Outspoken Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has a message for 18-year-olds eager to make the jump from high school straight to the NBA: Be careful. On Thursday, USA Today reported the NBA has submitted a formal proposal to the National Basketball Players Association to lower the draft-eligible age from 19 to 18. The injury to Duke star freshman Zion Williamson this week in a game against North Carolina brought the question of players spending one year in college before turning pro into sharper focus. "You may be better off controlling your own destiny and taking advantage of the most money because in the G League you aren't subject to the NBA's collective bargaining agreement," he told The News.
Westbrook scored 43 points with 15 rebounds and eight assists, but a charge in overtime brought his night to an end as he fouled out in a 148-147 game against Utah. It was an emotional night for DeMar DeRozan, who made his first appearance in Toronto since being traded to the Spurs for Kawhi Leonard during the offseason. DeRozan had a good night on the stat sheet, but a late turnover ultimately helped the Raptors get a 120-117 win as all five Toronto starters finished in double-figures. 25 say 6 ribaunt ile oynayan Bay Pene, DeMar DeRozana unutamayaca bir geri dn hediyesi verdi!
The leagues assessment, which was released Friday afternoon, found that the refs missed two calls committed against Irving during his last-second drive to the hoop, as well as an off-ball foul against Marcus Morris, who was the Celtics first option on the play. According to the NBAs review, Bucks guard Kris Middleton should have been called for grabbing Morris, who was cutting toward the hoop after setting an off-ball pick to free up Irving for the inbounds pass. Additionally, the league says that Giannis Antetokounmpo should have been called for bumping legs with Irving, knocking the Celtics point guard off balance on his drive. The NBA found the refs also missed two traveling calls on Antetokounmpo in the last two minutes, as well as a 10-second free throw violation by the MVP candidate.
Jeremy Lin said being the only Asian player in the NBA "at times, kinda sucks" in an interview released on Friday. In a Q&A with The Undefeated's Cary Chow, Lin discussed his Asian-American identity, how he views the success of other Asian-American athletes like Kyler Murray and his popularity in Taiwan. Lin, the first Taiwanese-American player in the NBA, also talked about his experiences dealing with racist reactions to his success. Lin, still an international icon with 5.85 million Twitter followers, joined the Toronto Raptors after his contract was bought out by the Atlanta Hawks.
CLOSE SportsPulse: Dan Wolken explains why no one should be panicking over Zion's injury vs. UNC and why his time at Duke has only benefited his NBA career. It may seem this conversation is being hurried along by Zion Williamson hurting his knee (blessedly just a minor sprain) in the Duke - UNC game this week, but by all accounts this is something the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver had been moving toward for quite some time. For the truly elite talents of the world, though, those who have already honed their game and put in the work, asking them to wait a season is ridiculous. A few high-visibility busts and kids who struggled to handle the sudden influx of wealth had the NBA looking for answers, and the idea that asking young players to attend a year of college was born.
CLOSE SportsPulse: With another NBA All-Star Game in the books, Trysta Krick and Jeff Zillgitt turn our attention to the playoff push down the stretch. Kyle Kuzma and James each drew charges against Harden in the final three minutes of the game. LeBron draws a charge on James Harden in crunch time of a 6-point game to foul him out. At the same time, many fans are pointing out the irony of Harden complaining about officiating, considering he's shooting a league-high 11.4 free throws per game.
The NBA and its players are continuing to move forward on plans to eliminate the one-and-done rule in college basketball, something that the sides have been working toward for months. The league has sent a proposal to the National Basketball Players Association on lowering the minimum age for entering the NBA draft from 19 to 18, and the union discussed the contents at a meeting in the Bahamas earlier this week, a person with knowledge of the matter told The Associated Press on Thursday. Silver, who was once a proponent of raising the draft minimum age to 20 before changing his mind, said last year that he believes the league and the players can create a better system. The G League also introduced a plan last year to begin offering select contracts worth $125,000 to elite prospects who are not yet eligible for the NBA.
The Boston Celtics had a chance to beat the Milwaukee Bucks last night. When pressed, Irving refused to comment any further, saying I love my money," insinuating his real thoughts would have led to a fine for criticizing officials. So the entire play, according to the NBA, should have been a turnover on Boston because of the illegal screen. The NBA, however, touts the transparency of the reports as a way to maintain openness and trust with the officiating.
Caught up in the angst over Zion Williamson blowing out his shoe (and fortunately not his knee) on national television Wednesday night was the misnomer that the NCAA was to blame for him being required to spend a season at Duke. Since, players like Kevin Durant (Texas) and Anthony Davis (Kentucky) have been one-year college stars before making their NBA millions. But theres a growing sentiment the NBA option should exist out of high school -- players do not have to go to college, that part is a misnomer -- even if that means the drafts now feature as many Eddy Currys as Kobe Bryants. The NBAs current proposal is for the change to go into effect for the 2022 draft, giving teams a time to adjust.
Video Details Matt Barnes weighs in on James Harden and Chris Paul's post game comments about NBA referee Scott Foster after the Houston Rockets' loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Hear why Matt Barnes agrees with them that something must be done moving forward.