The Oklahoma City Thunder Community Foundation has made two donations — $3,000 to the Little Axe school district and $2,000 to a family near Chickahsa — to help victims of tornadoes. The family donation was put in a trust for the children of Ricky and Tammy Rider. Tammy, 29, died when a tornado leveled her family’s Newalla home. The family has three children ages 9, 3 and 1, who remain hospitalized. The Little Axe donation will be used to help rebuild the middle school’s special education center destroyed by the storm.
Jackson remarks draw protestsLakers coach Phil Jackson refused to criticize Arizona’s new immigration law, triggering a backlash among activists who protest outside Staples Center on Monday night. Jackson was asked two weeks ago about the Suns wearing their Los Suns jerseys in protest during a playoff game. He said Arizona was taking federal law and putting some bite into it. On Monday he said he is wary of putting sports organizations in the middle of political controversies. He said his earlier statements should not be used by either side to rally support. Activists want the Lakers to put on the Los Lakers jerseys they wore on March 21 to honor Hispanic fans. Lakers spokesman John Black said those jerseys will not be worn during the playoffs.
Cavs, Brown still togetherCleveland began its offseason review. It didn’t begin with Mike Brown being shown the door. Brown remained in place as coach as the Cavs began their assessment. Cleveland was ousted from the playoffs last week by the Celtics.
Ginobili’s wife has twinsSpurs guard Manu Ginobili and his wife, Many, are parents to twin boys. Ginobili, on his Twitter page, announced Sunday’s births of Dante and Nicola. Ginobili said mother and boys are doing great, and he later added, "I just changed my first diaper!” Ginobili in April announced he would not play for his native Argentina this summer in the world championships in Turkey because of his pending parenthood, plus he wants to stay healthy.
Hornets interview Utah’s CorbinJazz assistant Tyrone Corbin met with the Hornets about the club’s head-coaching vacancy. The Hornets also have interviewed former Dallas coach Avery Johnson, current Mavericks assistant Dwane Casey, former NBA coach Mike Fratello, former New Jersey head coach Lawrence Frank, former NBA player Mark Jackson, current Boston assistant Tom Thibodeau and Portland assistant Monty Williams.
Cribbs wants LeBron to stayCleveland’s second-most popular athlete can’t imagine LeBron James leaving. Browns Pro Bowl return specialist Josh Cribbs, whose connection with Cleveland fans helped get him a new contract, said he would hate to see James bolt as a free agent. "He’s the king here,” Cribbs said. "But he will not be the king in any other city but Cleveland.”