• 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

  • How Derrick Rose’s free-agent priorities have shifted

    New York Post "All the way back two years ago, on Media Day 2015, Derrick Rose said he was already anticipating his first NBA free agency in 2017, noting the league’s rising contracts and salary cap. For a player coming off a slew of knee injuries, the remark wasn’t taken well in Chicago. Now Rose is just..." March 23

  • Nikola Jokic Said It’s A Mismatch When He Posts Up LeBron James

    Dime Magazine "The Nuggets thumped the Cavs on Wednesday night in a 126-113 win as the Cavs woes in March continued. After the game, LeBron James called into question his team’s toughness, as the Cavs once again struggled mightily on the defensive end of the floor, where they’ve been the second worst in the NBA..." March 23

  • Cavaliers recall Larry Sanders from D-League

    Fanrag Sports "According to an official statement released by the franchise on Thursday morning, the Cleveland Cavaliers have once again added to their active roster. While shuffling players in and out of their lineup all season long, the Cavaliers have now recalled center Larry Sanders from their D-League..." March 23

  • Steve Kerr responds to notion Andre Iguodala's hip strain a white lie

    CSN Bay Area "On Tuesday morning, the Warriors announced that Andre Iguodala would not play against the Mavs because of a left hip strain "I would go with 'hip' every single night I was looking to rest a player from now on," 95.7 The Game's Damon Bruce said to Steve Kerr on Wednesday. "A little white lie..." March 23

  • Patrick Ewing reportedly more focused on NBA despite Georgetown opening

    Larry Brown Sports "Georgetown finally decided to let go of head coach John Thompson III after two straight losing seasons, creating a vacancy at one of the more desirable landing spots in college basketball. A historical power, Georgetown will be looking for a strong coach to fill their job. And Patrick Ewing is a..." March 23

  • March Madness Beat 2016 NBA Playoffs In Ad Revenue By $200M

    Real GM Basketball "March Madness generated $1.24 billion in advertising revenue for CBS and Turner in 2016. The two networks pay a combined $800 million per year to broadcast the NCAA tournament and that figure will increase to more than $1 billion beginning in 2024. The advertising revenue generated for CBS and..." March 23

  • LeBron James, making career-low 67%, pledges to shoot at least 80% on free throws in playoffs

    Pro Basketball Talk "LeBron James is making a career-low 67% of his free throws this season. LeBron, via Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com: “Yeah it’s killing me, it’s killing me,” James said But I’ll be fine for the playoffs. For the rest of the regular season I’m going to end up shooting in the 60s, which is a..." March 23

  • Not good, New York: Carmelo Anthony buries Phil Jackson's beloved triangle

    New York Post "As every Knick tries to find a reason for the team’s collapse after Christmas, Carmelo Anthony added to the discussion, questioning the flipping back and forth from Jeff Hornacek’s speedy, modern offense to Phil Jackson’s moderately paced triangle. It’s no shocker Anthony indicated he was..." March 23

  • George 'would love to play' with Hayward

    12 Up "The Pacers are now three seasons removed from contending in back-to-back Eastern Conference Finals. Indiana's window opened for a split second before LeBron James shut that down for good. The Pacers present team is shell of their former self and after two straight subpar seasons, Paul George is..." March 23

  • Stan Van Gundy: Detroit Pistons' skid 'starts with me'

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy isn’t one to shy away from bringing needed criticism. Even when it’s time for self-assessment. Van Gundy, who also serves as team president, is well aware that while his franchise nears the end of a disappointing season and is mired in a horrific stretch..." March 23

  • LeBron: Resting became a problem only because I’m involved

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "LeBron James disagrees with NBA commissioner Adam Silver's memo demanding that team owners be involved with decisions to rest star players, and said the league is only calling it a "problem" because he's sat out a couple times this month. "I love what Adam is doing for our league, but I don't..." March 23

  • Austin Rivers On LeBron's Kids: I Got Crap for Famous Dad Too ... Didn't Faze Me!

