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I saw that as being the most important thing. Instead of having those two options, there's a third -- that's using those as fuel, using those as things to motivate you. And if you look around, with all the people that have created great things, those great things all came from dark places, generally, whether it be Michael Jordan, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Oprah -- all these experiences come from dark places that they then used those dark experiences to create light. We want to build a series out of it. We want to build things that continue to teach kids how to better their best.
Oh, he doesn't care about winning, he only cares about getting guys to the NBA,' . Really? If you pin that on me, I'll probably say, fine, you can say that. Say that a lot.
You guys are the reason Oklahoma State is my home, and why I never want to play for another school. We were able to accomplish so much last season, and my growth on and off the court has put me one step closer to realizing my childhood dream of playing in the NBA. At this time, I think I would be silly to not test the NBA waters and seek the advice of actual NBA personnel, but I will do so without hiring an agent. If their advice is that I return to college for my final year, I will proudly put on that Cowboy jersey and give my all for Oklahoma State.
He has a great feel for the game. Not good. Great.
I feel strongly the successful organizations in the NBA, sports, business in general, are driven philosophically. And I believe what separates them is culture and identity. Those are going to be two focuses as we build this thing for the long haul. You'll hear those things consistently, and it's not something to me that takes traction when you just talk about it, but it's something you have to live and has to kind of be threaded through each decision you make as an organization.
It's really tough, and it's even harder in today's NBA with as much changeover as there is with players. I think it says a lot about the organization. It's tough to win in this league and do it consistently. I think we all get a little bit spoiled; we get used to winning here. But for a lot of teams in the league it's tough to get 41 wins. It's something we're proud of, I'm proud of, because I've been here the whole time. We want to hold ourselves to that standard every year.
Social media allows these guys to spin their stories the way they want without having to go through the mainstream media to do it. I'm glad for that. When you look at Colin Kaepernick's situation, he has support through social media. Timing is critical. Poverty, homelessness... that doesn't wait for someone to say, Well, let me take my time.' When these moments come up during our careers, they need to be addressed at that moment. Don't wait until your career is over and your visibility is diminished.
I don't bring this up to shame Scottie, Michael, and the other players who aren't educated in our history. I bring it up because we can't solve a problem if we don't recognize the sickness. The biggest thing I was trying to get out there was that the league had no business telling guys what to do with their time and their money. I wasn't trying to get guys to do something out of the ordinary. I was trying to tell guys to take a look at the world around them. I wanted to change the condition of our people. To whom much is given, much is required.
Your political beliefs shouldn't be taken into consideration. What I did during that All-Star weekend stood the test of time and it continues to. You put a whole rack of moneyballs so somebody might be able to break my record. I look at what Steph Curry did and all that stuff is with an asterisk. It's like when brothers were hitting home runs but couldn't play in the Major Leagues. When players speak out, it has to happen that way.
We're more than one-dimensional people, and politics affects everyone. Right now, you have a group of athletes who have been educated to a lot of things. They've studied and that has brought them to speak up on a lot of things. They know this is a thankless job and no one is going to give them accolades. They know that they are fighting a historic battle.
Many fans feel Steve Alford hijacked the program for the worse to try to enhance Bryce's shot at an NBA career.
I wouldn't be opposed to it, even at the expense to my own salary, but it's something that everyone would have to agree to. I think even just going down to 75 games, I think that would make a dramatic difference in schedule. Now I don't see that happening because there is money at stake for everybody. I do think this can be remedied though -- maybe not remedied -- but I think it can be dramatically helped with what the league is already working on for next year and the consideration of geographics when it comes to the schedule.
I wouldn't be opposed to [making the regular season shorter], even at the expense of my own salary, but it's something that everyone would have to agree to. I think even just going down to 75 games. I think that would make a dramatic difference in schedule. Now I don't see that happening because there is money at stake for everybody.
Luckily all the participants are sane people and care about the same thing and want to get it right. It's not about anybody having power or wanting to issue orders. It's about trying to get it right. That's the great thing about the league and what we're doing. It's all good.
I wouldn't be opposed to it, even at the expense to my own salary, but it's something that everyone would have to agree to. I think even just going down to 75 games, I think that would make a dramatic difference in schedule. Now I don't see that happening because there is money at stake for everybody. I do think this can be remedied though – maybe not remedied – but I think it can be dramatically helped with what the league is already working on for next year and the consideration of geographics when it comes to the schedule.
The monsters in the NBA, their dads wasn't that good. They were OK, they was players, but the fact that the old [Dell] Curry wasn't no All-Star, he wasn't cold. He could shoot the ball, though. Kobe Bryant, his dad wasn't all that, that's why he's such a monster.
The news of Jerry Krause's death is a sad day for the Chicago Bulls and the entire NBA community. He was a man determined to create a winning team in Chicago – his hometown. Jerry was known as 'The Sleuth' for his secrecy, but it was no secret he built the dynasty in Chicago. We, who were part of his vision in that run, remember him today.
