Marc J. Spears

  • Source: Jeff Adrien finalizing one-year deal with Pelicans

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 2 days ago

    The New Orleans Pelicans are finalizing a one-year deal to pay the veteran’s minimum to veteran forward-center Jeff Adrien, a source told Yahoo Sports.

    Adrien, 29, averaged 3.5 points and 4.5 rebounds for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 17 games last season. The Pelicans have been courting him throughout free agency, but Orlando, Dallas, Minnesota, New York, Charlotte and Philadelphia also showed interest, too, the source said.

    The 6-foot-7, 245-pound journeyman has also played for Golden State, Houston, Charlotte and Milwaukee.

  • Sources: Guard Jason Richardson to sign with Hawks

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 11 days ago

    Veteran shooting guard Jason Richardson will sign a non-guaranteed contract with the Atlanta Hawks, sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Richardson, 34, averaged 9.1 points and 3.5 rebounds in a little less than 22 minutes per game in 19 contests last season with the Philadelphia 76ers. Richardson, who has spent 13 seasons in the NBA, visited with the Hawks on Friday and is expected to sign the contract on Monday. Hawks vice chair of the board Grant Hill was a teammate of Richardson's with the Phoenix Suns.

    Richardson has averaged 17.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists in his NBA career.

  • Sources: 76ers center Joel Embiid to have surgery Tuesday

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 12 days ago

    Injured Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid will have a second surgery on his right foot Tuesday and is expected to miss the upcoming season, sources told Yahoo Sports.

    The No. 3 overall selection in the 2014 NBA draft missed his entire rookie season after having surgery in June 2014 to repair a stress fracture in the foot.

    Embiid, 21, is expected to have a bone graft procedure similar to the foot surgery of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant. The Sixers announced in July that Embiid needed a second surgery after a routine CT scan in June revealed less healing than anticipated.

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    Embiid last played with the University of Kansas during the 2013-14 season. Assuming the surgery goes well, the 7-foot, 250-pounder is expected to be ready for training camp for the 2016-17 season. Philadelphia has three other healthy centers on its roster in rookie Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel and Henry Sims.


  • Source: Tayshaun Prince agrees to one-year deal with Timberwolves

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 14 days ago

    The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to sign forward Tayshaun Prince to a one-year deal paying the veteran's minimum of at least $1.4 million, a source told Yahoo Sports.

    Prince is a 13-year NBA veteran who has averaged 11.8 points and 4.5 rebounds during his career that included a 2004 NBA Finals championship with the Detroit Pistons. Along with veteran Kevin Garnett, Prince, 35, will add a veteran presence to a very young Timberwolves squad that includes the top pick in each of the past three drafts: power forward Anthony Bennett (2013), small forward Andrew Wiggins (2014) and center Karl-Anthony Towns (2015).

    Prince bounced around last season, spending time with the Pistons, Boston Celtics and Memphis Grizzlies.

  • NBA's top 10 games for the 2015-16 season

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 14 days ago

    The 2015-16 NBA season won't lack for entertaining storylines. After the league released its schedule on Wednesday, here's an early look at 10 of the season's most intriguing games.

    10. DeMarcus Cousins and George Karl open their season in Sacramento, Oct. 28 The Sacramento Kings made headlines during the offseason with their power struggle between All-Star center Cousins and Coach Karl. Karl wanted Cousins traded, prompting Cousins to voice his displeasure on his Twitter account. Kings fans will vocalize their loyalty or disdain for both during introductions in the team's season opener against the Los Angeles Clippers.

    9. Kristaps Porzingis debuts at the Garden, Oct. 29: New York Knicks fans strongly booed Porzingis when he was selected with the fourth overall pick in this year's draft. Porzingis, however, showed flashes of greatness for the future during summer league. Will Knicks fans cheer or boo the rookie during his Madison Square Garden debut against the Atlanta Hawks?

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  • Q&A: Kobe Bryant talks retirement, playoffs and life after basketball

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 23 days ago

    Kobe Bryant says this absolutely could be his last NBA season, but the Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar says he has not made a final decision.

    Bryant, 36, told Yahoo Sports in a phone interview on Tuesday during a business trip to China that he won’t decide whether he will retire until after the upcoming NBA season.

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    Coming off another season cut short because of injury – a torn rotator cuff – the 17-time All-Star covered a variety of topics in a Q&A with Yahoo Sports.

    Q: Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has hinted that next season can be your last. Could it be?

    Kobe: “We haven’t set anything in stone and I’ve talked about it before. But could this be the last [season]? Absolutely. It’s tough to decide. It’s really tough to make those types of decisions. Players I have spoken to say, ‘Kobe you will know.’

