• Kevin Durant Explains Why He Stopped Clapping Back at Angry Opposing Fans

    Complex "At the start of the 2016-17 NBA regular season, there were a lot of NBA fans outside of Oakland who were not happy about Kevin Durant playing for the Warriors. Those fans gave KD a lot of grief during games, and initially, he struggled to deal with the heckling he faced. Who can forget the time he..." May 26

  • Report: Celtics have had no discussions about trading Isaiah Thomas so far

    CBS Sports "The Celtics were eliminated from the playoffs Thursday night and with that came the end of a very successful season. They were the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and took massive steps forward in comparison to their two previous years. However, with the Cavaliers disposing of them so easily..." May 26

  • Warriors’ Mike Brown: Steve Kerr may be back for the Finals

    Sportsnaut "A day after Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers didn’t sound too optimistic about the return of head coach Steve Kerr, acting head coach Mike Brown seems to be a bit more confident. In talking about a wide array of stories leading up to the start of the 2017 NBA Finals against his..." May 26

  • History Tells Us To Always Pick Against Stephen A. Smith In The NBA Finals

    Dime Magazine "Stephen A. Smith‘s record in picking recent NBA Finals winners is, quite frankly, preposterous. The crab rangoon king has had a tough time picking NBA Finals winners in recent memory, missing on the last seven seasons. As the 2017 version of Cavaliers/Warriors gets set for tipoff next week,..." May 26

  • Enes Kanter Arrest Sought by Turkey for Alleged Involvement in Terror Group

    Bleacher Report "Turkey has reportedly issued a warrant for the arrest of Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter on accusations of alleged involvement with a terrorist organization. According to AFP (h/t Yahoo), pro-government Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah reported the warrant is due to Kanter's previous..." May 26

  • Khloe Kardashian called out Cavs fan who mentioned ‘curse’

    Larry Brown Sports "The Kardashian sisters have developed a reputation for having a negative influence on the careers of the pro athletes they date, and it seems like Khloe Kardashian is bothered by the notion. According to some recent gossip, Khloe is itching to get married to Tristan Thompson, but the Cleveland..." May 26

  • The Lakers Broadcast Partner Wants No Part Of LaVar Ball

    Uproxx "The decision to draft Lonzo Ball at this point seems to be less a problem of his talents and more a problem of what to do with his father. Much of the conversation around the Los Angeles Lakers and their second overall pick in next month’s NBA Draft is not about whether they should take Lonzo..." May 26

  • Playoffs Could Have Fewest Games In Expanded Format Era, Bring Down Cap

    Real GM Basketball "The 2017 NBA Playoffs will have one of the fewest number of game since the first round was expanded from a five-game series to a seven-game series in 2003. Depending on the length of The Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, there will be anywhere between 78 games..." May 26

  • Nets Will Pursue Otto Porter, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

    Hoops Rumors "The Nets are planning an aggressive push for restricted free agents again, with Washington’s Otto Porter and Detroit’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as targets, tweets Keith Smith of RealGM. It would be the continuation of a strategy that resulted in a four-year, $75MM offer sheet for Portland’s..." May 26

  • Ricky Rubio, Timberwolves ready to move on

    Sportsnaut "Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio has been on the trade block for some time now. Even after a career-best performance this past regular season, it doesn’t look like that’s changed. In discussing players that could be moved during the draft, Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders indicates..." May 26

  • Manu Ginobili gave life to the San Antonio Spurs

    Yardbarker "There was a time when no one wanted to watch the San Antonio Spurs play basketball. Ironically, this was also the same period of time when the other 29 teams in the Association were playing the ugliest basketball in the league’s history. Before we allowed the science behind efficiency to smugly..." May 26

  • Clippers reportedly taking Spurs' interest in Chris Paul seriously, and for good reason

    CBS Sports "The Clippers seemed destined to compete for titles when they traded for Chris Paul. The addition of Paul next to Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan was supposed to be a match in heaven. However, the pairing hasn't gone quite as planned. The Clippers have been very good since the arrival of Paul,..." May 26

  • Isaiah Thomas won't make surgery decision until swelling goes down

    ESPN "Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas says he must wait until the swelling subsides in his injured right hip before determining his rehabilitation plan but noted that surgery is not currently the top option. "[Surgery is] not the No. 1 option right now, but it could be once the..." May 26

  • Durant says it's not his fault the NBA has a lack of parity, blame the bad teams

