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NBA To Hold Serious Talks On Eliminating Hack-A-Shaq

Apr 24, 2015 9:02 PM

Adam Silver expects the NBA to have "full-throated conversations" in the offseason about implementing rules to eliminate the Hack-a-Shaq strategy.

Silver acknowledged that changing rules is difficult, but that the league must consider whether the Hack-a-Shaq detracts from the game's entertainment value.

"It's something that I'm on the fence about," Silver told ESPN. "My thought used to be that we should definitely change the rule, and then having sat through several general managers meetings, competition meetings and having heard from some of the game's very best, the view is the players should hit their free throws. That's changed my view a little bit.

"Having said that, when I watch some of these games on television, frankly, it's not great entertainment for our fans, and that's important as well. What I've said is we have another general managers meeting coming up in May, we have a competition committee meeting in June, and I'm sure it's going to be a hot topic of discussion. Then, we have an owners meeting in July, so I think at all three of those meetings we're going to be having full-throated conversations about what the right rules should be going forward."

The San Antonio Spurs used the strategy against DeAndre Jordan in Game 2.

"But at the end of the day, it's about the game," Silver said. "I used to run something called NBA Entertainment, but I always remind myself in my job now as commissioner and managing the league office, it's the game above all. So I think we have to [determine] what makes the most sense for the game.

"That's why I'm sensitive about guys being able to make their free throws, and I also find that sometimes it's a fascinating strategy. We're very conservative when it comes to changing the rules of the game. That's why changing the rules of the game requires more than the majority of the owners; it requires a super majority. So we've got to be very careful, but it is something that we're looking at closely."

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA CBA

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Thibodeau's Confidants Expect Him To Be Fired By Bulls In Offseason

Apr 24, 2015 6:45 PM

The front office of the Chicago Bulls have downplayed reports of a strained relationship they have with Tom Thibodeau.

But people close to Thibodeau expect him to be fired this offseason.

Thibodeau's propensity to give what some may believe to be excessive minutes to some of his players has been an issue with the front office.

Thibodeau also was not happy with the firing of Ron Adams, among other issues.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Tags: Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kevin Love: Cavs' Organization Has My Back

Apr 24, 2015 12:10 AM

Kevin Love has been playing better basketball for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the playoffs and had 23 points and nine rebounds while shooting 6-for-10 on three-pointers in their Game 3 win over the Boston Celtics.

"He's been highly criticized this year, and for what, I don't know why," James said, before pausing, and smiling. "I know why. I know why. I know."

Love was traded to the Cavaliers in the offseason and he can become a free agent in the offseason.

"For a team that finally gets together and they have a big three, they have to find someone," James said. "When I was in Miami, Chris Bosh was that guy at one point...Kevin was the guy they tried to find and tear him down. One thing about him, he's always stayed positive. I've always believed in him." 

"People have focused my whole career on what I couldn't do rather than what I could," Love said. "I know my teammates and coaching staff have my back. The organization has my back. I'm sending love right back to them. I think tonight was one of those times my numbers was called to step up and hit a big shot."

 

The chemistry between the Cavaliers seems to be at a season-high.

"I don't get too involved in what everybody says," James said. "I know what type of player (Love) is, what type of competitor he is, and I know he relishes the opportunity to be a part of this franchise and the postseason. With everything said with the first eight months of the season, he's definitely used it as motivation. I think he's a big-time player, he's a cerebral basketball player, and in order to be the team we want to be long term, Kevin is going to be Kevin, which he was tonight."

Tom Westerholm/MassLive

Tags: Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Thunder Considering Ettore Messina As Head Coach Candidate

Apr 24, 2015 10:50 AM

Ettore Messina is reportedly on the list of candidates compiled by the Oklahoma City Thunder for their head coaching vacancy.

Messina has had great success as a head coach in Europe and is currently an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs.

The Thunder fired Scott Brooks as head coach this week.

Billy Donovan is widely considered the frontrunner for the job.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Doug McDermott Denies Rumors Father Called Bulls Complaining About Minutes

Apr 24, 2015 4:15 PM

There was a rumor a month ago that Doug McDermott's father, Greg McDermott, called the front office of the Chicago Bulls to complain about his lack of playing time.

