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Golden State Warriors and Charles Barkley react to ESPN layoffs

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 7 hrs ago.

Mike Brown, the Golden State Warriors assistant coach, used the team’s press conference this week to address the layoffs that have reportedly affected 100 ESPN staff. The Warriors, preparing for the second round of the NBA playoffs against Utah Jazz or the LA Clippers amid uncertainty over the health of head coach Steve Kerr, talked about Ethan Sherwood Strauss, a Golden State reporter for ESPN who lost his job in the cuts this week. “Before we get started, I heard today that Ethan lost his job and a lot of people at ESPN obviously got laid off,” Brown said Tuesday evening. “This is obviously an exciting time for us, not only as an organization but as a city. There’s a lot of good vibes going

Sixers 2016-17 Player Evaluation: Richaun Holmes

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 20 hrs ago.

This year very well could have been a lost season for Richaun Holmes. The 23-year-old center was fourth on the Sixers' depth chart to begin the season, sitting behind top-10 picks Joel Embiid, Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel. Cracking the lineup, even with Embiid not playing back-to-backs and Noel hurt to start the year, was a daunting task.

Sixers 2016-17 player evaluation: Justin Anderson

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

Anderson was the main return from the unpopular Nerlens Noel trade. The Sixers traded Noel to the Dallas Mavericks for a heavily protected first-round pick (which predictably did not convey) and the swingman Anderson. Anderson struggled to crack the Mavs' rotation behind veterans like Chandler Parson and Wesley Matthews and their never-ending supply of point guards who also played off the ball.

Summer agenda: Timberwolves, 76ers have plenty of flexibility this summer

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 8 days ago.

Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns, left, goes up for a shot against Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid in a January game. Since signing a $60 million contract in 2013, Nikola Pekovic has played just 99 games because of injury. After missing the 2016-17 season because of a recurring right ankle injury, Minnesota is now eligible to remove the last year of his $11.6 million salary from the salary cap.

On second thought, Joel Embiid thinks that he, not Dario Saric, is the Rookie of the Year

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 8 days ago.

If Joel Embiid thinks you’re the Rookie of the Year, raise your hands. Not so fast, Dario! (Getty Images) Five weeks ago, Joel Embiid publicly threw his support behind the candidacy of his Philadelphia 76ers teammate, Dario Saric, for the NBA’s 2016-17

NBA-Highlights of Tuesday's NBA games

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 9 days ago.

Highlights of Tuesday's National Basketball Association games: Bulls 111, Celtics 97 The eighth-seeded Chicago Bulls, getting a balanced attack led by a vintage Rajon Rondo floor game, cruised by the top-seeded Boston Celtics 111-97 on Tuesday night to take a stunning 2-0 lead in an Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. The Bulls, 41-41 in the regular season, are attempting to become the sixth No. 8 seed to upset a No. 1 in the first round -- and the first since the Philadelphia 76ers upset Chicago in the 2012 playoffs.

Draymond Green put on a block party in Warriors’ win over Blazers (VIDEO)

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 10 days ago.

The Golden State Warriors dispatched the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday after a spirited Game 1, 121-109. Portland kept the game close for three quarters, but the Warriors pulled away late with decimating defense in the fourth period. Part of that defensive effort was Draymond Green putting on what can only be described as a block party. Green, an NBA Defensive Player of the Year candidate, came up with several huge blocks during prominent plays. One of his five blocks came with the Warriors forward as the only defender back on a 1-on-2 break. Via Twitter: Then in the fourth quarter, Blazers PG Damian Lillard slashed through traffic and tried to yam it home on Green. It was ill-advised: Game

NBA Playoffs: Kyrie Irving drops 37 as Cavaliers take 2-0 lead on Pacers

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 11 days ago.

When the Sixers drafted Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot with the 24th overall pick in 2016, there was some confusion. For months leading up to the draft, the experts left the "Cabarrot" off their scouting profiles. Then, commissioner Adam Silver announced his full name on draft night. The confusion didn't stop Luwawu-Cabarrot from having a productive rookie season with the Sixers. But things came along slowly for the 21-year-old Frenchman. He barely saw the court for the first 30 games of the season. He even played three games in Delaware with the Sixers' D-League affiliate. He took a lesson from one of his new teammates, Joel Embiid. "Patience," Luwawu-Cabarrot said when asked what he learned from Embiid.

Evaluating the Sixers' offseason needs

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 13 days ago.

Shooters are atop the Sixers' biggest gaps to fill. "Weve got a lot of needs," president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said. The Sixers will have a better idea of how to approach the offseason once the ping pong balls fall in the Draft Lottery on May 16.

