• Warriors nab four spots, while Wizards, Raptors backcourts selected as All-Star reserves are revealed

    NBA.com "Four first-timers and a host of familiar All-Star faces highlight the reserves for the 67th All-Star Game. New York’s Kristaps Porzingis, Indiana’s Victor Oladipo and Washington’s Bradley Beal from the Eastern Conference and Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns from the Western Conference are the..." January 23

  • Cavs team meeting drama: Kevin Love was reportedly called out by Isaiah Thomas

    CBS Sports "The Cleveland Cavaliers -- and, really, the NBA in general -- have descended into all-out chaos. If giving up 148 points in regulation on Saturday to lose their ninth game in 12 attempts wasn't enough, the Cavs reportedly held a fiery team meeting, in which nearly everyone on the roster took..." January 23

  • Lillard: Meeting with Blazers' owner was 'opening up the line of communication'

    NBC Sports Northwest "Nearly three weeks ago, Trail Blazers captain Damian Lillard was asked whether he had much communication with owner Paul Allen about the direction of the team, and specifically about the coaching staff and personnel. “Me and Paul speak, but it has never been anything like that,’’ Lillard said..." January 23

  • LeBron becomes youngest player to score 30K regular-season points

    SI "LeBron James became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 30,000 career points on Tuesday, demolishing Kobe Bryant’s previous mark by more than a year. The record-setting feat is worth a moment of reflection and appreciation, and it raises two obvious questions. Where will James’ assault on..." January 23

  • Lou Williams unimpressed about All-Star snub

    Clutch Points "Even if you’re not an L.A. Clippers fan, the exclusion of star shooting guard Lou Williams from the 2018 NBA All-Star Game just doesn’t seem right whatsoever. For Williams himself, he only needed to use three characters on his official Twitter account Tuesday to express his feelings towards being..." January 23

  • Warriors' Thompson says he'll compete in Three-Point Contest

    San Francisco Gate "Warriors guard Klay Thompson will participate in the NBA three-point contest during All-Star Weekend next month in Los Angeles, according to multiple reports. The Athletic was the first to report Thompson’s plan to participate. Thompson beat Stephen Curry to win the three-point contest at..." January 23

  • Suns' Booker plans to compete in Three-Point Contest

    Arizona Sports "For the third straight year of his career, Phoenix Suns shooting guard Devin Booker is reportedly planning on participating in an event on the NBA’s All-Star Saturday Night. After placing third in the 3-point contest in his rookie year and being eliminated by Isaiah Thomas in the skills..." January 23

  • The Cavaliers’ Trade Talks With The Kings About George Hill Are ‘At The One Yard Line’

    Uproxx "The Cavaliers are dominating NBA headlines for all the wrong reasons in January. The team is 3-6 this month (3-9 in the last 12) and the infighting in the locker room has gone from passive aggressive quotes to the media to full blown finger-pointing in a tense team meeting on Monday night. In..." January 23

  • Why Bucks Considered Firing Jason Kidd After Last Season

    NESN "Jason Kidd was on thin ice long before he plunged into unemployment. The Milwaukee Bucks considered axing Kidd as head coach after last season due to his “old-school” coaching style and poor communication with players and management, Sports Illustrated’s Jared Zwerling reported Tuesday, citing..." January 23

  • David Blatt on struggling Cavs: 'It's time for the players to step up and do their part'

    CBS Sports "Former Cavaliers coach David Blatt made headlines over the weekend when he jokingly said at the BSL All-Star Game that he hoped his All-Star squad wouldn't give up 148 points like Cleveland did in its embarrassing loss to Oklahoma City on Saturday. With a report coming out late Monday night..." January 23

  • Report: Cavaliers Asked Hornets About Kemba Walker

    SLAM Online "The Cavaliers have reportedly “checked in” with the Charlotte Hornets about the availability of Kemba Walker. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavaliers want to get a deal done “long before” the February 8 trade deadline." January 23

  • Beal named All-Star reserve; will participate in Three-Point Contest

    Washington Post "Bradley Beal’s career season has reached another peak. On Tuesday, Beal, the Washington Wizards shooting guard, learned that he has been selected as a first-time all-star by Eastern Conference head coaches, according to a person familiar with the situation. Beal, who shoots 36.8 percent from..." January 23

  • Report: Dennis Smith Jr., Aaron Gordon, Victor Oladipo and Larry Nance Jr. to compete in dunk contest

    Pro Basketball Talk "Mavericks rookie Dennis Smith Jr. already looked like he was competing in the dunk contest. Apparently, he’ll put those skills to use in the real thing. And so will Aaron Gordon (Magic), Victor Oladipo (Pacers) and Larry Nance Jr. (Lakers)." January 23