“Trust me, I heard it,’’ Doug McDermott said, acknowledging that it was bothersome.

“I actually talked to my dad right after someone brought that to my attention in the locker room,’’ he continued. “I called him up and I was just kind of laughing almost. He was like, ‘What are you laughing about?’ I said, ‘You hear this rumor going out that you called the front office and stuff?’ He started laughing.’’

Greg McDermott is head coach of Creighton.

“My dad would never do that,’’ Doug McDermott said. “He’s a coach, and he has to deal with parents all the time, calling him up all the time. Boosters, parents, calling all the time about playing time, everything. He would never do that. He has too much respect for the coaches here, [general manager] Gar [Forman] and Pax [VP of basketball operations John Paxson], all those guys. He would never do that.’’

 

McDermott has had a disappointing rookie season dealing with injuries and not featuring in Tom Thibodeau's rotation.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Tags: Doug McDermott, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast: April 24th

Apr 24, 2015 3:56 AM

In Friday's episode, host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Daniel Leroux of RealGM (@DannyLeroux) break down Thursday's Games 3 between the Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics, and Golden State Warriors and New Orleans Pelicans.

Duncan and Leroux given an in-depth analysis of Golden State's improbable comeback in New Orleans.

Click here to listen or download.

The Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast is now also available on its own iTunes page.

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Tags: NBA, Dunc'd On

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Report: Referee Would Have Called Foul On Curry Shot If He Had Missed

Apr 24, 2015 12:21 PM

Stephen Curry sent Game 3 into overtime with a game-tying three-pointer when Marreese Speights recovered Curry's previous attempt. Curry appeared to get fouled as he released the shot (Vine).

According to sources, referees explained that a foul would have been called if Curry had missed the three-point attempt. Curry would have then had to make all three free throws to extend the game.

The Golden State Warriors ultimately won the game in overtime.

The NBA said that while a foul should have been called on Anthony Davis, referees also missed a travel by Curry on his previous shot attempt.

Marcus Thompson/San Jose Mercury News

Tags: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Playoffs

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Buddy Hield Returns To Oklahoma For Senior Season

Apr 24, 2015 11:52 AM

Buddy Hield announced Friday morning that he will return to Oklahoma for his senior season.

Hield was named the Big 12 conference player of the year last season.

"It was a tough decision, and I obviously took it near the deadline," Hield said. "But I just went through the process. I listened to Coach Kruger, I listened to my mentors back home, my high school coach, and my mom and my family. I did a lot of research on players and the history of the NBA Draft. I just did what I felt was best for me and my family. I feel like if I come back I'll be in a better situation next year."

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Tags: Buddy Hield, Oklahoma Sooners, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NCAA Misc Rumor

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Tennessee Tech's Charles Jackson Declares For NBA Draft

Apr 24, 2015 3:05 AM

Tennessee Tech junior center Charles Jackson has declared for the 2015 NBA Draft and signed representation with agent Scott Nichols to turn pro, sources told RealGM.

As a rapidly developing fringe prospect, Jackson is expected to entice NBA teams in the second round of the draft with his youth and raw abilities at 6-foot-10. In 30 games this past season, Jackson ranked eighth in the NCAA in double-doubles with 18 -- tied with UNLV's Christian Wood and ahead of UCLA big man Kevon Looney.

Jackson plans to go full force in pre-draft workouts with the intention to stay in the June draft, and he could use the process to rise into a selection based on potential and positional skill. Still, the 21-year-old has until June 15 to elect to pull out of the draft and play the season in the NBA Development League or overseas.

Jackson stood just six feet early in his high school career and began his collegiate career in juco at Lassen for the 2012-13 season.

After transferring and spending one year at Southern Idaho, Jackson played his lone season of Division I basketball at Tennessee Tech where he was awarded the Ohio Valley Conference newcomer of the year. He averaged 13 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks while shooting 57 percent from the field this past season.

