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Friday, May 17
But the potential 12th pick (via Toronto) is likely to be one OKC keeps & brings in, putting that player on the summer league squad as well.
OKC also could have the 12th overall pick, the 29th and the 32nd pick in this year's draft. Unlikely OKC will select & bring in all three...
The commonality w Smith & several other ex-Knicks who stay around the team: Most have been injured, and rehab at tm's facility
Big fans of all the people that immediately responded "DUH YES" without reading the 2,000 words I just wrote about it.
Otto Porter said he finally looked up the meaning of his first name for a class at Georgetown. Discovered it means "wealth" in Greek
Jeremy Lamb, Perry Jones, Daniel Orton, DeAndre Liggins and, if they let him play, Reggie Jackson all will compete at summer league.
George Hill was not a practice but he will meet with team doctors later today and take the concussion test. He remains day-to-day.
KCP is a way better passer than I expected. Georgia plays a lot of Flex, so something to keep in mind when considering his NBA destination.
"If I was a GM right now, Stan Van Gundy would be my first phone call." - Steve Kerr on this week's NBA Hang Time Podcast
Hill take the concussion test later today.
My girlfriend has a bird nest with babies in her BBQ. http://t.co/56yQK2pNpu
Vogel on the screen by Chandler where Hill suffered the concussion: "No comment"
The Jets signed Mark Sanchez's good friend from HS, Scotty McKnight. Made practice squad, but nothing more. Similar scenario, I think.
But would they give a roster spot to someone bc of his relation to someone else? No. Highly doubt it. Closest thing I can think of:
Highly doubt the Knicks would've gone that route. Tms will sometimes do slight favors for players of Smith's stature w/in the organization
Andrew Bogut said he'd love to have both Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry back, but realistically, he believes the team will have to choose one.
Andrew Bogut on Jack and Landry: "In an ideal world, you'd like to keep both. But the reality is we probably can't keep both."
Lot of folks asking abt Smith's brother, and whether he would've made the team if he'd been healthy.
This was my last day in the presence of the great DeAndre Liggins until July. And he couldn't guarantee us he'll be back next year. Sad day!
Dennis Schroeder said he has a workout with the Rockets in addition to Jazz and Bucks. Houston is 18. At this rate, he isn't around at 18.
Good news for Pacers fans, as George Hill may play in Game 6. DJ Augustin is a decent backup, but if he starts, NY will force Game 7.
The Bulls once tried to function as a team run by committee. It was a disaster. Jim, Jeanie and Johnny Buss are the committee?
Warriors center Andrew Bogut said he expects to be 100% next season, unless "I go out and get hit by a car or something."
Lakers question: Dr. Jerry was the guy providing the checks and balances when son JIm took over. Who does that now that Dr. Buss is gone?
Chris Smith will apparently be on my flight. So there's that.
(Keep in mind: these are observations as I watch, not be-all, end-all opinions).
Caldwell-Pope is really good at getting his shoulders by his man on drives and shot-fakes. Struggles once he gets to the second level.
Harrison Barnes: "Who knows? Maybe I will be on the dunk contest next year."
CSKA Moscow denied talks between Ettore Messina and NBA teams as Nets and Hawks. "We are used to these rumors. Messina signed for 3 years"
Watching Caldwell-Pope, he really lacks strength when he drives. Probably explains why he shoots so few shots in the paint. Has to improve.
Lloyd has a better chance of scoring a date with Mary than the Jazz do of winning this NBA Draft Lottery.
Harrison Barnes said he'll practice with the summer-league team, but doesn't know if he'll play in games. DGreen and FEzeli will both play.
Utahns who drive up to Idaho to buy those lottery tickets have about the same chance of winning as the Jazz do in this NBA Draft Lottery.
Jazz president Randy Rigby will be on stage in NYC to represent Utah in Tuesday's NBA Draft Lottery. GM Dennis Lindsey will also be there.
Caldwell-Pope isn't as good a prospect as Paul George, but games are sort of similar. KCP's off-ball defense could stand to improve tho
With Ben McLemore looking so-so and Nerlens Noel injured, talk at NBA Combine suggests this is year No. 1 draft pick finally gets traded.
That play will forever haunt me.
Festus Ezeli: "We are all mad. We had a great run but we are still mad."
German point guard Dennis Schroeder will work out for Bucks. Ditto for Houston and Utah.
This Durant vs. Something Kobe Said Two Years Ago quasi-controversy is among the dumber we as media have ginned up in a while. BK
Logic says Bryan Colangelo set a deadline on Toronto either picking up option or not. Other way around doesn't make sense.
Peyton Siva says he hopes he's an inspiration for other Samoans who want to play basketball, "Hopefully more will come," he said.
