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Monday, May 20
Olimpia Milano will be without Pops Mensah-Bonsu tonight in Game 6 vs Mens Sana Siena. Leon Radosevic will replace the injured forward
Steve Novak said he was frustrated he wasn't more involved and felt he could have made a difference. But he said he "trusts" Woodson.
"A little piece of me is a part of that cake pan in his cabinet." I mean, that's just an A+ quote
Media waiting for Griz after extended, aka endless, film session. http://t.co/Cxa71b7W3F
Best: "He’s someone I’m probably never going to meet, but now I have this very odd relationship with, because I bought him a cake pan."
Rigby: "I don't do any gambling, but...when I've played golf, when I've done different activities I've had pretty good fortune for myself."
I'd love to read an oral history of the "We Are The World" music video. Make it happen, @grantland33
Jazz president Randy Rigby says he is a pretty lucky guy in general. Jazz hope so. He'll represent the 14th-slotted Jazz in Tues. lottery
And by Gruz, I mean Griz.
Estimated media availability for Gruz at 1230. But they just finished film session at 1250. Must have been a blast.
Novak said "it was frustrating for me'' not to play vs. Indiana. Said he's son of coach and understands but "it's not what you want.''
LeBron extremely diplomatic about Pacers and Vogel today. Hopefully that will put this non-story to bed.
I'm kidding, of course. As someone who wants to wretch at the "Johnny Football" oversaturation, would never do that to you guys.
More LeBron on Pacers, "We're very excited about the opportunity to go again them. So it should be fun. It's two really good teams."
More LeBron on Pacers, "It's our next opponent. We're looking forward to the matchup. They're here for a reason."
Tyson and Shumpert saying the Knicks need to have a more diversified offense with less standing around and watching.
Two things 25-year-old kids should not possess: 1) Fatherhood of 10-year-olds; 2) Guns
LeBron on the Pacers, "We have respect for them. I said that yesterday, as well."
I've been searching Twitter carefully, and so far I have seen zero headlines saying "Report: Dwight Howard Not Signing With Celtics." Hmmmm.
Spurs were really good and had Memphis flustered but Memphis was awful defensively slow on everything . Tuesday will be different
Re: Ujiri. Not saying he made Denver that way, they always played that way. Point was very different than Casey style.
A less radical solution: no custom protections on picks. You can either lottery-protect it or leave it unprotected. No in-between.
Obviously I'm not dumb enough to bet on the Pacers beating Miami. But can I get awesome odds on them pushing it to... say, 6? Worth a flier.
Iman Shumpert keepin it real (street slang): "We know we were supposed to go farther. We didn’t. So it’s a failure."
Anybody object if I refer to Spurs' point guard as Tony Basketball from here on out?
Spurs #1 play all year - Parker left sideline in early O right hand driblle off Duncan left elbow pick -- didn't run it once in 1st Q.
Iman Shumpert said the Knicks "failed." They should have at least gotten to the EC Finals.
Is anything more "First Take"-ish than LeBron James and Frank Vogel "next team" stuff? C'mon.
Also understand that Puerto Rico are being lined up to face Great Britain's men in a friendly in London in August.
Fans are significantly overestimating how damaged Colangelo’s reputation is in NBA circles. He’ll get another GM job.
I believe Jason Kidd negotiates a buyout with Knicks. I think Marcus Camby stays and Rasheed brings his warmth and winning smile as a coach.
re-watching Spurs Griztoues 1st -- WOW Tony Allen was gettng torched everytime he gambled. No man's land defense = 3 pt from Spurs
Time to grind: http://t.co/tDdbBiDl7x
Chandler was talking about series of illnesses over last year or so -- flu. strep, etc. Was hard to tell what the timeline was.
The more I think about the Red Mamba's Parker-Manziel comparison, the more I like it.
Though he's going into 3rd season, Shump has never played summer league, because of lockout (in 2011) and knee surgery (2012).
Honest question, where does the silly CP3 to the Knicks idea come from?
Shumpert also said he plans to play in Vegas Summer League, to work on his game and get more coaching.
Shumpert reiterates his sentiment from Saturday: That Knicks failed. Said anything less than ECF was a failure.
Iman Shumpert said coaches want him to play in summer league in Las Vegas. He has never played summer league.
The book about the Lakers I would like to see is the one by Karl Malone and his season in L.A. No agendas.
FYI: MSG renovation, I mean transformation, will be completed this summer. That's code for "the middle class Knicks fan has been priced out"
Also Matt Bonner calls Tony Parker "our Johnny Manziel" which is multi-level weird.
Summing up Spurs today: Not expecting to hit 14 3s again, expecting the real Memphis to show up in Game 2.
