Evan Turner pulls over Rolls Royce to help stranded woman after crash

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Evan Turner pulls over Rolls Royce to help stranded woman after crash

Evan Turner hasn't yet lived up to his contract, but at least one woman is happy he's in Portland.

On Monday afternoon after Blazers practice, Turner pulled his Rolls Royce over on Interstate 5 in Portland when he noticed a nasty collision had left a woman stranded. Turner helped her out of her car and into the passenger seat of his car as they waited for medical personnel to arrive, according to The Oregonian.

Blazers courtside reporter Brooke Olzendam, who Turner referred to as "the real hero," was also at the scene after witnessing the head-on crash herself. It was Olzendam who told the woman, Dianna Black, that she was sitting in an NBA player's car.

"They are my angels," Black told The Oregonian. "They helped me. They got me out of my car and away from the airbags. It was smoking. Brooke calmed me down a lot."

Time flies. Turner is set to enter his eighth NBA season and second in Portland. He signed a four-year, $70 million contract with the Blazers during the regrettable spending spree of 2016 when teams gave role players huge contracts as the salary cap skyrocketed. 

In his first season with Portland, Turner averaged 9.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists while shooting 43 percent from the field and just 26 percent from three.

Turner will make just $1.7 million less this season than Kawhi Leonard.

NBA Notes: Isaiah Thomas says 'I am not damaged' in interview

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NBA Notes: Isaiah Thomas says 'I am not damaged' in interview

CLEVELAND -- All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas believes he will fully recover from a right hip injury that has threatened to void his recent trade to Cleveland.

Thomas, who was dealt by the Boston Celtics to the Cavaliers last week for star Kyrie Irving, told ESPN he has made progress in his recovery.

"I am not damaged," the 28-year-old said. "I'll be back, and I'll be the same player."

After Thomas underwent a physical last week, the Cavaliers had some concerns about the results. A person familiar with the findings told The Associated Press the trade would not be finalized until the team completed a "deep and thorough review." The Cavs have continued to weigh their options in recent days, and it's possible they will ask for the Celtics for more compensation -- likely another draft pick (see full story).

Rockets: Team, owner up Harvey donation to $10 million
HOUSTON -- The Houston Rockets and owner Leslie Alexander have upped their donation to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts to $10 million.

Alexander pledged $4 million to Houston mayor Sylvester Turner's Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund on Monday before announcing that he'd donate $10 million to help victims affected by catastrophic flooding in the city on Tuesday.

The donation is the largest of many contributions by Houston's sports teams and athletes in recent days. Astros owner Jim Crane and the Astros foundation pledged $4 million to the cause and Major League Baseball also contributed, joining with the players association to donate $1 million to the Red Cross and relief organizations chosen by the players.

The Texans and owner Bob McNair donated $1 million to the United Way of Greater Houston Flood Relief Fund. The NFL Foundation said it would match the $1 million donation, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and his family pledged to match all funds donated to the American Red Cross in support of Harvey flood relief up to $1 million.

Houston star J.J. Watt started a fundraising page online that has raised more than $1.6 million since its inception on Sunday. His original goal was $500,000, but he's now aiming to raise $2 million. 

Trail Blazers: Team president Olshey agrees to extension
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Trail Blazers have agreed to a multi-year contract extension with President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey.

The team did not disclose terms of the deal, which runs through the 2020-21 season.

Olshey was named general manager in 2012 and promoted to his current positon in 2015. His first year he was involved in the draft that landed guard Damian Lillard and the team's hiring of head coach Terry Stotts. The next year Portland drafted CJ McCollum.

Portland has been to the playoffs in each of the last four seasons.

"Neil has done an excellent job improving our team and getting us into the playoffs. With our young and improving roster, I expect our franchise to keep improving," Blazers owner Paul Allen said. "Continuity in the front office is important as we continue to grow, and this extension shows the confidence we have in Neil's leadership."

NBA Notes: Board approves Pistons' downtown move

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NBA Notes: Board approves Pistons' downtown move

NEW YORK -- The NBA's board of governors has approved the Detroit Pistons' relocation to downtown Detroit.

The league announced the approval Thursday.

The Pistons will begin playing next season at Little Caesars Arena, a new venue that will also house the Detroit Red Wings. The Pistons are moving there after 29 seasons playing their home games in the suburbs at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Detroit will now have all four of its major pro teams playing within a few blocks of each other. Comerica Park (Tigers) and Ford Field (Lions) are in the same area as Little Caesars Arena.

The Pistons had formally announced their plans to move downtown in November.

Warriors: Curry shoots 4-over 74 in pro golf debut
HAYWARD, California -- Stephen Curry pumped his right fist, raised his arms in the air with club in hand and gave a firm shoulder bump to caddie Jonnie West, his golf partner on road trips with the Golden State Warriors.

After three bogeys in five holes of his professional golf debut, a birdie was worthy of celebration.

There was the animated, confident Steph that NBA fans know so well, the two-time league MVP finally feeling it and making the tough shots on the challenging course at TPC Stonebrae while competing in a tournament one step below the PGA Tour.

With a bogey on the last hole, he had a respectable 4-over 74.

"It was an amazing experience, I've been looking forward to this since I found out and to finally hit my first shot in tournament play was a really, really nervous moment but it was everything I hoped for," Curry said. "If you told me I was going to shoot 74 going into the first round I'd take that all day, every day. I'm pretty happy with it" (see full story).

Bucks: Team takes step forward with new practice facility
MILWAUKEE -- Recruiting and retaining players in the NBA means more than just offering top-dollar contracts.

Money, of course, helps. But a shiny new practice facility, complete with a state-of-the-art weight room and even its own barber shop, can help build a case, too.

Consider the Milwaukee Bucks' new downtown training center another step forward for one of the NBA's up-and-coming teams.

"This is amazing," general manager Jon Horst said. "This is going to change the way we do things."

The Bucks held a grand opening ceremony on Thursday for the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Sports Science Center, which is across the street from the construction site of the team's new area scheduled to be ready for the 2018-19 season.

This upcoming season will be the last for the team at the Bradley Center, which is one block south of the new arena site. But when the Bucks return for practice in a couple months, they'll report downtown instead of their old training facility in the Milwaukee suburb of St. Francis (see full story).

Trail Blazers: Lillard’s jersey to be retired by Weber State
OGDEN, Utah -- Weber State will retire the jersey of Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard on Aug. 26.

The two-time All-Star will have his No. 1 retired during an alumni game in which he will be one of the coaches.

Lillard will be the third men's basketball player at Weber State to have his jersey retired, joining Willie Sojourner and Bruce Collins. He was a two-time Big Sky MVP and the only player in Big Sky history to be selected to an All-America team. He was named third-team in 2012.

Lillard was second in the country with 24.5 points per game during the 2011-12 season and finished his career with the third-most points (1,934) in school history. He was the No. 6 pick in the 2012 NBA draft and went on to be rookie of the year.