Knicks Morning News (2014.05.30)

  • [New York Times] Ex-Microsoft CEO Ballmer Buys NBA’s LA Clippers for $2 Billion (Fri, 30 May 2014 08:30:31 GMT)

    Former Microsoft Corp CEO Steve Ballmer has purchased the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers franchise for $2 billion, a record for a professional basketball team, sole trustee Shelly Sterling announced on Friday.

  • [New York Times] Will Game 6 Be a Bounce-Back for LeBron James? (Fri, 30 May 2014 07:24:39 GMT)

    There’s one area where the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat agree.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Rout Thunder to Take 3-2 Lead in West Finals (Fri, 30 May 2014 07:21:44 GMT)

    San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich stared blankly at a reporter, dumbfounded as he often is when dealing the media.

  • [New York Times] Spurs 117, Thunder 89: Spurs Take Another Step Toward Redemption (Fri, 30 May 2014 06:07:21 GMT)

    San Antonio regrouped from two convincing defeats to take a 3-2 series lead against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference finals.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Basketball: Curry Disagrees With Jackson Firing (Fri, 30 May 2014 05:09:10 GMT)

    In his first extended public comments since Mark Jackson was fired as the Golden State coach, Stephen Curry said that he disagreed with the decision.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Rout Thunder to Take 3-2 Lead in West Finals (Fri, 30 May 2014 05:00:39 GMT)

    Back at home, this blowout went to the San Antonio Spurs.

  • [New York Times] Spurs Silence Thunder to Lead Series 3-2 (Fri, 30 May 2014 04:57:31 GMT)

    Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw were electric off the bench as the San Antonio Spurs routed the Oklahoma City Thunder 117-89 in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals on Thursday to move one win away from a berth in the NBA Finals.

  • [New York Times] Bob Houbregs, Basketball Hall of Fame Member, Dies at 82 (Fri, 30 May 2014 02:06:46 GMT)

    Mr. Houbregs led the University of Washington to its only N.C.A.A. Final Four berth, in 1953.

  • [New York Times] Steve Ballmer Said to Sign $2 Billion Deal to Buy Clippers (Fri, 30 May 2014 02:06:37 GMT)

    Rochelle Sterling agreed Thursday night to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer, the former chief executive of Microsoft, for $2 billion, which would be the largest price ever for an N.B.A. franchise.

  • [New York Times] Ballmer Emerges as Front-Runner to Buy Clippers (Fri, 30 May 2014 01:12:58 GMT)

    Rochelle Sterling was negotiating Thursday night to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer, the former chief executive of Microsoft, with a report that he had submitted a bid of $2 billion.

  • [New York Times] Ex-Microsoft CEO Ballmer to Buy NBA’s LA Clippers for $2 Billion: Source (Fri, 30 May 2014 01:12:35 GMT)

    Former Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer won the bidding war for the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers franchise with a $2 billion offer, a record for a professional basketball team, a source with knowledge of the bidding said on Thursday.

  • [New York Times] Pacers’ Stephenson Gets in James’s Ear, but Not in His Head (Fri, 30 May 2014 00:48:26 GMT)

    Indiana stayed alive by winning Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals as Miami’s LeBron James was limited to 7 points.

  • Knicks Morning News (2014.05.29)

  • [New York Times] Pacers Keep Hope Alive With 93-90 Win Over Heat (Thu, 29 May 2014 07:24:43 GMT)

    Paul George and the Pacers got one win Wednesday night.

  • [New York Times] Pacers Stay Alive With 93-90 Game 5 Win Over Heat (Thu, 29 May 2014 04:52:41 GMT)

    Paul George went into desperation mode to salvage the Pacers’ season.

  • [New York Times] Pacers Cool Heat to Stave Off Playoff Elimination (Thu, 29 May 2014 04:52:34 GMT)

    The Indiana Pacers, with Paul George spectacularly leading the way, staved off playoff elimination with a pulsating 93-90 victory over the NBA champion Miami Heat in Game Five of the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday.

  • [New York Times] Pacers 93, Heat 90: With Foul-Plagued James Forced to Sit, the Pacers Remain Standing (Thu, 29 May 2014 04:43:52 GMT)

    Paul George scored 37 points to lead Indiana to victory in Game 5 as LeBron James, who played just 24 minutes, had only 7 points.

