National Basketball Association roundup
May 9 (The Sports Xchange) - The Toronto Raptors are about to head in a different direction after a disappointing playoff showing.
Team president Masai Ujiri made it clear an overhaul is coming when he said "we need a culture reset here," while speaking to reporters in his season-ending news conference on Tuesday.
Toronto was dispatched in the second round of the playoffs by the Cleveland Cavaliers, one year after advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Kendrick Perkins, a former teammate of Durant and Westbrook with the Oklahoma City Thunder, said he played peacemaker leading to a phone call between the two former co-stars after Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson's triple-double record.
Atlanta Hawks star Dwight Howard was pulled over for speeding and ticketed for driving without insurance hours before his team was eliminated by the Washington Wizards in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series.
The 6-foot-11 center received a verbal warning for speeding and for driving with a suspended registration, but was fined for the insurance infraction. Police also had Howard's vehicle -- a 2016 Audi Rs7 -- towed.
Irvine died after a battle with cancer, according to The Virginian-Pilot.