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Dan Feldman

  1. Report: Doc Rivers, Clippers have mutual interest

    Jun 13, 2013, 5:55 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers, Ronny Turiaf

    Two years ago, Doc Rivers signed a five-year, $35 million contract extension with the Celtics. Even for a coach like Rivers, $7 million is on the high end, but so is a five-year contract. The Celtics, in effect, were paying extra for the stability of keeping a good coach around for so long – even…

  2. Report: Kings interviewing former Knicks GM Scott Layden

    Jun 13, 2013, 1:24 AM EDT

    scott-layden

    The Spurs are non-toxic. No, that’s not good enough. They’re anti-toxic. The Spurs’ reputation is so strong, Scott Layden can work for them for only a single season, and the stench of his disastrous tenure with the Knicks is eradicated to the point he’s being considered for general-manger openings. Before Isiah Thomas became the villain…

  3. Pau Gasol would like to play in Spain again one day

    Jun 13, 2013, 12:28 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol

    Pau Gasol will probably play for the Lakers next season, but he might get amnestied or traded. There’s still a lot up in the air for Gasol in the short-term, especially while the Lakers figure out what’s next for Dwight Howard. Gasol’s long-term future is even cloudier, but he revealed a little insight into his…

  4. Otto Porter’s agent seems quite certain Porter won’t slip past No. 3 in draft

    Jun 12, 2013, 11:38 PM EDT

    Otto Porter Jr., John Thompson III

    Otto Porter is one of the most polished prospects in the NBA Draft. He showed an ability to run Georgetown’s offense, and his smooth jumper gave him success off the ball, too. He has ideal size for his position in the NBA, which made him a good defender in college. Porter is also younger than…

  5. Tracy McGrady pretending to be LeBron James

    Jun 12, 2013, 11:07 PM EDT

    Tracy McGrady, Kawhi Leonard

    Kobe Bryant is one of just three active NBA players who’ve averaged 28 points, six rebounds and five assists per game in multiple seasons. A second is imitating the third. Reuters: Heading into the 2013 Finals, McGrady took on the role of simulating LeBron James in practice to help his team prepare for the best-of-seven…

  6. Report: Cavaliers set visit with Nerlens Noel

    Jun 12, 2013, 10:32 PM EDT

    Nerlens Noel, Lakeem Jackson

    Think the Cavaliers want to learn more about a player who was the consensus top prospect in this draft before he got hurt and still might hold that title? Think the Nerlens Noel wants the prestige and guaranteed contract that comes with being the first pick? Of course they do. The inevitable meeting between the…

  7. Kawhi Leonard becoming the LeBron stopper the Spurs knew they’d need

    Jun 12, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Three

    In 2011, a 22-year-old Derrick Rose became the youngest Most Valuable Player in NBA history. Dwight Howard, then just 25, finished second in the voting. Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks to the championship. The NBA can be a reactionary league, and some teams set out that offseason searching for the next Rose, Howard or Nowitzki…

  8. Erik Spoelstra: ‘We got what we deserved … We got what we deserved … We got what we deserved … We got what we deserved’

    Jun 12, 2013, 1:27 AM EDT

    Erik Spoelstra

    Miami Heat coach Erick Spoelstra’s entire opening statement after Miami’s 113-77 Game 3 loss to the San Antonio Spurs was, “Well, we got what we deserved.” After he repeated the phrase – “We got what we deserved” – for the third time while answering questions from reporters, Spoelstra was asked what exactly he meant by…

  9. Danny Green and Gary Neal lead Spurs’ historic 3-point shooting night

    Jun 12, 2013, 12:57 AM EDT

    Danny Green, Gary Neal

    Get ready, Tracy McGrady, Corey Joseph and Patty Mills. Nando De Colo and Aron Baynes, you might suit up too. Even Stephen Jackson should be on alert. It seems Gregg Popovich can play any guard and get an elite performance in these NBA Finals. Danny Green – cut by the Cavaliers and twice by the…

  10. Gary Neal beats halftime buzzer with 3-pointer (video)

    Jun 11, 2013, 10:32 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Three

    The Spurs led by as many as 11 in the first half of Game 3, but the Heat tied the game late in the second half. Then Tony Parker made a 3-pointer, LeBron missed a shot, and Miami got ready for halftime. San Antonio, with its long-held lead back in tact, could have been satisfied,…

  11. Gary Neal replaces Danny Green as Spurs’ hot-shooting guard in first half of Game 3

    Jun 11, 2013, 10:22 PM EDT

    Spurs' Duncan and Heat's James battle for position in the first half in Game 3 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in San Antonio

    Apparently not hindered by their late arrival, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker contributed on every Spurs point as San Antonio jumped to an 11-4 lead on its way to a 50-44 halftime lead in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. But Gary Neal stole the show with his 4-of-6 3-point shooting – including a buzzer…

  12. Manu Ginobili drives and dunks (video)

    Jun 11, 2013, 10:09 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Three

    Manu Ginobili – 35 years old, mind you – pump fakes, gets Dwyane Wade in the air and drives straight to the rim for a dunk. This was Ginobili’s fourth dunk of the playoffs, and I certainly would have guessed that total would be lower. This was nearly Ginobili’s first unassisted dunk since Game 4…

  13. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Hootie late to Game 3

    Jun 11, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT

    Spurs' Parker, Duncan, and Ginobili sit on the bench during their loss to the Heat in Game 2 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    Just 44 minutes before Game of the NBA Finals, a report emerged Tony Parker and Tim Duncan had missed warmups because they were stuck in traffic. BREAKING: Tony Parker, Tim Duncan miss warmups because they're stuck in traffic. ksat.com/spurs #DriveforFive http://t.co/Stx6usmm0I— KSAT Newsroom (@ksatnews) June 12, 2013 But they arrived in time for tipoff: Spurs…

