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
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
“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
“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
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
"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
"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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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