• Nikola Mirotic was aggressor in Bobby Portis altercation

    Yardbarker "More details continue to emerge in the ugly incident between Chicago Bulls teammates Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis. Veteran basketball writer Peter Vecsey reported on Wednesday that Mirotic was the aggressor in the altercation with Portis at Bulls practice this week that left him with facial..." October 18

  • Melo: 'No support' from Knicks, Phil would've traded me 'for a bag of chips'

    New York Times "Russell Westbrook and Paul George were teammates for nearly three months before Carmelo Anthony finally blessed the capital of Oklahoma as a destination worthy of waiving his no-trade clause. The mere opportunity to team up with Westbrook and George and form a potential Superteam, as they’re..." October 18

  • Bulls’ Bobby Portis Suspended 8 Games For Punching Nikola Mirotic

    CBSChicago.com "Bulls forward Bobby Portis has been suspended eight games for punching teammate Nikola Mirotic in practice Tuesday. Portis’ punch came after the two engaged in an altercation that involved shoving, and the blow landed Mirotic in the hospital with two broken bones in his face and a concussion...." October 18

  • Mike D’Antoni trolls Draymond Green over defensive criticisms

    Larry Brown Sports "Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni couldn’t help but taking a shot back at Golden State’s Draymond Green over defensive criticisms. Green said Monday that he didn’t know “how serious [the Rockets] take defense” on Monday ahead of the season-opening clash between the two teams, but it was the..." October 18

  • Report: NBA schedules call with Bulls' Bobby Portis to talk about fight with Mirotic

    CBS Sports "Just hours before the 2017-18 NBA season was set to begin Tuesday night, reports began circulating of a nasty altercation between Chicago Bulls forwards Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis at practice. A short time later, the team released a statement indicating that the reports were..." October 18

  • Ball family reality show renewed for 2nd season

    Bleacher Report "LaVar Ball is not disappearing from the spotlight anytime soon. According to Bill Oram of the So Cal News Group, the reality show Ball in the Family has been renewed for a second season. The show, produced by Bunim-Murray Productions, has posted eight episodes so far on Facebook. The..." October 18

  • Nikola Mirotic expected to miss a few weeks with two broken bones in face

    Larry Brown Sports "Nikola Mirotic is expected to miss a few weeks with two broken bones in his face following a practice fight with a teammate, according to a report. Mirotic was hospitalized after being punched by teammate Bobby Portis during practice on Tuesday. He has two broken bones in his face, according to..." October 18

  • Kobe Bryant Offered Gordon Hayward Poignant Advice For His Road To Recovery

    Uproxx "Gordon Hayward and the Celtics had such high hopes for his first season in Boston. With Kyrie Irving joining the squad, the Celtics planned on once again competing for the East’s top seed and hoped this year they had the star power to get past the Cavs in the playoffs. The opener against..." October 18

  • Sore knee relegates Chris Paul to bench as Rockets hold off Warriors

    ESPN "Chris Paul was a crunchtime spectator during his Houston Rockets debut, cheering on his teammates from the bench for the final 4 minutes, 47 seconds of Tuesday's 122-121 comeback win over the Golden State Warriors, a decision coach Mike D'Antoni attributed to lingering soreness in the star point..." October 18

  • Adam Silver wants 1-and-done rule change

    Fanrag Sports "NBA Commissioner Adam Silver seems determined to change the one-and-done rule in college basketball where players have to play one year for a school before jumping to the NBA. “It’s clear a change will come,” said Silver on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike” on Monday morning. “It’s clearly not working for..." October 18

  • Cavaliers decide not to show Kyrie Irving tribute video

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Cavaliers decided not to show a tribute video of former point guard Kyrie Irving during his first game at The Q playing for the opposition. According to team spokesman Tad Carper, multiple Cavs officials, including majority owner Dan Gilbert, chose not to show the video because "we were..." October 18

  • Did Jae Crowder Commit Dirty Play On Gordon Hayward’s Gruesome Injury?

