• Bryce Dejean-Jones, Pelicans Guard, Dies at Age 23

    Ames Tribune "Former Iowa State men’s basketball player and current New Orleans Pelican Bryce Dejean-Jones has died, the Dallas (Texas) County coroner’s office confirmed to the Ames Tribune on Saturday. He was 23 years old. " May 28

  • This won’t be the last you hear from the Raptors

    Sportsnet "As the Toronto Raptors walked off their home court for the last time this season, filing solemnly into the darkness of the tunnel, up a small ramp, and through the stainless steel doors of their dressing room, they looked like a team that had been through a lot. Kyle Lowry had a towel over his..." May 28

  • Curry on Westbrook: 'I could care less about people's opinion of me'

    The Score "Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star Russell Westbrook couldn't contain his laughter when asked about Stephen Curry being underrated as a defender following a 120-111 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 on Thursday. Westbrook's snickering didn't seem to faze the league's back-to-back Most..." May 28

  • Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving, Iman Shumpert, and Jordan McRae Could Be the Next Great R&B Group

    Complex "Move over Lil' Kev and make room for Cleveland's Child. While Richard Jefferson is utilizing his downtime in the playoffs to build up the legend of unofficial Cavs mascot and Kevin Love look-alike Lil' Kev, Kyrie Irving, Iman Shumpert, and Jordan McRae are putting in their 10,000 hours in order to..." May 28

  • Lue reveals reaction to Blatt's firing, told GM 'this is f--ked up'

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Tyronn Lue was enjoying a peaceful, rare afternoon off when his phone begin to ring. There would be little peace for the rest of the day. Eventually, that one call led to others. It sparked conversations between Lue and every member of the Cavaliers roster that eventually reset a season. But it..." May 28

  • DeRozan Has 'No Clue' About FA Plans

    Bleacher Report "Per Josh Lewenberg of TSN 1050, DeRozan said Saturday he has "no clue" about his impending free agency. He added that his "mindset has always been Toronto. ... I don't want to switch it up now," per Lewenberg. It's worth noting that DeRozan holds a player option for $9.5 million next season,..." May 28

  • Why would Westbrook, Durant take shots at Curry?

    USA Today "If Russell Westbrook is a tornado, as Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr described the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard recently, then Stephen Curry is a basketball earthquake. He simmers beneath the surface before the eruption comes, the force unleashed by all those shifts in the soil..." May 28

  • Carmelo Anthony: Wait and see about word on Knicks coach

    Newsday "Carmelo Anthony was a pregame guest during batting practice at the Mets-Dodgers game at Citi Field on Friday night. Wearing a half-Yankees/half-Mets NY logo hat, the Knicks forward shared pleasantries and hugs with Mets such as Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Curtis Granderson and even Jerry..." May 28

  • Knicks plan to acquire a pick in June's draft

    ESPN "The New York Knicks plan to acquire a pick in June's draft, according to a report by Ian Begley. The best-case scenario would probably be a late first-round pick but second round is more likely. The club has shown interest in several players in recent weeks, including Indiana guard Yogi..." May 28

  • Biyombo would like to be back with Raptors: 'I love it here'

    The Score "The Toronto Raptors' postseason run to the Eastern Conference finals was kind to center Bismack Biyombo, whose elevated play undoubtedly boosted his value on the open market. The 23-year-old will reportedly decline his $2.9-million player option and become an unrestricted free agent on July..." May 28

  • Cavs upset Draymond Green isn't being punished for kicks

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be focused on closing out the Toronto Raptors this evening on Canadian soil. Head coach Tyronn Lue and his players had few words in advance of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. They know it's about action. The theme for tonight's game is that it's Game 7..." May 28

  • Why Do People Still Come At The King?

