• Union: Joakim Noah would not have been suspended under next CBA

    Pro Basketball Talk "Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator LGD-4033 was not banned by the current Collective Bargaining Agreement when it was enacted. The next CBA will offer a new challenge policy for failed drug tests. Perhaps Joakim Noah, whom the NBA suspended 20 games, just tested positively at the wrong..." March 25

  • Rudy Gay 'ahead of schedule' in recovery from ruptured Achillies

    CSN Bay Area "Rudy Gay has been MIA since leaving the locker room on crutches following the Kings loss to the Indiana Pacers on Jan. 18. He’s posted a few instagram videos of his recovery from a devastating left Achilles rupture, but until Friday night in Oakland, he had been away from the team. “I’m out of..." March 25

  • Shaq apparently bothered he didn't win more MVPs, says he deserves Steve Nash's

    CBS Sports "Shaquille O’Neal might have a statue outside Staples Center now, but it doesn’t mean he’s wholly satisfied with how his career played out. In a story chiefly about Friday’s ceremony, Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated quoted O’Neal telling him earlier this month that he’s still peeved that Steve..." March 25

  • Stephen Curry is About to Get Paid and That Could Destroy the Golden State Warriors

    The Big Lead "The NBA Playoffs start in just over 3 weeks. The Golden State Warriors are within reach of finishing with the best record in the NBA for the third straight season. They’ve been to the Finals twice, won a title and turned Harrison Barnes into Kevin Durant (and hopefully briefly into Matt Barnes)...." March 25

  • Kyrie Irving unconcerned by Cavs' slump: 'Every journey is different'

    ESPN "It was months before LeBron James made the chase-down block he’d later call the “defining play” of his career. And well before Kyrie Irving hit the 3-pointer over Steph Curry that would be dubbed the biggest shot in NBA history by the Wall Street Journal. And even prior to the Cleveland Cavaliers..." March 25

  • Suns' Devin Booker credits Kobe Bryant for mindset that led to 70-point game

    Arizona Republic "The next time someone tells Devin Booker that he should have stayed in college this season, he probably will think about Wednesday night, glance at a pair of a pristine basketball shoes on a shelf and have a hearty laugh. Booker lived a boyhood dream of playing against Kobe Bryant before..." March 25

  • To parent, push or promote: The LaVar Ball dilemma

    Sportsnet "LaVar Ball might be annoying, but he isn’t new. Papa Bear of the “Big Baller Brand” isn’t that different from the pageant style sports parents that we’ve seen for generations. The “super parent” in professional sports has been around for some time. See Richard Williams, Earl Woods, Archie..." March 25

  • Joakim Noah Made a $4.2 Million Mistake

    The Big Lead "Joakim Noah will be suspended for 20 games for violating the NBA’s anti-drug program, Woj reports. He apparently ingested an over-the-counter drug that was on the league’s banned substance list, which was determined upon investigation to be an accident: The National Basketball Players..." March 25

  • Joakim Noah officially suspended 20 games without pay

    NBA.com "Joakim Noah of the New York Knicks has been suspended without pay for 20 games for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program by testing positive for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator LGD-4033, it was announced today by the NBA. Noah has not played since Feb. 4 and was likely to..." March 25

  • Is Russell Westbrook Padding His Rebounding Stats by Leaving His Defender? Stats Say He is

    The Big Lead "Barring some complete meltdown in the final three weeks of the season, Russell Westbrook will finish the season averaging a triple double. Scoring was never a concern. He’s taking the most shots in the league now that Kevin Durant is gone. His assists are up because he’s got the ball all the time..." March 25

  • Kings’ Lawson says court appearance lifted burden

    Sacramento Bee "Times have been hectic for the Kings on the court. The team has lost four in a row after falling to the NBA’s best team, the Golden State Warriors, 114-100 on Friday night at Oracle Arena. Ty Lawson has been juggling more than the struggles on the hardwood. He flew to Denver on Thursday for a..." March 25

  • LeBron questionable against Wizards Saturday

    CBS Sports "LeBron James suffered a scratched cornea in his right eye in a win Friday over Charlotte and hinted he might not be available to play against the Washington Wizards on Saturday. "If coach decides to give me a game off, it's not because I'm resting," James said. "It's because I'm banged..." March 25

  • 9 reasons why the Raptors should sign-and-trade Kyle Lowry

    Sportsnet "Kyle Lowry is unequivocally the Toronto Raptors most valuable player. As I’ve said on the Free Association podcast, a strong case can be made that the Raptors would be better off moving on from him this summer. At the recent Sloan analytics conference, Raptors president Masai Ujiri mentioned a..." March 25