    NESN "Gordon Hayward dislocated his ankle and fractured his tibia in the first quarter Tuesday night as the Boston Celtics dropped their season opener to the Cleveland Cavaliers 102-99. It was a gruesome injury that Hayward suffered while landing awkwardly on a play in which he went up for the ball..." October 18

  • NBA's Opening Night was a missed opportunity to elevate protest conversation to a new level

    New York Daily News "The stars were aligned for Tuesday to be a very special day for the NBA. In one of the most anticipated Opening Nights in the history of the league, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics were facing off against each other in the first game, with the finale featuring the Houston Rockets and..." October 18

  • DeMar DeRozan slams Skip Bayless after insensitive reaction to Gordon Hayward injury

    Sporting News "Immediately after Gordon Hayward went to the floor with a gruesome ankle injury, TNT cameras showed shots of horrified fans and players reacting to one of the league's biggest stars going down just six minutes into his first game with his new Celtics team. On Twitter, fans and fellow players..." October 18

  • Draymond Green Says He'll Be 'Fine' After Knee Injury vs. Rockets

    Bleacher Report "Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green downplayed the knee injury that forced him to miss the final quarter of Tuesday's season-opening loss to the Houston Rockets. According to ESPN's Chris Haynes, Green said, "I'll be good. I'm fine." Per Haynes, Green suffered a left knee strain..." October 18

  • Gordon Hayward fractures ankle minutes into Celtics debut

    ESPN "Celtics forward Gordon Hayward was stretchered off the floor in Cleveland after suffering a horrific-looking ankle injury little more than five minutes into his Boston debut Tuesday night. The team later announced that Hayward fractured his ankle. Hayward's left leg bent awkwardly after he..." October 18

  • Bobby Portis sends Nikola Mirotic to hospital after altercation

    Chicago Sun-Times "Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis came into Bulls camp last month fighting for a starting forward spot. Tuesday, they were just fighting. And the results of that physical altercation wasn’t the typical NBA non-fight fight. According to multiple witnesses, Portis and Mirotic had a heated..." October 18

  • Kristaps Porzingis: I’ll guard Carmelo, but it won’t be easy

    New York Post "The student will square off against the master in Oklahoma City on Thursday night in the Knicks’ deliciously compelling season opener. With Carmelo Anthony lining up at power forward in the Thunder’s small-ball lineup, Porzingis said he will defend his former teammate at the outset. At..." October 18

  • Cavaliers' LeBron James: Will play in opener

    CBS Sports "James (ankle) will play in Tuesday's season opener against the Celtics, Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post reports. The writing had been on the wall after James went through shootaround Tuesday morning and was observed taking part in his usual pregame warmup routine. Still, the Cavs took the..." October 17

  • Nikola Mirotic Reportedly Hospitalized After Fight with Bobby Portis at Practice

    Bleacher Report "Chicago Bulls forwards Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic were reportedly involved in a "serious altercation" at practice Tuesday that sent Mirotic to the hospital. According to The Vertical's Shams Charania, Mirotic—who recently returned to the Bulls on a two-year, $27 million deal—will be out..." October 17

  • Warriors’ Andre Iguodala out for season opener

    Yardbarker "Even before they’ve had a chance to defend their title, the Golden State Warriors are already being bitten by the injury bug. The team announced hours before their season opener against the Houston Rockets that super-sub Andre Iguodala will miss Tuesday’s game. It seems to be a somewhat..." October 17

  • Cavs' LeBron James on loyalty to Cleveland: 'I don't owe anybody anything'

    CBS Sports "The Cleveland Cavaliers have a new roster with pieces that could give them a better shot at dethroning the Golden State Warriors should they meet for the fourth straight year in the NBA Finals. But there's one massive cloud hanging over the franchise and the city this season, one that will only..." October 17

  • Kyrie will never reveal reason for leaving Cavs: 'That's not what real grown-ups do'

    Uproxx "One of the the most talked-about storylines during the NBA offseason was Kyrie Irving’s self-imposed exile from Cleveland. Irving went from looking to be the future of the Cleveland Cavaliers if/when LeBron left town, to being the foil for Cavs fans whenever he steps foot in Quicken Loans..." October 17

  • Raptors’ DeRozan on Popovich’s Trump comments: Pop for President

    Sportsnet "Gregg Popovich does not pull any punches when discussing his views on U.S. President Donald Trump and it appears as though the San Antonio Spurs head coach has some NBA players in his corner. On Tuesday, Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan praised Popovich for speaking out against Trump by..." October 17

  • Chris Paul criticizes culture of Clippers, says he had ball in his hands too much

    Larry Brown Sports "Chris Paul is pulling no punches as he begins the season in a new uniform. In clips from his new mini-documentary series for ESPN that were released on Thursday, the Houston Rockets guard criticized the culture of his old team, the LA Clippers, and also expressed displeasure with the role he..." October 17

