CSN Northwest "As the Portland Trail Blazers walked off the court, leaving a sold out noiseless crowd in disbelief after just taking a commanding 2-0 series lead with a 112-105 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night, they were greeted by some familiar faces in route to the locker room. In the..." April 24
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "For just about all of the 48 minutes, the Miami Heat searched for motivation, purpose, the very type of perseverance Al Jefferson was providing for the Charlotte Bobcats. A 15-point lead early in the second period would be cut to six. A 16-point lead later in the quarter would be down to 10 at..." April 24
Dallas Morning News "A couple of guys who don’t take any lip or any guff from anybody dragged the Mavericks back into their first-round playoff series with the San Antonio Spurs. Shawn Marion and former Spur DeJuan Blair pushed first and pushed hard as the Mavericks controlled Game 2 Wednesday night for a..." April 24
Fox Sports "Former referee Tim Donaghy, who served 15 months in prison for fixing NBA games, says the NBA is pressuring officials to side with the Nets in their series against the Raptors. "(The Raptors) are not only going against the Brooklyn Nets but going against the league office," Donaghy said in a..." April 23
Phil said he "made up his mind" and he will not coach. Also cited physical reasons.
ESPN.com "One playoff win has not eased the mounting pressure on Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel. Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com that Vogel, despite a 56-win season that secured the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, is "coaching for his job" in the wake of a prolonged slide that has..." April 23
McHale said Pat Beverley is good to go, not anticipating any limitations. #Rockets
SI.com "Leading the Suns to one of the most surprising rises in the league this season, Phoenix guard Goran Dragic has been voted the NBA’s 2013-14 Most Improved Player. Dragic powered the Suns to a 23-win improvement (48-34) from the year before, averaging a career-best 20.3 points to go along with..." April 23
CBSSports.com "Lance Stephenson and Evan Turner reportedly had quite the scrap on the eve of the playoffs, but as you'd expect, the team got its story straight and denied the severity of the fight. Impossible for us to know what happened unless the Pacers want to go ahead and release their practic film for..." April 23
Yahoo! Sports "Much like an NCAA basketball team getting its first loss out of the way before the NCAA tournament hits, perhaps it is best that the New York Knicks’ owner James Dolan and Phil Jackson had their first disagreement about something as relatively benign as the firing of unnamed staff this month. Just..." April 23
San Antonio Express-News "Phil Jackson has never been shy at tweaking his opponents. He started in on the Spurs almost as soon as he took the Lakers job back in 1999, suggesting an asterisk was necessary for their first championship coming in a lockout-shortened season. Now the president of the Knicks, Jackson was at..." April 23
NBA.com "As the Miami HEAT embarks on its historical quest for a fourth straight appearance in the NBA Finals and our third consecutive NBA Championship, I am happy to announce that we have come to an agreement with Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, subject to the approval of the Board of County..." April 23
Chalmers is playing
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Ahead of Charlotte’s shootaround Wednesday morning, Al Jefferson said he plans to be on the court when the Bobcats try to even their opening-round playoff series against the Heat tonight. But although the center said he feels “good,” he was still wearing a walking boot Wednesday morning after..." April 23
ESPN.com "The coaching search farthest removed from the New York Knicks-level spotlight could prove to be one of the most fascinating of the NBA offseason. That's because the Utah Jazz, I'm told, are on that very short list of teams that will give bona fide consideration to breaking basketball's Euro..." April 23
CSN Washington "Everything went wrong for the Wizards in Game 2 -- blew a 17-point lead, missed 11 of 16 foul shots in the third and fourth quarters, trailed by 10 with seven minutes left in regulation, missed a chance to win it on the final shot and had three starters with five fouls -- but when this overtime..." April 23
Toronto Star "They talked of tweaks and adjustments, changes both subtle and substantial, but there was one thing the Raptors did on Tuesday night that was more important than anything else. They played better. DeMar DeRozan made a series of big shots and free throws in the final 2 1/2 minutes as part of..." April 23
Indy Cornrows "The Pacers pieced together a tremendous second half as Paul George scores 27 and Luis Scola scores 20 to help tie the series with Atlanta at 1-1. The Indiana Pacers finally pieced together a huge second half burst, finally showing up for the 2014 NBA Playoffs with a 31-6 run late in the third..." April 23
New York Daily News "Phil Jackson's formidable task of rebuilding the Knicks and establishing a professional, winning culture at Madison Square Garden has already hit a familiar roadblock: James Dolan. Just one month into his role as Knicks president, Jackson has already clashed with Dolan, the chairman of Madison..." April 23
Yahoo! Sports "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..." April 23
New York Post "Hours after the Jax ax finally fell on Woody, Steve Kerr threw his hat into the ring to officially become the heavy favorite to be Phil Jackson’s first head-coaching hire. In his first public comments about the Knicks, Kerr said he “anticipates” talking to Jackson about the head-coaching..." April 23
Pro Basketball Talk "Carmelo Anthony wants to be recruited. He wants to be told how much he’s wanted, more than that how much he’s needed. How he can help them win. How they can market him. He wants teams to come to him. In other words, he wants the full Dwight Howard treatment. That’s not my words, that’s what..." April 23
ESPN Los Angeles "Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant began an intense six-month training program with an early-morning workout Monday, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN. Bryant has been cleared for running and shooting as he returns from a broken bone in his left lateral tibial plateau that..." April 22
Pete D'Alessandro says that the Kings will extend a qualifying offer to Isaiah Thomas, which would officially make him a restricted FA.
