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:
Dennis Schroder had something to say to Dwight Howard following Hawks loss to the Hornets. Howard ended the game with 33 points and 12 rebounds.
Dennis Schroder on Dwight Howard: "He plays always great against his former team. Credit to him too, but that's like four games each year, you know? Houston, LA, us. I think he's always giving his best there but the others games he ."
— KL Chouinard (@KLChouinard) 16 marzo 2018
Ben Wallace is back in basketball. The former NBA champion became part owner of the Grand Rapids Drive, the G-League franchise affiliate to the Detroit Pistons. Per MLive, He is expected to be formally introduced next week. The 43-year-old Wallace, who met with Drive season-ticket holders Thursday, said he will be "full-time involved" in everything from working with the Drive and Pistons, being a part of Drive-related marketing and learning the business side of the league. "It was just the right fit," Wallace said in an interview with MLive before Thursday's game at the DeltaPlex. "It's an opportunity for me to get back in basketball. It's an opportunity for me to learn the business side of basketball, something I've wanted to do. And this gives me an opportunity to ease into it and learn as we go." Source:
The Boston Celtics announced today that forward Daniel Theis underwent successful surgery to repair his left knee lateral meniscus. The surgery was performed by Celtics Team Physician Dr. Anthony Schena and was assisted by Dr. Paul Weitzel at New England Baptist Hospital. Theis is expected to miss the remainder of the 2017-18 NBA season but should be fully recovered prior to the start of training camp. Source:
Gary Harris of the Nuggets will have an MRI on his knee. Harris left the game against the Pistons in the fourth quarter. Per BSN Denver, Nuggets starting shooting guard Gary Harris will undergo an MRI Friday to determine the severity of a right knee injury he suffered in the fourth quarter of Denver's 120-113 win over the Detroit Pistons. X-rays performed Thursday night at Pepsi Center came back negative. "It's a little sore right now," Harris said. "...I don't know what it is. We're going to figure it out and then just go from there." Source:
Following the loss to Blazers, LeBron James said that Kevin Love’s absence is challenging for the Cavaliers. Per ESPN, "It's been a long time since I haven't played with another All-Star on my team," James said. "So, having Kev out has been very challenging for all of us. Kev has a big usage rate on our team. He'll get the ball when things get tight, chaotic, we can throw it to him in the low post and get some things going." Source:
Emmanuel Mudiay has never lost so many games in a row as he did in his month with the Knicks. Per NY Daily News, The Knicks’ free fall is not all on Mudiay and the biggest factor remains Kristaps Porzingis’ ACL injury. But the move from Denver hasn’t worked out the way he hoped. “I’ve never lost this many games in a row,” he said. “It’s definitely frustrating and I’m not happy about it because I know I’m not a loser, I know the people in here are not losers, it’s just we have to figure out a way.” Source:
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Per ESPN, With Utah leading 69-50 in the third quarter, Rubio was headed full speed on a fast break when Jared Dudley body-blocked him to the floor, starting a scrum in front of the Suns bench. Dudley got a flagrant 2 foul and was ejected, along with Marquese Chriss for pushing Rubio back down after Dudley's shove. Ingles and Mitchell were assessed technical fouls. "I could understand why Marquese got ejected. That's the only one though," Phoenix coach Jay Triano said. "If you're going to eject anybody else, Ingles ran in to instigate as much as anybody else did. And Mitchell. They were in there escalating rather than diffusing more than anybody. I don't think there was a foul enough to warrant a flagrant 2." Ingles and Mitchell disagreed, saying they just backing up their point guard. "There is a camaraderie and a sense of brotherhood and they defend each other," Utah coach Quin Snyder said of his team. Source:
DeAndre Ayton and Allonzo Trier declared for the NBA Draft following the loss of Arizona to Buffalo in the NCAA Tournament. Ayton is projected as 1st pick of the upcoming NBA Draft. Per ESPN, "I learned a lot and built relationships on this team," Ayton said. "This is the only team that I actually loved. Being a Wildcat is amazing. "I think it's the right thing to do, right now. I think I'm ready for the NBA. ... I just have to finish off school right and just work this summer and play for the draft." "I'm not worried about [jumping to the NBA] right now, but I'm closing the book on this chapter and looking forward to the next one in my life," Trier said. "It's a pleasure to be coached by [Sean Miller] and be a part of him and this program for three years." Source:
Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return to season but he still doesn’t want to close the doors . Per ESPN, For his part, Hayward still refuses to shut the door on the possibility. "The hope [of a return] is still there. It's something where I'm really honestly not even thinking about it," Hayward said during an appearance at a community event on Monday in Boston. "I know we're getting toward the end of the year, it's something that I'm still working toward, but if it doesn't happen it doesn't happen. "My thoughts are that I take it day by day. And I said that from the very beginning, that's what I would do, not putting a timetable on it. The recovery is going well, I'm progressing well." Source:
Luke Walton said he loved the heated exchange between Isaiah Thomas and Julius Randle during a timeout in Lakers-Warriors game. Per ESPN, "I didn't see what it was about; I like it though," Lakers coach Luke Walton said. "I told them afterward, I love it. As long as they're open-minded and whatever they were arguing about, they get it figured out. We have been trying to get our guys to talk [on defense] all year long and if it is a heated conversation, that means it is two people that are passionate about something and we will take that on our team any day." Source:
Doc Rivers complaint about officiating in loss to Rockets. Per ESPN, "I don't say much about officiating," Rivers said to preface his complaints. "They shot 41 3s, we shot 18. We doubled them in the amount of points in the paint. And it was 24-8 in free throws. That's a joke. That's a complete joke." "I thought our guys drove and got hit all game," Rivers said. "Lou [Williams] down the stretch got killed on a play and no call. Austin [Rivers] gets hit and no call. DJ [DeAndre Jordan] gets fouled over the back. "I haven't [complained about officiating] all year. Our guys played their hearts out. But for them to shoot that many more free throws than us, and we're the team attacking, it just doesn't make basketball sense to me. It is what it is, and we have to move on." Source:
Celtics president Danny Ainge said that Gordon Hayward had a setback in his recovery a month ago. Per ESPN, "[Hayward] had like one setback for a couple of weeks, maybe a month and a half ago. We were progressing a little bit too fast, we thought," Ainge told the "Toucher & Rich" program during his weekly appearance on Boston sports radio 98.5 the SportsHub. "But, other than that, his work ethic and his determination have been amazing. "I don't want to get people's hopes up. He still is not back on the basketball court and we have a month left in the regular season. He's got a ways to go but we're excited about his progress and his determination." Source:
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Ben Simmons became the third rookie in the NBA history to reach at least 1.000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists in his first season in the NBA. The other two? Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson. Per ESPN, With 13 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists against the Knicks, Simmons broke a tie with Hall of Famer Magic Johnson, who had seven triple-doubles as a rookie. Oscar Robertson holds the NBA record with 26 triple-doubles in his rookie season. Simmons also surpassed 500 total assists for the season in the Sixers' 118-110 win over the Knicks. Simmons, Johnson and Robertson are the only players to have at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists in their rookie seasons. "I've set a record with Magic and Oscar Robertson, which is surreal to me." "People want me to be a scorer, or a player that I'm not right now," Simmons said when asked about his eighth triple-double. "I can score the ball, but I can also rebound and pass the ball. I'd rather do that and do what I'm pretty good at than force things." Source:
Tom Benson, 90, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 15 at Ochsner Medical Center with his wife Gayle Marie Benson at his side. Mr. Benson was hospitalized with the flu on Feb. 16.
Thomas Milton Benson, Jr. was born on July 12, 1927 in New Orleans to Thomas Milton Benson Sr. and Carmelite Marie Pintado Benson. Raised in the 7th Ward neighborhood of New Orleans, Mr. Benson graduated from St. Aloysius High School (now Brother Martin) in 1944. Following his high school graduation, he enrolled at Loyola University New Orleans to study business and accounting. He interrupted his education to enlist in the U.S. Navy, where he was assigned to the USS South Dakota. Upon the conclusion of World War II, Mr. Benson returned home to New Orleans and continued his business administration studies.
In 1948, he went to work as a bookkeeper for the Cathey Chevrolet Co. in New Orleans and by 1956, at age 29, Mr. Benson was on his way to manage a Chevrolet dealership as a junior partner. Six years later, he took full control of the company and established a multi-dealership organization with outlets throughout the New Orleans area and South Texas. In 1972, Mr. Benson entered the banking business and eventually took his banking network public as Benson Financial World.
