Trae Young Imitates Lonzo Ball’s Jump Shot While Shooting Around in Gym

Oklahoma Sooners star Trae Young has yet to step foot in the NBA, but he already looks like a pro—Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball to be more specific.

Overtime shared a clip in which Young perfectly mimicked Ball’s unique jump shot. After taking a few shots, Young said he “[doesn’t] know how [Ball] does it.”

Young confirmed to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski he intends to enter the 2018 NBA draft after Oklahoma lost to the Rhode Island Rams, 83-78, in the first round of the 2018 NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Young averaged 27.4 points and shot 36.0 percent from three-point range in his only season with the Sooners.

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Ex-Mavericks Employee Melissa Weishaupt Opens Up on Team Culture, Mark Cuban

A former employee of the Dallas Mavericks has called for a stronger response from the team in the wake of a report by Sports Illustrated‘s Jon Wertheim and Jessica Luther on inappropriate workplace behavior at the Mavericks‘ team offices. 

Melissa Weishaupt, who worked in a marketing and game operations capacity for the team from 2010 to 2014 and spoke to SI for the original story, penned a first-person essay for Sports Illustrated in which she singled out Mavericks owner Mark Cuban’s response to the investigation:

“I’m using my name because I’m still not sure the Mavericks get it. Since the story broke, owner Mark Cuban has repeatedly claimed he oversaw only the basketball side of that franchise, not the business side.

“Sorry. It doesn’t work that way. You own 100 percent of the team, Mark. The buck stops with you. When I worked on the Mavs’ business side, all marketing, promotional and broadcasting decisions went through you. Nothing was decided without your approval.”

Wertheim and Luther wrote about allegations of inappropriate behavior and sexual harassment by Terdema Ussery, who worked as the Mavericks president and CEO until resigning in 2015.

Wertheim and Luther also reported former team beat reporter Earl K. Sneed was arrested at a team facility after being involved in a domestic dispute with his girlfriend. Sneed continued to work with the Mavericks, with sources telling Wertheim and Luther in 2014 he allegedly struck a female co-worker with whom he was in a relationship.

Speaking to Wertheim after Sports Illustrated ran the story, Cuban said the details regarding Ussery and Sneed were “all new to me.”

I talked to our HR person and again after these came up,” Cuban said. “And I was told there had been no complaints since I bought the team or even prior to that. None.”

Cuban added he subsequently fired the HR person in question.

Cuban also said he wasn’t aware of the allegations—despite how involved he is with the organization—because his focus is largely on basketball matters, rather than the day-to-day operations of the team behind the scenes.

Weishaupt questioned whether Cuban’s comments fully addressed the situation:

“I am using my name because I am convinced that Cuban still doesn’t recognize the culture he’s helped create or the plight of the women who still work for him. From where I sit, Mark’s response was to rush in like some white knight in a T-shirt and jeans and yell, ‘Don’t worry, ladies of the Mavs, I will help you with paid counseling and a hotline you can call!'”

The NBA set up a hotline for victims to confidentially report any sexual harassment or other inappropriate behavior.

Weishaupt alleged the Mavericks haven’t done enough to make the information about the hotline clear.  She said she spoke to a dozen current and former Mavericks employees, all of whom “have no idea what this is or how to find it.”

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DeMar DeRozan Won’t Play vs. Magic After Thigh Injury Diagnosed as Contusion

Toronto Raptors star guard DeMar DeRozan has been ruled out for Tuesday night’s game against the Orlando Magic because of a left thigh contusion.  

The absence will represent his first this season. 

In 2017-18, DeRozan is averaging 23.7 points, 5.1 assists and 4.0 rebounds per contest. He’s also prioritized adding the three-pointer to his arsenal, shooting 32.7 percent from beyond the arc on a career-high 3.6 attempts per game. While it isn’t overly impressive, it’s better than the 26.6 percent he shot from deep a season ago.

In the past, DeRozan bucked the trend of the three-point shooter in the modern NBA, instead developing arguably the league’s most effective mid-range jumper. But despite previously lacking three-point range, DeRozan‘s offensive game was always versatile.