Recruiting enthusiastic kids is harder than it's ever been because every kid watches TV, and they watch the NBA or they watch Major League Baseball or they watch the NFL, whatever sport they watch, WNBA, it doesn't matter, and what they see is people just being really cool. So they think that's how they're going to act. They haven't even figured out which foot to use as a pivot foot and they're going to act like they're really good players.
Decisions of this kind do not merely implicate issues of player health and team performance on the court. They also can affect fans and business partners, impact our reputation, and damage the perception of our game. With so much at stake, it is simply not acceptable for Governors to be uninvolved or to defer decision-making authority on these matters to others in their organizations.
Please also be reminded that, under current league rules, teams are required to provide notice to the league office, their opponent, and the media immediately upon a determination that a player will not participate in a game due to rest. Failure to abide by these rules will result in significant penalties.
If the NBA punishes the Spurs for sitting players, it opens up a huge can of worms. This is a serious legal challenge for the league.
The monsters in the NBA, their dads wasn't that good. They were OK, they was players, but the fact that the old [Dell] Curry wasn't no All-Star, he wasn't cold. He could shoot the ball, though. Kobe Bryant, his dad wasn't all that, that's why he's such a monster. Steph is 6-2, 6-3. My boy is 6-7. 'Zo is faster than Steph and he jumps higher.
It brings back a lot of fond memories.
And so there's the dying seconds and the call that was made.
It was a real eye-opener to me to have a coach with the style he has, which is vastly different to anything I'd experienced previously. For a little while there it was hard to comprehend, but once you get to know the individual and what they stand for, it's easier to accept the coaching methods.
I have visited China every year since 2013, and the fans there are incredibly supportive of me, the Warriors and the NBA. I'm excited about the opportunity to return to China, enjoy the country's culture, and bring the excitement of live NBA games directly to Chinese fans.
Imagine what it would be like if John Wall and the Washington Wizards brought the nation's capital a long-awaited NBA championship this year. The franchise's only championship was in 1978 when the Washington Bullets won it all. But if Wall and the Wizards pulled it off, a red, white and blue ticker tape parade could take place alongside all the monuments and museums with the NBA All-Star guard proudly waving like a beauty pageant winner as he passes by the White House on a float.
To play this game, you have to feel like you are the best, so I feel like we are the best backcourt in the NBA.
I haven't been around Larry, so I don't know what consists of him playing every night or him getting back to the flow of things. From the outside looking in, it looks like he wants to be back on an NBA floor again. He has the talent -- we all know that. He has the ability. I think this will be a perfect locker room for him to try to help him. You know me: I'm always in favor of helping somebody get their things back right. I was part of it with Bird in Miami, helped Greg as much. I was part of it with Eddy Curry -- he won a ring.
I liken it to hitting the lottery. Even if it's league minimum, it's still a lot of money really quickly compared to the normal. Very often, you have an ability to walk before you run; that doesn't work in this context.
If there is one thing you have to be able to do in the NBA today it's shoot the basketball. As we have gotten more toward this pace-and-space model of playing there is a premium on shooting the basketball and being able to shoot it from a lot of different places.
In the NBA it is hard enough to make a shot, period. Whether [Curry] swishes it 11 inches or 12 inches as long as the ball goes in the basket I'm happy. When we are using those numbers it is more for teaching purposes with youth basketball as players are coming up. Those kids, middle school and higher, have this info available to them their entire playing career, so it is easier for them to wrap their heads around this stuff.
You don't need to be part of Leonardo DiCaprio's entourage to enjoy the theater or a VIP art opening or an NBA game once in awhile.
I think I'm at my best whenever I'm just not thinking. I'm just relaxed. I'm just playing, just hooping. It's just basketball. I've done it my whole life. I've always said when you're at your best in the NBA it feels like you're like high school because your true game comes out.
We had a lot of good teams over the years, we've been in some NCAA Tournaments, just haven't been ranked. In some ways it's harder on the women's side to be there because you don't have the attrition of the NBA that you have on the men's side. Women's teams can be good and it's hard to be elite I think because you look on the men's side – Kentucky, Duke, UNC – they lose kids after one year, makes for more parity.
What a rough month for injuries, myself included. League is so much better with everyone on the floor. Stay Healthy @ NBA.
Adam's a very smart man, and they'll figure it out.
We collectively want to try to make All-Star weekend better for the fans. All the way around. Even in CBA talks and stuff like that, that was one of the things that the players, the owners and everybody was talking about. Trying to fix that, spice it up a little bit to keep it interesting.
We will change it by next year. It shouldn't be playoff intensity, but the guys should be playing.
You hear people talking about 4-point shots, something that's not about to happen in the NBA, but maybe in an All-Star Game. Maybe there's a few spots on the floor where it's a 4-point shot. Maybe there's a halfcourt shot in the last minute that's 10 points. I don't know. Those are crazy ideas.
Kyle knocked it down when it mattered the most. That's why he's one of the best shooters.
I was proud of the way the guys kept fighting. We'll get better. We'll learn from tonight.
