• Pacers' George willing to play all 48 in Game 6

    ESPN "Pacers star Paul George said he is willing to play 48 minutes in Friday night's Game 6 against the Toronto Raptors if needed. "If that's the direction that the game is going, I'm all for it," George said after Thursday's practice. "Whatever we got to do to win, I'm doing it." George scored..." April 28

  • DeAndre Jordan: Undercover Nightclub Party ... After Clippers Loss

    TMZ "How do you get your mind off a crushing Game 5 playoff loss?? If you're DeAndre Jordan ... YOU TURN UP!!! Hours after the Trailblazers downed the Clippers at Staples Center ... Jordan hit up Warwick nightclub in Hollywood with a few lady friends. " April 28

  • NBA rules officials made correct no-call on Wade's missed Game 5 layup

    The Score "Despite what Erik Spoelstra and Gabrielle Union may think, the NBA has ruled that officials made the correct no-call on Dwyane Wade's missed layup attempt during the dying seconds of Game 5. The league released its Last Two Minute Report on Thursday, claiming that Charlotte Hornets center Cody..." April 28

  • Stephen Curry To Begin Testing Knee Next Week

    Real GM Basketball "Stephen Curry is starting to feel better a few days after injuring his MCL. Curry is expected to begin testing his knee on the court next week." April 28

  • Doc and Austin Rivers Have a Sad, Distant Father-Son Relationship

    Complex "The Los Angeles Clippers are struggling on many fronts. Blake Griffin and Chris Paul are out for the rest of the playoffs. LA trails the Portland Trailblazers 3-2 when at one point it looked like the Clippers, who led this series 2-0, could give the depleted Warriors a run for their money in..." April 28

  • Carmelo Anthony says he has not been consulted in Knicks' coaching search

    CBS Sports "When Carmelo Anthony re-signed with the New York Knicks in 2014, it was widely known that it was an awkward fit for both sides. The Knicks were clearly looking at a rebuild, and that just doesn't work with a superstar on board. Rumors of a possible trade have been floated and shot down several..." April 28

  • Report: Blake Griffin played knowing he could reinjure quad

    Larry Brown Sports "Blake Griffin was reportedly taking a significant risk in returning to the Los Angeles Clippers this season, and he knew it, too. According to Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding, Griffin was aware that it was a “strong possibility” that he would re-tear his left quadriceps tendon if he tried to..." April 28

  • Melo: Thibodeau would've come to Knicks if offered job

    The Score "Carmelo Anthony said Wednesday that new Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau would have taken the same job with the New York Knicks if it had been offered to him. "I'm pretty sure he wanted to come (to New York)," Anthony told ESPN's Ian Begley. "He waited a while to see if there was..." April 28

  • Lakers Expected To Interview Former Cavaliers Coach David Blatt

    Lakers Nation "The coaching search is beginning to heat up for the Los Angeles Lakers as the team has already been granted permission to speak with two leading candidates in Warriors assistant Luke Walton and Spurs assistant Ettore Messina. While those two are the early front-runners plenty of other names,..." April 28

  • Carmelo Anthony Responds to Phil Jackson's Critique of Knicks' Play

    Bleacher Report "Earlier in April, New York Knicks president Phil Jackson said of the team and its superstar, Carmelo Anthony: "Some of our best games we played were when Carmelo didn't play and we didn't win but we had great games," per Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. On Thursday, Anthony responded to..." April 28

  • Chris Bosh, wife publicly lobbying Heat to play big man

    Pro Basketball Talk "Chris Bosh released a statement last month that he was “positive” he’d play again for the Heat this season. But Bosh still hasn’t returned after blood-clot issues, and Miami’s season could end soon. So, before yesterday’s Game 5, Bosh and his wife seemed to launch a coordinated public..." April 28

  • Andre Drummond 'open' to going underhanded at the line

    Detroit News "Pistons center Andre Drummond is no Rick Barry at the free-throw line. But the two may have something in common beginning next year. Drummond, who had a horrific season at the line — making just 36 percent — potentially could be changing his style to underhand free throws next..." April 28

  • Steven Adams explains why he doesn't talk to Tim Duncan

    The Score "Despite being a highly effective option on both ends of the court, Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams is mostly known for being an agitator. Never one to back down from a challenge and always one to impose his physicality upon the opponent, Adams often finds himself entangled in..." April 28

