• LeBron James' platform can't be torn down by Fox News hosts — or anyone else

    Sporting News "LeBron James said a lot in that "Uninterrupted" video, with Kevin Durant and Cari Champion, to make people angry, vengeful, bitter and emotional in every conceivable way — about the state of the country, about his own role in impacting it and, of course, about the job the president is..." February 17

  • John Wall 'I'm Great with Gortat!!!'

    TMZ "John Wall's not mincing words about his relationship with his Wizards teammate, Marcin Gortat ... he straight up tells us everything's cool! We got the injured NBA star leaving Mastro's in Bev Hills Friday night -- he's in town for All-Star Weekend festivities -- and asked if there's any..." February 17

  • Laura Ingraham invites LeBron James on her show

    Larry Brown Sports "LeBron James now has a standing invite to Fox News if he wants it. After Fox News host Laura Ingraham suggested that James “shut up and dribble” instead of offering political opinions, James responded with a defiant message on social media. In response, Ingraham extended an invite to James..." February 17

  • Raptors coach Dwane Casey: If Canada can have strict gun laws, 'why can't we?'

    CBS Sports "Dwane Casey was one of the many people that had to witness from afar the horrific mass shooting that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The longtime Raptors head coach has spent the last six years of his career in Canada, where tragic incidents like last..." February 17

  • Lakers’ Channing Frye out after undergoing appendectomy

    Sportsnaut "Acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers in the blockbuster Isaiah Thomas trade earlier this month, Channing Frye has suited up a grand total of one game for the Los Angeles Lakers. A buyout candidate, Frye’s absence from the team’s game Thursday night led to speculation that this might indeed..." February 17

  • T.I. not a fan of Lonzo Ball’s rapping skills

    Snip Daily "Los Angeles Lakers rookie guard Lonzo Ball just dropped his first album. It includes an ode to his father, LaVar, and other musings surrounding his life on and off the court. The rap album has been met with mixed reviews. But in a vacuum, it seems to be pretty decent (listen here). One..." February 17

  • Steph Curry Walks Away from a James Harden Question

    The Big Lead "NBA All-Star and team captain Stephen Curry was asked a straightforward question about this year’s MVP award. He did not give a clear answer. “Ha,” said the two-time MVP, who beat out Harden after the 2014-15 season. This year, however, Curry has some making up to do while having another..." February 17

  • Ray Allen, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash Headline List of Naismith Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Finalists

    SI "Ray Allen, Jason Kidd and Steve Nash are among the 13 people and teams who were named finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2018, the Hall announced Saturday. Allen was a 10-time All-Star and two-time champion in his 18-year career. After being drafted No. 5 in 1996 by the..." February 17

  • LeBron James posts on social media after commentator's rant about him circulates

    ESPN "LeBron James opined recently on the state of race relations in America and his view of the leadership in the White House, and he was taken to task for those stances by a Fox News host. James replied Friday not with more words, but with posts on social media, after Fox News host Laura Ingraham..." February 17

  • LaVar 'LeBron Will Sign w/ Lakers Lonzo Will Make Him Better!'

    TMZ "The house-cleaning in Cleveland was all for nothing -- because LeBron James is leaving the Cavs to sign with the Lakers in the off-season ... at least, that's what LaVar Ball believes. The Big Baller was at his pop-up shop in L.A. when we asked about the possibility of Bron coming out West to..." February 17

  • Durant on Fox News host's LeBron tirade: 'It was racist'

    USA Today "The timing was perfect. While social media was still buzzing Friday about Laura Ingraham’s segment on Fox News, where the host told LeBron James and Kevin Durant to “shut up and dribble” rather than share their views about President Trump as they had in a recent joint interview, people across..." February 17

  • Love confident of his fit on new-look Cavs

    Bleacher Report "Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love is confident he'll find a niche within the team's rebuilt roster when he returns from a broken hand. Love appeared on Friday's edition of ESPN's The Jump and said the flurry of deals ahead of the NBA trade deadline Feb. 8 has allowed the Cavs to find..." February 17

  • LaVar Ball Insists He Isn't Scared of Magic Johnson or the Lakers

    Complex "LaVar Ball claims he isn’t afraid of anything—even Lakers president of basketball operations, Magic Johnson. After arriving in the U.S. on Friday, LaVar was questioned about the highly publicized drama between him and Los Angeles coach Luke Walton. The Big Baller Brand patriarch has been quite..." February 17

