Jackson trumpeted his desire to move Anthony last week — so heavily that he drew a rebuke from the players association, which reported him to the NBA commissioner’s office. A source specified the technical reason for Jackson’s desire to move Anthony, whose style is so rooted in isolation play. It damaged chemistry and prevented Jackson’s move-the-ball-to-the-open-man philosophy, the source said.
April 25, 2017 | 11:10 pm EDT Update
Rondo took steps Tuesday night to return from a fractured right thumb and attempt to play in Game 5 of the Bulls’ first-round series against the Boston Celtics, league sources told The Vertical. Around Rondo and the Bulls, there’s belief that the four-time All-Star has a chance to return but a final determination has not been made, league sources said.
Rondo received a two-week timetable to return from doctors last Friday, but one source described his desire to play as “guts and determination.” He replaced his cast with a thumb splint on Monday and shot jumpers and dribbled with both hands Tuesday.
Marc Stein: Sources say Rondo wants to play “bad” in Wednesday’s pivotal Game 5 but he may opt to wait until Game 6 depending on tomorrow’s evaluations.
Nets Daily: The game featured Shayne Whittington, a 6’10” PF, and Facundo Campazzo, a 5’10” guard. @oscardlfg of El Correo Gallegos reported it first.