“It’s having the capability of posting up, maneuvering, having counter moves, being able to get my shot off any direction, any type of way,” he said about his approach in February 2017, per Ian Thomsen of “People don’t understand how much I work on the tough shots that I make. They look tough, but they’re easy to me because I did it over and over so many times.”

Certainly, the Raptors will miss that versatility while DeRozan is out of the lineup. While Kyle Lowry is the team’s driving force, DeRozan is easily the team’s most polished and effective scorer. 

In his absence, players like Norman Powell, OG Anunoby and C.J. Miles will all see their roles expand.

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Kyrie Irving Reportedly to Have 2nd Opinion on Knee Injury to Discuss Screws

Kyrie Irving‘s knee injury is reportedly causing the Boston Celtics star more problems than originally anticipated. 

Per Tony Massarotti of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Irving is seeking a second opinion on his knee, which is flaring up, and will need to have the screws removed at some point. 

Massarotti noted Irving’s options will be for him to play through the injury or get the screws removed and be unable to play.


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Stephen Curry Cleared for Practice, Hopes to Return from Ankle Injury This Week

The Golden State Warriors announced Tuesday that point guard Stephen Curry has been cleared to participate in full practices beginning Wednesday, “with the goal of returning to play later this week.” 

Curry has missed the Warriors’ last six games after tweaking his right ankle on March 8 against the San Antonio Spurs.  

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Taj Gibson Says He Fears for Tom Thibodeau’s Health Because He’s So Into Game

Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau is known for his fiery demeanor on the sideline, and Timberwolves forward Taj Gibson posited Thibodeau might want to dial things back a bit for his own health.

I worry about Thibs. I worry about Thibs all the time,” Gibson said Tuesday, per Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune. “I worry about him having a stroke or something crazy because he’s so into the game.”

Gibson’s comments came a day after Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue took an indefinite leave of absence to deal with health issues.

I have had chest pains and other troubling symptoms, compounded by a loss of sleep, throughout the year,” Lue said in a statement Monday. “Despite a battery of tests, there have been no conclusions as to what the exact issue is.”

Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford also missed 21 games earlier this season to resolve a sleep deprivation problem that had been leading to severe headaches. In addition, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has battled back problems that forced him to take time off in the past.

Thibodeau did take a yearlong coaching break following his departure from the Chicago Bulls at the end of the 2014-15 season. In December 2016, he told reporters the brief hiatus was beneficial in many ways.

The thing that year allowed me to do was to recharge, learn, reflect,” he said. “When you’re in that type of setting when you don’t have a team, you have a much broader view of everything.”

Now that he’s back in the league, however, the 60-year-old Thibodeau doesn’t appear likely to tone down his on-court style anytime soon.

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Bucks Deny HC Candidate List Including Jeff Van Gundy, Rick Pitino, More

Milwaukee Bucks senior vice president Alex Lasry denied a report Tuesday about the team having a list of potential coaching candidates it wishes to pursue this offseason. 

“The season is still going on. There are no candidates and there is no list. What is happening today?!?!?!?” Lasry tweeted in response to an article from Marc Stein of the New York Times.

Stein reported Jeff Van Gundy, Kevin McHale, Rick Pitino, Monty Williams and David Fizdale were potential candidates for the position. 

The Bucks fired Jason Kidd in January after a 23-22 start. Joe Prunty has served as the team’s interim head coach since Kidd’s dismissal, leading the team to a 14-11 record.

Van Gundy has been a regular on the lists of coaching candidates for a number of high-profile jobs but has not been coaxed out of the broadcast booth. McHale last coached the Houston Rockets during the 2015-16 season, while Fizdale and Pitino were both recently fired from their respective positions.

Pitino was let go by Louisville last year after he was named in the FBI probe into college basketball corruption. Fizdale was let go by the Memphis Grizzlies after a 7-12 start this season. Williams last coached as an assistant with the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Bucks job could be the most attractive one available this summer, thanks in large part to the presence of Giannis Antetokounmpo. The All-Star forward is under contract for the next three seasons after 2017-18, as part of the four-year, $100 million contract he signed in 2016.

While there have been injuries across the roster, notably to Jabari Parker, Malcolm Brogdon and Khris Middleton, there is a promising core of young talent in Milwaukee that should be attractive to any coach. 

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