  • Steph Curry: All Star draft will ‘definitely’ be on TV next year

    Larry Brown Sports "At least two NBA players want the league to televise the All-Star draft next year, and one says the league “definitely” will do so. Steph Curry and LeBron James got to serve as captains and pick their All-Star teams in a draft format. The Golden State Warriors star thinks the draft would be..." February 17

  • Giannis: I want LeBron to join Bucks next season

    Wisconsin State Journal "Giannis Antetokounmpo wasn’t kidding when he said he wanted LeBron James to join the Milwaukee Bucks next season. According to this story, Antetokounmpo was asked again who he'd pick if he had the opportunity to draft an All-Star team by Eurohoops' Nikos Varlas. "I would pick LeBron,” the..." February 17

  • Joel Embiid Says That His Best Pickup Line Is 'Who Wants to Sex The Process?'

    Complex "For those of you guys out there that just spent (another) Valentine's Day alone, never fear because Joel Embiid has a pickup line that, now that I think about it, it actually only makes sense when he uses it. Sorry. For those of you who think Embiid's method sounds familiar, it's probably..." February 17

  • How Bogdan Bogdanovic shot his way to the top of Rising Stars Challenge

    CBS Sports "The MVP of the Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars Challenge walked out of a side door in the bowels of the Staples Center on Friday night and strolled to the dais, light shimmering off his glass trophy. "Can I ask the first question?" Bogdan Bogdanovic said. When you're the MVP, you can do..." February 17

  • Lonzo Ball on LaVar Ball’s threat: ‘No reaction. I always just play. He always talks’

    Pro Basketball Talk "LaVar Ball said Lonzo Ball wouldn’t re-sign with the Lakers unless they also signed LiAngelo Ball (and maybe LaMelo Ball, though LaVar wasn’t quite as clear about his third son). The earliest Lonzo could unilaterally leave Los Angeles is 2022, but he addressed his father’s comments..." February 16

  • Kobe: If a player needs convincing to play for Lakers, 'he ain't the one'

    ESPN "Kobe Bryant didn't mince words when he told ESPN's Jalen Rose that only a "special" kind of player can be a Los Angeles Laker. The future Hall of Famer, who played his entire 20-year career with the Lakers, was asked whether he would help the team recruit free agents this summer, given the..." February 16

  • Suns cost themselves money by buying out Greg Monroe rather than just waiving him

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Suns just keep taking Ls. They bought out Greg Monroe, a logical move considering everyone’s motivations at the time (even if those motivations were questionable). Phoenix is going nowhere this season, so Monroe – who’d likely leave in free agency next summer – had no place in the..." February 16

  • Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge was last pick of All-Star draft

    ESPN "San Antonio Spurs power forward LaMarcus Aldridge said he wasn't surprised to learn he was the last pick in the inaugural 2018 NBA All-Star Draft. "I'm not a flashy player," the six-time All-Star said. "That's OK." Aldridge was the last player chosen by LeBron James' team, and Boston Celtics..." February 16

  • Joel Embiid digs Donovan Mitchell, but says Ben Simmons deserves Rookie of the Year

    CBS Sports "Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons have formed a dynamic partnership on the floor in their first season together with the Philadelphia 76ers. And on Friday night, they'll get to bring that cohesion to the Rising Stars Challenge, where they'll suit up for Team World along with another Sixer, Dario..." February 16

  • Hall of Famer Issel joins Louisville NBA expansion bid

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Efforts to bring the NBA to Louisville, long seen as a longshot, may finally be shortening the distance to the goal. It’s not yet a layup — far from it — but the percentages should be more promising after Wednesday’s announcement that Dan Issel has joined some of the city’s deepest pockets in..." February 16

  • Kevin Pritchard: Six Pacers told me before deadline not to make trade

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Pacers are one of the NBA’s top feel-good stories this season. After trading Paul George, they appeared heading toward 30-something wins and the resulting middling draft pick – unsatisfying on both counts. But Victor Oladipo has emerged into a legitimate star, and a supporting cast of solid..." February 16

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo: ‘I Want To Work With Kobe This Summer’

    SLAM Online "Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo says he hopes to spend time with Kobe Bryant this summer in order to pick his brain. In a story by ESPN’s Eric Nehm, Giannis said he wants to learn Kobe’s mindset more than anything else." February 16

  • Jaylen Brown on LeBron should “shut up and dribble” comment: “That’s a narrative… it’s time to move on from it”

