Byron Scott sees swift title contention for Lakers (Yahoo Sports)
(Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:54:32 PDT)
Byron Scott was a key component of the Los Angeles Lakers' Showtime teams, a smooth shooting guard with sizzling competitive fire. He believes his purple-and-gold championship pedigree makes him the ideal coach to return the struggling 16-time champions to NBA contention. ''This organization is all about championships, period,'' Scott said Tuesday at his introductory news conference. ... I love challenges anyway, so this is going to be fun.'' Scott's fellow Lakers greats are already backing that notion.
No joke: Kings' Cousins hopes for Team USA shot (Yahoo Sports)
(Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:00:21 PDT)
DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis have been joking with one another during the U.S. basketball team's first two days of practice, about which big man is better. The Sacramento Kings' 6-foot-11, 270-pounder, who has become one of the best centers in the game, is spending his third straight summer with the national team. ''It was a training camp situation, so it kind of prepared me for this,'' Cousins said after Tuesday's practice. I just have to go through the course and do what I can do and wish for the best.'' Cousins' talent speaks for itself, but USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo has been just as impressed with his perseverance toward the national team, and the maturity he's seen off the court, overcoming attitude issues many believe have limited his progress.
Husband arrested in death of NBA player's aunt (Yahoo Sports)
(Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:53:03 PDT)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Police say they have arrested a man wanted in the slaying of the aunt of Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes.
Mavs sign F Ivan Johnson after year in China (Yahoo Sports)
(Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:54:06 PDT)
DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Mavericks have signed forward Ivan Johnson after he started all five games for their summer league team.
NBA, Clippers eager for Sterling out, Ballmer in (Yahoo Sports)
(Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:15:33 PDT)
The NBA and the Los Angeles Clippers are ready to move on, even if Donald Sterling wants to keep fighting. Move on to Steve Ballmer, who paid a record price for the team and is now a step closer to finally owning it. The Clippers are a potential powerhouse team next season, with two All-Star players and one of the league's best coaches.