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Despite report, Hill's not interested


07:27 AM ET 04.17 | Dare to dream, Detroit. Former Pistons star Grant Hill and former team executive Scott Perry are targets for Detroit's general manager job, ESPN reported. Hill, though, has told people close to him he won't consider a front-office position this close to retirement, but down the line when his children get older, he would consider it. Hill, 41, retired after the 2012-13 season after an 18-year NBA career. Hill and his wife, Tamia, have two children. Hill currently is an analyst for NBA TV. Hill played six seasons for the Pistons from 1994-2000 before leaving for Orlando. His departure was the first domino in Joe Dumars' championship puzzle, as the Pistons acquired Ben Wallace in a sign-and-trade deal. Perry is one of the league's top second-in-command executives, and grew up in Detroit.

The Detroit News

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Bryant headed back to Germany


07:26 AM ET 04.17 | Kobe Bryant is a man on the move -- again. [Bryant] has been cleared to resume running and shooting and will begin an intense, six-month training program next week upon his return from a short family trip to Europe, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN. Bryant has been ramping up his activity level in recent weeks as he continues to recover from a fracture in his left knee suffered during the Lakers' victory Dec. 17 at Memphis, just six games into his return from a ruptured Achilles. While he is in Europe, Bryant will visit the clinic in Germany where he had the platelet-rich plasma treatment known as Orthokineon on his knee, according to a source. The visit to the clinic is a check-up to ensure all is structurally sound with his knee before he resumes intense training.

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Harden says he'd still be in OKC if ...


07:25 AM ET 04.17 | James Harden now has enough money to say he wouldn't shave his beard for a million dollars. $10 million? That's another question. But the former Thunder guard does confess he would have stayed in Oklahoma City had money not been a factor. [In an interview with] Hannah Storm of ESPN, Harden says if the 5-year, $80-million extension he signed with the Houston Rockets in 2012 wasn't a factor, he's still be in Thunder blue. Storm: If money wasn't in the equation, do you think you'd still be there? Harden: Definitely. Definitely, no question. Storm asks Harden what those final moments were like for Harden when he was deciding whether or not to stay in Oklahoma City. Harden: "Nervous ... mixed emotions ... not knowing what to do," Harden said. "It was tough."

The Oklahoman

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New owners bring uncertainty for Drew


07:25 AM ET 04.17 | Though his job description remained the same, Wednesday was no ordinary day for Bucks coach Larry Drew. He acknowledged the uncertainty created by the ownership change announced Wednesday, with Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens taking over from longtime owner Herb Kohl. "This was a big day with all that has happened," Drew said. "Senator Kohl came in and addressed the team before the game. I'm sure for some of these guys, some of this is new to them as far as the team being sold and new ownership coming in. I don't know what's going to happen as far as next season, for any of these players." ... "As far as the new owners are concerned, I don't put a lot of thought behind it, to be perfectly honest," Drew said. "I've been in this situation before. New owners come in and they have ideas as far as what they want to do."

Journal Sentinel

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J.R. Smith calls Anthony's return


07:33 AM ET 04.16 | If the topic is Carmelo Anthony, people will listen to what he has to say. J.R. Smith is one of [Anthony's] closest friends in the NBA. The two have played together for seven seasons. ... Here's what the New York Knicks shooting guard had to say about Anthony's pending free agency: "In my heart, I believe he'll still be here. It's just a matter of him coming up with that decision. Whatever it is, we're still going to be friends 'til our dying days, so I mean, whether he's on my team or he isn't, I still love him like a brother." Asked if he was "worried" that he'd played his last game with Anthony, Smith replied, "No, not really." Wonder if Phil Jackson is as confident as J.R.? Anthony will sit out the season finale against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday due to a small tear in his left labrum.

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