• Adam Silver: Sixers’ ‘Process’ inspired league to change Lottery rules

    Sportress of Blogitude "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has conceded that the Philadelphia 76ers’ implementation of the “Process” served as the impetus for the league to examine and make changes to the Draft Lottery rules. Under the guidance of former general manager Sam Hinkie, “Trust the Process” was an organizational..." April 21

  • Knicks plan interviews with David Blatt, James Borrego, Mike Budenholzer

    ESPN "The New York Knicks plan to interview former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt in Europe next week, league sources told ESPN. Blatt is coaching a team in Turkey this season. After the trip overseas, the Knicks are expected to meet with San Antonio Spurs assistant coach James Borrego in..." April 21

  • Suns Interview Igor Kokoskov For Head Coach Job

    Hoops Rumors "The Suns have interviewed Jazz assistant Igor Kokoskov for their vacant head coach job, league sources tell Tony Jones of The Salt Lake City Tribune (Twitter link). We noted yesterday that Phoenix planned to interview Kokoskov as they continue their search. Kokoskov has served an assistant for..." April 21

  • Hassan Whiteside fires back at critics amid poor playoff performance

    Larry Brown Sports "Hassan Whiteside is telling his critics to make like an egg and beat it. The Miami Heat center, who has virtually been a non-factor during the team’s first three playoff games against the Philadelphia 76ers, took an opportunity on Friday to hit back at those criticizing him. “I don’t get..." April 21

  • Grizzlies had to choose between Marc Gasol and David Fizdale

    Pro Basketball Talk "David Fizdale has been linked to most of the NBA’s head-coaching vacancies. He developed a legion of backers as lead a Heat assistant, and he did good things guiding the Grizzlies before they unexpectedly fired him. He deserves consideration. But he also must explain his fractured..." April 21

  • Lakers' Julius Randle 'I Care About My L.A. Future ... Not LeBron's!'

    TMZ "Julius Randle says you can jam it with all the questions about LeBron James on the Lakers ... because there's one Lakers future he's much more interested in ... HIS OWN. Randle is coming off a career season with the Purple & Gold, but being that he's a restricted free agent, there's no..." April 21

  • Marcus Morris: Refs knew they'd go after me before game started

    ESPN "Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris, frustrated by a third-quarter technical foul assessed to him during his team's Game 3 loss to the Bucks on Friday, suggested again that he believes referees have been unfair to him in recent weeks. Morris appeared incredulous when referee Sean Corbin..." April 21

  • Glen Davis Named as Suspect in Assault Case

    Bleacher Report "Former NBA power forward Glen "Big Baby" Davis was formally named as a suspect in connection with an April 8 altercation at a West Hollywood nightclub. On Saturday, TMZ Sports reported police spoke with "several witnesses" who said Davis was the aggressor in an incident with another man, who..." April 21

  • LeBron won't throw teammates 'under the bus'

    SI "The Cavaliers arrived as one, wearing matching custom designer suits planned weeks in advance. They departed down 2-1, facing a new round of questions about their ability to extend LeBron James’s streak of consecutive Finals appearances to eight. Indiana defeated Cleveland 92-90 in Game 3 of a..." April 21

  • Joel Embiid: 'I was built' for playoff basketball

    ESPN "A day after making his playoff debut, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid says he is "built for" postseason basketball. "I feel like I'm one of the most physical players in the league -- I love contact, I love attacking, I love going to the free throw line," Embiid said Friday after scoring..." April 21

  • Kansas sophomore Azubuike enters NBA draft, could return to Kansas

    CBS Sports "Kansas sophomore Udoka Azubuike announced Friday that he will go through the pre-draft process for the NBA but will not sign an agent just yet. The 7-foot, 280-pound Azubuike (one of the largest humans in college basketball), is going to get ample feedback before making a decision. If he..." April 21

  • Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow fined for stepping on Joel Embiid's mask

    NBA.com "Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow has been fined $15,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct for intentionally stepping on and attempting to damage the facemask of Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations." April 21

  • Knicks Plan To Talk To Mike Budenholzer

    Hoops Rumors "The Knicks continue to cast a wide net in their search for a new head coach, with Michael Cunningham of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporting (via Twitter) that the club intends to talk to current Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer. Budenholzer, who has two years and more than $13MM remaining on..." April 20

  • LeBron James bought Cavs teammates matching designer suits to wear to game tonight

