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April 18, 2014

NBA holds drawings to decide lottery and draft order

CBSSports.com "The NBA lottery and first round order is set. The NBA held random drawings on Friday to determine tiebreakers for the 2014 NBA Lottery and Draft order. Here are the results: · Utah (25-57) won a tiebreaker with Boston. · Brooklyn (44-38) won a tiebreaker with Washington. · Chicago (48-34)..." April 18

  • ESPN.com "Armed with majority support from owners and saying "we're ready to go," NBA commissioner Adam Silver made it clear that pushing back the league's age minimum to 20 is at the top of his priority list. The league's owners hosted NCAA president Mark Emmert to discuss the issue as part of their..." April 18

  • Fansided "Although they missed the playoffs, the Phoenix Suns turned things around this year, finishing with a record of 48-34. Despite playing in just 43 games of a meniscus injury, the acquisition of Eric Bledsoe was a huge reason for that turnaround. Most expect Bledsoe to re-sign with the Suns..." April 18

  • Showtime set to produce in-depth documentary on Kobe, 'MUSE'

    CBSSports.com "A lot of NBA players have tried their hands at documentaries. Chris Bosh had one or his 2010 free agency that to my knowledge never reached the light of day. Dwight Howard has done them. Carmelo Anthony. Amar'e Stoudemire, but all on personal levels, never with a big production. Steve Nash..." April 18

  • ESPN.com "Veteran broadcaster Craig Sager has been diagnosed with leukemia and will start treatment Friday, his son confirmed. Sager, who has spent nearly 20 years covering the NBA as a sideline reporter for Turner Sports and TNT, is known for the bold suits he wears during broadcasts. He has been..." April 18

  • Ricky Rubio to push for bigger deal than Stephen Curry

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Now that his third NBA season is completed, Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio headed Thursday into his summer, an offseason that began road tripping with friends to Lawrence, Kan., of all places, and later will include training time split between Spain and Minneapolis as well as a Spanish..." April 18

  • Pro Sports Daily's 2014 NBA Playoff Preview
    PSD Staff, Featured Content Team

    Here we are in April, where we as fans get to see some familiar and not so familiar faces showcase what they’ve been working towards for 82 games. Big names will strive to add to their legacy, while rising stars will be looking to make their first big splash. April 18

  • Jason Kidd, Nets deny tanking

    ESPN.com "The Brooklyn Nets dismissed rampant speculation that they tanked down the stretch in order to set up a first-round playoff matchup with the Toronto Raptors. The Nets, who maintain that they were trying to make sure their veterans got rest and the team stayed healthy, lost four of their final..." April 18

  • Should Pacers trade Roy Hibbert if title bid flops?

    USA Today "This is make or break time for Roy Hibbert. The $58 million man is at a crossroads with the Indiana Pacers, a point in his alternatively inspiring and disappointing career when he's going to prove or disprove his worth to this organization moving forward. The playoffs, which begin Saturday..." April 18

  • Steve Nash: 'Can't rely on me'

    ESPN.com "As Steve Nash and Pau Gasol pondered their NBA futures following exit interviews with the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, both expressed uncertainty about the months to come. Only their reasoning was vastly different. Nash, under contract with the Lakers for next season for $9.7 million, is..." April 18

  • Blake Griffin: Remark 'doesn't matter'

    ESPN.com "Yes, Blake Griffin heard that Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson called him "a bull in a china shop," adding to the familiar narrative that the All-Star forward plays a bit "out of control" for some people's tastes. No, Griffin will not punch back after the first volley in what promises..." April 18

  • Derrick Rose making 'great progress'

    ESPN.com "Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose is progressing in his rehabilitation, and the team expects him to return at 100 percent, general manager Gar Forman said Thursday night. "He's making great progress," Forman said on ESPN Chicago 1000's "GameNight." "When he had the injury, we were very lucky that..." April 18

  • Kerr ‘absolutely expects’ Knicks coaching offer

    New York Post "Phil Jackson’s first real imprint on the Knicks organization will come when he names a new head coach or stuns the basketball world by retaining Mike Woodson. Among those waiting on the news is Steve Kerr, the former player and general manager-turned-broadcaster for TNT. According to a source..." April 18

  • Rodney Hood leaves Duke for draft

    ESPN.com "The 6-foot-8 Hood, who played just one season in Durham after transferring from Mississippi State, is considered a definitive first-rounder by many NBA executives and could wind up being taken in the lottery. Parker will likely be chosen in the top three picks of the June 26 draft. Hood..." April 18

  • Bucks' Antetokounmpo hopes to build on early success

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "A year ago, Giannis Antetokounmpo was a relatively unknown, raw basketball talent struggling with his family to get by in Greece. He was preparing for the NBA draft, hoping that he would have a chance to come to America and build a life and career for himself. To say the past season was a..." April 18

  • Noel ‘itching to get back' on the court

    Delco Times "Being a spectator for 82 games didn’t suit Nerlens Noel. So his plans for the summer months involve activity — and lots of it. The 76ers’ center, who sat out his first season to rehab his left knee, will get a rookie do-over in September. Between now and then, Noel said he’ll be a regular gym..." April 18

  • D-League could be major part of NBA raising age limit, sources say

    Sporting News "In the dispute over what should be done about age limits for players coming out of college basketball and entering the draft, expect the NBA's D-League to become a major battlefield. According to multiple sources, a proposed plan that is circulating now would see the age limit extended from..." April 18

  • Pistons' Greg Monroe admits team had chemistry issues

    Michigan Live "Greg Monroe, on the day his fourth NBA season ended and perhaps the occasion of his final Detroit Pistons game, was asked what the team needs to do to reverse its fates in the short term. "Um. ... I mean. ... Ahm. ... Well, um." He was saved by an offer to restrict the answer to personnel,..." April 18

  • Rejuvenated Wade hungers for victory entering postseason

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "To say Sunday's playoff opener against the Charlotte Bobcats at AmericanAirlines Arena could be a breakthrough stands as the height of hyperbole. The Miami Heat, after all, have won the past 16 meetings. Yet to Dwyane Wade, Game 1 of the best-of-seven series could bring him something he has..." April 18

  • Pau Gasol: 'This could be my last day, maybe' with the Lakers

    Los Angeles Times "Pau Gasol spent his final day ever at the Lakers' training facility on Thursday, yet again. Trade rumors never managed to whisk him off to seemingly every NBA team the last few years. So now Gasol has all the leverage, becoming a free agent in July. "I'll be in charge of my future and my..." April 18

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