via Darren Rovell
Hoping in part to push along sales of NBA jerseys, more teams will wear uniforms with sleeves next season.
An NBA source told ESPN.com that as many as five teams will wear the short-sleeve jerseys as an alternate jersey for as much as 12 games during the season.
“We are interested in doing more short-sleeve jerseys when it makes sense,” said Patrik Nilsson, president of adidas North America.
Nilsson said Wednesday that adidas is motivated to get more fans wearing jerseys while also innovating the game jersey for the players. The company pays roughly $35 million a year to be the official apparel provider of the league through the 2016-17 season.
All teams were offered the option to add this jersey, according to Sal LaRocca, the league’s executive vice president of global merchandising, but LaRocca would not confirm exactly how many teams have committed to it.
The NBA Summer League 2013 in Las Vegas will feature 22 teams competing in a 61-game schedule from July 12-22 at the Thomas & Mack Center and COX Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
This summer’s event will feature the debut of a tournament style schedule that will crown the first ever NBA Summer League Champion on Monday, July 22. Teams will compete in three preliminary round games from July 12-16 before being seeded in a tournament running through the Championship Game on July 22. Each team is guaranteed to play at least five games.
NBA TV will televise a full slate of NBA Summer League games and live game action will also extend across digital platforms. A complete broadcast schedule will be released at a later date.
Warriors Schedule: WAS July 13, SAC July 15, and MIL July 16 — The new playoff format begins July 17.
via Tim Kawakami
-Q: What do you think of the Nets hiring Jason Kidd right out of his playing days? He gave you credit for some of that—for paving the way for former players without coaching experience. You deserve credit for this?
-JACKSON: No. I think at the end of the day Jason Kidd is an all-time great player who I’ve got a lot of respect for.
I’ve talked to him often. He reached out and thanked me and we’ve had great dialogue. I just think he’s going to do very well. I’m happy for him. I think it was a great hire for the Nets.
That being said, I think it’s now up to Jason to open the door for the next guy to prove that the naysayers are wrong.
What I don’t want is for people to say this doesn’t work or that does work… There’s been success stories with former players, straight out of the booth or straight from playing, success stories with people out of college or retread coaches.
And there’s been failures across the board.
We’ve got to look at each situation and judge it from that. I have a lot of respect for Jason Kidd, think he’s going to do great. To me, it meant a lot he reached out and I think it’s great for Brooklyn.
-Q: What are your thought about the Doc Rivers/Clippers talks, which I guess at this point are stalled or dead?
-JACKSON: I don’t know what to think about it , quite honestly. Doc is a great coach and I can see an organization wanting him.
I have no problem with making trades and trying to get a great coach. I think if it happens it’s great obviously for the Clippers. And the Celtics can make a decision just like they make a decision players execs or what have you.
via Jason Jones
Kings principal owner Vivek Ranadive will introduce Pete D’Alessandro as the team’s new general manager today at a news conference at Sleep Train Arena.
And Ranadive isn’t done changing the look of the Kings’ front office.
The Kings have offered Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame player and former Golden State Warriors executive Chris Mullin a role as a consultant, The Bee learned Sunday.
Sources said Mullin likely will accept. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the offer.
Mullin was the Warriors’ top basketball executive from 2004 to 2009. D’Alessandro worked for the Warriors from 2004 to 2008, the final two years as assistant general manager. D’Alessandro has never been a general manager, and Mullin would be a familiar voice of experience.
via Marcus Thompson
Mychal Thompson didn’t mince words when his son Klay got involved in his first NBA skirmish in February by shoving Indiana’s Roy Hibbert in the back. He went on the airwaves in Los Angeles, where he is a radio host, to talk about the actions of his “dumb son” who, for his fine-inducing shove, would also get his allowance docked by his parents.
When reminded of the episode, Klay Thompson, the Warriors’ soft-spoken 23-year-old guard, just smiled.
“I’m used to it,” he said. “He’s been like that all my life. He’s got jokes.”
The Warriors owner stops by with Bucher and Towny to discuss many different topics with his basketball team. He talks about what he wants to do with the team in the offseason and addresses the new arena issue and how it’s going.
Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli underwent successful surgery yesterday on his right knee, the team announced. The procedure, which was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles, was necessary to reinforce both the medial collateral ligament and posterior cruciate ligament in Ezeli’s right knee. Ezeli suffered a sprained right knee during the club’s regular-season finale this season at Portland on April 17. He will begin rehabilitation in the near future and is expected to make a complete recovery. The team’s medical staff indicates that recovery time could be a minimum of 6-9 months.
Highlighted by 20 players owning USA Basketball experience, including one 2012 Olympic gold medalist and also featuring the last three NBA Draft No. 1 selections, USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo today announced that 27 players have accepted invitations to attend the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s National Team mini-camp that will be held July 22-25 in Las Vegas, Nev.
