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Basketball Rumors for Friday, April 28

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nba rumors It was only fitting that the first time in history be as hard as that was Thursday night for the Raptors. What began looking like a close-out game that would finally settle this Raptors’ Game 6 hex once and for all eventually got there, but it was anything but easy. Along the way the Raptors passed multiple tests, their composure tested to the limit in what would become a series-clinching 92-89 win. Toronto Sun

The real test came in the second half when the Raptors had built the lead up to 25 and looked home and cooled out only to watch the Bucks chip away at the lead as the Raptors offence, which had been running so efficiently bogged down like it never has before. The ball wasn’t just sticking. It was stuck and it stayed that way for the final half of the third quarter and the first eight or nine minutes of the fourth. The run was 34-7 and if panic didn’t set in it was moments away from doing so. Toronto Sun

DeRozan would finish with a Raptor-high 32 points, two shy of Giannis Antetokounmpo’s game high. The Greek Freak played all but two minutes of the game to get to 34 and while they didn’t get a series this year, it’s not a stretch to imagine them getting through at least one or two a year from now. Toronto Sun

nba rumors Knicks center Joakim Noah has had right shoulder surgery to repair his rotator cuff, a procedure that could sideline him until training camp. The Knicks say Noah had the surgery Wednesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, performed by Dr. David Altchek. Boston Herald/AP

Noah saw his season end after just 46 games played this past season, his first with the Knicks after signing a four-year, $72 million deal as a free agent. The season was troubled almost from start to finish with various nagging injuries — he played his last game Feb. 4, sitting first with a hamstring injury, then undergoing surgery to remove a loose body from his knee and then as he was rehabbing, he was hit with a 20-game suspension by the NBA after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Bergen Record

nba rumors If the Chicago Bulls are to extend their postseason, they almost certainly will have to do it without Rajon Rondo. Rondo has a fractured right thumb, and coach Fred Hoiberg says the backcourt catalyst is a "long shot" to play Game 6 against the Boston Celtics on Friday night. Nor does the coach expect Rondo to be available if a Game 7 is necessary. The veteran guard is scheduled to work out Thursday night. Star Tribune/AP

Sure, the Hawks lost. But Schroder finished with a game-high 29 points in addition to 11 assists and two steals. He shot 10 of 18 (56 percent) from the field, 5 of 6 (83 percent) from 3-point range. Wednesday's performance was hardly a fluke. He's averaging 24.4 points, 7.2 assists and one steal per game in the series. And like Bazemore, Wizards coach Scott Brooks credited the point guard's speed for giving Atlanta another dimension. CSN MidAtlantic

nba rumors Four Warriors players — Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant — have been nominated among the new categories that will be voted on by fans for the first NBA Awards on TNT. Beginning Thursday night, fans can vote for Dunk of the Year, Best Style, Block of the Year, Assist of the Year, Game Winner of the Year and Top Performance of the Year by posting # to social media with the name of the award, followed by the first and last name of their pick. San Francisco Chronicle

Dwyane Wade's return to Chicago hasn't always gone according to plan this year, but the veteran is listed as a finalist for the first-ever NBA Awards. Wade is among the three finalists for Best Style alongside Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook and Iman Shumpert of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The inaugural NBA Awards will air June 26 on TNT at 8 p.m. Chicago time. CSN Chicago

With the NBA reducing to a six-game preseason schedule from the eight the Heat have previously played before most seasons, as part of an earlier start date to the regular season, the Heat announced exhibitions at AmericanAirlines Arena on Oct. 1 against the Atlanta Hawks, Oct. 9 against the Charlotte Hornets and Oct. 11 against the Washington Wizards. That scheduling will have the Heat facing each of those teams five times next season, including the four regular-season games with the Southeast division rivals. South Florida Sun Sentinel

Stephen Curry’s signature basketball shoe has been the target of plenty mockery. Thursday morning, on the company’s earnings call, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank admitted that he wasn’t pleased with the reception to the Curry 3. “As we launched the Curry 3 late last year, our expectations continued to run high,” Plank said. “And while the 3 played very well on court for Stephen Curry and our athletes, a sluggish signature market and a warm consumer reception led to softer-than-expected results.” San Francisco Chronicle

Knicks star Carmelo Anthony isn't ready to transition to a life without his wife. The all-star forward is attempting to win back his estranged spouse La La amid reports claiming he got a dancer at a gentleman's club pregnant, TMZ reported. NY Daily News



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Basketball Rumors for Thursday, April 27

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nba rumors Toronto leads the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series, 3-2, and can advance to meet defending NBA champion Cleveland if it prevails Thursday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center (6 p.m., TNT and Fox Sports Wisconsin). “The more physical, aggressive team has won each game in this series,” Bucks guard Jason Terry said after practice Wednesday. “I expect us to be physical and I wouldn’t expect them to change, either, because they’ve had success.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A big factor in Utah’s win Tuesday was the play of the Jazz bench, which outscored the Clippers' bench 36-16. Rodney Hood led the way with 16 points, while Johnson added 14. Many of those points came in the final minutes when the Jazz held off a Clippers rally as Hood scored nine in the final quarter, on three 3-pointers, while Johnson hit a pair of jumpers, a 3-pointer with 2:59 left and a 15-foot step-back jumper with 36 seconds left to help preserve the victory. Deseret News

nba rumors Phil Jackson attended the premiere Sunday of the animated movie Kobe Bryant made from his poem “Dear Basketball’’ at the Tribeca Film Festival. Considering the wars Bryant and the Knicks president waged in print and in public back in their Lakers days, maybe there is hope for the Zen Master and Carmelo Anthony. Bryant, who has turned into a full-time filmmaker/writer in retirement, doesn’t have a solution for the Jackson-Anthony feud, but knows he and Michael Jordan both survived battles with their former coach. NY Post

