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One of James Harden's teammates promises he'll play defense this season (Ball Don't Lie)
(Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:17:38 PDT)
Despite making four straight All-Star teams and scoring at an elite level for a team that made the Western Conference Finals just 15 months ago, Harden is known as a player with effort issues and the sort of temperament that might not be suited to leading a contender. Luckily, this upcoming season offers a fresh opportunity for Harden and the Rockets to win over the hearts and minds of basketball fans. Dwight Howard is gone, free agents Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon are around to provide help, and Mike D’Antoni is in as head coach.

Change of Pace: Part 1 (Rotoworld)
(Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:54:00 PDT)
Mike Gallagher goes over some coaching changes and what it could mean for pace and other stats.

Milwaukee Bucks sign free agent guard Jason Terry (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:28:19 PDT)
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Bucks have signed free agent guard Jason Terry.

James Harden visits Pogba before trip to Paris
(Sat, 20 Aug 2016 10:20:46 PDT)
NBA superstar James Harden met up with 'buddy' Paul Pogba in Manchester to watch his match against Southampton before an Adidas marketing trip to Paris. Harden posted pictures of him meeting up with Pogba at Old Trafford with the new Manchester United recruit signing his jersey. The basketball superstar is a huge football fan and said that he enjoys playing popular video game FIFA.

James Harden confronts Drew League heckler who called him a flopper (Ball Don't Lie)
(Mon, 15 Aug 2016 12:54:14 PDT)
James Harden has become one of the NBA’s most difficult-to-stop scorers in recent years thanks in part to his peerless ability to create contact. The Houston Rockets All-Star has led the NBA in free-throw attempts in three of the past four seasons — in 2013-14, he finished third, generating 9.1 freebies per game — helping keep Houston’s among the most efficient and effective in the league with his steady march to the charity stripe.

Nene leads Brazil past Nigeria 86-69 in Olympic basketball (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 15 Aug 2016 12:24:46 PDT)
Nene scored 19 points, Marcelinho Huertas had 11 assists and Brazil kept its chances of advancing to the men's basketball quarterfinals alive with a 86-69 win over Nigeria on Monday. Nene, who signed as an NBA free agent this summer with the Houston Rockets, and Huertas of the Los Angeles Lakers scored six points apiece in a 14-2 run in the fourth to help Brazil (2-3) pull away. Nigeria (1-4), which stunned Croatia in its previous game, was aiming to become the first African nation to make the quarterfinals.

Durant, Warriors to OKC on Feb. 11, Cleveland on Christmas (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 11 Aug 2016 16:46:04 PDT)
Kevin Durant will return to Oklahoma City on Feb. 11 and join the Golden State Warriors for an NBA Finals rematch at Cleveland on Christmas. Dwyane Wade will return to Miami and Derrick Rose will go back to Chicago early in the 2016-17 season, which was unveiled Thursday by the NBA.

Kevin Durant and Warriors highlight NBA's 2016-17 schedule release (Ball Don't Lie)
(Thu, 11 Aug 2016 15:22:39 PDT)
All eyes will be on Kevin Durant and the Warriors this season . Kevin Durant’s move from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Golden State Warriors has unquestionably been the biggest move of the NBA’s 2016 offseason. Not surprisingly, the 2014 MVP and his new team have been handed several of the most prominent places in the league’s 2016-17 regular season schedule, released on Thursday afternoon.

Bounce Back Candidates (Rotoworld)
(Tue, 09 Aug 2016 11:57:00 PDT)
Jared Johnson delves into the potential bounce-back players for the upcoming season.

Report: Jimmer Fredette will go to China, play for Yao Ming’s team (Ball Don't Lie)
(Wed, 03 Aug 2016 14:12:13 PDT)
Source: Jimmer Fredette, former #10 overall NBA draftee, agreed to sign in China with Yao Ming owned Shanghai Sharks. It’s a one-year deal worth “north of $1 million,” league sources tell ESPN.com’s Ian Begley.

Irving, George expected to sit out US basketball exhibition (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 01 Aug 2016 17:19:54 PDT)
HOUSTON (AP) -- Kyrie Irving and Paul George are expected to sit out the U.S. Olympic basketball team's exhibition game against Nigeria on Monday night to rest injuries.

