• Luke Walton: Lonzo Ball Uncertain for Five Game Road Trip Due to Sore Left Knee

    Basketball Insiders "Lonzo Ball’s return remains uncertain as Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton doesn’t expect his rookie point guard to return to action in the near future. Ball, who missed his fourth straight game on Sunday with a sore left knee, likely will not play in Tuesday’s game against the Boston..." January 22

  • How badly did the Charlotte Hornets damage their relationship with Kemba Walker?

    Charlotte Observer "The question isn’t just whether the relationship between Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Hornets ever will be the same. It’s whether that relationship ever can be the same. Friday morning, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Hornets general manager Rich Cho has been soliciting offers..." January 22

  • Bradley Beal critical of Wizards’ recent team meeting

    Larry Brown Sports "A recent team meeting by the slumping Washington Wizards may have actually created more problems than it solved. In a feature by the Washington Post’s Candace Buckner that ran on Sunday, Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal was critical of a players-only meeting that the team held not too long..." January 22

  • Tony Parker suggests Dejounte Murray has taken his starting job

    San Antonio Express-News "Tony Parker is no longer the Spurs starting point guard. Dejounte Murray started for the Spurs in Sunday's 94-86 loss to Indiana. Afterward, Parker confirmed he has lost his job to the second-year guard. "Pop told me," Parker said. "He told me he thought it was time, and I was like, 'No..." January 22

  • Celtics need to find No. 2 scorer behind Irving

    NBC Sports Boston "Everyone knows Kyrie Irving’s value to the Celtics is extremely high. But it really hits home on those nights when he’s not in the lineup, as was the case in Boston’s 89-80 loss to Philadelphia on Thursday. Irving didn't play due to a sore left shoulder.He's carried the load offensively..." January 22

  • Heat might be down to Plan D(esperation) at shooting guard

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Plan B proved rejuvenating for the Miami Heat. Plan C got the Heat through an unexpected rough patch. But when you start moving toward Plan D, that's when it can get, well, a bit daunting. With Tyler Johnson going down at the start of this five-game trip with what appeared to be a significant..." January 22

  • Potential Trade Targets to Get the Sixers to the Playoffs

    Basketball Insiders "At times this season, the Philadelphia 76ers look like they’re capable of going toe-to-toe with some of the league’s best teams. With Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons at their disposal, along with capable three-point shooters, the Sixers have shown flashes of being a force to be reckoned with. And..." January 22

  • Nikola Vucevic Starting to Get Strength Back in Broken Hand

    NBA.com "Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic’s favorite NFL team is the Philadelphia Eagles, but his favorite non-NBA athlete is New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. It just so happens that Vucevic and Brady were both in the New England area on Sunday and dealing with hand injuries, and the Magic..." January 22

  • Pels must be more than a three-man team carrying the load

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "On the sixth day A.M. (after Minnesota) and a day removed from the Big Chill, New Orleans sports fans, including Drew Brees, needed something to mend their broken hearts and thaw their frozen feet. The Pelicans, in their first Saturday night of the season alone in the local spotlight sans the..." January 22

  • Source: Chandler Parsons’ recent absence from Grizzlies due to abdominal injury

    Memphis Commercial Appeal "Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons missed his 10th straight game Saturday night due to an abdominal injury, sources confirmed to The Commercial Appeal. Parsons, who sat out the previous nine contests due to right knee soreness, was not on the Grizzlies’ bench Friday when they beat the..." January 22

  • Lowry looks to be back in form and why the Raptors likely won't make a trade

    Toronto Sun "NBA seasons are long. Even with the new scheduling tweaks designed to produce more rest and fresher players, there will be a bunch of duds, not 82 gems. The Raptors-Spurs Friday tilt was one of those duds, although Dwane Casey and Kyle Lowry greatly enjoyed the sturdy defensive effort a Raptors..." January 22

  • Kyrie Irving says slumping Celts need to learn to 'weather the storm'

    ESPN "Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving believes that his team was overdue for a bit of adversity and wants the Celtics to embrace one of the few rough patches the team has encountered this season. After sitting out Thursday's loss to the Philadelphia 76ers due to shoulder soreness, Irving..." January 21

