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Brink of a breakup? Clippers face uncertainty
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:37:56 GMT)
Down 3-2 to the Jazz, Los Angeles is on the brink of yet another early postseason exit and possibly the end of an era that never lived up to its potential.

CJ McCollum Among Finalists for 2016-17 Seasonlong NBA Cares Community Assist Award
(Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:20:26 GMT)
PORTLAND, Ore. (April 26, 2017) – Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum has been selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2016-17 Seasonlong NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente. The winner will be determined from a combination of fan votes through social media and a panel

Spurs, Raptors try to move on to second-round showdowns
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:57:23 GMT)
LeBron James and the champs are ready for their next challenger. James Harden and the Rockets are getting revved up in Texas. With their opponents waiting, Toronto and San Antonio will try to set up a pair of second-round showdowns in the two Game 6s on the schedule Thursday night.

Spurs, Raptors try to move on to second-round showdowns
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:55:03 GMT)
LeBron James and the champs are ready for their next challenger. James Harden and the Rockets are getting revved up in Texas. With their opponents waiting, Toronto and San Antonio will try to set up a pair of second-round showdowns in the two Game 6s on the schedule Thursday night. The Raptors can finish

NBA fines Rockets owner Leslie Alexander $100,000 for confronting referee
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:47:27 GMT)
Alexander talked to Bill Kennedy during Game 5 (video)

Rockets owner Les Alexander fined $100K for interaction with ref
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:28:47 GMT)
The NBA fined Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander $100,000 “for confronting a referee during live game action,” during Game 5 of the Rockets-Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday. With 13 seconds remaining in the first quarter, Alexander left his courtside seat, walked the sideline and said something to

David Stern says 'shame on the Brooklyn Nets' for resting players, and he's spot on
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:23:07 GMT)
Stern criticized the Nets for resting players on the final night of the regular season. And his criticism is absolutely justified.

If you think 137 players declaring for the draft is stupid, you’re probably stupid
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:42:54 GMT)
The outrage over the number of players that declared for the draft is ridiculous.

5 NBA Players Who Earn Millions of Dollars Off the Court
(Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:45:00 GMT)
The NBA is the most visible sport in the world, and the faces of the league become the faces of brands just as easily as you can say 'buckets.'

NBA ref has perfect response for a heckling fan
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:45:34 GMT)
If you're a veteran NBA referee, you've heard every insult under the sun and then some. And perhaps you've had a few quips ready to respond to some of the chirping, or at least thought of them in your head. What we have here is Marc Davis, a zebra who heard from a loud heckler during a stoppage

Get a Behind the Scenes Look at How the Cleveland Cavaliers are Working Out During the NBA Playoffs
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:49:41 GMT)
During their run to the NBA Finals last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers had quite a bit of down time. They swept both their first and second round ser...

NBA playoffs 2017: How Russell Westbrook's Thunder can become Allen Iverson's Sixers
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:06:50 GMT)
Russell Westbrook will go home now that the Thunder have been eliminated from the playoffs, falling to the Rockets in five games. Before we see him back on the floor in six months, it's up to the OKC brass to reconfigure the roster in a way that takes advantage of everything that Westbrook has shown

The night the Spurs' David Robinson took the 1994 scoring title from Shaq
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:06:41 GMT)
All is fair in love and war, and since battle terminology is often the metaphor used in sports, for better or worse, let's discuss the day the San Antonio Spurs and David Robinson successfully staged a coup to overtake the Orlando Magic's Shaquille O'Neal for the 1993-94 scoring title. The

NBA draft early entries: By the numbers
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:01:44 GMT)
The NBA on Tuesday released the official early entry list for the June 22 draft. It's 182 strong – 137 college players, 45 international players. Of course, only 60, including seniors, will get drafted. (At this point, the Suns are guaranteed a top 5 pick. They also will have two second-round selections

15 Worst NBA Champions in Modern League History
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:30:00 GMT)
Not every team that wins an NBA championship is an all-time great. Here are the 15 worst teams to end up winning an NBA title.

Ex-NBA commissioner David Stern weighs in on rest debate
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:13:56 GMT)
David Stern understands the NBA's rest epidemic as well as anyone. More than three years after he made way for his protégé, Adam Silver, to take over as Commissioner, he's still well versed in the rest and recovery debate. He knows about the evolution of sports science and the revelations that

NBA to probe Rockets owner leaving seat to yell at ref
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:55:08 GMT)
The NBA says it will investigate why Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander got up from his courtside seat during his team's Game 5 matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder to yell at an official.

2017 NBA Playoffs Roundup, Day 11: Saying Goodbye To Westbrook, The Spurs' Next Great Point Guard And 'Ice-O Joe' Arrives
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:45:07 GMT)
On Day 11 of 2017 NBA Playoffs Roundup, we say goodbye to Westbrook's unforgettable season, plot out the Spurs' next point guard and celebrate Iso-Joe. The 2017 NBA Playoffs are creeping toward the conference semifinals, and even as we approach a seemingly inevitable Golden State Warriors-Cleveland

In tense political times, NBA heading to Israel this summer
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:30:00 GMT)
As the NBA prepares to bring its Basketball Without Borders program to Israel this summer, league officials hope that the first trip to the country can help bring children together during a time of increasing tension. Basketball Without Borders has visited countries across the globe since 2001, using

Charles Barkley hated being auto-tuned on 'Inside the NBA'
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:12:53 GMT)
Charles Barkley's facial expression said it all. During Tuesday's episode of 'Inside the NBA,' someone thought it would be funny to auto-tune Shaquille O’Neal as he sang about Russell Westbrook. When Barkley started to speak, the auto-tune was kept on. Despite it being hilarious,

25 Most Expensive Contracts in NBA History
(Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:25:00 GMT)
With the salary cap exploding in recent years, NBA salaries are rising. Here are the 25 most expensive contracts in NBA history.

The NBA Is Finally Seeing The Real John Wall
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:13:45 GMT)
Scott Brooks, boss of the Wizards, champion of the point guards, whisperer to Russell Westbrook and John Wall, has been fired twice in his life.

Wizards and Hawks engaging in an NBA playoff tradition: Using press conferences as performances
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:00:00 GMT)
Before Game 3 of the Washington Wizards' first-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks, Paul Millsap delivered a promise. He and his teammates would refrain from verbal skirmishes with their opponents. It had not worked when Millsap pronounced the Hawks played basketball while the Wizards

Jacob Lane's 2017 NBA Mock Draft
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:55:53 GMT)
The NBA Draft is still a few months away, but workouts will begin within the next few weeks, with more than 40 collegiate underclassmen already in the draft for good. Where is Louisville's Donovan Mitchell in this week's Mock Draft?

KU junior Svi Mykhailiuk awaiting word on NBA combine invitation
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:59:18 GMT)
It's been known for a couple of weeks now that Kansas junior Svi Mykhailiuk is putting his NBA stock to the test by declaring for this summer's draft and going through workouts designed to give him enough feedback to make an informed decision about whether to stay in the draft or return to school

Maryland basketball’s Justin Jackson made the right choice by entering the NBA Draft
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:44:47 GMT)
For the moment, Maryland forward Justin Jacksons name is in the 2017 NBA Draft. Hes on the leagues list of 182 early-entrant candidates released Monday, and if he doesnt withdraw his name by May 24, his career in College Park will be over after one season. Between now and then, hell get feedback from

Elfrid Payton Finalist for NBA Cares Community Assist Seasonlong Award
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:00:00 GMT)
– At every community event he participated in this season – which was many and often – Elfrid Payton would always say how grateful he is to be in a position to help others. In between all the hard work in the gym to improve his basketball performance, Payton made a concerted effort to give back to the

In tense political times, NBA heading to Israel this summer
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:32:02 GMT)
As the NBA prepares to bring its Basketball Without Borders program to Israel this summer, league officials hope that the first trip to the country can help bring children together during a time of increasing tension. Basketball Without Borders has visited countries across the globe since 2001, using

11 Big-Name NBA Players Who Are in for a Major Pay Raise This Offseason
(Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:15:00 GMT)
With the salary cap expected to rise once again this offseason, here's a look at 11 NBA players who are looking at serious paydays.

Rockets vs. Thunder, NBA playoffs 2017: Schedule, predictions, and news
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:08:04 GMT)
Rockets close out series to advance to round two. Of course it’s James Harden vs. Russell Westbrook. No, that’s not really fair — Houston is favored because they won more and have a better team, and the MVP is a team award.

Drake to host first-ever NBA Awards show
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:53:57 GMT)
Canadian and platinum-selling rapper Drake will host the NBA Awards on June 26, the league announced on Tuesday.

Forget wins. Forget stats. Westbrook's year was about so much more
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT)
This season wasn't going to end any other way for the Thunder. A team so dependent on the brilliance of one individual never had a chance in today's NBA. The archaic formula could work in the regular season against other flawed teams and in an environment where the opponents are constantly changing

A Value-Based Assessment Of The Pacers And Trail Blazers Playoff Performances
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:09:00 GMT)
For Indiana and Portland, the postmortem began in earnest. The Pacers and Trail Blazers were both swept out of the playoffs by teams vying for a third consecutive trip to the NBA Finals in the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, respectively. While the competitiveness of those two series differed

Can You Name the 12 Highest-Paid Sports Teams in the World?
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:45:00 GMT)
Some franchises pay their players better than others. According to the 'Global Sports Salaries Survey,' these are the 12 highest-paid sports teams.

Who Vegas Is Picking to Win the 2017 NBA Championship
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:45:00 GMT)
With less than a month remaining in the 2016–17 NBA regular season, here's who the Vegas oddsmakers pick to win the 2017 NBA Championship.

The Best Players to Lose at Least 4 NBA Finals
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:22:00 GMT)
Despite being one of the greatest players of all time, LeBron James has lost 4 NBA Finals. Fortunately for the King, he's not alone.