    TMZ "LaVar Ball could be right in his analysis of LeBron James' kids -- 'cause Austin Rivers says he's been "getting s**t" for being Doc Rivers' son since he was 6 ... but it never fazed him. We got Austin leaving Catch in L.A. where he APPLAUDED James for clapping back at LaVar -- who recently said..." March 23

  • Matt Barnes on Derek Fisher chants: ‘I’m sick of that s—’

    Larry Brown Sports "Matt Barnes will likely forever be linked with Derek Fisher after their infamous 2015 confrontation, but the veteran swingman has gotten to the point where he would very much like to be excluded from this narrative. In a recent interview with Nubyjas Wilborn of Sporting News, Barnes said he was..." March 23

  • Cavaliers frustrated with lack of defensive effort, toughness

    ESPN "Following a 126-113 drubbing at the hands of the Nuggets on Wednesday, Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James called out his team's toughness with just a dozen regular-season games remaining before the Cavs begin their title defense. "It ain't about a group. It's about individuals," James said..." March 23

  • The Pacers set an embarrassing and odd NBA record

    Sporting News "The Pacers committed a backcourt violation in Wednesday's game against the Celtics, which usually isn't a huge deal, but this turnover actually resulted in NBA history. Thanks to a user on Reddit who did the digging, they discovered the record for backcourt violations in a single season is 12,..." March 23

  • Earl Watson focused on Suns, not UCLA job

    Larry Brown Sports "Earl Watson says he is focused on improving the Phoenix Suns amid rumors connecting him to the UCLA basketball job. UCLA is currently led by Steve Alford, who is in his fourth — and by far most successful — season as head coach of the Bruins. Rumors have tied Alford to the Indiana head coaching..." March 23

  • LaVar Ball Dismisses LeBron’s Warning About His Kids: ‘What’s it Going To Do? NOTHING’

    Total Pro Sports "If it was an apology or some type of understanding LeBron James was looking for, he isn’t going to get one anytime soon. On Tuesday, LeBron responded back to LaVar Ball’s comments about his kids possibly being wack at basketball and giving examples of past NBA greats and their children not..." March 23

  • Jeff Hornacek says Knicks are all in on the triangle next season

    Newsday "Jeff Hornacek made it clear that the Knicks will be running the triangle offense exclusively from the beginning of training camp next season, and they want players who fit the system and buy into it. Hornacek also said he’s unsure if a core of Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose and Kristaps..." March 23

  • Hawks' Paul Millsap will opt out, become free agent this summer

    CBS Sports "Paul Millsap is missing his second straight game Wednesday night for the Hawks, as he’s dealing with a minor knee problem. The Hawks’ All-Star is still in the news, however, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter (!!!) reported he is planning to opt out of his contract this summer in order to test the free agent..." March 23

  • Wizards' Jennings: 'I didn't really understand the triangle' with Knicks

    New York Daily News "For Brandon Jennings, playing for the Knicks was a dream seven years in the making, ever since they passed on him in the draft for Jordan Hill. It started off as well as he could’ve hoped. In Jennings’ first home preseason game, he heard the Garden fans chanting his name, already dubbed a..." March 23

  • Chicago Bulls' Robin Lopez, Toronto Raptors' Serge Ibaka each suspended one game

    NBA.com "Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez and Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka have each been suspended one game without pay for throwing punches at one another during an altercation, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. Raptors assistant coach..." March 22

  • Warriors optimistic Durant could return before end of regular season

    CBS Sports "The Golden State Warriors are on a five-game winning streak, and now there’s more good news coming out of Golden State. According to an ESPN report, the Warriors are optimistic about Kevin Durant’s recovery process, and believe he may return before the end of the regular season: The Golden..." March 22

  • 76ers' Joel Embiid ‘very likely’ to undergo knee surgery

    CBS Sports "Joel Embiid finally made it onto the court this year for the Philadelphia 76ers, and he was a revelation, putting up 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game while almost single-handedly turning the Sixers into a team no one wanted to play. His season was once again cut short by injury,..." March 22

  • Florida State sophomore Dwayne Bacon declares for NBA draft

    Orlando Sentinel "Florida State sophomore guard Dwayne Bacon is entering the NBA draft. Bacon, who helped the Seminoles reach their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2012, announced his decision on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon. “I am, and forever will be a Seminole,” Bacon wrote. Bacon, FSU’s..." March 22

  • How charter flights and Tinder helped reduce home court advantage in NBA

    Pro Basketball Talk "If you played on an NBA team on the first night of a road back-to-back around 1990, your schedule went something like this: Game ended around 10:30, after that you showered and grabbed a beer in the locker room (the team provided them), then you and some teammates went out and got a bite to eat,..." March 22

  • Jayson Tatum Declares for 2017 NBA Draft, Won't Return to Duke

    Bleacher Report "Duke forward Jayson Tatum declared for the 2017 NBA draft Wednesday after just one season with the Blue Devils. "It's extremely exciting," Tatum said to Evan Daniels of Scout.com. "It's just another step closer to a lifelong dream that I've always had and it's the next step and I'm happy to be..." March 22