Oklahoma City Thunder Rumors
In Las Vegas for his annual Tiger Jam charity celebrity gathering, Woods was bounced from his own poker event at MGM Grand by NBA superstar Russell Westbrook on an absolutely brutal beat. With an ace-king in hand, Woods went all-in against Westbrook’s queen-queen. And despite a brief moment of elation when he saw a second ace on the flop, the 15-time major winner is devastated a moment later when a third queen is revealed. With no help on the turn or the river, Woods was officially eliminated from the event by the Oklahoma City Thunder guard.
Marc Stein: Multiple coaching staff changes appear to be looming in Oklahoma City as well with the Sacramento Kings, I’m told, in pursuit of Bob Beyer from Billy Donovan’s staff and, as we reported earlier today, new Suns coach Monty Williams seeking to bring Mark Bryant to Phoenix
The three finalists for this year’s NBA Most Valuable Player award — Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Houston Rockets guard James Harden and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George — led the balloting for this year’s All-NBA teams, which were announced by the league Thursday afternoon. Antetokounmpo and George were named to the two forward spots on the first team, while Harden was joined by Stephen Curry as the first team guards. Rounding out the first team was Nikola Jokic. Antetokounmpo and Harden were unanimous first-team selections. By making a second consecutive All-NBA team, Antetokounmpo put himself in line to be handed the largest contract in NBA history by the Bucks next summer: a five-year deal worth $247.3 million, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks. When he can receive it next July, Antetokounmpo will be one year away from free agency.
That meant that LeBron James did not get a first team All-NBA selection for the first time in 11 years, since he was named to the second team in 2007. James did, however, extend his streak of consecutive All-NBA selections to 15 — tying him with Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most in NBA history — by earning a third-team nod in his first year with the Los Angeles Lakers. The second team consisted of Damian Lillard and Kyrie Irving at guard, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard at forward and Joel Embiid at center. Beyond James, the third team consisted of Russell Westbrook and Kemba Walker at guard, Blake Griffin at forward and Rudy Gobert at center.