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May 8, 2012 | 07:28 PM ET Update

Chris Broussard: Bobcats will also talk with Pat Ewing, tho they haven't yet asked for permission from Orlando...they have talked briefly with Nate McMillan Twitter

Jamal Crawford to KJR in Seattle on possible Brandon Roy return: "I wanted to take some time off but he's back playing so I'm like, 'Alright I'm out there with you.' We've been playing and he's looked just as good as he did before the season started last summer. Actually I think he's in better shape now than he was. It's amazing how things work out. I think he's just enjoying it right now & seeing the potential of possibilities of what can happen in the future." Sulia

This season, O'Connor insisted that the Jazz will not do buyouts, so that solution would presumably have to be a trade unless Utah decided to use its amnesty clause on Bell. "I don't have a number (of years), but I know that this year when I was playing well and I was playing I felt good. My body felt good," Bell said. "I was worried that I wouldn't be able to chase people and I wouldn't be able move my feet and I felt like I had some nights where I smothered some guys and really got up under them and did my thing. I shot the ball pretty well. It was exciting to me, coming off a year like last year where I could never find that so I do think I could (play more in the NBA)." Deseret News

Bell's biggest beef was about a communication gap with his coach, something that dates back to the 2010-11 season when he was displeased with the way Corbin told him about his decision to move him to a reserve role at the end of the year. "I just thought that the way I was handled by Ty was unprofessional," Bell said. Deseret News

A lack of dialogue at the end of the season and in the playoffs — coupled with Bell being the only healthy Jazz player to not see any postseason action — soured the veteran to the point that he doesn't see a future here. "When it gets to a point where there's absolutely no communication for months at end," Bell said, "I think we all know that that's irreparable damage." Deseret News

Shane Battier said he didn't think much of getting awarded the game ball after the Heat's Game 3 playoff win for his defense against Knicks star Carmelo Anthony, who was just 7-for-23 from the field and finished with 22 points. "Because guess what? If he'd made more of his shots, no game ball," Battier said after Tuesday's practice on the eve of Game 5 at AmericanAirlines Arena. "And if he misses more of those shots in Game 4, guess who gets the game ball?" South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Anthony had his best scoring game of the series, making 15-of-29 field goals and 10 of 14 free throws for 41 points, including the tiebreaking 3- pointer with a hand in his face with 54.5 seconds left. He scored 10 of the Knicks' final 14 points. "You can always do things better," Battier said in response to whether he questioned anything he did against Anthony. "But it's a game of errors. As long as you give the effort, understand what you did right and what you did poorly, you don't play the results. You play the process and you live with it." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

NBA commissioner David Stern admitted to @JimRome on Tuesday that injuries and lockout schedule "may be related." Full quote: "I think there's some part of it that may be related to [the schedule]. Some part of it is luck. Some part of it is lack of preparedness by our players before the season began. It's a combination of things." Stern previously said there was no relationship between injuries and schedule. Sulia

With the original 20-man preliminary roster from January decimated by season-ending injuries to key players, including Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose and Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo asked for and received an extension on naming the final 12-man squad. USA Today

Wade worked out in Chicago with trainer Tim Grover leading up to the Beijing Games, and Colangelo said, "When I saw him he was 75-80%, and yet we chose to select him knowing he wasn't quite there. But he had to be there. And he did. And not only did he turn out to be our leading scorer in the Olympics, but maybe our best player." Colangelo knows he will have to make decisions based on health for this summer's London Olympics, too. "We don't want anyone who's not healthy," Colangelo said. "We put a great deal of emphasis on the health of our players for all the obvious reasons. As has always been in the past, we're very, very careful with the workout sessions and the demand. We control that to the way it should be controlled, and we've had zero issues with injuries while they've been with us or after they've been with us." USA Today

John Calipari and his national champion Kentucky Wildcats had a wild weekend. Friday, they were at the White House. Saturday it was the Kentucky Derby and Sunday they were back on campus to see seniors Darius Miller and Eloy Vargas graduate. Tuesday, Calipari was at the New York Athletic Club, where he was to receive a crystal trophy at the annual Winged Foot dinner. New York Daily News

