Los Angeles Clippers fined for tampering

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Los Angeles Clippers have been fined $50,000 for violating the NBA’s anti-tampering rules. The stiff penalty comes in response to Clippers’ head coach Doc Rivers publicly praising Raptors’ star Kawhi Leonard on a recent ESPN interview, one in which the legendary coach said the following:

“He is the most like Jordan that we’ve seen. Like, there’s a lot of great players… LeBron is phenomenal, KD is phenomenal. Not that (Kawhi) is Jordan or anything like that, but he is the most like him.”

The 57-year-old veteran coach went on to praise Kawhi’s talented skill-set later on in the saying this:

“Big hands. Post game. Can finish. Great leaper. Great defender. In-between game. If you beat him to the spot, he bumps you off. And then you add his three-point shooting.”

Just moments after the interview went on the air, clips of it went viral on various social media platforms, leaving many NBA fans accusing Rivers of violating the NBA’s strict anti-tampering policy.

Below are several examples of fan’s reactions to the clips on social media:

 

 

 

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Breaking: Tyreke Evans banned from NBA

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, veteran guard Tyreke Evans has been banned from the NBA after being found guilty of violating the NBA’s anti-drug program. The 29-year-old free agent must wait two years to apply to be reinstated into the league once again. The University of Memphis product had a down year in the 2018-2019 season, averaging career-lows in several categories.

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Breaking: Lakers hire Vogel to become next Head Coach

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Los Angeles Lakers have hired veteran Head Coach Frank Vogel to take the helm of the legendary franchise. The former Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic Head Coach reportedly agreed to a deal late Saturday night, with the organization announcing the news just moments later.

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Report: Chris Paul denied Curry practice time before Game 6

According to Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic, Houston Rockets’ point guard Chris Paul denied Golden State Warriors’ guard Stephen Curry practice time prior to the two’s Game 6 matchup the following night.

The incident reportedly began when Curry’s manager, Eric Housen, scheduled a shooting session for the star guard in the Toyota Center, which is the home arena for the Rockets and was the site for Friday’s Game 6 matchup. One thing seemingly led to the other and Paul was informed of Curry’s plan. The Rockets’ star point guard rushed to the arena and claimed the floor for himself, even turning down an offer from Curry to split the court.

This move seemed to affect Curry very little during the game, seeing as the 2-time MVP dropped 33 points in the second half of Friday’s win versus the Houston Rockets in Game 6. With the help of teammates like Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala, who dropped 27 and 17 respectively, Curry and the Warriors surged in the second half to defeat the Rockets and advance to the Western Conference Finals. Paul finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds during 38 minutes of play in the Rockets’ loss

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Breaking: Bucks’ big man done for the season

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Milwaukee Bucks’ big-man Pau Gasol is done for the season after having surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot. After being bought out by the San Antonio Spurs earlier in the season, the veteran singed with the Bucks on March 1st and appeared in three games during the regular season. Gasol has struggled to stay healthy throughout the season, suffering several injuries during the Bucks’ 2018-2019 campaign.

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Breaking: New update finally releases a timetable for Kevin Durant’s return

According to several new reports, Warriors’ superstar Kevin Durant could potentially return sometime during the Western Conference Finals. One report also noted that the Warriors would evaluate Durant’s situation in about a week.

The superstar suffered a mild calf strain during Golden State’s 104-99 win over the Rockets on Wednesday. According to Dr. Alan Beyer, an orthopedic surgeon and executive medical director at the world-famous Hoag Orthopedic Institute, Durant could return somewhere between Games 5 and 6 in the Western Conference Finals, should the Warriors advance to it. Beyer also noted that it might be possible for Durant to return during Game 4 of the WCF, but cautioned heavily against it.

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