The elder Towns is now exploring potential legal options, including the possibility of suing his son's team for negligence.
It just seems like the more we (take), the better we play.
Try not to be the piece that messes everything up, because they're already on a good run. The hardest thing is to try to come in and try to pick it up, so I have to come in and just play hard every night. The way that John (Wall) plays, the way that the whole team plays. I just felt like I could be a help off the bench. Just bringing energy and just running the second unit. Me and John been going at it since high school days. His progression, he's one of the top point guards in the NBA. Top three to me. Just the fact that he can go get 20 points and also get 10 dimes a night. That's big.
Dirk Nowitzki is probably one of the most tough-minded NBA players I've been around. You're not going to shake him, you're not going to get into his head, his psyche. Back in the day he used to have (fitness equipment) in his living room. A lot of people have TVs and pool tables, he had a Precor. ... so he's one of the most dedicated, hardworking stars I've ever been around.
The odds on that are a million to one, and if it wasn't the most dominant coach in the league doing that, I'm not even sure anyone else would even hire a woman right now. I think it's an honorable thing but the bottom line is, what you're asking her to do is an incredibly difficult thing to do. It really would be unfair. It's not even something that would make sense to aspire to.
Here's your thing: You have decided that your daughter should be allowed to manage a professional team. Let's be honest: Your daughter, maybe she'll become a great athlete. Maybe she'll become a great executive. But the problem is there's not gonna be an avenue for her to manage a major league men's team.
First of all, do you know how difficult it would be for a female to manage 25 men? Or 50 men? Do you know how impossible that would be? … It wouldn't be tough. It would be impossible. You're gonna tell me that you would think a woman could walk in to an NFL team and coach as a head coach, 15 assistants and 50 to 60 men?
You want to see it because you think that you're closing off an avenue to your daughter but that's not closing off an avenue; that's not something that's realistic. For her to coach the men is not a realistic destination. It's not realistic. I don't think you understand how difficult that would be. I don't think you understand a woman in the locker room running 50 men – do you know how difficult that would be?
As I say, they do a good job but how do we continue to improve it? Evaluate it with a very comprehensive data system that allows us to look at accuracy of their calls, errors in a game. And while that can be sensitive to some extent for our officials, it's still just ultimately going to make the current pool of 64 officials better and better as we evaluate their talent day to day, game to game, play to play.
It will actually get to some better rest for our referees, so wellness comes into play in this. But ultimately, continue to support the best of the best, and I think increasing the pool is one way to do that.
Twenty-five percent of our players now are international or not born in the U.S., so why shouldn't we try to match some of that in terms of talent coming from international flavor into the ref population as well?
I'm going to shower across the street, make sure my change of clothes are around the corner.
Twenty-five percent of our players now are international or not born in the U.S., so why shouldn't we try to match some of that in terms of talent coming from international flavor into the ref population as well? It will actually get to some better rest for our referees, so wellness comes into play in this. But ultimately, continue to support the best of the best, and I think increasing the pool is one way to do that.
He is a guy that has taken school seriously all year and is still taking school seriously. He is a guy that, as I've said many times, has not come in with a sense of entitlement, You owe me.' He has not come in with the attitude of, I'm going to rent out your program for a little bit.' He's been totally invested. He's been all in. And it was very, very disappointing for comments that I heard, that he was just going to lay down for the rest of the season because he's worried about the NBA draft.
Sometimes, it takes a little longer. Hopefully the end result is worth it. I think if we continue to play like we're playing, we'll get there.
Of course, you want to be clicking a little bit earlier, a little bit sooner.
We've played well in stretches and shown an ability to compete at a high level. We're kind of focused on that and how can we find that? That gives us optimism.
If there's one area where we probably need the most improvement – and if we improve that it's going to lead to more consistency – it's us being better offensively. Reducing our turnovers, just being more efficient.
We're kind of waiting for it all to happen. We know what kind of team we can be . Obviously, we've shown glimpses of that. But it's showing up every night and wearing a hard hat and leaving it all out there. We're a very dangerous team. Obviously, with the players we have, some nights we think we can roll into the gym and get wins. That's not the case in this league. All the great teams play really hard every night. That's what we have to do.
We just played to win. They're the No. 1 team in the East. One of the best teams in the NBA, and we just wanted to protect home court and get a win. We did that tonight.
These things are very fluid this time of year or any time of year to be honest. Injuries happen unexpectedly. We have to take another look at what our roster needs. I'm not going to get into specifics. We have to look and see where we need the most depth in light of this recent occurrence. We're in the process of doing that and should have some resolution in the next 24 to 48 hours. ... Last night showed that you have to be able to pivot in the course of an NBA season. We'll do our best with the options available to keep the roster in the best shape we can.
I found myself analogizing. ... He's in the NBA. There's LeBron [James], OK. Couple other guys. And that's it. And it's just another profession of superstars where you get to a level and there's only a couple of people who can play.
Apple strikes me as having quite a sticky product, and an enormously useful product to people that use it.
