Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns sidelined by wrist injury
MINNEAPOLIS — Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns was taking shots before practice Wednesday — but he wasn’t using his left hand.Towns was unable to practice because of a left wrist injury that kept him out of the Wolves’ final game before the All-Star break, and he is expected to miss multiple games as the Wolves continue their season beginning with Friday’s matchup against Boston.Coach Ryan Saunders did not provide a timetable for Towns’ injury or describe its severity. When asked if Towns would miss more than one game because of the injury, Saunders said, “Yes,” but provided nothing more...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Dieter Kurtenbach: Warriors outline lofty goals for season's final weeks
SAN FRANCISCO — We’ve reached the homestretch of the Warriors’ lost season.Thank goodness.The final 27 games of the regular season will start Thursday, but the Warriors’ long All-Star break didn’t serve time to reflect on everything that has gone wrong for the team so far, though. Frankly, there might not have been enough time for that.No, instead it was an opportunity for the Dubs to take stock for the first time in months (wait, is that guy on our team?) and put together a to-do list for the final eight weeks of the campaign.Draymond Green, for instance, has only one item on his list.“A buyo...
The Mercury News
The big reason why the Miami Heat expects it to be easy to integrate Andre Iguodala
Andre Iguodala had heard stories — maybe urban legends — about what practices are like for the Miami Heat. The Heat turns off the air conditioning on the practice courts at AmericanAirlines Arena. Players are expected to don mouth guards and knee pads because of how physical it can get.“You hear so many things about wearing knee pads at practice,” the wing said. “You’re telling a professional basketball player that he’s wearing knee pads after 16 years, they’ll look at you crazy.”He learned Wednesday those stories are true. Iguodala, who joined Miami (35-19) in a trade with the Memphis Grizzli...
Dave Hyde: A fun, young Heat team set to become a fun, older Heat team
MIAMI — Andre Iguodala didn’t need much to transition to the Miami Heat. Hey, this isn’t his first NBA move, after all. As he said, he just needed some new sheets and bed supplies.“I’m big on sleep,” he said.Iguodala also put on knee pads for a practice for the first time in 16 NBA seasons. That’s part of the Heat protocol. Practice like you play.“I’m ready now,” he said.The real transition of Iguodala and Jae Crowder being traded just before the All-Star break to the Heat is this: Are you ready for how the Heat will look now? Older? More experienced? And, surely, in some form, a little less o...
Rick Bonnell: Hornets have Michael Jordan's patience and trust, but how long before wins matter more?
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — I heard Charlotte Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak use a word Wednesday I thought he’d never utter.“Rebuild.”Kupchak and coach James Borrego avoided that term almost compulsively, even if it’s the most accurate description of what the Hornets are doing. Embracing that is important, because the last thing the Hornets should consider is quick fixes.Everyone is in agreement on that, Kupchak said in a midseason interview, including team owner Michael Jordan.“He’s 100 percent on board with what we’re doing,” Kupchak said. “We made a decision to take a certain approach for thi...
The Charlotte Observer
7 ways the rebuilding Pistons can imitate the booming Bucks
DETROIT — For well over a decade recently, the Milwaukee Bucks were stuck in the middle: Occasionally a playoff team, and if so, a reliable loser in the first round.Sound familiar, Pistons fans?It may seem hard to believe now, but in the 17 seasons from 2002 until 2018, the Bucks never made the second round in their eight playoff appearances.But as Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks visit Detroit on Thursday to start the NBA’s stretch run following the All-Star break, Milwaukee is a league-best 46-8, a finals favorite and a solid bet to win it all someday soon.The Pistons, who have not won a ...
The Detroit News
Al Horford to continue to come off Sixers bench
PHILADELPHIA — When Al Horford came off the bench during the 76ers’ last game before the All-Star break, a 110-103 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Clippers on Feb. 11, it marked the first time since his rookie year in 2007-2008 with Atlanta that he wasn’t a starter.The Sixers (34-21) returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since the Clippers win and afterward, coach Brett Brown said that, for the immediate future, Horford will continue coming off the bench.Now in his 13th season, Horford signed a four-year, $97 million deal this summer with the Sixers after playing the previous...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Chicago-born NBA players — from Derrick Rose to Anthony Davis to Isiah Thomas — get nostalgic about their basketball 'Mecca'
CHICAGO — For several homegrown NBA and WNBA stars, Chicago boils down to two things: food and basketball.Naperville Central alumna Candace Parker, a judge in last weekend’s NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest, put it best: “It’s kind of like if you’re Cubs or White Sox. You’re either Lou Malnati’s or Giordano’s, and I’m Giordano’s. There are certain things that Chicagoans understand: how important it is to solidify what your stance on food is as well as teams.”For the record, Parker added that she’s a Cubs fan.Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas, who was in town for Chicago’s third turn as All-Star host an...
Reggie Jackson agrees to buyout with Pistons, will head to Clippers
DETROIT — The Pistons’ youth movement keeps pushing forward.The roster got another shakeup Tuesday, with point guard Reggie Jackson agreeing to a buyout and planning to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers for the remainder of the season, league sources confirmed to The Detroit News.Jackson, 29, is in the final year of his five-year contract worth $80 million; he was the longest-tenured player on the roster, having been acquired in 2015 by then-team president Stan Van Gundy in a deadline deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder.After playing in the first two games this season, Jackson missed 42 games...
The Detroit News
Dwyane Wade looks to emulate Kobe Bryant in life after basketball
Less than a year after retiring from the NBA, Dwyane Wade has smoothly navigated into his post-playing career.An NBA analyst for TNT, a producer on an Oscar-winning film and now the subject of an upcoming ESPN documentary, the Miami Heat legend has demonstrated how athletes can still thrive once they step away from the game.In doing so, Wade said he’s trying to emulate Kobe Bryant and carry on his legacy. Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash three weeks ago, thrived after retirement, serving as a highly respected leader and ambassador for the game. Bryant also transcended sports, winning an ...