Gregg Popovich: “As discussions went on, it became apparent to me that it really was me. He’s been playing in the league for nine years. I’m not going to turn him into some other player. I could do some things defensively or rebounding-wise. But on offense, I was going to move him everywhere. That was just silly on my part. Total overcoaching. So, we took care of it, and he’s been fantastic.”
April 13, 2021 | 6:30 pm EDT Update
Alex Schiffer: Final: Nets beat the Timberwolves 127-97. Kevin Durant drops 31 points in 27 minutes in one of the Nets’ best performances of the season. Joe Harris and Landry Shamet with a ton of 3s today. Now who plays tomorrow in Philly?
Kristian Winfield: Steve Nash said “in an ideal world” Kevin Durant would have played 30 minutes, but with the lead ballooning, they pulled him. Nash said Durant needs to play a certain number of minutes for his own benefit.
Josh Lewenberg: Nurse on the Raps players that returned from the H&S protocols last month: “Those guys all to a person, to a man were saying they didn’t feel quite right. They felt like they could play but they just didn’t feel quite right out there after they came back, and I think that showed”
Tony East: Nate Bjorkgren on the passing of Slick Leonard: “He meant so much to Indiana basketball. He’s an Indiana legend; a Pacers legend. The Pacers might not exist today without him.”
NBA Communications: The NBA mourns the passing of Hall of Famer Bobby “Slick” Leonard, a beloved member of the Indiana Pacers organization for more than 50 years. A hard-nosed player, legendary coach and insightful broadcaster, Bobby had a profound impact on the game. Condolences to his loved ones.