• Mike D'Antoni, James Harden: Rockets not in good rhythm

    ABC 13 "Coach Mike D'Antoni's concern about the possibility of theHouston Rockets losing their rhythm after clinching the NBA's top overall seed with a couple of weeks remaining in the regular season has become a reality. The Rockets cruised to the league's best overall record with a historically elite..." April 22

  • Blazers GM Neil Olshey says team won’t overreact to quick playoff exit

    Larry Brown Sports "The Portland Trail Blazers were swept by the New Orleans Pelicans in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, leading many to wonder if there were big changes in store for the organization. While obviously still assessing the damage, Blazers general manager Neil Olshey seemed to indicate that there..." April 22

  • Kerr: Curry ‘is not going to play anytime soon’

    San Jose Mercury News "The Warriors were correct in saying that Stephen Curry would not play in the first round of the playoffs. But will he play in the second round of the NBA playoffs? “Steph is not going to play anytime soon,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “But he’s come along well and has looked good in..." April 22

  • Warriors' Kevin Durant to Giannis Antetokounmpo: Don't stay with Bucks if you're not having fun

    ESPN "Giannis Antetokounmpo has a vision. He looks into his future and sees his jersey being raised to the rafters, ideally next to a new championship banner or two, after an entire career spent playing for the Milwaukee Bucks. "Definitely. That's one of my goals," Antetokounmpo told ESPN..." April 22

  • Pelicans have to trade DeMarcus Cousins

    Yardbarker "The New Orleans Pelicans were built around a very simple principal. Two superstars, no matter how theoretically redundant, are always better than one. That principal is essentially historical fact. Solo acts don’t win championships. LeBron James never did it. Kobe Bryant never did it. Michael..." April 22

  • LeBron James' Cavs again searching for answers after nightmare second half against Pacers in Game 3

    CBS Sports "The Cleveland Cavaliers had it in the bag. At halftime in Game 3 of their first-round series, they led the Indiana Pacers 57-40. Unlike the previous game, a three-point victory, they were not relying on LeBron James carrying them; Kevin Love led the team in scoring with 16 points on 6-for-11..." April 22

  • Marcus Smart Could Return from Injury for Game 6 vs. Bucks

    Bleacher Report "Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart told reporters he will meet with a doctor in New York City in hopes of being cleared ahead of a potential Game 6 matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks. Smart spoke to reporters ahead of the Celtics' Game 4 clash in Milwaukee, where they will attempt to take a 3-1..." April 22

  • Ime Udoka To Interview With Hornets

    Hoops Rumors "The Hornets will interview Ime Udoka for their head coaching vacancy this week, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. An assistant in San Antonio, Udoka joins fellow Spurs assistant Ettore Messina and former Grizzlies coach David Fizdale on Charlotte’s interview list. Udoka has been an assistant..." April 22

  • Brett Brown ‘shocked’ Sixers defeated Heat, believes team ‘didn’t deserve it’

    Sportress of Blogitude "Saturday, the Philadelphia 76ers took a commanding 3-1 series lead versus the Miami Heat with a 106-102 victory in South Beach. Despite the win, the Sixers looked very sloppy for a large portion of the game. Joel Embiid, who made his postseason debut in Game 3, did not have the strongest outing..." April 22

  • How special can these Sixers be? Just listen to Dwyane Wade

    Philly.com "Maybe the best thing to do is just listen. Sure, we could dive into the details of what the Sixers accomplished on the court on Saturday afternoon. We could take a look back at all of the moments that exemplified the toughness, the resilience, the edge with which they played. The shots, the..." April 22

  • Ex-Clippers Forward Wilson Signs With Italian Team

    Hoops Rumors "Former Clippers small forward Jamil Wilson has agreed to a contract for the remainder of the European League season with Italian Serie A team Virtus Bologna, according to Daniele Labanti of Corriere di Bologna, as relayed by Sportando. Wilson had a whirlwind season. He signed a two-way contract..." April 22

  • Kawhi Won't Be Available to Lakers

    Orange County Register "It’s a sad day in San Antonio – and an exciting one for other teams, starting with the Lakers – with Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs looking like they’re past the point of no return. The Spurs trail the Warriors 3-0 in their first-round mismatch, one loss from the offseason with Kawhi nowhere in..." April 22

