NBA trade rumors: Carmelo Anthony wants Rockets deal, not Knicks return

Carmelo Anthony wants out.

And he has made that abundantly clear to the Knicks, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (via the New York Post).

Anthony “has made it clear to them: I want to go to Houston. I am not interested in talking to you about being reincorporated back into this New York roster,” the NBA insider paraphrased Anthony’s mindset on “SportsCenter.”

The assessment came a day after the new Knicks braintrust was said to be thinking about keeping Anthony in an effort to wait for his trade value to climb after months of bad-mouthing by former team president Phil Jackson.

LaVar Ball, however, has absolutely zero concerns about Fox, especially after Lonzo’s impressive summer league.

“Have you heard about De’Aaron Fox? Hell nah,” LaVar said on Fox Sports Radio when asked if his son purposely “ducked” the Kings and Fox this summer. “You can’t hear about him unless he puts my boy’s name in his mouth. He been doing all this stuff and ain’t nobody been talking about him. So he and his dad gotta link themselves to us to be relevant. De’Aaron Fox had a whole season and the only thing they talk about is 39 points against Zo. You don’t put Zo in a sentence, nobody cares about him.”

Fox had a nice summer himself averaging 11.8 points and 3.0 assists in 21.3 minutes Cheap Mountain Bike Jerseys per game. In his debut game he went for 18 points (7 for 16 from the field), four assists, three rebounds, five steals and a block in 27 minutes.

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Kevin Durant injury update: Warriors star ‘not trying to put a date on’ return

Kevin Durant doesn’t want anyone feeling sorry for him and his basketball “boo-boo.”

One week since injuring his left knee, the hobbled Warriors star was sporting a large brace and crutches as he surfaced Wednesday at Oracle Arena to brief reporters on his rehab process. But with three weeks until a scheduled reevaluation, Durant wasn’t interested in throwing around possible return dates.

“I’m not even trying to put a date on it,” Durant said, via the San Jose Mercury News. “I’m setting goals every single day. Straightening my leg out, that was a big goal of mine throughout this week. I was able to accomplish that. Got some range of motion as I bent my leg. So that was a key for me. Just trying to set these small goals day by day.”

“I’m glad this matter is resolved,” Sefolosha’s attorney Alex Spiro told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Antic, meanwhile, also filed a civil lawsuit against the five police officers, and that case is still pending, Spiro said.

Kerr said the fact that it’s a back-to-back on the road, when the team is arriving in the second city at 3 a.m., helped him make the decision. He said resting the players will give them three consecutive days of rest.

Iguodala had a, shall we say, interesting response to the NFL Jerseys Outlet forced vacation, saying he just has to listen to what “the master” orders.

Iguodala, when told he and the rest of the main guys are resting tomorrow: “No clue. Do what master says.”

Curry, Green, Thompson and Iguodala played 35, 38, 36 and 32 minutes respectively on Friday night against Minnesota.

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NBA Draft order 2017: Complete list of picks for Rounds 1-2

Searching for the 2017 NBA Draft order and results without all that annoying analysis? You’ve come to the right place.

Below is the draft order for Rounds 1 and 2 of the 2017 NBA Draft, which will be updated with draft results featuring pick number, team, player and position, minus the analysis and draft grades. Of course, if you would like our NBA experts to tell you how smart (or stupid) your team’s picks were, we’ll have you covered with our pick-by-pick analysis for Round 1, and we’ll have our Draft Grades on Friday to determine the winners and losers.

In proposing change to one-and-done rule, NBA’s Adam Silver employs ‘alternative facts’

The most disappointing aspect of NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s pronouncements regarding his reconsideration of league’s age limit for entering the player draft is that he is so astoundingly wrong on basic facts. It’s as if the truth-is-optional culture has invaded the league headquarters at 645 Fifth Avenue.

This year the projection is that we’re going to have 20 one-and-done players coming, actually being drafted this year, Silver said Thursday at his state-of-the-NBA address. When we first changed the minimum age from 18 to 19, the following year — in 2006 — we had two one-and-done players.

That’s the kind of linguistic gymnastics we’ve come to expect from gentlemen in suits speaking to the broader public in this calendar year, but not previously from the NBA commish.

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1995-96 Bulls or 2016-17 Warriors?

The Warriors staked their claim as best NBA team of all time by going 16-1 in the playoffs and capturing the NBA title. With a lineup that includes two league MVPs, two other stars and quality role players, there hasn’t been a team like these Warriors ever before.

Could the 2016-17 Warriors beat the team that’s widely considered as the best ever, though? The 1995-96 Bulls featured the best player in the history of the league in Michael Jordan, greats in Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman and a number of effective role players around them.

Green picks up his third personal foul with two minutes left in the first half, then gets hit with a technical foul for arguing with official Monty McCutchen. Oh boy.

There’s a Draymond sucks! chant circulating through the arena.

LeBron James is now over halfway to surpassing Michael Jordan in all-time postseason points, with 15. He is currently shooting 5 of 6 from the field and 5 of 8 from the free throw line.

A controversial personal foul (plus a technical) won’t go over well in Boston. The Celtics already have 15 personal fouls, and the Cavs lead 52-31.

The Cavs aren’t messing around in Game 5, leading 43-27 in Boston after the first quarter. They are shooting 16 of 23 from the field and have set a franchise record for most points scored in a playoff quarter. LeBron James has a game-high 11 points, while Kevin Love has 10. Marcus Smart has a team-high six points apiece for the Celtics.

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NBA Draft 2017: Valparaiso’s Alec Peters gets emotional when drafted by Suns

It’s not every day a player from Valparaiso University is drafted into the NBA. In fact, it has been 19 years since Bryce Drew the last Crusader to be drafted before Thursday was taken in the first round.

