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April 28, 2012 | 09:06 PM ET Update

Of all the Cavaliers' free agents, forward Alonzo Gee has the best chance of returning. The Cavs would like to sign him to a multiyear deal. He said there's "no doubt" he'd like to come back. "I'm going to play it out and see what happens," Gee said. News-Herald

Bucks general manager John Hammond said that will be a priority during the off-season as the team approaches the June draft, free agency and possible trades. "You talk about the Brandon-Monta combination; it's an extremely young backcourt," Hammond said. "I think they're both willing passers, and they both also have the ability to score. "Is the size a factor for us? Of course it is. It makes it difficult for Monta. If you're going to go with the old theory, one of the best ways to keep a great scorer occupied is to keep him occupied on the defensive end of the floor, wear him down defensively." He (Ellis) is a 20-point scorer at the 2 guard spot, but a lot of times he's guarding similar-type players and they're bigger than him. So if you look at the needs of our team, if there's an opportunity to get more size in the backcourt, that possibly could help us." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Bucks coach Scott Skiles also could size up the situation quickly. "We need size everywhere," Skiles said. "Most games, right at the jump ball, when you look at the two teams, the other team is noticeably bigger than us at almost every position on the floor. "It's just something that has to be addressed. The guys know it, too. They know we need to get bigger." Hammond said he wants the team to become more athletic, and he hopes to add size at the center position. "Whether that's a guy who could start for us, or a guy who could fill in as a rotation player, or maybe a guy you don't even need every single night," Hammond said. "Because you look around the NBA, not every team has a center." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

The Blazers locker room had McMillan detractors previously during the coach's seven seasons in Portland. But there was always someone -- be it James Jones, Joel Przybilla, Brandon Roy or Juwan Howard -- to extinguish the fires and remind teammates that personal agendas never trump the team. It's why I cornered LaMarcus Aldridge shortly after McMillan was fired. I told him that I was disappointed in him. I said that part of the responsibility of being a star is leading. I expected him to tell Felton to zip it when the point guard was making his poisonous locker room rounds. I expected him to tell Crawford to quit worrying about where he was playing and focus on how he was playing. As not only a star but an All-Star, it was his job to get guys focused on the team. Oregonian

"I have an answer for that," Aldridge interrupted. "I have an answer. I went to everybody, and I said what you are saying. I went as far to say, 'Look, we're not playing for (McMillan), let's play for each other.' The thing about when you say how stars or the main guys have to do that -- these guys were telling me all the right (expletive). I went to Ray and I'm like, 'Hey, forget Nate. I know you don't like him, but let's play. Do you want to be here for five years? Then show us.' "And to me, (Felton) was like, 'I'm with you.' So the stuff you are saying I should have done, I did. But they are like, 'Oh yeah, oh yeah,' then it was like you say: They go in their little corner and they are like, 'Yeah, whatever.' I don't know what they are saying, but they are probably saying that they told me this, but they are going to do something else. I even challenged 'Mal (Crawford). I was like, 'I know you aren't playing (shooting guard), but just play basketball. You love basketball; just play.'" Oregonian

At the same time, Buchanan said he thinks the Blazers might have a leader in the making, one who can allow Aldridge to remain in his comfort zone of being an All-Star player, but not necessarily an All-Star leader. That player is Wesley Matthews. Matthews is already respected inside the locker room as the hardest worker. By going undrafted, and by losing his starting role in the middle of this season, he knows a thing or two about handling adversity. And he certainly knows that pouting or trying to blame someone else is not the solution. Oregonian

Bryant was short with his comments Saturday amid final preparations for the postseason. He said he did feel the team was in a “good rhythm.” “Eager to get it going and see how we do,” he said. He said it was important for him to stay focused: “If I panic, everyone else panics.” He also said the key for Andrew Bynum will be to “make the right play.” He allowed extra motivation after Dallas swept the Lakers last season in Round 2, with a desire present now to “redeem yourself.” But the motivation is also constant, as Bryant said anything but an NBA championship will be a disappointment. “That’s the only reason why we play,” Bryant said. Orange County Register

