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Utah needs to get an NFL team just so Gary Crowton can emerge as the lead candidate to be the first head coach.
Nets still have yet to call Masai Ujiri by name. Today, Kevin Garnett referred to him as "this kid." Pierce has called him Bryan Colangelo.
Reminder that since tonight's game is on NBA TV (7 PM) it will only be locally available on SportSouth. NBATV blacked out locally.
Four rough seasons at University of Utah? Boylen "sympathizer" told ESPN: “The guy hates recruiting, what can you say?”
26 turnovers is the franchise postseason record for the Spurs, set against Denver in 1985. Leonard was six years from birth.
Pop on Leonard foul issues: "That hasn’t happened to him very often. It really took him out of his game last night. He had a tough night."
These are the same teams and same matchups the Spurs blew out of the water in the regular season. Can't make the Mavs the favorites yet.
Not a fun film session today for the Spurs. Leonard: "It's frustrating to see it on the film when you know you could easily adjust to it."
Kawhi Leonard on learning to play through foul trouble: "I've just got to pick and choose the right times to probably be more aggressive."
Many of the downtown Oakland Marriott employees are decked out in blue and gold Warriors garb. They're ready for Game 3 vs. the Clippers.
“Out in B-R-double O-K-LYN, The Planet."
This is just cruel to Laker fans. AK MT@GoodmanESPN: Mike D'Antoni's brother, Dan, expected to be hired as head coach at Marshall.
Carmelo Anthony's best chance to win is with Tom Thibodeau, Joakim Noah and yes, Derrick Rose.
Dan D'Antoni, Marshall legend, returns to his West Virginia roots!!!
Great atmosphere sitting courtside watching Hapoel Jerusalem vs Hapoel TLV: http://t.co/HtErNrB3E4
Intern Cam's shirt. Really? @dsports1051 http://t.co/jsr4p7U08E
Pop on TO explosion: "Trying to make passes that weren’t there. Just doing things too quickly. We didn’t play the game well, or wisely."
I'll give you three guesses...
Overheard in Spurs press room...Belinelli's Pizza might be delicious, but stops delivering in the playoffs.
Like it or not, Nets-Raptors series is going to be closely watched after Donaghy's comments.
I mean, it *could* happen. But I'm more of a seeing is believing kind of guy. I'm cynical that way.
If people really want to believe the NBA's eighth-worst defense can continue to hold down one of NBA's top offenses for 7 games, then OK.
Spurs won 30 road games in regular season. Mavs lost 15 at home. Even Dirk said he'd just as soon stay in San Antonio.
Belinelli said Thursday film review was nothing but an hour of turnovers. Pop had no shortage of options with 24 to choose from.
Harrison Barnes was trying to describe the Oracle Arena playoff atmosphere to the new guys. He settled on "You just have to experience it."
Per NBA notes, Game 2 was only third instance in playoffs over the past 15 yrs where a team had at least 16 more TOs than their opponent.
Got that number because Aldridge went 5-6 at the line on the three fouls from Asik.
I'm supposed to be giving a talk this afternoon in Salt Lake City. One problem: this is directly outside my hotel. http://t.co/zPccvgCQDH
Claiming Phil should offer Melo the max b/c Phil makes a lot of money... is just ridiculous - even for notorious NY media trolls.
Looked like McHale's answer to Aldridge was to play Asik more. 9 LA post-ups v. Asik: 3 fouls, 3 makes, 3 misses=1.222 Points Per Possession
KG: "If I knew or had a clue or wanted to comment on that, I don’t think I would tell 1, 2, 3 about 15 mics. I don’t think I would say it."
Tony Parker: Pop says if I have to shoot 25 times, then I have to shoot 25 times.
Scott Brooks: "After last game, we have to do a few things better. And tonight that's the game plan is just to do them better."
Jason Kidd on chess match with Dwane Casey: "It’s basketball, we can play chess in the summer, or checkers — I’m more of a checkers guy."
With road team winning nine times through 16 games, it marks first time since 1984 the road team has more wins than losses after Games 1-2.