The Heat are 2/15 to beat the Pacers, according to Bovada
Chandler, like Felton, said Knicks need to stay together and grow together. Everyone needs to improve he said, "coaches, too."
And now some Raiders fans are furious at me. For saying they're not at peak franchise success level. Yeah, my fault.
Chandler also blamed his weight loss from having a strep throat late in regular season to lessening his strength. Had lost 10 pounds.
One other thing: the Pacers, Bulls and Celtics all finished behind the Knicks this season.
Chandler said he wished he was healthier down the stretch and could have played more coming into the playoffs. He said he was out of rhythm.
Tyson said he "doesn't know'' about his buddy Jason Kidd's future. Said JKidd needs time away to think.
Tyson said weight loss affected him a bit vs. Indiana. Lost some strength. Said he'd like to grow on offense to balance out perimeter game.
Guess which teams are making significant moves? Bulls get Derrick Rose back, Danny Granger returns to Pacers and Rajon Rondo rejoins Celtics
I wonder how happy Colangelo is with this solution. Stripping him of basketball decision making is significant, but he’s still employed, so…
Tyson Chandler acknowleged his poor playoff performance, but doesn't feel he let the Knicks down because we gave all he had.
Tyson doesn't think he let his team down in the playoffs. Said conditioning off neck off injury weight loss contributed to poor play
Chandler acknowledged his poor playoff performance. Said he never regained his rhythm following absence from illness.
Illness led to major weight loss, which Chandler said impacted him more than any lingering effects from neck injury.
Tyson Chandler said he never really got his timing back after missing so much of late season. Wished he could've come back before playoffs.
Tyson Chandler disclosed that he had strep throat just before playoffs. Caught it from his daughter.
Common theme of "we need to grow together" & "we all have to get better" sounds like front office isn't convinced it can make major changes.
Everybody can relax. Raymond Felton is going to spend some time with Jason Kidd in the Hamptons over the offseason.
More Tyson Chandler: "I really believe this team has a bright future. You have to mature together, you have to grow together."
Pretty sure everyone knows my stance on that (I know DLee and Joe Lacob do) and DLee's not at the Rudy Gay level. Very hard to trade.
Tyson Chandler on whether he let down the team vs Indiana: "No, you can't let the team down if you gave them 100 percent."
Heat 2-to-15 favorite to beat Pacers in East finals, according to Bovada.lv. Heat at 7-2 to sweep Pacers; Pacers at 75-1 to sweep.
But yeah, I guess the Chargers and Padres are so incredible right now that I'm a dastardly human for not mentioning them.
Felton: "We're just fine. I love our team just the way it is. .. When you're going to be successful, a team has to be together for a while."
J Kidd, Camby, Novak & Amar’e are owed more than $65 million combined thru 2015… They all averaged fewer than 4 ppg this postseason
Two biggest plays of Knicks' playoffs: J.R. Smith elbowing Jason Terry (he never was the same after that) and Hibbert blocking Melo's dunk.
Demarcus is on hold
Jam du jour: "Given To Fly" by Pearl Jam. I'm in a Seattle frame of mind.
Ujiri built ultra-fast, offensive group in Denver. Defence wasn't priority. Running was. Not a fit with Dwane Casey in the slightest
The award cites the creation of the Blazer Burger and the way it was promoted on multiple platforms. League panel voted on 35 submissions.
As I speculated earlier on @fan590, reports from Yahoo & others seem to confirm colangelo will stay on w/ team but search for new GM is on
Chris Andersen was asked the last time he smiled. “I don’t remember,’’ he said.
And currently the worst major team in the Bay Area... is the one that spent some time calling LA home.
The fact Frank Vogel is misquoted then several outlets run with it says a lot about media. Come on gang...better than that.
And it's flipped for Bay Area, too: Giants, A's, 49ers, Stanford football and Warriors are all reasonably stronger now than in a while.
Kenyon Martin, who wasn't wearing a black suit, says his advice would be to "bring Kenyon back." (Thank God he's not the GM.)
Not a single Pacer reserve is a plus for the playoffs. You can argue that Miller-Anthony-Lewis-Jones would be stronger than Pacers bench.
UCLA hoops, USC football, Dodgers, Lakers, Angels, no NFL... These are not banner times in SoCal. I guess it all rides with LA Kings now.
Norris Cole and Ray Allen were a minus-0.2 together in regular season. They are a plus-7.9 in playoffs.
Five teams have overcome odds worse than NOLA's 8.8% to get No. 1 pick. Most recently Chicago in 2008 with a 1.7% chance. Got Derrick Rose
Wouldn't it be something if J.R. Smith says he needs to take a break from clubbing and will be a homebody for the next few months.
