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NBA notebook: Phoenix Suns open to trading top pick

Source | 2 days ago.

After winning Tuesday's NBA draft lottery, Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said the team will consider all options with the No. 1 pick next month, including a trade. "I think if you look around the NBA, as far as the veteran players, there are probably a few players we'd consider trading the pick for, not ... just pick for player No. 1. --Becky Hammon's name continues to pop up for head coaching jobs in the NBA, this time as a potential target for the Detroit Pistons, the Detroit News reported.

'The Darko Effect': How an all-time NBA draft bust is still impacting the game

Source | 3 days ago.

The collective groan could be heard through the clusters of scouts and NBA executive glitterati gathered here for the draft combine. Itinerant forward Billy Preston and slender guard Anfernee Simons, neither of whom played in a regular-season college basketball game, both opted for the aura of mystery over the risk of more exposure by sitting out the competitive sessions here. “It’s the Darko effect,” grumbled a veteran NBA executive Thursday night.

The Celtics' decade of antagonizing LeBron James has come full circle

Source | 4 days ago.

Past is prologue for LeBron James and the Boston Celtics. Few things have remained constant during James’ 15-years in the NBA. Out West, the San Antonio Spurs’ senescence is reaching critical mass, and Golden State, a modern juggernaut, wasn’t on James’ radar prior to his 30th birthday.

How to Watch the NBA Draft Lottery: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream

Source | 6 days ago.

The NBA draft lottery takes place in Chicago on Tuesday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. EST. The Phoenix Suns will have the best odds at landing the top pick after going 21-61 this season for the worst record in the NBA. Along with the Suns, the Grizzlies, Mavericks, Hawks and Magic make up the other teams with the five best odds at getting the No. 1 pick.

Marcus Morris says he's 'probably the best' in NBA defending LeBron James besides Kawhi Leonard

Source | 10 days ago.

On Friday, the Boston Celtics tweeted an article touting forward Marcus Morris as the guy to slow down LeBron James in the Eastern Conference finals. Presumably thinking better of giving James any extra motivation during his dominant playoff run, the Celtics later deleted the tweet.

Stan Van Gundy reverses course, says he’s open to coaching another team after Pistons fired him

Source | 11 days ago.

Shortly after the Pistons hired him, Stan Van Gundy said that would be his last NBA job. “If the right situation came along, I wouldn’t dismiss it,” Van Gundy said. Van Gundy was highly successful with the Heat and Magic.

Stan Van Gundy and the Death of Dual-Leadership Structures

Source | 14 days ago.

After four seasons at the helm and just one playoff trip, Stan Van Gundy and the Detroit Pistons parted ways on Monday. Van Gundy had served as head coach and president of basketball operations, steering the franchise to a 152–176 record. The Pistons announced that they will search to fill both positions separately, a structural and directional pivot as the organization moves forward.

How do you know Pistons ownership is bad? The timing of when it parted ways with Stan Van Gundy

Source | 15 days ago.

On Monday, Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores announced that Stan Van Gundy, who served as both head coach and president of basketball operations, will no longer be with the team. The most interesting — or worrisome, if you are a Pistons fan — word in that sentence is “Monday.” Detroit’s season officially ended April 11 and the Pistons were eliminated from playoff contention a week before that. Van Gundy had been in charge for four years, and if Gores wanted to keep him he could make such an argument and do just that.

Van Gundy won't return to Pistons as coach or team president

Source | 15 days ago.

After four seasons of mostly mediocre results, the Detroit Pistons are moving on without Stan Van Gundy. Van Gundy held both those roles for four years, and at times the Pistons seemed to be making progress. Owner Tom Gores said it was a difficult decision.

Pistons fire Stan Van Gundy

Source | 15 days ago.

Pistons owner Tom Gores promised changes to the organization. Pistons president-coach Stan Van Gundy reportedly resisted Gores’ specific ideas. Something had to give, and apparently it was Van Gundy’s job.

NBA: Pistons fire Van Gundy

Source | 15 days ago.

