• Inside Stephen Curry’s inner circle: Three mentors share their stories

    San Jose Mercury News "In a high school office 3,000 miles from Oracle Arena, Shonn Brown and Chad Fair typically begin their chats by marveling at Stephen Curry’s latest feat. The exchanges quickly veer in directions unlike those of any other Curry conversations on the planet. “Have you talked to him..." May 27

  • Stephen Curry sees the Cavs having fun, and he wants 'to do something about that'

    CBS Sports "The Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals trilogy is exactly the matchup everyone expected. The two teams have dominated the postseason thus far with a combined 24-1 record -- with the only loss coming at the buzzer for the Cavaliers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. The juicy matchup isn't a..." May 27

  • Stephen Curry on criticism of lack of parity: ‘Almost disrespectful’

    Sportsnaut "There’s been a whole lot of talk surrounding a lack of parity leading up to the third consecutive NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. Kevin Durant seems to think that the failures of some of the worst organizations have played the largest role in this lack of..." May 27

  • Petty Woman Details Her Plans to Expose Iman Shumpert Before The NBA Finals For Cheating

    Black Sports Online "This whole thing seems petty. If true, it seems like the women set up Shump. The woman who plans to expose runs a gossip blog and it is her best friend who allegedly slept with Shump. Whatever the case, either the woman is looking for hush money or just didn’t have anything better to do than..." May 27

  • De'Aaron Fox reportedly set to work out for Lakers, 76ers

    CBS Sports "Many draft experts expect the Lakers to select Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft in June. Yet Los Angeles is doing its due diligence ahead of time by interviewing other prospects -- including Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox, who will work out in mid-June, according to Mark Medina of the Los..." May 27

  • Draymond Green Is The Most Efficient Defender In The NBA

    The Sports Quotient "“He’s that person that wants to be all things to all people,” Mary Babers-Green says of her son, Warriors star Draymond Green. “His attitude is ‘I can handle it.’” And he can. Green—karate kicks, technical fouls, and all—is the epitome of position-less basketball, defending point guards through..." May 27

  • Nick Collison-Enes Kanter a Terrorist? 'He Wouldn't Hurt a Fly'

    TMZ "Nick Collison's got his teammate Enes Kanter's back and wants to make it perfectly clear -- Enes is definitely NOT a terrorist. We got the Oklahoma City Thunder power forward out at Catch in Weho Friday night ... he tells us Kanter's an awesome dude and -- despite not knowing the full story..." May 27

  • Isaiah Thomas shocked by Brad Stevens' Coach of the Year snub

    USA Today "Brad Stevens, revered league-wide for his basketball IQ and expertise when it comes to drawing up after-timeout plays, is in the upper echelon of NBA coaches, and you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who argues the contrary. The 40-year-old, who earned his first NBA head-coaching gig with..." May 27

  • Chris Paul 'Absolutely' Staying With Clippers ... Says Doc Rivers

    TMZ "Doc Rivers has a message for Clipper fans freaking out about their point guard heading to San Antonio ... telling TMZ Sports if he has his way (which he does), Chris Paul ain't going ANYWHERE. Multiple outlets have reported there's mutual interest between the Spurs and Paul, with San Antonio..." May 27

  • Celtics focused on adding All-Star-caliber frontcourt player

    Pro Basketball Talk "Isaiah Thomas said he he’d happily forgo a renegotiation-and-extension if the Celtics use their cap space to upgrade their roster. Where are they looking? A. Sherrod Blakey of CSN New England: Multiple league sources have told CSNNE.com in recent weeks that the Celtics are focused on..." May 27

  • Warriors’ Mike Brown ‘eventually’ wants to be head coach again

    San Francisco Chronicle "In July, when he was hired as Steve Kerr’s lead assistant, Mike Brown appeared done as an NBA head coach. All three of his previous head-coaching stints had ended in firings, including two after no more than 82 games. Now, as he prepares to shepherd the Warriors into the NBA Finals, Brown is..." May 27

  • Isaiah Thomas Willing to Delay Contract Extension to Let Celtics Add Free Agents

    Bleacher Report "Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas is hoping for a contract extension but is willing to wait if it helps the team. According to Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com, the point guard would prefer the team add free agents this summer instead of worrying about his own financial future. "We need the best..." May 27

  • Cavaliers GM David Griffin: 'I hope everybody says we have no chance' in NBA Finals