He is the king of college basketball — and Kentucky — and said once again he has no interest in leaving the Bluegrass State for Madison Square Garden or anyother NBA job. "Mike Woodson is a dear friend of mine and he is doing an unbelieveable job and he has gotten Carmelo to be the Carmelo he needs to be to win,'' Calipari said. "And I got the best job in basketball, in my opinion. You don't need to make decisions financially, which I did the last time when I went to the Nets. Fifteen million back in 1996, when you're a kid, is like $30 million now. At Kentucky, you can win championships. And you have a stage that really helps the young people. "I'm not going to to the Knicks. Mike Woodson will be your coach.” New York Daily News

May 8, 2012 | 04:53 PM ET Update

Brendan Haywood knew he’d be an amnesty clause candidate as soon as he saw the new collective bargaining agreement. He certainly won’t be surprised if the Mavericks cut him loose this summer. It’s virtually guaranteed to happen if the Mavs can convince Deron Williams to join Dirk Nowitzki in Dallas. “I have no control over that,” Haywood said during a Tuesday appearance on ESPN Dallas 103.3’s Ben and Skin Show. “I have enjoyed my time in Dallas. I was part of a championship team. If it happens, it happens, and I’ll have to move on and continue to try to advance my career somewhere else. If it doesn’t, I’ll be happy to be back. I don’t really have an opinion on that because it’s out of my control. ESPN.com

Alex Kennedy: Jamal Crawford will opt-out this summer, source confirms. He'll be an unrestricted free agent. Wolves, Nets, Suns among potential suitors. Twitter

Brian T. Smith: All indications are DeMarre Carroll will return to Jazz next season. Made a strong, positive impression during last month. Twitter

Never once, however, did Griffin succumb to the beating. He stood tall for most of the night before fouling out in overtime, finishing with 30 points, seven assists and five rebounds in the Clippers' 101-97 Game 4 victory. “I’m pretty sore," said Griffin, whose Clippers own a 3-1 lead in the first-round series. "My back, my knees, all that.” Yahoo! Sports

Charles Barkley On Blake Griffin flopping: “He made me so mad last night. I called him Vince Carter last night. Because Vince Carter was a great player — we used to joke he got shot like three times a game. I called him that on the show last night, I said ‘Blake Griffin has turned into a new Vince Carter.’ … He gets shot three or four times a game and just goes down. He better stop that flopping. He gotta stop that, because you can tell all these players are taking cheap shots because he’s getting to be annoying with all the flopping.” Sports Radio Interviews

On Miami’s decision to let Wade take the final shot of Game 4: “It should be LeBron James taking those shots. … The guy’s the best basketball player in the world — he should be taking the shot. First of all, he had just made a three and a great three-point play. It’s interesting to me how everybody’s going against LeBron — LeBron finished a lot in Cleveland. He finished a lot. … I hate the fact that he defers. But you know the thing that’s funny? Dwyane Wade never gets any criticism because he didn’t close in the Finals last year. I actually think LeBron got tired. If you go back and look, he used a lot of energy shutting down Derrick Rose, then he had to guard Jason Terry — I think he got tired. But it’s funny how — Dwyane Wade is a great player, don’t get me wrong — but he don’t get any criticism for not finishing in the Finals last year. And I’ve said this before: the Miami Heat is only going to go as far as LeBron James takes them. Dwyane’s a great offensive player, but LeBron James makes everybody around him better.” Sports Radio Interviews

The Celtics are dealing with nagging injuries to Paul Pierce (left knee), Ray Allen (right ankle), and Avery Bradley (left shoulder), but Rivers said he anticipates them all in their normal roles with a chance to close out the Hawks on Tuesday at Philips Arena. "Everyone is going to play, I think," Rivers said before the team's morning shootaround at the arena. "Ray feels good, he's probably the healthiest right now. Avery has to be feeling better because he got through the game with no injury, so that's two more days of shoulder getting stronger. Other than that, everybody's about the same." ESPN.com

KC Johnson: Joakim Noah shooting free throws in gym shoes as shootaround ends. Thibodeau calls him gametime but said Asik is starting. Noah limping. Twitter

