When Tom Thibodeau and Scott Layden were hired to take over the Minnesota Timberwolves, the expectation within in the organization and around the NBA was that they were coming in to make significant changes to a franchise with the longest-running playoff drought in the league.
The smell of cigarettes and cheap beer that cloaks the Vegas casinos has weakened by 7 a.m., though a handful of blackjack players are doing their part to keep their Sunday night from becoming a Monday morning.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Friday that moving the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte was a difficult decision but one that was ultimately driven by business. He also said he personally wasn't in favor of having it in North Carolina in 2017 because of House Bill 2, which the league has said it finds discriminatory against the LGBT community.
The NBA has decided to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans after taking the midseason event out of North Carolina because of a state law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.
The Los Angeles Lakers and Chinese star Yi Jianlian are in the final stages of completing a deal for the forward to return to the NBA, said league officials who were not authorized to speak publicly about the contract.
After three consecutive close games that made many doubt whether the U.S. was ripe for an upset in the knockout rounds, Team USA played perhaps its best game of the Olympics on Wednesday in a 105-78 victory over Argentina.
This is what everyone had been waiting for all along. The atmosphere came not from deafening pop music played in a half-empty arena, but thousands of singing, dancing, flag-waving, whistling Argentines and the Brazilians who chanted "U-S-A" right back at them as they rooted against their neighbors. And they had plenty to cheer about, for the Americans finally showed up in Rio.
On the last night of his magnificent international career, Manu Ginobili cried, Argentina's fans sang, Brazilians jeered and the U.S. men's basketball team, in a 105-78 quarterfinal win nearly lost in the hubbub, bore a faint resemblance to its famous predecessors. Finally.