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Dunc'd On: The Top-10 Players in the NBA 2017

Mar 27, 2017 4:35 AM


We rank our top-10 players in the NBA, based on who we would most want on our team to win a playoff series.

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

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Joel Embiid Undergoes Successful Surgery On Meniscus

Mar 26, 2017 2:59 PM

Joel Embiid had minor surgery on his left knee Friday to repair a torn meniscus.

Embiid should be able to transition to full weight-bearing workouts in about two weeks, according to a statement from Dr. Neal S. ElAttrache, who performed the surgery in Los Angeles.

"He deserves some luck," 76ers coach Brett Brown said before Friday's game against the Chicago Bulls. "He's been through a lot, and he's a different person than his first injury."

Embiid missed the first two seasons of his career due to recurring right foot injuries.

Tags: Joel Embiid, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Injury

Ryan Anderson Out Two Weeks With Sprained Right Ankle

Mar 26, 2017 2:54 PM

Ryan Anderson will miss the next two weeks with a sprained right ankle.

Anderson's tests came back negative.

"The important thing is he can play two or three games before we get into the playoffs," Mike D'Antoni said. "And it looks like he will be on that timetable, we won't push it, and we'll deal with whatever and hopefully he'll be back sooner rather than later."

On the season, Anderson is averaging 13.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. 

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Tags: Ryan Anderson, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Injury

Cavaliers Assign Larry Sanders To D-League

Mar 26, 2017 2:50 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have assigned center Larry Sanders to the Canton Charge.

Sanders has appeared in two games for the Cavs and one for the Charge since signing with the Cavs on March 13th.

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Tags: Larry Sanders, Cleveland Cavaliers, Canton Charge, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

Billy Donovan Denies Meeting With Hoosiers About Job

Mar 26, 2017 12:07 PM

Billy Donovan denied a report that he traveled to Bloomington, Indiana to discuss the Indiana University head coaching vacancy.

Indiana has since hired Archie Miller as head coach to replace Tom Crean.

Justin Albers of reported on Friday, citing sources, that Donovan had been in Bloomington that morning.

“Yesterday morning, I was here in practice,” Donovan said. “I was not there. I was here in practice and actually was in a couple meetings, and then went to Russell (Westbrook's) bowling charity last night.”

Donovan was previously asked about the job when it became available in mid-March.

“I love it here,” Donovan said at the time. “I love the guys I work with every day. I love our staff, the organization. As far as I’m concerned, my commitment is totally here and doing the best job I can while I’m here.”

Donovan is in his second season as head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder after leaving the University of Florida.


Tags: Oklahoma City Thunder, Indiana Hoosiers, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Rudy Gobert Criticizes Unspecified Teammates For Playing Selfishly

Mar 26, 2017 12:03 PM

Rudy Gobert publicly criticized some of his Utah Jazz teammates for playing selfishly during their 108-95 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

"We've got guys that compete, but some of us don't compete. Some of us just think about scoring," Gobert told ESPN after Utah's fourth loss in its past five games. "That's what it is.

"Coach keeps repeating it: We've just got to compete. We're too nice. Those guys, we know they're going to get calls. We've just got to come out aggressive and ready to fight."

"It's something we've talked about," Quin Snyder said. "It's a question for our guys, frankly. We can give enough attention to it and talk about it. Ultimately, when we step on the floor, we have to be ready to play with a level of intensity.

"It's not that we're not playing hard. We don't necessarily play hard together when we need to. I think that type of collective effort, when you get in big games against good teams and physical teams, that's what you need."

Gordon Hayward was not made available to the media after the game.

Gobert did not single out any teammates for criticism, but he did express support for Hayward after Hayward had an off game, going scoreless until less than five minutes remained in the first half. Hayward finished with 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting.

"Gordon is going to be fine," Gobert said. "He's human. There's going to be some games where he don't make shots. I keep telling him to stay aggressive and try to make the right play and everything comes. I think he did a good job in the second half. We've just got to be there for each other."

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Tags: Utah Jazz, NBA

Warriors Clinch Homecourt Advantage For Finals If They Advance

Mar 26, 2017 12:00 PM

The Golden State Warriors have clinched homecourt advantage in The Finals against any Eastern Conference foe should they reach that stage of the playoffs.

The Warriors' magic number was one before the Cleveland Cavaliers lost on Saturday to the Wizards.

The San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets are also expected to finish the 16-17 season with a better regular season record than any team in the Eastern Conference.

The Western Conference representative has had homecourt advantage in every Finals since 2014.

Anthony Slater/San Jose Mercury News

Tags: Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Playoffs

Lonzo Ball Announces He'll Leave UCLA For Draft

Mar 25, 2017 11:06 AM

Lonzo Ball announced after UCLA's loss in the Sweet 16 to Kentucky that he will leave the school to enter the 2017 NBA Draft.

"That was my final game for UCLA, and I appreciate all the fans and all the support," Ball said.

Ball had widely been expected to leave UCLA after just one season.

Ball is expected to be a top-3 pick in the draft.

