• Charles Barkley Will Host ‘Saturday Night Live’ On March 3 With The Migos

    Uproxx "Charles Barkley is returning to the Saturday Night Live stage in two weeks in what will be at worst a must-see disaster and at best phenomenal television. Saturday Night Live confirmed Barkley’s appearance on Tuesday as they announced the first three hosts and musical acts for the month of..." February 20

  • Kevin Love says about a month until he’s back on court with new-look Cavaliers

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kevin Love had some of the best seats in the house for the new-look Cavaliers and their 2-0 push before the break, and he wants back on the court to be part of it. “I’m probably about two weeks out from getting this movable cast off for good, and then from there about a few weeks after that..." February 20

  • Report: Michael Jordan looking to bring Mitch Kupchak to Hornets

    Larry Brown Sports "There has been talk for a while now that Mitch Kupchak could land another front office job with an NBA team after he was fired by the Los Angeles Lakers last year, and it appears his most likely landing spot has been established. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Charlotte Hornets are..." February 20

  • Mark Cuban: Losing Is Mavs’ ‘Best Option’ For Rest Of Season

    Hoops Rumors "With his team in a rebuilding phase, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has addressed the topic of tanking frequently during the last two seasons, and did so again during a recent appearance on Julius Erving’s House Call with Dr. J podcast. As detailed by The Dallas Morning News, Cuban admitted that he..." February 20

  • NBA beats odds, sees gain in local ratings

    Sports Business Daily "The NBA continues to buck the television ratings trend, with both national and local viewership showing impressive gains as the league headed into the All-Star break. Nationally, NBA games on ABC, ESPN, NBA TV and TNT are showing double-digit viewership increases. The combined 15 percent jump..." February 20

  • Jimmy Butler disrespected Lou Williams and other snubs by opting not to play in the 2018 All-Star Game

    Clutch Points "Fergie’s appalling rendition of the Star Spangled Banner and the fact that we’ve witnessed a glimpse of real defense being played in the closing minutes of the 2018 All-Star Game completely overshadowed one of the rare precedents pertaining to the NBA star showdown – Jimmy Butler opting not to..." February 20

  • Hornets unlikely to bring back Rich Cho as general manager

    ESPN "The Charlotte Hornets are unlikely to bring back general manager Rich Cho on a new contract next season, league sources told ESPN. Hornets owner Michael Jordan is expected to pursue former Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak to partner in the front office with assistant GM Buzz..." February 20

  • Was this the start of LeBron James’ Los Angeles takeover?

    New York Post "They are trying to read the tea leaves in Los Angeles regarding LeBron James’ imminent future. The L.A. columnists wrote love poems to James over All-Star Weekend, that he must don himself in purple and gold this summer. King James didn’t mute any of the California Dreaming after his MVP..." February 20

  • LeBron to Sixers? Other players don't want that, apparently

    Newark Star-Ledger "For anyone looking at LeBron James through the Sixers' lense, the wind during All-Star Weekend sure seemed to blow in the direction of Philadelphia being a true candidate as James' next destination. First, James raved about Sixers' Joel Embiid at Saturday's Media Day in the Los Angeles..." February 20

  • Suns will sign Shaquille Harrison to 10-day contract, waive Josh Gray

    Arizona Sports "The Phoenix Suns will sign G League point guard Shaquille Harrison to a 10-day deal and waive point guard Josh Gray, reports 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro. The move is not yet official, but Gray’s second 10-day contract signed Feb. 12 is set to expire before Phoenix opens..." February 20

  • LeBron James wanted to compete in 2006 Slam Dunk Contest

    247 Sports "Perhaps one of the greatest running tragedies in NBA history is that LeBron James has never participated in an All-Star Slam Dunk Contest. James however, reportedly wanted to compete in the 2006 contest. According to ESPN's Chris Haynes, James "intended" to compete in the 2006 All-Star Slam..." February 20

  • Around 300 Folks Showed Up To Get a $199 Autograph From Lonzo Ball During All-Star Weekend

    Total Pro Sports "Lonzo Ball hadn’t played in the last 13 games leading up to the NBA All-Star Game due to an injury he sustained, which also stopped him from participating in any All-Star related activities. He wasn’t completely on the sideline during the festivities in Los Angeles, however, as he planned to..." February 20

