• Knicks may land power forward Jackson whiffed on last year

    New York Post "Nobody was more surprised than Hawks veteran power forward Elton Brand when he received the midnight email last July 1 from Knicks president Phil Jackson. Free agency had begun, and Jackson wanted to express his immediate interest and talk to the Westchester native. “It was at the deadline, at..." April 28

  • Toronto Raptors ponder Dwane Casey’s fate, Jonas Valanciunas’s future: A look at the off-season

    National Post "Five teams faced the proposition of a first-round sweep over the weekend. The Bucks and the Mavericks won their games, which is the objective in professional basketball. The Pelicans and Celtics could not delay their fate, but they went down swinging against clearly superior teams. As for the..." April 28

  • Scottie Pippen's daughter arrested, accused of public urination

    Iowa City Press-Citizen "Retired NBA star Scottie Pippen's daughter was arrested early Sunday after being accused of urinating in the lobby of The Sheraton Iowa City downtown hotel. According to an Iowa City Police Department complaint, Sierra Marcelle Pippen, 20, an undergraduate student at the University of Iowa, was..." April 28

  • NBA execs agree: Nets desperately need Brook Lopez long term

    New York Post "Avery Johnson, once asked if he dreamed of a Nets team with Carmelo Anthony, responded, “I dream of the day my center grabs 10 rebounds.” That center was Brook Lopez, of course, the same center the Nets tried to replace with Dwight Howard several times, the same center they discussed trading to..." April 28

  • Thunder interested in Florida and UConn — and it has nothing to do with players

    The Oklahoman "Sam Presti and the Thunder spent this season showing significant interest in something at both the University of Florida and the University of Connecticut. And neither school has a player that is expected to be drafted. That didn’t stop the Thunder general manager and other team executives..." April 28

  • Kelly Olynyk: 'I don't think I could dislocate someone's arm if I tried'

    CBSSports.com "Boston Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk isn't exactly beloved in Ohio at the moment. Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love has a dislocated shoulder thanks to an incident involving Olynyk, and Love called it a "bush-league" play after it happened, adding that he had no doubt it was done on..." April 28

  • Mavericks' Chandler Parsons faces possibility of microfracture surgery

    ESPN.com "Dallas Mavericks small forward Chandler Parsons might need microfracture surgery on his right knee, sources told ESPNDallas.com, although there remains a possibility that the cartilage damage could be repaired with arthroscopic surgery. If microfracture surgery is necessary, Parsons could be..." April 28

  • Where has this Deron Williams been for the Nets?

    USA Today "Lionel Hollins strode into the press conference before Game 4 between the Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks and didn't wait for a query to deliver his first bit of information. "Good evening everybody. To answer the first question, my starting lineup is the same," the Nets coach said, addressing..." April 28

  • NBA suspends J.R. Smith two games, Kelly Olynyk one game

    CBS Sports Fantasy News "The NBA has suspended Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith two games and Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk for their actions in Sunday's Game 4 in Boston, according to ESPN. Smith punch forward Jae Crowder in the knee while jumping up for a rebound and was immediately ejected." April 27

  • Report: Cavs expect Kevin Love to miss minimum of two weeks

    Fear The Sword "According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, the Cleveland Cavaliers expect Kevin Love to miss at least two weeks due to the left shoulder injury he suffered in today's series closing win over the Boston Celtics. Because Love has yet to have an MRI, there is no official timetable for Love's return to..." April 27

  • Greivis Vasquez says trash-talker like Paul Pierce what Raptors missing

    ESPN.com "Greivis Vasquez was weary of Paul Pierce's trash talk at the beginning of the Toronto Raptors' first-round playoff series against the Washington Wizards, but after his team was swept Sunday, he now says a talker like Pierce is exactly what Toronto needs. Pierce grabbed attention in a pre-series..." April 27

  • V. Stiviano Inexplicably Wishes Donald Sterling A Happy 81st Birthday

    Uproxx "What do you do for a BFF on not only their birthday, but also the one year anniversary of your leaked conversations that got him banned from the NBA? If you’re V. Stiviano and your BFF is Donald Sterling, you write an emotional letter expressing your love for your “partner in crime” and..." April 27

