Dan Feldman

Kobe Bryant conducts perfect hater farewell (video)


Kobe Bryant‘s impending retirement has caused plenty of discussion about what it means to the Lakers and their fans.

But what about the rest of us?

This is such a wonderful adieu.

Cavaliers sign Dahntay Jones for playoffs

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Can the Cavaliers push the Warriors if they meet in the NBA Finals?



Cavaliers release:

The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed guard Dahntay Jones, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced today

The Cavs needed wing depth with Iman Shumpert and Mo Williams banged up. Playoff eligible after spending the season in the D-League, Jones provides that.

The 35-year-old wing probably doesn’t have much left in the tank, but Cleveland won’t ask much of him. He’s a reliable defender, though his declining athleticism could override positioning advantages. Jones is capable of hitting 3-pointers, but he’s not a knockdown shooter.

This is a fine signing given the Cavaliers’ win-now approach, but they should hope they won’t need Jones this postseason.

2016 PBT Awards: Rookie of the Year

Minnesota Timberwolvesï' Karl-Anthony Towns, left, looks to make his way around New York Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis, of Latvia, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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Kurt Helin

1. Karl-Anthony Towns

2. Kristaps Porzingis

3. Nikola Jokic

If the vote for KAT isn’t unanimous you’ll know what media members don’t watch games, or are biased for their team, or don’t know how to use pull-down menus. Karl-Anthony Towns looks like a franchise cornerstone that Minnesota is going to build on for years. Porzingis is second, based mostly on his red-hot first half of the season. Third could have gone to a few big men — Jokic, Myles Turner, I even like Jahlil Okafor’s season more than most — but Jokic came on strong at the end of the season, and it looks like Denver has a find.

Sean Highkin

1. Karl-Anthony Towns

2. Kristaps Porzingis

3. Nikola Jokic

The only drama with this award will be who finishes third. There are lots of good options—Myles Turner, Devin Booker, even D'Angelo Russell, for all his recent controversy. But Jokic has been impressive as a big man playing a facilitator role in Denver.

Dan Feldman

1. Karl-Anthony Towns

2. Nikola Jokic

3. Kristaps Porzingis

Towns had the best rookie season in years, and he should and will run away with this award. Second is a much closer call. I fully expect Porzingis to finish second, because he excelled early when voters made up their minds, reached higher heights than Jokic and – far too importantly – plays in New York. But I give the slight edge to Jokic, who produced better throughout the season.

Dion Waiters wants to dunk and Tim Duncan can’t stop him (VIDEO)

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Speaking of dunks you didn’t expect to see, here’s Dion Waiters going over Tim Duncan.