He really just said, Look, it really doesn't matter about the White House.
Have the details of the actual trade package Boston proposed to Charlotte ever been revealed? What were the four first-round picks and where did they land? Were the Brooklyn picks involved?
In your old chats, we could occasionally draw a book suggestion out of you. So, in this new format, I plan to occasionally inquire similarly ... any good book recommendations?
Pure hypothetical here: Would it make sense to have a Professional Basketball Champions League? Really, I just want more NBA-Euroleague crossover games than the few preseason games we've gotten, but I have no idea of if the level of competition is close enough to justify such a suggestion. Thoughts?
Gonna miss my best friend," "but I'm happy for him.
Obviously we have a great deal of interest, and we've said it for a long time, in a playmaker. I won't speak to specific names just because nobody's free currently that's out there for us to talk about. But, obviously the need for a playmaker still exists ... and we feel that we'll be competitive in that market for sure.
You know where all those big dominoes are? They're still home, with the exception of one. I'm sure there were people that probably made some pretty significant offers. ... When you have that kind of player ... it takes a lot to say, OK, we're going to let this guy go.' You stay with the sure thing there.
Gonna miss my best friend, but I'm happy for him.
The science has gotten to the point where there is that direct correlation that we're aware of between fatigue and injuries. And as tough as it is on our fans to miss one of their favorite players for a game, it's far better than having them get injured and be out for long periods of time. So we're always still looking to strike that right balance.
I took these actions today to achieve one goal: Everyone associated with the Lakers will now be pulling in the same direction, the direction established by Earvin and myself. We are determined to get back to competing to win NBA championships again.
You're in South Texas and it's very different from Australia. When you can have someone from your own country that can help get you out of that southern twang, it definitely helps.
I think the acclimation into your team and into your structure helps, especially with language or cultural barriers, if there are people that are native speakers. Like just this year, when (Argentina native) Nico Laprovittola came and has a teammate like Manu from the national team. I'm sure that that aids in the comfort level of that adjustment.
Rudy can speak his native tongue. He can talk about current events and politics and things that are going on in France. ... There's a relationship. But it wasn't like the trade was consummated because we wanted Rudy to feel better.
For me it's been better, for sure. Just speaking French, makes me feel better. It's a stupid thing, but I needed a French player on the team.
How would you feel if you were all of a sudden had to go to Paris, France to apply your trade? Food is different. Lifestyle is different. Rhythm of the life is different. And you have someone there in market that is doing the same thing that you're doing that you can share experiences with, whether it's your current experiences or what's going in the states.
As opposed to Boban (Marjanovic, now with Detroit) coming from Serbia, who didn't have anyone and whose wife was having a baby two months after the season starts. ... Being away from your wife, who is having a child, creates its own challenges. Boban spoke good English, but it still wasn't a native tongue for him. I'm sure he had a different acclimation process than somebody else.
It's a good feeling that I'm able to showcase my skill with my size and show to the kids that you're capable of doing that even if you're tall and lanky like me. I think a lot of kids now growing up will improve those perimeter skills just seeing guys like -- I don't want to mention myself, but big guys with perimeter skills that can do it.
Both Mr. Oakley and Mr. Dolan were apologetic about the incident and subsequent comments, and their negative impact on the Knicks organization and the NBA.
Those two are going to play well off each other. Having two guys, as big fellas, that can do that, it takes the pressure off your wings, your point guards, allows them to play with their athleticism. ... Adding another guy that can play definitely helps.
It was a heck of a competitive game. It was real physical and aggressive. I thought both teams played real well. I'm obviously thrilled with a win on the road. It could have gone either way. Good friend, good matchup.
At times, you had to slap yourself watching those guys guard each other and do what they do out there because they are so much fun to watch.
It is beyond disheartening to see situations involving members of the NBA family like the one that occurred at Madison Square Garden this past week. In an effort to find a path forward, New York Knicks owner Jim Dolan, Charles Oakley, and I met today at the league office, along with Michael Jordan, who participated by phone. Both Mr. Oakley and Mr. Dolan were apologetic about the incident and subsequent comments, and their negative impact on the Knicks organization and the NBA. Mr. Dolan expressed his hope that Mr. Oakley would return to MSG as his guest in the near future.
Once we saw a few go in, we just wanted to keep going, see how many we could hit. We just wanted to get after them, challenge them on offense and defense. It just so happened that we hit a lot of 3s. So, we just kept rolling with it. But we never come into a game, especially with a team like that and just want to outshoot them from beyond the arc because that's what they do.
It was one of those nights they had everything going, they were on fire and we couldn't get much going ourselves. We looked kind of gassed out there.
I felt confident, every shot I took felt like it was going in. Just got served a humble slice of cupcake.
We had a really good mentality coming in but kind of laid an egg. Our young guys did a great job of providing some life and entertainment.
I thought they would. They were playing confident and free. They had nothing to lose, especially missing some of their guys.
