Basketball Wiretap

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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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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Dunc'd On: TOR/MIL, WAS/ATL, GSW/POR, could non-playoff All-Stars beat GSW?

Apr 25, 2017 3:35 AM

 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Kobe Bryant Doesn't Miss Playing In NBA

Apr 24, 2017 1:39 PM

Kobe Bryant appeared on Good Morning America on Monday to promote his animated short film Dear Basketball.

Bryant was asked if he misses playing the game.

“No, I don’t. No, it’s crazy but I started playing when I was 2, and so after playing for 20 years in the league — what I have now is, everything I’ve learned from the game I carry with me to this day," said Bryant. "So, the game’s never truly left me. Physically? Yes, but emotionally and in the things that I write all stem from the game. So, it’s still a part of me, and then the other thing is that for athletes that come next understanding that there is a finality to it. Right? And that’s OK. It’s very hard to let go of something that you’ve done for half your life and it’s kinda become who you are — but there’s a difference between doing what you do, versus understanding that is not who you are. Hopefully other athletes can see that and understand that.”

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Vander Blue Named D-League MVP

Apr 24, 2017 5:13 PM

Los Angeles D-Fenders guard Vander Blue has been named the 2016-17 NBA Development League Most Valuable Player in a vote by the league’s 22 head coaches.

In his fourth season in the NBA D-League and his third with the D-Fenders, Blue ranked third in the league in scoring with 24.8 points per game and added 5.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and a team-high 1.6 steals in 47 games (46 starts).  A two-time NBA D-League Player of the Week this season, Blue helped the Los Angeles Lakers’ NBA D-League affiliate finish tied for the best record in the Western Conference at 34-16.  Los Angeles improved by seven victories from last season and posted the second-most wins in franchise history (38 in 2011-12).

This season, the three-time NBA D-League All-Star cracked the top 10 on the league’s all-time scoring list, finishing the season ranked third with 4,024 points.  

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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.

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All-NBA Teams To Be Announced Prior To June 26th Award Show
Because certain players will become eligible for supermax extensions due to the rule, teams will need time to make offseason preparations.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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