7 NBA Greats Who Died Way Too Soon
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:10:00 GMT)
The world of pro sports loses many talented athletes too soon, and the NBA is no exception. Sadly, these 7 greats joined the list of untimely NBA deaths.

The 5 Most Promising NBA Careers Derailed By Injuries
(Thu, 27 Apr 2017 01:09:00 GMT)
All sports injuries are terrible, but the ones that resonate the most are those that fall onto franchise-defining talents.

ASK IRA: Will Waiters, Johnson sacrifice salary to assist Heat?
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT)
Q: Ira, when it comes to Dion Waiters and James Johnson, both guys never really had a chance to play at a high level where as Luol Deng did with Chicago and Joe Johnson did with Atlanta. Shouldn't that be the main reason for them to stay? I've heard and understood the point you've made with

NBA investigating why Houston Rockets owner Les Alexander spoke with ref
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 03:44:16 GMT)
Houston Rockets owner Les Alexander's short stroll down the Toyota Center sideline on Tuesday night might cost him. In the final seconds of the first quarter of his team's Game 5 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, Alexander could be seen walking approximately 20 feet to have a word with official

Russell Westbrook was the best thing about the NBA all season
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT)
The Year of the Brodie began the same way as every classic tale of vengeance, redemption, and maturity: with a text message. When Kevin Durant notified Russell Westbrook he was leaving Oklahoma City for the rival Golden State Warriors with that text, the most transcendent individual season in recent

James Harden's latest 'continuation' foul clearly shows the problem with the rule
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 02:10:22 GMT)
James Harden can release a jumper at any given moment, true. And he really does get fouled a lot. It's all part of why he's such an efficient scorer — he was second in the NBA this season in “and-one” conversions. But then he goes and does something like this, and how can you not roll your eyes

Warrior fans, you may not be able to ride Kerr's back to a championship
(Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:50:00 GMT)
The greatest show in hoops is on hiatus for the next few days, with the Golden State Warriors awaiting the winner of the opening-round series between the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers. Next victim up, as they say. These Warriors – “Steve Kerr's Warriors” – have every intention and all the conceivable

Mavericks' draft lottery history: In 2013, Dallas whiffed on a 'freak' star-to-be
(Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:33:05 GMT)
The Mavericks don't have much recent history with the NBA draft lottery, but in their previous incarnation they had a long, storied history of hoping for the ping-pong ball gods to look favorably upon them. Alas, they did not. In fact, the Mavericks'  history in the lottery is anything but storied

NBA Buzz: Time for Fred Hoiberg to make adjustments for the Bulls
(Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:36:28 GMT)
Fourteen-year veteran and three-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade admitted as much on Monday. "They made adjustments (after losing the first 2 games in Boston). Fred Hoiberg indicated before practice on Tuesday that the Bulls had studied mistakes made against Boston's staggered screen-and-roll

Shooting Touch Summer Kids Basketball Camp at Roxbury Latin with NBA, College and High School Stars !
(Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:10:14 GMT)
10th Annual Shooting Touch Kids Basketball Camp with Hall of Fame coaches and stars coming to Roxbury Latin this July! If you are looking for an amazing basketball experience for your kiddos this summer, the Shooting Touch Kids Camp July 17th - July 20th over at Roxbury Latin (grades 2-9, girls and boys

‘NBA 2K17’ Locker Code Offers Free VC To Twitch Prime Subs
(Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:08:41 GMT)
‘NBA 2K17’ players can get 75,000 VC and a solid MyTeam Card provided they have a Twitch Prime subscription. Click here for everything we know about the limited-time reward.

Drake to host of NBA Awards
(Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:18:29 GMT)
His team may be still fighting to advance in the playoffs, but Drake is sure to have a sure spot in one important postseason event. The NBA announced on Tuesday that Raptors brand guru/rapper/former DeGrassi star will be hosting the 2017 NBA Awards, which takes place June 26 in New York. The inaugural

Allen Iverson on palming accusations: 'I carried my crossover all the way into the Hall of Fame'
(Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:38:21 GMT)
Coldly, Allen Iverson wants Tim Hardaway to check the scoreboard in Springfield.

Five biggest losers now that the NBA draft's early entry deadline has passed
(Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:24:08 GMT)
Jordan Bell is one of three Oregon stars who have entered the NBA draft. When the NBA’s draft’s early entry eligibility deadline passed at midnight on Sunday, it didn’t provide the same clarity it used to before testing the waters again became an option. 1. Kentucky: John Calipari’s remarkable ability

Ian Mahinmi optimistic he can return by end of Wizards-Hawks playoff series
(Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:23:22 GMT)
Once thought to be hoping for a return in the second round, Wizards backup center Ian Mahinmi is now optimistic he can get back before the Wizards-Hawks first round playoff series is over. With the series locked at 2-2, Mahinmi believes he is not far from coming back from the calf strain that has sidelined

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