    USA Today "The noise that surrounds Kevin Durant is growing louder by the minute. But this isn’t the latest hot take about how the Golden State Warriors star is allegedly arrogant. Nor is this the chorus of nationwide boos relating to the lack of competition in the NBA playoffs, with Durant and his..." May 26

  • Paul Pierce thinks LeBron James is nowhere near Michael Jordan

    Larry Brown Sports "LeBron James may have surpassed Michael Jordan on Thursday as the NBA’s all-time leading playoff scorer, but Paul Pierce apparently feels that means very little in the grand scheme of things. Pierce was watching “Undisputed” on FS1 Friday morning, and he was stunned to hear host Nick Wright..." May 26

  • John Wall calls out Wizards’ bench

    Sportsnaut "In the John Wall era, the Washington Wizards have made the playoffs four times. But while they’ve consistently advanced past the first round, the Wizards have yet to see the conference finals. Washington was downed in six games by the Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks in 2014 and 2015,..." May 26

  • LeBron James Finally Admits He's Going Bald

    TMZ "After years of denial, LeBron James is FINALLY coming to terms with hair loss. LBJ was praising his idol, Michael Jordan, after passing MJ on the all-time NBA playoff scoring list on Thursday -- when he brought up the topic that his headband couldn't hide. Bron had been trying to cover up..." May 26

  • Celtics find motivation in East finals loss to Cavaliers

    ESPN "While trying to savor a rewarding season in which they won 53 games, earned the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and advanced to the Eastern Conference finals, members of the Boston Celtics acknowledged the gap that still exists with the Cleveland Cavaliers in their quest to elevate to a true..." May 26

  • The Warriors Haven't Lost in the Last 27 Games in Which Klay Thompson Has Played

    The Big Lead "We know Golden State’s Big 4 – Draymond Green, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant – haven’t lost a game they’ve started and finished since February 4th. That’s 16-0. But here’s an even more impressive fact: In the last 27 games Klay Thompson has played, the Warriors are 27-0. Perhaps..." May 26

  • Lonzo Ball reportedly mulling workout with Philadelphia 76ers

    NBA.com "Report: Ball workout for Sixers possible -- Celtics boss Danny Ainge said in a radio show interview yesterday that prospective No. 1 overall pick Lonzo Ball 'politely' declined a workout with Boston. Now that a workout with the team holding the No. 1 overall pick is presumably out of the..." May 26

  • LeBron James defers on Warriors thoughts: 'It's too stressful'

    ESPN "As they celebrated defending their Eastern Conference title Thursday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers weren't ready to focus on defending their NBA championship. Despite going through the East playoffs at 12-1 and appearing destined for a rematch against the Golden State Warriors for months, the..." May 26

  • Warriors favorites over Cavaliers, according to Vegas

    CBS Sports "The NBA Finals are set and shocking nobody it's going to the Warriors taking on the Cavaliers for the third year in a row. The Warriors won it in round one, but Cleveland pulled off an upset storming down from a 3-1 deficit to win the rematch. With a score to settle between the two this is the..." May 26

  • Brandon Roy hired to coach his high school basketball team

    Sportsnaut "Former NBA and Washington Huskies star shooting guard Brandon Roy has found a new job in a familiar place as the head coach of the boys basketball team at Garfield High School. It’s a reunion for Roy, who played his high school ball at Garfield. The news was spread through multiple reports in..." May 26

  • LeBron James never believed he could get to Michael Jordan’s level

    Larry Brown Sports "LeBron James is four wins away from capturing another NBA title, which would give him four in his career before his 33rd birthday. You know how old Michael Jordan was when he won his fourth championship? You guessed it — 33. The comparisons between LeBron and Jordan are becoming more justified..." May 26

  • LeBron James calls Warriors a ‘juggernaut’

    Yardbarker "The Cleveland Cavaliers knocked the Boston Celtics out of the playoffs, but LeBron James knows there is still a very difficult road ahead. After winning Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals 135-103 on Thursday night, James was interviewed by TNT and said his team would enjoy the victory for..." May 26

  • Sam Mitchell a candidate for New Orleans Pelicans coaching staff

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Former Toronto Raptors and Minnesota Timberwolves coach Sam Mitchell is a candidate to join the New Orleans Pelicans staff as an assistant under coach Alvin Gentry, The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday night. When executive vice president of basketball operations Mickey Loomis..." May 26

