. The big man has a $2.9 million contract for next season but after a great run during the playoffs he will hit free agency. With the new salary cap Biyombo may get at least $15 million per season.
Sources say Bismack Biyombo, meanwhile, will decline his $2.9 million option for 2016-17 by June 4 to be an unrestricted free agent July 1.
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) May 28, 2016
@ 10.03NBA0 Raptors, Dwane Casey expected to open talks on a contract extension
Toronto and coach Dwane Casey are expected to soon open talks on a contract extension now that the playoffs are over. Casey has one season left on his contract with the Raptors.
League sources say that Toronto and coach Dwane Casey are expected to soon open talks on a contract extension now that its playoffs are over
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) May 28, 2016
If looming extension talks progress as expected, Casey should land a new deal after exceeding expectations ... as Stotts did with Portland.
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) May 28, 2016
@ 16.46NBA0 Wizards expected to offer Beal a five-year deal for the maximum allowed under salary cap
The Washington Wizards will try to keep Bradley Beal. The guard, who said he deserves a maximum contract, will be free agent from July 1. Per Washington Post, The Wizards are expected to offer Beal a five-year deal for the maximum amount allowed under the salary cap as soon as the free agent negotiating period kicks off on July 1, according to people with knowledge of the situation. Based on the $92 million salary cap projection teams are working with, a max contract would pay Beal $23 million next season because he could earn up to 25 percent of the cap amount as a four-year veteran.
@ 15.07NBA0 76ers to trade Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel this summer?
The 76ers may trade Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel before the start of next season, according to ESPN’s Chad Ford. Per CBS Local, With the No. 1 overall pick, picks No. 24 and 26, a boatload cap space, the hopeful additions of injury-laden Joel Embiid and Croatian forward Dario Saric, and young talented big men in Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor, the Sixers have plenty of options — or as Sam Hinkie (respect) would call it — optionality. ESPN NBA insider Chad Ford told 97.3 ESPN that there is a “very high likelihood” the Sixers trade Okafor or Noel and it’s a little more likely to be Okafor. NBA reporter David Aldridge first put the wheels in motion for a draft-day Okafor trade earlier in the week, writing the 76ers “covet” another high first-round pick and have “strong support for Noel” within the organization. The Celtics, one of a plethora of teams speculatively interested in Okafor, have picks No. 3, 16, and 23 in the first-round. The Celtics, reportedly, tried to acquire Okafor during last season’s trade deadline. Source: CBS Local
@ 23.31NBA0 Mike D'Antoni to sign a four-year deal with the Houston Rockets
As reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Mike D'Antoni will be the new head-coach of the Houston Rockets. He'll sign a four-year deal with a team option in the fourth year. D'Antoni will build a coaching staff with strong defensive minded people.
D'Antoni is finalizing a four-year deal with the Rockets that will include a team option in final year, league sources tell @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) 26 maggio 2016Source: Adrian Wojnarowski
@ 22.30NBA0 Pat Riley on Dwyane Wade: 'We know where he belongs'
The Miami Heat front office doesn't appear to be willing to let Dwyane Wade entertain the free-agent market this summer. That's good, because Wade has acknowledged himself that he doesn't want to. The 34-year-old has spent his entire 13-year career in Miami, and Heat president Pat Riley plans on rewarding Wade for his services when the two sides sit down to negotiate a new deal this summer. "He wants to win, I think, as much as he wants to do anything," Riley told Dave George of the Palm Beach Post. "Compensation to a player is not just a way to get paid and to live your life. Compensation to a player is about recognition and respect and place. We know where he belongs… he's a lifer. What he's done in this city over the last 13 years is irreplaceable and so we're going to do the right thing. There's no doubt." Source: The Score
@ 21.16NBA0 Warriors’ Stephen Curry and Cavaliers’ LeBron James headline 2015-16 All-NBA First Team
Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and forward LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers lead the 2015-16 All-NBA First Team, the NBA announced today. Curry is the only player to receive First Team votes on all 129 ballots, earning First Team honors for the second straight year. James (125 First Team votes) has been named to the First Team for the 10th time in 13 seasons, tying seven players for the second-most selections in NBA history. Joining Curry (645 total points) and James (637 points) are three players making their debuts on the All-NBA First Team: Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (627 points, 120 First Team votes), San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (575 points, 94 First Team votes) and Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (317 points, 39 First Team votes). The All-NBA Second Team consists of forwards Kevin Durant of the Thunder and Draymond Green of the Warriors, center DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings and guards Chris Paul of the Clippers and Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers. The All-NBA Third Team is composed of forwards Paul George of the Indiana Pacers and LaMarcus Aldridge of the Spurs, center Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons and guards Klay Thompson of the Warriors and Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors. The All-NBA Teams were chosen by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters in the United States and Canada. The media voted for All-NBA First, Second and Third Teams by position with points awarded on a 5-3-1 basis. Voters were asked to select two guards, two forwards and one center for each team, choosing players at the position they play regularly. Players who received votes at multiple positions were slotted at the position where they received the most votes. Curry helped the Warriors (73-9) to the best record in NBA history and won the Kia NBA MVP Award for the second year in a row, joining Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Steve Nash as the only guards to earn the honor in consecutive seasons. Curry led the league in scoring (30.1 ppg), three-pointers made (an NBA-record 402), free throw percentage (90.8) and steals (2.14 spg), along with averaging 6.7 assists and a career-high 5.4 rebounds. He shot a career-high 50.4 percent from the field, the NBA’s highest mark among guards, and made 45.4 percent from three-point range, good for second in the league. Curry became the seventh qualifying player in NBA history to shoot at least 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from beyond the arc and 90 percent from the foul line. James joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor, Bob Cousy, Tim Duncan, Michael Jordan, Bob Pettit and Jerry West as 10-time First Team selections, one behind the all-time record shared by Kobe Bryant and Karl Malone. In 2015-16, James ranked fifth in the NBA in scoring (25.3 ppg), his league-record 12th straight season averaging at least 25.0 points. A three-time Kia NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month this season, James added 7.4 rebounds and 6.8 assists (tied for eighth in the NBA) and shot 52.0 percent from the field to lead the Cavaliers to an East-best 57-25 record. Westbrook averaged 23.5 points (tied for eighth in the NBA) and career highs of 10.4 assists (second in the NBA) and 7.8 rebounds, joining Oscar Robertson as the only players in league history to average at least 23 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds for a season (Robertson did it four times). The Thunder guard also recorded 18 triple-doubles, equaling the most in the NBA since Magic Johnson reached that total in 1981-82. Westbrook notched seven triple-doubles in March, the most by an NBA player in a calendar month since Michael Jordan had the same number in April 1989. Leonard was named Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season, the first non-center back-to-back winner since Dennis Rodman in 1989-90 and 1990-91. Behind Leonard, the Spurs (67-15) produced their best regular season in team history and held opponents to league lows of 92.9 points per game and 96.6 points per 100 possessions. A first-time All-Star this season, Leonard averaged a career-high 21.2 points and ranked third in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage (44.3). DeAndre Jordan led the NBA in field goal percentage (70.3) for the fourth season in a row and finished second in rebounding (13.8 rpg) and blocks (2.30 bpg). The eight-year veteran became the first player in NBA history to shoot at least 70 percent in multiple seasons. Jordan averaged a career-high 12.7 points and tied for fourth in the NBA in double-doubles with 49. For the third year in a row, complete media voting results for each NBA annual award will be posted on NBA.com/official after the announcement of each winner. Click here for those results. Below are the voting results for the 2015-16 All-NBA Teams. The balloting was tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP. 2015-16 ALL-NBA FIRST TEAM Position Player Team 1st Team 2nd Team 3rd Team Total Forward LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers 125 4 — 637 Forward Kawhi Leonard San Antonio Spurs 94 35 — 575 Center DeAndre Jordan Los Angeles Clippers 39 36 14 317 Guard Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors 129 — — 645 Guard Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder 120 9 — 627 2015-16 ALL-NBA SECOND TEAM Position Player Team 1st Team 2nd Team 3rd Team Total Forward Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder 36 90 2 452 Forward Draymond Green Golden State Warriors 40 74 9 431 Center DeMarcus Cousins Sacramento Kings 32 28 33 277 Guard Chris Paul Los Angeles Clippers 8 101 10 353 Guard Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers — 48 73 217 2015-16 ALL-NBA THIRD TEAM Position Player Team 1st Team 2nd Team 3rd Team Total Forward Paul George Indiana Pacers — 28 73 157 Forward LaMarcus Aldridge San Antonio Spurs 3 11 55 103 Center Andre Drummond Detroit Pistons 13 26 30 173 Guard Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors — 37 53 164 Guard Kyle Lowry Toronto Raptors — 35 50 155 Other players receiving votes, with point totals (First Team votes in parentheses): James Harden, Houston, 106; Paul Millsap, Atlanta, 84; Anthony Davis, New Orleans, 76 (1); Al Horford, Atlanta, 76 (2); Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota, 44; DeMar DeRozan, Toronto, 26; Hassan Whiteside, Miami, 24 (1); Isaiah Thomas, Boston, 20; Pau Gasol, Chicago, 16 (2); Jimmy Butler, Chicago, 12; Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas, 8; John Wall, Washington, 7; Kemba Walker, Charlotte, 6; Tim Duncan, San Antonio, 3; Gordon Hayward, Utah, 3; Dwight Howard, Houston, 3; Carmelo Anthony, New York, 2; Marc Gasol, Memphis, 2; Andrew Bogut, Golden State, 1; Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers, 1; Brook Lopez, Brooklyn, 1; Tony Parker, San Antonio, 1. Source: NBA
@ 21.06NBA1 Danny Ainge heading to Tel Aviv to watch Dragan Bender
As reported by David Pick, Celtics GM Danny Ainge is heading to Tel Aviv to watch Croatian prospect Dragan Bender working with Maccabi Tel Aviv. Bender is one of the main targets for Boston with the no.3 pick in the upcoming draft.
Croatian big-man has a 1.3 mln buyout in his deal with Maccabi.
Source: Boston's Danny Ainge, Austin Ainge headed to Israel to watch Dragan Bender work.
— David Pick (@IAmDPick) 26 maggio 2016Source: David Pick
@ 20.48NBA0 Carmelo Anthony will have a cameo in new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie
Carmelo Anthony is very busy outside the court in this period. Knicks superstar launched a collaboration with the new movie dedicated to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He created a clothing line dedicated to the movie and will also have a cameo in the film.
But Melo is not only focused on movies, he'll also launch a new soccer team in Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico FC. The team will play his first official game on July 2nd. Source: NBPA
@ 19.28NBA0 Will Barton switched agencies, will be represented by Relativity Sports
As reported by Hoopshype, Nuggets guard Will Barton has signed with agent Travis King of Relativity Sports. Barton was formerly represented by Brian Elfus. Last summer he signed a three-year deal, worth 10 mln, with the Nuggets.
In this season Barton had a career year, averaging 14.4 points per game.
Agent Travis King of Relativity Sports tells HoopsHype Nuggets guard Will Barton has signed with him.
— HoopsHype (@hoopshype) 26 maggio 2016Source: Hoopshype
@ 19.08NBA0 David Fizdale to sign a four-year deal with Memphis
As reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Heat assistant-coach David Fizdale has reached an agreement on a four-year deal with the Memphis Grizzlies to become the new head-coach of the team. An official announcement is expected to arrive very soon.
David Fizdale has reached agreement on a four-year deal to become head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources tell @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) 26 maggio 2016Source: Adrian Wojnarowski
@ 13.29NBA0 Joakim Noah is an option for the Knicks?
Joakim Noah may be an option for the New York Knicks if he leaves the Bulls.