Thursday night, forward Alec Peters became the sixth Valparaiso player to be drafted when the Suns selected him 54th overall in the 2017 NBA Draft. The emotional moment was captured on video; take a look below.

The 6-9 Peters was named the 2016-17 Horizon League Player of the Year after averaging 23 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. His season was cut short due to injury, but he’ll now have the chance to make an NBA roster.

The relationship between the Knicks and rising star Kristaps Porzingis has been turbulent in recent months, as Porzingis skipped his exit interview in April. Well, Porzingis’ time in New York could be nearing its end. Phil Jackson is open to the possibility of trading Porzingis as the frenzy of interest is growing, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Sixers landed the No. 1 pick for the second year in a row, thanks to a predraft trade with the Celtics. In return, Boston receives the No. 3 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, in addition to either the Lakers’ 2018 first-round pick or the Kings’ 2019 first-round pick. The Celtics will receive the Lakers’ pick if it falls between No. 2 and No. 5. If it doesn’t, they’ll get the Kings’ unprotected first-round pick in 2019.

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NBA playoffs 2017: With nothing to lose, Celtics should start Jonas Jerebko in Game 4

Celtics coach Brad Stevens has an important lineup change to make ahead of Game 4 start Jonas Jerebko.

Why? Better question: Why not? The only thing Stevens has to lose is a series hardly anyone gave his team a pimp’s chance in a seminary to win anyway.

Complications from a recent back surgery have kept Golden State coach Steve Kerr away from the team’s bench since its first-round playoff series against Portland. He reportedly could return during the finals. Mike Brown has been filling in as the acting head coach.

Many assume Kerr’s absence will mean more for the Warriors against the Cavaliers, a much tougher team than those Golden State has eliminated in the playoffs, in a series that certainly will provide adversity thus giving Cleveland an advantage.

With the Warriors being heavy favorites to win the 2017 NBA Finals, it’s no surprise that three of the top four series MVP candidates play for Golden State. Andre Iguodala took the award after the Warriors won the finals in 2015, and LeBron James earned it when the Cavs got their revenge last year.

Iguodala became an outlier when he won the award. He’s the only player ever to take home Finals MVP without starting every game in the series. The odds of the MVP award going to a player on the losing team are slim only Jerry West (1969) has pulled that off.

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Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber seems cool with demotion to minors

After hitting .171 in 64 games this season for the Cubs, Kyle Schwarber was demoted to Triple-A Iowa last week.

Instead of griping about the move and pointing to his past MLB production, the 24-year-old humbly accepted the change.

“The numbers spoke for themselves,” Schwarber said Monday, via “It’s part of the game. You’ve got to learn how to fail to be the best. A lot of good players have gone through this.”

Schwarber had solid power numbers this season with 12 homers and 28 RBIs, but he struck out 40 times in his past 129 at-bats and was hitting .143 against left-handed pitching.

Now off the defending champs big-league roster, Schwarber needs to rediscover what made him a Chicago star in 2015.

“It’s an opportunity to relax and get back to being myself and try and get back up there,” he said.

Schwarber went 1-for-4 with three strikeouts in his first game with Iowa, a 1-0 loss to the New Orleans Baby Cakes on Monday.

Vance McDonald was on the trading block during the draft. Garrett Celek has reached his peak. Blake Bell is coming off injury. The 49ers had to reboot here with more versatile and effective options as blockers and receivers. Shanahan will see Juszcyzk as being able to do a little bit of everything out of the backfield, including power running. The coach used the more limited Patrick DiMarco to full effectiveness in Atlanta.

The 49ers also made a sneaky Day 3 draft pick here with former Cheap Infant Jerseys Iowa tight end George Kittle. He, like Juszcyzk, comes in with outstanding blocking credentials but the Cheap Islanders Jerseys wiggle to have some pass-catching upside. Shanahan’s influence will be felt in the raised effectiveness of these periphery pass-catching positions.

Warriors star Stephen Curry, who is averaging 9.7 rebounds per game in the finals

The sixth-year forward has been invisible through three games. Thompson has as many total rebounds (11) as Irving and one point less (eight) than Dahntay Jones despite playing 59 more minutes than Jones. That’s… not great.

Warriors star Stephen Curry, who is averaging 9.7 rebounds per game in the finals, explained how Zaza Pachulia has prevented Thompson from giving the Cavs those precious extra possessions.

When determining the deciding factors in the previous two games, there were certain areas where it was easy to see Golden State could improve despite coming out on top. At this point, however, there’s no reason to waste any extra time formulating some sort of in-depth explanation. The Warriors are the better team, and they’ve played like it.

Cleveland went into the game as 17-point favorites. While large for a playoff series, it made sense considering all of the factors. But not only did Boston cover, but it won, making this not only the largest upset of the NBA season, but the largest upset in NBA playoff history.

It’s worth noting some places had the Celtics as 16.5 underdogs, which would make it the biggest upset in the last 20 years.

He’s currently joined in the backfield by Robert Turbin (3.5 yards per carry in 2016), fourth-round rookie Marlon Mack, the already-on-IR Christine Michael (who may wind up never playing a down for the team), and Troymaine Pope, who has 12 career carries. They’ll all have their work cut out for them if the club’s blocking doesn’t improve. Indianapolis ranked 23rd in the league in yards per rush in 2016.

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Did the Seahawks have a good draft, or did the graders fear a repeat of 2011 when Seattle was given a low grade in a draft that had linebacker K.J. Wright and cornerback Richard Sherman in the middle rounds? This draft was given good grades for taking defensive lineman Malik McDowell and offensive lineman Ethan Pocic in the second round.

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