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Just like they did at the start of training camp, the San Antonio Spurs announced Wednesday that they plan to keep All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard out indefinitely as he continues to recover from right quadriceps tendinopathy.

“Kawhi has made significant progress and continues to move forward in his rehabilitation,” Spurs general manager RC Buford said. “This is the best approach for the next steps in his return to play.”

When asked about it before Wednesday’s game in Brooklyn, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich ruled out the possibility of Leonard missing the rest of the season.

The Spurs initially announced during training camp that Leonard would miss the preseason because of the quadriceps issue, but the recovery process lingered into December, with Popovich admitting in November that the forward was “coming along more slowly” in rehabilitation than the club had hoped.

Leonard missed San Antonio’s first 27 games this season because of the condition, which causes pain and weakness in the knee. The two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year has appeared in just nine games this season as the Spurs have restricted his playing time to ensure a full recovery.

Despite playing just 23.3 minutes per game, the 26-year-old Leonard is averaging 16.2 points per game.

“For us to go where we want to go, we both have to play well,” LaMarcus Aldridge told ESPN. “Golden State is a prime example, Houston with James Harden and Chris Paul. It’s not impossible to co-exist. I feel like I’m playing more confident, I’m playing better this year, where it’s not going to be an issue. When he’s back 100 percent, he’s going to be who he was and I’m going to be who I am. I feel like that’s going to make us better down the stretch.”

Leonard also missed time with what Popovich said is a partial tear in his left shoulder.

A two-time NBA All-Star, Leonard averaged career highs in points (25.5) and assists (3.5) last season while also averaging 1.8 steals. When Leonard debuted against the Dallas Mavericks on Dec. 12, he hadn’t suited up to play for San Antonio since Game 1 of last season’s Western Conference finals, a series he missed due to a sprained ankle.

As part of the recovery from quadriceps tendinopathy, Leonard had been working through a rehabilitation process comprising several steps, including individual work and two-on-two and three-on-three drills, before receiving clearance to practice fully with the team. Leonard had been working out with veteran point guard Tony Parker, who was recovering from a ruptured quadriceps tendon, as well as former Spurs players Matt Bonner and Tim Duncan.

It’s unknown whether the Spurs plan to re-enter Leonard into a similar protocol for recovery.

Popovich said Leonard would return “sooner rather than later” during Leonard’s absence earlier in the season, and despite the conservative approach to bringing back the forward, San Antonio finds itself back still involved in the rehabilitation process. Sources said, however, that Leonard did not experience a setback.

“It’s been pretty hit and miss the entire season,” Popovich said last Saturday. “Even with minutes limitations, when the guys come back like Tony [Parker], Danny [Green] and Kawhi, it makes it a little awkward, a little weird for the guys to really get into a rhythm. But that’s the way it is. We just have to deal with it. Hopefully, everybody will stay healthy after tonight’s game, and we can put something together.”

Throughout Leonard’s recovery, the club was reluctant to offer a timeline for his return, as there’s a level of unpredictability involved with rehabilitation from quadriceps tendinopathy, according to a source. With Leonard out of action, fourth-year veteran Kyle Anderson moved into the starting lineup and took advantage of the extra minutes, forcing Popovich to admit he needs to be on the floor more, even when Leonard is back in the rotation.

Anderson will return to the starting lineup with Leonard out indefinitely.

Leonard returned to action Saturday after missing three games with a shoulder injury. He played 28 minutes, contributing 19 points and 8 rebounds. Leonard appeared to be finally close to full strength in San Antonio’s 112-80 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

Aldridge has averaged 34.1 minutes and 18.0 field goal attempts per game since the beginning of December, and it’s highly unlikely the Spurs will limit the power forward’s minutes moving forward. Aldridge told ESPN.com that during a heart-to-heart sit-down discussion with Popovich over the summer, he actually asked the coach for more minutes this season.

“I think I’ve always been able to do it. I don’t want to sound arrogant. I think that’s who I’ve been,” Aldridge said. “I think having the talk with Pop helped it happen. Having the talk, and telling him I play better when I’m playing more minutes, and maybe we can try to find different ways for finding rest.

