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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Lee Jenkins on LeBron James 'Coming Home'

Friday, July 4, 2014

Cavs meet with LeBron's agent

The Cavaliers were one of four teams that met with LeBron James' agent, Rich Paul, according to several reports. The others were Dallas, Phoenix and Houston. The Los Angeles Lakers were next in line to make their pitch.
ESPN reported that the Cavs' contingent met with Paul and tried to sell them on the team's virtues. The Cavs' young talent that would fit in nicely around James. With him on the team, they would be a contender.

It's not known whether Cavs majority owner Dan Gilbert was part of the team's contingent that met with Paul.
James has yet to meet any team face-to-face. He's been on vacation. He could conceivably meet with possible suitors in the next round of talks. Those finalists have yet to be named.
He played seven years in Cleveland before leaving in 2010. The Cavs have hit rock bottom since he left. 
When James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh opted out of their contracts with Miami on July 1, it appeared as if they would all return to the Heat. That doesn't seem to be a lock any longer. The fact that his agent is talking to other teams could mean James is at least entertaining the thought of leaving.

James wants a maximum contract.

Check back to or on Friday for an update on this developing story.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

18 underclassman pull out of draft

NEW YORK, June 17, 2014  Eighteen players who had declared as early-entry candidates for the 2014 NBA draft have withdrawn. There are 44 collegiate and 13 international prospects that remain eary-entry candidates.
The 2014 NBA Draft will be held on Thursday, June 26 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. 
The following player from a U.S. college has withdrawn his name from consideration:
PLAYER                                              SCHOOL
Mychal Ammons                                   South Alabama

Here is the list of international players who have withdrawn their names from consideration for the 2014 NBA draft:

PLAYER                                              TEAM (COUNTRY*)
Eleftherios Bochoridis                           Aris (Greece)
Matías Bortolin                                      Regatas Corrientes (Argentina)
Nedim Buza                                          Spars Sarajevo (Bosnia)
Berkay Candan                                     TED Kolejliler (Turkey)
Joonas Cavén                                        Joventut (Spain)
Moussa Diagne                                      Fuenlabrada (Spain)
Tomas Dimša                                        Zalgiris (Lithuania)
Marcus Eriksson                                    Manresa (Spain)
Ilja Gromovs                                         Ventspils (Latvia)
Rasmus Larsen                                      Manresa (Spain)
Mateusz Ponitka                                    Oostende (Belgium)
Kristaps Porzingis                                  Cajasol (Spain)
Marko Ramljak                                     Zadar (Croatia)
Alejandro Suarez                                   Joventut (Spain)
Devon Van Oostrum                             Vitoria (Spain)
Guillem Vives                                       Joventut (Spain) 
Adin Vrabac                                          Spars Sarajevo (Bosnia)

Following is a list of players from colleges who remain early entry candidates for the 2014 NBA Draft:

PLAYER                                              SCHOOL
Jordan Adams                                       UCLA
William Alston                                      CC of Baltimore County Dundalk
Kyle Anderson                                      UCLA
Isaiah Austin                                         Baylor
Chane Behanan                                     Louisville
Sim Bhullar                                           New Mexico State
Khem Birch                                           UNLV
Jabari Brown                                         Missouri
Jahii Carson                                          Arizona State
Semaj Christon                                      Xavier
Jordan Clarkson                                    Missouri
DeAndre Daniels                                   Connecticut
Spencer Dinwiddie                                Colorado 
Joel Embiid                                           Kansas
Tyler Ennis                                            Syracuse
Aaron Gordon                                       Arizona
Jerami Grant                                          Syracuse 
P.J. Hairston                                          Texas (NBA D-League)/North Carolina
Gary Harris                                           Michigan State
Rodney Hood                                        Duke
Nick Johnson                                        Arizona
Alex Kirk                                              New Mexico
Zach LaVine                                         UCLA
James Michael McAdoo                        North Carolina
K.J. McDaniels                                      Clemson
Mitch McGary                                       Michigan
Eric Moreland                                       Oregon State
Johnny O’Bryant III                              LSU
Jabari Parker                                         Duke
Elfrid Payton                                         Louisiana-Lafayette
Julius Randle                                         Kentucky
Glenn Robinson III                               Michigan
LaQuinton Ross                                    Ohio State
Antonio Rucker                                     Clinton JC (SC) 
JaKarr Sampson                                    St. John’s 
Marcus Smart                                        Oklahoma State
Roscoe Smith                                        UNLV
Nik Stauskas                                         Michigan
Jarnell Stokes                                        Tennessee
Noah Vonleh                                         Indiana
T.J. Warren                                           North Carolina State
Andrew Wiggins                                    Kansas
James Young                                         Kentucky
Ta’Quan Zimmerman                            Thompson Rivers (Canada)

