Sources: Luke Walton will return for third season as head coach of Sacramento Kings
Kings general manager Monte McNair could have opted for change. Instead, he chose continuity. McNair informed coach Luke Walton on Monday he will be back for a third season in Sacramento, multiple sources told The Sacramento Bee, confirming a report from James Ham of NBC Sports California. Walton addressed uncertainty over his future last week as another difficult season was coming to an end. Sources said Walton had been given no assurances from the organization at that point, but Walton said he was confident he would return and looked forward to continuing his work with players such as De’Aar...
The Sacramento Bee
Scott Fowler: For Hornets to beat Pacers in NBA play-in tournament, Terry must become ‘Scary’ again
The Charlotte Hornets’ chance to win at Indiana Tuesday night in the first game of the NBA play-in tournament seem very poor. Charlotte went 0-5 over the past eight days to stagger into this sports purgatory — not the playoffs, exactly, but not the regular season, either. How do the Hornets pull off an unlikely win in a do-or-die scenario Tuesday night? I’ve got two words for you: Scary Terry. Wait, did you think I was going to say LaMelo Ball? It’s great that LaMelo has returned from his wrist injury, and he’s good for several highlights in every game. But at this moment, Terry Rozier is Char...
The Charlotte Observer
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The Mercury News
NBA Announces New Social Justice Award, Named After Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
The NBA has announced the creation and introduction of a new award. The league announced the new award named after Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. “Introducing the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion Award, a new annual honor that will recognize a current NBA player for pursuing social justice and upholding the league’s decades-long values of equality, respect, and inclusion,” the league announced. “Each team will nominate one player and a selection committee led by Abdul-Jabbar will meet once a year to choose five finalists,” the league said. “The winner will then pick an organizat...
Victor Oladipo Undergoes Season-Ending Surgery
The Miami Heat will be without their starting shooting guard for the remainder of the season. The team announced on Wednesday that Victor Oladipo will be undergoing season-ending surgery on his right quadriceps tendon. Oladipo traveled to New York to have his surgery on Thursday. There is no timeline for his return, as he has been sidelined since April 8, when he injured his right knee in a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. This is not the first time Oladipo has had issues with his right quadriceps tendon. In 2019, while still a member of the Indiana Pacers, Oladipo ruptured it, leading to ...
Dieter Kurtenbach: Steph Curry’s second scoring title should silence his doubters once and for all
SAN FRANCISCO — In his 20s, Stephen Curry changed the entire sport of basketball. In his 30s, Curry is still showing the rest of the league how to play this game he changed. At age 33, Curry just turned in the best regular season of his revolutionary career, capturing his second scoring title with a career-high 32 points per game average. He capped it all off with one of his best performances of this incredible campaign. Going into Sunday’s game, Curry needed only three points to claim the scoring title. He scored 46. And, even more importantly, those points — including three clutch 3-pointers...
The Mercury News
Bob Wojnowski: Pistons’ record doesn’t show it, but Troy Weaver weaving a plan with real promise
A year ago the Pistons were in pieces, broken pieces, yet-to-be-broken-in pieces, old pieces, unproven pieces. And then they did what they’ve long talked about doing, what the franchise used to do with great success. They started all over. Troy Weaver was hired as GM last June and came in unabashed and unafraid to deal. Now less than 12 months later, they have a collection of viable pieces that actually could fit in a puzzle. Precisely one player remains from the 2019-20 team — Sekou Doumbouya — and in the Pistons’ current culture, there’s no guarantee he stays. Weaver calls it “competitive sp...
The Detroit News
Scott Fowler: Charlotte Hornets are almost out of chances as they stumble into NBA play-in tourney
The Charlotte Hornets had themselves a lost weekend at the worst possible time. Twice they looked like they could win. That they should win. That they would win. And twice they lost heartbreakers, including a 115-110 defeat at the hands of the Washington Wizards Sunday afternoon in which the Hornets led by 11 points beginning the fourth quarter before disintegrating. Is the season over? Not quite, but it almost certainly will be soon. Charlotte looks like a team that just doesn’t have it anymore. The Hornets will stumble into the NBA’s inaugural play-in tournament Tuesday night having lost the...
The Charlotte Observer
Chicago Bulls finish the season at 31-41 after a 118-112 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks
CHICAGO -- Before the Chicago Bulls’ final game of an unprecedented 2020-21 season — a 118-112 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday night — forward Thad Young took the microphone at center court to address the crowd. Much like Zach LaVine did on the first night fans were allowed back at the United Center, Young thanked the fans for their support and for enduring such a trying season. The Bulls (31-41) had aspirations to play beyond Sunday and hoped to host fans for a much more meaningful finale. Instead they face a long offseason full of questions after missing the postseason for the fou...