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NBA Considering 1-16 Playoff Format

Feb 18, 2018 9:59 AM

Adam Silver discussed the possibility of the NBA modifying their playoff seeding system away from the two conference format.

There has been a recent history of imbalance between the Eastern Conference and Western Conference, which has led to many call for the best 16 teams to reach the playoffs regardless of conference.

Silver said his concept would keep the best eight teams from each conference in the playoffs, but would seed those teams 1-16.

"You also would like to have a format where your two best teams are ultimately going to meet in the Finals," Silver said. "You could have a situation where the top two teams in the league are meeting in the conference finals or somewhere else. So we're going to continue to look at that. It's still my hope that we're going to figure out ways."

In a 1-16 proposal, there would be issues of travel with playoff format of 2-2-1-1-1 in all rounds.

"Maybe ultimately you have to add even more days to the season to spread it out a little bit more to deal with the travel," Silver said. "Maybe air travel will get better. All things we'll keep looking at."

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Video: Donovan Mitchell Wins Slam Dunk Contest With Vince Carter Homage

Feb 17, 2018 10:23 PM

Donovan Mitchell defeated Larry Nance Jr. to win the 2018 Slam Dunk Contest.

Nance received a 50 on his final dunk with a double tap off the backboard.

But Mitchell had also received a 50 on his first dunk.

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Shaquille O'Neal Apologizes To Kobe Bryant For Breaking Up 2000s Lakers

Feb 18, 2018 10:07 AM

Shaquille O'Neal apologized to Kobe Bryant for how their partnership fell apart in 2004 after they had won three titles together.

O'Neal had a moment of realization on his part after they were named co-MVPs of the 2009 All-Star Game.

“You told me to take the trophy home and I took it home and gave it to (my son) Shareef. And I realized I may have messed something up,” O’Neal said. “A lot of times that our beef was going on, you know me. I’m the master marketer. I would just say it to keep it going. But when you did that when you didn’t have to do that, I said to myself, ‘Luckily, I won three out of four with this guy. But I was an [expletive] to this guy.’

“So, I owe you an apology. I’m going to give you an apology, but we don’t need to be doing all of that crying like Magic [Johnson] and Isiah [Thomas]. But thank you for that moment. Shareef loved that moment. I was going through a lot at the time. He loves you for it, and I love you for that moment. So thank you.”

O'Neal sought an extension from the Lakers in 2004 as Bryant approached free agency. Bryant was preparing to sign with the Bulls if O'Neal signed an extension, but the Lakers traded O'Neal.

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Stephen Curry On Klay, Green: We've Set Standard Of Excellence In NBA

Feb 18, 2018 9:54 AM

Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green have combined for 8,470 minutes on the court together since 2012. The trio has already logged more minutes than the Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

“We've kind of set a standard of excellence in the league.” Curry said Saturday. “That's pretty cool to think about sustaining that high level of play for so long.”

While the hierarchy has changed due to the addition of Kevin Durant, the trio realizes they will always be the core that started their run.

“We've all grown together,” Green said. “When I first came into the league, Steph wasn't the Steph of now, Klay wasn't the Klay of now, and I clearly wasn't in the position I'm in. My first year we went to the second round (of the playoffs) and then lost in the first round (the following season). We've kind of taken off from there. Obviously, all being drafted to the Warriors, growing that way and becoming who we've become, it's been great. To be part of it is awesome.”

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Jeff Hornacek Shoved Joakim Noah During Altercation

Feb 17, 2018 8:56 PM

Jeff Hornacek and Joakim Noah engaged in a physical altercation during practice last month.

Noah voiced his displeasure about a lack of playing time and Hornacek was the first to shove Noah. The two were separated before any punches were thrown.

Noah remains away from the Knicks after they were unable to trade him at the deadline.

The Knicks and Noah could agree upon a buyout.