  • Vander Blue Leaves Italian Team

    Hoops Rumors "Vander Blue, who spent part of this season as a two-way player with the Lakers, is no longer with Fiat Torino in Italy, according to Nicola Lupo of Sportando. Blue played five games for L.A. before being waived in January, seeing just nine total minutes of court time. " April 22

  • Andrew Bogut to play in NBL, signs with Sydney Kings

    ESPN "Veteran Boomers big man Andrew Bogut has all but ended his 13-season NBA career after signing with the Sydney Kings in Australia's NBL. The Kings revealed the news via their social media channels on Sunday night, confirming a press conference will be held on Monday morning to discuss their..." April 22

  • Simmons Reportedly Wouldn't Welcome Lebron To The 76ers

    Hot New Hip Hop "Jim Jackson may very well be saying what Ben Simmons is thinking. Retired NBA player Jim Jackson thinks the Philadelphia 76ers should focus their efforts on signing Paul George instead of Lebron James for the sake of Ben Simmons' career. With Lebron becoming a free agent this summer, reports..." April 22

  • After Rubio's triple-double, Westbrook vows to 'shut that s--- off next game'

    CBS Sports "If there's one person who knows triple-doubles, it's Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook. So it was a little odd to see Jazz guard Ricky Rubio put up a monster triple-double against Westbrook in Utah's 115-102 Game 4 victory on Saturday. Rubio finished with 26 points, 11 rebounds and..." April 22

  • CJ McCollum blasts reporter for poorly-worded tweet

    The Sports Daily "The No. 3 seed Portland Trail Blazers just got swept by the No. 6 Pelicans, and that embarrassing result appears to be taking a toll on the team’s players. CJ McCollum did everything he could in his power to attempt to prevent that from happening, with 38 points on 15-of-22 shooting in the..." April 22

  • Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday combine for 88 points, tying playoff record

    ESPN "When DeMarcus Cousins went down with a torn Achilles in January, one of the NBA's most promising big threes was dismantled -- and it looked like the Pelicans' playoff hopes would crumble, as well. But the remaining big two of Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday just responded with one of the..." April 22

  • Magic interested in the Blazers’ Terry Stotts if he becomes available

    Clutch Points "The Portland Trail Blazers are coming off the heels of a disappointing four-game sweep in the first round of the playoffs against the New Orleans Pelicans. It has marked the second straight exit in the opening round by way of a sweep for the franchise. This latest discouraging end to the..." April 22

  • Lillard after sweep: Pelicans 'threw something at us that we hadn't seen'

    NBA.com "Game 4 in New Orleans wasn’t short on great shots and great performances on both sides, but the Pelicans made a few more plays to sweep the Trail Blazers with a 131-123 win Saturday at Smoothie King Center. A sellout crowd of 18,544 watched the Pelicans earn their spot in the Western Conference..." April 22

  • Alvin Gentry thanks Kobe Bryant after Game 4 win over Blazers

    Larry Brown Sports "Alvin Gentry began his post game press conference after the New Orleans Pelicans swept the Portland Trail Blazers by thanking Kobe Bryant and his shoes. With less than a minute remaining in regulation of Saturday’s game, Jrue Holiday was ruled to have stepped out of bounds with New Orleans up..." April 22

  • 76ers’ Ben Simmons Becomes First Rookie Since Lakers’ Magic Johnson With Triple-Double In NBA Playoffs

    Lakers Nation "With his size and passing ability at the point guard position, Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons has often drawn comparisons to Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson. Magic, of course, took the Lakers to another level as a team in his first season, and Simmons is trying to do the same with..." April 22

  • Lance Stephenson: Pacers have ‘full control’ of series with Cavs

    Larry Brown Sports "Lance Stephenson thinks he has LeBron James right where he wants him. Speaking with reporters after practice on Saturday, Stephenson expressed confidence over the Indiana Pacers’ 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series against the favored Cleveland Cavaliers. “We have full control right..." April 21

  • Terry Stotts Reportedly Could Be Fired After Pelicans Sweep Trail Blazers

    Bleacher Report "Even after leading his team to 49 victories and a Northwest Division title during the regular season, Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts could be on the hot seat. Marc Stein of the New York Times reported there is buzz around the league that Stotts could be fired after the third-seeded..." April 21