Just when Derrick Rose was on the brink of alleviating fears that he would be unable to fully recover from a nagging ankle injury, he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Rose landed awkwardly after a jump stop and fell to the floor with 80 seconds left in the Bulls’ 103-91 victory over the Philadelpha 76ers in Game 1 of their first-round NBA playoff series at the United Center. The team later announced that Rose had torn his ACL and will miss the remainder of the season. It’s the sixth different injury Rose has suffered this season. “It’s the saddest win,” Kyle Korver said. “But we have to pick ourselves up. We’ve played a lot of games without him. Maybe it was just getting us ready for this.” Chicago Sun-Times

Afterward, the Bulls’ locker room felt as if the team had lost. Rose’s teammates didn’t know how serious the injury was, but their fears were realized a few hours later when the team released a statement. “It sucks because he was just getting back,” Taj Gibson said of Rose. “He looked good in practice yesterday, and he was looking good in the game offensively and defensively. It was good to have our leader back.” Chicago Sun-Times

In Miami, with a little more than six minutes to play in the third quarter of the Knicks’ 100-67 loss, rookie Iman Shumpert was bringing the ball across halfcourt, when he attempted a behind-the-back move on the Heat’s Mario Chalmers. Shumpert planted his left foot and, as he did, immediately began clutching his left knee as he fell to the floor. “My concern now is the rook in terms of him going down,” coach Mike Woodson said. “We don’t know the outcome of that, of his injury.” Sporting News

Shumpert was taken for an MRI, but just from the scene on the court, it’s unlikely that the outlook will be positive. “It didn’t look good on the floor,” Woodson said. “He was obviously in big-time pain.” Sporting News

The Warriors announced Saturday center Andrew Bogut is out three months after successful arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle Friday. Dr. Richard Ferkel cleaned out loose particles and bone spurs in the ankle. Bogut, who fractured the ankle on January 25 while with the Milwaukee Bucks, is expected to be ready in time for training camp in October. He will not play for his beloved Austrailia during the Summer Games in London. Contra Costa Times

April 28, 2012 | 06:40 PM ET Update

If Rose's injury keeps him out for a significant period of time, that would affect the entire landscape of the Eastern Conference playoffs, starting with this first series with the 76ers. "It definitely changes things a lot," Philadelphia forward Thaddeus Young said. "Derrick Rose is one of their key guys. He's the guy who initiates everything, the one that gets them going. "It's an unfortunate situation. You definitely don't want to see him go down like that in the first game in the first round of the playoffs. At the end of the game, I think he should have been out at that time, but you just hope for the best and hope that he's OK." CSN Chicago

Collins was quick to defend his fellow coach to the media after the game. "Tom Thibodeau is Coach of the Year. He was last year and he is this year. He knows what he's doing coaching his team. Thibs is my buddy. I have the ultimate respect for him. From his standpoint, he wanted to finish that game the way he did," said Collins, who caught Thibodeau in the hallway after the game and talked quietly with the Bulls coach for a minute or so. "It's awful that Derrick got hurt. I was a player that got injured. I don't ever want to see that. When we play teams, I want to have to beat them when they're at their best. I hope the kid bounces back. CSN Chicago

Marion will start the game defending Kevin Durant. Asked if Durant added any new elements to his game since he averaged 28 points on 42.9 percent shooting in last year's West finals, Marion couldn't think of much that he's seen new in the four meetings this season. "He’s a talented player," Marion said. "I think he won the scoring title this year right? That’s OK." ESPN.com

April 28, 2012 | 04:19 PM ET Update

Marc J. Spears: Blazers G Jamal Crawford will opt-out of his contract paying $5.25 million next season, source tells @YahooSports. The move will allow him to become an unrestricted free agent for the second year in a row. Crawford has a June 15 deadline to opt-out of the final year of his contract and is expected to exercise it soon. Sulia

In an excerpt from an interview with ESPNBoston.com columnist Jackie MacMullan (video above), 34-year-old Celtics forward Paul Pierce ponders his future. Would he consider retiring after his 14th season in Boston despite having another two years and more than $30 million left on his deal? "It's crossed my mind," Pierce told MacMullan. "I've played a lot of years, ran a lot of miles. You just gotta wait and see what's going to happen this year. You never know what direction this team is going to head in. You don't know what Kevin is going to do, don't know what Ray is going to do. ESPN.com