Am hearing that DeMar DeRozan will eventually be added to the USA Select team – can’t find an official announcement but believe it’s already done – that will practice with and scrimmage against the USA Olympic team in Vegas in early July. Good for the kid, no question. It speaks to his reputation among the good young players in the game; he’ll get a few days of intense practice with the best the NBA has to offer and he’ll pick up work ethic things by osmosis if nothing else. Toronto Star

Canadian basketball great Steve Nash has been named the new general manager of Canada's men's national team. The announcement was made Tuesday morning by Basketball Canada at a news conference at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto Globe & Mail

"Obviously I love the program," Nash told ESPN.com. "It was a huge part of my development as a player. Going to the Olympics (in 2000) was the best experience of my career. "So if I can help other Canadians experience that, it would be pretty amazing. I want to try to lend my hand to help develop our system and change the image and reputation of this country internationally and be a resource for as many of our good, young kids as possible." ESPN.com

New York Knicks interim coach Mike Woodson denied a report that he and the team have begun discussions on removing his interim tag and hiring him for next season. "That's not true, not at all," he said after practice Tuesday. The New York Daily News reported Tuesday that Woodson and the team have had preliminary discussions to do just that. When asked Tuesday if he was denying that conversations between either him or his representatives and the Knicks had taken place, Woodson said "Absolutely. ... We have not." ESPN.com

I asked Spoelstra if he feels pressure on the perception he has to win title or season failure: "I don’t mind it. What we see is a incredible opportunity. I’m not spending my time thinking about what our answer will be if we fail. We’re spending our time working on the process of this long journey. We’re all comfortable. We went through this last year. It’s not even abnormal for us. If we lose, we expect the decibel level to rise.We’ve all developed an ability to compartmentalize.'' Sulia

I asked LeBron James about Erik Spoelstra not receiving a single NBA Coach of the Year vote: “That’s what happens here,’’ James said. “We understand that. He doesn’t care about it, man. What goes on in this establishment is what we take care of. We can’t worry about everything else. I don’t know if he uses that as motivation or not. That’s a question you need to ask him. But he’s put us in a position to compete for a championship and that’s what it’s all about.’’ Sulia

Former Clipper Keith Closs was in attendance at last night’s Los Angeles – Memphis game wearing his own jersey from his days with the team. While this may seem random, it’s the logical conclusion to a long and strange journey for the former LA big man. The 7’3? Closs spent part of three seasons with the Clippers, averaging 3.9 points and 1.3 blocks in 130 career games. I remember Closs’ stint in the NBA and always figured he was one of the many first round busts in the organization’s history. He actually started his professional career in the ABA before joining the Clippers. He still holds the NCAA record for career blocks per game. The Big Lead

May 8, 2012 | 11:29 AM ET Update

Mike Woodson is moving closer to having the interim tag removed from his job title. The Knicks have initiated talks that would keep Woodson as the team’s head coach for the foreseeable future, the Daily News has learned. The talks are only in the preliminary stages but it is clear that Madison Square Garden management is convinced Woodson is the right man for the job and will not pursue either Phil Jackson or Kentucky head coach John Calipari. New York Daily News

Orlando Magic assistant Patrick Ewing will interview for the Charlotte Bobcats head-coaching job, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. The Bobcats are working to set up a meeting with Ewing once the Magic are finished in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Yahoo! Sports

Ewing is a close friend of Charlotte owner Michael Jordan, and several sources believe the Hall of Fame center will turn out to be a serious candidate for the opening. Charlotte will make pitches to Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Malone and former Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan, but will likely hire its next coach from a pool of candidates like Ewing who have been less in demand for head-coaching jobs. Ewing has worked eight seasons as an NBA assistant, including the past five on Stan Van Gundy’s staff with the Magic. Detroit Pistons general manager Joe Dumars interviewed Ewing for his franchise’s head-coaching job last spring and was impressed with him. Yahoo! Sports

Charlotte officials flew to the Bay Area to meet with Malone on Tuesday. Malone is a coveted candidate who will likely be on the short list of most coaching openings this spring. He was the runner-up for the Warriors' job that went to Mark Jackson last year. The Warriors then made Malone the league's highest-paid assistant at $750,000 a year, hiring him to lead Jackson's staff. Yahoo! Sports