I'll never forget story Rodman told about faceguarding Bird entire game while Bird yapped at Daly "I cant believe you're leaving me so open"
Dupont’s Greek deli throwing shade on every other Greek deli http://t.co/v77CMYLqrn
Last night the Mavs committed only 8 turnovers to the Spurs 24...the best turnover differential for the Mavs in any playoff game since 1986
Asked KG if he's excited for his first Nets home playoff game "I’m very eager, very eager. I want to see how they respond to the F-Brooklyn"
General consensus from Pop this morning re Game 2: Mavs were more physical, more intense, created a crowd Spurs too eager to play in.
Flood says he loves Philip Nelon's attitude. Transfer QB will play in the spring game.
In radio interview with 106.7, Gilbert Arenas said he told Nick Young he'll work out to make a return to the NBA. He's not done yet
Spurs finishing up practice. Every player has to make 10 straight before they leave. Long story short: I'm busting deadline today.
Gilbert Arenas also said he wants to give an NBA comeback one more shot.
Where would you rather be? Leave EARLY today for our game so you can avoid traffic and be cool. http://t.co/62unMzDdmZ
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Honestly, I don't think Carmelo gets criticized all that much in New York. He's not in the same zip code as Patrick Ewing, that's for sure.
On DC sports radio 106.7, Gilbert Arenas said he went over Nick Young's house to make fun of him for terrible first pitch at Dodgers game.
Carliisle believes Popovich is greatest coach in NBA history and "I don't think it's close." Red is rolling over in his grave about tha ...
Bradley Beal’s dislike of deep dish pizza is endearing to me.
Phil also called out Kobe's two-year, $48.5-million extension as being way too much. So I'd argue this isn't specific to Carmelo at all.
Russell Westbrook asked about playing in The Grindhouse: "You mean the FedEx Forum? That's the name of the arena, right?"
Oscar on SiriusXM NBA Radio: "If I were Carmelo I would say, ‘Listen, I’m not gonna stay here & take all this gruff & all this criticism..."
Asked Kidd about Jason Collins being named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people. Kidd: "Just happy to know one of them."
Jason Collins said he didn't know about being on the Time list until this morning. Called it a "huge honor."
Jason Kidd says Garnett's minutes will remain the same, even if "they're not as much as you guys would like it."
Did Phil ever advise Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Shaq or Kobe to take a pay cut?
It's also not Carmelo's responsibility to fix the mess that Phil Jackson inherited.
I agree with Phil that if Melo re-signs, great. If he leaves, Knicks will be ok. I just wouldn't say it publicly if I were Knicks president
More Big O on Melo: "f I were Carmelo I would say, ‘Listen, I’m not gonna stay here and take all this gruff and all this criticism...."
Shawn Marion's girlfriend gave birth to a boy last night.
Pollard said he needed the time off, but he would never do it again. He thought he'd never return to football.
Probs cause it can't track transition D, but Harden's Synergy numbers say he's been good on D so far in the playoffs http://t.co/D8r9F2JP6I
Pollard said he's never been so happy in his life. He said he missed his teammates and football "has been renewed in my body."
Jamil Pollard is moving to offensive line, he'll play guard. Flood said Pollard suggested the move.
Spurs started practice at 11. Still no balls bouncing. If they're watching film of Game 2 turnovers, might not be done in time for Game 3.
Thomas said he and Kyle Flood never sat down to get to the bottom of the whole issue from last fall.
The Thunder is 1-5 in Memphis the past two seasons, with the only win coming earlier this season when Grizz didn't have Gasol or Allen.
Thomas said he decided to return because he "felt like it was the right thing to do."
Thomas said there was a 50-50 split on his reception from teammates. Said some understood it more than others.
I see the Pacers have good cop, bad cop going on in the front office today.
Ian Thomas and Jamil Pollard both spoke to the media for the first time this spring. Will pass along some quotes shortly.
As my wife would tell you I often am, I was wrong about Zetterberg. I thought there was a very slim chance he would play tonight.