We work closely with the team to figure out what music works best around their marketing efforts. Music is a huge part of the culture of the NBA and the culture of the Warriors.
Well, that's real life. I've been a part of that group going on four years now. Just 'cuz I left there don't mean I'll stop building with them. That's totally separate from this NBA stuff. Those kids mean a lot to me, definitely want to continue to keep helping them. I'm glad I can keep helping growing the school. It's all about the community there. That was home for me for eight years. I've still got love for the people there.
We believe we have a unique opportunity to develop something truly special for our fans and the young and growing eSports community.
It speaks to the fact that he's arguably the greatest coach the NBA has ever seen. It speaks to the commitment that they have made to him here in San Antonio, the longevity. Pop is a tremendous coach and the greatest accomplishment is not just the success, but also the sustained success they've had over and over again.
The record is just a number. He didn't need that record to define what he means for this franchise, the NBA, in the last 20 years. The fact that he's been the coach of the team for so many years is already an impressive accomplishment. If you add five rings and this type of record, having 70 percent or more winning percentage, it's incredible what he's done. He's going to keep doing it. I'm pretty sure he's going to get some more.
When you lose people in cities, lose people for entertainment reasons, lose people who identify with certain teams and because there's this weird mercenary element to it all, it can be a problem. You've also got a replacement, in the NBA, that's at its most-entertaining moment in decades. All that can be a real threat, and you have to be careful, or you can go the way of boxing.
I'm excited, obviously. He's Magic Johnson. Not only one of the all-time great Lakers, but one of the great all-time NBA players. He's a champion. It's a nice piece to have on your side.
It's always cool to see my dad on the sidelines commentating the game on their end. You get a little juice from that, too. ... I don't take those opportunities for granted because this an unbelievable opportunity to play the game that he played for 16 years in the NBA and carry on that name in the league.
He's in a different league than me.
In 2017, where professional sports are so ruthless and cutthroat, survival rates and people that can last are rare. He would say, Well, that must mean I'm old.' I think it means he's good, really good.
It's still up in the air. I think it's going to be a challenge. I feel we will know categorically in the next few days. I think Joel will be a real great addition if we see him in Miami, but it's not something I am completely planning on at all.
I think Dewayne Dedmon was the star of the show tonight. Everything he did was great.
I remind (Saric) who he is. That he, too, has a lot to offer – his resume, his pedigree. His resume doesn't translate as much in the United States and NBA basketball, but it means something in Europe. I try to remind him that he has something to offer.
It's amazing. To have Pop up there, he's going to keep going. It looks like he's not getting tired, he's not going to stop anytime. It's very impressive to coach that long and keeping your team motivated with the same message, it's not easy.
This is an audience that you know likes playing sports or is in the market for athletic equipment. You can't say that about the average NBA fan.
It feels better every day. You know with knee to ankle and hamstring injuries, I just have to take my time with it and listen to my body and I think that's what I'm doing right now. I feel good. I just love how healthy I am this year. Playing in the amount of games I'm playing in I almost feel like a rookie, as far as trying to get all the games under me, getting my body conditioned to the NBA season.
You have to pick your poison. You say, What sword are we going to die on?' And you saw it. You saw an NBA All-Star. You saw a gold medallist. You saw a legitimate candidate for MVP.
We're the champs and right now we're going through a tough stretch but that's nothing. Everybody goes through a tough stretch. Now you got to dig yourself out of it. We're capable of doing it. We are going to do it. We are the champs, we do have a great team and we have the (fourth) best record in the NBA right now so we got to play like it.
For me, LeBron James, the best player in the world, took a team that was worse to the NBA Finals two years ago. We have a good team. We just have to start playing better as a unit. No excuses.
I don't think it's a rivalry. It's two great teams that have aspirations. I don't believe I've ever had a rivalry in the NBA.
This is a competitive market, well over 20 million people. While we have no immediate plans to expand the NBA, one of the things that we look at is whether expanding would be additive to the league as a whole. Clearly coming to Mexico City just because of the huge population here in Mexico but in essence as a gateway to the rest of Latin America could potentially be very important to the league. You clearly have a beautiful state-of-the-art arena here, and you can tell by ticket sales that we have the interest. So that's something that we will continue to look at.
We are extremely pleased to be able to add a player and person the caliber of Kyle Korver to our Cavs family. Among the most prolific and dynamic 3-point shooters in NBA history, a selfless, and team first competitor, Kyle brings all of the elements of Cavs DNA that we covet on and off the floor.
We are extremely pleased to be able to add a player and person the caliber of Kyle Korver to our Cavs family. Among the most prolific and dynamic three-point shooters in NBA history, a selfless, and team-first competitor, Kyle brings all of the elements of Cavs DNA that we covet on and off the floor.
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We all think we're fouled on every play in every single game. That's why I say I know the referees have a very hard job. I switched to his body. It looked like he lost his balance. He was trying to regain his balance, and as soon as I saw him start to stumble, I ran off. I ran off so it wouldn't look like I was trying to pressure him more, so he didn't trip on my foot and it looked like I bumped him -- nothing.
