Marc J. Spears
- Marc J Spears at Yahoo Sports1 day ago
The San Francisco Pro-Am has allowed fans and families to watch NBA players compete for free every summer during the past 34 years. Golden State Warriors assistant coach Brian Scalabrine hopes to change NBA rules so he can play, too.
Scalabrine would like to play in the San Francisco Pro-Am next summer, but NBA rules state that coaches and front-office personnel cannot have contact with draft ineligible players. Draft ineligible players include participating college and high school players. It will be tough for Scalabrine to get the long-standing rule changed, but he plans to petition the NBA anyway, a league source said.
Scalabrine, like all Warriors assistant coaches, is not allowed to speak to the media.
"It would be good for the league to have someone like him," said Al Gordon, who is coach of San Francisco Pro-Am's Bay Pride. "The Pro-Am is not about people coming in trying to recruit. It's about the fans and family coming in getting to watch good basketball for free, up close and personal.
"It would be a bonus. I'd absolutely want him on my team."
- Marc J Spears at Yahoo Sports2 days ago
1. Indiana Pacers (16-1; last week's ranking: 1): After a huge statement win at the Clippers on Sunday, Indiana owns the fifth-best start with one loss in NBA history. The 1969-70 New York Knicks opened at 23-1.
2. Miami Heat (14-3; last week's ranking: 3): Miami has the NBA's longest active winning streak at 10 games. Chicago hosts the Heat on Thursday and has played them tough before without Derrick Rose.
3. Portland Trail Blazers (14-3; last week's ranking: 4): Is Portland for real? The Blazers' next two home games against Indiana and Oklahoma City should say something. Portland is 6-1 at home.
4. San Antonio Spurs (14-3; last week's ranking: 2): Tim Duncan went 19 straight games (dating to last season) without reaching 20 points until he scored 20 in a loss to Houston on Saturday.
5. Oklahoma City Thunder (12-3; last week's ranking: 5): Oklahoma City has won seven straight games and is 9-0 at home. The Thunder's next home game is against Indiana on Sunday.
6. Houston Rockets (13-5; last week's ranking: 7): The Rockets earned a big confidence-building win when they handed San Antonio its first home loss of the season on Saturday.
- Yahoo Sports5 days ago
OAKLAND, Calif. – LaMarcus Aldridge was the last Portland Trail Blazers player to leave the floor after the team's tough win over the Golden State Warriors last week. He arrived at the locker room to find two of his teammates – Maurice Williams and Wesley Matthews, both of whom had been ejected for a skirmish with the Warriors – waiting outside to congratulate him for the victory.
"We did this for ya'll," Aldridge told them.
In previous seasons, Aldridge might not have said anything to his teammates. Leadership was rarely a priority for him. This season, he's made it one, and the Trail Blazers credit it as one of the reasons for their surprisingly strong start.
"Two years ago, I forced it. Last year, I forced it," Aldridge said. "But now it's become more natural. This year I've talked more than I have in [any] year."
Aldridge has kept to himself for years, relying on a tight circle that includes only his mother, brother and Dallas Seagoville High School coach Robert Allen. Even before he joined the NBA, Aldridge trusted few people, believing too many had an angle to work with him.
- Marc J Spears at Yahoo Sports7 days ago
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – It was less than four years ago that Josh Howard earned $10 million for the NBA season. He was playing for the Washington Wizards in the third season of a four-year, $40 million extension the Dallas Mavericks had given him. A former All-Star, the 2003 ACC Player of the Year at Wake Forest, and still just 30 years old, Howard appeared to have a handful of productive NBA seasons still ahead of him.
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Then he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Two years later, he suffered a meniscus tear in the same knee. Nine months after that, he tore the ACL in his right knee.
All of which helps explain why Howard is currently playing for the Austin Toros in the NBA's Development League, making $25,000 for the season.
"Beggars can't be choosy is what my grandma said," Howard told Yahoo Sports. "I'm just happy to be out there playing.
- Marc J Spears at Yahoo Sports8 days ago
The Minnesota Timberwolves have reached an agreement to trade Derrick Williams to the Sacramento Kings for Luc Mbah a Moute with the deal contingent on Mbah a Moute passing a physical, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Mbah a Moute has had knee issues since the preseason.
The T'wolves have been eager to move Williams, who was the No. 2 pick in the 2011 NBA draft. He is averaging 4.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in 11 games this season.
- Marc J Spears at Yahoo Sports9 days ago
1. Indiana Pacers (12-1; last week's ranking: 1): Pacers have won three straight and have a big road test on Sunday against the Los Angeles Clippers. Danny Granger still hasn't played.
