Grantland takes us back to the younger years through the latest installment of their “Story Time with Jalen Rose” series.
In this episode, Rose recounts his experience playing against a Wizards-era Michael Jordan. Watching Jordan play during his championship run with the Bulls, Rose found himself surprisingly confident when playing against Jordan in a different context. With an already notorious penchant for expressive commentary, Rose succeeded in his quest to challenge Jordan, but ultimately, committed some ‘personal fouls’ in the process. Enjoy the humorous video above.
The Bulls are open to making a trade before the draft, notably a deal including Luol Deng, according to a league source.
With roughly $56 million committed to Deng, Derrick Rose, Carlos Boozer, and Joakim Noah, Chicago is likely looking to clear cap space because of luxury-tax concerns.
Toronto and Golden State have been mentioned as possible trade partners.
The Toronto Raptors have agreed to send guards Leandro Barbosa and Anthony Carter to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for a second-round draft pick, a person close to the situation said Thursday.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been finalized. The Pacers declined to comment.
Dwane Casey said the Raptors have received calls from teams interested in trading for Jose Calderon.
“We’re trying to hold on to him and keep him, but he has played his way into a very high status as a point guard,” Casey said Wednesday.
“A lot of teams have been calling and wanting him.”
Calderon is averaging 16.7 points and 11.1 assists over his last seven games.
Raptors forward-centre Andrea Bargnani reinjured his strained left calf in the first overtime of Wednesday’s double-overtime victory at Utah.
Tests done Thursday in Denver revealed no significant damage to the calf. Bargnani will be treated symptomatically and is expected to be sidelined for an indefinite period of time.
Bargnani originally injured his calf January 11 against Sacramento. He missed six games from January 13-22.
The San Antonio Spurs are engaged in discussions about trading point guard Tony Parker to secure a high pick in Thursday’s draft, according to league sources.
The Spurs have talked to teams in the lottery, including the Toronto Raptors and Sacramento Kings, who hold the fifth and seventh picks, respectively. The Kings are determined to get a frontline point guard.
It is unclear who the Spurs would prefer to take if they acquired a high lottery pick.
Lawrence Frank and Dwane Casey are on the Toronto Raptors’ list of coaching candidates, but sources say there is a strong third candidate: Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Maurice Cheeks.
The Raptors are not expected to make a decision on their coach until GM Bryan Colangelo returns from a scouting trip in Europe. They are also expected to wait until they can interview Mavericks assistant coach Casey, after the NBA Finals.
Cheeks, 54, has a career record of 284-286 as a head coach over six-plus seasons, splitting time between the Portland Trail Blazers and Philadelphia 76ers. He last coached the Sixers in 2008 before joining the Thunder under coach Scottie Brooks.
Jay Triano will not return as Toronto Raptors coach next season.
The Raptors announced Wednesday they will not exercise their option on Triano’s contract. He will be retained as a consultant and a special assistant to president and general manager Bryan Colangelo. The Raptors finished 22-60 this season, last in the Atlantic Division.
“We’ve decided that it was time to change the voice, change the leader at the helm,” Colangelo said on a conference call Wednesday evening.
This past weekend, the color commentary of the Italian feed of a Western Conference final game was provided by Andrea Bargnani.
Asked in a feature interview where he would like to play if he could rub a magic lamp and transport himself to another NBA city, Bargnani told Italy’s Sky Sports: “I want to stay in Toronto, at least this is the politically correct answer. If (I am) to go somewhere else, I’d like a warm climate city and a team where I can actually play in my role.”
Raptors center Amir Johnson will have surgery next week to take care of a “ligament issue,” president and general manager Bryan Colangelo said.
Johnson, who missed the last week of the regular season with an ankle issue, will have the surgery within the next week in North Carolina and it will be conducted by the same doctor who performed foot surgery on Reggie Evans.
Johnson will be ready for the start of training camp, Colangelo added.