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Jackson: Knicks To Be 'Fortunate' Regardless Of Carmelo's Decision

Phil Jackson is taking a relaxed approach, at least publicly, to whether Carmelo Anthony will re-sign with the New York Knicks.

"If it's in the cards man are we fortunate," said Jackson about Anthony remaining with the Knicks. "If it's not in the cards, man are we fortunate and we're going forward anyway."

Jackson has consistently spoken positively about Anthony's game.

Jackson also hopes Anthony will take less money to remain with the Knicks.

Via Steve Popper/Bergen Record

Goran Dragic Named NBA's Most Improved Player

Goran Dragic has won the NBA's Most Improved Player of the Year award.

Klay Thompson finished second and Anthony Davis was third.

Gerald Green, DeAndre Jordan, Kyle Lowry, Blake Griffin, DeMar DeRozan and Patty Mills rounded out the top-9.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Quin Snyder Emerges As Candidate For Jazz

Quin Snyder has emerged as a candidate for the Utah Jazz head coaching vacancy.

Snyder worked with Dennis Lindsey and also spent a season with CSKA studying with Ettore Messina.

Snyder went to Duke and was most notably head coach at Missouri. Snyder is currently assistant coach for the Atlanta Hawks.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Frank Vogel 'Coaching For His Job' In Playoffs

Frank Vogel is "coaching for his job" despite a 56-win season, according to sources.

The Indiana Pacers began the season with a 40-11 record, but went just 16-15 during the rest of the season.

Larry Bird will ultimately make the decision about Vogel at season's end.

During the last week of the regular season, though, Bird told local ABC affiliate WRTV-6 that "I back Frank 100 percent."

Vogel received a two-year extension during the 12-13 season that keeps him under contract through 14-15.

Chris Broussard reports that the Pacers have missed the locker room presence of Brian Shaw, who often played the role of "bad cop" to keep the locker room from imploding.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

LeBron Signs With William Morris For Acting, Entertainment Representation

LeBron James has signed with William Morris Endeavors for all entertainment and acting projects.

James will continue to be represented on-court by Klutch and off-court by Fenway Sports Group with Maverick Carter managing all of it.

Via Liz Mullen/Sports Business Journal

Lee: More Westbrook Shots Means Fewer For Durant

Russell Westbrook went 11-for-28 in a 105-111 Oklahoma City loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 2.

The Grizzlies apparently prefer a high usage rate from Westbrook because it limits the number of opportunities Kevin Durant receives.

"We're fine with Westbrook taking shots, I mean, that's kinda what you want - the more shots he takes, the less Durant takes," said Courtney Lee.

Via Peter Edminston/Commercial Appeal

Stephenson, Turner Had Practice Fistfight Before Playoffs

Lance Stephenson and Evan Turner allegedly had a practice-floor fistfight before the start of the playoffs.

Confrontations between teammates occur somewhat frequently in the NBA and it is not a surprising event for the Indiana Pacers given their second half struggles.

"This stuff happens, but the timing wasn't ideal," one witness told Yahoo Sports.

Stephenson and Turner have struggled on the floor since the deadline trade with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Hibbert Was Referring To Stephenson In 'Selfish Dudes' Comment

Roy Hibbert's comment in late March about "some selfish dudes in here" was a reference to Lance Stephenson, according to sources.

Stephenson has had a vastly improved season and is one of Larry Bird's favorite players on the roster, but he has also had confrontations with George Hill and Evan Turner.

Hill and Stephenson had to be separated on the Pacers' bench during a March 31 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

Turner and Stephenson had a fightfight during practice on the eve of the playoffs.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

D'Antoni Rules Out Head Coaching Vacancy At Marshall

Mike D'Antoni is not expected to take the vacant coaching job with Marshall, sources told CBSSports.com.

One source was under the impression that D'Antoni would take the job if he was fired by the Los Angeles Lakers.

CBSSports.com reported in March that there was mutual interest between the two sides.

The Lakers are waiting to make a final decision on whether to keep D'Antoni for the 14-15 season, the final season of his contract.