Following is a list of international players who remain early entry candidates for the 2014 NBA Draft:

PLAYER                                              TEAM (COUNTRY*)
Bruno Caboclo                                      Pinheiros (Brazil)
Clint Capela                                          Chalon (France)
Nemanja Dangubic                                Mega Vizura (Serbia)
Danté Exum                                          Australia
Damien Inglis                                        Roanne (France)
Nikola Jokic                                          Mega Vizura (Serbia)
Michalis Kamperidis                             Filathlitikos (Greece)
Artem Klimenko                                   Avtodor (Russia)
Lucas Mariano                                      Vivo Franca (Brazil)
Vasilije Micic                                        Mega Vizura (Serbia)
Jusuf Nurkic                                         Cedevita (Croatia)
Dario Šaric                                            Cibona (Croatia)
Ojars Silinš                                            Reggio Emilia (Italy)

*Country indicates where team plays, not country of nationality

Sunday, June 1, 2014

NBA Finals

Both of these teams appear to be on a mission. This is the fourth consecutive trip to the Finals for the Heat. Can they win three titles in a row? I have to say yes.

The Spurs, obviously, are so well-coached and might have three Hall of Famers of their own. Is this their last run together? Perhaps.

I'm picking the Heat in seven.

                                                   Local    EDT    Broadcast

San Antonio vs. Miami

Game 1 – Thu  June  5 Miami at San Antonio               8:00PM   9:00PM     ABC/R
Game 2 – Sun  June  8 Miami at San Antonio               7:00PM   8:00PM     ABC/R
Game 3 – Tue  June 10 San Antonio at Miami               9:00PM   9:00PM     ABC/R
Game 4 – Thu  June 12 San Antonio at Miami               9:00PM   9:00PM     ABC/R
Game 5 * Sun  June 15 Miami at San Antonio               7:00PM   8:00PM     ABC/R
Game 6 * Tue  June 17 San Antonio at Miami               9:00PM   9:00PM     ABC/R
Game 7 * Fri  June 20 Miami at San Antonio               8:00PM   9:00PM     ABC/R

*If necessary

R - ESPN Radio

Friday, May 16, 2014

Conference finals schedule

Here is the complete schedule and national television & radio arrangements for the Eastern Conference Finals. 

At one point this season, I thought the Pacers had what it took to win this series. They had to earn the No. 1 seed in the conference, which they accomplished.

But then they lost their edge, seemingly, toward the end of the regular season and at the beginning of the playoffs. They were darn lucky to get past Atlanta in the first round.

I'd have to say Miami is the overwhelming favorite to win this series and get to the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive year.