  • Josh Jackson Should Be in the Discussion For #1 Overall Pick in the NBA Draft

    The Big Lead "Nobody has had a better NCAA Tournament than Kansas freshman Josh Jackson. Offensively he’s showed the entire arsenal – step-back 3-pointers, post-up moves, taking people off the dribble – and defensively he’s been just as impressive, between his skywalking blocks and his smart, one-man-zone..." March 25

  • Pelicans' DeMarcus Cousins says Rockets' Ryan Anderson guilty of flopping

    ESPN "Physical play in the paint as Ryan Anderson attempted to defend DeMarcus Cousins in the fourth quarter of the Houston Rockets' 117-107 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans led to two official video reviews, two common fouls and terse words afterward from both opposing forwards. "Flop, review,..." March 25

  • Antetokounmpo on Track to Hit New NBA Record

    Black Sports Online "The debate over who will be named NBA regular season MVP revolves around James Harden and Russell Westbrook, who are both enjoying a spectacular season. It looks to be a straight fight between this pair, with Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James tipped as having a slim outside chance. While the debate..." March 25

  • Embiid undergoes successful surgery to repair torn meniscus

    CSN Philly "Joel Embiid underwent minor arthroscopic surgery on a meniscus tear in his left knee on Friday at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles. The team expects Embiid to resume basketball activities during this summer, according to Sixers director of performance research and development..." March 25

  • James Harden helped recruit Lou Williams to Houston

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Lakers had been shopping Lou Williams around in the run-up to the trade deadline, the only question was would they get a first-round pick for him. Rumors around the league say that Houston had offered them one weeks before, it was on the table, but the Jim Buss/Mitch Kupchak front office held..." March 25

  • Thomas: Suns helping Booker chase numbers in losing cause was 'weird'

    CSN New England "– Stacking wins on top of wins is the mindset of the Boston Celtics right now, so the players who did speak to the media following Friday’s 130-120 win over Phoenix drove that point home emphatically. But inside the locker room, it was unusually quiet, the kind of silence you expect following a..." March 25

  • Watson: Got a problem with Suns letting Booker be great? 'Do something'

    Boston Globe "This one-and-done thing the past 12 years has produced mixed results, with some players flourish into All-Stars while others fall to the wayside. Devin Booker matter-of-factly declared for the draft after averaging 10 points in his lone season at Kentucky — as a reserve. And he slipped to the..." March 25

  • Big Baby believes Ray Allen should be invited to '08 Celtics reunion

    CBS Sports "Ever wonder what Glen “Big Baby” Davis is up to? On Thursday he went on Snapchat, used the banana filter and rambled about lemons in a Jamaican accent, which wasn’t weird at all. The next morning, the former Boston Celtics forward appeared on Fox Sports 1’s “Undisputed” and discussed Ray Allen..." March 25

  • Why Russell Westbrook's historic season doesn't need MVP validation

    CBS Sports "What you are about to read is not an argument that Russell Westbrook shouldn’t win MVP. That’s insane. You can argue all you want that other players are more worthy. Kawhi Leonard might be having the best two-way season since Michael Jordan, or at least prime LeBron James. James Harden is..." March 25

  • Crowder disses Suns for celebrating 70-point effort, Booker fires back

    Arizona Sports "Phoenix Suns shooting guard Devin Booker couldn’t make everyone happy after his 70-point performance against the Boston Celtics. One of those people that appears to not be pleased with Booker’s night is Boston forward Jae Crowder. Crowder — username bossmann99 — took to the NBA’s Instagram..." March 25

  • Devin Booker Scores 70 Points vs. Boston Celtics, Sets Suns Franchise Record

    Bleacher Report "Devin Booker put himself in the history books with 70 points against the Boston Celtics on Friday night at TD Garden, setting a franchise record for the Phoenix Suns for points in a game. While the Celtics earned a 130-120 win, Booker provided a glimpse of his potential with one of the best..." March 25

  • Lonzo Ball announces he's played final game at UCLA

    CBS Sports "UCLA freshman Lonzo Ball has played his final game in a Bruins uniform. After the Bruins lost to No. 2 seed Kentucky 86-75 in the Sweet 16 on Friday night, Ball announced that he is headed to the professional ranks. “That was my final game for UCLA,” he said. “I appreciate the fans.” Ball is..." March 25

