• Jarrett Jack's Wide Circle of Influence Extends to NBA Stars, Rappers and Beyond

    Bleacher Report "One day two summers ago, Jarrett Jack received a text message from Kevin Durant. "Can you talk real quick?" Jack was thrown off by the seriousness of the question. The two had known each other since childhood, dating back to their days in the DMV (D.C., Maryland, Virginia area). Durant..." March 19

  • Report: Tyronn Lue hoping to return to Cavs well before playoffs

    Larry Brown Sports "Tyronn Lue announced on Monday that he is taking a leave of absence from the Cleveland Cavaliers to focus on his health, but the coach is reportedly hoping to be back on the bench in time for the postseason. Sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that the plan as of now is for Lue to return to..." March 19

  • LeBron James: Losing Tyronn Lue ‘Like Losing One of Your Best Players’

    SLAM Online "LeBron James said that losing Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is similar to the team losing one of its best players. At shootaround on Monday, LeBron called Lue “pretty much the captain of our ship” " March 19

  • Tyronn Lue stepping away from team due to health concerns

    USA Today "Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Ty Lue is stepping away from the team for the time being, citing chest pains and “other troubling symptoms.” Lue, in a statement released by the Cavaliers, said he’s also been losing sleep throughout the year. “Despite a battery of tests, there have been no..." March 19

  • If Sixers' Markelle Fultz is ready to return from injury, Brett Brown should be able to play him

    Philly.com "The simplest argument for bringing back Markelle Fultz this season is that the Sixers need him. Or, more accurately, they need the guy he was supposed to be. There are moments when the argument for shutting him down makes a lot of sense. Nearly five months after their No. 1 overall pick last..." March 19

  • Iggy Azalea burned Nick Young’s clothes after breakup

    Page Six "Iggy Azalea got the last burn following her broken engagement to Nick Young. During an appearance Sunday on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” the “Fancy” singer explained how she destroyed her ex’s designer threads after the Golden State Warriors shooting guard was caught..." March 19

  • LeBron in line to play 82 games after Navy SEAL helped him get through back injuries

    Cavs Nation "The Cleveland Cavaliers have undergone a series of changes throughout a somewhat clouded NBA season, yet the only constant has been having LeBron James on the floor, who is in line to play all 82 games of the season. It wasn’t long ago that James had dealt with back issues and needed two..." March 19

  • Hornets’ Nicolas Batum Has Chronic Tendinitis

    Hoops Rumors "Hornets swingman Nicolas Batum has been diagnosed with chronic tendinitis in his left Achilles, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Batum has been ruled out of Monday’s game with the Sixers, and his status for the rest of the season will depend on how effective treatments are on the..." March 19

  • Knicks have lottery position at stake even if they won’t admit it

    New York Post "NBA commissioner Adam Silver may want to take the subway from his NBA offices for a celebrity-row perch Monday when the Bulls visit the Garden for the “Tank Bowl.” It’s some of the little suspense left in another melancholy Knicks season as they “battle’’ the Bulls for the eighth and ninth..." March 19

  • Chris Paul: I'll pay Gerald Green's fine for shove, ejection in win

    ESPN "Chris Paul says he will pay any fine that results from teammate Gerald Green shoving Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng in the fourth quarter of the Rockets' 129-120 win Sunday night. Green was ejected for coming to Paul's defense after a frustrated Dieng pushed him down after a..." March 19

  • Jimmy Butler Hopeful Of Returning From Knee Injury During Regular Season

    Real GM Basketball "Jimmy Butler could return from his knee injury before the end of the regular season. Butler spoke to reporters for the first time since suffering a meniscus injury on Feb. 23." March 19

  • Isaiah Thomas Says 'Anything Can Happen' When Asked If He'd Play for Celtics

    Bleacher Report "Despite what was an acrimonious departure from the team, Los Angeles Lakers point guard Isaiah Thomas isn't ready to rule out a return to the Boston Celtics. Thomas responded on Twitter that "anything can happen" when asked if he'd consider signing with the Celtics in the summer: Last..." March 19

  • Injury to Brandon Ingram helps Lakers star watch team from new angle

    Orange County Register "Watching the final play unfold from the end of the bench a court-length away from the action, Brandon Ingram couldn’t help but imagine himself with the ball in his hands Friday against the Miami Heat. It was a new perspective for the second-year Lakers forward. In other tight games this season,..." March 19

