• Cavaliers welcome back players, but thoughts still with absent coach Tyronn Lue

    ESPN "After a 120-95 win over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night capped a 3-0 week for the Cleveland Cavaliers since Tyronn Lue took a health-related leave of absence, acting head coach Larry Drew said the situation has motivated the team. "Sometimes you have to play the hand that's dealt to you," Drew..." March 24

  • Curry's injury frustrations continue in Warriors return

    USA Today "The Golden State Warriors’ injury woes might have taken the most serious turn yet on Friday night, as two-time MVP Stephen Curry left the game against the Atlanta Hawks in the third quarter with a left knee strain. According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the initial diagnosis..." March 24

  • Popovich: 'I wasn't invited' to Spurs' team meeting

    247 Sports "Gregg Popovich isn't offended that he wasn't invited to the party. According to the San Antonio Spurs head coach, he wasn't invited to the team meeting held earlier in the week regarding Kawhi Leonard's absence. At the same time however, he has absolutely no issue that he wasn't invited and..." March 24

  • Charles Oakley: Raptors would have won if Vince Carter didn’t attend graduation

    Sportsnet "Charles Oakley believes the Toronto Raptors would have emerged victorious in Game 7 of the 2001 Eastern Conference semifinals if then-teammate Vince Carter didn’t attend his college graduation ceremony that day. “No doubt,” Oakley said during a guest appearance on Tim and Sid Friday afternoon...." March 24

  • More disturbing details emerge about Mavericks' work culture

    12 Up "The Dallas Mavericks were already having a season to forget, but when disturbing details arose about conduct within the organization over the past two decades, the play of the team suddenly mattered little. Former team president and CEO Terdema Ussery has been accused of sickening sexual..." March 24

  • Report: Boogie offers to cover cost of Stephon Clark's funeral

    SLAM Online "DeMarcus Cousins has reportedly offered to pay for the funeral of Stephon Clark, whose death sparked a protest outside Sleep Train Arena on Thursday. According to the Sacramento Bee‘s Jason Jones, Cousins, who played over six years in Sacramento, reached out to Clark’s family about covering the..." March 23

  • Lamar Odom okay with the Kardashians…for the most part

    Snip Daily "Following his ugly divorce with Khloe Kardashian we’ve seen rumors and reports of some very strong emotions on the part of former NBA legend Lamar Odom. Odom’s chemical dependency and drug issues have been a major backdrop since the two called it quits Thursday night inside the posh Beverly..." March 23

  • Magic expected to fire Frank Vogel

    Pro Basketball Talk "Magic president Jeff Weltman inherited an expensive and bad roster, limiting his options to shape it. He also inherited coach Frank Vogel, and maybe there’s something Weltman will do about that. Marc Stein of The New York Times in his newsletter: Orlando’s ongoing malaise, especially..." March 23

  • Tony Parker: My quad injury 100 times worse than Kawhi Leonard’s

    Pro Basketball Talk "Tony Parker reportedly led a players-only meeting in which Spurs implored Kawhi Leonard to return. Leonard injured his quad last season, has played just nine games this season and remains sidelined. The Spurs have reportedly cleared him, but he got second opinions and is waiting for his medical..." March 23

  • Celtics Plan To Apply For Hardship Exception

    Hoops Rumors "The Celtics intend to apply for a hardship exception that would allow the team to add a 16th player to its 15-man NBA roster, reports Mark Murphy of The Boston Herald (Twitter link). It’s not yet known which player Boston would sign if granted that extra roster spot. The hardship provision –..." March 23

  • Report: ‘Laughter and Joking’ in Grizzlies’ Locker Room After 61-Point Loss

    SLAM Online "Several Grizzlies players were reportedly laughing and joking in the locker room following Memphis’ 61-point loss to the Hornets on Thursday. According to the Commercial Appeal‘s Ronald Tillery, players didn’t appear to take the loss hard based on their “laughter and lack of hurt.”" March 23

  • Kyrie set for 'minimally invasive procedure' on injured knee

    ESPN "Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving is set for a "minimally invasive procedure" on the injured left knee that has kept him out for almost two weeks, the team announced Friday. The procedure is scheduled for Saturday, the Celtics said, and an update on his return will be made..." March 23

  • Tom Thibodeau denies report of Andrew Wiggins’ unhappiness as Timberwolves’ third option