  • [New York Times] Clippers Draw Some High-Profile Offers (Thu, 29 May 2014 02:42:48 GMT)

    Although there was no confirmation of the number of bidding groups, a person involved in the proposed sale said that Rochelle Sterling hopes to choose a buyer over the weekend.

  • [New York Times] Scott Brooks’s Combativeness Is Reflected by Thunder (Thu, 29 May 2014 01:27:57 GMT)

    The Thunder’s Scott Brooks used his competitiveness to forge a 10-year playing career in the N.B.A. and achieve success as coach of one of the league’s top teams.

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: Knicks’ New President Could Look to Pat Riley’s Success With the Heat (Thu, 29 May 2014 00:26:33 GMT)

    The Knicks’ president, Phil Jackson, is following a road taken by the Heat president, Pat Riley. The question is whether he’ll have the same freedom.

  • Knicks Morning News (2014.05.28)

  • [New York Times] Westbrook Scores 40, Thunder Tie Series at 2-2 (Wed, 28 May 2014 07:58:37 GMT)

    Russell Westbrook is picking up where Kevin Durant left off.

  • [New York Times] Thunder Rumble Past Spurs to Level Series (Wed, 28 May 2014 05:22:34 GMT)

    The Oklahoma City Thunder, superbly led by inspirational All-Stars Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant on their home court, outplayed the San Antonio Spurs 105-92 in Game Four of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday.

  • [New York Times] Westbrook Scores 40, Thunder Tie Series at 2-2 (Wed, 28 May 2014 05:10:41 GMT)

    While accepting the award for himself, Kevin Durant called Russell Westbrook an MVP-caliber player.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Grizzlies Retain Joerger (Wed, 28 May 2014 04:36:17 GMT)

    Grizzlies Coach Dave Joerger has signed a contract extension to remain in Memphis after speaking to the Minnesota Timberwolves about their vacancy.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing | Pro Basketball: Ankle Surgery for Nets’ Williams (Wed, 28 May 2014 04:34:20 GMT)

    Deron Williams, the team’s point guard, had arthroscopic surgery to remove spurs from the front and back of his left ankle.

  • [New York Times] Sterling Says NBA Ban, Forced Sale Is Illegal: LA Times (Wed, 28 May 2014 04:28:32 GMT)

    Donald Sterling, banned from owning a pro basketball team for inflammatory remarks he made about African Americans, called the National Basketball Association’s action illegal because it was based on a “lover’s quarrel” that was “illegally recorded.”

  • [New York Times] Thunder 105, Spurs 92: A Fiery Duncan Cannot Rescue the Spurs (Wed, 28 May 2014 04:21:37 GMT)

    Tim Duncan was clearly irked at the criticism that Coach Gregg Popovich leveled at his team, and his demeanor did not improve Tuesday when the Spurs lost to Oklahoma City.

  • [New York Times] Steve Ballmer Is Said to Be Among Clippers’ Suitors (Wed, 28 May 2014 03:57:20 GMT)

    Rochelle Sterling, who owns the Los Angeles Clippers with her husband, Donald, through a trust, is said to have met with a former Microsoft executive and others about their interest in buying the team.

  • [New York Times] Thunder Rumble Past Spurs to Level Series (Wed, 28 May 2014 03:49:34 GMT)

    The Oklahoma City Thunder, superbly led by inspirational All-Stars Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant on their home court, outplayed the San Antonio Spurs 105-92 in Game Four of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday.

  • [New York Times] Sterling Says NBA Ban, Forced Sale Is Illegal-LA Times (Wed, 28 May 2014 03:10:33 GMT)

    Donald Sterling, banned from owning a pro basketball team for inflammatory remarks he made about African Americans, called the National Basketball Association’s action illegal because it was based on a “lover’s quarrel” that was “illegally recorded.”

  • [New York Times] Against Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers’ Confidence Is Questioned (Wed, 28 May 2014 02:12:23 GMT)

    Trailing the Heat, 3-1, in the Eastern Conference finals, the once confident Pacers looked to extend the series at home.