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Tags: Lonzo Ball, UCLA Bruins, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Joakim Noah Suspended 20 Games For Violating Anti-Drug Program

Mar 25, 2017 11:03 AM

Joakim Noah has been suspended 20 games for violating the NBA's anti-drug program.

Noah tested positive for an over-the-counter supplement that is prohibited under the outgoing Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Noah hadn’t “knowingly or willingly” violated the policy and cooperated fully with the league’s probe, league sources said.


Noah's suspension will begin once he's cleared to play after undergoing surgery on his left knee on Feb. 27th.

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Tags: Joakim Noah, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Suspension

James Harden Helped Facilitate Rockets' Trade For Lou Williams

Mar 24, 2017 6:50 PM

James Harden reached out to Lou Williams two weeks before the deadline about joining the Houston Rockets.

“When James called, he asked me if I was interested in playing with them,” Williams told The Vertical. “I told him that I loved the Lakers, but James and them have a group that fit my personality, fit how I play. He said he was going to make it happen.”

Williams then laughed. “I’ve heard that before, so I didn’t really put stock into it,” Williams told The Vertical. “I guess James did put the word in, and the team made it happen.”

Houston, Utah and Washington reached out to Magic Johnson about a deal, with Williams’ agent, Wallace Prather, helping to facilitate negotiations.

Williams has averaged 14.5 points in 13 games with the Rockets.

“We needed one more guy that could create, and Lou is perfect,” Mike D’Antoni told The Vertical. “Lou is a professional scorer. In case someone is off, if someone is injured, Lou brings another 15 to 20 points. We still need to incorporate everything. You can never have enough shooters and playmakers, and he does both.”

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Tags: Lou Williams, Russell Westbrook, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Rob Pelinka Feels GM Job Is 'Sweet Spot For Who I Am With My Background'
Rob Pelinka was an agent for two decades before becoming GM of the Lakers.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Michael Porter Jr. Commits To Missouri
Michael Porter Jr. will attend Missouri for his freshman season.

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Nets Sign Archie Goodwin To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Archie Goodwin was released by the Suns before the start of the season.

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Jonathan Isaac Leaves Florida State To Declare For NBA Draft
Jonathan Isaac posted his announcement on Instagram while thanking the fans of Florida State.

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Gordon Hayward: You Can't Blame Players For Staying Or Changing
Gordon Hayward was asked if he thinks loyalty to a team is important.

Jeff Rhineer/Fox 13 Salt Lake City

Shaq Spun Lakers' Unwillingness To Pay Him With Trade Request
Jerry Buss informed Shaquille O'Neal that the Lakers were unwilling to meet his contract demands.

Tania Ganguli/Los Angeles Times

Matt Barnes Wants To Beat Kings 'By 50'
Matt Barnes signed a two-year deal in the offseason to return to his hometown.

Connor Letourneau/San Francisco Chronicle

Heat Felt LeBron Attempted To Make Pat Riley 'Grovel' In 2014 Offseason Meeting
LeBron James was upset with Micky Arison using the amnesty clause on Mike Miller, as well as Riley's press conference after the Finals.

Brian Windhorst, Dave McMenamin/ESPN (via Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

Derrick Rose, Knicks Not Ruling Out Deal In Offseason
Derrick Rose will prioritize winning over money when he hits free agency for the first time in his career this offseason.


Kings' 2nd Choice For Head Coach Likely Was Patrick Ewing
Patrick Ewing is currently associate head coach of the Charlotte Hornets and has long sought a head coaching job in the NBA.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Chris Paul Closer To Doc Rivers Than Any Clippers' Teammates
Chris Paul's hard-driving nature and politician's polish mean "nobody's really friends with (him)," according to a source.

Kevin Ding/Bleacher Report

Carmelo Anthony Laments Jeff Hornacek's Switch To Triangle
Carmelo Anthony says it was "hard to readjust a whole system on the fly."

Marc Berman/New York Post

March Madness Beat 2016 NBA Playoffs In Ad Revenue By $200M
ESPN and Turner generated $1.031 billion in revenue from the 2016 NBA Playoffs.

Rodger Sherman/The Ringer

Dunc'd On: 2019 NBA Crystal Ball
A look into the future at the NBA landscape of 2019.

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Paul George Hears Cheers In Boston, Puts Future With Pacers On Improved Roster
Paul George said that if Indiana didn't have an improved roster, "then me and front office will talk."

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Gary Vitti Absent Since Lakers' Regime Change
While Gary Vitti retired from his full time position last year, he signed on as a consultant for two more seasons.

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Frank Vogel Believes Mario Hezonja's Best Position Could Be Power Forward
Mario Hezonja has primarily played on the wings this season but Frank Vogel sees potential in him as a small-ball power forward.

Josh Robbins/Orlando Sentinel

Jeff Hornacek To Exclusively Run Triangle For Knicks In 17-18
Jeff Hornacek said it was a mistake to try to blend systems.


Paul Millsap Expected To Become Free Agent
Paul Millsap could sign a five-year, $207 million max contract with the Hawks, or a four-year, $154 million deal with a rival team.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Michael Porter Jr. Asks For Release From NLI From Washington
Michael Porter Jr. is widely considered the top recruit in the country.

Jayda Evans/Seattle Times