Chicago Bulls Sign Forward Alize Johnson to Two-Year Deal

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the 25-year-old power forward has signed a two-year $3.6 million deal with Arturas Karnisovas and Co.   In desperate need of depth at power forward after missing out on both Paul Millsap and LaMarcus Aldridge, Johnson entered the picture as a possibility when the Nets waived him late last week.   On a Monday where the Bulls also reportedly added both Stanley Johnson and Matt Thomas, Alize Johnson is easily the most intriguing signing. He might have the fewest professional matches under his belt, but he does provide better size and physicality for this team to slot into […]

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Sacramento Kings rout Boston Celtics to claim NBA summer league title

Louis King slammed home a two-handed dunk with a little more than two minutes left in the third quarter of the NBA summer league championship game, let out a massive shout and promptly flexed with authority. Fittingly, it was King who dominated for Sacramento and concluded with 21 points to help the Kings cruise to a 100-67 victory over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night in front of a sparse, masked crowd that barely filled the Thomas & Mack Center’s bottom bowl, an uncommon scene for a title game that has packed the venue in recent years prior to the pandemic. It was Sacramento’s first summer league […]

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Phoenix Suns hopeful Chris Paul returns for Game 3 vs. LA Clippers

There is optimism within the Phoenix Suns organization that Chris Paul, out for the start of the Western Conference finals because of the league’s health and safety protocols, could return for Game 3 on Thursday in Los Angeles, sources told ESPN. However, as of the start of Game 2 on Tuesday, Paul had yet to be cleared, sources said. Tuesday marked the sixth day that Paul remained isolated from the team because of the NBA’s coronavirus-related mandates. While a positive test required a player to be quarantined for a minimum of 10-14 days this season, the league has different standards […]

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Malathaat Made 5-2 Favorite for Kentucky Oaks

Shadwell Stable’s Malathaat , winner of Keeneland’s April 3 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (G1) last time out, has been made the 5-2 morning line favorite for the April 30 Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1). Trained by Todd Pletcher, the daughter of Curlin will break from post 10 under veteran rider John Velazquez. Co-second choices at 3-1 in the Oaks field are Larry Best’s OXO Equine’s Travel Column  (post 6) and Klaravich Stables’ Search Results  (post 12). The 147th Oaks, worth $1.25 million, will go as race 11 on Churchill Downs’ April 30 program with a arranged post-time of 5:51 p.m. ET. The Oaks has been dominated of late by trainers Brad Cox […]

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De’Andre Hunter’s knee surgery gives Hawks yet another medical hurdle

De’Andre Hunter’s knee surgery is only the latest medical setback that threatens the Atlanta Hawks’ efforts to end a streak of three consecutive losing seasons. The Hawks have been without guard Bogdan Bogdanovic for a month due to a knee injury. Hunter, enjoying a breakout season as the starting small forward, missed four games before Monday’s arthroscopic procedure on his right knee. His status will be updated in two weeks. Atlanta (11-12) will be without the two starters when it plays at Dallas on Wednesday night. Hunter has emerged as one of Atlanta’s top players in his second season. He is third on the team […]

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Mets hire former player Tony Tarasco as first base coach

The New York Mets have hired Tony Tarasco to be their first base coach, bringing the former outfielder back to the franchise where he ended his playing career. The Mets revealed the hiring Wednesday. The 50-year-old Tarasco will take over for Tony DeFrancesco, who is moving to a new role as senior advisor for player development and scouting. Tarasco was born in Manhattan and is one of 139 players to play for the Yankees and Mets, but he’s best known in New York for a play in the 1996 AL Championship Series when he was with the Baltimore Orioles. Tarasco was chasing Derek […]

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Boston Red Sox bring back Alex Cora as manager

The Boston Red Sox have brought back manager Alex Cora less than one year after they let him go following MLB’s investigation into the Astros’ sign-stealing scheme, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported. Cora, 45, led the Red Sox to the 2018 World Series championship in his first year at the helm and was with Boston for the 2019 season. In January 2020, the sides parted ways following the league’s investigation into the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scheme. At the time of his firing, the league was also investigating sign-stealing allegations against the Red Sox that ultimately were deemed far more minor. Looking for the […]

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Stan Van Gundy agrees to deal to coach New Orleans Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans have found their next head coach. Stan Van Gundy, 61, agreed to join the Pelicans on Wednesday afternoon, announcing his decision on Twitter. “I’m excited to join a talented New Orleans Pelicans team,” Van Gundy said on Twitter. “It will be an honor to work with our players and to work for Mrs. Benson and David Griffin, Trajan Langdon, their staff and the great people of New Orleans. I can’t wait to talk to our players and get the process started.” The Pelicans ended 13th in the Western Conference with a 30-42 record and missed out on the […]

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Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni eager to coach if season resumes

Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni turns 69 on Friday, but ESPN’s Tim MacMahon reported D’Antoni “would have no reservations about being on the sideline if the NBA season resumes. Baxter Holmes of ESPN spoke to a pair of NBA general managers who expressed reservations about having older coaches and personnel work during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Based on all the information that we have today, probably people over 60 with preexisting conditions can’t go, for sure, no matter what their titles are,” one GM had stated. “Whether it’s a father of the star player or whether it’s the general manager […]

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Cavaliers and coach John Beilein have discussed possibility on him stepping down

The Cleveland Cavaliers and head coach John Beilein have discussed the option of him stepping down as head coach. ESPN reported late Sunday night that Beilein left for the All-Star break weighing his future as coach, including the possibility that the Feb. 12 victory versus the Atlanta Hawks was his final game in the NBA. Beilein, 67, has talked about the difficult transition from college to the pros on a few different occasions, but said recently he had no regrets about his decision to join the Cavaliers and sign a five-year contract in May — even though he has had problems connecting to […]

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