Do the Clippers want Klay Thompson guarding Chris Paul in the playoffs? J.J. Redick's take: Yes! Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers have yet to play against each other this postseason, but they've already commenced trading shots.

The cross talk continued on Friday, as Golden State coach Mark Jackson responded to a barb from Clippers guard J.J. Redick about Warriors guard Klay Thompson's defense.

"I didn't know that J.J. Redick was a player-coach," Jackson said. "Is he speaking on behalf of Doc Rivers?"

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Mike Woodson, coach of New York Knicks, won't have fate decided this weekend (April 19, 2014)
Chris Broussard and Marc Stein [ Source: ESPN ]


While it is widely believed that the New York Knicks have already made the decision to move on from coach Mike Woodson, sources tell ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard that nothing will be announced this weekend.

Woodson's fate is likely to be announced early next week.

Sources close to the situation told ESPN that Woodson is "bracing" for the worst, especially after the Knicks conducted exit interviews with players Thursday without the coach present.

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Utah Jazz win tiebreaker, get No. 4 spot for lottery (April 19, 2014)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]


NEW YORK -- The Utah Jazz have won a tiebreaker with the Boston Celtics, giving them a chance for a better pick in the NBA draft.

Both teams finished with 25-57 records. The Jazz will now be slotted fourth in the lottery, with a 10.4 percent chance at the No. 1 pick, while the Celtics will have a 10.3 percent chance. If they or no teams behind them move up, Utah will pick fourth and Boston fifth.

The Celtics also will have the No. 17 pick after a tie was broken between Brooklyn and Washington, both 44-38. The Nets owe the pick to Boston from last summer's trade that landed them Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.

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'Renaissance man' Gasol happy to control his own destiny (April 19, 2014)
Mark Lamport-Stokes [ Source: Reuters ]

March 19, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (16) moves to the basket against the San Antonio Spurs during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports - RTR3HTNR

(Reuters) - Considered by many to be the 'Renaissance man' in the National Basketball Association (NBA), Spanish forward Pau Gasol is delighted finally to be the sole architect of his 'revival' as he eyes his playing future.

The 33-year-old from Barcelona has faced more than his fair share of trade rumors since joining the Los Angeles Lakers in February 2008 but now he can plot his own way forward with free agency looming in July.

Gasol has long been regarded as one of the most skilled and versatile players in the league but he endured a frustrating 2013-14 campaign during which he and Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni repeatedly disagreed on team strategy.

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson says Jermaine O'Neal will start in place of injured center Andrew Bogut in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET on ABC).

Jackson said Friday that he wants O'Neal to start because it's easier for the 35-year-old veteran to stay loose that way. He also says O'Neal provides a similar skillset to Bogut, who is out indefinitely with a fractured right rib.

The Warriors will use smaller lineups with David Lee or Marreese Speights at center and Draymond Green or Harrison Barnes at power forward when O'Neal is not in the game.

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Chris Bosh and LeBron James returned to practice Friday alongside Dwyane Wade as the Heat prepare for their first-round playoff series against Charlotte. Christopher Trotman/Getty Images

MIAMI -- The Miami Heat opened preparation for the playoffs Friday with what's been a rarity this season: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh practicing together.

After sitting out the final week of the regular season to rest and recover from persistent back and ankle soreness, James was on the practice court with his high-profile teammates for the Heat's first full workout in advance of Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round series Sunday against the Charlotte Bobcats.

Bosh also had been out for the past week for rest, but Wade played in each of Miami's final three games after returning from a nine-game absence due to a strained left hamstring.

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New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson is not interested in having a face-to-face meeting with team president Phil Jackson until he gets further clarification on his status, a league source said.

"He just wants to know one way or the other," the source said.

The Knicks' subpar performance this season has led to widespread speculation about Woodson's future with the team.

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Adam Silver says pushing back NBA's age limit is top priority (April 19, 2014)
Brian Windhorst [ Source: ESPN ]


NEW YORK -- Armed with majority support from owners and saying "we're ready to go," NBA commissioner Adam Silver made it clear that pushing back the league's age minimum to 20 is at the top of his priority list.

The league's owners hosted NCAA president Mark Emmert to discuss the issue as part of their annual two-day spring meeting this week. Any changes wouldn't be in place by next season because the league is waiting for the players' association to name an executive director before formally starting negotiations. But it's clear there's a growing momentum to force this occasionally divisive issue through soon, possibly in time for the 2016 draft.

Silver, who was presiding over his first board of governors meeting since taking over from former commissioner David Stern in February, said the league and the NCAA have discussed creating some programs and provisions to help players stay in college longer as part of a way to get the union to accept the changes.

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First-year coach Jason Kidd says that Brooklyn didn't tank but instead stayed true to its game plan. AP Photo/Bill Kostroun

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Brooklyn Nets dismissed rampant speculation that they tanked down the stretch to set up a first-round playoff matchup with the Toronto Raptors.

The Nets, who maintain that they were trying to make sure their veterans got rest and the team stayed healthy, lost four of their final five games -- with three coming against teams that finished in the lottery.

Brooklyn did not send any of its starters to Cleveland for Wednesday's regular-season finale. The Nets lost 114-85.

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Roy Hibbert is moving forward after calling out his Indiana Pacers teammates in late March, saying Friday it "wasn't the best thing to do" and that he's learned from the experience.

"You know, I think that I should've kept my frustrations to myself or just in the locker room," Hibbert said on "ESPN First Take."

"I will admit that it wasn't the best thing to do. I'll learn from that, and I was wrong. There are better ways to handle that than going to the media. All in all, I learned. I talked to my teammates; they talked to me. I'm willing to accept the criticism. It wasn't the best thing to do."

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