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  • Inside the NBA's silent tension surrounding Daryl Morey

    ESPN "NOBODY SAW MUCH of Daryl Morey in the days after the Houston Rockets landed in Tokyo for the NBA's Japan Games. The Rockets' general manager confined himself to his room at the Ritz Carlton in Roppongi Hills during the team's six-day visit, spotted leaving for..." November 12

  • Why Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum have stayed loyal to Portland Trail Blazers

    USA Today "The Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum have no interest in joining the NBA’s player movement — even as the stars have seen their competitors demand trades and forge new allegiances. "I don’t care what the trend..." November 12

  • Hassan Whiteside: “I expect Shaq to dis. Dame killed him in a rap battle.”

    NBC Sports "Consistency of effort has not exactly been a hallmark of Hassan Whiteside‘s career. He seemed to sleepwalk through the first half of Portland’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers — 1-of-7 shooting and listless play (especially next to the..." November 08

  • NBA Rumors: 3 Blockbuster Trades That Could Happen This Season

    Fadeaway World "The NBA trade deadline is a time that many NBA fans look forward to. Over the years, we have seen many trades occur around this time that have changed the landscape of the NBA. In 2017, we saw DeMarcus Cousins get traded to the Pelicans in a blockbuster deal that created a formidable..." November 08

  • Ten NBA things I like and don't like, including Luka Doncic trickery

    ESPN "As we put the first 10% of the season in the books, here are 10 things to check out: 1. We need to talk about Nikola Nikola Jokic has probably racked up more "likes" in this space than any other player. And so it is with a heavy heart that I note: Jokic does..." November 08

  • Inside the NBA Brought Chris Jericho on Set and Then All Hell Broke Loose in The Wrestling Ring

    Black Sports Online "The funniest thing is Jericho’s face throughout. He is truly looking at these dudes like “what the hell is going on, I was supposed to just do a quick promo.” You can’t put a Wrestling ring in the studio and not think Shaq is going to act up. " November 08

  • Blazers’ Hassan Whiteside has no ‘ill will’ toward Heat

    Clutch Points "Hassan Whiteside has no ill feelings when it comes to his former team, the Miami Heat. The Portland Trail Blazers starting center had a falling out with the organization in his last two seasons, as he recovered from a slew of injuries and tried to regain his starting..." November 07

  • Map Shows The Most Hated NBA Teams In Every State For 2019-2020 Season

    Total Pro Sports "he Los Angeles Lakers are truly back. After several years of being quite irrelevant when it comes to having a Championship contender, the team went out and signed LeBron James and traded for Anthony Davis in back-to-back offseasons. " November 07

  • NBA head coaching jobs are increasingly stable

    SB Nation "The NBA head coaching profession is among the least stable in all of sports. Some franchises cycle through a new head coach seemingly every year. The names who hold jobs for a decade or more are essentially legends, and even then, respected status and success is no guarantee of stability. The..." November 07

  • NBA now forbids teams from using apps that auto-delete communication with players, agents

    Pro Basketball Talk "To crack down on widespread tampering, the NBA began requiring teams to keep communications with agents and players for one year. The league can audit five teams annually. But what about workarounds? Pete Thamel, Seerat Sohi and Charles Robinson of Yahoo..." November 07

  • Ranking NBA's biggest early surprises: New-look Suns, unrecognizable Warriors, Lakers defense lead the way

    CBS Sports "The thing we most love about sports is the stuff we never see coming. They don't make movies about the favorite winning the game they're supposed to win -- instead it's the scrappy underdog who defies the odds and people's expectations with an unprecedented show of fortitude. A..." November 07

  • Free Agents Signed Now Can’t Be Traded Before Deadline

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement prevents a team from signing a player and then turning around and trading him shortly thereafter. If a club signs a free agent without having reached an agreement on a sign-and-trade deal, then the club isn’t permitted to trade that player..." November 07

