Samardo Samuels of EA7 Emporio Armani Milan has been named Euroleague MVP for Top 16, Round 8.
Samuels scored 16 first-quarter points, added 11 more in the second and didn't stop until he had paced a much-needed 76-85 road win against Nizhny Novgorod and completed one of the best performances in Top 16 history. Samuels finished with 36 points and nine rebounds.
His performance index...
Festus Ezeli was suspended one game without pay for initiating an altercation with Tyler Hansbrough by grabbing his throat, the NBA announced on Saturday.
The incident occurred during the Golden State Warriors' win over the Toronto Raptors on Friday.
Jose Calderon has been diagnosed with a left Achilles strain, the New York Knicks announced Saturday.
Calderon underwent an MRI.
He will not dress for Saturday's home game versus Toronto.
Cliff Alexander missed Saturday's game for Kansas due to an NCAA issue.
"The NCAA has alerted us to an issue that could affect Cliff's eligibility," Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger said in a statement. "As a precautionary measure, Cliff will not take the court until we have resolved the issue."
Alexander is averaging 7.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in 17.6 minutes per game this season.
Russell Westbrook underwent a surgical procedure on a fracture to his zygomatic arch bone.
Westbrook will miss Sunday's game and will be reevaluated this week.
Westbrook suffered the injury in the Oklahoma City Thunder's loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday.
Derrick Rose appeared at the Chicago Bulls' practice facility on Saturday.
Rose was in good spirits and will begin his rehabilitation process.
Rose did not address the media but is very confident he will play again this season. The Bulls believe he will miss four to six weeks with the torn meniscus in his knee.
Anthony Mason died early Saturday morning. He was 48.
The homegrown product from Springfield Gardens High School in Queens suffered a massive Feb. 11 heart attack and never recovered.
Mason played 13 seasons in the NBA with six teams but is best remembered for his days as a huge fan favorite with the New York Knicks.
Joel Embiid appears to now be in much better shape than he was in five weeks ago when a report indicated he weighed close to 300 pounds.
Embiid was working out before the Philadelphia 76ers' game on Friday and he was moving well, executing jump hooks with either hand and exhibiting good mobility.
Embiid has missed the entire season with a right foot stress fracture.
LeBron James will miss Friday's game against the Indiana Pacers due to rest.
David Blatt said he made the decision to sit James based on “a combination of things” and not one specific ailment.
“It was not his idea, it was mine. Let’s put it that way,” Blatt said. “We have our hand on the pulse of LeBron and all our players. We’re doing what we have to do here to keep...
In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) talks with Seth Partnow of Nylon Calculus, BBallBreakdown, Fancy Stats at the Washington Post and Hardwood Paroxysm (@SethPartnow).
The two discuss the trade deadline, the value of rim protection, the biggest threats to Golden State and Atlanta making the Finals and what to expect moving forward.
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Victor Claver has agreed to terms with Khimki Moscow.
Claver will replace Joffrey Lauvergne who recently joined the Denver Nuggets.
Claver was waived by the Nuggets following his trade to the Portland Trail Blazers.
LeBron James has a usage rate of 42.9 when he's on the court this season without Kyrie Irving. Irving injured his shoulder on Thursday.
James has a 33.1 usage rate overall.
Russell Westbrook leads the NBA in usage rate at 37.1.
Earl Lloyd has passed away at the age of 86.
Lloyd was the first black player in NBA history, debuting in 1950 for the Washington Capitals.
"The NBA family has lost one of its patriarchs," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. "Earl Lloyd, the first African-American to play in an NBA game, was as inspirational as he was understated. He was known as a modest gentleman...
Derrick Rose is expected to return from his knee surgery in four to six weeks.
"We expect Derrick to be playing this season," said Gar Forman.
Rose had the damaged part of his meniscus removed during the surgery, which was described as minor.
Rose first tore the meniscus in his right knee in November of 2013 and subsequently missed the remainder of the 13-14 season.
Phil Jackson will likely receive a fine for commenting on D'Angelo Russell of Ohio State.
Russell is a freshman for the Buckeyes and a probable high lottery pick if he declares for the draft.
Kyrie Irving experienced a left shoulder injury during Thursday's game against the Golden State Warriors.
Irving will not travel with the team tonight to Indianapolis and will receive additional examination, including an MRI, on Friday morning, the Cleveland Cavaliers announced.
He is listed as doubtful for the Cavaliers game against the Pacers Friday night and his status will be...
Richard "Rip" Hamilton announced his retirement from the NBA on Thursday, first on an ESPN show.
"I want to give a major shout out to everyone who supported me through my NBA journey," Hamilton posted on his official Instagram account. "To my coaches, teammates, and fans in Washington, Detroit, and Chicago: thank you for treating me with the utmost class and respect during my career...
Danny Ainge revealed Thursday that Jared Sullinger did not meet any of the Boston Celtics' team-wide conditioning goals this season.
Sullinger is out for the remainder of the season with a foot injury.
“Well, Jared and I have talked a lot about (his conditioning) over the past year,” Ainge said on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher & Rich." “It’s something we take great...
Paul George participated in his first full practice this season with the Indiana Pacers on Thursday, beating his personal goal of March 1 by several days.
"Felt good. Felt really good," George said, "to be able to go through a full practice now and go up and down, it's a big step for me."
George does not yet have a firm date for his return from a right leg injury.
"I'm still hopeful...
Darren Collison will have surgery on Tuesday to repair a core muscle injury that will likely end his season.
Collison suffered a strained hip flexor on Feb. 5 and hasn't played since.
Collison will be re-evaluated three to six weeks after the surgery and there is no timetable for his return.
The Sacramento Kings signed Collison in the offseason.
Derrick Rose is scheduled to have a meniscectomy on Friday morning for his meniscus tear in his right knee.
A timetable for when Rose will return will be determined following the procedure.
Rose first tore the meniscus in his right knee in November of 2013.
Dean Oliver is one of basketball's pioneers of advanced analytics and participated in a discussion about its place in the game.
Oliver was asked to dispel the myth that "stat guys don't even watch the games."
"A good scout, a good analyst, they go and they watch the game," said Oliver. "Your eyes see the game much better than the numbers. But the numbers see all the games. And that...
James Harden has become one of the NBA's best players since his trade to the Houston Rockets, but wasn't a clear-cut win at the time for Daryl Morey.
Some believed Harden would not be able to extend his production to superstar minutes when he was 6th Man of the Year with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
"The Harden trade was about 60-40 in favor of our side at the time," said Morey. "Even...
George Karl would like the Sacramento Kings to try to trade for Ty Lawson.
The Denver Nuggets are rebuilding and could make Lawson available.
Karl previously coached Lawson with the Nuggets.
The Cleveland Cavaliers' five-man unit of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Timofey Mozgov and J.R. Smith has been the best in the NBA in terms of net rating at +25.9.
The lineup has played 242 minutes together since Smith and Mozgov were acquired via trade. The unit scores 118.6 points per 100 possessions while allowing just 92.7.
The Golden State Warriors' five-man unit of...