NBA WiretapMay 2018 NBA Wiretap

NBA Still Not Interested In Pursuing Expansion

May 31, 2018 10:16 PM

The NBA continues to resist the idea of expansion despite an obvious location in Seattle and strong candidates in Las Vegas, Mexico City and Kansas City.

"As I’ve said before, expansion is not on our agenda right now. We may turn back to it at some point. And I’ve had this discussion with both Mayor Goodmans (Oscar and Carolyn) in Las Vegas about their desire for us to expand and have said I view us as, in essence, already having a team in Las Vegas because we have a two-week-plus Summer League there every summer, which has enormous economic impact on the city.

"So before the NFL announced they were putting a franchise, before the NHL put in a franchise, the Golden Knights, in Las Vegas, we of course had an All-Star Game in Las Vegas. So we’ve been heavily involved there for a long time.

"Expansion, at least for right now, even to the question earlier about parity, I’m very focused on creating a competitive 30-team league right now. Part of it, in a way it’s quite remarkable that when you have a league with the amount of basketball being played on a global basis and the 450 best players in the world all coming to one league, and understandably people are saying can’t you do more to create more competition among your 30 teams, at least from a competitive standpoint my first reaction isn’t to think, all right, let’s add a 31st team or 32nd team. It is to see what is it we can do system-wise, training-wise, whatever it takes to create more competition within this league.

"But invariably, as I’ve said before, it’s only natural for any business to grow and expand at some point, so we’ll look back to expansion.

"It’s not just Las Vegas. There are lots of terrific markets out there in the United States and some in countries attached to the United States who also have wonderful cities that could potentially house NBA teams. So those are all things we’ll continue to look at."

The NBA last expanded in 2004 with Charlotte, which replaced a franchise that had relocated to New Orleans.

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Sources Expect Bryan Colangelo To Lose Job With 76ers

May 31, 2018 8:19 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers are expected to soon conclude their investigation into social media allegations against Bryan Colangelo.

Some league sources expect Colangelo to lose his job as president of basketball operations.

A league source said Colangelo was visibly shaken when the report broke while he was attending a workout in Los Angeles.

Colangelo has missed predraft workouts on Wednesday and Thursday.

“The only way that he’ll get out of it is if he comes with evidence that somebody set him up,” said a league executive, speaking on condition of anonymity. “If it is out there where they can’t prove either way, I don’t think he’ll keep his job. And if there’s involvement with a family member, it doesn’t look like he has a chance either.”

The start of the NBA Finals could have played a factor in Philadelphia's timetable, according to sources. The league did not want the controversy to further distract from Game 1.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Daily News

Tags: Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Dwane Casey Meets With Pistons

May 31, 2018 5:56 PM

Dwane Casey is meeting with the Detroit Pistons on Thursday regarding their head coaching vacancy.

The Toronto Raptors parted ways with Casey this offseason despite finishing with the second best record in the NBA.

The Pistons are searching for a replacement for Stan Van Gundy.

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Tags: Detroit Pistons, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Warriors Talk About How Stephen Curry Has Created Team's Culture

May 31, 2018 5:23 PM

The Golden State Warriors discussed aspects of their team culture that make them special.

"It doesn't feel like a job," Green said. "I think that's why it's been so hard to beat this team. You look at so many teams that may try to match things up with personnel or putting 'All-Stars' together [or] 'Superteams' together. But you miss certain elements of it that really makes it all go."

"A coach does not create the culture," said Steve Kerr. "Players really create the culture through their force of personality and leadership within the group. The coach's job is to shape the culture."

The authenticity of Stephen Curry defines the Warriors.

"When you know everybody here and everybody's open to be themselves, really he is," Durant says. "That's what the culture is set, [that] it's all right to be who you are. Steph started off here. He's the one that's been here the longest. So, it's like, everybody in here is just kind of doing their best to assist him in whatever he needs to be, as a young player all the way up until now.

"So if you come in here and you have an ego, or you think you're bigger than the team, the guy who we built this around is not. So maybe you need to go. You know what I'm saying?"

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

Tags: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, NBA

PER Leader In Each NBA Finals Since 1991

May 31, 2018 2:55 PM

The NBA Finals MVP has often also been the player to have the highest PER in the series, but there have been a number of years during the Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaquille O'Neal, Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James era where that hasn't been the case.