  • Former NBA commissioner David Stern all in on sports betting

    Newsday "David Stern is no stranger to the long battle against legalized betting in American sports. In 1991, he testified in the U.S. Senate hearings that led to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. The Supreme Court overturned that law 18 months ago, opening the door to..." November 07

  • ESPN analyst hints Portland will be active in the trade market, suggests targeting Danilo Gallinari

    Clutch Points "Despite improving their roster from last season and cementing their star backcourt in place with extensions for Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, the Portland Trail Blazers have the highest payroll in the NBA and are bound for luxury tax hell in the coming months unless..." November 07

  • Jalen Rose Explains Why Fans and Media Are to Blame for Load Management in the NBA

    The Big Lead "Kawhi Leonard is not playing tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks. Leonard will miss his second game in eight days because of load management. Both of those games just happened to be broadcast on ESPN, so no one besides Kawhi's aching back is happy with the..." November 06

  • Zach Collins Undergoes Successful Shoulder Surgery

    NBA.com "Portland Trail Blazers forward Zach Collins underwent successful surgery today to repair his left labrum, it was announced by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey. The injury occurred when Collins dislocated his left shoulder at the 2:01 mark of the third quarter in..." November 05

  • The Biggest Sneaker Storylines of the 2019-20 NBA Season

    Complex "The NBA made its long-awaited return only a few weeks ago and has already provided fans with the buzzer beaters, scuffles, memes, and superstar performances they had been yearning for during the offseason. The new-look Los Angeles Lakers are dominating thus far as expected with the..." November 05

  • Joakim Noah Still Hoping To Sign With Contender

    NBC Sports Chicago "Former Bulls center Joakim Noah reportedly suffered what sounded like a potentially career-ending injury, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. Windhorst reported the news on Monday on The Hoop Collective Podcast, but has since walked it..." November 05

  • Damian Lillard rips Warriors' new San Francisco arena

    MSN.com "Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard is all about his native Oakland. We’ve seen this multiple times throughout his heralded career. With Lillard set to make his debut at the Golden State Warriors’ new San Francisco home Monday night, the All-Star spoke..." November 04

  • Blazers have no intention of signing a player in wake of Zach Collins surgery

    Clutch Points "The Portland Trail Blazers have no plans of signing additional players, despite the fact that big man Zach Collins recently underwent surgery to repair a dislocated left shoulder. Instead, Portland will stand pat and wait for Pau Gasol to return from his foot injury, according to a..." November 04

  • Jose Calderon Announces Retirement, Joins NBPA As Special Assistant

    Real GM Basketball "Jose Calderon has announced his retirement as a player from the NBA and has joined the NBPA as a Special Assistant. The position is newly formed and a season-long position that both the union and Calderon hope will become a recurring role. " November 04

  • Blazers PF Zach Collins Will Undergo Surgery on Dislocated Left Shoulder

    12 Up "The Portland Trail Blazers were already missing a key member of their frontcourt in Jusuf Nurkic, and now they'll be down another big man. According to reports, Blazers forward Zach Collins is going under the knife to get surgery on his dislocated left shoulder. " November 03

  • Trail Blazers’ Zach Collins To Have Shoulder Surgery

    Hoops Rumors "Zach Collins will undergo surgery to repair a dislocated left shoulder, tweets Jason Quick of The Athletic. The third-year center/power forward was checked by multiple doctors, and Collins and his representatives were given the choice of surgery or rehabilitation. A..." November 03

  • NBA reminds teams to keep all electronic communications with players, agents

    NBC Sports "It was part of Adam Silver’s and the NBA’s new “crackdown” on tampering — five random teams will get audited by the NBA at the end of the season. Just to make sure they didn’t break the rules. This week the NBA sent out a memo to all 30..." November 01

  • Rookie Scale Option Decisions Still To Come

    Hoops Rumors "Thursday, October 31 is the deadline for teams to exercise rookie scale options for the 2020/21 season. These options apply to either the third or fourth year of a rookie scale contract for players who were drafted in the first round. If they’re not exercised, the player becomes an..." October 31

