.@JennaWolfe: "How do the Lakers land a big name this summer?"@VinceGoodwill: "Go into the room, bring the championship trophies, bring LeBron in there, and be quiet. Let LeBron do the talking. You have to turn this thing over to him now." pic.twitter.com/pEtxYgMAE7— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) May 22, 2019
Celtics Life: Marcus Smart on what's to come - "Off-season is a myth"
It is a well-known platitude in the NBA that stars are made in the off-season. Now Marcus Smart, newly-appointed to First Team All-Defensive, has added another dimension - namely, there is no off-season. It is a myth. Gotta love it!
Love this and am honored and appreciate all the love and votes. Thank you!
I want a banner though. Offseason is a myth. Let's get it! ud83dudd25u2618ufe0f pic.twitter.com/uSCIVdsHYE
Quite obviously, this honor has been put aside way too long.
ESPN.com: Giannis' ex-agent blasts Drake for trolling ways
Drake clearly has been enjoying Giannis Antetokounmpo's struggles during the Eastern Conference finals, but the superstar rapper's antics are rubbing some people the wrong way.
A senior executive for Octagon, the agency that represents Antetokounmpo, tweeted Wednesday that he has "never seen anything as disrespectful" as Drake's repeated trolling of Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.
Georgios Dimitropoulos, who used to be Antetokounmpo's European agent before becoming the senior director for Octagon Basketball Europe, took to Twitter one day after the Toronto Raptors routed Antetokounmpo and the Bucks 120-102 in Game 4 to even the best-of-seven series at 2-2.
Official Site of the Jazz: 'It clicked in my head that I can do this': As he deals with offseason rehab, Dante Exum focuses on the positives
Was this preventable?
That was the first thing Dante Exum asked his surgeon. The Utah Jazz guard had just been dealt another setback, another injury in his young career. And he wanted to know if it was his fault.
The surgeon told him, No. There was nothing he could have done. Then, Exum's mindset shifted.
"I can't control the uncontrollable," he said. "There's no point in me sitting here all said and praying and wishing and wanting to be on the court. It's just about whatever I can do moving forward."
"We've got something, we are building something great.
The Star: Marc Gasol's biggest rebound with the Raptors has come in the last two games
Marc Gasol was striding purposefully after Game 4. He had been asked to talk to Stephen A. Smith of ESPN, a man who plays a cartoon on radio and TV, and doing interviews is not something Gasol particularly enjoys. The Spaniard is good at it, yes. But it's not his thing. Still, it was part of the job. And Gasol does all parts of the job.
"What I hated most about (Game 2) is that I allowed my frustrations offensively, and my misses, affect me defensively," said Gasol, going back two games in an interview on the way to his interview after Toronto's 120-102 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final, tying the series at two games each.
Pounding The Rock: Don't count on Tony Parker retiring as a Spur
While the offseason has already started for the Spurs, the NBA never rests. The lottery gave the Pelicans a respite from the Anthony Davis' drama and the opportunity to draft Zion Williamson and showed that the flattened odds implemented recently could help curb tanking. Meanwhile, the eastern conference finals are in full swing, with former Spurs on both teams battling for a place in the finals.
There's also been some news regarding Gregg Popovich's and Tony Parker's retirements. Pop has delayed his, re-signing for three more seasons, while Tony is considering calling it quits after a mostly nondescript year in Charlotte.
Official Site of the Blazers: PODCAST >> Rip City Report, 2018-19 End Of The Season Edition
Greetings to all the podcast listeners the world over. After not having an opportunity to record during the Western Conference Finals, Joe Freeman, he of The Oregonian/OregonLive.com, and I, Casey Holdahl of Trailblazers.com, returned to the Moda Center to record the final 2018-19 season edition of the Rip City Report podcast, which you can listen to on a number of platforms below...
In this, our 170th edition, we look back at what was the best and most enjoyable Trail Blazers season in 20 years, recap the playoffs and what a wild ride it was, discuss what the playoffs meant to the future of this group, break down the Blazers' cap and roster situation heading into the offseason, play yet another round of "Walton or Oden" and finish up by answering listener questions about Blazers ownership, the Game 7 vs.
Bright Side Of The Sun: Locked On Suns Wednesday: AD, the coaching change, and takeaways from the 2019 playoffs with Michael Pina of SB Nation
Michael Pina joins the show to discuss why he thinks an Anthony Davis trade is realistic for Phoenix, how he would approach the sixth pick in the draft, and more.
We rank Deandre Ayton among trade chips in the AD sweepstakes, why Michael would not have moved on from Igor Kokoskov, and how the Suns can learn from the big men in this year's NBA playoffs.
Find us on the new Himalaya podcast app, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify!
Fansided: Philadelphia 76ers 2019 NBA Draft profile: Ignas Brazdeikis
During his lone year in Ann Arbor, Ignas Brazdeikis (IG-ness brah'z-day-kiss) earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors and honorable mention All-American votes. In 37 starts for Michigan, Brazdeikis averaged 14.8 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game. Iggy was efficient from three and the foul line, shooting 39 percent from deep and 77 percent from the line.
Brazdeikis first considered Michigan after he met with fellow Toronto-area hooper and former Sixer Nik Stauskas. Born in Lithuania and raised in Oakville, Ontario, Brazdeikis has an international flare to his game. He's plotting and methodical, with a truckload of confidence.