    Pro Basketball Talk "I’m still trying to decide if this is cool or a little too Stepford. The Cavaliers rolled into the Bakers’ Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis tonight wearing matching designer suits, all paid for by LeBron James and custom fitted to each player. If a college team rolled into a game in..." April 20

  • Embiid had multiple orbital fractures, at high risk of reinjury

    ESPN "Joel Embiid never really sleeps well. He's a night owl by nature. And since he moved to the United States (just seven years ago!) he has formed a bad habit of playing video games way too late into the night. This isn't some hobby. Embiid once admitted he thinks he might be "addicted" to video..." April 20

  • Kenyon Martin Says 85 Percent of NBA Smokes Marijuana

    SLAM Online "While the NBA bans the use of marijuana, Kenyon Martin estimates that “85 percent” of the League continues to find ways to smoke marijuana. In a roundtable discussion with B/R Mag’s Master Tesfatsion, Matt Barnes added that not only the players—but coaches and executives—smoke weed. “Some of..." April 20

  • NBA Rumors: Clippers could be good trade partner with for Beal

    Hoops Hype "The Washington Wizards could have a very different team next season if the front office decides to break up the duo of John Wall and Bradley Beal. During a recent podcast, several media members discussed whether the Wizards should reassemble their roster in the offseason. They pointed to an..." April 20

  • LeBron James' NBA Finals streak was never a goal: 'It just happened that way'

    CBS Sports "Cavaliers star LeBron James streak of seven Finals appearances is one of the most impressive feats the NBA has ever seen. Most teams slip up at some point from either injury, running into the next up-and-comer or just facing general exhaustion. James, on the other hand, has managed to dodge all of..." April 20

  • Nuggets president Tim Connelly: Next season playoffs or bust

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Nuggets have steadily improved over the last four years – 30-52 to 33-49 to 40-42 to 46-36. But even 46 wins weren’t enough to get Denver into the playoff this season, extending the postseason drought to five years. Nuggets president Connelly, via Gina Mizell of The Denver Post:..." April 20

  • Stephen Curry to begin participating in practice Saturday

    Larry Brown Sports "Stephen Curry is getting closer. The Golden State Warriors guard is still making progress in his recovery from an MCL sprain, and the team announced that he will be back in practice on a limited basis on Saturday." April 20

  • Paul George's hip injury is affecting him on offense

    247 Sports "Oklahoma City Thunder Paul George's lingering hip injury is affecting him more on the offensive end of the floor than the defensive end. While speaking with media members on Friday afternoon, George explained that the hip issue is robbing him of his usual burst on offense. “It’s tougher..." April 20

  • Adam Silver Admitted The Sixers’ Process Made The NBA Change Its Draft Lottery Rules

    Dime Magazine "The NBA Draft Lottery is changing next year, and Adam Silver has already admitted that more work might need to be done to combat tanking. The league’s view on tanking has never been one of encouragement, but Silver has admitted that one team in particular made it necessary for the league to take..." April 20

  • Adam Silver: 'We Should Be Compensated' If Sports Gambling Is Legalized

    Bleacher Report "NBA commissioner Adam Silver reiterated Friday the league believes it should receive compensation if sports betting becomes legal in the United States. Silver explained his stance during an appearance on ESPN's Get Up!, per Andrew Joe Potter of The Score. "We've joined the fray ... and we..." April 20

  • Becky Hammon is more than qualified to be NBA head coach, so why isn’t she being considered?

    Newsday "Becky Hammon is ready to be a head coach in the NBA. Gregg Popovich, possibly the greatest coach in NBA history, thinks so. LeBron James, the biggest name in today’s game, thinks so. And Adam Silver, the commissioner of the NBA, repeatedly has said he thinks so. Yet the people who don’t seem..." April 20

  • Here's What a Potential Kawhi-to-the-Lakers Trade Would Look Like

    12 Up "​After all the misery that Kawhi Leonard put the Spurs through this season, ​envisioning him in San Antonio next year seems bizarre. Besides the fact that his mind is drifting toward Los Angeles, Kawhi's feud with his current training staff is nothing to mess around with. Historically, the..." April 20

  • Report: Lakers Still Targeting LeBron James, Paul George In Free Agency

    SLAM Online "As the summer nears, the Lakers‘ front office is maintaining the same game plan: Target superstars LeBron James and Paul George in free agency, according to ESPN‘s Adrian Wojnarowski. Both James and George can opt out and hit unrestricted free agency after this season." April 20