    Pro Basketball Talk "“Stick to sports.” It’s the intellectually lazy argument (and attempt to demean) used when people disagree with the opinion of an athlete (or media member covering athletes). Fox News host Laura Ingraham took that sentiment to new — and for my money racist — level this week. When LeBron James..." February 16

  • R.C Buford says there is no timetable for Kawhi Leonard's return

    247 Sports "The San Antonio Spurs have been forced to play the vast majority of the 2017-18 campaign without the services of two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard and, as you would imagine, it has made a major impact on the team. With Leonard having only appeared in nine games for the..." February 16

  • Dwyane Wade Initiated Questions About Kevin Love's Absence

    Real GM Basketball "Dwyane Wade was the first player on the Cavaliers to vocally challenge Tyronn Lue to disclose where Kevin Love had been when he left the arena during a loss to the Thunder on Jan. 20th and the team's practice the following day, according to sources. Numerous players verbally attacked Love, who..." February 16

  • Life is sweeter for NBA All-Star Joel Embiid, who is happy to put 'bust' label to rest

    CBS Sports "It's a testament to the meteoric rise of Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid over the past two years that the transcendent 23-year-old is the first player since Anthony Davis in 2014 to be on the roster for both the All-Star Game and the Rising Stars Challenge during the same season. And yet..." February 16

  • Kyrie Irving Won't Rule Out Reunion With LeBron One Day

    12 Up "​Has the war between LeBron James and Kyrie Irving finally ended? Between their ​petty disputes and ​ridiculous threats, the two former teammates dominated the NBA headlines for months. While they have been rather quiet over the past few weeks, Kyrie Irving might have just sparked the next..." February 16

  • Charles Barkley and the time he played a 76ers game hammered

    Philly.com "Charles Barkley was on Jimmy Kimmel this week and, as usual, the conversation was fascinating. Barkley doesn’t need talking points. Sit him down and just chat. Right around the 3:03 mark, Kimmel asked about how Barkley was nearly traded by the Sixers to the Lakers in the early..." February 16

  • LaVar Ball: I'm Not Afraid of Lakers, Magic Johnson

    TMZ "LaVar Ball is back in the U.S. -- and he's digging in his heels on his threats to the Lakers ... sign my other sons or I'm taking Lonzo Ball somewhere else. "Man, who don't want they sons to play all on the same team?" Ball told us in front of his reality TV show crew at LAX ... "Name one..." February 16

  • Timberwolves Open To Shabazz Muhammad Buyout

    Hoops Rumors "A report earlier in February indicated that Timberwolves swingman Shabazz Muhammad hoped to be traded or waived before last week’s trade deadline. While neither of those things happened, the Wolves remain open to accommodating Muhammad’s departure, majority owner Glen Taylor tells Sid Hartman of..." February 16

  • Kevin Love says he will return in a month from injury

    247 Sports "Breaking his hand near the end of January, Kevin Love has yet to play with the new look Cavaliers. Love however, has been rehabbing and in a recent interview says he should be back in about a month. Talking with FTW's Alysha Tsuji, Love said his rehab has been going great and that he expects..." February 16

  • NBA Rumors: Grizzlies will try to re-sign Tyreke Evans for mid-level exception

    Clutch Points "The Memphis Grizzlies will take their best shot at re-signing forward Tyreke Evans this offseason, likely to offer him the mid-level exception, which should pay him north of $8.5 million, according to Chris Herrington of The Commercial Appeal. Evans was one of the most coveted players in the trade..." February 16

  • Timberwolves have no plans to sign Derrick Rose

    Sportsnaut "When it became apparent the Utah Jazz had no desire to keep Derrick Rose following the blockbuster trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Minnesota Timberwolves quickly emerged as a potential suitor in rumors. However, per Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, owner Glen Taylor said the..." February 16

  • FOX News’ Laura Ingraham rips LeBron James for Trump comments

    Larry Brown Sports "FOX News has now come for LeBron James. James and fellow All-Star Kevin Durant filmed a video for James’ “Uninterrupted” series called “Rolling with the Champion.” In the video, the two megastars talk politics. Both men were critical of President Trump, which is nothing new for either..." February 16

  • Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta on chasing titles: 'No problem paying luxury tax' if we can win