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Cleveland Cavaliers relish the underdog role, believing they play their best when counted out. And despite beating the Golden State Warriors last June, the reigning NBA champion Cavaliers will be heading into the NBA Finals threequel with that "underdog" tag. "I hope everybody says we..." May 27

  • Celtics offseason focus is an All-Star frontcourt addition

    CSN New England "No matter how an NBA team’s season ends, change is inevitable. And while there’s no doubt that the Celtics are on the right track in terms of their ascension in the NBA, it's too soon to tell how many players on the Celtics’ 15-man roster that Danny Ainge, the president of basketball..." May 27

  • Danny Ainge acknowledges ‘significant change’ could come for Celtics

    Boston Herald "Danny Ainge does not appear to be blinded in the least by a thanks-for-coming, here-are-your-lovely-parting-gifts, now-run-along trip to the Eastern Conference finals. Where at last year’s Celtics end, the president of basketball operations was disappointed in a first-round exit against..." May 27

  • How involved would LaVar Ball actually be if the Lakers drafted Lonzo?

    Los Angeles Times "Steve Alford didn’t hesitate when asked about Lonzo Ball’s enthusiastic and controversial father, LaVar. Was LaVar Ball around the team much? “Zero,” Alford said. Was he ever at practice? “Never at practice,” Alford said. “Never at practice; never called me.” Did he ever try to..." May 27

  • Draymond: Warriors-Cavaliers rivalry 'won't be appreciated until it's over'

    SLAM Online "Parity is dead in the NBA. Rather than bemoaning the fact, Draymond Green says fans should appreciate the Cavs and Warriors for being historically great and not complain about a lopsided game or series sweep. “I think maybe people fail to realize that you just have two great teams and don’t..." May 27

  • Draymond Green says Warriors are “more relaxed” this season

    Pro Basketball Talk "Last year, the Warriors entered the NBA Finals with the weight of expectations: Defending NBA champions, 73 regular season wins, if they got the title they would leap up the ladder of all-time great teams, lose and it would be a massive let down. We all know what happened from there. The..." May 27

  • Mike Brown: Coaching against Cavs in NBA Finals is just 'the circle of life'

    Fanrag Sports "With Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr still on the mend with back problems, it’s acting head coach Mike Brown who faced the media Friday as the team prepared for Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers next Thursday. Brown served as the Cavaliers’ head coach from..." May 27

  • Steph Curry: Talking about lack of parity disrespectful to Warriors, Cavs

    CBS Sports "Steph Curry and the Warriors have reached their third straight NBA Finals. Their opponent, for the third year in a row, will be the Cavaliers. With two teams so consistently dominating the league there are growing concerns about the lack of parity across the NBA. The NBA has always had less parity..." May 27

  • Detroit's Van Gundy recipient of Rudy Tomjanovich Award

    Detroit News "Stan Van Gundy didn’t have the success he had hoped this season, with the Pistons finishing 37-45 and missing the playoffs after a surprising trip to the postseason last year. But Van Gundy was recognized for his contributions to the media and coaching excellence, as he was named the winner of..." May 27

  • Kevin Durant Explains Why He Stopped Clapping Back at Angry Opposing Fans

    Complex "At the start of the 2016-17 NBA regular season, there were a lot of NBA fans outside of Oakland who were not happy about Kevin Durant playing for the Warriors. Those fans gave KD a lot of grief during games, and initially, he struggled to deal with the heckling he faced. Who can forget the time he..." May 26

  • Report: Celtics have had no discussions about trading Isaiah Thomas so far

    CBS Sports "The Celtics were eliminated from the playoffs Thursday night and with that came the end of a very successful season. They were the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and took massive steps forward in comparison to their two previous years. However, with the Cavaliers disposing of them so easily..." May 26

  • Warriors’ Mike Brown: Steve Kerr may be back for the Finals

    Sportsnaut "A day after Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers didn’t sound too optimistic about the return of head coach Steve Kerr, acting head coach Mike Brown seems to be a bit more confident. In talking about a wide array of stories leading up to the start of the 2017 NBA Finals against his..." May 26