  • George Hill's MRI reveals no damage to back

    247 Sports "It looks like George Hill will be just fine. As the Cleveland Cavaliers prepare for a pivotal Game 4 matchup versus the Indiana Pacers on their home floor on Sunday night, there is some good news to go along with some bad news. The good news is that an MRI revealed there was no structural..." April 21

  • Twins Marcus, Markieff Morris each fined by league for separate instances

    Pro Basketball Talk "Twins Marcus and Markieff Morris have a special bond, one that includes doing so much together on the basketball court — playing at the same high school, the same AAU team, then going to college together at Kansas, and even playing together in the NBA for a while together with the Suns (they are..." April 21

  • David Fizdale, Ettore Messina To Interview With Hornets

    Real GM Basketball "The Charlotte Hornets will interview David Fizdale and Ettore Messina for their head coaching vacancy in the coming days. Fizdale was fired by the Grizzlies as head coach early this season." April 21

  • Rodions Kurucs To Enter The 2018 NBA Draft

    Hoops Rumors "Latvian forward Rodions Kurucs is declaring for the 2018 NBA draft, per Jonathan Givony of ESPN. The 6-foot-10 combo forward is now projected as a possible second-round selection after seeing his stock plummet because of a lack of laying time with Barcelona this season. Kurucs, 20, is currently..." April 21

  • What's happened to Karl-Anthony Towns?

    Sporting News "The Timberwolves might not have entered their first-round matchup with the Rockets with expectations of upsetting the best team in the NBA, but they at least had the talent to make things interesting. With Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns, the Timberwolves have the star power to compete with..." April 21

  • Gregg Popovich will not return to Spurs' bench for Game 4

    ABC News " Gregg Popovich will not coach the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday for Game 4 of their first-round series with the Golden State Warriors, the team announced. Popovich also did not coach Game 3 on Thursday after his wife, Erin, died Wednesday." April 21

  • Potential No. 1 Overall Pick Luka Doncic Has Reportedly Declared For The 2018 NBA Draft

    Clutch Points "European star Luka Doncic has submitted paperwork to officially enter the 2018 NBA Draft, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports. Doncic, who is currently 19 years old, is playing in the postseason in the Euroleague for Real Madrid right now. The Slovenian-born swingman is projected to be..." April 21

  • Cavaliers’ George Hill to have MRI on back, questionable for Game 4

    Sportsnaut "It’s not a coincidence that Victor Oladipo and the Indiana Pacers had major success on offense in the second half of the team’s win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night. Trailing by 17 at halftime and having put up just 40 points in the first two quarters, Indiana came through big time..." April 21

  • Rajon Rondo boasts about Pelicans’ ‘Big Three’

    Larry Brown Sports "The New Orleans Pelicans may be the hottest team of the NBA playoffs so far, and veteran guard Rajon Rondo is certainly feeling the spice. Speaking with the media on Friday after the Pelicans jumped out to a 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers, Rondo..." April 21

  • Lamar Odom Credits Marijuana for Being ‘Walking Miracle’ Following Overdose

    Complex "After a 2015 trip to a Nevada brothel left him unconscious and recovering from multiple strokes, former NBA star Lamar Odom says he's turned to cannabis to aid in his recovery efforts. “Marijuana has helped, especially with my stroke,” Odom recently told People magazine. “With my coordination,..." April 21

  • Knicks plan interviews with David Blatt, James Borrego, Mike Budenholzer

    ESPN "The New York Knicks plan to interview former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt in Europe next week, league sources told ESPN. Blatt is coaching a team in Turkey this season. After the trip overseas, the Knicks are expected to meet with San Antonio Spurs assistant coach James Borrego in..." April 21

  • Suns Interview Igor Kokoskov For Head Coach Job

    Hoops Rumors "The Suns have interviewed Jazz assistant Igor Kokoskov for their vacant head coach job, league sources tell Tony Jones of The Salt Lake City Tribune (Twitter link). We noted yesterday that Phoenix planned to interview Kokoskov as they continue their search. Kokoskov has served an assistant for..." April 21

  • Hassan Whiteside fires back at critics amid poor playoff performance

    Larry Brown Sports "Hassan Whiteside is telling his critics to make like an egg and beat it. The Miami Heat center, who has virtually been a non-factor during the team’s first three playoff games against the Philadelphia 76ers, took an opportunity on Friday to hit back at those criticizing him. “I don’t get..." April 21

  • Grizzlies had to choose between Marc Gasol and David Fizdale

    Pro Basketball Talk "David Fizdale has been linked to most of the NBA’s head-coaching vacancies. He developed a legion of backers as lead a Heat assistant, and he did good things guiding the Grizzlies before they unexpectedly fired him. He deserves consideration. But he also must explain his fractured..." April 21

  • Lakers' Julius Randle 'I Care About My L.A. Future ... Not LeBron's!'

