• Kupchak compares Clarkson to Westbrook

    ESPN.com "Late last season, Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott spoke of Lakers rookie guard Jordan Clarkson in the same breath as Oklahoma City star guard Russell Westbrook, saying that while Clarkson wasn't on the same level, he did at least play a similar style and have similar athleticism. Now..." May 23

  • James leads the way with help as Cleveland Cavaliers take commanding 2-0 series lead over Atlanta Hawks

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "In Game 1 it was J.R. Smith and his eight three-pointers that made the difference. In Game 2 it was Iman Shumpert and his four three-pointers. "Next man up" is their motto and that's what occurred as the wounded Cleveland Cavaliers played terrible guest in thrashing the Atlanta Hawks 94-82 on..." May 23

  • GM: Kobe says next season is last with Lakers

    ESPN Los Angeles "Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said star guard Kobe Bryant has told the GM that the 2015-16 season will be Bryant's last with the Lakers. "He has indicated to me that this is it," Kupchak said Thursday in a radio appearance with SiriusXM NBA Radio. Bryant is scheduled to..." May 23

  • Report: Tom Thibodeau believed to prefer sitting out next season rather than helping Bulls by accepting trade

    Pro Basketball Talk "Asked about his future with the Bulls, Tom Thibodeau said, “Until they tell me I’m not, I expect to be here. So, that’s the way I’m approaching it.” They might tell him he’s not sooner than later, but they’re following a plan. And Thibodeau might have his own ideas Mark Carman of..." May 23

  • Rockets’ Dwight Howard listed as probable for Game 3

    Houston Chronicle "Dwight Howard is officially listed as probable for Game 3, the team announced Friday. Howard, who hurt is left knee in the opener, returned for Game 2 and played 40 minutes." May 23

  • Carroll a game-time decision for Game 2

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer called starting small forward DeMarre Carroll a game-time decision Friday morning before Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. However, it appears unlikely he will be able to play. Carroll suffered a left knee sprain late in the fourth quarter of Game 1..." May 23

  • Kyrie Irving out for Game 2 with knee injury

    SB Nation "Kyrie Irving will miss Game 2 of the Eastern conference finals, reports Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports. According to Spears, Irving is questionable to play in Game 3 on Sunday. Irving has been battling knee tendinitis for a while but has tried to play through it. He has seen his minutes..." May 23

  • Time is now for Portland to trade Nicolas Batum

    CSN Northwest "The Portland Trail Blazers are set to enter the 2015 NBA offseason with a potential roster overhaul on the horizon. The team only has four players guaranteed to be on the books next year, but as it turns out, one of those surefire returnees is far from a lock to remain in Rip City after..." May 23

  • Rockets blame being misplaced for failed final possession

    New York Post "Thursday night’s game between the Warriors and Rockets was terrific, with Golden State emerging with a thrilling 99-98 victory to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals. But the biggest talking point, despite the spectacular performances by several players on both teams, was Kevin..." May 22

  • Parsons might not be ready for camp; knee surgery may have been more serious than reported

    Dallas Morning News "Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons’ first public appearance since his right knee surgery did not yield a lot of concrete information about what, exactly, happened during the May 1 procedure. Getting around on crutches, Parsons on Thursday was part of an NBA Cares event with other NBA and WNBA..." May 22

  • Lil B Calls James Harden Out for Stealing His Cooking Dance, Threatens to Curse Him

    Complex "Question: If Lil B's Based God's Curse—the one that he's put on Kevin Durant a few times now—is so effective, then why hasn't he been putting it on Warriors opponents throughout the NBA Playoffs? He's a big Golden State fan, so it kind of seems like a no-brainer to us. From Anthony Davis to Zach..." May 22

  • Report: Celtics in the mix to pursue Demarre Carroll

    CSN New England "The news that DeMarre Carroll's knee injury is a bone bruise means that he is back atop team's free agent shortlists. And he's on the Celtics' list. Sporting News' Sean Deveney reports that the Celtics are going to pursue the upcoming free agent. The 28-year-old's defensive prowess and..." May 22