  • Oscars Called Out for Double Standard on Kobe Bryant Rape Case

    Complex "As Oscar nominations flooded timelines Tuesday morning, people reacted with the usual mixture of praise and disappointment. Award shows are never perfect, as the Golden Globes reminded us earlier this month. While the Oscars may have attempted to rid themselves of controversy by giving Get Out..." January 23

  • LeBron James congratulates himself ahead of reaching 30,000-point milestone

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James has been downplaying his upcoming milestone, now seven points away from reaching the 30,000-point mark. But on Tuesday morning, James took to Instagram, writing a congratulatory message to himself for the upcoming accomplishment. With seven more..." January 23

  • Kristaps Porzingis out after injuring knee in practice

    New York Post "There’ll be no Kristaps Porzingis-Draymond Green rematch Tuesday at Oracle Arena. Porzingis will sit out the Golden State game with a left-knee irritation, the Knicks said. Coach Jeff Hornacek said Porzingis hurt his knee at practice Monday at the Olympic Club. Porzingis, who could be named..." January 23

  • Jalen Rose Says Kawhi Leonard ‘Wants Out Of San Antonio’

    Uproxx "Trying to keep up with the NBA’s news cycle right now is a nearly impossible task. On Monday alone we got reports that Kawhi Leonard’s relationship with the Spurs was strained, Jason Kidd got fired suddenly, there were trade rumors galore and the Cavs had a team meeting in which Kevin Love got..." January 23

  • Tyronn Lue says it’s ‘crazy’ to scapegoat Kevin Love for Thunder loss

    Sportress of Blogitude "Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue is presiding over a nightmarish situation, both on and off the court. The Cavaliers, in the midst of losing nine of their past 12 games, upped the behind-the-scenes drama significantly by allegedly going after Kevin Love during a heated team..." January 23

  • Kevin Love on Cavs team meeting: Should've stayed in locker room

    247 Sports "After feeling dizzy in the first quarter of Cleveland's 148-124 loss the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday, Kevin Love left the game and did not return. Love didn't feel any better on Sunday and had to miss the team's practice due to his illness. Despite Love not feeling well, his teammates..." January 23

  • Rumor: DeAndre Jordan trade talks died due to Rockets’ ‘affinity’ for Clint Capela

    Clutch Points "DeAndre Jordan was one of the first names dragged into trade conversations after the L.A. Clippers struggled due to an injury-plagued season. Among them was one that had the league’s second-leading rebounder going to the Houston Rockets for young center Clint Capela. According to ESPN’s Ian..." January 23

  • DeMarcus Cousins’ Historic Triple-Double Against The Bulls Caught LeBron James’ Attention

    Dime Magazine "You know how sometimes DeMarcus Cousins is prone to imposing himself on a basketball game and spends 48 minutes just dragging an opponent? Well, the Pelicans and the Bulls went into double overtime on Monday night, which meant that Cousins got to play 52 of a possible 58 minutes and threw down..." January 23

  • Report: Cavs frustrated with the way Isaiah Thomas has played so far

    Cavs Nation "When the Cleveland Cavaliers acquired Isaiah Thomas from the Boston Celtics in the 2017 offseason, they knew it was going to be a while before the crafty ball-handler was well enough to play, as he was still recovering from a hip injury. After enduring seven months of rehabilitation, Thomas..." January 23

  • Kobe Bryant’s Dear Basketball earns Oscar nomination

    Fanrag Sports "Kobe Bryant‘s “Dear Basketball” has officially earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short Film, according to ABS-CBN Sports. Created and narrated by Bryant himself, the film depicts the future Hall of Famer’s journey from a dreaming child to a five-time NBA Champion as he waxes over his..." January 23

  • Trade chip or asset? Lou Williams' All-Star caliber play catches Clippers at crossroads

    USA Today "Lou Williams knows he’s an anomaly. The 31-year-old guard who has made this post-Chris Paul season so much fun for the Los Angeles Clippers (23-22) and whose All-Star level play has them in playoff position despite a slew of injuries, knows why people can’t process what he’s doing. Players..." January 23

  • Report: Warriors, Rockets eyeing Knicks center Kyle O’Quinn prior to deadline

    Clutch Points "The Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets have set their eyes on New York Knicks backup Kyle O’Quinn, who is in the midst of a four-man logjam at the center position, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley. Both interested teams are looking to bolster their depth at center, while the Knicks are..." January 23

  • LaVar Ball to be assistant coach for LiAngelo and LaMelo's team for friendly in Lithuania

    ESPN "LaVar Ball will serve as an assistant coach for LiAngelo and LaMelo's team, Vytautas, on Tuesday night in a Big Baller Challenge contest in Lithuania. Vytautas will play against BC Dzukija in the Big Baller Challenge -- a five-game series of friendly games that do not count in the standings...." January 23

  • Should Sixers explore dealing Richaun Holmes?

    Newark Star-Ledger "For a moment, it seemed Richaun Holmes might have found his way back into the Sixers big man rotation after toiling on the bench for a six-game stretch. Against the Pistons on Jan. 5 and Celtics on Jan. 11, Holmes played 20 and 17 minutes, respectively. He didn't do much -- he grabbed 11..." January 23

  • Struggling Celtics have Gordon Hayward-sized hole

    Boston Herald "Danny Ainge has watched with measured angst as his Celtics have dropped three straight. He has seen the comebacks that used to yield stirring wins now fall short. And as he scans the active roster, he’s zeroed in on a critical need. “I think what we could really use is like a 6(-foot)-8 wing..." January 23

  • Bucks GM on Jason Kidd firing: “This is a performance-based thing”

    Pro Basketball Talk "Last season the Bucks went 42-40 in the regular season and were up 2-1 in their first-round playoff series against Toronto before ultimately losing in six. This season, expectations were high. Before the season there was talk from the team of a 50-win team (Las Vegas oddsmakers set the..." January 23

  • Randle embraces Walton's challenge to be the Lakers' tough guy

    Los Angeles Times "What struck some as a criticism of Julius Randle last week didn't feel that way to the Lakers forward. After the Lakers were outmuscled by the Oklahoma City Thunder and Randle grabbed only one rebound, Lakers Coach Luke Walton said that he wanted Randle to be "our guy" to push back when the..." January 23

  • Tony Parker admits he 'hit a wall' in return from quad surgery

    247 Sports "Well aware that he is nearing the end of his career, Tony Parker recently revealed that Gregg Popovich told him that Dejounte Murray will likely be the Spurs starting point guard for the rest of the season. Parker isn't upset by the news though, mainly because he still isn't at a hundred..." January 23

  • Bulls’ Nikola Mirotic says he’s better prepared for the ‘storm’ coming his way

    Chicago Sun-Times "Nikola Mirotic no longer apologizes for what he says or does. Much like his play most nights, he has been consistent in that department. And if his teammates don’t like it, well, they’d better get over it because he isn’t about to change. He believes he has been a positive influence in the..." January 23

  • John Wall on J.J. Barea after quarrel: He's 'just a little midget trying to get mad'

    CBS Sports "The Washington Wizards' strange season continued on Monday night. They had yet another uninspiring, confounding loss, falling by 23 points to the lowly Mavericks. They continue to play to the level of their competition: It was the second time in three games that they've been crushed by a team..." January 23

  • Michael Jordan ‘would not trade’ Kemba Walker ‘for anything but an All-Star player’

    Charlotte Observer "Charlotte Hornets majority owner Michael Jordan said Monday night he’s not looking to trade point guard Kemba Walker, and would do so only if the return included a major All-Star, such as the San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard. In an exclusive telephone interview with the Charlotte Observer,..." January 23

  • Sources: Blazers' Damian Lillard meets with owner Paul Allen over team direction

    ESPN "Portland Trail Blazers star point guard Damian Lillard met with team owner Paul Allen to gather an understanding of the organization's direction, league sources told ESPN. The two met discreetly for approximately one hour in Allen's office at Moda Center prior to hosting the Indiana Pacers last..." January 23

  • Frank Ntilikina’s confidence won’t be shaken

    New York Post "Knicks rookie point guard Frank Ntilikina knows he’s not the first lottery pick to have an up-and-down first year. “I know it’s going to take time. You see a lot of rookies go through that season where they’re not consistent and show flashes,’’ Ntilikina said. “That’s what I’m doing. I’m..." January 23

  • Derrick Favors on returning to Atlanta amid trade rumors

    Clutch Points "One of the players often included in a lot of trade chatter lately is Utah Jazz big man Derrick Favors. He has been linked to a number of teams and it appears that his days in Salt Lake City may come to an end soon. With all the rumors swirling around him, it could definitely be a cause of..." January 23

  • Robin Lopez appears to grab DeMarcus Cousins in groin

    Larry Brown Sports "Robin Lopez got up close and personal with DeMarcus Cousins during Monday’s Chicago Bulls-New Orleans Pelicans game. Lopez ended up on the floor while going for a rebound and reached up and seemed to knock Cousins in the manly region. As if the seeming nut shot weren’t bad enough, Lopez then..." January 23

