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Chris Bosh Declared Out For Season

May 4, 2016 5:17 PM

Chris Bosh is officially out for the remainder of the 15-16 season.

The NBPA urged the Miami Heat to resolve Bosh's uncertain situation as he recovers from blood clots.

"The Heat, Chris, the doctors and medical team have been working together throughout this process and will continue to do so to return Chris to playing basketball as soon as possible," the Heat said in a statement.

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Tags: Chris Bosh, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Injury

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J.B. Bickerstaff Withdraws Candidacy For Rockets' Job

May 4, 2016 9:17 PM

J.B. Bickerstaff has withdrawn his candidacy to remain head coach of the Houston Rockets.

Bickerstaff met with ownership and the front office on Monday.

Bickerstaff has received interest from rival teams about lead assistant coaching positions.

After the Rockets fired Kevin McHale in November, Bickerstaff was elevated to interim head coach.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jim Buss Believes Lakers Already Have 'Perfect Number Of Young Guys'

May 4, 2016 5:38 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers are hoping their lottery pick remains in the top-3 so it won't automatically be conveyed to the Philadelphia 76ers.

But there is some doubt as to whether the Lakers would like to keep the pick or trade it away for a proven player.

“Right now, I think our young guys are the perfect number and we will add solid veterans,” said Jim Buss.

The Lakers' young core consists of D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson.

With significant cap space, the Lakers can conceivably sign a free agent and trade for another top level player.

Eric Pincus/Basketball Insiders

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Luke Walton Has Brian Shaw On Lakers' Assistant Coach Wish List

May 4, 2016 9:20 PM

Luke Walton is beginning to assemble his coaching staff with the Los Angeles Lakers and Brian Shaw is the most prominent name on his list.

Shaw was a longtime assistant coach with Phil Jackson and has head coaching experience with the Denver Nuggets.

Walton will continue as assistant coach of the Golden State Warriors until their playoff run is over.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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LeBron James Already Thinking About Playing Heat In ECF

May 4, 2016 2:41 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat each have three more games in the second round to win, but LeBron James admits he's already thinking about playing against his former team in the Eastern Conference Finals.

"Naturally, of course," James said following Cavs shootaround Wednesday morning, when asked about the chance to play the Heat. "That's since I've came back. It'd be great to play against those guys in the postseason.

"Throughout my whole career, I've always wanted to go against [Dwyane] Wade in a playoff series. We've always talked about it even before we became teammates in '10. "It's not been heavy on my mind, but it's crossed my mind throughout my whole career." 

The Cavaliers are 3-4 against the Heat since James returned to the franchise in 2014.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

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

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Stephen Curry Undergoes Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment In Knee

May 4, 2016 10:23 AM

Stephen Curry said Tuesday he received platelet-rich plasma treatment as part of his treatment on his sprained right knee.

PRP, which is said to promote healing, was given to Curry on the second day of his recovery process, he said.

Curry could return from his Grade 1 MCL sprain for Game 3 or Game 4.

Diamond Leung/Mercury News

Tags: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Injury

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Kennedy Meeks Withdraws From NBA Draft, Staying At North Carolina

May 4, 2016 11:45 AM

Kennedy Meeks has withdrawn his name from the NBA Draft and will return to North Carolina for his senior season.

Meeks slimmed down from being close to 300 pounds when he arrived on campus to playing at around 260 pounds last season as a junior.

"I appreciate the support my coaches and teammates gave me during this process as we gathered information about my professional opportunities at this time," Meeks said in a statement. "The feedback on what I have to work on so that I can have a great senior year, help my team have a great season and be ready to take that next step is invaluable."

Justin Jackson is the only player on the Tar Heels still going through the draft process.

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Tags: Kennedy Meeks, North Carolina Tar Heels, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

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Kyle Lowry Worked On Getting Shot Back In Empty Arena After Game 1

May 4, 2016 10:34 AM

Kyle Lowry began working on his jumper immediately after the Toronto Raptors' Game 1 loss to the Miami Heat.

Lowry made a halfcourt shot at the buzzer of regulation to send the game into overtime, but he shot just 3-for-13 from the field and 1-for-7 from three-point range in the game. Lowry is shooting just 30.6 percent from the field.

Lowry began shooting baskets on the Raptors' practice court and then moved to the main court following his media availability. Lowry was in the empty arena well past midnight working on his shot.

"I have [been in a slump like this], but not at this time, so that's what's frustrating," Lowry said. "In the playoffs, all eyes are on you. It sucks to be playing this bad with all eyes on me. I know I'm better than this, so I have to pick this s--- up."

Lowry looked tentative in Game 1 and passed up shots he normally takes.

"I'm trying to get my touch back. I don't know where it's at," Lowry said. "It's kind of mind-boggling right now, and it's frustrating, but I'm not going to shy away from the criticism or anything. I know I'm not playing well at all. We got out of the first round with me not playing well, not shooting the ball well, but if we're going to get out of this next series, I have to play better, shoot the ball better and score the ball better."

Mike Mazzeo/ESPN

Tags: Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors, NBA

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Deron Williams Would Like To Re-Sign With Mavs

May 4, 2016 10:28 AM

Deron Williams will decline his $5.6 million player option for next season with the Dallas Mavericks to test free agency but he has interest in re-signing.

“This has been a great year for me, as far as just being happy and enjoying playing basketball again,” Williams said last week during his exit interview. “You know, with all the guys on the team and the coaching staff, it’s been a great situation for myself. Aside from the injuries, everything was great this season.”

Williams signed with the Mavericks after a buyout ended his frustrating tenure with the Brooklyn Nets.

