Brad Stevens On Jabari Parker: 'We're Going To Be Patient In Bringing Him Along'

Brad Stevens said he saw Jabari Parker as more than a stop-gap after the Boston Celtics signed Parker to a two-year deal.

"This is, as you saw by the details that came out, is a plan beyond this year. We're going to be patient in bringing him along," said Stevens on Saturday.

Stevens said he saw Parker as a power forward or as a small-ball center.

"We're looking mostly at him as a guy who can play some four (power forward) for us but also some small-ball five (center) in some lineups.

"Especially around some of our better players as a ball mover, as a passer, as a playmaker, as a driver, as a guy that can put the ball in the basket and is a real threat to put the ball in the basket," added Stevens.

Parker scored 11 points in 16 minutes in his Celtics debut, a 119-114 win over the Warriors.

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Dennis Schroder Reportedly Drawing Interest From Knicks This Offseason

The New York Knicks are considering signing Dennis Schroder this offseason, sources told Ian Begley of SNY.

"I don't think they would want to get into a bidding war for Schröder, I think they have several options that they will end up considering in the offseason, but Schröder is definitely on that list... He is certainly somebody that the Knicks are giving internal consideration to," said Begley (h/t Silver Screen & Roll).

As Begley also noted, Schroder recently turned down an extension from the Lakers worth around four years, $84 million.

The Knicks have also been linked with a move for Lonzo Ball.

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Lakers Unable To Visit White House Due To Scheduling Conflicts

The Los Angeles Lakers will be unable to visit the White House to celebrate their 2020 NBA Title, sources told ESPN.

A scheduling conflict plus COVID-19 protocols prevented the celebration, though a future meeting with President Joe Biden was not ruled out.

The Wizards play the Lakers on April 28.

The Lakers also have yet to have a title parade or unveil their championship banner.

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Tom Thibodeau On Julius Randle After 44-Point Game: 'He's Our Engine'

Julius Randle had 44 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists in the New York Knicks' 117-109 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.

"He's making winning plays. The way we started the game, his aggressiveness set the tone. I've said it many times: He's our engine. He makes us go," said Tom Thibodeau of Randle after the game.

The Knicks are also currently on a five-game win streak, their longest winning streak in seven years. The team currently sit in sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

Randle is averaging 30.2 points and 9.2 rebounds during the win streak.

Thibodeau added that the team needs to keep focusing on the little things that add up to wins.

"Am I happy? You know I'm never happy. We try not to get wrapped up in all of that stuff. I think you don't want to get lost, and that's the most important thing to understand what goes into winning. I think if we're taking care of all the little things, the big things take care of themselves."

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Jimmy Butler After Loss To Wolves: 'We Don't Deserve To Win'

Jimmy Butler criticized the Miami Heat's inconsistency and lack of humility following their 119-111 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

"We don't deserve to win. Whenever we take these teams lightly, we don't do what we're supposed to do on the defensive end, we just look bad, as a whole, as a group, as a unit. It's not good basketball," said Butler following the loss.

The team is currently on a three-game losing streak.

"It's on us to figure it out. I can't tell you which way we're going to go. I don't know what team is going to show up on any given night," added Butler.

Butler lead the team with 30 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists.

The guard also implored Bam Adebayo to be more aggressive on offense.

"I want Bam to attack the rim, because nobody can stay in front of him. Go. You're going to get fouled or you're going to dunk on somebody ... play bully ball. I like bully ball."

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Knicks Reportedly Looking Into Signing Mike James

Mike James is on the New York Knicks' radar, sources told Marc Berman of the New York Post.

The Knicks have an open roster spot after letting John Henson's 10-day contract expire, and are considering adding to their backcourt.

James is currently suspended by CSKA Moscow after an altercation with head coach Dimitris Itoudis, but is still technically under contract.

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