Joel Embiid was fined thousands of dollars this season for being late and missing multiple rehab sessions, according to Howard Eskin ... Larry Sanders still doesn’t have any desire to play professional basketball again ... Mark Cuban takes shot at Rockets roster ... 




We talked to Serge Ibaka about Son of Congo and his tough year with the Thunder

Thunder forward Serge Ibaka is frustrated that the season is over early, but happy to be in a position to change lives back in Congo.



NBA A to Z podcast: NBA playoffs are here

Breaking down the first-round matchups with USA Today Sports' Sam Amick, Jeff Zillgitt and Kevin Spain.



Four teams that must win title now

USA Today Sports' Jeff Zillgitt identifies playoff teams with closing windows.



How college players should make a decision on the draft

NBA agent Bernie Lee has one advice for underclassmen thinking about going pro: Don't focus solely on draft position.



Playoffs are set: The talk on Twitter

Read what the media is saying about the end of the regular season and the first-round playoff matchups on Twitter.



Biggest questions facing Cleveland Cavaliers

USA TODAY Sports' Jeff Zillgitt breaks down what LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers must do to make a long postseason run.



Grizzlies quizzed on their Vancouver roots

How much do current Grizzlies know about the players from the first years of franchise history in Canada?



HoopsHype poll: NBA players say James Harden is the MVP

Warriors guard Stephen Curry is a close second in a poll of a bunch of NBA players.



NBA All-Stars who played at the Nike Hoop Summit

Up to 22 players that competed at the high school all-star game ended up becoming NBA All-Stars. Only two from the international team, though.



Karl-Anthony Towns: "It was a hard decision"

Karl-Anthony Towns speaks with us about his decision to leave Kentucky after one season and enter the NBA draft.



NBA A to Z podcast: On the brutal West, Andrew Bogut, the Thunder and more

The basketball writers at USA Today Sports discuss the final week of the season and the situation in Oklahoma City. Also a very interesting interview with Warriors center Andrew Bogut in this week's podcast.



Pacers teammates talk about Chris Copeland

USA Today Sports spoke with Indiana players about Chris Copeland and what he means to the team.



Cavs interested in Tunisian center Salah Mejri

Real Madrid big man Salah Mejri is not getting much playing time this season, but he continues to draw NBA attention.



Who will win NBA Coach of the Year?

Sam Amick and Jeff Zilgitt of USA Today Sports discuss the top candidates for the award this season.


Mock draft

It's Karl-Anthony Towns at No. 1 now

Aran Smith of puts Kentucky big man Karl-Anthony Towns at the top of the draft after his performance in the NCAA tournament.


hall of fame

Kevin Johnson gets snubbed

A bunch of deserving players made the cut this time, but not Kevin Johnson. That is wrong, says USA Today Sports' Sam Amick.