• Wade says he still uncertain on what role is with Cavs

    ESPN "Three games into his Cleveland Cavaliers career, three-time champion Dwyane Wade admitted he is searching for his role with his new team following the Cavs' 114-93 loss to the Orlando Magic on Saturday. "I'm trying to find it, man," Wade said after scoring five points on 2-for-8 shooting..." October 22

  • Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors ejected

    ESPN "Golden State Warriors superstars Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant were ejected late in Saturday night's 111-101 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. With under a minute to go and his team trailing considerably for most of the contest, Curry drove in for a layup. The former MVP took some contact, but..." October 22

  • With contract extension eligibility looming, Kristaps Porzingis still waiting to see Knicks changes

    New York Daily News "When Kristaps Porzingis was about 13 years old, his brother asked about his motivation for playing basketball. “I want to make money,” Porzingis responded. The older brother, Janis, who is always grooming and preparing Porzingis for stardom, jumped to the inevitable next step. “He said,..." October 21

  • Monroe's foul on Rose upgraded to Flagrant 1

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Cleveland Cavaliers starting point guard Derrick Rose was upset following Friday night's 116-97 win against the Milwaukee Bucks, believing a hard hit he took early in the fourth quarter should have been ruled a flagrant foul. Turns out, Rose was correct. On Saturday, following an NBA review,..." October 21

  • Irving on If He Regrets Profane Comments Towards Fan: 'Hell No'

    Bleacher Report "Kyrie Irving has no regrets about making a profane comment to a fan who taunted him coming out of the tunnel during the Boston Celtics' 102-92 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday. When asked by a reporter during a Celtics practice whether he regrets the incident, Irving said, "hell..." October 21

  • New Orleans Pelicans' DeMarcus Cousins fined $25,000

    NBA.com "New Orleans Pelicans forward DeMarcus Cousins has been fined $25,000 for directing inappropriate language towards a fan, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. The incident occurred with 0:50 remaining in the 4th quarter of the Pelicans’..." October 21

  • Jameer Nelson, Pelicans Reportedly Agree to 1-Year Contract

    Bleacher Report "The New Orleans Pelicans reportedly agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent guard Jameer Nelson on Saturday, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical. The Denver Nuggets waived the 35-year-old Nelson on Thursday after they signed veteran forward Richard Jefferson. " October 21

  • Elfrid Payton could miss several games with 'mild to moderate' hamstring strain

    Number Fire "Orlando Magic point guard Elfrid Payton has a "mild to moderate strain" of his left hamstring, reports Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel. What It Means: This isn't all that surprising given the nature of Payton's injury and the movement involved in the day-to-day of professional..." October 21

  • Kobe gives thoughts on LaVar's Big Baller Brand: 'I'm all for doing things differently'

    CBS Sports "Whether he's ready or not, Lonzo Ball has become the face of the Los Angeles Lakers franchise, a position that Kobe Bryant left open when he retired after the 2015-16 season. Unlike Kobe, however, Lonzo comes as a package deal with his outspoken father, LaVar, whose controversial statements have..." October 21

  • Kyrie Irving tells fan to 'suck my d—' after LeBron James heckle

    Sporting News "Kyrie Irving stole the offseason when he demanded a trade from the Cavs, essentially saying he wanted to step out of the shadow of LeBron James. So, naturally, fans are going to be on him all season long about it, and it apparently happened Friday night after Boston's win over the 76ers. A..." October 21

  • LaVar Ball Says Lonzo Will Always Have Bad Rap 'Because I'm Talking About Him'

    Bleacher Report "LaVar Ball acknowledged Friday that his outspokenness impacts public perception of his son—Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball. In an interview with ESPN (h/t John Chick of theScore), the elder Ball said, "[Lonzo's] always gonna have a bad rap. You know why? Because I'm..." October 21

  • Kevin Durant would ‘love’ to make All-Defensive Team

    Larry Brown Sports "There is some evidence that the Golden State Warriors have made Kevin Durant even better, particularly defensively. Durant registered a career-high seven blocks on Friday against the New Orleans Pelicans, and admitted after the game that being considered for the All-Defensive Team is something..." October 21

  • Gabrielle Union Latest NBA Wife to (Maybe) Reveal Husband's Sexual Interests

    The Big Lead "Gabrielle Union appeared on Sway’s radio show this week. During the interview she talked about sexual “reciprocity.” This of course led to someone bringing up what Troy Barnes might call “butt stuff.” Union then said that more men like that than would ever admit it. At no point did she..." October 21