LRT: If Noah's leaving Bulls, expect Knicks to make a strong pitch. Phil Jackson and Noah have a rapport. And Noah has NY roots.
— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) 25 maggio 2016
@ 12.11NCAA0 Melo Trimble withdraws from NBA draft, returns to Maryland
Maryland sophomore point guard Melo Trimble announced Wednesday night that he has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft and will return to College Park for his junior season. Trimble averaged 14.8 points, 4.9 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game this past season in helping the Terps reach the Sweet 16. Source: ESPN
@ 09.08NBA0 Rockets owner Alexander interview James Borrego for head coaching job
San Antonio Spurs assistant coach James Borrego had an interview with Rockets owner Leslie Alexander. Borrego, Silas and D’Antoni are the three main candidates for Rockets head coaching job.
Sources say Spurs assistant James Borrego -- co-finalist for Memphis' job with Fizdale -- interviewed today with Rockets owner Les Alexander— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) May 25, 2016
@ 00.23NBA0 Grizzlies offer David Fizdale head coaching job
The Memphis Grizzlies have offered David Fizdale the head coaching job. The deal is expected to be finalized soon. Fizdale was a Miami Heat assistant coach.
Per The Vertical, Fizdale and Spurs assistant James Borrego were the finalists for the Grizzlies' coaching position. Fizdale has been the top assistant to Miami coach Erik Spoelstra, a partnership that has included two NBA championships. Memphis officials became sold on a combination of Fizdale’s Heat pedigree, tactical abilities and a persona that has allowed him to build strong relationships and respect within the locker room. Source: Yahoo Sports
@ 00.19NBA0 Chinanu Onuaku will remain in the NBA Draft
Chinanu Onuaku will be in the next NBA Draft. Per SNY, Louisville sophomore Chinanu Onuaku will remain in the NBA Draft and forego his final two years of college eligibility, Cardinals coach Rick Pitino told SNY.tv. "He's in the draft," Pitino said. Louisville sophomore Chinanu Onuaku will remain in the NBA Draft and forego his final two years of college eligibility, Cardinals coach Rick Pitino told SNY.tv. "He's in the draft," Pitino said. Source: SNY
@ 00.13NCAA0 Caleb Swanigan withdraws from NBA draft, returns to school
Caleb Swanigan decided to return to school and to withdraw his name from the 2016 NBA Draft. Purdue announced that Swanigan will play for the Boilermakers next season.
Purdue makes it official: Caleb Swanigan is coming back to school. HUGE for the Boilermakers.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) 25 maggio 2016
@ 22.51NBA0 New Kings arena will cost $534.6 mln, initial cost was projected at $447 mln
The cost of building the Sacramento Kings' new arena, the Golden 1 Center, has jumped an additional $16 million, bringing the current price tag to $534.6 million. The city's subsidy is capped at $255 million and the owners of the Kings have been taking care of most of the cost increases themselves. The latest increase will be picked up by corporate partners expected to play roles in operating the facility. Source: Real GM
@ 21.15NBA0 Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard unanimously selected to 2015-16 NBA All-Defensive First Team
Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs has been unanimously selected to the 2015-16 NBA All-Defensive First Team, the NBA announced today. The 6-7 forward is the only player this season to receive all 130 First Team votes (260 total points) from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters in the United States and Canada. The NBA All-Defensive First Team also features forward Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors (251 points, 123 First Team votes), center DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers (137 points, 47 First Team votes) and guards Avery Bradley of the Boston Celtics (149 points, 62 First Team votes) and Chris Paul of the Clippers (148 points, 59 First Team votes). Paul was named to the First Team for the fifth consecutive season and sixth time overall, making him the 12th player all time with at least six career nods. Leonard, Green and Jordan made the First Team for the second straight season, while Bradley earned the honor for the first time. The NBA All-Defensive Second Team consists of forwards Paul Millsap of the Atlanta