The Detroit Pistons have parted ways with head coach Stan Van Gundy. Dertoit announced the move on Monday after Van Gundy reportedly met with Pistons officials. Van Gundy's title included the role of president of basketball operations, but he was said to be resistant to front-office changes following speculation team owner Tom Gores wanted a new structure that would impact his authority in personnel decisions.

Reports: The Pistons have "parted ways" with head coach Stan Van Gundy

Source | 15 days ago.

After four years, Stan Van Gundy’s tenure with the Detroit Pistons is over.

Suns to hire NBA's first non-American born head coach in Kokoskov

Source | 19 days ago.

Currently Utah Jazz assistant, Kokoskov will join the Suns once the Jazz's season is complete. "Igor has been a pioneer throughout his basketball career and he brings a wealth of high level coaching experience to our club," Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said in a statement.

Sources: Pistons want Stan Van Gundy back next season, preferably with front-office changes

Source | 21 days ago.

Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores wants Stan Van Gundy to return as coach for the final year of his contract, but would prefer for that scenario to include structural changes to the franchise's front office, league sources told ESPN. As president of basketball operations and head coach, Van Gundy has had full authority on player personnel and staffing -- but Gores has suggested changes that, so far, Van Gundy is resisting, league sources said. Van Gundy and Gores have been talking about a way to move forward together for two weeks, and some of that discussion has centered on the future role of general manager Jeff Bower, league sources said. Bower -- whom Van Gundy hired and trusts implicitly to

Harden, Rockets soar past Wolves 119-100 with 50-point 3rd

Source | 28 days ago.

James Harden gave Houston quite the jump-start with 22 of the team's 50 points in the third quarter, as the Rockets cruised past the Minnesota Timberwolves 119-100 on Monday night to take a 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series. Chris Paul scored 15 of his 25 points in the near-record third for the Rockets, who turned a 50-49 halftime edge into a 31-point advantage after the torrid 12-minute span. The only team in the history of the NBA playoffs with more points in one quarter was the Los Angeles Lakers, who scored 51 points in the fourth on March 31, 1962, in a loss to the Detroit Pistons. Clint Capela added 14 points and 17 rebounds, Eric Gordon finally got going with 18 points off the

James Harden and the Rockets snatched away the Wolves' hope with one historic quarter

Source | 28 days ago.

Coming off a loss in Minneapolis on Saturday night, the NBA’s presumptive 2017-18 Most Valuable Player opened Game 4 of his Houston Rockets’ first-round series against the Minnesota Timberwolves ice cold, missing his first seven shots from the field against the fierce defense of Jimmy Butler, Andrew Wiggins and Taj Gibson, among others. Without a revved-up Harden to ignite their high-powered offense, as he has all year long, the Rockets sputtered to just 21 first-quarter points and 38 percent shooting in the first half. The Rockets absolutely annihilated the Wolves after intermission, scoring 50 points in the third quarter to bury the hosts under a barrage of buckets that turned a tight game into a dismal disappointment for the fans in the stands at Target Center.

Daily Dose: Rocket Man

Source | 29 days ago.

There were just two games on the NBA hardwood Monday night, and every night cannot be a winner. Both games were decided by 17 or more points, with the No. 1 seed Houston Rockets belting the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Western Conference, while the Utah Jazz bounced the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder. Houston and Minnesota battled to a 21-21 tie after the first 12 minutes, and the Rockets were clinging to a one-point lead at halftime, 50-49.

Jazz, Rockets move closer to Western Conference semis

Source | 29 days ago.

The Utah Jazz are poised to advance to the semi-finals of the NBA Western Conference playoffs after accounting for the Oklahoma City Thunder 113-96 in game four. Utah's balanced scoring attack beat Oklahoma City's star-studded unit, with all five of

Reggie Bullock Wants Rainbow NBA Jerseys To Bring 'LGBTQ Into Sports'

Source | 29 days ago.

Just woke up out a dream and thought about playing in a colored jersey to incorporate #LGBTQ into sports. Bullock has long been an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights. Following the death of @ReggieBullock35's transgender sister Mia Henderson, he has pledged to take a stand for Transgender awareness and acceptance.