NBA PLAYOFFS GOLDEN STATE PREPARES FOR TITLE RUN-KANSAS JAYHAWKS CLAIM VICTIM

Kansas head coach Bill Self watches his team during a practice session for the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, March 30, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Kansas is claiming victimhood after the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York alleged in an indictment Tuesday that the mother of one prized recruit and guardian of another received tens of thousands of dollars from the shoe company Adidas via an AAU intermediary to secure their commitments to play for the Jayhawks. By Pat Forde

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Utah Utes head coach Larry Krystkowiak talks with Utah Utes forward Chris Seeley (11) after he pulls him for committing two quick fouls in the second half as the University of Utah Running Utes take on the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in the semifinal round of the 2018 NIT in Madison Square Garden in New York City

The Utah men’s basketball team will apparently have a void to fill after redshirt freshman forward Chris Seeley announced on Twitter Friday his intention to transfer. By 

Patrick Chambers and Penn State will face Mississippi State in the NIT semifinals on Tuesday night. Phoebe Sheehan

Penn State announced the signing of class of 2018 guard Daniil Kasatkin in a news release Wednesday. Kasatkin, an Ivanovo, Russia, native, played two seasons at Mountain Mission School (Va.), averaging 14.2 points per game and 4.0 rebounds. By RYNE GERY

Tyrese Maxey is one of the top point guards in high school basketball. Jon Lopez Nike

Following a short break in the live recruiting calendar — one featuring two five-star commitments for Kentucky — John Calipari will be back on the road Friday for another round of visits. The UK coach landed commitments from EJ Montgomery on MondayAshton Hagans on Tuesday, and he’ll be looking to sell his program to at least five more recruits over the next few days. By BEN ROBERTS

Since Steve Kerr took over as head coach in 2014, Golden State has developed a reputation for having one of the most fun cultures in the league. Anything anyone did that was remotely embarrassing or funny would find its way into a film session. Practices ended with half-court shot competitions, which two-time MVP Stephen Curry oftentimes turned into his own version of kickball. By Ramona Shelburne, ESPN Senior Writer

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Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell were simply transcendent this season, each leading his team to top-five playoff seeds by ripping off impressive winning streaks. They were so outstanding that it was nearly impossible to pick one, but, hey, ties are no fun. By 

It started in earnest with GM Dennis Lindsey and coach Quin Snyder on an airplane. It’s a remarkable story that has been taking shape methodically, over years of draft picks who outperformed their slot and quietly successful trades. In 2010, they drafted Gordon Hayward No. 9 overall and developed him into a star. By 

The Knicks‘ Jeff Hornacek, the Magic’s Frank Vogel and the Hornets‘ Steve Clifford have already gotten the axe. We’ll continue to update this post with the latest firings, hires and rumors from around the league.

 

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