Carter hits two HRs, Bailey hurt, A's lose to Indians


Carter hits two HRs, Bailey hurt, A's lose to Indians

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) The Oakland Athletics can only hope that All-Star closer Andrew Bailey isn't seriously hurt. NEWS: A's Bailey has 'elbow discomfort;' to see specialist
Bailey left with discomfort in his pitching elbow after facing three batters Monday in a 9-8 loss to the Cleveland Indians. The right-hander had elbow surgery Sept. 24 to remove bone chips and bone spurs. He had Tommy John surgery in 2004."He had tightness down his forearm, from the elbow down," manager Bob Geren said. "He's being checked out."Bailey will be examined Tuesday by renowned specialist Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. The A's said they would provide more information on the reliever's status once it was available.The AL Rookie of the Year in 2009 and an All-Star the past two seasons, Bailey spent a month and a half on the disabled list last season. He has a 1.70 ERA and 51 saves in 132 1-3 career innings.He left after giving up an RBI double to Travis Hafner and then throwing one pitch to Ezequiel Carrera."He winced after he threw the pitch," Geren said. "His velocity was good until that."Geren said Bailey, who has been brought along slowly in camp, registered 94 mph on the radar gun. He had struck out two in one perfect inning in his spring debut Thursday against Kansas City."He's been doing everything the right way," Geren said. "We moved him back one day to give him some rest, but he had not experienced any problems."Even if Bailey ends up being sidelined for an extended period, Oakland does have depth in the bullpen. The A's spent 18.6 million this offseason to sign a pair of proven, late-inning relievers: former closer Brian Fuentes and setup man Grant Balfour.Chris Carter had three RBIs on two home runs for Oakland, including a thundering shot off the scoreboard well beyond the left-field fence. His two-run drive to right-center tied the score at 8. Both came off first-pitch fastballs by Jeanmar Gomez.Carter does not have a roster spot despite four consecutive productive seasons in the A's farm system. The 24-year-old has totaled 123 homers and 406 RBIs since 2007 in the minors - but also had 538 strikeouts. He fanned 21 times and hit only .186 with three homers in 24 games for Oakland late last season.A's starter Dallas Braden allowed six runs - four earned - in four innings."He had a positive breaking ball, negative command," Geren said. "We had some young-player mistakes behind him, too."Hafner had three hits, including a pair of RBI doubles, while Jack Hannahan and Shelley Duncan each hit a two-run double for Cleveland.The Indians' third base outlook got a little clearer when rookie Lonnie Chisenhall was among seven players sent to the minors despite hitting .478."He still has development to do in all aspects of the game," general manager Chris Antonetti said. "He has strengths, but needs to hit better against lefties, get better strike-zone judgment and is still transitioning from shortstop to third. He also has to mature as a person and player."Former shortstop Jason Donald has the inside track to open at third - though he has missed seven of the past nine games with a sore left hand, which was hit by a pitch March 5."We had a second MRI taken and it showed nothing broken, but a very deep bone bruise," Donald said. "I hope to be back this weekend. I need to get more reps at third."Hannahan's two hits gave him a .370 average in 11 games as he keeps pressing to win the job.NOTES: Indians starter Justin Masterson gave up five runs over four innings. He struck out four without a walk. ... Ex-Indian Coco Crisp had two RBIs and leads Oakland with 10. ... A's 2B Jemile Weeks went 3 for 3, but failed to cover second on a rundown and made a throwing error.

Report: Clippers trade Chris Paul to Rockets

Report: Clippers trade Chris Paul to Rockets

A blockbuster trade reportedly went down on Wednesday morning.

The Clippers are sending Chris Paul to the Rockets, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.

In exchange, Houston will ship Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Lou Williams and a 2018 first-round pick to Los Angeles.

More to come...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Knicks, Phil Jackson part ways


Knicks, Phil Jackson part ways

NEW YORK -- Phil Jackson is out as New York Knicks president after he oversaw one of the worst eras in team history and feuded with star Carmelo Anthony.