“I thought his year was extremely productive, you know, other than some of the health issues he had to work through,” Rick Carlisle said while speaking highly of Williams. “We most likely wouldn’t have won a game in the playoff series had he not played in Game 2 and come out and gotten 11 points in the first four minutes, or whatever it was. I mean, that was the only time we had a lead in the entire series, and his game in Utah was the one that got us in the playoffs. You know, he was a 20-plus point scorer that night, and it was his second game back from being out two weeks. So, I want to see him healthy. You know, when players get healthy, they’re happy, they compete better and they’re going to play better. But I thoroughly enjoyed working with him. He’s a pro and his family are terrific people. And of course, we’d like to see him back.”

Williams hasn't yet spent much time thinking about his free agency options.

“I haven’t even thought about it,” Williams said when asked about his potential free agency. “I just was worried about finishing the season on a strong note. Once I got hurt, the focus was just trying to get back and be able to play, so I haven’t even thought about it. That’s something I will discuss with my agent and my wife, and we’ll figure it out.

“I would love to be back. Like I said, this was a great year for me, and I’m definitely happy here. My family is settled and happy here, so it’d definitely be great to be back. It was good. You know, it was a great situation, and I definitely would love to be back.”

Earl K. Snead/Mavs.com

Tags: Deron Williams, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Associate: Being GM 'Really Different' For Phil Jackson

May 4, 2016 10:26 PM

The New York Knicks remain without a head coach and Phil Jackson is in no rush to interview more candidates.

Jackson was in Sioux City, Iowa on Tuesday and is on a trip with his brother to Idaho.

Jackson is collecting his thoughts as he continues to consider Kurt Rambis the frontrunner.

“Still thinking it through,” one Jackson associate told The Post. “He’s always been such a quick thinker — always three, four steps ahead of everybody else. But that’s as coach. Being the executive is really different for him.”

Jackson is also considering David Blatt, while Frank Vogel could soon also be available.

“If you’re heading into free agency with Rambis on July 1, I want to get him named and let all the noise settle down before the selling begins,” the Jackson associate said.

Carmelo Anthony would like Jackson to talk to multiple candidates.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Tags: New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets Could Interview 10-15 Head Coaching Candidates
The Rockets' list of candidates could reach 10-15.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Dunc'd On: Heat/Raptors G1, Blazers/Warriors G2
Heat/Raptors Game 1, Lowry's crazy shot and how the Heat allowed but ultimately withstood Toronto's comeback, plus Blazers/Warriors Game 2 (28:30) with audio from Draymond and Dame.

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Stephen Curry Expected To Return For Game 3 Or Game 4
Stephen Curry has yet to return to basketball activities nine days after the sprain.

Diamond Leung/Mercury News

Kevin Durant Only Wants To Be Considered 7-0 Talking To Women
Kevin Durant says he's actually 6-11 but he prefers to be officially listed at 6-9 in the NBA.

Chris Herring/Wall Street Journal

Union Working To Influence Heat On Letting Chris Bosh Return
Chris Bosh is attempting to return to game action as he recovers from blood clots that recurred in February.

RealGM Staff Report

Carmelo Anthony Wants Next Knicks' Coach To Hold Players Accountable
Carmelo Anthony would like to be consulted on who the Knicks hire.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Dwyane Wade Emotional To Learn He Was Prince's Favorite Player
Dwyane Wade cried during the national anthem ahead of Game 7 of the first round series against the Hornets.

Cady Lang/Time

Karl-Anthony Towns To Work On 'Every Facet Of Game' In Offseason
Karl-Anthony Towns is one of the most versatile rookie big men to emerge in the NBA in a considerable amount of time.

Jared Dubin/Bleacher Report

NBA Lists Five Incorrect Non-Calls From Final Thunder-Spurs Play
The Thunder won the game 98-97 following one of the craziest finishes in playoff history.

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Stephen Curry Wins Magic Johnson Award
Stephen Curry fostered an atmosphere of mutual respect with the media.

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Kings To Interview Henry Bibby
Henry Bibby was head coach of USC for several seasons and he's since bounced around as an assistant coach, most recently with the Detroit Pistons in 2014.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Mark Jackson, Corliss Williamson, Jeff Hornacek Added To Kings' Interviews
The Kings have had one of the most extensive searches in recent memory as they work to replace George Karl.

Marc Stein/ESPN

City Council Votes For Major Defeat Of Downtown Seattle Arena
Though a Memorandum of Understanding between Chris Hansen, the city and King County runs through November 2017, odds of a new deal being struck by then seem remote.

Geoff Baker/Seattle Times

D'Angelo Russell To Work Out With Magic Johnson In Summer
Magic Johnson says he'll work out with D'Angelo Russell this summer.

Sports Illustrated

Dunc'd On: Spurs/Thunder II, Hawks/Cavs
How the Thunder took an instant classic in San Antonio Cleveland beats Atlanta in familiar fashion (47'), Plus news (58') : Dirk opting out, Rivers won't trade the big three, Terry Stotts and more.

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Blazers Have Yet To Pick Up 16-17 Option On Terry Stotts
Terry Stotts and the Blazers have yet to discuss the possibility of an extension.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Doc Rivers Won't Break Up Clippers' Big 3 In Offseason
Doc Rivers insists he will not break up the Clippers' big three of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.

Joe Resnick/AP

LeBron James' Space Jam 2 Moves Closer To Becoming Reality
LeBron James was in Amy Schumer's Trainwreck last summer.

Rebecca Ford/Hollywood Reporter

Nicolas Batum Played How He Wanted For First Time In NBA With Hornets
Nicolas Batum is the most attractive free agent amongst many for the Hornets.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Dirk Nowitzki Opting Out Of Contract, Plans To Stay With Mavs
Dirk Nowitzki has an option for the 16-17 season worth $8.69 million.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN