• 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

  • LeBron James months away from deciding on free agency

    Cavaliers Nation "Cleveland Cavaliers fans would love it if LeBron James stayed with the franchise after this year. Some in the NBA, though, have decided that his departure from Cleveland is a foregone conclusion. James is consistently linked to the Los Angeles Lakers, and many believe he will end up choosing..." January 18

  • Why can’t the Lakers win without Lonzo Ball, and will they ever?

    L.A. Daily News "The Lakers are at their most consistent without Lonzo Ball. Eight games, eight losses. So, can it really be that simple? That despite all of the distractions that come with the 20-year-old point guard’s family, despite his screwy and often ineffectual jump shot, the Lakers need Ball to..." January 18

  • LeBron unseats Curry for No. 1 in jersey sales in China

    247 Sports "Step over Stephen Curry, there's a new king in China. Despite Curry's influence over China with his Under Armour brand and annual trips to the big country, the two-time MVP isn't No. 1 in jersey sales in the East Asian Country, it's none other than LeBron James, says Don McCormack of Amico..." January 18

  • Blazers don’t want to trade Damian Lillard or C.J. McCollum

    Clutch Points "There’s no shortage of firepower in the Western Conference, and it’s no secret that the Portland Trail Blazers, despite having good talent on their roster, are still playing catch-up to half of the conference. The Blazers have been to the playoffs in each of the last four years, but couldn’t..." January 18

  • Bucks interested in DeAndre Jordan but aren't front-runners

    Sportsnaut "The Los Angeles Clippers may consider moving DeAndre Jordan before the deadline, and the Milwaukee Bucks would like to make Wisconsin his new home. However, Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times notes the Bucks are “keenly interested” but currently not the front-runner for Jordan. That..." January 18

  • Report: LaVar Ball files trademarks for ‘Junior Basketball Association’

    Larry Brown Sports "LaVar Ball said recently that he is planning to launch his own basketball league that will provide players with an alternative to playing collegiately, and his actions thus far indicate he is serious about the new venture. According to documents obtained by TMZ, Ball’s company Big Baller Brand..." January 18

  • Wesley Matthews, Nerlens Noel could be trade candidates for Cavs

    Hoops Hype "Dallas Mavericks wing Wesley Matthews and big man Nerlens Noel are upcoming unrestricted free agents who may get traded before the Feb. 8 deadline. As the Dunc’d On NBA Podcast noted, both players could fit with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Matthews, 31, would be an interesting shooting addition to..." January 18

  • Rivers: Maybe I got a chance because Doc is my dad, but I know my swagger keeps me from succumbing to negativity

    Pro Basketball Talk "Austin Rivers was the No. 10 pick out of Duke in 2012, and he struggled mightily his first few years in the NBA. His gaffes are so jolting, his teammates mock them. Yet, Rivers still carries himself as if he’s a star. Chris Paul reportedly despised Doc Rivers over the Clippers coach’s..." January 18

  • Kings Shut Down First-round Pick Harry Giles for Entire 2017-18 Season

    NBC Bay Area "The mystery of Harry Giles has been solved. The Sacramento Kings officially made their decision known Thursday morning that they will redshirt the talented rookie out of Duke University, sitting him out the remaining 38 games of the season. It's probably been the plan all along. Sacramento..." January 18

  • Pelicans planning maximum extension for DeMarcus Cousins

    Clutch Points "The New Orleans Pelicans are planning to offer their center DeMarcus Cousins a five-year maximum offer for an estimated $175 million, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times. While his counterpart and partner in crime Anthony Davis is denying trade rumors, it didn’t take long for the team..." January 18

  • Danilo Gallinari on departure from Denver Nuggets: “It was not a bad breakup”

    Denver Post "Wearing a gray designer suit, Danilo Gallinari stopped in front of the Nuggets’ locker room at Staples Center and wrapped head of team security Bobby Simmons in a pseudo headlock. The playful greeting illustrated six years of relationships that cannot be broken by a summer sign-and-trade...." January 18

  • 76ers center Joel Embiid hoping to soon play back-to-backs

    Sporting News "Joel Embiid has developed into one of the most dominant post players in the NBA. The only thing stopping him is his health. A bad back has caused Embiid to miss nine games this season, and he's yet to play in back-to-back sets. But despite Philadelphia's cautious approach, Embiid is averaging a..." January 18

  • Is fighting becoming an issue in the NBA?