Kevin Durant: 'Nobody really appreciates' James Harden save for NBA players (Ball Don't Lie)
(Mon, 01 Aug 2016 10:28:13 PDT)
Kevin Durant and James Harden line up. Kevin Durant knows something we don’t know. Or, at least, something that the 450-plus players that dive in and out of the NBA every single year know, and we don’t understand.

Wizards re-sign guard Marcus Thornton (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:41:05 PDT)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington Wizards have re-signed reserve guard Marcus Thornton.

Ex-NBA player hits Twitter, begs teams to give him one more chance (Ball Don't Lie)
(Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:17:18 PDT)
Von Wafer of the Boston Celtics reacts after scoring against the Miami Heat on Feb. 13, 2011. It’s been four years since Von Wafer last played in the NBA, and, from the sound of it, that’s quite long enough for him, thanks. The 31-year-old shooting guard, a former McDonald’s All-American and second-round draft pick out of Florida State, last saw an NBA court with the Orlando Magic in May of 2012.

Why only Paul Pierce, returning for a 19th NBA season, can stop himself (Ball Don't Lie)
(Wed, 27 Jul 2016 12:45:08 PDT)
Paul Pierce can’t stop, and he won’t stop. Paul Pierce was not good last season, and it pains me to say that, since The Truth was everything to a 20-something who did dumb things in Boston during the early 2000s before becoming a fully realized professional, because he was me. My post-college life in Boston coincided almost entirely with Pierce’s 15 seasons there, and our paths crossed for a few years after I began covering the Celtics in 2010.

USA school China as Durant wows Oakland
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 22:59:24 PDT)
The rout was a coming out party for Kevin Durant at Oracle Arena, home of his new team the Golden State Warriors. Durant rocked the NBA with his decision to forsake the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Warriors as a free agent, and he received a rapturous welcome from his new home fans. "KD" received a thunderous ovation during the pre-game introductions -- the cheers reverberating even longer than those for established Warriors stars Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

Tough no-call: Why Westbrook’s reportedly ‘hurt’ over KD’s exit (Ball Don't Lie)
(Tue, 26 Jul 2016 08:03:10 PDT)
Russell Westbrook (right) listens to Kevin Durant after the Thunder beat the Warriors in Game 4 of the 2016 Western Conference Finals. (J Pat Carter/Getty Images)

USA romp past China in Rio basketball warm-up
(Sun, 24 Jul 2016 21:46:08 PDT)
The game at Staples Center, home of the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, was a preview of the teams' scheduled August 6 clash in Rio de Janeiro, in the first-round opener for each. Kevin Durant, the erstwhile Oklahoma City Thunder star who rocked the NBA with his recent decision to depart for rivals Golden State via free agency, came off the bench to lead the USA with 19 points. "We should have won, but the way we won was excellent," said US coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Durant leads US to second exhibition rout, 106-57 over China (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 24 Jul 2016 20:33:00 PDT)
Just two games into the U.S. basketball team's pre-Olympic tour, coach Mike Krzyzewski already sees the start of something big. Kevin Durant scored 19 points, Klay Thompson added 17 and the Americans rolled to a second straight blowout exhibition victory, 106-57 over China on Sunday night. DeMar DeRozan scored 13 points in his hometown, and DeMarcus Cousins had 12 points and seven rebounds in the second stop on the five-city tour leading the Americans to Rio de Janeiro.

NBA Summer League West: Pt. 2 (Rotoworld)
(Fri, 22 Jul 2016 20:51:00 PDT)
Mike Gallagher offers up the first part of the Western Conference Summer League recap.

NBA-National Basketball Association roundup
(Fri, 22 Jul 2016 17:22:50 PDT)
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green reached a plea agreement to avoid jail time in the case in which he was charged for slapping a Michigan State football player. Green will be fined $500 and pay $60 in restitution to Jermaine Edmondson, who police said was slapped by Green on July 10. Green didn't have to amid guilt or enter a no-contest plea, according to assistant city prosecutor David Meyers.

