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  • NBA community mourns the loss of basketball writer, NBA TV analyst Sekou Smith "The NBA community mourns the loss of renowned basketball writer and NBA TV analyst Sekou Smith, who has passed away at the age of 48. " January 26

  • How The Boston Celtics Can Create A Big Three

    Fadeaway World "The Boston Celtics have a great team this season led by superstar Jayson Tatum. For years, the Celtics always seemed too young to be a legitimate contender. But that is no longer an excuse, as Tatum has elevated his game as one of the top-15 players in the world. But still, the..." January 26

  • Does Kevin Love Really Make Sense for Brooklyn Nets or Any Other Contender?

    Bleacher Report "Despite having played in just one full game this season, Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love just can't stay out of trade rumors. After already going all-in on the offensive end by swapping Jarrett Allen, Caris LeVert, Taurean Prince and their draft capital for..." January 26

  • NBA League Pass Viewership Up 46 Percent From Last Season

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA says League Pass viewership is up 36 percent from last season. The league's annual subscription plan starts at $150. " January 26

  • NBA Teams That Should Blow It Up Now

    Bleacher Report "The NBA doesn't want teams to push the red button. Flattened lottery odds made the race to the bottom less of a sure thing, and last year's addition of a play-in tournament expanded the list of "postseason" entrants in each conference to 10. Those are clear..." January 26

  • 5 Early Predictions for the 2021 NBA Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "The 2021 NBA trade deadline is now less than two months away, although a blockbuster four-team James Harden trade has already caused ripples throughout the league. Harden joining the Brooklyn Nets means other title contenders may now be pressured to upgrade their..." January 26

  • Damian Lillard Talks About Big Championship Advice Kobe Bryant Gave Him: “That Really Helped Me.”

    Fadeaway World "Kobe Bryant and Damian Lillard created a very good relationship both on and off the court, given their similar mentality and if you want, their styles of play. Lillard had the utmost respect for Kobe and it was the other way around, although the Portland Trail Blazers star has recalled..." January 26

  • Exposing the NBA's Worst Shooters so Far

    Bleacher Report "Identifying the NBA's worst shooters is a process overrun with subjectivity. Statistics are always part of the calculus, but which ones? And how are they weighted? And how do you account for the level of difficulty on field-goal attempts? Or the context of a player's role? And..." January 26

  • Lonzo Ball's regression, Warriors' starting-lineup woes among most disappointing NBA early season developments

    CBS Sports "Believe it or not, we've reached the quarter pole of the shortened 2020-21 NBA season, and in that time a number of surprising storylines have taken shape. Most are of the happy-surprise variety, like how hard LeBron James is playing when we all figured he would approach his 18th..." January 26

  • NBA targeting early March for potential All-Star Game

    Yardbarker "Despite the cancellation of the traditional All-Star Weekend festivities, the NBA is still trying to put together an All-Star Game for the 2020-21 season. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the NBA and National Basketball Players Association are discussing the possibility..." January 25

  • 8 NBA Players Who Could Get Moved Before the Trade Deadline

    Complex "The biggest splash of the 2020-21 NBA season has already been made. After nine decorated seasons with the Rockets, James Harden was shipped to a new city. Houston loaded up on future assets in a massive four-team deal that sent the 2018 MVP to Brooklyn, joining forces with Kyrie Irving and..." January 25

  • Portland Trail Blazers hope unexpected time off helps vs. Knicks

    Sportsnaut "The Portland Trail Blazers received an unexpected but welcome break this week, and figure to be fresh and rejuvenated Sunday night when they host the New York Knicks. Portland’s scheduled games on Wednesday and Friday against Memphis were postponed due to COVID-19..." January 24

  • Blazers’ Damian Lillard dropping Adidas shoe to celebrate ending series vs. Thunder

    Clutch Points "Players with shoe deals sometimes create shoes that have meaning behind them and Damian Lillard’s upcoming shoe could bring back bad memories for a certain NBA team. The All-Star point guard of the Portland Trail Blazers is planning on releasing an Adidas..." January 24