Shane Battier on not growing a funny mustache during this long layoff: “This week, it’s all business. Very serious. Very serious.’’
LeBron on OKC: “You can’t replace Russell Westbrook. He’s an Olympian and if he continues on the path he’s on he’s a future Hall of Famer."
That deal had incentives for the third year based on winning games.
Larkin said his coach changed it, he struggled the rest of the season, and that was the last season he played baseball
Shane Larkin, son of Barry, was taught hitting by Pete Rose and Tony Perez. When he was eight, his baseball coach told him his stance sucked
Exactly two years ago, Bryan Colangelo agreed in principle to a contract extension for two years, with a team option for the third.
Victor Oladipo says he hopes Cody Zeller didn't beat him w/a 3.15 in 3/4 court drill. "He'll be texting me '3.15' w/a smiley face for days."
I've spoken to a few representatives for teams here at the combine that agree and would take Carter-Williams over Trey Burke.
LeBron: "I was actually hoping we would play Monday just so we can get moving but we’ll take the extra 2 days We got some guys banged up."
Michael Carter-Williams told me he feels like he's the best point guard in the draft. Says size, upside makes him better.
Really want Thunder to sign or trade for Richard Hamilton, resulting in reaction from KD w/ headlines like "Durant praises Rip move"
Miami PG Shane Larkin said he had the fastest sprint and highest vertical leap of any player at the NBA Draft Combine.
Shane Larkin's vertical was 44 inches at NBA Draft Chicago combine. "Our strength coach did a lot of work at Miami," Larkin told ESPN.
Shane Larkin's 44 inch vertical is pretty insanse. Remember his dad making some crazy jumping catches for the Reds
FYI on NBA Draft Combine results. I'm tweeting official numbers from NBA.
Few guys I'm hearing good buzz about: Mike Muscala, Ricky Ledo, Ray McCallum
Bill Simmons on national TV: "Duncan is greatest of his generation." Loud Spurs fans on Twitter: "No one gives us any credit!!!"
A 44" vert is almost four feet, or 0.9 Nate Robinsons.
One thing about Grizz ... the Russ-less OKC team they choked out in Round 2 was limited & one-dimensional. Little fool's gold there.
LeBron on transition-"They don't even let me even get past halfcourt these days They just come and punch me in the face & it's a common foul
If Spurs played Pacers in Finals, not sure which fan base would get priority in the "NO ONE GIVES US CREDIT" whining hierarchy. Please stop.
Mitchell says his game is a lot like Kenneth Faried's. Comparable bodies. Mitchell is a beast.
Say this about Tony Mitchell: Very upfront about his lapses in effort at North Texas. Says every team asks about it. Says he made mistakes
As bad as Jason Kidd is playing, the Pacers would take him right now to back-up Augustin. Did you see Lance Stephenson try to dribble?
Norris Cole says people keep emailing him the video of his dunk. "They don't realize how many times I've watched it already."
Knicks caught two huge breaks. No Rondo in first round, now George Hill is out. At least D.J. Augustin is competent. Boston didn't have a PG
Likely won't learn anything new on George Hill's availability today. He is "day-to-day" and that is all they are offering up.
These PGs are absolutely killing it on the athletic testing. Wow.
Miami PG Shane Larkin testing very well. Just ran the fastest 3/4 court sprint of the combine
I've already made my reservations for Miami. The countdown to war against the Heat media has begun...
Gigi Datome is the Serie A MVP for the season 2012-13 http://t.co/Ex1KcYpXTd
Shane Larkin just turned in one of the best verticals at the NBA combine, a huge step in showing athleticism.
Shane Larkin. 34.5" standing vert. 44" max vert. Second biggest max vert we've had at combine ever. Kenny Gregory 45.5" in 2001
For everyone asking why Wolves didn't talk to Oladipo: They requested him but didn't get him from their list. NBA limits # of interviews
In the 1994 ECF, NY was down 3-2 & headed to INDY for Game 6… Starks responded w/ 1 of the best games of his career– forcing a Gm 7 (NY won)
J.R. Smith has draw comparisons to John Starks all season... Can J.R. shake off his slump & replicate one of Starks greatest games ?? (cont)
An aside on Boston. C's met with Victor Oladipo, who will likely be gone in top-ten. Met with Kelly Olynyk, too. Could be looking to move up
Maryland's Alex Len -- stress fracture surgery-- expects to be 100 percent healthy by late August.
LeBron on transition: "They don't even let me get past halfcourt these days. They just come punch me in the face."
What is it about mayors? Lots of crazy examples across NA. Marion Berry; dude in Detroit. Ford. Every town in Florida probably ....