Pacers-Knicks Game 6 drew a 17.8 in Indy—the market’s third highest-rated NBA game on ESPN. NY’s 9.8 was its largest rating ever.
The Heat's best 4-man group in the playoffs? The bench group. Cole, Allen, Battier and Andersen are a plus-6.9 per game.
"Being a better leader, being a better PG on the court, being a little more vocal -- aggressive in that sense" Felton on improvements
13.9 and 5.5 per game for Ray Felton is solid and he's really not making a lot of money. CP3 is still on the top of every fan's wishlist.
Felton reminds everyone that you have to be patient. I'd remind him this is New York. Patience is in short supply.
Felton: The chip is still there and losing to Indiana is only gonna make me stronger, it’s only gonna make our team stronger."
For what it's worth, one spot the Knicks cap doesn't restrict them is coach: Could upgrade, but won't.
Still waiting for the year when a player somewhere says, "My teammates are awful. I hope we trade them all. And coach should be fired."
Felton wants everyone back next year. They must have shown him salary cap situation in his exit interview.
Knicks exit interviews underway. Spoiler alert: Everyone wants to stay. Everyone thinks they can get better without major roster changes.
Felton: "I love our team just the way it is. When you start making too many changes, you can’t build on something"
And Felton borrowed a page from Carmelo Anthony's Saturday-night speech in saying "I would say it's a great year.''
Recent NBA No. 6 overall picks: Yi Jianlian '07, Gallinari 08, Jonny Flynn 09, Ekpe Udoh 10, Jan Vesely 11, Damian Lillard 12
Ray Felton said the Knicks should be kept together and be able to build on this season. Not all of them will be back, tho.
Raymond Felton wants the Knicks to bring everyone back. (Thank God he's the point guard and not the GM)
Felton says he will spend some time with Jason Kidd in the Hamptons and pick his brain a little bit.
One thing for sure: Masai Ujiri is going to get paid.
Bernard Hopkins wins Wanamaker Award - athlete who has done the most to reflect credit upon Philadelphia and to sport in which they excel.
Bernard Hopkins named Wanamaker Athletic Award winner.
Colangelo is out in Toronto. Still no word who new GM will be.
Kenyon on end: Do I think we had a better team than Indiana? Yeah, but some things, some matchups in certain series, don’t go your way.
Colangelo's finalizing agreement to move over to business side, leaving basketball ops. Ownership preparing major financial offer for Ujiri.
Pelicans have pre-lottery 5th slot. Recent No. 5 picks: Jeff Green '07, Kevin Love 08, Rubio 09, Cousins 10, Valanciunas 11, T.Robinson '12
Noel, Otto & Len in that order
The headline of that burger-based NBA award: "PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS RECEIVE 2013 NBA TEAM SPONSORSHIP ACTIVATION OF THE YEAR AWARD"
can't believe how many people hadn't heard of Miguel till leg drop. "Adorn" is the jam. One of best songs of 2012.
Now all Raps have to hope is that their dollars are worth more to Ujiri than loyalty to the org that gave him his big shot.
On corporate side, Colangelo has built strong MLSE ties with Canada Basketball, made sure Raptors active with charities, etc.
BC staying on in a corporate/advisory role would probably make it easier for Ujiri to take his job and not feel like he’s holding the knife
But now seems they were trying to find a way for him to gracefully stay on somehow.
Good news! The Portland Trail Blazers just won an award I never knew existed!
Now Tim Leiweke's "still working on it" comment to me other day about BC is making more sense. I thought they were working on his exit ...
Kenyon Martin, asked to put his GM hat on, would be an awesome GM: "Ain’t my call, man. If I say anything it’s bring Kenyon back."
NBA draft lottery is tomorrow night at 7:30 Central. Keep in mind, you can only "win" one of top 3 picks. 4-14 are slotted by W-L record
The Spurs just hit another 3
If this is the case it would be something Larry Tanenbaum would have pushed for /2
Martin did play well when called upon. He signed a 10-day as insurance on Feb. 12 and ended up being a key piece of the rotation.
Kenyon Martin was first Knick to speak today, said he wants to return. Asked what he would do if he was GM, "Bring Kenyon back," he said.
To open Baggy Day, Kenyon Martin says he would like to be back and believes he proved he can still play at a high level.
Kenyon Martin starts the wrap-up - met with Knicks front office and said, all positive, told them he wants to be back.
Beer soap! As if I needed another means to reek of IPA: http://t.co/KBUoQhHiwS
How did Garrard pass his physical with the jets?