• Knicks sign Lamar Odom

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks have signed former NBA champion Lamar Odom, who was out of the league this season. The move gives new president Phil Jackson an offseason to look at the versatile forward who thrived in his system. Odom helped the Los Angeles Lakers win NBA titles in 2009 and 2010, and was the Sixth Man of the Year in 2011, Jackson's final season as coach. But Odom has never captured that success again. He last played in the NBA with the Clippers in 2012-13, averaging 4.0 points in about 20 minutes per game, and appeared in two games for a team in Spain this season.

  • Rockets rest Harden, Lin, Parsons for finale

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Houston Rockets, already locked into the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoffs, have decided to rest James Harden, Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parsons for Wednesday night's regular season finale against the New Orleans Pelicans. The decision by coach Kevin McHale removes from the lineup two starters and a regular reserve who've combined for an average of 54.5 points. Houston opens the playoffs on Sunday at home against the Portland Trail Blazers. Pelicans coach Monty Williams says he's unsure of the status of point guard Brian Roberts, who has missed the previous two games with a sore left ankle. But he says Roberts has done everything he can to be ready to play one last time this season fo

  • Nets resting all starters for season finale

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    CLEVELAND (AP) — On the final day, the Nets rested. Brooklyn coach Jason Kidd sat all of his starters and some key reserves for the season finale against the Cavaliers so they're ready for the playoffs. The Nets entered Wednesday night's game with the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference, but could drop to No. 6 with a loss and if Washington wins in Boston. Kidd is sitting Deron Williams, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Joe Johnson and Shaun Livingston, and the Nets will dress just eight players. He'll start Jorge Gutierrez, Marquis Teague, Andray Blatche, Marcus Thornton — a group that made a combined seven starts this season.

  • Millsap to sit out Hawks season finale for rest

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap will sit out the team's regular season finale Wednesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks to rest for the playoffs. Millsap averages 17.9 points and 8.5 rebounds. He was also held out of Monday night's home finale against Charlotte, a 95-93 loss, along with Kyle Korver and DeMarre Carroll. The three starters had being rested with nagging injuries, none considered serious. Korver and Carroll will play Wednesday against the Bucks. But coach Mike Budenholzer said Korver, Carroll and point guard Jeff Teague won't see extensive minutes. Atlanta is the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference and will face Indiana in the first round of the playoffs.

  • Bucks owner Herb Kohl reaches deal to sell team

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bucks owner Herb Kohl was well past retirement age and realized it was time to secure the future of the franchise. He had one big caveat for any potential investors: Keep the team in his hometown of Milwaukee. And he found a buyer. The former U.S. senator is banking on New York investment firm executives Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens to follow through after agreeing to sell them the Bucks for about $550 million. The deal is subject to approval by the NBA and its board of governors. "I wasn't going to live forever. I've approached a time in my life where I have to think about ... how do we think about succession," Kohl, 79, said Wednesday at a news conference in the atrium of the BMO Harris Bradley Cente

  • Pacers resting 3 starters vs. Magic

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Pacers coach Frank Vogel says he is resting starters Paul George, David West and Lance Stephenson in their regular season finale against the Magic. Also getting a rest for the Eastern Conference's top seed is reserve Ian Mahinmi. Orlando is also without a pair of starters. Guard Jameer Nelson is out for the third straight game with a strained left groin, and center Nik Vucevic is missing his seventh consecutive game with a sore left Achilles.

  • James Harden says he'd 'definitely' be with Thunder if money wasn't a question

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    James Harden wouldn’t shave his beard for a million dollars.

  • Demps likes Pelicans' core, expects all back

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The left knee surgery Eric Gordon had scheduled on Wednesday was little more than an arthroscopic "cleanup" and all five of New Orleans' injured regulars should be ready for the start of next training camp, Pelicans general manager Dell Demps said Wednesday. Demps, who spoke as the Pelicans prepared for Wednesday night's season finale against Houston, could not immediately discuss the results of Gordon's procedure, but asserted, "I don't think it's a major surgery. ... Obviously, any time someone has surgery, it's a concern, but from what we've been told he'll be ready to go at the beginning of next season." Ryan Anderson, who had neck surgery this month on a herniated cervical disk, also is expected to r

  • Blake Griffin would support use of medical marijuana in NBA

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin told Rolling Stone magazine he'd be in support of medical marijuana use in the NBA. Griffin said that players struggle with the side effects of pain killers, and marijuana would be a better alternative. From Rolling Stone: "It doesn’t really affect me, but so many guys would probably benefit from it and not take as many painkillers, which have worse long-term effects. So I would vote yes. I just think it makes sense."

  • Report: Milwaukee Bucks to announce sale, won't move

    Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    The Milwaukee Bucks will announce later Wednesday that the longtime owner Herb Kohl has reached an agreement to sell the team to Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry for a purchase price of $550 million, according to sources familiar with the transaction. The move nixes any idea of the Bucks moving on to another city, say Seattle to replace the SuperSonics (now the Thunder). Kohl, a longtime U.S. senator who bought the team for $18 million in 1985, made keeping the team in Milwaukee a condition of the sale.

  • Griffin has to sit out finale for technical fouls

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin has been suspended for a game after getting his 16th technical foul this season. NBA president of operations Rod Thorn announced the suspension, and Griffin will sit out the regular-season finale on Wednesday night against Portland. NBA rules state a player or coach is automatically suspended a game once he receives his 16th technical. For every two additional technicals, the player or coach will be automatically suspended for an additional game. Griffin received the technical after swinging his right arm around trying to get the ball from Denver's Timofey Mozgov and hitting him in the head with 3:23 left in the second quarter in Tuesday night's win.