  • 76ers' Joel Embiid profanely expresses his frustration at early minutes restriction

    CBS Sports "The Philadelphia 76ers are planning to play it safe with their franchise center Joel Embiid at the start of the season. Makes sense given his lengthy injury history and recent knee surgery that he is still working his way back from. Philadelphia coach Brett Brown told reporters on Monday that..." October 17

  • No surprise as Bulls, Zach LaVine decide to wait on contract extension

    NBC Chicago "Only a couple names went off the board of 2014 draftees who reached agreements on extensions with their teams, with Zach LaVine sitting on the sidelines as the midnight deadline came and went. His debut in a Bulls uniform and contract will have to wait. Although LaVine’s representatives and..." October 17

  • Las Vegas gets first pro basketball team: WNBA's San Antonio Stars

    Chicago Tribune "he WNBA says the San Antonio Stars are being bought by MGM Resorts International and moving to Las Vegas, joining the NFL and NHL with teams tied to the gambling mecca. The Stars will begin play next season with home games at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. MGM, an owner of about a dozen..." October 17

  • Lonzo Ball Leads Lakers To Highest Ticket Prices In Four Seasons

    SLAM Online "Lonzo Ball and the 2017-18 version of the Los Angeles Lakers kick off their regular season campaign on Thursday, as they host the Los Angeles Clipper. Thanks to the addition of the UCLA point guard, the hype and popularity surrounding the Baby Lakers has skyrocketed. Although this team is not..." October 17

  • De'Aaron Fox Says In-N-Out Is "Just Not Good"

    Deadspin "Kings rookie PG De’Aaron Fox was born in Louisiana, went to high school in Texas, college at Kentucky, and is settling in to his new life in Sacramento. And, as with anyone who goes to California for the first time, he’s been bombarded by locals’ boasts about a certain fast-food chain. He’s..." October 17

  • Why you shouldn't expect NBA players to kneel for national anthem

    USA Today "When LeBron James voiced his opinion on the topic of anthem kneeling last month, saying “My voice and what I do in my community is more powerful than getting on a knee,” he was speaking for the NBA masses. In a league nearly three-fourths African American, where even NBA legend Bill Russell..." October 17

  • Isaiah Thomas Clarifies Comments About Giving Danny Ainge Cold Shoulder

    NESN "Isaiah Thomas doesn’t have a vendetta against Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge. He’d just prefer not to run into him any time soon. The former Celtics point guard has some hard feelings for Ainge after the team traded Thomas to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a package that brought Kyrie..." October 17

  • LeBron James Wants To Be 'At Top Of Food Chain' Longer Than Anyone In NBA History

    Real GM Basketball "LeBron James was asked he he thought he might be considered greater than Michael Jordan by most people. "If I was the most consistent and was at the top of the food chain more than anybody in NBA history," said James. James entered the NBA straight out of high school and has remained almost..." October 17

  • LeBron felt Dan Gilbert’s infamous letter had racial undertones

    Larry Brown Sports "The scathing letter Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert sent to Cleveland fans ripping LeBron James in 2010 was childish and ill-advised, but we haven’t really heard anything about it being racist in nature — that is until now. James covered a wide range of topics in a GQ feature that was released on..." October 17

  • Kyrie Irving: Explaining trade request 'not what real grown-ups do'

    USA Today "Reporters have asked Kyrie Irving direct and indirect questions about why he wanted out of Cleveland. No matter how reporters try to pry an answer from Irving, the seventh-year guard – who now plays for the Boston Celtics after requesting a trade in the summer – won’t divulge a straightforward..." October 17

  • Popovich calls Trump 'a soulless coward' after latest comments

    CBS Sports "San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has been an outspoken critic of Donald Trump since before he was elected president. Popovich recently spoke out following Trump's revoking of the Warriors' White House invitation and his comments about NFL players who kneel during the anthem, but Pop's latest..." October 17

  • Draymond on Rockets: “I don’t know how serious they take defense”

    San Jose Mercury News "The concept endlessly amuses Warriors forward Draymond Green. In his mind, the Warriors have the most talent and the most confidence to win an NBA championship in what would mark their third in the past four years. That expectation has only prompted several of the other 29 NBA teams to stockpile..." October 17