    Pro Basketball Talk "As soon as a rumor emerged Andrew Wiggins told teammates he was unhappy as the Timberwolves’ third option behind Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns, Kurt predicted denials from Minnesota. Here they are – at least one. Wiggins, via Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune: “It’s just someone’s..." March 23

  • Knicks must now make a run at Kawhi Leonard

    New York Post "There’s going to come a time when the Knicks are going to have to roll up their sleeves, pound their chests, and say, “The hell with it. Let’s go.” There is no reward for the meek in the NBA. Patience is for priests. Maybe that means focusing every ounce of their energy on the ever-shifting..." March 23

  • Source: Rockets to release center Brandan Wright

    Houston Chronicle "With center Brandan Wright unable to return from his knee issues this season, the Rockets will release Wright, who signed as a free agent last month, a person with knowledge of the move said. Wright played in one game before soreness in his right knee had the Rockets shut him down to work on..." March 23

  • LeBron on hometown billboards: ‘I already know there’s no place like Akron’

    Akron Beacon Journal "LeBron James’ hometown finally got in on the billboard craze surrounding his expected free agency this summer, with a local realtor pushing the message #ThisIsHome to the Cavaliers’ star. James said Friday he has not seen the digital billboards, which were paid for by Stouffer Realty’s Alison..." March 23

  • Bulls Kris Dunn isn’t about to give up his starting spot without a fight

    Chicago Sun-Times "Kris Dunn is a “dawg.’’ Not D-O-G. Those are for petting. It’s very important to differentiate the two. No, the point guard reiterated that he’s a “dawg’’ when it comes to the court. And with that comes a subtle warning: Whoever thinks they are ready to take his starting spot this..." March 23

  • Rudy Gay Denies Report of ‘Tense’ Team Meeting With Kawhi Leonard

    SLAM Online "Rudy Gay dismissed an ESPN report that the Spurs held a “tense and emotional at times” players-only meeting with Kawhi Leonard, in an attempt to implore the All-Star forward to return to action. Gay said “it was just a conversation” among teammates, and Danny Green also called the story..." March 23

  • Lakers To Sign Travis Wear For Remainder Of Season

    Hoops Rumors "The Lakers are signing forward Travis Wear for the remainder of the season, tweets Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. Wear inked a pair of 10-day deals with the Lakers and the second one expired on Thursday night. In nine games with the Lakers, Wear has averaged 4.7 PPG and 2.2 RPG while shooting..." March 23

  • Kings Owner: "We At The Kings Recognize Your People's Ability To Protest Peacefully, And We Respect That"

    Deadspin "After the Kings’ win tonight over the Hawks was delayed and ultimately played in front of a tiny crowd—with the arena shutting its doors before tip-off, due to the presence of protests over last weekend’s fatal police shooting of Sacramento man Stephon Clark—team owner Vivek Ranadivé discussed..." March 23

  • Stephen Curry will wear low-top sneakers in return from ankle injury

    Clutch Points "The Golden State Warriors will get a boost on Friday night with Stephen Curry expected to rejoin the lineup after nursing an ankle injury, and it will be a welcome sight for a team that has been hit hard with injuries the last few weeks. When Curry returns, he will be wearing low-top Under..." March 23

  • Start of Hawks-Kings game delayed due to protests outside arena

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Giving new meaning to playing under protest, the Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks game at Golden 1 Center was delayed 13 minutes Thursday evening due to an actual protest outside the building. Protesters locked arms in front of the entrance to the building, blocking ticket holders from..." March 23

  • Gordon Hayward Discusses Where He’s At In Injury Rehab, What Next Steps Are

    NESN "Gordon Hayward’s rehab is progressing well. The Boston Celtics forward is rehabbing a gruesome ankle/leg injury sustained during the first game of the regular season. And since the injury took place, C’s fans have waited with bated breath for the next update on his progression. Hayward took..." March 23

  • Rick Carlisle does not think Ben Simmons is a rookie

    Larry Brown Sports "Ben Simmons is considered a rookie by the NBA, but not Rick Carlisle. Simmons is enjoying an impressive season, one that could see him win the league’s Rookie of the Year Award. Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell will receive his share of votes as well and is Simmons’ main competition for the..." March 23

  • Suns begin search for head coach; interim Jay Triano a candidate

    ESPN "The Phoenix Suns are beginning their search for a new head coach now, a process that will include interim coach Jay Triano, general manager Ryan McDonough told ESPN. In a coaching market that could be expansive with openings this spring, the Suns want to get a start on connecting with available..." March 23