  • [New York Times] Eyes on Stats, Players Hire Help to Crunch Them (Wed, 28 May 2014 00:54:35 GMT)

    Justin Zormelo, a 30-year-old Georgetown graduate, has become the private guide for players looking to work their way through advanced analytics.

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks great King sells HOF bling (Wed, 28 May 2014 01:58:43 GMT)

    Bernard King is showing that money trumps nostalgia. King had to wait his turn before he was welcomed into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame last year. Now, the Brooklyn product and former Knicks great is wasting little time profiting from the honor.

  • Knicks Morning News (2014.05.27)

  • [New York Times] George Cries Foul After Heat Take Game 4, 102-90 (Tue, 27 May 2014 07:16:52 GMT)

    The stat sheet from Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals told quite a story. It said Miami never trailed, that Indiana’s All-Star center failed to contribute a single point, that the night’s two leading scorers were wearing Heat uniforms and that the Pacers committed twice as many turnovers as they forced.

  • [New York Times] Heat 102, Pacers 90: With ‘Turnovers for Touchdowns,’ James and the Heat Take Command (Tue, 27 May 2014 04:12:32 GMT)

    Behind a dominating, 32-point performance by LeBron James in Miami on Monday, the Heat took a 3-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals against the Pacers.

  • [New York Times] Heat Take Command of East Finals, 102-90 (Tue, 27 May 2014 03:58:43 GMT)

    Chris Bosh got them started. LeBron James took over in the second half.

  • [New York Times] LeBron on Fire as Heat Go 3-1 Up Over Pacers (Tue, 27 May 2014 03:22:33 GMT)

    LeBron James produced a blistering 14-point third quarter as the Miami Heat took a commanding 3-1 lead over the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference finals with a 102-90 win.

  • [New York Times] Bill Clears Way for Blatche to Play for the Philippines (Tue, 27 May 2014 02:00:58 GMT)

    Andray Blatche, who has no Filipino roots, answered an invitation seeking N.B.A. players willing to represent the country in the FIBA World Cup in August and September.

  • [New York Times] Ibaka Has Overcome More Than Mere Injuries (Tue, 27 May 2014 01:40:34 GMT)

    Serge Ibaka, who returned from what appeared to be a season-ending calf problem to help the Thunder get back into their Western Conference finals matchup against the Spurs, has demonstrated his determination before.

  • Knicks Morning News (2014.05.26)

  • [New York Times] Wade Looking Like the Wade of Old in East Finals (Mon, 26 May 2014 07:58:45 GMT)

    This is why Dwyane Wade rested.

  • [New York Times] Ibaka, Thunder Top Spurs 106-97, Cut Lead to 2-1 (Mon, 26 May 2014 07:31:46 GMT)

    Serge Ibaka knew playing on his injured leg would be painful.

  • [New York Times] Thunder Strikes Back to Narrow Spurs Deficit (Mon, 26 May 2014 04:52:32 GMT)

    The Oklahoma City Thunder, buoyed by the return of Serge Ibaka from injury, recovered from two demoralizing road losses to beat the San Antonio Spurs 106-97 in Game Three of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing: Joerger Staying Put as Grizzlies’ Coach (Mon, 26 May 2014 04:46:41 GMT)

    Dave Joerger decided to remain as the coach of the Memphis Grizzlies a day after meeting with the Minnesota Timberwolves about their head coaching vacancy, his agent, Warren LeGarie, said.

  • [New York Times] Thunder Beat Spurs 106-97, Cut Deficit to 2-1 (Mon, 26 May 2014 04:19:41 GMT)

    Serge Ibaka pointed to the sky, soaking in the cheers from the adoring home crowd moments before coming out of a game that just a few days earlier, he never imagined he could play.

  • [New York Times] Thunder 106, Spurs 97: With Ibaka Back in Lineup, Thunder Cut the Spurs’ Lead to a Game (Mon, 26 May 2014 04:18:44 GMT)

    After missing the first two games of the Western Conference finals with a calf injury that was expected to end his season, Serge Ibaka returned and helped Oklahoma City to its first win.