    Q: Would you want a farewell tour?

    Kobe: “It’s hard to do that type of stuff because I don’t know if I’m going to retire or not. It’s not a swan song when it all has not been written.”

  • Jerry Colangelo talks Team USA, LeBron and post-Coach K era

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 28 days ago

    CARMEL, Calif. – With Clint Eastwood’s mammoth mansion looming far in the background, USA Basketball executive director Jerry Colangelo on Wednesday took some time at Tehama Golf Club to discuss his future and the state of Team USA, among a variety of topics.

    The following is a Q&A with the 75-year-old Colangelo, who remains as passionate as ever about his commitment to USA Basketball.

    Q: Do you expect LeBron James to be playing for USA in the Olympics next year?

    Colangelo: He is one of the greatest players of all time. If he wants to be on the team, how is he not going to be on the team? It’s really not my call. It’s really his call. If that is still important to him and what he wants to do, I truly believe that’s what he wants, than he will be there.

    Q: Has James said he will be playing in the 2016 Rio Olympics?

    Colangelo: I think he is intent on wanting to play for USA Basketball and be in the Olympics next year.

    Q: What will it mean to see George playing at the first mini-camp practice?

    Q: How do you reflect on Kevin Durant and Kevin Love making a big public commitment to play on the 2014 World Cup team and then reneging on it?

    Q: Do you already have a next coach in mind?


  • How NBA champ Festus Ezeli fell into basketball after emigrating from Nigeria at 14

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 29 days ago

    Festus Ezeli departed from Nigeria in July 2004 as a nervous 14-year-old who stood 6-foot-6 and dreamed of becoming a doctor. While there is no medical degree 11 years later, the Golden State Warriors' center on Wednesday returned to Africa five inches taller and an NBA champion after living a real-life fairy tale.

    "I've been beyond lucky, blessed or whatever it is," Ezeli told Yahoo Sports. "I've had people come into my life that I never expected. I've had people come and support me that I never expected. They all are a part of my journey…

    "Nothing is impossible. You just have to be able to dream big and work hard for it."

    Ezeli is returning to Africa to play in the first-ever NBA Africa Game, an exhibition on Saturday in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Nigeria native will be playing for the Africa Team coached by the San Antonio Spurs' Gregg Popovich with teammates such as Luol Deng and Giannis Antetokounmpo. The World Team roster includes All-Stars Chris Paul, Marc Gasol and Pau Gasol.

    "It was painful to let him go, but we knew it was for his own best interest," Patricia Ada Ezeli said.


  • Chris Copeland goes from harrowing incident to stint with Facebook

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 1 mth ago

    SAN FRANCISCO – Nearly five months after a life-threatening stabbing incident, forward Chris Copeland says all is well now.

    And realizing how precious life is, he is making the most of it.

    Copeland was in the Bay Area this week taking part in a short externship with Facebook. He is developing his own app ideas and has been working with Facebook engineers, a project that was set up by NBA senior director of player development Kate Skidmore.

    “Just walking around campus and seeing how Facebook is run, it was seriously an honor to be there,” Copeland told Yahoo Sports on Thursday night in his first interview since the April 8 incident in New York. “Facebook is one of the top businesses, companies, apps in existence. For me to be a part of their culture, even for a little while, and really learn from the people there is priceless for me.”

    It was an opportunity Copeland almost didn’t get.

    Copeland underwent surgery for injuries to his left elbow and abdomen, and apologized for being involved in the incident in a statement afterward. The experience has given him a new appreciation for all he has.

    Copeland said he was inspired by the teamwork and camaraderie that he witnessed at Facebook.


  • Nuggets president Josh Kroenke details team’s troubled relationship with Ty Lawson

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 1 mth ago

    Denver Nuggets president Josh Kroenke provided some interesting insight into the team’s troubled relationship with Ty Lawson, but emphasized the organization is rooting for the recently traded point guard to succeed.

    Lawson was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol on July 14, his second arrest for the same charge in the last six months, and the Nuggets traded him to the Houston Rockets five days later. He is currently attending a 30-day residential rehabilitation program.

    Kroenke told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday in a phone interview that the Nuggets had been privately trying to help Lawson with his issues for “the past couple of years” and that there had been problems for a long time.

    Kroenke said he had repeated conversations with Lawson about his “life struggles,” adding that Lawson often said he would attempt to fix his issues but he could “never fully shake them.”

    “He always had an affinity for burning the candle at both ends,” Kroenke said. “We want to give our players freedom to be young guys as well. We’re not going to be drill sergeants. But we want our guys to be able to handle their personal lives on their own.