Hawks (97 points, 11 First Team votes) and Paul George of the Indiana Pacers (48 points, five First Team votes), center Hassan Whiteside of the Miami Heat (126 points, 44 First Team votes) and guards Tony Allen of the Memphis Grizzlies (121 points, 44 First Team votes) and Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls (62 points, 18 First Team votes). Players were awarded two points for each First Team vote and one point for each Second Team vote. Voters were asked to select two guards, two forwards and one center for each team, choosing players at the position they play regularly. Players who received votes at multiple positions were slotted at the position where they received the most votes. A first-time NBA All-Star this season, Leonard helped San Antonio hold opponents to a league-low 92.9 points per game. The Spurs also finished with the NBA’s best defensive rating, according to NBA.com/Stats, allowing 96.6 points per 100 possessions. Their defensive rating improved to 94.9 when Leonard was on the court and fell to 99.2 when he wasn’t – a difference of 4.3 points per 100 possessions. Leonard, the first non-center to earn the Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in back-to-back seasons since Dennis Rodman 25 years ago, averaged 1.78 steals (12th in the NBA), 5.5 defensive rebounds and a career-high 0.99 blocks. Green, also a first-time All-Star section this season, was the runner-up to Leonard in Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award voting for the second year in a row. Green ranked fifth in the NBA in total defensive rebounds (635) and averaged 1.47 steals and 1.40 blocks for a Warriors team that tied for fourth in the league in defensive rating (100.9 points allowed per 100 possessions). Golden State gave up 97.5 points per 100 possessions with Green on the court compared with 109.5 points per 100 possessions with him off the court – a difference of 12 points. The Clippers, behind Jordan and Paul, and the Celtics, behind Bradley, tied the Warriors for fourth in the NBA in defensive rating. Bradley, the top finisher among guards in Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year voting (sixth place overall), averaged a career-high 1.54 steals for Boston. Jordan led the NBA in defensive rebounding (10.3 drpg) and ranked second in blocks (2.30 bpg), while Paul was tied for third in steals (2.05 spg). Complete media voting results for each NBA annual award will be posted on NBA.com/official after the announcement of each winner. Click here for those results. Below are the balloting results for the 2015-16 NBA All-Defensive Teams. The balloting was tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP. 2015-16 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM Position Player Team 1st Team (2 pts) 2nd Team (1 pt) Total Forward Kawhi Leonard San Antonio Spurs 130 — 260 Forward Draymond Green Golden State Warriors 123 5 251 Center DeAndre Jordan Los Angeles Clippers 47 43 137 Guard Avery Bradley Boston Celtics 62 25 149 Guard Chris Paul Los Angeles Clippers 59 30 148 2015-16 NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM Position Player Team 1st Team (2 pts) 2nd Team (1 pt) Total Forward Paul Millsap Atlanta Hawks 11 75 97 Forward Paul George Indiana Pacers 5 38 48 Center Hassan Whiteside Miami Heat 44 38 126 Guard Tony Allen Memphis Grizzlies 44 33 121 Guard Jimmy Butler Chicago Bulls 18 26 62 Other players receiving votes, with point totals (First Team votes in parentheses): Rudy Gobert, Utah, 64 (17); Klay Thompson, Golden State, 49 (16); Jae Crowder, Boston, 47 (3); LeBron James, Cleveland, 43 (5); Kyle Lowry, Toronto, 43 (9); Danny Green, San Antonio, 39 (9); Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City, 35 (12); Tim Duncan, San Antonio, 33 (5); Ricky Rubio, Minnesota, 30 (6); Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Detroit, 27 (3); Anthony Davis, New Orleans, 24 (3); Andre Drummond, Detroit, 14 (5); Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City, 14 (1); Stephen Curry, Golden State, 13 (3); Andre Iguodala, Golden State, 13 (3); Patrick Beverley, Houston, 11 (1); Al Horford, Atlanta, 7 (1); Marcus Smart, Boston, 7 (2); John Wall, Washington, 6; Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee, 3; Trevor Ariza, Houston, 3; Kent Bazemore, Atlanta, 3; Andrew Bogut, Golden State, 3 (1); DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento, 3 (1); Nicolas Batum, Charlotte, 2; Victor Oladipo, Orlando, 2 (1); LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio, 1; Harrison Barnes, Golden State, 1; Bismack Biyombo, Toronto, 1; Mike Conley, Memphis, 1; Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City, 1; Derrick Favors, Utah, 1; George Hill, Indiana, 1; Wesley Matthews, Dallas, 1; Luc Mbah a Moute, Los Angeles Clippers; Kristaps Porzingis, New York, 1; Andre Roberson, Oklahoma City, 1; Mike Scott, Atlanta, 1; Dwyane Wade, Miami, 1. Source: NBA