  • David Lee: Why Mark Jackson is perfect match for Knicks

    New York Post "David Lee will leave for the French Open in 10 days. He hopes before heading to Paris with fiancée Caroline Wozniacki that Mark Jackson is named the Knicks head coach. The ex-Knicks/ex-Warriors power forward played for Jackson in Golden State for all three of Jackson’s seasons. “He has a..." April 20

  • NBA Rumors: Cousins likely to stay with Pelicans after summer

    Clutch Points "DeMarcus Cousins’ impending free agency has raised many questions since the New Orleans Pelicans started amassing a better record without him than when he was on the court. Having breezed to a 3-0 lead over the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round, this current Cousins-less lineup is bound..." April 20

  • What really happened in Anderson-Wade confrontation?

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Amir Johnson was getting dressed at the locker next to Justin Anderson when the veteran center looked up with a calm request. “Tell the truth,” Johnson said with a smile. That’s because Anderson was attempting to downplay his second-quarter run-in with Heat guard Dwyane Wade during the..." April 20

  • Kevin Durant not concerned about his ankle: ‘I’m good’

    Larry Brown Sports "Kevin Durant is dismissing any concerns about an ankle injury. Durant rolled his ankle late in the fourth quarter of the Golden State Warriors’ Game 3 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night. He was able to walk off the floor after turning his ankle, and he headed to the locker room..." April 20

  • Season of Chaos Has LeBron Stuck Doing What He Didn't Want to in Cavs Return

    Bleacher Report "Aside from barely escaping their home floor with the series tied 1-1, not much has gone right for LeBron James and the Cavaliers as they venture to Indiana on Friday for Game 3 of their first round series. They scored one point less than Kobe Bryant's career high in Game 1, shooting a queasy 39..." April 20

  • Jabari Parker vows to be ‘better person’ and teammate going forward

    Larry Brown Sports "Jabari Parker has not been given an opportunity to make a big impact with the Bucks through their first two postseason games, and he is clearly frustrated over it. However, the former No. 2 overall pick admits he needs to adjust his mindset going forward. While speaking with reporters after..." April 20

  • Report: Curry 'not close' to return; may miss start of 2nd round

    The Score "The Golden State Warriors could be without Stephen Curry for the start of the second round as he continues to recover from a sprained MCL. Curry is still "not close to playing" and will likely require the full six weeks in his recovery, which means his absence could extend into the next series,..." April 20

  • Joel Embiid Vows He’ll ‘Be A Nightmare’ For The Heat The Rest Of The Series

    Uproxx "Joel Embiid was heated during his first career playoff game. He often took out his frustrations on his new mask, tossing it to the ground when he was fouled or when he didn’t like the feel of his facial protection. He took it out on Justise Winslow and the Miami Heat as well, shoving him to the..." April 20

  • Hassan Whiteside Claims Erik Spoelstra Wants Him To ‘Be In The Corner And Set Picks’ On Offense

    Miami Herald "Five takeaways from the Heat’s 128-108 Game 3 loss to the 76ers, which leaves Philadelphia up two games to one in the series: ▪ After being thoroughly dominated by Joel Embiid, Heat center Hassan Whiteside did what he has a tendency to do – deflect blame elsewhere. Asked to explain his least..." April 20

  • Report: Pistons' Owner Will Meet With Coach Stan Van Gundy Next Week To Discuss His Future

    SI "Pistons owner Tom Gores and president-coach Stan Van Gundy will meet next week to discuss Van Gundy's future with the team, reports ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The two were originally supposed to meet this week. Van Gundy has only one year left on his five-year contract. The Pistons..." April 20

  • Report: Mike Budenholzer withdraws from consideration for Phoenix Suns coaching job

    NBA.com "After spending two days feeling out the head coaching vacancy in his home state, Mike Budenholzer has reportedly decided to pass on a job with Phoenix. The current head coach of the Atlanta Hawks surfaced as a surprise candidate for the Suns last week and met with team officials on Monday and..." April 20

  • Bucks' Parker frustrated by lack of minutes, relationship with Prunty

    SLAM Online "On Thursday afternoon, Bucks forward Jabari Parker voiced his immense frustration with his lack of playing time, via Stephen Watson of WISN 12 News: Through Milwaukee’s first two playoff games (both losses), Parker has averaged 1 point in 12.5 minutes. He will hit restricted free agency this..." April 19