  • Joel Embiid wants to play every game the rest of the way

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "The Sixers have been looking for ways to get Joel Embiid rest before the postseason. The most obvious solution would be sitting him for an entire game. Except Embiid has no interest in doing that. “I’m playing in every game,” Embiid said following his 59th appearance of the season. The..." March 23

  • Jaylen Brown aiming for return on Saturday versus Kings

    247 Sports "Jaylen Brown is ready for his return. With the Boston Celtics already banged up as it is, it looks like they'll get some star power back over the weekend. According to Brown himself, he aims on return on Saturday versus the Sacramento Kings after being sidelined for the past two weeks due to a..." March 22

  • Stephen Curry set to play Friday; Durant, Klay, Draymond out

    CBS Sports "The Warriors' All-Stars have been dropping like flies in recent weeks. Forward Draymond Green was the latest victim, leaving the team's 89-75 loss to the Spurs on Monday with a pelvic contusion. There is some good news in Oakland, however, as two-time MVP Stephen Curry is expected to make his..." March 22

  • Grizzlies' Minority Owners Value Franchise At $1B As Part Of Buy/Sell Clause

    Real GM Basketball "Steve Kaplan and Daniel Straus have valued the Memphis Grizzlies at more than $1 billion as part of their buy/sell clause with controlling owner Robert Pera. Pera must decide whether he will sell his stake to Kaplan and Kraus at that valuation or buy them out at it. The majority of Pera's..." March 22

  • Stephen Curry doesn’t think he’ll need ankle surgery after season

    Sportsnaut "Stephen Curry has a history of ankle issues, and he’s just now coming back from an injury that has kept him out for a while now. However, the Golden State Warriors point guard isn’t anticipating a surgical repair this summer. Objectively speaking, Curry’s ankle injuries are troublesome. His..." March 22

  • Sorry Toronto, the East Still Runs Through LeBron James and Cleveland

    Complex "What a momentous basketball game last night between the Cavaliers and Raptors in their Eastern Conference showdown. It had a little bit of everything—from LeBron James breaking records (we’ll get to that) to the Raptors attempting to show that they’re not the same old Raptors. Of course, before..." March 22

  • Celtics fear Irving knee injury could be season-ending

    Sportress of Blogitude "Kyrie Irving is expected to get a second opinion on his ailing left knee on Thursday, an injury that has sidelined the Boston Celtics point guard five of the past seven games. Regardless of the outcome of Thursday’s exam, however, are more troubling developments, as a report has surfaced..." March 22

  • Report: Kawhi Leonard didn’t give inquiring Spurs teammates a return date or guarantee he will play this season

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Spurs reportedly held a players-only meeting to implore Kawhi Leonard to play. He reportedly defended his missing games due to injury. Even if his teammates believed his extended absence was justified, they surely wanted to know when it would end. Apparently, they didn’t get an..." March 22

  • Kevin Hart: LeBron 'said kiss his a--' when I tried to recruit him to 76ers

    TMZ "Kevin Hart is about to break the hearts of a lot of fans in Philly ... because according to the pint-sized funnyman, LeBron James has no plans to come to the cheesesteak land, and Kevin knows, cause Kevin tried. We got Hart leaving UCLA and asked if he's tried to recruit his buddy, James, to..." March 22

  • Paul Pierce believes 76ers could beat Cavs in first round of playoffs

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Cavaliers should be considered the favorite to win the Eastern Conference as long as they have LeBron James, but Paul Pierce believes there is a legitimate chance they may not advance beyond the first round of the postseason. If the playoffs began today, the No. 3 seed Cavs would..." March 22

  • Report: Spurs urged Kawhi to return in players-only meeting

    Larry Brown Sports "Kawhi Leonard has yet to set a date for his return to the San Antonio Spurs’ lineup, and his teammates appear to be growing frustrated with him. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Spurs held a players-only meeting — led by Tony Parker — after Saturday’s win over the Minnesota..." March 22

  • Antetokounmpo's younger brother Kostas leaving Dayton, turning pro

    WTMJ "The Antetokounmpo family already has one NBA star. Now, that star's brother will find out if he has what it takes to become one himself. Kostas Antetokounmpo, brother of Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, will be declaring for the NBA Draft. The University of Dayton says they will pursue a..." March 22

  • Spurs' Danny Green refutes 'incorrect' report of players-only meeting regarding Kawhi Leonard

