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Phil Jackson Fined By NBA For Comment On D'Angelo Russell

Mar 4, 2015 10:31 AM

Phil Jackson has been fined by the NBA for his public comment on D'Angelo Russell of Ohio State.

It is immediately unclear how much money the Knicks were fined.

Upon leaving Ohio State's game on Thursday night in Columbus, Jackson told Cleveland.com that Russell was a "great looking kid, [a] great prospect."

 

League officials are not allowed to make public comments on college underclassmen.

Around the NBA, front-office executives were surprised Jackson would violate the rule, given that it is a well-known rule that his peers understand has to be observed. 

 

The NBA fined Phil Jackson $25,000 for tampering with Derek Fisher when he was still a player with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: D'Angelo Russell, Ohio State Buckeyes, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Fines

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Calipari: We Could Have $3 Billion In Created Wealth For Our Players Within Six Years

Mar 2, 2015 7:25 PM

John Calipari has created a great pipeline at Kentucky to send players to the NBA while achieving success within the college game.

“Recruiting is 24/7 but what recruits kids are results. We’ve had 19 players drafted here in the last five years, we’ll probably have six or seven off this team," said Calipari.

"We had three guys in the All Star game this past year. The results speak for themselves. We’ve had 31 guys go to NBA (including previous stops), with $820 million in created wealth and that doesn’t include shoe contracts, endorsements, or Anthony Davis, Terrence Jones, or Brandon Knight’s second contract or the guys currently on my team so you are probably talking well over $1 billion. Within the next five to six years, that could be around $3 billion in created wealth for our players. That recruits other players. Now we have to stay on top of it. I have to travel and make sure I’m at the gyms and they see me. The reality of it is, the best thing that sells is results,” said Calipari.

There are currently 18 players in the NBA that went to Kentucky.

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Tags: Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NCAA Recruiting, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Top NBA Draft Prospects (February Stats)

Mar 2, 2015 11:49 AM

The following stats are for the month of February for the prospects in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Jahlil Okafor: 17.9 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.3 blocks, 32.4 minutes, 26.9 PER

Karl-Anthony Towns: 11.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.9 blocks, 21.0 minutes, 33.0 PER

D'Angelo Russell: 16.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 0.8 steals, 34.5 minutes, 21.7 PER

Stanley Johnson: 12.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.4 steals, 27.0 minutes, 20.3 PER

Willie Cauley-Stein: 8.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 blocks, 22.8 minutes, 20.9 PER

Mario Hezonja: 10.8 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 18.6 minutes, 22.1 PER

Kristaps Porzingis: 12.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.8 blocks, 21.8 minutes, 20.4 PER

Kevon Looney: 10.9 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.0 blocks, 30.6 minutes, 17.1 PER

Justise Winslow: 16.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals, 1.6 blocks, 34.1 minutes, 24.3 PER

Myles Turner: 10.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 24.1 minutes, 21.3 PER

Kelly Oubre: 10.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.8 blocks, 23.8 minutes, 22.2 PER

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Tags: Duke Blue Devils, Kansas Jayhawks, Texas Longhorns, Arizona Wildcats, UCLA Bruins, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Phil Jackson Likely To Be Fined For Commenting On D'Angelo Russell

Feb 27, 2015 10:55 AM

Phil Jackson will likely receive a fine for commenting on D'Angelo Russell of Ohio State.

Russell is a freshman for the Buckeyes and a probable high lottery pick if he declares for the draft.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: D'Angelo Russell, New York Knicks, Ohio State Buckeyes, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Fines

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76ers Have Strong Interest In Emmanuel Mudiay

Feb 21, 2015 3:32 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have already taken a liking to Emmanuel Mudiay, according to Larry Brown. 

"[Michael Carter-Willilams] was rookie of the year and I know they have been interested in Emmanuel, and I thought, man, that is a backcourt made in heaven because they are both long and athletic," Brown said. ". . . I want to help in any way I can because I am sure it is obvious [Mudiay] is on their radar, and when the time comes I know the kid as well as anybody and would be happy to help." 

The 6-foot-5 point guard, 18, had committed to SMU before deciding to play in China.

Marc Narducci/Philadelphia Inquirer

Tags: Emmanuel Mudiay, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Thon Maker Reclassifies For 2015

Feb 18, 2015 1:20 PM

Thon Maker plans to reclassify from the class of 2016 to 2015.

Maker's decision is not surprising; the idea had been discussed within basketball circles since last summer.

"That's what we're trying to do," Maker's guardian, Ed Smith, told ESPN.com last month regarding the reclassification. "We've been pretty forward with that."

Maker grew up in Australia after being born in South Sudan. Maker play high school basketball at Orangeville Prep in Ontario, Canada.

Kansas and Kentucky are the schools most mentioned, although Missouri, Duke, Louisville and Maryland have all received visits. Indiana, Wake Forest and UCLA are also recruiting him.

"I've been watching college ball for a while," Maker told ESPN.com recently. "And it just causes me to think about that, reclassifying. So I can get ready for college ball.

"The college decision, I can't wait for that. That's what I'm really focused on."

Maker could also play overseas before entering the NBA Draft or even remain at Orangeville as a postgraduate student and then go straight to the NBA in 2016.

Jeff Borzello/ESPN

Tags: Thon Maker, High School, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Silver Wants Minimum Age Of 20 For Draft

Feb 15, 2015 2:37 PM

NBPA executive director Michele Roberts made her position on raising the age limit to 20 clear on Friday when she said: "Be happy with one-and-done; it's not going to be two-and-done."

Adam Silver has long advocated for an age limit of 20.

"I think it would be much better for the game if the minimum age was 20 instead of 19," he said. "I understand the other side of the issue. We haven't had the opportunity to present our side of the issue."

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA CBA

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