• 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 James 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

  • D’Angelo Russell set to return to Nets on Friday vs. Heat

    Newsday "If timing is everything, the timing couldn’t be better for D’Angelo Russell to rejoin the Nets’ lineup than against Miami on Friday night at Barclays Center. The Nets have lost six of their past seven games, but four of those losses were by six points or less, suggesting they need a little more..." January 19

  • Steve Clifford would be ‘shocked’ if Kemba Walker wanted out

    Clutch Points "In the midst of the news of a potential Kemba Walker trade, Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said a week prior to the reports that he would be “shocked” if his point guard wanted out. “I’d be shocked if he didn’t want to be here,” said Clifford, according to Chris Kroeger of..." January 19

  • Sources: Hornets open to trading PG Kemba Walker

    ESPN "Overloaded with bad contracts and untradable assets, the Charlotte Hornets have made All-Star point guard Kemba Walker available in trade discussions, league sources told ESPN. Charlotte has been encouraging teams to make offers and appears eager to discuss attaching Walker to a larger trade in..." January 19

  • As trade deadline approaches, Jazz likely to make roster moves

    Salt Lake Tribune "NBA players are usually adept at tuning out rumors. There’s a business side to playing in the league and they know it. Social media? Outside chatter? It usually doesn’t bother them. For the Jazz, it has been a little more difficult. With the NBA’s trade deadline three weeks away, Utah’s..." January 19

  • Jeff Hornacek isn't to blame for Knicks' struggles, but front office still may not keep him around

    New York Daily News "The Jerry Sloan in Jeff Hornacek surfaced late Wednesday night in Memphis when reporters offered a convenient alibi for an inexcusable loss, in this case a controversial technical foul in the closing seconds. The Knicks head coach refused to take the bait. “Meaningless,” Hornacek called it...." January 19

  • Solving Markelle Fultz's issues remains No. 1 concern for 76ers

    Boston Herald "Brett Brown had finished answering yet another round of questions about Markelle Fultz, and the issue was bound to be pushed into a more glaring light after The Trade. The 76ers gave the Celtics a future first-round pick to swap the third spot for the first last June. But whereas Jayson..." January 19

  • Rudy Gobert available to play against Knicks

    Fanrag Sports "Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert will be available to play in his team’s game against the New York Knicks on Friday evening, according to radio announcer David Locke. Gobert has been sidelined since last month with a sprained PCL in his left knee and a bone bruise in his left tibia. He originally..." January 19

  • Concussion will sideline Kris Dunn indefinitely after nasty fall

    Chicago Tribune "The initial optimism surrounding Kris Dunn’s status after his nasty fall in Wednesday’s loss to the Warriors faded with further testing Thursday. The Bulls’ guard indeed suffered a concussion and won’t travel Friday when the team leaves for a three-game trip beginning Saturday in Atlanta. In..." January 19

  • Joel Embiid fans bombard Rihanna after his All-Star nod

    Larry Brown Sports "NBA fans have good memories, and they are here to remind Rihanna of what she owes Joel Embiid. You may recall that when Embiid was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2014, he says he was told by a famous woman to come back to her when he had achieved All-Star status in the NBA rather than..." January 19

  • Damian Lillard Is ‘Kind Of Expecting’ Another All-Star Game Snub

    SLAM Online "After being snubbed from the All-Star Game the past two years, Damian Lillard “kind of expects” to be snubbed once again this year. In a story by ESPN’s Chris Haynes, Lillard said that he’s tired of being “the fall guy.” “I’ve gotten frustrated just for the fact that it feels like I always..." January 19

  • Now an All-Star, Joel Embiid 'might have to pass' on Rihanna

    Sporting News "Joel Embiid tried to score a date with Rihanna prior to his rookie season but she allegedly told him to come back when he was an All-Star. Well, the 76ers center was voted an All-Star starter Thursday, so does he finally have a shot now? " January 19

  • Lakers To Sign Nigel Hayes To 10-Day Deal

    Hoops Rumors "The Lakers plan to sign forward Nigel Hayes to a 10-day contract, Shams Charania of The Vertical tweets. The 23-year-old went undrafted out of Wisconsin last summer but did end up briefly catching on with the Knicks in training camp." January 19

  • How Donovan Mitchell snuck by Knicks to become steal of NBA Draft

    New York Post "The conversation occurred in the summer after the Jazz selected Westchester product Donovan Mitchell on draft night. Jazz top assistant Johnnie Bryant, who worked closely with Gordon Hayward, wasn’t surprised to hear Mitchell, the 13th pick, say he wanted to win a title, wanted to be an..." January 19

  • Enough with LeBron James' excuses for the Cavs, who just aren't very good right now

    CBS Sports "If you follow the NBA even loosely, you know the Cleveland Cavaliers pretty much stink right now. They've lost eight of their last 10, including four straight, and over that four-game skid they're a minus-81 with LeBron James on the court. If LeBron can't save you, you're really in trouble...." January 18

  • Gregg Popovich: 'NBA Fights Are the Silliest Things I've Ever Seen in My Life'

    Complex "Gregg Popovich is the clear constant of logical sense in the NBA. Speaking about the NBA's special brand of "come at me, bro!" non-fights, the San Antonio Spurs coach said. Popovich is obviously 100 percent correct on this matter. NBA players aren't going to fight one another—at least not for..." January 18

  • Magic’s Arron Afflalo suspended 2 games for hitting Nemanja Bjelica

    Clutch Points "The NBA has suspended Orlando Magic forward Arron Afflalo for two games without pay for striking Minnesota Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica in the face during a Tuesday night matchup, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical." January 18

  • LeBron James wins overall All-Star fan vote

    Pro Basketball Talk "For the first time in a dozen years, a player has won the All-Star fan vote for consecutive years. LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry, Dwight Howard and Kevin Garnett have all taken turns as leader since Yao Ming claimed the vote lead in 2005 and 2006. Apparently, LeBron will retain the..." January 18

  • Lamar Odom Knew Marriage To Khloe Kardashian Was Over 'When She Was With Her Second Or Third NBA Player'

    The Big Lead "Lamar Odom still has ex-wife Khloe Kardashian’s initials tattooed on his hand, but that doesn’t mean he thinks the couple will work things out. On an episode of the BET’s “Mancave” Odom explained that he knew the marriage was over when Kardashian had been with a few other NBA players. Here’s..." January 18

  • Rockets' James Harden will play limited minutes in Thursday return

    Houston Chronicle "The revolving door on Rockets' rotation turned again on Thursday, with guard James Harden returning after missing seven games with a strained hamstring, but Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green out with two-game suspensions for their roles in the post-game incident in Los Angeles on Monday. Harden..." January 18

  • LeBron wants to wait until Saturday to join 30,000-point club so his sons can be there

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "If LeBron James gets to 40 points tonight, he might just stop there. The Cavaliers host the Orlando Magic, and James needs just 41 points to become the seventh player in NBA history and the league's youngest to score 30,000 points. James, 33, is happy the Cavs have home games tonight and..." January 18