In 1985, Mr. Benson purchased the New Orleans Saints after learning that the NFL franchise was on the verge of being sold to parties interested in relocating the team. Mr. Benson purchased the Saints on May, 31, 1985. In 1987, the team posted its first winning season and advanced to the playoffs for the first time. Since being purchased by Mr. Benson in 1985, the Saints have earned 11 playoff berths, six division titles and captured Super Bowl XLIV in 2009, building a foundation for continued success, on and off the field. Known among his peers in the NFL as an important leader, Benson’s input on the league level was instrumental, serving as chairman of the league Finance Committee for three separate stints. He also played a major role in New Orleans become a Super Bowl host five times since his purchase of the team.
In 2012, Mr. Benson purchased the National Basketball Association’s New Orleans Hornets franchise from the NBA, which the following season, he rebranded and had renamed the New Orleans Pelicans.
Through his sports teams, business interests and the Gayle and Tom Benson Foundation, Mr. Benson was dedicated to assisting a myriad of charitable, faith-based and educational causes in the New Orleans and South Texas communities. Under Mr. Benson’s direction his businesses and sports teams annually have put millions of dollars back into the community in financial support, in-kind donations, charitable appearances and the donations of goods and services. Over 50 deserving charitable organizations, foundations and agencies have annually received financial support from Mr. Benson.
Details regarding public visitation and funeral will be forthcoming. Source:
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The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has signed free agent guard Larry Drew II to a 10-day contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Drew, 6-2, 180, has appeared in 35 games this season for the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA G League, posting averages of 11.8 points while shooting .401 from three-point range, 7.4 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals. Drew was also a member of the United States National Team that took home the gold medal at the 2017 FIBA AmeriCup. Undrafted in 2013 out of UCLA, Drew has appeared in 15 career NBA games for Philadelphia, holding averages of 3.2 points, 3.1 assists and 1.1 rebounds in 15.6 minutes per contest. Additionally, Drew was a member of the Pelicans’ 2015 NBA Summer League Team in Las Vegas, where he earned All-NBA Summer League Second Team honors. Drew will wear #1 for the Pelicans and be available for their game tonight in San Antonio. New Orleans’ roster currently stands at 16, including on two-way player (Charles Cooke). Source:
New Orleans Pelicans
The last month of the season is huge for Noel as he is set to hit free agency once again this summer for the second consecutive year. Except this time, he will be unrestricted and free to sign with the team of his choice. When opening up about his upcoming summer, Noel wants to head into the offseason with a clear head. “Definitely just an open mindset. Different type of free agency. Little more broad now,” Noel said in reference to being an unrestricted free agent. “Once this summer ends I’ll be working harder than I’ve ever worked. Just growing in this league and being older. Getting the priorities right and evolving. My mindset has only grown stronger in what I really want in life and want from this game. Right when the season ends I will strictly be working on my game and staying to myself and just letting things play out.” Source:
Dante Exum will play his first regular season game tonight and the Australian point guard is really excited to be back, as he told to Andy Larsen:
"I'm excited to finally get out there tonight and join the guys in this successful season they've been having and fit right in," Exum said. "I'm definitely just trying to bring a defensive mindset... Come out and be a floor leader, and take care of what I can take care of." Source:
Enes Kanter is not happy for Knicks' bad results. Per NY Post, Kanter wants to play. He wants to win and believes development of young players can and should come at a lower level. “I’m frustrated by losing, for sure. But I came here to win games. I didn’t come here to get a good lottery pick,” Kanter, the league’s fourth-best offensive rebounder told The Post on Wednesday after practice in Tarrytown. “I came here to win games and make the playoffs. So games like this are just weird. They make me think, ‘Why am I sitting?’ It’s weird, but we’ve got 14 games left and I’ll just try to do my best for 14 games.” Source:
Clyde Drexler is the new commissioner of Big3. Drexler replaces Roger Mason jr.
