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  • Kenyon Martin Says 85 Percent of NBA Smokes Marijuana

    SLAM Online "While the NBA bans the use of marijuana, Kenyon Martin estimates that “85 percent” of the League continues to find ways to smoke marijuana. In a roundtable discussion with B/R Mag’s Master Tesfatsion, Matt Barnes added that not only the players—but coaches and executives—smoke weed. “Some of..." April 20

  • Nuggets president Tim Connelly: Next season playoffs or bust

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Nuggets have steadily improved over the last four years – 30-52 to 33-49 to 40-42 to 46-36. But even 46 wins weren’t enough to get Denver into the playoff this season, extending the postseason drought to five years. Nuggets president Connelly, via Gina Mizell of The Denver Post:..." April 20

  • Adam Silver: 'We Should Be Compensated' If Sports Gambling Is Legalized

    Bleacher Report "NBA commissioner Adam Silver reiterated Friday the league believes it should receive compensation if sports betting becomes legal in the United States. Silver explained his stance during an appearance on ESPN's Get Up!, per Andrew Joe Potter of The Score. "We've joined the fray ... and we..." April 20

  • Adam Silver on NBA’s handling of tanking incentives: ‘We’re not there yet’

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has defined tanking so narrowly – a team purposefully losing – he can deny it happens. A team sitting good healthy players? Not necessarily tanking. A team using suboptimal lineup combinations? Not necessarily tanking. Players giving less effort as they feel..." April 18

  • NBA owner reportedly berated coach for not tanking

    Larry Brown Sports "As long as the NBA keeps its draft system the way it currently is, tanking will always be a huge issue across the league, particularly late in the season. For at least one team owner, tanking was an absolute must down the stretch. In the latest edition of his podcast with Bobby Marks, ESPN’s..." April 17

  • Big Pay Raises Coming for G League Players

    New York Times "The N.B.A. is instituting a long-anticipated salary increase in its developmental league, according to two people familiar with the league’s plans. Effective next season, players signed to G League contracts will earn $35,000 — or $7,000 per month — in addition to housing and insurance benefits..." April 17

  • NBA Leaves 18-19 Cap Projection At $101M, 19-20 At $108M

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA has not changed their preseason salary cap projection of $101 million for the 18-19 season and $108 million for 19-20 in a new memo to teams." April 17

  • 2018 Pre-Lottery NBA Draft Order

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA conducted its draft tiebreakers on Friday evening, further cementing the draft order for 2018. While we’ll have to wait until the lottery to determine the exact order for this year’s event, we now know what most of the 60 selections look like. Listed below is the pre-lottery 2018 NBA..." April 16

  • Mike Malone to return as coach next season, front office to work on Nikola Jokic extension

    Clutch Points "Denver Nuggets head coach Mike Malone is expected to return to his post next season, according to Harrison Wind of BSN Denver. The team is now expected to prioritize efforts into securing a contract extension for franchise talisman Nikola Jokic, who is going into the fourth year of his rookie..." April 13

  • NBA viewership up year-over-year on both ABC and TNT

    Awful Announcing "It has been a good year for the NBA. Both conferences have featured more exciting races than expected, with mildly surprising results atop the standings and all kinds of unexpected outcomes (Jazz! Blazers! Pacers!) just a bit lower down. Superstars have played like superstars, young players have..." April 12

  • Gary Harris Poised To Return For Nuggets

    Hoops Rumors "Injured Nuggets guard Gary Harris has been upgraded to questionable for Monday night’s game against Portland, according to Chris Dempsey of Nuggets.com (Twitter link). League sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link) that Harris is likely to return for that crucial contest. Harris..." April 09

  • Stephen Curry, LeBron James Headline US Men's Basketball National Team Roster

    Bleacher Report "USA Basketball announced its 35-player roster for the 2018-20 international basketball schedule on Friday, with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder's reigning MVP Russell Westbrook among the notable..." April 06

  • NBA Rumors: Will Barton Turned Down 4-Year, $42M Contract in October

    Bleacher Report "The Denver Nuggets' attempt to lock up Will Barton with a long-term contract extension before the start of this season came up short. Per ESPN's Chris Haynes, Barton turned down an offer of $42 million over four years from the Nuggets in early October. Haynes noted Denver's proposal to..." April 05

  • Nurse, Vanterpool Top List Of Rising Head Coach Candidates

    Hoops Rumors "No NBA head coaches were replaced during the 2017 offseason, but that’s very unlikely to be the case for 2018. Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post and Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports suggest that as many as 10 or 11 teams could be on the lookout for a new head coach this offseason. That list of..." April 04

  • Revolution Interrupted: Why Has the NBA's Effort to Hire Female Refs Stalled?