  • Warriors grant Lakers permission to interview Luke Walton

    ESPN "The Golden State Warriors have granted permission to the Los Angeles Lakers to interview Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton for their coaching vacancy. Steve Kerr, who was named the NBA Coach of the Year on Tuesday, revealed before Wednesday night's series-clinching Game 5 win over the..." April 28

  • Knicks hiring David Blatt as assistant coach could be best of both worlds for Phil Jackson

    New York Daily News "Phil Jackson finally got around to conducting a coaching search on Monday when he met with David Blatt, Steve Mills’ former teammate at Princeton. There is an instant connection, of course, since Jackson’s best friend, Bill Bradley, is also a Princeton man. That's three Ivy Leaguers and the one..." April 28

  • Gabrielle Union goes on Twitter rant over controversial Game 5 ending

    SI "Gabrielle Union agrees with Skip Bayless. It may not happen often but she took to Twitter to debate a call in the final minute of the game that went against the Miami Heat. With just five seconds remaining, Dwyane Wade made his way toward the basket before having the game-tying shot..." April 28

  • DeMarcus Cousins: Kings would be playoff team with ‘Michael Malone’

    Larry Brown Sports "DeMarcus Cousins is not shy about placing the blame for another disappointing Sacramento Kings season on George Karl. In an interview with Carmichael Dave on KHTK 1140 in Sacramento Thursday, Cousins said he believes the Kings would be a playoff team had they not fired Michael Malone at the..." April 28

  • James Harden: 'I have to be better next year'

    Houston Chronicle "As the Rockets rushed from the Oracle Arena visitor's locker room and a long, frustrating season, James Harden looked to the off-season pledging to return a better player. "Just a tough year. Tough year," Harden said. "I think every player, every great player goes through it. It's an..." April 28

  • Rockets' season ends and the truth comes out

    ESPN "With the Houston Rockets' season finally over after a 114-81 loss to the Golden State Warriors, the truth was finally uttered in the locker room. “The season from the beginning wasn’t going our way,” James Harden said. “We had too many distractions, a bumpy road this entire season.” A team..." April 28

  • The Case For: The future of the Wolves

    SI "There was a time when MTV would label certain music videos "buzzworthy." If you happened to be paying attention to MTV Jams around 1997, this word mattered. Thrown in with the regular rotation of hits, "buzzworthy" was a cue that the song in question was a) new and b) could be big. The predictions..." April 28

  • Doc Rivers stays strong in eye of Clippers' storm

    ESPN "Doc Rivers has been the Los Angeles Clippers' calming force during troubling times like this. The Clippers have made the playoffs the past five seasons but in each of the past three seasons under Rivers, they’ve been leveled with a gut punch during the postseason that took their breath away and..." April 28

  • Flag-bearer honour caps long Olympic career for Scola

    Toronto Star "One of the great delights of this season for me has been getting to know Luis Scola, who could easily replace that guy who pitched beer and was known as The Most Interesting Man In The World. I’ve written more than a few times about Scola and around him, his maturity and worldview are anathema to..." April 28

  • Magic, Bucks, Blazers and Hornets the favorites for Dwight Howard

    The Sports Daily "Dwight Howard seems as good as gone from the Houston Rockets and the suitors lining up for his services this summer seem plentiful. According to ESPN.com’s Calvin Watkins, the Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trail Blazers and Charlotte Hornets stand alone as the favorite to land D12..." April 28

  • Report: Harden-Howard relationship considered 'cordially bad'

    The Score "It's entirely plausible that Wednesday's Game 5 will mark the final time that Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden and center Dwight Howard share the court as teammates. The animosity between the two has continued to linger into the postseason, with one team source referring to the..." April 28

  • Draymond Green Put The Injuries To Chris Paul And Steph Curry In The Proper Perspective

    Dime Magazine "Draymond Green does a lot of things on a basketball court, and he’ll be asked to do even more with Steph Curry sidelined. Off the court, however, he only does one thing: He keeps it real. He kept it real when a reporter asked him an inappropriate question about Houston floods, for example, and it..." April 27