Basketball Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler has been named commissioner of the BIG3, per news release. Drexler replaces Roger Mason Jr. who was dismissed amid controversy. pic.twitter.com/ft2pLFGVI9
— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) March 15, 2018
The Toronto Raptors have a had a great season so far and have become the first side to make sure they will be in the playoffs this year. They have beaten Golden State to the punch as well as the Cavs, and other top tier teams. This has led many to suggest that they could be the preeminent NBA team this year. They have dominated and played some great basketball in many of their games with Demar Derozan looking like a real star. This seems like a year where maybe, just maybe, another team could line-up in the NBA finals with Golden State not quite at their parkling best and the Cavaliers looking more ropey than usual. The team from Canada will be hoping to take the title and bring the trophy North of the border and they have lots of things going for them. They showed in their win over Detroit, where a Derozan’s buzzer beater to take it to overtime, that they do not ever feel beaten. They seem confident enough to keep fighting until the buzzer and will not lie down. That is an important skill in the playoffs where things can go badly and you need not to panic. They also have a huge eighteen games now before the playoffs where they can tinker, they can tweak, they can plan and they can play without fear. If they want to try new combinations, new tactics, new defensive shapes, then they have time to experiment without risking falling out of contention. Their record this year, of forty seven wins and just seventeen defeats will fill them with confidence. What will fill them with even more confidence, is the fact that the Cavs, who have dominated the Eastern Conference, do not look like the side they once were. LeBron James feels that he is at his best ever level but his side do not and they look vulnerable. It would take a brave man to bet against the Cavs. In all honesty you would be better of visiting this casino with free bonus, where you can win money without putting down any of yours. However for the first time in a while suggesting LeBron might not be in the finals doesn’t look as stupid as it once does. In last season's playoffs, the Cavs swept the Raptors, beating them 4-0 and never looking in trouble. However, in their match early this year, the Raptors wiped the floor with them and managed to win 133-99. They rammed home the idea that they could beat them and it will be very exciting to watch of they do meet again. It is impossible to say if this is their year, it is hard to argue that the Raptors are absolutely going to win and it is hard to see them beating the Warriors. However for the first time in awhile we will have a playoff that will be close, that will be exciting and that will keep us on the edge of our seats, because of the Raptors. And that can only be a good thing.
Shaquille O’Neal, who plans to run forsheriff in Henry County, Georgia in 2020, said that more cops is the answer to stop school shootings. And not the ban on semiautomatic guns. Per ESPN, "The government should give law enforcement more money," he said on WABC Radio's "Curtis and Cosby" show on Wednesday. "Give more money, you recruit more people, and the guys that are not ready to go on the streets, you put them in front of the schools. You put 'em in front of the schools, you put 'em behind the schools, you put 'em inside the schools, and we need to pass information. ... I would like to see police officers in schools, inner cities, private schools." O'Neal lives in Florida, so the Feb. 14 shooting in Parkland that killed 17 people hit close to home. "You know it was a very, very sad incident," he said. "Close to my heart. I actually live in Fort Lauderdale. I actually knew the sheriff, called him and told him he did a wonderful job." Although many law enforcement groups have supported bans on semiautomatic weapons, O'Neal doesn't think a ban is the answer. "There's a lot of those weapons already on the streets," O'Neal said. "So it's not like, if you say, 'OK, these weapons are banned,' people are gonna go, 'Oh man, let me turn it in.' That's definitely not going to happen. "'Cause once you ban 'em, now they're going to become a collector's item and you're going to have people underground, and they were $2,000. ... I'll give you $9,000 for that gun. So, you know, we just need to keep our eyes open." Source:
Lakers teammates Isaiah Thomas and Julius Randle almost got into a fight Wednesday night. During a TV timeout, ESPN’s cameras caught the two jawing at each other. Things got so heated they had to be separated by teammates.
Marcus Smart could be done for the season with a thumb injury, coach Brad Stevens said. Per ESPN, "[Smart will] go talk to another doc about what his chances are of playing without further injury, and also if he needs surgery or not, and what the recovery time would be," Stevens said before Wednesday's game against the Washington Wizards. "After all that information is gathered, he'll make a decision [next week], along with all of us, about the rest of the year." "There could be a slight chance that he's back sooner rather than later, but I'd say that it's not going to be any time too soon," Stevens told the "Zolak & Bertrand" show. "And there's a chance that he would not be back." Source:
The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club has signed guard Antonius Cleveland to a multi-year contract, it was announced today. He was signed to consecutive 10-day contracts on February 22 and March 4. Earlier this season, Cleveland was on a two-way contract with Dallas, appearing in 13 games with the Mavericks. In seven NBA G League games this season (six with the Santa Cruz Warriors and one with the Texas Legends), he’s averaged 13.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.7 steals in 26.6 minutes (.547 FG%, .500 3FG%, .826 FT%). Source:
Klay Thompson of the Warriors could miss an extended period of time with a fractured right thumb. Per The Athletic, Klay Thompson's injured right thumb might be more serious than initially thought, according to multiple sources. There is a growing concern that Thompson’s injury, sustained in the Warriors' loss at Minnesota on Sunday, could cost him some weeks for it to heal and that it’s not a day-to-day thing. Source:
After Mavericks win in New York, Dirk Nowitzki said that he will be missing playing at Madison Square Garden. “I’ll miss playing here. It’s always a special place to play. The atmosphere, the history of this place. It’s definitely a place that I will miss. Hopefully I will come back again one more time, but we’ll see how it goes.”
