Marc J. Spears

  • Blazers guard Damian Lillard leads list of All-Star snubs

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 7 hrs ago

    Damian Lillard scored a career-high 43 points in a road win against the San Antonio Spurs this season. The Portland Trail Blazers guard also is averaging 21.8 points, 6.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds playing alongside All-Star reserve LaMarcus Aldridge as the Blazers are tied for the Western Conference’s third-best record at 32-14.

    But that wasn’t enough to get Lillard to New York for the Feb. 15 All-Star Game as he was one of the most notable snubs after the All-Star reserves were announced Thursday.

    When contacted via text about not making the All-Star team, Lillard told Yahoo Sports: “No comment.”

    The guards the Western Conference coaches selected as reserves were the Houston Rockets’ James Harden, the Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook and the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul. The starting All-Star guards in the West, voted in by the fans, were Golden State’s Stephen Curry and the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, who will miss the game after undergoing shoulder surgery this week.

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  • Why Derrick Rose’s return to All-Star glory may have to wait

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 1 day ago

    SAN FRANCISCO – Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose would love for his 2-year-old son to watch him play in the NBA All-Star Game next month in New York, but he realizes that might not happen.

    It wasn’t that long ago that being an All-Star starter was a given for Rose, the NBA’s 2011 Most Valuable Player. The three-time All-Star, however, hasn’t played in the game since 2012 after being sidelined for most of the past two seasons because of a knee injury. And with strong competition not only in the Eastern Conference but on his own team, it’s a real possibility that Rose won’t make the team this year.

    “It would mean a lot to make it,” Rose told Yahoo Sports after the Bulls’ shootaround Tuesday. “It shows what you have done for that year. It’s a great accolade and it’s great on your résumé. I know it would be great for not only myself, but for my family for them to come there.

    “This is the first year my son [Derrick Rose Jr.] would be available to come. It would be great in that way in terms of it being family-oriented.”

    Rose does have an All-Star case after being limited to 49 games the previous two seasons.

    Thibodeau said he was “hopeful” the Bulls would get three All-Stars.

  • Source: Spurs not re-signing JaMychal Green

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 2 days ago

    The San Antonio Spurs have decided not to sign forward JaMychal Green to a second 10-day contract, a source told Yahoo Sports.

    Green, 24, averaged two points and 1.5 rebounds in four games with the Spurs. The 6-foot-8, 240-pounder could return to the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League if an NBA team doesn’t sign him to a 10-day contract by the weekend. The Memphis Grizzlies, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, Milwaukee Bucks and Portland Trail Blazers have shown interest in Green, a source told Yahoo.

    Green averaged 23 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists this season for Austin. Various teams expressed interest in signing him before he joined San Antonio. Green also took part in the Spurs’ training camp before being waived Oct. 22.

     

  • NBA Power Rankings: LeBron James and the Cavs make their move

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 3 days ago

    1. Atlanta Hawks (Record: 37-8; last week: 1): Atlanta has won 16 straight games overall and 11 in a row over the West. The Hawks are 7 games in front in the East.

    2. Golden State Warriors (Record: 36-6; last week: 2): As the West's All-Star coach, Steve Kerr will have the option of making Klay Thompson the replacement starter for Kobe Bryant – provided Thompson is officially named to the All-Star team later this week.

    3. Memphis Grizzlies (Record: 31-12; last week: 3): Mike Conley is more than deserving to be an All-Star, but he could get squeezed out with so many West guards playing well.

    4. Houston Rockets (Record: 31-14; last week: 5): Josh Smith returns to Detroit on Saturday to play the Pistons for the first time since they waived him last month.

    5. Los Angeles Clippers (Record: 30-14; last week: 7): The Clippers still have interest in free agent guard Nate Robinson, but are exploring other deals first, a source said.

    6. Portland Trail Blazers (Record: 32-13; last week: 3): Robin Lopez could return later this week after being out since Dec. 15 with a broken right hand, a source told Yahoo.

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  • Top NBA All-Star reserve candidates

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 7 days ago

    OAKLAND, Calif. – The Golden State Warriors had been nervous about Klay Thompson being on the bubble for his first-ever All-Star selection because of a long list of elite Western Conference guards. That list became shorter Thursday after the Los Angeles Lakers learned Thursday Kobe Bryant has suffered a rotator cuff injury that could end his season.

    The NBA announced Thursday night that Bryant was named a West All-Star starting guard alongside Golden State's Stephen Curry after the fans voted them in. An extra West roster spot will open if the injury keeps Bryant out of the All-Star Game on Feb. 16 in New York, as expected. That will likely give the Warriors their wish of getting two All-Star selections thanks to the team's NBA-best 34-6 record.

    "We deserve two," said Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who will coach the West All-Star team. "The whole of point of what we are doing is trying to win. We have the best record in the league. Steph is an automatic, but I don't know how you couldn't have two All-Stars from a team with that record.

    "I know there are a lot of great guards in the West. But winning needs to be a trump card in any tiebreaker."