Stan Van Gundy knows that speculation is rampant that this playoff series against the Indiana Pacers will mark the end of his tenure as the Orlando Magic's coach. But Van Gundy maintains the rumors don't bother him. "I've been around coaching my entire life — literally, my entire life," Van Gundy said after the Magic finished practice Monday at Amway Center. "I really think, for all coaches, I don't think that's disconcerting at all. You sort of know when you go into it — and, for me, I knew long before I went into it because I'd been around it — that's all part of it. You don't worry about that. "I think the only thing you worry about is winning games, and you're not happy being down 3-1. I'm upset about losing Game 4 and the whole thing. But the rest of it, I don't have any control over that. I do have some control over getting our team ready to play." Orlando Sentinel

Ceiling price on restricted free agent forward Nicolas Batum Chad Buchanan: "There's a certain threshold you're always going to have in the back of your mind. I'm not going to reveal it. Part of it is going to depend on how our cap room situation plays out. That might determine, that might dictate our threshold to a certain degree as well. We love Nic as a player, we drafted him because we believe in him. He's been a valuable contributor for us these for these last few years. We still believe in him long- term. Ultimately it will be a business decision at the end of the day but I would say that from a basketball standpoint we really believe in Nic long-term and hope to have him around for quite awhile." Blazers Edge

Acting GM Chad Buchanan says Blazers are focused on mid-tier free agent big men this summer: "There's several restricted free agents out there that are going to be up there in the price range, fairly highly-priced and then there are a couple of other guys we've targeted who we feel like are good fits for our team, who are going to be more in the reasonable end of their price range. There's going to be a lot of competition for those guys." Via 1080 AM Portland Sulia

Ebanks will be a restricted free agent in July, and his future with the Lakers appeared in doubt a few months ago when his agent said his client would probably try to play elsewhere next season because of spotty playing time. He may prove to be a keeper. "When I'm out there, I'm just thinking about playing hard and winning games," Ebanks said. "I don't really think too much about showcasing my talents for other teams." Los Angeles Times

Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars has been in Spain watching 2011 second-round pick Kyle Singler. Singler, a forward from Duke selected by the Pistons with the 33rd overall pick, scored just three points in 10 minutes for Real Madrid in an 86-83 loss to Regal Barcelona on Thursday. He rebounded Sunday by scoring eight points on 3-for-6 shooting with two free throws in 21 minutes in a 95- 82 victory over FIATC Joventut. Singler has averaged 8.1 points and 4.3 rebounds in eight games for Real Madrid in the Euroleague and 7.8 points and 2.2 rebounds in 24 games for Real Madrid in the Spanish League. Real Madrid next plays May 17 against Cajasol in the Spanish League quarterfinals. Detroit Free Press

Despite an obvious decline from his NBA prime, more than a few CBA clubs are interested in landing the 11-time All-Star, who boasts a huge fan base in China, said Shi Canbin, the Chinese promoter of the tour. Shi said teams including Marbury's former employers, the Shanxi Brave Dragons and the Foshan Longlions, have been in contact with Iverson's agent, who reportedly quoted an annual salary range from $1 million to $1.5 million. Still, Iverson hasn't indicated which team he would like to join and none of the clubs have responded to claims that they're interested in him. China Daily

Billups, MVP of the 2004 Finals with the Pistons, had been amnestied by the Knicks and claimed by the Clippers. He was distraught. How could one of the most recognized winners and leaders of his generation waste what little time he had left playing for the Clippers? "It was nothing personal against anybody," Billups said Monday night. "It was more selfish of me. I'm worrying about me and my future and what I want to do and at this junction of my career. I don't want to go somewhere that's rebuilding and not trying to win a championship. I don't have that many years left. I don't want to waste them. I looked at it like, 'If they were the Clippers of old, it would be wasted.' " CBSSports.com

