• Harden: Chris ‘didn’t seem happy’ at start of offseason

    Larry Brown Sports "James Harden’s intervention was vital in bringing Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets. Harden was more than happy to bring Paul in to join him in the Rockets backcourt — in fact, he reached out, sensing that the point guard was not entirely happy with his situation in Los Angeles. “I just knew..." August 19

  • Akron stores selling LeBron James ‘stay home’ apparel

    Sportsnaut "With rumors swelling that LeBron James may be entering his final year with the Cleveland Cavaliers, a store in Akron is selling merchandise asking him to “stay home.” The most rampant rumor has been that James will play for the Los Angeles Lakers, but other teams have been in the discussion,..." August 19

  • Injured Giannis Antetokounmpo to sit out Eurobasket 2017; Greece team rips Bucks

    CBS Sports "Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the NBA's bright young stars. He's also the star player of the Greece National team. Unfortunately, Antetokounmpo will not be able to play with Greece this summer like he wanted. He announced on Facebook that he would be sitting out Eurobasket 2017 due to a knee..." August 19

  • Lakers owner Jeanie Buss compares rookie Lonzo Ball to all-time greats Kobe, Magic

    Lakers Nation "When discussing the greatest players to ever suit up for the Los Angeles Lakers, the argument usually boils down to Kobe Bryant vs. Magic Johnson. The Lakers are certainly hoping that rookie point guard Lonzo Ball one day joins that list. The expectations on the rookie are extremely high as his..." August 19

  • Joakim Noah breaks silence with fiery vows, Phil Jackson regret

    New York Post "Joakim Noah has a ton of regrets from last season, and one of them is his awful campaign may have played a role in costing Phil Jackson his job. In his first comments since the season ended, Noah also admitted he “lost my confidence’’ and “wasn’t moving right.” He said his drug suspension “hurt..." August 19

  • Don't expect to see Warriors visit Trump's White House

    USA Today "Maybe Andre Iguodala had the right idea all along. In June, a day before his Golden State Warriors won their second title in three years, the veteran forward was asked about a possible White House invitation that is typically extended to NBA champs. President Trump and the Warriors did not..." August 19

  • Kyrie Irving Knows You'll Make Fun of Him for Shaving His Beard

    Complex "Kyrie Irving is known for a few things at this point: wanting to get the hell off of the Cavs, feuding with LeBron James, and believing that he would fall off the edge of the planet if he sailed far enough. But one other thing that has always gotten him attention is his beard. Until now. Irving..." August 19

  • Michael Beasley had his truck stolen out of his driveway

    Pro Basketball Talk "Michael Beasley will be getting buckets, shooting long twos, and playing inconsistent defense for the New York Knicks next season (the analysis is just based on recent history). But first, he’d like to find his truck. Which was stolen." August 19

  • Jay-Z says he bought three pairs of Big Baller Brand shoes

    Yardbarker "Big Baller Brand apparently has at least one notable celebrity backer. In an appearance Friday on TIDAL’s “The Rap Radar Podcast,” rap mogul Jay-Z said he bought three pairs of Big Baller Brand shoes and gave credit to and expressed his support for LaVar Ball, as transcribed by JMKTV. Hov..." August 19

  • Beasley says he's an unstoppable scorer who's lacked opportunity

    New York Post "Michael Beasley is hardly lacking bragadoccio these days. He calls himself “a walking bucket’’ and thinks he’ll score a lot of them at Madison Square Garden because he’s “always done well with pressure.’’ Beasley, a 6-foot-9 forward, signed with the Knicks on a one-year deal last week for the..." August 19

  • Is David Blatt in line to be next Knicks coach?

    Newark Star-Ledger "In an offseason of NBA player movement, one fascinating bit of consistency will carryover to next season: All 30 NBA coaches from the 2016-17 NBA season are still with their teams as the 2017-18 season looms. Not one coach was fired. For the Knicks, that means keeping Jeff Hornacek despite a..." August 18

  • Steve Clifford and Hornets offer Dwight Howard a home and hope

    ESPN "For two hours, Dwight Howard had gone hard inside Georgia Tech's basketball facility, moving between the weight room and gymnasium, between conditioning and basketball. No tomfoolery, no high jinks. When Howard does the work, he's ferocious in his approach, meticulous in methodology. During..." August 18

  • Was Russell Westbrook-Kevin Durant rift 'just a regular NBA problem?'

