• Joel Embiid Feels Guilty For Sam Hinkie's Firing

    Real GM Basketball "Joel Embiid and Sam Hinkie continue to communicate occasionally even though the former general manager was fired by the Philadelphia 76ers nearly two years ago. "Yeah, we text sometimes," said Embiid. "We talk to each other sometimes. I mean, that’s the guy that drafted me, and he made sure he..." December 11

  • Will Bucks make big splash with DeAndre Jordan deal?

    Sporting News "Not all is well in Clipperland. Los Angeles is 5-13 since the start of November, and with Patrick Beverley out for the season and Blake Griffin likely stuck on the bench until late January, the Clippers could be a team ready to sell ahead of the Feb. 8 trade deadline. Taking a look at the..." December 11

  • Report: LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball Sign 1-Year Contracts with Prienu Vytautas

    Bleacher Report "LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball are headed to Europe. The former Chino Hills High School stars have signed one-year deals with first division Lithuanian team Prienu Vytautas, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical, adding they will report to the club in January. Jonathan Givony of ESPN broke..." December 11

  • Marcus Morris reportedly will miss ‘extended time’ with knee injury

    Boston "After missing the Celtics’ first eight games of the season due to knee soreness, Marcus Morris is reportedly slated to miss another string of games for the same reason. According to The Vertical’s Shams Charania, Morris will be sidelined for an indefinite period of time because his left knee..." December 11

  • Shaq on free throws: ‘I told Rick Barry I’d rather shoot 0% than shoot underhand’

    Pro Basketball Talk "Rick Barry famously made 90% of his free throws while shooting underhand. Shaquille O’Neal infamously shot just 53% on his free throws, inspiring hack-a-Shaq. Why didn’t Shaq use Barry’s technique? Shaq, via Emmanuel Ocbazghi, Noah Friedman and Graham Flanagan of Business..." December 11

  • Chris Bosh’s mom denies drug charges, says son is evicting her

    Larry Brown Sports "The mother of Chris Bosh is denying any ties to a drug trafficking operation and has a pretty good explanation for what’s going on. The DeSoto, Texas home where Freida Bosh has been living, which is owned by her son, Chris, was raided on Friday morning by police in a drug sting. Police believed..." December 11

  • Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard might make debut against Mavericks

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The Dallas Mavericks (7-20) will host division-rival San Antonio Spurs (19-8) at the American Airlines Center for the final time in the regular season Tuesday night. Head coach Rick Carlisle’s team has played better in recent weeks, and their past three losses have all come on the road..." December 11

  • Matt Barnes calling it a career, says he did it his way

    ESPN "Matt Barnes is wrapping up his wild ride through the NBA. The 37-year-old forward, who won a title with the Golden State Warriors last season but hasn't played this year, posted his retirement announcement on Instagram on Monday. He wrote: "Had a cool 15yr run!! Traveled the world met alota..." December 11

  • Lonzo Ball’s inconsistent fourth-quarter role not an issue in Lakers’ locker room

    Orange County Register "If anyone other than a certain parent objects to Lonzo Ball’s minutes during the fourth quarter of Lakers games, they aren’t saying it. “That’s what the team is for,” Lonzo Ball said after the Lakers pulled away from the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday to win 110-99 while Ball and starting center..." December 11

  • Celtics’ Kyrie Irving out for tonight’s game against Bulls

    Chicago Sun-Times "When the Bulls play the Celtics tonight, they will not have to face star point guard Kyrie Irving. The Celtics released their injury report for tonight’s game at the United Center and Irving is listed as out with a bruised left quad muscle. Last night, the four-time NBA All-Star played 34..." December 11

  • Is this the start of the injuries portion of the Sixers season?

    NBC Philadelphia "No Joel Embiid? No Robert Covington? No T.J. McConnell? No problem last night for the Philadelphia 76ers. Well, maybe one problem, and that's that they didn't have enough healthy good players to compete with an essentially full-strength New Orleans Pelicans squad for 48 minutes, losing 131-124..." December 11

  • The Sacramento Kings are what happens when you don’t trust The Process

    Salt Lake Tribune "I used this space earlier in the season to write about Jahlil Okafor, the Philadelphia 76ers and the need for the Sixers to execute a trade. It was a column critical of Philly’s front office in parts, but the Sixers have done a lot of right over the past five years. They tanked the right way,..." December 11