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Paul George Receives 'We Want Paul' Chant From L.A. Fans

Feb 17, 2018 7:12 PM

Paul George received "We want Paul! We want Paul!" chants from the crowd in Los Angeles when he took the podium for All-Star media day.

George has been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers as he enters free agency this offseason.

"It makes you feel great,'' George said. "I love it. It's not to say that I don't. I felt the energy. I know where the love is.''

George grew up approximately 65 miles from Staples Center.

"It feels good to be welcome. I think anybody would want to be wanted and be welcomed,'' he said.

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Channing Frye Undergoes Appendectomy

Feb 17, 2018 7:09 PM

Channing Frye underwent an appendectomy on Friday.

The Lakers say Frye will be re-evaluated after he returns to Los Angeles next weekend.

Frye is averaging 4.8 points and 2.4 rebounds per game this season. He has appeared in one game for the Lakers.

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Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Ray Allen Headline Hall Of Fame Finalists

Feb 17, 2018 7:05 PM

Jason Kidd, Steve Nash and Ray Allen headline the finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Kidd and Nash are expected to be voted into the Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Kidd ranks second in NBA history with 12,091 assists, and Nash is third with 10,335 assists. Nash also won back-to-back MVPs.

Grant Hill, Maurice Cheeks and Chris Webber are also finalists.

Charles "Lefty" Driesell, Rudy Tomjanovich and Baylor's Kim Mulkey made the final ballot as coaches. Katie Smith, Tina Thompson and longtime NBA official Hugh Evans are also finalists.

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LaMarcus Aldridge, Al Horford Were Last Picks In ASG Draft

Feb 17, 2018 9:53 AM

LaMarcus Aldridge and Al Horford were the final selections by LeBron James and Stephen Curry in the 2018 NBA All-Star draft.

"I'm not a flashy player," Aldridge said. "That's OK.

"We're all All-Stars, so, at the end of the day, we should be thankful to be here. Picked first, picked last, it doesn't matter. We're all competitive, too. It won't be the easiest thing to be picked last, but at the end of the day, you're just happy to be here."

Team LeBron held the first and final picks in the draft.

Said Curry: "I think the draft itself would be amazing on TV just to hear the back-and-forth between the captains and see how the teams fill out. But we have to protect our guys' [dignity]. That's the biggest thing."

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Tags: LaMarcus Aldridge, Al Horford, Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA All-Star

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Kobe Bryant: It Takes Special Person To Want To Play For Lakers

Feb 16, 2018 3:26 PM

Kobe Bryant spoke about his view of the exceptionalism of the Los Angeles Lakers when asked if he might help the front office recruit free agents this offseason.

"You know, the thing about this franchise is that you shouldn't need recruiting to come in it," Bryant said. "It takes a special person to want to play for this franchise, and take the pressure that comes along with playing for this franchise. The pressure of following Magic [Johnson]'s footsteps, myself and the dynasty that we've had, it takes a special person to do that.

"And if I need to convince you come here, to carry that legacy forward, then you ain't the one to be it."

The Lakers have won 16 titles as a franchise with Bryant contributing five of them. Magic Johnson won five additional titles during his playing career.

"When you're here, the most important thing is winning championships. I don't care about anything else. It's winning championships," Bryant said. "You don't have to like each other, but you will show up to practice every day and play hard, you will focus and commit to winning, and you know, if that's the case, then you'll be just fine."

Bryant was asked what would happen if a player is not up to that standard.

"Then you can go play someplace else," Bryant said. "That's fine, too. I mean, it's a certain personality that comes along with it. It's a brand thing. I mean, the Lakers stand for excellence. They stand for winning. We don't hang division banners. You know what I'm saying? We don't do that. We don't retire everyone's jerseys. We retire Hall of Fame jerseys.

"... The people that are here need to be able to lift that standard and hold themselves to that standard. Which in turn gives you the ability to hold everybody else to that standard. If you can't do that, you can't be here."

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