It means a lot about what the NBA thinks of me in this game.
He clearly can put himself in a player's shoes, but also when we're meeting privately, he can help represent the players' perspective to the owners. I think it's very, very healthy in terms of the business, and I also credit a lot of our success most recently of the league to that true sense of partnership between the players and the owners.
He's a once-in-a-lifetime player. There are a lot of them in the history of the NBA, but he's a once-in-a-lifetime acquisition for us and meant so much to us. We would not have won the championship in 2006 without the efforts of Shaquille O'Neal.
Basketball is appealing because it can be played by both boys and girls, indoors and outdoors, in rural communities and cities, and without a lot of built-in infrastructure. NBA games and programming can be seen in 215 countries and territories in 49 languages, and last year more than 1 billion people watched NBA programming.
I think Nike had a hiccup last year. I think that's going to work both in the near term and the long term. I like both these companies very much, but I really think Nike is not a complacent company, nor is Under Armour, and I think that's really what's made Nike the winner it is and will make it what it will be.
Last year ... Nike's signature basketball business took a huge hit because of the onset of Steph Curry and Under Armour's basketball shoe.
That is one of the best results across the entire retail landscape. Basketball is back' is the phrase that Nike used, and I believe it. Apparel is a piece of the business and they talk about it, but at the end of the day shoes are the bigger market and that market continues to grow and Nike has a huge competitive advantage.
The kid who is wearing Under Armour at a Little League game, and you see the kids are head to toe [in] Under Armour, when that kid goes into the locker room and changes, he's putting on his Jordans. Under Armour has the opportunity to get to that sort of 'cool factor' of wearing it off-field, and it hasn't gotten there yet. And for me, that's the longer term opportunity.
He controls the game. The game is played at his pace. He's leading the league in assists and he has a lot of shooters around him. He can score and he's playing like an MVP candidate. If you look around the league right now, he's as good as anybody playing.
They've added another dimension to the game because of their ability to be able to shoot the way they do.
I think everyone negotiated in good faith. The conversations were great, everything was cordial. Everyone knows how well the game is going and didn't want to mess that up.
I don't have any reaction until I know things are completed. Once that is a thing and we're made of it aware of it, I'll talk about it. I think the NBA is in a great place. I think we're all hopeful that something like that would happen.
I really don't know anything about the deal.
I just play, honestly. I don't want to get in a conversation of if I'm going to do it every night. I just go out and compete at a high level every night, like I've been doing since I've been in the NBA.
... The issue that's really important is how do we do what's best for the players? But I understand that it's a perception issue around the country and the NFL, NBA, it's a business, so you don't want your customers thinking, These guys are a bunch of pot heads.' That's what it is. But to me it's only a matter of time before medicinal marijuana is allowed in sports leagues because the education will overwhelm the perception.
I guess maybe I can even get in some trouble for this, but I've actually tried it twice during the last year and a half, when I've been going through this chronic pain that I've been dealing with. A lot of research, a lot of advice from people, and I have no idea if maybe I would have failed a drug test. I don't even know if I'm subject to a drug test or any laws from the NBA, but I tried it and it didn't help it all.
I have no idea if I would, maybe I would have failed a drug test, I don't even know if I'm subject to a drug test or any laws from the NBA. I tried it and it didn't help at all.
I guess maybe I can even get in some trouble for this, but I've actually tried it twice during the last year and a half, when I've been going through this chronic pain that I've been dealing with. (After) a lot of research, a lot of advice from people and I have no idea if maybe I would have failed a drug test. I don't even know if I'm subject to a drug test or any laws from the NBA.
This is obviously as tough a week as you can get in the NBA. So hopefully we'll fight through this and grind out a win here and there. And when the schedule turns in our favor hopefully get more healthy and run off some wins. That's the only way to do it.
We are extremely grateful to LeBron James for his support of the museum. As the most socially active superstar in sports today, LeBron James is a testament to the influence of Muhammad Ali. Ali embodied the racial and social tumult of his times, blurring lines between politics and sports, activism and entertainment.
Every professional athlete, regardless of race and gender, owes a huge debt of gratitude to Muhammad Ali. His legacy deserves to be studied and revered by every generation. I am honored to partner with the Smithsonian to celebrate one of the most influential figures in our nation's history who, along with Jackie Robinson and Jesse Owens, used the power of sports to advance our civil rights.
The first team in history to dig themselves out of a hole like that. The comeback was remarkable, and you learn about people when they're down.
You saw it in those last three games.
It's embarrassing. I can't say I've ever been ashamed of our country until today.
This whole fairy tale about some post-racial utopia that Obama supposedly created is all bull. The things that he (Trump) said, the things that he represented, that's the way that the majority of this nation feels. I think he just emboldened them because he's able to say it publicly. He got the platform.
