• Raptors won’t sign Vince Carter if he gets bought out

    Pro Basketball Talk "Of returning to the Raptors, Vince Carter said, “It’ll happen one day.” It sounds as if the Kings would buy him out if he wants. Will he end the season with Toronto? Josh Lewenberg of TSN 1050: After speaking with a few team sources, I can confirm that they’ve had internal dialogue..." February 19

  • Lou Williams Had an Incredible Response to Jimmy Butler Sitting Out the All-Star Game

    Complex "The 2018 NBA All-Star Game was fun. It was a highly competitive matchup between Team LeBron and Team Steph. It actually looked like the stars who played gave it some effort. A few All-Stars—Kevin Love, John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, and Kristaps Porzingis—couldn't play because they were hurt...." February 19

  • NBA, NBPA working on mental wellness program

    SLAM Online "Players association director Michele Roberts revealed that the NBPA and NBA are creating a mental wellness program for players. In an interview with SB Nation’s Paul Flannery, Roberts called it “a shame” that mental wellness in the NBA has been overlooked. “One of the things we negotiated in..." February 19

  • Fergie apologizes for NBA All-Star anthem performance

    Larry Brown Sports "Fergie has apologized for her strange rendition of the national anthem prior to Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game. The singer was widely criticized and mocked for her bizarre, slowed-down jazz version of the anthem, and she told TMZ Sports that she tried to take a risk that obviously didn’t pay..." February 19

  • Roster Moves Required This Week For Four Teams

    Hoops Rumors "As we noted last week when we identified the clubs with open roster spots, NBA rules generally prohibit teams from carrying fewer than 14 players on their 15-man squads (not counting two-way players). However, teams are permitted to dip to 13 – or even 12 – in special circumstances, as long as..." February 19

  • Jeremy Lin defends JJ Redick over perceived racial slur

    Larry Brown Sports "JJ Redick insists that he did not intentionally use a racial slur toward Chinese people when he took part in a recent video celebrating the Chinese New Year, and the first American-born Chinese player to ever play in the NBA believes him. Shortly after Redick issued an apology on Sunday, Jeremy..." February 19

  • Adam Silver upbeat on All-Star Game, says TV draft likely next year

    ESPN "NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he was pleased with the new format for the league's All-Star Game and believed that next year's player draft would be televised. "I thought it was incredible. I can't tell you how appreciative I am of the players," Silver told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne following..." February 19

  • Tiago Splitter announces retirement from basketball

    CBS Sports "Splitter announced his retirement from professional basketball Monday in an interview with Brazilian cable television network SporTV. Splitter hit free agency this summer but generated little interest on the open market, likely due in no small part to the recurring hip issues that had limited..." February 19

  • LeBron James says NBA legends' experiences help inspire him to speak out

    Sporting News "NBA All-Star Game MVP LeBron James says he will not "shut up and dribble" when it comes to political and social issues. Sunday night in Los Angeles, he said he can't stay silent knowing what NBA and other sports legends experienced decades earlier. James spoke of a moment he'd had in the..." February 19

  • Giannis vows to stay with Bucks as long as they're title contenders

    ESPN "In late November, Giannis Antetokounmpo and his Milwaukee Bucks teammates had just finished practicing at the University of California in Berkeley. On the walk back to the team bus, Antetokounmpo was approached by a few autograph seekers holding portraits of him. The 6-foot-11 forward obliged..." February 19

  • 76ers' Redick apologizes for unintentional offensive remark

    Washington Post "The 76ers’ J.J. Redick issued multiple statements Sunday after he appeared to have uttered a racial slur in a video showing NBA players wishing a happy Chinese new year to fans in that country. “I ask your forgiveness. … I am so sorry for upsetting anyone,” Redick said in a lengthy apology posted..." February 19

  • Butler sits out All-Star Game: 'I got to rest my body'

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "While both teams unexpectedly competed to the very end of Team LeBron’s 148-145 dramatic victory over Team Stephen in Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game, Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler sat and watched it unfold all around him all night at Staples Center. Did he miss out? “No, I like it,” he said...." February 19

  • LeBron James wins MVP, falls 2 assists shy of triple-double

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "This is what happens when LeBron James shuts up and dribbles. James won his third All-Star MVP award and his team won the first NBA All-Star Game in the new format Sunday night, beating Stephen Curry's team, 148-145. The Cavs star finished with 29 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists,..." February 19

