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Reggie Miller on Blazers-Rockets, “Which team will make the first commitment to playing defense?"
East picks: Pacers in 5, Heat in 5, Raptors in 6, Bulls in 7. West picks: Spurs in 5, Thunder in 7, Clips in 5 (Bogut factor), Rockets in 6.
Meeks was Lakers' MVP this season. Really impressive. I'd say all things considered, Young is more likely to be back with Lakers than Meeks.
Michael Umeh could've left Israel this weekend but Herzliya lost 88-86, keeping him from joining Brindisi for at least another week.
Jodie Meeks with a big smile talking about his summer plans: "Graduation (from Kentucky) is May 10th. Cap and gown and everything"
I'm convinced Meeks is more excited about graduating from Kentucky this summer than his free agency--which is cool.
Jodie Meeks is set to graduate from Kentucky on May 10. He's been plugging away at his degree in his NBA offseasons. Pretty cool.
This was clearly a great year for Jodie Meeks who got huge minutes - he's also graduating Kentucky with a marketing degree in May
Nigerian SG Michael Umeh has a verbal agreement to join Italian-League Brindisi IF and WHEN Herzliya avoid Israeli-League regulation.
Jodie Meeks wants back with Lakers
Meeks said he's not too concerned about starting while weighing options. More about minutes and overall opportunity. AK
New Thunder playoff podcast will be out shortly. Look out for it.
Roy Hibbert, clearly agitated by ‘How are you’ ?s: “I’ve been doing this for like six years now, I’m ready to go. It’s playoff time.”
Jodie Meeks: "It's a packed house every night, you can't take that for granted. I've been on other teams w/ 2,000 people in the stands"
Were LAL to have won more games this year, Meeks would have been a clear "Most Improved" candidate. Got better in many aspects.
Meeks said if it's up to him, he "definitely" wants to return next season. AK
Anyone want to transcribe four hours of interviews in exchange for a cold pastrami burger and onion rings?
Apropos to nothing in particular, Jodie Meeks is wearing perhaps the most neon green T-shirt I've ever seen. Like, "Riddler" neon green. AK
Meeks on his chances of being back: "I'm not sure. I want to be back. I loved playing here. We'll see how the draft and free agency goes."
Frank Vogel: “No update on Andrew Bynum. Still a chance (he plays in the playoffs).”
Isaiah Canaan, Robert Covington have both been re-assigned to the @rgvvipers, according to a team source.
Dennis Lindsey said Jazz management and Ty Corbin will take a short while to "decompress" before any decisions are made about future coach.
"A person doesn't die when he should but when he can." RIP Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Papelbon & Brett Myers were born the same year in the same town. Papelbon makes Myers look erudite.
Nova is the question. If he's the starter is he automatically a captain? Awkward if he's the starter and not a capt after being one jr year
Andrew Bynum ruled out for Round 1 http://t.co/BWJe70TLqt
Joining Joel Meyers in TNT's play-by-play lineup are Kevin Harlan, Marv Albert and Brian Anderson. Some of the best voices in NBA and sports
Captain vote should be interesting this summer. Seems like Milewski, Burton and Hamilton, despite being a junior, are near locks.
The Locker Cleanout Crown Burger tradition lives on. http://t.co/iqOGSYNXYV
Offered a "Why the Knicks were so bad" story to my editor earlier in the wk. He asked, "What is there to say that you haven't already said?"
Key stat in Nets-Raptors series: Pierce, Garnett, Johnson and Williams have 387 games of playoff experience to 24 for Raptors' starters.
Expectation is D-League teams will have a salary cap, able to pay Euro-level salaries ($100K-$200K) at least to some. Tradeoff for age limit
Headed over the News 14 and ESPN730 to talk Bobcats playoffs.
Dennis Lindsey : I love guys who can pass the basketball
Lindsey did not hint about the future of Tyrone Corbin but said after time to "decompress" a decision will be made in "short order."
Pau says his bro Marc is the best big man in the game: "I like him better than any other center in the game ... Not to mention any names"
Pau says he thinks brother Marc Gasol is the better than any other centers in the NBA. "I'm not going to name any names," he said.
Let’s please not make “LeBron is playing the team Michael Jordan owns” a thing, y’all.
