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Jessica Camerato: Fox met with the Sixers today, said he could see himself fitting in with Simmons and Embiid on the court.
Jason Quick: First team Gonzaga big man Zach Collins met with at NBA Combine: Portland. Said they gave him a computer and had him take personality test
Vincent Ellis: Gonzaga center Zach Collins has met with the #Pistons. Early word at #NBACombine is he won't be available at 12.
Tania Ganguli: Indiana forward OG Anunoby met with the Lakers at the combine. Said Magic Johnson was energetic. There was lots of talk of defense.
On Friday, the Magic also interviewed Oregon wing Dillon Brooks, Wisconsin power forward Nigel Hayes, Maryland wing Justin Jackson, Iowa State point guard Monte Morris and Xavier point guard Edmond Sumner.
Adam Zagoria: Isaiah Briscoe has only met with the Heat. Expects more workouts coming.
Eddie Sefko: Baylor's Jonathan Motley measured in just under 6-9 with shoes but had 7-4 wing span. Early word is he has impressed people in one-on-ones

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The Orlando Magic interviewed North Carolina small forward Justin Jackson, Oklahoma State point guard Jawun Evans, Utah power forward Kyle Kuzma and Michigan power forward D.J. Wilson among others Thursday at the NBA Draft Combine.
Justin Jackson would be a solid option for the Sixers. Mocks drafts have the North Carolina swingman going anywhere from No. 10 to No. 27. He was aware of the possible scenario when he met with the Sixers Thursday morning at the NBA draft combine. By the end of the interview, both sides were impressed. "It was really good," Jackson said. "They were a great group of men. . . . It was kind of back and forth. So it was a good time."
CSNChicago.com spoke to several league executives and scouts in attendance, and while the opinions varied, they certainly understood the position players — or more specifically, their agents are in, at least in terms of the workouts. “I want to see guys compete,” an Eastern Conference scout said. “Even if he misses every shot, going against a guy who’s a mid-round pick and watching how they handle the competition tells you part of their mental makeup. Their body of work won’t be discounted over two days here.”
A Western Conference President agreed but said if he had a son or a client who’s slated in the top 5, he would advise him against coming to the combine. “It can’t do anything but cost you money. That’s the honest truth,” he said. “We have better just done all of our homework when it comes to making the right selection. It’s on us.”
“He may be right,” Calipari said of Durant's comments about bypassing the NBA draft combine. “For the guys, if you think there’s anything here that would hurt you, don’t come. If there’s anything here that would help you, come. If you have to play to help yourself, come. If it doesn’t help you playing then don’t play.
John Calipari: "This is for these kids. My job is to protect my guys. The job of these NBA teams is to get as much information as they can to make a great pick, so they would like to see every one of them play five-on-five, do all of ... it’s not the way it is for these kids."
College basketball's National Player of the Year Frank Mason III is at the NBA combine this week. During a 5-on-5 drill, he caught up with ESPN's Jeff Goodman to speak about the combine experience. Goodman asked Mason what was the weirdest question he got during the interview process, and things turned dark rather quickly. He was asked to choose how he'd like to die.
Michael Scotto: Hamidou Diallo (Kentucky) says he's met with 10 teams, including the Brooklyn Nets. Diallo has NOT met with the New York Knicks as of now.
Rod Beard: NBA announces that #Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox will not be available to the media today. Most teams wouldn't be able to draft him anyway.
Tony Jones: Former Utes star Kyle Kuzma interviewed with The Sixers and Memphis Grizzlies tonight, league sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune
Tony Jones: Former Lone Peak star Frank Jackson will meet with 12 teams at the Draft combine, including the Utah Jazz, league sources tell The Tribune
Kevin Durant, who 10 years ago failed to bench-press 185 pounds even once but still was drafted No. 2 overall by the Seattle SuperSonics, isn't discouraged by this recent trend. In fact, with the benefit of hindsight, Durant said he wished it had started before he embarked on his professional career. "Stay your ass home, work out and get better on your own time," Durant suggested of potential top prospects.
"I remember it like it was yesterday," Durant said, as he readjusted his body to get comfortable in his seat. "All the strength coaches were laughing at me and s---. They were giggling with each other that I couldn't lift 185 pounds, and I was like, 'All right, keep laughing. Keep laughing.' It was a funny thing, because I was the only one that couldn't lift it and I was struggling to lift it. I was embarrassed at that point, but I'm like, 'Give me a basketball, please. Give me a ball.' "
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Pacers suspending Greg Foster

Adrian Wojnarowski: Pacers are suspending assistant Greg Foster for one game and fining Goga Bitadze for exchange on court Wednesday, sources tell ESPN. Foster and Bitadze have had a strong working relationship this season and that’s expected to continue, but emotions are running high in Indiana.
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The 11-time All-Star appeared on The Post’s “Big Apple Buckets” podcast this week and discussed an array of topics, revealing he “broke down” on the team bus when forced to sit out the Knicks’ five-game loss to the San Antonio Spurs in the ’99 Finals due to an Achilles injury he suffered earlier in the postseason. “It definitely would have been a tougher series for them [if I was healthy],” Ewing said. “Marcus [Camby] and myself would have been a formidable duo to go against both Tim [Duncan] and David [Robinson], but that was tough because to have to sit there and listen to all the noise that those fans were talking about, it was hard to take. I actually broke down.
Ewing on the 1994 Finals: “We had an opportunity to beat Houston, and I’m not gonna say it was the game where John (Starks) missed those shots. I think that the third game — our first game back at home — Sam Cassell hit a huge 3 to propel them to the victory, but we were right there to get that game, and if we had gotten that game I thought that the series would not have gone back to Houston and we would have won. But it is what it is. Take our hat off to Hakeem [Olajuwon] and those guys, they did a great job.”
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Nets signing Mike James for the rest of the season

According to Eurohoops sources, the Brooklyn Nets are planning to sign Mike James for the rest of the season and through the NBA playoffs once his second 10-day contract expires on May 13. James signed his second 10-day contract with Brooklyn on Monday. The 30-year old guard is averaging 6.7 points and 3.6 assists in seven games with the Nets so far this season. His best game came against the Blazers on April 30 where he scored a season-high 15 points.
Meanwhile, the whole team is built around Gobert at both ends of the floor, to the point that the Jazz are massively worse when he’s off the court even though they have one of the league’s best backup centers and two legit Sixth Man of the Year candidates. (Utah outscores opponents by 15.4 points per 100 with Gobert on the floor … and are outscored by 1.5 with him off the court.) His value is more apparent at the defensive end, where Gobert is likely to win Defensive Player of the Year, but observers undersell the extent of Gobert’s offensive impact. His only weakness is that he lacks the post game to dominate against switches, but he’s an elite screener with a huge catch radius around the rim and one with an unmatched motor for screening, re-screening and trucking down the lane every time.
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