    NBC Sports Boston "Three Houston Rockets players entered the Los Angeles Clippers’ training room before being stopped by security but not before a profanity-laced exchange that’s sure to result in fines and possibly some suspensions. Orlando’s Arron Afflalo threw a punch – and barely missed – hitting Minnesota’s..." January 18

  • Damian Lillard Still Believes Market Size Matters For National Attention

    Real GM Basketball "While many have made the argument that market size isn't as big of a factor as it was for NBA players in the past, Damian Lillard talked about how it has impacted his All-Star Game voting. "I think it's a million things that say that's not true," Lillard replied. "I think for me personally, I..." January 18

  • Markelle Fultz still 'hesitant' with his shot

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Markelle Fultz was clutch today. No, not in a game situation. But he delivered when Sixers coach Brett Brown ratcheted up the pressure on him. “Today, six times I put him to the free throw line and say, ‘Hey, Markelle, if you make it, you keep it. If not, it’s the other team’s ball. It’s..." January 18

  • Derrick Rose not concerned about uncertain role: 'I just want to hoop'

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "When Derrick Rose went down with a nagging ankle injury, causing him to leave the team for two weeks to contemplate his basketball future and get back in the right state of mind following yet another injury setback in a career marred by them, he was the Cleveland Cavaliers' starting point..." January 18

  • Carmelo Anthony says accepting role has made game 'fun again'

    ESPN "Carmelo Anthony's season has been about acceptance with the Thunder as he adjusts to a new role as an auxiliary scorer featured on most nights as the third option behind Russell Westbrook and Paul George. And as Anthony grows more comfortable with it, he said Wednesday the game is getting "fun..." January 18

  • Nikola Mirotic is too good to still be on the Bulls

    Chicago Tribune "This was looking bad: Nikola Mirotic came off the bench and took over a game like a starter, and there were the rebuilding Bulls, leading the reigning world champion Warriors in large part because Mirotic was doing everything, like he was a Warrior or something. See? I told you it was..." January 18

  • Heat center Hassan Whiteside responds to decreased role in Miami

    Clutch Points "Since returning from a left knee injury, Hassan Whiteside has played in 10 games for the Miami Heat. The starting center is yet to play 30 minutes or more in any of those 10 contests. He averages 24 minutes per game in this span, contributing 12.2 points, 9.8 rebounds, one assist, and two blocks..." January 18

  • Should the Portland Trail Blazers trade for Evan Fournier?

    Oregonian "The Orlando Magic are looking like sellers in the trade market as the NBA deadline approaches, likely making a major roster overhaul to dump salary save for their building blocks of the future in Aaron Gordon and Jonathan Isaac. The Portland Trail Blazers, once again hanging around the middle..." January 18

  • Former Cavs big Anderson Varejao signs deal to play in Brazil

    247 Sports "Anderson Varejao is continuing his basketball career, but it won't be in the NBA. According to Sportando (via CBS Sports), the former Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors big man has inked a deal to play in Brazil: "Varejao has agreed to terms with Flamengo of Novo Basquete Brasil..." January 18

  • Jeff Hornacek: Knicks’ priorities are the problem

    New York Post "Jeff Hornacek didn’t want to hear about Courtney Lee’s late technical foul or two calls that went against Kristaps Porzingis late. The Grizzlies were without their three top starters in Marc Gasol (illness), Mike Conley (Achilles) and Chandler Parsons (knee soreness) and his team still didn’t..." January 18

  • N.E.R.D. Will Headline The Halftime Show At The 2018 NBA All-Star Game

    Dime Magazine "Music has become a massive part of the NBA All-Star Game. Whether it be the performers who put on a show at halftime or the acts that do their renditions of the national anthems of the United States and Canada, the music during the NBA’s premier midseason showcase is almost as much of a spectacle..." January 18

  • Amar’e Stoudemire Recalled The Time He Saw A Teammate Choke Someone Out In The Locker Room

    Uproxx "On Tuesday, Amar’e Stoudemire appeared on the best show in late night, Desus and Mero. The hosts have a knack for making their guests comfortable enough to tell some crazy stories, and Stoudemire did not disappoint. The interview portion of the show dealt with Stoudemire’s Israeli awakening and..." January 18

  • Sources: Rockets shocked Clippers' Blake Griffin and Austin Rivers escaped disciplinary action

    ESPN "The Houston Rockets are shocked and disappointed that Blake Griffin and Austin Rivers avoided any disciplinary action as a result of the events during and after the Clippers' contentious win Monday night in Los Angeles, team sources told ESPN. Rockets forwards Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green were..." January 18

  • Austin Rivers reportedly cleared air with Trevor Ariza, has yet to with Chris Paul

    Larry Brown Sports "Cooler heads finally appear to be prevailing (at least to some extent) amidst the hostilities between the LA Clippers and the Houston Rockets. Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reported on Wednesday that Clippers guard Austin Rivers and Rockets forward Trevor Ariza spoke to each other shortly after..." January 18

  • Bulls’ Kris Dunn face-plants after dunk, shatters two front teeth

    New York Post "The Bulls couldn’t stop the Warriors from winning their franchise-record tying 14th straight road game Wednesday night, and they may have lost their point guard for awhile after a dunk gone wrong. Kris Dunn chipped and dislocated two front teeth and was evaluated for a concussion after taking a..." January 18

  • Warriors' Jordan Bell leaves game in wheelchair after getting dunked on

    Sporting News "Warriors rookie Jordan Bell had to leave Wednesday's game after suffering a left ankle injury in Golden State's matchup with the Bulls. On the first possession of the game for Chicago, Robin Lopez drove the basket and threw down a massive dunk in the face of Bell, who was contesting the..." January 18

