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Wed May 2220:42Gobert, George, Giannis headline NBA All-Defensive teamsGiannis AntetokounmpoPFBucksFree Agent
Eric BledsoePGBucksFree Agent
Joel EmbiidC76ersFree Agent
Rudy GobertCJazzFree Agent
Jrue HolidaySGPelicansFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFRaptorsFree Agent
Marcus SmartSGCelticsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert and MVP finalists Giannis Antetokounmpo and Paul George were the leading vote-getters for the All-Defensive first team.Boston's Marcus Smart and Milwaukee's Eric Bledsoe rounded out the first team that was announced Wednesday.Gobert finished with 97 first-team points and 196 points, giving the Utah center his third straight first-team selection. George had 96 first-team votes and 195 points, followed by Antetokounmpo (94, 193).Smart and Bledsoe both earned their first All-Defensive team selections.The second team included Golden State's Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, who earned his first selection. They were joined by Toronto's Kawhi Leonard, Philadelphia's Joel Embiid and New Orleans guard Jrue Holiday.The teams were selected by a panel of 100 writers and broadcasters.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed May 2210:22Monty Williams hoping to give Suns some needed stabilityDevin BookerPGSunsFree Agent
James JonesSFCavaliersFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFRaptorsFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have gone through coaches like tear-away racing visors, the count up to five in five years.The instability has hurt them on the court, the run of playoff-less appearances stretching to nine straight seasons with this year's 19-63 finish.Monty Williams, the man GM James Jones hired to coach the Suns, hopes to change the trend."Continuity, having a staff here for a while and putting in a system that the players can rely upon, but ultimately it will come down to James, myself and the players pushing this thing forward," Williams said during his introductory news conference Tuesday. "The players are going to have to embrace a level of work and commitment that it takes to be a champion."Williams was hired on May 3 to replace Igor Kokoskov, who was fired after one season in the desert.Williams's arrival in Phoenix was delayed while he finished out the playoffs as an assistant to Philadelphia coach Brett Brown. The 76ers were eliminated from the playoffs last... [More]
Wed May 2203:02Williams hoping to give Suns some needed stabilityDevin BookerPGSunsFree Agent
James JonesSFCavaliersFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFRaptorsFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have gone through coaches like tear-away racing visors, the count up to five in five years.The instability has hurt them on the court, the run of playoff-less appearances stretching to nine straight seasons with this year's 19-63 finish.Monty Williams, the man GM James Jones hired to coach the Suns, hopes to change the trend."Continuity, having a staff here for a while and putting in a system that the players can rely upon, but ultimately it will come down to James, myself and the players pushing this thing forward," Williams said during his introductory news conference Tuesday. "The players are going to have to embrace a level of work and commitment that it takes to be a champion."Williams was hired on May 3 to replace Igor Kokoskov, who was fired after one season in the desert.Williams's arrival in Phoenix was delayed while he finished out the playoffs as an assistant to Philadelphia coach Brett Brown. The 76ers were eliminated from the playoffs last... [More]
Tue May 2120:02Trail Blazers' cohesiveness helped them to conference finalsEnes KanterCTrailblazersFree Agent
Damian LillardPGTrailblazersFree Agent
Jusuf NurkicCTrailblazersFree Agent
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers faced a number of challenges on the journey to their first Western Conference finals in 19 years.But there was one they couldn't overcome: The Golden State Warriors.Portland's run in the playoffs, which captured fans' imaginations after Damian Lillard's buzzer-beating 3-pointer to clinch the opening-round series over the Thunder, ended with a sweep by the defending champions."We put together a great season and we put ourselves in position to go to the Finals," Lillard said. "I think every other team in the league would wish they could be in our shoes; not only making the playoffs but playing for an opportunity to get a chance to go to the Finals. We just ran up on a team who has been there the last four years."Portland was coming off two straight seasons that ended with first-round playoff sweeps. The team, which had surprisingly little turnover over those years, came into the season unified and determined to take the next step.But bef... [More]
