• Larry Bird Stepping Down As Pacers President

    NESN "Larry Bird’s run with the Indiana Pacers, at least as the man who calls the shots, is effectively over. Bird is stepping down as president of the Pacers, The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Friday, citing sources. Kevin Pritchard will take over basketball operations, with Bird..." April 28

  • Rockets to discuss potential contract with Chinese prospect Zhou Qi

    Houston Chronicle "Zhou Qi, a Rockets second-round draft pick last June, is in Houston to train with the Rockets staff and potentially begin talks he hopes could lead to a contract with the team for next season, his agent Tony Leng said on Thursday. Zhou, a 7-foot-2, 218 pound forward/center, averaged 16 points..." April 28

  • Nike, Under Armour, Adidas not interested in deal with Lonzo Ball

    ESPN "An endorsement deal with Nike, Under Armour or Adidas is not in the cards for Lonzo Ball. Ball's father LaVar confirmed that the three shoe and apparel companies informed him that they were not interested in doing a deal with his son. Sources with the three companies told ESPN.com that they..." April 28

  • Clippers Remain Committed To Re-Signing Blake Griffin

    Real GM Basketball "Blake Griffin will be a free agent for the first time this offseason and the Los Angeles Clippers want to re-sign him. The Clippers will also contend with the free agencies of Chris Paul and J.J. Redick. Griffin is out for the playoffs with a toe injury. "Griffin is still a significant part..." April 28

  • Kevin Durant Trolls Russell Westbrook, Takes Picture with Cupcakes

    SLAM Online "On the same day that Kevin Durant announced he was leaving the Thunder to sign with the Warriors, Russell Westbrook posted a picture on his Instagram. The picture of cupcakes was reportedly Russell taking a shot at Durant. According to former teammate Kendrick Perkins, Westbrook used a specific..." April 28

  • Isaiah Thomas to leave Celtics for sister's funeral after Game 6

    ESPN "Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas is expected to travel home to Tacoma, Washington, after Friday's Game 6 against the Chicago Bulls to attend his sister's funeral, a source told ESPN on Thursday, confirming a Boston Globe report. Chyna Thomas died following a single-vehicle accident..." April 28

  • CJ McCollum Says He Wants Blazers to Pursue Paul George Trade on Twitter

    Bleacher Report "Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum is aiming high when it comes to his team's offseason plans. When asked on Twitter about whom he wants to see the Blazers target, McCollum responded with the Twitter handle of Indiana Pacers star Paul George:" April 28

  • Gregg Popovich calls Spurs' Kawhi Leonard 'best player in the league right now'

    CBS Sports "After the San Antonio Spurs eliminated the Memphis Grizzlies from the playoffs with a 103-96 victory in Game 6 of their first-round series on Thursday, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich had high praise for his franchise player. In the course of explaining how San Antonio edged Memphis, Popovich directly..." April 28

  • Drake apparently watched the Raptors win Game 6 with his ‘neighbor’ Karl Malone

    USA Today "Raptors team ambassador Drake hasn’t really been around this postseason so far — at least not for Toronto. The rapper has been making fun of the Warriors’ Draymond Green and was named the host of the NBA Awards that’ll take place on June 26. On Thursday after the Raptors beat the Bucks in Game..." April 28

  • Raptors troll Bucks after winning series in six games

    Sportsnaut "The Toronto Raptors closed out the Milwaukee Bucks Thursday night, though not without some drama. Afterwards, the team did not hold back in celebrating on Twitter with a solid troll job, releasing a video of their mascot buying the domain name Rapsin6.com. Not only that, but they actually..." April 28

  • Journalist responds to Blazers GM putting him on blast

    Larry Brown Sports "Portland Trail Blazers general manager Neil Olshey isn’t here for your slander, as one local journalist is finding out the hard way. In his season-ending press conference earlier this week, Olshey reacted to a column by John Canzano of the Oregonian that criticized Portland’s “broken” culture..." April 28

  • NBA announces eight new awards to be voted on by fans

    Sportsnaut "If you were wondering how the NBA plans to fill a prime-time awards show, we got part of the answer today. TNT announced eight new awards to be voted on by fans through social media: Assist of the Year, Best Style, Block of the Year, Dunk of the Year, Game Winner of the Year, Performance of the..." April 28

  • Chris Paul Should Sign with the San Antonio Spurs if He Wants to Compete for a Title