  • Hornets’ Nic Batum declares himself ready for Game 5

    Charlotte Observer "Charlotte Hornets forward Nic Batum participated fully in shoot around this morning at American Airlines Arena and plans to play tonight against the Miami Heat in Game 5 of this first-round playoff series. Batum missed the previous two games after suffering left foot and ankle injuries in a..." April 27

  • Chris Bosh reaffirms desire to play; Heat say he's out indefinitely

    ESPN "Chris Bosh and his wife appeared to break weeks of silence about his status with the Miami Heat with social media posts Tuesday that reaffirmed his desire to return to the court. But the Heat re-stated their position there are no plans for him to play. Bosh's wife Adrienne, who is active on..." April 27

  • Jason Terry Guarantees A Rockets Win Over The Warriors In Game 5

    Uproxx "With their first-round opponent missing their MVP and the frontrunner for a second-round matchup missing their two best players, the Houston Rockets should be feeling very lucky. No eighth seed in recent memory has had this many lucky breaks in such a short time. Maybe that’s why backup point..." April 27

  • The Lakers are auctioning off part of the court from Kobe's final game

    Fox Sports "Lakers fans sitting on a spare five figures will have the chance to turn a section of the court from Kobe Bryant's last game into the centerpiece of their living room, all for a good cause. The Lakers announced Wednesday that the commemorative No. 8 added to the floor at the Staples Center will be..." April 27

  • Spurs’ Duncan: Leonard not getting star treatment he deserves

    San Antonio Express-News "It doesn’t take Tim Duncan long to recount the most drawn-out conversation he has ever had with Kawhi Leonard. “I don’t think it’s ever surpassed 10 or 15 seconds,” Duncan said. The Spurs’ small forward, like Duncan before him, prefers to deal in deeds rather than words. “He hasn’t said a..." April 27

  • Phil Jackson met with David Blatt about Knicks’ coaching job

    SI "Knicks president Phil Jackson met with former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt about New York’s head coaching job Monday, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. The Knicks fired Derek Fisher in February, and Kurt Rambis finished the season as the team’s interim coach. Blatt was fired..." April 27

  • Ettore Messina To Get ‘Legit Look’ If Luke Walton Declines

    Lakers Nation "Coaching rumors surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers have been moving furiously since the team decided to fire Byron Scott. Among the numerous candidates rumored as possibilities for the position, Warriors assistant Luke Walton and Spurs assistant Ettore Messina seem to be emerging as..." April 27

  • Jeanie Buss says Jackson isn't coming back to Lakers

    The Score "According to Los Angeles Lakers president Jeanie Buss, any involvement of Phil Jackson with the Forum blue and gold will be limited to his singing cameo in Kobe Bryant's farewell Nike commercial. Buss again tried to quell rumors this week that her fiance would return to the organization before..." April 27

  • Charles Barkley apologizes to Rockets officials

    Houston Chronicle "Charles Barkley's long feud with the Rockets might have come to a sudden end Tuesday. Barkley, a frequent critic of his former team, had particularly called out Rockets general manager Daryl Morey and Rockets CEO Tad Brown after the Rockets' loss to the Warriors in Game 4 on Sunday. Morey had..." April 27

  • Reggie Jackson all-in on Pistons' goal for next season: 'Finals'

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Pistons conquered their goal this season of making the playoffs. And with the way Reggie Jackson is talking, that was the easy part. Now they look above and beyond just cracking the postseason. Their next step? "Finals," Jackson declared Tuesday, as players gathered one final..." April 27

  • Harden, Howard and Rockets face uncertainty

    ESPN "Before the Houston Rockets lost Game 2 of their first-round playoff series against the Golden State Warriors, James Harden arrived at Oracle Arena in a black SUV with his bodyguard, marketing rep and four friends. He chose not to ride in either of Houston's two team buses, something he has..." April 27

  • Phil Jackson’s agents meeting points to inside job with Rambis

    New York Post "Knicks president Phil Jackson met with Kurt Rambis’ Chicago-based agents Tuesday night in New York. That may well be a sign things are progressing toward Rambis being announced soon as the Knicks head coach. However, Rambis’ agents are also Jackson’s representatives. The agents are also close,..." April 27