    USA Today "San Antonio Spurs veteran Danny Green refuted an ESPN report Thursday which said Spurs players held a tense, players-only meeting pleading with injured Kawhi Leonard to return for the team's playoff push. Green tweeted that the report, which described the meeting as “emotional at times,”..." March 22

  • Report: Bucks willing to match offers for Jabari Parker, but not necessarily long-term

    Clutch Points "Consistent with an earlier report by Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Timers, the Milwaukee Bucks explored many options during the trade deadline, but ultimately kept forward Jabari Parker on the roster. According to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, the Bucks will likely match offers..." March 22

  • Celtics' injuries leave Jayson Tatum as No. 1 option — and that's not a bad thing

    Sporting News "Maybe Kyrie Irving, seeking a second opinion on his balky left knee, won’t come back for the Celtics. Maybe Marcus Smart’s thumb shuts down the rest of his season, too. We know that Daniel Theis is done for the year, and it’s a good bet that applies to Gordon Hayward, too. And while no team..." March 22

  • Hornets' Dwight Howard suspended Thursday vs. Grizzlies due to 16th technical of season

    CBS Sports "The Hornets will reportedly be without their big man Dwight Howard against the Grizzlies on Thursday night in the second leg of a back-to-back, as Howard incurred his 16th technical in Wednesday's win over the Nets. Howard put up 32 points alongside 30 rebounds, in the first 30-rebound game since..." March 22

  • Damion Lee’s Resilience Paid Off With NBA Opportunity

    Hoops Rumors "Damion Lee has twice suffered an injury that is known to shorten – or even end – careers. While at Drexel University, Lee missed most of his junior season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee in December 2013. Just 16 games into his professional career in January..." March 22

  • Bulls to re-evaluate Zach LaVine in 5-7 days

    Clutch Points "Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine has not seen much court action this season and is likely to stay this way. An ACL tear last year forced LaVine to the sidelines as part of the Minnesota Timberwolves. He made his debut with the Bulls in January and scored 14 points in a win against the Pistons...." March 22

  • NBA says Marcus Morris' last-second winner for Celtics against Thunder shouldn't have counted

    CBS Sports "The Celtics secured the most thrilling win across the NBA on Tuesday thanks to a clutch Marcus Morris 3-pointer that plunged a dagger in the heart of the Thunder. However, that shot should not have counted, according to the NBA. The league released its Last Two Minute report Wednesday and..." March 22

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo Suffered A Sprained Right Ankle Against The Clippers

    Dime Magazine "The Milwaukee Bucks are pretty close to securing a playoff berth this season, as they currently hold a 5.5-game lead over the Pistons for the eighth seed in the East and are just a half game behind the Heat in seventh. Things haven’t gone according to plan for the Bucks this season, who entered..." March 22

  • Anfernee Simons declares for NBA draft, forgoing collegiate eligibility

    ESPN "Anfernee Simons will forgo his collegiate eligibility and declare for the 2018 NBA draft, he informed ESPN. "After discussing the matter with my parents, I have decided to forgo the opportunity to play in the NCAA and to instead enter the NBA draft," Simons said. "I am very thankful for the..." March 22

  • LeBron downplays statement win over Raptors: 'I don't need to remind anybody'

    The Score "Knocking off the first-place Toronto Raptors (53-19) at Quicken Loans Arena Wednesday was one of the more meaningful victories of the campaign for the injury-riddled Cleveland Cavaliers (42-29), a team that has found it difficult to defeat elite competition since reshaping the roster at the trade..." March 22

  • Trae Young on Potentially Being Drafted by Knicks: 'It Would Be a Blessing'

    Bleacher Report "The pressure of playing in New York City may be daunting for some players, but Oklahoma Sooners star Trae Young would embrace the opportunity to suit up for the New York Knicks. During an interview Wednesday on ESPN's First Take, Young discussed the possibility of the Knicks selecting him in..." March 22

  • Spurs Expected To Offer Designed Veteran Player Extension To Kawhi Leonard

    Real GM Basketball "The San Antonio Spurs are still expected to offer Kawhi Leonard a max contract extension this offseason that will be worth more than $200 million. Leonard qualifies for the designated veteran player contract extension." March 22

  • Suns GM: ‘It probably is unlikely’ Tyson Chandler plays rest of season

    Arizona Sports "With 10 games left in the regular season, the banged-up Phoenix Suns are going to have to make some decisions. One of those is how they want to treat Tyson Chandler, who in his 17th season has a couple of injuries that have accumulated over the course of the season. Chandler played in just..." March 22

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