  • Cavs Players Allegedly Accused Kevin Love Of Faking An Illness To Leave Game

    Uproxx "It’s a really weird time to be a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers right now. There are persistent trade rumors that seem to be coming to light on a daily basis, and the team is on a massive slide, losing nine of their last 12 games, including a matchup against Oklahoma City in which the team..." January 22

  • Report: Bulls ‘almost certainly’ expected to trade Nikola Mirotic prior to deadline

    Clutch Points "Ever since Nikola Mirotic came back from his facial injury, at the hands of Bobby Portis, he has had a great season for the Bulls. Mirotic is currently scoring 17.3 points per game while shooting 44.7 percent from the three-point line. He has been an offensive spark for Bulls, who are one of the..." January 22

  • Cavaliers Interested In Kent Bazemore

    Hoops Rumors "The Cavaliers have inquired into the availability of the Hawks’ Kent Bazemore, NBA.com’s David Aldridge reports in his weekly Morning Tip column. League sources informed Aldridge of Cleveland’s interest in the 28-year-old shooting guard, who is averaging 12.6 PPG and 4.3 RPG as well as career..." January 22

  • Stephen A Smith Said Spurs Were Willing to Trade Kawhi to Knicks Before Season

    The Big Lead "In some very surprising news, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski wrote a piece discussing Kawhi Leonard’s relationship with the San Antonio Spurs. He reported that months of disagreement among Leonard, the team and coaching staff on “elements of treatment, rehabilitation and timetables for return,” has..." January 22

  • Kidd: Giannis Called Before Firing Trying to Save My Job

    Bleacher Report "The Milwaukee Bucks fired head coach Jason Kidd on Monday, but it reportedly was star player Giannis Antetokounmpo who told him and offered to try to save his job, per Ramona Shelburne of ESPN. Shelburne provided a breakdown of the conversation Kidd and Antetokounmpo had before the official..." January 22

  • The arguments for and against the Pacers trading for Hornets star Kemba Walker

    Indianapolis Star "It’s not often an under-30 all-star who plays the most important position in the NBA becomes available, so you’d better believe the ears of front office members across the league perked up when they learned the Charlotte Hornets were putting Kemba Walker on the trading block. ESPN’s Adrian..." January 22

  • Report: Monty Williams expected to be favorite for Bucks job

    Larry Brown Sports "The Milwaukee Bucks may have already had a replacement candidate in mind when they fired head coach Jason Kidd on Monday. Sam Amick of USA TODAY reports that former New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams is a “name to remember” for the now-vacant Bucks position. Chris Mannix of Yahoo!..." January 22

  • Kawhi's camp refutes ESPN report on strained relationship

    247 Sports "We officially have conflicting reports concerning the status of Kawhi Leonard's relationship with the San Antonio Spurs. Shortly after an ESPN report was published on Monday morning stating that Leonard had become distant and disconnected with the franchise as a result of the way his rehab was..." January 22

  • Report: Cavs expected to hold onto Nets pick at trade deadline

    Cavaliers Nation "The Cleveland Cavaliers might not be able to retool their roster before February’s trading deadline if they aren’t including the Brooklyn Nets pick in trade discussions. According to TNT Analyst David Aldridge who wrote on NBA.com, the Cavs are looking to keep the pick since there’s not a player..." January 22

  • Report: Clippers haven’t received any tempting offers for DeAndre Jordan

    Pro Basketball Talk "A couple months ago, the Clippers had lost nine straight to fall out of the playoff picture. Blake Griffin, Patrick Beverley, Danilo Gallinari and Milos Teodosic were injured. Extension talks with DeAndre Jordan stalled. So, teams were inquiring about trading for Jordan. Apparently, none..." January 22

  • Reports: Bucks fire head coach Jason Kidd

    Clutch Points "The Milwaukee Bucks have fired their head coach Jason Kidd, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Bucks assistant coach Joe Prunty will take over as interim coach, according to the report. He will coach the Bucks against the Phoenix Suns tonight. Kidd hasn’t been officially informed of his..." January 22

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo reportedly ‘devastated’ by Jason Kidd firing

    Larry Brown Sports "The Milwaukee Bucks made a somewhat shocking decision to fire head coach Jason Kidd on Monday, and the franchise’s most important player is reportedly unhappy with the move. According to ESPN’s Chris Haynes, reporters caught wind of Kidd’s firing before Kidd was officially informed by the..." January 22