Kelly says doctors told him he will be at full strength in seven weeks. Says he met with Dallas, Boston and the LA Clippers.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope said he ran a blistering 3.0 in three-quarter court drill.
6-6 SG Ricky Ledo was ruled academically ineligible before start of 2012-13 season and did not play 1 collegiate game. Did practice, however
SGs who said they haven't heard from Wolves: Jamaal Franklin, Seth Curry, Allen Crabbe. That doesn't mean necessarily they're not interested
Meanwhile, going to try to do some scouting on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope today. Has a lot of potential as a 3/D guy.
Duke's Ryan Kelly told me he wasn't surprised by the 14.8% body fat, highest in the combine. Says foot injury has him "not in shape at all."
Add Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to that list I just sent. The Georgia SG said he talked to Wolves last night
LeBron: "I had like 38-8-8." But people said he didn't do enough. "Yeah, I should have had 40-10-10."
Kentavious Caldwelk-Pope says he is a guard who "loves" to defend and who can be a "great" shooter
Unclear why or exactly when Mark Jackson let Kauffman go, but Kauffman a well-respected agent in NBA/coaching circles.
ESPN prattling on about Burke's so-so lane agility. Pick and roll D is about positioning more than lateral quickness. Not too worried.
There will be a rally next Wednesday at Cesar Chavez Park.
LeBron says his 2007 ECF vs Detroit was his best, even though statistics were "absurd" against Orlando in 2009. "But we lost."
There will be a rally on Wednesday evening in Ceasar Chavez Park. Cake will be performing.
Blazers today will meet with Georgia SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Season tickets go on sale for the 2013-14 Sacramento Kings season 9 am on Tuesday.
After listening to NBA teams constantly put positive spin on losing, it's nice to hear one GM tell me: "We suck. And it's on me to fix it."
McLemore says the allegations from former coach Darius Cobb are a "personal attack" against both he and his family.
Heading to BBQ fest this afternoon and evening and then off to San Antonio tomorrow. Can't beat that combination
Totally legit question. Every year i hear big man going to work with Hakeem. Have any of them gotten considerably better?
Informal survey of SGs Wolves have/will talk to: Ben McLeMore, Tim Hardaway Jr., Ricky Ledo, Archie Goodwin, Reggie Bullock, Vander Blue
.@carmichaeldave out here capping off the presser. Salute.
McLemore insisted Blackstock was merely a family friend that has helped advise Ben and his family.
Here comes Carmichael Dave. Mayor introduces him
Fun little tidbit from that Kawhi piece: When Leonard played in the second round without Duncan (59 min), he posted a 100% eFG%.
Chris Grant: "We don’t concentrate on if a draft is good or bad. Where we’re picking, can we get a player who is going to be a good fit?"
Ben McLemore and Victor Oladipo each had Jordanesque 42-inch vertical jumps.
For the record, I don't think leaving Colangelo hanging is unfair. I just think it's counter-intuitive and unproductive.
But Tellem negotiating for Jackson w/Warriors doesn't guarantee anything beyond very good relationships.
Small Forwards taking the floor and no Shabazz Muhammad today.
Myers was Tellem's right-hand man for many years, and Tellem is one of Jerry West's oldest and best friends.
Also amazing articles about 1972 WCF Bucks v Lakers series. Jabbar v. Wilt and West v. Oscar.
Woodson: "When we started the playoffs, I went w/ veteran guys…" Woody says he wasn't comfortable playing youngsters until offense struggled
Griz will auction off the warm-up shirt Tony Allen threw on the court in Game 5 at OKC. It will be autographed. Details being worked out.
SF Chronicle reports Mark Jackson fired agent Steven Kauffman recently & now represented by Arn Tellem, who has ties to Myers, Guber, West.
Just got done talking to Duke's Ryan Kelly, a jump-shooting big man that says his game is most like Dirk and Ryan Anderson. Like this kid.
Mike Woodson, on ESPN radio, says Chris Copeland will "absolutely" receive continue to see plenty of minutes going forward.
Allen Warren is definitely going to be in the Legislature some day.
For first time, Woodson admitted didn't think Copeland was making team out of training camp despite nice summer league. Not strong enuff.
KJ says he was asked by NBA if there was enough political will to get an arena done. Clearly there was based on council votes.
Woodson, to ESPN Radio, on why he canceled Wednesday appearance: "My plate was filled. ... I was really busy."
Mike Woodson said that Felton and Chandler are both fine and ready to go for Game 6.
The rankings of the most painful reporters on today's conference call with Mike Woodson: 3. Jared from ESPN, 2. Logan of Newsday, 1. BOTP
Darrell Steinberg thanking fans at City Hall http://t.co/8drFTKbrcf