    The Oklahoman "Kevin Durant told ESPN that Kyrie Irving wanting out of Cleveland and away from LeBron James is “just a regular NBA problem, right? A lot of teams have gone through this before.” Durant made the comments in his hometown of Seat Pleasant, Md., which staged a Durant celebration day. Durant said..." August 18

  • Durant fires back after being called out by Britt McHenry

    Larry Brown Sports "Britt McHenry does not agree with Kevin Durant’s decision to skip the Golden State Warriors’ upcoming trip to the White House, but Durant clearly doesn’t care what the former ESPN reporter has to say. Earlier this week, Durant revealed that he will not visit the White Houst with his team..." August 18

  • Lonzo Ball, Ben Simmons top Vegas odds for NBA Rookie of the Year

    ESPN "A ballyhooed NBA rookie class has caused disagreement among Las Vegas oddsmakers. William Hill's Nevada sportsbook on Wednesday opened Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball as the favorite to win Rookie of the Year at 9-5. The next day, the Westgate SuperBook went with Philadelphia 76ers..." August 18

  • Players Voice Awards 2017: Westbrook voted MVP, LeBron Global Impact Player

    CBS Sports "Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook already won the 2017 MVP award earlier this summer, but he added more hardware to his trophy case on Friday by winning the Players Voice Awards MVP. The award is voted on by his peers and given on behalf of the National Basketball Players..." August 18

  • Carmelo Anthony voted ‘best teammate’ by Knicks players

    New York Daily News "Unlike Phil Jackson, Carmelo Anthony’s teammates didn’t seem to have a big problem with him holding the ball too long. Anthony was voted by his peers as “Best Teammate” on the Knicks, which was announced Friday as part of the NBPA awards. Players were only allowed to vote for their own..." August 18

  • Okla. teacher’s handout: Be more like MJ, not Kevin Durant

    Sportress of Blogitude "A teacher in Tulsa, Okla., clearly is still holding a serious grudge against Kevin Durant over his decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder ahead of the 2016-17 NBA season. How do we know? Said teacher issued a handout to students imploring them to be more like Michael Jordan instead of..." August 18

  • Marc Gasol hints he may be open to leaving Grizzlies

    Larry Brown Sports "After already losing one frontcourt mainstay in Zach Randolph to Sacramento this summer, could the Memphis Grizzlies soon be losing another? In a recent interview with Spanish outlet A la Carta, Grizzlies center Marc Gasol hinted that he may be open to leaving the team. “I’m very ambitious..." August 18

  • DeMarcus Cousins On Confederate Statues: 'Take All Them Motherf**kers Down'

    TMZ "DeMarcus Cousins says there's no question about it ... every single Confederate statue needs to COME DOWN ASAP. With Confederate monuments coming down in Tampa, Baltimore and Virginia ... we asked the Pelicans star about rebel statues in New Orleans and in his home state of Alabama. "Take..." August 18

  • Heat, Jordan Mickey agree to 2-year minimum deal

    Mass Live "Former Boston Celtics forward Jordan Mickey is reportedly set to take his talents to South Beach. According to Shams Charania of the Vertical, Mickey is close to finalizing a deal with the Miami Heat on a guaranteed $1.5 million minimum deal with a team option for the 2018-19 season. Mickey,..." August 18

  • Dikembe Mutombo says he is putting together a group to buy the Rockets

    USA Today "Dikembe Mutombo travels the world to evangelize about the game of basketball for the NBA. He works in the league office in New York despite living in Atlanta. He has business interests, endorsement deals and a full family. And he’s still going to the gym two hours a day, five days a..." August 18

  • Aging Pelicans’ owner couldn’t remember Anthony Davis’ name in deposition

    The Advocate "Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson couldn't remember exactly where his football team won the Super Bowl in 2010. Or the name of his basketball team's most famous player. He was giving a deposition, getting grilled by an attorney for a former employee pursuing a labor complaint against him..." August 18

  • Nigel Hayes signs partially guaranteed contract with Knicks

    New York Daily News "The Knicks have signed Nigel Hayes to a partially guaranteed contract, the Daily News has confirmed. The Wisconsin forward played for the Knicks’ summer league squad after going undrafted. "Happy and appreciative of the Knicks for giving me an opportunity to help the organization," Hayes..." August 18

  • Kevin Durant calls Cavs situation 'just a regular NBA problem'

    ESPN "Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant isn't surprised by the developments of Kyrie Irving wanting out of Cleveland, and out of the shadows of LeBron James. Trade requests occur routinely behind the scenes without anyone knowing, Durant said. "It's just a regular NBA problem, right? A..." August 18

