• Pau on Marc Gasol Joining Knicks: It’s ‘Possible’

    Pau Gasol passed on the Knicks, but that doesn’t mean his younger brother Marc will.

    Next summer, Grizzles center Marc Gasol, a versatile and supremely talented 7-foot center, will be a free agent. The Knicks, with more than $20 million of cap space, are expected to make a run at him.

    Pau, in town with the Bulls, his new team, said it is “possible” his 29-year-old brother could wind up in New York and mentioned he has talked to Marc about Knicks president Phil Jackson in the past.

    via Zach Braziller of the New York Post
  • No Extension for Reggie Jackson by Deadline?

    The clock continues to tick toward Friday’s deadline for the Thunder to come to terms on a contract extension for guard Reggie Jackson.

    But as the deadline nears, a deal appears unlikely to get done and talks will have to resume next summer when Jackson becomes a restricted free agent.

    The Thunder can match any offer Jackson might receive next summer, and Thunder general manager Sam Presti repeatedly has made it clear that the franchise intends to keep Jackson.

    via Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman
  • Phil Jackson: Knicks ‘not ready for Showtime’

    With another daunting test awaiting them Thursday against LeBron James and the Cavaliers in Cleveland, the Knicks opened the Jax-Fisher era by flunking geometry in ugly fashion. They shot just 36.5% from the field − including 3-for-17 from three-point range − and were overmatched at both ends in a boo-filled 104-80 blowout loss to the Bulls in their season opener at the Garden.

    “Not ready for Showtime, were we?” (Phil) Jackson replied when asked for comment by the Daily News outside his waiting car after the game. “I can’t tell how long it will take.”

    via Peter Botte of the New York Daily News
  • Deron Williams Slams Nets’ Effort in Opener

    The Nets were a steaming hot mess defensively in their first game under Lionel Hollins, as lapses and sloppiness reigned supreme in a 121-105 loss to the Celtics in Wednesday night’s season opener.

    “I really have no answer,” Deron Williams said. “We just looked like (junk) out there. We weren’t rotating right. We weren’t helping out. They were getting layup after layup. It’s hard to win like that.”

    “We were making so many mistakes in the pick-and-roll, the straight line penetration really hurt us at that point,” Hollins said. “Communication, effort, second effort, third effort.

    via Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News
  • Hornets Exercise Options on Kidd-Gilchrist, Zeller

    Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has exercised its fourth-year option on forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and its third-year option on forward Cody Zeller.

    via NBA.com/Hornets
  • UNC’s Coach ‘Worried Sick’ About NCAA Probe

    North Carolina coach Roy Williams said Wednesday that he is "worried sick" about the pending NCAA investigation into the school's academic scandal, and included in his worries are concerns about his own reputation.

    An investigation led by former U.S. Department of Justice official Kenneth Wainstein found that more than 3,100 students -- 48 percent of them athletes -- took "paper classes" in the Afro-American studies department.

    Now in his 12th year at North Carolina, the Hall of Fame coach said this is far more personal because he is a graduate of the university as well as its men's basketball coach.

    "It hurts," he said.

    via Dana O'Neil of ESPN
  • Stern Optimistic No Work Stoppage in 2017

    Despite ominous statements from prominent players like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant about how the NBA's new TV deal will affect collective bargaining, former commissioner David Stern said Wednesday night he believes the league will avoid a work stoppage in 2017.

    "I think that our players are very smart and successful and they have hired what seems to be a smart and successful litigator," Stern told CBSSports.com. "Our owners are smart and successful and have got Adam Silver, an accomplished litigator, too. And I have no doubt that they're going to work it out."

    via Ken Berger of CBS Sports
  • LeBron, Gilbert Agree Relationship Now Solid

    LeBron James and Dan Gilbert were back in the same building Wednesday on the eve of the Cleveland Cavaliers' season opener, and they shared the same sunny outlook about their relationship that turned ice cold in a very public fashion four years ago.

    "I think it's really good," James said when asked about his rapport with the Cavs' owner. "We had one bad moment, and it just overshadowed all the great times we had together, and now we're back together.

    Gilbert described their relationship as "very good, very solid." It's so light between the two these days that they even joke with each other.

    via Dave McMenamin of ESPN
  • Warriors to Pick Up Options on Barnes, Ezeli?

    The Warriors finished up most of their offseason decision-making Wednesday, deciding on the futures of three young players while leaving open the negotiations on a contract extension with Klay Thompson.

    The team is expected to pick up the fourth-year player options on forward Harrison Barnes and reserve center Festus Ezeli and to decline the third-year option on reserve guard Nemanja Nedovic, according to Warriors sources.

    via Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle
  • Source: Turner Hired as D-League President

    Malcolm Turner of Wasserman Media Group has been hired as the president of the NBA Development League, sources tell Yahoo Sports.

    via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports on Twitter
  • Van Gundy: Pistons Must Break ‘Bad habits’

    The Pistons held the Denver Nuggets to 35-percent shooting, some of it simply attributable to open misses more than defensive brilliance, though that still should create something better than a 10-point loss.

    "We don't block people out," Van Gundy said. "We just turn and go to the board and people come running in. We've got bad habits that we're trying to break and we didn't do a good job tonight."

    (Andre) Drummond disagreed with Van Gundy's assertion about bad habits, however.

    "I don't think it's old habits," he said. "I think that we're thinking too much because I feel like we want to do everything right. Stan is doing a good job. We know what we're doing."

    via David Mayo of MLive.com
  • Amar’e Stoudemire Gets Surprise Starting Nod

    One announcement was made early and one came at the last minute, but the Knicks’ opening-night lineup was a case of “surprise, surprise.”

    Coach Derek Fisher revealed before the game that Amar’e Stoudemire would be in the starting five at power forward Wednesday night against the Bulls, and less than an hour before tipoff, the Knicks also announced that veteran point guard Jose Calderon would be a late scratch with the sore calf that kept him out of the final two preseason games.

    Stoudemire had expressed uncertainty in recent days over his role despite proclaiming his surgically repaired knees were fully healthy throughout training camp.

    via Peter Botte of the New York Daily News
  • Kobe Trying to Keep Julius Randle Focused

    Having missed the playoffs in 2012-13, and all but six games last season, (Kobe) Bryant is using his experience coming back from major injuries to keep (Julius) Randle focused on the fact that he, too, will recover.

    Bryant said after he told Randle he could not feel sorry for himself, the rookie responded, “Yeah, I’m not having any pity parties.”

    “Get it out your system,” Bryant said he told Randle, “just like I did, with a nice hard cry then it’s time to go from there.”

    via Bill Oram of the Orange County Register
  • Mavericks Officially Sign J.J. Barea

    The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed free agent guard Jose Juan Barea. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

    Barea (6-0, 185) spent the first five years of his professional career in Dallas and was a member of the the Mavericks 2011 NBA Championship team. He averaged 9.5 points, 3.9 assists and 20.6 minutes during the 2010-11 campaign while helping Dallas capture its first NBA title.

    via NBA press release
  • Lakers’ Randle out for the Season

    Lakers forward Julius Randle, who suffered a fractured tibia of his right leg in last night’s game versus the Houston Rockets, underwent a successful surgery today to repair the fracture.  The surgery was performed by Dr. Donald Wiss at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

    Randle is expected to make a full recovery, although it is anticipated that he will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season.

    via NBA Press Releases