  • NBA signs deal with Stance to become official league sock

    The Score "The NBA is filling some big shoes with its latest licensing deal. The league has inked a multi-year deal with Stance, a sock manufacturer, to put its logo on socks worn during games starting next season, according to Bloomberg's Scott Soshnick. John Wilson, founder and president of Stance,..." April 27

  • If Kevin Love leaves Cavaliers, Lakers are team to beat in free agency

    Yahoo! Sports "For as much as Kevin Love has publicly resisted the discussion of free agency this season, it has been on his mind. He has never been completely comfortable in Cleveland, with his role, nor his connection to those around him. Throughout the year, league sources say, one destination grew in..." April 27

  • Grizzlies' Mike Conley recovering from successful surgery; no stated timetable for return

    Memphis Commercial Appeal "Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley underwent successful surgery early Monday to repair a facial fracture near the left eye, a source told The Commercial Appeal. There were no complications and Conley is recovering well in Memphis. Griz officials aren't publicly stating a timetable for..." April 27

  • J.R. Smith 'nervous as hell' with suspension looming for decking Jae Crowder

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Cavaliers literally knocked out the Celtics in a Game 4 101-93 road win that swept the series on Sunday. Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith will almost certainly be hit with a suspension following his backhanded, closed-fist punch that connected on the right side of Jae Crowder's chin, decking..." April 27

  • Kevin Love calls Kelly Olynyk's play 'bush-league' and wants league to address it

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "When it happened, Kevin Love knew he was done for the day. Boston forward Kelly Olynyk is the individual responsible for dislocating Love's left arm in the first quarter of the Cavaliers' Game 4 win over the Celtics on Sunday at The TD Garden. The two were fighting for a loose ball and from..." April 27

  • Paul Pierce trolls Drake, Raptors after sweep

    Pro Basketball Talk "Paul Pierce tormented the Raptors all series – from “It” to a huge Game 1 to “That’s why I’m here!” So, once the Wizards completed their sweep of Toronto, Pierce sure wasn’t stopping. He took aim at his old friend Drake, whose last album was “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late:” " April 27

  • Despite Woj's speculation, Kelly Olynyk didn't cost the Boston Celtics a chance at Kevin Love

    Celtics Blog "Kevin Love could have serious interest in joining the Boston Celtics this summer, according to a report by Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski. The NBA insider said Monday morning that Danny Ainge was waiting until July to "lay out Love's expanded role in the system" and to "sell Love on a vision for..." April 27

  • Could Tyson be suspended for Game 5 after swinging at Dwight?

    Mavs Moneyball "This isn't a great look for Tyson Chandler. He's trying to get Dwight Howard off him after a rebound, sure, but you can swing with a close fist like that -- even if there's basically no chance it could have connected with any sort of impact. Tyson's not a dirty player. As far as I can tell from..." April 27

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    James Herbert @outsidethenba

    Greivis Vasquez: "Basically, we need a Paul Pierce that's gonna talk that trash. We don't have that."

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    Michael Grange @michaelgrange

    Lowry: "there is a few things internally that probably need to be fixed"

  • Nets coach Lionel Hollins lashes out at Deron Williams’ critics: ‘It’s totally unfair’

    New York Daily News "As the latest tsunami of criticism started by Paul Pierce continues to flood Deron Williams, the Nets have been careful to protect and defend a point guard known for his crises of confidence. An unprompted Lionel Hollins took it to another level following Sunday’s film session, reprimanding the..." April 27

  • Austin Rivers helps save Clippers' season, brings tears to his father's eyes

    Yahoo! Sports "When Doc Rivers walked into the locker room, the scene stopped him. Chris Paul called on the Clippers to congratulate the young guard responsible for saving the season and present him the game ball. Everyone clapped. Everyone let out a long, loud cheer for Austin Rivers. "For a moment, for a..." April 27

  • Aldridge on whether Portland is his No. 1 option: 'We'll see'

