Marc J. Spears

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Marc Spears covers the NBA for Yahoo! Sports. He previously has written for the Boston Globe and Denver Post.

  • Q&A with Knicks' Carmelo Anthony: 'I got to find something I can be comfortable with'

    OAKLAND, Calif. – Since Carmelo Anthony was traded to the New York Knicks on Feb. 22, 2011, the franchise has been a revolving door of players and has had four different head coaches and a major front-office shakeup. There also hasn’t been much postseason momentum, and the team is on the verge of missing the playoffs for the third straight year.

    So how much patience does Anthony have as the prime of his career begins to dwindle away? The All-Star forward answered that question and covered a variety of subjects, including Knicks president and Hall of Famer Phil Jackson, in an interview Wednesday with Yahoo Sports.

    Carmelo Anthony has been waiting for things to turn around in New York. (Getty Images)Carmelo Anthony has been waiting for things to turn around in New York. (Getty Images)Q: You turn 32 years old on May 29. With your age, at this stage of your NBA career, what comes to mind about the state of your career?

    Anthony: “I don’t want to say a sense of urgency. I think it’s more of stability, consistency. I got to find something that I can be comfortable with and still enjoy it at the same time, still have fun at the same time.”

    Q: In your Knicks

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  • DeMarcus Cousins blames George Karl for his suspension

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    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento Kings general manager Vlade Divac said in a statement last Thursday that he was suspending center DeMarcus Cousins one game for conduct detrimental to the team. But in his first comments since being sidelined, Cousins said he believes coach George Karl actually made the call.

    "That wasn't a suspension from the organization," Cousins said after the Kings' 108-99 loss to the Utah Jazz on Sunday. "That was one from the head coach. There's a difference."

    DeMarcus Cousins was suspended for one game for yelling at coach George Karl. (AP)DeMarcus Cousins was suspended for one game for yelling at coach George Karl. (AP)Cousins totaled 31 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in his first game following his one-game suspension. The two-time All-Star was suspended for yelling at Karl during a timeout during a 120-111 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 9. Cousins served the suspension during a 107-100 loss to the Orlando Magic on Friday.

    When told of Cousins' view of the suspension, Divac told Yahoo Sports with a huge grin: "I love

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  • Warriors offer respect to Damian Lillard even after beat-down

    OAKLAND, Calif. – As the Golden State Warriors headed toward the locker room after the buzzer sounded, head coach Steve Kerr went in the opposite direction to offer respect to Damian Lillard. And while the 128-112 loss stung – especially after his own poor shooting – the Portland Trail Blazers guard appreciated Kerr reaching out to him.

    "It's a level of respect considering the fact that he is the championship coach of the best team in the league," Lillard told Yahoo Sports. "He doesn't have to come to my side and say anything to me. But as I was walking off the court he walked right up to me and said he really respected who I am and what I'm doing as a player. And I said the same."

    Kerr's words came after Lillard told The Oregonian he didn't like Kerr comparing him to Warriors All-Star guard Stephen Curry. Kerr said Lillard "looked like Steph Curry out there" after he scored a career-high 51 points during the Blazers' 137-105 win over the Warriors on Feb. 19. It was the Warriors'

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  • DeMarcus Cousins suspended one game by Kings

    DeMarcus Cousins was suspended for Friday's game against the Magic. (AP)DeMarcus Cousins was suspended for Friday's game against the Magic. (AP)Sacramento Kings All-Star DeMarcus Cousins was suspended for Friday’s game against the Orlando Magic for “conduct detrimental to the team.”

    Cousins was suspended for yelling at coach George Karl during a timeout in a 120-111 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, sources told Yahoo Sports. Kings vice president of basketball operations and general manager Vlade Divac levied the suspension. Cousins is averaging team bests of 27.4 points and 11.5 rebounds per game this season.

    Cousins and Karl have had their share of run-ins since Karl was hired in the middle of last season. Karl drew the ire of Cousins after the coach said during the off-season that the two-time All-Star could be traded. Cousins also yelled at Karl in the locker room after a 106-88 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Nov. 9 and has voiced his displeasure with the coach to the media often this season. There were reports that Karl could be fired during the NBA All-Star break, but he is expected to coach the remainder

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  • Magic’s Aaron Gordon still soaring from slam-dunk contest experience

    OAKLAND, Calif. – Ed Gordon’s face exuded pride when he talked about his son making an upcoming appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” getting new endorsement interest and support from new basketball fans worldwide. Finishing second in a close, controversial slam-dunk contest last month at NBA All-Star Weekend was disappointing for Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon, but his father now believes it was a “blessing in disguise.”

    “He is getting more attention,” Ed Gordon told Yahoo Sports. “Personally, if he had won the slam-dunk contest I don’t think this attention would be going on as long as it has been. If he won it would have been like, ‘That was great. Let’s see what he has next year.’

    “It’s a blessing in disguise for sure. It teaches him another tough lesson to expect the unexpected.”