Dirk on Madison Square Garden: “I’ll miss playing here. It’s always a special place to play. The atmosphere, the history of this place. It’s definitely a place that I will miss. Hopefully I will come back again one more time, but we’ll see how it goes.”
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) 14 marzo 2018
Kristaps Porzingis is recovering from ACL injury but he did not think a lot about Knicks’ future. Per ESPN, "I haven't been really thinking about that as much. It's something that, it's their job, and it's in their hands, and we'll see what happens this summer," said Porzingis, who is eligible for a five-year, $157 million extension this summer. "I haven't really thought about it, and it's also not my job. So I'm confident that they will make the right moves." Source:
Paul George left the game against the Hawks in the third quarter with a groin injury. The OKC Thunder forward said that he will be ready to play Friday. Per ESPN, Paul George said he's "all right" and expects to be able to play Friday against the LA Clippers after leaving with a groin injury in the third quarter of the Oklahoma City Thunder's 119-107 victory over the Hawks on Tuesday. "Yeah, I'll be all right, I'll be all right," George said. "It's three days until the game, three or four days, so I'll be all right." Source:
"Warrior Parade" by (CC BY-NC 2.0) Now that the NBA Playoffs are approaching, the mentality of many NBA teams is about to change. Teams will be snapping out of their mid-season lulls and gearing up to win a championship. One of those teams that will be ready to flip the switch en route to a championship will be the Golden State Warriors, who have seemed uninterested this season but will look to refocus for the postseason. Will this be their time of year once again? Embed from Getty Images
If you listen to the things that the Warriors are saying heading into the home stretch of the regular season, you would think that they are mentally preparing for the playoffs. Klay Thompson has mentioned on multiple occasions his desire to see the Warriors win every game left on their schedule in the regular season. While this is unlikely, that kind of mentality is exactly what teams need to emulate in the postseason, making this a good sign. Elsewhere on the Warriors roster, there are plenty of other players who possess the same killer instinct that Thompson showed with his comments. Draymond Green is one of the most fiery players in the NBA, who everyone knows will bring his A game come playoff time. The same can be said about Kevin Durant, who will be looking to cement his status as the best player in the NBA right now. Combined with their recent history, if there is a team in the NBA looking likely to run through the playoffs, it is the Warriors. Although it can be argued that there are reasons to avoid backing the Warriors in the playoffs with an NBA Playoffs free bet from Oddschecker, like Ladbrokes' bet £10 get £30 in free bets offer. A lack of depth is chief among the list of things that can derail the Warriors when the playoffs roll around. The production from players in key reserve roles like Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston have decreased over the course of this season, which could greatly hinder the team's ability to knock off the Rockets in a potential Western Conference Finals showdown. Also impacting the Warriors are injuries to reserves, like the ankle injury affecting Jordan Bell. The NBA Playoffs are too much of a grind to be able to afford injuries, so it will be essential for the rest of the Warriors roster to avoid getting hurt as the regular season winds down. If they can do that, and Iguodala and Livingston pick up their respective games, the Warriors should have a chance to win another title.
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Stephen Curry of the Warriors, along with rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs, are among a strong, diverse group that e-commerce billionaire Michael Rubin is putting together as potential minority owners in his effort to purchase the Carolina Panthers, a source told ESPN.com on Tuesday. Per ESPN, Rubin, the owner of the sports apparel retailer Fanatics, on Monday was one of three known bidders with the financial strength to be a majority owner who notified the NFL with a formal letter of intent required by the league. The other two are hedge fund billionaire David Tepper and Ben Navarro, the Charleston, South Carolina-based founder and CEO of Sherman Financial Group. The team was valued by Forbes at $2.3 billion, but insiders have told ESPN the team could go for less if there aren't enough bidders to drive up the price.Source:
Kawhi Leonard will not return to action on Thursday, as expected. Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich explained that the star has to be cleared by his doctors before hitting the court again. Per ESPN, Popovich revealed Tuesday that the next step rests with Leonard's doctors. "He's got to be cleared by his medical staff that he's seeing. And until he gets cleared, we can't make a decision on when he's coming back," Popovich said. "So once he gets cleared, then he and I can sit down and talk and see what we think about an appropriate time to come back. But that clearance has to be obtained first." Source:
LeBron James set his career high in triple double in win against Suns. LeBron recorded his 14th triple double with a 28-point, 13-rebound, 11-assist performance. Per ESPN, "You can just say I'm like fine wine, I get better with age. That's what it says," said the 33-year-old James after a 129-107 win over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday. When it was suggested that teams around the league playing at a faster pace could have something to do with it -- because more possessions mean more chances to rack up statistics -- James shot down that premise. "More possessions, my ass. What are you talking about?" James said. "I'm getting better with age, that's what it's saying." Source:
Russell Westbrook became the fourth player in the NBA history to record 100 triple doubles. Per ESPN, Oscar Robertson (181), Magic Johnson (138) and Jason Kidd (107) are the only other players with triple-digit triple-doubles. Westbrook became the third-fastest player to reach the milestone. Robertson needed just 277 games to get No. 100, and Johnson needed 656. Westbrook did it in his 736th game. "The group of guys that's ahead are Hall of Famers," Westbrook said. "I'm just happy to be a part of the crew with those guys."