  • Terry Rozier downplays any bad blood with Eric Bledsoe

    ESPN "Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier downplayed any bad blood with Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe and suggested that referring to him as "Drew" during a news conference after Game 1 was simply an accident. Following Boston's Game 2 victory Tuesday, Bledsoe replied, "Who?" when asked about..." April 19

  • Report: Lamar Odom Aiming To Return To Basketball Overseas

    SLAM Online "NBA veteran Lamar Odom is apparently eyeing a return to the court. According to a TMZ report, Odom has been grinding in the gym trying to land a contract to play overseas: Lamar Odom says he’s busting his ass in the gym to get back on the court — telling TMZ Sports he wants to strike a deal..." April 19

  • NBA Rumors: Lakers will chase Kawhi Leonard deal this summer, sources say

    Sporting News "Former Lakers coach and star Byron Scott, for one, said this week that he believes the team has targeted this summer for a quick jump-start rebuild, suggesting that LA will wind up with both Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James this summer. Around the league, front-office sources agree with at least..." April 19

  • Why Rockets' James Harden doesn't have to worry about his 2-for-18 shooting night

    CBS Sports "James Harden had a hellish shooting night on Wednesday, making only two of his 18 field goal attempts and finishing with just 12 points after opening the playoffs with a 44-point masterpiece. All those misses didn't faze him, though: Harden told reporters that he felt good after the game, as the..." April 19

  • Anthony Davis predicts that DeMarcus Cousins will receive standing ovation in New Orleans

    ESPN "Anthony Davis predicted that teammate DeMarcus Cousins will receive a "standing ovation when he comes out here hobbling" for the New Orleans Pelicans' home playoff opener Thursday night in Game 3 against the Portland Trail Blazers. Cousins will be sitting courtside at the Smoothie King Center..." April 19

  • Ettore Messina To Coach Spurs In Game 3

    Hoops Rumors "The Spurs have announced that top assistant coach Ettore Messina will coach the club on Thursday night for Game 3 of San Antonio’s first-round series vs. the Warriors, taking Gregg Popovich‘s spot on the bench. Popovich will be away from the Spurs after his wife Erin passed away on Wednesday...." April 19

  • Trail Blazers Stotts eyes lineup change heading into Game 3

    NBC Sports Northwest "Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts said he is considering lineup changes as his team heads into Thursday’s Game 3 in New Orleans in an 0-2 hole. One of the lineup changes might be forced upon him: Evan Turner, who started at small forward the past 11 games, is questionable with a bruised big toe..." April 19

  • Tristan Thompson is officially $36 million worth of useless

    New York Post "Tristan Thompson has hit a new low — and it has nothing to do with his off-the-court cheating allegations. The once-important piece of the Cavaliers’ Finals runs, Thompson, a former lottery pick, was benched in the 100-97 Game 2 Eastern Conference first-round win against the Pacers. Thompson,..." April 19

  • Tony Parker says it’s going to be difficult to play basketball tonight

    Clutch Points "On Wednesday night, as several teams around the NBA were on the court in playoff contention, news came down the wire stating that Erin Popovich, wife of San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, passed away at the age of 67 due to complications from an illness that she had been dealing with for..." April 19

  • Dolan not ruling out Porzingis missing all of next season, report says

    Newsday "The Knicks haven’t issued a timetable for Kristaps Porzingis’ return from a torn ACL, but their owner didn’t rule out the franchise player missing all of next season. Porzingis is two months removed from surgery to repair his left ACL. When Porzingis spoke last week before his exit interview,..." April 19

  • Report: 'Forceful Blow' Could Permanently Damage Embiid's vision

    Bleacher Report "The Philadelphia 76ers' cautious approach with center Joel Embiid may be warranted in the wake of a report regarding his orbital bone fracture. According to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, a source said a "forceful blow" to Embiid's orbital bone could cause permanent damage to the..." April 19

  • James Dolan: I Just Think Phil Jackson Underestimated The Job

    Real GM Basketball "James Dolan lamented the tenure of Phil Jackson as president of the New York Knicks. “Everybody who wants to talk about the Knicks wants to ask me about Phil Jackson,” Dolan said, smiling and shaking his head. “The entire market wanted to me to hire him and when I did, the entire market said it..." April 19