Pelicans sign Jones for 1 year, Frazier for 2 years (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 22 Jul 2016 16:51:17 PDT)
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The New Orleans Pelicans say they have signed free-agent forward Terrence Jones and re-signed guard Tim Frazier.

Moses Malone Jr. accuses James Harden of orchestrating aggravated robbery (Ball Don't Lie)
(Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:26:14 PDT)
Moses Malone Jr., son of the NBA legend, thinks James Harden ordered his beating outside a strip club over a Facebook post critical of the Houston Rockets star’s basketball camp, according to reports.

NBA to play two games in Mexico City, both featuring Suns (Ball Don't Lie)
(Wed, 20 Jul 2016 09:00:37 PDT)
The recently returned Jared Dudley and Leandro Barbosa, seen here wearing “Los Suns” jerseys in 2010, will play two games for Phoenix in Mexico City this coming season. The Phoenix Suns will play successive games against the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs in Mexico City on Jan. 12 and 14, marking an expansion of the NBA’s effort to spread the game globally. The games, between three teams in states neighboring Mexico, will mark the first time the NBA has played more than one contest during the same season in the neighboring country since the league began playing there 25 years ago.

Yao Ming couldn't tell his Rockets teammates they called him the wrong name (Ball Don't Lie)
(Tue, 19 Jul 2016 20:00:52 PDT)
Yao Ming holds back Rockets teammate Steve Francis . Players who come to the NBA from foreign countries often have difficulty adjusting to the culture of the United States, but few have seemed so comfortable while still remaining themselves as Houston Rockets great and soon-to-be Hall of Famer Yao Ming. The first pick of the 2002 draft came to Houston and immediately became friends with players like Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley, who came from very different backgrounds and easily could have been dismissed via preconceptions.

Kevin Durant says he didn’t leave OKC because of Russell Westbrook (Ball Don't Lie)
(Tue, 19 Jul 2016 09:11:06 PDT)
In his longest and most significant public comments since choosing to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder and join the Golden State Warriors in free agency, Kevin Durant refuted reports that his decision to depart had anything to do with Russell Westbrook’s style of play or the chance that the All-Star point guard might decide to skip town when he hits the unrestricted market next summer. Durant had appeared briefly in the Bay Area at an introductory press conference a couple of weeks back, and had spoken to Chinese media during a trip through Asia last week.

The Thunder are set to sign the final piece of the James Harden trade (Ball Don't Lie)
(Mon, 18 Jul 2016 23:14:21 PDT)
Alex Abrines should bring needed shooting to the Thunder (EFE). The Oklahoma City Thunder’s 2012 trade of James Harden to the Houston Rockets for a collection of players and draft picks is seen as one of the biggest moves in recent memory. While the play of Steven Adams this past postseason caused many to tab the Thunder as the real winners of the deal, the prevailing view says that the team’s owners sacrificed its best advantage for some short-term financial relief.

NBA notebook: James taking his time signing contract (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 18 Jul 2016 16:09:21 PDT)
LeBron James, who has made it clear he does not intend to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers despite opting out of his contract, informed the NBA champions he will re-sign sometime this summer. James still has no timetable for negotiating or signing a deal, sources told ESPN on Monday. James, fresh off guiding the Cavaliers to their first NBA title, turned down a $24 million salary for the 2016-17 season at the June 29 deadline for his decision.

$50 million for fit and finishes: Why the Bucks paid Miles Plumlee (Ball Don't Lie)
(Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:41:19 PDT)
Another restricted free agent returned to his most recent employer on Monday, as another free-agent big man drank deeply of the bounty of this summer’s $24 million salary cap spike. The Milwaukee Bucks agreed to terms with restricted free agent center Miles Plumlee on a four-year deal, as first reported by Marc Stein of ESPN.com. Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the deal is worth $50 million, but could reach $52 million with “relatively easy to reach” incentives that would earn Plumlee a flat rate of $13 million per year.

Thunder sign Spanish sharpshooter Abrines (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 18 Jul 2016 12:57:00 PDT)
Oklahoma City and budding Spanish star Alex Abrines have agreed on a three-year deal worth a reported $18 million.

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