    Bleacher Report "Twenty-one years ago, the NBA broke the gender barrier when it hired Violet Palmer and Dee Kantner, becoming the first major U.S. professional men's league to hire women as full-time officials. But what was once seen as a sign of progress has not ushered in the cultural shift many expected. Today..." April 02

  • NBA Teams That Will Be Most Active on Trade Market This Summer

    Bleacher Report "Trade speculation is rampant during the NBA offseason—for good reason. Every team is, ostensibly, granted a fresh slate each summer. Breaks in the action allow them to decide what's next. Where are they headed? Where do they want to go? Squads can kick around rebuilds. They can chase instant..." April 02

  • NBA teams break league-wide 3-point record for 6th consecutive year

    The Score "NBA players are digging the long ball more and more. Teams combined to break a league-wide record for the sixth year in a row Friday night courtesy of the 23,749th made 3-pointer, surpassing the 2016-17 total. With 93 games remaining, players are drilling threes at more than eight percent above..." March 31

  • Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Grant Hill to enter Basketball Hall of Fame

    ESPN "Jason Kidd, Steve Nash and Grant Hill have been notified of their inductions into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2018, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. A formal announcement of the full 2018 Hall of Fame class will come at a Final Four news conference in San..." March 29

  • YouTube TV to become first ever presenting sponsor of the NBA Finals

    Awful Announcing "Last fall, YouTube TV served as the presenting sponsor for the World Series, plastering its logo all across the Fox broadcast and using a play-button image behind home plate to create the illusion that the entire game was a YouTube video. Now, the streaming service is at it again, having..." March 26

  • Julius Randle: Nikola Jokic tried to 'pull my shoulder out of place'

    USA Today "Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle said after Tuesday's win over the Denver Nuggets that fellow up-and-coming star Nikola Jokic tried to intentionally injure him. The incident occurred in the final minute of the game as the Nuggets brought the ball down the court. Jokic ran toward Randle,..." March 14

  • Will Barton Calls Lakers-Jamal Murray Feud a ‘Suburban Beef’

    SLAM Online "Nuggets wing Will Barton says the feud between the Lakers and Jamal Murray isn’t real—calling it “a suburban beef.” Before the facing the Lakers on Tuesday, Barton said things like Murray’s taunts happen “every day in the NBA.”" March 13

  • Lonzo Ball takes shots at Nuggets’ Jamal Murray after loss

    Yardbarker "Lonzo Ball is stepping up his game from Big Baller Brand to Big Baller Beef. After the Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Denver Nuggets on Friday, the rookie guard took some shots at Nuggets counterpart Jamal Murray. Ball referenced a play during their last meeting in December where Murray..." March 10

  • Lakers' Luke Walton: Nuggets' Jamal Murray acted 'disrespectful'

    ESPN "For the second time this season, the Los Angeles Lakers left a loss in Denver upset with Jamal Murray's late-game antics. Lakers coach Luke Walton said the Nuggets guard was acting "disrespectful" at the end of the Nuggets' 125-116 victory Friday. Murray shot free throws late and Lakers..." March 10

  • Nuggets coach implies Nikola Jokic benched for poor effort

    Larry Brown Sports "Nikola Jokic was benched for the entire fourth quarter of the Denver Nuggets’ loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, and it seems like his effort was a big reason why. Jokic scored just four points with nine rebounds and five assists in Denver’s 118-107 loss to the 20-45 Mavs. He only played..." March 07

  • Unwritten Rules No Longer Have A Place In The NBA

    Dime Magazine "Disrespect has become a punchline. It is the word chosen to describe acts done on the basketball court that are increasingly fun for NBA fans. A crossover, a stare down, a heat check three; all moves that can be described as disrespectful without being true to the exact definition of the..." March 06

  • Denver Nuggets briefs: Michael Malone assures “Nikola Jokic is still the focal point of our offense”

    Denver Post "After averaging 21.8 points, 11.3 rebounds and nine assists per game in February, Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic’s production has dipped since Paul Millsap returned from a three-month absence due to wrist surgery. Jokic took just 10 shots total in Denver’s two games prior to Saturday’s matchup in..." March 05

  • Report: Nuggets, Grizzlies changing color schemes

    Pro Basketball Talk "Behind Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets are transitioning into a new era. That’ll apparently include changing color schemes. Denver, already moving away from powder blue, will go nearly full throwback. The Grizzlies will also make a more subtle change." March 05

  • Seattle ownership group wants NBA franchise after NHL expansion bid

    The Score "If the NHL decides to plant its 32nd team in Seattle, expect the ownership group in question to then vie for an NBA franchise. Oak View Group, the organization that has already submitted a $10-million payment to the NHL as part of its bid for an expansion franchise, wants it to be known they..." March 01

  • Paul Millsap Broke Down In Tears Because He’s On Verge Of Returning

    SLAM Online "Nuggets big man Paul Millsap has been out since mid-November following reconstructive surgery on his wrist. He is officially a game-time decision for Tuesday’s matchup against the Clippers. As he arrived at the Pepsi Center for shootaround, Millsap apparently broke down in tears, via Gina..." February 28

  • Adam Silver cautions NBA teams to protect integrity of game

    USA Today "A week after the NBA fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $600,000 for his public admission of tanking, the race to the bottom has continued in full force. Entering Wednesday, just six games separate the last nine teams in the league — from the New York Knicks on down to the Atlanta Hawks...." February 28

  • NBA Execs Believe Tanking Has Never Never Been More Widespread

    Real GM Basketball "Multiple NBA executives believe the current season features one of the most widespread tanking efforts the league has seen to date. The combination of lottery reform set to begin next year and a top-heavy draft class featuring five to seven prospects has created an atmosphere where eight teams..." February 27

  • Nuggets Coach Michael Malone: Nikola Jokic ‘Should Be In MVP Conversation’

    SLAM Online "After the Nuggets beat the Spurs, 122-119, on Friday night, coach Michael Malone had high praise for forward Nikola Jokic, telling reporters that the 23-year-old “should be in the MVP conversation.” The Joker posted his third consecutive triple-double (28 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists) in the..." February 24

  • Michele Roberts: Cap smoothing was ‘disgraceful request’ by NBA

    Pro Basketball Talk "In 2016, new national TV contracts pushed the NBA’s salary cap from $70 million to $94.143 million – a larger jump than over the entire previous decade. Free agents cashed in majorly that summer. But now, the cap is leveling off. It went up to just $99.093 million last year and is projected to..." February 23

  • Nuggets will soon have Plumlee and Millsap back. Is there any concern that will disrupt a surging lineup?

    Denver Post "For much of his tenure as the head coach of the Nuggets, Michael Malone has found himself in a high-stakes game of Jenga. His wooden blocks are the nightly decisions he makes about who starts and who fits into the rotation. He has removed those blocks and stacked them into different spots as..." February 22

  • Nuggets coach Mike Malone offering $10 to every fan who attends game vs Clippers

    Larry Brown Sports "Denver Nuggets coach Mike Malone is taking marketing into his own hands. In an appearance Thursday on “The Vic Lombardi Show,” Malone revealed an added perk for fans who attend a Feb. 27 home game against the LA Clippers. “Any fan that comes to the Pepsi Center that night, we’re going to..." February 22

  • The NBA is having real discussions about a playoffs play-in tournament

    ESPN "Recent comments from NBA commissioner Adam Silver about tweaking the league's playoff format drew intense media coverage, but sources say there is also some behind-the-scenes momentum for the idea of a play-in tournament determining the last two seeds in each conference -- to the point that two..." February 22

  • Paul Millsap practices, but is unlikely to play this week

    NBA.com "The Denver Nuggets have had to navigate the majority of the 2017-18 season without their big offseason addition, Paul Millsap. Good news appears to be on the horizon, though, as the former All-Star is closing in on a return. Millsap has been out since mid November after suffering a torn..." February 22

  • ESPN’s NBA Countdown is moving to Bristol, then New York, while The Jump is expanding to a full hour

    Awful Announcing "With Michelle Beadle and Jalen Rose heading to the upcoming Get Up morning show with Mike Greenberg while retaining their NBA Countdown roles (at least for now), it was clear that the NBA studio show would be leaving Los Angeles. But we now have details on when and for where, with Ryan Glasspiegel..." February 21

  • NBA beats odds, sees gain in local ratings

    Sports Business Daily "The NBA continues to buck the television ratings trend, with both national and local viewership showing impressive gains as the league headed into the All-Star break. Nationally, NBA games on ABC, ESPN, NBA TV and TNT are showing double-digit viewership increases. The combined 15 percent jump..." February 20

  • Adam Silver after NBA All-Star success: 'Sounds like we're going to have a televised draft'

    USA Today "Toronto Raptors All-Star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan made the most vocal plea for televising the player draft immediately following Sunday’s All-Star Game. “Televise it,” he said. “Give the people what they want. I think everybody wants to see it. At the end of the day, every single person..." February 20

  • 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's buyout market: Which players could be available?

    USA Today "The buyout market is open for business, offering teams their last chance at upgrades ahead of the postseason. We've already seen some significant movement from guys who could potentially influence a playoff series or bolster the backend of a roster. Teams have until March 1 to add a player on..." February 12

  • Grizzlies Rejected Emmanuel Mudiay, 2nd Round Pick From Nuggets For Tyreke Evans

    Real GM Basketball "The Denver Nuggets attempted to trade for Tyreke Evans with the Memphis Grizzlies at the deadline and presented two offers. Denver offered Memphis either Emmanuel Mudiay and a second round pick, or an expiring contract and multiple second round picks. The Grizzlies wanted more in exchange..." February 09

  • Nuggets willing to attach pick to Kenneth Faried deal

    Clutch Points "According to a tweet from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Denver Nuggets are still trying to move power forward Kenneth Faried’s large contract and are willing to attach a pick in order to make the deal more appealing. “One team that could play immense part in dictating final hours of trade..." February 08

  • Sources: 3-Team Deal Involving Knicks, Nuggets, Mavs

    Basketball Insiders " The Nuggets, Knicks and Mavericks have agreed upon a three-team deal, per ESPN. Emmanuel Mudiay will go to the Knicks, Devin Harris will go to Denver and Doug McDermott will move to Dallas, per Adrian Wojnarowski. " February 08

  • Rachel Nichols, Katie Nolan to coach NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

    Awful Announcing "What do Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Diddy, Ashton Kutcher, Eva Longoria, Queen Latifah, Gabrielle Union, Magic Johnson, Julius Erving, Bill Walton, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Jalen Rose, Bill Simmons, Mike Golic, Mike Greenberg, Jemele Hill, Michael Smith, Kevin Hart, Drake..." February 08

  • NBA rumors: Teams shifting focus out of trade market and into buyout possibilities

    Clutch Points "Teams have started to shift their focus out of a frenzied trade deadline market, instead focusing on the buyout market soon to ensue, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deadline for contract buyouts is March 1. Just as teams are looking to aggressively sell some of their star and role..." February 08

  • NBA Rumors: Nuggets willing to move Emmanuel Mudiay, Wilson Chandler for Tyreke Evans

    Clutch Points "The Denver Nuggets could be aggressive during these last few hours prior to the trade deadline, reportedly willing to move point guard Emmanuel Mudiay and forward Wilson Chandler in hopes to acquire Memphis Grizzlies guard Tyreke Evans, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Denver has also..." February 08

  • Report: Nuggets would ‘love’ to trade Wilson Chandler

    Pro Basketball Talk "Try to win now or build for the future? The Nuggets face that tricky question on numerous fronts – including with Wilson Chandler. Chandler is starting small forward for Denver, and there isn’t much depth behind him. The Nugget (29-25) are tied for sixth in the West – on pace to break a..." February 08

  • Nuggets coach hopes to have Paul Millsap back in March

    Yardbarker "The Denver Nuggets could be about a month away from getting a nice lift as they jostle for Western Conference playoff position. On Wednesday, coach Michael Malone said that the hope is that big man Paul Millsap will return to the Denver lineup in about a month. Millsap has only played in 16..." February 07

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