In case you missed any of the past week’s top stories from around the NBA, we have you covered with our Week in Review. Below are the most noteworthy stories from the last seven days.
Rockets’ point guard Chris Paul injured his right hamstring in his team’s Game 5 win against the Warriors and has been ruled out for Game 6 in Oakland. Paul will be re-evaluated after the team returns to Houston for Game 7 or in preparation of the NBA Finals, but there is pessimism inside the organization that Paul would be ready for a Game 7.
The NBA announced the 2017/18 All-NBA Teams, with James Harden and LeBron James both unanimously selected to the First Team. They were joined by Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, and Kevin Durant. The Second Team was made up of Russell Westbrook, DeMar DeRozan, Giannis Antetokounmpo, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Joel Embiid, while Stephen Curry, Victor Oladipo, Jimmy Butler, Paul George, and Karl-Anthony Towns rounded out the Third Team.
The NBA announced the 2017/18 All-Defensive Teams, with Jazz center Rudy Gobert receiving the most votes. He was joined on the First Team by Oladipo and Sixers forward Robert Covington, as well as Pelicans’ teammates Davis and Jrue Holiday. The Second Team consisted of Embiid, Butler, Draymond Green, Al Horford, and Spurs’ guard Dejounte Murray.
The NBA announced the 2017/18 All-Rookie Teams, with Sixers forward Ben Simmons and Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell both voted as unanimous First Team selections. Celtics forward Jayson Tatum almost joined them, receiving 99 out of a possible 100 First Team votes. Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma and Bulls power forward Lauri Markkanen rounded out the First Team, while the Second Team consisted of Mavericks point guard Dennis Smith Jr., Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, Hawks big man John Collins, Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, and Suns swingman Josh Jackson.
The Raptors conducted interviews with several candidates for the team’s next head coach, with Raptors 905’s Jerry Stackhouse (link) and Spurs’ assistant coaches Ettore Messina and Ime Udoka (link) all meeting with front office personnel. Stackhouse took over the head coaching job with Raptors 905 two seasons ago, leading the G League team to two straight championship game appearances, while Messina or Udoka would be the second Spurs’ assistant to receive a head coaching job this Spring after James Borrego was hired by the Hornets.
Here are 11 more headlines from the past week:
- Luka Doncic was named MVP of the EuroLeague, becoming the youngest MVP in league history.
- There appears to be some differing opinions between the Lakers and imminent free agent Julius Randle regarding the team’s interest in Randle.
- Georgia Tech shooting guard Josh Okogie will remain in the 2018 NBA Draft.
- The Clippers and head coach Doc Rivers reached an agreement on a contract extension.
- The Heat and center Hassan Whiteside appear to still be at odds after Whiteside posted a video on social media accusing the team of prohibiting his shooting from the perimeter.
- Former All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire is thinking about attempting an NBA comeback.
- The Magic will interview former Hornets’ head coach Steve Clifford for its head coaching vacancy.
- The Magic also had interest in Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo, but the interest is apparently not mutual.
- The Hornets have hired former Suns interim head coach Jay Triano as an assistant coach.
- The Mavericks have hired former Hornets’ assistant coach Stephen Silas to their coaching staff.
- The Pistons hired Ed Stefanski as a senior advisor responsible for overhauling the team’s basketball operations.