  • Kobe Bryant has torn rotator cuff in right shoulder

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 7 days ago

    An MRI exam revealed that Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, the team announced Thursday.

    Bryant injured his shoulder during the Lakers’ 96-80 road loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night. He left the game with a sore right shoulder in the third quarter. He returned in the fourth and shot twice left-handed but was unable to finish the contest.

    Bryant left for Los Angeles on Thursday for further evaluation with team doctors.

    Bryant has averaged 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists this season in 35 games for the Lakers. The 19-year NBA veteran only played in six games last season due to knee and Achilles’ tendon injuries. He is expected to be voted in as a Western Conference All-Star starter Thursday, but would have to be replaced if he’s out with the injury.

    Spurs guard Patty Mills underwent surgery for a torn rotator cuff in July 2014 and returned to play for the team in December.

  • Source: Grizzlies sign Tyrus Thomas

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 9 days ago

    The Memphis Grizzlies have reached an agreement to sign D-League Iowa Energy forward Tyrus Thomas to a 10-day contract, a league source told Yahoo Sports.

    Thomas, who is returning to the NBA after nearly two years, worked out for the Grizzlies prior to signing with Iowa last week. The seven-year NBA veteran is averaging 14 points and 7.5 rebounds in 26.5 minutes off the bench in two games for Iowa. The Grizzlies recently had 10-day contract offers turned down by forward JaMychal Green and James Michael McAdoo, who signed with the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors, respectively.

    Thomas averaged 7.7 points and 4.8 rebounds during seven seasons with the Chicago Bulls and Charlotte Bobcats. The Bobcats, now the Hornets, exercised the amnesty provision on the final two years of his five-year, $40 million contract after the 2012-13 season.

    Thomas is making $9.3 million from the final year of his Bobcats contract and had a cyst removed from his spinal cord during surgery last March.

  • NBA Power Rankings: Are the Knicks the worst team ever?

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 11 days ago

    1. Atlanta Hawks (Record: 33-8; last week's rank: 2): The Hawks leapfrogged the Warriors to take over the No. 1 spot thanks to their 12-game winning streak and victories in 26 of their past 28 games.

    2. Golden State Warriors (Record: 32-6; last week's rank: 1): The Warriors are still winning at an elite level, but Atlanta made the margin of error so slim that one loss last week dropped Golden State.

    3. Memphis Grizzlies (Record: 29-11; last week's rank: 7): The Grizzlies will celebrate MLK Day by honoring ex-NBA players Earl Monroe, Chauncey Billups and Jason Collins.

    4. Portland Trail Blazers (Record: 30-11; last week's rank: 3): The Clippers, Memphis and San Antonio gave Portland a three-game losing streak. Is that reason not to believe in the Blazers as a legit power?

    5. Houston Rockets (Record: 28-13; last week's rank: 5): Terrence Jones is expected to return soon after being out since Nov. 3 with a leg injury. How will that affect Josh Smith and Donatas Montiejunas?

    6. Dallas Mavericks (Record: 28-13; last week's rank: 6): The Mavericks are 10-1 when Chandler Parsons scores more than 20 points.

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  • Sources: Spurs to sign D-League forward JaMychal Green

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 12 days ago

    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – JaMychal Green will sign a 10-day contract with the San Antonio Spurs after departing Friday from their affiliate team at the 2015 NBA D-League Showcase, sources told Yahoo Sports.

    San Antonio is waiving Austin Daye to clear a roster spot for Green, a league source told Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski. The Memphis Grizzlies, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers had expressed interest in signing the free-agent forward as well, a source said. Green, 24, is averaging 23 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists this season for the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League.

    The 6-foot-9, 220-pounder participated in the Spurs’ training camp, but was cut Oct. 22. Green, who played college basketball at Alabama, spent time in the off-season working with the Spurs' renowned shooting coach Chip Engelland.

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  • Tyrus Thomas makes D-League debut in attempt to return to NBA

    Marc J. Spears at Yahoo Sports 13 days ago

    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Nearly two years after his last NBA game, Tyrus Thomas hopes to return to the league. Not, he said, because he needs the money. He's just missed the game.

    Thomas returned to the court at the D-League Showcase on Friday in hopes of making his way back to the NBA. He is making $9.3 million this season from the final year of his amnestied contract with Charlotte.

    "The last two years I've just been miserable," Thomas told Yahoo Sports on Friday morning. "I hate when people say, 'You're getting paid, so it's cool.' No, it's not [expletive] cool. I'm [expletive] miserable sitting at home.

    "I'm not broke. I'm not desperate for money. When playing basketball is what you love to do and you physically can't do it and you still have that urge to do it, it's tough."

    He was traded to Charlotte on Feb. 18, 2010, and was re-signed to a five-year, $40 million contract on July 12, 2010. Charlotte amnestied Thomas after he averaged a career-low 4.8 points and 2.3 rebounds in 26 games during the 2012-13 season. He was also plagued by a calf injury and questions about his attitude.

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