  • Warriors’ JaVale McGee sued by former landlord, agrees to pay $9,350 in ‘cat-related fees’

    Deadspin "JaVale McGee has had a resurgent season with the Golden State Warriors, playing in more games than he has since 2012-13 and averaging seven points per game in the playoffs. He’s emerged as a reliable alley-oop muse within the Warriors hyperkinetic offense, and he has rescued a once-moribund..." May 26

  • Cavs, Warriors become 1st teams to meet in 3 consecutive NBA Finals

    Fox News Sports "Here they go again. For the third straight year, it's Cleveland and Golden State in the NBA Finals. The 2016 champions versus the 2015 champions . The first "threematch" — rematch of a rematch — in league history. It's the matchup most expected, the matchup most predicted, and probably the..." May 26

  • LeBron James passes Michael Jordan as No. 1 all-time postseason scorer

    CBS Sports "The storied career of LeBron James continues. Always compared to Michael Jordan throughout his career, LeBron has just definitely proved he's better than MJ... at least in one category. During Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday night, LeBron passed Michael Jordan to become..." May 26

  • Steve Kerr not ready to coach on bench, but Warriors still not closing door on it

    San Jose Mercury News "Steve Kerr is not ready to return to the bench as Warriors coach due to lingering health issues, general manager Bob Myers said Thursday, but Myers did not completely close the door on the notion that Kerr would be unable to do so by the time the NBA Finals start on June 1. “At this point, he’s..." May 25

  • Brown: Lue thinking Celtics harder to guard than Warriors is 'cute'

    Pro Basketball Talk "Celtics’ coach Brad Steven is already one of the best in the NBA. His out of time out plays are brilliant, and his Boston team’s flow of ball and player movement is among the best in the league. It’s those things that were giving the Cavaliers trouble in the first half of Game 4 Tuesday, and..." May 25

  • Klay Thompson thinks about avenging Finals loss to Cavs 'every day'

    CSN Bay Area "In case you have been living under a rock ... last year, the Warriors became the first team in NBA history to lose in the Finals after taking a 3-1 series lead. After sweeping the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals, Klay Thompson was asked how much he thought about returning to the Finals..." May 25

  • Josh McRoberts opting into final year of Heat contract

    Miami Herald "Any long shot chance of Josh McRoberts voiding his Heat contract was eliminated Tuesday when agent Mike Conley told The Miami Herald that McRoberts will exercise his opt-in and return to the Heat for $6.021 million next season. The Heat likely will renew efforts to try to trade McRoberts in an..." May 25

  • LeBron James calls his pursuit of Michael Jordan a 'personal goal'

    ESPN "With LeBron James needing 28 points to pass Michael Jordan (5,987 points) for first place on the all-time postseason scoring list, the Cleveland Cavaliers star elaborated on his personal pursuit of Jordan's legacy. "It's just a personal goal of mine," James said Thursday before Cavs shootaround..." May 25

  • Kevin Durant opens up about how he shuts out the haters

    Sportsnaut "Kevin Durant’s decision to join the Golden State Warriors earned him plenty of scorn. So, how did he deal with it? In an interview with Michael Lee of The Vertical, Durant was asked if he called LeBron James for advice on how to handle the backlash. LeBron would probably have some insight on..." May 25

  • Dwane Casey confirms he will return as Raptors head coach

    CBC Sports "Dwane Casey confirmed on Wednesday that Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri gave him assurances he would return to the Raptors next season as head coach. In his year-end press conference, Ujiri spoke of a "culture reset" which included a different style of play for the Raptors, leading many..." May 25

  • Magic Johnson 'Lavar Ball Is Like Kris Jenner ... Here's How'

    TMZ "Magic Johnson says LaVar Ball reminds him of Kris Jenner ... and that ain't a bad thing. Johnson was asked about LaVar Ball when he joined 'Afternoons with Marcellus and Kelvin' on ESPN radio ... and not only did he compare L.B. to Kim Kardashian's mama, Magic said he's got no problem with Papa..." May 25

  • Magic Johnson: Brandon Ingram is only untouchable player on Lakers roster

    ESPN "As the Los Angeles Lakers' new management eyes dramatic change to revive an illustrious franchise that has fallen to historic lows, there's only one player on the roster that Earvin "Magic" Johnson considers untouchable: forward Brandon Ingram. "I would say probably the only player that we..." May 25

