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Jason Kidd To Be Candidate For Cal Coaching Job, Waiting For Lakers' Opening

Mar 24, 2019 9:28 PM

Jason Kidd is expected to be a candidate for the newly-opened head coaching position at California. The school fired Wyking Jones following a 8-23 season.

Kidd, who is still interested in returning to the NBA, is also expected to be a strong candidate for the Lakers job should they fire Luke Walton this offseason. 

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Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NCAA Misc Rumor

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LeBron James After Triple-Double: I Will Never Cheat The 'Basketball Gods'

Mar 25, 2019 2:23 AM

LeBron James said he will continue to play hard despite not making the playoffs with the Los Angeles Lakers this season.

"I would never cheat myself. I know we're out the playoff race, but if I'm on the court I'm going to play how I play, and I play to win. So, I will never cheat the game. There's such a thing called 'game gods.' And they're watching no matter what you're doing, and it's our obligation to go out and be a professional, and that's what I'm about," said James.

James had a triple-double with 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists in their 111-106 win over the Kings.

"When I'm on the floor I've got to play the game no matter what our circumstances is, no matter how many minutes I'm out on the floor, through the basketball gods, I've always respected the basketball gods," he said. "If I'm on the floor I've got to try to play as hard as I can, or do something to affect the game and not cheat the game. So if I'm on the floor, if I'm in uniform, then I've got to try to make things happen," James added.

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Tags: LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Bulls Shut Down Wendell Carter, Chandler Hutchison; Otto Porter Could Be Next

Mar 24, 2019 10:56 AM

The Chicago Bulls have shut down rookies Wendell Carter Jr. and Chandler Hutchison for the season after injuries to both players.

Carter played in just 44 games this season.

John Paxson added that the Bulls may do the same with Otto Porter Jr., who missed his third game following a strained rotator cuff.

Zach LaVine has also missed his last two games with tendinitis in his right knee.

"We're gonna monitor them. Otto has so many things going on that we won't push him. We may run out of time, too. For Zach, I think it's important for him to try to fight through some of these little things. Last year, we shut him down toward the end. It's a case-by-case basis," added Paxson. 

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Tags: Wendell Carter, Jr., Chandler Hutchison, Zach LaVine, Otto Porter, Chicago Bulls, NBA, NBA Injury

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Pau Gasol Expected To Miss 4 Weeks Due to Ankle Injury

Mar 23, 2019 10:14 PM

Pau Gasol will be out approximately one month with an injured left ankle.

Gasol, who joined the Bucks on March 1st, has missed the last 6 games with the injury.

Gasol joins Nikola Mirotic and Malcolm Brogdon on the Bucks' injured list. 

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Tags: Pau Gasol, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Injury

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Steve Kerr Criticizes Warriors' Defense Following 35-Point Home Loss

Mar 24, 2019 10:50 AM

Steve Kerr said there was no communication on defense following the Golden State Warriors' 126-91 loss at home to the Dallas Mavericks.

"Defensively, we were not connected. We weren't talking, and we got off to that slow start. And Dallas is always a hard team to guard -- they execute well, and I think they made 12 3s in the first half, 21 for the game. A lot of miscommunication -- but we just couldn't pull together after that slow start," said Kerr.

Kevin Durant was unconcerned about the loss.

"It's not odd at all. I think everybody in that locker room has gotten their asses beat at home before. I know this experience is different, how much winning we've done the last few years. But we're still in the NBA; guys have been a part of terrible games, along with the great games, as well. The good thing about it, we play tomorrow night too," said Durant.

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Kyrie Irving Says Kemba Walker 'Torches Us Everytime'

Mar 24, 2019 10:43 AM

Kyrie Irving was critical of the Boston Celtics' defense following their 124-117 loss to the Charlotte Hornets. The Hornets came back after being down 112-94 with over 8 minutes left in the game.

Kemba Walker scored 18 of his 36 points in the 4th quarter.

"Down the stretch, try to come in and help as much as possible. We should have probably trapped him a little bit more, like every team does in the league. But we didn't. Torches us every time we play him. So it's no surprise," said Irving.

The Celtics scored just twice in their final 20 possessions.

"This game was over in the beginning of the fourth quarter. We took our foot off the gas pedal, got it to a five-point game and momentum shifted from there," he added.

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Tags: Kemba Walker, Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Dunc'd On: 15 in 60 (Western Conference Mailbag 3.25.19)

Mar 24, 2019 8:16 PM

Listen to "15 in 60 (Western Conference Mailbag 3.25.19)" on Spreaker.

 

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We look at the 15 teams in the Western Conference via mailbag in order of the standings from Denver to Phoenix

With host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA).  And if you like this pod, please donate to support Nate and Danny at Patreon.com/DuncanLeroux.  Merchandise available at NateDuncanNBA.com.