  • Weird Week in Hoops: Kevin Porter's food fight and Bernie on the bench

    The Score "Kevin Porter Jr. tosses his lunch The Kevin Porter Jr. experience in Cleveland is over thanks in large part to a recent locker-room outburst in which the recent No. 30 pick reportedly yelled at staff and threw food. For Cavaliers fans, the..." January 24

  • ‘Daddy Dame’ Damian Lillard and fiancée welcome newborn twins to Blazers star’s growing family

    Clutch Points "Portland Trail Blazers star point guard Damian Lillard and his fiancée Kay’La Hanson just welcomed twins to the Lillard family this past Thursday. They had a daughter, named Kali Emma Lee Lillard, and a son, Kalii Laheem Lillard. Lillard posted a family..." January 23

  • Desperation Trade Targets to Create New NBA Contenders

    Bleacher Report "The Brooklyn Nets went all-in on James Harden, surrendering control of their first-round picks through 2027 and sacrificing depth in exchange for superstar talent that (they hope) will give them a better shot at a championship. It was a bold bet. Maybe even a desperate one. The..." January 22

  • 5 NBA Blockbuster Trades Ideas Before The Deadline

    Fadeaway World "The NBA trade deadline is not until March 25 but that doesn’t mean that a blockbuster, or two, couldn’t happen before then. We have already seen the Houston Rockets and Brooklyn Nets shock the world with their four-team blockbuster featuring James Harden go down. With nearly two..." January 22

  • How Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul and 13 key NBA offseason additions are faring with new teams

    CBS Sports "It may not seem like it, but we're nearly a quarter of the way through the 2020-21 NBA schedule. Postponements and thinning rosters due to health and safety protocols have made it difficult to judge the early returns for many teams, but we're starting to get a sense of how the pieces..." January 22

  • The East Has Become The Best Conference In The NBA After 21 Years

    Fadeaway World "For years, the Western Conference has had the stigma of being the stronger conference in the NBA. Teams such as the Spurs, Lakers, and Warriors have dominated the last 2 decades of professional basketball and they have some of the greatest players ever. Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille..." January 22

  • Kobe Bryant meant more to current NBA players than LeBron James or Michael Jordan

    USA Today "On Jan. 9, San Antonio’s DeMar DeRozan scored 38 points in the Spurs' overtime victory against Minnesota. None of his made field goals was a 3-pointer. The longest shot he made came from 19 feet. It was an efficient 13-for-23 shooting from the field and 12-for-13 on free throws..." January 22

  • Adam Silver Suggests NBA Won't Expand For Under $2.5 Billion Franchise Fee

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA has reportedly considered expansion in the medium-term with a possible franchise fee of $2.5 billion. Adam Silver said he is “not ready” to confirm the number of teams or the price point the league would seek if it were to add clubs. He said it “doesn’t..." January 22

  • The unstoppable Kobe Bryant, as told by the defenders tasked with stopping him

    ESPN "DURING A STORIED 14-year NBA career, Tony Allen was named to six All-Defensive teams and earned the nickname "The Grindfather" for his abilities as one of the league's most hard-nosed perimeter defenders. But on Feb. 22, 2005, he was a 24-year-old rookie..." January 22

  • Canada Basketball blindsided by FIBA sanctions, $227K fine

    CBC "Canada Basketball president and CEO Glen Grunwald says he was blindsided by sanctions levied against the program on Wednesday. The International Basketball Federation, or FIBA, fined the Canadian governing body for the sport up to $227,138 and threatened to dock..." January 22

  • Japan privately concludes Tokyo Olympics should be canceled due to coronavirus

    Fox 8 "Japan’s government has privately concluded the Tokyo Olympics will have to be canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Times reported, citing an unnamed senior member of the ruling coalition. The government’s focus is now on securing the Games for Tokyo..." January 21