  • Ainge says he erred on Hayward 'setback' comment

    Boston Herald "Reports of Gordon Hayward's setback may have been greatly exaggerated. This according to the self-confessed exaggerator, who says now he was mistaken in his choice of words. Though some, including Hayward, are still holding out some measure of hope that he could return this season from the..." March 19

  • Kawhi Leonard won't play against Warriors

    247 Sports "The Kawhi Leonard saga has certainly been one of the most perplexing storylines in the NBA this season. Leonard has played in just nine games throughout the 2017-18 season. When the Spurs face the Golden State Warriors on Monday, they'll be doing so without the services of Leonard. Leonard..." March 19

  • Detroit Pistons hope PG Reggie Jackson (ankle) can return this week

    Detroit Free Press "Reggie Jackson was winded. But there was a smile as he spoke to reporters Sunday at a fitness center on the University of Portland campus. “Not in nearly basketball condition, but after missing three months, that’s expected,” he said Outside the gym, students worked out. Inside the..." March 19

  • Julius Randle ‘Would Love to Play’ With LeBron James

    SLAM Online "Julius Randle is having a breakthrough season, and says that if LeBron James chooses to move to L.A. this summer as a free agent, he would be welcomed with open arms. Randle benefitted from playing alonside Kobe Bryant, and thinks being James’ teammate would only help his own burgeoning..." March 19

  • Knicks’ Trey Burke unhappy with tanking talk from fans

    Larry Brown Sports "The New York Knicks faithful seems to fully be embracing the tank, but Trey Burke is not sympathetic to the movement whatsoever. In an interview with Al Iannazzone of Newsday that ran Sunday, the Knicks guard spoke out on the fanbase’s apparent desire for the team to bottom out. “It bothers..." March 19

  • Nets got everything they wanted from DeMarre Carroll

    New York Post "It’s a testament to DeMarre Carroll’s versatility that when the Nets’ frontcourt suffered injuries, the 6-foot-8, 215-pounder started at power forward and even helped at center. It’s a testament to his value that — now finally back at his natural small-forward position — he’s erupted with..." March 19

  • New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry fined $15,000 for criticizing officials

    NBA.com "New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry has been fined $15,000 for public criticism of the officiating, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations." March 18

  • DeRozan, Ibaka and Casey ejected in Raptors’ loss

    Yardbarker "While the Toronto Raptors saw their 11-game winning streak end Sunday, that’s not all that happened. Not only did Russell Westbrook and OKC hold them off, but DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka and head coach Dwane Casey saw themselves ejected. So, how did this come about? Late non-calls down the..." March 18

  • Referees escorted off floor after controversial Raptors-Thunder ending

    Larry Brown Sports "Officiating controversies continue to be a black eye for the NBA this season. The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Toronto Raptors on Sunday 132-125, but the end of the game was marred by some questionable refereeing decisions. A series of perceived no-calls down the stretch of the contest caused..." March 18

  • Rajon Rondo says Ray Allen 'just wants attention' from latest book excerpts

    CBS Sports "It's safe to say that Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen aren't really friends. Allen's strained relationship with his former teammates is well known up to this point, but the animosity was recently revived when excerpts from Allen's new book were released to the public. Among those excerpts were many..." March 18

  • Rudy Gobert on Tanking: ‘You Don’t Learn How to Win by Losing on Purpose’

    SLAM Online "The Utah Jazz are currently fighting for homecourt advantage in this season’s playoffs. They’re fifth in the Western Conference with a 40-30 record, following up last year’s 51-31 campaign. They’re on a nine-game winning streak, which comes on the heels of an eleven-game winning streak that lasted..." March 18

  • Frank Vogel’s Job In Jeopardy In Orlando?