Fansided: New York Knicks: Kendrick Perkins fuels Kevin Durant, Clippers rumors
Marc Stein of the New York Times recently placed the Los Angeles Clippers as a "dangerous threat" to sign Kevin Durant in free agency. The New York Knicks will continue to lurk, but they are not apparently not alone.
Adding fuel to the fire, former NBA player Kendrick Perkins -- a close friend of Durant's -- told FS1's Kristine Leahy to not be surprised if the former NBA MVP signs with the Clippers.
Perkins alluded to the organization and head coach Doc Rivers as aspects Durant likes.
Official Site of the Timberwolves: Timberwolves Basketball Means Everything To Ryan Saunders, Just Watch Him Prove It
On Tuesday morning, the Timberwolves introduced Ryan Saunders as their new head coach.
This comes after Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas led a full coaching search last week. The right choice was right in front of Rosas and it became obvious pretty fast.
Saunders is absolutely loved by his players, and that has everything to do with his communication and appreciation for them. Need proof? Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, Josh Okogie, Keita Bates-Diop, Tyus Jones, Jared Terrell, and Mitch Creek were all in attendance at Saunders' introductory press conference.
Relationships with players matter more than it ever has.
Brew Hoop: Break Glass in Case of Emergency
I wouldn't call it a tailspin, I wouldn't call it a disaster, and I wouldn't call it a back-breaker, but Milwaukee's game four loss to the Toronto Raptors has, more than any other moment this season, forced the team to take a long look in the mirror.
There is always a fine balance to be struck in the up-and-down nature of a playoff series between riding whatever got you there versus changing your approach. For the Milwaukee Bucks, their "approach" resulted in a 60-win season, a historic statistical profile, and home-court advantage throughout the postseason.
Lakers Nation: Magic Johnson Believes Lakers Had Too Many Voices Speaking Outside Of Their Roles
Ever since former Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson's resignation, there have been a lot of questions about the structure of the front office.
These questions grew louder during the team's head coaching search as rumors circulated about the inner circle of owner Jeanie Buss -- who all had a voice in that major decision.
As it turns out, the roles of those within the organization were something else that Johnson had an issue with or rather people staying within their assigned roles.
Johnson spoke with Broderick Turner of Los Angeles Times about the team's front office, saying that he believed people needed to stick with their roles and not branch out:
"Tim Harris, you got to run the business.
Fansided: Possible Trade Packages for Danilo Gallinari
Danilo Gallinari was a solid addition via trade a few years ago for the Clippers.
Despite injuries in his first year, Gallinari entered year two with the want to become the scorer he has been for most of his career and he did just that.
Gallinari averaged 19.8 PPG while grabbing 6.1 RPG, both of which were career highs for the veteran forward.
Those stats are cause to keep the veteran, but the Clippers have their eyes on obtaining two stars in the 2019 offseason and Gallinari's $21 million expiring deal would not allow the Clippers to have the cap space to do so.
Official Site of the Pacers: Rik and Derrik Smits Both Ready to go to Work
Rik Smits is moving back to Indianapolis next fall, to the only place in the United States that truly feels like home. He's got two good reasons. Maybe three.
His son, Derrik, will be playing at Butler, having transferred from Valparaiso. His daughter, Jasmine, works for the Pacers in their player development department. And he, as a matter of fact, is thinking of finding work as well, having grown bored with retirement.
"You're laughing, but I'm serious," he said over the telephone from Cave Creek, Arizona, where he has lived the past few years. "I'm ready for a job.
Fansided: Klay Thompson and Draymond Green make All-Defensive Second Team
This will be Klay Thompson's first time making All-Defense and Draymond Green's fifth. Both players have been essential pieces to what the Golden State Warriors do defensively for years.
Draymond Green & Klay Thompson have both been named to the 2018-19 NBA All-Defensive Team, marking the fourth time in franchise history that the Warriors have had multiple All-Defensive selections. pic.twitter.com/ZoVCfkKU6s
Many people, myself included, feel like Klay has been snubbed from the All-Defensive team multiple times.
Klay takes on the toughest defensive matchup every night for the Warriors and does a good job at it.
Denver Stiffs: Exit Interview: Tim Connelly
Tim Connelly spent his weekend traveling to Maryland for a meeting with the owner of the Washington Wizards, Ted Leonsis. There are disputing reports as to the details of the offer the Wizards presented Connelly if they indeed made one. But ultimately, Connelly chose to see through the NBA's latest successful rebuild, citing loyalty and personal relationships as the deciding factors.
"First of all, Josh (Kroenke) is such great owner," Connelly told the media when asked to articulate why he decided to stay. "We had this discussion months and months ago--if they were ever dumb enough to call me then I'd love to have the conversation.
Dallas Morning News: Mavericks free agent series: Why Tobias Harris - among many big-name small forwards - might be the player to watch
The Mavericks' run of bad draft-lottery luck continued on May 14 and as a result they won't have a first-round draft pick on June 20, though they do have a second-rounder, No. 37 overall.
Most of the Mavericks' focus has turned to the start of free agency, which in past years has begun at 11:01 p.m. Central time on June 30, but reportedly will begin at 5 p.m. Central on June 30 this year.
Most projections are that the Mavericks will have $29.4 million to $37.9 million to spend on free agency. The lower figure factors in the potential of Dwight Powell enacting his $10.