    TMZ "Julius Randle says you can jam it with all the questions about LeBron James on the Lakers ... because there's one Lakers future he's much more interested in ... HIS OWN. Randle is coming off a career season with the Purple & Gold, but being that he's a restricted free agent, there's no..." April 21

  • Marcus Morris: Refs knew they'd go after me before game started

    ESPN "Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris, frustrated by a third-quarter technical foul assessed to him during his team's Game 3 loss to the Bucks on Friday, suggested again that he believes referees have been unfair to him in recent weeks. Morris appeared incredulous when referee Sean Corbin..." April 21

  • Glen Davis Named as Suspect in Assault Case

    Bleacher Report "Former NBA power forward Glen "Big Baby" Davis was formally named as a suspect in connection with an April 8 altercation at a West Hollywood nightclub. On Saturday, TMZ Sports reported police spoke with "several witnesses" who said Davis was the aggressor in an incident with another man, who..." April 21

  • LeBron won't throw teammates 'under the bus'

    SI "The Cavaliers arrived as one, wearing matching custom designer suits planned weeks in advance. They departed down 2-1, facing a new round of questions about their ability to extend LeBron James’s streak of consecutive Finals appearances to eight. Indiana defeated Cleveland 92-90 in Game 3 of a..." April 21

  • Joel Embiid: 'I was built' for playoff basketball

    ESPN "A day after making his playoff debut, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid says he is "built for" postseason basketball. "I feel like I'm one of the most physical players in the league -- I love contact, I love attacking, I love going to the free throw line," Embiid said Friday after scoring..." April 21

  • Kansas sophomore Azubuike enters NBA draft, could return to Kansas

    CBS Sports "Kansas sophomore Udoka Azubuike announced Friday that he will go through the pre-draft process for the NBA but will not sign an agent just yet. The 7-foot, 280-pound Azubuike (one of the largest humans in college basketball), is going to get ample feedback before making a decision. If he..." April 21

  • Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow fined for stepping on Joel Embiid's mask

    NBA.com "Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow has been fined $15,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct for intentionally stepping on and attempting to damage the facemask of Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations." April 21

  • Knicks Plan To Talk To Mike Budenholzer

    Hoops Rumors "The Knicks continue to cast a wide net in their search for a new head coach, with Michael Cunningham of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporting (via Twitter) that the club intends to talk to current Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer. Budenholzer, who has two years and more than $13MM remaining on..." April 20

  • LeBron James bought Cavs teammates matching designer suits to wear to game tonight

    Pro Basketball Talk "I’m still trying to decide if this is cool or a little too Stepford. The Cavaliers rolled into the Bakers’ Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis tonight wearing matching designer suits, all paid for by LeBron James and custom fitted to each player. If a college team rolled into a game in..." April 20

  • Embiid had multiple orbital fractures, at high risk of reinjury

    ESPN "Joel Embiid never really sleeps well. He's a night owl by nature. And since he moved to the United States (just seven years ago!) he has formed a bad habit of playing video games way too late into the night. This isn't some hobby. Embiid once admitted he thinks he might be "addicted" to video..." April 20

  • Kenyon Martin Says 85 Percent of NBA Smokes Marijuana

    SLAM Online "While the NBA bans the use of marijuana, Kenyon Martin estimates that “85 percent” of the League continues to find ways to smoke marijuana. In a roundtable discussion with B/R Mag’s Master Tesfatsion, Matt Barnes added that not only the players—but coaches and executives—smoke weed. “Some of..." April 20

  • NBA Rumors: Clippers could be good trade partner with for Beal

    Hoops Hype "The Washington Wizards could have a very different team next season if the front office decides to break up the duo of John Wall and Bradley Beal. During a recent podcast, several media members discussed whether the Wizards should reassemble their roster in the offseason. They pointed to an..." April 20