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
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 Brandon Judd
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
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 Monday, Ashton 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
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 Colin Ward-Henninger
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 Brad Botkin
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.