  • Richard Jefferson Agrees To One-Year Deal With Nuggets

    Hoops Rumors "Veteran forward Richard Jefferson has agreed to a one-year, $2.3MM contract with the Nuggets, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Jefferson cleared waivers on Monday. He was traded by the Cavaliers to the Hawks on Saturday in a cost-cutting and roster-trimming move by Cleveland. Atlanta..." October 17

  • Lakers rule out Julius Randle and Andrew Bogut for opening night

    Fanrag Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers‘ first game under the Magic Johnson-Rob Pelinka regime won’t feature the team’s full rotation. Two frontcourt players won’t suit up when the Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers face off in their neutral-site matchup. Neither Julius Randle nor Andrew Bogut will play for the..." October 17

  • LeBron James says Kyrie Irving's return to Cleveland will be 'fine'

    Sporting News "It'll be somewhat of a reunion for Celtics' Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers in Cleveland during their regular-season opener on Tuesday. Irving spent six seasons with the Cavs, playing side-by-side with LeBron James for the past three. During an interview for ESPN's "The Jump", James said..." October 17

  • Knicks’ Frank Ntilikina caretaker is just happy to be here

    New York Post "Ramon Sessions has no problem babysitting. He has spent large segments of his 10-year NBA career serving as a caretaker for younger players such as Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker. So when he inked a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum with the Knicks on July 28, Sessions knew mentoring..." October 17

  • Report: Bucks' Jabari Parker to test waters in restricted free agency next year

    WTJM "A Milwaukee Bucks' star forward will consider leaving the team after next year, but the Bucks have an ace in the hole to try and keep him. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports that the Bucks and forward Jabari Parker did not come to a long-term contract deal in negotiations, and he will test free..." October 16

  • Sources: Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge reach three-year contract extension

    ESPN "Five-time All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge has reached an agreement on a three-year, $72.3 million contract extension with the San Antonio Spurs, league sources told ESPN. The extension will keep Aldridge, 32, under contract with the Spurs through the 2020-21 season. It includes a partially..." October 16

  • JR Smith on the Celtics: ‘I Don’t Really Pose That As A Big Threat’

    SLAM Online "The Celtics may have made some big moves in the offseason, but JR Smith still doesn’t think Boston poses “a big threat” to the Cavaliers. Asked if the Celtics are a bigger challenge this season, Smith replied, “Not really” " October 16

  • Bummer for Joel Embiid: Brett Brown expects his minutes to be 'in the teens' early

    Philly.com "The extent of Joel Embiid’s availability is perhaps the biggest 76ers storyline entering the regular season. It was obvious that as of Monday afternoon the Sixers hadn’t discussed a minutes restriction with their franchise center. That’s when Brett Brown was asked how many minutes a game Embiid..." October 16

  • Celtics Likely To Start Jayson Tatum On Opening Night

    Real GM Basketball "The Boston Celtics will likely start Jayson Tatum on opening night as Marcus Morris continues to battle knee soreness. Brad Stevens said Sunday that Morris will "be out here for the coming week-plus" and the team will re-evaluate him later this month to see when he might be ready for game..." October 16

  • Hassan Whiteside Says Trash Talk With Joel Embiid ‘All Fun’

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Battling Joel Embiid in the post is one thing. Battling Embiid on social media? All in good fun, Hassan Whiteside said Sunday. Two days after the two first went back and forth on the court in the Miami Heat's exhibition loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in Kansas City, with Embiid gesturing to the..." October 16

  • Adam Silver ‘chuckled a little bit’ at Michael Jordan’s superteam comments

    Larry Brown Sports "NBA commissioner Adam Silver is taking some time to respond to Michael Jordan’s recent comments about competitive balance in the league. In an appearance Monday on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike,” Silver was fairly dismissive of Jordan’s criticisms of the superteam era. “I chuckled a little bit because..." October 16

  • Clippers guard Austin Rivers: ‘We will be a playoff team this year’

    Orange County Register "Austin Rivers made a prediction Sunday. It wasn’t a particularly bold one. He simply said he expected the Clippers to return to the playoffs next spring. An offseason of change should make them a stronger, deeper and more resilient team for 2017-18. “We will be a playoff team this year,” Rivers..." October 16

  • Dennis Schroder Will Face Discipline Related To Battery Charge

    Hoops Rumors "Although Hawks guard Dennis Schroder was arrested on a battery charge last month, he’s set to open the regular season with the team this week as the legal process plays out. However, regardless of how his case concludes, Schroder can expect to be disciplined by the Hawks eventually, the team..." October 16