    Sporting News "I'm beginning to think some sports fans hate LeBron James more than they love sports, and it's a shame. Following the Cavaliers' series-clinching 113-87 win against the Raptors in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals on Friday, you knew it was coming from ESPN's Skip Bayless. The former..." May 28

  • LeBron only 8th player to reach 6 straight NBA Finals

    Fox Sports "You probably already know how good LeBron James is as a basketball player. How could you not? The guy has dominated the NBA since he came into the league in 2003. Yet sometimes, we still take for granted just how incredible his accomplishments are. Take Friday night's Game 6 win over the..." May 28

  • Drake was quick to congratulate LeBron James and the Cavs after their Game 6 win

    TSN "During Game 6, LeBron James threw down a huge dunk and then started yelling at Drake on his way back up the court. In essence, the one-sided exchange silenced Drake to say the least. After the Cavaliers advanced to the NBA Finals for the second straight year, however, Drake was quick to wish..." May 28

  • Raptors, Casey to discuss contract extension

    ESPN "The Raptors and coach Dwane Casey are expected to soon begin talks on a contract extension, league sources said Friday night after Toronto's season ended with a 113-87 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. Casey has one season left on his current contract at the..." May 28

  • Raptors centre Biyombo will become unrestricted free agent

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors centre Bismack Biyombo will decline the $2.9 million player option for next season and become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting. As a free agent, Biyombo’s asking price will begin at $15 million per season, Stein is also reporting. " May 28

  • Raptors' Bismack Biyombo faces suspension for flagrant foul limit

    ESPN "Raptors center Bismack Biyombo was handed a flagrant foul 1 after official review Friday night in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals for elbowing Cavaliers forward Kevin Love in the face on a rebound clear-out attempt. Biyombo now faces a one-game suspension for exceeding the postseason..." May 28

  • LeBron lauds Raptors fans: 'I've never been a part of something like this'

    The Score "All postseason long, the Toronto Raptors' frenzied, die-hard supporters helped lift their team to heretofore unseen heights. Even as the Raptors slogged through some ugly basketball in the early rounds, even as they tested the faith of their believers, the crowds showed out in a massive way -..." May 28

  • Pat Riley reportedly hates the Dwyane Wade-LeBron James friendship

    Larry Brown Sports "The lovefest between former teammates Dwyane Wade and LeBron James is slightly offputting to some in the NBA, and Heat president Pat Riley is reportedly one of them. ESPN’s Pablo S. Torre profiled the pair’s relationship, in which one mutual friend says the pair are “like twins.” Even Wade’s..." May 27

  • D'Antoni hire raises questions about Howard's future in Houston

    The Score "The Houston Rockets knew the consequences of hiring Mike D'Antoni as their head coach. Put aside the X's and O's. D'Antoni carries a long history of breathtaking offenses and iffy defenses - a style that should fit James Harden perfectly. The bigger question of the D'Antoni hire points to the..." May 27

  • Carlesimo to replace D'Antoni as 76ers' top assistant

    Today's Fastbreak "To replace Mike D’Antoni, who left for the Houston Rockets head coaching job, the Philadelphia 76ers have added PJ Carlesimo to Brett Brown’s staff as their top assistant. Carlesimo, 66, has nine seasons of head coaching experience under his belt and another seven years of being an assistant..." May 27

  • Raptors' Casey defends tactic of coaches distracting shooters

    The Score "When it comes to defending the 3-point line, the Toronto Raptors could use all the help they can get. And when his players can't get it done, it's up to Dwane Casey to be the last line of defense. Casey caught flack for harassing Kyrie Irving during a crucial shot during the finish to Game 4,..." May 27

  • Sixers likely to trade Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel, report says

    Newark Star-Ledger "There's a new sheriff in town running the Sixers and unlike in years past under general manager Sam Hinkie, trade rumors have been running rampant since Bryan Colangelo replaced the architect of 'The Process.' After winning the NBA Draft lottery last week, the Sixers biggest decision over the..." May 27

  • Khloe Kardashian's Trigger For Divorce ... She Wants Kids

    TMZ "Khloe Kardashian told Lamar Odom she needed to end their marriage once and for all ... because the clock is ticking and she wants kids ... sources connected to the former couple tell TMZ. Our sources say Khloe sat Lamar down recently and explained she wanted a family, and couldn't even start..." May 27

  • Draymond Green Kicked Andre Roberson in the Face

    The Big Lead "The NBA declined to suspend Draymond Green for kicking Steven Adams in the groin. Many men consider that region to be an important part of the body. Also important? The face. Green continued his Rockette-like moves in Game 5 because the league has already sent the message that he won’t be..." May 27