Tue May 2117:32Wolves turn to Saunders to help lead franchise modernizationKevin GarnettCTimberwolvesFree Agent
Karl-Anthony TownsCTimberwolvesFree Agent
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three decades after their entry into the NBA, the Minnesota Timberwolves have deployed an aggressive plan to modernize their operation.What better way, they concluded, than to hire the youngest head coach in the league?Ryan Saunders, at the ripe old age of 33, has been tasked with using his lifelong passion for the organization, player-friendly communication style and tech-savvy analytical skill to help take the Timberwolves to championship contention, something they've only briefly reached in a mostly clumsy history. Saunders, the first millennial to hold the job in the NBA, is the 13th head coach the franchise has had in 30 seasons."It was hard for me to find another leader who could connect with our players at the level he has connected, not just on the court but off the court," said president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas, who feted Saunders at a news conference just two weeks after his own introduction . "It was hard for me to find a leader that share... [More]
Tue May 2117:22Connelly eager to finish what he started with NuggetsMalik BeasleySGNuggetsFree Agent
Nikola JokicCNuggetsFree Agent
Paul MillsapPFNuggetsFree Agent
Jamal MurrayPGNuggetsFree Agent
Michael Porter Jr.SFNuggetsFree Agent
DENVER (AP) — The prospects of a return home to Washington were undeniably appealing to Tim Connelly.Not nearly as alluring as this: Finishing what he's started.The Denver Nuggets president of basketball operations elected to stay in town even with the Wizards calling. Things are booming these days with a Nuggets team that boasts a young nucleus led by big man Nikola Jokic and that won 54 games in the regular season. They were the No. 2 seed in the West before losing to Portland in Game 7 at home during the second round of the playoffs.There was just too much work left to be done in Denver to consider taking Washington's front office job even if it would've been with the organization where Connelly got his start and in the area where he and his wife are from."It's safe to assume, and maybe it's me being overly optimistic, that we're going to see a better version of us next year," Connelly said Tuesday. "I don't know if that means more wins. I don't know if we're going to win a playof... [More]
Tue May 2116:32Renaissance man: Beilein ready to breathe new life into CavsLarry Nance Jr.CCavaliersFree Agent
Collin SextonPGCavaliersFree Agent
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — High on a wall and across the courts from where John Beilein was sitting, the Cavaliers' basketball history stared the new coach in the face.He wants to make it richer."Look at all those banners up there," Beilein said, pointing toward reminders of the 2016 NBA championship, Eastern Conference titles and division crowns won by the Cavs — most of them in the past decade. "It's been done before. Why can't it be done again?"This basketball renaissance man is ready for his next recovery project.Saying he won't use the word "rebuild," Beilein was introduced Tuesday by the Cavs, whose surprising choice of the 66-year-old was met with skepticism only by those who haven't crossed paths with him over his more than four decades as a coach.Cleveland's expansive search ended last week with someone who has won at every level in college — most recently during a 12-year run at Michigan — and will now see if his team-first, family-oriented style can work in the pros."... [More]
Tue May 2115:32Griffin touts new Pelicans hires as Davis decision loomsAnthony DavisCPelicansFree Agent
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Pelicans basketball operations chief David Griffin asserted Tuesday that luring new general manager Trajan Langdon away from a playoff team in Brooklyn is an example of positive momentum in New Orleans that should make Anthony Davis reconsider his trade request.Griffin said he hopes to meet with Davis in Los Angeles, where Davis has an offseason home, around the time player agents are hosting workouts in southern California for clients that are eligible for the NBA's June 20 draft."We'll definitely visit. And I think that's the next step — really to look each other in the eye and talk about what's important to us," Griffin said Tuesday during a conference call with the newly hired Langdon and reporters. "We're very optimistic from previous conversations with Rich Paul, his agent, and with all of the people here that know Anthony and know what he's about, we're very confident that we have a compelling situation for him here.Davis, a six-time All-Star who is under ... [More]