Silas has expressed concern that Biyombo should move to power forward because he might not be big enough to hold up defending a steady diet of NBA centers. The 6-9, 245-pound Biyombo – toughest guy on this team – disagrees: “I’m a fighter, I like to fight. I prefer to be a center.” Charlotte Observer

Ray Allen said today that he is resigned to having surgery on his right ankle, which contains a painful bone spur, once the season ends. “Yes, that seemed apparent to me once I saw what the picture was about a month ago,” he said before this morning’s video and practice session. Boston Herald

Though Allen said he was holding out hope that he could play in Game 1 tomorrow against the Hawks, Doc Rivers later said that he doubted Allen would play. Allen said that he also received a second cortisone shot in the ankle on Wednesday, and that this injection of pain killer appears to have had a better result than a similar shot that was administered approximately a month ago. But Allen is still dealing with a significant amount of pain. “There’s actually no swelling right now,” he said. “That’s gpne down. But there is still pain the deal with.” Boston Herald

Derrick Rose collapsed on the court after injuring his left kee late in Saturday's first-round playoff game against the 76ers at the United Center on Saturday. The Bulls star executed a jump stop before launching himself back into the air and firing a pass to Carlos Boozer. Rose appear to injured his left leg when he came down on it and before he jumped back into the air. He fell the court near the baseline and remained there as Sixers coach Doug Collins waved for Bulls athletic trainers onto the floor. Rose was writhing in obvious pain and clutching his left knee before being helped off the court by trainer Fred Tedeschi and assistant trainer Jeff Tanaka and taken directly to the training room. Chicago Sun-Times

As he was helped to the locker room, Rose began to put more weight on his left leg, potentially a good sign. Still way too early to know, or speculate. Immediately after the game, Rose was taken to a local hospital for an MRI on his knee. CBSSports.com

Jeremy Lin played one-on-one Saturday afternoon, an indication that he is ahead of schedule in his recovery from knee surgery. But his availability for the Knicks’ first-round playoff series against the Miami Heat remains uncertain. Lin was running, cutting and moving laterally on the American Airlines Arena court three hours before Game 1. He also played one-on-one against the assistant coach Kenny Atkinson. Lin had surgery on April 2 to repair a small meniscal tear in his left knee. Until recently, he had been limited to jogging in a straight line. New York Times

But some of the credit for Rush and McGuire goes partly to another positive from the season: Jackson. He was hired in June largely because of his leadership and motivational skills, and this season's difficulties gave him the chance to back up the hype. Jackson managed to keep his players motivated. Golden State avoided locker room drama, and several players, some privately, expressed a desire to play under Jackson. "He was a players' coach," McGuire, who was playing for his seventh coach in five seasons, said of Jackson. "He let everybody play their game. ... He's constantly giving you confidence, and that's big in this league. Everything in this league is about confidence." San Jose Mercury-News

Chris Tomasson: #Knicks guard J.R. Smith loves money, one reason his nickname is "Young Rich.'' "Because I'm young and I'm rich," the New Jersey native said of how he got the nickname. "My homeboys gave it to me." Once, when he was with Denver there was a segment called "This or That," shown on the video board, and he was asked in a taped piece if he preferred "love" or "money." Smith's answer was "money." Why? "Because love can hurt you," Smith said. "Money never hurts you." Sulia

Not far from the Michael Jordan statue, the United Center's owners hope a $75 million to $85 million retail development soon will take flight. Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf is leading a venture that plans to build 260,000 square feet of restaurants, bars, a team store and event space in the sprawling parking lot east of the arena, according to documents obtained by Crain's. Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz would be part of the venture, which could include team offices, parking, a terrace and a green roof. Crain's Chicago Business

The new retail structure on the H Lot would be connected to the east side of the Madhouse on Madison with an atrium-like entrance similar to the one at Wisconsin's Lambeau Field, home of the NFL's Green Bay Packers. The privately funded development would be another step in the West Side neighborhood's evolution from a gritty area where people venture only for Bulls and Blackhawks games to one where more people want to live and have fun. “We live by a sea of parking lots,” Ald. Walter Burnett Jr., 27th, says. “People who live in the neighborhood would rather have a structure and businesses because it would enhance the whole community.” Crain's Chicago Business