Accepting invitations to participate in the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s National Team mini-camp were: Ryan Anderson (New Orleans Pelicans); Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors); Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies/Ohio State); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Derrick Favors (Utah Jazz); Paul George (Indiana Pacers); Taj Gibson (Chicago Bulls); Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz); Jrue Holiday (Philadelphia 76ers); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers); Ty Lawson (Denver Nuggets); Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs); Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); Greg Monroe (Detroit Pistons); Chandler Parsons (Houston Rockets); Larry Sanders (Milwaukee Bucks); Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors); Dion Waiters (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kemba Walker (Charlotte Bobcats); John Wall (Washington Wizards); and Tyler Zeller (Cleveland Cavaliers).
Recently named 2013-16 USA Basketball National Team head coach and Duke University’s Naismith Hall of Fame mentor Mike Krzyzewski will direct the mini-camp. Serving as assistant coaches are USA Basketball and Syracuse University veteran coach Jim Boeheim, Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau and New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams.
“The group of players we have assembled for the mini-camp are extremely talented and very versatile. This is an important opportunity for each one of them because we will be evaluating which players will continue to be involved in future USA National Team training camps and teams,” said Colangelo, who has seen USA National teams compile a 62-1 record since taking charge of the USA Basketball Men’s National Team program in 2005. “Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love, Rudy Gay, Eric Gordon, Danny Granger, and Andre Iguodala were all guys who played in our 2009 mini-camp and went on to play for the 2010 USA World Championship and 2012 U.S. Olympic teams that won gold. I’m sure it will not be much different this time around and some of the players involved in this mini-camp will be members of upcoming USA National teams.
- warriors: Picks 3 and 4 have just come in in @warriorsvox's 2013 Mock Draft. Listen: http://t.co/78gqGqsT7u. All picks so far: http://t.co/sGs43gwGNc
1 week agoRicBucher: The craziness that is the Clippers' coaching search: the attraction to Brian Shaw, at least in part, is inspired by http://t.co/Xwbgw3MO7H
1 week agoRicBucher: For Bay Area tweeps: A's owner Lew Wolff on @957TheGame Newsmakers today. Baer broke news yesterday on Pablo's foot; Lew, it's your turn.
1 week agoRicBucher: ESPN's Jim Bowden: Sandoval going on DL w/fractured(not strained) foot. CEO Larry Baer said fracture as well on @957TheGame Newsmakers Mon.
1 week agogswscribe: No picks at all as of now RT @DayGuy3: do they have any first round picks?
1 week agogswscribe: smh RT @OmegaMANdo: Clips interview Scott, Hollins, McMillan & BShaw. The unPC irony; they're looking to replace a white guy named Del Negro
1 week agogswscribe: 0 RT @buck2080: Good morning Marcus, do you know how many second round picks, the Warriors have?
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1 week agoSherwoodStrauss: Spurs are smart. If they believe in the corrosiveness of media influence, they might have a great, secret insight on what media does.
1 week agoSherwoodStrauss: I'm interested because the Spurs have been so successful. It's plausible that shunning media might = more victories.
1 week agoSherwoodStrauss: I'm interested in why the Spurs shut media out, but they won't tell, because they shut media out.
1 week agoSherwoodStrauss: It would appear that Popovich keeps the media at bay because he believes we have the power to hurt his team's chances.
1 week agoSherwoodStrauss: Pop's rationale for skipping media wasn't about needing time to prep for the Finals. It was about the fear of creating a distraction.
1 week agoSherwoodStrauss: According to SVG, Pop left a message saying he wanted to be on the show, but couldn't forgive himself if he created a distraction now.
1 week agoSherwoodStrauss: Popovich recently turned down a repeat interview on LeBatard's show and I found his rationale more interesting than the most interviews.
1 week agoSherwoodStrauss: Jalen Rose's post-playing career reminds me of Anthony Bourdain with Kitchen Confidential. http://t.co/UV9zn8v8tE
1 week agoSherwoodStrauss: "Go Spurs Go!" is to Spurs fans as "Hodor" is to Hodor.
1 week agowarriors: In honor #StephCenter tonight, we'll give away 2 @StephenCurry30 autographed issues of @SInow. Stay tuned for details http://t.co/sySOGyzf2i
1 week agogswstats: Including playoffs, Stephen Curry/Klay Thompson combined for 550 three-pointers. More on Thompon, Bogut and Barnes: http://t.co/CeNlFHmqeh
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- JacksonMark13: On a college tour with my daughter @HeavynJackson. Proud Dad!!!! #SoBlessed
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- StephenCurry30: Parents, please support your kids in pursuing their #dreams. Buy @thedreamten #ebook at http://t.co/gLZC9Wgjq5 & http://t.co/QPvGMddUc5
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- Dlee042: Great view at the Governors Ball for Kings of Leon.. NAS and Guns n Roses are up next!!! http://t.co/sskzzHegR2
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- andrewbogut: Not sure how a notorious rapist gets 2 separate sentences shortened?His third time out?He kills an innocent women.OZ's legal system =A Joke!
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- fezzyfel: By the way, the answer was that you only owe 98. You don't add the 1 you kept because that's part of the 98 de09
1 week agofezzyfel: Wow you guys are really smart.Sorry fpr doubting. Some of the responses tho de02
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