• Victor Oladipo thinks refs missed goaltend: ‘It sucks’

    Larry Brown Sports "Victor Oladipo was bummed out after his Indiana Pacers lost Game 5 of their playoff series to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night, not just because of the defeat, but also because of a controversial call that went against his team. Oladipo drove to the basket with the game tied at 95 and..." April 26

  • Russell Westbrook, Paul George key historic rally to force Game 6

    CBS Sports "The Thunder's season was over. Stick a fork in 'em, see ya next season, good riddance over. With 8:34 remaining in the third quarter Wednesday night in Game 5, Jae Crowder drilled a 25-foot 3-pointer to give the Jazz a 25-point lead, their biggest of the game. It felt like the butcher knife being..." April 26

  • Wall: Wizards are 'very confident' they can force Game 7 vs. Raptors

    The Score "Despite being brought to the brink of elimination at the hands of the Toronto Raptors, the Washington Wizards aren't sweating the 3-2 hole they find themselves in. "We love our chances" of forcing Game 7, John Wall said after the Wizards' Game 5 loss, according to ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk. "We're..." April 26

  • Mike Budenholzer, Hawks agree to part ways after 5 years

    ESPN "The Atlanta Hawks and coach Mike Budenholzer have mutually agreed to part ways, Budenholzer told ESPN. The Hawks announced the move later Wednesday night. Budenholzer, the 2014-15 NBA Coach of the Year, and the organization finalized terms of a split on Wednesday night. "I am grateful for..." April 25

  • Heat Expected To Pursue Trade Of Hassan Whiteside

    Real GM Basketball "The Miami Heat are expected to pursue a trade of Hassan Whiteside this offseason. Whiteside is due $24.4 million and $27.1 million in the final two years of his contract. "It's been a long year, man, up and downs, up and downs," he said. Whiteside has talked openly about his frustrations..." April 25

  • Warriors GM: It’s possible Curry will play Game 1 vs the Pelicans

    Sportsnaut "Now that the defending champion Golden State Warriors have made quick work of the San Antonio Spurs, they are prepared to take on a red-hot New Orleans Pelicans squad in the conference semifinals starting Saturday. Out the past five weeks after suffering a sprained MCL, two-time MVP Stephen..." April 25

  • LeBron: ‘I hope I’m at my best or close to it’ in Game 5

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "LeBron James said "hopefully I'm at my best or close to it" for Game 5 tonight against the Indiana Pacers. He was also hopeful the sun rises, he has hot water for his shower, and no one spills coffee on his new Nikes. "You just go out and do what you gotta do to help your team win," James..." April 25

  • Messina proved NBA head coaching mettle against Warriors, players say

    Larry Brown Sports "San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina had to step in for Gregg Popovich during their series against the Golden State Warriors, and his players were impressed by the work he did. After the death of Popovich’s wife, Messina handled the final three games of San Antonio’s series loss to..." April 25

  • So, Carmelo Anthony's Career Is Over, Right?

    The Big Lead "Carmelo Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder are currently down 3-1 to the Utah Jazz after getting smoked by 17 Monday night. Given how bad Anthony has looked all season, it’s fairly clear we’ve reached the end of his effectiveness in the NBA. Anthony will turn 34 on May 29, and he’s due $27.9..." April 25

  • Report: Kawhi Leonard to return to San Antonio around exit interviews. Then…

    Pro Basketball Talk "Nobody is sure how the Kawhi Leonard situation is going to play out with the Spurs. As is the nature of the NBA, the GMs of other teams are starting to circle the Spurs like vultures, on the chance that this time Gregg Popovich cannot smooth out the relationship with his star player and needs to..." April 25

  • NBA Rumors: CJ McCollum: DeMarcus Cousins-To-Wizards A Real Possibility

    SLAM Online "CJ McCollum says that he could see DeMarcus Cousins joining the Washington Wizards in free agency if the Pelicans don’t re-sign him. On the latest episode of the Pull Up podcast, McCollum said Boogie “could potentially team up” with John Wall—his former Kentucky teammate—in Washington " April 25

  • Ball is pulling sons out of Lithuania: 'We're not going to waste our time'