  • History Tells Us To Always Pick Against Stephen A. Smith In The NBA Finals

    Dime Magazine "Stephen A. Smith‘s record in picking recent NBA Finals winners is, quite frankly, preposterous. The crab rangoon king has had a tough time picking NBA Finals winners in recent memory, missing on the last seven seasons. As the 2017 version of Cavaliers/Warriors gets set for tipoff next week,..." May 26

  • Enes Kanter Arrest Sought by Turkey for Alleged Involvement in Terror Group

    Bleacher Report "Turkey has reportedly issued a warrant for the arrest of Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter on accusations of alleged involvement with a terrorist organization. According to AFP (h/t Yahoo), pro-government Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah reported the warrant is due to Kanter's previous..." May 26

  • Khloe Kardashian called out Cavs fan who mentioned ‘curse’

    Larry Brown Sports "The Kardashian sisters have developed a reputation for having a negative influence on the careers of the pro athletes they date, and it seems like Khloe Kardashian is bothered by the notion. According to some recent gossip, Khloe is itching to get married to Tristan Thompson, but the Cleveland..." May 26

  • The Lakers Broadcast Partner Wants No Part Of LaVar Ball

    Uproxx "The decision to draft Lonzo Ball at this point seems to be less a problem of his talents and more a problem of what to do with his father. Much of the conversation around the Los Angeles Lakers and their second overall pick in next month’s NBA Draft is not about whether they should take Lonzo..." May 26

  • Playoffs Could Have Fewest Games In Expanded Format Era, Bring Down Cap

    Real GM Basketball "The 2017 NBA Playoffs will have one of the fewest number of game since the first round was expanded from a five-game series to a seven-game series in 2003. Depending on the length of The Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, there will be anywhere between 78 games..." May 26

  • Nets Will Pursue Otto Porter, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

    Hoops Rumors "The Nets are planning an aggressive push for restricted free agents again, with Washington’s Otto Porter and Detroit’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as targets, tweets Keith Smith of RealGM. It would be the continuation of a strategy that resulted in a four-year, $75MM offer sheet for Portland’s..." May 26

  • Ricky Rubio, Timberwolves ready to move on

    Sportsnaut "Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio has been on the trade block for some time now. Even after a career-best performance this past regular season, it doesn’t look like that’s changed. In discussing players that could be moved during the draft, Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders indicates..." May 26

  • Manu Ginobili gave life to the San Antonio Spurs

    Yardbarker "There was a time when no one wanted to watch the San Antonio Spurs play basketball. Ironically, this was also the same period of time when the other 29 teams in the Association were playing the ugliest basketball in the league’s history. Before we allowed the science behind efficiency to smugly..." May 26

  • Clippers reportedly taking Spurs' interest in Chris Paul seriously, and for good reason

    CBS Sports "The Clippers seemed destined to compete for titles when they traded for Chris Paul. The addition of Paul next to Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan was supposed to be a match in heaven. However, the pairing hasn't gone quite as planned. The Clippers have been very good since the arrival of Paul,..." May 26

  • Isaiah Thomas won't make surgery decision until swelling goes down

    ESPN "Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas says he must wait until the swelling subsides in his injured right hip before determining his rehabilitation plan but noted that surgery is not currently the top option. "[Surgery is] not the No. 1 option right now, but it could be once the..." May 26

  • Durant says it's not his fault the NBA has a lack of parity, blame the bad teams

    USA Today "The noise that surrounds Kevin Durant is growing louder by the minute. But this isn’t the latest hot take about how the Golden State Warriors star is allegedly arrogant. Nor is this the chorus of nationwide boos relating to the lack of competition in the NBA playoffs, with Durant and his..." May 26

  • Paul Pierce thinks LeBron James is nowhere near Michael Jordan

    Larry Brown Sports "LeBron James may have surpassed Michael Jordan on Thursday as the NBA’s all-time leading playoff scorer, but Paul Pierce apparently feels that means very little in the grand scheme of things. Pierce was watching “Undisputed” on FS1 Friday morning, and he was stunned to hear host Nick Wright..." May 26

  • John Wall calls out Wizards’ bench

    Sportsnaut "In the John Wall era, the Washington Wizards have made the playoffs four times. But while they’ve consistently advanced past the first round, the Wizards have yet to see the conference finals. Washington was downed in six games by the Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks in 2014 and 2015,..." May 26