  • OKC Thunder: A Dallas win means the Thunder get the Mavs' first-round pick

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    There’s a faction of Thunder fans likely rooting for the Mavericks against Memphis tonight.

  • Could Blake Griffin's technicals hand the Thunder the No. 2 seed?

    staff reports | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    Blake Griffin might have made one decision unnecessary for Clippers Coach Doc Rivers. Griffin picked up his 16th technical foul of the season Tuesday night in a 117-105 win over the Denver Nuggets. NBA rules say that a player who picks up 16 techs will be suspended for one game, meaning Griffin would be forced to sit out against Portland tonight (unless his technical foul is rescinded). Griffin sitting out tonight, along with Clippers coach Doc Rivers deciding to rest guard J.J. Redick, could hand the Thunder the No. 2 seed in the West. In order to get the No. 2 seed, the Clippers have to beat the Blazers and have the Thunder lose to the Detroit Pistons tonight. That doesn't seem likely with Griffin on the bench. Fox Sports West's Jovan Buha reported that neither Griffin nor Redick will make the trip to Portland tonight, and Chris Paul might not travel either.

  • A look at the NBA playoff picture

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with one day remaining in the regular season: ___ EAST UPDATE How is New York not in the playoffs? Even without Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks beat Brooklyn on Tuesday night — their third double-digit win over the Nets this season. And that means five seedings will be decided on the season's final night. Indiana is No. 1, Miami is No. 2 and Atlanta is No. 8. Brooklyn could have wrapped up No. 5 on Tuesday. Toronto controls its destiny for No. 3, Brooklyn can still win to get No. 5 and Washington can ensure it finishes no worse than No. 6 with a victory. ___ WEST UPDATE More end-of-season madness awaits: Four seedings are undecide

  • A good read: Bucks' Udoh draws fans for book club

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Epke Udoh will leave one positive lasting impression from this dreary season for the Milwaukee Bucks, and it has nothing to do with basketball. Few, if any, NBA players can say they've started a book club over Twitter. Fewer still probably cite entertainment magnate Oprah Winfrey as a role model. Udoh, a four-year NBA veteran, is thinking big. "I want to be like Oprah. I want to be like Oprah's book club," the Bucks forward said Tuesday. "I'll get there. It might take me a couple years, but I'll get some buzz going." He's off to a decent start in a relatively short time. Udoh, drafted by Golden State with the sixth pick in the 2010 draft out of Baylor, said he started getting into reading

  • Clippers beat Nuggets 117-105 for record 57th win

    Updated: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin won't be playing in Portland, regardless of whether his 16th technical of the season is rescinded. Griffin will stay home to rest, along with J.J. Redick, while the rest of the Los Angeles Clippers close out the regular season against the Trail Blazers. They recorded their franchise-record 57th victory with a 117-105 win over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night, when Griffin scored 24 points. "I'm very happy that we're doing this stuff, but it's not what we want," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. Chris Paul had 21 points and 10 assists, and Redick added 18 points in the Clippers' finale at home, where they went 34-7 for another franchise mark. DeAndre Jordan had 13 points and 16 r

  • Griffin's 16th tech triggers 1-game suspension

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin has picked up his 16th technical foul of the season, triggering a league-mandated one-game suspension. Griffin was assessed the tech with 3:23 left in the second quarter on Tuesday night against the Denver Nuggets. He swung his right arm around to try to get the ball from Timofey Mozgov and hit Mozgov in the head. Griffin pleaded his case with the referees to no avail. Unless the league rescinds the tech, he will miss the Clippers' regular-season finale at Portland on Wednesday. It was Griffin's second tech in a week, having received his 15th last Wednesday against Oklahoma City.

  • Knicks pound Nets again as Anthony sits

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — At least the New York Knicks can say they won a city championship. Only the Brooklyn Nets have a chance to compete for a real one — though they'd better play a lot better than this. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 16 points and the Knicks, playing without the injured Carmelo Anthony, beat the Nets 109-98 on Tuesday night to win the season series between city rivals. And in an otherwise massively disappointing season, apparently local bragging rights do matter. "Hell yeah," Knicks guard J.R. Smith said. "I mean, I'm cool with some of those guys over there, so I can still say something when we're in the gym this summer. As long as I can say they didn't beat us that many times, we're good." The Knic

  • A season of frustration for Adelman, Timberwolves

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As the clock ticks down on the Minnesota Timberwolves' regular season finale on Wednesday night, one of the most quietly successful coaching careers the NBA has ever seen could be coming to a close right with it. Over the past quarter century, Rick Adelman has won more than 1,000 games, developed an innovative offense that influences everyone from Gregg Popovich to Erik Spoelstra and developed a reputation as a master of exploiting opponents' weaknesses while maximizing the talents on his own roster. But as his 23rd season draws to a close, it does so with everyone involved — a coach who wanted to make one last playoff push, a franchise hoping to convince its star player not to abandon it, a fan base wo

  • Warriors trying to move on without Andrew Bogut

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Go small or go home. That might as well be the new mantra for the Golden State Warriors in the playoffs. With center Andrew Bogut out for the foreseeable future with a fractured right rib, the Warriors are searching for a way to replace their best interior defender in a rotation that already lacks big men. Warriors coach Mark Jackson has flirted with smaller lineups late this season, and playing "small ball" in the playoffs could be his only option when backup center Jermaine O'Neal is not on the floor. "You can see it. It's a lineup we're going to have to use at some point, and I'm fine with using it," Jackson said. "The thing that we're going to have to make sure we do is battle defensively wh