Raptors’ parade shooting: Four injured, three arrested

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    Four people were injured in a shooting during Monday’s rally for the NBA champion Raptors that sent panicked fans scurrying for cover at the end of an hours-long victory parade.

    According to the Toronto Star, police arrested three people and recovered two firearms shortly after the shooting in Nathan Phillips Square that caused chaos in an area around Bay and Albert Streets in the city. 

    None of the injuries are life threatening, police said, and investigators were asking for any video of the incident to help in their work that is ongoing.

    Raptors play-by-play broadcaster Matt Devlin told the crowd there was an "emergency that is being dealt with" during the ceremony. 

    Toronto was just four days removed from defeating the Warriors in six games in the 2019 NBA Finals to win its first title in fran[......]


    What channel is the NBA Draft on today? Time, TV schedule for 2019 NBA Draft

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    The 2019 NBA Draft is upon us, one week after the Raptors took the series against the Warriors to win their first championship.

    It's a foregone conclusion the Pelicans will take Duke star Zion Williamson at No. 1, further fast-tracking New Orleans' rebuild after reportedly acquiring Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball from the Lakers for Anthony Davis in a blockbuster trade over the weekend.

    Ja Morant and RJ Barrett, Williamson's former teammate at Duke, are expected to be the next two picks, but everyone else after that is up in the air. 

    ESPN will broadcast the NBA Draft for a 17th consecutive year. Here's everything you need to know about how to tune in, including the start time and first-round draft order.

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      Date: Thursday, June 20Time: 7:30 p.m. ETTV channel: ESPNLive stream: Watch ESPN

      ESPN is planning to go live from Barclays Center with a pre-draft show starting at 7 p.m. ET.​ Rece Davis will host coverage along with analysts Jay Bilas, Chauncey Billups, Mike Schmitz, Bobby Marks and Adrian Wojnarowski with Maria Taylor on the floor interviewing players as they're drafted.

      In addition to ESPN broadcasting Thursday's coverage, the NBA Draft can be streamed on Watch ESPN. Viewers in Canada will be able to[......]


    Lakers free agency rumors: L.A. eyeing these 3 players

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    The Lakers are showing interest in three veteran centers who could help bolster their depth entering the 2019-20 season. 

    According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst and Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers are eyeing Brook Lopez, DeAndre Jordan and Nikola Vucevic in free agency. The Lakers still have eight spots left to fill on their roster.

    "The Lakers, I think, are sniffing around (Lopez)," Windhorst reported. "I think the Lakers need perimeter players. I think they're going to have to use their money on perimeter players. I know DeAndre Jordan is a guy on the Lakers' radar that they're hoping they may able to get for relatively cheap because he wants to be back in L.A."

    The report comes after the Lakers reportedly acquired Anthony Davis through a trade with the Pelicans last week. While anything can happen in free agency, the Lakers' interest in these three players gives insight into how they plan to build their franchise around LeBron James and Davis.

    Lopez is coming off a season in which he shot 36.5 percent with the Bucks. He played the 2017-18 season with the Lakers. He said in 2018 that the way Los Angeles moved on from him after signing James was "tough."

    Jordan also has ties to Los Angeles as he played 10 seasons with t[......]


    Ainge on importance of Celtics adding ‘good people'

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    Danny Ainge wants the Celtics’ roster to be filled with “good people.”

    Boston is expected to undergo a major overhaul this summer and it already added four players — Romeo Langford, Grant Williams, Carsen Edwards and Tremont Waters — in the draft last week.

    Ainge, the Celtics longtime president of basketball operations, was asked about the rookies and what he is looking for in new acquisitions when he met with reporters at a press conference Monday.

    “I think it just makes life more enjoyable when everybody is humble, hard working and will play any role they have to (in order) to help the team succeed, " Ainge said. "You do have to have a certain amount of talent to win, as we all know, but goo夜网论坛d people makes coming to work more fun."

    Kyrie Irving and Al Horford, two starters for Boston in 2018-19, are reportedly planning to sign elsewhere in free agency this summer. Despite the anticipated changes, Ainge told reporters last week he's still confident in the team's direction.

    "I'm excited about our team going forward," Ainge said at the time. "I like[......]


    NBA Draft results 2019: Grades, analysis for every pick in Rounds 1-2

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    The 2019 NBA Draft has come and gone, leaving the typical round of questions. Which teams managed to come out of the draft looking good? Which ones floundered and never quite found their way? Who drafted Georgios Papagiannis in the lottery?

    That’s why we’re here to play armchair quarterback and hand out some draft grades. Hopefully it’ll help figure out who did well and who didn’t. Of course, all of this could look horribly stupid in three years when we find out which prospects actually panned out. Such is the risk of offering up instant grades.

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    A quick note about the grading philosophy employed below: I’ve historically found one of the most frustrating things about reading NBA Draft grades to be that I don’t understand why picks are being graded the way they are. So, I wanted to lay out a rubric of sorts to try to help the reader make sense of what’s t[......]


