NBA notebook: Durant reportedly 'not close' to return
Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant is "not close" to recovering from his right calf strain, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported Thursday afternoon.
Durant was injured in Game 5 of the Warriors' Western Conference semifinal
series with the Houston Rockets. He missed Golden State's clinching win
against Houston in Game 6, then sat out the Warriors' Game 1 victory in the
Western Conference finals vs. the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday.
He already had been ruled out for Game 2 against Portland on Thursday night.
According to Shelburne, Durant has yet to restart basketball activities,
leaving no set timeline for his return to game action.
Durant is averaging 34.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists in the
postseason after averaging 26, 6.4 and 5.9, respectively, during the regular
--Lee Anderson, stepfather of presumptive No. 1 NBA draft pick Zion
Williamson, appeared on the "Off the Bench" show on 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge and
said Zion is ready to plant roots in New Orleans.
He added the family already has chatted with Pelicans general manager David
Griffin and coach Alvin Gentry.
Chatter on Wednesday was that Williamson was disappointed that New Orleans
drew the No. 1 pick in Tuesday's NBA draft lottery, and that he could consider
returning to Duke for a sophomore season and take his chances in the 2020
draft, instead. Anderson quickly shut down those rumors.
--NBA legends Magic Johnson and Larry Bird will once again share center stage
when they receive the NBA's Lifetime Achievement Award on June 24.
The award comes 40 years after Johnson led Michigan State to the NCAA
championship in a 75-64 win over Bird's Indiana State team on March 26, 1979.
Their matchups as the central figures in the historic Lakers-Celtics rivalry,
combined with the emergence of Michael Jordan, re-energized the NBA in the
They will be honored at the 2019 NBA Awards show in Los Angeles. Previous
winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award are Bill Russell (2017) and Oscar
--Field Level Media