    Gordon certainly took advantage of the unexpected after arriving at All-Star Weekend in Toronto as a little-known second-year player for the Magic. The fourth overall pick of the 2014 NBA draft

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  • Sources: NBPA considering grievance over Donatas Motiejunas' voided trade

    The National Basketball Players Association is strongly considering filing a grievance with the NBA after the Detroit Pistons voided a trade over concerns about Houston Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas' back, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

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    The Pistons voided a three-player trade with the Rockets on Feb. 22 after Motiejunas failed a series of medical examinations on his surgically repaired back. Motiejunas has since been cleared medically by the Rockets and has played in five games. Sources close to Motiejunas believe the voided trade could damage his status as a restricted free agent next offseason.

    Donatas Motiejunas has played in five games with the Rockets since the voided trade. (NBAE/Getty Images)Donatas Motiejunas has played in five games with the Rockets since the voided trade. (NBAE/Getty Images)Motiejunas had back surgery in April. Before the trade with Detroit, he had not played a game for the Rockets since Dec. 31 after having back soreness. The Pistons acquired Motiejunas and guard Marcus Thornton from the Houston Rockets on Feb. 18 in exchange for a first-round pick and center Joel Anthony.

    "Medical clearance was not

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  • Why Steve Kerr might be the biggest roadblock to the Warriors reaching 72 wins

    OAKLAND, Calif. – The Golden State Warriors' biggest opponent in their quest to break the NBA's regular-season record for wins could very well be their own coach.

    The Warriors entered Thursday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder with a 54-5 record, putting them on pace to beat the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' NBA record of 72-10. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he is more worried about getting his players' rest before the playoffs arrive in late April than trying to break the Bulls' mark.

    Steve Kerr doesn't want to chase the Bulls' record at the expense of wearing out his players. (Getty Images)Steve Kerr doesn't want to chase the Bulls' record at the expense of wearing out his players. (Getty Images)"Resting, that will take precedence," Kerr said. "We will rest guys if they need it before we will go for any kind of streak or record, that's for sure."

    Stephen Curry isn't surprised by Kerr's plan.

    "That is how I assumed he would handle it," Curry told Yahoo Sports. "Obviously, the big picture is always the most important trying to win a championship. Case in point, like tonight [against Oklahoma City], they put Andre [Iguodala] on a minutes restriction knowing he is probably the best matchup for KD

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  • Thunder coach Billy Donovan perseveres in season of adversity

    Billy Donovan, the first-year coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder, was in attendance to support his lead assistant coach, Monty Williams, when Williams gave a moving eulogy at the funeral of his wife.

    Donovan’s support of assistant coach Maurice Cheeks, who had major hip surgery last month, has also been unwavering.

    Billy Donovan coached 19 seasons at Florida. (AP)Billy Donovan coached 19 seasons at Florida. (AP)It’s been a season of challenges for Donovan as he faces the stretch run of his rookie season coaching the Thunder without his two top assistant coaches.

    “It’s been hard, really hard,” Donovan told Yahoo Sports. “It’s been really hard on our players. It’s been really hard on our staff. Just the absence of those guys as people, what they are dealing with.

    “You don’t ever want to see anyone in that kind of pain and suffering. Obviously, Mo’s is physical and I think he is doing better. But for someone like Monty, who has five children, it’s hard. It’s just hard.”

    The Thunder hired Donovan on April 30 after 19 seasons as head coach at the University of Florida. The former New

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  • Q&A: Clippers president and coach Doc Rivers

    Los Angeles Clippers president and coach Doc Rivers has dreamed of a day when his franchise wins its first NBA championship. While the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs appear to be major obstacles in that quest, Rivers said his team is “closer than people think.”

    Rivers took some time recently to talk with Yahoo Sports about the Clippers’ potential, the uncertainty surrounding Blake Griffin’s return and why the power forward wasn’t traded, his roster moves as an executive and more.

    Doc Rivers likes the position the Clippers are in. (AP)Doc Rivers likes the position the Clippers are in. (AP)Q: How difficult will be it to overcome the Warriors or Spurs in the Western Conference playoffs and what do you think of what they have done so far?

    Rivers: “What they are doing is amazing, the Warriors first and then the Spurs as well. I think it’s beautiful to watch. Both teams play completely different, but they play exactly the same. It’s all about the team. There is no difference in their spirit. There is a difference in how they play basketball. From a coaching standpoint, even though you

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  • Source: Kris Humphries commits to joining Hawks

    Kris Humphries (AP)Kris Humphries (AP)Free-agent Kris Humphries has committed to sign with the Atlanta Hawks once he clears waivers, a source told Yahoo Sports.

    The Phoenix Suns waived Humphries, 31, on Sunday. The Suns acquired the 6-foot-9, 235-pounder from the Washington Wizards in a trade on Feb. 18. The 12-year NBA veteran cannot sign with the Hawks until he clears waivers on Tuesday, which he is expected to do. He plans to sign a minimum deal for the rest of the season.

    Humphries averaged 6.4 points and 4.1 rebounds in 16.3 minutes per game while shooting 34.3 percent from 3-point range for the Wizards in 28 games this season. He played four games with the Suns, who now have an open roster spot.

    Humphries will give Atlanta more depth behind All-Stars Paul Millsap and Al Horford.

    The Hawks recently lost center Tiago Splitter for the rest of the season to hip surgery.

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