  • Knicks GM: No Interest In Tanking

    Hoops Rumors "The Knicks were widely viewed as a bottom-10 NBA team entering the 2017/18 season, but they’ve played .500 ball so far, and president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry would like to see team keep winning and contend for a playoff spot, writes Marc Berman of The New York Post. As Berman..." December 11

  • Magic Johnson Says Lakers Aren’t Guaranteed To Use Entire Cap Space If 2 Max-Contract Players Aren’t Signed

    Lakers Nation "Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson has hardly made any secret of his team’s desire to sign multiple superstars in 2018 NBA free agency, both in his words and in actions. Team officials like Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka have spoken openly about..." December 11

  • Tristan Thompson likely to return against Hawks, but won't start

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said Tristan Thompson may return Tuesday against the Atlanta Hawks, but will not be in the starting lineup. Thompson was injured Nov. 1 with what the team said was a strained left calf. He was the starting center at the time, but Lue said Monday that he would not..." December 11

  • Heat’s Dion Waiters: ‘I’m not coming off no bench’

    Palm Beach Post "Although the Heat haven’t indicated they want Dion Waiters coming off the bench, the idea has been raised by fans since he came to Miami more than a year ago. But Waiters has a message for those who think the team would be better off if he were on the bench at the start of the game: “I’m a..." December 11

  • Michael Beasley fouls out in 10 minutes, gets standing ovation

    Clutch Points "NBAMichael Beasley fouls out in 10 minutes of playby Rexwell VillasDecember 10, 2017michael beasley We all know that New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley is the type of player/person who marches to the beat of his own drum, so while it’s surprising to learn that the former lottery pick fouled..." December 11

  • Rick Carlisle Says There’s No Timetable for Dennis Smith Jr’s Return from Hip Strain

    SLAM Online "Dennis Smith Jr injured his left hip on Wednesday night in the Mavs’ 97-90 loss to the Celtics. He experienced soreness the day after and then sat out of practice on Friday. He was reportedly in good spirits, however. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said today that “[Smith Jr] getting 100 percent..." December 11

  • Nets don’t have a lot of time to figure out where new pieces fit

    New York Post "When the Nets parted ways with popular veterans Trevor Booker and Sean Kilpatrick, there was always a concern the move could disrupt the locker room. That’s why general manager Sean Marks came to talk to the players personally, and coach Kenny Atkinson spoke with them individually. Marks and..." December 11

  • Kevin Garnett: I want to help buy out Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, not partner with him

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kevin Garnett’s rift with the Timberwolves – specifically owner Glen Taylor – is still going strong. Garnett, via Shlomo Sprung of Awful Announcing: “I don’t want to be partners with Glen [Taylor], and I wouldn’t want to be partners with Glen in Minnesota,” he said. “I would love to be part..." December 11

  • DeAndre Jordan's Decision to Hire Agent Has NBA Trying to Guess His Next Move

    Bleacher Report "In the aftermath of clumsily changing his mind about signing with the Dallas Mavericks in 2015, DeAndre Jordan fired his agent. That was hardly the surprising part; his decision to leave the Los Angeles Clippers for Dallas, only to back out of the deal, was a train wreck from start to..." December 11

  • Knicks can’t stop raving about Enes Kanter’s dedication

    New York Post "Enes Kanter showed up for the Knicks game with the Hawks on Sunday on crutches. So naturally, he started. “If you’re going to make the playoffs, you’re going to make some sacrifices,” said Kanter, who was feeling the effects of getting kneed in the hip Saturday in Chicago — an injury that..." December 11

  • Playoffs?! Why, yes, Orlando Magic have shot, which isn't exactly a great thing

    Orlando Sentinel "The Orlando Magic are just good enough to be bad. They are mediocrity’s children, sprinkled with a touch of misery. At 11-17, they are a playoff tease, an aspiring eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, cluttered with lousy teams. Only eight of the 15 teams in the conference have winning..." December 11

  • Hornets’ Nic Batum on severity of elbow pain: ‘I can’t be myself’

    Charlotte Observer "Charlotte Hornets guard Nic Batum is constantly aggravating his left elbow injury, and it is significantly affecting his performance. Batum detailed the situation in an exclusive interview with the Observer Saturday, following the Hornets’ 110-99 home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Batum..." December 11