  • [New York Times] Thunder Beat Spurs in Game Three of Western Conference Finals (Mon, 26 May 2014 03:49:36 GMT)

    The Oklahoma City Thunder, buoyed by the return of Serge Ibaka from injury, bounced back from two demoralizing losses to beat the San Antonio Spurs 106-97 in Game Three of the Western Conference finals on Sunday.

  • [New York Times] Revered in N.B.A., Spurs’ Leader Remembers His California Ties (Mon, 26 May 2014 01:43:42 GMT)

    After four N.B.A. titles and three Coach of the Year awards, the Spurs’ Gregg Popovich maintains a bond with a tiny college conference.

  • [New York Times] Heat Rely on Cumulative Experience in the Fourth Quarters (Mon, 26 May 2014 01:00:33 GMT)

    Prevailing down the stretch has become a trademark for Miami, particularly in the playoffs.

  • [New York Times] Spurning Minnesota, Dave Joerger Says He Will Stay in Memphis (Mon, 26 May 2014 00:02:08 GMT)

    Dave Joerger watched Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera fire two of the team’s top basketball executives after a 50-win season and had a sinking feeling that he was next.

  • Knicks Morning News (2014.05.25)

  • [New York Daily News] End Zone: Jackson a born leader going back to his H.S. days in Brooklyn (Sun, 25 May 2014 06:03:28 GMT)

    It started on a spring night with the 1987 NBA draft, when the Knicks called his name with the 18th pick and the fans in the old Felt Forum rose to their feet, delirious that New York’s own Mark Jackson — out of St. Albans, Bishop Loughlin and St. John’s — was not going out of town, only switching boroughs.

  • [New York Times] Heat Recover to Take 2-1 Lead Over Pacers in East Final (Sun, 25 May 2014 05:04:33 GMT)

    The Miami Heat took a 2-1 lead over the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference finals after coming back from 15 points down in the second quarter to win 99-87 on Saturday.

  • [New York Times] Heat 99, Pacers 87: Heat Show Glimpse of Their Best, and the Pacers Can Only Watch (Sun, 25 May 2014 04:41:40 GMT)

    After a sluggish start, Miami pulled away with a dominant second half to beat Indiana and take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

  • [New York Times] AP Sources: T-Wolves Want Joerger as Coach (Sun, 25 May 2014 04:04:43 GMT)

    The Minnesota Timberwolves have decided they want to bring Dave Joerger home to be their coach. Now all that stands in the way is agreeing on a contract and any possible compensation with the Memphis Grizzlies.

  • [New York Times] Heat Rally Late, Beat Pacers 99-87 in Game 3 (Sun, 25 May 2014 03:55:38 GMT)

    Down by 15 early, the Miami Heat could have hit the panic button.

  • [New York Times] Heat Rally Late, Beat Pacers 99-87 in Game 3 (Sun, 25 May 2014 03:37:40 GMT)

    LeBron James scored 26 points and Dwyane Wade added 23 as the Miami Heat shook off a horrid start to beat the Indiana Pacers 99-87 on Saturday in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.

  • [New York Times] Heat Recover to Take 2-1 Lead Over Pacers in East Final (Sun, 25 May 2014 03:25:33 GMT)

    The Miami Heat took a 2-1 lead over the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference finals after coming back from 15 points down in the second quarter to win 99-87 on Saturday.

  • Knicks Morning News (2014.05.24)

  • [New York Newsday] Rick Fox thinks Phil Jackson should coach Knicks, but he'd do it if asked (Sat, 24 May 2014 00:56:00 EDT)

    Rick Fox thinks Phil Jackson should coach the Knicks. But Fox also said he would coach them if the Knicks' president asked him to do it.

  • [New York Times] Sports Briefing: Pacers’ Paul George Cleared to Play in Game 3 (Sat, 24 May 2014 04:41:34 GMT)

    The Indiana Pacers’ Paul George, recovering from a concussion, was cleared on Friday to play in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Saturday.

  • [New York Times] In Twist, Sterling May Allow His Wife to Sell the Clippers (Sat, 24 May 2014 00:26:49 GMT)

    Rochelle Sterling would negotiate a sale of the Los Angeles Clippers in an effort to avoid a protracted battle with the N.B.A., according to a person close to the discussions.