Paul called and changed his mind, got Billups on board with sharing the backcourt with him and winning together as Clippers in Staples Center, with all those Lakers championship banners hanging overhead. Then, Billups became the recruiter, persuading former Nuggets teammate Kenyon Martin to come on board. Billups never got to play a single game with Martin due to his season-ending Achilles injury, but he had done his part to surround Paul with some more of what he needed. "If this was anything like it used to be about not trying to win, then they should've never made the move with him," Billups said. "Because he's going to try to win every single game at any cost. That's just how he's rigged. That's who he is." CBSSports.com

Johnson took only eight shots in the 101-79 Game 4 debacle against the Celtics and made just four. That number of attempts was down significantly from the first three games, in which Johnson took 15 shots in Game 1, 17 in Game 2, and 28 in Game 3, the last total without power forward Josh Smith. “I don’t think they’re doing nothing different defensively on me,’’ Johnson said. “I think it’s basically just getting the opportunity to touch the ball. That’s it.’’ Boston Globe

But Webber did, questioning why a player of Griffin's caliber has to resort to such tactics. The integrity of the competition, as well as a player's reputation, ultimately are compromised. "I think Blake Griffin is really playing hard and you have to love his effort tonight but I would caution him to be careful with flopping. I've played in these playoffs. The teams that were known for floppers do not get respect," Webber said. USA Today

At some point, Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro hopes, starting center DeAndre Jordan will become a factor in the first-round playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies. In the first three games, that hasn't been the case. "It's really D.J. gets the first look because he's the starter," Del Negro said. "And then as the game goes on, the matchups and who is playing well and the rhythm of the game, sometimes that dictates a lot of that." Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Lakers will get their first chance to close out their first round playoff series with the Denver Nuggets in Tuesday's Game 5. While former Lakers coach Phil Jackson always emphasized the importance of close-out games, even splicing in clips from Alec Baldwin's "always be closing" monologue in "Glengarry Glen Ross" into team film sessions, first-year Lakers coach Mike Brown hardly mentioned it at Monday's practice. "For me, I'm not a guy that will talk about, 'Hey, we got to win this because of this or because of that,' " Brown said. "The players know it. They know this is a close-out game. They know if we win this game (instead of Game 6 or Game 7), we don't have to get on a plane right away and fly to Oklahoma City. I mean, my ninth grade boy knows it and he's not interested in basketball." ESPN.com

If you want Bynum to grow a playoff beard, you're going to have to be patient. Just like when you tolerate his recurring injuries because of his potential. Just like when you shrug off his immature behavior because of his on-court effectiveness. "I can't grow a beard," he said, showing off the scruff on his chin. "This took 24 years." Los Angeles Times

Said Gallinari, in the print version of Italy-based Gazzetta dello Sport: “[The referees] would certainly have called that type of pick on our big guys. It was a crystal clear foul but, as everybody knows, they call fewer fouls for you when you play against the Lakers.” Gallinari went on to address TNT commentator Steve Kerr, who argued on-air that the play was a Euro-style flop, with “I guess Kerr hasn’t played basketball for too long.” Ball In Europe

Smith was one of the Knicks’ best players in Games 1-2, averaging 15 points and sinking 13 of 28 shots. He said his confidence is unshaken despite his Game 4 misery, but admitted his shooting stroke is totally off. “It’s terrible right now. I’m shooting terrible from the field. I can’t make a bucket,” he said. “I’ve got to stay in the gym and keep getting shots.” New York Post

Larry Bird, though, doesn't have that problem. Ask a question, you get brutal honesty. "(Paul George)'s got to pick it up," the Pacers president said after Monday's practice. "This isn't the time to feel sorry for yourself. Sometimes players lose their shot, and they lose all their confidence. As he gets along in his career, we think he can be a pretty good scorer. But just because you're not making shots doesn't mean you can't do the other things. "Disappointed? No. I mean, he's so young (just turned 22). Last year he was in five playoff games, and it's just the first round this year. These young guys, they're going to learn, each playoff game gets harder as you go along. Not each series, each game. These guys don't understand that yet." Indianapolis Star