    USA Today "Tilman Fertitta is good for a laugh every few minutes. The first-year Houston Rockets owner is holding court inside his Toyota Center suite before a mid-January game against the Golden State Warriors, sitting at the end of a table near CEO Tad Brown, his wife, Paige, 23-year-old son Patrick and..." February 16

  • Grant Hill Confirmed The Story Behind Why Tim Duncan Didn’t Join The Orlando Magic

    Uproxx "High on the list of the most fascinating “What Ifs” in recent NBA history is “What if Tim Duncan decided to join the Orlando Magic when he was a free agent in 2000?” Duncan was the centerpiece of the San Antonio Spurs’ dynasty over the last 20 years, but at one point, it looked like he was on..." February 16

  • Paul George says trash talk in the NBA has changed greatly

    247 Sports "The NBA has changed greatly over the years in terms of the style of play but one All-Star is letting fans know what the increased importance on perimeter shooting isn't the only difference between this generation and their predecessors. During a recent interview with Dave Schilling of Bleacher..." February 16

  • Shaq Says If He’d Known It Was An Option He Would’ve Joined Michael Jordan In Chicago

    Dime Magazine "Shaquille O’Neal would have done things differently in his career if he knew he had the chance. The National Basketball Hall of Fame inductee won titles in Los Angeles and Miami but said he would have tried to win them elsewhere if the climate were right. Shaq appeared on ESPN’s First Take on..." February 16

  • Mikal vs. Miles Bridges: Two draft options if Knicks’ tank fails

    New York Post "The Knicks’ final 23 games after the All-Star break are only a series of “Bridges’’ to their next date of import: the May 15 draft lottery. Pun intended. If the lottery were held now, the Knicks would hold the ninth-best odds with a 23-36 record and a league-high eight-game losing streak..." February 16

  • Pelicans' adjustments without DeMarcus Cousins beginning to pay off

    The Advocate "An acclimation period should’ve been expected. Despite the initial “next man up” rhetoric preached in the New Orleans Pelicans’ locker room following a dynamic roster upheaval, some reflection has prompted several players and coach Alvin Gentry to admit the process required time. And in the..." February 16

  • Rockets' new addition Brandan Wright brings 'insurance'

    Houston Chronicle "Though Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni did not yet have a plan for how he would use Brandan Wright, the free agent center the Rockets signed on Monday, he did have a good idea how he will fit. "Insurance, mostly," D'Antoni said in his first comments about the transaction. "He's to me the type of..." February 16

  • From sidekick to All-Star, Victor Oladipo is proving critics wrong

    ESPN "When Victor Oladipo woke up from an evening nap on Jan. 23, his childhood dream finally became a reality. Indiana Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard called Oladipo with the news that he had been selected to the All-Star team for the first time in his five-year NBA career. Oladipo couldn't wait to tell his..." February 16

  • Joseph calls Jefferson 'Instant Buckets.' Pacers call Jefferson invaluable.

    Indianapolis Star "Near the end of a recent Indiana Pacers practice, Al Jefferson blocked a shot. That does not happen every day, because Jefferson has never been known for his vertical leap. The reaction to Jefferson’s block triggered a mock celebration amongst his teammates. Jefferson was too amused to be..." February 16

  • Silver on Magic fine: 'Stop talking about players on other teams'

    ESPN "NBA commissioner Adam Silver says the the league was sending a clear message when it fined Magic Johnson $50,000 last week for his effusive praise of Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo. Silver, in a studio sit-down Thursday with ESPN's The Jump, said the Los Angeles Lakers' previous..." February 15

  • Rockets owner expects team to be worth $3B within 10 years

    USA Today "They know this isn’t the NBA Finals – even if it might feel like it inside the owner’s suite at the Toyota Center during halftime. It’s mid-January, in the middle of the Houston Rockets’ rollicking regular season where James Harden, Chris Paul & Co. have convinced the masses that they’re for..." February 15

  • With or without the Ball family, the Lakers are finding themselves

    ESPN "He arrived early, long before most of the folks who'd bought courtside seats to watch the Lakers play the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 12. People who sit in seats that good generally spend most of pregame warm-ups at the exclusive Chase Lounge, sipping cocktails or pounding appetizers...." February 15

  • Lonzo Ball’s debut album is an ode to his dad

    Snip Daily "In what has to be described as a turning back of the clock to a gentler time in the hip-hop industry, Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball’s debut rap album dropped on Thursday. And it’s nothing less than an ode to his father, the outspoken LaVar Ball. Despite the drama that LaVar has..." February 15