April 28, 2012 | 08:39 AM ET Update

Williams said he could “definitely’’ see himself in a Nets uniform next season when the team moves into its new arena in downtown Brooklyn. “I’m still looking at all the possibilities here,’’ he said. “I went to the arena a couple days ago and saw how it was, and it’s going to be an exciting arena. It’s going to be a great place to play. And I’ve always been confident in this organization. Even though I was opting out I always said that doesn’t mean I’m not re-signing with the Nets; and that still remains the same.’’ Newark Star-Ledger

Williams said he is in no rush to make a decision, but he will want to do so before he leaves for the Summer Olympics. Training camp for the U.S. men’s basketball team begins July 6 in Las Vegas. Free agency starts July 1. The Nets have work to do in putting their team together for next season. Williams is undoubtedly their top priority, but only four of the 15 players are under contract for next season. Three players — Williams, Gerald Wallace and Jordan Farmar — have player options for next season; seven are unrestricted free agents and one, Brook Lopez, is a restricted free agent. Newark Star-Ledger

Blazers F Nicolas Batum's eyes lit up & he offered funny, candid thoughts when talk turned to size of next contract: "I heard some numbers the last couple of days. I'm like, 'Give me that, I'll be very, very happy.'" What, 10 or 11 million per year? "Yeah, I'm like, 'Wow, I'm going to say yes.'" Batum said that his next "basketball situation" was more important than a particular city in assessing his future. Sulia

Portland could have signed Batum to a longer extension before the Jan. 25 deadline but failed to do so. If he becomes a restricted free agent, teams would have the right to tender offer sheets for Batum, but the Blazers could match any offer. "I'm just pretty sure, 99 percent, they're going to match anything," said Batum, who averaged a career-high 13.9 points this season and has played all four of his NBA seasons in Portland. Oregonian

"We still have the ability to keep Nicolas," said Buchanan, who said he has explained the scenario to Batum. "You have more cap room to deal with to go sign other players on top of Nicolas. That was a big part of our decision to wait. " Oregonian

Kahn declined to discuss the futures of such players as Darko Milicic, Michael Beasley, Anthony Randolph and Martell Webster. Beasley and Randolph will become unrestricted free agents if the team doesn't pick up rich qualifying offers for each of them. Webster's $5.7 million option for next season can be spent more wisely, and Milicic almost certainly has played his last game for Adelman. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Don’t hold your breath on the Raptors using the amnesty clause this season. Certainly where Jose Calderon is concerned, you can pretty much forget about it. Calderon, who has a year left and 10.561-million on his contract has been speculated in the past as a potential amnesty target. The amnesty clause was included in the NBA collective bargaining agreement signed in December and allows teams a one-time only opportunity to get out from under their worst contracts. Toronto Sun

After four seasons in Sacramento, Jason Thompson knows the Kings want him back. The Kings plan to extend a qualifying offer to Thompson that would make him a restricted free agent and guarantee him a salary of about $4.1 million. Sacramento would have the right to match any offer the forward receives from another team. "I can't predict the future, but for now it's clear they want me to stay here," Thompson said. Sacramento Bee

Buchanan said the team has not decided whether to sign a qualifying offer for Hickson, whom the team claimed off waivers from Sacramento. Hickson was a bright spot during the season's final stretch, as he averaged 15.1 points and 8.3 rebounds. "We liked what he did for us since we brought him in, and he was very valuable in keeping us competitive in these last games down the stretch," Buchanan said. "We'll make that decision when we have to make that decision. But it's still too early to make that call." Oregonian

Parker, 36, is expected to retire in the offseason. He wasn't ready to commit to anything on Friday. "It's the same answer," he said. "(I need) to get a little separation from the grind of this season and how brutal it was before I try to make a decision on that." News-Herald

(Terrence) Williams, who joined the Kings as a reserve after being waived by Houston, averaged 8.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 18 games. He was immediately one of the best passers on the roster, a skill the Kings lack and have been trying to develop. "I don't want nothing to be drawn out until August, September or anything like that," Williams said of free agency. "I want to get it over with." Williams said he prefers to return to Sacramento. He fit in well with the team after stops in New Jersey and Houston in three seasons. Sacramento Bee

Kahn said he is in discussions to bring some of the team's drafted European prospects -- including forwards Nemanja Bjelica and Henk Norel and center Paulao Prestes, second-round picks all -- to Minnesota in June so Adelman and his staff can see them work out. He said one unnamed player might be ready for the NBA. Best guess is that it's Bjelica, a 6-10 point forward who has been compared to a poor man's Toni Kukoc but still probably is too soft for the NBA. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

