Bulls expand front-office search to interview 3 more candidates; Nuggets GM reportedly emerges as favorite
The Bulls started laying groundwork for their search for a top basketball executive during All-Star Weekend in February, so it’s no surprise they are looking to move this process along quickly.Three more candidates with front-office experience emerged Wednesday after reportedly interviewing with the Bulls this week: former Cavaliers and Hawks general manager Danny Ferry, former Hawks GM Wes Wilcox and former 76ers President Bryan Colangelo.They join Jazz GM Justin Zanik and Nuggets GM Arturas Karnisovas, who has emerged as the early favorite, according to Yahoo Sports. The Bulls expanded the s...
Scott Fowler: Dell Curry thought he had COVID-19. What that was like, and what Steph needed during pandemic.
Dell Curry is the patriarch of the first family of Charlotte basketball — the second-leading scorer in history for the Charlotte Hornets, as well as the father of two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steph Curry and Dallas Maverick guard Seth Curry.The elder Curry would normally be busy this time of year serving as the Hornets’ TV analyst. Instead, like the rest of us, Dell Curry’s life has been upended by the fallout from the coronavirus.Curry, 55, spoke with me on the phone Wednesday about his own recent health scare, how his family is coping with the quarantine on both coasts and what Steph Cu...
The Charlotte Observer
Players Association tells NBA agents that owners may withhold part of players' salaries if season is canceled
The National Basketball Players Association stressed during Tuesday’s conference call with NBA agents that no decision has been made about resuming the season, a league source confirmed. The agents were also informed that there hasn’t been a consensus on a cutoff date to make a decision.However, the NBPA did reiterate how owners could withhold 25% of players’ remaining salary if the season is canceled. Predraft guidelines along with the uncertainties with this season’s revenue sharing and next season’s salary cap were among other topics.The pay reduction would not affect players waived before ...
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How Heat's Meyers Leonard is staying positive in a dark time. And Iguodala on West Coast.
During the NBA shutdown, Heat center Meyers Leonard has a goal.Through Leonard’s love for video games, particularly “Call of Duty,” he hopes to help “feed over one million people in the month of April” amid the coronavirus pandemic.That had Leonard gaming for 24 consecutive hours from Sunday afternoon to Monday afternoon, streaming his play on the Twitch video platform to raise $70,000. Leonard’s goal is to raise $175,000 this month, and he notes “the rest of the month is going to be exciting.”That positive outlook is by design, a bright spot in an otherwise dark time for the world. It all beg...
One year later, De'Andre Hunter talks Virginia's title and transitioning to the NBA
From time to time, Virginia alumnus De’Andre Hunter wears a UMBC T-shirt.You know, the same Maryland-Baltimore County that became the first No. 16-seed to defeat a 1-seed, knocking off Virginia in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 2018. A broken left wrist sidelined Hunter for March Madness that year.But this shirt, created in part by former teammate Ty Jerome, has “Redeemed” stamped on the front of it because of what happened exactly one year ago — with Hunter at full force in his sophomore season, the Cavaliers made a different kind of history, winning their first NCAA title after a ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Timberwolves have league's best draft position if NBA skips straight to playoffs
Of the major U.S. pro sports leagues trying to figure out how and when to return to playing once the coronavirus pandemic allows, the NBA and NHL would seem to have the most urgency.Those two were near the finish line of their regular season, chugging toward the playoffs, when play was halted with about a month to go in both cases. It’s one thing to play a truncated regular season, which MLB and MLS are probably headed toward, in whatever form they take. The NFL, meanwhile, can sit back and let things play out while formulating scenarios for the fall.It’s quite another to have your postseason ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Fighting words: How Heat's Dwyane Wade, Udonis Haslem nearly came to blows
MIAMI — Now fast friends and business partners, Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem reminisced this week about the times — plural — when the two nearly came to blows.As in a real fight. As in throwing hands. As in each Miami Heat man for himself.The most memorable such moment, the two said, came during a seemingly innocuous moment involving former NBA guard Jeremy Lin.The two explained that exchange during an Instagram chat on the NBA’s account, amid sheltering in place during this shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.Haslem: “The time in Atlanta.”Wade: “The Jeremy Lin time? Did I go help him up...
Barry Jackson: How drop in NBA revenue would affect Heat's offseason and how it wouldn't
MIAMI — A likely drop in the NBA’s projected $115 million salary cap for next season makes it more likely that the Heat will keep this team mostly together this offseason, and NBA rules leave Miami in good position to achieve that.The reason: If the Heat opt to operate as an over-the-cap team instead of as a room team this summer, Miami could simply bypass potentially $27 million in cap space and use its free agents’ Bird Rights to exceed the cap to re-sign any or all among Goran Dragic, Jae Crowder, Meyers Leonard and Derrick Jones Jr., with the Heat also having Bird Rights on its two other u...
Warriors keeping options open with top-5 NBA draft pick: 'The best player is not obvious'
Sometimes Warriors head coach Steve Kerr laughs when he reads articles grading selections of past NBA drafts.“It’s a tough position to be in to have to write about these guys and grade teams when nobody really knows but, after the fact, it’s sort of hilarious,” Kerr said. “Pascal Siakam going 27th and people complaining about the Raptors not knowing what they were doing, because so-and-so was available. Are you nuts? If you did that re-draft, he’d be top-five.”The NBA draft lottery is scheduled for May 19, and the Warriors are poised to select no later than fifth. However, they know the best p...
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Kings' Bogdanovic, Bjelica and Divac donate supplies to fight coronavirus in Serbia
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Three members of the Kings organization are teaming up to donate needed supplies to medical facilities caring for coronavirus patients in their native Serbia.Bogdan Bogdanovic and Nemanja Bjelica are partnering with general manager Vlade Divac’s foundation — the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation — to fund the purchase of ventilators, medical-grade masks and supplies to support hospitals providing critical care for COVID-19 patients, the Kings said in a news release Tuesday.“I am inspired by all those across the NBA and around the world who have given back to individuals harde...
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