  14. Gregg Popovich: American players don’t work as hard as foreign players

    Jun 11, 2013, 6:37 PM EDT

    Kawhi Leonard, Gregg Popovich, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Boris Diaw, Tim Duncan

    I always figured the Spurs’ large contingent of international players – Tim Duncan (U.S. Islands), Tony Parker (France), Manu Ginobili (Argentina), Tiago Splitter (Brazil), Boris Diaw (France), Cory Joseph (Canada), Nando De Colo (France), Patty Mills (Australia) and Aron Baynes (Australia) – was the product of three main reasons. 1. Scouting. San Antonio does an…

  15. Report: Nuggets, 76ers considering Denver assistant Melvin Hunt

    Jun 11, 2013, 5:53 PM EDT

    Andre Iguodala, Melvin Hunt

    Even the Nuggets brass would probably admit Denver was well-coached last season. After all, the Nuggets won 57 games, and George Karl won Coach of the Year. Karl’s problem was his ability to follow directions, and that’s why he was fired. So, it might actually make sense for the Nuggets to promote an assistant coach…

  16. Grizzlies don’t renew Lionel Hollins’ contract

    Jun 10, 2013, 10:16 PM EDT

    Lionel Hollins

    UPDATE 10:16 pm: The Grizzlies have made this official with a statement from the team. “After a thorough internal process, which included conversations with Lionel and his representatives, we decided as an organization to move in a different direction,” Grizzlies CEO Jason Levien said in a statement. “On behalf of the Grizzlies organization I would…

  17. Teammate of the Year Chauncey Billups says teammate Blake Griffin needs more toughness

    Jun 10, 2013, 9:01 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Clippers - Game One

    Fresh off winning an award for being the NBA’s best teammate, Chauncey Billups said publically Blake Griffin needs more toughness. Billups, via ESPN: “I don’t agree that Blake Griffin is soft. But what I will say about Blake is that he’s maybe too nice of a guy,” Billups said. “Because there’s been times in games…

  18. Larry Bird withdraws from Kings GM search, mulling return to Pacers

    Jun 10, 2013, 8:06 PM EDT

    Larry Bird attends a party after the premier of the Broadway play Magic Bird in New York

    When the Pacers hired Larry Bird as their coach in 1997, the Hick From French Lick said, “I’m very excited about this opportunity to go back home and coach the Indiana Pacers. Indiana is the only team I wanted to coach.” Since, Bird became the president of his home state’s NBA team and helped build…

  19. Mookie Blaylock jailed after car crash

    Jun 10, 2013, 6:44 PM EDT

    Mookie Blaylock Crash Basketball

    Former Hawks point guard Mookie Blaylock was charged with second-degree vehicular homicide after his role in a May car crash. Initially put on life support, Blaylock improved, and now he’s out of the hospital and in jail. Marcus K. Garner of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Former NBA player Mookie Blaylock, using a walker, turned himself in…

  20. Maurice Cheeks agrees to become Pistons’ next head coach

    Jun 10, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    The Pistons made Maurice Cheeks their top choice, and unsurprisingly, the coach with no other reported head-coaching options accepted the job. Marc Stein of ESPN: ESPN sources: Mo Cheeks has today agreed to take Detroit Pistons' job. Story posting online at ESPN as we speak— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 10, 2013 Cheeks’ Portland teams gradually…

  21. NBA Fines Hawks, Rockets, one other team for tampering

    Jun 10, 2013, 5:50 PM EDT

    Chris Paul, John Jenkins

    The Hawks emailed fans in an attempt to sell tickets by name dropping Dwight Howard and Chris Paul. I don’t know whether the chance of Atlanta signing either star in free agency motivated any fans to buy tickets, but the email will cost the Hawks. Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt of USA TODAY: Three NBA…

  22. Jason Kidd’s plan to hire Lawrence Frank has Nets taking him ‘seriously’ as head-coaching candidate

    Jun 10, 2013, 4:17 PM EDT

    BASKET-NBA-GBR-KNICKS-PISTONS

    The Nets won 49 games last season. They have excellent players at the two most important positions, Deron Williams at point guard and Brook Lopez at center. Their owner is probably willing to pay top dollar for a coach. Yet, they’re taking seriously a candidate with absolutely no coaching  – head or assistant – experience.…

  23. Doc Rivers finally speaks on chances of return, but only to say ‘I’d rather not say’

    Jun 10, 2013, 3:43 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics - Game Six

    Kevin Garnett might retire. Paul Pierce’s contract is only partially guaranteed for next season. Who knows when Rajon Rondo will return to full health? The Celtics have plenty of question marks headed into next season. Meanwhile, Doc Rivers had been lying low. He’s finally spoken publically about his future with the Celtics, but he didn’t…

  24. Heat get their own D-League team

    Jun 10, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    Juwan Howard, Dwyane Wade, Jarvis Varnado

    The Miami Heat surely have designs of contending for championships for the next several years, even though LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh can each become free agents in any of the next three offseasons after this one. Of course, the Heat plan to keep all three, and at this point, losing them would…

  25. Danny Green shoots 5-for-5 on 3-pointers in historic performance

    Jun 10, 2013, 1:33 AM EDT

    Spurs' Green reacts after a three point basket against the Heat during Game 2 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    Asked after Game 1 how Danny Green had progressed since they played together for the Cavaliers, LeBron James responded, “Is that a serious question?” You can bet LeBron will get more questions now about his former Cleveland teammate, and now he’ll know they’re serious. Green shot 5-for-5 on 3-pointers and 6-for-6 overall to lead the…

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