Miami Heat assistant Juwan Howard and Portland Trail Blazers assistant David Vanterpool will have interviews with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the head coach position, there will be no broadcast of the Western Conference Finals in Turkey. Elsewhere, Phoenix Suns Josh Jackson was arrested in Florida.
Sources: Juwan Howard to interview with Wolves | ESPN
According to league sources, Miami Heat assistant Juwan Howard and Portland Trail Blazers assistant David Vanterpool are the most serious candidates for the head coach post with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The new Wolves president of basketball operations, Gersson Rosas, still has interim coach Ryan Saunders at the top of his wish list but he would like to keep his options open.
I think the Heat may have granted Minnesota permission to interview Juwan Howard. pic.twitter.com/tCuwRDjdRn
— Clay Ferraro (@ClayWPLG) May 14, 2019
NBA showdown starring a Turk won’t be on Turkish TV | Reuters
The Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers will start tonight and for the first time, the series will not be televised in Turkey because of Portland’s Enes Kanter alleged links to terrorists.
Although Kanter denied any terrorist links several times already, S Sport, the main TV broadcaster of NBA games in Kanter’s native country, Turkey, will not broadcast the series.
“I can say clearly that we will not be broadcasting the Warriors-Blazers series,” S Sport commentator Omer Sarac told Reuters. “Furthermore, if Portland makes it to the finals, (that) will not be broadcast either,” he said.
“I’m not a politician. It’s not my job, but everyone is so scared of Erdogan that I have to step up and speak out for freedom and human rights. It shows it’s a dictatorship in Turkey.” https://t.co/uJzoIc4zRG
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 14, 2019
Lakers enter NBA Draft Lottery with a slim chance of landing No. 1 pick | Los Angeles Times
The 2019 NBA Draft Lottery is just a few hours away and the Los Angeles Lakers will be among 16 teams who are hoping to select some of the country’s top prospects such as Duke’s Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett, among others.
However, based on the Lakers 37-45 record from this season, which was the fourth-best among the teams that missed the playoffs, Los Angeles has just a 2 percent chance of landing the top pick in the draft.
Time will tell where the Lakers will draft in June.
Lottery night gets started on Tuesday at 5:30 PT on ESPN.https://t.co/ZxFmt5O1VT
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) May 13, 2019
Suns’ Josh Jackson arrested at Florida music festival | USA Today
Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest and escape at the Rolling Loud music festival at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Although not permitted to enter the VIP area without a proper pass, Jackson tried to enter several times after which he was told to leave the area.
SLATER SCOOP: Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson was arrested at Rolling Loud music festival in Miami Gardens.
Jackson tried to enter VIP area many times without proper pass, source says.
After cops handcuffed him, he ran away.
He's charged with escape and resisting arrest. pic.twitter.com/Km8vVNrKQe
— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) May 13, 2019
76ers coach Brown will return for 2019-20 season | ESPN
Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown will return next season, according to managing partner Josh Harris. It will be Brown’s seventh season with the Sixers and he has support from key players such as Joel Embiid.
“I don’t think he should have anything to worry about,” Embiid said. “He’s an amazing coach, a better person, and obviously I’ve got a lot of love for him. If there is someone to blame, put it all on me.”
Today, Joel Embiid gave a passionate plea for Brett Brown to remain head coach. Tonight, @wojespn reports Brown’s job is indeed safe. @ScottiePippen & @RJeff34 give their takes here on what’s going on in Philly. pic.twitter.com/M3BgUcmHxc
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) May 14, 2019