We presume to tell other countries about human-rights abuses and everything else. We better never do that again, when our leaders talk to China or anybody else about human-rights abuses. We just elected an openly, brazen misogynist leader and we should keep our mouths shut and realize that we need to be learning maybe from the rest of the world, because we don't got anything to teach anybody.
It was nice to make the first one after last game. I was able to get some open looks early and often, and good things happened. The last three was very special, with the flow of the game, and it being kinda close. I made one or two tough ones, and the last one was kind of a heat check, just to see if it goes in or not. Thankfully it did. ... This was a special night.
I was hard on myself in practice the last two days. I had pretty good shooting sessions. I don't overreact to games like that whether I go 0 for 10 or 2 for 12 or whatever it is. My process is the same, but I had another level of focus the last two days trying to get my rhythm back and see the ball go in.
That was quite a show. Not at all surprising the way Steph bounces back from bad nights.
If we win Florida, it's a wrap. We win Florida, it's over. So we've got to work our hearts out this week – these next two days – as if our future depends on it.
Hillary doesn't even come here. She refuses to campaign in Minnesota. Do you really want a president who's never shown up?
If you want more endless gridlock, vote for Republicans.
On behalf of the NBA family, I want to thank him for being a wonderful ambassador for the game.
I write this to you today as a 41-year-old man who is retiring from the game. I write to you as a man who is completely at peace with himself. Basketball will take you far away from that school yard. You will become far more than just a basketball player. You'll get to act in movies. You'll travel the world. You will become a husband, and the father of five amazing children.
I write to you as a man who is completely at peace with himself.
Basketball will take you far away from that school yard. You will become far more than just a basketball player. You'll get to act in movies. You'll travel the world. You will become a husband, and the father of five amazing children.
The greatest shooter to play the game.
We, at UConn, can all be proud of what he accomplished here and the greatness that he achieved when he went on to the NBA.
We have had many great players through the years, but Ray is probably the No. 1 name brand we've had. We, at UConn, can all be proud of what he accomplished here and the greatness that he achieved when he went on to the NBA.
I know that this one was one where they had debates, which is obviously one-time only. But everybody's been complaining about football. This time football was good – NBA good. Sports may not be so great for other guys. Sports is working for Twitter.
Every time I see those last plays, guys celebrating and crying, it just sends chills through my body. I'm pretty sure that on opening night it's going to be even more than that. It's going to be an emotional night, I know that and I'm going to enjoy it also. It's going to be one of those nights. It's a great night. Who wouldn't want to be in that position as an NBA player or NBA coach? It's going to be a great night for us.
We've made tremendous progress. We're not done-done as bargainers in terms of ultimately having a completed collective bargaining agreement. But we're on our way toward getting an extension done of this collective bargaining agreement... We're not quite there yet. But I continue to be optimistic.
The fact there's more money to distribute among our players and teams has created an atmosphere that makes it more conducive to continue. There's a sense across the table that we have a system that we both fought hard for in the last round of collective bargaining that for the most part is working pretty well.
I'll say that when you have someone like Michael Jordan now on the owners' side of the table, we all remember the old slogan from when Michael was a player of 'Be like Mike.' I think there's the sense now for the players that that's yet another area where they want to be like Mike. Look what he's done, taking sort of his success on the floor and translated that into being an incredibly successful businessman.
For players to see him in that position, it doesn't mean if Michael says it, it necessarily means that they should accept it as the position they should take, but I think that's really added a special element unique to this league to have a superstar player like that owning a team now.
We've made tremendous progress and I'm pleased to report that.
Hopefully, we will be back to all of you in the not-too-distant future to say that negotiations have been completed, but we're not quite there yet.
Let me say this: I still think they got some of the same issues this year with that team. Can they rebound the ball? They're going to still be shooting jumpers. They're not going to get any low-post scoring. Can that type of play hold up through the rigors of the NBA playoffs? I'm still going to say the same thing I've always said: No.
The issues that we are primarily focused on are those of acceptance and inclusiveness – and the bill goes far beyond directing what bathrooms people should use. From that standpoint, it has been misrepresented. Ultimately for us, it's about creating the right environment, specifically for a celebratory event like our All-Star team.
We were in an unfortunate position that we were moving the game, so for me it is a high priority given the investments in the arena, given the investments in the team that Michael and his ownership group has made, and the city and state have made in the Hornets.
It reminds me of the great lessons that I have learned from the great game of basketball – all of the things that the game has taught me. How to learn. How work hard each and every day. The value of teamwork. The importance of communicating with your teammates, and how preparation and hard work and perseverance and what it teaches you every day. Winning feels great, but you can learn a lot from losing and competing.
Charlotte is a very special place for me and my family. Together me and the Hornets, and the colleagues of the Hornets, will continue to work every day to reject violence, change perceptions and restore the trust between law enforcement and the community.
You know from the NBA, from Major League Baseball, from the NFL, they are coming forward and you know what they're saying 'hey not in our locker rooms, that's not what happens'. But he's not just insulted women, he's an equal opportunity insulter, he's insulted everybody.
We don't have too much relationship at the moment with the NBA.