  • Blazers To Sign Brandon Rush To 10-Day Contract

    Hoops Rumors "The Trail Blazers will fill one of their two open roster spots by signing veteran swingman Brandon Rush to a 10-day contract this week, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN (Twitter link). Rush, a lottery pick back in 2008, has spent time with the Pacers, Warriors, Jazz, and Timberwolves over the..." February 20

  • Wizards' John Wall says he'll return to Kentucky to work on degree

    USA Today "Washington Wizards point guard John Wall plans to go back to school this summer and pursue his bachelor's degree, thereby fulfilling a promise he made to his late father. In a story published Monday night, Wall told The Washington Post that he will return to the University of Kentucky this..." February 20

  • Report: Mikhail Prokhorov backing lawsuit against Russian doping whistleblower

    Larry Brown Sports "The Russian government is still intent on attacking the credibility of the man who exposed the country’s elaborate doping program, and Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is reportedly one of the people who is providing financial backing. According to a report from Tariq Panja of the New York..." February 20

  • Knicks reportedly sign swingman Troy Williams to 10-day contract

    North Jersey "The Knicks have signed swingman Troy Williams to a 10-day contract, according to multiple reports that surfaced late Monday night. Williams was released by the Houston Rockets last week when the team signed veteran Joe Johnson. The signing was first reported by The Athletic. The..." February 20

  • Warm-loving Klay Thompson, 2019 free agent, doesn't sound too keen on relocating to a place like New York

    New York Daily News "The Knicks have their eyes set on 2019 free agency, when they hope to make their big splash, but one of the biggest fish expected on the market doesn’t sound too keen on relocating to a place like New York. In addition to declaring his love for the California beaches, Klay Thompson — an L.A...." February 20

  • Ben Simmons Alludes To 76ers Pursuing LeBron In Free Agency

    Real GM Basketball "Ben Simmons alluded to the Philadelphia 76ers pursuing LeBron James this offseason in an Instagram post from All-Star weekend. The 76ers could create max cap space to potentially sign James." February 20

  • Thunder could face $115 million in luxury tax in one particular Paul George scenario

    Clutch Points "It goes without saying that Oklahoma City Thunder star Paul George is one of the most talented players in the NBA. He will also be one of the most coveted free agents this summer. Last year, George indicated that he would leave the Indiana Pacers to join the Los Angeles Lakers when he became an..." February 20

  • Adam Silver after NBA All-Star success: 'Sounds like we're going to have a televised draft'

    USA Today "Toronto Raptors All-Star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan made the most vocal plea for televising the player draft immediately following Sunday’s All-Star Game. “Televise it,” he said. “Give the people what they want. I think everybody wants to see it. At the end of the day, every single person..." February 20

  • NBA Executive Thinks The Lakers May Have Helped The Cavs Keep LeBron James This Summer

    Uproxx "The NBA’s All-Star Weekend was kind to LeBron James. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ forward captained his team to victory in Sunday’s All-Star Game and, beyond that, James was named MVP on the heels of a typically brilliant individual performance. However, one Eastern Conference executive uttered an..." February 20

  • Sorting out Detroit Pistons rotation with Reggie Jackson

    Michigan Live "Some teams gaining separation in East We’re seeing some separation in the battle for the final few playoff spots in the Eastern Conference, and that’s not good for the Detroit Pistons. Washington is now five games ahead of the Pistons. Indiana, Milwaukee and Philadelphia are four games up on..." February 20

  • Why trading Tyler Johnson’s contract will be more difficult and complicated for Heat

    Miami Herald "The expectation is that the Heat will explore moving the final two years of Tyler Johnson’s contract as early as this summer, but the backloaded nature of his deal isn’t the only reason that it will be difficult to achieve. In addition to making $19.2 million both next season and in 2019-20..." February 20

  • Joel Embiid Expects Ben Simmons To Be An All-Star Next Season

    SLAM Online "Joel Embiid predicted that his Sixers teammate Ben Simmons will join him as an All-Star next season. After dropping 19 points in his first All-Star game, Embiid said the Process is coming along nicely in Philly." February 20

  • Wizards sit in a good spot at the All-Star break after rollercoaster first half

    NBC Sports Washington "The Washington Wizards did not make any significant changes to their roster over the summer and valued continuity, knowing they had a solid group of young players on the rise. That sort of stand-pat approach could have resulted in a boring first half of the season, but the Wizards managed to..." February 20