For draft preparation, Jackson is working out in his hometown Sacramento under Gus Armstead, who trains NBA players including the New Orleans Pelicans’ Ryan Anderson.

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Tags: Charles Jackson, Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

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Moussa Diagne Declares For 2015 NBA Draft

Apr 23, 2015 10:28 PM

Moussa Diagne — a 6-foot-11 center prospect out of Senegal — has declared his name for the 2015 NBA Draft as an early entry, a source told RealGM.

Diagne, 21, has played the past several seasons in the ACB league Fuenlabrada. This season, Diagne averaged 4.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and nearly one block per game.

Diagne is viewed as a potential second-round draft pick, intriguing NBA teams at the adidas camp in Italy last year. His agency, Interperformances, confirmed Thursday night that paperwork has been submitted to enter Diagne into the draft.

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Tags: Moussa Diagne, Baloncesto Fuenlabrada, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, International, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations, International Teams, International Misc Rumor

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Stanley Johnson Leaves Arizona For NBA Draft
Stanley Johnson has declared for the 2015 NBA Draft, leaving Arizona after one season.

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Guillermo Hernangomez Declares For Draft
Guillermo Hernangomez is considered a potential first round pick.

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Brad Stevens 'Little Bit Surprised' By Rajon Rondo Situation With Dallas
Brad Stevens coached Rajon Rondo for 52 games from last season until the Celtics traded him in December.

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Mario Hezonja Enters NBA Draft
Mario Hezonja currently plays for Barcelona and is considered a potential top-5 draft pick.

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Report: Kevin Ollie Removes Name From Consideration For Thunder Job
Kevin Ollie has been considered a strong candidate for the job following his success at UConn and relationship with Kevin Durant.

Jon Rothstein/CBS Sports

LeBron Has Hour-Long Workout Before Cavs' Shootaround
LeBron James put himself through an hour-long intense workout.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tony Parker Optimistic Achilles Will Be Okay For Game 3
Tony Parker said the injury was the same as that which he suffered in a game in Oklahoma City on April 7.

Mike Monroe/San Antonio Express-News

76ers Confirm Joel Embiid Will Play In Summer League
Joel Embiid missed the entire season following right foot surgery.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

LaMarcus Aldridge Expected To Be Pursued By Spurs, Mavs, Knicks, Lakers
The Spurs and Mavericks reportedly believe they have a shot to sign LaMarcus Aldridge.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Thunder Confident Enes Kanter Will Re-Sign
Enes Kanter was acquired by the Thunder at the trade deadline.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Kawhi Leonard Wins Defensive Player Of The Year
Kawhi Leonard has been named the 2015 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, beating out Draymond Green and DeAndre Jordan.

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Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast: April 23rd
Nate Duncan and Daniel Leroux break down Wednesday's games and discuss NBA news out of Oklahoma City and Dallas.

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RealGM Radio: Ed Maisonet On OKC Firing Scott Brooks
Daniel Leroux talks with Ed Maisonet about OKC firing Scott Brooks, the Hawks sale and the NBA playoffs so far.

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Chandler Parsons Out For Season With Knee Injury
Chandler Parsons could also need surgery to repair the knee.

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Rajon Rondo Out Indefinitely With Injured Back
Rajon Rondo has struggled to adapt since coming to the Mavericks in a trade in December.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Kris Dunn Decides To Remain At Providence
Kris Dunn was the highest rated underclassmen to have not made a decision on his future.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Goran Dragic: Fifth Year Is 'Pretty Big' On Deal With Heat
Goran Dragic will place value in the possible fifth season that the Heat can offer in a maximum contract.

Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

Nikola Mirotic Out For Game 3
Nikola Mirotic will miss Game 3 against the Bucks due to a quad injury.

Nick Friedell/ESPN

Billy Donovan, Kevin Ollie Emerge As Serious Candidates For Thunder
Billy Donovan recently worked on background research on Kevin Durant.

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Ressler-Grant Hill Group Finalizing $850M Purchase Of Hawks
The purchase price of the Hawks is believed to be less than $1 billion.

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