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New York Liberty head coach Bill Laimbeer joined The Dan Patrick Show on Thursday morning, and he didn't mince words when the conversation inevitably drifted to the NBA's inescapable binary question:
Jordan or LeBron?
"There’s no question I would take LeBron James," Laimbeer said. "He can do more. Michael Jordan could score and make big shots and look spectacular at times with wild-flying dunks, but LeBron can get you 18 rebounds. LeBron can get you 15 assists if he chooses to, or he can score 50 if he wanted to.
MIAMI -- The fact that Dwyane Wade wants to be respected for what he has accomplished with the Miami Heat, is demanding to be taken care of handsomely well into the twilight of his career and still believes he’s one of the NBA’s elite players at this stage all comes as little surprise.
What’s stunning -- and stinging -- are the timing and the tactics in play here.
Self-proclaimed Heat Lifers don’t go public like this. And so-called Heat Nation’s administration should be more careful about who it takes for granted. But reports on Thursday indicating Wade and the Heat are already at an impasse over a new contract, and that the most productive player in franchise history may be open to bolting, reveals a disturbing breach in the way both are conducting business these days.
Golden State guard Klay Thompson was recovering well from a blow to the head that caused headaches and vomiting and should be ready for the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, his father has said.
Thompson suffered concussion-like symptoms after he received a knee in the head during Golden State's Western Conference-clinching victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.
He had bleeding from a cut to his ear and later vomited, forcing his father Mychal -- a former NBA player -- to drive him home, though the elder Thompson said his son was recovering well even if he still needs to pass neurological tests before resuming practice.
LOS ANGELES -- Jamie Foxx only met Doc Rivers once, three years ago in a restaurant while Rivers was coaching the Boston Celtics, but apparently that's all Foxx needed to master his spot-on impersonation of Rivers' distinctively hoarse voice.
Foxx showed off his Rivers impersonation earlier this month during an appearance on "The Tonight Show," and no one enjoyed it more than Rivers himself just two days after a heartbreaking loss to the Houston Rockets in the second round of the playoffs ended the Clippers' season.
"It gave me some levity when I needed it," Rivers told The Beast 980 on Thursday. "It was hilarious and I loved it."
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Hornets have expanded Dell Curry's role, naming him the franchise's ambassador and special projects adviser.
He will remain the color analyst for the team's TV broadcasts on SportSouth.
The team announced Curry will serve as an ambassador for the team at events related to both basketball and business operations, which include community programs, charity outings and fundraising events. He will also work on special projects.
As the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors prepare to battle for the NBA championship, the Los Angeles Clippers can only reflect on what might have been after a season of rich promise ended abruptly.
A year after their playoff hopes were rocked by a racism scandal that left previous owner Donald Sterling with a life ban from the NBA, the Clippers seemed set to make a run at a title as they made a stirring start to the postseason.
They came back from a 3-2 series deficit to beat the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs in a pulsating opening round, then closed in on a first ever conference final by taking a 3-1 series lead over the Houston Rockets in the second round.
With its stars back in the groove, powerhouse Talk ‘N Text guns for a share of the lead while trying to bury fading Globalport deeper in the standings when they clash today in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.
Jayson Castro is returning from sick bay and Ranidel de Ocampo, after sitting out the first two games, is nearing 100 percent for the Tropang Texters, who are favored in their 7 p.m. battle with the Batang Pier.
While Talk ‘N Text is on a roll, the Batang Pier need a win badly to perk up their spirits after losing their last two games following a franchise-best start of three straight wins.
MIAMI -- For the first time, the relationship between Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat seems murky at best.
And his future with the team is now in doubt.
Contract talks between Wade and the Heat are at "an impasse" and the three-time NBA champion is preparing himself for possibly leaving the team this summer, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Thursday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because neither side has publicly released details of the negotiations.
LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers says that Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan have a good relationship and that both players, along with Blake Griffin, understand they need each other to ultimately win a championship -- and they want to win one together.
"I can put this to rest: They get along great," Rivers told Fred Roggin of The Beast 980 on Thursday. "Clearly, like everybody, they don't get along all the time, and they don't get along with me all the time, either, by the way. I don't see that as an issue. I think all three, and I'm including Blake in this as well, understand how important the other guy is to them. Meaning, they all three need each other to win, and I think all three get that and all three know that and all three want to do it together. To me, that's the most important thing."
Jordan will be a free agent on July 1, and there have been reports that a possibly strained relationship with Paul could prevent him from re-signing with the Clippers.
Blackwater and Meralco look to get back to the winning track.
The Elite (1-4) lost in a double-overtime encounter with Kia last Tuesday, 83-76, while the Bolts (2-3) bowed to Barako Bull, 105-99, last Sunday
Blackwater came back from as large as 19 points down against KIA only to sputter in the two extensions where the Elite scored just two points each to become a sorry footnote in the lowest-scoring double-overtime game ever.