• Carmelo Anthony gets mostly cheers, some boos in return to MSG

    ESPN "Carmelo Anthony received a mostly warm reception from New York Knicks fans Saturday night in his first game back at Madison Square Garden as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. There were loud cheers for Anthony during his introduction, but also some audible boos. The club played a..." December 17

  • Paul George brushes aside suggestion of chemistry problems on Thunder

    Larry Brown Sports "The Oklahoma City Thunder are still waiting for things to click this season, but that doesn’t mean they’re having chemistry problems. Paul George was asked on Saturday night whether there are chemistry issues among the Thunder’s players. He said no. OKC is only 14-15 after falling to the New..." December 17

  • LeBron: I want to 'break the mold' of a players' prime ending early

    ESPN "As Cavaliers star LeBron James continues to rack up numbers in another potential MVP season, the future Hall of Famer acknowledges he is playing for something more than just another individual trophy at this point in his career. But when discussing the possibility of winning another MVP award..." December 17

  • Kobe Bryant once planned to ‘destroy’ Michael Jordan in first meeting on court

    The Sports Daily "Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan had some epic battles on the court over the years. The two NBA legends combined to win 11 championships, six MVP awards and 12 scoring titles. They were two of the best scorers the game has ever seen, and both used a killer instinct to wreak havoc on their..." December 17

  • Rockets' James Harden on bruised right knee: 'It can't get worse'

    ESPN "Rockets guard James Harden said he was "pretty close" to not playing Saturday night due to a bruised right knee and anticipates having to play through pain for an extended period of time. Harden hurt the knee when he crashed into the basket support after being fouled by San Antonio Spurs guard..." December 17

  • Kevin Durant reveals details from secret dinner with Kobe Bryant during final season

    Yardbarker "Kevin Durant once received sage advice from a Lakers legend, and didn’t even divulge that the dinner between the two players took place — until now, that is. Durant revealed that he had dinner with Kobe Bryant in Oklahoma City during his final season in the league, and added that the two..." December 17

  • Spoelstra passes Riley for most wins as Heat coach

    Miami Herald "Five takeaways from the Miami Heat’s 90-85 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night at AmericanAirlines Arena, which moved Erik Spoelstra ahead of Pat Riley for most coaching wins in franchise history. 1. Erik Spoelstra surpasses Pat Riley, tips his cap to his mentor. Spoelstra..." December 17

  • LeBron passes Bird for 6th all time with 60th triple-double

    CBS Sports "LeBron James' secret postgame message to Lonzo Ball (which was later uncovered) was all that most people talked about from the Cavaliers' win over the Lakers on Thursday night. So it almost went under the radar that in the win, LeBron recorded the 59th triple-double of his career, which tied Larry..." December 17

  • Porzingis to sit out Melo's return to MSG with sore left knee

    New York Post "It was fleeting, but for a slight time Saturday, it seemed like Kristaps Porzingis might play for the Knicks. Yeah, fleeting to be sure. After testing his sore left knee that he injured Thursday in Brooklyn, Porzingis was ruled out against the Thunder in Carmelo Anthony’s Madison Square..." December 16

  • LeBron James is good with televising All-Star team selections

    Pro Basketball Talk "From the moment the NBA announced changes to the All-Star Game team selection format for this season, most NBA fans — as well as most media members I know — have wanted a live team selection show. As a reminder, this year (as in past years) fans will vote for their favorite All-Stars, and those..." December 16

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to miss 3 road games as part of plea deal

    ESPN "Kentavious Caldwell-Pope says he will not be able to play in three Los Angeles Lakers' road games outside California in the next few weeks due to a modified 25-day restriction stemming from a plea agreement he reached on a misdemeanor offense while a player for the Detroit Pistons. If the..." December 16

  • Steve Kerr: Draymond Green shoulder issues ‘a little bit concerning’

    Larry Brown Sports "Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green is still not ready to play as he nurses a shoulder injury, and there is some growing concern in the team about his recovery. Coach Steve Kerr admitted that, while the Warriors still feel Green’s injury isn’t serious, there is a bit of growing concern..." December 16

  • Kerr: Warriors will be on court to watch Kobe's jersey retirement

    ESPN "When the Los Angeles Lakers hang the jerseys of Kobe Bryant in the rafters during halftime of Monday night's game against Golden State, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said the defending champs will be on the court taking in the festivities. "Just the experience in seeing one of the greatest players..." December 16