Colorado PG Spender Dinwiddle is another one who has yet to decide, but that announcement is expected at some point today.
The NBA's early entry eligibility deadline (aka the real deadline, not the NCAA's deadline) is Sunday. Harrison twins yet to announce.
The Big O on Melo continued: “If he goes to Houston, they’re gonna win everything. "
Oscar Robertson weighs in on Melo on SiriusXM's NBA Channnel: “I would leave today."
Oscar Robertson on SiriusXM NBA Radio said if he were Carmelo Anthony, "I would leave today."
Game 3 flow http://t.co/nQdNL8XvxP
But there's a first time for everything, I guess.
It would be really unprecedented for a defense that was so bad in regular season to beat offense that was so good in a playoff series.
Be sure to pick up this week's Sports Illustrated for my piece on the ever-crucial Kawhi Leonard, whom I did not jinx whyever would you ask?
Kevin Love or LaMarcus Aldridge for your team in 2015? Go...
As the Daily News reported, Dolan told Phil to focus on building a team. Yet Phil knows that the "team" isn't just about players & coaches.
Before series, Dallas winning series would have been surprising on level of "Miley Cyrus named new pope." Now? Down to "Miley wins Oscar."
Stephen A says Phil was looking to cut ties with the team's medical staff & Jim Dolan said the team's medical personnel were "untouchable."
Stephen A. Smith said on SportsCenter there was a "discrepancy" between Phil Jackson and James Dolan over the team's medical staff.
Dallas has shown us something in this series. Not going to believe Spurs will actually lose it until they've got three losses.
Lakers were able to get back to the Finals in three seasons — an extremely quick rebuilding process. This time around? 2015 is realistic.
Off to Brooklyn. Is @yourmandevine on the star maps there?
Future fundings for Great Britain national-team are unknown, Guy Goodes is entertaining first assistant gig for Israel's senior team.
Difference between aggressive/making plays & scoring. Iguodala can make plays. Don't think he can score consistently & be efficient.
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There should be confidence in the Lakers’ organization to turn this around with Mitch Kupchak’s extension.
Via sources, Guy Goodes' commitment to Great Britain national-team has expired, but both camps are interested in extension.
From the NBA...Aldridge's 89 pts through his 1st 2 playoff games are fewer than only Jordan (1986, 1988) & West (1965) over the last 50 yrs
Israeli NT head coach Erez Edelstein, I'm told, has offered Maccabi TLV assistant Guy Goodes the national-assistant position.
No problem. Glad I could help.
In 2004-05, Mitch Kupchak had to deal with Phil Jackson leaving, trading Shaq, Kobe almost signing with the Clippers, and Rudy T leaving.
I'm not saying 4th quarter #'s from Howard aren't important for Houston, but Harden is expected to step forward in those moments and hasn't.
Players going down with injuries seemingly every game was very draining to watch, but for Kupchak, the 2004-05 was the most difficult.
Iguodala averaged 13 ppg. on NBA's highest-scoring team last year. 7.3 FGAs per game this year. Don't know if he can score consistently.
One Israeli travel agency is offering Euroleague Final Four tickets - for both events - ranging from $300 to $1600. Heavy demand.
The Thunder currently 1.5-point favorites over the Grizzlies tonight. OKC is 1-4 all-time in playoff games in Memphis.
Agree on Iguodala's importance, but not sure if he can be offensive guy Warriors need him to be -- consistently, at least.
If I was a little person and some average-sized dude was using the short urinal I would just pee on him. Yep, I sure would.
Vogel's job should be safe. Every team with a vacancy would jump on that as soon as they let him go. Would be a mistake.
Young Thug's joint "OMG" is worse than the 2009-10 NJ Nets.
Basically a three-way tie for best playoff DRtg thus far: Heat (via the Bobcats' offense), Clippers (via winning by 40), and Mavs.
Kevin Durant is just the 4th player in NBA history to avg at least 32 points, 7 rebs & 5 assists. (The other 3 are MJ, Wilt & Elgin Baylor)