  • Fizdale treated to rude welcome by Memphis paper

    The Score "Back when he was roaming the sidelines in South Beach, everyone knew who David Fizdale was - even though he was an assistant coach. He spent eight seasons there and won two titles as Erik Spoelstra's right-hand man. But the transition to Memphis to become head coach of the Grizzlies has not..." May 27

  • Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook have fun with question about Stephen Curry’s defense

    Washington Post "The saying goes that a picture paints a thousand words. The video of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant attempting to respond to a question about Stephen Curry’s defense, however, said much more than that. Following Thursday night’s 120-111 win for the Golden State Warriors over the Oklahoma..." May 27

  • 57 players withdraw from 2016 NBA draft

    Pro Basketball Talk "The withdrawal deadline for the 2016 NBA draft is June 13. But the NCAA, in an effort to treat players better, allowed players to declare for the draft and withdraw by May 25 while maintaining college eligibility. (Yes, this qualifies as better treatment. Giving the players the full extra..." May 27

  • For Wizards, $23 million for Bradley Beal is the price of NBA free agency

    Washington Post "Bradley Beal has not refrained from publicly quantifying his worth with free agency looming this summer. Last week, he restated that he believes he deserves a maximum contract. He hopes and expects the Washington Wizards will offer it. He wants to stay in Washington, but acknowledged he will look..." May 27

  • Raptors defend Joseph, Carroll after casino visit

    Toronto Sun "Years ago, Scotty Bowman handed a hockey stick to a doorman at the hotel his team was staying at and requested a favour. He asked the late-night doorman to get an autograph on the stick of every player who came in after 11 p.m. He didn’t just ask for autographs, which are often..." May 27

  • Mark Cuban ‘all for legalized gambling’ in the U.S.

    The Comeback "Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is always thinking outside the box, so his thoughts on legalized gambling in the United States are always worth paying attention to. Not surprisingly, Cuban is all-in on legalizing gambling in the United States, and he seems to hope it happens soon. “I’m not a..." May 27

  • Dwyane Wade: ‘I don’t want to be on the market at all’

    Palm Beach Post "Sounds like a simple summer for Dwyane Wade. At least that’s the way Pat Riley is framing the necessary recommitment of the Miami Heat to its star player, and vice versa. “We’ll sit down and we’ll talk about that with Dwyane,” said Riley, who doesn’t do much for his negotiating position by..." May 27

  • Khloe Kardashian Files for Divorce Again

    TMZ "Khloe Kardashian has just gone to court a second time to end her marriage to Lamar Odom ... TMZ has learned. Khloe, with the help of attorney Laura Wasser, filed for divorce Thursday, claiming -- as she did the first time -- irreconcilable differences. Our sources say there is a prenup and the..." May 26

  • Markieff Morris detained at Philadelphia International Airport

    CSN Philly "Former Prep Charter and current Washington Wizards star Markieff Morris was detained at Philadelphia International Airport Thursday, according to law enforcement officials. Morris, who was with a party that included his mother, checked a bag for an international trip when “a suspicious item”..." May 26

  • Magic expect to be active players in free agency, could target Al Horford

    Orlando Sentinel "The Orlando Magic’s free-agency ambitions should surprise no one. The franchise potentially opened $16.8 million in salary-cap space when it traded 23-year-old Tobias Harris a few months ago for a pair of role players on cap-friendly deals. The team opened $7.8 million more in space when it traded..." May 26

  • Rockets to hire Mike D'Antoni as head coach

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets have opted to make former Suns, Knicks and Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni their next coach, a person with knowledge of the decision said on Thursday. The team began contract negotiations with D'Antoni on a four-year deal, the last at the team's option. D'Antoni, the 76ers associate..." May 26

  • Adam Silver: Officials get it right ‘roughly 90 percent’ of the time

    ESPN "Commissioner Adam Silver says the NBA doesn't have a choice on whether to be as transparent as possible in determining whether key crunch-time plays were officiated correctly "with so many cameras focused on the action, with so many other kinds of services providing that same information to our..." May 26

  • All NBA-Teams Announced; Will Anthony Davis Get His Extra $24 Mil

    Black Sports Online "The answer to the Anthony Davis question is no. He had to make at least All-NBA 3rd team to make his extra $24 million and he did not. While he isn’t hurting for cash, you can’t make up $24 million. Damian Lillard though….. Anything else surprise you about the teams? Here is a..." May 26