  • LeBron Isn’t Happy With the Media

    The Sports Post "Thursday night, Lonzo Ball’s Lakers and LeBron’s Cavs would square off for the first time. And at the end of the contest, the king and Lonzo would have a little chat. But by the next night, we would already know what was said. As it turns out, LeBron isn’t too happy about that. Or, rather, he..." December 16

  • Celtics' Gordon Hayward open to returning this season: 'We'll see what happens'

    CBS Sports "When Gordon Hayward broke his ankle on opening night of the NBA season it felt like that was the end of it. The scene was gruesome and it didn't feel like there was any chance he'd return this season. The Celtics have managed to be one of the NBA's best teams without him, but it's left everybody..." December 16

  • Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert out a month with left knee injury

    NBA.com "Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert is reportedly headed back to the bench. Gobert suffered a sprained PCL in his left knee and a bruised tibia and is expected to be out for one month, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical. Gobert was rolled into by teammate Derrick Favors while grabbing a..." December 16

  • Kawhi Leonard's minutes restriction 'a pain' for Gregg Popovich

    Sporting News "Spurs star Kawhi Leonard did not play in the second half of Friday night's 124-109 loss to the Rockets, but he wasn't concerned. "Yeah, just because I want to play and do what I can to help the team," Leonard said, via ESPN.com. "I know what situation that I'm in. I've got to take the right..." December 16

  • LeBron Says Team Success More Important Than Winning MVP

    Bleacher Report "When asked about the possibility of winning NBA MVP on Saturday, Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James offered a diplomatic response. According to ESPN.com's Nick Friedell, King James made it clear that he is more worried about how the Cavs fare as a whole: "Team success is always the..." December 16

  • Oklahoma City Thunder' Steven Adams placed into NBA's concussion protocol

    NBA.com "The Oklahoma City Thunder announced today that center Steven Adams is out for tonight’s contest at the New York Knicks and has been placed into the NBA’s concussion protocol. The injury occurred with 32 seconds remaining in the first overtime of last night’s 119-117 triple overtime win over the..." December 16

  • Kobe Bryant Says LeBron James the Player He'd Want to Play with in His Prime

    Bleacher Report "Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant said he'd choose Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James as the one NBA player he'd have loved playing with during his prime. On Friday, Matthew Moreno of Lakers Nation relayed comments Bryant made about the topic on the Holding Court with Geno Auriemma..." December 16

  • Melo hopes MSG return is about appreciation, not animosity

    ESPN "Carmelo Anthony makes his first trip back to Madison Square Garden on Saturday since being traded in September, and with a pregame video tribute planned, Anthony said it will be an "emotional" night. "Walking in there, it'll be a little emotional, because from the standpoint, that's home," he..." December 16

  • Sherra Wright-Robinson arrested in connection with death of Lorenzen Wright

    Memphis Commercial Appeal "The ex-wife of slain former NBA player Lorenzen Wright has been arrested in California in connection with his death, sources close to the investigation said Friday. The arrest of Sherra Wright-Robinson came after the Dec. 5 indictment of Billy R. Turner in the former basketball player's death...." December 16

  • Embiid mocks Westbrook's efficiency: 'I wish I would have shot 33 times'

    ESPN UK "It took three overtimes to get there, but eventually the Oklahoma City Thunder held off the Philadelphia 76ers 119-117, and after the final horn sounded, Russell Westbrook waved Joel Embiid off the court. "He told me to go home, man. I mean, this is my home, so I guess it's on him to go home,"..." December 16

  • Charlotte's Forthcoming Kemba Walker Decision

    Real GM Basketball "Two years ago, the Charlotte Hornets were on the rise. The team had just won 48 games, earned a playoff berth and had a group of intriguing prospects to go with solid, prime-age vets flanking the always improving (and eventual All-Star) Kemba Walker. But after a forgettable 16-17 campaign and slow..." December 16

  • Caldwell-Pope could miss further games due to legal matter, travel restriction

    Orange County Register "Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was absent from the Lakers loss in Cleveland on Saturday due to legal restrictions stemming from a March arrest that could cause him to miss additional games, ESPN reported. The 24-year-old starting shooting guard was previously suspended for the first two games of this..." December 16

