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April 20, 2015 Updates

Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore has been named a finalist for the 2014-15 Seasonlong NBA Cares Community Assist Award. “I’m grateful to be in the position to give back to underserved communities and serve as a role model for kids across the country,” McLemore said in a press statement by the Kings. “Giving back and creating positive change is important to me, and I am humbled to be recognized by the NBA for the work I’ve done and will continue to do.” McLemore’s nonprofit “All 4 Kids” has provided meals and presents to less privileged children in Kansas and Missouri. The 22-year old treated low-income Sacramento youth to a holiday shopping spree last winter, and regularly visits schools and shelters to promote reading and literacy by donating books and reading to children. Cowbell Kingdom

Kaiser Permanente and the NBA will donate $25,000 to the charity of the winner’s choice. McLemore designated Saint John’s Program for Real Change, which intends to buy a 15-passenger van to take homeless kids currently without transportation to and from school. The winner will be chosen by NBA judges and fan votes. The window for voting is April 20-27. This can be done with a post on Twitter, an NBA Facebook account, or an Instagram post by using the hashtags #NBACommunityAssist and #BenMcLemore. Cowbell Kingdom

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The Toronto Raptors’ Lou Williams, who averaged a career-high 15.5 points this season and helped Toronto win a franchise-record 49 games, is the winner of the 2014-15 Kia NBA Sixth Man Award as the league’s best player in a reserve role, the NBA announced today. The 6-1 guard becomes the first Raptors player to earn the honor. Williams, in his 10th NBA season and first with the Raptors, amassed 78 first-place votes and 502 total points from a panel of 130 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics finished second with 324 points (33 first-place votes), and two-time winner Jamal Crawford of the Los Angeles Clippers was third with 131 points (eight first-place votes). NBA.com

April 19, 2015 Updates

Jackson did not hesitate to praise Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who replaced Jackson after he was fired last spring. Kerr inherited a 51-31 team and led them to a 67-15 season. "You have to give him a lot of credit," Jackson said. "He has done an outstanding job. In my opinion, the Coach of the Year. He has elevated this basketball team." Oakland Tribune

After making waves by previously backing Houston guard James Harden for the NBA's Most Valuable Player award, he didn't make an endorsement Saturday. But Jackson did say that Warriors guard Stephen Curry "very well may be the MVP of this league." In the first quarter, Curry easily drove for a layup around 7-2 backup center Alexis Anjinca on a mismatch, prompting Jackson to say, "That's Steph Curry: incredible basketball player." Contra Costa Times

April 18, 2015 Updates

Conveniently, Cuban believes that Houston, his team’s first-round opponent in this season’s playoffs, is one of the most one-dimensional teams in the playoffs. “[The biggest difference is] practice time. There’s no more predictable team than the Rockets. You know exactly what they’re gonna do,” he says. “But James Harden is so good. That’s what analytics have begot. Right? Predictability. If you know what the percentages are, in the playoffs, you have time to counter them. Whether you’re good enough to do it is another question. Because they are very talented, and James Harden, I think, is the MVP. Because that’s not a very good team over there.” Grantland

April 17, 2015 Updates

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