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Steve Ballmer Is Using Lakers' Locker Room As Personal Lounge During Playoffs

The Los Angeles Lakers may not be in the playoffs this year, but their locker room is still being put to use. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer has reportedly transformed the Lakers' locker room into a a lounge while his team battles the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Steve Ballmer has turned the Lakers' locker room into an "owner's lounge."— Ben...
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Phil Jackson says he’ll consider trading Knicks’ first-round draft pick

The Knicks just finished their worst season in franchise history, and as a reward for that dubious accomplishment, the team is guaranteed a top-five selection in this summer’s NBA Draft. New York has a 55.8 percent chance of landing a top-three pick, and a 38.7 percent chance of picking in the top two. Exactly where that pick lands may help determine whether or not the Knicks...
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Reds' Bryan Price sorry for vulgarities, but stands behind message

Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price, after using the F-word 77 times and 10 more variants of other vulgarities during a rant to media members, apologized Tuesday for "inappropriate language." "In my pregame conversation with reporters yesterday, I used wholly inappropriate language to describe the media coverage of our team," Price said in a message posted on the Reds' official...
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Derryck Thornton re-classifies, commits to Duke for 2015-16 season

Junior Derryck Thornton, the 11th overall player in the ESPN 60, has decided to re-classify up to the class of 2015 and commit to Duke to be their point guard for the 2015-16 season. He now stands as the third-ranked point guard and the 17th overall player in 2015. Before Thornton's decision, Duke was faced with the possibility of going into the season without a true point guard...
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Flyers coaching search: Los Angeles Kings' Davis Payne could be dark-horse candidate, source says

The expected big names emerged as candidates to become the Flyers' next coach as soon as Craig Berube was fired last Friday, some of whom still have jobs. Todd McLellan, who parted ways with San Jose on Monday, now is available. You've got Dan Bylsma, who won a Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh and is looking for work. Detroit's Mike Babcock, considered by many as the best coach in...
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Free agent Soderberg says Bruins 'my first choice'

This past season was a big one for Carl Soderberg to show the Bruins exactly what his maximum potential is in the NHL and what his value might be as he prepares for unrestricted free agency. The Big Swede certainly has the kind of size and skill package that could make talent evaluators salivate. He’s got the 6-foot-3, 215-pound body built for battles down low and around the net...
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Jameis Winston 'in play' for Titans if available at No. 2

Should the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass on Jameis Winston with the first overall pick in the NFL draft, the Florida State quarterback will be "in play" for the Tennessee Titans at No. 2, a source tells ESPN.com. The Titans have done their homework on Winston, and the team feels he "checks out," according to the source. The pending civil lawsuit against him connected to a sexual assault...
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Wil Myers working hard to prove doubters wrong

Wil Myers was the young phenom with the Royals. He was the key offensive player Tampa Bay received in the trade of James Shields. Now, with San Diego, he's just one of the guys. And he has a point to prove. "He told me early in Spring Training that he heard little whispers this winter that maybe he was not the player everyone made him out to be," said Padres manager Bud Black. ...
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Wayne Gretzky on Connor McDavid: “He’s the best player to come into the league in the last 30 years”

Is Connor McDavid the Second Coming of Wayne Gretzky? Edmonton Oilers fans are wondering that after the National Hockey League club won the draft lottery on Saturday, which gives them the right to select McDavid — the wondrous 18-year-old centre who racked up 44 goals and 120 points in a mere 47 games for his junior Erie Otters team — in June’s entry draft. The comparison...
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Angels have a comeback plan for Josh Hamilton

The Angels have mapped out a comeback regimen for Josh Hamilton, under which the troubled outfielder could rejoin the team in early June. Under the tentative plan, Hamilton would report to the Angels' Arizona training complex for two to three weeks of work with the team's extended spring program. He would then proceed to a minor league rehabilitation assignment and could rejoin...
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Lions cut Rodney Austin after arrest

The Detroit Lions cut guard Rodney Austin today, less than a week after he was arrested on two charges of assault. Austin, 26, was arrested Friday morning on four misdemeanor charges of assaulting a female, assaulting a child under 12, interfering with emergency communication and larceny, according to booking records posted by the Mecklenburg County (N.C.) Sheriff's Office. He...
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Hawks’ Budenholzer named NBA Coach of the Year

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer was named the NBA’s Coach of the Year, the league announced Tuesday. Budenholzer, in his second season with the Hawks, led the team to a franchise-record 60 wins and the top seed in the Eastern Conference. He guided the team to 38 wins and a playoff berth last season in his first year. The 22-win improvement garned him 513 points, including 67 first...
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Jarret Stoll -- Partying with Kings Teammates ... During Vegas Drug Arrest

Jarret Stoll had been raging in Vegas with several of his L.A. Kings teammates in the hours before the NHL star was busted for trying to bring a BUNCH of cocaine and molly to a pool party ... TMZ Sports has learned. Multiple sources confirm ... the Vegas vacation was essentially an unofficial end-of-the-season celebration to unwind and party as a team. As far as how many Kings...
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Steven A. Ballmer’s Inner Fan Finds Its Voice in a Corner of the N.B.A.