  • Jazz center Rudy Gobert has MCL sprain in left knee, sources say

    ESPN "An initial evaluation of the injured left knee of Utah Jazz star center Rudy Gobert revealed a Grade 1 MCL sprain, league sources told ESPN. X-rays on Gobert's knee were negative, sources said. He will undergo an MRI on Saturday to confirm the initial diagnosis, and the timetable on a possible..." December 16

  • DeMarre Carroll deal worked out for both Raptors, Nets

    Sportsnet "The thing is, DeMarre Carroll had a point when the former Raptor put the team he used to play for on blast on his way out the door last summer. He was dead right, actually. The Raptors Way – for all its success – was tough to watch at times. It choked off opportunities for secondary players..." December 16

  • Cavaliers not willing to put Nets pick in potential trade packages

    Sporting News "When the Cavaliers made the trade that sent away Kyrie Irving to Boston, the most critical element of the deal was the insurance policy the team got from the Celtics: the rights to the Nets’ top pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, projected at the time to be a top-five choice in a draft that could feature..." December 15

  • Magic Johnson: Lakers might save cap space for 2019

    Pro Basketball Talk "LeBron James seems to be tempering expectations of him signing with the Lakers. Lakers president Magic Johnson – who has hyped signing two max free agents this summer – is doing the same. Johnson on Spectrum SportsNet , as transcribed by Harrison Faigen of Lakers Nation. “I feel..." December 15

  • Jamal Crawford seems unhappy about his playing time

    Larry Brown Sports "Former Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford has seen a noticeable decrease in his playing time this season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and it appears to be coming as something of an unpleasant surprise to him. Speaking with the media on Friday, Crawford talked about his 17 minutes per game..." December 15

  • DeMarcus Cousins complains refs unfairly target him on technicals

    Sportsnaut "DeMarcus Cousins is notorious for receiving technical fouls. Apparently, however, one referee might’ve been too loose with the call. According to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, Cousins said he was slapped with a technical for telling an official, “good job.” “I said, ‘Good job. Good..." December 15

  • Ray Allen Accuser Drops Stalking Case

    TMZ "The man who accused Ray Allen of making violent threats against him after their alleged relationship went sour is backing off -- he's dropped his case against the NBA star, TMZ Sports has learned. As we previously reported, Bryant Coleman got a temporary restraining order against Allen in..." December 15

  • Tristan Thompson should be able to play for Cavaliers Saturday

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson is expected to be able to play against Utah after his late scratch before Thursday's win over the Lakers, a source told cleveland.com. Thompson, who's trying to come back from a left calf injury that's cost him 20 games this season, warmed up and felt soreness..." December 15

  • LeBron's Secret Chat With Lonzo Got Picked Up Thanks To On-Court Mics

    Uproxx "LeBron James and Lonzo Ball shared a moment on Thursday night. After the Cleveland Cavaliers took down the Los Angeles Lakers, 121-112, LeBron sought out the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and told him something. The moment got turned into a meme, largely because LeBron pulled his jersey over..." December 15

  • Kristaps Porzingis Is Listed As Day-To-Day After Suffering A Knee Injury Against The Nets

    Dime Magazine "Knicks fans felt their collective hearts skip a beat on Thursday night, as Kristaps Porzingis had to leave the team’s game against Brooklyn with a knee injury. Not only did Porzingis have to head into the locker room, but he suffered a non-contact knee injury, which is the type of thing that could..." December 15

  • NBA names Monty McCutchen head of referee development

    New York Times "After officiating more than 1,400 regular-season games and 169 N.B.A. playoff games, Monty McCutchen is moving into a supervisory role in the league office to mentor and coach referees from the N.B.A., N.B.A. G League and the W.N.B.A. McCutchen, a professional referee for more than 25 years,..." December 15

  • Report: LeBron James unlikely to join young team in free agency

    Larry Brown Sports "With LeBron James’ anticipated free agency now just six-and-a-half months away, could his list of potential destinations be narrowing? In an appearance Thursday on “SportsCenter,” ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported that if James were to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers, he would likely join a team..." December 15

  • Porzingis: Knicks fans should show Carmelo Anthony 'love' in his return to New York

    CBS Sports "The latter part of Carmelo Anthony's tenure with the New York Knicks was weird, to say the least. Usually when an All-Star has a public breakup with his team, it's the star who wants out. In Melo's case, it was the Knicks who were seemingly trying to get rid of him. The ugliness included..." December 15

