In an effort led by new president of league operations Byron Spruell, the NBA will introduce several measures designed to improve officiating. The initiatives, first reported by USA Today, will be formally announced Thursday.The league’s plan, per USA Today:-- Create of an Officiating Advisory Council that will help set guidelines for the future of officiating. The board will include: Warriors Jerseys ESPN analyst Doug Collins; Turner Sports analyst Kenny Smith; former NBA ref Steve Javie; USA Basketball chair Martin E. Dempsey (a retired general and former chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff); and former U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.-- Increase by 10 percent next season Jayson Tatum Jerseys and 25 percent within three years the number of league referees – there are currently 63. This initiative includes a “more global and diverse approach to sourcing and hiring,” meaning the league will probably bring aboard some international refs.-- Use technology such as virtual reality Kawhi Leonard Jerseys to improve training for officials.-- Implement new scheduling protocol in order to reduce travel and back-to-backs, as well as to allow crews to work consecutive games together.“Initially, it was about observing and assessing, and now I’m at a point where we’ve done all of that, Stephen Curry Jerseys and I can definitely see some areas for improvement,” said Spruell, a former Deloitte executive who was hired NBA commissioner Adam
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Derrick Rose's agent B.J. Armstrong insisted the three-time NBA All-Star wants to stay with the Knicks, despite being included in trade negotiations.Rose was traded by the Bulls in June but the former MVP point guard has not completely convinced people in New Paul George Jerseys York, having angered Knicks officials when he missed last month's loss to the Pelicans without informing the team.The 28-year-old Chicago native was subject to trade interest before the deadline, but Armstrong reiterated Rose's desire to remain at Madison Square Garden."Like I've said all along, and Joel Embiid Jerseys like he's said all along, you know what, he wants to be in New York. He feels comfortable there," Armstrong told Sirius XM NBA radio on Saturday. "But we understand the business. ... When no one is calling for you [prior to the trade deadline] Derrick Rose Jerseys is when you're in trouble."The Timberwolves emerged as a possible destination according to reports and Armstrong added: "It was an opportunity to see what his value truly was throughout the league."So as you can see, through all the reports, there were teams that were interested Paul Millsap Jerseys in him and what he does and what he brings to the court," Armstrong said. "I wasn't surprised that he wasn't traded."Derrick is putting together, game by game, coming back and really beginning to play at a consistent Karl-Anthony Towns Jerseys level to where he's at and what he's going to be at this stage of his career."So I think there was a lot of rumors, his name was out there. But in the end, I think the Knicks did what they thought was in their best interests."
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Kevin Love is currently watching his Cavaliers fight for the No. 1 seed in the suddenly competitive Eastern Conference, but he expects to soon be on the court to help Klay Thompson Jerseys his team.The 6-10 forward underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee last week, leaving him out for at least six weeks, but he expects to join the Cavs by at least the start of the postseason."There's definitely enough time to wh ere I can get into a NBA Jerseys good rhythm," Love said, via ESPN.com. "I don't know what the [plan is] as far as other guys resting or me resting going forward, but I imagine between J.R. [Smith] and myself, we'll get out there and get our wind and be ready to go Kevin Durant Jerseys for whenever [the playoffs start] in April."Smith, who is recovering from surgery on the thumb of his shooting hand, are both expected back in the Cavaliers' lineup sometime in March. Love was averaging a double-double before his injury."Every time I've been in a situation like New York Knicks Jerseys this, usually when they say six weeks, they mean six weeks," Love said. "As far as how I feel now, I feel great. But I'll go through all the protocol. I'll be back here on the floor, getting the stitches out, before that, getting the Jonathan Isaac Jerseys swelling down. It's all just part of going through it."Cleveland is currently 3 1/2 games ahead of the Celtics for the top spot in East. After a tricky spell in January, the Cavaliers have won 10 of their last 12 games.The Cavaliers will play host Josh Jackson Jerseys to the Bulls Saturday to maintain momentum.
Some teams can't catch a break. After winning an NBA championship two seasons ago, then advancing to the Finals again last June, the Warriors came into the 2016-17 season with champagne wishes and championship dreams, having added four-time Jimmy Butler Jerseys scoring champion and 2014 NBA MVP Kevin Durant to their roster in the biggest free-agent signing of this past summer. Now, after a freak incident of friendly fire Tuesday night, the franchise's path to a fifth title has become impossible to trek. Durant, in Custom NBA Jerseys the midst of chasing a second 50-40-90 season, suffered a knee injury (Grade 2 MCL sprain and tibial bone bruise) that will keep him out for at least a month. Going without the five-time first-team All-NBA choice will certainly be the Warriors' death knell.
The Kyrie Irving Jerseys NBA has been swirling with activity even after the trade deadline passed last week.Deron Williams and Andrew Bogut chose the Cavaliers after being released from their contracts, and forward Terrence Jones will finish the season in a Bucks uniform, according to The Vertical.Jones started the Aaron Gordon Jerseys season in New Orleans, wh ere he was averaging 11.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, but the 25-year-old was deemed surplus by the Pelicans after they acquired DeMarcus Cousins.Jones' best season so far came in 2013-14, his second in the league, when he averaged 12.1 Marcus Smart Jerseys points and 6.9 rebounds per game in a Rockets uniform.The Bucks (26-33) are currently 10th in the Eastern Conference standings, two games behind the Pistons for the final playoff spot. Jones should give them another offensive weapon to help ease the loss of Jabari Parker.
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