  • LeBron James Finally Admits He's Going Bald

    TMZ "After years of denial, LeBron James is FINALLY coming to terms with hair loss. LBJ was praising his idol, Michael Jordan, after passing MJ on the all-time NBA playoff scoring list on Thursday -- when he brought up the topic that his headband couldn't hide. Bron had been trying to cover up..." May 26

  • Celtics find motivation in East finals loss to Cavaliers

    ESPN "While trying to savor a rewarding season in which they won 53 games, earned the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and advanced to the Eastern Conference finals, members of the Boston Celtics acknowledged the gap that still exists with the Cleveland Cavaliers in their quest to elevate to a true..." May 26

  • The Warriors Haven't Lost in the Last 27 Games in Which Klay Thompson Has Played

    The Big Lead "We know Golden State’s Big 4 – Draymond Green, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant – haven’t lost a game they’ve started and finished since February 4th. That’s 16-0. But here’s an even more impressive fact: In the last 27 games Klay Thompson has played, the Warriors are 27-0. Perhaps..." May 26

  • Lonzo Ball reportedly mulling workout with Philadelphia 76ers

    NBA.com "Report: Ball workout for Sixers possible -- Celtics boss Danny Ainge said in a radio show interview yesterday that prospective No. 1 overall pick Lonzo Ball 'politely' declined a workout with Boston. Now that a workout with the team holding the No. 1 overall pick is presumably out of the..." May 26

  • LeBron James defers on Warriors thoughts: 'It's too stressful'

    ESPN "As they celebrated defending their Eastern Conference title Thursday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers weren't ready to focus on defending their NBA championship. Despite going through the East playoffs at 12-1 and appearing destined for a rematch against the Golden State Warriors for months, the..." May 26

  • Warriors favorites over Cavaliers, according to Vegas

    CBS Sports "The NBA Finals are set and shocking nobody it's going to the Warriors taking on the Cavaliers for the third year in a row. The Warriors won it in round one, but Cleveland pulled off an upset storming down from a 3-1 deficit to win the rematch. With a score to settle between the two this is the..." May 26

  • Brandon Roy hired to coach his high school basketball team

    Sportsnaut "Former NBA and Washington Huskies star shooting guard Brandon Roy has found a new job in a familiar place as the head coach of the boys basketball team at Garfield High School. It’s a reunion for Roy, who played his high school ball at Garfield. The news was spread through multiple reports in..." May 26

  • LeBron James never believed he could get to Michael Jordan’s level

    Larry Brown Sports "LeBron James is four wins away from capturing another NBA title, which would give him four in his career before his 33rd birthday. You know how old Michael Jordan was when he won his fourth championship? You guessed it — 33. The comparisons between LeBron and Jordan are becoming more justified..." May 26

  • LeBron James calls Warriors a ‘juggernaut’

    Yardbarker "The Cleveland Cavaliers knocked the Boston Celtics out of the playoffs, but LeBron James knows there is still a very difficult road ahead. After winning Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals 135-103 on Thursday night, James was interviewed by TNT and said his team would enjoy the victory for..." May 26

  • Sam Mitchell a candidate for New Orleans Pelicans coaching staff

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Former Toronto Raptors and Minnesota Timberwolves coach Sam Mitchell is a candidate to join the New Orleans Pelicans staff as an assistant under coach Alvin Gentry, The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday night. When executive vice president of basketball operations Mickey Loomis..." May 26

  • Warriors’ JaVale McGee sued by former landlord, agrees to pay $9,350 in ‘cat-related fees’

    Deadspin "JaVale McGee has had a resurgent season with the Golden State Warriors, playing in more games than he has since 2012-13 and averaging seven points per game in the playoffs. He’s emerged as a reliable alley-oop muse within the Warriors hyperkinetic offense, and he has rescued a once-moribund..." May 26

  • Cavs, Warriors become 1st teams to meet in 3 consecutive NBA Finals

    Fox News Sports "Here they go again. For the third straight year, it's Cleveland and Golden State in the NBA Finals. The 2016 champions versus the 2015 champions . The first "threematch" — rematch of a rematch — in league history. It's the matchup most expected, the matchup most predicted, and probably the..." May 26

  • LeBron James passes Michael Jordan as No. 1 all-time postseason scorer

    CBS Sports "The storied career of LeBron James continues. Always compared to Michael Jordan throughout his career, LeBron has just definitely proved he's better than MJ... at least in one category. During Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday night, LeBron passed Michael Jordan to become..." May 26