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Drug-banned Noah sorry for 'mistake' that 'backfired' (AFP)

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 6 hrs ago.

Noah, the son of French tennis legend Yannick, was suspended by the NBA on Saturday after testing positive for an illicit substance reputed to have effects similar to anabolic steroids. Noah has said he ingested the drug unwittingly in an over-the-counter supplement which is banned under NBA rules. "I made a mistake," Noah said.

Suspended Noah: Using supplement to aid injuries 'backfired' (The Associated Press)

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 6 hrs ago.

Joakim Noah was seeking help to overcome injuries that wrecked his first season in New York and turned to an over-the-counter supplement. It led to a 20-game suspension for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy , preventing Noah from ending a disappointing year on a positive note. ''This was a tough moment, but I'm going to learn from it,'' Noah said.

Carmelo Anthony prefers 'natural herbs' to Joakim Noah's banned substance (Ball Don't Lie)

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 6 hrs ago.

Carmelo Anthony is all about sustainability. For a dude who’s sported fur in the locker room and whose “friends'” marijuana found its way into his gear not once, but twice, we shouldn’t be surprised Carmelo Anthony is “more of a natural guy.” That philosophy apparently extends to the New York Knicks star’s stance on performance-enhancing drugs. Asked about teammate Joakim Noah’s 20-game suspension for his alleged use of Androgen, a steroid-like testosterone-boosting substance banned by the NBA, Anthony shared his extremely mellow thoughts on injury recovery agents after Monday’s 109-95 win over the Pistons.

NBA-Highlights of Monday's NBA games (Reuters)

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 17 hrs ago.

Highlights of Monday's National Basketball Association games: Spurs 103, Cavaliers 74 Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points before leaving to a standing ovation with 10:32 to play as the San Antonio Spurs clobbered the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-74 on Monday. The loss dropped the Cavaliers a half-game behind idle Boston for the best record in the Eastern Conference.

Ailing Heat visit struggling Pistons (The Associated Press)

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 17 hrs ago.

The Miami Heat's surprising surge into playoff contention is being slowed by backcourt injuries. Miami lost three of its past four games with shooting guard Dion Waiters sidelined by a left ankle sprain. Starting point guard Goran Dragic believes Waiters' absence has contributed to the current skid.

Knicks hand Pistons 4th straight loss, 109-95 (The Associated Press)

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 17 hrs ago.

Just in time to delay playoff elimination, the New York Knicks showed they have some spunk left. The Detroit Pistons better hurry up and do the same. Derrick Rose scored 27 points, Kristaps Porzingis had 25 and New York handed the Pistons another damaging defeat with a 109-95 victory Monday night.

Knicks try to spoil Pistons' playoff hopes (The Associated Press)

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 1 day ago.

With their playoff hopes dashed, the New York Knicks can turn their attention to playing the spoiler role in the Eastern Conference this week. Detroit, riding a three-game losing streak, is one game behind the Miami Heat for the eighth and final spot in the East's playoff picture. "We're at that point in the year where we've hit a bit of a wall," Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy told the Detroit News.

Leonard, Aldridge help Spurs topple Knicks, 106-98 (The Associated Press)

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 1 day ago.

Even with a difficult schedule ahead, the San Antonio Spurs refused to overlook the New York Knicks. Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 19 points and 10 rebounds, and the Spurs beat the Knicks 106-98 on Saturday night. ''We're understanding that it's business time,'' San Antonio guard Patty Mills said.

Pistons recall Ellenson from D-League (The Associated Press)

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 2 days ago.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- The Detroit Pistons have recalled forward Henry Ellenson from the team's Grand Rapids affiliate in the D-League.

NBA-Highlights of Saturday's NBA games (Reuters)

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 2 days ago.

Clippers 108, Jazz 95 The Los Angeles Clippers are heading to the playoffs for the sixth season in a row. Crawford came off the bench to deliver 17 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter and the Clippers rolled past the Utah Jazz 108-95 on Saturday at Staples Center.

Leonard, Aldridge help Spurs topple Knicks, 106-98 (The Associated Press)

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 2 days ago.

Even with a difficult schedule ahead, the San Antonio Spurs refused to overlook the New York Knicks. Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 19 points and 10 rebounds, and the Spurs beat the Knicks 106-98 on Saturday night. ''We're understanding that it's business time,'' San Antonio guard Patty Mills said.

NBA-National Basketball Association roundup (Reuters)

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 3 days ago.

New York Knicks center Joakim Noah was suspended 20 games for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy, the league announced on Saturday. Noah tested positive for an over-the-counter supplement that is banned under the NBA's current collective bargaining agreement "Joakim Noah of the New York Knicks has been suspended without pay for 20 games for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program by testing positive for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator LGD-4033 ... Noah's' suspension will begin with the first NBA regular season or playoff game for which he is eligible and physically able to play," the NBA's statement said.

New York's Joakim Noah suspended 20 games for doping violation (AFP)

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 3 days ago.

New York Knicks center Joakim Noah, the son of French tennis legend Yannick Noah, was suspended 20 games without pay by the NBA on Saturday after failing a doping test. Noah, who has not played since undergoing left knee surgery last month, tested positive for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator LGD-4033, a substance intended to produce effects similar to those of anabolic steroids, the league announced. Noah's ban will begin with the first NBA regular-season or playoff game for which he is eligible and physically able to play, which means he figures to miss the start of next season.