Lindsey on the team's picks/salary structure: "We have a chance to get it right for the Utah Jazz."
Let’s hope the playoffs are competitive in the first round. ESPN’s panel of experts is unanimous in five of eight series.
Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey on Gordon Hayward: "I think he needs to have more fun."
Puig looks less nonchalant on catching that one … the guy has talent.
Why did Kobe + Pau work? Gasol: "We complement each other well personally and professionally." Need that for 2 All-Stars to win titles.
That was the greatest Yasiel Puig moment of the year. He tried to go “cool guy” mode on a fly ball only to drop it. Non-chalant errors.
Gasol on LAL tenure, whether it's over or not: "It's been amazing. I'll always be a part of this franchise and city no matter what."
Pau says Kobe would be "one of the main reasons" he would consider re-signing with the Lakers.
Pau on Kobe: "I have great respect for him. He's extremely unique. I know he's going to come back strong"
Gasol said he'd be more than fine playing in a smaller system (like MIA, etc.), but as the center, not the PF.
Even if Nets victory last night meant they'd play Raptors instead of Bulls, most of the starters weren't playing in both back-2-backs anyway
Andrew Bynum at practice today. But not participating. http://t.co/8Ncq9wI6Hc
Gasol's best ball came in January: 20.8 ppg on 51.0% FG's; 11.9 rpg; 3.9 apg; 1.7 bpg. D wasn't great, but still All-Star level overall.
Dennis Lindsey on Gordon Hayward: "I think he needs to have more fun."
Pau Gasol still hopes/expects another 4-5 years at high level - prefers inside out - instead of outside in - still open to Lakers return
“This could be my last day here” - Pau Gasol.
Jordan Adams confirms that he is returning to UCLA next season rather than entering the 2014 NBA draft.
Giannis said today he will back in gym May 1 working out with brother Thanasis, who will be preparing for June draft.
Aside from the vertigo, Gasol said everything else felt pretty good this season, including the knees he had operated on last summer.
This might be a permanent tribute to Lacey at Michigan State ... more tweets to come from celebration of her life http://t.co/KkrSyYzvbK
Pau on whether D'Antoni's presence could affect him staying: "It would be a factor, but I don't know how big it would be." AK
Feeling nostalgic at Lakers facility? "This could be my last day, maybe. It's a chance" Pau Gasol said.
“This could be my last day here” - Pau Gasol. Don’t say that =(
Pau Gasol on the Lakers: "The last couple years I kept in my back in my mind that this could be my last day here"
Pau Gasol: "Hopefully I'll be able to play another good five years. That's my vision"
Gasol sees himself playing "several more years at a high level." Maybe 5 years. He's 33, and his game is more skill than athleticism.
GOOD: Portsmouth streaming games live. BAD: Portsmouth streaming games live with no play-by-play
Sad to hear about the passing of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Genius. RIP.
The Lakers can have two max free agency slots in 2014-15 and 2015-16 (or two in 2015-16 if they don't use one for next season).
Pau on D'Antoni: "I think we found a common ground ... I was open to a faster pace"
Pau doesn't know if Lakers' core can become strong again, but Kobe "will be in great shape and will be performing at a very high level."
Gasol's priority for next season, it would appear, is to have a chance to win a ring. Unsure what LAL can do to be in that spot next season.
Pau on wanting a winning team via free agency precluding return to Lakers: "Well, I think it depends. Um, it would be kinda difficult."
Lakers forward Pau Gasol on his free agency future, says he'll pursue "best opportunity to hopefully go after a championship."
Gasol's expectations of Kobe next season: "I think he will be in great shape and performing at a very high level."
Pau Gasol on free agency: "I'm still going to listen closely to what the Lakers have to offer and say about the team's situation."
Pau Gasol: "I still will listen closely to the Lakers."
The Lakers will certainly be one of the teams Gasol considers. He has a very strong relationship with Mitch Kupchak.
Pau said he's excited at the prospect of controlling his own destiny this offseason, as opposed to the last few years with no control. AK
Dennis Lindsey: the concern on Derek Favors and Enes Kanter playing together is non-sense
Pau Gasol: "I'll be in charge of my future, my destiny and I'll have to listen to the different possibilities on the table"
If anything, the Nets tanked to face the Heat rather than the Pacers.