As reported by ESPN, With 21 seconds remaining, the two big men were locked up together on their way down the court, before Randle shoved Jokic to the floor. The two had been going at it for most of the game, and Jokic took exception to the shove. Randle and Jokic walked toward one another but were quickly separated before anything escalated. Randle and Jokic were assessed technical fouls. The Lakers beat the Nuggets 112-103. "I just didn't like [how] he was coming down flailing, flapping his arm and stuff," Randle said. "And that's fine and that is his game, but when you hook my arm and try to pull my shoulder out of place, I don't like that." Source:
Avery Bradley will miss the remainder of the regular season. The guard of the Clippers will be out from 6 to 8 weeks.
Los Angeles Clippers guard Avery Bradley underwent surgery to repair adductor and rectus abdominis muscles on Tuesday and will miss the rest of the regular season, league sources tell ESPN. Six weeks to eight weeks is the recovery time on the surgery.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) 13 marzo 2018
The New York Knicks have officially signed Troy Williams to a multi-year deal, the team announced. Williams originally joined the Knicks on a 10-day contract. The deal is fully guaranteed for the rest of the season and there'll be an option for the next season.
Former NBA player Matt Barnes revealed in an interview with Chris Broussard of FOX Sports 1 that he settled his issues with Derek Fisher and now they're cool. Back in 2015, Barnes and Fisher, former teammates with the Lakers, had a fight at Barnes' house after the forward discovered that Fisher was dating his ex-wife and was staying at his house.
Despite the rumors that wanted him back on the court this week, Kawhi Leonard won't return, at least not this week, according to Shams Charania. The player still doesn't feel completely ok after his quadriceps injury and a specific date for his return hasn't been set yet, Charania adds.
Leonard has only played 9 games in the season so far and this injury has created tension between him and Spurs front office. Source:
The Los Angeles Lakers have signed forward Travis Wear to a second 10-day contract, it was announced today by General Manager Rob Pelinka. Wear has averaged 4.6 points and 2.4 rebounds in 10.4 minutes through five games with the Los Angeles Lakers. The UCLA product earned his first NBA Call-Up on March 2 after 33 games (29 starts) with the South Bay Lakers, where he averaged 16.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists, while shooting 44.5 percent from the field and 41.9 percent from three-point range. The Lakers roster stands at 17, including two two-way players. Source:
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The Phoenix Suns have signed guard Shaquille Harrison to a multi-year contract after previously signing him to 10-day contracts on February 21 and March 3. Harrison has appeared in nine games with the Suns, the first nine games of his NBA career, averaging 4.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals in 13.4 minutes. Per 36 minutes, Harrison has averaged 11.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 3.6 steals and 1.5 blocks in his nine games. Making his first career start in the Suns’ most recent game at Charlotte, Harrison scored a career-high 14 points in addition to recording four assists and two steals in 21 minutes. Harrison snagged four steals in two of his first four career games as he joined Alvan Adams as the only players in Suns history to record multiple performances of at least four steals through four career games. A 6-4, 190-pound guard, Harrison was originally called up from the Northern Arizona Suns of the NBA G League. In 36 games with the NAZ Suns this season, he averaged 11.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.9 steals (10th in G League). In five games after taking over the starting point guard role on February 2, Harrison averaged 14.0 points on 48.3 percent shooting, 9.2 assists, 7.0 rebounds and 2.4 steals, guiding the NAZ Suns to a 4-1 record in those games. On February 9 at the South Bay Lakers, Harrison scored 25 points and dished out a career-high 12 assists. The 33rd GATORADE Call-Up in the NBA this season and league-high fourth from the NAZ Suns, Harrison has averaged 10.3 points on 45.8 percent shooting, 4.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.6 steals in 84 career G League games, all with the NAZ Suns over the past two seasons. The 24-year-old went unselected in the 2016 NBA Draft out of the University of Tulsa. In addition to two seasons with the Suns’ NBA G League affiliate, Harrison participated in Phoenix’s training camp prior to the 2016-17 season and played for the Suns’ Summer League team in 2017, averaging 10.3 points on 61.1 percent shooting in three games. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Harrison left Tulsa as the only player in Golden Hurricane basketball history to start every game in a four-year career. He averaged 11.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals in 133 games for his career, finishing second in program history with 461 career assists and third with 244 steals. Source:
Kevin Love is expected to return in the next 2-3 weeks. Per the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Speaking of Love, I hear the All-Star forward can be back in 2-to-3 weeks. His broken hand is healing well. His admission of dealing with panic attacks and receiving counseling also has him "in a much better state of mind." That's what I heard from someone close to the situation. Source:
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The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club has signed guard Damion Lee to a 10-day contract, it was announced today. Lee has played in 38 games this season (13 starts) with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA G League, averaging 15.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.5 steals in 29.7 minutes (.454 FG%, .915 FT%). Last season, in 16 starts with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA G League, he put up 17.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.1 steals in 34.1 minutes (.472 FG%, .466 3FG%, .817 FT%). Lee spent four collegiate seasons at Drexel (including a redshirt year) before playing his final season at Louisville as a graduate transfer. He averaged 15.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals in 33.5 minutes with the Cardinals in 2015-16. A native of Baltimore, MD, where he attended Calvert Hall College High School, Lee will wear jersey No. 8.
Harrison Barnes said that OKC was the best team in 2016 playoffs. Barnes, now with the Mavs, said that only a 41-point performance of Klay Thompson “saved” the Warriors in the series. The Warriors won in severn game and Thompson hit 41 points in Game 6 won by Golden State 108-101. Per Sporting News, “I don’t mean this in any type of offence to RJ [Richard Jefferson] or anything like that," Barnes said."But my opinion is that OKC was probably the best team in the playoffs that year. “I mean they were rollin’. We didn’t have an answer for them. If Klay doesn’t have that crazy Game 6, they’re going to the Finals." Source:
Brandon Jennings shined his second debut with the Bucks. The guard posted 16 points with 12 assists and 8 rebounds in win over the Grizzlies. Per Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “I was nervous,” Jennings said. “I felt like it was my first rookie game again. Just putting on that jersey was a blessing and I was just very grateful.” Jennings had joined the Bucks on Sunday morning by signing a 10-day contract. He started the season playing in China before joining the Bucks’ G League affiliate, the Wisconsin Herd, in February. “It’s just all the hard work I was putting in in China,” Jennings said. “People don’t understand I was still hurt with my Achilles injury, so now I’m finally healthy and I was able to really just revamp my whole self. “I just was able to find myself again. I was really mentally messed up in the head because of my so-called career-ending injury. Just always wanted to bounce back from that. … I tried to get a lot of negative thoughts and things out of my head and it really helped me.” Source:
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The Portland Trail Blazers won their 10th consecutive game, defeating the Miami Heat 115-99 tonight in Portland. Damian Lillard scored 32 points (7-14 3pt FG) along with 10 assists and 5 rebounds for the Blazers! Which players owned the night? Catch up on all the top individual performances around the league in the Top Performers series.
Gregg Popovich will talk with Kawhi Leonard who is expected to return to action Thursday against the Pelicans. Per ESPN, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he'll speak to Kawhi Leonard on Tuesday when the team returns home following its 109-93 loss to the Houston Rockets. It's expected the club could gain some clarity about the star forward's potential return to the lineup. "I'll see Kawhi [Tuesday]," Popovich said. "We'll see how he's feeling, and see how ready he is, and see how ready I think he is. And we'll go from there." Source:
The San Antonio Spurs dropped three games in a row and they are now out of the playoffs picture. There are still 14 games left, Kawhi Leonard is expected to return on Thursday and there are chance for the Spurs to make the postseason. Per ESPN, "Been winning for a lot of years," he said. "Since I've been in the league, I've made eight conference finals, five NBA Finals. We've been winning a lot. But this year, there's been a lot of injuries. We just have to find a way to try to qualify for the playoffs." "I saw the reports that say he wants to come back Thursday," Parker said. "So it'll be 14 games left. It is what it is. We'll try to do our best. I know everybody wants to keep fighting. There's a lot of character on this team. If Kawhi comes back, hopefully he can help us. We know it's not going to be easy. He didn't play for like two months. It's going to be a tough situation regardless, but we'll try to do the best we can." Source:
According to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports, the Phoenix Suns are expected to keep guard Shaquille Harrison, signing him to a multi-year deal. Harrison originally signed two 10-day contracts with Phoenix and so far is averaging 4.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.