@ 18.55NCAA0 Lee Plans to Withdraw from NBA Draft, Transfer from UK
Kentucky men’s basketball junior forward Marcus Lee will remove his name from the 2016 NBA Draft but plans to transfer to complete his collegiate eligibility at another school. Upon completing his paperwork to withdraw from the draft, Lee will be granted a full release with no restrictions. “Marcus Lee informed us today that he is pulling his name out of the draft but has decided he is going to transfer to a school out west to be closer to his family,” head coach John Calipari said. “We talked it through together and discussed the team next season, which he said had no bearing on his decision. I also told him he was a semester away from graduating. With that said, he was still adamant that, after the combine experience, a year off and regrouping would be the best thing. As always I support my players and their decisions.” Lee enjoyed the best season of his Kentucky career during his junior campaign where he boasted career highs in points per game (6.4), rebounds per game (6.0), total blocks (59) and total assists (11). He shot a team-best 68.0 percent from the floor, the best single-season field-goal percentage in school history with a minimum of 150 attempts. His 216 total rebounds were the most on the team, and he led the team in blocked shots in a team-high 18 games. “I want to thank the University of Kentucky, the basketball staff and the Big Blue Nation for supporting me over the years,” Lee said. “I’m sorry it took me so long to come to this decision, but I’m trying to do what’s right for me and my family. I’ll always think fondly of my time at Kentucky.” Lee ranks 20th all-time with 100 career blocked shots. He averaged 3.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.0 blocked shots in 100 career games at Kentucky. A two-time Southeastern Conference Community Service Team member, Lee recently concluded participation in the 2016 NCAA Leadership Forum where he was the SEC’s male representative at the weekend-long conference. Source: Kentucky
@ 17.17NBA0 Jonas Valanciunas: I'm ready to go
Jonas Valanciunas is ready to make his debut in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cavaliers. The big man was sidelined by an ankle injury.
How close is Valanciunas to 100%? "Close. I'm ready to go. Percentage wise? I don't know. My ankle doesn't say the percentage"
— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) 25 maggio 2016
@ 13.25NBA0 Marco Belinelli: 'Sacramento hadn't winning mentality this year but I want to win now'
Marco Belinelli made a long interview with Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport where he talked about several subjects, including the disappointing season with the Kings. Belinelli said that there wasn't winning mentality in Sacramento and that's a huge problem for him:
"There wasn't a good group in Sacramento and there wasn't trust in the coach. We didn't train well all the season. Now I saw that they've made some changes, they fired George Karl and hired Dave Joerger. I think that Joerger he's a good coach, he can do a good job"
"I still want to win. Coming from San Antonio I immediately noticed that several teammates in Sacramento hadn't a winning mentality. But I do have a winning mentality and I want to win now. To make that happen, something has to happen. I'm still under contract with Sacramento and I have trust in the organization but in the NBA you never know what may happen, we'll see what will happen in the summer". Source: Gazzetta dello Sport
@ 21.15NBA0 Vasily Karasev on his son's future: 'One thing is for sure, Sergey will leave Nets'
Vasily Karasev, head-coach of Zenit Saint Petersburg and father of Sergey Karasev, said that his son will no longer play for the Nets next season. Brooklyn decided to not pick up the option on Karasev's contract for 2016-2017 season, so Russian player will be an unrestricted free-agent this summer.
In an interview with Izvestia.ru coach Karasev said: 'Sergey is fine, he's already working for the next season. It's too early to say where he'll play next season. We will consider all the options, both from NBA and Europe. One thing is for sure, Sergey won't play for the Nets next season' Source: Izvestia
@ 19.18NBA0 James Borrego to meet with Rockets' owner this week
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Spurs assistant James Borrego will meet with Rockets owner Les Alexander by the end of the week. Borrego had a very good first interview with the Rockets and now will have the opportunity to speak with Alexander in person.
Also Mike D'Antoni and Stephen Silas are in the mix for the job in Houston.
NBA coaching sources say James Borrego, after Monday's interview in Houston, has progressed to a meeting this week with owner Les Alexander
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) 24 maggio 2016Source: Marc Stein
@ 19.07NBA0 Mamadou Ndiaye to stay in the NBA draft
Senegalese big-man Mamadou NDiaye told to Jeff Goodman of ESPN that he'll remain in the NBA draft and won't return to college. Last season at UC Irvine averaged 12.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game.
UC Irvine 7-6 junior Mamadou Ndiaye told ESPN that he will remain in the NBA Draft and forgo his final season of college eligibility.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) 24 maggio 2016Source: Jeff Goodman
@ 17.28NBA0 Pacers interested in hiring Nick Van Exel to join McMillan's staff
Nick Van Exel is in Pacers’ radars to join Nate McMillan coaching staff. Enel spent the season as head coach of the Texas Legends in NBA D-League.
Interesting twist in the coaching game: Sources say Indiana has expressed interest in hiring Nick Van Exel to join Nate McMillan's staff.— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) May 24, 2016
@ 09.15NBA0 Minnesota Timberwolves announce mass firing
Minnesota Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach Tom Thibodeau and General Manager Scott Layden this afternoon announced changes in the team’s front office and coaching structure: “Effective immediately, the following individuals will be relieved of their respective duties: previous General Manager Milt Newton, Vice President of Basketball Operations Rob Babcock, Vice President of Sports Performance Arnie Kander, Assistant Coach Sid Lowe, Director of Sports Performance Koichi Sato, Manager of Team Travel/Facilities Coordinator Bill Hohenecker, Head of Video Department and Manager of Basketball Technology Brice Long and Scouts Milton Barnes and Jason Hervey.” “We would like to thank all of these individuals for their contributions to our organization and wish them well in their future endeavors.” Source: Insidehoops
@ 08.50NBA0 Draymond Green fined $25k, not suspended for groin kick
Draymond Green was fined $25,000 but not suspended by the NBA on Monday for kicking Oklahoma City center Steven Adams in the groin. The league also upgraded the foul to a flagrant 2, which would have resulted in an automatic ejection had officials given it that ruling when it happened. That moved him closer to an automatic suspension for accumulation of flagrant foul points. But Green will be on the court when the Warriors try to even the Western Conference finals at 2-2 on Tuesday at Oklahoma City. Green was called for a flagrant 1 foul after he was fouled by Adams with 5:57 remaining in the second quarter and kicked his leg up into Adams' groin. Though the Thunder felt it was intentional, Green and Warriors coach Steve Kerr said they believed the flagrant would actually be rescinded by the league. NBA Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Kiki VanDeWeghe disagreed. "After a thorough investigation that included review of all available video angles and interviews with the players involved and the officials working the game, we have determined that Green's foul was unnecessary and excessive and warranted the upgrade and fine," VanDeWeghe said in a statement. "During a game, players - at times - flail their legs in an attempt to draw a foul, but Green's actions in this case warranted an additional penalty." The NBA determines a flagrant 1 foul to include "unnecessary contact." A flagrant 2 is defined as "unnecessary and excessive contact." Green now has three flagrant foul points during the postseason. One more will force him to miss Golden State's next game. Green was an All-Star and the runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year, but had a dismal game as Oklahoma City took a 2-1 lead. He was 1 for 9 from the field with six points and the Warriors were outscored by 43 points when he was on the court. Source: NBA