  • Michelle Beadle Called LaVar Ball A ‘Clown’ And ‘Garbage’ In An Epic ‘SportsNation’ Rant

    Uproxx "Michelle Beadle is sick of LaVar Ball and more than a bit upset at her own network facilitating the Big Baller Brand’s incessant ranting. The SportsNation host went off during a segment about Lonzo Ball’s disappointing NBA debut, telling his father to “go away” after he bombastically insisted..." October 21

  • Rose says Monroe deserved flagrant for foul that hurt ankle

    ESPN "-- Derrick Rose left the Cleveland Cavaliers' 116-97 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday with a sprained left ankle stemming from a hit by Bucks center Greg Monroe that the former MVP said should have been called a flagrant foul. "I think I'm the only person in the league that's not getting..." October 21

  • Wall: 'I think I'm the best shot-blocking point guard in NBA history'

    CBS Sports "John Wall is lightning quick, knows how to run an offense, is an incredible passer, and he's not too shabby at shot blocking either. The blocks stat is not reserved for bigs or defensive minded wings. Wall believes he's a great shot blocker. So great that he considers himself the greatest..." October 21

  • Lue: Rose sprained ankle 'it doesn't look good'

    Bleacher Report "In a refrain that's become all too common over the past five years, Derrick Rose is hurt once again. Per Jason Lloyd of The Athletic, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue announced Rose suffered a sprained ankle during Friday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks and is unlikely to play tomorrow against the..." October 21

  • Reggie Jackson throws shade at Andre Drummond after game versus Wizards

    Clutch Points "There seems to be some trouble brewing in the Motor City. After putting up a gallant stand albeit losing to the Washington Wizards, Detroit Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson is now throwing shade at teammate Andre Drummond. Speaking to reporters inside the locker room, Jackson noted how the..." October 21

  • Pacers owner wants to extend lease, ensure team remains in Indiana

    Indianapolis Star "They’re coming for our NBA team. They’re calling Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon, those billionaires from other cities, wanting to pry the most valuable asset from his $2.8 billion portfolio — but Simon tells everyone the same thing, and quickly gets off the phone: The Pacers are staying in..." October 21

  • Mavericks' Harris taking indefinite leave after brother's death

    Clutch Points "Dallas Mavericks guard Devin Harris will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from the team after the tragic death of his brother Bruce on Thursday, ESPN’s Tim MacMahon reports. Head coach Rick Carlisle said the veteran guard can take as long as he needs away from the team. Bruce Harris,..." October 21

  • National anthem singer takes knee at Nets game

    CBS Sports "During the national anthem at the Nets game, the singer who was performing took a knee at the end. According to the Associated Press, the crowd reaction was a mix of boos and cheers at the response. The NBA recently put out a memo to teams reminding them that there is a rule for players and..." October 21

  • Jackson rips refs: 'I'd be ashamed of myself if I wore stripes' Friday

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy lamented 19 turnovers. And 32 fouls didn’t help, either. But Reggie Jackson wanted to talk about another factor — the officiating. After the Pistons staked a claim as a must-watch team on NBA League Pass in Friday night’s close 115-111 loss to the..." October 21

  • Jazz's Hood diagnosed with calf strain; will be re-evaluated Saturday

    Uproxx "Expectations for the Utah Jazz are mixed this season, in part due to the absence of Gordon Hayward and high-end offensive firepower. While Utah can be relied on for quality defense and, by extension, a high floor, the ceiling for this team is very much up for debate given the concerns about..." October 21

  • Joel Embiid Doesn't Feel Like NBA Player Because He Doesn't Play Back-to-Backs

    Bleacher Report "Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has been outspoken recently regarding minutes restrictions and the team's conservative plan to keep him healthy, and he admitted frustration Friday when he disclosed he hasn't yet been cleared to play in back-to-backs. "I just want to feel like an NBA..." October 20

  • Video of Kawhi Leonard struggling to board team plane concerning

    Pro Basketball Talk "The San Antonio Spurs have been very tight lipped about how serious Kawhi Leonard‘s ongoing quadriceps issue is. He hasn’t played in the preseason or now the start of the regular season, with no timetable for his return. Part of that is the nature of the Spurs organization, but it leads to the..." October 20