    CBSSports.com "Portland Trail Blazers big man LaMarcus Aldridge will be a free agent in July. With his team down 3-0 to the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round, it is possible that his days as a Blazer are numbered. In a third-quarter sideline report during Saturday's Game 3 loss, ESPN's Chris Broussard said..." April 27

  • Pelicans to offer Davis 5 year deal

    ESPN.com "With star forward Anthony Davis eligible for a contract extension this summer, Pelicans officials plan to be aggressive as possible in presenting him with a maximum five-year deal that could approach $140 million, according to league sources. The exact figures will depend on how much the NBA..." April 27

  • Aldridge flew back to Portland while the rest of the team stayed in Memphis

    Pro Basketball Talk "LaMarcus Aldridge will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and although it was believed for much of the season that he’d simply re-sign with the Blazers, there have been recent rumblings that he may seriously consider playing somewhere else. One anonymous teammate put his odds of..." April 26

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    Sean Highkin @highkin

    Kevin Love officially diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder. Status TBD after the team returns to Cleveland.

  • Word is Sixers want D'Angelo Russell

    Philly.com "The thought around the NBA is that the 76ers hope to select D'Angelo Russell in the NBA draft, according to a league executive. "He's the guy they want," the executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Saturday. "That's the word around the league. You know the Sixers. They won't come..." April 26

  • Warriors’ Andrew Bogut in line for $1.9 milion bonus

    San Francisco Chronicle "Warriors center Andrew Bogut played more than 65 regular-season games and is expected to make one of the NBA’s All-Defensive teams this month. If that happens, Bogut will get a bonus of 15 percent of his salary — more than $1.9 million. The bonus will be added to the three-year, $36 million..." April 26

  • Phoenix Suns believe in 'bright future' for Eric Bledsoe

    Arizona Republic "There are oodles of advanced stats, an overabundance of scouting analyses and a planet of critics and fans to assess where Eric Bledsoe stands as a Suns cornerstone at age 25. All of that just says what Bledsoe already said — more succinctly — about his first full season as a starter and first..." April 26

  • Adam Silver says Hack-a-Shaq not entertaining, expects talk of change

    ESPN.com "NBA commissioner Adam Silver told ESPN.com that he expects the league to have "full-throated conversations" this summer about potentially implementing rules to eliminate the Hack-a-Shaq strategy from the game. Silver acknowledged the strategy of intentionally fouling poor free throw shooters..." April 26

  • Spurs to pursue Aldridge after giving Leonard max contract

    CBSSports.com "The San Antonio Spurs have their new franchise cornerstone in Kawhi Leonard, the two-way superstar who scored 32 points while smothering the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 3 on Friday. He'll be a restricted free agent in July, and the Spurs are hoping to lock him up with a max deal, then chase..." April 26

  • Parker on the mend

    San Antonio Express-News "Until this season’s All-NBA teams are announced next week the starting point guards in the Spurs-Clippers series continue to reign as members of the official All-NBA teams, a fact that makes their sub-par performances in Friday’s Game 3 more than surprising. Combined, Tony Parker and Chris Paul..." April 26

  • Grizzlies lead wire to wire, go up 3-0 on Blazers

    Fox Sports Tennessee "The Grizzlies never trailed in a 115-109 win Saturday over the Trail Blazers to take a 3-0 series lead, but lost Mike Conley with a facial injury in the third quarter. He was hospitalized for further evaluation. Here are three takes from a game already without backup point guard and playoff..." April 26

  • Warriors prevail, sweep Pelicans to advance

    CSN Bay Area "Though the Warriors never ironed out their offense while winning the first three games in their first-round playoff series with the Pelicans, not a wrinkle was found in Game 4. In their most impressive performance of the series, the Warriors posted a 109-98 victory Saturday night at Smoothie..." April 26

  • Bucks stun Bulls on Bayless' buzzer-beating layup in Game 4

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "This one was for the veterans. Facing elimination on their home court Saturday, the Milwaukee Bucks rode a huge effort from their bench to grab a pulsating 92-90 victory over the Chicago Bulls. It was fitting that Jerryd Bayless scored the game-winner just before the buzzer off an inbounds..." April 26

