Basketball Wiretap

Chris Paul Ruled Out For Game 6 With Hamstring Strain

May 25, 2018 12:25 PM

Chris Paul has been ruled out of Game 6 with a right hamstring strain.

Paul suffered the injury late in the fourth quarter of Game 5.

Paul will be reevaluated when the Rockets return to Houston following Saturday's Game 6.

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Raptors Will Explore All Trade Options In Offseason

May 25, 2018 11:37 AM

The Toronto Raptors will explore all options on the trade market this offseason, according to multiple sources.

The Raptors parted ways with Dwane Casey, which could decrease the odds of a major overhaul of the roster even if they will still gauge the value of DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valancinuas. 

The Raptors could also cut salary in the form of Serge Ibaka or Norman Powell.

Ryan Wolstat/Toronto Sun

Tags: DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Warriors Remain Confident Despite Trailing 3-2

May 25, 2018 11:09 AM

The Golden State Warriors need to win Games 6 and 7 in order to return to The Finals, but they remain confident about their chances.

"I feel great about where we are right now," Steve Kerr said. "That may sound crazy, but I feel it. I know exactly what I'm seeing out there, and we defended them beautifully tonight. We got everything we needed. Just too many turnovers, too many reaches, and if we settle down a little bit, we're going to be in really good shape."

In the locker room after the game, Stephen Curry and Draymond Green were discussing how this series reminds them of one in 2015 against the Grizzlies when they were trailing 2-1 before winning three straight.

When told by ESPN that these Rockets are not the Grizzlies, Green responded assertively: "We'll be back here for Game 7."

When questioned about the team's inconsistencies of late, Green replied with: "You'd be a fool not to believe me. If you don't ever believe anything I say, believe this: We're a group of champions."

The Warriors were upbeat and confident postgame.

“We still winning this,” Green said, according to Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic. “Book it.”

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NBPA Launches Mental Health And Wellness Program

May 25, 2018 3:16 PM

The National Basketball Players Association has announced the launch of its new Mental Health and Wellness Program. The Program will serve as a resource for all NBPA members, assisting them with a wide range of mental health challenges and issues.

The Mental Health and Wellness Program will be developed and managed solely by the NBPA, with its primary headquarters located in Los Angeles. Keyon Dooling, who has been serving as the NBPA Player Wellness Counselor since January 2018, will soon be joined by a Director of Mental Health and Wellness.

“In recent months, several of our players have spoken candidly about their internal struggles,” said NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts. “Their stories have reminded us all that mental health challenges may be faced by everyone, including professional athletes. This is an area that can no longer be neglected. As a Players Association, it is our responsibility to provide our members the resources to succeed both mentally and physically. Accordingly, we have decided to make mental health a priority now.”

“I am thrilled to be a part of this new program within the NBPA,” said Keyon Dooling. “I look forward to serving the needs of our players and to continue normalizing the conversation around mental health in the NBA.”

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Steve Kerr Told Michael Jordan Story To Kevin Durant During Middle Of Game 5

May 25, 2018 12:16 PM

During the third quarter of Game 5, Steve Kerr told Kevin Durant a story about Michael Jordan trusting his teammates.

"When MJ was with the Bulls, we had a playoff game," Kerr began the story as he was mic'd up by TNT. "He kept trying to score and he was scoring, but we weren't getting anything going. Phil Jackson said 'Who's open?' He said, 'John Paxson.'"

Paxson hit the series-clinching shot in Game 6 of the 1993 Finals off a Jordan pass, while Kerr also hit a game-winning shot in The Finals from a Jordan assist.

"I want to trust your teammates early," Kerr said. "What you're doing is you're getting to the rim and then you're trying to hit him. I want you to trust the first guy and then move. Still attack, still look to score, but trust these guys, OK?"

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, NBA

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NBA Playoffs Snapshot (May 24): Rockets/Warriors

May 25, 2018 5:40 PM

What happened in one snapshot in the Western Conference Finals on Thursday, May 24, 2018.

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Milwaukee Police Apologizes For Treatment Of Sterling Brown

May 25, 2018 5:21 PM

The Milwaukee Police Department apologized Wednesday and said officers who "acted inappropriately" have been disciplined after an internal investigation over an incident in which a stun gun was used on Sterling Brown.

The incident occurred over a potential parking violation.

"I am sorry this incident escalated to this level," said Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales, who did not take questions from reporters. Brown, then 22, was arrested in a Walgreens parking lot at about 2 a.m. local time on Jan. 26.

Eight minutes into the 30-minute video, an officer can be seen and heard loudly telling Brown to remove his hands from his pockets.

"Leave me alone," Brown appears to say. "I've got stuff in my hands."

Several officers then converge on Brown in an apparent effort to subdue him, and a struggle ensues.

"Taser! Taser! Taser!" an officer can be heard yelling at the 8:40 mark of the video, after which Brown can be heard grunting several times.

"Black men shouldn't have to have their guard up and instantly be on the defensive when seeing a police officer, but it's a reality and a real problem," Brown said in his statement. "There must be mutual respect, and both sides have to figure out how to accomplish this.

