Gasol mulls not playing in Olympics
The Bulls' Pau Gasol is considering not playing at the Olympics because of the Zika virus. He said there is too much uncertainty about the situation in Brazil and anyone going for the Games should "think about'' whether it's worth the risk. Story
Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer
Lakers co-owner Jeanie Buss was our guest, in studio, on ESPN radio this morning. I asked if her fiancé, and Knicks president, Phil Jackson would ever join her back in LA. "No," Buss said, "To visit, yes..but in terms of basketball, he's committed to New York for many years. He's building something there. He has a mission, he's on that journey to get the team back to where he believes it can be and it will be. He's a former Knick...he loves New York, he loves the fans, he wants to make them proud. In terms of the Lakers, we have a front office. They're putting together a team...they have a vision. I'm excited to see what the future holds for us. So, to answer your question....no, there's no plans for Phil to come back here."
Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer
Kevin Durant on the disappointment of Game 6 and moving past it to Game 7:
Stephen A. questions Love, Smith
Stephen A. Smith says his huge question mark for the Cavaliers heading into the Finals is Kevin Love, because he doesn't know if he will show up against Draymond Green or Serge Ibaka.
Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer
It's Billy Donovan's birthday today and as he walked in for his post-shootaround availability, the assembled media sang him happy birthday. Donovan turned 51 today. And he definitely acknowledged a Game 7 win would be a pretty good present.
J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer
Stephen Curry with the low tops on at shootaround. #Game7
Durant: 'We can't feel sorry for ourselves'
Kevin Durant explains how the Thunder have moved on from their tough loss in Game 6 and are excited to be playing in a Game 7.
Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer
Richard Jefferson's rocking the towel wrap look after practice on Monday.
Fran Fraschilla @franfraschilla
See where Pau Gasol considering skipping Olympics because of Zika. A real concern. But # of NBA guys will use as excuse to rest this summer.
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First Take's Game 7 predictions
Skip Bayless doesn't think tonight's Western Conference finals game is as much of a foregone conclusion as some believe.
Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer
Raptors GM Masai Ujiri addressed reporters in Toronto Monday. The biggest takeaways: 1. "Our No. 1 goal is to bring (free agent) DeMar (DeRozan) back here." Is the organization prepared to offer him the max? "I think those discussions are for later." 2. "Coach (Dwane) Casey is our coach for the future. ... That (an extension) will be done in our sleep, I think." 3. Would like to add another power forward and a reserve small forward. Acknowledges keeping everyone like Bismack Biyombo -- despite the fact team definitely wants him back -- will be difficult given salary cap. "We have to get creative." 4. On the No. 9 pick: "I'm open to moving it if you have any suggestions ..." 5. Is Jonas Valanciunas ready for a bigger role? "Yes he is." (Via video on Raptors.com)
Who will win Game 7?
Four of our five NBA experts think the Warriors have a 75 percent chance to beat the Thunder in tonight's Game 7 of the Western Conference finals. 5-on-5 (Insider)