"He's got no confidence (in his shot)," Bird said. "I can see that. And he's going to stay in slumps if he keeps doing what he's doing. As he grows, he's got to get to the basket more. He relies too much shooting the 3s. He needs to get to the basket, learn how to post people up, and even if he doesn't score, draw the double team and get other people open. I'm not disappointed in any of that; only time I'm disappointed is when he turns down shots, and I've told him that. That's what he can't do, because then you're basically playing four-on-five." Indianapolis Star

"The Spurs under coach Popovich have been the classic NBA team," said Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin. "From the way they play basketball to the way they run their franchise, they do everything the right away." NBA.com

After logging 37 minutes in his return from an ankle injury on Friday, Ray Allen will suit up again on Sunday night for Game 4 of the Boston Celtics - Atlanta Hawks first round series. Allen was uncomfortable on Saturday following his 13-point performance in Game 3, but was relieved to feel better on Sunday. “It wasn’t bad, but even when I walked out, after you ice and you walk out, my ankle just felt like I had to walk sideways,” he said. “It just felt that tough and that achy. Yesterday, I couldn’t do anything yesterday. It was just throbbing. I got in and got treatment. Just all day, it just felt like I was pulling my leg along. But I woke up this morning and I was back right where I hoped I’d be. So that’s just the cost of doing business, I guess.” CSNNE.com

After seeing images from test results, Allen recently said surgery was “inevitable”. But Allen is feeling so much better than expected that he is reconsidering his initial assessment of requiring ankle surgery this offseason. “I know I said that a couple weeks ago, and I believe that just from the pictures,” he said. “But based on how I feel now and where my body is, I'll revisit getting x-rays, MRI when it's over with and make an assessment then because if I continue on this track and I know I'm getting better, I don't need to have surgery if it's not necessary.” CSNNE.com

Mike Woodson is waiting for the doctors and Jeremy Lin to tell him he can play him. "I’d love to have jeremy out there on the floor in uniform," he said. "Don’t get me wrong guys Jeremy's a big piece of our team. But if the doctors say Mike we’re taking a chance, he shouldn’t be out there playing, I can’t be that selfish and say son, put a uniform on and play. I just can't do that. ... I've just got to be patient and wait for them to come to me and say hey, it's OK for the young man to play." Sulia

Draymond Green knows some NBA teams will think he isn’t tall or quick enough to make it in the league. The former Michigan State star, though, said he wouldn’t come up short if his intangibles could be measured. “No one has more heart or a better work ethic than me,” Green said in a recent interview, gazing across a practice court toward two of the Final Four banners he helped the Spartans earn. Detroit Free Press

The 6-foot-7, 235-pound Green already has a workout scheduled with Boston, one of about a dozen teams that have expressed an interest in the versatile player. “I hear I could go anywhere from 20 to 30,” he said. “But you never know, so I’m going to control what I can control and that’s to be ready for any and every opportunity I get to show what I can do.” Detroit Free Press

Speaking of which, Dwyane Wade sounded slightly less than 100 percent certain he'll be in London no matter what, even after accepting the invite to what would be his third Olympics after being prodded by his 2008 Beijing teammates ("Kobe was like, 'if my old self is playing, you can,'" Wade said -- and I'm sure Kobe said 'self' there, aren't you?) into putting the band back together one last time. "I told them, I said, listen, I'm just going to see how I feel," Wade said last week. "This is about being healthy -- I think, for all of us, going into the summer healthy -- and taking it from there." NBA.com

"You could, today, probably come up with 10 or 11 that look pretty solid unless something happens," he said by telephone. "Wade's one of those guys, but if he feels like he doesn't have anything left or doesn't think he can go, then we'll make a decision as to who replaces him. We do have a lot of flexibility because we have guys who can play so many positions." NBA.com

The details are sketchy right now but there is strong speculation swirling at the moment that Canada Basketball could be close to making a major announcement regarding its Men’s National Team. Steve Nash may be taking over as the “General Manger” of Team Canada. It would be a role similar to what Steve Yzerman (and, previously, Wayne Gretzky) has served for Hockey Canada. This move has been swirling in the rumor mill for weeks (if not months) and it is apparently closer than ever. FAN590