[Disney] will soon face a massive increase in NBA costs as the new season and deal terms take effect in October.
If you can crack the code on China, it's a massive step forward.
Kobe [Bryant] has obviously done a great job of keeping a consistent presence in Asia. Everybody does it a different way, and I want to have something that's unique to me and to the story of Under Armour.
I know how much they support us and follow us, so to be able to come here in our short little window to get face to face with our fans, it's important.
In a market like China with this much history, you can't think short term, or in one to two years. You need to think in decades: What will this evolve to in 10 or 20 or 30 years.
When people see him, they see hope, they feel something. I don't know what it was like to travel with Madonna, but traveling with Curry is something like that.
I don't go out on the court thinking, I gotta make this three to sell shoes. It has always been very authentic.
This is going to be 15 seconds of poetry.
I think we are just getting started here.
I can't play right now because I'm so nervous.
If you have a magic bullet to stop the violence, not only in Chicago but anywhere in the country, please share it with us.
We ought to be extending our sympathy to the family -- that's the only reaction that is appropriate right now, and maybe a sadness about this gun violence issue, which we know is complicated.
More than 6,000 African Americans are the victims of murder, of murder, every single year. Just yesterday, the cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade, a great guy Dwyane Wade, was the victim of a tragic shooting in Chicago. We cannot as a society tolerate this level of violence and suffering in our cities.
We embrace our rich cultural heritage and see our diversity as a virtue. Should the NBA choose to bring the All-Star Game back to New Orleans in 2017, it will strongly reaffirm its commitment to communities that value fairness and inclusion.
It is going to be a grind-out game, I'm looking forward to it. Most of their main players play in our league (the National Basketball Association) but we'll prepare for them tomorrow and see what we got.
Our digital business drove this quarter, particularly outperformance from FIFA Ultimate Team on console and Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes on mobile. This success along with the launch of NBA LIVE Mobile gives us great confidence in our ability to operate and add new live services through the year.
It's like a dream come true. When I was in high school I always wanted to put on my college hat to show what school I was going to and never did it. I put on an NBA hat.
My interests in playing in Israel, at this moment that dream has come true. I'm now able to play for Hapoel Jerusalem. A team that I'm looking forward to playing with.
My wife and I always talked about living abroad and experiencing different cultures, and what better culture to experience for us than living in Jerusalem?
Jerusalem is a very special city as you guys know and Amar'e is a very special person, other than the fact that he is a very good basketball player. I'm very excited about this and the whole city of Jerusalem is celebrating right now.
Today the NBA and Commissioner (Adam) Silver sent a clear message that they won't stand for discrimination against LGBTQ employees, players or fans.
There was an exhaustive effort from all parties to keep the event in Charlotte, and we are disappointed we were unable to do so. With that said, we are pleased that the NBA opened the door for Charlotte to host All-Star Weekend again as soon as an opportunity was available in 2019.
[In] the majority of NBA players' upbringing, there's not much financial education. When you get to college, they're never teaching you how to start a credit line or get a loan on a car, things of that nature.
You worked so hard to get to this point. Don't blow it. Don't blow the money that comes with it.
Remember how hard it was for you get to that level. Take care of it. Build your team, make sure you preserve it.
Create a lifestyle where you're going to have generational wealth.
It was my darkest hour.
It's a tough lesson to learn. I wanted to take care of my family; I wanted the best for them. I really didn't have the word 'no' in my vocabulary. It was something I was not used to saying.
We're not just talking to the leagues, we're also talking to the broadcast partners of the leagues and the cable network partners of the leagues.
I'm more likely to work with Amazon. Amazon Prime, I look at as they're in a subscription business. They look like a cable company.
This is not just about the NBA All-Star game. This is about long-term economic sustainability for the state of North Carolina, and that is deeply at risk with the way our reputation has been damaged by this law.
I'm sure (ABC) wishes they were able to foresee that and price their ads accordingly.
We made history tonight. Cleveland, Ohio, we're coming back, baby!
I'm coming home with what I said I was going to do. I can't wait to get off that plane, hold that trophy up and see all our fans at the terminal.
I was calm. I was focused. I was locked in.
The game's been growing exponentially for years, and since the last collective bargaining agreement, gate receipts have gone way up, sponsorships have gone way up ... viewership is way up.
We're negotiating from a place where everyone's happy, everyone's making more money. That is why I think we'll be able to get a deal done without too much disruption of the game.
I firmly believe that a new arena will be built that brings the NBA and NHL to our region. The City's past actions contributed to the Sonics leaving Seattle. Today's Council vote makes it less likely that the NBA will return to the City of Seattle.
Even if the NBA were to move in essence blindly forward and say we'll play our All-Star Game regardless of the state of the law in North Carolina, we're impacted by the entertainment community because of the performers that appear at our All-Star Game.
It feels great. This team is amazing and the vision that I had when I decided to come here is all coming true. Through adversity, everything we have been through, we have been able to persevere and to win back-to-back championships. It's an unbelievable feeling.