Speaking last month to a few hundred M.B.A. students at the University of Southern California, Steven A. Ballmer, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, broke into verse. He recited a snippet of a song from the Broadway musical “Pippin”: “Rivers belong where they can ramble. Eagles belong where they can fly. I’ve got to be where my spirit can run free. Got to find my corner...
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The Coaching Front-runners

The Front Runners: While most of the basketball world is focused on the playoffs there are a few teams, namely the Denver Nuggets and Orlando Magic, that are focused on a few other things, like identifying their next head coach. While it is unlikely that either team makes a hasty decision as some of the potential candidates are coaching in the playoffs, here is the list that both...
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Splitter expects bigger impact in Game 2

Tiago Splitter and his recalcitrant right calf logged a little less than 10 minutes in the Spurs’ series-opening loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. That was by coach Gregg Popovich’s orders. Having emerged unscathed from his first live action since April 3, the Spurs’ starting center expects to see his involvement rise in Game 2 on Wednesday. “I feel like at least...
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Nikola Mirotic has strained quad, swollen knee after physical Game 2

Nikola Mirotic left the Chicago Bulls' win Monday night late in the fourth quarter with multiple injuries following scuffles with Bucks big man Zaza Pachulia. The Bulls said Mirotic has a left quad strain and will be re-evaluated Tuesday morning. Mirotic also has a swollen left knee, and the fear in the locker room immediately after the 91-82 win over the Milwaukee Bucks was that...
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Raptors see investment in Terrence Ross paying off

This time a year ago, Terrence Ross was as overmatched and out of sorts as a young NBA pro could be. He was seeing his first playoff action and quite frankly he wasn't handling it well. Everything was bigger and faster, not to mention more magnified and Ross was finding it all just a little too much. The Raptors stuck with him through seven games sending him out to start each...
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Draymond Green learned to talk trash from his mom

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green searched through his contacts on his cell phone long after a 97-87 Game 2 win against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday night until he found "Mama." On Twitter, Mary Babers-Green is known as @babers_mary, and she has a growing number of basketball fans and journalists who follow her and can't wait to hear what she has to say next. Green...
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Warriors’ Andre Iguodala happy to not win Sixth Man award

Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala got seven first-place votes, 16 second-place votes and 17 third-place votes for a total of 100 points in the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year balloting — and finished fourth, 402 points behind winner Lou Williams of Toronto. “I was hoping I didn’t get it,” Iguodala said before Monday’s Game 2. “I really didn’t have a good year, so I...
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Nets coach Lionel Hollins on guarding Atlanta’s Kyle Korver: ‘It’s not like we’re talking (Stephen) Curry’

No player in the NBA has been more efficient from 3-point range than Kyle Korver, a weapon the Hawks rode to a Game 1 victory Sunday over the Nets. If Atlanta is vulnerable because of injuries to Paul Millsap and Al Horford, it still has the quick-triggered sharpshooter from beyond the arc, a player who elicits roars of anticipation inside Philips Arena each time he elevates for...
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Reds' manager Bryan Price has expletive-filled tirade for the ages during media session

Warning: The following blog contains an epic amount of sports-related offensive language. Prior to Monday's 6-1 victory over the lowly Milwaukee Brewers, the manager of the also struggling Cincinnati Reds had at little pow-wow session with the media. When Bryan Price was asked to elaborate on a couple of items involving a few of his players he absolutely LOST IT! Here is the...
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Did LeBron mislead Pat Riley last summer during free agency with a smiley face emoji?

Did LeBron James mislead Pat Riley last summer during free agency with a smiley face emoji? Here's the circumstantial evidence... Sherlock-Holmes-Sherlock-Holmes-detective-crime-smiley-emoticon-001232-facebook — On Monday, Riley was asked about the draft and next season and the Heat's president, in classic Riley style, dropped a loaded one-liner, which was immediately interpreted...
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As draft decision creeps closer, NBA scouts place Caris LeVert on edge of first round

Caris LeVert's future centers on a million-dollar question: Where will the Michigan junior be selected in the NBA draft if he leaves early. The keyword is if. Having spent the last three months recovering from foot surgery and reviewing his options, LeVert is five days away from the NBA Draft early entry eligibility deadline of 11:59 p.m. ET Sunday. His decision, however, could...
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Marbury glows about draft stud in China, calls Jackson ‘visionary’

Fresh off a third Chinese Basketball Association title, Stephon Marbury weighed in on the Knicks’ potential draft pick, fellow CBA point guard Emmanuel Mudiay, calling the mystery prospect a player who is “going to be really good.’’ In a phone interview from Beijing, the ex-Knicks point guard from Coney Island branded Phil Jackson “a visionary’’ and claims to “love...
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