Apr 29, 2012 10:56 AM EDT
Jeremy Lin played one-on-one on Saturday and may return for the Knicks’ first-round playoff series against Miami.
There has been no official update to Lin’s estimated return date, but with Iman Shumpert out after tearing his left ACL and Baron Davis’ back ailing, the Knicks may be tempted to activate Lin.
Lin averaged 18.5 points and 7.6 assists in 26 games with the Knicks this season.
Apr 29, 2012 10:54 AM EDT
Andrew Bynum is ready to put the regular season behind him and focus on the postseason.
"The season's over. It's the postseason and we know we have to go far," Bynum said. "L.A. expects us to do big things and we expect it of ourselves. So, the test is here."
Bynum is looking to set the tone with a dominant performance in Game 1.
"I think we're well aware that we need to come out here and make a statement with the first game," said Bynum. "We need to win it in a good way."
Apr 29, 2012 10:50 AM EDT
Jerry Colangelo said that he will consider expanding the pool of finalists for this summer's Olympics in London.
Colangelo made the decision in response to the loss of Derrick Rose, who suffered a torn ACL in Game 1 of Chicago’s opening round series against the Sixers.
"What I said [previously] was that we didn't plan to do any additions, but we had to continue to monitor the injury situation," Colangelo said. "Obviously this is a big loss. [Point guard] seems to be, at this point, still a pretty strong position. But at this stage, quite honestly, I think all bets are off."
Dwight Howard and LaMarcus Aldridge have also been removed from consideration due to injury, leaving the United States perilously thin in the post.
"We've said that the strength of the team is going to be athleticism, wing players, the backcourt, but we'll see," Colangelo said. "We're going to have to consider a lot of things. The good news is that so many people wish and desire to play that we will be very deep regardless of what happens here -- unless there's another rash of things happening here. I pray that it's over."
Apr 29, 2012 3:32 AM EDT
Justin Dentmon scored a team-high 30 points to lead the Austin Toros to its first-ever NBA Development League Championship with a 122-110 victory over the Los Angeles D-Fenders Saturday night.
Eric Dawson scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while six Toros, including all five starters, scored in double figures. Julian Wright netted 19 points, while Brad Wanamaker poured in 18.
“We expected to win every game,” said Toros head coach Brad Jones. “We beat one heck of an L.A. D-Fenders team and we did it as a group so I’m really really excited for our guys.”
Mardy Collins finished with a game-high 31 points off the bench for the D-Fenders, while teammate Elijah Millsap scored 26. Malcolm Thomas recorded 17 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
Apr 29, 2012 3:09 AM EDT
Iman Shumpert tore his left ACL and meniscus in the second half of New York's Game 1 loss to the Heat.
Shumpert will need surgery and miss six to eight months.
Shumpert’s non-contact injury occurred when he dribbled over midcourt in the third quarter only to have his left knee buckle.
Apr 28, 2012 8:20 PM EDT
Iman Shumpert suffered a non-contact knee injury during the third quarter of New York's Game 1 loss to Miami.
Shumpert twisted his left knee while dribbling up the court and had to be carried off by two teammates. Shumpert was later taken to a Miami hospital for tests.
The Knicks are already thin in the backcourt due to Jeremy Lin's injury and were counting on Shumpert to help defend Dwyane Wade.
Apr 28, 2012 7:57 PM EDT
Derrick Rose is out for the remainder of the 11-12 season after tearing his ACL in Game 1 against Philadelphia.
The Bulls were up by 12 points with 1:12 remaining in the fourth quarter when Rose was injured.
"It's part of the game," said Tom Thibodeau. "There are going to be injuries. … You can get hurt any time. You've got to deal with it. He's had a lot of injuries this year, it's unfortunate. But we'll deal with it."
Rose will also miss the 2012 Olympics.
Apr 28, 2012 4:46 PM EDT
Derrick Rose suffered a left knee injury with 1:10 remaining in Chicago's 103-91 win over the 76ers in Game 1.
Rose needed to be helped off the court.
"He's going to be examined and they'll know," Tom Thibodeau said. "He started moving his leg, but they have to do an MRI and all that, so I would be guessing."
"I hope he's not seriously hurt," 76ers coach Doug Collins said. "I admire him so much. I think he's one of the young, bright lights in this NBA. And I hope he's going to be back and he's going to be able to play, because I admire greatness, and he's a great player."
Apr 28, 2012 12:27 PM EDT
Michael Gbinije has committed to transfer to Syracuse.
Gbinije played one season at Duke while receiving limited playing time.
Gbinije played with Syracuse freshmen Rakeem Christmas and Michael Carter-Williams in the 2011 Jordan Brand Classic. He also knew Trevor Cooney from the 2010 Nike Global Challenge.
Jim Boeheim and Mike Krzyzewski have known each other for years, with the former assisting the latter on the Olympic teams.
“They talked to each other about me,’’ Gbinije said. “Coach K’s a really good person. He gave a good word for me.’’
Apr 28, 2012 11:38 AM EDT
Jamal Crawford will be an unrestricted free agent for the second consecutive offseason.
A source confirms that Crawford will opt-out of his contract for 12-13 that would pay him $5.25 million.
Crawford signed with the Blazers last December after receiving offers from the Knicks, Wolves and Magic, among others.
Paul Silas believes Bismack Biyombo may be best suited for the power forward position in the long-term.
The Bucks have posted a 146-166 record in four seasons under Scott Skiles.
Mark Jackson was described as a players' coach in his first season on the bench.
The Warriors are optimistic to see their new backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson play together next season.
James Harden practiced on Friday and said he is ready to play in Game 1 against Dallas.
Doc Rivers didn't sound optimistic about Ray Allen's availability or effectiveness if he plays.
The Jazz have great depth in the frontcourt with Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter.
Utah is in the playoffs one season after trading away their franchise player in Deron Williams and seemingly entering a rebuilding phase.
Terrence Williams is hoping for a quick resolution to his impending free agency.
The Kings will extend the qualifying offer to Jason Thompson to make him a restricted free agent.
Deron Williams expressed his confidence in the Nets during his exit interview.
Brook Lopez's preference is to remain with the Nets as he enters restricted free agency.
Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson said a potential deal between the city and the Maloof family is dead.
Gerald Wallace will likely be seeking a long-term contract this offseason.
Deron Williams plans to make his free agent decision before the end of July.
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Duke transfer Michael Gbinije was a top-30 prospect in the class of 2011.
Larry Brown trimmed his roster on Friday.
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David Stern would prefer that players be at least two years removed from high school before they can declare for the NBA draft.
Seven ties among teams that finished the 2011-12 NBA regular season with identical records were broken through random drawings.
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