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Phil Jackson Fined By NBA For Comment On D'Angelo Russell

Mar 4, 2015 10:31 AM

Phil Jackson has been fined by the NBA for his public comment on D'Angelo Russell of Ohio State.

It is immediately unclear how much money the Knicks were fined.

Upon leaving Ohio State's game on Thursday night in Columbus, Jackson told Cleveland.com that Russell was a "great looking kid, [a] great prospect."

 

League officials are not allowed to make public comments on college underclassmen.

Around the NBA, front-office executives were surprised Jackson would violate the rule, given that it is a well-known rule that his peers understand has to be observed. 

 

The NBA fined Phil Jackson $25,000 for tampering with Derek Fisher when he was still a player with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Tags: D'Angelo Russell, Ohio State Buckeyes, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Fines

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Calipari: We Could Have $3 Billion In Created Wealth For Our Players Within Six Years

Mar 2, 2015 7:25 PM

John Calipari has created a great pipeline at Kentucky to send players to the NBA while achieving success within the college game.

“Recruiting is 24/7 but what recruits kids are results. We’ve had 19 players drafted here in the last five years, we’ll probably have six or seven off this team," said Calipari.

"We had three guys in the All Star game this past year. The results speak for themselves. We’ve had 31 guys go to NBA (including previous stops), with $820 million in created wealth and that doesn’t include shoe contracts, endorsements, or Anthony Davis, Terrence Jones, or Brandon Knight’s second contract or the guys currently on my team so you are probably talking well over $1 billion. Within the next five to six years, that could be around $3 billion in created wealth for our players. That recruits other players. Now we have to stay on top of it. I have to travel and make sure I’m at the gyms and they see me. The reality of it is, the best thing that sells is results,” said Calipari.

There are currently 18 players in the NBA that went to Kentucky.

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Tags: Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Top NBA Draft Prospects (February Stats)

Mar 2, 2015 11:49 AM

The following stats are for the month of February for the prospects in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Jahlil Okafor: 17.9 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.3 blocks, 32.4 minutes, 26.9 PER

Karl-Anthony Towns: 11.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.9 blocks, 21.0 minutes, 33.0 PER

D'Angelo Russell: 16.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 0.8 steals, 34.5 minutes, 21.7 PER

Stanley Johnson: 12.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.4 steals, 27.0 minutes, 20.3 PER

Willie Cauley-Stein: 8.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 blocks, 22.8 minutes, 20.9 PER

Mario Hezonja: 10.8 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 18.6 minutes, 22.1 PER

Kristaps Porzingis: 12.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.8 blocks, 21.8 minutes, 20.4 PER

Kevon Looney: 10.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.0 blocks, 30.6 minutes, 17.1 PER

Justise Winslow: 16.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals, 1.6 blocks, 34.1 minutes, 24.3 PER

Myles Turner: 10.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 24.1 minutes, 21.3 PER

Kelly Oubre: 10.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.8 blocks, 23.8 minutes, 22.2 PER

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Phil Jackson Likely To Be Fined For Commenting On D'Angelo Russell

Feb 27, 2015 10:55 AM

Phil Jackson will likely receive a fine for commenting on D'Angelo Russell of Ohio State.

Russell is a freshman for the Buckeyes and a probable high lottery pick if he declares for the draft.

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Tags: D'Angelo Russell, New York Knicks, Ohio State Buckeyes, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Fines

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76ers Have Strong Interest In Emmanuel Mudiay

Feb 21, 2015 3:32 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have already taken a liking to Emmanuel Mudiay, according to Larry Brown. 

"[Michael Carter-Willilams] was rookie of the year and I know they have been interested in Emmanuel, and I thought, man, that is a backcourt made in heaven because they are both long and athletic," Brown said. ". . . I want to help in any way I can because I am sure it is obvious [Mudiay] is on their radar, and when the time comes I know the kid as well as anybody and would be happy to help." 

The 6-foot-5 point guard, 18, had committed to SMU before deciding to play in China.

Marc Narducci/Philadelphia Inquirer

Tags: Emmanuel Mudiay, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Thon Maker Reclassifies For 2015

Feb 18, 2015 1:20 PM

Thon Maker plans to reclassify from the class of 2016 to 2015.

Maker's decision is not surprising; the idea had been discussed within basketball circles since last summer.

"That's what we're trying to do," Maker's guardian, Ed Smith, told ESPN.com last month regarding the reclassification. "We've been pretty forward with that."

Maker grew up in Australia after being born in South Sudan. Maker play high school basketball at Orangeville Prep in Ontario, Canada.

Kansas and Kentucky are the schools most mentioned, although Missouri, Duke, Louisville and Maryland have all received visits. Indiana, Wake Forest and UCLA are also recruiting him.

"I've been watching college ball for a while," Maker told ESPN.com recently. "And it just causes me to think about that, reclassifying. So I can get ready for college ball.

"The college decision, I can't wait for that. That's what I'm really focused on."

Maker could also play overseas before entering the NBA Draft or even remain at Orangeville as a postgraduate student and then go straight to the NBA in 2016.

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Tags: Thon Maker, High School, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Silver Wants Minimum Age Of 20 For Draft

Feb 15, 2015 2:37 PM

NBPA executive director Michele Roberts made her position on raising the age limit to 20 clear on Friday when she said: "Be happy with one-and-done; it's not going to be two-and-done."

Adam Silver has long advocated for an age limit of 20.

"I think it would be much better for the game if the minimum age was 20 instead of 19," he said. "I understand the other side of the issue. We haven't had the opportunity to present our side of the issue."

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France's Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot Plans Early Entry In NBA Draft

Feb 1, 2015 1:28 PM

French prospect Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will place his name in the 2015 NBA Draft as an early entry player, sources told RealGM.

Luwawu is projected as an early second round pick in the 2016 NBA draft and has auto-eligibility in 2017, but the 19-year-old will gauge his stock for this June. At 6-foot-6, he has worked to polish his shooting range and improve his body and athleticism.

Luwawu has played in France throughout his basketball career. His agent, Herman Manakyan, also has two draft-eligible players in Mouhammadou Jaiteh (JSF Nanterre) and Yannis Morin (Cholet Basket).

Jaiteh — a French All-Star in his two seasons in the ProA league — has received a feedback range between picks No. 20 and No. 40. Despite being on the draft radar for years, Jaiteh remains only 20 years old.

Morin, a 6-foot-10 center, is auto-eligible and will be a candidate to be drafted late in the second round and stashed overseas. He participated in the adidas Eurocamp last June, when NBA personnel scouted talent featuring Dario Saric and Jusuf Nurkic.

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Robert Upshaw Considering Playing In D-League

Jan 27, 2015 3:07 PM

Robert Upshaw is giving serious thought to playing in the D-League this season following his dismissal from the University of Washington's basketball program.

After his dismissal from Washington, Upshaw’s inner-circle has begun the agent selection process, sources told Yahoo Sports. 

 

The NBA does not allow players enrolled at the beginning of a school year to make the immediate move into the D-League unless there’s corroboration that the NCAA or university has declared them ineligible. 

 

Upshaw, 21, is rated as the NBA’s No. 20 prospect on Draft Express.com’s Top 100 list. Playing in the D-League would allow Upshaw to improve his stock for the 2015 NBA Draft.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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Tyler Harris Plans Draft Entry Despite Unexpected Role Cut In Providence Junior Season

Jan 22, 2015 12:41 PM

Providence junior forward Tyler Harris has plans to enter the NBA Draft in June in spite of a puzzling role reduction that has fueled a belief that he’s being regressed to stay in school for his senior season of eligibility, sources told RealGM.

One season after starting in all 35 games of Providence’s run to the NCAA Big East tournament championship, Harris has started 11 of 19 games. Harris – the younger brother of Orlando Magic forward Tobias Harris – has seen his minutes reduced by an average of 3.7 compared to a season ago when he played 32.2 per game.

Harris, 21, is scheduled to graduate this year with enough credit hours for his college degree, but he’s long planned to forgo his senior eligibility. Nevertheless, the glaring decrease in his starting position and minutes has signaled that Providence coach Ed Cooley is testing Harris’ resolve and gauging whether he could return for another season.

For personnel at the NBA level, Harris (6-foot-9) is perceived in between the small and power forward positions as a mid-tier prospect. He spent last summer training in camps held by LeBron James and Kevin Durant.

In a season that includes a 17-point performance in a win over Notre Dame and strong play early, Harris is averaging 10.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists. Those numbers are down from his 11.6 points and 5.1 boards a game as a sophomore.

Harris began his college career at North Carolina State, playing 19 games in 2011-12.

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Michigan Loses Caris LeVert For Remainder Of Season
Caris LeVert was previously considered a likely first round pick.

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Okafor, Mudiay, Towns, Cauley-Stein, Porzingis In New DraftExpress Top-5
ahlil Okafor, Emmanuel Mudiay, Karl Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein and Kristaps Porzingis comprise the DraftExpress top-5.

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Celtics To Likely Receive Mavs' 2016 Pick
The Mavericks' pick goes to the Celtics this season if it falls between No. 4 and No. 14.

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Alex Poythress Out For Season With Torn ACL
Alex Poythress suffered the injury during Thursday's practice.

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RealGM Radio: Jonathan Tjarks On Western Conference, Draft Prospects
Daniel Leroux and Jonathan Tjarks focus on the early dominance of the Warriors, the Western Conference playoff picture, MVP candidates and an early look at some notable 2015 NBA Draft prospects.

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Jahlil Okafor Remains Consensus No. 1 Player In 2015 NBA Draft
Jahlil Okafor is averaging 17.7 points and 7.9 rebounds for Duke.

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Jahlil Okafor Considered By NBA Teams As Consensus Top Prospect In 2015
Jahlil Okafor is one of the best low post scorer prospects in many years.

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Self: Cliff Alexander Not Tall Enough To Score Over Kentucky's Length
Cliff Alexander's lack of length was problematic in Kansas' 72-40 loss to Kentucky on Tuesday.

Steve Greenberg/Chicago Sun-Times

Some International Scouts Believe Kristaps Porzingis Is Best 2015 Prospect
Kristaps Porzingis is a 6'11 big out of Lavia that won't turn 20 until April.

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Scout: Freshman Class Weak, Ball Dominant
Jahlil Okafor, Karl Towns, Myles Turner, Kelly Oubre and Stanley Johnson are considered the strongest NBA prospects.

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Krzyzewski Expects Jahlil Okafor To Leave Duke After Freshman Season
Jahlil Okafor is currently projected as the top overall pick by DraftExpress.

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13 Teams Vote Against Lottery Reform, Current System Stays In Place
The 76ers and Thunder led the charge against changing the draft lottery system.

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Thunder, Bucks Join 76ers In Opposing Lottery Reform
Sam Presti has attempted to warn other small-market executives that changing the system is a risky proposition for their franchises.

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Board Of Governors To Vote On Lottery Reform
The tweaks will include the four worst teams having an equal 12 percent chance to win the No. 1 overall pick and the worst team could fall no lower than No. 7.

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Kentucky To Host Preseason Scouting Combine For NBA Personnel
After the combine, John Calipari plans to shut out NBA executives and scouts from his practices for several weeks perhaps even months into the season.

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76ers To Fight Proposed Changes To Draft Lottery System
The NBA is attempting to balance out the odds of the draft lottery to discourage tanking.

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Agent Of Josh Huestis Proposed Delaying Rookie Contract By Going To D-League
Josh Huestis will receive approximately $25,000 instead of $750,000.

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Emmanuel Mudiay Agrees To One-Year, $1.2M Deal In China
Emmanuel Mudiay has agreed upon a $1.2 million deal with Guangdong.

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Andrew Wiggins Expected To Soon Sign Rookie Deal With Cavs
Players who sign their rookie contracts cannot be traded for 30 days thereafter.

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NBA Proposing New Lottery System To Balance Odds
The proposal is essentially an attempt to squeeze the lottery odds at either extreme toward a more balanced system in which all 14 teams have a relatively similar chance at the no. 1 pick.

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