Daily Archives: May 11, 2023

How the Warriors changed NBA defensive strategy forever with one radical adjustment in 2015 playoffs

On May 11, 2015, the Golden State Warriors tried something different. Instead of matching up with Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, 7-footer Andrew Bogut sidled up to 6-foot-4 guard Tony Allen on their first defensive possession. Bogut only guarded Allen in the loosest sense of the word; when Allen caught the ball on the perimeter, no Warrior went near him. …

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Caleb Love joins 5 other Tar Heels in transfer portal

With the NCAA Tournament now a month in the rear view mirror, college basketball’s transfer portal has filled up over the last four weeks. And on the final day of its opening, one final North Carolina basketball player jumped in. Following a season that saw the Tar Heels (20-13) go from preseason No. 1 to becoming the first top-ranked team …

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Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton out for Game 6 with rib contusion, sources say

Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton is ruled out for Thursday’s elimination Game 6 against the Denver Nuggets with a rib contusion, sources confirmed Thursday afternoon to The Arizona Republic. Shams Charania of The Athletic first tweeted the news Thursday. Ayton still is listed as questionable on the official NBA injury report that updates every hour. Jamal Murray is also listed …

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Mike Anderson seeking damages from St. John’s, claims he was fired for Rick Pitino

Former St. John’s men’s basketball coach Mike Anderson is seeking damages from the school, claiming he was only fired so that the university could hire Rick Pitino. According to ESPN, Anderson filed documents last month that informed St. John’s of a “notice of intention to arbitrate.” After previously threatening to sue the school, he is seeking a total of $45.6 …

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Anthony Davis probable for Game 6 vs. Warriors after head injury scare

AD avoids concussion protocol, probable for Game 6 vs. Dubs originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea Los Angeles Lakers star center Anthony Davis is not in concussion protocol after sustaining a head injury on Wednesday and is listed as probable to play in Game 6 against the Warriors on Friday night at Crypto.com Arena. Lakers coach Darvin Ham provided an …

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FGCU men’s basketball scheduled to open Indiana’s season, name associate head coach

FGCU head coach Pat Chambers looks down court at his players from the bench. The Florida Gulf Coast University men’s basketball team defeated visiting Austin Peay in their final game of the regular season Friday, Feb. 24, 2023 with a final score of 71-89 The FGCU men’s basketball team will be Indiana’s season-opening 2023-24 opponent, The Daily Hoosier confirmed on …

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Celtics to start Robert Williams III, bring Derrick White off bench in Game 6 vs. 76ers, per report

USA TODAY Sports With their season on the line on Thursday, the Boston Celtics are returning to the starting five that got them to the NBA Finals last season, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Jared Weiss. Robert Williams III, who has averaged 18.1 minutes in their second-round series against the Philadelphia 76ers, will replace Derrick White in the …

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Iowa State men’s basketball heading to Disney World for ESPN Events Invitational

Iowa State men’s basketball is going to Disney World. Again. The Cyclones will be part of the eight-team ESPN Events Invitational, school announced Thursday. The tournament is Nov. 23-26 at the State Farm Field House, at Disney’s Wild World of Sports complex. The bracket will be announced later. Coach T.J. Otzelberger will take Iowa State men’s basketball to Disney World …

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Celtics making interesting lineup changes for Game 6 vs. Sixers

Report: Celtics making interesting lineup changes for must-win Game 6 originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston You want adjustments? Joe Mazzulla will give you adjustments. The Boston Celtics are planning to start Robert Williams in place of Derrick White for their must-win Game 6 in Philadelphia against the 76ers on Thursday night, The Athletic’s Jared Weiss and Shams Charania report. …

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Who is joining BYU basketball in the Vegas Showdown next year?

BYU’s head coach Mark Pope high-fives fans after beating the Nicholls State Colonels at the Marriott Center in Provo on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. BYU won 87-73. | Ben B. Braun, Deseret News A big piece of BYU basketball’s nonconference schedule in its first season in the Big 12 Conference was officially announced on Thursday. The Cougars will play in …

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Producer of ‘The Last Dance’ capturing film of LeBron James

Producer of ‘The Last Dance’ capturing film of LeBron James originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago Andy Thompson, the mind behind Michael Jordan’s ultra-popular documentary “The Last Dance,” has been collecting film of LeBron James for the possibility of a future documentary, according to John Ireland, an ESPN radio host. “I hope I’m not talking out of school here, Andy …

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Ex-St. John’s coach Mike Anderson seeking $45.6M, claims school only fired him to hire Rick Pitino

Mike Anderson claims that on the same day he was fired, St. John’s had already entered advanced talks to hire Rick Pitino to replace him. (AP/Rebecca S. Gratz) Former St. John’s men’s basketball coach Mike Anderson is taking legal action against the university after he alleged he was only fired from the school so it could avoid paying his buyout …

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Keeping track of prospects who’ve visited the OKC Thunder

The 2023 NBA draft is quickly approaching as it will take place on June 22, which means pre-draft visits and workouts have begun. The Oklahoma City Thunder currently owns three draft picks this year’s class — their own lottery pick and a pair of second-round picks. We’ll know for sure where those picks will be after the NBA draft lottery …

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Syracuse basketball recruiting: Four-star F Donnie Freeman commits to Orange over Texas, Alabama

247Sports Donnie Freeman, a four-star power forward from the 2024 recruiting cycle, committed to Syracuse on 247Sports Thursday over Alabama, Texas, Iowa and Georgia Tech. Freeman is the No. 32 player in the country and No. 6 PF in the 2024 class, per 247Sports. Freeman also held offers from Georgetown, Kansas State, LSU, Marquette, Maryland, Ole Miss, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Virginia …

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Can Anthony Davis play in Game 6 after head injury? Here’s how NBA’s concussion policy works

Lakers forward Anthony Davis got knocked in the head with an elbow during Game 5 against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night. His status for Friday’s Game 6 hasn’t been announced. (Godofredo A. Vásquez / Associated Press) The wobbly walk. The dazed look. Hands grasping head. Anthony Davis’ behavior after sustaining an elbow to the head Wednesday night was …

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Former St. John’s coach Mike Anderson seeks $45.6 million in lawsuit after school hired Rick Pitino

USATSI Former St. John’s coach Mike Anderson is seeking $45.6 million from his former employer after he says he was fired without cause in March, Anderson’s lawyer told ESPN. Anderson claims St. John’s avoided paying his buyout, then used the money to hire former Iona and Louisville coach Rick Pitino.  After Anderson won Big East Coach of the Year in 2021, he was rewarded …

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Keeping up with 2023 offseason news

The University of Vermont men’s basketball team’s ninth NCAA Tournament appearance is now a distant memory. The focus has turned to the offseason. And the Vermont coaching staff has work to do. With fifth-year seniors Robin Duncan, Dylan Penn, Finn Sullivan and Kam Gibson out of eligibility and a few others entering the transfer portal, Vermont is on the hunt …

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Damian Lillard listed as Brooklyn Nets’ dream offseason trade target

Portland Trail Blazers superstar Damian Lillard is listed as the dream offseason trade target for the Brooklyn Nets, according to a recent article by Bleacher Report. This comes as no surprise to Nets fans as Lillard has been rumored to be on Brooklyn’s radar ever since he showed up for Game 3 of the Nets’ first-round series against the Philadelphia …

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