I'm taking the Spurs in the West. --BF

Eastern Conference             

Indiana vs. Miami

Game 1 - Sun  May 18 Miami at Indiana                   3:30PM   3:30PM     ABC/R
Game 2 - Tue  May 20 Miami at Indiana                   8:30PM   8:30PM     ESPN/R
Game 3 - Sat  May 24 Indiana at Miami                   8:30PM   8:30PM     ESPN/R
Game 4 – Mon  May 26 Indiana at Miami                   8:30PM   8:30PM     ESPN/R
Game 5 * Wed  May 28 Miami at Indiana                   8:30PM   8:30PM     ESPN/R
Game 6 * Fri  May 30 Indiana at Miami                   8:30PM   8:30PM     ESPN/R
Game 7 * Sun  June 1 Miami at Indiana                   8:30PM   8:30PM     ESPN/R

Western Conference             

San Antonio vs. Oklahoma City

Game 1 - Mon  May 19 Oklahoma City at San Antonio       8:00PM   9:00PM     TNT/R
Game 2 - Wed  May 21 Oklahoma City at San Antonio       8:00PM   9:00PM     TNT/R
Game 3 - Sun  May 25 San Antonio at Oklahoma City       7:30PM   8:30PM     TNT/R
Game 4 – Tue  May 27 San Antonio at Oklahoma City       8:00PM   9:00PM     TNT/R
Game 5 * Thu  May 29 Oklahoma City at San Antonio       8:00PM   9:00PM     TNT/R
Game 6 * Sat  May 31 San Antonio at Oklahoma City       7:30PM   8:30PM     TNT/R
Game 7 * Mon  June 2 Oklahoma City at San Antonio       8:00PM   9:00PM     TNT/R

Additional scheduling information will be furnished as soon as possible consistent with the need to fulfill league obligations.

The NBA Finals will begin on Thursday, June 5.

*If necessary

R - ESPN Radio

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Early entry candidates for NBA draft

NEW YORK, April 30, 2014 – The National Basketball Association announced today that 75 players, including 45 players from colleges and 30 international players season have filed as early entry candidates for the 2014 NBA Draft presented by State Farm.

Players wishing to enter the 2014 NBA Draft were required to submit a letter to the NBA to be received no later than Sunday, April 27.  Players who have applied for early entry have the right to withdraw their names from consideration for the Draft by notifying the NBA of their decision in writing no later than 5 p.m. ET on Monday, June 16.

Following is the list of players from colleges and post-graduate institutions who have applied for early entry into the 2014 NBA Draft, which will be held Thursday, June 26, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.:


Player                                      School
Jordan Adams                            UCLA  
William Alston                          CC of Baltimore County Dundalk           
Mychal Ammons                        South Alabama 
Kyle Anderson                           UCLA  
Isaiah Austin                              Baylor  
Chane Behanan                          Louisville         
Sim Bhullar                               New Mexico State         
Khem Birch                               UNLV  
Jabari Brown                             Missouri           
Jahii Carson                               Arizona State    
Semaj Christon                          Xavier  
Jordan Clarkson                         Missouri           
DeAndre Daniels                        Connecticut      
Spencer Dinwiddie                     Colorado          
Joel Embiid                               Kansas 
Tyler Ennis                                Syracuse           
Aaron Gordon                            Arizona
Jerami Grant                              Syracuse                       
P.J. Hairston                              North Carolina/Texas (D-League)
Gary Harris                               Michigan State  
Rodney Hood                             Duke    
Nick Johnson                             Arizona
Alex Kirk                                  New Mexico     
Zach LaVine                              UCLA  
James Michael McAdoo              North Carolina  
K.J. McDaniels                          Clemson
Mitch McGary                           Michigan          
Eric Moreland                            Oregon State     
Johnny O’Bryant III                   LSU     
Jabari Parker                             Duke    
Elfrid Payton                             Louisiana-Lafayette       
Julius Randle                             Kentucky
Glenn Robinson III                     Michigan
LaQuinton Ross                          Ohio State        
Antonio Rucker                          Clinton JC (SC)            
Jakarr Sampson                          St. John’s                     
Marcus Smart                            Oklahoma State 
Roscoe Smith                             UNLV  
Nik Stauskas                              Michigan          
Jarnell Stokes                            Tennessee         
Noah Vonleh                             Indiana 
T.J. Warren                               North Carolina State      
Andrew Wiggins                        Kansas 
James Young                             Kentucky          
Ta’Quan Zimmerman                  Thompson Rivers (Canada)         