    Hoops Rumors "With the Magic wrapping up another lost season, there’s a sense in Orlando that it could be the last one for coach Frank Vogel, writes Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel. Vogel is 50-102 in nearly two full years with the Magic, operating against a background of change. The team replaced GM..." March 18

  • Carmelo passes Reggie Miller on NBA's all-time scoring list

    SLAM Online "Carmelo Anthony, with a bucket against the Raptors today, joins LeBron James and Dirk Nowitzki as the only active players in the NBA’s all-time top 20 scoring list. Anthony continues to move up the list. He passed Jerry West earlier in the season and now has Alex English in his sights for 18th..." March 18

  • Cavs' Rodney Hood 'Kevin Love Changed the Game for Us ... We're Humans, Too'

    TMZ "Kevin Love's getting mad love from one of his teammates for talking openly about a panic attack he experienced earlier this season ... and spreading a positive message about mental health awareness. "A lot of times people don’t look at us as humans, and we go through stuff all the time as..." March 18

  • Becky Hammon turns down Colorado State to remain with Spurs

    Larry Brown Sports "Becky Hammon has turned down a big opportunity in favor of remaining with the San Antonio Spurs. Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde reported on Saturday that Hammon has turned down the Colorado State men’s basketball head coaching job. Instead, Hammon will remain as an assistant with the Spurs...." March 18

  • Pau Gasol does not want fans to criticize Kawhi Leonard

    San Antonio Express-News "Spurs center Pau Gasol has been playing with a painful right shoulder ever since he suffered an AC sprain in the win over Memphis on March 5. "It's still sore. It's going to be sore," Gasol said after shootaround Saturday morning. "I didn't really let it heal properly. You risk that the injury..." March 18

  • Chase Budinger Gunnin' for Olympic Gold Medal ... But Not in B-Ball!

    TMZ "Former NBA stud Chase Budinger says ballin' for Team USA is his ultimate career goal -- even though he's done with pro hoops! Here's the deal ... last year, 29-year-old Budinger hung it up and moved back to volleyball, the other sport he used to dominate. (Fun fact: he was the #1 men's..." March 18

  • Pistons' Stan Van Gundy furiously rips refs: 'Why the hell do we have you out there?'

    Detroit News "Stan Van Gundy wasn’t happy with the officiating in the Pistons’ loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night. He also wasn’t concerned about a potential fine. Van Gundy unloaded in his postgame comments, frustrated that the Pistons weren’t getting the benefit of foul calls and..." March 18

  • LeBron admits Cavs are worried about Lue's health

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "There is obviously something wrong with Tyronn Lue. He's missed parts or all of three games because of the same illness. He won't speak publicly as to what it is and team officials and players don't feel comfortable sharing Lue's secret. But, as any fan can see, Lue's dealing with something...." March 18

  • Report: Cavaliers sign Okaro White to 10-day contract

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Cavaliers will sign forward Okaro White to a 10-day contract, a team source confirmed to cleveland.com. White, 25, played six games for the Miami Heat this season. He was traded to the Hawks on Feb. 8 and waived. His signing will cost the Cavs roughly $400,000 in salary and luxury tax..." March 18

  • 'Big Baby' Davis denies drug charges while eating fried chicken next to stacks of cash

    CBS Sports "Former NBA champion Glen 'Big Baby' Davis was arrested in February and charged with drug possession and distribution, but he's urging the public not to believe everything they hear. Davis posted an Instagram video on Saturday in which he appears alongside a briefcase full of cash while scarfing..." March 18

  • Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry goes off on officiating after losing to Rockets

    Sporting News "The Pelicans fell to the Rockets 107-101 on Friday. and New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry wasn't afraid to share his thoughts on how the game was officiated. Gentry was livid and made it clear that he felt the officials were guessing on calls. He also feels the refs do not treat Anthony Davis like..." March 18

  • Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry: James Harden 'is the MVP'

    Houston Chronicle "The Pelicans are promoting star forward Anthony Davis for the Most Valuable Player, but at least one observer believes the race is already over. "In my opinion, (James Harden) is the MVP of the league," Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. "It's not even close, really, what he's doing with his..." March 17

  • Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis Denies Drug Charges Against Him On Instagram While Eating Popeyes

    Dime Magazine "Glen “Big Baby” Davis has found himself in the news this weekend for the wrong reasons after it was reported by ABC 2 in Baltimore the former Celtics big man had been arrested in February for marijuana possession and distribution. Davis was arrested in a Hampton Inn in Aberdeen with what police..." March 17

  • Gregg Popovich on if Kawhi Leonard could play in playoffs without playing in regular season

    Clutch Points "Last week, there was plenty of talk about San Antonio Spurs star forward Kawhi Leonard returning as early as this Thursday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans. According to an article written today by Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich isn’t going to..." March 17

