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Luke Walton: Lonzo Ball Uncertain for Five Game Road Trip Due to Sore Left Knee

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Lonzo Ball’s return remains uncertain as Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton doesn’t expect his rookie point guard to return to action in the near future.

Ball, who missed his fourth straight game on Sunday with a sore left knee, likely will not play in Tuesday’s game against the Boston Celtics. Ball — who watched the Lakers beat the Knicks, 127-107 — has yet to practice. While he will travel with the team, the point guard’s status for the Lakers’ upcoming five-game, 11-day road trip remains uncertain, according to Walton.

“They [Ball and the training staff] did more yesterday than the day before, and he says he feels good today but he is still out,” Walton said before the Lakers played the Knicks. “… I don’t expect him back [anytime soon]. I haven’t seen him on the court doing anything, but they’re looking at it, still just taking it day by day to see when the knee is feeling better.”

Source: Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN

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Adam Silver Believes Next Year’s ASG Draft Will be Televised

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he was pleased with the new format for the league’s All-Star Game and believed that next year’s player draft would be televised.

“I thought it was incredible. I can’t tell you how appreciative I am of the players,” Silver told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne following a 148-145 win for Team LeBron over Team Stephen at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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Tiago Splitter Announces Retirement from NBA

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Former Spurs center Tiago Splitter has officially announced his retirement from the NBA.

After battling a chronic hip injury the last two years, the 33-year-old from Brazil said in a post on his Twitter account that “the time to say goodbye” has come after a seven-year NBA career.

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Adam Silver: NBA Considering Playoff Restructure

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver floated the possibility of a modified playoff seeding system Saturday that could pit the league’s best two teams against each other in the Finals without changing the number of teams from each conference that make the postseason.

Silver said his concept would keep the best eight teams from each conference in the playoffs, but would seed those teams 1-16. In that scenario, if the top two teams were from the same conference, it would set up a possible Finals meeting.

“You also would like to have a format where your two best teams are ultimately going to meet in the Finals,” Silver said. “You could have a situation where the top two teams in the league are meeting in the conference finals or somewhere else. So we’re going to continue to look at that. It’s still my hope that we’re going to figure out ways.”

At this point it is just conceptual; there are no plans for a vote. However, it is the furthest Silver has gone in altering the postseason format since becoming commissioner.

Source: Brian Windhorst of ESPN

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