The Los Angeles Lakers' season was almost derailed before it began after the Chris Paul trade fell through on the eve of training camp. Now that the Lakers made it through the regular season as the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference, the team has officially moved on from the debacle of a deal. "I'm going to put it in the books, just like the season. I'm over it," Lakers executive vice president of player personnel Jim Buss told 710 ESPN's "Mason & Ireland Show" on Friday. "Watching Pau Gasol play, he's just a work of art and there's half of me that says that's fantastic that we still have Pau Gasol. Then of course you watch a Clipper game and you see how great Chris Paul is, too. To me, I'm going to just close the book on it. I think the season went great, we won the (Pacific) Division. With all the changes that we've made, I think we've come out smelling pretty good." ESPN.com

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Derek Fisher tried to reach out to Lamar Odom during his time of need. “Several times,” Fisher said. But with Odom inexplicably struggling all season to adapt following a trade from the Lakers to the Mavs, there seemed to be little anyone could do or say to help Odom before it was too late. The Mavs severed ties with Odom on April 9. Dallas placed the 13-year veteran on the inactive list for the remainder of the season rather than releasing. But the two sides have officially gone their separate ways. Oklahoman

Blazers G Raymond Felton on criticism that got to him: "I know what type of person I am in the locker room & outside the locker room. To see & hear stuff written otherwise, it kind of makes you mad... A lot of people laughed at it who heard about it. There's those who know me & know it's not even close... Questioning my character... I've never had anybody say... that I'm a 'cancer' in the locker room. You can talk to any of these guys individually & they will say that's not even close." Sulia

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul did not practice Friday with the team because of the strained left groin he suffered Tuesday in Atlanta. Paul expects to practice Saturday and start Sunday when the Clippers open the playoffs against the Memphis Grizzlies. ESPN.com

But for all the good karma Houston provides, unfortunately the hero of the Knicks’ 1999 first-round upset over Miami doesn’t have the power to solve two major issues facing the Knicks on the eve of Game 1: Stopping LeBron James and ridding Tyson Chandler of a flu bug that could prevent the Knicks center from playing in the series opener Saturday. “It’s a possibility,” Mike Woodson said of Chandler not playing. “It’s a strong possibility.” New York Daily News

GM Bob Myers said if Warriors land a Top 7, giving them 4 total picks, they're likely to make a draft-day trade. "Four picks are a lot of picks. We added three rookies last year. I don't think its ideal to have four more, making it 7 in two years. Four is probably a number we would like to reduce or consolidate. ... If we end up with four, we're probably in the market to move up, move out or trade." Sulia

The Warriors went 5-18 after Golden State owner Joe Lacob publicly talked about wanting to keep the first-round pick on Bay Area radio station KNBR, saying on March 20, "We think we can get our pick back." According to the Contra Costa Times, the owner reportedly claimed the Warriors and Jazz had discussed options as to how Golden State could retain its pick. In March, Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor gave a "no comment" about that report. This week, he didn't want to delve into the Warriors' late-season slide that made Friday's tiebreaker possible. "It's none of my business what they do," O'Connor said. "I've got absolutely no control over that. Zero." Deseret News

When asked if he would contemplate selling the Utah pick after the Wolves used the 20th pick last summer to repeatedly trade down for a lot of cash and future picks, Kahn said, "That would be a terrible thing to do, and I can assure you that never would we consider that." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Jennings said he was concerned about the possibility Skiles would not be back next season. "Personally, for me, yes," Jennings said. "Just the fact that he's been my coach for the first three years and I'm used to a system. That's a guy who I've played for. "Just his mentality, his will and approach to the game. The fact he expects you to play hard every night. He expects you to do the little things to be a better player. That's kind of grown on me since I've been here, so that's basically all I know." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Philadelphia 76ers owner Josh Harris endorsed the return of Sixers coach Doug Collins for next season on Friday. During a 12-minute conference call Saturday night, Harris said he expected Collins to return as the team’s coach for the 2012-13 season. “I think Doug appreciates the situation he has here and he likes being a part of the team,” Harris said. “And I think he and I have a great relationship at least from my point of view and I think he feels that way as well. “ He knows that he has my total support,” Harris continued, “So I’m hopeful – there is no reason that I know of why Doug won’t be returning next year – that would be a real surprise to me. And that would be a disappointment to me because I really want Doug back.” Philadelphia Inquirer