  • Dahntay Jones: LeBron-Kyrie beef is 'overblown'

    SLAM Online "While it might seem like LeBron James and Kyrie Irving‘s relationship is damaged beyond repair, but their former teammate Dahntay Jones thinks otherwise. While on SirusXM NBA Radio, Jones said just “a small conversation” could set things right between the Cavs’ two superstars. “I think those..." August 18

  • Celtics to retire Pierce's No. 34 during 2017-18 season

    Clutch Points "After spending the first 15 seasons of his career with the Boston Celtics, Paul Pierce is retiring as a member of the 17-time champions after signing in free agency. Originally the 10th overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft, Pierce averaged 21.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 3.9 assists. Celtics..." August 18

  • Wizards agree to 1-year deal with Donald Sloan

    Washington Post "The Washington Wizards have added another point guard by agreeing to a deal with Donald Sloan, The Washington Post has confirmed. Sloan, 29, will be with the team for training camp that begins Sept. 26 in Richmond. As the 18th player signed, Sloan will have to fight to make the final roster...." August 18

  • Brandon Bass signs in China

    247 Sports "Brandon Bass is leaving the NBA. As has become popular in recent years, Bass has joined a growing list of NBA players that have left for overseas gigs. According to David Pick, the veteran forward has signed a one-year deal with Liaoning Leopards in China. Bass spent the 2016-17 season with..." August 18

  • Kevin Durant Says He Won't Visit White House

    ESPN "Kevin Durant says he will not visit President Donald Trump at the White House if the NBA champion Golden State Warriors are invited. "Nah, I won't do that," said Durant, the 2017 NBA Finals MVP. "I don't respect who's in office right now." Durant spoke to ESPN on Thursday as his hometown of..." August 17

  • Chris Bosh to ‘host’ players-union awards revealed via tweets

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA didn’t reveal its major regular-season awards until after the playoffs and draft – until most fans had turned the page toward the offseason. But at least the league got a revenue-drawing nationally televised award show out of the delay. What is the players union doing, and how does..." August 17

  • Haslem on Wade buyout speculation, Heat reunion, 'We'd love to have you'

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Speculation about Dwyane Wade's future again is reverberating in South Florida. It started with what appeared to be a benign, non-sourced comment in an ESPN analytical piece on the Chicago Bulls' future that said, "Dwyane Wade isn't long for the organization's future and is expected to reach a..." August 17

  • Raps sign McDaniels to one-year deal

    TSN "The Toronto Raptors have signed guard K.J. McDaniels to a partially guaranteed one-year deal, reports ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal was seemingly confirmed by McDaniels' management team in a tweet by ASM Sports." August 17

  • Kyrie Irving and LeBron James didn’t meet in Miami

    Pro Basketball Talk "Another day, another disputed rumor involving LeBron James. This time it’s one about him meeting with Kyrie Irving in Miami. Stephen A. Smith on ESPN: I just got off the phone with folks about an hour ago. They said LeBron James and Kyrie Irving never met at all. They were both in the..." August 17

  • Kevin Durant on Trump: 'We Don't F*ck With Him'

    TMZ "Kevin Durant is standing next to LeBron James in his opposition of President Donald Trump -- saying, "We don't f*ck with him." KD made the statement during the "Kevin Durant Day" parade in Prince George's County, Maryland -- which is about a 30 minute drive from the White House. With..." August 17

  • Dikembe Mutombo: Joel Embiid is ‘like my son’

    Larry Brown Sports "The kinship of Philadelphia 76ers big men runs rather deep. Retired NBA great Dikembe Mutombo told Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated on Wednesday that he sees star Sixers center Joel Embiid like a son and prays daily for the 23-year-old and his healing. Mutombo presumably sees a lot of..." August 17

  • Kim Kardashian "physically couldn't do" Her Marriage to Kris Humphries

    The Big Lead "Kim Kardashian has been famous for about a decade now so The Hollywood Reporter sat down with all the women in her family to reminisce about all the incredible things they’ve done on their various reality television programs. Kim took the opportunity to talk about her 72-day marriage to Kris..." August 17

  • LeBron James’ reps ‘will/must lie to protect his image’

    Sportress of Blogitude "ESPN NBA reporter Chris Sheridan on Thursday doubled down on his report Wednesday that LeBron James is “100 percent leaving” the Cleveland Cavaliers after the 2017-18 season. Sheridan suggested in his original tweeted report that James’ relationship with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is “beyond..." August 17