  • Dwight Howard: It’s ‘stupid’ to believe I was negative influence on Hawks

    Yardbarker "Dwight Howard doesn’t think that he was all that bad of an influence on his former team, the Atlanta Hawks. Speaking with the media ahead of Friday’s game against the Hawks, the Charlotte Hornets center took time to respond to reports over the offseason that he was a negative locker room..." October 20

  • Walton: Randle 'frustrated' over not being a starter for Lakers

    L.A. Daily News "Do the Lakers have a Julius Randle problem? After one game it appears they might. Randle, the former lottery pick who, along with Jordan Clarkson, is the Lakers’ longest-tenured player, scored nine points off the bench in a 108-92 loss to the Clippers on Thursday at Staples Center. He grabbed..." October 20

  • Nike working with NBA to avoid future jersey tears after LeBron James mishap

    ESPN "Nearly three days after one of its jerseys tore in the first regular-season game of its new deal with the NBA, Nike released a statement Friday expressing worry about the issue, without offering insight as to what happened or what will be done. "The quality and performance of all our products..." October 20

  • Doc Rivers on Chris Paul comments: “When you leave, just leave”

    Sportsnaut "Chris Paul decided to leave the Los Angeles Clippers during the offseason, but former head coach Doc Rivers isn’t happy the point guard hasn’t stopped talking about it. In a clip ESPN released for a three-part documentary series about Paul’s decision to join the Houston Rockets, the nine-time..." October 20

  • Chris Paul Reportedly Could Miss Up to a Month with Knee Injury

    Bleacher Report "Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul could reportedly miss up to a month as he continues to battle a bruised left knee, according to the New York Times' Marc Stein. Paul, who did not play down the stretch of Tuesday night's season opener against the Golden State Warriors, missed Wednesday's..." October 20

  • Thompson donating $1,000 per point to wildfire relief efforts

    San Francisco Chronicle "Klay Thompson is typically one of the Warriors’ quietest players, but he is making his voice heard to support Wine Country wildfire relief efforts. In a video posted Friday afternoon to his Twitter account, Thompson announced that he will donate $1,000 for every point he scores in Golden..." October 20

  • Carmelo Anthony: Knicks fans have ‘no reason’ to boo me at MSG

    Sportsnaut "Oklahoma City’s newest superstar, Carmelo Anthony, has some high expectations for his return trip to Madison Square Garden later this year. The former New York Knicks star doesn’t think fans in the Big Apple have any reason to boo him when he plays there later this year on December 16...." October 20

  • Bobby Portis apologizes to Bulls for scrap with Nikola Mirotic

    ESPN "Bobby Portis has apologized to his Bulls teammates for getting into a fight that left Nikola Mirotic with facial fractures and a concussion. "He didn't address us today, but he did address the team before so that was taken care of," Bulls swingman Justin Holiday said after Friday's..." October 20

  • Marbury buys Chinese arena football team

    New York Daily News "Stephon Marbury is going from basketball in China to... football. The former All-Star, who will play one more season in the Chinese Basketball Association, announced Friday that he'd purchased the Beijing Lions of the China Arena Football League (CAFL). The league confirmed the..." October 20

  • With Paul injured, Rockets reach out to Jameer Nelson

    247 Sports "With Chris Paul reportedly set to miss a month of action due to his knee injury, the Houston Rockets are looking to add another point guard to their roster. And now that the Denver Nuggets have waived Jameer Nelson, the Rockets have already reached out to the veteran point guard. With James..." October 20

  • Kings hire Jenny Boucek to full-time coaching role

    NBA.com "The Sacramento Kings today have added Jenny Boucek as an Assistant Player Development Coach on Head Coach Dave Joerger’s staff. With 18 years of professional coaching experience and two WNBA championships under her belt, Boucek returns to Sacramento after most recently serving as the head coach..." October 20

  • LaVar Ball Needs to Pipe Down For Lonzo's Sake

    Complex "Hate him or love him, LaVar Ball will always be talked about. That’s the Big Baller Brand way and how he wants it. Personally, I love LaVar and want to see his family win. But not feels the same. After his son’s disappointing debut for the Lakers Thursday, in which Lonzo finished with just..." October 20

  • Carmelo Anthony gives Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis some advice for being the man

    Newsday "Carmelo Anthony tried to groom Kristaps Porzingis the past two years, knowing that he someday would replace him as the Knicks’ franchise player. Now that he has, Anthony called it “a big, big year” for Porzingis and had some advice. “You’re there. You’re the unicorn. You’ve got to embrace it,”..." October 20