Pau Gasol: "I will be in charge of my future and my destiny and I will have to listen to the other possibilities."
Ross said his quote (re: wanting Nets) was taken out of context. Wasn't a slight, meant it would be honour to face guys he grew up watching
Does Pau Gasol know if he played his last game in Los Angeles? "I don't know." Obviously, he's going to fully explore free agency.
The idea that the Nets tanked to face the Raptors is flawed. They didn't know implications before Kidd decided to bench every starter.
Anyway, Pau Gasol is now talking.
Ross wants “insanity” from crowd. "Everybody going crazy, I hope. Nobody sits down, I hope everyone's screaming constantly all the time."
Others I considered: G6 in Boston in '12, and several other games in Heat/Knicks rivalry. But that G7 in 2000 was end of a brutal era.
Anthony Davis finished first in NBA in blocks, 10th in rebounding, 14th in scoring. Also was 31st in steals (third among power forwards)
On last tweet, the B/R hashtag is for NBA games. And yes, I would have picked G6 last yr, if I had looked up from laptop to actually see it.
It’s been frustrating that Nash hasn’t been able to play, but there’s not one person out there who would give up that money and retire.
John Stockton will help scout talent for the Utah Jazz at the Portsmouth Invitational while there to watch his son David work out.
Jabari Parker spent one more year at Duke than Kobe. Parker sure looks ready to me. I'm drafting no. 1 overall, I'm taking him.
We all want athletes to be completely honest, but when Steve Nash admitted he wasn’t going to retire for the money, there was criticism.
We all want athletes to be completely honest, but when Steve Nash admitted he wasn’t going to retire for the money, he received criticism.
After putting me on the spot — and I truthfully said he's an All-NBA defender — Enes Kanter smiled. "I’m just playing, man."
Drew said he hopes to have a chance to speak with new owners Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens. "I would love to come back," Drew said.
All kidding aside, it’s rare to see an athlete so candid as Nash during his exit interview. Really interesting responses. AK
Tried to look up how many points/possession DAL has allowed vs SAS w/ both Monta/Calderon on floor, laptop just burst into flames.
Asked Enes Kanter if defensive improvement would be summer focus. His response: "I’m not good at it you think?" I was asking for a friend.
I go back and forth on the existence of clutch. But, wow, Memphis... http://t.co/PmUCsf8wt6
Cuonzo to Cal and now possibly Haith to Tulsa? Basketball coaches can't get out of SEC fast enough
"In this situation, you hope that things do happen fast, so you can move forward," Drew said.
Drew went through exit interviews with players Thursday. He admitted there is uncertainty due to ownership change.
Bucks coach Larry Drew: "It's got to be business as usual. Whatever happens with the situation, I've just got to accept it."
To sum up media day: Jazz hated losing but felt they learned, some players wish they would've played more, hard work ahead, pizza's gone.
*sits down to write opus* http://t.co/bo9ccY3vvw
I just realized I forgot to ask Nash if he and Mitch discussed an extension. I am terrible at my job. AK
Harrison twins were strongly leaning toward draft. Now they are considering returning to UK after NBA feedback. Should decide on Tues/Wed
Wonder if Raptors will put out a Canadian TV schedule for this series after not managing to do so all season due to Rogers/Bell drama?
Trey Burke: "We're a young team, but at some point we've got to stop saying that."
Trey Burke wants to be in playoffs next year. "That's the goal."
Masai: "We’re not apologetic to anybody or any players that left or anything that happened in the past. We are who we are"
Masai: "We hope Canada can stand tall, the Toronto Raptors can stand tall and we can be who we are. We’re proud to be a team in Canada"
The Warriors announced that they're sending Ognjen Kuzmic back to the D-League for Santa Cruz's playoff game tonight.
Masai: "I’ll tell you 1 thing, people will watch the Raptors, eventually. People in the States, people here, people will watch the Raptors"
The Warriors announced that they're sending Ognjen Kuzmic back to the D-League for Santa Cruz's playoff game tomorrow.
DeRozan on Nets experience: "We're all in the same league, man. Credit to them... but we play against guys who are experienced all season"
It really is pretty insane that James Young can leave Kentucky and everyone shrugs. "Oh? OK, that leaves us with what? nine All-Americans?'