  • Kyrie Irving misses Cavaliers' shootaround, questionable for Game 2

    ESPN.com "The Cleveland Cavaliers may be without star guard Kyrie Irving for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday night as he continues to deal with a left knee issue. Coach David Blatt says Irving didn't attend the morning shootaround in order to meet with the team's head physician, Dr...." May 22

  • Report: Kristaps Porzingis will draw ‘significant interest’ from Magic, Kings, Pistons in NBA Draft

    Pro Basketball Talk "Latvian big man Kristaps Porzingis was rumored to be worthy of the number one overall selection in this summer’s NBA Draft, and since then, has been projected to go with one of the top three picks. While teams evaluating Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor, D’Angelo Russell and Emmanuel Mudiay..." May 22

  • Noel, Embiid keys to Hinkie's plan — on and off the court

    CSN Philly "Last week, Joel Embiid accompanied Sixers management to the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, and Tuesday night Nerlens Noel represented the Sixers at the draft lottery. These are actions of an organization that appears to consider both players key to its future success. Then again, Michael..." May 22

  • Kyrie Irving: I Just Don't Have It Right Now

    Real GM Basketball "Kyrie Irving is battling an injured foot and knee, severely limiting his effectiveness. "I just don't have it right now," said Irving." May 22

  • Dwight Howard will play start in Game 2

    ESPN.com "Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard will play Thursday night in Game 2 against the Golden State Warriors with a sprained ligament in his left knee. Howard was listed as questionable, and after a 15-minute workout before the game, the team decided he would participate. How effective Howard..." May 21

  • Report: Mike Conley won’t sign contract extension with Grizzlies

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Grizzlies have built a strong identity behind Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, Mike Conley and Tony Allen. Memphis is tough, defensively oriented and eager to make an impact in the paint. But Gasol’s free agency has potential to unravel everything. And even if the Grizzlies sweat it out and..." May 21

  • 2014-2015 All NBA Teams named

    NBA.com "The NBA announced today that Pelicans forward Anthony Davis has been named to the 2014-15 All-NBA First Team. The distinction is the first in Davis’ three years in the NBA. Davis, 6-10, 220, led the NBA in Player Impact Estimate (PIE), which measures a player's overall statistical contribution..." May 21

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    Mark Berman @MarkBermanFox26

    Kevin McHale says Dwight Howard went thru bout half of shoot around, trying to get comfortable with a brace. Game-time decision.

  • Carmelo Anthony somehow managed to get an All-NBA vote

    Sporting News "It was not a shock to see Stephen Curry and LeBron James selected to the All-NBA first team. Reasonable cases could be made for most of the players who made first, second or third team, and even those in the also receiving votes — Wait? Is that Carmelo Anthony? Anthony received an All-NBA..." May 21

  • Lakers will pursue Tom Thibodeau

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kobe Bryant clearly put out word last summer that he wished the Lakers could hire Tom Thibodeau. The Lakers reportedly sought permission from to interview Thibodeau, but they hired Byron Scott. Scott got on his players nerves (and vice versa), professed his disbelief in analytics and oversaw..." May 21

  • Kaminsky favors Okafor over Towns as NBA franchise cornerstone

    SI.com "Frank Kaminsky says he prefers Jahlil Okafor to Karl-Anthony Towns, the former Wisconsin forward told SI Now. Asked whom he would pick first in the draft, Kaminsky said it would depend on team need. But as for which player is more talented between Okafor and Towns, Kaminsky said: "I think..." May 21

  • Celtics interested in trading up in draft, maybe for Willie Cauley-Stein

    CSN New England "Two league sources told CSNNE.com Friday that the Boston Celtics are “very open” to moving up in next month’s NBA draft. And while the sources did not indicate which player Boston was targeting, there are growing signs that they have their sights set on trying to draft Kentucky big man Willie..." May 21

  • Lakers have big plans (Jahlil Okafor or Karl-Anthony Towns) for pick

    Los Angeles Times "The Lakers found gold in a pot of ping-pong balls at the end of their worst season ever. Now comes the easy part. Wait for the Minnesota Timberwolves to draft Duke's Jahlil Okafor or Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns and then take the other one with the No. 2 pick. Which one ends up with the..." May 21

