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NBA notebook: Rockets won't have Paul in Game 6

Source | 12 hrs ago.

The Houston Rockets announced Friday that point guard Chris Paul will miss Game 6 of the Western Conference finals on Saturday with a strained right hamstring. Paul is scheduled to be re-evaluated when the team returns to Houston. The only question now is if the Rockets will return home as Western Conference champs or with a Game 7 against Golden State on deck.

Rockets’ Defiant NBA Playoff Win Proves Ratings Champ Against Slow Big 4 Night

Source | 12 hrs ago.

In an NBA conference playoffs year that has been full of drama, the Houston Rockets’ 98-94 victory over current champions the Golden State Warriors on Thursday certainly cranked it up on an otherwise placid primetime. With the Rockets now leading 3-2 in the best-of-7 Western Conference Finals, Houston is only one win away from its first trip to the NBA Finals since Bill Clinton’s first term as President. Last year’s Western Conference Finals only went four games before eventual champ Golden State headed off to the finals against Cleveland, so a direct comparison is a little bit of a bad pass.

NBA notebook: Rockets won't have Paul in Game 6

Source | 23 hrs ago.

The Houston Rockets announced Friday that point guard Chris Paul will miss Game 6 of the Western Conference finals on Saturday with a strained right hamstring. Paul is scheduled to be re-evaluated when the team returns to Houston. The only question now is if the Rockets will return home as Western Conference champs or with a Game 7 against Golden State on deck.

Danny Green: Kawhi Leonard told me he wants to stay with Spurs

Source | 1 day ago.

The Spurs are reportedly worried Kawhi Leonard‘s camp wants to get him to the Lakers, Clippers, Knicks or 76ers. Leonard hasn’t said much himself – except apparently to San Antonio teammate Danny Green Get Up on ESPN: .@DGreen_14 says Kawhi

Just a reminder: Spurs hope to repair relationship with Kawhi Leonard, offer-him $219 million

Source | 4 days ago.

It’s everyone’s favorite parlor game around the NBA: Where will Kawhi Leonard play next season? Fans of 29 teams are posting their trade scenarios online, while GMs of 29 teams privately have tried to come up with offers that could tempt San Antonio. While the relationship between Leonard and the Spurs is frayed — and with the people close to Leonard and in his ear seemingly trying to push him out the door — the Spurs would rather keep one of the five best players in the NBA (when healthy) in-house.

Spurs reportedly disband all-female dance squad for 'family-friendly' coed hype team

Source | 5 days ago.

News of the dissolution of the San Antonio Spurs dance team has come as a shock to the dancers and disappointment to fans. The San Antonio Spurs have reportedly disbanded their all-female dance team and will replace it next season with a 35-member “family-friendly” coed hype team. The hype team “will elevate the game day experience and energize crowds with a diverse array of unique family-friendly talents, including tumbling, acrobatics, dance and stunts,” according to a Spurs news release from Friday.

Billboard Music Awards Ratings Hit Low, ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Finale Rises, NBA Up With Warriors’ Win

Source | 5 days ago.

An absent Ed Sheeran was the big winner at the Billboard Music Awards (2.1/8) last night, when Janet Jackson took home the Icon Award and Texas-born host Kelly Clarkson lamented the lack of action on gun violence in America after the latest school shooting. In another year of falls among adults 18-49, the three-hour NBC awards show topped Sunday’s primetime but hit an all-time low in fast affiliates, with a 9% dip from last year’s previous low. Now facing American Idol (1.3/5) on ABC — the music competition series dived 24% from its May 13 show — the Billboard Music Awards also had to take on a triumphant Golden State Warriors and Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on cable.

Cavs blow out Celtics 116-86, cut series deficit to 2-1

Source | 6 days ago.

LeBron James finished with 27 points and 12 assists as the host Cleveland Cavaliers sprung to life with a 116-86 win against the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday night. Kyle Korver had 14 points and Kevin Love added 13 with 14 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who lost the first two games of the series on the road in Boston. George Hill totaled 13 points, JR Smith had 11 and Tristan Thompson scored 10.

Report: Lakers telling teams no player is untouchable

Source | 7 days ago.

The Los Angeles Lakers aren't title contenders, but they have put together a talented, young core that could help them get there. The Lakers have maneuvered to be able to offer a max contract to one of this summer's star free agents -- LeBron James and Paul George among them -- while keeping their core intact. The team isn't shopping any key players, but, according to the report, the Lakers have made it clear that they will listen to offers for anyone on the roster, even young stars Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart, if it helps them fast-forward the rebuilding process.

Sixers have eyes on both LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard this summer

Source | 11 days ago.

It appears that the Philadelphia 76ers, fresh off a breakout season of 52 wins and a second-round playoff appearance, are thinking big entering this summer. Don't be surprised if they also try to acquire San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard in a trade.  Sources have said the Sixers have expressed interest in the two-time all-star.

Cavs G Hill misses practice for college graduation

Source | 12 days ago.

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard George Hill became a college graduate on Saturday, as he missed the team's final practice before the Eastern Conference finals to attend his IUPUI graduation. Hill, 32, received his degree from the School of Liberal Arts and was one of two students to speak at the commencement, telling those in attendance that the upcoming series against the Boston Celtics could not have kept him from appearing to walk across the stage. An Indiana native, Hill played for the Jaguars from 2004-08.

The NBA Should Not Get a 'Free Pass' on Women Coaches, Says Pau Gasol

Source | 13 days ago.

Pau Gasol believes the NBA should be leading the way in hiring female coaches and fiercely criticized the suggestion women would not make good head coaches. Writing for The Players Tribune, the six-time All-Star warned sports insular approach was in

Spurs C Pau Gasol: Becky Hammon obviously qualified to be NBA head coach

Source | 15 days ago.

