Houston Rockets to hire Stephen Silas as head coach

from nba.com: The Houston Rockets are finalizing a deal with Stephen Silas to become the team’s next head coach, according to reports from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN and Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. Silas previously was an assistant coach under Rick Carlisle with the Dallas Mavericks for the past two seasons. Prior to joining Dallas, the 47-year-old coach had spent his previous nine seasons as an assistant coach with the Charlotte Hornets. His 20-year NBA coaching career also includes stops with the Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington…

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Utah Jazz to be sold to tech entrepreneur Ryan Smith

from the AP: SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The majority interest of the Utah Jazz is being sold to technology entrepreneur Ryan Smith, a move that when formally approved by the NBA will end the Miller family’s 35-year run as owners of the franchise. The Jazz said Wednesday that “definitive agreements” have been struck with Smith on the sale of the team, Vivint Arena, the team’s G League affiliate and management of a Triple-A baseball club. Part of those agreements call for the team to remain in Utah. Smith is a co-founder…

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Basketball Champions League: Marco Spissu making his hometown proud

Marco Spissu was born in Sassari, raised in Dinamo’s youth teams, and is now leading his hometown team to new heights in the Basketball Champions League By Stefan Djordjevic / info@eurohoops.net These days, it’s not so often that the teams at the biggest stages feature a hometown player, let alone for him to be the face of the club and lead it to victories.  Well, that’s exactly become the case with Marco Spissu and Dinamo Sassari. However, far from it that it happened overnight and it took years of Spissu gaining…

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UFC 254 Results Khabib retains title and rides off into sunset

from Brent Brookhouse of cbssports.com : Justin Gaethje followed through with his gameplan against lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event of UFC 254. Unfortunately for Gaethje, a good gameplan wasn’t enough to beat a perfect fighter. Nurmagomedov scored a win with a second-round submission, unifying his lightweight title with Gaethje’s interim championship. Gaethje said leading up to the fight that he just needed to land solid kicks to the legs of Nurmagomedov to take away the champ’s wrestling game and open him up to the challenger’s huge power…

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EuroHoops awards

Crvena Zvezda and CSKA Moscow put on an amazing game and Jordan Loyd took matters into his own hands to secure the win for his squad By Stefan Djordjevic of eurohoops.net / info@eurohoops.net While three games have been postponed to a later date due to the coronavirus troubles in the squads, 12 teams still stepped on the court in Round 5 of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and they’ve put on a show. Four players put on career-highs, some of them broke personal or club records, and there was plenty of quality…

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Barcelona holds off Real Madrid comeback

From FC Barcelona holds on sending nemesis Real Madrid to a 1-4 start By Eurohoops Team/ info@eurohoops.net FC Barcelona dominated the first half of the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season Round 5 Clasico and went on for the win, 79-72, versus Real Madrid Friday at the Palau Blaugrana. With Nikola Mirotic sidelined and Victor Claver also out, Kyle Kuric punched in a team-high 15 points, including ten in the key second quarter. Brandon Davies summed up 14 points and Cory Higgins 13 combining for eight in the challenging fourth period and completing the three-man double-digit…

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Turkish EuroLeague: Dorsey’s eight threes helps Maccabi get by Khimki Moscow

From Stefan Djordjevic of eurohoops.net: The game between Khimki Moscow and Maccabi Tel Aviv went down to a close finish but the latter came out with an 89-87 road win in EuroLeague Round 5. It was the 6-0 run at the three-minute mark that gave Khimki some space with 75-70 on the scoreboard and despite back-to-back threes by Angelo Caloiaro, Alexey Shved answered with two of his own that kept the Russian ahead. However, Maccabi didn’t let up until the very last second and Tyler Dorsey crowned that effort with his eighth triple of the game…

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Amar’e Stoudamire joins Steve Nash’s staff in Brooklyn

from nba.com: One of the NBA’s most famous pick-and-roll combinations is reuniting as coaches in Brooklyn. Per Shams Charania of The Athletic, former NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire will serve as an assistant coach on the Nets under their new coach, Steve Nash. Stoudemire and Nash were teammates on the Suns from 2004-10 as one of the league’s most feared guard-big man combinations in the early 2000s. Nash was hired to coach the Nets earlier this month in what will be his first head coaching job in the NBA. He spent the previous five…

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EuroLeague: Zvezda defeats CSKA 86-84

Jordan Loyd and Daniel Hackett went at it, putting on career nights, but only could come out victorious and it was the former’s Crvena Zvezda By Stefan Djordjevic / info@eurohoops.net CSKA Moscow had an upper hand down the stretch but Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade succeeded in turning things around for an 86-84home win after overtime. Although Dejan Davidovac banked a corner three followed by an offensive board and a basket to put Zvezda up 71-70 with a minute remaining, Daniel Hackett – who scored 18 points in the fourth quarter – responded with a triple…

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Nemanja Nedovic’s hot shooting helps Panathinaikos push past Fenerbahce

Nemanja Nedovic was draining 3-pointers from everywhere. By Eurohoops team/ info@eurohoops.net Nemanja Nedovic scored a season-high 28 points on a career-high seven triples as PanathinaikosAthens beat Fenerbahce Beko 82 – 68 at home to improve to 2-2 (with one game less). “I feel great. I’m really happy I helped my win get the team today,” Nedovic said to EuroLeague TV after the game. He took over on the offense of Panathinaikos and displayed valuable leadership, especially in light of the absence of team captain Ioannis Papapetrou. “Pap is a huge part of our team and we…

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