  • Raptors won’t sign Vince Carter if he gets bought out

    Pro Basketball Talk "Of returning to the Raptors, Vince Carter said, “It’ll happen one day.” It sounds as if the Kings would buy him out if he wants. Will he end the season with Toronto? Josh Lewenberg of TSN 1050: After speaking with a few team sources, I can confirm that they’ve had internal dialogue..." February 19

  • Lou Williams Had an Incredible Response to Jimmy Butler Sitting Out the All-Star Game

    Complex "The 2018 NBA All-Star Game was fun. It was a highly competitive matchup between Team LeBron and Team Steph. It actually looked like the stars who played gave it some effort. A few All-Stars—Kevin Love, John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, and Kristaps Porzingis—couldn't play because they were hurt...." February 19

  • NBA, NBPA working on mental wellness program

    SLAM Online "Players association director Michele Roberts revealed that the NBPA and NBA are creating a mental wellness program for players. In an interview with SB Nation’s Paul Flannery, Roberts called it “a shame” that mental wellness in the NBA has been overlooked. “One of the things we negotiated in..." February 19

  • Fergie apologizes for NBA All-Star anthem performance

    Larry Brown Sports "Fergie has apologized for her strange rendition of the national anthem prior to Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game. The singer was widely criticized and mocked for her bizarre, slowed-down jazz version of the anthem, and she told TMZ Sports that she tried to take a risk that obviously didn’t pay..." February 19

  • Roster Moves Required This Week For Four Teams

    Hoops Rumors "As we noted last week when we identified the clubs with open roster spots, NBA rules generally prohibit teams from carrying fewer than 14 players on their 15-man squads (not counting two-way players). However, teams are permitted to dip to 13 – or even 12 – in special circumstances, as long as..." February 19

  • Jeremy Lin defends JJ Redick over perceived racial slur

    Larry Brown Sports "JJ Redick insists that he did not intentionally use a racial slur toward Chinese people when he took part in a recent video celebrating the Chinese New Year, and the first American-born Chinese player to ever play in the NBA believes him. Shortly after Redick issued an apology on Sunday, Jeremy..." February 19

  • Adam Silver upbeat on All-Star Game, says TV draft likely next year

    ESPN "NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he was pleased with the new format for the league's All-Star Game and believed that next year's player draft would be televised. "I thought it was incredible. I can't tell you how appreciative I am of the players," Silver told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne following..." February 19

  • Tiago Splitter announces retirement from basketball

    CBS Sports "Splitter announced his retirement from professional basketball Monday in an interview with Brazilian cable television network SporTV. Splitter hit free agency this summer but generated little interest on the open market, likely due in no small part to the recurring hip issues that had limited..." February 19

  • LeBron James says NBA legends' experiences help inspire him to speak out

    Sporting News "NBA All-Star Game MVP LeBron James says he will not "shut up and dribble" when it comes to political and social issues. Sunday night in Los Angeles, he said he can't stay silent knowing what NBA and other sports legends experienced decades earlier. James spoke of a moment he'd had in the..." February 19

  • Giannis vows to stay with Bucks as long as they're title contenders

    ESPN "In late November, Giannis Antetokounmpo and his Milwaukee Bucks teammates had just finished practicing at the University of California in Berkeley. On the walk back to the team bus, Antetokounmpo was approached by a few autograph seekers holding portraits of him. The 6-foot-11 forward obliged..." February 19

  • 76ers' Redick apologizes for unintentional offensive remark

    Washington Post "The 76ers’ J.J. Redick issued multiple statements Sunday after he appeared to have uttered a racial slur in a video showing NBA players wishing a happy Chinese new year to fans in that country. “I ask your forgiveness. … I am so sorry for upsetting anyone,” Redick said in a lengthy apology posted..." February 19

  • Butler sits out All-Star Game: 'I got to rest my body'

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "While both teams unexpectedly competed to the very end of Team LeBron’s 148-145 dramatic victory over Team Stephen in Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game, Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler sat and watched it unfold all around him all night at Staples Center. Did he miss out? “No, I like it,” he said...." February 19

