San Antonio Spurs Retire Tony Parker's No. 9 Jersey. The ceremony took place on Monday night after the Spurs game against the Memphis Grizzlies. San Antonio selected Parker with the 28th overall pick in the 2001 NBA draft. The French point guard played for the Spurs for 17 seasons. He won four NBA titles with the Spurs, including the 2007 NBA Finals MVP. "Thanks for all those years. It was a crazy ride." - Tony Parker, via statement. "If somebody has exhibited a long career of excellence on the field, on the court and at the same time done it with class ... a jersey retirement will naturally follow." - Gregg Popovich, Spurs coach, via statement. "It doesn't happen very often. But when it does happen, that individual was very special. And that was certainly Tony." - Gregg Popovich, via statement. Fans in attendance were given black T-shirts that said, "Merci Tony."
There are a few things Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns can't live without when he hits the road. From his Xbox One to his Louis Vuitton cologne, the NBA star breaks down all of his travel essentials.
Clippers Fined $50,000 for 'Inconsistent' Statements About Kawhi Leonard's Health. Leonard sat out Wednesday night's game with a knee injury against the Milwaukee Bucks. but he returned on Thursday in the Clippers win against the Portland Trailblazers. Clippers coach Doc Rivers' comments before Wednesday's game resulted in the fine. He feels great. But he feels great because of what we've been doing, and we're just going to continue to do it. There's no concern here. , Doc Rivers, via statement. I think Kawhi made a statement that he's never felt better. It's our job to make sure he stays that way. , Doc Rivers, via statement. Leonard sided with his coach regarding the NBA's decision about the fine. I'm disappointed. He's my coach and I'm on his side. I'm not a doctor, but we're going to do what's best for me to be healthy so I can play basketball games. , Kawhi Leonard, via statement. Leonard scored 27 points and had 13 rebounds in the Clippers 107-101 win on Thursday
Doc Rivers Frustrated With NBA Coach's Challenge Rule. The Clippers coach lost a challenge during the fourth quarter . of Los Angeles' 129-124 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. The call in question was an offensive foul drawn by Milwaukee's Eric Bledsoe on Clippers' guard Lou Williams. That was awful. It was. They should've overturned it. That's why I hate the rule. Nobody wants to be wrong. Let me just say that. , Doc Rivers, via statement. You have to overturn that. Unless Bledsoe fouled Lou with his face, there was no foul on that play. , Doc Rivers, via statement. NBA coaches are allowed to use one challenge per game. There must be clear and conclusive visual evidence to overturn the original call. Rivers is now 0-for-2 in coach's challenges this season
LeBron James Responds to Haters After Third Straight Triple-Double. James became the oldest player in NBA history to record three consecutive triple-doubles. The 34-year-old had 30 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists on Wednesday night. in the Los Angeles Lakers 118-112 win over the Chicago Bulls. After the game, James posted a message for his haters on Twitter. . The Lakers star became the first player to record three straight triple-doubles for Los Angeles. since Magic Johnson achieved the same feat 32 years ago. James is averaging 30 points, 11 rebounds and 13.3 assists over the three-game stretch. The Lakers have won six straight games after losing to the Clippers on opening night