New York Knicks' Noah suspended for 20 games (Reuters)

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 3 days ago.

(Reuters) - New York Knicks center Joakim Noah has been suspended for 20 games for violating the National Basketball Association's (NBA) anti-drug policy, the league confirmed on Saturday. The Frenchman, who has not played since early February with a knee injury, will not feature again this season with his ban covering the final 10 games of this season and the first 10 games of next year. "Joakim Noah of the New York Knicks has been suspended without pay for 20 games for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program by testing positive for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator LGD-4033," the NBA said in a statement on its official website.

Basketball-New York Knicks' Noah suspended for 20 games (Reuters)

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 3 days ago.

(Adds details) March 25 (Reuters) - New York Knicks center Joakim Noah has been suspended for 20 games for violating the National Basketball Association's (NBA) anti-drug policy, the league confirmed on Saturday. The Frenchman, who has not played since early February with a knee injury, will not feature again this season with his ban covering the final 10 games of this season and the first 10 games of next year. "Joakim Noah of the New York Knicks has been suspended without pay for 20 games for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program by testing positive for Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator LGD-4033," the NBA said in a statement on its official website.

AP source: NBA bans Joakim Noah 20 games for drug violation (The Associated Press)

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 3 days ago.

A person with knowledge of the situation says the NBA is suspending Joakim Noah of the New York Knicks for 20 games for violating the league's anti-drug policy. Noah has not played since Feb. 4 and was likely to miss the Knicks' final 10 games this season because of a knee injury.

Blazers, Timberwolves play three times in 12 days starting Saturday (The Associated Press)

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 3 days ago.

The Portland Trail Blazers and Minnesota Timberwolves will get to know each other well in the next two weeks. The teams square off Saturday night at Moda Center, then meet again on April 3 in Minneapolis and on April 6 in Portland. "It's going to be challenging," Portland coach Terry Stotts told reporters.

Clippers dominating rivalry with Jazz (The Associated Press)

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 3 days ago.

The Jazz (44-28) hold a 1 1/2-game lead over the Clippers (43-30) for the fourth seed and homecourt advantage in the opening round of the Western Conference playoffs. The Oklahoma City Thunder, who are a game behind the Clippers, and the Memphis Grizzlies, who trail Los Angeles by 2 1/2 games, also remain in contention for the No. 4 and No. 5 spots. "Yeah, this time of the year, losses I think impact you a little bit more because you can actually see the standings and see the race come down to the final however many games it's going to be," Clippers forward Blake Griffin told the Los Angeles Times.

Payton's triple-double helps Magic rout Pistons 115-87 (The Associated Press)

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 3 days ago.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The late-season shift to a smaller and quicker lineup has seemed to benefit all of the remaining Orlando Magic players, especially Elfrid Payton.

The 10-man rotation, starring how Nikola Jokic sees it all (Ball Don't Lie)

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 4 days ago.

Nikola Jokic has already made the pass in his mind. Matt Moore goes one-on-one with Nikola Jokic in a tremendous film session in which the Denver Nuggets’ sophomore center describes what he’s thinking, seeing and doing when he decides to attempt the remarkable passes that have made him one of the game’s rising stars. More Jokic goodness, as Mike Prada details what makes the Serbian pivot not just one of the sport’s best young big men, but the most versatile offensive center in the NBA right now.

Aldridge, Spurs look to avenge earlier loss to Knicks (The Associated Press)

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 4 days ago.

The San Antonio Spurs will host the second in a series of games against teams they've lost to this season when the New York Knicks hit the Alamo City for a contest on Saturday at the AT&T Center. The game is the second of a four-game homestand for San Antonio. In the first, the Spurs (55-16) finally found a way to beat Memphis after losing to the Grizzlies twice this season in Memphis, securing a 97-90 win with clutch play in the final minutes.

Lillard scores 30, Trail Blazers rout Knicks 110-95 (The Associated Press)

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 4 days ago.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Damian Lillard knows what can happen in games like Thursday.

Carmelo Anthony wishes the Knicks stuck to the bad offense instead of the worse one (Ball Don't Lie)

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 5 days ago.

Let’s not argue whether the triangle offense can still work in the NBA’s pick-and-roll, pace-and-space era. Instead, we’re here to discuss whether it was wise for the New York Knicks to change course and embrace the offensive scheme midseason.

Rudy Gobert destroyed the Knicks with a career high and all the offensive rebounds (Ball Don't Lie)

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 5 days ago.

Rudy Gobert was everywhere for the Utah Jazz. Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert has reached a new level of fame this season as a member of a no-doubt playoff team in line to hold home-court advantage in its first-round series.

Utah Jazz host 1997 Finals team for 20-year reunion (The Associated Press)

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 5 days ago.

The Utah Jazz hosted members of the 1997 Finals team Wednesday night for a 20-year reunion. Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan, Hall of Fame point guard John Stockton, Bryon Russell, Greg Ostertag and others were in attendance. The game was scheduled against the New York Knicks so coach Jeff Hornacek, who was a member of the team, could participate.