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NBA Rumors Stories for Friday, May 25, 2018
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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James has been unanimously selected to the 2017-18 All-NBA First Team, giving him an NBA-record 12 First Team honors in his 15-year career. James has passed Kobe Bryant and Karl Malone, who both finished with 11 First Team selections. Inside Hoops

Houston Rockets guard James Harden also received All-NBA First Team votes on all 100 ballots, joining James as a unanimous selection. Harden, who led the NBA in scoring average (30.4 ppg) and three-pointers made (265) for the league-best Rockets, was unanimously voted to the First Team for the second season in a row. Inside Hoops

The First Team also features New Orleans Pelicans center/forward Anthony Davis (96 First Team votes), Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (71) and Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (63). Lillard earned his first selection to the All-NBA First Team. Inside Hoops

The All-NBA Second Team consists of San Antonio Spurs forward/center LaMarcus Aldridge, Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook. Inside Hoops

The All-NBA Third Team is made up of Minnesota Timberwolves forward/guard Jimmy Butler, Warriors guard Stephen Curry, Thunder forward Paul George, Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo and Timberwolves center/forward Karl-Anthony Towns. Inside Hoops

Warriors guard Klay Thompson (left knee strain) is expected to play Game 5 of the Western Conference finals Thursday night against the Rockets. "I believe Klay will play, but we’re still listing him as questionable," Golden State head coach Steve Kerr said of Thompson, who fully participated in shoot-around Thursday morning. "We’ve got to see how he feels pregame." Houston Chronicle

Even with this selection, there are no guarantees DeRozan, the longest-serving Raptor, having been drafted ninth overall in 2009 by ex-GM Bryan Colangelo, is back with the team next season. Club president Masai Ujiri fired coach Dwane Casey and is not expected to limit his shakeup to only one move. Of course, there’s a better chance DeRozan does return, but Toronto will explore all options, per multiple league sources. Toronto Sun

Another accolade for Sixers center Joel Embiid. However it's what Embiid DIDN'T get that is going to cost him $30 million. Embiid was named to the All-NBA second-team on Thursday. No shame in that. Embiid averaged 22.9 points and 11.0 rebounds per game, leading Philadelphia to 52 wins and the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. However, had Embiid been named to the first team, he would have been looking at a HUGE payday down the road.

Fan Question: Who could the Mavericks turn the No. 5 pick and Harrison Barnes/other players into? Kawhi Leonard? Sherrington: Before last season, I would have made that trade in a heartbeat. But now I don't think so. What was the deal with Kawhi? Was he hurt or not? Even his teammates didn't seem to believe him, and how many times have you seen that? Normally when a guy works as hard as Leonard does, particularly on defense, he's not a prima donna. I'm not about to say he really wasn't hurt. Too many times we've seen that accusation blow up in someone's face. But it certainly gives you pause. Dallas Morning News

New Knicks coach David Fizdale said he would connect with players and declared his main goals this offseason were building a strong relationship with Kristaps Porzingis and making him feel that he would be returning to a winning environment. Fizdale appears to be off to a good start. Porzingis, who is overseas training and rehabbing from a torn left ACL, tweeted that he’s “excited” after speaking to Fizdale Thursday. NY Newsday

Charles Oakley’s ejection from Madison Square Garden during a February 2017 Knicks game occurred at the direction of MSG executive chairman and chief executive officer James Dolan, Oakley’s attorneys said in a new court filing on Thursday. The attorneys cited video evidence that was described in court papers as internal Garden footage. According to the 50-page filing, the video shows Dolan signaling to a security guard and making a “very clear gesture with his right hand, bringing it from his head and pointing it towards the ground” to the guard “seconds before” other security guards approached Oakley in the crowd. NY Newsday


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