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The Philadelphia 76ers, shockingly, are reportedly against a proposed revamp ...
30 Jul 2014 at 3:19pm
The argument against NBA teams tanking games is tired and silly. For decades, pro squads have given up on entire seasons in order to develop young talent and secure high end draft picks, but it wasn?t until 2013-14 that the hyperdrive media and those who tend to fall in lockstep with their favorite TV/radio shows and/or writers started to kvetch about things. Recently, Grantland?s Zach Lowe broke the news about the league considering a percentage-based variation on determining draft lottery odds. We strongly discouraged the league to pass on the idea , and we weren?t alone. The Philadelphia 76ers ? the squad that lost 26 straight games last season while sitting out its top draft pick, a franchise that may sit its current top draft pick out for most or not all of 2014-15 ? are also strongly objecting to the idea. Thanks a lot, Sixers. Way to tramp down the clichés and play against role. From Brian Windhorst at ESPN : The NBA is pushing toward changes to the draft lottery system by next season but is facing a strong objection from the Philadelphia 76ers, the franchise that could suffer the most from it, multiple sources told ESPN.com. [?] The rough draft of this plan was met with opposition by 76ers management, which is in the midst of a multiseason rebuilding project that is dependent on a high pick next year. The 76ers, sources said, are hoping to get the NBA to delay the plan's implementation for at least a year because it would act as a de facto punishment while just playing by the rules that have been in place. The 76ers, however, may struggle to gain support from Silver or fellow teams for holding off on the changes. Philadelphia's planned sink to the bottom has caused a drag on revenues in one of the league's largest markets and has upset some other teams, sources said. The Sixers want the NBA to pass on preventing them from doing the best possible job it can to improve its franchise. This is essentially what this boils down to. The 76ers will lose again in 2014-15, possibly more often than it did in 2013-14, when the lottery ?rewarded? them with the third overall pick. It will then enter the 2015 offseason with two of the best young big men in the game, the 2014 Rookie of the Year, another high end lottery pick, a coveted stashed prospect still developing overseas, and a massive amount of cap space. Philadelphia is taking a year off, because after years of trying to overpay overrated talent under various personnel bosses including Billy King, Rod Thorn, Ed Stefanski and Doug Collins, the 76ers are rebuilding the right way. And sometimes ?the right way? takes two seasons. Compare this Sixers setup with what we?ve seen in recent years in Dallas and with the Los Angeles Lakers. Those Lakers just signed Carlos freakin? Boozer. They just signed Jordan Hill to a contract that nears eight figures per year, one they will no doubt decline the second year of. They could waive Steve Nash, but they don?t want a portion of his contract carrying over into the 2015 and 2016 offseason. The team just took on a draft pick for the right to pay Jeremy Lin $14 million in actual payroll this season, and unless Linsanity breaks out in Pacific Time this season he most certainly won?t be around past 2015. Dallas? They let their starting center go in the offseason following their 2011 championship, and he went on to win the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2011-12. It did nothing but hire a series of rentals in the 2011 and 2012 offseasons, only diving in to dole out multi-year deals in 2013. It punted away two years of Dirk Nowitzki?s near prime in order to hoard cap flexibility for the following summer, knowing full well that the peak output of the team it was creating would be 45 wins or so at best. What about Orlando, dismantling a division winner in 1999 in anticipation of the next offseason? What about when Seattle decided that it didn?t want to pair Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis with Kevin Durant in 2007? What about Jerry Krause, rolling over cap flexibility in both 1999 offseasons (there were two, technically), and in 2000? And in 2001? And in 2002? What about this?
The 10-man rotation, starring the shot Chandler Parsons has to 'live with [fo...