    USA Today "The Ball family’s time in Lithuania has come to an end, and it’s for a familiar reason. According to Lithuanian basketball journalist Donatas Urbonas, LaVar Ball is pulling his sons, LiAngelo and LaMelo, out of Lithuania with two LKL games left in the season after he couldn’t overcome his..." April 25

  • Report: Final call for Kawhi Leonard supermax deal to come down to Spurs ownership

    Clutch Points "The San Antonio Spurs face a summer of uncertainty, with several of their aging veterans approaching the end of their careers and a star forward with an unknown future with the franchise. Kawhi Leonard, who is approaching the last two years of a five-year, $94.3 million deal (the last one a..." April 25

  • Joe Prunty: Have to make sure Giannis gets more shots in Game 6

    ESPN "After attempting just 10 shots in Tuesday's Game 5 loss to the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo vowed to come out more aggressively in Thursday's Game 6 in Milwaukee. "It's on me," Antetokounmpo said. "As I said, I had open shots, but they wasn't my shots, so I didn't..." April 25

  • Draymond Green to Chris Webber: “My jewelry fits well”

    San Jose Mercury News "Warriors forward Draymond Green has never been one to hold back a rebuttal. Following Tuesday’s 99-91 Game 5 victory over the San Antonio Spurs, Green responded to Webber’s notions that the Warriors forward wouldn’t start for any other team in the league. “I don’t think he can find many GMs..." April 25

  • Jimmy Butler back with Bulls someday? It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds

    Chicago Sun-Times "Everything hurts on Jimmy Butler these days. Start with the surgically repaired meniscus in his right knee, and go in every direction from there. He’s minutes removed from a Monday walkthrough — make that a limpthrough in his case — and needs the assistance from a Timberwolves..." April 25

  • Steve Kerr told Manu Ginobili to keep playing

    247 Sports "At the conclusion of Golden State's 99-91 Game 5 and series clinching victory over San Antonio on Tuesday, Warriors coach Steve Kerr sought out Spurs veteran star Manu Ginobili and embraced his former teammate. Kerr congratulated Ginobili on his performance throughout the series and then..." April 25

  • Tony Parker: I Want To Keep Playing, We'll See If It's In San Antonio

    Real GM Basketball "Tony Parker will be a free agent this offseason and his future with the San Antonio Spurs is unclear. Parker will almost certainly be required to take a contract at a reduced rate from his $15.4 million this season. Parker has taken a reduced role coming off the bench behind Dejounte Murray." April 25

  • Report: NBA eyeing 2020 as earliest draft allowing high schoolers

    Sportsnaut "Although it feels inevitable the NBA will eliminate the one-and-done rule, the change isn’t expected to happen for next year’s class of high school prospects. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, conversations between the NBA and Players’ Association have centered on 2020 as the “earliest..." April 25

  • Klay Thompson does not expect Stephen Curry back for start of next series

    Larry Brown Sports "The Golden State Warriors were able to defeat the San Antonio Spurs in five games without Stephen Curry, but they are hoping that will be the only series they will have to play without the two-time MVP. On Saturday, the Warriors will kick off their Western Conference semifinals series against..." April 25

  • Kenny Smith: How TNT job has set me up for Knicks success

    New York Post "Kenny Smith may be a long-shot candidate for the Knicks’ coaching job, but he doesn’t sound like one — saying he believes he’s “ready’’ to leave Charles Barkley and run the Knicks. The TNT broadcasting mainstay, who won two NBA titles as a Rockets point guard, said his Knicks interview Friday..." April 25

  • Bucks livid over pivotal missed shot-clock violation: 'It's bull----'

    The Score "The Milwaukee Bucks still would've been hard-pressed to win Game 5 against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night, but an egregious non-call of a Celtics shot-clock violation did them no favors. Up five points with 80 seconds to play, the Celtics - who'd just gotten away with a backcourt violation..." April 25

  • Wade says NBA future to be decided during offseason

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "If this was Dwyane Wade's final NBA game it will be something that he will decided well after the fact. "There will be no breaking news here in Philly," Wade said at Wells Fargo Center, as Tuesday turned to Wednesday. After 15 NBA seasons, and in the wake of this first-round playoff ouster..." April 25