Via Jeff Borzello/CBS Sports

Flip Saunders Doesn't Anticipate Coaching Wolves

Flip Saunders is unlikely to move down from the front office to coach the Minnesota Timberwolves.

"I don't really see that scenario," Saunders said.

"I know it's been brought up a lot, and you never say never, but we have a lot of things going on here," Saunders continued. "I've got a lot on my plate, and that's enough right now to deal with."

ESPN.com reported Monday that Michigan State's Tom Izzo, Florida's Billy Donovan and Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg are all on Minnesota's list of potential Rick Adelman replacements.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Jerian Grant To Return To Notre Dame

Jerian Grant averaged 19 points in 12 games last season before withdrawing from school for an "academic matter" in late-December.

Dakari Johnson Stays At Kentucky, Won't Declare For NBA Draft

Dakari Johnson averaged 5.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 14.1 minutes per game as a freshman out of Montverde Academy.

Dolan Tried To Intervene In Jackson's Staff Firings

Phil Jackson and James Dolan have already had their first clash over personnel decisions, according to a source.

Alex Poythress To Stay At Kentucky For Junior Season

Alex Poythress 5.9 points and 4.5 rebounds in 18.4 minutes as a sophomore.

Griffin: Relationship With Chris Paul Has Evolved Every Year

Blake Griffin had the best season of his career in 13-14 and his ability to coexist with Chris Paul has also improved in their third season together.

Damien Inglis Declares For NBA Draft

Several NBA scouts have said they are most attracted by Damien Inglis' defensive ability.

Isaiah Austin Leaves Baylor For NBA Draft

Isaiah Austin is a 7-foot center currently projected to go early in the second round by Draft Express.

Durant Shooting 36 Percent Against Tony Allen

Kevin Durant is 9-for-25 (36 percent) while being guarded by Tony Allen and 10-for-18 (55.5 percent) against everyone else on the Grizzlies.

Julius Randle Officially Declares For NBA Draft

As a freshman, Julius Randle averaged 14.8 points and 10.4 rebounds in 40 games.

David Griffin Wants To Remain GM Of Cavs But Won't Campaign For Job

David Griffin has been serving as interim general manager of the Cavaliers since the dismissal of Chris Grant.

Jazz Considering Ettore Messina For Head Coaching Job

Ettore Messina is currently head coach at CSKA and spent one season as an assistant for Mike Brown with the Lakers.

Woodson Assistant: Knicks' Way Of Doing Things Will Never Work

The Knicks are believed to have a contentious culture in dealings with the media.

Bryant Dunston Named Euroleague MVP For Playoffs Game 3

Bryant Dunston was equally brilliant and efficient with 21 points on 9-of-10 two-point shooting, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals en route to a performance index rating of 32, the best of all players in playoffs Game 3.

K.J. McDaniels To Declare For NBA Draft

K.J. McDaniels averaged 17.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.7 blocks in 33.7 minutes per game last season.

Popovich Named NBA Coach Of The Year

Jeff Hornacek placed second and Tom Thibodeau finished third behind Gregg Popovich.

Mouhammadou Jaiteh Decides Not To Enter NBA Draft

Mouhammadou Jaiteh will likely re-sign in France’s ProA league to continue his development.

Kobe Bryant Begins Intense Six-Month Training Program

As he returns from a broken bone in his left lateral tibial plateau, Kobe Bryant has been cleared for running and shooting.

Masai Ujiri Fined $25,000 By NBA For Saying 'F*** Brooklyn'

Masai Ujiri said "F*** Brooklyn" during a pregame rally for the Raptors.

Elfrid Payton Leaves Louisiana-Lafayette For NBA Draft

Elfrid Payton is leaving Louisiana-Lafayette for the 2014 NBA Draft after his junior season.

NBA Can Buy Back Bucks If No Arena Deal In Place By Nov. 2017

If a deal to build a new arena is not in place by November 2017, the NBA has the right to buy back the Bucks from incoming owners Wesley Edens and Mark Lasry.
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