    Paul George pens farewell to Thunder after LA deal

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    Paul George made sure he left Oklahoma City on the right foot, even after requesting a trade that ultimately landed him in Los Angeles.

    George will join Kawhi Leonard on the Clippers, but before he gets settled, he thanked the Thunder after spending two seasons with the team.

    "Thank you Oklahoma for 2 great years, you took me in as one of your own from the day I touched down," George wrote on Instagram. "Thank you to the fans who make representing those 3 letters mean something. Thank you to Sam and Clay for being the best management a franchise and player could ask for.

    "Thank you to the friends within the organization that took care of my family and I whenever we needed help. The picture shown is a bond that can’t be broken I truly loved and enjoyed the race from start to 夜网论坛finish. Thank you OKLAHOMA! You already know what it is @russwest44! Love brodie!"

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    Thank you Oklahoma for 2 great years, you took me in as one of your own from the day I touched down. Thank you to the fans who make representing those 3 letters mean something. Thank you to Sam and Clay for being the best management a franchise and player could ask for. Thank you to the friends within the organization that to[......]


    NBA rumors: Lakers, Warriors among 12 teams attending workout for Amar'e Stoudemire, Monta Ellis

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    Amar'e Stoudemire and Monta Ellis are both looking to return to the NBA.

    Stoudemire and Ellis are healthy and hoping to sign with a contender, according to a report from ESPN, which cites an unidentified league source.

    The pair will hold a workout Monday for about 12 teams, according to Yahoo Sports. The Lakers, Warriors and Knicks, among others, are expected to attend. 

    Stoudemire, 36, last appeared in an NBA game in 2015-16 with the Heat. He scored 18.9 points per game and made six All-Star teams during his 14-year career but struggled with injuries over his last few seasons.

    “I’m in great shape. I’m training as if I’m coming back to the NBA,” Stoudemire said during an intervi[......]


    Kevin Durant chose Nets because he loves their 'system,' GM says

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    Kevin Durant was a fan of the Nets even during his final season with the Warriors. 

    The former MVP thought highly of Brooklyn and its style of play, which is one of the reasons he chose the Nets over other suitors in free agency.

    General manager Sean Marks told WFAN on Tuesday that in his first conversation with Durant after the announcement, the star said: "I 夜网论坛love the system. I love how you guys play. I see how hard you guys play ... you were never out of games. We could never take you guys lightly."

    Marks stood by the fact he didn't know Durant's choice to join the organization until he announced it on Instagram just a few minutes after free agency began on June 30. 

    "What we knew was we were either getting a teleconference call with Kevin that night or we were going to potentially get a meeting," Marks said. "We'd seen some media reports earlier in the day that Kevin had crossed several teams off his list and we were still one of them (being considered). And those reports were there for everybody to read. And when Kevin posted it on The Boardroom Instagram site, that was news to all of us in the office."

    Marks remains excited about the addition of Durant, despite him recovering from an injury that will likely have[......]


    Should Lakers be concerned about LeBron James' workload?

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    The Lakers took a big swing and missed on signing Kawhi Leonard when he chose to join the Clippers, yet still walked away from the offseason with a much-improved roster. All-Star forwards LeBron James and Anthony Davis will be surrounded by new role players like Danny Green, DeMarcus Cousins and Jared Dudley, plus a few Lakers from last year in Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, JaVale McGee and Rajon Rondo.

    This team is very much a contender for a title in 2020 — if it's able to properly regulate James' workload and help the 34-year-old avoid another significant injury.

    Clippers, Nets, Lakers emerge from chaos as big winners

    After suffering a groin strain during LA's 2018 Christmas Day contest against the Warriors, James missed 17 games before returning at the end of January. Even with James back on the floor, the Lakers failed to earn a playoff berth, ending the first year of "LA-Bron" in disaster.

    James is an athletic freak of nature not only because of his rare combination of strength and agility, but also because of his incredible run of health over 16 seasons. The groin strain he suffered last year was the worst injury of his career, and could be easily dismissed considering James' track record.



    Steve Kerr calls out Lakers for Anthony Davis recruitment: 'It’s bad for the league'

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    Warriors coach Steve Kerr is concerned with how the Lakers handled their recruitment of Anthony Davis.

    The saga was well noted, with Davis publicly wanting a trade from the Pelicans and Los Angeles blatantly going after Davis near the trade deadline in February before negotiations with the Pelicans fell through.

    For Kerr, that left a bad taste in his mouth, even though other players have negotiated their way to different teams. Kerr said Davis' situation is different because he had a couple years left on his contract with New Orleans.

    “I’m talking more about the Anthony Davis situation,” Kerr said on The Warriors Insider Podcast. “Where a guy is perfectly healthy and has a couple years left on his deal and says, ‘I want to leave.’ That’s a real problem that the league has to address and that the players have to be careful with.

    “When you sign on that dotted line, you owe your effort and your play to that team, to that city, to the fans. And then (once the contract runs out) it’s completely your right to leave as a free agent. But if you sign the contract, then you should be bound to that contract.

    “If you come to an agreem[......]