Donnie Nelson: “When you’re in the position that we’re in, there’s all kinds of different possibilities. You’re looking what’s in the best interest of your franchise, short-term and also long-term. To get the right veteran type of player at a position that will give us solid minutes, obviously you have to look at those things. Dirk gets into his twilight years, you’re always looking for an injection of youth and athleticism and energy and toughness,” Nelson said You’re always looking to add, you never want to subtract but unfortunately in this league there aren’t many fools and you got to give to get.
March 25, 2017 | 2:32 am EDT Update
The NBA is suspending New York Knicks center Joakim Noah 20 games for violating its anti-drug program, league sources told The Vertical. The NBA plans to announce the suspension on Saturday.
Noah tested positive for an over-the-counter supplement that is prohibited under the outgoing Collective Bargaining Agreement, league sources said. Noah, 32, is expected to serve 10 games of the suspension to finish out the 2016-17 regular season and 10 games to start the 2017-18 season, league sources said.
UCLA freshman Lonzo Ball has played his final college game. The 6-foot-5 point guard, expected to be selected in the top three of June’s NBA draft, said after Friday night’s 86-75 loss to Kentucky in the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16 that he is heading to the NBA.
March 24, 2017 | 11:06 pm EDT Update
LeBron James said he suffered a scratched cornea in his right eye in Friday’s 112-105 win over Charlotte after being examined by a Hornets team physician. James, who scored 32 points in 40 minutes, could not keep his right eye open during his postgame interview session and said his vision was blurry. He was poked in the eye by Jeremy Lamb on his way to a layup with 31.2 seconds left in the third quarter.