“I struggle with playing low minutes, and trying to keep a rhythm. I’ve just never been able to do it. When I was really rolling in Portland, I was top five in minutes every season. So that’s kind of who I’ve become. So, I think Pop understood that, and he’s letting me play more minutes. We’ve all kind of enjoyed how I’ve come along playing more minutes. I’m staying in great shape. I’m feeling good. My rhythm is better. Being out there more, this is just me.”

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Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri, born and raised in Nigeria before moving to the United States and becoming one of the most unique front-office success stories in professional sports history, responded strongly to President Donald Trump’s reported disparaging remarks about immigration.

Multiple outlets have cited sources in reporting that Trump referred to Haiti and some African nations as “shithole countries” during a meeting with Republican and Democratic lawmakers this week. In a tweet on Friday morning, Trump denied using the specific term. Later in the day, Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), who was present at the meeting, said the president used the word.
"I don't think it's fair, and I don't think it's what inspiring leadership can be. What sense of hope are we giving people if you are calling where they live -- and where they're from -- a shithole?" Masai Ujiri told ESPN.
“This summer, I went to Kigali and Nairobi and Lagos, and I went to Kampala and Abidjan and Dakar and Johannesburg, and I saw great cities and great people,” Ujiri told ESPN on Friday. “And I went to visit the refugee camp in Dadaab, and I met good people and good families with plenty of hope. If those places are being referred to as shitholes, go visit those places, and go meet those people.”

“I don’t think it’s fair, and I don’t think it’s what inspiring leadership can be. What sense of hope are we giving people if you are calling where they live — and where they’re from — a shithole?

“I’ve spent a lot of time in the United States and Canada and I am grateful for the opportunities that I’ve been given by people, and the game of basketball, and the NBA. As leaders, I think we have to give people in many places a chance to have success, not continue to put those people down.

“We have to inspire people and give them a sense of hope. We need to bring people along, not ridicule and tear them down. This cannot be the message that we accept from the leader of the free world.

“… Just because someone lives in a hut, that doesn’t mean that isn’t a good person, that that person can’t do better, that person isn’t capable of being great. And just because it’s a hut — whatever that means — doesn’t mean it’s not a home. God doesn’t put anyone someplace permanently. I am a living testimony to that. If I grew up in a shithole, I am proud of my shithole.”

Ujiri, 47, was hired by the Denver Nuggets as the first African-born general manager in NBA history in 2010, and voted the league’s Executive of the Year for the 2012-13 season. After leaving Denver to oversee the Toronto franchise in 2013, he has elevated the Raptors into a consistent Eastern Conference contender.

Ujiri has engineered humanitarian efforts through his Giants of Africa basketball program and the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders. Giants of Africa has raised and donated millions of dollars toward facilities, coaching and education of young basketball players throughout the African continent.

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Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green was fined $25,000 on Monday for criticizing the NBA’s officiating.

Green told The Athletic on Saturday that ongoing friction between the league’s officials and players is “ruining the game.”

He made the comments following the Warriors’ 121-105 win over the LA Clippers on Saturday at Staples Center. Green picked up his 11th technical foul of the season in that game.

He told The Athletic that officials are making things personal.

“It’s bad,” Green said. “It’s horrible. It’s really bad. I don’t know why it is. But I think it’s ridiculous. It’s ruining the game. … It should be one of, if not the main priority, to be solved. It definitely should.”

Green received the technical Saturday when he approached referee Tyler Ford to plead his case that Montrezl Harrell fouled him when the Clippers forward blocked his dunk attempt.

Green proposed that the NBA should start fresh.

“They can get a new crop [of officials], a whole new crop,” Green said. “Too many personal things going on. Too much me against you. It just don’t work that way.”

The fine was announced Monday by Kiki VanDeWeghe, the league’s executive vice president of basketball operations.

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Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo leads All-Star balloting after the first 12 days of the fan vote.

Antetokounmpo is ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James by nearly 7,500 votes and leads third-place Kyrie Irving by more than 50,000 votes in the first vote tabulation, released by the NBA on Thursday.

