LaMarcus Aldridge had eight points and five rebounds in 20 minutes, but left for the locker room early in the third quarter and did not return.
Team officials said Aldridge experienced soreness in the pinky finger he had dislocated Thursday at Golden State, and coaches opted to keep him out the rest of the game.
Parker later confirmed Aldridge’s finger had been bothering him, but knew nothing of the severity.
“To be honest, I don’t know (the extent),” Parker said. “I know it’s his finger, but I don’t know how bad it is.”
Report: Suns Begin Search for Head Coach, to Consider Jay Triano
The Phoenix Suns are beginning their search for a new head coach now, a process that will include interim coach Jay Triano, general manager Ryan McDonough told ESPN.
In a coaching market that could be expansive with openings this spring, the Suns want to get a start on connecting with available candidates now and leap into the rest of the coaching market in mid-April when the regular season ends, McDonough said.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
Report: Robert Williams to Declare for 2018 NBA Draft
Texas A&M sophomore forward Robert Williams is turning pro.
Williams announced his decision to enter the NBA draft and bypass his final two seasons of eligibility after the seventh-seeded Aggies lost to third-seeded Michigan 99-72 in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament Thursday night.
“It’s something I’ve been dreaming about – the next step,” said Williams, who scored 12 points and added six rebounds, three assists and three blocks in his final game with the Aggies.
Williams, 19 years old and listed at 6-10, will finish the semester at Texas A&M before pursuing his dream of playing in the NBA.
“It’s just a blessing,” Williams said as he stood in a locker room in the bowels of the Staples Center, home to the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers. “Every kid dreams of going pro in a sport they love.
Report: Anfernee Simons to Declare for 2018 NBA Draft
Anfernee Simons will forgo his collegiate eligibility and declare for the 2018 NBA draft, he informed ESPN.
“After discussing the matter with my parents, I have decided to forgo the opportunity to play in the NCAA and to instead enter the NBA draft,” Simons said. “I am very thankful for the support I received at IMG Academy and from the NCAA coaches who recruited me. I am ready and excited to pursue my dream of playing in the NBA.”
Simons, a top-10 high school recruit according to the ESPN 100, is eligible for the 2018 draft as a postgraduate, being one year removed from his high school graduation and turning 19 in June, thus satisfying NBA requirements. He spent his fifth year of high school at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, and was recently named to the prestigious Nike Hoop Summit and Jordan Brand Classic events.
Source: Jonathan Givony of ESPN