NBA notebook: Durant to miss at least 1 more week
Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant is not yet ready to resume on-court work and will be re-evaluated in a week, the team announced Thursday, shortly before hosting Game 2 of the Western Conference finals against the Portland Trail Blazers.
That timeline would put Durant, who is recovering from a right calf strain,
out through at least Game 5, which is set -- if necessary -- for Wednesday in
Oakland, Calif. Game 6 is tentatively scheduled for May 24 in Portland.
The team's update said Durant has shown "good progress," but head coach Steve
Kerr told ESPN's Doris Burke earlier Thursday that Durant would miss Games 3
and 4, both in Portland.
The Warriors also announced that center DeMarcus Cousins, out with a torn left
quad muscle, was cleared to resume on-court workouts but is not ready for live
action. He also will be re-evaluated in a week.
--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