Days after Jackson reiterated his desire to trade Anthony and said he would listen to deals for Kristaps Porzingis, Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan reversed course and cut ties with Jackson on Wednesday.

"After careful thought and consideration, we mutually agreed that the Knicks will be going in a different direction," Dolan said in a statement. "Phil Jackson is one of the most celebrated and successful individuals in the history of the NBA. His legacy in the game of basketball is unmatched."

But his work as a first-time executive was awful. The winner of an NBA-record 11 championships as coach, Jackson couldn't engineer one playoff berth while running the Knicks. The team was 80-166 in his three full seasons, including a franchise-worst 17-65 in 2014-15. His departure was quickly welcomed by Knicks fans such as film director Spike Lee, who posted a picture of himself on Instagram in a celebratory pose after it was first reported by The Vertical.

The move comes less than a week after Jackson led the Knicks through the NBA draft and on the eve of free agency that opens Saturday. Dolan said general manager Steve Mills would run the day-to-day business of the team in the short term.

Jackson was a Hall of Fame coach with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, delivering titles with some of the game's biggest stars like Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant. He also played for the Knicks when they won NBA titles in 1970 and 1973.

He was welcomed back to the organization to huge fanfare in March 2014, but it soon became clear the transition would be a poor one. His first coaching hire, Derek Fisher, lasted just 1½ seasons, and Jackson's trades and free agency moves also failed to improve the club.

"I had hoped, of course, to bring another NBA championship to the Garden. As someone who treasures winning, I am deeply disappointed that we weren't able to do that," Jackson said. "New York fans deserve nothing less. I wish them and the Knicks organization all the best - today and always."

The turbulence he created off the court may have led to his departure more than the Knicks' record on it.

Jackson wanted to trade Anthony, the All-Star forward who has two years left on the five-year, $124 million deal that Jackson gave him shortly after taking the job. Anthony has a no-trade clause and has said he wants to stay in New York, and the stalemate that hung over the team for much of last season threatened to linger throughout the summer.

Then he said before the draft that he was listening to offers for Porzingis, the 21-year-old forward from Latvia whom Jackson drafted with the No. 4 pick in 2015 in one of his few successful moves.

Jackson believed the Knicks would compete for a playoff berth last season after he traded for Derrick Rose, signed Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee and hired Jeff Hornacek to coach. But after a solid start, they quickly spiraled toward their familiar position at the bottom of the Eastern Conference and finished 31-51.

Despite all that, Dolan said during an ESPN Radio interview in February that he would allow Jackson to finish his contract, and the sides picked up the mutual two-year option on Jackson's contract.

But the instability involving Anthony and Porzingis threatened to damage the team's ability to lure free agents and may have spurred Dolan's decision. Though he had been intent on keeping Jackson, the dysfunction within the franchise showed no sign of ending even as Jackson, 71, largely stayed out of sight.

He never spoke to the media last season after vowing openness upon taking the job and refused to provide Anthony with the communication he sought.

"It's like a total train wreck ," tennis great and Knicks fan John McEnroe told The Associated Press last week.

"I mean, he's known as the Zen Master, like a master talker, and then he's not talking to anybody," McEnroe said of Jackson. "So this whole thing seems to have gone completely off the rails."

There was also incessant debate about Jackson's insistence that the team employ the triangle offense, which potential incoming players were schooled on during the run-up to last week's NBA draft. The Knicks wound up taking 18-year-old French point guard Frank Ntilikina, who spoke highly of the triangle and Jackson's belief in the scheme.

"I think I can definitely fit with this system," Ntilikina said on draft night.

Not even a week later, the triangle is probably gone, and the Knicks will start anew.

Rose, the 2011 NBA MVP, will be a free agent. Noah - whom Jackson gave a puzzling four-year, $72 million contract last summer - will start the season by finishing out a 20-game suspension for violating the league's anti-drug policy. He averaged 5.0 points and 8.8 rebounds in his first season in New York, shooting just 44 percent from the foul line.