Sources: The Suns and guard Shaquille Harrison are finalizing a multiyear deal, guaranteeing him for the rest of the season. Harrison’s second 10-day contract expires today and he’s performed well since call up from G League’s Northern Arizona.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) 12 marzo 2018
According to Chris Haynes of ESPN, the Atlanta Hawks are signing guard Damion Lee to a 10-day contract. Lee started the season with the Santa Cruz Warriors in G-League, where he was averaging 15.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.
Atlanta Hawks are expected to sign Damion Lee of G-League’s Santa Cruz Warriors to a 10-day contract, league sources tell ESPN. Lee is engaged to the sister of Stephen Curry.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) 12 marzo 2018
Rapper Ice Cube, the founder of the BIG3 league, has decided to fire commissioner Roger Mason Jr because a corruption scandal that has involved Mason and two Qatari investors, Ayman Sabi and Ahmed Al-Rumaihi. According to a report from TMZ, Mason Jr has stolen millions from the league with the help of the two Qatari investors.
Ice Cube will act as a commissioner during the search for a new one. Source:
After signing two 10-days contracts, Troy Williams is staying in New York. As reported by Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports, Knicks have agreed to a two-year deal with the forward. The deal is fully guaranteed for the rest of the season and partially guaranteed for the next one.
Williams is averaging 8.1 points and 2.9 rebounds per game so far with the Knicks. Source:
Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan and Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard have been named NBA players of the week for the Eastern and the Western Conference, the league announced today. DeRozan averaged 24.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game during the week.
Lillard averaged 34.7 points, 5 assist and shot 56% from the three-point line. Source:
According to Michael Cunningham of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Hawks forward Kent Bazemore is expected to miss several weeks of action due to a right knee injury he suffered during Sunday's game against the Chicago Bulls.
With the regular season almost over, it's likely that Bazemore will be out for the remainder of the season. Source:
Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart has suffered a torn tendon in his right thumb, league sources tell Yahoo. He will have second opinions on his thumb and be out indefinitely. Source:
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Wesley Matthews of the Mavs will miss the remainder of the season with a stress fracture in his leg.
Sources: Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews has suffered a stress fracture in his right leg and will likely miss remainder of the season. Matthews underwent further testing today and will rest and rehab the injury.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 12, 2018
The Blazers have signed Wade Baldwin to a deal for the remainder of the season. Baldwin was signed to a two-way contract.
The Portland Trail Blazers have signed guard Wade Baldwin for the rest of the season on a minimum contract, league sources tell ESPN. He was on a two-way contract with Portland.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 12, 2018
Boston Celtics big man Daniel Theis willl miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury. Theis will undergo season ending surgery.
Sources: Celtics center Daniel Theis has suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee and will undergo season-ending surgery. Theis emerged as an important reserve for Boston this season.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) 12 marzo 2018
LeBron James hopes to play against his son LeBron James jr in the NBA. Per Slam Online “I’m 33, he’s 13,” James said. “If he has a chance [to play in the NBA], and it seems like he can make it, you’ve got to.”
Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves to a big win against the Warriors on Sunday. The big man ended with 31 points and 16 rebounds. After the game Towns said that Western Conference is swamp. “West is a swamp and said only the real alligators will make it out” Towns said. Source:
Julius Randle dominated against the Cavaliers and finished with 36 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists. The forward played his best game in career. This is what he said after the game. Per ESPN, But Randle played on Sunday like a player who was determined to remind the Lakers what they have in the 23-year-old forward and show James at the same time how his game is blossoming. Randle has been on a tear since being inserted into the starting lineup at the beginning of the season, but this was the best performance of his career. "It was something I always knew I could do," Randle said "Just take time to continue to learn the game, continue to grow and develop as a player. As a person. Something I knew I could do. I'm not surprised, but it feels good I guess." Source:
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