  • Anthony Davis honors DeMarcus Cousins by wearing his jersey

    CBS Sports "The "festivities" before the NBA All-Star Game were pretty much panned as a disaster, but after nearly 45 minutes, the game finally got started. And when it did, fans were treated to a pretty cool sight. Lining up for the opening tip, Anthony Davis was wearing teammate DeMarcus Cousins'..." February 19

  • Draymond Green started laughing during Fergie's bizarre national anthem performance

    USA Today "Everything about the NBA All-Star Game pre-game show was laughably bad. But nothing — really, nothing! — topped Fergie’s rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner. When the 25-minute introduction show finally completed, Fergie took the mic to perform the national anthem. And let’s just say it..." February 19

  • Kobe Bryant says a trade to Bulls nearly happened before Lakers sent Shaq to Miami

    CBS Sports "NBA All-Star weekend is nearly over, and there have been a number of exciting moments from the first two nights. One of the most interesting, however, did not come on the court, but rather from a discussion between Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal. With the festivities in Los Angeles, the..." February 18

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo explains why he is fine with fans selling autographed gear

    Larry Brown Sports "One thing many professional athletes have to deal with is the fact that many of the people asking them for autographs will turn around and sell what they get signed. This is a frustration for many stars, but Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is not one of them, saying he signs items..." February 18

  • NBA players, referees discuss rising issues, agree to improve communication

    ESPN "A small group of NBA referees and players held a meeting Saturday, working to relieve mounting tension between the sides. The meeting included three players, three referees and officials from both the referees' union and the players' union. Among the items agreed on was establishing a direct..." February 18

  • All-Stars shine in LA, leaving Lakers, Clippers wondering who might return

    Sporting News "Four. Of all the players here for the NBA’s All-Star festivities, the 24 players in Sunday’s game and 24 in Friday’s Rising Stars game, the four participants in the Slam Dunk Contest, the eight shooters in the 3-Point Contest and eight ball handlers in the Skills Challenge — 68 players altogether..." February 18

  • Rockets annoyed to only have 1 All-Star as Warriors have 4

    CBS Sports "Ask Mike D'Antoni, and no, the Rockets don't talk much about the Warriors. Ask one of his players ... "You always have to focus on them because they've been to the Finals three years in a row and they're still one of the teams you always have to focus on," Rockets guard Eric Gordon said..." February 18

  • Team LeBron Wants to Change the ASG Narrative

    The Sports Post "Tonight, the NBA All-Star Game takes place. But Team LeBron wants to take things seriously. This shouldn’t be a ‘sideshow’ at all. But it’s not just Team LeBron as a whole. In fact, this mostly comes from his coach for the evening–Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey, who elaborates. “Those..." February 18

  • JJ Redick denies apparent racial slur in NBA's Chinese New Year video

    Philly Voice "A video from the NBA's official partner in China that was supposed to celebrate Chinese New Year is now mired in controversy, following the discovery of Sixers guard JJ Redick using what appears to be a racial slur in the video. The available clip shows a deep cast of NBA players and coaches —..." February 18

  • Joel Embiid has interesting strategy to win All-Star MVP

    Sportsnaut "Joel Embiid will be starting in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game for “Team Stephen.” He’ll share a starting lineup with distance shooters like Stephen Curry and James Harden. But that may not keep the Philadelphia 76ers center from attempting plenty of deep shots on his own. Embiid was asked how he..." February 18

  • Hundreds show up to Lonzo Ball’s $199 autograph session

    Larry Brown Sports "Lonzo Ball may not be taking part in his first ever NBA All-Star Game this weekend, but the rookie point guard and his family appear to have come up with an indirect way to profit off of the event. Last week, Ball announced that he would be hosting an autograph session at the Puente Hills Mall..." February 18

  • What is LeBron James' net worth? Breaking down how much Cavs star earns

    Sporting News "LeBron James might eventually go down as the best basketball player to grace the hardwood, but that will not be the only part of his legacy. James has his heights set for greatness to continue well beyond the moment he drops his last bucket. James is more than the brightest basketball star in..." February 18

