May 01, 2014
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Kobe wants Bulls coach Thibodeau

As a basketball couple, Mike D'Antoni and Kobe Bryant didn't work. They had barely communicated for months, steering clear until a permanent parting on Wednesday night. They would've been miserable together, would've inevitably imploded the Los Angeles Lakers locker room. ... Bryant won't pick the next coach, the way he had no input into Mike Brown and little into D'Antoni. Bryant will wish for Tom Thibodeau to free himself from Chicago. He loves Jeff Van Gundy, and shares management's affinity for Euro legend Ettore Messina, who spent a season on Mike Brown's staff. Bryant has long admired Byron Scott, but there's a different ex-Lakers guard who could go much further to regenerate the franchise's culture and hold the insight into getting the most out of Bryant's final two seasons: Derek Fisher. (Yahoo Sports) Comment

Titans make bold call on QB Locker's option

So long, Jake Locker? The Titans won't exercise the fifth-year option on [Locker's] contract, which means the quarterback will be playing for his future in Tennessee this season. The decision, which hasn't been announced by the team but was communicated by sources familiar with the situation, comes as no surprise. Locker has a history of injuries and the option is expensive. The deadline for teams to pick up the fifth-year option for players from the 2011 draft is Saturday. According to the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, such options pay the top 10 picks the average of the top 10 players at their respective position. For quarterbacks, that figure is roughly $14.6 million. Another concern for the Titans: in the event of an injury, the option becomes guaranteed. (The Tennesseean) Comment

Canucks coach Tortorella's firing imminent

So long, John Tortorella? According to TSN Vancouver reporter Farhan Lalji, the Canucks will fire [Tortorella] on Thursday, one season after he took over for Alain Vigneault. Tortorella missed six games this season due to suspension after confronting the Calgary Flames after a line brawl in their Jan. 18 game. He was suspended 15 days and was barred from contacting the Canucks' team before, during or after games after trying to enter the Flames' dressing room. The Canucks went 2-4 over that six game stretch. They were fourth in the Pacific Division and held the first Western Conference wild card playoff berth at the time of the incident against Calgary. Tortorella, who was in the first year of a five-year, $10 million contract, joined the Canucks after being fired as head coach of the New York Rangers. (TSN) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

DeMar DeRozan finishes with authority in the Raptors 115-113 win over the Nets on Wednesday. The win gave Toronto a 3-2 series lead. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press/AP)

Must-See Video

There's not much better than Game 7 hockey -- except maybe Game 7 overtime hockey. The Wild silenced the Avalanche with a 5-4 OT win to claim the series.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Ricky Henderson
  • 1884 -- Moses Fleetwood Walker becomes the first black player in major professional baseball, playing for the Toledo Blue Stockings of the then-major American Association.
  • 1920 -- Babe Ruth hits his first home run as a member of the New York Yankees.
  • 1991 -- Nolan Ryan pitches the final no-hitter of his career, his MLB-record seventh no-no.
  • 1991 -- Ricky Henderson sets the MLB record for stolen bases, passing Lou Brock with his 939th career swiped bag.

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