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May 13, 2015 Updates

At the annual meeting of NBA general managers Wednesday in Chicago, there was no overwhelming consensus to change the rules to discourage teams from intentionally fouling poor free-throw shooters, league sources told CBSSports.com. "There is not enough support to change it," one executive in the meeting said. "It's one of those perception is bigger than reality issues." CBSSports.com

Clippers coach Doc Rivers, an influential member of the competition committee, has said repeatedly during the playoffs that he believes the rule will be changed for next season. One league source told CBSSports.com earlier this month that he estimated the chances of a rule change to discourage teams from intentionally fouling away from the ball at 85 percent. But teams that were against changing the rule became more entrenched after the numbers on intentional fouling were divulged Wednesday, and those that were on the fence heard nothing to change their minds. "It's part of the game," one of the executives said. "You need to make your free throws." CBSSports.com

May 11, 2015 Updates

The Houston Rockets aggressively used the Hack-a-DJ in the first half of their Game 4 loss at the Los Angeles Clippers. Jordan attempted 28 free throws in the first half. "Personally I don't like it," said James Harden. "But a lot of coaches have different philosophies on the game." RealGM

Rockets forward Josh Smith: "It's a decision that the coach made, and you have to just roll with it. Whatever he decides to do." Howard: "I don't think that was the reason (they lost the game). I don't think it had an effect on the game." For McHale's part, he said that Howard's early foul trouble inspired the move. "We were just trying to see if we could muck up the game a little bit," McHale said. "We didn't. We came back in and we kind of had to play small, so we just thought maybe we could get them out of their rhythm a little bit." USA Today Sports

Right about the time Kevin McHale and his Houston Rockets were dying the death of a thousand Hack-a-Shaq cuts on Sunday night, the man who helped Shaquille O'Neal with his free throws so many years ago had his own ailment to worry about. "I'm barfing watching this (expletive)!" Buzz Braman text-messaged during the third quarter of the Los Angeles Clippers' 128-95 win in Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals that put them up 3-1 on the Rockets. USA Today Sports

May 10, 2015 Updates

J.A. Adande: And before you start with your support for this junk http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2015/story/_/id/12842752/nba-gimmicky-fouls-hackneyed-philosophy Twitter

Mark Cuban: @J.A. Adande Better chance there is a parent saying 'come watch this. This is why you practice free throws'. How is a guy getting to the line from attacking the basket any different ? Game stops. And there is less drama because ft goes in. Twitter

May 8, 2015 Updates

Kimberly stands 6'2" and, like her oldest son, Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, was a feared shot blocker. She played at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, where she met Hyland Jordan, and they had four boys. But they separated when the children were young, and Kimberly moved the family into her parents’ pink-and-white bungalow in Houston’s Third Ward. She worked as a receptionist at a medical clinic and at a dentist’s office. She bummed rides from friends who owned cars. Early on, she could only afford for one of her kids to play sanctioned sports, so she chose Cory, a promising pitcher. “People tell me they knew DeAndre would be great,” Kimberly says. “I tell them, ‘No you didn’t.’ He was horrible!” Sports Illustrated

DeAndre Jordan and Dwight Howard are no longer talking -- for now, at least. Before the Clippers played the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs, Jordan called Howard to ask for some advice on handling being hacked during games. But now that the Clippers are playing the Houston Rockets in the second round, the centers on both teams aren't quite as chatty. "I'm not going to be fond of someone who I'm elbowing and who's elbowing me for 48 minutes, you know what I mean," Jordan said. Los Angeles Times

When Jordan was a freshman in high school, he met Howard at an NBA Top 50 camp and they became fast friends. "Even to this day we still talk about different things, about games," Jordan said before the second-round series began. "I watch him play, he watches me." The view is a little too close and personal now. "We're in each other's way, and that's all that matters," Jordan said Friday. "He's still a friend of mine. We don't talk now, it's just that time of the year." Regardless of who advances, Jordan thinks the two will recover their friendship in due time. "After the summer, we'll be cool again," Jordan said. Los Angeles Times

The Spurs, predictably, are more than smart enough to know they can't let this 23-year-old get away. As such, Leonard will likely agree to stay in San Antonio for the long-term quickly once July 1 rolls around (a five-year, $95 million deal would be the expected max). The question from there, of course, is whether or not San Antonio can convince another young star to come join him. The dream scenarios would include either Aldridge or Gasol heading for the Alamo City, but keep your eyes on Jordan as a sleeper candidate. His athleticism and defensive prowess would work well on a Spurs team that was already the league's third-best defensive team this season, and he would work extremely well with Tim Duncan if — as Spurs coach Gregg Popovich predicted in an interview with USA TODAY Sports back in early February — he decides to return for another season. USA Today Sports

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