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Lakers Question Lonzo Ball's BBB Shoes Due To Frequent Ankle Injuries

Mar 23, 2019 7:32 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers questioned Lonzo Ball whether his Big Baller Brand shoes were the cause of his ankle injuries.

"Yeah, they talked to me. They asked me about it, and I told 'em, 'I feel comfortable. If I wasn't comfortable, I wouldn't play in 'em. If I didn't play in [his signature BBB shoes], I'd play in Kobe [Bryant's signature Nike shoe]. I work out in [LeBron James' signature Nike shoe], but that's because they're heavier," said Ball.

Ball has suffered 3 separate ankle injuries in 2 seasons. 

Ball recently severed ties with the co-founder of Big Baller Brand. 

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Tags: Lonzo Ball, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Derrick Rose Undergoes Successful Elbow Surgery

Mar 23, 2019 6:12 PM

Derrick Rose underwent successful surgery to remove bone spurs from his right elbow on Saturday.

Rose, who was ruled out for the season earlier this week, will be out indefinitely.

Rose averaged 18 points and 4.3 assists per game this season, his highest totals since 2016. 

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Tags: Derrick Rose, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, NBA Injury

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Donatas Motiejunas To Sign With Spurs

Mar 23, 2019 4:30 PM

The San Antonio Spurs are expected to sign Donatas Motiejunas.

Motiejunas last played in the NBA during the 16-17 season with the New Orleans Pelicans after he had a protected restricted free agency with the Houston Rockets.

Motiejunas has spent the past two seasons playing in China, averaging 27.3 points, 14.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 34.2 minutes per game in 18-19.

Motiejunas averaged 7.4 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in five seasons in the NBA.

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Tags: Donatas Motiejunas, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets Sign Chris Chiozza For Remainder Of Season
Chris Chiozza has averaged 13.2 points, 7.7 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.9 steals in the G League this season.

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Mike D'Antoni Calls James Harden's 61-Point Game 'One Of The Best Performances'
Harden has scored 118 points in his last 2 games.

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LeBron James On Missing Playoffs: 'It's Not What We Signed Up For'
James last missed the playoffs in 2005.

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Greg Monroe Signs 10-Day Contract With Celtics
Greg Monroe averaged 4.8 points and 4.1 rebounds in 11.1 minutes over 38 games with the Raptors this season.

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Shaq Becomes Board Member And New Face Of Papa John's
O'Neal is the first African-American on Papa John's board.

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Marcus Smart On Ejection For Shoving Joel Embiid: 'I'll Do It Over Again'
Smart was fined $50,000 for his confrontation with Embiid.

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Paul George On Free Agency Discussion With Kawhi Leonard: 'That's Between Us'
George admitted having a conversation with Leonard, but won't discuss what was said.

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Lonzo Ball Severs Ties With Big Baller Brand Co-Founder
Lonzo Ball believes Alan Foster has taken approximately $1.5 million from him.

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Joshua Kushner Buys Minority Stake Of Grizzlies
Joshua Kushner is the younger brother of Jared Kushner.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo To Debut Nike Signature Shoe During Playoffs
Giannis Antetokounmpo has primarily worn Kobe Bryant's signature shoes this season.

Peter Verry/Footwear News

Avery Johnson Negotiating Buyout With Alabama
Avery Johnson's name emerged as a potential candidate for the Cavaliers' vacancy in November after Tyronn Lue was fired.

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Bol Bol Still In Walking Boot But No Longer On Crutches
Bol Bol underwent surgery in January to repair a non-displaced fracture of the navicular bone in his left foot.

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Tim Hardaway Jr. Out For Season With Stress Reaction In Left Tibia
Tim Hardaway averaged 15.5 points per game with the Mavericks.

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Donovan Mitchell Got Advice From James Harden And Dwyane Wade To Overcome Struggles
Harden and Wade advised Mitchell to get to the free-throw line more often.

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Klay Thompson Sets Goal To Make NBA All-Defensive Team
Thompson added that he can't get caught up in his perception due to the fickle nature of fans and media.

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Dunc'd On: The Top-10 Players in the NBA 2019
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux rank their top 10 players in the NBA.

Marcus Smart Fined $50,000 For Shoving Joel Embiid
Marcus Smart received a Flagrant Foul 2 and an automatic ejection for the incident with Joel Embiid.

RealGM Staff Report

Kelly Oubre Jr. Out For Season With Thumb Surgery
Kelly Oubre will undergo a minor procedure on his thumb and face a four to six week recovery.

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Kevin McHale, Jim Paxson Emerge As Early Candidates For Suns' GM Job
Kevin McHale and Jim Paxson have prior general manager experience.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Jimmer Fredette Agrees To Sign Two-Year Deal With Suns
Jimmer Fredette last played in the NBA during the 15-16 season.

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