  • In NBA draft, Knicks in need of a star and Phil Jackson needs to find one at No. 4

    New York Daily News "Three hours after Phil Jackson was betrayed by Ping-Pong balls and Steve Mills symbolically dropped his head in disgust, Stephen Curry, of all people, provided the Knicks with a glimmer of hope. Curry, the league’s newly minted MVP, scored 34 points as the Golden State Warriors defeated the..." May 21

  • Tyreke Evans undergoes successful arthroscopic knee surgery

    The Bird Writes "Tyreke Evans was the most available Pelican this year for New Orleans. He played in a career high 79 games logging 2,690 minutes. That is not to say he was the most healthy Pelican, just that his injuries were minor enough (or, Evans was that damn tough) to play through the pain night in and out...." May 21

  • Golden State's Alvin Gentry 'more than interested' in Pelicans job, source says

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Pelicans might not have to do much courting with Golden State Warriors lead assistant Alvin Gentry, who has emerged as a leading candidate for the team's vacancy at head coach. Gentry, who was interviewed by Pelicans executive vice president Mickey Loomis and general manager..." May 21

  • DeMarre Carroll's Left Knee Has No Structural Damage

    Real GM Basketball "DeMarre Carroll escaped structural damage to his left knee following an MRI test. Carroll suffered a scary non-contact injury during the second half of Game 1 on Wednesday. Carroll is listed as day-to-day." May 21

  • Knicks have options with fourth pick, but one seems most likely

    New York Post "While Knicks president Phil Jackson isn’t married to the fourth pick awarded at Tuesday’s draft lottery, the consensus among league executives is he will ultimately hold onto it, especially if the Knicks fall deeper in love with point guard Emmanuel Mudiay or Duke forward Justise Winslow. Knicks..." May 21

  • Tim Duncan's heir is not LaMarcus Aldridge

    Pounding The Rock "No matter how much we resist the idea, Tim Duncan will be gone at some point and the Spurs will need someone to fill his role if they intend to remain contenders. There have been plenty of rumors about LaMarcus Aldridge being on the Spurs radar to be that guy. Yet as great as Aldridge is, it's not..." May 21

  • Kings VP Vlade Divac: DeMarcus Cousins is 'untradeable'

    CBSSports.com "For someone who is under contract until the summer of 2018, Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins sure has to deal with a lot of speculation about his future. There was a report in early May that the Boston Celtics would try to make a trade for him, and now Kings vice president Vlade Divac is..." May 21

  • Former Warriors coach Mark Jackson says he has not been contacted by Pelicans

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson said he has not contacted by the New Orleans Pelicans for their vacant head coaching job. When asked if he has any interest in the opening, Jackson says he is happy with his job as an NBA analyst for ESPN. ''I'm having a time of my life calling..." May 21

  • Could Celtics sign JaVale McGee?

    CSN New England "The Boston Celtics were close to signing JaVale McGee back in March when the Philadelphia 76ers released him and thus made him a free agent. Could a second go-around be the charm? Despite the failed efforts by both sides to hammer out a deal earlier, the door hasn’t been totally slammed..." May 21

  • Gary Payton -- I Don't Like Basketball Anymore

    TMZ.com "He's in the Basketball Hall of Fame ... but Gary Payton tells TMZ Sports he doesn't like the sport anymore -- essentially saying he's completely burned out when it comes to hoops. The Glove was leaving Mastro's Steakhouse in Bev Hills when we asked who he's got in the NBA playoffs. But..." May 21

  • Hawks' problems go beyond potential loss of Carroll

    ESPN.com "The moment came without contact, as Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll gathered the ball and readied himself to elevate past Iman Shumpert to the rim for a layup. It was a quintessential Carroll sequence. He read the passing lane in the Cleveland halfcourt the entire way. When LeBron James..." May 21

  • Behind the Scenes of the NBA Draft Lottery

    Grantland "A few thoughts on the playoff interruption that is the annual NBA draft lottery … • The best thing about the lottery is watching some of the world’s most sophisticated basketball thinkers sweat over the order in which numbered Ping-Pong balls get sucked up a tube. The absurdity hits home in the..." May 21