  • The Houston Rockets And The Righteousness of Vengeance

    Real GM Basketball "The Houston Rockets defeated the visiting Golden State Warriors at the Toyota Center in a hypothetical preview of an almost preordained Western Conference Finals. Daryl Morey, certainly the only General Manager in the league currently producing a musical, took to Twitter to salute his team, no..." January 21

  • Enes Kanter says he got warning from former Thunder teammate about Cavs tweet

    Larry Brown Sports "New York Knicks center Enes Kanter couldn’t resist taunting LeBron James after the Cleveland Cavaliers gave up 148 points to his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Kanter is known for his banter with James, and he kept it up after Cleveland’s loss Saturday, sending a tweet that was clearly..." January 21

  • Salah Mejri threatened to come to Blazers locker room after Jusuf Nurkic tussle

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Portland Trail Blazers and Dallas Mavericks had a game of many emotions on Saturday night at Moda Center. Of course, the game wasn’t that close — Portland led by 17 at the half and finished the game by beating Dallas, 117-108. But as we’ve seen in the NBA recently, the propensity for NBA..." January 21

  • Durant unfazed after Warriors lose season series vs. Rockets

    ESPN "The Golden State Warriors are not concerned with the Houston Rockets after losing the season series tiebreaker in a 116-108 loss Saturday night at Toyota Center. Houston won the series 2-1. If both teams end the season with identical records, the Rockets would get the higher seed and home-court..." January 21

  • Former LSU star, Trail Blazer Tim Quarterman arrested after leading police on high-speed chase

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Former LSU basketball guard Tim Quarterman has been charged with assault of Mississippi state troopers after a pursuit in Pontotoc County. Tupelo TV station WTVA said the incident took place last Monday. Quarterman was charged with aggravated assault and felony fleeing. His bond was set at..." January 21

  • Lou Williams lobbies for 1st All-Star nod: 'Honestly, I deserve it'

    Los Angeles Times "Lou Williams has led the NBA in scoring over a 14-game span since Dec. 22, averaging 30.1 points per game. His outstanding play has lifted the Clippers during their down times, and now he hopes he will be rewarded by being chosen as a reserve on the Western Conference All-Star team. The coaches..." January 21

  • How Canadian NBA players are faring at the midseason mark

    Sportsnet "For the second straight season, Canada has stood tall as the nation with the largest representation in the NBA outside of the United States. Thirteen Canadians are scattered across the league this season, with a trio of them in starting roles. Andrew Wiggins just scored a team-high 29 points to..." January 21

  • Clint Capela adds fuel to Warriors rivalry, says Rockets are 'better'

    ESPN UK "Superstar guard James Harden called the Houston Rockets' 116-108 win over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night important "for our swag," which was soaring after the Rockets claimed the regular-season series over the defending NBA champions. "We're confident because we know if we're doing..." January 21

  • LeBron: Cavs can 'easily get bounced' if playoffs started today

    ESPN "Following one of the Cleveland Cavaliers' most inept defensive performances of the season, LeBron James said his team looks primed for a short postseason appearance, barring any changes. The Cavs fell 148-124 to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night, tying a franchise record for most..." January 20

  • LeBron on Tyronn Lue Firing: 'I Would Hope Not but Really Don't Know'

    Bleacher Report "Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James offered little insight Saturday when asked whether head coach Tyronn Lue would be fired. According to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, James expressed his desire for Lue to keep his job but said he had no knowledge regarding what might happen: "I would..." January 20

  • Walton hoping meditation can help Lakers' foul line woes

    Lakers Nation "For all their free-throw woes this season, the Los Angeles Lakers seemingly hit rock bottom on Friday. By making just two of 14 attempts, their 14.3 percent set a single-game record for worst in NBA history. Jordan Clarkson equated it to a “virus or something.” He was responsible for each of..." January 20

  • Draymond Green admits he has not been as good defensively this season

    Yardbarker "The reigning Defensive Player of the Year is making a bit of a stunning admission about his play on that end of the floor this season. In an interview with Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle that was published on Saturday, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green admitted that..." January 20

  • Celtics' Kyrie Irving expected to return vs. Magic on Sunday

    ESPN "Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving went through the team's entire off-day practice Saturday and expects to return to game action Sunday against the Orlando Magic after missing one game due to a sore shoulder. Irving sat out Thursday's loss to the Philadelphia 76ers after..." January 20