30 Jul 2014 at 2:56pm
A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C : Forward Center . Sure, they're in Sin City to vie for spots on the U.S. senior men's national team roster for the upcoming FIBA World Cup, but as soon as Damian Lillard and Chandler Parsons got together, you knew exactly what they were going to talk about . Casey Holdahl takes us inside the conversation. PF : SB Nation , USA TODAY Sports and The Triangle . Let Paul Flannery, Jeff Zillgitt and Jared Dubin introduce you to Michele Roberts, the new executive director of the National Basketball Players Association , who might be the only person standing between all of us and a lockout come the summer of 2017. SF : Eye on Basketball . Zach Harper looks a few months into the future and wonders what we can, or should, expect from a re-upped Dwyane Wade in a post-LeBron context with the Miami Heat next season. (Also, Zach had some dork on his podcast today .) SG : The New York Times . Scott Cacciola on the divergent paths forward being taken by the Los Angeles Clippers, who want nothing more than to shed their Donald Sterling-dominated past, and the Los Angeles Lakers, who want nothing more than to focus on their Showtime days to avoid facing the future. PG : Denver Post . Christopher Dempsey on Arron Afflalo occupying a different role in his return to the Denver Nuggets, going from just one of the young guys to a veteran expected to lead the charge back to the postseason. 6th : SB Nation . Mike Prada on why speculation on whether Kevin Durant will sign with the Washington Wizards in two years ? though far, far away and (to some of us, at least) pretty insane ? is reasonable within the context of today's NBA news and roster-building cycles. 7th : TrueHoop . Longtime Durant watcher and Daily Thunder proprietor Royce Young won't believe KD's going to take a page out of LeBron's book until he sees it: "[Durant] may not be a boisterous leader, but he?s also not one to follow." 8th : Hang Time . John Schuhmann reports from Team USA camp in Las Vegas on the chances that Brooklyn Nets big man Mason Plumlee could earn a spot on the U.S. roster for the FIBA World Cup, thanks to the likes of Blake Griffin and Kevin Love pulling out of contention. 9th : Rip City Project . For as gifted and multifaceted a player as he is, Nicolas Batum at times frustrates Portland Trail Blazers fans with his inconsistent offensive production, which can sometimes be attributed to the scoring primacy of All-Stars Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge, but at others seems more due to the Frenchman floating. Is this simply the way things are going to be for the versatile swingman, or could there still be a breakout campaign ahead? 10th : Red94 . Remembering the mid-1990s rivalry between the Seattle SuperSonics and the Houston Rockets. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.
Scott takes on big challenge as Lakers coach (The SportsXchange)
29 Jul 2014 at 5:02pm
The stars were aligned Tuesday morning at Los Angeles Lakers headquarters. With the Lakers formally introducing Byron Scott as their new head coach, Johnson, who frequently clashed the past few years with Lakers brass, couldn't contain his giddiness. "I'm so happy because Coach Scott is a very disciplined man and he's going to instill that in this team," said Johnson, who sat front row with former Lakers giants Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jamaal Wilkes. Those were foreign concepts under the most recent Lakers coach, offensive-minded Mike D'Antoni.
Byron Scott sees swift title contention for Lakers (The Associated Press)
29 Jul 2014 at 4:54pm
Byron Scott was a key component of the Los Angeles Lakers' Showtime teams, a smooth shooting guard with sizzling competitive fire. He believes his purple-and-gold championship pedigree makes him the ideal coach to return the struggling 16-time champions to NBA contention. ''This organization is all about championships, period,'' Scott said Tuesday at his introductory news conference. ... I love challenges anyway, so this is going to be fun.'' Scott's fellow Lakers greats are already backing that notion.
NBA roundup: Woman named union chief (The SportsXchange)
29 Jul 2014 at 4:46pm
Michele Roberts was elected executive director of the NBA Players Association nearly 18 months after Billy Hunter was ousted. NBA commissioner Adam Silver confirmed the move late Monday. ---Forty-year-old Steve Nash appears to be leaning toward next season to be his last in the NBA. The veteran point guard has battled injuries the past two years with the Los Angeles Lakers, missing 66 games last season and 32 in 2012-13.
Nash hints of retirement after next season (The SportsXchange)
29 Jul 2014 at 11:21am
Forty-year-old Steve Nash appears to be leaning toward next season to be his last in the NBA. The veteran point guard has battled injuries the past two years with the Los Angeles Lakers, missing 66 games last season and 32 in 2012-13. With a $9,701,000 contract for 2014-15, though, Nash has a financial incentive to hang around for one more year.
Report: Suns forward P.J. Tucker arrested for 'super extreme DUI,' could face...