    The Big Lead "Chris Paul has been one of the NBA’s premier point guards for a decade now, first in New Orleans, then in Los Angeles, but he’s never won a damn thing. Number of trips to the Conference Finals: 0. After a loss to the Jazz last night, Paul’s one loss away from being ousted in the first round for..." April 27

  • Curry 3 shoe sales don't hit the mark for Under Armour

    ESPN "Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank admitted Thursday that sales for Stephen Curry's current signature basketball shoe have been disappointing. "Our success in basketball hasn't been without its learning," Plank said on the company's earnings call, during which Under Armour reported its first..." April 27

  • Carmelo Anthony Making Last-ditch Effort To Save His Marriage

    TMZ "Carmelo Anthony's playing right up to the final buzzer ... doing everything he can to win La La back and keep their marriage from ending in divorce. Sources close to the couple tell us ... Melo's been sending his estranged wife texts telling her he's still in love and doesn't want her to leave..." April 27

  • Kobe says Jackson-Melo feud not beyond reconciliation

    New York Post "Phil Jackson attended the premiere Sunday at the Tribeca Film Festival of the animated movie Kobe Bryant made from his poem “Dear Basketball.’’ Considering the wars Bryant and the Knicks president waged in print and in public back in their Lakers days, maybe there is hope for the Zen Master and..." April 27

  • LeBron says he turned down $10M check from Reebok at 18

    SLAM Online "An 18-year-old LeBron James walked away from a $10 million check from Reebok. James, a high school hoops star at the time, had never seen that kind of money in his life before. LBJ eventually inked a seven-year, $90 million pact with the Swoosh before playing his first NBA game. Per the..." April 27

  • Ex-ESPN Employee Colin Cowherd Makes Grim Prediction About Company's Future

    Complex "Colin Cowherd spent more than a decade working at ESPN before leaving The Worldwide Leader in Sports in 2015 to join Fox Sports. So like most people, he felt "awful" when he heard about the massive layoffs that took place at ESPN on Wednesday. About 100 employees, including many popular on-air..." April 27

  • Why is DeMarcus Cousins wearing Rockets gear?

    Sportsnaut "The New Orleans Pelicans made a big trade for DeMarcus Cousins this season, but it appears they might have given up quite a bit just for a one-season-plus rental. Why is this? See for yourself. That’s Cousins wearing Houston Rockets shorts, for reasons that are at this point quite..." April 27

  • Joakim Noah Undergoes Surgery on Rotator Cuff Injury

    Bleacher Report "The New York Knicks announced Thursday that center Joakim Noah underwent surgery on his right shoulder to repair a torn rotator cuff Wednesday. Noah missed the final 30 games of the 2016-17 season due to surgery on his left knee. In addition to his shoulder and knee injuries, Noah dealt with..." April 27

  • Andre Roberson, Taj Gibson say preference is to stay with Thunder

    The Oklahoman "There will be options. Andre Roberson played the best basketball of his career in the Thunder's first-round playoff loss to the Rockets. Taj Gibson is an eight-year NBA veteran with 60 playoff games under his belt. Teams will have interest in Oklahoma City's two most prominent free agents to..." April 27

  • Dwyane Wade says Bulls’ showers had no hot water in Boston

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Bulls suffered a rough loss in Boston last night. It didn’t get better afterward. K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune: 'Wade just informed teammates there's no hot water for showers in visiting locker room' " April 27

  • Russell Westbrook Annihilated the Record Books, Hopefully You Appreciated It

    Complex "Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s season has come to an end, but I repeat myself. Their Game 5 105-99 loss to the Houston Rockets—a game that saw Westbrook post 47 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assists in 42 minutes—brought to a close one of the most spectacular individual seasons..." April 27

  • Cavs' Lue not worried by LeBron's minutes: He's 'Benjamin Button'

    ESPN "Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue has no reservations about playing LeBron James 43.8 minutes per game in his team's first-round sweep of the Indiana Pacers and, in fact, believes other coaches should ride their stars more in the postseason. "Of course, we're always cognizant of LeBron's..." April 27

  • Cavs coach Tyronn Lue to host Raptors-Bucks watch party with 1,800 wings

    Yardbarker "Cavs coach Tyronn Lue is preparing to face either the Raptors or the Bucks in the next round of the NBA Playoffs. As Cleveland enjoys its time off after sweeping the Pacers, Lue will be eyeing his potential opponents in Game 6 of their series on Thursday. It sounds like the second-year coach knows..." April 27

  • Here’s all 192 players who declared early entry for the NBA draft

    Pro Basketball Talk "On June 26, 60 people will be drafted into the NBA. It’s the culmination of a dream for them, one we’re not going to spoil by noting most will not stick in the league beyond a few years (many less than that). Well, maybe we did. However, a lot more than 60 people threw their hat in the ring —..." April 27

  • JJ Watt offers to help pay Rockets owner’s fine

    Larry Brown Sports "Houston Rockets owner Les Alexander has enough money in his fortune where a $100,000 fine should mean very little to him, but there are some powerful people ready to help him take care of it anyhow. Texans star JJ Watt sent a tweet on Wednesday, a few hours after the NBA announced Alexander’s..." April 27

  • Jonas Valanciunas blew teammates out with fart on team plane

    Sportsnaut "What’s the worst place to be when someone rips a fart? A car can be bad but more often than not, you can at least stick your head out of the window for a few minutes. But on a plane? You have nowhere to go. Jonas Valanciunas’ Toronto Raptors teammates found that out the hard way. The video of..." April 27

  • Kevin Durant likes the Blazers' future, sees one big hole they need to plug

    CBS Sports "For the second season in a row, the Portland Trail Blazers were eliminated from the postseason by the Golden State Warriors, as they were swept, 4-0, in the first-round. Like last season, they put up a pretty solid effort, however, with Games 1 and 3 going down to the final few minutes. In the..." April 27

  • Dwyane Wade's ex can't sue her divorce lawyer behind closed doors, judge rules

    Chicago Tribune "Dwyane Wade's ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches' attempt to continue to litigate their divorce in secret was rejected Wednesday by a Cook County judge. Funches, who rattled through a dozen divorce attorneys before settling on a 13th, Brian Hurst, is now suing him, alleging he botched her $5.125..." April 27

  • Nuggets GM: Re-signing Gallinari is 'priority No. 1'

    Sportando "Denver Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly said that re-signing Danilo Gallinari is a top priority for the organization. Il Gallo will opt out of his $16.1 million contract for next season to test the free agency. The Nuggets will also try to re-sign Mason Plumlee, that will be restricted..." April 27

  • Hoiberg abruptly ends presser when asked about Isaiah carrying

    Mass Live "Ever since Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg told reporters that he believes Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas carries the ball after Game 4, he has been asked multiple times to clarify and expand on his comments. After the Bulls' loss in Game 5 on Wednesday to the Celtics, Hoiberg was asked..." April 27

  • Blazers GM: Lillard, McCollum are 'untradable'

    Oregonian "Portland Trail Blazers President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey spoke with the media at length on Tuesday at the conclusion of the team's exit interviews for the 2016-17 season. It was a rare media session for Olshey, who almost never speaks with the media during the season. This is the..." April 26

  • Rockets owner fined $100K for confronting referee during Game 5

    Sporting News "Rockets owner Leslie Alexander has been fined $100,000 by the NBA for leaving his courtside seat to confront an official during live action of Tuesday's Game 5 against the Thunder, the league announced Wednesday. Apparently upset over a no-call, Alexander took it upon himself to complain to..." April 26

  • Westbrook hasn't thought about extension, wants to stay in OKC

    12 Up "Even though the Oklahoma City Thunder have been eliminated from the 2017 NBA playoffs, they should still be excited for next year. The Thunder will look to make another run into the postseason next year, and they will have Russell Westbrook there to start a new triple-double streak...." April 26

  • Lonzo Ball: My dad ‘doesn’t impact how I approach the court’

    Sportsnaut "We’ll be hearing a lot about Lavar Ball, the father of UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball, in the months leading up to the NBA Draft. After spending the college basketball season making outlandish comments about his son, Lavar Ball has executives concerned about the potential for distraction if he is..." April 26

  • Warriors' Steve Kerr to visit back specialists, optimistic about return in NBA playoffs

    CSN Bay Area "After a full week of sheer agony, Steve Kerr walked out of Moda Center late Monday night with hardly a bounce in his step but at least a modicum of hope in his heart. That’s the power of the Warriors coach feeling optimistic about his future health if not his present condition. The Warriors..." April 26

  • Lonzo Ball will play for any NBA team but wants to learn from Magic Johnson

    Bleacher Report "Lonzo Ball, one of the top talents in this year's NBA draft, spoke with Shams Charania of The Vertical about Magic Johnson's influence on his game and his desire to play for his hometown Los Angeles Lakers, among other topics. "I watched tape on Magic when I was young and it’s why you can see..." April 26