Fox Sports "How bad have things become for the Indiana Pacers? It seems like it was only yesterday that they were the sexy pick to beat the Miami Heat and represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals. Now, after an ugly loss to the Hawks (the No. 8 seed in the East) in Game 1 of their opening..." April 22
Jeremy Lin was out sick and did not practice.
USA Today "In a move that surprised no one, Kentucky freshman Julius Randle announced Tuesday he's headed to the NBA. The 6-foot-9, 250-pound All-American power forward is widely projected to be a top-five pick in the June 26 draft. "Growing up, I dreamed about playing in the NBA," said Randle, who has..." April 22
NBA.com "The NBA today announced that San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich is the recipient of the Red Auerbach Trophy as the 2013-14 NBA Coach of the Year. Popovich joins Don Nelson and Pat Riley as the only coaches to win the award three times. Popovich also received the award following the 2002-03..." April 22
Pro Basketball Talk "The Steve Kerr-to-the-Knicks story has really gotten out ahead of itself. Not only does Phil Jackson reportedly want to hire Kerr as New York’s head coach, Kerr reportedly wants the position. Yet, each side continue to express interest in the other through the media. Why not just make the..." April 22
Take that Masai. Ujiri fined $25,000 by NBA for cursing out borough of Brooklyn.
The Morning Journal "It’s business as usual at Cleveland Clinic Courts, despite the fact that the department heads are still “under review.” Cavs acting General Manager David Griffin spoke to the media on April 22. The Cavs finished 33-49 this season, 17-16 since Griffin replaced the fired Chris Grant in..." April 22
Pro Basketball Talk "If you just look at the numbers Dwight Howard had a pretty good night at the free throw line — 9-of-17 overall and he hit 6-of-7 from the line late in the fourth quarter and overtime. But that’s not the whole story. With four minutes left and the Blazers down 10, coach Terry Stotts ordered..." April 22
ESPN.com "Tony Parker and Tim Duncan have shared an awful lot of success teamed on the San Antonio Spurs. They've led them to 13 straight 50-win seasons, five straight Southwest Division titles and three NBA titles since Parker entered the league. However, their relationship did not start off on such..." April 22
"I'm suiting up. It'll take more than that to make me sit down." -- Al Jefferson after treatment.
Los Angeles Times "Resoundingly and emphatically, the Clippers responded to the challenge presented to them in Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series by winning in historic fashion Monday night at Staples Center. Blake Griffin answered the call with a playoff career-high 35 points. And Doc..." April 22
Memphis Commercial Appeal "A pair of teams that put together a playoff classic three years ago might just be working on another. That could have easily been a prevailing notion Monday night following the Grizzlies’ 111-105 Game 2 victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder in overtime at Chesapeake Energy Arena. After a..." April 22
NBA.com "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..." April 21
A lot of league insiders think Flip Saunders will take over the T-wolves' coaching duties himself....
Chicago Tribune "The Bulls and the NBA will announce that Joakim Noah is the Defensive Player of the Year at a 4 p.m. news conference, a source familiar with the announcement confirmed. Noah is the second player in franchise history to win the award, joining Michael Jordan for the 1987-88 season. Noah's..." April 21
CBSSports.com "The New York Knicks announced on Monday that head coach Mike Woodson has been relieved of his coaching duties in addition to the rest of the coaching staff. Team president Phil Jackson made the announcement Monday morning. New York Knickerbockers President Phil Jackson announced today..." April 21
Newsday "Mike Woodson was officially let go as head coach of the Knicks on Monday morning, the team announced. Here are six candidates who could succeed him at Madison Square Garden: Steve Kerr: Ex-guard won three titles under Phil Jackson with Chicago. Smart, has a complete working knowledge of the..." April 21
New York Daily News "Steve Kerr was wearing a psychedelic print shirt and a light blue blazer to honor his TNT colleague and friend Craig Sager, who is being treated for leukemia. The former NBA marksman was the easiest guy to pick out of a crowd at the United Center on Sunday but impossible to pin down on his..." April 21
NBA sources confirm MRI on Pat Beverley's right knee did not reveal any new damage. He could play in game 2 against Portland.
Sportsnet.ca "American sports broadcaster ESPN caused the much maligned shot clock malfunction in the Toronto Raptors’ opening game of the playoffs. The day after the Raptors were mocked for the debacle, a Raptors official confirmed that an ESPN technician plugged into the same power source for the shot..." April 21
Hoops Rumors "University of Florida coach Billy Donovan is drawing interest from the Wolves as they search for a new head coach, tweets Marc Stein of ESPN.com, while Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports adds former Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins to the list of candidates. Sam Amick of USA Today suggests George Karl..." April 21
Reassuring to hear Tim Duncan say he has only "a couple more" playoff runs in him. Would seemingly suggest this is not his last then. Right?
CBSSports.com "Rick Adelman, one of the most brilliant offensive coaching minds in NBA history, announced his retirement on Monday. "It's time," Adelman said. "It's just time for me step aside and someone else to come in." According to Yahoo Sports, early candidates for the job include Stan Van Gundy, Fred..." April 21
ESPN.com "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...." April 21
Bulls to make a major announcement later today. Hearing Jo won Defensive Player of the Year.
Fansided "Los Angeles Lakers owner Jim Buss was apparently more than okay with trading longtime power forward Pau Gasol, but general manager Mitch Kupchack, not so much. Part of that was likely due to the fact that the Lakers never received anything more than a second round draft pick offer for Gasol..." April 21