After 'interesting' 2nd season with Sixers, Jahlil Okafor left to ponder about future

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 14 days ago.

CAMDEN, N.J. -- Perhaps no one went through a more up-and-down season with the Sixers than Jahlil Okafor. He began training camp injured, started alongside Joel Embiid, fell out of the rotation, was held out of games because of trade talks, reemerged as a starting center and was shut down for the season with nagging right knee soreness that dates back to surgery last March. Not exactly a smooth ride in his second year in the NBA. "It was an interesting year, something that I'm proud to say I handled the right way," Okafor said Thursday in end-of-the-season media sessions. "I can lay my head at night and know that I feel like I handled everything professionally." Okafor was limited to just 50

Bryan Colangelo: Sixers' medical staff 'world class' despite season-ending injuries

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 14 days ago.

Atop Nik Stauskas' Twitter page -- the one he visited only occasionally this season -- is an unattributed quote: "When you master your mind, you master your life." The Sixers' backup wing endeavored to do that in his third NBA season and second with the team. He sought out the counsel of a sports psychologist before the year got underway. He swore off social media once it began and for the most part stuck to that vow. The result was tunnel vision. No longer did he allow negativity to seep in, to sap him. No longer did others' slings and arrows knock him off-stride. That led in turn to incremental improvement -- he averaged 9.5 points a game on 39.6-percent shooting (36.8 percent from 3), all

Ben Simmons can't promise he'll be ready but 'definitely' wants to be Sixers' point guard

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 15 days ago.

Atop Nik Stauskas' Twitter page -- the one he visited only occasionally this season -- is an unattributed quote: "When you master your mind, you master your life." The Sixers' backup wing endeavored to do that in his third NBA season and second with the team. He sought out the counsel of a sports psychologist before the year got underway. He swore off social media once it began and for the most part stuck to that vow. The result was tunnel vision. No longer did he allow negativity to seep in, to sap him. No longer did others' slings and arrows knock him off-stride. That led in turn to incremental improvement -- he averaged 9.5 points a game on 39.6-percent shooting (36.8 percent from 3), all

Lakers 3, Sixers 4, Kings 8, Season Over

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 15 days ago.

It's hard to argue that the Sixers weren't better off losing their last eight contests of the season -- finishing last night with a 114-113 loss to New York -- especially once Robert Covington went down for the season and it became clear that the Kings weren't quite gonna do our tanking for us. Is this the last time that this is gonna be the last time for all this?

Lakers’ Brandon Ingram got up and threw it down over Cheick Diallo (VIDEO)

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 15 days ago.

Welcome back to the NBA, Cheick Diallo. Diallo spent most of his season getting development in the D-League, but with the season all but over the Pelicans are taking a longer look at the second round pick out of Kansas. He put up a quality 19 points and 10 rebounds against the Lakers Tuesday night in a loss. He also got dunked on by Brandon Ingram. At least he got over and tried to make the play.

Best of NBA: With Tony Romo in uniform, Mavericks lose to Nuggets

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 15 days ago.

The Sixers' season ended with a loss to the Knicks on Wednesday night and Joel Embiid, of course, wasn't on the court.  The big man and Rookie of the Year candidate hasn't played since late January because of a pair of left knee injuries. The more serious of the two was a torn meniscus that required surgery just about three weeks ago.  Speaking publically for the first time since his surgery on March 24, Embiid told ESPN when doctors operated on him, they discovered the injury wasn't as bad as previously thought.  "I feel very lucky," Embiid said. "When I went into that surgery, I went in thinking I was going to have a six-month recovery. That's what they told me: six months or more. I'm thinking,

Three games to watch on final day of NBA season Wednesday

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 16 days ago.

Wednesday is the final day of the NBA season, and while most of the playoff positions are set and plenty of players will be getting the night off for rest, there are still some games that matters. Here’s three races and a few games to keep your eyes on Wednesday. 1) Boston vs. Milwaukee and the race for the No. 1 seed in the East. The Cavaliers have made it clear rest matters far more to them than the No. 1 seed — LeBron James has been to six straight NBA Finals, four times his team got there out of the two seed. The fact that Cleveland rested LeBron last game and will sit him again on Wednesday — as well as possibly Kyrie Irving, although there are mixed signals there — shows they are not worried

Giannis Antetokounmpo with fierce chasedown block on Hornets’ Roberts (VIDEO)

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 16 days ago.