  • Thunder’s first offseason move? Offer Westbrook $220 million contract

    ESPN "Russell Westbrook has been eliminated from the playoffs seven times, and the scene each time has been mostly the same. As the clock edges closer to zero, Westbrook flings himself all over the court, running his tank so far past empty that the gauge combusts, and he isn't much more than a puddle..." April 26

  • Lakers Should Offer Pacers Brandon Ingram & #3 Pick For Paul George

    The Big Lead "Paul George vented plenty during Indiana’s 4-game sweep at the hands of LeBron and the Cavs, and Sunday might be the final time PG-13 played in a Pacers jersey. George is one of the 10 most talented players in the NBA. At 22, he went toe-to-toe with LeBron and the Heat, losing in Game 7 of the..." April 26

  • Ex-NBA commish Stern: Nets resting 'inexcusable'

    USA Today "David Stern understands the NBA’s rest epidemic as well as anyone. More than three years after he made way for his protégé, Adam Silver, to take over as Commissioner, he’s still well versed in the rest and recovery debate. He knows about the evolution of sports science and the revelations that..." April 26

  • 5 players making a mistake by leaving school early for NBA Draft

    Larry Brown Sports "It’s difficult to begrudge any young player who chooses to forego additional time playing as an amateur when they could cash in on their talents by heading to the pros. Judging the financial standing of any young man or the motivation behind his decision to turn pro can get dicey. Making the..." April 26

  • NHL player calls out Russell Westbrook for dodging handshake line

    Sportsnet "The Houston Rockets’ tumultuous series win over the Oklahoma City Thunder served up a bevy of highlight-reel moments, but it seems the theatrics also cost Russell Westbrook a high-profile fan. Houston finished off the Thunder with a fiery 105-99 win on Tuesday, punctuated by some fireworks from..." April 26

  • Marcus Smart on Jimmy Butler's talk: 'I laugh at that'

    ESPN "Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart laughed off comments that Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler made after Game 4 questioning Smart's toughness. After they got into a brief on-court dustup in the first half of Sunday's game, Butler said Smart is "a great actor, acting tough. It's what he does...." April 26

  • Doc Rivers will remain with the Clippers

    Sportsnaut "After some quiet speculation that Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers might leave the team following the playoffs, it now looks like Rivers will play out the remaining two years of his contract in Southern California. “Rivers isn’t leaving the Clippers. He’s owed $22 million-plus..." April 26

  • Rajon Rondo will not play in Game 5, unsure about Game 6

    Larry Brown Sports "There was some brief optimism on Tuesday that Rajon Rondo may be able to play in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Boston Celtics, but the Chicago Bulls point guard is not ready to return. After having another X-ray on his fractured right thumb Tuesday night, Rondo said..." April 26

  • Raptors say 'heated film session' behind wins in Games 4 and 5

    ESPN "An airing of grievances may have helped the Toronto Raptors avoid nearing playoff extinction. After falling into a 2-1 hole, Toronto now leads the Milwaukee Bucks 3-2 in their best-of-seven first-round series and credits the sudden turnaround to the team clearing the air following its 27-point..." April 26

  • NBA investigating Rockets owner for approaching ref during Game 5 vs. Thunder

    CBS Sports "Owners have been known to get heated while watching their teams play (Mark Cuban, Steve Ballmer, we're looking in your direction), but as the leader of the franchise it's their job to keep things under control. Rockets owner Les Alexander did the exact opposite during Tuesday's Game 5 against..." April 26

  • Did Russell Westbrook really block a teammates shot to get ball back during Game 5?

    Pro Basketball Talk "Well, this video plays right into the hands of the anti-Westbrook crowd. The knock on Russell Westbrook‘s season-long triple double and MVP candidacy is that he is chasing stats, padding his numbers at the expense of efficiency and making the Thunder a better team. Basically, he’s looking out..." April 26

  • Deron Williams shakes off confidence issues, finds his stride after rough two months

    Akron Beacon Journal "Deron Williams admitted he felt pressure joining the defending NBA champion Cavaliers. A starter since his second year in the league in 2006-07, he acknowledged the blow to his confidence that accompanied a new role coming off the bench. Even after 12 seasons in the NBA and two stints with..." April 26