Jun 15, 2013 11:39 PM EDT
Tony Parker said Saturday that his ailing hamstring is at risk of getting much worse.
“My hamstring can tear at any time now,” he said, “so if it was the regular season I would be resting. But now it’s the NBA Finals. If it gets a tear, it’s life.”
Parker is dealing with a right hamstring strain.
“I feel like I’m getting stronger with it,” he said. “My goal is to be close to 100 percent by tomorrow (for Game 5). I felt confident, being disciplined with all the treatments, with the ice. Hopefully I’ll be good by tomorrow.”
Jun 15, 2013 8:02 PM EDT
Doc Rivers has been informed that the Los Angeles Clippers won't accept the Boston Celtics offer, according to sources.
The Clippers have been trying to acquire the rights to have Rivers as their coach along with Kevin Garnett in exchange for DeAndre Jordan and one future first round pick.
The Celtics have been seeking the inclusion of Eric Bledsoe and a second first round pick, who has presumably become the deal breaker.
With Rivers presumably off the board, the Clippers will offer the job to Brian Shaw or Lionel Hollins next week.
"Not looking good, but I wouldn't say (it's over) for sure," said a source that spoke with Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Jun 15, 2013 7:58 PM EDT
The Los Angeles Clippers are engaged in discussions with the Boston Celtics on a deal that would involve Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers.
The Clippers would send DeAndre Jordan and two first round picks to the Celtics for Garnett and the right to hire Rivers as their head coach.
Garnett is willing to waive his no-trade clause.
Donald Sterling is prepared to pay Rivers an annual salary of $7 million.
The Celtics are also seeking the inclusion of Eric Bledsoe, but the Clippers want to include him in another package.
The Celtics and Rivers seek a resolution to the talks within the next few days.
Jun 15, 2013 7:54 PM EDT
The Sacramento Kings and Pete D'Alessandro have reached a deal for him to become general manager.
D'Alessandro beat out Chris Wallace and others for the job.
D'Alessandro was most recently with the Denver Nuggets' front office after previously working for the Golden State Warriors.
Mike Malone had some input in the process that led to the Kings' hiring of D'Alessandro.
D'Alessandro was first hired by the Warriors due to his relationship with Chris Mullin.
Jun 15, 2013 7:50 PM EDT
The Los Angeles Lakers have rebuffed overtures from the Los Angeles Clippers about a sign-and-trade for Dwight Howard.
Howard and Chris Paul have reportedly been in touch about the possibility of playing with each other next season.
"They will never do it," said a source on the Lakers' interest in working with the Clippers on a Howard trade.
Howard will be a free agent and the Lakers hope to re-sign him.
Sources have told ESPN's Marc Stein that the Clippers would want to trade Blake Griffin and Eric Bledsoe to the Lakers for Howard.
Jun 15, 2013 12:05 PM EDT
The Atlanta Hawks named Darvin Ham their new assistant coach on Saturday.
Ham joins the staff of Mike Budenholzer.
“Darvin has a great feel for the game and knows what it takes for a team to be successful and compete at a high level," Budenholzer said. “He was a smart player who played with intensity and toughness every night and he has gone about coaching the same way.”
Ham played eight years in the NBA and spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Jun 15, 2013 11:50 AM EDT
Doc Rivers has a non-compete clause in his contract with the Boston Celtics.
The clause reads that Rivers cannot work for another NBA team for the duration of his contract. Rivers has three years and $21 million remaining on the deal.
Danny Ainge could allow Rivers to leave and become head coach of another team in exchange for draft picks and cash considerations.
Jun 15, 2013 11:29 AM EDT
Mikhail Prokhorov sees a budding coaching star in Jason Kidd because of the former Nets guard's knowledge and playing experience.
“The point is that there are people who are born coaches,” Prokhorov said. “And it is known that Jason Kidd was in fact a player-coach on many teams. And he has been training for a long time. He has played under many coaches, and he has always wanted to be a coach.”
Prokhorov thinks Kidd will bring star power to the Nets sideline.
“Despite all the N.B.A.’s competitive potential, they lack a little bit of star coaches,” he said. “Of course, we are very glad that now, together with our fans, we can grow up a new star and finally, naturally, win the N.B.A.”
Jun 15, 2013 11:25 AM EDT
The Utah Jazz invited 24 players to participate in a free agent minicamp this week.
Travis Leslie, Luke Zeller and Lazar Hayward were among the players who attended the free agent bonanza.
"I wouldn't be surprised to see a handful of these guys from this camp on an NBA roster on opening night next year,” Jazz head scout David Fredman said. “Now, whose roster? I don't know, These guys are guys that have enough talent in the right place at the right time they could be on an NBA roster easily."
Dennis Lindsey suggested the minicamp after coming to Utah from the Spurs organization.
"They had some success doing it in San Antonio. Dennis had the idea when he came here to do it," Fredman said. "It's no earth-shattering thing. It's just we're doing it now in Utah."
The Jazz only have six players with guaranteed contracts for the 2013-14 season.
Jun 15, 2013 1:48 AM EDT
With 12 of the 30 NBA teams changing coaches since the end of the regular season, Erik Spoelstra ripped the coaching turnover that has gone on, calling it a "terrible state for the profession right now."
"[For] true success in the NBA, you must have consistency of culture," he said. "When you see that type of turnover over and over and over, it's impossible to create any kind of sustainable consistent culture. And we don't see it as a coincidence."
Spoelstra compared the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs as two organizations that have stability starting at the coaching spot.
"San Antonio has been the same way for 15 years with Pop in charge," Spoelstra said. "We don't see it as coincidence.
"I think it's really a shame for the profession of coaching that it's been so volatile. But I'm also very grateful that our organization doesn't behave in that manner."
Dwyane Wade believes Game 5 will be the best game of this NBA Finals series.
Jeff Hornacek's hiring of assistant coaches with frontcourt experience might be an indicator of the Suns' personnel plans.
Lionel Hollins led the Grizzlies to the Western Conference finals this season.
Danilo Gallinari could return to the Nuggets' lineup in December instead of February.
Kobe Bryant is entering the final season of his contract with the Lakers.
Without triggering the opt-out cause, Andre Iguodala could only sign a three-year extension with the Nuggets.
C.J. Watson signed a two-year deal prior to the 2012-13 season.
Jason Kidd wants to put together an experienced coaching staff.
Vinny Del Negro was fired by the Clippers in May after leading the team to 56 wins.
Doc Rivers leaving the Celtics to coach the Clippers is a "far-fetched" possibility.
Chris Bosh admitted he sometimes struggles to accept his supporting role with the Heat.
Jun 14, 2013
Phil Jackson briefly considered retirement after the Lakers won the title in 2010.
Dwight Howard and Chris Paul have been in contact with each other in an effort to play for the same team next season.
Nerlens Noel has hired co-agents Frank Catapano and Andy Miller to represent him.
Tom Thibodeau worked out with Derek Rose last week.
Danny Ainge has rejected all official requests for Doc Rivers, including from the Nets and now the Clippers.
Roy Hibbert first met Tim Duncan as a teenager in Washington, D.C.
George Karl was disappointed that he was let go by the Nuggets.
George Karl, David Joerger, Ed Pinckney, Alvin Gentry and Brian Shaw are candidates for the Grizzlies.
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