  • Jabari Parker will have to make a decision about his future after this season

    Deseret News "Jabari Parker has always been a player of interest for local fans because he is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who once considered going on an LDS mission and once put BYU among his five finalists for where he would attend college. Parker, who was drafted No. 2..." December 11

  • Victor Oladipo tired of Paul George comparisons

    Fanrag Sports "Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo is tired of being compared to former Pacers superstar Paul George and wants everyone to move on from the trade that sent George to the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to Clifton Brown of The Indianapolis Star. “I’m kind of getting sick and tired of the..." December 11

  • Do Rockets have shot at LeBron in free agency? It's not outlandish

    USA Today "Maverick Carter made his way around the Staples Center floor last Sunday, saying hello to friends and associates alike before finding his courtside seat for the Sunday affair between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers. When you’re the 36-year-old business manager of LeBron James, a..." December 10

  • Chris Bosh still not closing door on NBA career

    Palm Beach Post "Although Chris Bosh has not played in an NBA game since Feb. 9, 2016 because of blood clotting issues, he’s not ready to close the door on his NBA playing career just yet. “That’s still there in front of me,” Bosh said on The Full 48 podcast hosted by Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck. “The window..." December 10

  • MJ held meeting with Hornets players

    Charlotte Observer "When the team owner is also a basketball icon, things can be a bit more hands-on for the Charlotte Hornets. Owner Michael Jordan met with the players before Saturday’s game with the Los Angeles Lakers, looking for answers to what’s ailing this roster. The Hornets lost six of seven heading into..." December 10

  • Kobe upset with how media twisted Lonzo comments

    Total Pro Sports "Over the weekend, Kobe Bryant was asked a serious of question about the current state of the Lakers and the talent on the team. Naturally, Lonzo Ball’s name came up and the Black Mamba clearly stated that Lonzo needs to have the mentality to win, but his words got cut up and twisted when it was..." December 10

  • Wizards owner Ted Leonsis discusses deeper draft to stock minor-league affiliates

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA general managers have discussed expanding the draft, but that would have to be collectively bargained. So, the real power brokers are the owners and players. One owner is talking along the same lines. Wizards owner Ted Leonsis – who announced Washington’s minor-league affiliate would be..." December 10

  • Brett Brown: I treat film study with Markelle Fultz like a 'college classroom'

    ESPN "Philadelphia guard Markelle Fultz might have left the University of Washington for the NBA after just one year, but Sixers coach Brett Brown says the No. 1 overall pick's classroom education is continuing while he is sidelined with a shoulder injury. "Really just sitting down and watching lots..." December 10

  • Knicks GM: No Plans For A Noah Buyout

    New York Post "Knicks general manager Scott Perry says he hasn’t entertained thoughts of buying out Joakim Noah, despite the team’s logjam at center, feeling Noah may have a role at some juncture. Since returning from the drug suspension that cost him the first 12 games of this season, Noah has appeared in..." December 10

  • Hayward not ruling out possible return this season

    Boston Globe "It’s nearing 10 p.m. on Friday at The Local, and the crowd at this quaint Wellesley restaurant has thinned as families head into the chilly night with to-go boxes. The bar is busy but not packed, and patrons are paying little mind to the Celtics game against the Spurs that is glowing on..." December 10

  • Beal: Refs took 0.1 seconds off clock because of 'tough s--- rule'

    ESPN "The conclusion of a one-point loss to the LA Clippers on Saturday left the Washington Wizards scratching their heads over what star guard Bradley Beal called a "freak rule." The Clippers won the game at Staples Center 113-112 thanks to Lou Williams' 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds remaining, but the..." December 10

  • JR Smith passes Kobe Bryant on NBA's 3-point list

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "With his second made 3-pointer on Saturday night, Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard JR Smith passed NBA legend Kobe Bryant on the all-time 3-point list. Smith is now 12th with 1,828 triples. He is closing in on the 11th spot, only three away from moving ahead of Chauncey Billups." December 10

  • Knicks GM Scott Perry won't 'institutionalize losing'

    New York Post "As much as Knicks general manager Scott Perry has referred to the 2017-18 season as one of “development,” he doesn’t want that misconstrued as wanting to lose to get a high lottery pick. In his first denial the new regime went into this season with eyes on tanking, Perry took a shot at the..." December 09