The following is the list of international players who have applied for early entry into the 2014 NBA Draft:

Player                                      Team (Team Country)/Home Country
Eleftherios Bochoridis                Aris (Greece)/Greece     
Matias Bortolin                          Regatas Corrientes (Argentina)/Argentina
Nedim Buza                               Spars Sarajevo (Bosnia)/Bosnia & Herzegovina
Bruno Caboclo                           Pinheiros (Brazil)/Brazil
Berkay Candan                           TED Kolejliler (Turkey)/Turkey 
Clint Capela                               Chalon (France)/            Switzerland
Joonas Cavén                             Joventut (Spain) /Finland
Nemanja Dangubic                     Mega Vizura (Serbia)/Serbia      
Moussa Diagne                           Fuenlabrada (Spain)/Senegal      
Tomas Dimša                             Zalgiris (Lithuania)/Lithuania     
Marcus Eriksson                         Manresa (Spain) /Sweden
Danté Exum                              Australia                                  
Ilja Gromovs                             Ventspils (Latvia)/Latvia
Damien Inglis                            Roanne (France) /France
Nikola Jokic                              Mega Vizura (Serbia)/Serbia      
Michalis Kamperidis                   Filathlitikos (Greece)/Greece
Artem Klimenko                        Avtodor (Russia)/Russia             
Rasmus Larsen                           Manresa (Spain) /Denmark
Lucas Mariano                           Vivo Franca (Brazil)/Brazil        
Vasilije Micic                            Mega Vizura (Serbia)/Serbia      
Jusuf Nurkic                              Cedevita (Croatia)/Bosnia & Herzegovina
Mateusz Ponitka                         Oostende (Belgium)/Poland        
Kristaps Porzingis                      Cajasol (Spain)/Latvia    
Marko Ramljak                          Zadar (Croatia)/Croatia
Dario Šarić                                Cibona (Croatia)/Croatia
Ojars Silins                                Reggio Emilia (Italy)/Latvia                   
Alejandro Suarez                        Joventut (Spain)/Spain
Devon Van Oostrum                   Vitoria (Spain)/Holland 
Guillem Vives                            Joventut (Spain)/Spain               
Adin Vrabac                              Spars Sarajevo (Bosnia)/Bosnia & Herzegovina

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Letter from NBA commissioner Adam Silver

Dear Fans,

This afternoon I announced that, following the completion of a thorough investigation into an audio recording obtained by TMZ, I banned Donald Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers or the NBA, effective immediately. Mr. Sterling may not attend any NBA games or practices, be present at any Clippers office or facility, or participate in any business or player personnel decisions involving the team. I also fined Mr. Sterling $2.5 million, the maximum amount allowed under the NBA Constitution. These funds will be donated to charitable organizations dedicated to anti-discrimination and tolerance efforts that will be jointly selected by the NBA and its Players Association. 

The views expressed by Mr. Sterling are deeply offensive and hurtful. I am extremely proud of this great league's diverse, respectful and inclusive culture, and we will not allow one individual's intolerant views to define us. Let me be clear: Mr. Sterling's views have no place in the NBA. 

This has been a painful episode for all members of the NBA family. I very much appreciate your understanding during this process. I also want to express my thanks and admiration to Coach Doc Rivers, Chris Paul, and the entire Clippers organization for their professionalism throughout this matter, and to Chris and Mayor Kevin Johnson for their leadership and partnership on behalf of the Players Association. 

And now I am eager to turn the spotlight back where it belongs: on the game we all love and on these thrilling playoffs, which have been some of the most exciting basketball I've seen in my 22 years with the league. I hope you enjoy the rest of the playoffs and The Finals. 


Adam Silver