  • The Cavaliers' best lineup features LeBron James and 4 bench players

    SB Nation "No five-man unit was as famous in the NBA in the past two seasons as Golden State's "Death Lineup." The combination of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green became synonymous with explosive offense and disruptive defense. It was a five-headed monster that..." May 26

  • Cavaliers DJ Trash Talks Drake on Instagram Following Cleveland’s Game 5 Win Over Raptors

    Complex "After the Raptors beat the Cavaliers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday night, Drake threw some shade at LeBron James and Cleveland’s team DJ Steph Floss when he posted this on Instagram: Then, after the Raptors beat the Cavaliers in Game 4 of the ECF on Monday night, Drake..." May 26

  • David Fizdale to be Grizzlies new head coach

    Sportsnaut "It was reported earlier in the week that the Memphis Grizzlies had offered Miami Heat assistant David Fizdale their head coaching job. Yahoo Sports NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski is now reporting that the two sides have come to an agreement on a four-year contract. Fizdale, 41, has served as..." May 26

  • Carroll, Joseph put reps on line with late-night casino visit

    Toronto Sun "On the morning of the latest, biggest game in Raptors history — just before 2 in the morning to be precise — two prominent Toronto players were spotted walking through a downtown Cleveland casino with a large group, clearly not in game-preparation mode. This may have had nothing to do with how..." May 26

  • Phil Jackson To Pursue Joakim Noah

    Daily Knicks "Since 2007, few players have been as synonymous with the Chicago Bulls as center Joakim Noah. His defensive consistency, unbridled intensity, and outspoken nature helped define the organization, and restore it to postseason prominence. In 2016, that glorious run could conclude. Noah helped..." May 26

  • Toronto's Kyle Lowry was stunned by the box score after blowout loss

    Fox Sports "The Toronto Raptors turned the Eastern Conference Finals into a series worth watching with two cosecutive wins at home, but the Cleveland Cavaliers responded with a dominant performance in Game 5, blowing away Toronto in the opening quarter and cruising to a 116-78 win in a game where four of five..." May 26

  • Heather Cox Expected to Leave ESPN After Nearly 22 Years

    The Big Lead "Heather Cox, who joined ESPN in 1994, is expected to leave the network for NBC, The Big Lead has learned. Cox declined to comment for this story; it is not finalized yet, but we have heard that it is headed that way. Cox has most recently done sideline reporting on ESPN’s college football, NBA,..." May 26

  • Should the San Antonio Spurs Replace Danny Green?

    Air Alamo "Although his defense was still extremely solid, Green averaged only 7.2 points per game during the regular season while shooting about 38% from the field. His 3-point field goal percentage plummeted to about 33%. Considering that he’s a career 40% shooter from downtown, the dip was both perplexing..." May 26

  • Cavaliers fan gets in shouting match with Dwane Casey

    The Sports Daily "Nothing went right for the Toronto Raptors in their 116-78 loss to the Cavaliers on Wednesday night. Cleveland was clicking on all cylinders in the pivotal Game 5 of the series, and their Big 3 set the tone early and completely dominated the opposition. As bad as the box score looked for the..." May 26

  • Warriors owner Joe Lacob got into it with Thunder fan

    Larry Brown Sports "After setting the NBA record for wins in a single season with 73, the Golden State Warriors have found themselves in the unexpected predicament of being on the brink of playoff elimination. From the sound of it, team owner Joe Lacob is not taking it all that well. In a feature that examines the..." May 26

  • Jason Terry Talks Dwight Howard 's Trip to Free Agency

    The Sports Daily "Count Houston Rockets guard Jason Terry as one of the few people who don’t buy into the notion of Dwight Howard opting for free agency this summer. Most believe it’s going to happen. Howard has a player option and the Rockets were the league’s biggest disappointments last year. It doesn’t help..." May 26

  • Kobe texted Draymond Green advice after Warriors' Game 4 loss to Thunder

    Fox Sports "Earlier this season, the Golden State Warriors suffered a loss far more embarrassing than their back-to-back beatdowns by the Oklahoma City Thunder in Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference Finals. An overconfident Warriors squad strolled into Staples Center on Sunday, March 6 expecting to..." May 26