29 Jul 2014 at 8:54am
Three weeks after finishing the 2013-14 NBA regular season, and two months before he got a new three-year, $16.5 million contract , Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker was arrested by Scottsdale, Ariz., police for "super extreme DUI," according to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic . The legal blood alcohol content limit is .08. A driving-under-the-influence violation is considered "super extreme" in Arizona if the violator's blood alcohol level tops .20. (There's an intermediate crime ? "extreme DUI" ? for offenders whose blood alcohol level falls between .15 and .20.) Coro reported Monday night that Tucker blew a .201 "on a preliminary breath test in the field on May 10, according to Scottsdale police," and that analysis of a blood test administered after Tucker was arrested and taken to jail "showed his blood alcohol-content to be .222, according to the police report." That, obviously, is a remarkably high number, and according to the police reports, Tucker's appearance and behavior seemed consistent with that: A Scottsdale police officer reported spotting Tucker, 29, driving his 2011 Mercedes-Benz slowly through a stop sign at North Buckboard Trail and East Camelback Road, near a popular downtown Scottsdale nightlife area. According to the report, the vehicle ran that stop sign northbound at about 12:30 a.m., turned wide left into the right lane on westbound Camelback and turned wide again while straddling two lanes on northbound Scottsdale Road before the officer pulled the vehicle over. Tucker had "thick and slurred" speech and "watery and bloodshot" eyes, according to the report, and the officer detected a "powerful" alcohol odor as he interviewed Tucker. Tucker told the officer that he was coming from the W Scottsdale Hotel, where he had one beer. During a walk-and-turn test, Tucker stumbled to the side and caught himself on a construction fence, the report stated. Coro reports that the Suns "were aware of the charges before signing Tucker to his deal," adding an interesting and somewhat curious wrinkle to the negotiations with and retention of a player often lauded for his hustle, on-court leadership, locker-room tone-setting and vaunted veteran presence. "We are aware of the situation but won't comment until the case is resolved in court," a Suns spokesman told Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV on Monday. All told, Tucker faces four counts of driving under the influence, with the "super extreme DUI" packing the stiffest potential penalty. "While this crime is still a misdemeanor, it carries a minimum jail term that is greater than most first time felonies," writes Arizona attorney Lawrence Koplow . If convicted of the "super extreme" charge, Tucker faces a minimum of 45 days in jail, plus a mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device on his car for no less than 18 months. There's also, of course, the potential for additional punishment from either the Suns or the NBA depending upon the resolution of the legal process. Then-Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd last fall received a two-game suspension for pleading guilty to driving while impaired while he was a player employed by the New York Knicks. Former Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks forward Devin Ebanks also received a two-game suspension last fall for pleading no contest in a case stemming from a 2012 DUI charge. A second-round draft pick out of Texas in the 2006 NBA draft, Tucker played one season with the Toronto Raptors before heading overseas to ply his trade in Israel, Ukraine, Greece, Italy and Germany, before returning to the U.S. prior to the 2012-13 season and inking a two-year, veteran's-minimum deal to join the Suns. He became an integral part of a Suns team that was a surprise playoff contender last season, making 81 starts at small forward and contributing 9.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game while hitting 38.7 percent of his 3-pointers, primarily from the short corners. The 6-foot-6 grinder has become a fan favorite over two years in the desert for his defensive commitment and hustle. It will be interesting to see if the now-pervasive attachment of the phrase "super extreme DUI" to his name will do anything to change that. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.
Lakers re-sign F Wesley Johnson (The Associated Press)
28 Jul 2014 at 9:52pm
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- The Los Angeles Lakers have re-signed forward Wesley Johnson to a one-year contract.
Lakers finally confirm Byron Scott is new coach (The Associated Press)
28 Jul 2014 at 9:26pm
The Los Angeles Lakers confirmed Byron Scott is their new coach Monday night. The Lakers finally made the long-anticipated announcement in a news release. Scott will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday at the Lakers' training complex. Scott told reporters last weekend he had been hired by the Lakers, who have been without a coach since Mike D'Antoni resigned April 30.
NBA-Lakers appoint Scott as head coach (Reuters)
28 Jul 2014 at 7:52pm
LOS ANGELES, July 28 (Reuters) - Three months after the resignation of Mike D'Antoni, the Los Angeles Lakers ended a protracted search for a replacement by appointing former player Byron Scott as their new head coach on Monday. Scott, 53, was a three-time NBA champion with the Lakers during their triumphant 'Showtime' era in the 1980s and has worked as a head coach in the league for 13 years, most recently with the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2010 to 2013. (Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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