Kevin Durant (767,402) and Stephen Curry (735,115) are fourth and fifth on the list, respectively, and have garnered the highest vote totals among Western Conference players.

The voting reflects a remarkable start to the season for the 23-year-old Antetokounmpo. He is second in the NBA in scoring (29.1 points per game) and ranks in the top 20 in blocks, steals and rebounds.

Under a new All-Star Game format, the player who receives the most votes in the Eastern Conference and Western Conference will each serve as a captain and will choose teams from the pool of players voted in as starters and reserves.

As in previous seasons, the starters will be determined by the fan vote as well as a vote among current players and media.

Fans will account for 50 percent, while all current players and a media panel will account for 25 percent each.

Players will be sorted by conference and position (guards and frontcourt players) and the two top guards and three top frontcourt players will be named starters. NBA head coaches will select the reserves. The two captains will then draft a team based on the pool of players.

In the Eastern Conference, Antetokounmpo (863,416), James (856,080) and Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid were the top three frontcourt players in the first fan vote. New York’s Kristaps Porzingis (359,459) was fourth. Irving and Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan (259,368) were the top two guards. Indiana’s Victor Oladipo (251,886) was third.

In the Western Conference, Durant, New Orleans’ Anthony Davis (393,000) and teammate DeMarcus Cousins (356,340) were the top three frontcourt players. Golden State’s Draymond Green (325,612) was fourth.

Curry and Houston’s James Harden (602,040) were the top two guards. Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook (438,469) was third.

The starters and captains will be revealed on January 18 and the reserves will be announced on January 23rd. Full team rosters will be announced on January 25. The All-Star Game is on February 18 in Los Angeles. The next round of fan voting will be announced on January 11.

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To Joel Embiid, the Sixers’ Christmas Day win on Monday was another sign that “the process” is paying off.

“After what we’ve been through the past four years, I was so excited [today] because we’ve been through so much losing,” Embiid said after the Sixers’ 105-98 win over the Knicks. “…. To be able to be one of the few teams in the league to play on this day — it just shows you how much we’ve improved.”

Embiid had 25 points, 16 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks to help Philadelphia (15-18) snap a five-game losing streak.

“That was my first time playing in the Garden, and when I go on the road I love putting on a show,” said Embiid, whose 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter led to some “Trust The Process” chants at Madison Square Garden. “I felt like we had a lot of fun tonight. We can play much better than that, but we got the win.”

JJ Redick added 24 points, and T.J. McConnell had 15 points off the bench in Philadelphia’s first Christmas Day game in 16 years. The Knicks (17-16) left the court impressed by Embiid and the young Sixers.

“[Embiid is at] an All-Star level, and I think he’s doing a really good job,” said Enes Kanter, who had 31 points and 22 rebounds while matched up at times against Embiid. “I think if he stays healthy, he’s going to be one of the best big men in the league.”

Embiid missed his first two seasons with foot injuries and was limited to 31 games last season because of a meniscus injury. Over those three seasons, Philadelphia lost an average of 63 games in an effort to build through the draft — a plan implemented by former president and general manager Sam Hinkie the season before that was eventually dubbed “the process.”
Joel Embiid, who finished with 25 points and 16 rebounds, was optimistic after the 76ers' Christmas Day win over the Knicks.
With Embiid healthy and surrounded by a talented young core that includes Ben Simmons and 2017 No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz (sidelined with a shoulder injury), the Sixers have become known for progress more than process this season.

Embiid is among the top 15 in the NBA in scoring (23.7), rebounding (10.9) and blocks (2.0), establishing himself as one of the league’s top big men when healthy. The 23-year-old had missed the Sixers’ previous three games with a back injury, but the team deemed Embiid healthy enough to play shortly before tip-off on Monday.

“I want to stay on the floor, I want to be on the floor,” Embiid said afterward. “If it’s not something that’s going to really, really bother me, I’m going to play.”

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Former Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson is unable to attend Monday night’s jersey retirement for Kobe Bryant, league sources told ESPN.

