• Lakers Met with LaVar Ball to Request He 'Tone Down' Luke Walton Criticism

    Bleacher Report "LaVar Ball's outspoken nature recently landed him a meeting with members of the Los Angeles Lakers front office. Per ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, the Lakers met with Ball to ask that he "tone down" his public criticism of head coach Luke Walton. Ball told Shelburne he is just trying to do what..." December 12

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: 'All signs point to the NBA replacing the NFL' as America's league

    CBS Sports "The NFL is no stranger to controversy. Between concussions, protests and questionable officiating, the league has had to endure a lot over recent years. With that in mind, NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote a piece for The Guardian entitled "The NBA, and not the NFL, is the league of America's..." December 12

  • Report: Bulls gauged trade interest in Robin Lopez, Nikola Mirotic

    Clutch Points "NBAReport: Bulls gauged trade interest in Robin Lopez, Nikola Miroticby Alex VejarDecember 12, 2017Nikola Mirotic It didn’t take long for the Chicago Bulls to move from awkward situation to the next. After Nikola Mirotic returned to the lineup recently, the Bulls forward has been lighting it..." December 12

  • Spurs upgrade Leonard to probable for Dallas game

    San Antonio Express-News "It looks like Spurs coach Gregg Popovich can finally put away his "sooner rather than later" answer in regard to questions about Kawhi Leonard's status. The Spurs on Monday upgraded Leonard to probable for Tuesday night's game against the Mavericks. "He's looking good and practicing with..." December 12

  • John Wall Likely To Return On Wednesday

    Hoops Rumors "Despite being upgraded to questionable for Tuesday’s game in Brooklyn, point guard John Wall appears more likely to return to action for the Wizards on Wednesday night, a source tells TNT’s David Aldridge (Twitter link). Aldridge suggests that “all signs point” to the Wizards getting Wall back in..." December 12

  • Rumor: Hassan Whiteside not considered untouchable in trade talks

    Clutch Points "The Miami Heat have not completely fallen off a cliff without star big man Hassan Whiteside. Rookie Bam Adebayo has stepped in to play solid minutes along the Heat frontcourt, providing good energy and defense when needed. But could Adebayo’s promising play in Whiteside’s absence suddenly make..." December 12

  • Pelicans will be without guard Tony Allen for 3-4 weeks due to injury, team says

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Pelicans will be without reserve guard Tony Allen for three to four weeks with a non-displaced fibula fracture in his left leg, the team said Tuesday. Allen walked off the floor after one minute of play Sunday against the Philadelphia 76ers and did not play Monday in the road..." December 12

  • Paul George Insists The Thunder’s Poor Play Has ‘Gotta Stop’ After Another Bad Loss

    Dime Magazine "Paul George and the Oklahoma City Thunder say they’re going to get better, but the losses keep coming. The Thunder dropped another game Monday night to the Charlotte Hornets, a 116-103 loss at home where they gave up a whopping 63 points in the second half to blow a lead and spark another round of..." December 12

  • Who's on the hot seat? Evaluating job security of every NBA coach

    Sporting News "When Phoenix gave the pink slip to Earl Watson in October, it ended a remarkable stretch of NBA coaching stability. Before the move to replace Watson, it had been a year-and-a-half since the league last had a coach get fired. Since then, we’ve already had another firing, a stunner that saw..." December 12

  • Blazer rotations continue to change but the losing streak reaches 5

    NBC Sports Northwest "It wasn't surprising that the Trail Blazers lost another game Monday night. The fifth straight defeat came in Oakland to the Golden State Warriors, a team that has beaten Portland like a snare drum recently. Yes, the Warriors were without all-stars Steph Curry, Draymond Green and others -- but..." December 12

  • Danilo Gallinari Out With Another Glute Injury

    Real GM Basketball "Danilo Gallinari just returned to the Los Angeles Clippers after 13 games out with a glute injury, but he suffered a new glute injury in his second game back. "He's out for probably a good couple of games," said Doc Rivers." December 12

  • Stevens appreciates Hayward’s optimism but doesn’t expect him back this season

    Boston Globe "It has long been believed that the ankle injury suffered by Celtics forward Gordon Hayward in the Oct. 17 season opener would sideline him for the entire season. In an interview with the Globe on Friday, Hayward did not veer from that timeline, but he did express some hope that he might be able to..." December 12

  • Joel Embiid, Robert Covington, T.J. McConnell questionable

    NBC Philadelphia "The Sixers might get some reinforcements back to help try to halt their losing streak. Joel Embiid, Robert Covington and T.J. McConnell are listed as questionable tonight in Minnesota (9:30 p.m./NBCSP+). Embiid (back tightness) sat out Saturday night’s loss because of load management and..." December 12

  • Nets have the one player who recognizes Jahlil Okafor’s plight

    New York Post "Stop us if this sounds familiar. A once-elite college prospect and top-three NBA draft pick gets off to a strong start, falls out of favor in his own organization, and winds up with the Nets in a low-risk, high-reward trade because of how far his stock has fallen. The player talks about how..." December 12

  • Nikola Mirotic is playing well enough for the Bulls to be traded, but ...

    Chicago Tribune "Rookie wonder Lauri Markkanen was aching. Back spasms. No go against the Celtics. Ouch, babe. So, Nikola Mirotic was given the start Monday and, whoa, look at that, he promptly poured in 24 points to lead the Bulls to a surprising 108-85 rout over a Celtics team missing Kyrie Irving. And..." December 12

  • Jazz, Snyder trying to figure out how to play with both Gobert, Favors on the court

    Deseret News "Coach Quin Snyder seems to be getting a little tired of answering questions about playing Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors at the same time, even if he says, “I’m not going to get tired of answering these questions because they’re legitimate." Snyder has been asked variations of the question..." December 12

  • Carmelo Anthony does not speak to media after loss to Hornets

    Larry Brown Sports "Things may be coming to a head in Oklahoma City. Brett Dawson of The Oklahoman reported on Monday that Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony left the locker room early without speaking to the media after the team’s 116-103 loss to the Charlotte Hornets. " December 12

  • Nick Young leaves Monday night’s game with concussion

    San Jose Mercury News "Warriors guard Nick Young left with a concussion in the third quarter of Golden State’s 111-104 victory over the Portland Trailblazers Monday night Young was injured after an inadvertent hit to the head by Jordan Bell in the third quarter. Though he stayed in the game to for a possession after..." December 12

  • Phoenix Suns coach Jay Triano says Dragan Bender has to earn more playing time

    Arizona Central "Who is that masked man in the Suns’ lineup? Phoenix certainly hopes it’s not the Dragan Bender it sees the rest of the season because in the past seven games Bender has become the invisible man. The numbers: 12 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in the seven games combined, and Bender is..." December 12

  • Charles Barkley, at campaign rally, scolds 'idiots' in Alabama for supporting Roy Moore

    Sporting News "Charles Barkley entered the political arena Monday night in Alabama, speaking at a campaign rally for U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones against Roy Moore. The TNT analyst and former NBA star said during his brief remarks that Moore should not be running for office. "There's no way possible..." December 12

  • Lakers Shine in transition offense but commit too many turnovers

    Clutch Points "The past five-game losing streak has placed the Lakers in a familiar position. The criticism and scrutiny of the shrewd Lakers fans are slowly mounting. There is one bright spot and one glaring weakness that arise from a brief review of the Lakers performance thus far. Lakers amazingly rank..." December 12

  • 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