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  • Why the Boston Celtics won't sign your favorite buyout possibility

    NBC Sports Boston "The Boston Celtics’ bench contributed a measly 21 points over the first two games of the team's current four-game road trip out west and a particularly vocal group of fans used the anemic output to renew both their laments that Danny Ainge didn’t make a deadline deal to bolster..." February 27

  • Damian Lillard responds to trolling Thunder fan

    Larry Brown Sports "It’s been ten months since Damian Lillard eliminated the Oklahoma City Thunder from the playoffs with an epic game-winning shot, and Thunder fans still aren’t over it. " February 26

  • Blazers Coach Terry Stotts to Avoid Hot Seat

    Blazer's Edge "The Trail Blazers, who produced a memorable run to the Western Conference Finals last season, are currently six games below .500 and outside of the postseason picture. Derailed by injuries and a rapidly shifting rotation, it appears that coach Terry Stotts’ job is safe even if..." February 25

  • The Man Who Told the NBA 'No'

    Bleacher Report "Between the giant banners waving, the air horns blaring, the constant rumble of synchronized songs from the fans and the inordinate number of rage-fueled middle fingers ripping through the air, the atmosphere inside the WiZink Center—home to Real Madrid Baloncesto—for the second of..." February 25

  • Hassan Whiteside: “I Feel Like I’m Defensive Player Of The Year”

    Fadeaway World "The Portland Trail Blazers are in the midst of a hard-fought battle for that elusive Western Conference playoff spot. With the Grizzlies, Blazers, Pelicans, and Spurs fighting for that eight seed, Portland will need all hands on deck if they want to play into May. Alongside Damian..." February 24

  • Top 5 Best Destinations For DeMarcus Cousins Next Season

    Fadeaway World "The Los Angeles Lakers waived DeMarcus Cousins earlier this week to make room for their new player, Markieff Morris. Cousins signed a one-year deal with the team in the offseason after spending the 2018/19 season with the Golden State Warriors. However, he didn’t appear in a single game..." February 24

  • Free Agent Stock Watch 2020: Northwest Division

    Hoops Rumors "Every week, Hoops Rumors takes a closer look at players who will be free agents or could become free agents next offseason. We examine if their stock is rising or falling due to performance and other factors. This week, we take a look at players from the Northwest Division: Malik..." February 22

  • 5 NBA stars playing for big contracts down the stretch

    Sportsnaut "Team-wide success around the NBA can ultimately be a financial boon for individual players set to hit free agency. That’s no different with about two months remaining in the 2019-20 season. New Orleans Pelicans star forward Brandon Ingram is set to hit restricted free agency..." February 21

  • Blazers offered to trade expiring contracts to Cavaliers for Kevin Love

    Yahoo! Sports "Kevin Love‘s trade value has proven divisive inside and outside Cleveland. The Cavaliers reportedly wanted a first-round pick for the talented forward. Other teams reportedly wanted a first-round pick for taking on the 31-year-old who’s owed $91,459,342 over the..." February 21

  • Nine chaotic moments that could shake up the suddenly stable NBA

    ESPN "For nearly a year, the NBA universe has been focused on one date: June 30, 2021. That is when reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo is set to become an unrestricted free agent. Teams have focused on being set up to chase Antetokounmpo and other stars two summers from now,..." February 21

  • Damian Lillard expects to miss 3, 4 games with groin strain

    The Score "All-Star Damian Lillard thinks he might miss three or four games as he recovers from a right groin strain, according to Portland Trail Blazers beat reporter Casey Holdahl. The 29-year-old guard was on fire prior to the injury, which caused him to miss All-Star..." February 20

  • Is the NBA's 2021 free agency class ‘overhyped’?

    Distinct Athlete "The 2021 NBA free agency class may feature some of the game’s biggest stars, like LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo, but one NBA executive things it’s being “overhyped.” ESPN’s Tim Bontemps shared an interesting quote from an anonymous..." February 20

  • NBA leaning toward keeping target score for next year's All-Star Game

    The Score "There's a "good assumption" the Association will use a target score once again to end next year's All-Star Game, NBA president of league operations Byron Spruell told ESPN's Zach Lowe. The league will also discuss using the new concept in the elimination..." February 19

  • NBA could use target score in G-League

    Clutch Points "The league tried something new at this year’s NBA All-Star Game in order to promote competitiveness while also honoring the late Kobe Bryant. Rather than playing a traditional game with four 12-minute quarters in order to decide a winner, each team had the opportunity to..." February 19

  • BAL brings attention to African talent

    CBS Sports "Amadou Gallo Fall knows that when the Basketball Africa League tips off on March 13 in Dakar, Senegal, former NBA commissioner David Stern, who died in January from a brain hemorrhage, will be smiling down on them. As the President of the BAL, Fall announced the 12 teams who would be..." February 19

  • Raymond Felton Still Wants to Play This Season

    The Big Lead "NBA veteran free-agent Raymond Felton has no plans to retire and still hopes to return to the NBA, league sources told The Big Lead on Wednesday. The 6'1" point guard who has played 14 NBA seasons is 35-years-old and could provide necessary veteran leadership to a young team or a..." February 19

  • Adam Silver pins NBA ratings decline to star player injuries, illegal streaming

    New York Daily News "NBA commissioner Adam Silver says that injuries to star players have played a role in the league’s declining TV ratings in recent seasons. Specifically, it’s the inability to flex to other games on the schedule when the big names aren’t playing. "There..." February 19

  • All-Star fourth quarter featured more than 15 minutes of gameplay

    Pro Basketball Talk "One overlooked feature of the NBA’s new All-Star game format: It seemed designed to shorten the game. Sure, the league wanted to add an interesting wrinkle to a game that had grown stale. The exact details were tweaked to honor Kobe Bryant. But – in the era..." February 18

  • TV ratings rise with new NBA All-Star Game format

    Sport Business "The format change of the National Basketball Association All-Star Game has proven a hit with fans, with TV ratings for this year’s event at Chicago’s United Center averaging 7.3 million viewers across TNT and TSN, which represents an eight-per-cent rise over last..." February 18

  • Winners And Losers From 2020 NBA All-Star Game

    Sportsnaut "The 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago was among the most memorable in recent league history. Saturday night’s events were something else. The game itself the following night did not disappoint in any way. While the early going lacked defense and intensity, the end of the..." February 17

  • Fans Roast Chaka Khan's NBA All-Star Game National Anthem Performance

    Complex "Many of the pregame festivities that took place prior to the NBA All-Star Game earned rave (or at the least very positive) reviews, including Jennifer Hudson's Kobe tribute, and Dr. Dre's own Kobe tribute. Unfortunately (hey, we all have bad days), Chaka..." February 17

  • Damian Lillard is ready for the final playoff push: 'The urgency just has to be there'

    Yahoo! Sports "The 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend did not go as Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard had planned. He was going to participate in the three-point contest. He was going to get buckets and try to help Team LeBron get the win against Team Giannis in..." February 17

  • 3 More Changes NBA Should Make to All-Star Game Format

    12 Up "The new NBA All-Star Game format was a huge success. The changes created a competitive environment in the fourth quarter that had never been seen before in the event. Yet, a few more changes could be made to enhance what was already a solid idea. As with all new concepts,..." February 17

  • Kim and Kanye Courtside for Kobe Bryant Tribute at NBA All-Star Game

    TMZ "The Kobe Bryant tributes were AMAZING at the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night ... and some of the biggest stars in the world were front and center for all of the emotional moments. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West sat courtside at the United Center in Chicago --..." February 17

  • NBA All-Star Game format, explained: What to know about new 2020 rules, tribute to Kobe Bryant

    Sporting News "Unlike previous versions of the NBA All-Star Game, every quarter will matter in this year's contest. When captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo meet for the 2020 All-Star Game on Sunday (8 p.m. ET, TNT), their teams could be bringing a little more..." February 16

  • The NBA Slam Dunk Contest is Decadent and Depraved

    The Big Lead "As if the last 44 years of slam dunk contests weren't enough proof, the 2020 NBA Slam Dunk Contest should throw the entire authenticity of the event into question. Enough fans cried foul when Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon was controversially denied the slam dunk crown..." February 16

  • NBA All-Star Weekend Gets 3,000 Strippers Work in Chicago

    TMZ "The strip club cavalry has arrived in Chicago with THOUSANDS of dancers, literally, making sure NBA superstars and fans are well entertained during All-Star Weekend!!! The good folks at Ocean Gentleman's Club, Factory and Club O tell TMZ Sports ... they've hired Last..." February 16

  • NBA renames All-Star MVP award to honor Kobe Bryant

    Yahoo! Sports "The NBA has renamed its All-Star Game MVP trophy the Kobe Bryant MVP Award in the wake of Bryant’s tragic death. Commissioner Adam Silver announced the renaming at his annual All-Star weekend news conference on Saturday. " February 15

  • 5 NBA stars who must step up in second half of the season

    Sportsnaut "The NBA is now at its All-Star break. While the second half of the season has already started, the “unofficial” second half represents a time that teams get more serious. Contenders vie for playoff positioning. Stars attempt to step their game up. Those who struggled..." February 15

  • Latest group of Rising Stars highlights major flaws with NBA Draft's age game

    Sporting News "On the day he was selected in the second round of the 2019 NBA Draft by the Warriors, former Villanova forward Eric Paschall was 22 years old with another birthday looming in less than five months. Most of the league's teams make their choices on a policy of age over beauty, so he had to..." February 15

  • Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett headline 8 finalists for Hall of Fame

    NBA.com " The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today at NBA All-Star Weekend the finalists from the North American and Women’s committees to be considered for election in 2020. The Class of 2020 will be announced Saturday, April 4th at NCAA..." February 14

  • 6 NBA Players Who Shockingly Never Made an All-Star Game

    12 Up "The NBA never fails to infuriate its fan base with maddening All-Star snubs. In 2020, players like Devin Booker (until Damian Lillard's untimely groin injury), Bradley Beal, and Zach LaVine were the most notable studs left off the rosters. Because those snubs..." February 14

  • 5 realistic trade proposals for Sixers star Joel Embiid

    Sportsnaut "We’ve seen the frustration on his face. We’ve heard the Philadelphia 76ers fans boo him. We’ve watched the team struggle as a whole at times this season. Things are not going too swimmingly for All-Star center Joel Embiid and his Sixers right now. It has led to..." February 14

  • 2020 NBA All-Star Game tickets most expensive ever

    SLAM Online "When the NBA All-Star Game returns to Chicago on February 16, 2020, it will be the third time the Windy City has hosted the event, but the first time in more than 30 years. Where To Buy NBA All-Star Game & Weekend Tickets Primary market tickets for the NBA All-Star game,..." February 14

  • Damian Lillard Hopes Someone Like Devin Booker Will Replace Him in All-Star Game

    The Comeback "The Blazers lost to the Grizzlies in Memphis tonight, 111-104, but the loss wasn’t the worst news for Portland. Damian Lillard exited late with an obvious groin injury; he was able to walk, but clearly something wasn’t right. February 13

  • Report: Damian Lillard sidelined 1-2 weeks with groin strain

    The Score "An MRI on Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard confirmed a groin strain that will require a recovery period of one-to-two weeks, Yahoo's Chris Haynes reports. The upside for Lillard is that the Blazers don't play again until Feb. 21,..." February 13

  • Players Trained By Kobe Bryant Are At The Top Of The League

    Fadeaway World "As we continue to mourn the great Kobe Bryant, his impact on the game is still prevalent when watching today’s NBA. We all know the global impact Kobe had due to his dedication to his craft and is great, but many players today are showcasing an improved skillset thanks to Kobe..." February 13

  • Poll: Who Will Win Three-Point Contest?

    Hoops Rumors "When the NBA announced today that Devin Booker would take Damian Lillard‘s place in the 2020 All-Star Game this Sunday, the league noted that the Suns guard would replace Lillard in Saturday’s three-point contest as well. The change makes..." February 13

  • Damian Lillard Plans to Perform Music at All-Star Game Despite Injury

    Bleacher Report "Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard can no longer play in the 2020 NBA All-Star Game or participate in the 3-Point Contest, but his groin injury won't keep him from the stage. According to Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes, Lillard will still perform..." February 13

  • Devin Booker replacing Damian Lillard in all-star game

    TSN "Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker has been selected to replace Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, who suffered a groin injury Wednesday night against the Memphis Grizzlies, as a member of Team LeBron for Sunday's all-star game. February 13

  • Jennifer Hudson to perform Kobe Bryant tribute at NBA All-Star Game

    Page Six "Jennifer Hudson is set to perform a tribute to Kobe Bryant during Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game in Chicago, the NBA announced Thursday. The singer, a Chicago native, will sing ahead of player introductions. " February 13

  • Damian Lillard says he'll miss All-Star Weekend with strained groin

    NBA.com "Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard says he will not participate in the 2020 NBA All-Star Game or the MTN DEW 3-Point Contest after straining his right groin in Wednesday's loss to Memphis.  Lillard is slated for an MRI tomorrow but told..." February 13

  • Carmelo Anthony doesn’t think he’s ever seen anyone like Zion Williamson

    Talk Basket "Zion Williamson is exceptional, even he himself admits that. The Portland Trail Blazers, with Carmelo Anthony, got a chance to see Zion in action themselves. Melo was impressed. After the game, which the Pelicans won 138-117, Anthony talked about his impression of Zion. " February 12

  • Evaluating the NBA's biggest injuries

    CBS Sports "The Basketball Gods have not been kind this season, as far as injuries are concerned. They blessed us with Victor Oladipo's long-awaited return recently, but the list of star players who have missed all or significant parts of this season -- headlined by Stephen..." February 12

  • If The 76ers Move Joel Embiid, These 5 Teams Make Sense

    Fadeaway World "It wasn’t too long ago when Joel Embiid was viewed as the savior of the Philadelphia 76ers. After a stellar rookie season that was cut short due to injury, many people expected the Sixers to be the next dynasty in the league as going into the 2017 NBA draft, the Sixers were able to trade..." February 12

  • Luol Deng named ambassador for Basketball Africa League

    ABC 7 Chicago "Former NBA All-Star Luol Deng was named global ambassador for the Basketball Africa League on Wednesday. "We have a tremendous amount of talent in Africa and I am excited that some of that talent will be showcased through our new league," Deng said in a..." February 12

  • The Best Buyout Candidates For The Boston Celtics

    Fadeaway World "Buyout season is upon us and we have already seen many veteran players sign with contending teams. We have already seen Marvin Williams join the Milwaukee Bucks and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to join the Dallas Mavericks so expect a lot more signings to be made. One team that should be..." February 11

  • 10 NBA Players Most Likely to Be Traded This Offseason

    Bleacher Report "Post-trade-deadline blues got ya down? We've got you covered! The offseason is one of the best times for linking up with your best front office pal and going on a summertime shopping spree. For those with minimal financial flexibility, offseason trades can be the best..." February 11

  • The 10 Most Intriguing Names on the NBA’s Buyout Market

    The Ringer "The NBA’s annual trade deadline is in the books, but teams still have one more way to add talent heading into the stretch run: dipping into the buyout market to sign players not currently under contract elsewhere in the league. On balance, the returns on such..." February 11

  • How Trade-Deadline Deals That Didn't Happen Set Stage for 2020 NBA Free Agency

    Bleacher Report "The 2020 NBA trade deadline saw a bevy of moves with big names changing teams, but the conversations that fell through will set the stage for more transactions heading into the draft and free agency this summer.  For example, Oklahoma City and Miami had several..." February 11