  • Rockets injury report: Luc Mbah a Moute to be re-evaluated next week

    Houston Chronicle "Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute began shooting over the weekend, but still has not been given a timetable for his return from a dislocated shoulder. Mbah a Moute said last week that he had been progressing more quickly from the injury April 10 than he did when he dislocated the shoulder in..." April 25

  • Bob Myers says Warriors should've picked up Looney's option

    247 Sports "After two rather unremarkable seasons since being drafted with the No. 30 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the Golden State Warriors opted to not pick up big man Kevon Looney's player option this past October. Looney will now enter free agency this summer as an unrestricted free agent and could..." April 25

  • GM: Isaiah Thomas Skipping Surgery Last Offseason Considered 'Red Flag'

    Real GM Basketball "At least one general manager believes the decision from Isaiah Thomas not to undergo surgery on his injured hip last offseason is a red flag. Thomas underwent surgery at the end of this season. "It’s a red flag that he did not have surgery on it," one general manager told Sporting News. "If..." April 25

  • Unhappy Whiteside wants to meet with Heat about his future

    Larry Brown Sports "Hassan Whiteside expressed his intentions to talk to the Miami Heat about his future after being eliminated from the playoffs. The Heat’s season came to an end on Tuesday when they were defeated by the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 5 of their first-round series. Following the game, an unhappy..." April 25

  • Pacers can't provide help Oladipo needs until offseason so he'll 'let it fly'

    Indianapolis Star "Likely lost in all of the Xs and Os chatter about what Victor Oladipo has to do to find his rhythm going into Game 5 with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan made a quick yet obvious statement that might get overlooked. “As an organization, we’ll do some things to help..." April 25

  • Sources: Kawhi Leonard meeting atop Spurs' priorities

    ESPN "An all-hands-on-deck summer meeting with star forward Kawhi Leonard sits high on the priority list for the San Antonio Spurs, according to sources, as the team enters a pivotal offseason in the wake of Tuesday's 99-91 season-ending loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the Western..." April 25

  • NBA's early-entry list breaks record with 236 players

    ESPN "A record 236 players were on the NBA's official early-entry list, including 181 from the college ranks. The deadline for underclassmen and international players to file with the NBA was Sunday night. Last year, 182 players, including 137 from American colleges, were on the early-entry list,..." April 24

  • Russell Westbrook fined $10K, issued technical for Game 4 incident; will not be suspended

    CBS Sports "Westbrook will not be suspended for Game 5. The league announced on Tuesday evening that the Thunder point guard was issued a technical foul and fined $10K for the incident, but will be able to play on Wednesday night. Despite his poor play at various points during the series, this is great news..." April 24

  • Celtics guard Marcus Smart will play in Game 5

    Sporting News "The Celtics are about to get a reinforcement. Boston coach Brad Stevens told reporters Tuesday he expects Marcus Smart to be back in the lineup for Game 5 barring any setbacks. Smart has been out since March 11 after he underwent surgery on a torn tendon in his right thumb. The..." April 24

  • Sixers legend Allen Iverson ‘definitely’ thinks team can win 2018 NBA title

    Sportress of Blogitude "Philadelphia 76ers legend Allen Iverson made it clear he is fully on the team’s bandwagon, saying on Tuesday that the Sixers can “definitely” win the NBA title this season. Interestingly, Iverson used the exact same line to express his confidence in the squad that was uttered by current Sixers..." April 24

  • Westbrook downplays Rubio matchup after Game 4 loss: 'Let's get past that'

    The Score "Russell Westbrook vowed to stop Ricky Rubio and "shut that s--- off" in Game 4 after the Spanish point guard notched a triple-double against him in Game 3. Mission failed. Rubio once again got the better of the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player on Monday night as the Utah Jazz went up 3-1 in..." April 24

  • Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic set to have knee surgery in New York

    Sacramento Bee "Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic will have surgery to repair a slight tear of the medial meniscus in his left knee Tuesday, the team announced. A "minimally invasive debridement procedure" will be performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, and Bogdanovic is expected to make a..." April 24