Tue May 2115:12Renaissance man: Beilein ready to breathe new life into CavsLarry Nance Jr.CCavaliersFree Agent
Collin SextonPGCavaliersFree Agent
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — High on a wall and across the courts from where John Beilein was sitting, the Cavaliers' basketball history stared the new coach in the face.He wants to make it richer."Look at all those banners up there," Beilein said, pointing toward reminders of the 2016 NBA championship, Eastern Conference titles and division crowns won by the Cavs — most of them in the past decade. "It's been done before. Why can't it be done again?"This basketball renaissance man is ready for his next recovery project.Saying he won't use the word "rebuild," Beilein was introduced Tuesday by the Cavs, whose surprising choice of the 66-year-old was met with skepticism only by those who haven't crossed paths with him over more than four decades as a coach.Cleveland's expansive search ended last week with someone who has won at every level in college — most recently during a 12-year run at Michigan — and will now see if his team-first, family-oriented style can work in the pros."He's... [More]
Tue May 2113:22Beilein ready to undertake 'renaissance' with CavaliersLarry Nance Jr.CCavaliersFree Agent
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — John Beilein has coached at every level in college but says the Cleveland Cavaliers are his dream job.The 66-year-old Beilein, who turned Michigan into a perennial power during a 12-year run, was introduced Tuesday by the Cavaliers. Even before taking the podium, Beilein got to work with one of his new players, peeling off his suit jacket to rebound shots for forward Larry Nance Jr.Beilein doesn't view Cleveland's situation as a rebuild but rather a renaissance. At one point during his remarks, Beilein pointed to the 2016 NBA championship banner and others hanging along one wall at the Cavs' facility and said, "it's been done before, it can be done again."Beilein drew a large laugh when he was reminded he has never been fired by saying, "That's right."Beilein knows he has work to do with the Cavaliers, who went 19-63 last season.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue May 2111:28A break: Warriors get another long break before NBA FinalsDeMarcus CousinsCWarriorsFree Agent
Stephen CurryPGWarriorsFree Agent
Draymond GreenPFWarriorsFree Agent
Andre IguodalaSFWarriorsFree Agent
Kevin DurantSFWarriorsFree Agent
Klay ThompsonSGWarriorsFree Agent
And now, they wait.Again.The Golden State Warriors have gotten used to going to the NBA Finals, and their win in Portland on Monday night clinched their fifth consecutive trip. They've also gotten used to waiting for those finals to begin, with long layoffs after the Western Conference finals having become their norm.By the time Game 1 of the NBA Finals arrives in either Milwaukee or Toronto on May 30, it'll be a 10-day gap between games for the Warriors. It's not the longest in NBA history, but it matches the length of the break that the Warriors handled in 2017, and this marks the third time in this five-year run of finals trips that they've had at least a week off."Happy to get a little rest before we have to play again," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.It is much-needed rest, too.The Warriors clinched the series in Portland without Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins and Andre Iguodala — all sidelined by injuries. There's no way of knowing yet if Durant and Cousins will be back in time... [More]
Tue May 2103:18A break, then NBA Finals: Warriors eager for some time offDeMarcus CousinsCWarriorsFree Agent
Stephen CurryPGWarriorsFree Agent
Draymond GreenPFWarriorsFree Agent
Andre IguodalaSFWarriorsFree Agent
Kevin DurantSFWarriorsFree Agent
Klay ThompsonSGWarriorsFree Agent
And now, they wait.Again.The Golden State Warriors have gotten used to going to the NBA Finals, and their win in Portland on Monday night clinched their fifth consecutive trip. They've also gotten used to waiting for those finals to begin, with long layoffs after the Western Conference finals having become their norm.By the time Game 1 of the NBA Finals arrives in either Milwaukee or Toronto on May 30, it'll be a 10-day gap — nine full off days — between games for the Warriors. That matches the length of the break that the Warriors handled in 2017, and this marks the third time in this five-year run of finals trips that they've had at least a week off."Happy to get a little rest before we have to play again," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.It is much-needed rest, too.The Warriors clinched the series in Portland without Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins and Andre Iguodala — all sidelined by injuries. There's no way of knowing yet if Durant and Cousins will be back in time for the fin... [More]