2. San Antonio Spurs (12-1; last week's ranking: 2): The Spurs, winners of 10 straight, face a tough challenge Wednesday at Oklahoma City.
3. Miami Heat (10-3; last week's ranking: 3): LeBron James returns to Cleveland to face his old coach and team on Wednesday. The James' free-agency rumor mill will be abuzz.
4. Portland Trail Blazers (12-2; last week's ranking: 6): The Blazers grew closer when they immediately came to the aid of Joel Freeland in a skirmish and comeback win against the Warriors.
5. Oklahoma City Thunder (9-3; last week's ranking: 8): The Thunder opened the season 6-0 at home, but San Antonio comes to town on Wednesday and Golden State visits on Friday.
6. Los Angeles Clippers (10-5; last week's ranking: 4): Chris Paul has had at least 15 assists four times this season and reached double-digits in assists in all but one game – Saturday's win over Sacramento when he finished with nine.
- Marc J Spears at Yahoo Sports13 days ago
Their time apart lasted an NBA season and a half in their nearly 24 years of life. But even that short chapter seemed like an eternity for identical twins Markieff and Marcus Morris. Now reunited with the Phoenix Suns, they are on a united mission to remain teammates the rest of their NBA careers.
"We vowed that we work so hard that it will never happen again," Markieff Morris said. "You never know how it will happen or how it's going to go. We are cherishing this time."
The Morris twins were born in Philadelphia on Sept. 2, 1989. Their bond grew tight from the start as their mother impressed on them to always stay united. After their family home burned down in high school, they slept in two twin beds pushed together in their grandparents' basement.
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- Marc J Spears at Yahoo Sports16 days ago
Basketball Hall of Famer Earl Lloyd, the NBA's first African-American player, suffered several health scares over the past two years that nearly took his life, he told Yahoo Sports.
Lloyd, 85, was in the hospital with a bleeding ulcer in the spring of 2012 when he suffered a stroke. He suffered a second stroke in April of this year and had a pacemaker replaced in August.
"There are not a lot of aftereffects, but it will never be the same," Lloyd said.
Charlita Lloyd said her husband "felt like a new person" after his pacemaker was replaced. Earl Lloyd has recovered from all the health issues, but has lost significant weight. Being in good shape and never indulging in alcohol or drugs helped Lloyd's recovery, his wife said.
"It was a miracle for him to survive," Charlita Lloyd said. "To see it happen was horrible. It's been a challenge the last two years, but Earl is a positive person. The glass is always half full for him. He's never sad. Never drooping."
- Marc J Spears at Yahoo Sports16 days ago
1. Indiana Pacers (9-1; last week's ranking: 1): The Pacers tied the franchise record with a 9-0 start before losing to Chicago on Saturday. Danny Granger is expected to soon return.
2. San Antonio Spurs (9-1; last week's ranking: 2): The Spurs have won seven straight and are 4-0 at home. Tim Duncan is averaging career-lows of 12 points and 39.4 percent shooting.
3. Miami Heat (7-3; last week's ranking: 5): The Heat finally look like they're back to their winning ways with a three-game streak. LeBron James has averaged 34 points during the three straight wins.
4. Los Angeles Clippers (7-3; last week's ranking: 7): The Clippers have won four straight. Blake Griffin is quieting naysayers with a double-double average of 22.9 points and 10.9 rebounds.
5. Golden State Warriors (7-3; last week's ranking: 8): The Warriors have won three straight games. The Warriors are running low on healthy players.
6. Portland Trail Blazers (8-2; last week's ranking: 11): The surprising Blazers have won six straight. Damian Lillard faces the Bulls' Derrick Rose for the first time Friday.
- Marc J Spears at Yahoo Sports17 days ago
Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce will feel a little nostalgic when they see their old coach Doc Rivers Saturday night. None of the three wear Celtic green any longer, but their close friendship – along with the memories of the 2008 championship they won together – have hardly faded.
For Pierce and Garnett, now first-year members of the Brooklyn Nets, this is the first time they'll face Rivers – now coach of the Los Angeles Clippers – since they all left Boston.
"It's going to be weird looking over to the sideline and not taking instruction from him," Pierce told Yahoo Sports. "He probably knows all of our strengths and weaknesses."
Pierce played under Rivers since 2004 when Rivers was hired as Celtics coach. The addition of Garnett and Ray Allen in 2007 further transformed the franchise, launching a stretch that saw Celtics win the '08 title and again reach the NBA Finals two years later.
"I really grew to the player I've become and really matured under him through good and bad," Pierce said. "Because of him, I'm the player I am."