Vaughn said he’s not worried about his job security, and it helps him that he learned as a player to avoid social-media chatter and unsubstantiated speculation about potential moves. “I really don’t read it,” Vaughn said after the Magic lost their sixth consecutive game Saturday night, extending its longest losing streak of the season. “I’m not on social media. And the great thing is I do my job as hard as I can every single day, and I’ll always keep it that way. I keep it that simple. I don’t complicate it. What I do know is, since Day One, since I accepted this job, everything I’ve done has been for this organization and it’ll continue to be that way.”
August 1, 2015 | 10:50 am EDT Update
Now, he’s on the roster, signed to a two-year vets’ minimum deal with a player option. He told the Kathryn Pryzbala he wants to stay … For a while “I’m glad I’m finally here and hopefully we can make this a long-term relationship,” he said. “This time I hope it’s for real.”
The Trail Blazers have informed Allen Crabbe his contract will be guaranteed for the 2015-16 season, CSNNW.com has learned. The team had until Saturday to decide on Crabbe’s contract status. The 23-year-old is expected to make more than $900,000 next season. “It’s always good to know that your [contract] is going to be guaranteed so it just makes you focus on continuing to work hard for the rest of the summer and get prepared for training camp,” Crabbe told CSNNW.com on Friday. “I’ve got a clear mind just knowing that I’m going to be on the roster next year.”
August 1, 2015 | 7:32 am EDT Update
Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard is the latest marquee name to commit to attend the upcoming USA Basketball minicamp, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that Howard, who had to withdraw from the 2012 Olympic team to undergo back surgery, has told USA Basketball officials he plans to attend the Aug. 11-13 gathering in Las Vegas to make known his availability for selection to the 2016 Olympic squad.
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard is the only high-profile player to date to publicly state his intent to skip the minicamp, telling CBS Sports Radio recently that he sees little point in trying to earn a spot on the Rio roster after being omitted from USAB’s 12-man squad at last summer’s inaugural FIBA Basketball World Cup.
What really happened (with Sacramento)? Luc Richard Mbah a Moute: It is a mistake from Sacramento, they made an error in judgment. At the moment, we are working with them and with the players’ union to try to resolve the situation. But I can confirm that the doctor that made me undergo the medical examination made a mistake. It hurt especially in terms of image.
The National Basketball Players Association is filing a grievance against the Sacramento Kings, challenging the legitimacy of the franchise’s voiding of free agent forward Luc Mbah a Moute’s contract over an alleged failed medical physical, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The NBPA is planning to file the grievance to the NBA early next week , league sources told Yahoo Sports.
In a phone conversation with News10, Lieberman talked at length about her new role in Sacramento and making an impression with the players, as well as Divac. “My job is not to be a woman in the NBA, my job is to be an assistant coach,” Lierberman told News10. “I have such a deep respect for coach Karl and Vlade, and I knew there was some discussion, but for it to actually come to fruition, I mean I was thrilled.” “It’s one of the greatest days I’ve had in my basketball career.”
The backboard, hoop, net and stand that was the recipient of Michael Jordan’s last shot with the Chicago Bulls sold for $41,825 by Heritage Auctions at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago on Thursday night. The collectible is from the Delta Center, where the Utah Jazz hosted the Bulls for Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals. With 5.6 seconds to go, Jordan hit a go-ahead jumper from the top of the key, giving the Bulls a one-point victory and their sixth title in eight years.
Others who worked with A PLUS have described delayed paychecks and lavish spending. Despite several requests, Adolphson declined to discuss reasons behind the shutdown. One serious issue related to A PLUS that has yet to be disclosed to supporters: A worker at the nonprofit accused Hobson earlier this year of rape and sought an order of protection. In granting it, a court commissioner said the woman was “credible in her account.”
Around that time she also reported the encounter to Seattle police. A month later, Hobson abruptly left the nonprofit he’d founded and built. In March, with the protection order in effect and shortly before prosecutors declined to pursue the case, the Los Angeles Clippers hired Hobson, giving a new job to owner Ballmer’s old friend.
July 31, 2015 | 9:06 pm EDT Update
Alpharetta police arrested Indiana Pacers’ Jordan Hill earlier this week after he allegedly drove 107 mph on GA 400, telling an officer he was “in a hurry.” A shirtless Hill, 28, was driving a Range Rover when he was charged with reckless driving and speeding Tuesday afternoon, according to a police incident report obtained by Channel 2 Action News.
July 31, 2015 | 6:15 pm EDT Update
The New Orleans Pelicans announced today the team has waived point guard Toney Douglas. Douglas, 6-2, 185, appeared in 12 games for New Orleans during the 2014-15 season, averaging 4.3 points and 2.0 assists in 14.8 minutes per game. Originally signed by the Pelicans on February 4, Douglas was waived on February 19 before subsequently re-signing with the team for the remainder of the season on March 24.