This as forceful a chasedown block as you are ever going to see. Charlotte’s Brian Roberts made the steal and thought he would have the breakaway layup, but when you have strides like Giannis Antetokounmpo you can make up ground like nobody else. He did and swatted Roberts’ shot into the second row. Antetokounmpo is going to lead the Bucks in blocks this season. And points. And assists. And rebounds. And steals. He’s had that good a year.

Will Ben Simmons play summer league? Brett Brown thinks it 'would be good'

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

With one game left in the regular season, it's already time to start thinking about summer league. For the Sixers, the biggest question about the competition in July is, will Ben Simmons play? "I think it would be good if he did, but I wouldn't say it's a prerequisite he has to play," Brett Brown said. "I think still his health and the judgement of his health rules the day." Simmons was sidelined for his entire rookie season with a Jones fracture in his right foot. He has not been cleared for full contract five-on-five practice with the Sixers. Given the fact he has been limited in closely monitored activity with his teammates, it would not be unusual for the team to hold him out of summer league

Instant Replay: Bucks 90, Sixers 82

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 18 days ago.

Sixers (28-52) vs. Pacers (40-40) 7 p.m. on CSN; streaming live on CSNPhilly.com and the NBC Sports App Two more games, ladies and gentlemen.  The Sixers' final home game of the season is tonight against the playoff-hopeful Indiana Pacers, currently the Eastern Conference's 7-seed. Let's take a look inside the matchup: 1. Lottery watch OK, let's be honest, if you're reading this, you're probably most interested in the ping-pong balls, right?  The results have been good to the Sixers lately in that regard. They've lost six in a row, the Kings have lost two in a row and the Lakers have won four straight. The Sixers and Magic are currently tied for the NBA's fourth-worst record. If they finish tied,

Cavaliers apparently resting LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love against Heat

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 18 days ago.

The Cavaliers appear set on a decision that will send shockwaves through the Eastern Conference. Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com: The Cavs are planning to start J.R. Smith, Richard Jefferson, Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert, and Deron Williams against the Heat, who need to win to keep pace with the Bulls for the eighth seed. Cleveland’s lineup listed above was posted as part of the team’s media notes for tonight’s game and is subject to change. This is huge for the Cavaliers, who are tied with the Celtics for the Eastern Conference’s best record. Cleveland has the tiebreaker, but this makes a loss to Miami – and falling to the No. 2 seed – far more likely. The Cavs lost twice to the Hawks over the weekend

Bucks beat 76ers 90-82 to clinch playoff spot

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 18 days ago.

After leading his team to the NBA playoffs for the second time in three years, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo tried to act emotional. Antetokounmpo, fighting a stomach bug, had 20 points, 10 rebounds and six assists as the Bucks beat the Philadelphia 76ers 90-82 to clinch a postseason berth. Milwaukee (41-39) lost forward Jabari Parker to a knee injury after 51 games, and was just 22-30 on Feb. 10.

Our picks: The NBA award winners are ... unclear (The Associated Press)

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 19 days ago.

It was so easy last year.

Bucks beat 76ers 90-82 to clinch playoff spot (The Associated Press)

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 20 days ago.

After leading his team to the NBA playoffs for the second time in three years, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo tried to act emotional. Antetokounmpo, fighting a stomach bug, had 20 points, 10 rebounds and six assists as the Bucks beat the Philadelphia 76ers 90-82 to clinch a postseason berth. Milwaukee (41-39) lost forward Jabari Parker to a knee injury after 51 games, and was just 22-30 on Feb. 10.

Malcolm Brogdon asks Bucks to donate to charity in lieu of Rookie of the Year campaign (Ball Don't Lie)

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 20 days ago.

Malcolm Brogdon said thanks, but no thanks to the idea of a Rookie of the Year promotional campaign. Before the start of the 2016-17 season, few expected Malcolm Brogdon to rank among the NBA’s top rookies by year’s end. The whole league passed on the Virginia guard last June, with concerns about the ceiling of a 23-year-old four-year college player — albeit one who won ACC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior — leading to Brogdon dropping out of the first round and not coming off the board until the Milwaukee Bucks selected him with the 36th overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft.

Bucks look to stop skid against struggling 76ers (The Associated Press)

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 21 days ago.

An untimely losing streak has put the Milwaukee Bucks' playoff hopes in jeopardy. The Bucks (40-39) missed an opportunity to secure a postseason berth when they lost 104-89 to the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night despite 25 points, seven rebounds and six assists by Giannis Antetokounmpo. Milwaukee, which dropped its third straight, turned the ball over 21 times, resulting in 29 Indiana points.