Jackson has been in touch with Bryant in advance of the ceremony to congratulate him, sources said. But he was unable to travel from his Montana home for the ceremony in Los Angeles.

Bryant will have both his No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys retired during halftime of the Lakers’ game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center.

Jackson coached Bryant to all five of his NBA championships.

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The San Antonio Spurs listed forward Kawhi Leonard as probable for Tuesday’s road matchup at Dallas, which means it’s likely the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year will be making his season debut against the Mavericks.

The club had originally targeted Saturday’s game at Phoenix as a potential debut for Leonard, but sources on Friday said the forward wanted “a couple more days” to recover from the right quadriceps tendinopathy that has kept him out of all 27 of the Spurs’ games thus far this season.

Leonard addressed his potential return last week, saying, “soon to come.”
Kawhi Leonard has been sidelined for all 27 of the Spurs' games this season while recovering from quadriceps tendinopathy.
Then, before the team’s win Friday over the Boston Celtics, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said his primary concern was the players available right now.

“Whoever is not there is not there. We don’t worry about him [Leonard] or think about it too much. We’ve got to take care of as much as the business as we can, just like Boston is doing. … In the meantime, a lot of the guys are getting time. We’re playing a lot of different people, a lot of different combinations. Some nights it doesn’t work out really well. Other nights, it looks really good. But I think down the stretch it will help us.”

A two-time NBA All-Star, Leonard averaged career highs in points (25.5) and assists (3.5) last season, while also averaging 1.8 steals. Leonard hasn’t suited up to play for San Antonio since Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, a series he couldn’t continue due to a sprained ankle.

As part of the recovery from quadriceps tendinopathy, Leonard has worked through a rehabilitation process comprised of several steps such as individual work, two-on-two and three-on-three drills, before receiving clearance to practice with the team. Leonard had been working out with Tony Parker, who was recovering from a ruptured quadriceps tendon, as well as former Spurs players Matt Bonner and Tim Duncan.

The Spurs also listed shooting guard Danny Green (tightness, left groin) as probable for Tuesday’s game, while Kyle Anderson, who had been filling in during Leonard’s absence, is out due to a MCL sprain in his left knee.

Green is averaging 9.7 points in 28.8 minutes per game this season.

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In what many employees at Staples Center view as the “LaVar Ball rule,” this season, the Los Angeles Lakers are enforcing a policy that no longer allows members of the media to congregate in a section of the arena among family and associates of players after games.

Family, friends and agents wait for players in the seats behind the basket closest to the visiting team’s locker room at the end of games. Interviews conducted in that designated area and near the tunnel leading to the arena corridors are now forbidden.

In prior years, media socialized and, at times, interviewed individuals in that sector without interference. If a media member is recognized in that area now, arena security or Lakers staffers direct that he or she leave the area.

“It’s not a new policy; it’s an existing policy,” a team spokesperson told ESPN. “There has been more media presence in that area than before. That section is strictly for family and guests of players. It’s a privacy concern.”
The Lakers are enforcing an existing policy that forbids members of the media to congregate in a section of the Staples Center with family and associates of players after games. Many employees at Staples Center consider it the "LaVar Ball rule."
LaVar Ball, the father of Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, is also not permitted to do interviews on the court, something he did on opening night after the LA Clippers defeated the Lakers 108-92. The league’s rule is that an individual must be credentialed in order to walk onto the court. LaVar Ball hasn’t done an on-court interview since.

A handful of rival front-office executives deem this matter as a necessary reinforcement to prevent LaVar Ball from having a routine postgame platform in which he’s occasionally critical of the team.

“I’m not worried about the LaVar Ball rule,” LaVar Ball told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman when asked about the Lakers’ policy.

In mid-November after a game, LaVar Ball told Bleacher Report that the Lakers’ coaching staff should take a specific approach to coaching his son: Be tougher on him.

“They’re soft. They don’t know how to coach my son,” Ball told the website. “I know how to coach him. I tell him to go get the victory. Stop messing around.”