"This is bigger than me. My family, friends, legal team, Priority Sports, Milwaukee Bucks, the black community and the communities of all who stand against injustice plan to continue the fight."

In a lengthy statement of support released by the Bucks, the team said the "abuse and intimidation that Sterling experienced at the hands of Milwaukee Police was shameful and inexcusable."

"Unfortunately, this isn't an isolated case," the Bucks' statement said. "It shouldn't require an incident involving a professional athlete to draw attention to the fact that vulnerable people in our communities have experienced similar, and even worse, treatment.

"We are grateful for the service of many good police officers that courageously protect us, our fans and our city, but racial biases and abuses of power must not be ignored.

"There needs to be more accountability."

Brown plans on suing the Milwaukee police department.

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Harden, LeBron, Davis, Lillard, Durant On All-NBA First Team

May 24, 2018 3:02 PM

The 17-18 All-NBA teams are headlined by LeBron James and James Harden.

All-NBA First Team
James Harden
LeBron James
Anthony Davis
Damian Lillard
Kevin Durant

All-NBA Second Team
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Russell Westbrook
Joel Embiid
LaMarcus Aldridge
DeMar DeRozan

All-NBA Third Team
Stephen Curry
Victor Oladipo
Karl-Anthony Towns
Jimmy Butler
Paul George

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Magic Interviewing Steve Clifford For Head Coaching Job

May 24, 2018 11:21 AM

The Orlando Magic are interviewing Steve Clifford for their head coaching vacancy.

The Charlotte Hornets parted ways with Clifford this offseason.

The Magic have been secretive during their coaching search with Kelvin Sampson being the only other known candidate.

Marc Stein/New York Times

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Dwane Casey Emerges As Pistons' Top Coaching Target

May 24, 2018 9:49 AM

The Detroit Pistons' top target in their head coaching search is Dwane Casey.

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

Ed Stefanski plans to engage Casey immediately in their coaching search. Stefanski was part of the Raptors' front office when Casey was hired by the team in 2011.

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

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Dunc'd On: GSW/HOU Game 5; All-NBA Team Reactions
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux recap Game 5 of GSW/HOU and react to the All-NBA Teams.

NBA Playoffs Snapshot (May 23): Celtics/Cavaliers
How the Celtics defeated the Cavaliers in Game 5.

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Chris Paul Could Miss Game 6 With Hamstring Injury
The Rockets will update Chris Paul's status once he's evaluated on Friday.

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Magic Reach Out To Tom Izzo
Tom Izzo has been a candidate for head coaching jobs in the past but has elected to remain with Michigan State.

Michael Scotto/The Athletic

Pistons Could Hire Brent Barry, Tayshaun Prince For Front Office Roles
Tayshaun Prince was a longtime member of the Pistons and is completing his first season in the front office of the Memphis Grizzlies.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Pistons Hire Ed Stefanski To Oversee Front Office
Ed Stefanski joins the Pistons as a senior advisor.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Dunc'd On: CLE/BOS Game 5; WAS Offseason Outlook
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux recap BOS/CLE Game 5 and preview the offseason for the Wizards.

RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie On The NBA Draft
Host Danny Leroux and NBA Draft expert Sam Vecenie of The Athletic catch up on the draft process after the lottery and Combine.

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Doc Rivers, Clippers Agree Upon Contract Extension
Doc Rivers had one season remaining on his deal.

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Gobert, Davis, Oladipo, Holiday, Covington On 2018 NBA All-Defensive Team
Rudy Gobert received 94 out of 100 First Team votes.

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Knicks In Talks To Hire Pat Sullivan As Assistant Coach
Pat Sullivan has coached with the Clippers over the past two seasons.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Woj: Wolves Would Choose Karl-Anthony Towns Over Tom Thibodeau
Karl-Anthony Towns' future with the Wolves is uncertain.

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Chris Paul Dealing With Right Foot Soreness
Chris Paul responded well to treatment before Game 4.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Knicks In Talks To Hire Jud Buechler As Assistant Coach
Jud Buechler has coached as an assistant under Luke Walton with the Lakers.

Ian Begley/ESPN

NBA Playoffs Snapshot (May 22): Rockets/Warriors
How the Rockets leveled the series at 2-2.

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NBA Playoffs Snapshot (May 21): Cavaliers/Celtics
How the Cavaliers leveled the series at 2-2.

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Dunc'd On: GSW/HOU Game 4
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux recap GSW/HOU Game 4.

Andre Iguodala Out For Game 4 With Left Knee Contusion
Andre Iguodala was ruled as doubtful then questionable before being ruled out altogether.

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Suns To Hire Mike Woodson As Assistant Coach
Mike Woodson worked with Igor Kokoskov on the coaching staff of the Pistons during the 03-04 season.

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Teams Exploring Whether Wolves Could Trade Karl-Anthony Towns
Karl-Anthony Towns becomes eligible for a contract extension this offseason.

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