Mon May 2018:48Vogel introduction caught up in ongoing Lakers dramaLonzo BallPGLakersFree Agent
Brandon IngramSFLakersFree Agent
LeBron JamesPFLakersFree Agent
Kawhi LeonardSFRaptorsFree Agent
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Frank Vogel's determination to build "organizational togetherness" within the Los Angeles Lakers met the reality of the team's current dysfunction Monday.Vogel's introduction as the Lakers' coach was almost overshadowed by comments made earlier by Magic Johnson. The former Lakers great appeared on ESPN's "First Take" and said general manager Rob Pelinka "betrayed" him, which was one of the reasons he resigned as president of basketball operations. That put the GM in the position of using most of Vogel's 26-minute news conference to respond.Pelinka said he has talked to Johnson several times since his resignation on April 9 and said Johnson's comments surprised him."It's saddening and disheartening to think he believes things are a misperception," Pelinka said. "I think all of us in life probably have been through things where maybe there's third party whispers or 'he said, she said' things that aren't true."LeBron James watched the news conference from the b... [More]
Mon May 2017:48Timberwolves retain Ryan Saunders, 33, as head coachJimmy ButlerSG76ersFree Agent
Tyus JonesPGTimberwolvesFree Agent
Karl-Anthony TownsCTimberwolvesFree Agent
Andrew WigginsSFTimberwolvesFree Agent
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have chosen Ryan Saunders as their full-fledged head coach — and the first millennial to hold the job in the NBA.The team announced Monday that the 33-year-old Saunders will stay in the post he held on an interim basis during the second half of this past season, the role long held by his father. The widely expected decision was made by new president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas."I've known Ryan for many years and have always respected his approach to the game, work ethic, basketball knowledge and passion," Rosas said in a statement."His coaching style and philosophies are ideal for the modern NBA, and I am confident that as a partner he will get the most out of our players as we build an identity and a sustainable winning model."With Saunders and the 40-year-old Rosas, the Timberwolves have a leadership duo that, at the combined age of 73, is only three years older than San Antonio president and coach Gregg Popovich and 12 yea... [More]
Mon May 2017:28Vogel introduction caught up in ongoing Lakers dramaLonzo BallPGLakersFree Agent
Brandon IngramSFLakersFree Agent
LeBron JamesPFLakersFree Agent
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Frank Vogel's goal to build "organizational togetherness" within the Los Angeles Lakers met the reality of the team's current dysfunction Monday.Vogel's introduction as the Lakers' latest coach was almost overshadowed by comments made earlier by Magic Johnson. The former Lakers great appeared on ESPN's "First Take" and said general manager Rob Pelinka was largely responsible for his resignation as president of basketball operations and that Pelinka was talking behind his back, putting the GM in the position of using the Vogel news conference to respond.Pelinka said he has talked to Johnson several times since his resignation on April 9 and said Johnson's comments surprised him. Pelinka said the last time the two had talked was over the weekend."It's saddening and disheartening to think he believes things are a misperception," Pelinka said. "I think all of us in life probably have been through things where maybe there's third party whispers or 'he said, she s... [More]
Mon May 2014:08Antetokounmpo funds basketball court in fire-ravaged GreeceGiannis AntetokounmpoPFBucksFree Agent
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo has agreed to fund the construction of an indoor basketball court in a fire-ravaged area outside Athens where at least 100 people were killed last year.The mayor of the Rafina area where the fire occurred last July said on Monday the local authority accepted the offer from the Milwaukee Bucks player to build the court at a new recycling park that is being planned. The mayor, Vangelis Bournous, gave no details of the construction cost but said the venue would ready at the end of this summer.The blaze gutted the seaside resort of Mati, east of Athens, and other coastal areas, destroying more than a thousand homes.Antetokounmpo's Bucks are leading in the NBA Eastern Conference finals 2-1 over the Toronto Raptors.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sun May 1917:48Lillard separated ribs in Game 2 against the WarriorsEnes KanterCTrailblazersFree Agent