  • Raptors to receive second-round pick from Magic for Weltman

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors will be receiving a 2018 second-round draft pick from the Orlando Magic as compensation for the loss of general manager Jeff Weltman, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski‏. The pick will be the least desirable of Orlando’s two second-rounders. The Magic currently..." May 25

  • Khloe Kardashian Responds to 'Cavs Curse' Accusation With Vicious Clapback

    Complex "If you come at famous people on Twitter, regardless of how many followers they have, every once in awhile there's a chance they'll see your tweet and be like "Oh man, fuck this dude." Such was the case on whatever day today is, when someone calling himself "Quavo Hendrix" @'ed Khloe Kardashian,..." May 25

  • Ainge: No Decision Yet On Potential Surgery For Isaiah Thomas

    CBS Boston "Isaiah Thomas is still meeting with specialists and gathering more opinions about his injured hip, which ended his postseason midway through Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Celtics president of basketball ops Danny Ainge joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich on Thursday and told..." May 25

  • Former NBA Player Blames Khloe Kardashian for Ending His Career

    Complex "Any number of things could end an athlete's career before it really gets started. Injuries, substance abuse, or being drafted by the wrong team can change an athlete's future drastically. Rashad McCants was once a promising young guard who on North Carolina's 2005 National Championship team,..." May 25

  • Will next season’s Celtics be any closer to NBA Finals or is LeBron too big an obstacle?

    Yardbarker "The plan is sound and it might still bear fruit. The season will probably officially end for the Boston Celtics Thursday night. Realistically, it was over before the Eastern Conference Finals with the Cleveland Cavaliers started. Even the most hardcore, Larry Bird-jersey wearing Southie zealot had..." May 25

  • Dick’s Sporting Goods slipped again and sold Cavs NBA Finals merchandise early

    The Comeback "On Tuesday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 112-99 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals, clinching a trip to the NBA Finals. Well, some of that is true – Cleveland did win the game by that score, but since they lost Game 3, they won’t be able to advance to the Finals..." May 25

  • Donald Sterling’s wife petitioning NBA to overturn his lifetime ban

    Pro Basketball Talk "Former Clippers owner Donald Sterling settled his lawsuit against the NBA and his wife. Reconciled with Shelley Sterling, Donald sounds – in a recent interview with James Rainey of NBC News – ready to move on. Rainey: But his wife, Shelly Sterling, also 83, said in a separate interview..." May 25

  • Bulls Expect Dwyane Wade To Exercise $23.8M Player Option

    Real GM Basketball "Dwyane Wade has yet to formally make a decision on his $23.8 million player option with the Chicago Bulls for the 17-18 season. Wade is unlikely to command that type of salary on the open market this offseason. "All I can tell you is most everyone associated with the Bulls believes Wade will..." May 25

  • Lonzo Ball tells Celtics he won't work out for them, says Danny Ainge

    CBS Sports "Lonzo Ball is projected to be one of the top picks in next month's NBA Draft. He showed a lot of promise in his one season at UCLA with a natural ability to move the ball and keep the offense flowing. For most projections he's the second-best prospect in this year's draft behind only Washington..." May 25

  • LaVar Ball's Big Baller Brand selling 'Stay in yo lane' shirts

    New York Daily News "LaVar Ball can’t stop making a fool out of himself. The outspoken father of NBA Draft prospect Lonzo Ball tweeted out the addition of “Stay In Yo Lane” shirts Wednesday as part of his sports apparel company, Big Baller Brand. The phrase, of course, was used by LaVar to disrespect FoxSports..." May 25

  • Jimmy Butler roasts DeAndre Jordan after hair diss: 'I never liked you'

    Bleacher Report "Jimmy Butler and DeAndre Jordan developed something of a bromance with the United States Olympic team last summer, and the teasing has continued throughout the season. On Wednesday, the Chicago Bulls shooting guard posted a headshot on Instagram captioned “haircut needed.” Jordan..." May 25

  • Lakers hire Kardashian trainer to head strength and conditioning department

    Los Angeles Times "The Lakers hired Gunnar Peterson, who counts celebrities among his past clientele, to be their director of strength and endurance. Peterson, a personal trainer before joining the Lakers, replaces Tim DiFrancesco, who resigned from his post as the Lakers’ strength and conditioning coach this..." May 25