Lakers coach Luke Walton was forced to respond at the time: “I will say this: I think that he has done a phenomenal job as a father with Lonzo because Lonzo is a special young man; he’s selfless, he’s unselfish, his teammates love him and he cares about them and plays the game the right way. So he has done a great job with that. But we are not concerned with what parents think of how we are coaching the team. We are contented with the team and what is best for the team and how we can continue to get better.”

On Wednesday, after a 127-123 loss in overtime to the Golden State Warriors, in a postgame interview with ESPN, LaVar Ball said Julius Randle should have passed the ball ahead to his son in transition for a potential game winner, and he questioned Walton’s decision to call a timeout.

“I’ll tell you the crucial point. When Julius [Randle] got that ball at the end, he should have thrown it forward. Lonzo had a wide-open layup. Or 3-pointer. That’s game. It wouldn’t have gone to overtime. That was game. … Julius tried to take too many dribbles, then they fouled him, or they called timeout. But if he would have thrown the ball ahead, Coach wouldn’t have called a timeout. Even if he did, he can’t call it because the ball’s in the air. Lonzo’s running the lane, game over. That’s the best time to score.

“… But every time they score two 3-pointers, it’s a game of runs. Don’t call timeout, because that’s means you’re scared. You make two 3-pointers on me, I got two more to come. … Do the Big Baller move. Don’t call no timeouts.”

Retired Lakers forward A.C. Green, a good friend of Magic Johnson’s, recently told TMZ that he has no issue with what LaVar Ball said about Randle and Walton.

“I don’t think he has any affiliation with the Lakers … but he has an opinion,” Green said in the interview. “And you guys keep giving him the opportunity to share his opinion, and you should … He’s going to do what he does.”

Last week, apparently unrelated to LaVar Ball, the Lakers implemented a new protocol barring media personnel, with the exception of those doing TV live shots, from sitting in the courtside seats on the Lakers’ end of the court while players are getting pregame work in.

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Memphis fired coach David Fizdale on Monday, one day after the Grizzlies dropped to 7-12 on the season, including eight straight losses.

Associate head coach J.B. Bickerstaff, who was 37-34 as an interim coach with the Rockets in 2015-16, has been promoted to interim head coach.

“After a thorough evaluation, I decided a change in course was necessary to move forward and provide the team and organization its best chance at success this season and beyond,” general manager Chris Wallace said in a statement. “Coach Fizdale represented the Grizzlies and City of Memphis proudly, and we wish him well as he continues his career.”

Fizdale’s firing comes after his tepid relationship with All-Star center Marc Gasol reached a low point with Gasol’s fourth-quarter benching in a loss to Brooklyn on Sunday night.

Fizdale is owed $3 million for the 2018-19 season on his contract, league sources said. The Grizzlies possessed a team option for the 2019-20 season, the final of his original four-year contract.

The Grizzlies advanced to the Western Conference playoffs a year ago under Fizdale, going 43-39 in the regular season.

The Grizzlies have scheduled a news conference with Bickerstaff for Tuesday at 10 a.m.

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LaVar Ball told Bleacher Report that the Los Angeles Lakers’ staff should take a specific approach to coaching his son, Lonzo: Be tougher on him.

“They’re soft. They don’t know how to coach my son,” Ball told the website during a recent interview. “I know how to coach him. I tell him to go get the victory. Stop messing around.”

LaVar Ball said he does not take issue with the job Lakers coach Luke Walton has done during the team’s 7-10 start to the season.

“I have a problem with losing,” he said.

Lonzo Ball has struggled with his shot through his first 17 games as a pro — averaging 8.9 points on 31 percent shooting from the field — but his contributions go beyond scoring.

Bleacher Report noted that Lonzo Ball has credited Lakers assistant Brian Shaw with urging him to be proactive on the boards, and it’s one way Ball fills up a stat sheet. The rookie guard is averaging 7.1 rebound and 7.1 assists.

His father pointed out that if the staff was tougher on Lonzo, the Lakers would have more success in the early going of his son’s career.

“Go get the W. Do whatever it takes. That’s why I’m down here saying, ‘Rebound,'” LaVar Ball told Bleacher Report. “He’s been away from me too long. I see tendencies in his game — they’re trying to baby him a little bit.”