  • Source: Joakim Noah to get 20-game ban for banned supplement

    ESPN "New York Knicks center Joakim Noah will receive a 20-game suspension from the NBA for violating the league's anti-drug policy, a source told ESPN's Marc Spears, confirming news that was first reported by The Vertical. The suspension is expected to be announced Saturday, the source said. Noah..." March 25

  • Kristaps Porzingis as No. 1 option: An ugly work in progress

    New York Post "Kristaps Porzingis was disappointed but hardly deterred after failing to elevate his game after being elevated to the Knicks’ featured guy Thursday in Portland. Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose rested minor injuries, leaving Porzingis as the No. 1 option all night. The 7-foot-3 Latvian sounded..." March 24

  • Charles Barkley couldn’t believe how much Michael Jordan used to bet on golf

    Charlotte Observer "On the Dan Patrick radio show recently, Charles Barkley talked about playing golf with Michael Jordan. “We’d be playing golf with certain people,” Barkley said, “we’d be playing a couple hundred dollars a hole, not too bad, and he’d be playing some guy for, like, a 100 thousand dollars....(I’d..." March 24

  • Shaq's Lakers teammates recall practice pranks worthy of statue honor

    Orange County Register "His brute force intimidated anyone who tried to defend him, and his pranks left nearly everyone roaring with laughter. A dominant big man and a life-long jokester, Shaquille O’Neal brought those traits to every stop during his 19-year NBA career, which included an eight-year run with the Lakers..." March 24

  • Jahlil Okafor's knee still sore; doubtful against Chicago Bulls

    Philly.com "76ers center Jahlil Okafor is doubtful for Friday night’s game against the Chicago Bulls with soreness in his right knee. The second-year player did not participate in this morning's shootaround. Okafor has been dealing with soreness since having surgery on March 22, 2016 to repair a torn..." March 24

  • Colin Cowherd issues a warning to NBA teams about tanking

    Fox Sports "Be careful who you tank for. Resting players – both in preparation for the playoffs and in order to improve draft position – has been the talk of the NBA lately, but Colin Cowherd had a warning on Friday’s “The Herd” for teams that are losing games on purpose, particularly the Los Angeles..." March 24

  • Clippers sort of resent Austin Rivers’ favored status

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Clippers faced a potential crisis this summer. They had already agreed to re-sign Austin Rivers to a three-year contract worth more than $35 million, and Jamal Crawford was threatening to leave. Losing the then-36-year-old Crawford would’ve been costly, but it wouldn’t have been..." March 24

  • Phil Jackson blows off scouting opportunity for Shaq

    New York Post "Phil Jackson stayed in Los Angeles after the Knicks departed, didn’t join them here Thursday and won’t in San Antonio on Saturday either. The Knicks president didn’t attend the NCAA Tournament either. According to the Orange County Register, Jackson will attend the unveiling of the Shaquille..." March 24

  • Magic Johnson to skip Shaq statue unveiling to scout UCLA vs. Kentucky game

    Sportsnaut "The Los Angeles Lakers are unveiling a statue of Shaquille O’Neal outside of Staples Center Friday night, but new team general manager Magic Johnson reportedly won’t be around for the ceremony. But at least he has a good reason for missing the big event. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein,..." March 24

  • Blake Griffin increasingly believed to be open to leaving Clippers in free agency

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Clippers were rumored to have already verbally agreed to terms with pending unrestricted free agents Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and J.J. Redick. But with formal contract extensions unviable, L.A. was always going to have to play out the season and hope those players remained committed into..." March 24

  • John Stockton ‘mad’ at NBA stars resting

    Larry Brown Sports "Hall of Fame point guard John Stockton is yelling at the proverbial cloud. The Utah Jazz great, who was in town on Wednesday for a 20th anniversary reunion with his former teammates on the 1996-97 Jazz, the winningest team in franchise history, said that he was “mad” at the recent trend of..." March 24

  • Lakers legend Kobe Bryant says there's no way he'd miss Shaq's statue unveiling

    Los Angeles Times "Only in looking back can Kobe Bryant truly appreciate the impact Shaquille O’Neal had on his career. In basketball history it is impossible to mention one without the other. “When you win three titles together and you’ve had so much impact on one another’s legacy as a player and as a champion,”..." March 24

  • Omer Asik, Quincy Pondexter unlikely to play for rest of season

    ESPN "With just 19 days left and 11 games to play, center Omer Asik (illness) and shooting guard Quincy Pondexter (left knee) are unlikely to return for the remainder of the regular season, New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “Both of those guys will be gearing toward the summer and next..." March 24

  • Charles Oakley Pissed at Patrick Ewing 'You Shoulda Called After MSG Fight!'