  • George pleads for more help from Pacers teammates

    The Score "The Indiana Pacers dropped a pivotal Game 5 on Tuesday, but spare Paul George the blame. George submitted a Herculean effort, scoring 39 points on just 19 shots while adding eight rebounds and eight assists. And yet the Pacers still lost. He was understandably disappointed in his teammates..." April 27

  • Five Candidates For Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach Opening

    The Big Lead "Byron Scott has been fired as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, as his two-year stint at the head of the team ended with the worst record in franchise history. While much of that could be attributed to a roster in full rebuild mode, Scott didn’t endear himself to the team’s higher-ups by..." April 27

  • Isaiah Thomas on sprained ankle: 'I'm playing no matter what'

    WEEI Boston "With 10:14 remaining in a playoff game the Celtics trailed by 29 points, Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas landed awkwardly on his left ankle, suffering a mild ankle sprain. “With this team, I’ve seen just enough crazy stuff to think that we might be able to get back in it and give them a chance from..." April 27

  • Reporter Who Asked Draymond Green That Odd Question About The Houston Floods Gets Fired

    Deadspin "After the Warriors beat the Rockets in Game 4 on Sunday, a reporter started to ask Draymond Green a strange question about the connection between the floods in Houston and his team’s performance when Green stopped him and went off on the guy for over a minute. Green said that the reporter had..." April 27

  • Pacers' Hill critical of Raptors' style of play: 'It's not really basketball out there'

    The Score "The back-and-forth between the Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers doesn't appear to be ending any time soon. After seeing his team blow a 13-point fourth-quarter lead, the Pacers' Solomon Hill ripped the Raptors for their style of play, claiming Toronto's players rely too heavily on..." April 27

  • 162 players declare early for NBA Draft

    College Spun "We expected a surge of early entrants to the NBA Draft after the NCAA changed its rules, allowing players to withdraw and return to school after the combine following every collegiate season. With the new rule, there is little risk for the players to enter the draft and receive real feedback from..." April 27

  • Kings offer free tattoo of new logo to fans

    Larry Brown Sports "Beginning next season, the Kings will have a new home as they move out of Sleep Train Arena and into Golden 1 Center. Ahead of the change in addresses, the team will undergo a re-branding, which includes the below pictured new logos." April 27

  • Report: Kevin McHale the front-runner for Kings head coaching job

    The Score "While the search for the next Sacramento Kings head coach is likely to continue for the foreseeable future, a front-runner has emerged among the numerous candidates for the position. Former Minnesota Timberwolves and Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale is the favorite to land the Kings'..." April 27

  • Blake Griffin to miss rest of postseason

    ESPN "Blake Griffin will miss the remainder of the postseason and Chris Paul will be out indefinitely after having hand surgery, the Los Angeles Clippers announced Tuesday. Griffin aggravated a left quad injury in Game 4 against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night." April 26

  • Craig Sager Helped Talk Dennis Rodman Out of Committing Suicide in 1993

    Complex "Dennis Rodman thought long and hard about taking his own life back in 1993, and in the past, he hasn’t shied away from talking about it. He wrote about his suicidal thoughts in his 1996 book, Bad As I Wanna Be, and during an interview on In Depth with Graham Bensinger in 2011, he spoke openly..." April 26

  • Source: Skip Bayless Is Leaving ESPN For Fox Sports

    Deadspin "ESPN provocateur-in-chief and First Take co-host Skip Bayless is leaving ESPN, according to a statement released today by the company: Skip Bayless has decided to leave ESPN when his contract expires at the end of August. His final appearance on First Take will be the day after the NBA..." April 26

  • Jeanie Buss says she wasn’t expecting Byron Scott to be fired

    Larry Brown Sports "This one’s probably bad news for everyone still holding out hope that the Lakers’ front office isn’t a totally garbled mess. Lakers team president Jeanie Buss said on Tuesday that she didn’t know that head coach Byron Scott would be fired, and that she wasn’t expecting such a change to be made,..." April 26

  • Chandler Parsons' comments on Dwight Howard are definitely tampering

    Sporting News "Chandler Parsons could be on the wrong end of a tampering charge. While talking about the fate of friend and former teammate Dwight Howard, Parsons expressed his hope that the center would leave the Rockets once his contract is up and join the Mavericks. "I think he can still dominate the..." April 26