Meyers LeonardCTrailblazersFree Agent
Damian LillardPGTrailblazersFree Agent
Kevon LooneyPFWarriorsFree Agent
Jusuf NurkicCTrailblazersFree Agent
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland's Damian Lillard sustained separated ribs in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors.Lillard confirmed the injury on Sunday, a day after the Trail Blazers lost 110-99 in Game 3. Lillard was 5 of 18 from the floor and finished with 19 points in Portland's third straight loss in the series.The injury was originally reported by The Athletic. Lillard said the separation is on the left side, and he wore protective padding in Game 3."I don't think it's something that's affecting my game. It's there but it's not something that's affecting anything that I'm doing. Obviously you feel it, but that's it," he said.Lillard was hurt in the third quarter Thursday when Golden State's Kevon Looney landed on top of him in a scramble for the ball.He said the injury is painful at times when he gets winded and it's difficult to breathe, and when there's contact with other players.The Warriors can close out the series with a victory Monday. ... [More]
Sun May 1917:48Pelicans hire Trajan Langdon as general managerAnthony DavisCPelicansFree Agent
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Pelicans have hired Brooklyn Nets assistant general manager Trajan Langdon to serve as New Orleans' GM under new executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin.Langdon, whose hiring was announced by the Pelicans on Sunday, is a former Duke and NBA player who also played professionally in Russia, Turkey and Italy. The 43-year-old from Alaska has served as Nets assistant GM since 2016 and helped rebuild Brooklyn into a squad that qualified for the Eastern Conference playoffs as a sixth seed this season after finishing last in the East two seasons earlier. He also was GM of the Nets' G League affiliate on Long Island.Langdon interviewed for the top basketball operations job that went to Griffin in mid-April.When Griffin was formally introduced by the Pelicans last month, he said he had received a commitment from owner Gayle Benson to build up the management structure of the club. He has begun doing so by bringing in Langdon, and before that, hirin... [More]
Sun May 1916:58Lillard says he has separated ribs, will play through painDamian LillardPGTrailblazersFree Agent
Kevon LooneyPFWarriorsFree Agent
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland's Damian Lillard says he separated his ribs in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors.Lillard confirmed the injury on Sunday, a day after the Trail Blazers lost 110-99 in Game 3. Lillard was 5-of-18 from the floor and finished with 19 points as Golden State took a 3-0 series lead.The injury was originally reported by The Athletic. Lillard said the separation is on the left side, and he wore protective padding in Game 3."I don't think it's something that's affecting my game. It's there but it's not something that's affecting anything that I'm doing. Obviously you feel it, but that's it," he said.Lillard was hurt in the third quarter of Thursday's Game 2 when Golden State's Kevon Looney landed on top of him in a scramble for the ball.The Warriors would close out the series with a victory Monday.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sun May 1916:28Lillard says he has separated ribs, will play through painDamian LillardPGTrailblazersFree Agent
Kevon LooneyPFWarriorsFree Agent
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland's Damian Lillard says separated his ribs in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors.Lillard confirmed the injury on Sunday, a day after the Trail Blazers lost 110-99 in Game 3. Lillard was 5-of-18 from the floor and finished with 19 points as Golden State took a 3-0 series lead.The injury was originally reported by The Athletic. Lillard said the separation is on the left side, and he wore protective padding in Game 3."I don't think it's something that's affecting my game. It's there but it's not something that's affecting anything that I'm doing. Obviously you feel it, but that's it," he said.Lillard was hurt in the third quarter of Thursday's Game 2 when Golden State's Kevon Looney landed on top of him in a scramble for the ball.The Warriors would close out the series with a victory Monday.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
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