I think my favorite part of today's proceedings was Carmelo referencing himself as "financially stable."
Steve Nash is now conducting the second half of his press conference in Spanish. No mentira.
I suppose we could all ask ourselves if we'd just voluntarily give up $ we signed a contract for. Nash won't be falsely modest or lie.
Nash said if he was brought back to mentor the Lakers' draft pick "by design" it would be "an honor" to teach him like KJ/Kidd taught him
It's interesting to see an athlete talk openly about $, which Nash acknowledged is "awkward" and "convoluted," but he's answering the ?.
Nash talking contract now: "I would play for free, but not when you have three teams offering you money."
Ross said he wanted to play Brooklyn because he grew up watching KG, PP, JJ. "I guess I did kind of get what I asked for. Whatever.”
Steve Nash says Lakers "hit the bottom," but wants to be back to fight in the transition & says it would be fun to "go out there and fight."
Steve Nash says he intends to earn his keep for the Lakers on the court, or if not possible, as a mentor/coach off the court
Steve Nash said there hasn't been a doctor along the way who told him physically he should consider retirement
Piece is a .381 career pinch hitter with 6 HRs.
Jimmy Butler tied Carmelo Anthony for NBA lead in minutes per game at 38.7. Butler played 10 fewer games, 391 fewer total minutes.
Steve Nash on his time with the Lakers: "We've hit the bottom. We've had championship aspirations and nothing's gone right"
Steve Nash says the R-word about the Lakers: "The franchise is in a rebuild here"
Nash just compared being an aging athlete to "a writer who's run out of words." That guy. He's just so, so um... Crap. What's the word?
"It felt like an opportunity to be honest, and backlash be damned." Nash, on the "wanting the money" admission in the Grantland doc. AK
Tim Duncan, budding All-Star/MVP, sitting on the rookie/free agent bus at training camp, ready to get a workout in.
Nash reached a point in his career/life where he just wants to be honest: "Backlash be damned … to hell with being judged."
A lot of players winding down their careers get to that place where they're not so P.C. and just let it rip. It's refreshing and empowering.
Coaches came down to find him sitting on it, told him he could go back upstairs and get some sleep. This was like his 3rd or 4th season.
With that said, Nash said he argued some with the editors to make it more lighthearted, so it didn't look like a woe is me production.
Nash on his honesty these days: "Backlash be damned. ... To hell with being judged."
Big Piece on deck.
Still my favorite Duncan story...can't remember full details. But it was some sort of early bus at training camp for rookies/free agents.
Steve Nash on Mike D’Antoni: “I can’t really comment on his future, because I don’t know. But it was tough on him."
Part of Nash's point w/t @grantland33 Finish Line doc he produced was to relate to anyone coping with the end of something they loved.
Enes Kanter on pairing with Derrick Favors: Some people think we cannot play together. I think it's crazy.
Nash on D'Antoni: "I can't really comment on his future, because I don't know. But it was tough on him"
Is Steve Nash still having fun? "Love it. Would have loved to play some more."
Does Nash still enjoy it? "The games I played recently I had so much fun." He was quite effective, too. But just wasn't healthy.
To recap a busy draft day: Jabari Parker, James Young, Rodney Hood all declaring for draft. Jordan Adams returning to UCLA.
Nash thinks he's closer to 3-4 weeks away from being healthy - not 5 months like at end of last season - still unsure of future
Steve Nash says he is 3-4 weeks from being healthy.
Nash: "It would have to be pretty clear that I wouldn’t be able to contribute for me to step aside."
There’s no defending Kobe Bryant for leaving for his Euro vacation when the Lakers were still playing. Looks awful. Fan appreciation night?
Steve Nash believes he will be in Lakers training camp next season but added he will evaluate himself & "Who knows" in regards to his body.
Patterson was a little perturbed re: the # of days between gms, said if used correctly that won't necessarily be an advantage for older Nets
Nash: "I think in my mind, yeah, I will be in camp. But I don’t take anything for granted these days"
The Lakers had asked Nash to sit for younger players - unclear if he could have sustained health throughout about 5 weeks while yielding
Nash says in his mind he'll be in camp next year, "But I don't take anything for granted." BK
Steve Nash: "They can't rely on me, frankly ... They don't know what I can bring (next season)"