To a man, the players who spoke to reporters Friday -- only LaMarcus Aldridge and Shawne Williams weren't present -- endorsed bringing Canales back as head coach. "I thought Kaleb did an outstanding job," said veteran center Kurt Thomas, who has one year left on his contract with Portland. "It was a tough situation, losing two key guys at the trade deadline and being at the point where management wanted to take a look at the younger guys. He was definitely in a tougher situation, but I think they went out there and competed each and every night and played hard for him." Oregonian

Wittman doesn’t know if the Wizards plan to bring him back and the organization hasn’t offered a hint about when a decision will be made. Being in limbo could easily cause some angst, but Wittman has maintained a level head as he prepares to head home to Minnesota and unwind from a grueling, compressed season. “I approach it like I’m the coach now,” Wittman said. “I met with all my players here and I’m going to wrap up my files and do the things I normally do at the end of the season and I’ll continue to plan until they tell me to go home. That’s kind of what coaches do.” Washington Post

His no-nonsense style connected with the players and they responded by playing hard until the end, winning their final six games. Wittman went 18-31 as the coach of the franchise that drafted him in 1983 and several of his players mentioned that they would like to see him return. “I like Coach Wittman as a coach. It would be nice to have him back,” John Wall said. “I think we respected him because when he was an assistant coach we respected him then. He’s an aggressive coach and always right there on us, making sure we‘re doing the right thing. When he took over, he was being honest with us. He said, ‘I think you all can be a better team, which you all are.’ He wanted us to play hard, he wanted us play as a team. Once we started doing those things, the season turned around for us and we started winning games.” Washington Post

Scott said earlier in the season that Ilgauskas would spend time this summer and in training camp working with Tristan Thompson, but both Scott and Grant said on Friday that isn’t true. “Z doesn’t want to coach,” Scott said. “Jamahl [Mosley] has done an excellent job with Tristan. He’s our big man coach.” Akron Beacon Journal

Several attempts to rework a Kings arena deal with the Maloofs, the Kings owners, have ended. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said "our differences are irreconcilable" in a news conference Friday after meeting with George Maloof for several hours earlier Friday, Thursday and last week. "We worked really hard, we did everything we said we would do, and it still wasn't enough," Johnson said. news10.net

Kings co-owner George Maloof said that the framework of the deal reached in Orlando during the NBA's All-Star break, "wasn't a good deal." "You want to do a deal that makes sense, not something that the day you sign it you go 'oh no,'" Maloof said from his executive office at the Palms Casino Resort. "We didn't feel it was good for the City either, quite frankly." news10.net

Despite that, Maggette says players enjoy playing for Jordan and doesn't believe free agents will shy away from signing with Charlotte because "he's a winner, and will be a winner" again. Charlotte's elder statesman, Maggette believes Jordan is ready to spend money to bring in free agents. The Bobcats expect to be more than $20 million under the salary cap and are guaranteed no lower than the fourth pick in this year's draft. Maggette says he's convinced Jordan "is going to make this organization better." Oklahoman

The National Basketball Players Association, already in turmoil after President Derek Fisher asked for independent reviews of its finances and business practices, is being investigated by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, the union said in a statement. Union Executive Director Billy Hunter was notified of the investigation by subpoena for documents on April 25, according to two people with direct knowledge of the situation. The people were granted anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the investigation. “The NBPA will cooperate fully with the government’s investigation,” the union statement said. Bloomberg

Before Thursday's win over the Portland Trail Blazers, Jazz rookie Enes Kanter addressed the crowd. While it was a little difficult to understand every word the Turkish center said, he seemed pretty confident with his words. After thanking Jazz fans for their support and encouraging them to continue their loyalty through the playoffs, Kanter dropped the microphone to the ground and raised his hands to the sky. Some of the fans in the Energy Solutions Area looked confused, but Kanter's teammates couldn't have been more excited. The video shows Al Jefferson, Josh Howard and Paul Millsap laughing and jumping after Kanter's speech. Deseret News

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