  • DeMarcus Cousins Expects To Remain With Pelicans Past Trade Deadline

    Real GM Basketball "DeMarcus Cousins is confident that he will still be playing for the New Orleans Pelicans after the Feb. 8 trade deadline. Cousins will become a free agent this offseason. “I am confident in my team,” Cousins said. “I am starting to understand this business a lot more than I did before. You can..." December 15

  • Rumor: Hornets tried to trade for Jimmy Butler last spring

    Clutch Points "It appears that the Charlotte Hornets once attempted to make a big blockbuster trade last year, but fell short. The Hornets have struggled this year due to injuries, and their draft picks in recent years haven’t panned out. They once had hope to get better, but that hope seems all but lost, per..." December 15

  • Scottie Pippen: LeBron James ‘Probably Ahead’ of Michael Jordan

    SLAM Online "LeBron James, statistically-speaking, is “probably ahead” of Michael Jordan, according to Scottie Pippen. Pip concedes that MJ has the edge in terms of MVPs—to say nothing of NBA championships—but says James’ numbers are superior. LeBron turns 33 this month, and he’s putting up staggering..." December 15

  • Joel Embiid takes blame for Sam Hinkie

    Pro Basketball Talk "In his letter resigning from the 76ers, Sam Hinkie wrote: You can be wrong for the right reasons. This may well prove to be Joel Embiid. Embiid never played for Philadelphia while Hinkie ran the team, sitting out his first two pro seasons due to injury. Then, Hinkie got ousted and Embiid got..." December 15

  • The Cleveland Cavaliers Trolled Lonzo Ball By Playing Three Straight Nas Songs During The Lakers’ Warmups

    Uproxx "Of all the feuds in hip-hop, Lonzo Ball vs. Nas’ may be the most innocuous. The issue started when the Los Angeles Lakers’ point guard took to Twitter to declare that “nobody listens to Nas anymore” and that Migos and Future were “real hip-hop.” After Nas’ manager called him an “oatmeal face” who..." December 15

  • Eight NBA players who have a real chance to be involved in trade rumors soon

    CBS Sports "Dec. 15 is known by many fans as the unofficial start to NBA trade rumor season. It's the day that players who signed new contracts in free agency can be traded by the team they signed with. Is that big target from the offseason not working out well? Put him on the block and see what's out there...." December 15

  • Cavaliers Reluctant To Discuss Nets’ Pick

    Hoops Rumors "Shortly after acquiring the Nets’ 2018 first-round pick from the Celtics in the summer, Cavaliers GM Koby Altman acknowledged that he had an obligation to listen to inquiries on that pick, but suggested that the Cavs had “every intention of keeping it and using it.” A few months later, it doesn’t..." December 15

  • Kristaps Porzingis leaves Knicks game with knee injury

    New York Post "Knicks stud Kristaps Porzingis suffered a non-contact left-knee injury with 9:55 left in the third quarter vs. the Nets and removed himself from the game immediately and headed to the locker room, limping in the tunnel. Porzingis was defending Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and appeared..." December 15

  • Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. describes leg injury as 'serious'

    Sporting News "Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. has been absent from the lineup since suffering a stress injury in his lower left leg early this month, and he may be out a while longer. Hardaway spoke with members of the media Thursday before New York's matchup against the Nets, and he painted an ominous picture..." December 15

  • Rick Pitino blocked Hornets’ plan to move to Louisville

    Clutch Points "Former Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino killed more dreams than just those associated with college basketball fans who thought he was on the up and up. Pitino, along with former Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich, reportedly blocked an attempt by the Charlotte Hornets to move to..." December 15

  • Phoenix Suns unlikely to swing major trade as free agents become available

    Arizona Central "The NBA trade machine could get cranked up Friday, the first day free agents who were signed over the summer can be traded. But don’t expect the Suns to do a lot of wheeling and dealing. General Manager Ryan McDonough said that while Phoenix will look for ways to upgrade its roster, its..." December 15

  • Kevin Garnett on Timberwolves ownership: “They suck”

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves are at odds. That should come as no surprise. Garnett has publicly said that he would like to buy out Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor as opposed to partnering with him in someway for the team. For his part, Taylor has said that Garnett has failed to..." December 15