  • Knicks’ Jeff Hornacek brushes off concerns about job security

    New York Daily News "For Jeff Hornacek, a Friday night in Utah represented another return to the basketball city where he's most beloved - where his No. 14 hangs in the rafters - and where he got a respite from the losing with a nail-biting 117-115 victory over the Jazz. As speculation about Jeff Hornacek's job..." January 20

  • Kerr says captains' selection of players should be televised

    CBS Sports "When the NBA first announced that the format for the All-Star Game would be changed, and the teams would be picked by captains, one of the first questions was whether or not the event would be televised. Of course, everyone wants to see how that whole drama would play out -- even some NBA..." January 20

  • Even LeBron James has jokes about the Cavs' trade rumors

    CBS Sports "There's still a few weeks until the trade deadline, but the Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly already hitting the trade market hard. Every day, it seems there's a new player that they're supposedly trying to bring to The Land. DeAndre Jordan, George Hill, Lou Williams, they're in on all of them...." January 20

  • Lakers frustrated with Lonzo’s passive play

    Larry Brown Sports "For once, a criticism of Lonzo Ball may not have to do with his father’s antics. Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report reported in a feature this week that the Los Angeles Lakers are frustrated about Ball being passive on offense. Per Bucher: Part of Lonzo’s problem stems from his sometimes..." January 20

  • Why LeBron's Conference Championship Run Is More Impressive Than Tom Brady's

    Complex "LeBron James and Tom Brady have asserted themselves as two of the most accomplished athletes ever in the history of sports. When they finally decide to walk away from their days jobs, many will consider the two as the greatest of all-time in their respective fields. Both players are supposed to be..." January 20

  • Steve Kerr has “regrets” over time as Suns GM with Mike D’Antoni as coach

    San Jose Mercury News "Over nine years have passed since they last worked together. Since then, Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni raved endlessly about each other’s character, their coaching, how they empower players and how they have overseen high-powered offenses that very few teams can..." January 20

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo To Miss Next Two Games

    NBA.com "After consulting with the Bucks performance staff, All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo will miss the next two games to manage soreness in his right knee. By not playing in tonight’s game at Philadelphia and Monday’s home game vs. Phoenix, Antetokounmpo will have eight days without playing in a..." January 20

  • Knicks hesitant to engage in talks with Hornets about Walker

    New York Post "This is the dilemma of every Knicks fan with any sense of hope who is always wrestling with an equal appreciation of history: You hear that Kemba Walker is available, that the Charlotte Hornets are thinking of trading the electric guard who cut his basketball teeth in The Bronx, starred at..." January 20

  • Brett Brown: Fultz 'isn't whole right now,' working to improve confidence

    ESPN "Sixers coach Brett Brown said that top overall pick Markelle Fultz had his "best day" in practice on Wednesday, but he and the team remain noncommittal on when the rookie guard will return to game action. "We're hopeful and optimistic than Markelle will be on the floor soon and impacting our..." January 20

  • Bill Russell defends Paul Pierce over Isaiah Thomas controversy

    Yardbarker "Boston Celtics all-time great Bill Russell is weighing in on perhaps the strangest controversy involving the team in recent memory. The 11-time champion commented on Thursday about Paul Pierce’s objections to Isaiah Thomas getting a video tribute from the Celtics on the night of Pierce’s jersey..." January 20

  • Shareef O'Neal 'Love LeBron, But ... Lakers Are My Dream Tream'

    TMZ "Move over, Ball bros -- Shareef O'Neal says the Lakers are his #1 choice when he goes pro ... and if we were Magic Johnson, we'd start working OT to make it happen. We got Shaq's son touching down in LAX ... and asked who he'd want to draft him since his NBA career is creeping up. Shareef..." January 20

  • Lakers become first team in NBA history to win a game despite shooting under 20 percent from free throw line

    Clutch Points "If someone told you that the Los Angeles Lakers shot below 20 percent from the free throw line and still beat the Indiana Pacers by double digits, you’d probably think that person was insane. About 99 percent of the time, no one would blame you for having such a reaction. However, tonight was..." January 20

  • Andrew Bogut Receiving Interest From Multiple Playoff Teams

    Real GM Basketball "Andrew Bogut is receiving interest from multiple playoff teams. Bogut is expected to sign with a team following the Feb. 8th trade deadline." January 20

