The New Orleans Pelicans have given up on rookie point guard Frank Jackson seeing any playing time before the end of the season, tweets Scott Kushner of The Advocate. Coach Alvin Gentry confirmed to reporters today that Jackson has been ruled out for the rest of the year. The second-round pick out of Duke has been recovering from surgery on his right foot after fracturing it in late August. He had surgery for a stress reaction in the same foot in May and couldn’t play during summer league. Source:
Duke's men basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski has passed the late coach Pat Summitt for the most Division I wins in NCAA history. Krzyzewski has reached 1,099 wins after Duke defeated #7 Rhode Island in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Atlanta Hawks have signed guard Jaylen Morris to a contract for the rest of the season, as announced by the player's agency, RZA Sports. The rookie out of Molloy played has played six games with the Hawks under two 10-day contracts, averaging 4.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 16.4 minutes.
The NBA has fined Phoenix forwards Marquese Chriss and Jared Dudley $25,000 each for roles in the altercation during the game against Utah on Thursday night, as reported by Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. Source:
Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond said he's focused on expanding his game by working on his mid-range shooting. “That’s something I’ve worked on all season behind closed doors, taking my time to critique it, perfect it and next season, I should be shooting them consistently,” Drummond said, via Rod Beard/The Detroit News. “Going into year seven of my career, it’s time I expand my game; the game has changed each year. It’s about time I start shooting those little jump shots around the free-throw line; when I’m left wide open, I should be able to shoot that shot. It’s going to open up other stuff. Everybody knows I’m a very aggressive driver when I get the ball,” Drummond said. “If I’m able to shoot that shot, I can pump-fake and go right by them. It’s going to be tough when I get that down." Source:
The Orlando Magic will sign rookie guard Rodney Purvis to a second 10-day contract, according to Michael Scotto of The Athletic. Purvis, who played for the NBA G League's Lakeland Magic before getting called up by Orlando, averaged 3.8 points in 11.8 minutes in his first five games in the NBA.
Orlando Magic guard Rodney Purvis will receive a second 10-day contract, a league source told The Athletic.
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) 17 marzo 2018
The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has signed guard David Stockton to a 10-day contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. Stockton (5-11, 165, Gonzaga) joins the Jazz most recently from the NBA G League’s Reno Bighorns, where he has appeared in 39 games (15 starts), averaging 16.3 points, 5.2 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 28.2 minutes per game this season. He was also selected to the official 12-member 2017 USA Men’s World Qualifying Team, coached by Jeff Van Gundy, where he saw action in two wins against Cuba and Puerto Rico, owning averages of 8.5 points, 3.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 18.4 minutes per game. Source:
Former NBA champion Glen “Big Baby” Davis has been arrested last month in Aberdeen, USA, on n drug charges. Per ABC2 News, According to court records, the hotel owner smelled marijuana coming from Davis' room on February 7th. When the owner knocked on room 208, someone inside the room told him to “F*@# off!” Aberdeen police then responded to the hotel and Davis gave signed consent to search his room "They recovered 126 grams of marijuana,” said Aberdeen Police Lieutenant William Reiber, “In addition to that there was a brief case that contained 92,164 dollars of U.S. currency along with a ledger that contained language which is consistent with someone involved in the sale and distribution of narcotics." Glen “Big Baby” Davis is due in a Bel Air courtroom early next month. Source:
76ers head coach Brett Brown doesn’t know if Markelle Fultz will return this season. The 1st pick of the 2017 NBA draft has played only 4 games this season averaging 6 points and 2.3 rebounds. Per Philly.com, “I truly don’t know,” the 76ers coach said when asked if the rookie point guard will return this season. “Here I am telling you that. It’s that whole truth and nothing but the truth. I really don’t know.” Source:
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The National Basketball Referees Association and the NBA exchanged some tweets on Friday about the last-two-minute reports. This is how the account OfficialNBARefs replied to a tweet of Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Our issues are not with the media, but with the L2M. It is a flawed process where analysts without officiating experience are using different protocols to evaluate plays than the referees are taught. It breeds inconsistency and frustration for fans, teams, and referees. https://t.co/blAJ2bvWbe
— NBA Referees (@OfficialNBARefs) 15 marzo 2018
The NBAOfficial account replied saying that the tweet was not accurate.
This is not accurate; all calls in L2Ms are evaluated by reviewers trained to rate plays the way officials are instructed to call them; their decisions are approved by ref ops senior staff (former officials) and senior b-ball ops personnel, all with many years of NBA experience https://t.co/KVDXrfDBrm
— NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) 16 marzo 2018
The perfect tweet was written by Mark Cuban, owner of the Mavericks.
Enes Kanter rejected the idea of tanking. The Knicks big man said the franchise has to win games, not giving young players more minutes. Per ESPN, "Let me tell you something, man: They can develop guys in the G League. This is not the time to develop young guys, or whatever, because we're trying to win games here," the Knicks' starting center said on Friday. "This team is paying us a lot of money, everybody, and all the fans are paying a lot money to watch the games and they're paying a lot of money for tickets, so they're not just coming here watching, 'Oh, this guy's getting better. This guy's developing.' No, we're trying to win games here, man. "I think that's how our mindset should be," he added. "And if they want to develop somebody, they can send him to the G League and we can see some development. But I think right now, we're trying to win games. We're not trying to develop nobody." Source:
The Utah Jazz are signing David Stockton to a 10-day contract. Per ESPN, The Jazz were seeking another guard because of the potential of starter Ricky Rubio missing Saturday's game against Sacramento after two cheap shots by the Phoenix Suns in Thursday night's Jazz victory, sources said. Stockton has averaged 16.3 points and 5.2 assists for the Reno Big Horns in the G League. Source: