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Magic Johnson To Represent Lakers At Lottery

Apr 24, 2017 7:39 PM

Magic Johnson will represent the team at the NBA Draft Lottery on May 16.

While Johnson will handle the televised portion of the event, Lakers GM Rob Pelinka will represent the team in the back where the lottery combinations will actually be drawn.

The Lakers have a 46.9 percent chance to land in the top three of the lottery, and thus keep their pick, which is top three protected. 

If the pick falls out of the top-3, it will be conveyed to the 76ers.

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Damian Lillard: Defeating Warriors Becoming An Obsession

Apr 25, 2017 12:02 PM

Damian Lillard has developed a new obsession with trying to beat the Golden State Warriors.

"You have to be obsessed with that because you know that they're so good that they're going to be there," Lillard said after a 128-103 loss in Game 4. "That's who you're going to have to get through to get to where you want to get to. That's what it is."

Lillard had 34 points in 31 minutes in Game 4.

"I wouldn't say it was a successful year," Lillard told ESPN. "We got tested, and I think we answered the bell. I felt like we showed our true colors by the way we fought. But I wouldn't say successful. I think it was growth. A year of growth for us."

The Blazers also lost to the Warriors in the playoffs in 2016. Lillard talked about how well the Warriors play together.

"You also got to understand that if you ever want to get out of the West, you're going to have to go through them," Lillard said during his media address. "And for me, I understand that's what it is. It's always been that way in the NBA. I think about when the Pistons were just beating up on [Michael] Jordan. [They] were just kicking his butt every year, and he had to get through them if he wanted to get to where he wanted to get to. That's just what it is. [The Warriors are] going to be there. They're going to be there every year. We have to look at that and understand that we got to be better. We have to go get better,and come back better as a group if we want to move past them."


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Tags: Damian Lillard, Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA

Pat Riley Wishes He Would Have Given Dwyane Wade Max In 2014 Instead Of Chris Bosh

Apr 25, 2017 11:55 AM

When LeBron James left the Miami Heat for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the camp of Chris Bosh wanted to reopen a deal they had just finished. Bosh's camp knew the Heat had extra money available.

Bosh threatened to sign with the Houston Rockets but ultimately signed a five-year, $118 million max contract.

Wade signed a two-year deal with $15 million in 14-15 and $16.125 million in 15-16, which allowed the Heat to sign Luol Deng. Wade opted out and re-signed a one-year, $20 million deal for 15-16, but was unable to come to terms with the Heat in 2016 and signed with the Chicago Bulls.

Bosh, meanwhile, hasn't played for more than a season due to recurring blood clots.

Riley now wishes he would have said no to Bosh's max deal and given all of that available money to Wade.

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Tags: Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Pat Riley Wanted To 'Say Something Like Dan Gilbert' After LeBron Left Heat

Apr 25, 2017 11:06 AM

When LeBron James called Pat Riley to inform him he was leaving the Miami Heat to rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers, Riley took it personally.

"I was silent," Riley says. "I didn't say anything. My mind began to just go. And it was over. I was very angry when LeBron left. It was personal for me. It just was. I had a very good friend who talked me off the ledge and kept me from going out there and saying something like Dan Gilbert. I'm glad I didn't do it."

When the Heat met with James that offseason, Riley felt it wasn't sincere. Maverick Carter wasn't in attendance and James kept glancing at a World Cup match during the presentation. Riley went so far as to ask them to mute the television.

Riley and Andy Elisburg also brought Miami's two championship trophies that they won with James and an easel to present free agent options. When Riley read the room, he instructed Elisburg to leave the trophies and easel in the hall.

Riley now understands why James had to leave.

"He went home because he had to go home," he says. "It was time. It was really time for him to go home, in his prime. If he's ever gonna do anything in Akron again, this was the time to do it. Otherwise, he'd have had a scarlet letter on his back the rest of his whole life."

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Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, NBA

Kevin Durant Returns To Warriors Lineup For Game 4

Apr 24, 2017 8:44 PM

After missing Games 2 and 3 with a calf injury, Kevin Durant was activated by the Golden State Warriors for Game 4.

The Warriors won both games without Durant.

Durant previously missed more than a month with a left knee injury.

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All-NBA Teams To Be Announced Prior To June 26th Award Show

Apr 24, 2017 6:22 PM

The NBA will announce their All-NBA teams before its inaugural awards show in late June. 

Because certain players will become eligible for supermax extensions due to the rule, teams will need time to make offseason preparations.

Paul George and the Indiana Pacers are the most notable example of a player and franchise that will be impacted by the rule.

The award show takes place on June 26th.

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Paul George Not Ready To Think About Future

Apr 24, 2017 11:29 AM

The Indiana Pacers were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in their first round series, quickly setting up a potentially momentous offseason for the franchise with Paul George.

George was asked whether he wants to remain with the Pacers and what it would take for him to be convinced stay.

“I ain’t even at that point, yet,” George said after the loss.

George has been connected to the Los Angeles Lakers, a franchise desperate for a star of his magnitude. 

“End of the day, it falls on me. I can always do things better,” George said.

George and the Pacers have been on the losing end of LeBron James' teams repeatedly in the playoffs.

“It’s real frustrating to continue losing to the same team, or the same person. It’s what I work hard for in the summer, to try to help lead a team of my own and it’s ultimately who I’m always going to see and face. But again, came up short. Didn’t do enough,” George said. “If we want to win, that’s the team that we have to work towards stacking up against. If we want to be serious, that’s the team we’ve got to look at and figure out how can we match up against them.”


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Tags: Paul George, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Steve Kerr Believes He Can Participate In Practice, Film Sessions

Apr 24, 2017 10:34 AM

With Steve Kerr dealing with ongoing headaches and nausea, he is prepared to let Mike Brown coach game nights as the Golden State Warriors continue in the playoffs. 

Kerr believes he can participate in practice and film sessions regardless.

“I don’t know if he can do this very much longer,” one NBA associate close to Kerr told The Vertical on Sunday. “He hasn’t enjoyed this one bit. Even if we haven’t talked in a bit, I can see the pain on his face.”

The fact that the Warriors have become such a special title contender has led Kerr to try to power through. His relationship with Bob Myers has also helped.

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Tags: Golden State Warriors, NBA

Kristaps Porzingis Declines To Comment On Why He Skipped Exit Meeting

Apr 24, 2017 2:04 PM

Kristaps Porzingis appeared at a news conference in Latvia on Monday in which he announced he will play for the national team this summer.

Porzingis skipped his exit meeting with the New York Knicks and is upset about the team's lack of direction and dysfunction.

"To be honest -- I don't want to comment on anything that happened at the season's end. Personally I did not have any contact with anybody from the club [since the season ended], so ... better that [Porzingis' older brother] Janis comment on this," Porzingis said, according to the translated version of his remarks published by the New York Post.

Added Janis Porzingis, who is also one of Kristaps Porzingis' agents: "It's always a player's decision, it's Kristaps' decision. Obviously it's harder during the first couple years in the league, but after that you decide things on your own. And Kristaps is in a position to do that."

Porzingis was asked on Monday if he sees himself with the Knicks after his rookie contract expires.

"To be honest, I don't think about that right now, I just try to do my best. I believe everything will resolve itself," he said, according to the translated version of his remarks published by the New York Post.

Janis Porzingis added, "Actually there is no reason for this question. Kristaps is drafted there; he wants to play his whole career in New York.''

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Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Bam Adebayo To Sign With Agent, Stay In Draft

Apr 24, 2017 12:00 PM

Bam Adebayo will sign with an agent and remain in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Adebayo spent one season at Kentucky, averaging 13.0 points, a team-best 8.0 rebounds while also leading Kentucky in blocks per game (1.5).

Adebayo is projected to be selected in the first round.

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Tags: Bam Adebayo, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

Kobe Bryant Doesn't Miss Playing In NBA
Kobe Bryant appeared on Good Morning America on Monday to promote his animated short film Dear Basketball.

Good Morning America (via James Dator/SB Nation)

Dunc'd On: TOR/MIL, WAS/ATL, GSW/POR, Could Non-Playoff All-Stars Beat GSW?
A wrap-up of Monday's playoff action.

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Magic Johnson Didn't See Player Worth Building Around On Lakers' Roster
While D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Brandon Ingram still have promise as young players, none are certain future All-Stars.

Open Run Podcast (via Anthony Irwin/Silver Screen and Roll)

Austin Rivers Expected To Return For Game 5
Austin Rivers has missed 11 games with a hamstring injury.

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Dunc'd On: All 8 Series Thru Game 4
HOU/OKC, BOS/CHI, GSW/POR, TOR/MIL, CLE/IND, WAS/ATL, LAC/UTA and the best game of the playoffs so far, SAS/MEM Game 4.

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Russell Westbrook: Don't Try To Split Us Up
The Thunder have struggled in their series against the Rockets whenever Russell Westbrook has been off the floor.


Rudy Gobert Returns For Game 4
Rudy Gobert hyperextended his left knee and suffered a bone bruise in the first possession of the series.


James Harden Reveals He Injured Ankle In Game 3
James Harden went 5-for-16 from the field (including 0-for-7 from 3-point range) and scored 16 points in Game 4.

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Jusuf Nurkic Ruled Out For Game 4
Jusuf Nurkic was limited to 3-to-5 minute shifts in Game 3.

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Patrick Beverley Fined By NBA, Says League Needs To Protect Players Better
The Rockets asked the NBA to review the situation after Patrick Beverley told them of the fan's behavior.

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Steve Kerr Out Indefinitely With Back Issues
Steve Kerr still experiences lingering symptoms from complications following two back surgeries.


Frank Jackson Declares For Draft, Won't Hire Agent
Enough NBA teams expressed interest for Frank Jackson to enter the draft process.

Tony Jones/Salt Lake Tribune

Steve Kerr's Illness Cause Remains Unknown
The Warriors have yet to determine if Steve Kerr is battling issues related to his back surgery.

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NBA Reviewing Incident Between Patrick Beverley, Son Of Thunder Minority Owner
Patrick Beverley got knocked down after attempting a layup and landed at a fan's feet, identified as Stuart Scaramucci.

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Rick Carlisle, Dwane Casey, Terry Stotts Interviewed As Package Deal In 2008
Rick Carlisle, Dwane Casey and Terry Stotts each were fired as head coach of the Pacers, Wolves and Bucks around the same time in 2007.

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Vlade Divac Tried To Hire Scott Perry In Past
NBA team executives have found it difficult to negotiate with the Kings because of their thin and inexperienced front office, which has changed this offseason.

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Inspirational Video From Kevin Garnett Helps Lift Celtics In Game 3
Kevin Garnett recorded a high energy, expletive-filled video to pump up the Celtics before they played the Bulls in Game 3.

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Blake Griffin Ruled Out For Playoffs With Toe Injury
Blake Griffin will miss the remainder of the playoffs with an injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe.

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Bulls May Shift Course On Jimmy Butler's Future Due To Playoff Success
Jimmy Butler has been on the trade block over the past year but no deal has been consummated as the Bulls decide whether or not to rebuild.

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Celtics' Coaches Wanted To Trade For Carmelo Anthony At Deadline
The Celtics could use cap space to absorb Carmelo Anthony's contract if Danny Ainge strikes out in free agency.

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