LeBron James had a ton of praise for Villanova’s Donte DiVincenzo when asked about the NCAA title game. “Listen, that kid, he was on fire,” James said Tuesday. “But he did it in an all (around way). First of all, he made himself a lot of money. That’s the first thing I thought. Obviously, I’m not with the whole college thing so I don’t care about that. He made himself a lot of money last night and not because of the way he was shooting, but he was doing it all. He was getting into the lane, and-1s. Backdoors. Lobs. Verticality with Matthews at the peak, showing his athleticism. And then when the game started to kind of get (close) when Michigan cut it to 12, boom, he hits another backbreaker. Michigan kind of gets it to 10, boom, he shows up again. Man, listen, at the end of the day, Villanova was the best team in college basketball this year and when the National Player of the Year is on the sideline with four fouls for the majority of the second half and you’re still winning? That lets you know how great of a team you are. So, Donte, obviously he was great. The kid (Mikal) Bridges, he was shooting the heck out of the ball. That one kid, No. 4, I call him ‘Baby Millsap,’ (Eric) Paschall, I call him Baby Millsap. Listen, he’s a matchup problem. But the best team won and I’m actually happy they won a little bit because we don’t really speak that other team’s name around here. But I do feel, I feel for the kids though.”
March 18, 2019 | 11:51 am EDT Update
The Milwaukee Bucks need help at the guard position. Malcolm Brogdon, Donte DiVincenzo and Sterling Brown are all out with injuries and George Hill is still only playing limited minutes as he works back from a strained left adductor muscle. With that in mind, the Bucks made a difficult decision Monday, opting to waive forward Christian Wood to clear a roster spot to sign point guard Tim Frazier. Wood initially beat out Frazier for a spot in training camp, but with multiple forwards ahead of Wood in the lineup and a depleted corps of guards, the team had to make a move to balance its roster ahead of the playoffs.
Frazier, a 6-1 guard, has bounced between four NBA teams in his five seasons, most recently playing with the New Orleans Pelicans after getting cut by the Bucks in camp. He averaged 5.0 points and 4.4 assists while shooting 35.1 percent on three-pointers in 47 games with the Pelicans before being waived at the end of February so New Orleans could sign Dairis Bertans. During the preseason, Frazier was one of the better performers among the Bucks’ roster hopefuls. His best game came in Oklahoma City, where he scored 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including making 4 of 5 three-pointers. He led a frenzied comeback, connecting on a 29-foot three-pointer with 0.9 of a second left to send the game to overtime.
Dirk Nowitzki woke up Monday morning as the No. 7 all-time leading scorer in NBA history. But there’s a very strong chance the Dallas Mavericks’ franchise player will go to bed Monday night as the No. 6 all-time leading scorer in NBA history. Nowitzki needs just four points to pass Wilt Chamberlain and become the league’s sixth all-time leading scorer. Going into Monday night’s 7:30 contest at American Airlines Center against the New Orleans Pelicans, Nowitzki has 31,416 career points to 31,419 for Chamberlain.
Obviously, Nowitzki would prefer to bypass Chamberlain at AAC. And in order for that record-breaking occasion to occur, the 21-year veteran would have to reach that benchmark against the Pelicans since this is the Mavs’ final home game before they start a three-game road trip Wednesday night in Portland. “Breaking records is always fun,” Nowitzki said. “If it happens at home it’s even more special for your fans that’s been riding with you for such a long time.”
We shot the ex-NBAer outside Madeo over the weekend and asked straight-up what the Knicks need to do to get back to relevance. Copeland’s friend had a few suggestions — which would’ve gotten him BANNED from MSG if he had said it at a game — but the hooper shuts down any of that talk and praised the team owner. “I love Dolan, Dolan’s my guy,” Copeland tells us. I love Dolan, love the Knicks.”
A fan going by the name Mike Robilotta on Twitter (@mike_robi13) claims he tried to enter the cwith a green T-shirt that reads “St. Patty Says Ban Dolan.” Unfortunately, Robilotta says he and two friends had their shirts confiscated as they tried to enter the stadium. And in the case of one of the shirts, it took security going through the trash to make sure it didn’t get into the arena.