  • Kevin Garnett would love to remove Timberwolves owner

    Larry Brown Sports "The beef between Kevin Garnett and Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor is continuing. In an interview this week with Awful Announcing, Garnett said that he was interested in getting into ownership at some point, perhaps with the Wolves. But he added that he didn’t want to work with the..." December 09

  • Walton on LaVar criticism: Parents won't make our coaching decisions

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week, LaVar Ball went on the radio, and did what he has done so many times before: spoke his mind. Discussing the state of the Lakers, LaVar was highly critical of Lakers coach Luke Walton, critiquing everything from how much he plays his son, Lonzo Ball, in the fourth quarter, to how..." December 09

  • Kobe: Lonzo needs 'get better now' mentality

    247 Sports "Despite struggling with his shot all season, Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball is doing everything else really well as he is averaging 8.8 points, 6.9 rebounds and seven assists. Ball's all-around game and excellent playmaking ability is why the Lakers have already anointed him as their point..." December 09

  • Lakers reportedly concerned LaVar Ball could undercut Luke Walton

    Larry Brown Sports "Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton continues to shrug off LaVar Ball’s public criticism, but there are private concerns regarding the ongoing airing of grievances. According to Bill Oram of the Orange County Register, there is some concern within the Lakers’ organization that Ball’s constant..." December 09

  • No. 1 pick Fultz no longer sore, but will miss another 3 weeks

    Sportsnet "The No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA draft will remain out of action for at least another three weeks. The Philadelphia 76ers issued a press release Saturday confirming that Markelle Fultz is no longer experiencing soreness in his right shoulder and the scapular muscle imbalance is resolved. However,..." December 09

  • Dion Waiters: 'I'm not coming off no bench'

    Palm Beach Post "Although the Heat haven’t indicated they want Dion Waiters coming off the bench, the idea has been raised by fans since he came to Miami more than a year ago. But Waiters has a message for those who think the team would be better off if he were on the bench at the start of the game: “I’m a..." December 09

  • How Bill Walton, Phil Jackson and Steve Kerr shaped Luke Walton

    ESPN "There are times when Rob Pelinka will walk down the hallway from his office at the UCLA Health Training Center, past Magic Johnson's office, where a flat-screen television is almost always tuned to sports shows, and down to Luke Walton's office. Sometimes, the sounds of the Grateful Dead and..." December 09

  • Patrick Patterson takes swipe at Derrick Rose’s for being away from the team due to bone spur

    Clutch Points "Earlier, it was learned that embattled Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Derrick Rose is dealing with a bone spur in his problematic left ankle, and that he might need surgery done to repair it. Including Friday’s game against the Indiana Pacers, Rose has missed a total of 19 games this season...." December 09

  • Gasol: Lack of Grizzlies' urgency is 'mind-boggling'

    CBS Sports "The last month or so has been a difficult time for the Memphis Grizzlies. First, Mike Conley was ruled out indefinitely with a sore Achilles injury, which led to a miserable losing streak that eventually reached 11 games. In the middle of that skid, David Fizdale was fired as head coach after..." December 09

  • Why Joakim Noah can still help us: Knicks GM

    New York Post "Knicks general manager Scott Perry says he hasn’t entertained thoughts of buying out Joakim Noah despite the team’s logjam at center, feeling he may have a role at some juncture. Since returning from the drug suspension that cost him the first 12 games of this season, Noah has appeared in just..." December 09

  • Chris Bosh's House Was a Drug Trafficking Fortress, Cops Say

    TMZ "The Texas home owned by NBA star Chris Bosh had all of the hallmarks of a traditional drug trafficking den ... from iron gates to security cameras -- this according to the cops who raided the joint. TMZ Sports broke the story ... Bosh's mother, Freida, is listed as a suspect in an alleged..." December 09

  • Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov Named by Whistleblower in Russia Doping Scandal

    New York Daily News "Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has found himself caught in the middle of an embarrassing sports scandal -- and, for once, it has nothing to do with his team’s play on the court. Prokhorov allegedly paid a Russian Olympic athlete millions of rubles (the equivalent of several hundred thousand..." December 09

  • Celtics’ Terry Rozier: ‘I know I’ll be a starter in this league’

    Pro Basketball Talk "Celtics point guard Terry Rozier has spent his first few seasons in the NBA backing up Isaiah Thomas then Kyrie Irving and establishing a trade value that has become a running joke. But Rozier has bigger goals. Rozier, via NBC Sports Boston: I know, in the future, I want to be a..." December 09

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