  • Pistons torn between dealing, riding out storm

    Detroit News "Pistons general manager Jeff Bower sat in the stands at Air Canada Centre during Wednesday morning’s shootaround, using his phone. There’s no time for Words With Friends; he was doing some online shopping — perusing possible deals and making and taking calls about other roster..." January 18

  • Slow, old Cavaliers need to trade for rim protector

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "If a player is going to make a stop in basketball, let it be with a Swat. LeBron James himself said the most memorable play of his career will probably be his block of Andre Iguodala in the final minutes of the final game of the 2016 NBA Finals. In the NBA today, however, what most players..." January 18

  • Trevor Ariza, Gerald Green Suspended 2 Games for Actions vs. Clippers

    Bleacher Report "The NBA has suspended Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza and guard Gerald Green two games apiece after they entered the Los Angeles Clippers' locker room following Monday's 113-102 defeat to Los Angeles at Staples Center. The league opted against punishing James Harden and Chris Paul, who..." January 17

  • Pelicans' Gentry: Celtics have to give us Patriots if they want Davis

    Boston Herald "The Celtics and Pelicans have yet to engage in any discussions regarding a trade for Anthony Davis, but, in a Herald exclusive, New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry set the price for a potential transaction between the clubs. “I know there’s been rumors about Boston trying to trade for him or..." January 17

  • LeBron: This season harder than the rest

    ESPN "With his team mired in a four-game losing streak that has extended the Cleveland Cavaliers' rut to a 3-9 record since Dec. 19, LeBron James acknowledged his 15th season in the NBA has been harder than the ones that preceded it. "It's been very challenging," James said after practice Wednesday...." January 17

  • Pelicans receive $2.75M disabled player exception

    Real GM Basketball "The New Orleans Pelicans have been awarded a $2.75 million disabled player exception for Alexis Ajinca. Ajinca underwent surgery in December on his right knee and is likely out for the season." January 17

  • Tarik Black was Rocket who knocked on Clippers’ door

    Larry Brown Sports "The story of the Los Angeles Clippers-Houston Rockets postgame scuffle apparently involved a case of mistaken identity. Initially, one of the most amusing portions of the story of the locker room confrontation was that, allegedly, Rockets center Clint Capela had knocked on the Clippers’ locker..." January 17

  • Evan Fournier says he ignores trade rumors and has not asked for trade

    Orlando Sentinel "Orlando Magic swingman Evan Fournier has played in the NBA long enough to know his name will pop up in rumors until the league’s trade deadline expires on Feb. 8. So Fournier has a policy this time of year: He attempts to ignore trade rumors. “I’m not going to think about what’s going to..." January 17

  • Dennis Rodman Enters Rehab After DUI Arrest

    TMZ "Dennis Rodman has checked into rehab ... again ... in the wake of a drunk driving arrest, his rep confirms. TMZ Sports broke the story ... Rodman was busted in Newport Beach, CA over the weekend -- after cops say he was swerving all over the road and blasting loud music while intoxicated...." January 17

  • Raptors, OVO donate combined $3M to Canada Basketball, community hoops

    NBA.com "Following the unveiling of the team’s new OVO-edition uniforms on Friday, the Toronto Raptors and Drake announced plans to grow their partnership so that it gives back to the city and the game of basketball while continuing to deliver an elevated experience for fans. Drake and Raptors president..." January 17

  • 1 of Dwight Howard’s 5 Baby Mamas Files For Full Custody To Get Bigger Child Support Checks

    Total Pro Sports "For a guy who has been in the league since he came straight out of high school, Dwight Howard made his mark in the league that hecan produce on and off the court. That production off the court has gifted him five kids with five different women. Unlike many men around the country, he actually..." January 17

  • Kawhi Leonard out indefinitely with right quadriceps tendinopathy

    Clutch Points "Through the first half of the 2017-18 NBA season, the San Antonio Spurs are currently 29-16 and they have played most of these games without Kawhi Leonard. In only nine appearances, Leonard is averaging 16.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 23.3 minutes. As the 26-year-old was looking..." January 17

  • Jimmy Butler okay with last loss, “We need to humble our damn selves”

    ESPN "It's not often that you can find a positive after losing to one of the worst teams in the league. Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler did. "We need to humble our damn selves," Butler told reporters after the Timberwolves fell to the Orlando Magic 108-102 on Tuesday night. "I'm glad we..." January 17

  • Report: “No truth” to rumors of Anthony Davis to Boston links

    Pro Basketball Talk "Think about it this way: If you are Dell Demps, the GM of the New Orleans Pelicans (one of the smallest market teams in the NBA), and you have a top-five player in Anthony Davis who can be a franchise cornerstone to build a contender around, would you even consider trading him? No. Especially..." January 17

  • Exec: Number Of Big Men In NBA Could Be Cut In Half By 2020

    Real GM Basketball "In an analytical piece about how the Golden State Warriors are using Jordan Bell as a small ball center, Jonathan Tjarks relays an anecdote about how the number of traditional bigs in the NBA will continue to decline. "There’s a positive feedback loop happening with small ball: The more teams..." January 17