Leonard left Larry O’Brien trophy at home to work out

Kawhi Leonard in a nutshell.



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Detroit Pistons Might Now Be Left With No Other Good Option But To Trade Greg Monroe

Some Detroit Pistons’ fans would take Tuesday’s report—that Greg Monroe would consider signing a one-year qualifying offer deal with the team—as positive news. The reality as it relates to Detroit’s future, however, is that it is not.
With the announcement, leaked early Tuesday from Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News, it becomes clearer that Monroe does not want to play in Detroit long term. From that standpoint, the Pistons would be smartest to act as soon as possible to get value for their disgruntled forward. It’s been an embarrassing offseason to say the least with Monroe, full of trade rumors and confusion on what the next move might be for both parties. It seems each side has dared the other to blink first. As Goodwill admits, the clock is now ticking louder.
The Greg Monroe watch is entering its seventh week, with another seven weeks remaining before there’s a guarantee that his restricted free agency will be resolved, one way or another.
That date is October 1. Even though Monroe migh

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Kobe: There are very few great coaches left

In case you didn’t know already, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup and while taking some time to relax, he was interviewed about some current Lakers topics. One of those topics happened to be about the current Lakers coaching search and Mr. Bryant provided an interesting answer by stating that they’re very few great coaches for the Los Angeles Lakers to target: We will see who the Lakers will hire in the coming weeks and months. *** Kobe says his knee is 100% [BSO] Bryant image courtesy of Getty Images

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Phil Jackson left blowout loss early to walk his dog

Phil Jackson made an appearance at his old stomping grounds to watch his New York Knicks face his old team, the Los Angeles Lakers, on the hardwood at Staples Center. The new Knicks president in all likelihood is regretting that decision as it probably would have been far less painful to stay away. The Knicks […] The post Phil Jackson calls Knicks’ blowout loss to Lakers ‘awful,’ leaves early to walk dog appeared first on Sportress of Blogitude.

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Kansas freshmen left to decide on NBA futures (Yahoo Sports)

Kansas players walk off the court following their loss in a third-round game against Stanford at the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday, March 23, 2014, in St. Louis. Stanford won the game 60-57. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Andrew Wiggins slumped in his seat. Wayne Selden stared into space. Joel Embiid was sure he would have been able to play if Kansas had only made it another week. The Jayhawks didn’t, and now all three talented freshmen are left to ponder whether the NBA awaits, or whether they’ll return to school and attempt to wipe away the disheartening memory of a loss to Stanford in the third round of the NCAA tournament.

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NBA Power Rankings: Where the Chips Fall with 1 Month Left

The NCAA tournament is here! You know what that means?

No, not that workers across America will be much less productive for the next few weeks, though $1.2 billion worth of labor is a lot to lose.

Rather, I’m referring to the stretch run of the NBA’s regular season. We’re just a month away from the Association’s version of March Madness, albeit one that lasts more than twice as long across April, May and June.

The exciting experience of watching college kids fight for their teams’ survival should serve as a solid primer for the 2014 edition of the NBA’s “Hunger Games,” to say the least. It can be easy to lose sight of how intense pro basketball can be around this time of year, with so many teams tanking toward the bottom of the standings while those at the top rest their stars for long playoff runs.

That split can and often does shake up our power rankings. It certainly did last week. Read on to see if the same holds true this week.

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Michigan State Basketball: Keys to Spartans Win in Each Regular-Season Game Left

Michigan State has dropped half of its last 10 games and look more discombobulated than it has at any point in the season. But this time, injuries aren’t its main issue.

These Spartans have missed defensive assignments, been out-rebounded by smaller teams and lacked the heart that Tom Izzo-coached teams customarily personify on a year-to-year basis. This string of issues has most likely cost them the Big Ten title.

As they look ahead, the Spartans have three games remaining: home against Illinois and Iowa, then away at Ohio State. All three games are winnable, but State’s trending inconsistency is certainly worrisome.

If they do prevail in the aforementioned games, State would end with a 14-4 conference campaign. Big Ten championship or not, that is an impressive resume considering the adversity this team has had to overcome.

Here are the keys to Michigan State winning its final three games in Big Ten play.

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Trail Blazers’ Aldridge has left groin strain (Yahoo Sports)

Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge will be out for a week because of a left groin strain. The Blazers say their three-time All-Star will be reevaluated at the end of the week. He has been bothered by the injury since Portland’s victory over the Timberwolves earlier this month. The Blazers also said Tuesday that center Meyers Leonard sprained his left ankle in practice and will miss up to three weeks.

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Bill Russell Has Great Response to Being Left off LeBron James’ Mount Rushmore

LeBron James made headlines when he named his “Mount Rushmore” last week, and one icon the Miami Heat superstar left out in the cold provided a great response. 

The four-time NBA Most Valuable Player—and two-time recipient of the Bill Russell NBA Finals MVP trophy—selected Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson to adorn the face of this hypothetical mountain. 

One notable player left off his list: Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell.

Although it’s debatable as to who deserves this coveted distinction, some people believe that Russell’s 11 championships are worthy of inclusion in the club.

Russell took the time to talk about being excluded:

Here’s a clear look at the Hall of Famer’s statement, via CelticsLife.com:

Hey, thank you for leaving me off your Mount Rushmore. I’m glad you did. Basketball is a team game, it’s not for individual honors. I won back-to-back state championships in high school, back-to-back NCAA championships in college, I won an NBA championship my first year in the league, an NBA championship in my last year, and nine in between. That, Mr. James, is etched in stone.

Enough said.

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Steve Nash shaves grizzled beard, left with mustachioed ode to ‘Super Troopers’ (pic)

After a three long months away from the hardwood, Los Angeles Lakers guard made his return to NBA action on Tuesday night in a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. While the game ended in 109-99 loss to the T’Wolves — not to mention that the Lakers season is all but over at this point — […]The post Steve Nash shaves grizzled beard, left with mustachioed ode to ‘Super Troopers’ (pic) appeared first on Sportress of Blogitude.

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