  • Rodney Hood Could Be On The Move Before Deadline

    Hoops Rumors "There’s growing belief around the NBA that the Jazz could move swingman Rodney Hood before the trade deadline, Marc Stein of the New York Times reports. The scribe adds that several teams have already expressed interest. Hood, the 25-year-old guard initially expected to shoulder more of Utah’s..." January 20

  • Cavs interested in Lou Williams, have offered J.R. Smith, Thompson

    CBS Sports "The Cavaliers are struggling this season and the front office apparently thinks it's more than just their usual January swoon. They've been linked in trade rumors involving the Kings' George Hill and the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan already. Now, they've been linked to another guard and one that can..." January 19

  • Porzingis: 'Players know' I deserve to be an All-Star starter

    New York Daily News "It’s safe to say Kristaps Porzingis feels the fans and media were wrong for not voting him as an All-Star starter. “Players know,” he said. “That’s all I’m going to say.” Porzingis beat out Joel Embiid in the players voting (which represents 25 percent of the final tally) but finished one..." January 19

  • Cavs ‘Expressing Interest’ in George Hill

    SLAM Online "In a potential win-now move, the Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly targeting Kings guard George Hill before the February 8 trade deadline. According to The Vertical’s Shams Charania, Cleveland is “expressing interest” in a trade for the 31-year-old veteran. In an effort to bolster their..." January 19

  • Stan Van Gundy backs off feud with ESPN ahead of televised Pistons game

    Detroit News "Stan Van Gundy can put away the picket signs and posters. He won’t be boycotting — at least for now. Van Gundy on Thursday changed course on his stance about ESPN from comments he made two weeks ago, when he expressed anger at an ESPN for a story aired about LaVar Ball criticizing Lakers..." January 19

  • Rockets' Trevor Ariza accepts responsibility for ban: 'It is what is is'

    ESPN "Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza accepted responsibility for his actions that led to a two-game suspension, but he declined to discuss whether he hashed out his issues with LA Clippers guard Austin Rivers. Ariza and teammate Gerald Green were suspended two games after a league investigation..." January 19

  • An ESPN Reporter Believes LeBron James Doesn’t Trust The Cavaliers After They Traded Kyrie Irving

    Dime Magazine "As you may have heard, Kyrie Irving played for the Cleveland Cavaliers for the first six seasons of his NBA career before getting traded to the Boston Celtics this past summer. While the trade occurred because of Irving’s desire to be a team’s No. 1 option, it apparently happened at the behest of..." January 19

  • Kemba Walker trade: Why dealing star may actually not be so easy for Hornets

    CBS Sports "Two seasons ago, the Charlotte Hornets won 48 games, took the Miami Heat to seven games in their first-round series and looked to be a team on the rise in the Eastern Conference. Now, after failing to make the playoffs in 2016-17, and this season looking like it will send them to the lottery..." January 19

  • Kemba: I'd be 'devastated' if Hornets traded me

    NBC Sports "Around this time last year, Kemba Walker‘s reputation peaked. The season prior, he led Charlotte to its first playoff-game wins since the franchise reemerged as the Bobcats. The Hornets were on pace to make the playoff again, which would have been their first back-to-back postseason appearances..." January 19

  • Steph Curry Wants Giannis on His All-Star Team

    The Sports Post "Yesterday, first-ever captains for the NBA All-Star game were announced. Of course, by now we know LeBron James and Steph Curry will lead their respective All-Star teams. But Curry already knows who he wants. And it’s for an extremely understandable reason. “I don’t know who the reserves are..." January 19

  • Hornets Have Tried To Trade Nicolas Batum, Dwight Howard, Marvin Williams, Kidd-Gilchrist

    Real GM Basketball "While the Charlotte Hornets are prepared to trade franchise cornerstone Kemba Walker, they previously made a number of other players available in trade talks. League sources say the Hornets have explored trades involving Nicolas Batum, Dwight Howard, Marvin Williams and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist,..." January 19

  • Pistons 'will look' at entering Kemba Walker sweepstakes

    Detroit Free Press "Kemba Walker would look great in a Detroit Pistons uniform. But is the Charlotte Hornets star point guard worth the price? A person with firsthand knowledge of the situation indicated the Pistons are indeed interested in Walker, who reportedly has been made available by the..." January 19