- Finals MVP in parentheses 

1991: Michael Jordan: 34.1 (Michael Jordan)

1992: Michael Jordan: 27.1 (Michael Jordan)

1993: Michael Jordan: 31.7 (Michael Jordan)

1994: Hakeem Olajuwon: 25.6 (Hakeem Olajuwon)

1995: Hakeem Olajuwon: 25.7 (Hakeem Olajuwon)

1996: Shawn Kemp: 27.5 (Michael Jordan)

1997: Michael Jordan: 29.3 (Michael Jordan)

1998: Michael Jordan: 28.7 (Michael Jordan)

1999: Tim Duncan: 28.0 (Tim Duncan)

2000: Shaquille O’Neal: 36.6 (Shaquille O’Neal)

2001: Shaquille O’Neal: 33.8 (Shaquille O’Neal)

2002: Shaquille O’Neal: 38.5 (Shaquille O’Neal)

2003: Tim Duncan: 30.4 (Tim Duncan)

2004: Chauncey Billups: 29.3 (Chauncey Billups)

2005: Chauncey Billups: 24.4 (Tim Duncan)

2006: Dwyane Wade: 30.5 (Dwyane Wade)

2007: Tony Parker: 25.4 (Tony Parker)

2008: Ray Allen: 20.6 (Paul Pierce)

2009: Kobe Bryant: 28.7 (Kobe Bryant)

2010: Pau Gasol: 25.3 (Kobe Bryant)

2011: Dwyane Wade: 32.6 (Dirk Nowitzki)

2012: Mike Miller: 33.7 (LeBron James)

2013: LeBron James: 29.2 (LeBron James)

2014: LeBron James: 32.6 (Kawhi Leonard)

2015: LeBron James: 27.5 (Andre Iguodala)

2016: LeBron James: 33.4 (LeBron James)

2017: Kevin Durant: 32.6 (Kevin Durant)

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Tyronn Lue's Leave Of Absence Related To Anxiety

May 31, 2018 2:44 PM

Tyronn Lue revealed he has been getting treated for anxiety after taking a medical leave of absence

Lue had been having chest pains and occasionally coughing up blood when he left the team in March. 

"I'm glad it wasn't anything serious," Lue told ESPN's Rachel Nichols in an exclusive interview. "Just anxiety, and the medication I'm on is great. No more chest pains, so everything's been great."

Lue had undergone a number of tests before his decision to take a leave of absence in mid-March.

During the two weeks Lue was away, he was able to get some rest, make lifestyle changes and begin a medication routine that helped reduce some of the stress.

"I think for the first time in my career, 20 years, I had a chance to focus on me. It wasn't as bad as people thought it was. But I did have some chest pains for the last couple of years. And I was just trying to be able to get through it not knowing what was wrong with me," Lue told Nichols.

"So the two weeks I took off, just finally had a chance to focus on myself and change my diet. Hired a chef. Stopped drinking as many Shirley Temples. And stopped with the sweets and got back to taking care of myself. Now I feel great."

Lue added he received support from his players, coaching staff, management and others around the NBA.

Rachel Nichols, Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA

Kevin Love Cleared From Concussion, Available For Game 1

May 31, 2018 2:27 PM

Kevin Love will be available to play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

Love was in the concussion protocol following his injury in Game 6 but has now been cleared.

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Bob Myers Suggests Warriors' Players Have Earned Right To Keep Core Together

May 31, 2018 11:46 AM

Bob Myers had an extended conversation on the eve of The Finals to discuss the present and future of the Golden State Warriors.

“I definitely know this is ending,” Myers said. “I don’t need any reminders. The narrative is, ‘This will go on forever.’ On the record, it can’t. Nothing does, especially in a sport where the competition is so great.” 

The Warriors barely beat the Rockets to reach their fourth straight Finals.

“No team should last forever. It’s not good for anybody,” Myers said. “I’m fully aware. I don’t need a reminder from Houston to know how fragile this whole thing is. That’s a part of it. That’s why you have to appreciate it.”

Myers was asked how much his decision making will be influenced by the Warriors' success or failure against the Cavaliers.

“I don’t know. I don’t think you can evaluate anything until your year is over, good, bad or in the middle,” Myers said. “It’s an incomplete product. Who knows. I have no idea if we win or lose, what that will look like. I think our players have shown they’re made of the right stuff. So you don’t do anything rash. They’ve earned the right to continue on this journey.”

The Warriors have future decisions to make with new contracts coming due for Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

“At one point, players get older and teams get broken up,” Myers said. “It always happens. You just don’t know when.”

Mark Medina/San Jose Mercury News

Tags: Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Stephen Curry Expects Finals MVP Narrative To Take Life

May 31, 2018 11:35 AM

Stephen Curry has won the regular season MVP award twice but has yet to win a Finals MVP. Andre Iguodala won the award in 2015 while Kevin Durant won it in 2017.

