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Undrafted Dylan Ennis drops 35 for Warriors in Vegas

em>By Kareem Copeland, Associated Press /em> Dylan Ennis went undrafted last month, but the Oregon product was the recipient of “MVP” chants from the crowd in Las Vegas on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). Ennis was nearly unstoppable as he scored 35 points during the Golden State Warriors’ 109-100 NBA Summer League victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. “Being undrafted, you take it personal,” Ennis told NBA TV. Teammates waved towels at the end of the game to cool down Ennis, whose career high at Oregon was 22 points. Ennis, who played for the Thunder in the Orlando Summer League before joining the Warriors in Las Vegas, poured in 23 points in 12 first-half minutes, including six of his eight 3-pointers. He previously had 21 points over five games in Las Vegas. “Just don’t think about it,” Ennis said. “It touches your hand, you put it up and the rim looks like the ocean. ... I’ll probably never hear [the ‘MVP’ chants] again in my career.” Ennis’ three-pointer with 1:11 remaining gave the Warriors a 105-97 lead that put the game away. Bryce Alford, undrafted out of UCLA, finished with 16 points. Jaron Johnson scored 18 for the Clippers while 2016 first-round pick Brice Johnson and Jawun Evans had 17 apiece. Teams still alive in tournament play had Friday (Saturday, PHL time) off. The quarterfinal round begins Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) with Portland playing San Antonio, Miami facing Memphis, Dallas against Boston and the Lakers meeting Brooklyn. In other action: strong>HAWKS 92, ROCKETS 86 /strong> Trent Lockett scored 17 points on 50 percent shooting, and Atlanta outscored Houston 34-22 in the fourth quarter to rally. Maryland product Diamond Stone and Bryce Cotton added 12 points apiece off the bench. The Rockets’ rookie from Georgetown, L.J. Peak, scored 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting off the bench. Chris Johnson chipped in 17 points, including five 3-pointers, as he tries to get back in the league after playing 147 NBA games from 2012-2016. He spent last season in what was then known as the NBA Development League. strong>TIMBERWOLVES 80, WIZARDS 73 /strong> Matt Costello blocked a would-be dunk by Michael Young with 59.9 seconds remaining to seal the Timberwolves’ comeback win over the Wizards. Costello, who was undrafted out of Michigan State in 2016 and played in the D-League, had a team-high 14 points and 11 rebounds. “Just trying to make winning plays,” Costello said on NBA TV. “That’s all it was. I know I’m not the best scorer in the world, so I have to make it up in other different areas.” Charles Cooke scored 13, Perry Ellis added 12 and Marcus Paige finished with 11 for Minnesota, which outscored Washington 41-22 in the second half. Danuel House led the Wizards with 13 points. Marcus Keene, a 5’9” guard from Central Michigan, added 12 off the bench. strong>JAZZ 97, BUCKS 76 /strong> Tony Bradley scored 19 points and the Jazz easily won the first game of the Las Vegas session after four straight losses. Bradley, Utah’s No. 28 overall pick from North Carolina, added eight rebounds and two blocks in his best game of the summer. James Southerland scored 16 for the Jazz. Donovan Mitchell, the No. 13 pick who has dazzled this summer, did not play. Stephen Zimmerman, Gary Payton II and Travis Trice II led the Bucks with 12 points each. The No. 17 overall pick from Michigan, D.J. Wilson, managed just eight points on 3-for-10 shooting. Thon Maker, last year’s No. 10 pick, sat out. strong>NUGGETS 96, PELICANS 91 /strong> The Pelicans (1-5) were held to just four points over the final 3:30 of a game that featured 15 lead changes. The Nuggets improved to 2-4. Denver second-round pick Monte Morris scored a team-high 17 points and six assists while last year’s first-rounder Malik Beasley and 2017 first-rounder Tyler Lydon did not play. North Florida undrafted guard Dallas Moore added 16 points in 19 minutes off the bench. Peter Jok (22 points) and Jalen Jones (21) carried the load for New Orleans as a pair of undrafted signees the last two years. James Young, the No. 17 overall pick in 2014, added 16. Last month’s No. 31 overall pick, Frank Jackson, did not play. strong>BULLS 99, 76ERS 82 /strong> Brady Heslip drained eight three-pointers en route to 28 points and a Bulls (2-3) victory. Chicago never trailed after the first quarter. Denzel Valentine, the 2016 No. 14 pick, had 21 points, six assists and five rebounds in the victory, and Ryan Arcidiacono totaled 16 points. Philadelphia (1-4) was without No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz, who was shut down with an ankle injury last week, but 2016 first-round pick Furkan Korkmaz shined with 22 points and eight rebounds. Korkmaz was 9-for-16 from the floor, including 4 for 9 from behind the arc. Melo Trimble scored 16 on 7-for-9 shooting for the Sixers. strong>KINGS 93, SUNS 87 /strong> Naz Mitrou-Long hit a three-pointer with 28.4 seconds left to give the Kings (2-3) a four-point lead, capping a fourth-quarter rally that brought Sacramento back after trailing since the first. Suns (2-4) guard Mike James missed multiple three-pointers down the stretch. The No. 15 overall pick Justin Jackson led the Kings with 29 points and Mitrou-Long finished with 21 points, six rebounds and five assists. James had 25 points, six rebounds and four assists in the loss while Davon Reed chipped in 17. The Suns held out their most marquee players — 2017 No. 4 pick Josh Jackson, 2016 No. 4 pick Dragan Bender and 2016 No. 8 pick Marquese Chriss. An ankle injury forced Chriss from their last game. The Kings No. 5 pick De’Aaron Fox did not play due to an ankle injury. The No. 20 pick Harry Giles, 2016 No. 6 pick Buddy Hield, 2016 No. 22 pick Malachi Richardson and former Kansas Jayhawk Frank Mason did not play. strong>CAVALIERS 78, RAPTORS 75, OT /strong> The Cavaliers (4-1) survived a Raptors fourth-quarter comeback and won in overtime thanks to Sir’Dominic Pointer’s layup in traffic with 35.6 seconds left to take a 77-75 lead. The Raptors (3-2) air-balled two three-pointers in the final seconds of overtime. Andrew White knocked down a three-pointer from atop the arc off an out-of-bounds play to tie the game at 73-73 and force the extra period. T.J. Williams led the Cavs with 21 points, and White added 18 points and six rebounds. “Our bond was really good today,” Williams said. “We made the right plays. I was looking for them and they were looking for me. And shots were falling.” Former North Carolina Tar Heel Kennedy Meeks put up Raptors highs with 18 points and nine rebounds. The 2016 No. 9 pick Jacob Poeltl and Fred VanVleet did not play for Toronto. The Cavaliers held out Kay Felder.   .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 15th, 2017Related News

Summer League in Las Vegas opens with Lonzo Ball struggling

LAS VEGAS (AP) — It took Lonzo Ball 20 seconds to get a near-capacity crowd off its feet in his first summer league game. There wasn’t much to cheer the rest of the game. Ball’s highly anticipated Los Angeles Lakers debut on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) started with a flourish on a perfectly timed lob pass to Brandon Ingram. But that was one of the few bright spots for a player Magic Johnson has dubbed as the new face of the Lakers in a 96-93 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. The No. 2 overall pick scored just five points and missed 13 of his 15 shots, to the disappointment of a near-capacity crowd that came out to see him. Ball was 1-for-11 from three-point range, including a bad miss from well beyond the line — the kind of daring pull-up the Ball family is known for — with 1:16 to play in regulation. Fellow top-five picks Josh Jackson and De’Aaron Fox had much better starts to their careers in the nightcap of the six-game slate on the campus of UNLV. The 24-team league runs through July 17 (July 18, PHL time). A look at the results: strong>CLIPPERS 96, LAKERS 93, OT /strong> Sindarius Thornwell, who led South Carolina to the Final Four, paced the Clippers with 26 points. Brice Johnson, limited to just three games as a rookie because of a back injury, shot 10 for 15 for 23 points. Brandon Ingram, the No. 2 pick a year ago, scored 26 points for the Lakers but sat out the overtime after landing awkwardly on a jumper that would have won it in regulation. strong>SUNS 89, KINGS 85 /strong> Marquese Chriss scored 19 points and Jackson, the No. 4 pick out of Kansas, finished with 18 points and eight rebounds. Dragan Bender, after a disappointing rookie season, shot 4-for-13 for 11 points. The speedy Fox, the No. 5 pick from Kentucky, had 18 points, five steals and four assists. Fellow rookie Justin Jackson of North Carolina also scored 18 points, while All-Rookie selection Buddy Hield had 16. strong>RAPTORS 96, PELICANS 93 /strong> Fred VanVleet made a tie-breaking three-point play with 4.5 seconds left in the opening game. Pascal Siakam led Toronto with 24 points, VanVleet added 18 points and nine assists, and undrafted rookie Kennedy Meeks of national champion North Carolina had 15 points and nine boards in 17 minutes. Cheick Diallo had 27 points and 10 rebounds for New Orleans and Quinn Cook scored 16 points. strong>CAVALIERS 82, BUCKS 53 /strong> Edy Tavares had 12 points and eight rebounds in Cleveland’s easy victory. Kay Felder, a backup point guard last season, scored 10 points but missed all six three-pointers and finished 2-for-11. Rashad Vaughn scored 12 points for the Bucks, who shot 30 percent. Thon Maker, preparing for his second season, shot 1-for-8 in 25 minutes. strong>ROCKETS 102, NUGGETS 99 /strong> Troy Williams scored 29 points and China’s Zhou Qi added 17 for Houston. The Rockets and Nuggets were two of the highest-scoring teams in the NBA last season and they piled up the points in their summer opener. Houston shot 50 percent. Malik Beasley led Denver with 29 points and Juan Hernangomez had 21. strong>NETS 75, HAWKS 72 /strong> Archie Goodwin and Isaiah Whitehead each scored 14 points and the Nets held on after blowing most of a 19-point lead in their opener. Caris LeVert finished with 12 points, including a dunk with six seconds left after Atlanta had closed within one point. DeAndre’ Bembry led Atlanta with 22 points but missed a three-pointer that would have tied it in the final second. Taurean Prince chipped in 14 points.   .....»»

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Hornets sign top pick Malik Monk

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte Hornets have signed first-round draft pick Malik Monk, the 11th choice in the NBA draft. Contract terms were not immediately available Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). Monk was the Southeastern Conference’s player of the year. The star guard averaged 19.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists as a freshman at Kentucky. Monk is not participating in the Hornets’ summer league games because of an ankle injury. He was hurt during workouts before the NBA draft.   .....»»

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2017 Orlando Summer League recap: Day one

strong>Charlotte Hornets 74 def. Miami Heat 67 /strong> The one-two punch of Briante Weber and Treveon Graham got the Charlotte Hornets out to a good start, and they managed to hold on the rest of the way. Weber, who had a stint with the Golden State Warriors last season, posted a team-high 17 points, to go with five rebounds, two assists, and four steals. Graham logged a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds, plus four dimes and three swipes. Malik Monk, whom the team picked 11th overall in this year's draft, nursed a sprained ankle. Okaro White had a game-best 20 points, though he turned the ball over seven times. Bam Adebayo, the 14th overall pick in the 2017 Draft, got his feet wet via a double-double, 14 points and 10 rebounds. Both forwards produced three blocks apiece. strong>Indiana Pacers 85 def. Orlando Magic 74 /strong> Travis Leslie came off the bench and fired in 20 points as the Indiana Pacers dispatched the tournament hosts. Leslie went 8-of-14 from the field with eight rebounds, while Naz Long added 16. NBA veteran Jarnell Stokes, who is also the 2016 NBA D-League Finals MVP, produced 10 points, nine boards, and four rejections. Forward Georges Niang played just 1:27 before suffering a knee sprain and exiting. The team’s two 2017 Draft picks, TJ Leaf, and Ike Anigbogu, were not available. Marcus Georges-Hunt, Kalin Lucas, and Derrick Walton Jr. scored 10 apiece for the Magic. strong>Dallas Mavericks 80 def. New York Knicks 75 /strong> A balanced attack powered the Mavericks past the Knicks, as four of their five starters finished in double-figures. Dwight Buycks led the way with 16 points on 50 percent shooting. Backcourt partner Cat Barber also made half his shots, en route to a 14-point outing. The one starter who didn’t break double-digits, Ding Yanyuhang, produced eight markers in 18.5 minutes. The reigning Chinese Basketball Association MVP shot 4-of-11 and added a block, but struggled with foul trouble. Chasson Randle, who figured in eight games for the Philadelphia 76ers last season, led the Knicks with 14 markers. The Knicks’ first round pick from this year’s draft, Frank Ntilikina, was inactive due to knee soreness. strong>Oklahoma City Thunder 92 def. Detroit Pistons 91 /strong> The Thunder rallied from 14 points down to top the Pistons in the final game of the day. Vincent Hunter led the Thunder with 21 points. Dakari Johnson had a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Daniel Hamilton produced 17. The Thunder’s first round pick in this year’s draft, Terrance Ferguson, did not play. The Pistons got 21 points and nine boards from sophomore Henry Ellenson. Luke Kennard, the 12th overall choice in this year’s draft, scattered 16 points on 14 shots, hitting 4-of-6 from downtown. .....»»

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LOOK: 2017 NBA Draft results per-team

em>Team-by-team breakdown of the players each team ended up with in the NBA draft (includes proposed and confirmed trades): /em> strong>Atlanta Hawks /strong> 1 (19) John Collins, F, Wake Forest 2 (41) Tyler Dorsey, G, Oregon 2 (60) Alpha Kaba, F, Mega Leks (Serbia) strong>Boston Celtics /strong> 1 (3) Jayson Tatum, F, Duke 2 (37) Semi Ojeleye, F, SMU 2 (53) Kadeem Allen, G, Arizona 2 (56) Jabari Bird, G, California strong>Brooklyn Nets /strong> 1 (22) Jarrett Allen, C, Texas 2 (57) Aleksandar Vezenkov, F, FC Barcelona Lassa (Spain) strong>Charlotte Hornets /strong> 1 (11) Malik Monk, G, Kentucky 2 (40) Dwayne Bacon, F, Florida State (from New Orleans) strong>Chicago Bulls /strong> 1 (7) Lauri Markkanen, F, Arizona (from Minnesota) strong>Cleveland Cavaliers /strong> NONE. strong>Dallas Mavericks /strong> 1 (9) Dennis Smith Jr., G, N.C. State strong>Denver Nuggets /strong> 1 (24) Tyler Lydon, F, Syracuse (from Utah) 2 (49) Vlatko Cancar, F, Mega Leks (Serbia) 2 (51) Monte' Morris, G, Iowa State strong>Detroit Pistons /strong> 1 (12) Luke Kennard, G, Duke strong>Golden State Warriors /strong> 2 (38) Jordan Bell, F, Oregon (from Chicago) strong>Houston Rockets /strong> 2 (43) Isaiah Hartenstein, C, Zalgiris (Lithuania) strong>Indiana Pacers /strong> 1 (18) TJ Leaf, F, UCLA 2 (47) Ike Anigbogu, C, UCLA 2 (52) Edmond Sumner, G, Xavier (from New Orelans) strong>L.A. Clippers /strong> NONE. strong>L.A. Lakers /strong> 1 (2) Lonzo Ball, G, UCLA 1 (27) Kyle Kuzma, F, Utah (from Brooklyn) 1 (30) Josh Hart, G, Villanova (from Utah) 2 (42) Thomas Bryant, C, Indiana (from Utah) strong>Memphis Grizzlies /strong> 2 (35) Ivan Rabb, F, California (from Orlando) 2 (45) Dillon Brooks, F, Oregon (from Houston) strong>Miami Heat /strong> 1 (14) Bam Adebayo, F, Kentucky strong>Milwaukee Bucks /strong> 1 (17) D.J. Wilson, F, Michigan 2 (48) Sindarius Thornwell, G, South Carolina strong>Minnesota Timberwolves /strong> 1 (16) Justin Patton, C, Creighton (from Chicago) strong>New Orleans Pelicans /strong> 2 (31) Frank Jackson, G, Duke (from Charlotte) strong>New York Knicks /strong> 1 (8) Frank Ntilikina, G, Strasbourg (France) 2 (44) Damyean Dotson, G, Houston 2 (58) Ognjen Jaramaz, G, Mega Leks (Serbia) strong>Oklahoma City Thunder /strong> 1 (21) Terrance Ferguson, G, Adelaide 36ers (Australia) strong>Orlando Magic /strong> 1 (6) Jonathan Isaac, F, Florida State 2 (33) Wesley Iwundu, F, Kansas State strong>Philadelphia 76ers /strong> 1 (1) Markelle Fultz, G, Washington 1 (25) Anzejs Pasecniks, C, Herbalife Gran Canaria (Spain) (from Orlando) 2 (36) Jonah Bolden, F, FMP Beograd (Serbia) 2 (39) Jawun Evans, G, Oklahoma State 2 (46) Sterling Brown, G, SMU 2 (50) Mathias Lessort, F, Nanterre 92 (France) strong>Phoenix Suns /strong> 1 (4) Josh Jackson, F, Kansas 2 (32) Davon Reed, G, Miami 2 (54) Alec Peters, F, Valparaiso strong>Portland Trail Blazers /strong> 1 (10) Zach Collins, C, Gonzaga (from Sacramento) 1 (26) Caleb Swanigan, F, Purdue strong>Sacramento Kings /strong> 1 (5) De'Aaron Fox, G, Kentucky 1 (15) Justin Jackson, F, North Carolina (from Portland) 1 (20) Harry Giles, C, Duke (from Portland) 2 (34) Frank Mason III, G, Kansas strong>San Antonio Spurs /strong> 1 (29) Derrick White, G, Colorado 2 (59) Jaron Blossomgame, F, Clemson strong>Toronto Raptors /strong> 1 (23) OG Anunoby, F, Indiana strong>Utah Jazz /strong> 1 (13) Donovan Mitchell, G, Louisville (from Denver) 1 (28) Tony Bradley, C, North Carolina (from LA Lakers) 2 (55) Nigel Williams-Goss, G, Gonzaga strong>Washington Wizards /strong> NONE.   .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 23rd, 2017Related News

LOOK: 2017 NBA Draft first round results

em>*draft choices with additional information indicate the result of a trade, some of which have not yet been officially announced /em> '1 - Markelle Fultz - PG - Philadelphia 76ers '2 - Lonzo Ball - PG - LA Lakers '3 - Jayson Tatum - F - Boston Celtics '4 - Josh Jackson - F - Phoenix Suns '5 - De’Aaron Fox - PG - Sacramento Kings '6 - Jonathan Isaac - F - Orlando Magic '7 - Lauri Markkanen - PF/C - Chicago Bulls (from MIN) '8 - Frank Ntilikina - PG - New York Knicks '9 - Dennis Smith Jr. - PG - Dallas Mavericks '10 - Zach Collins - C - Portland Trail Blazers (from SAC) '11 - Malik Monk - SG - Charlotte Hornets '12 - Luke Kenard - SG/SF - Detroit Pistons '13 - Donovan Mitchell - SG - Utah Jazz (from DEN) '14 - Bam Adebayo - C - Miami Heat '15 - Justin Jackson - SF - Sacramento Kings (from POR) '16 Justin Patton - C - Minnesota Timberwolves (from CHI) '17 - DJ Wilson - PF - Milwaukee Bucks '18 - TJ Leaf - PF - Indiana Pacers '19 - John Collins - PF - Atlanta Hawks '20 - Harry Giles - PF/C - Sacramento Kings (from POR) '21 - Terrance Ferguson - SG - Oklahoma City Thunder '22 - Jarrett Allen - C - Brooklyn Nets '23 - OG Anunoby - SG - Toronto Raptors '24 - Tyler Lydon - PF - Denver Nuggets (from UTA) '25 - Anzejs Pasecniks - C - Philadelphia 76ers (from ORL) '26 - Caleb Swanigan - PF - Portland Trail Blazers '27 - Kyle Kuzma - PF - LA Lakers '28 - Tony Bradley - C - Utah Jazz (from LAL) '29 - Derrick White - PG - San Antonio Spurs '30 - Josh Hart - SG - LA Lakers (from UTA)   .....»»

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Hornets select guard Malik Monk with No. 11 pick in draft

em>By Steve Reed, Associated Press /em> CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) — Malik Monk was overwhelmed at the idea of being drafted by the Charlotte Hornets, a team owned by former NBA star Michael Jordan. “Michael Jordan is the GOAT,” Monk said. “... I still can’t believe it. Maybe tomorrow I’ll believe it.” The Hornets bolstered their offense by selecting perhaps the best shooter in the NBA draft in Monk with the 11th overall pick. Monk said he plans to pick Jordan’s brain when he gets to Charlotte. “I think he’ll teach me a lot and I’ll take an even bigger step each year,” Monk said. “Each year I’m going to try to learn as much as I can from him.” So what if he gets a chance to play against Jordan in a 1-on-1 game? “I’m going to beat him,” Monk said with a laugh. Two days after trading for eight-time All-Star center Dwight Howard to upgrade their inside game, the Hornets turned to their perimeter shooting Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) with the addition of the 6’3” Monk. The Hornets finished 18th in the league in three-point shooting percentage last season at 35.1 percent. When asked what he’ll bring to the Hornets, Monk’s response was pretty simple and to the point: “A winner.” “I do the best I can to win and knock down open shots, any shot I can get, and all of the clutch shots,” Monk said. Monk raised his stock with a 47-point performance on eight three-pointers against eventual national champion North Carolina last December. Monk went on to be named SEC freshman of the year, averaging 19.8 points per game and shot 39.7 percent from 3-point range. He was the winner of the Jerry West Award given to the nation’s top shooting guard after establishing a Kentucky freshman-record with 754 points. He finished as the second-highest scoring freshman in the country, behind only No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz of Washington (23.2 ppg). Monk helps fill the void created by the trade that sent backup shooting guard Marco Belinelli to Atlanta in the deal for Howard. He is expected to work into the rotation as a backup to Nicolas Batum. Monk was projected to go in the top 10 in many mock drafts and said he thought he would got the New York Knicks at No. 8, but instead fell to the Hornets. That didn’t seem to faze his much, saying he was praying for the best situation. “Nothing is disappointing about getting drafted,” Monk said. “This has been my dream forever, and nobody ever from my hometown [of Lepanto, Arkansas] has been drafted. Nobody has ever made it this far, so I’m just thankful to be here.” .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 23rd, 2017Related News

Knicks look overseas for help with No 8 pick

em>By Adry Torres, Associated Press /em> GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Phil Jackson again looked overseas for the answer to the New York Knicks' woes. The Knicks president selected Frank Ntilikina with the No. 8 pick Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) in the NBA draft, hoping to pair the athletic French guard with frustrated Latvian big man Kristaps Porzingis as New York's team looks to end years of futility. New York has several point guards to choose from, including North Carolina State's Dennis Smith Jr., selected ninth overall by the Dallas Mavericks, and Kentucky's Malik Monk, taken 11th by the Charlotte Hornets. Instead, the mercurial Jackson, chose to take an 18-year-old mostly unknown to a U.S. audience. Jackson had mentioned the possibility of moving up a couple of spots in the draft with a blockbuster trade, but instead stood pat and took a player with an unusually large wingspan. 'It was one that I think we had to think about, argue about as staff,' Jackson said of possible trades. 'I like [the] size of this young man. I like his aptitude for the game, athleticism and actually the ability to incorporate himself in a winning type of a situation.' Ntilikina, was born in Belgium and started playing professionally as a 15-year-old for Strasbourg's under-21 club before debuting two seasons ago for their senior team in the French Pro A league. New York's latest find in the draft was greeted with mostly boos from Knicks fans at Barclays Center when his name was announced by commissioner Adam Silver. Several fans screamed 'Fire, Phil!' as Ntilikina held a No. 17 jersey on stage. 'What I will bring to the Knicks, is actually a lot of hope,' Ntilikina said. 'I think I'm a player who will trust the process, work hard, and definitely try to be the best player I can be, who will give energy. I think I'm a team point guard and shooting guard actually. I'll just try to make my teammates be better every day, and I think I can play defense, too.' Ntilikina started 18 of 31 French Pro A games and averaged 5.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 18.5 minutes. He shot 47.3 percent from the field and hit 40.4 percent behind the three-point line. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 23rd, 2017Related News

36 international early entrants withdraw from 2017 NBA Draft

em>NBA press release /em> NEW YORK – Thirty-six international players who had declared as early entry candidates for the NBA Draft 2017 presented by State Farm have withdrawn. Two collegiate players who previously had declared as early entry candidates have withdrawn. There are 63 collegiate and 10 international prospects that remain early entry candidates. br />   br /> The NBA Draft 2017 presented by State Farm will be held on Thursday, June 22 (June 23, PHL time) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. br />   br /> Here is the list of international players who have withdrawn their names from consideration for the NBA Draft 2017 presented by State Farm: strong>PLAYER                                              TEAM (COUNTRY*) /strong> br /> Ege Arar                                                Galatasaray (Turkey) br /> Laurynas Beliauskas                              Neptunas (Lithuania) br /> Terrence Bieshaar                                  Joventut (Spain) br /> Laurynas Birutis                                    Vytautas (Lithuania) br /> Leo Cizmic                                            Sevilla (Spain)           br /> Berkan Durmaz                                      Tofas (Turkey) br /> Martynas Echodas                                  Siauliai (Lithuania) br /> Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot                          Levallois (France) br /> Aquiles Ferreira                                     Pinheiros (Brazil) br /> Diego Flaccadori                                    Trento (Italy) br /> Tolga Gecim                                          Banvit (Turkey) br /> Yoan Granvorka                                    Nancy (France) br /> Egemen Guven                                      Karsiyaka (Turkey) br /> Karlis Helmanis                                     RTU Riga (Latvia) br /> Aleksa Ilic                                             Buducnost (Montenegro) br /> Verners Kohs                                         GBA Sparta (Czech Republic) br /> Antonios Koniaris                                  PAOK (Greece) br /> Arnoldas Kulboka                                  Baunach (Germany) br /> Rodions Kurucs                                     Barcelona (Spain) br /> Axel Louissaint                                      Lugano (Switzerland) br /> Michail Lountzis                                    Panathinaikos (Greece) br /> Gytis Masiulis                                        Zalgiris (Lithuania) br /> Lovro Mazalin                                       Zadar (Croatia) br /> Regimantas Miniotas                              Vytautas (Lithuania) br /> Kostja Mushidi                                      Mega Leks (Serbia) br /> Margiris Normantas                               Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania) br /> Elie Okobo                                            Pau Orthez (France) br /> Viny Okouo                                            Unicaja (Spain) br /> Ayberk Olmaz                                         Istanbul BSB (Turkey) br /> Lucas Pereira                                          Pinheiros (Brazil) br /> Martynas Sajus                                        Starogard (Poland) br /> Borisa Simanic                                        Crvena Zvezda (Serbia) br /> Nik Slavica                                             Cibona (Croatia) br /> Berk Ugurlu                                            Fenerbahce (Turkey) br /> Kristupas Zemaitis                                   Vytautas (Lithuania) br /> Zou Yuchen                                            Bayi Fubang (China) br />   br /> Here is the list of additional players from colleges who have withdrawn their names from consideration for the NBA Draft 2017 presented by State Farm: br />   br /> strong>PLAYER                                              SCHOOL /strong> br /> Darin Johnson                                        CSU-Northridge br /> Maverick Rowan                                   North Carolina State br />   br /> Following is a list of players from colleges who remain early entry candidates for the NBA Draft 2017 presented by State Farm: br />   br /> strong>PLAYER                                              SCHOOL /strong> br /> Edrice Adebayo                                     Kentucky br /> Jarrett Allen                                           Texas br /> Ike Anigbogu                                         UCLA br /> OG Anunoby                                         Indiana br /> Dwayne Bacon                                      Florida State br /> Lonzo Ball                                             UCLA br /> Jordan Bell                                            Oregon br /> James Blackmon Jr.                               Indiana br /> Antonio Blakeney                                  LSU br /> Tony Bradley                                         North Carolina br /> Isaiah Briscoe                                        Kentucky br /> Dillon Brooks                                        Oregon br /> Thomas Bryant                                      Indiana br /> Clandell Cetoute                                    Thiel College (PA) br /> John Collins                                          Wake Forest br /> Zach Collins                                          Gonzaga br /> Chance Comanche                                 Arizona br /> Tyler Dorsey                                         Oregon br /> PJ Dozier                                               South Carolina br /> Jawun Evans                                          Oklahoma State br /> Tony Farmer                                          Lee College (TX) br /> De’Aaron Fox                                        Kentucky br /> Markelle Fultz                                       Washington br /> Harry Giles                                            Duke br /> Isaac Humphries                                    Kentucky br /> Tre Hunter                                             Mt. San Jacinto College (CA) br /> Jonathan Isaac                                       Florida State br /> Frank Jackson                                        Duke br /> Josh Jackson                                          Kansas br /> Justin Jackson                                        North Carolina br /> Jaylen Johnson                                       Louisville br /> Ted Kapita                                             North Carolina State br /> Marcus Keene                                        Central Michigan br /> Luke Kennard                                        Duke br /> Kyle Kuzma                                          Utah br /> TJ Leaf                                                  UCLA br /> Tyler Lydon                                          Syracuse br /> Lauri Markkanen                                   Arizona br /> Eric Mika                                               BYU br /> Donovan Mitchell                                  Louisville br /> Malik Monk                                           Kentucky br /> Johnathan Motley                                  Baylor br /> Austin Nichols                                       Virginia br /> Semi Ojeleye                                         SMU br /> Cameron Oliver                                     Nevada br /> Justin Patton                                          Creighton br /> L.J. Peak                                                Georgetown br /> Ivan Rabb                                              California br /> Xavier Rathan-Mayes                             Florida State br /> Devin Robinson                                     Florida br /> Josh Robinson                                       Austin Peay br /> Kobi Simmons                                       Arizona br /> Dennis Smith Jr.                                    North Carolina State br /> Edmond Sumner                                    Xavier br /> Caleb Swanigan                                     Purdue br /> Jayson Tatum                                        Duke br /> Matt Taylor                                            New Mexico State br /> Trevor Thompson                                  Ohio State br /> Melo Trimble                                         Maryland br /> Craig Victor II                                        LSU br /> Antone Warren                                      Antelope Valley CC (CA) br /> Nigel Williams-Goss                              Gonzaga br /> D.J. Wilson                                            Michigan br />   br /> Following is a list of international players who remain early entry candidates for the NBA Draft 2017 presented by State Farm: br />   br /> strong>PLAYER                                              TEAM (COUNTRY*) /strong> br /> Simon Birgander                                    Clavijo (Spain) br /> Luka Bozic                                            Zagreb (Croatia) br /> Vlatko Cancar                                        Mega Leks (Serbia) br /> Wesley Alves Da Silva                           Paulistano (Brazil) br /> George de Paula                                     Paulistano (Brazil) br /> Isaiah Hartenstein                                  Zalgiris (Lithuania) br /> Jonathan Jeanne                                     Nancy (France) br /> Alpha Kaba                                           Mega Leks (Serbia) br /> Tidjan Keita                                           Cegep de Thetford (Canada) br /> Frank Ntilikina                                      Strasbourg (France) br />   br /> *Country indicates where team plays, not country of players nationality .....»»

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Combine still has value even if top NBA prospects skip it

em>By Andrew Seligman, Associated Press /em> CHICAGO (AP) — Creighton forward Justin Patton has been fielding all kinds of questions at the NBA draft combine. For example, does he slow down or speed up at a yellow light? The Minnesota Timberwolves wanted to know. “I said, ‘It depends on where I’m going,’” he said. That’s a big unknown for a seven-footer who went from having one Division I scholarship offer to turning pro after his redshirt freshman season. He’s projected as a middle or late first-round pick, and the combine sure is a big deal for him as he tries to boost his draft stock. It just doesn’t have quite the shine it did in the past, with the stars skipping it altogether, participating on a limited basis or showing up only to interview with teams. Eight-time All-Star and 2014 MVP Kevin Durant even told ESPN on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) that the top prospects should take a pass on the combine. He recalled a rough experience in 2007 when he was 19 and turning pro after one year at Texas. Durant remembered strength coaches laughing when he couldn’t bench press 185 pounds. He didn’t do great in the vertical leap or sprint even though he was known for his superior athleticism. Durant told ESPN all he wanted to do was pick up a basketball and show his skills on the court. If the combine hurt his stock, it didn’t drop too far. Durant was drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics with the No. 2 pick after Portland took Greg Oden and went on to become one of his generation’s best players. But the combine isn’t quite the star-studded showcase it used to be. Likely lottery picks Lonzo Ball, Josh Jackson, Jayson Tatum and Malik Monk are not attending. “The league has done everything it can to try promote all the players to be here, but the agents have control over the player,” said John Paxson, the Chicago Bulls’ executive vice president of basketball operations. “As long as that’s the situation, they can dictate what the player does or doesn’t do in these settings.” Top players need to weigh the risks and rewards, of course. And along those lines, Kentucky coach John Calipari believes Durant has a point. “If you think there’s anything here that would hurt you, don’t come,” he said. “If you think there’s anything here that would help you, come. If you have to play to help yourself, come. If it doesn’t help you — playing— then don’t play. This is for these kids. My job is to protect my guys. The job of these NBA teams is to get as much information as they can to make a great pick. They would like to see every one of them play five-on-five, do all the [drills]. It’s not the way it is for these kids.” Calipari said he has never advised a player to skip the event. But he has told them not to play, for example, if they have nothing to gain. Paxson said he can understand top prospects skipping certain aspects of the combine. But he doesn’t understand missing it entirely. “To not go through medical and some of the athletic testing, you don’t have that in football,” he said. Even so, there still is value in the combine even if the top prospects are skipping it. Teams get to see players in an intense setting that can’t necessarily be replicated in workouts at their practice facilities. They’re getting face time with prospects. And players looking to move up in the draft or into it are getting a showcase. “I know that the league does a good job of evaluating (the combine),” Paxson said. “Every time we have a combine, they look at ways to improve it. They want it to be a valuable tool for us as well.” North Carolina’s Justin Jackson isn’t playing. But he’s getting a chance to convey just who he is, to make connections and show just how important basketball is to him. He ranks it right behind his faith and family. “I’m able to show myself, show who I really am and kind of start building relationships around the league,” he said. “You walk into the lobby and you have no idea who might be in there.” UCLA’s TJ Leaf felt he had some things to prove through the tests. And some teams had a big question for him — a $495 question. Would he buy Ball’s basketball shoes? “I’m not going to be buying one,” he said. “If Lonzo would send me one, I’d definitely try it on and I’d wear it a little bit. But I’m not gonna be buying one.” .....»»

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LOOK: Early entry candidates for 2017 NBA Draft

em>NBA press release /em> NEW YORK -- The National Basketball Association announced today that 182 players -- 137 players from colleges and 45 international players -- have filed as early entry candidates for the 2017 NBA Draft presented by State Farm. Players wishing to enter the 2017 NBA Draft were required to submit a letter to the NBA to be received no later than Sunday, April 23.  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 12 (June 13, PHL time). Under NCAA rules, in order to retain college basketball eligibility, underclassmen that have entered the 2017 Draft must withdraw by Wednesday, May 24 (May 25, PHL time). Following is the list of players from colleges who have applied for early entry into the 2017 NBA Draft, which will be held Thursday, June 22 (June 23, PHL time). strong>Player | School | Height | Status /strong> Shaqquan Aaron | USC | 6-7 | Sophomore br /> Jaylen Adams | St. Bonaventure | 6-2 | Junior br /> Edrice Adebayo | Kentucky | 6-10 | Freshman br /> Deng Adel | Louisville | 6-7 | Sophomore br /> Jashaun Agosto | LIU | 5-11 | Freshman br /> Bashir Ahmed | St. John’s | 6-7 | Junior br /> Rawle Alkins | Arizona | 6-5 | Freshman br /> Jarrett Allen | Texas | 6-11 | Freshman br /> Mark Alstork | Wright State | 6-5 | Junior br /> Ike Anigbogu | UCLA | 6-10 | Freshman br /> OG Anunoby | Indiana | 6-8 | Sophomore br /> Dwayne Bacon | Florida State | 6-7 | Sophomore br /> Lonzo Ball | UCLA | 6-6 | Freshman br /> Jaylen Barford | Arkansas | 6-3 | Junior br /> Jordan Bell | Oregon | 6-9 | Junior br /> Trae Bell-Haynes | Vermont | 6-2 | Junior br /> Joel Berry II | North Carolina | 6-0 | Junior br /> James Blackmon Jr. | Indiana | 6-4 | Junior br /> Antonio Blakeney | LSU | 6-4 | Sophomore br /> Trevon Bluiett | Xavier | 6-6 | Junior br /> Bennie Boatwright | USC | 6-10 | Sophomore br /> Jacobi Boykins | Louisiana Tech | 6-6 | Junior br /> Tony Bradley | North Carolina | 6-10 | Freshman br /> Isaiah Briscoe | Kentucky | 6-2 | Sophomore br /> Dillon Brooks | Oregon | 6-7 | Junior br /> Thomas Bryant | Indiana | 6-10 | Sophomore br /> Rodney Bullock | Providence | 6-8 | Junior br /> Jevon Carter | West Virginia | 6-2 | Junior br /> Clandell Cetoute | Thiel College (PA) | 6-8 | Junior br /> Joseph Chartouny | Fordham | 6-3 | Sophomore br /> Donte’ Clark | Massachusetts | 6-4 | Junior br /> Chris Clemons | Campbell | 5-9 | Sophomore br /> David Collette | Utah | 6-10 | Junior br /> John Collins | Wake Forest | 6-10 | Sophomore br /> Zach Collins | Gonzaga | 7-0 | Freshman br /> Chance Comanche | Arizona | 6-11 | Sophomore br /> Angel Delgado | Seton Hall | 6-10 | Junior br /> Hamidou Diallo | Kentucky | 6-6 | Freshman br /> Tyler Dorsey | Oregon | 6-4 | Sophomore br /> PJ Dozier | South Carolina | 6-6 | Sophomore br /> Vince Edwards | Purdue | 6-8 | Junior br /> John Egbunu | Florida | 6-11 | Junior br /> Jon Elmore | Marshall | 6-3 | Junior br /> Obi Enechionyia | Temple | 6-10 | Junior br /> Drew Eubanks | Oregon State | 6-10 | Sophomore br /> Jawun Evans | Oklahoma State  | 6-1 | Sophomore br /> Tacko Fall | Central Florida | 7-6 | Sophomore br /> Tony Farmer | Lee College (TX) | 6-7 | Sophomore br /> De’Aaron Fox | Kentucky | 6-4 | Freshman br /> Markelle Fultz | Washington | 6-4 | Freshman br /> Harry Giles | Duke | 6-10 | Freshman br /> Brandon Goodwin | FGCU | 6-2 | Junior br /> Donte Grantham | Clemson | 6-8 | Junior br /> Isaac Haas | Purdue | 7-2 | Junior br /> Aaron Holiday | UCLA | 6-1 | Sophomore br /> Isaac Humphries | Kentucky | 7-0 | Sophomore br /> Chandler Hutchison | Boise State | 6-7 | Junior br /> Jonathan Isaac | Florida State | 6-10 | Freshman br /> Frank Jackson | Duke | 6-3 | Freshman br /> Josh Jackson | Kansas | 6-8 | Freshman br /> Justin Jackson | Maryland | 6-7 | Freshman br /> Justin Jackson | North Carolina | 6-8 | Junior br /> Alize Johnson | Missouri State | 6-9 | Junior br /> B.J. Johnson | La Salle | 6-7 | Junior br /> Darin Johnson | CSU-Northridge | 6-5 | Junior br /> Jaylen Johnson | Louisville | 6-9 | Junior br /> Robert Johnson | Indiana | 6-3 | Junior br /> Andrew Jones | Texas | 6-4 | Freshman br /> Kerem Kanter | Green Bay | 6-10 | Junior br /> Ted Kapita | North Carolina State | 6-8 | Freshman br /> Marcus Keene | Central Michigan | 5-9 | Junior br /> Luke Kennard | Duke | 6-6 | Sophomore br /> Braxton Key | Alabama | 6-8 | Freshman br /> George King | Colorado | 6-6 | Junior br /> Kyle Kuzma | Utah | 6-9 | Junior br /> Khadeem Lattin | Oklahoma | 6-9 | Junior br /> TJ Leaf  | UCLA | 6-10 | Freshman br /> William Lee | UAB | 6-9 | Junior br /> Zach Lofton | Texas Southern | 6-3 | Junior br /> Tyler Lydon | Syracuse | 6-9 | Sophomore br /> Daryl Macon | Arkansas | 6-3 | Junior br /> Marin Maric | Northern Illinois | 6-11 | Junior br /> Lauri Markkanen | Arizona | 7-0 | Freshman br /> Yante Maten | Georgia | 6-8 | Junior br /> Markis McDuffie | Wichita State | 6-8 | Sophomore br /> MiKyle McIntosh | Illinois State | 6-7 | Junior br /> Eric Mika | BYU | 6-10 | Sophomore br /> Donovan Mitchell | Louisville | 6-3 | Sophomore br /> Malik Monk | Kentucky | 6-3 | Freshman br /> Matthew Morgan | Cornell | 6-3 | Sophomore br /> Shaquille Morris | Wichita State | 6-8 | Junior br /> Johnathan Motley  | Baylor | 6-10 | Junior br /> Svi Mykhailiuk | Kansas | 6-8 | Junior br /> Divine Myles | Stetson | 5-11 | Junior br /> Derick Newton | Stetson | 6-6 | Sophomore br /> Austin Nichols | Virginia | 6-8 | Junior br /> Semi Ojeleye | SMU | 6-7 | Junior br /> Cameron Oliver | Nevada | 6-8 | Sophomore br /> Randy Onwuasor | Southern Utah | 6-3 | Junior br /> Justin Patton  | Creighton | 7-0 | Freshman br /> L.J. Peak | Georgetown | 6-5 | Junior br /> Theo Pinson | North Carolina | 6-6 | Junior br /> Ivan Rabb | California | 6-11 | Sophomore br /> Xavier Rathan-Mayes | Florida State | 6-4 | Junior br /> Devin Robinson | Florida | 6-8 | Junior br /> Josh Robinson | Austin Peay | 6-2 | Junior br /> Martavius Robinson | Lewis & Clark CC (Illinois) | 6-10 | Sophomore          br /> Maverick Rowan | North Carolina State | 6-7 | Sophomore br /> Corey Sanders | Rutgers | 6-2 | Sophomore br /> Victor Sanders | Idaho | 6-5 | Junior br /> Jaaron Simmons | Ohio | 6-1 | Junior br /> Kobi Simmons | Arizona | 6-5 | Freshman br /> Fred Sims Jr. | Chicago State | 6-4 | Sophomore br /> Dennis Smith Jr. | North Carolina State | 6-3 | Freshman br /> Zach Smith | Texas Tech | 6-8 | Junior br /> Kamau Stokes | Kansas State | 6-0 | Sophomore br /> Edmond Sumner | Xavier | 6-6 | Sophomore br /> Caleb Swanigan | Purdue | 6-9 | Sophomore br /> Jayson Tatum | Duke | 6-8 | Freshman br /> Matt Taylor | New Mexico State | 6-4 | Junior br /> James Thompson IV | Eastern Michigan | 6-10 | Sophomore br /> Stephen Thompson Jr. | Oregon State | 6-4 | Sophomore br /> Trevor Thompson | Ohio State | 7-0 | Junior br /> Melo Trimble | Maryland | 6-3 | Junior br /> Craig Victor II | LSU | 6-9 | Junior                    br /> Moritz Wagner | Michigan | 6-11 | Sophomore br /> Tevonn Walker | Valparaiso | 6-2 | Junior br /> Antone Warren | Antelope Valley CC (CA) | 6-10 | Sophomore br /> Thomas Welsh | UCLA | 7-0 | Junior br /> Thomas Wilder | Western Michigan | 6-3 | Junior br /> Cecil Williams | Central Michigan | 6-6 | Junior br /> Johnathan Williams | Gonzaga | 6-9 | Junior br /> Kam Williams | Ohio State | 6-2 | Junior br /> Nigel Williams-Goss | Gonzaga | 6-3 | Junior br /> Christian Wilson | Texas-San Antonio | 6-2 | Junior br /> D.J. Wilson | Michigan | 6-10 | Junior br /> Omer Yurtseven | North Carolina State | 7-0 | Freshman The following is the list of international players who have applied for early entry into the 2017 NBA Draft: strong>Player | Team/Country of Team | Height | Status /strong> Ege Arar | Galatasaray (Turkey) | 6-10 | 1996 DOB br /> Laurynas Beliauskas | Neptunas (Lithuania) | 6-3 | 1997 DOB            br /> Terrence Bieshaar | Joventut (Spain)  | 6-10 | 1997 DOB br /> Simon Birgander | Clavijo (Spain) | 6-10 | 1997 DOB br /> Laurynas Birutis | Vytautas (Lithuania) | 7-1 | 1997 DOB br /> Luka Bozic | Zagreb (Croatia) | 6-7 | 1996 DOB br /> Vlatko Cancar  | Mega Leks (Serbia)  | 6-8 | 1997 DOB br /> Leo Cizmic | Sevilla (Spain) | 6-8 | 1998 DOB            br /> Wesley Alves da Silva | Paulistano (Brazil) | 6-6 | 1996 DOB br /> George de Paula | Paulistano (Brazil) | 6-6 | 1996 DOB br /> Berkan Durmaz | Tofas (Turkey) | 6-8 | 1997 DOB br /> Martynas Echodas | Siauliai (Lithuania) | 6-9 | 1997 DOB br /> Cyrille Eliezer-Vanerot | Levallois (France) | 6-8  | 1996 DOB br /> Aquiles Ferreira | Pinheiros (Brazil) | 6-5 | 1998 DOB br /> Diego Flaccadori | Trento (Italy) | 6-5 | 1996 DOB br /> Tolga Gecim | Banvit (Turkey) | 6-8 | 1996 DOB br /> Yoan Granvorka | Nancy (France) | 6-4 | 1997 DOB br /> Egemen Guven | Karsiyaka (Turkey) | 6-10 | 1996 DOB br /> Isaiah Hartenstein | Zalgiris (Lithuania) | 7-0 | 1998 DOB br /> Karlis Helmanis | RTU Riga (Latvia) | 6-7 | 1997 DOB br /> Aleksa Ilic | Buducnost (Montenegro) | 6-9 | 1996 DOB br /> Jonathan Jeanne | Nancy (France) | 7-2 | 1997 DOB br /> Alpha Kaba | Mega Leks (Serbia) | 6-10 | 1996 DOB br /> Verners Kohs | GBA Sparta (Czech Republic) | 6-8 | 1997 DOB br /> Antonios Koniaris | PAOK (Greece) | 6-4 | 1997 DOB br /> Arnoldas Kulboka | Baunach (Germany) | 6-9 | 1998 DOB br /> Rodions Kurucs  | Barcelona (Spain) | 6-8 | 1998 DOB br /> Axel Louissaint | Lugano (Switzerland) | 6-6 | 1996 DOB br /> Michail Lountzis | Panathinaikos (Greece) | 6-5 | 1998 DOB br /> Gytis Masiulis | Zalgiris (Lithuania) | 6-9 | 1998 DOB br /> Lovro Mazalin | Zadar (Croatia) | 6-9 | 1997 DOB br /> Regimantas Miniotas | Vytautas (Lithuania) | 6-9 | 1996 DOB br /> Kostja Mushidi | Mega Leks (Serbia) | 6-5 | 1998 DOB br /> Margiris Normantas | Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania) | 6-4 | 1996 DOB br /> Frank Ntilikina | Strasbourg (France) | 6-5 | 1998 DOB br /> Elie Okobo | Pau Orthez (France) | 6-2 | 1997 DOB br /> Viny Okouo | Unicaja (Spain) | 7-2 | 1997 DOB br /> Ayberk Olmaz | Istanbul BSB (Turkey) | 6-10 | 1996 DOB br /> Lucas Pereira | Pinheiros (Brazil) | 6-8 | 1998 DOB br /> Martynas Sajus | Starogard (Poland) | 6-10 | 1996 DOB br /> Borisa Simanic | Crvena Zvezda (Serbia) | 6-10 | 1998 DOB br /> Nik Slavica | Cibona (Croatia) | 6-8 | 1997 DOB br /> Berk Ugurlu | Fenerbahce (Turkey) | 6-3 | 1996 DOB br /> Kristupas Zemaitis | Vytautas (Lithuania) | 6-4 | 1996 DOB br /> Zou Yuchen | Bayi Fubang (China) | 6-10 | 1996 DOB             .....»»

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Nuggets spoil Romo day for Mavericks, topping Dallas 109-91

em>By Schuyler Dixon, Associated Press /em> DALLAS (AP) -- Gary Harris scored 20 points and the Denver Nuggets beat Dallas 109-91 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time) with the Mavericks honoring retiring Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo as a ceremonial player. With nothing at stake in a lost season that will be the worst for Dallas (32-49) since going 20-62 in 1997-98, the Mavericks followed through with an idea hatched in part by star Dirk Nowitzki weeks ago when it was clear Romo wasn't returning to the Cowboys. Romo was honored exactly a week after announcing he was leaving football to become the No. 1 NFL analyst at CBS. The soon-to-be-37-year-old had the crowd on its feet in the final minute hoping he could play, but Romo wasn't on the roster or under contract. After breaking a bone in his back last preseason, the career passing leader for the storied Cowboys franchise lost the starting job he held for 10 years to rookie Dak Prescott and decided not to play for another team. Mason Plumlee and Malik Beasley scored 16 apiece in the first game for the Nuggets (39-42) since getting eliminated from the postseason. Nowitzki scored 21 for Dallas. As coach Rick Carlisle put his arm around Romo while the crowd roared in the final minutes, Mark Cuban pulled Romo back to the seat he had next to the Mavericks owner. The Mavericks let Romo go through shootaround and pregame warmups before introducing him with the starters, the only time he showed his white jersey with 'Dallas' across the front with his football No. 9. Cuban had discussed with Commissioner Adam Silver the possibility of Romo actually playing. Instead, Dallas ended up filling an available roster spot by claiming DeAndre Liggins on waivers from Cleveland. At least a dozen of his former teammates attended, including Ezekiel Elliott, the standout rookie running back who never got to play with Romo because of the 14-year veteran's injury. The NFL rushing leader for the NFC East champs was there in Romo's No. 9 football jersey. So were plenty of fans. Longtime friend and tight end Jason Witten had a seat in the first half behind the Dallas bench near Cowboys coach Jason Garrett and Romo's last offensive coordinator in Dallas, Scott Linehan. Romo said it was a 'no-brainer' to accept the offer of a tribute from Nowitzki, who discussed the idea with Cuban at the party to celebrate the 19-year veteran reaching 30,000 career points last month. Cuban said if the Mavericks were eliminated from the playoffs, he would do it. On the court, Romo played with his youngest son, Rivers. A long line of media members followed Romo off the court, then filled the room where Carlisle does his game-day interviews for Romo's only chat with reporters. strong>TIP-INS /strong> em> strong>Nuggets: /strong> /em> Coach Michael Malone said four regulars wouldn't play in the final two games: Kenneth Faried (low back pain), Jameer Nelson (right calf strain), and Danilo Gallinari and Will Barton (rest). em> strong>Mavericks: /strong> /em> Harrison Barnes and Wesley Matthews both were sidelined for rest. It's likely several regulars will miss the finale as well. Carlisle said Liggins would play in the finale. J.J. Barea had 13 points and nine assists. strong>UP /strong> strong>NEXT /strong> em> strong>Nuggets: /strong> /em> Finale at Oklahoma City on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). em> strong>Mavericks: /strong> /em> Finale at Memphis on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsApr 12th, 2017Related News

Resurgent Hawks rout Hornets 103-76 for 4th straight victory

em>By Paul Newberry, Associated Press /em> ATLANTA (AP) -- Dwight Howard had 19 points and 12 rebounds as the resurgent Atlanta Hawks won their fourth straight game, routing the listless Charlotte Hornets 103-76 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time) to wrap up the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks will face the Washington Wizards in the opening round of the playoffs. A week ago, Atlanta's playoff hopes were in jeopardy after a dismal stretch that included two losses to Brooklyn, the worst team in the NBA. Then, in a sudden turnaround that epitomized the team's maddening inconsistency this season, the Hawks knocked off East-leading Boston and recorded two straight stunning victories over the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers, including Sunday's (Monday, PHL time) comeback from a 26-point deficit. This one was never in doubt. Charlotte played its regular-season finale already eliminated from the playoffs and without its best player, Kemba Walker. It showed. Atlanta raced out to a 63-44 lead by halftime, shooting 71 percent (24 of 34) over the first two quarters. All 13 players scored for the Hawks, who were able to rest their starters in the second half. Paul Millsap and Ersan Ilyasova added 10 points apiece. Jeremy Lamb led the Hornets with 21 points. strong>TIP-INS /strong> em> strong>Hornets: /strong> /em>Michael Kidd-Gilchrist became the third Charlotte player in the last four seasons to start at least 81 games in a season. Walker and Marvin Williams did it last season. Lamb is a native of suburban Norcross. The Hornets shot just 33 percent from the field. em> strong>Hawks: /strong> /em>Howard posted his 53rd double-double of the season. Thabo Sefolosha scored four points in 15 minutes after missing eight games with a right groin strain. Atlanta announced before the game that manager of basketball operations Malik Rose will serve as general manager of their new D-League team beginning next season. How long had it been since the Hawks defeated the defending NBA champion in back-to-back games? It last happened in February 1984, when Atlanta beat Julius Erving and the Philadelphia 76ers on consecutive nights. strong>UP NEXT /strong> em> strong>Hornets: /strong> /em> Summer vacation. Closed a disappointing regular season at 36-46, a significant drop-off from the 48-34 mark posted by last year's playoff team. em> strong>Hawks: /strong> /em>Close the regular season at Indiana on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). The game means nothing to Atlanta, but the Pacers are still trying to lock up a playoff berth. .....»»

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Atlanta Hawks appoint Malik Rose as GM of new D-League team

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have appointed Malik Rose as general manager of their NBA Development League affiliate in Erie, Pennsylvania, beginning next season. Rose also will maintain his duties as manager of basketball operations for the Hawks, who made the announcement Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). The Hawks' new D-League franchise will play in Erie the next two seasons before relocating in 2019 to a 3,500-seat arena that will be built in College Park, adjacent to Atlanta's airport and only about 10 miles from Philips Arena. Rose was in the NBA for 13 years, playing with Charlotte, San Antonio, New York and Oklahoma City. He won a pair of NBA titles with the Spurs in 1999 and 2003. The 42-year-old Rose has worked in Atlanta's front office the last two seasons. .....»»

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Mason of Kansas, Plum of Washington win Wooden Awards

BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer br /> LOS ANGELES (AP) — Frank Mason III of Kansas and Kelsey Plum of Washington won the John R. Wooden Award as national players of the year Friday night. They received their trophies during the third annual College Basketball Awards in a nationally televised show from The Novo in downtown Los Angeles. Mason also claimed the Bob Cousey point guard of the year award. The senior became the first player in Big 12 history to average 20 points and 5 assists in a season. 'When you step out on court you have to play with toughness. You can't be a punk out there, you have to play with pride,' Mason said. 'It's been a good year. I wouldn't say great because a great year to me is winning it all.' The Jayhawks were eliminated by Oregon in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament Plum became the NCAA Division I career scoring leader (3,527 points). She also set marks for single-season points (1,109) and career free throws made (912). Mason won the Wooden Award over UCLA's Lonzo Ball, Villanova's Josh Hart, Caleb Swanigan of Purdue and Nigel Williams-Goss of national runner-up Gonzaga. Mason had already earned player of the year honors from The Associated Press and Atlanta Tipoff Club. 'I want to thank John R. Wooden,' Mason said, referring to the late UCLA coaching great. 'I want to thank my parents, coaches and teammates. Nothing would have meant more to me than the national championship, but I really appreciate it.' Plum claimed the women's Wooden Award over Connecticut teammates Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson, Ohio State's Kelsey Mitchell, and A'ja Wilson of national champion South Carolina. Hall of Famer Ann Myers Drysdale presented Plum with the trophy as Wooden's daughter, Nan, looked on. Plum set the career scoring record with a 57-point effort in one game. 'I'm grateful to the University of Washington, my coaches and my teammates. Something like that doesn't happen without great people,' said Plum, adding that she ate a few packets of applesauce on the sideline that night. 'That was what got me through,' he said. Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw received the Wooden Legends of Coaching award. Other winners were: — Gonzaga's Przemek Karnowski earned the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar center of the year for averaging 12.2 points on 59 percent shooting and 5.8 rebounds. Abdul-Jabbar was on hand to present to the 7-footer from Poland. — Kentucky's Malik Monk won the Jerry West shooting guard of the year for his SEC-leading field goal percentage of 37.3 and SEC second-best 19.8 scoring average. West presented his namesake trophy. — Villanova's Josh Hart took home the Julius Erving small forward of the year after leading the Big East with 18.7 points per game. Erving handed out the trophy. — Johnathan Motley of Baylor accepted the Karl Malone power forward of the year award from the Hall of Famer. He led the Big 12 with 9.9 rebounds. .....»»

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Murray eases to 1st round victory in Dubai

SANDRA HARWITT, Associated Press br /> DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Andy Murray may be coming off a bout of shingles, but he looked in good shape during a 6-4, 6-1 first round victory over Malik Jaziri at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Tuesday. The top-ranked Murray was playing his first match since being upset by Mischa Zverev in the Australian Open fourth round last month. Murray said that his mother-in-law was the first to suggest he had shingles, which a doctor confirmed the next day. 'I had a little bit of a rash basically like on my bum 'round to kind of my stomach, and it wasn't, like, terrible,' Murray said. 'I didn't think much of it at the beginning, and then it was actually my wife's mum, we were having dinner, and I was, like, 'This is really irritating. She was, like, 'Pull your pants down. Show me. It might be shingles.' Jaziri took a brief 2-1 lead with a service break in the first set, but that would be the only time the Tunisian had any control over Tuesday's match. 'Obviously, the second set was obviously a bit easier,' Murray said. 'First set, especially the beginning, was tough. 'I have never hit with him or played against him before. It took a little bit of time to get used to his game.' The only other unexpected moment in the match came when Murray was leading 6-4, 3-1, 0-40. Jaziri said he was feeling light-headed and asked for the physiotherapist to come to the court. After his pulse was checked, Jaziri returned to the court and played out the match. Unlike Murray, defending champion Stan Wawrinka didn't survive the first round, falling to Damir Dzhumur 7-6 (4), 6-3. It was third-ranked Wawrinka's first match since bowing out of the Australian Open to Swiss countryman Roger Federer in the semifinals. 'I think I start well, but it was tough match,' Wawrinka said. 'I think after coming back one month out, I had to recover from the injury. Wawrinka was nursing a right knee injury when he left the Australian Open and only started to have regular practice sessions a week ago. 'The positive of the tournament here is that the knee is feeling good now,' Wawrinka said. 'I don't have any pain. I need to still be really careful, but that was the only positive of today.' Wawrinka started the match very quickly, racing to a 4-1 lead in the first set. 'Three games in, like, six, seven minutes, he was playing outstanding there,' Dzhumur said. 'Was just hitting every ball. I couldn't even touch the ball.' That was the point when Wawrinka slowed down and showed signs of becoming tentative as the Bosnian settled into the match. 'I was hoping that he's gonna go down with his level of game, and that's what happened,' Dzhumur said. 'I started to fight, to grind, and I found some way to play, to stay in the game.' Dzhumur raced into a 5-1 lead in the second set, but became nervous when serving for the match at that point. In the 10-point seventh game, Dzhumur served three double faults, including to lose the third break point he faced. He kept his composure when serving for the match two games later, setting up the match point with a forehand crosscourt volley, and then watching Wawrinka sail a forehand long. Fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych advanced to the second round when fellow Czech qualifier Lukas Rosol retired with a knee injury. Berdych was leading 6-3, 2-1 at the time. .....»»

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US college basketball: Gonzaga loses 1st game of season

The Associated Press br /> SPOKANE, Washington (AP) — Eric Mika had 29 points and 11 rebounds to help BYU upset No. 1 Gonzaga 79-71 on Saturday, ending the Bulldogs' bid to go undefeated in the final game of the U.S. men's college basketball regular season. Nigel Williams-Goss scored 19 points for Gonzaga (29-1, 17-1 West Coast Conference), which was seeking to become the first team since Kentucky in 2014-15 to finish the regular season without a loss. Mika's basket with a minute left gave BYU (21-10, 12-6) a 73-71 lead. Gonzaga lost the ball on its next two possessions, and Corbin Kaufusi had a putback and Mika hit two free throws to put it out of reach. The last team to finish the entire season undefeated was Indiana in 1975-76. ___ No. 5 UCLA 77, No. 4 ARIZONA 72 TUCSON, Arizona (AP) — Thomas Welsh scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half and No. 5 UCLA dominated the offensive boards to beat Arizona in a Pac-12 showdown. The Bruins (26-3, 13-3) snapped Arizona's 21-game home court winning streak and dropped the Wildcats (26-4, 15-2) into a tie with Oregon for first place in the Pac-12 heading into the final week of the regular season. The Ducks hold the tiebreaker by beating Arizona in the teams' only meeting. UCLA, avenging a 96-85 home loss to Arizona on Jan. 21, trailed 53-49 at the half but took control with a 19-4 second-half run. Allonzo Trier scored a career-high 28 for the Wildcats. UCLA had 19 second-chance points to Arizona's four. ___ No. 2 VILLANOVA 79, No. 23 CREIGHTON 63 VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Eric Paschall scored a season-high 19 points and Josh Hart added 16 to help Villanova wrap up its fourth straight Big East regular-season title. Kris Jenkins scored 15 points and Mikal Bridges had 11 for the defending national champion Wildcats (27-3, 14-3). Marcus Foster scored 25 points and Khyri Thomas had 17 for Creighton (22-7, 9-7). It has lost six of 10 after an 18-1 start. ___ No. 3 KANSAS 77, TEXAS 67. AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Josh Jackson scored 18 points and Frank Mason III added 16 to help Kansas beat Texas and win its 13th consecutive Big 12 regular-season championship outright. Devonte Graham and Dwight Coleby added points 12 apiece for the Jayhawks (26-3, 14-2 Big 12). Jarrett Allen led Texas (10-19, 4-12) with 20 points, and Andrew Jones added 18. ___ No. 5 OREGON 75, STANFORD 73 STANFORD, California (AP) — Jordan Bell scored on a putback with 14 seconds left to give Oregon a rare Bay Area sweep. Bell's game-winner followed Dillon Brooks' last-second, tiebreaking 3-pointer three nights earlier at California to give Oregon (26-4, 15-2 Pac-12) its second sweep of its conference Bay Area rivals since 1976. Tyler Dorsey scored 15 points to lead Oregon, while Brooks added 14. Reid Travis had 27 points and 14 rebounds to lead the way for the Cardinal (14-14, 6-10). ___ No. 8 NORTH CAROLINA 85, PITTSBURGH 67 PITTSBURGH (AP) — Justin Jackson scored 23 points, Joel Berry added 19 and North Carolina continued its march to the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season title. The Tar Heels (25-5, 13-3) have won four straight following a loss to arch rival Duke two weeks ago. North Carolina can clinch its second straight ACC regular season crown and 31st overall with a win at No. 18 Virginia on Monday. Michael Young and fellow senior Jamel Artis finished with 17 points each for the Panthers (15-14, 4-12). ___ IOWA ST. 72, No. 9 BAYLOR 69 AMES, Iowa (AP) — Deonte Burton scored 22 points, including a crucial 3 with 1:17 left, and Iowa State won its fifth straight. Monte Morris had 17 points with seven assists for the Cyclones (19-9, 11-5 Big 12), who have their longest winning streak in league play since a seven-game stretch in 2005. Johnathan Motley had 27 points and 11 rebounds for Baylor (23-6, 10-6). ___ MIAMI 55, No. 10 DUKE 50 CORAL GABLES, Florida. (AP) — Bruce Brown scored 25 points, and Miami held Duke a staggering 32 points below its season average. Brown shot 11 for 18 and had four assists, while his teammates shot just 11 for 40 with four assists combined. Yet it was enough for the Hurricanes (20-8, 10-6 Atlantic Coast Conference), who dominated inside and outscored Duke 40-20 in the paint. Frank Jackson and Luke Kennard each scored 16 points for Duke (22-7, 10-6), which lost its second straight to an unranked opponent. ___ No. 11 KENTUCKY 76, No. 13 FLORIDA 66 LEXINGTON, Kentucky (AP) — Malik Monk scored 30 of his 33 points in the second half and Bam Adebayo added 18 points with 15 rebounds as Kentucky took over the Southeastern Conference lead. While another week remains in SEC play for both teams, the Wildcats (24-5, 14-2) took an important step by twice rallying from eight points down to win the pivotal matchup. And they can thank Monk for making it happen as he scored 14 points during an 18-10 run that tied the game at 55 with 9:54 remaining. KeVaughn Allen had 24 points and Justin Leon added 13 for Florida (23-6, 13-3), which had won nine straight. ___ No. 12 WEST VIRGINIA 61, TCU 60 FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Daxter Miles Jr. made a free throw with 4.8 seconds left for West Virginia. Miles went to the free throw line after a questionable foul against Jaylen Fisher, who never left the ground and appeared to make only slight incidental contact with the Miles. TCU (17-12, 6-10 Big 12), which had tied the game on Alex Robinson's free throw with 9.1 seconds left, had one more chance but Desmond Bane's 3-pointer at the buzzer was well short. Jevon Carter had 15 points for West Virginia (23-6, 11-5), while Nathan Adrian added 13. Fisher had 18 points to lead TCU, which lost its fifth straight. ___ MICHIGAN 82, No. 14 PURDUE 70 ANN ARBOR, Michigan. (AP) — Moe Wagner scored 22 of his 24 points in the first half for Michigan. Derrick Walton added 17 points and 11 rebounds and the Wolverines (19-10, 9-7 Big Ten), who have won five of six. Caleb Swanigan scored 18 points for the Boilermakers (23-6, 12-4), who had their six-game winning streak snapped. ___ No. 17 SMU 69, UCONN 61 HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) — Shake Milton had 20 points and seven rebounds to lead SMU. The Mustangs (25-4, 15-1 American Athletic Conference) won their 11th straight. Semi Ojeleye added 16 points. The Huskies (14-14, 9-7), who have dropped two straight after a four-game winning streak, were led by Kentan Facey's 15 points. ___ No. 18 VIRGINIA 70, N.C. STATE 55 RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) — Freshman Kyle Guy scored 19 points to help Virginia end a four-game losing streak. Devon Hall added 18 points for the Cavaliers (19-9, 9-7 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shot 49 percent and made 11 of 16 3-pointers. Freshman Dennis Smith Jr. scored 13 points for the Wolfpack (15-15, 4-13). ___ No. 19 FLORIDA ST. 76, CLEMSON 74 CLEMSON, South Carolina (AP) — Xavier Rathan-Mayes scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half, including the go-ahead basket with 1:22 left, to lift Florida State. Jonathan Isaac of Florida State (23-6, 11-5) blocked Shelton Mitchell's drive with 11 seconds left and, after Trent Forrest made a free throw for the Seminoles, Marcquise Reed came up short on a mid-range jumper with 5 seconds to go. Jaron Blossomgame had 24 points for Clemson (14-14, 4-12). ___ No. 20 SAINT MARY'S 70, SANTA CLARA 56 MORAGA, California (AP) — Jock Landale scored 17 points and Saint Mary's beat Santa Clara in the West Coast Conference regular-season finale for both teams. Emmett Naar and Calvin Hermanson scored 13 points apiece for the Gaels (26-3, 15-3). Jared Brownridge and Matt Hauser scored 15 points apiece for Santa Clara (16-15, 10-8). ___ IOWA 83, No. 24 MARYLAND 69 COLLEGE PARK, Maryland. (AP) — Freshman Jordan Bohannon scored a career-high 24 points, hitting 8 of 10 3-pointers, to help Iowa breeze past fading Maryland. Tyler Cook had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (16-13, 8-8 Big Ten). Kevin Huerter scored 13 points for Maryland (22-7, 10-6). Since opening 20-2, the Terrapins have lost five of seven and three in a row. ___ No. 25 WICHITA ST. 86, MISSOURI ST. 67 SPRINGFIELD, Missouri (AP) — Landry Shamet scored a career-best 23 points as Wichita State clinched at least a share of the Missouri Valley Conference title for a fourth straight season. The title is the fifth in six seasons for the Shockers (27-4, 17-1), who have won 12 straight games and appear well on their way to a sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Dequon Miller had 19 points for the Bears (16-15, 7-11). .....»»

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