    TMZ "Charles Oakley says he's "hurting" that ex-teammate Patrick Ewing didn't call him after he was forcefully removed from Madison Square Garden last month ... saying, "You should have been the first!" "I'm hurting because he didn't call in and show love because I had his back for 10 years," Oakley..." March 24

  • Kendrick Lamar references Westbrook-Durant feud on new track

    SI "Kendrick Lamar brought the Internet to a standstill on Thursday night with the release of his newest song “The Heart Part 4,” and there were two particular bars that had NBA fans hitting the rewind button. Late in his newest track, which you can hear on Apple Music here, Kendrick likened..." March 24

  • Shaquille O’Neal says he once gave a server a $4,000 tip

    Uproxx "Shaquille O’Neal went on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday to talk about a variety of topics, including the unveiling of his new statue at Staples Center, what exactly he meant by his recent flat-Earth comments, and about the time he gave a server an enormous tip. “When I’m at restaurants, I am a..." March 24

  • Damian Lillard isn't afraid to embrace adversity and 'clap back' at Twitter trolls

    Sporting News "Damian Lillard is a tough man to catch on the court. He’s an elusive guard, at any time one step away from getting to the bucket. He can take you off the dribble. If you give him too much room, he’ll hit the jumper. At times, he makes the game look easy. This season, however, has been anything..." March 24

  • Charles Barkley says if he were dying, he'd kill Skip Bayless on TV show

    USA Today "Should Charles Barkley ever get diagnosed with a terminal illness, he has a plan. And it doesn’t involve trips to Paris or walks on the beach. On Thursday’s “Dan Patrick Show,” Barkley said that if he were dying, he would kill TV sports personality Skip Bayless on Patrick’s show. And Patrick..." March 24

  • Suns now own record for youngest starting lineup in NBA history

    Arizona Sports "The NBA is no place for excuses, but the Suns’ 126-98 loss to the league-worst Brooklyn Nets (15-56) might have been more palatable with this fact: Phoenix rolled out the youngest starting lineup in the history of the NBA. T.J. Warren was listed as out with a foot contusion before the Suns..." March 24

  • Mavericks give Seth Curry an opportunity to get the point

    ESPN "You might want to get used to Seth Curry starting at point guard for the Dallas Mavericks. He certainly aced the first night of his audition. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle opted to insert center Nerlens Noel in the starting lineup Thursday night, bumping rookie point guard Yogi Ferrell to the bench..." March 24

  • Mavs' Carlisle on Barea ejection: Griffin's 'cat that ate the canary smile' tells the story of that play

    Sports Day "An entertaining NBA game got more fun in the third quarter Thursday night with a little shoving match between the littlest guy on the court and one of the biggest. The judges would have scored it a TKO for J.J. Barea, even though he's the one who ended up getting taken down. When Barea got..." March 24

  • J.R. Smith's Baby: The Miracle Continues Breathing Tube Removed!

    TMZ "Big news for J.R. Smith and his family ... their micro-preemie baby Dakota is thiiiis close to crossing the 3-pound mark and her breathing tube is out! As we previously reported, Smith's wife, Jewel, gave birth to "Kota Bear" in early January almost 5 months before her due date. Dakota only..." March 24

  • Warriors' Barnes: 'I'm trying to kill' Kings

    ESPN "Golden State Warriors forward Matt Barnes has a candid message for his former team, the Sacramento Kings. "I'm trying to kill them," Barnes told reporters Thursday. "Plain and simple. Things didn't go well there." Barnes' new team will play host to his former squad Friday. The..." March 24

  • T-Wolves to unveil new logo during final regular-season home game

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Timberwolves’ were the trendy pick for a breakout team this season with Tom Thibodeau coaching Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine. Instead, Minnesota fell flat. At, 28-42 the Timberwolves will miss the playoffs for the 13th straight year – the NBA’s longest active postseason..." March 24

  • Why Cavs' defensive struggles are bad news for a potential Finals rematch with Warriors

    CBS Sports "-- LeBron James was pissed. Not frustrated. I’ve seen him frustrated. Not upset, I’ve seen that too, after Finals losses. He was pissed. Short with reporters, snarky, and fuming about his Cavaliers’ defense, which once again got shredded. It’s not November, anymore. It’s late March, and the..." March 24