"It took to the second question of my first media availability, so I'm pretty sure that narrative's going to take life, as it has since 2015," Curry said. "But it doesn't make or break my career or whatever you want to say looking back. If we win this championship and I don't win Finals MVP, I'm going to be smiling just as wide and just as big."

Curry said the Finals MVP-void narrative isn't coming from his inner circle.

"Not even the people close to me," he said. "That's kind of the nature of the beast being on this stage four times in a row. You've always got to look at what you don't have. There is always that thing about society always looking at can you attain more and more and more."

"I can guarantee you that Steph is not up late thinking about winning the Finals MVP," Draymond Green told ESPN. "We're all trying to win another championship. If he gets [the award], he gets it. But that's not what he, or anybody else on this team, is playing for."

Curry realizes he has to be comfortable accepting criticisms.

"That's fine. It's part of the beast," he said. "It's part of my motivation to try to get back to this stage because I want more championships. But I've never really highlighted the individual type -- even before my regular-season MVPs, I've never even really attacked it as if that was the goal, per se. Like I said, my values around how I play, good things usually happen for me and my team if I'm in that type of mindset.

"... But I'm going to play aggressively, confidently with that right energy and motivation to help my team win. And usually when I'm in that mindset, good things happen. Whether that means it's a Finals MVP or not, who cares, but I'm going to be playing like it for sure."

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Tags: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Playoffs

Ron Baker Exercises $4.5M Player Option With Knicks

May 31, 2018 11:22 AM

Ron Baker has exercised his $4.5 million player option for the 18-19 season with the New York Knicks.

Baker signed a two-year, $8.9 million deal with the Knicks last offseason.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

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Dunc'd On: Colangelo Twitter; BOS Offseason Outlook
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux discuss the Colangelo fiasco and preview the offseason for the Celtics.

Gordon Hayward Has Screws Removed, Will Resume Basketball Activities In 6-8 Weeks
Gordon Hayward is scheduled to return to basketball activities in six to eight weeks.

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Juwan Howard, Ime Udoka Emerge As Candidates For Detroit Job
The Pistons are considering a number of candidates for their head coaching job.

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Pistons To Interview Kenny Smith For Head Coaching Job
Kenny Smith also interviewed this offseason with the Knicks/

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Andre Iguodala Ruled Out For Game 1
Andre Iguodala has been out since Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.

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Lakers Not Believed To Have LiAngelo Ball In Their Plans
LiAngelo Ball is the younger brother of Lonzo Ball and played in Lithuania this season.

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Pistons Retain Bernie Bickerstaff, Jim Lynam To Assist In Coaching Search
Bernie Bickerstaff and Jim Lyman will sit in on interviews with prospective candidates.

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Celtics Interested In Trading Up For Mo Bamba
The Celtics would likely need to trade up to the No. 3 through No. 6 range in order to select Mo Bamba.

Sean Deveney/Sporting News

NBA Announces 40 Players To Attend Global Camp 2018
The camp will include team interview sessions, five-on-five games, shooting drills, and strength and agility testing in front of representatives from all 30 NBA teams.

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Tyler Dorsey Arrested On Suspicion Of DUI
Tyler Dorsey recently completed his first season playing for the Hawks.

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Nuggets Continue To Seek Trade Of Kenneth Faried
The Nuggets could package their first round pick to unload Kenneth Faried.

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76ers Launch Investigation Into Bryan Colangelo's Twitter Use
With Josh Harris leading the ownership group, the 76ers parted ways with Sam Hinkie and 2016 before hiring Bryan Colangelo.


Magic Hire Steve Clifford As Head Coach
Steve Clifford will become Orlando's fifth head coach since 2012.

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Andre Roberson Undergoes Scope On Left Knee
The procedure was done to proactively relieve synovitis, which will enhance rehab activities and accelerate Andre Roberson's rehab protocol.

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Kevin Love Remains In Concussion Protocol, Could Miss Game 1
Kevin Love missed a game in the 2016 Finals because of a concussion and also was out after a concussion in March.


Report Outlines Alleged Twitter Use Connected To Bryan Colangelo
Bryan Colangelo has denied Tweeting from the accounts in question.


Brett Brown, 76ers Agree Upon Three-Year Extension
Brett Brown was entering the final season of his contract.

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Dunc'd On: CLE/GSW Look Ahead; HOU Offseason Outlook
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux preview the NBA Finals and the offseason for the Houston Rockets.

Donte DiVincenzo Will Hire Agent, Remain In Draft
Donte DiVincenzo could be a first round pick in the draft.

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Rockets' 27-Straight Three-Point Misses Had 1-In-72,000 Chance Of Occurring
The Rockets were a combined 7-for-44 on their three-point attempts in the game.

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