  • Frank Ntilikina suffers painful ankle injury at Knicks practice

    New York Post "Knicks practice took a turn for the worst on Friday, when rookie guard Frank Ntilikina went down with an apparent ankle injury. During a competitive game of 4-on-4, Ntilikina hobbled off the floor before going to the ground, clutching his left ankle. The Frenchmen was clearly in a lot of pain..." October 20

  • Brad Stevens asked Frank Vogel for advice on how to deal with Gordon Hayward injury

    Larry Brown Sports "In the wake of the devastating injury to All-Star forward Gordon Hayward on opening night of the NBA season, Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens is turning towards a fellow Eastern Conference coach who has been there before. Speaking with reporters on Friday, Stevens said that he called..." October 20

  • Magic F Jonathan Isaac was so nervous to make NBA debut he forgot to put on jersey

    Larry Brown Sports "Jonathan Isaac may have had some slight butterflies prior to making his NBA debut on Wednesday against the Miami Heat. In a video shared to Twitter by Orlando Magic teammate Bismack Biyombo on Friday, the rookie forward sat on the bench for the team’s season opener having forgotten to wear a..." October 20

  • LeBron James, Isaiah Thomas building rapport while IT inches toward eventual return

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Isaiah Thomas is progressing in his rehabilitation of his injured right hip, and is more visible at Cavaliers practice to reporters at the end of the team's workouts. The team hasn't given any update to Thomas' timetable for his return (it's still by or around Jan. 1), and will only say he's..." October 20

  • Hassan Whiteside to miss Saturday’s Heat home opener with bone bruise in left knee

    Miami Herald "Dion Waiters’ left ankle isn’t the only problem for the Miami Heat these days. Add Hassan Whiteside’s left knee to the mix. The Miami Heat’s $98 million center, fresh off a 26-point, 22-rebound performance in Wednesday’s opening night loss in Orlando, will miss Saturday’s home opener against..." October 20

  • Pacers' Myles Turner out Friday and Saturday

    Indianapolis Star "Indiana Pacers starting center Myles Turner will miss Friday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers and Saturday's game at Miami due to a concussion. Turner absorbed a blow while fighting through a cross screen Wednesday. He played through the injury, but Pacers coach Nate McMillan said..." October 20

  • Carmelo Anthony explains why he didn't pick Trail Blazers

    Oregonian "Marc Stein of the New York Times joined me on the Bald Faced Truth radio show to talk about his in-depth discussion with Carmelo Anthony recently. Stein said Anthony's desire to not come to Portland was rooted in family, not basketball. "We had a fair bit of discussion about Portland...,"..." October 20

  • No guarantee Jeremy Lin will fully recover: doctor

    New York Post "In the wake of Jeremy Lin rupturing his right patellar tendon during Wednesday’s season opener, a specialist told The Post it’s reasonable to think the Nets point guard could be back on the court next season, but there’s no guarantee the 29-year-old will ever regain his full form. “A number of..." October 20

  • LaVar Ball fires back at Patrick Beverley for trashing Lonzo

    Fanrag Sports "Patrick Beverley is a grinder. After being ruled academically ineligible prior to his junior at Arkansas, the Los Angeles Clippers guard played a year in the Ukraine before entering the 2009 NBA Draft. Beverley was drafted 42nd overall by the Los Angeles Lakers, but traded to the Miami Heat in..." October 20

  • Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala cleared to play vs. Pelican Friday

    Pro Basketball Talk "Without Draymond Green in the fourth quarter Tuesday night in the opener, and with Andre Iguodala out for the game, the Warriors defense fell apart against Houston. The Rockets scored 34 points in the quarter and came from behind to beat a Warriors team that had been in control of the game up to..." October 20

  • Report: LeBron James will play Friday vs. Bucks

    Cavs Nation "On Friday, the Cleveland Cavaliers will be on the road for the first game of a back-to-back set. First, the Cavs square off against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks at 7 p.m. EST inside the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Then it’s right back to action on Saturday, when the Cavs will serve..." October 20

  • Lonzo Ball Requested An Insane Number Of Tickets So His Family Could Watch His Debut

    Uproxx "The Lonzo Ball era in Los Angeles will begin on Thursday night. The Los Angeles Lakers are nominally the home team during their season opener against the Clippers, and it’s a really intriguing game for a few reasons, chief among them is the debut of the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. As we..." October 20

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