The first female full-time assistant coach in NBA history, the Spurs’ Becky Hammon became the first woman to interview for an NBA head-coaching position, with the Bucks. San Antonio center Pau Gasol has jumped into the conversation.

Tony Parker wants to play 20 NBA seasons, even if not with Spurs

Source | 15 days ago.

Tony Parker remains committed to completing 20 NBA seasons, even if it means playing for a team other than the San Antonio Spurs. Parker, who is set to be an unrestricted free agent, has long maintained that his preference is to remain in San Antonio, but the 17-year veteran made it clear Thursday in an interview with RMC Sports that he understands his tenuous standing on a San Antonio roster in transition. "It is not yet sure that I'll stay with the Spurs," Parker said.

Steve Kerr Believes the Warriors Have One Major Advantage over the Rockets

Source | 15 days ago.

The Houston Rockets have arguably been the best team in the NBA this season, but Golden State head coach Steve Kerr believes his team has the advantage ahead of the Western Conference Finals. The Rockets and the Warriors lock horns in a highly anticipated series that many have described as the real NBA Finals, given both teams are considered superior to the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Report: Aldridge had sought trade back to Blazers

Source | 16 days ago.

When things were going bad between LaMarcus Aldridge and the San Antonio Spurs, the star forward had told coach Gregg Popovich he wanted to be traded. Aldridge was said to have left the Blazers on bad terms when he signed with the Spurs in 2015, though he's remarked in recent interviews that his relationship with Lillard has since improved. Aldridge is coming off his best season with the Spurs, in which he averaged 23.1 points and 8.5 rebounds in 75 games and was named an All-Star.

While Spurs reject calls, other teams speculate, plan for Kawhi Leonard trades

Source | 16 days ago.

Call up R.C. Buford and the Spurs’ front office to inquire about the availability of Kawhi Leonard in a trade, and you might hear laughing in the background before you’re hung up on. Right now, the Spurs are not listening to offers and believe they can repair their relationship with Leonard. Gregg Popovich smoothed over his relationship with LaMarcus Aldridge last summer while the big man was calling Portland trying to get back in.

Report: Spurs still brushing off Kawhi Leonard trade inquiries

Source | 16 days ago.

As other teams entered their offseasons, San Antonio gave off signals it wouldn’t trade Leonard. Through back channels, those teams have gotten the brush-off from the Spurs. A meeting between Leonard and San Antonio could clarify things – namely whether the Spurs will offer Leonard a super-max extension.

Hornets are reportedly expected to hire Spurs assistant James Borrego as head coach

Source | 17 days ago.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported Tuesday that Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan and newly minted general manager Mitch Kupchak are “finalizing a deal” to hire San Antonio Spurs assistant James Borrego to take the reins in North Carolina.

Report: Bucks to interview Spurs' Hammon for coach opening

Source | 21 days ago.

The Milwaukee Bucks have San Antonio Spurs assistant Becky Hammon on their radar for their head coaching vacancy, according to a report from ESPN. The Bucks plan to interview Hammon, who is the NBA's first full-time, paid female assistant coach and would be the first woman to interview for a head coach opening. Hammon, 41, was hired as an assistant by the Spurs prior to the 2014-15 season.

What are Sixers' odds of landing Kawhi Leonard?

Source | 23 days ago.

Thanks to a lingering injury and mounting tension between Kawhi Leonard on the San Antonio Spurs, the Sixers have quickly entered the conversation as a landing spot for the NBA's quietest superstar. In fact, the Sixers are second on the list of teams

San Antonio brewery offers Kawhi Leonard 'free pizza and beer for life' if he stays

Source | 24 days ago.

Freetail Brewing Company has offered Kawhi Leonard free pizza and beer for life. Kawhi Leonard’s future on the San Antonio Spurs didn’t get any more certain on Tuesday, when reports from ESPN and the San Antonio Express-News provided some clarity about why the two sides are disconnected. Local purveyor Freetail Brewing Company pledged both to Leonard if he returns to the Spurs.

Report: Kawhi Leonard back in San Antonio, meeting with Spurs not set, yet

Source | 24 days ago.

Can the San Antonio Spurs mend their frayed relationship with Kawhi Leonard? Whatever happens, it starts with the Leonard and his “group” — primarily his uncle and agent — sitting down and talking with the Spurs. Leonard is back in San Antonio now at least, reports Chris Haynes of ESPN.

7 things we learned about Kawhi Leonard's status with the San Antonio Spurs

Source | 25 days ago.

As ever, it’s hard to know what San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard is thinking. Here’s what we already knew about Kawhi Leonard’s lost season: He arrived at training camp with a right leg injury that even San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich couldn’t explain, and somewhere between doctors clearing the two-time Defensive Player of the Year for a mid-December return and the Spurs shutting him down again indefinitely in January, the esteemed superstar and franchise got “disconnected,” leading to the panic of players-only meetings, contract demands and trade rumors. Popovich maintained a vague stance: “When he and his group feel he’s ready, then he’s ready.” But we never did hear from Leonard, other than when he told reporters in March that he planned to return “soon” and “for sure” wanted to stay in San Antonio.

Curry expects to rejoin Warriors lineup in Game 2

Source | 25 days ago.

Steph Curry expects to be back for Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals series against the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday. "If it were up to me, I would have played for about 20 minutes," Curry told the network. Curry, who has missed the team's past 15 games, including all five games of the first-round series with the San Antonio Spurs, would be a welcome addition, but Klay Thompson warned that his teammates couldn't get complacent against the dangerous Pelicans.