  • Why Russell Westbrook Will Go Down as the Greatest NBA All-Star

    Complex "Before pouring in 21 first quarter points in a Wednesday night win over the Warriors, Russell Westbrook Popovich’d a reporter who asked him how he was approaching the defending champs. The journo was forced to answer his own bad question—”you play every game the same way”—because it’s already such..." February 18

  • George looking to 'build something' long-term with free-agency decision

    The Oklahoman "Russell Westbrook was in the middle of answering a question about his motto of "Why Not?," when the chants started. This year's All-Star player media session is the first time fans were allowed to sit in. With L.A. loyalists less than 100 yards away seated in temporary bleachers, the chants..." February 18

  • Adam Silver: NBA still considering changing playoff format

    Sportsnaut "NBA Commissioner Adam Silver gave his version of the state of the league address during All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles on Saturday evening. The innovative commissioner touched on a ton of topics, including the Association considering drastically changing its playoff format. It was previously..." February 18

  • NBA Rumors: Paul George doesn't want to play for multiple teams

    247 Sports "It's safe to say that one of the biggest storylines this season has been where Paul George will sign this summer. The Oklahoma City Thunder star was traded to the team from the Indiana Pacers this past summer, but will be a free agent following the season. On Saturday, George spoke to the media..." February 18

  • LaMarcus Aldridge does not know if Kawhi Leonard will return this season

    Clutch Points "The San Antonio Spurs’ franchise man, or hand, in forward Kawhi Leonard has only played nine games this season due to an ankle and quadriceps injury. He was listed as “out indefinitely” last January 17th and there are no signs if he can come back for the playoffs or not. As something that’s..." February 18

  • Knicks Rumors: Noah, Hornacek Altercation Turned Physical

    Hoops Rumors "Knicks center Joakim Noah got into a physical altercation with coach Jeff Hornacek that led to his leave of absence, according to Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News. Their long-running disagreement over playing time became heated at a practice following a January 23 game against the..." February 18

  • Durant blames himself for relationship with Westbrook, 'I f---ed that up'

    NBC Sports Bay Area "When you get them in the same building, all eyes are on Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Everyone already knows the background, we're not going there. The two are no longer teammates, but for one weekend they have been again for the last two years in the NBA All-Star Game. To no surprise,..." February 18

  • Russell Westbrook to start in the All-Star Game after all

    Sportsnaut "A lot was made about reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook not being named an All-Star starter this season. Coming off a 2016-17 campaign that saw him average a triple-double, the dynamic guard is still among the game’s best players. For him to come off the bench Sunday, it would have seemed like a..." February 18

  • LaMarcus Aldridge does not know if Kawhi Leonard will return after All-Star break

    Larry Brown Sports "Kawhi Leonard remains out with his quad injury, and even his teammates are unsure about his status. LaMarcus Aldridge was asked on Saturday by the San Antonio News-Express’ Tom Orsborn whether he was confident Leonard would return after the All-Star break, and he did not offer much. Leonard..." February 18

  • Joel Embiid is already an all-star starter. His next goal: Becoming the NBA’s best player.

    Washington Post "No one would accuse Joel Embiid of lacking confidence. The only things that can actually match Embiid’s outsized personality are his massive, 7-foot-2 frame and ridiculously diverse skill set. That combination has made him one of the NBA’s most popular players over the past two seasons, and one of..." February 18

  • Donovan Mitchell dons a Vince Carter jersey and beats Larry Nance Jr to win Slam Dunk Contest

    Business Insider "Donovan Mitchell won the 2018 Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday night, with two of his four dunks earning a perfect score from the judges. Mitchell started the night off with a bang — bringing out another hoop to throw an impressive alley-oop to himself. For his second dunk of the night,..." February 18

  • Devin Booker survives Klay Thompson for the win

    CBS Sports "Suns wing Devin Booker was the savior of the 2018 NBA Three-Point Contest. In an event that saw some really poor shooting, Booker stood out from the rest. His 19 points in the first round tied Klay Thompson for the lead. Nobody managed to break 20 points the entire first round, and that continued..." February 18

  • Dinwiddie outlasts Markkanen to win 2018 Skills Challenge

    Newsday "Spencer Dinwiddie kicked off NBA All-Star Saturday by winning the Skills Challenge in his hometown. Dinwiddie, who grew up nearby in the San Fernando Valley, said it was just a thrill to be in the competition in light of how far he’s had to come to get here. “It’s big for me to even be at..." February 18