  • What sweep? Nets smother Hawks in Game 3 win

    New York Post "The Nets aren’t going down without a fight. With their season nearing the brink, the Nets jumped out to an early lead and didn’t look back, winning 91-83 over the top-seeded Hawks in Game 3 of this first-round series at Barclays Center Saturday afternoon. The win made the series 2-1 in favor..." April 26

  • Mavs' Carlisle fined $25K for criticism of officiating

    NBA.com "Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle has been fined $25,000 for public criticism of officiating, it was announced today by Rod Thorn, President, Basketball Operations." April 26

  • Spurs to offer Leonard max contract

    Yahoo! Sports "Amid a gulf of salary-cap space in Los Angeles and New York, the promise of glitzy pitches and powerful personas, the summer's most impactful recruiter promises to come with a muffled grunt, a shrug of his shoulders and hands so massive that they could snare the biggest free-agent star of them..." April 26

  • Derrick Rose says former version of himself is 'not there anymore'

    ESPN Chicago "Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose believes he is a better player than he has ever been despite the fact he has missed so much time over the past three seasons. And he is also convinced that his team has "something special" as it gets set for what it hopes will be a long postseason..." April 26

  • Doug McDermott talks about rumors his father complained to Bulls about playing time

    Chicago Sun-Times "It wasn’t a phone call that could wait. Bulls rookie forward Doug McDermott was in the locker room before a game last month when he was told about a rumor that his father, Greg, had called the front office to complain about his son’s lack of playing time and about the role coach Tom Thibodeau..." April 26

  • Screwy voting system helped Kawhi Leonard win Defensive POY

    CBSSports.com "San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard won the 2014-2015 Defensive Player. He has now won DPOY and Finals MVP within 10 months of each. An incredible accomplishment, and well-earned. Had Leonard played in all 82 games, or even 72, I would have thought him a shoo-in. He is without a doubt the most..." April 25

  • People are convinced Tom Thibodeau will be fired at the end of the season

    Pro Basketball Talk "All throughout the season, the writing has been on the wall for the Bulls and Tom Thibodeau. There’s been some bitterness between them since the Bulls abruptly let go Thibodeau’s top assistant, Ron Adams, and since then, he and general manager Gar Forman have butted heads over minutes limits for..." April 25

  • Mavs coach Rick Carlisle and owner Mark Cuban upset over Game 3 calls

    ESPN Dallas "Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle made pointed comments criticizing officials for letting the Houston Rockets get away with what he considered to be illegal physical play during Friday's Game 3. "Look, referees miss calls, but there's just a lot of physical stuff going on out there that just..." April 25

  • Leonard’s huge night leads Spurs to 2-1 series lead over Clippers

    My San Antonio "Home is where the heart is — and offense, and defense, and just about everything else you need to dominate a playoff game. Having played substantially better at the AT&T Center all season, the Spurs used their home mojo to crush the Los Angeles Clippers 100-73 in Game 3 to take control of their..." April 25

  • Wizards grind out Game 3 to beat Raptors again

    CSN Washington "No team in NBA history has come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a seven-game series, which means the Toronto Raptors, who lost 106-99 on Friday at Verizon Center, should commence booking summer vacations. The Wizards? Their franchise, which has won an NBA championship and been to three NBA Finals,..." April 25

  • Harden, Howard set career highs as Rockets hold off Mavs for Game 3 win

    Houston Chronicle "The Rockets had landed body punches in Houston, with the Mavericks doubled over, but not out. The left hook was to come. The Mavericks adjusted their defense, changing assignments to no longer rush an extra defender to keep James Harden surrounded and relatively quiet beyond his role as a..." April 25

  • LeBron James on why Kevin Love gets criticized

    Pro Basketball Talk "LeBron James was riffing on Kevin Love when he went down a path he immediately realized was incorrect. “He’s been highly criticized this year for I don’t know why,” LeBron said. “I know why. I know why. I know.” Suddenly, it felt as if the room full of reporters all asked the follow-up..." April 25

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    Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe

    According to a couple sources, the explanation the Warriors received was that Curry would’ve gotten the foul if he had missed the 3