  • LeBron, Kyrie were cordial during Miami encounter

    Larry Brown Sports "LeBron James and Kyrie Irving were reportedly cordial during an encounter in Miami over the weekend. Much has been made in recent weeks of the alleged frosty relationship between Irving and James. Irving has reportedly grown tired of playing alongside the four-time MVP. James was reportedly not..." August 17

  • Karl-Anthony Towns on the Timberwolves: ‘Watch out for us’

    TMZ "Karl-Anthony Towns thinks his Minnesota Timberwolves are gonna "have some fun" this year at the rest of the NBA's expense, telling TMZ Sports it's time for the league to watch out for the pups in Minneapolis. The Wolves are pretty stacked, adding Jimmy Butler to a squad that already has Andrew..." August 17

  • Jordan Brand signs Guo Ailun as 1st Chinese signature athlete

    ESPN "Chinese Basketball Association All-Star Guo Ailun grew up in the rural, northern Chinese city of Liaoyang, and remembers the first time he encountered NBA star Michael Jordan -- or at least a piece of him -- in the early 2000s. "The first time I remember Jordan was on a Japanese cartoon called..." August 17

  • Hawks land jersey sponsorship deal with Sharecare

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "For the first time, the Hawks will wear an advertising patch on their uniforms, beginning with the 2017-18 season. The Hawks and Atlanta-based digital health company Sharecare have reached agreement on a five-year deal that will put the Sharecare logo on the front left shoulder of the..." August 17

  • Billionaire Dan Friedkin expresses interest in buying Rockets

    Fox 26 Houston "Houston billionaire Dan Friedkin, owner and CEO of Gulf States Toyota and the president and CEO of the Friedkin Group, acknowledged in a statement released to FOX 26 Sports that he is interested in buying the Houston Rockets franchise. “I’ve expressed interest in exploring the purchase of the..." August 17

  • Isaiah Thomas 'I'm Not Sitting For National Anthem'

    TMZ "NBA superstar Isaiah Thomas says he will NOT be sitting during the national anthem this upcoming season ... but tells TMZ Sports he supports his fellow athletes for doing what they feel is right. We spoke with the Celtics point guard about players like Marshawn Lynch and Michael Bennett staying..." August 17

  • Grizzlies' Fizdale: 'Delusional' to defend Trump's Charlottesville remarks

    Memphis Commercial Appeal "Take that for leadership. Take that for eloquence. Take that for an important, passionate expression of conscience when circumstances demand nothing less. Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale blistered President Donald Trump, called those who would defend the president’s comments “sick or..." August 17

  • Bucks' Brogdon: 'Absurd' to think athletes shouldn't talk about politics

    SI "Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon, a University of Virginia alumnus, spoke with SI Now on Wednesday and discussed a range of political topics pertaining to the events that took place in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend. Brogdon shared his thoughts on the white supremacist and..." August 17

  • Nuggets descend upon Atlanta for Paul Millsap-organized mini camp

    BNS Denver "Paul Millsap, Wilson Chandler, Malik Beasley, Jamal Murray, Will Barton, Jameer Nelson, Trey Lyles, Darrell Arthur, and Kenneth Faried are among Nuggets players working out together in Atlanta this week, league sources told BSN Denver. The workouts are being treated as a mini camp and were..." August 17

  • Blazers' Lillard confirms 2nd rap album in the works

    ESPN "Damian Lillard is plopped in a chair next to the engineer board in the recording studio. His new tracks are being played in the room and he's zoned in, listening for segments that could use enhancements. Away from the basketball court, he's Dame D.O.L.L.A ("Different On Levels the Lord..." August 17

  • LeBron denies rumors about 2018 decision

    CBS Sports "A report from Chris Sheridan made its way across Twitter on Wednesday that quoted a source as saying that LeBron James would be leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers at the end of the 2017-18 season due to irreconcilable differences with ownership. That quote predictably created quite a series of..." August 17

  • Kevin Durant Tweets on LeBron James Trade Talk: 'U Can't Trade a Legend'

    Bleacher Report "Kevin Durant is coming to the defense of LeBron James. The Golden State Warriors forward exchanged tweets with Lil Dicky on Wednesday, saying the Cavaliers "can't trade a legend" in response to the rapper saying Cleveland should trade James. Longtime NBA writer Chris Sheridan reported James..." August 16