  • Nets Hire Pablo Prigioni, Tiago Splitter

    Hoops Rumors "A pair of former NBA players have joined the Nets’ organization, the team announced today in a press release. Pablo Prigioni has been hired as an assistant coach on Kenny Atkinson‘s staff, while Tiago Splitter had been named a pro scout with additional duties related to on-court player..." April 24

  • 76ers co-owner says Meek Mill is free, and he's going to pick him up from prison

    CBS Sports "The Pennsylvania Supreme Court granted bill to Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill, as TMZ and Billboard reported Tuesday, and 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin is apparently the one who's picking Meek up from prison. "Meek Mill is free!" Rubin posted on Instagram, hours before the Sixers' potential..." April 24

  • Lowry: Toronto van attacker 'definitely would have been shot up' in America

    The Score "The city of Toronto was still reeling Tuesday after a van mowed down a number of pedestrians on its busiest street the previous day, killing 10 people and injuring 15 more. Asked about Monday's events, Kyle Lowry - who was in Toronto at the BioSteel Centre preparing for Wednesday's pivotal Game..." April 24

  • Derek Fisher Proposes to Gloria Govan, She Said 'Yes!'

    TMZ "Good news for Derek Fisher ... the ex-NBA star popped the question to his girlfriend, Gloria Govan -- AND SHE SAID, "YES!" We've learned ... 43-year-old Fisher got down on one knee during a small shindig at their Los Angeles-area home on April 7, surrounded by their kids and Gloria's nephew...." April 24

  • Russell Westbrook Incident Under Review for Potential Game 5 Suspension

    Bleacher Report "The Oklahoma City Thunder already have their backs against the wall facing a 3-1 deficit in their first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz, and they may not have Russell Westbrook for Wednesday's Game 5. Westbrook was waiting to check in at the scorer's table in the fourth quarter of..." April 24

  • Kevin Durant: Liking anti-Russell Westbrook Instagram comment was ‘total accident’

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kevin Durant liked an Instagram comment critical of Russell Westbrook. Here we go again? Royce Young of ESPN I’m not inside Durant’s mind. He could be lying to cover another burner Instagram snafu. But I tend to believe him. It’s easy enough to accidentally click like, and the greater..." April 24

  • Pelicans Have Discussed Offering Cousins Short-Term Deal

    Real GM Basketball "The New Orleans Pelicans have internally discussed offering DeMarcus Cousins a shorter team deal for less than the full max, according to sources. The Pelicans could offer a two- or three-year deal as Cousins recovers from a torn Achilles. There will only be a small handful of teams with max..." April 24

  • Draymond Green is texting Joel Embiid advice during playoffs

    Pro Basketball Talk "In Game 1 of their series, the Philadelphia 76ers — without Joel Embiid — blew the doors off the Miami Heat, winning by 27. It’s the kind of game that can lead a young team to overconfidence. That’s when Draymond Green texted Joel Embiid some words of advice, reports Jessica Camerato of NBC..." April 24

  • Marcus Smart questionable for Game 5 vs. Bucks on Tuesday

    WEEI Boston "Marcus Smart might be back sooner than we think. The Celtics guard, who had hoped to return for Thursday's Game 6 vs. the Bucks, was instead upgraded to questionable for Tuesday's Game 5 after receiving a clean bill of health from his surgeon on Monday, according to the Boston Herald. Smart..." April 24

  • Warriors reporter pulled from coverage after allegedly stealing jacket from team

    Larry Brown Sports "A longtime Bay Area sports anchor been removed from covering the Warriors during their playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs after he allegedly stole a jacket from a team staffer. Steve Berman of The Athletic reports that a video appeared to show ABC7/KGO-TV sports anchor Mike Shumann..." April 24

  • Why the Bulls should draft Deandre Ayton if they win the Lottery

    NBC Sports Chicago "Something special occurred on the campus of Oregon University in late February. The Arizona Wildcats were in town, 24 hours removed from an ESPN report that claimed head coach Sean Miller had discussed paying $100,000 to land blue-chip prospect Deandre Ayton. The report shook the college..." April 24