  • Dwight Howard's uncertainty for Game 2 leads to big questions for Rockets

    CBSSports.com "Dwight Howard was at practice, Dwight Howard was dressed for practice, Dwight Howard wanted to practice. Dwight Howard did not practice Wednesday. 36 hours before Thursday's Game 2 vs. the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals is set to tipoff, Howard sat sullen as he spoke..." May 21

  • Mark Cuban says Tiger Woods left him 'dead broke' on the poker table

    USA Today "It was a good week for Tiger Woods at his “Tiger Jam” event — the annual golf tournament/poker match/concert/party in Las Vegas that acts as a fundraiser for the Tiger Woods Foundation. The 14-time major champion raised money for charity, spent some quality time with Ed Sheeran, and according to..." May 21

  • Kobe to Lakers: Don’t Draft a Player That Sucks

    Black Sports Online "Kobe has spoken again…. Sounds simple enough, but sadly you never know until they actually get on the court. " May 20

  • Knicks 'open to a lot of things' after sliding to No. 4 in Draft Lottery

    The Score "Despite having the second-worst record in the NBA, drafting fourth was always the most likely outcome for the New York Knicks. The pingpong balls at Tuesday's Draft Lottery bounced that way, with the Los Angeles Lakers making the jump to No. 2 and the Knicks landing at No. 4, where there was a..." May 20

  • NBA All-Defensive teams named

    NBA.com "The NBA announced today that Pelicans forward Anthony Davis has been named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team. The distinction is the first in Davis’ three years in the NBA. Davis, 6-10, 220, led the league in both blocks per game (2.9) and total blocked shots (200). Additionally, Davis..." May 20

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    Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen

    Rockets list Dwight Howard as questionable with "a left knee injury."

  • Chris Paul & DeAndre Jordan -- 'Beef' Is Total BS ... Says Clippers Teammate

    TMZ.com "There is NO rift between Chris Paul & DeAndre Jordan ... despite reports to the contrary, so says Clippers teammate Dahntay Jones who tells TMZ Sports the L.A. superstars are still like "brothers." "Guys fight and argue on the court, but that's just the emotion of the game," Jones says ... "but..." May 20

  • Timberwolves owner on Flip Saunders: ‘I think eventually I want a different coach’

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Timberwolves will have the number one overall pick in this summer’s draft, thanks to the ping pong balls bouncing their way at the NBA Draft Lottery which was held in Midtown Manhattan on Tuesday. The outcome was largely expected; Minnesota had more chances than any other team to win the..." May 20

  • Timberwolves win lottery, will pick first in NBA draft

    ESPN.com "The Minnesota Timberwolves lost 66 games during the 2014-15 season. But they won big on Tuesday night. The Wolves landed the first pick in the 2015 NBA draft following the league's annual lottery. Minnesota had a 25 percent chance of landing the top pick, based on its last-place finish in..." May 20

  • Could Karl-Anthony Towns refuse to meet with Timberwolves?

    Larry Brown Sports "The Minnesota Timberwolves won the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night, giving them the rights to the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft. It has been widely assumed that former Kentucky star Karl-Anthony Towns will be selected in that spot, but it may not be that simple. Adrian Wojnarowski..." May 20

  • Knicks’ draft attention turns to 2 star guards

    New York Post "The Knicks’ focus now shifts from a debate between big-man studs Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor to head-scratching over the worth of point guards Emmanuel Mudiay and D’Angelo Russell, who have battled each other since eighth grade. Now armed with the fourth pick of the draft, the Knicks..." May 20

  • Dwight Howard injures knee, but hopes to play in Game 2

    Yahoo! Sports "Nearly an hour and a half after watching the Houston Rockets fall in the Western Conference finals, injured center Dwight Howard slowly walked out of the locker room. Howard suffered a bruised left knee that limited him to 26 minutes during the Rockets' 110-106 loss in Game 1 on Monday night...." May 20

  • Sources: Scott Brooks passing on interviews, likely sitting out next season

    Yahoo! Sports "Former Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks plans to pass on interview chances with the Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Pelicans and appears inclined to sit out the 2015-16 season, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Brooks, 49, wants to coach again but plans to take the year to look at..." May 20