  • LeBron James wins MVP, falls 2 assists shy of triple-double

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "This is what happens when LeBron James shuts up and dribbles. James won his third All-Star MVP award and his team won the first NBA All-Star Game in the new format Sunday night, beating Stephen Curry's team, 148-145. The Cavs star finished with 29 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists,..." February 19

  • Anthony Davis honors DeMarcus Cousins by wearing his jersey

    CBS Sports "The "festivities" before the NBA All-Star Game were pretty much panned as a disaster, but after nearly 45 minutes, the game finally got started. And when it did, fans were treated to a pretty cool sight. Lining up for the opening tip, Anthony Davis was wearing teammate DeMarcus Cousins'..." February 19

  • Draymond Green started laughing during Fergie's bizarre national anthem performance

    USA Today "Everything about the NBA All-Star Game pre-game show was laughably bad. But nothing — really, nothing! — topped Fergie’s rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner. When the 25-minute introduction show finally completed, Fergie took the mic to perform the national anthem. And let’s just say it..." February 19

  • Kobe Bryant says a trade to Bulls nearly happened before Lakers sent Shaq to Miami

    CBS Sports "NBA All-Star weekend is nearly over, and there have been a number of exciting moments from the first two nights. One of the most interesting, however, did not come on the court, but rather from a discussion between Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal. With the festivities in Los Angeles, the..." February 18

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo explains why he is fine with fans selling autographed gear

    Larry Brown Sports "One thing many professional athletes have to deal with is the fact that many of the people asking them for autographs will turn around and sell what they get signed. This is a frustration for many stars, but Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is not one of them, saying he signs items..." February 18

  • NBA players, referees discuss rising issues, agree to improve communication

    ESPN "A small group of NBA referees and players held a meeting Saturday, working to relieve mounting tension between the sides. The meeting included three players, three referees and officials from both the referees' union and the players' union. Among the items agreed on was establishing a direct..." February 18

  • All-Stars shine in LA, leaving Lakers, Clippers wondering who might return

    Sporting News "Four. Of all the players here for the NBA’s All-Star festivities, the 24 players in Sunday’s game and 24 in Friday’s Rising Stars game, the four participants in the Slam Dunk Contest, the eight shooters in the 3-Point Contest and eight ball handlers in the Skills Challenge — 68 players altogether..." February 18

  • Rockets annoyed to only have 1 All-Star as Warriors have 4

    CBS Sports "Ask Mike D'Antoni, and no, the Rockets don't talk much about the Warriors. Ask one of his players ... "You always have to focus on them because they've been to the Finals three years in a row and they're still one of the teams you always have to focus on," Rockets guard Eric Gordon said..." February 18

  • Team LeBron Wants to Change the ASG Narrative

    The Sports Post "Tonight, the NBA All-Star Game takes place. But Team LeBron wants to take things seriously. This shouldn’t be a ‘sideshow’ at all. But it’s not just Team LeBron as a whole. In fact, this mostly comes from his coach for the evening–Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey, who elaborates. “Those..." February 18

  • JJ Redick denies apparent racial slur in NBA's Chinese New Year video

    Philly Voice "A video from the NBA's official partner in China that was supposed to celebrate Chinese New Year is now mired in controversy, following the discovery of Sixers guard JJ Redick using what appears to be a racial slur in the video. The available clip shows a deep cast of NBA players and coaches —..." February 18

  • Joel Embiid has interesting strategy to win All-Star MVP

    Sportsnaut "Joel Embiid will be starting in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game for “Team Stephen.” He’ll share a starting lineup with distance shooters like Stephen Curry and James Harden. But that may not keep the Philadelphia 76ers center from attempting plenty of deep shots on his own. Embiid was asked how he..." February 18

  • Hundreds show up to Lonzo Ball’s $199 autograph session

    Larry Brown Sports "Lonzo Ball may not be taking part in his first ever NBA All-Star Game this weekend, but the rookie point guard and his family appear to have come up with an indirect way to profit off of the event. Last week, Ball announced that he would be hosting an autograph session at the Puente Hills Mall..." February 18

  • What is LeBron James' net worth? Breaking down how much Cavs star earns

    Sporting News "LeBron James might eventually go down as the best basketball player to grace the hardwood, but that will not be the only part of his legacy. James has his heights set for greatness to continue well beyond the moment he drops his last bucket. James is more than the brightest basketball star in..." February 18