  • Dennis Smith Jr. tweets his displeasure over controversial low score

    CBS Sports "Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. had arguably the best dunk of the entire contest when he did a reverse between his legs and finished with his off hand. The dunk landed him a score of 50 and won the crowd and viewers over immediately. Unfortunately for Smith, his night was over after that. A..." February 18

  • LeBron James wonders how a 19-year-old can’t buy beer, but can purchase an AR-15

    Miami Herald "LeBron James made South Florida home for four seasons as a member of the Miami Heat. He got to know the neighborhoods and the people. So, seeing the community he used to live in suffer through one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history this week impacted him. “It’s a tragedy,”..." February 18

  • Russell Westbrook to Lakers fans chanting for Paul George: ‘Paul ain’t going nowhere. It’s over for that’

    Pro Basketball Talk "Lakers fans attending All-Star media day burst into a “We want Paul!” chant when Paul George was shown on a screen. His Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook – in the midst of his own interview – looked to the stands to respond. “That’s out!” Westbrook said. “Paul ain’t going nowhere. It’s over..." February 17

  • LeBron to Fox News host: 'We will definitely not shut up and dribble'

    New York Post "LeBron James dissed Fox News Channel host Laura Ingraham on Saturday – calling her “whatever her name is” and vowing to keep speaking his mind on social issues. The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar, speaking to reporters in Los Angeles ahead of Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game, rejected the FNC host’s..." February 17

  • LeBron James' platform can't be torn down by Fox News hosts — or anyone else

    Sporting News "LeBron James said a lot in that "Uninterrupted" video, with Kevin Durant and Cari Champion, to make people angry, vengeful, bitter and emotional in every conceivable way — about the state of the country, about his own role in impacting it and, of course, about the job the president is..." February 17

  • John Wall 'I'm Great with Gortat!!!'

    TMZ "John Wall's not mincing words about his relationship with his Wizards teammate, Marcin Gortat ... he straight up tells us everything's cool! We got the injured NBA star leaving Mastro's in Bev Hills Friday night -- he's in town for All-Star Weekend festivities -- and asked if there's any..." February 17

  • Stephen Jackson pokes fun at Kyrie Irving by spinning globe during presser

    The Sports Daily "Celtics star Kyrie Irving may never be free from fans and analysts alike trolling him over his past comments about the Earth being flat. Even though he revealed that he wishes he could take that statement back during a recent appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” former NBA player Stephen Jackson..." February 17

  • Laura Ingraham invites LeBron James on her show

    Larry Brown Sports "LeBron James now has a standing invite to Fox News if he wants it. After Fox News host Laura Ingraham suggested that James “shut up and dribble” instead of offering political opinions, James responded with a defiant message on social media. In response, Ingraham extended an invite to James..." February 17

  • Raptors coach Dwane Casey: If Canada can have strict gun laws, 'why can't we?'

    CBS Sports "Dwane Casey was one of the many people that had to witness from afar the horrific mass shooting that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The longtime Raptors head coach has spent the last six years of his career in Canada, where tragic incidents like last..." February 17

  • Lakers’ Channing Frye out after undergoing appendectomy

    Sportsnaut "Acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers in the blockbuster Isaiah Thomas trade earlier this month, Channing Frye has suited up a grand total of one game for the Los Angeles Lakers. A buyout candidate, Frye’s absence from the team’s game Thursday night led to speculation that this might indeed..." February 17

  • T.I. not a fan of Lonzo Ball’s rapping skills

    Snip Daily "Los Angeles Lakers rookie guard Lonzo Ball just dropped his first album. It includes an ode to his father, LaVar, and other musings surrounding his life on and off the court. The rap album has been met with mixed reviews. But in a vacuum, it seems to be pretty decent (listen here). One..." February 17

  • Steph Curry Walks Away from a James Harden Question

    The Big Lead "NBA All-Star and team captain Stephen Curry was asked a straightforward question about this year’s MVP award. He did not give a clear answer. “Ha,” said the two-time MVP, who beat out Harden after the 2014-15 season. This year, however, Curry has some making up to do while having another..." February 17

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