  • Phoenix Suns GM Ryan McDonough: Team will conduct 'wide-ranging' coaching search

    Arizona Central "The last time the Suns had a chance to engage in a coaching search, they didn’t. Phoenix promoted interim coach Earl Watson before the 2016-17 season without interviewing any other coaching candidates. Eighty-five games later, Watson was fired and Jay Triano was named interim coach. The Suns..." March 17

  • Pistons’ Andre Drummond adds jumper to repertoire

    Detroit News "Against the Cleveland Cavaliers two weeks ago, Pistons center Andre Drummond got the ball around the free-throw line in a first-quarter possession. Instead of looking for the next pass or driving to the rim, he flipped the script. Drummond pulled up for a 15-foot jumper and made it. He..." March 17

  • Ty Lue does not come out to coach Cavs for second half due to illness

    Larry Brown Sports "Tyronn Lue did not come to coach the Cavaliers for the second half of their game on Saturday in Chicago. When Cleveland came out for the third quarter of their game against the Bulls, they did so without their head coach, who stayed behind in the locker room." March 17

  • Chriss, Dudley fined $25K each for altercation vs. Jazz

    ESPN "Phoenix Suns' forwards Marquese Chriss and Jared Dudley have been fined $25,000 each for an incident in Thursday's game against the Utah Jazz. The NBA announced the fines following a Flagrant 2 foul call and ejection against Dudley against Ricky Rubio who was shoved whild running full speed on..." March 17

  • Magic To Sign Rodney Purvis To Second 10-Day Deal

    Hoops Rumors "The Magic plan on signing rookie guard Rodney Purvis to a second 10-day contract, according to Michael Scotto of The Athletic. Purvis’ first 10-day deal runs through tonight. Purvis, 24, has appeared in all five games for Orlando during his first 10 days, averaging 3.8 points and 0.6 rebounds..." March 17

  • Michele Roberts to seek contract renewal as NBPA director

    Bleacher Report "National Basketball Players Association Executive Director Michele Roberts is reportedly set to seek a new contract to remain in her role, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Per Wojnarowski, Roberts' original four-year deal will expire in September, and she intends to send a letter to the..." March 17

  • Markelle Fultz injury update: Coach Brett Brown doesn't know if he'll return this season

    Sporting News "Markelle Fultz's return to the 76ers lineup is still a mystery to everyone, including head coach Brett Brown. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Fultz played only the first four games of the year (6.0 points per game) before being sidelined for shoulder soreness and "muscle..." March 17

  • Luke Walton laments lack of toughness in Lakers' close loss to Heat

    ESPN "The frustration was heard loud and clear in Luke Walton's voice after he watched the Miami Heat play "tougher" than the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers lost at home for only the second time since Jan. 5, but what agitated Walton the most was what he didn't see from his team in the 92-91 defeat..." March 17

  • Former NBA big man Glen Davis arrested on drug charges

    Clutch Points "Ever wondered what has happened to former NBA big man Glen Davis? Well, according to a report by Brian Kuebler of ABC2 WMAR Baltimore, the player also known as “Big Baby” has been arrested by authorities back in February when marijuana was discovered in his hotel room. According to court..." March 17

  • Jazz GM ‘disappointed’ over lack of protection from refs

    Larry Brown Sports "Utah Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey was none too pleased about the lack of calls by the referees on Jared Dudley and Marquese Chriss on Thursday. Tempers flared during third quarter of the game between the Jazz and Phoenix Suns. After Utah inbounded the ball following a missed dunk by..." March 17

  • LeBron to Heckler Asking Him Where Kyrie Irving Is: 'At Your Mama's House'

    Complex "When it comes to responding to hecklers, LeBron James is no novice (in fact, here's a quick list to brush up on) and on Thursday night in Portland he added to that rundown by filling a Blazers fan in on some unfortunate news. Now this particular response takes a little bit of concentration to..." March 17

  • Kevin Durant Out at Least 2 Weeks After Rib Injury Diagnosed as Fracture

    Bleacher Report "Kevin Durant is the latest Golden State Warriors star to be sidelined by an injury. The 2014 NBA MVP had already been ruled out of Friday's game against the Sacramento Kings due to sore ribs, but it apparently isn't only a day-to-day injury. According to Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco..." March 16