Basketball Wiretap

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.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Golden State Warriors, NBA

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.”


Michael Lee/The Vertical

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

Stephon Marbury Released By Beijing Ducks

Apr 24, 2017 11:47 AM

Stephon Marbury has been released by the Beijing Ducks from the final season of his contract.

Marbury won three titles in six seasons with Beijing. Marbury declined an opportunity to coach with Beijing as he wants to continue playing in China.

Marbury expects to receive interest from rival teams.

Marbury averaged 21.4 points, 5.5 assists and 4 rebounds in 34.6 minutes per game in 36 games.

“We agreed that I would leave this season and the door is always open to coach. They had the option for me to play or coach, and they wanted me to coach. It’s understandable at my age, but my age doesn’t dictate my game. This gives me strong desire to work hard and try my best to come back to help a team win a [championship],” Marbury said.

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Tags: Stephon Marbury, Beijing Shougang, International, International Teams

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

Dunc'd On: All 8 Series Thru Game 4

Apr 24, 2017 5:03 AM

In order: HOU/OKC, BOS/CHI, GSW/POR, TOR/MIL, CLE/IND, WAS/ATL, LAC/UTA  and then a blow-by-blow of the best game of the playoffs so far, SAS/MEM Game 4.

With host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux).


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Tags: NBA, Dunc'd On

Patrick Beverley Fined By NBA, Says League Needs To Protect Players Better

Apr 23, 2017 6:42 PM

Patrick Beverley said he doesn't feel protected by the NBA after an incident with a fan.

Beverley said he needed to "address the situation before it gets out of hand."

Beverley received a $25,000 fine by the NBA for confronting the fan.

The fan was identified as Stuart Scaramucci, son of Thunder minority owner Jay Scaramucci. 

"I'm OK with the hazing. I'm OK with the boos. I'm OK with other fans rooting for their team. But I'm not OK with the blatant disrespect while I'm on the ground after a foul and a fan is yelling out to me, 'F-you Patrick Beverley, F-you Patrick Beverley, F-you Patrick Beverley,' and waving a clapper in my face," Beverley said Sunday afternoon.

"I'm not comfortable with that. So if the NBA won't protect the players in that situation, I feel the need as a man, as a grown man who has children, who has morals and who stands up for the right thing, I have to protect myself."

The Rockets asked the NBA to review the situation after Beverley told them of the fan's behavior.

Beverley said he has had incidents with fans in Oklahoma City in the past as well.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Tags: Patrick Beverley, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Fines

James Harden Reveals He Injured Ankle In Game 3

Apr 23, 2017 8:38 PM

James Harden said he has been hobbled by an ankle injury that occurred in Game 3.

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

The Houston Rockets were able to win the game behind a great performance from Nene.

"It was pretty tough; we don't make excuses," Harden said in a news conference when asked about his health. "We just try to go out there and get the job done. You build trust, and trust in your teammates all year long. When there's moments like this, guys step up and they did tonight. We have another opportunity in a few days to go out there and win on our home court, and we're going to have to get off to a really good start."

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Tags: James Harden, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

Russell Westbrook: Don't Try To Split Us Up

Apr 23, 2017 8:50 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have struggled in their series against the Houston Rockets whenever Russell Westbrook has been off the floor.

The Thunder were outscored 13-4 in a stretch that lasted from late in the third quarter to early in the fourth in Game 4.

During a joint press conference, Steven Adams was asked about the issue but was interrupted by Westbrook.

"Hold on Steven," Westbrook said. "I don't want nobody to try and split us up. We're all one team. If I go to the bench and Steven's on the floor and I'm off the floor, we're in this together. Don't split us up. Don't try and split us up. Don't try to make us go against each other or make it Russell and the rest of the guys. Russell against Houston. I don't want to hear that. We're in this together. We play as a team. That's all that matters."


Tags: Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

Rudy Gobert Returns For Game 4

Apr 23, 2017 8:46 PM

Rudy Gobert will return for Game 4 after missing Games 2 and 3.

Gobert hyperextended his left knee and suffered a bone bruise in the first possession of the series.

Gobert's injury had forced Derrick Favors, who has been limited all season due to a bone bruise in his left knee, into the starting center role.

Gobert is a candidate for Defensive Player of the Year.


Tags: Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Injury

Jusuf Nurkic Ruled Out For Game 4

Apr 23, 2017 7:51 PM

Jusuf Nurkic has been ruled out of Game 4 by the Portland Trail Blazers after returning for Game 3.

"He didn't do any further damage," Terry Stotts said on Sunday. "There was soreness, tenderness and it just wouldn't be wise to have him play through that."

Nurkic was limited to 3-to-5 minute shifts in Game 3.

Nurkic's mobility was limited though he made an impact on the game.

"It was a really good effort I thought," Stotts said. "He's a big part of our team and not only was it a good effort for these playoffs and this team, but I think going forward it spoke a lot to who he is and what kind of teammate he is."

Mike Richman/Oregonian

Tags: Jusuf Nurkic, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Injury

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

Marc Stein/ESPN

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

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.

Steve Simmons/Toronto Sun

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.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

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.

Howard Beck/Bleacher Report

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.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Kings Hire Scott Perry As Executive VP Of Basketball Operations
Scott Perry had been with the Magic for the past five seasons.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Russell Westbrook Fined $15,000 For Inappropriate Language After Game 2
Russell Westbrook has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for using inappropriate language during his postgame press conference after Game 2.

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Rajon Rondo Out Indefinitely With Thumb Fracture
Surgery is not required for this injury, but Rajon Rondo is out indefinitely.

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Wizards' Home Playoff Uniforms Can No Longer Be Bought By Fans
The Wizards sold out their entire supply before the start of the postseason and no additional orders will be made since the NBA is switching from Adidas to Nike.

Dan Steinberg/Washington Post

Magic Interested In David Griffin For GM Job
Dan Gilbert has been reluctant to pay David Griffin the going rate for a championship-level executive.

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Dunc'd On Game 3s: CLE Comes Back On IND, MIL/TOR, MEM/SAS
LeBron leads Cleveland's come back, Milwaukee and Memphis with home blowouts

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Kings Hire Luke Bornn As VP Of Analytics And Strategy
Luke Bornn will leave soccer giant A.S. Roma as well as his positions as an assistant professor at Simon Fraser University and visiting scholar at Harvard University.

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Rudy Gobert Ruled Out For Game 3, Jazz May Use Hack-A Strategy
The Jazz are considering a Hack-A-Clippers strategy to help defend the Clippers, who scored 60 points in the paint in Game 2.

Tony Jones/Salt Lake Tribune

RealGM Radio: Jared Dubin
Host Danny Leroux and prolific freelancer Jared Dubin break down all eight NBA playoff series after two games.

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David Fizdale: Kawhi Leonard Bleeds Antifreeze
Kawhi Leonard has a PER of 44.8 during the first two playoff games this year against the Grizzlies.

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