  • It's early, but some teams are already looking to fix holes in their rosters

    ESPN "It's only the second week of the NBA season, but front offices are already contemplating their shortcomings. There are a handful of teams who know they might have to make a significant roster move during the season. The market is mostly quiet now -- trade season doesn't really..." October 30

  • 5 Players Who Can’t Be Traded This Season

    Fadeaway World "00:29 01:05 Even though we were all expecting some big trades for this season, there are a handful of players that have recently signed contract extensions and are therefore ineligible to be moved right now. Whenever a player signs a deal, he has to wait before..." October 30

  • EA Sports cancels NBA Live 20

    Kotaku "EA Sports’ NBA Live 20, which had the honour of being officially delayed before it was even officially announced, has now been cancelled. It’s the fourth time in ten years that EA has not released an annual entry in its flagship basketball game on a home..." October 30

  • Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts knows how valuable Seth Curry can be to Mavericks

    Dallas Morning News "Seth Curry was a Maverick from 2016 to 2018 (though he sat out the second season with a leg fracture) and then was an important role player on the Portland team that advanced to last season’s Western Conference finals. That gives Blazers coach Terry Stotts, an assistant for four..." October 29

  • Zach Collins Suffers Dislocated Shoulder

    Amico Hoops "Portland Trail Blazers power forward Zach Collins will have an MRI on his dislocated shoulder Monday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. " October 28

  • Damian Lillard 'adamant' over crunch-time coach's challenge

    ESPN " Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts credited star guard Damian Lillard for convincing him to challenge a critical foul call late in the Trail Blazers' 121-119 win over the Mavericks, marking the most impactful use yet of the NBA's new rule that is..." October 28

  • Special Trade Eligibility Dates For 2019/20

    Hoops Rumors "In a pair of previous articles, we took a closer look at the trade restrictions placed on two groups of players who signed free agent contracts this summer. The smaller of the two groups featured players who can’t be traded by their current teams until January 15, having re-signed..." October 28

  • LaMarcus Aldridge Could Return To The Portland Trail Blazers

    Fadeaway World "Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum are expected to accomplish big things this upcoming season. After their trip to the Western Conference Finals ended in a clean sweep by the Warriors, they are looking to take the next step on their journey to a title. But in a Western..." October 28

  • Shaquille O’Neal says Damian Lillard diss tracks were all for fun

    Clutch Points "If you were hoping for a new chapter in the rap beef between Shaquille O’Neal and Damian Lillard, you’re better off just listening to Kanye West’s Jesus Is King. Shaq officially killed any hopes of more diss tracks being released in a recent..." October 27

  • What would a one-free-throw rule mean for the NBA?

    ESPN "Kevin Pelton's NBA mailbag is back, featuring your questions on an experiment using a single free throw attempt for all points, Russell Westbrook's shooting numbers, the best way to enforce 3-point shooting fouls and how scoring relates to win projections. You can tweet..." October 26

  • Tencent cuts off Rockets from NBA streaming schedule

    Channel News Asia "Chinese internet giant Tencent has struck Houston Rockets games from its programming schedule for the current NBA season, following through on a threat it made after a team executive angered Beijing by supporting pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. The Rockets' 117-111 loss to..." October 25

  • Charles Barkley: Mike Pence "needs to shut the hell up"

    Larry Brown Sports "Charles Barkley issued a strong response to Vice President Mike Pence. Earlier on Thursday, Pence weighed in on the NBA’s Hong Kong-China controversy. Pence said the NBA sided with the Chinese government by silencing free speech. “Some of the..." October 24

  • Mike Pence denounces China's response to Hong Kong protests, blasts NBA for 'embracing censorship'

    CNN "Vice President Mike Pence accused the National Basketball Association of acting "like a wholly owned subsidiary of the authoritarian regime" in China on Thursday. Speaking in Washington, Pence accused the NBA and sportswear giant Nike of not sufficiently speaking out in..." October 24

  • NBA execs have differing opinions on Jaylen Brown's new Celtics contract

    NBC Sports Boston "When the Boston Celtics inked Jaylen Brown to a four-year, $115 million deal on Tuesday, plenty of C's fans were happy to see their prized 22-year-old forward get locked up for a few more seasons. But the deal left some NBA executives scratching their..." October 24

  • Adam Silver’s Fight to Save the NBA in China

    Wall Street Journal "He’s caught between the two most powerful countries on earth. American politicians have urged him to suspend business with China. Chinese state-run television has threatened retribution against him personally. But as NBA commissioner Adam Silver continues to deal with an..." October 23

  • 7 NBA Players Who Should Get Traded This Season

    Complex "The NBA season literally just got underway last night, but as we all know, so much of the NBA machine is pushed by trade rumors and speculation. Teams are always looking to get better and stars are constantly on the move. If a team says they're not trading someone, that's likely a..." October 23

  • Chinese State TV Refuses to Air NBA's Opening Night Slate

    SI "Chinese state television did not air the NBA's opening night games, ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported on Tuesday. According to Windhorst, Tencent, the NBA's streaming partner, also reduced its schedule, only deciding to show the Lakers-Clippers game. " October 23

  • Stephen Jackson Says NBA Teams Received A Mass Text, “Don’t F*ck With Carmelo”

    Hot New Hip Hop "A number of current and former NBA veterans have shown support for Carmelo Anthony as he continues to search for a spot on an NBA roster. The latest players to speak out in favor of the 10-time All Star are Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, both of whom spoke about the disrespect..." October 23

  • CJ McCollum Questions Michael Jordan's Sobriety After Steph Curry Hall Of Fame Comment

    Total Pro Sports "Michael Jordan certainly made social media lose its mind. On Monday night, a clip surfaced showing the great one in a recent interview with Craig Melvin on Today, and he acknowledged that Stephen Curry is a great player, but he isn’t a hall of fame player yet. Melvin..." October 22

  • 4 Teams That Should Trade For Dion Waiters

    Fadeaway World "It looks as if Dion Waiters could be traded from the Miami Heat very soon. The Heat have suspended Waiters for the first game of the season due to comments that he made on Instagram about Erik Spoelstra and Tyler Herro. This past year looked to be Dion’s worst season as a pro as..." October 22

  • Bettors put most money on Lakers to win title

    ESPN "The Lake Show has been playing nonstop at U.S. sportsbooks, leaving bookmakers staring at sizable liabilities on the Los Angeles Lakers to win the NBA championship. As the season tips off, more money has been bet on the Lakers to win the title than on any other team at..." October 22

  • NBA enacting zero-tolerance rules for abusive, hateful fan behavior

    The Score "The NBA is enacting a zero-tolerance fan code of conduct in 2019-20 in an effort to curb abusive and hateful behavior toward players after the number of courtside ejections more than doubled last season, NBA chief security officer Jerome Pickett told The Associated Press' Tim..." October 21

  • Hassan Whiteside will ‘for sure’ be ready for Blazers’ season opener

    Clutch Points "Portland Trail Blazers newcomer Hassan Whiteside has been dealing with a sprained right ankle over the past few days, and there were doubts whether he would be available for the team in their season opener against the Denver Nuggets. However, Whiteside himself confirmed that..." October 19

  • Ranking the NBA's 15 best players, from Kawhi Leonard to Kyrie Irving

    Sporting News "The NBA has made so many headlines for its controversial relationship with China that it's easy to forget there is real, actual basketball on the horizon. Yes, the 2019-20 regular season is upon us, and with it comes another set of player rankings. There has been..." October 19

  • Ranking toughest NBA divisions: Pacific is stacked with Lakers, Clippers; Southeast short on star talent

    CBS Sports "There probably aren't many NBA fans who spend a lot of time thinking about divisions. Even the most loyal viewer might find it hard to rattle off each team in all six NBA divisions (yes, there are six). While most of the attention is paid to conference standings since they determine playoff..." October 18