Adrian Wojnarowski: "There's a lot of guys capable of doing the job and doing it well. There's more than one out there. They just need to pick one. They just need to hire one. This has gone on for a long time. They've had a lot rejection, quietly, a lot of rejection. "They checked in with a few standing GMs in the league. I think the feeling among GMs everywhere - on the surface, it's an attractive job. Resources, unbelievable fanbase, history, an owner who is willing to spend historically. All of those things. The ownership situation - people aren't sure about it. Is [Paul Allen] going to keep the team? Is he going to sell it? And then obviously, the layers of bureaucracy in being the GM there. Whether it's dealing with the people in Seattle, whether it's the role [president] Larry Miller is going to have. Paul Allen obviously. Blazers Edge

So they settle for a No. 2 guy? Adrian Wojnarowski: "Yeah, that's who I think it will end up being. An assistant GM, a number two guy somewhere. "It was reported out there about David Morway from Indiana. He's very good. I think Indiana - that's a good model for a lot of teams. The way they built that Pacers team, through the draft, some smart trades. That Pacers group, when you look where those guys were picked - I can't give Indiana enough credit. When you're picking in that 10-11 to 17-18 range, you don't get many impact players, and they have. They've put together a good group, a playoff team, drafting not in great spots. From Roy Hibbert to Danny Granger to Tyler Hansbrough, the George Hill trade was tremendous. I think David Morway would be a good GM for Portland. For me, it's how much more rejection are they willing to take publicly? Blazers Edge

Difference between you and other GMs? Chad Buchanan: "Other than my title, I don't think there's a whole lot. Obviously there are some guys out there still watching their teams play, which I wish we were. But from a management regard, I don't think there's a whole lot of difference between how we're running things right now and how other teams are. We're getting ready for the Draft and free agency, I think that's what the majority of teams are doing right now. Especially those who aren't in the playoffs right now." Do you ever feel like, 'Hey, give me the title?' Chad Buchanan: "I think there's part of that. How our team played this year doesn't help my case. I really enjoy working for the organization, being in the role of Acting GM, I've learned a lot this year that I think is going to help me down the road. I think if our team had played a little better, that would have helped my case a little bit. I understand that. There's a lot of good quality candidates that are out there that are more experienced than me, that have had more success than I've had so I understand that. If now's not the time, I understand it. Maybe down the road it will be. For the time being, I'm just going to get ourselves prepared for the Draft and free agency until I'm told what position I'm going to be in permanently, I'm not going to change my mindset." Blazers Edge

The city of Sacramento spent $680,000 between September and April in its unsuccessful effort to build a sports and entertainment center in the railyard, according to an analysis to be presented to the City Council tonight. The expenditures, preapproved by the council, include $8,000 in travel costs to Los Angeles, Dallas, Orlando, Fla., and New York where city officials attempted to negotiate agreements with the Kings, the NBA and private partners for a $391 million facility. Those expenses do not include Mayor Kevin Johnson's travel bills, which Johnson paid for himself, a city staff report indicates. Modesto Bee

FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin has been sacked in an apparent coup d’etat led by the organisation’s executive committee, currently headed by president Olafur Rafnsson. The shock move, confirmed to MVP by senior sources at FE, comes amid a political battle between the European governing body and its counterparts at FIBA over the future of international basketball. While the Geneva-based FIBA had recent published proposals to move its own World Cup to the year before each Olympics to avoid a clash with its footballing counterpart, Zanolin had led resistance to the idea which would have forced its own EuroBasket – one of its main financial earners – to move to a four-yearly cycle rather than the current two. MVP 24/7

Savannah McMillan-Christmas, 20, was arrested for trespassing after walking on the court during the first half of the Lakers' win in Denver on Sunday night. Her father, Chris Christmas, said McMillan-Christmas is at home under family and professional care. McMillan-Christmas is scheduled to appear in Denver court on June 5. "I got a call from her mother about 3 a.m. on Monday, but I already knew it was her," Christmas said by phone. "She was taken to the game by her mother and they were sitting fairly close. I was in shock when I saw her on the floor. "There is a personal issue in her life that she has been dealing with that makes her impulsive. She was really excited about the game. Her emotions overwhelmed her. This is something she will regret. She is traumatized. We would respect if everyone would be sensitive to this.” Yahoo! Sports

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