Is the Jackson-Anthony feud too far gone for a reconciliation? “Not from what I’ve been through with Phil,’’ Bryant told The Post on Wednesday in an interview to promote the short being shown at the festival through Saturday. “Michael had his rough times with him as well. The history is you get through rough times after you win a good amount of championships. We certainly had our rocky times, but we still stuck to it, we figured out our way through it and came out better because of it. I think the most important thing is sticking to it, being patient. Sometimes things work out. Sometimes they don’t.” NY Post

Nuggets guard Jamal Murray will have surgery Thursday to address a “couple of injuries,” general manager Tim Connelly said during a radio appearance on Altitude 950 AM on Wednesday afternoon. Murray, who averaged 9.9 points during his rookie season, played part of the season with a sports hernia. Connelly didn’t reveal the issues the guard’s surgery would address. Murray, the only member of the team to play all 82 games last season, routinely downplayed any injuries or pain he was experiencing late in the year. Denver Post

Snoop Dogg is getting in the hoops biz -- officially signing on as the Celebrity Commissioner of a new summer pro basketball league ... TMZ Sports has learned. Snoop will own an overall piece of the Champions Basketball League -- a 5-on-5 pro summer league featuring ex-NBA players who are 1 to 3 years removed from the league. TMZ Sports

Champions Basketball League, a new professional summer basketball league made up of former NBA players announced today that it has named legendary entertainer Snoop Dogg as its Celebrity Commissioner and an Owner. The position for the globally recognized music artist, actor, and entertainment icon is to expand the visibility and fan interest of the league. Also, to bring his diverse set of celebrity business relationships to the company. In searching for its Celebrity Commissioner, the league was adamant on finding an individual that not only has global star power, but a love for the game of basketball, a unique ability to connect with fans, and most of all a heart for serving the community. Snoop Dogg's pioneering way of thinking, profound relationship with fans, and multifaceted celebrity connections across all genres of music, film, and television made him the ideal choice. PR Newswire



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Basketball Rumors for Wednesday, April 26

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nba rumors The win gives the Raptors 3-2 series lead and they can close it out Thursday in Milwaukee. Game 7, if necessary, would be Saturday in Toronto. Lowry spent the 12 minutes he didn’t play sprawled out on the baseline at the end of the Raptors bench trying to make sure the back didn’t tighten up during the game. “Just go out there and play, once you stop, it sucks,” he said. “You’ve got to keep going, at the end of the day I want to be out there with my guys, I want to keep fighting, it gives me a reason to stay on the floor longer.” Toronto Star

And a reason for his teammates to appreciate him. “That’s what he’s about, that’s what he does,” P.J. Tucker said. “He goes out and sacrifices himself for the team to get the win. He’s done what he has to do for us to get the win. That’s Kyle Lowry.” All five starters and backup Jonas Valanciunas scored in double figures — Norm Powell led the way with 25 points — and the Raptors dished out 28 assists. That’s more than they’ve had in playoff game in the current four-year run they are on and was quite the opposite of the way the team usually plays. Toronto Star

nba rumors In the Warriors’ series sweep of the Trail Blazers, with Portland’s frontcourt decimated by injuries, [JaVale] McGee went from solid role player to low-post bully. A big man long known for his bloopers delivered a personal highlight reel of alley-oop dunks and rundown blocks. In 49 first-round minutes, McGee poured in 39 points on 18-for-23 shooting to go with nine blocks. Golden State outscored the Blazers by nearly a point per minute with him on the court. “To his credit, he’s an athletic big man who can finish around the basket,” Portland head coach Terry Stotts said. “I think he complements the other players on the roster really well, because you have to account for him around the basket.” San Francisco Chronicle

McGee, who won Golden State’s final roster spot in the preseason, finished the regular season with the NBA’s No. 1 per-minute plus-minus. Still, Steve Kerr’s staff realized that he was most effective in short bursts. A speedy 7-footer, McGee is at his best racing down court in transition. Give him more playing time, and risk tiring him out. It is why, despite his two-way dominance, McGee only averaged 12.3 minutes in the first round. San Francisco Chronicle

McGee just appreciates knowing that he will play each game. In the fall of 2013, little more than a year after signing a four-year, $44 million deal with Denver, he began to experience pain in his left leg. With doctors unable to provide a diagnosis, McGee wore a knee pad and tried different game-day shoes. Nothing worked. It wasn’t until February 2014 that McGee finally underwent surgery for a stress fracture in his tibia. San Francisco Chronicle

Indiana wants the NBA All-Star Game and sent Larry Bird to get it — in an Indy car. Bird drove four blocks down Fifth Avenue in his specially themed car to deliver the Pacers’ bid to host the 2021 game to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, fitting his 6-foot-9 frame into a car usually driven by much shorter people. Boston.com/AP

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