  • NBA Moves Back Start Times For 20 Games

    Hoops Rumors "As the NBA begins implementing new same-day COVID-19 PCR testing protocols, the league will be moving back the start times for 20 upcoming games to accommodate testing, Tim Bontemps of ESPN tweets. These games will be moved to at least 8 p.m. local time during the week and 7 p.m...." January 21

  • Finding Trade Partners for NBA's Deadline Buyers and Sellers

    Bleacher Report "It takes two (or more) dance partners to get the NBA trade market grooving. Sellers can't sell without interested buyers. Shoppers can't fill their carts without something on the shelves. It's simple supply and demand and yet another reminder that professional..." January 21

  • Enes Kanter Dating John D. Rockefeller's Great-Granddaughter, Ariana Rockefeller

    TMZ "There's a new lady in NBA center Enes Kanter's life ... and it's none other than Ariana Rockefeller, the great-great-granddaughter of oil mogul John D. Rockefeller!! TMZ Sports has learned ... the 28-year-old Portland Trail Blazers player and..." January 21

  • The reasons why half the NBA can't trade their first-round pick right now

    ESPN "When Houston Rockets general manager Rafael Stone explained last week why he prioritized a bundle of first-round picks and not a current All-NBA player like Ben Simmons in a James Harden trade, he said it was because, "In the NBA, picks -- especially..." January 21

  • Nearly Half Of NBA’s Teams Have Open Roster Spots

    Hoops Rumors "After the NBA’s transactions wire remained relatively quiet for the first few weeks of the 2020/21 season, teams have begun making moves with a little more frequency as of late. While one recent transaction – the four-team trade that sent James Harden to Brooklyn..." January 21

  • 3 NBA players making the leap in 2021

    The Score "Every year, numerous NBA players take significant steps forward in their development. That progression, when it's dramatic enough and happens within a single season, is often colloquially termed "the leap." Some are breakouts that most can see coming. It usually happens..." January 21

  • 11 NBA players test positive for COVID-19 since Jan. 13

    Sportsnet "The NBA and NBPA announced on Thursday that 11 of the 502 players tested for COVID-19 since Jan. 13 have returned positive results. Any player who returns a positive test must isolate until they are cleared under the rules established... " January 20

  • NBA to station security to enforce pre-, postgame safety rules

    The Score "The NBA is expanding its efforts to enforce health and safety measures regarding contact between players outside of the game setting, The Athletic's Shams Charania reports. Beginning Wednesday, the league will reportedly place team security staff at halfcourt before and..." January 20

  • Predicting Most Active Teams at 2021 NBA Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "Business is booming on the NBA trade market. It started this offseason with landscape-shifting maneuvers like Jrue Holiday joining the Milwaukee Bucks, Chris Paul heading to the Phoenix Suns and the jersey swap between John Wall and Russell..." January 20

  • Top 5 Best Destinations For Blake Griffin

    Fadeaway World "Blake Griffin is a former All-Star who has been underperforming this season: he is currently averaging 12.9 PPG, 5.9 RPG, and 4.3 APG. This is a far cry from his Clippers day. But Blake Griffin still has something in the tank: during his lone All-Star season in Detroit in 2018-19, Griffin..." January 20

  • Trail Blazers vs. Grizzlies postponed Wednesday due to contact tracing

    Draftkings Nation "The game Wednesday between the Portland Trail Blazers and Memphis Grizzlies schedule for 10:00 p.m. ET has been postponed due to Covid-19 contact tracing, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported. The Grizzlies had just announced that Jonas Valanciunas tested positive..." January 20

  • Updated 2021 NBA Free-Agency Big Board After a Month of Games

    Bleacher Report "A month into the 2020-21 NBA season, numbers are starting to feel more trustworthy. Player roles are crystallizing. And the 2021 free-agent class is becoming easier to analyze. With a decent sample size now in place, we can examine that class and where each of its players..." January 20

  • Eight non-stars shining in 2020-21 NBA season as standout supporting characters

    CBS Sports ""Role player" is not an insult, nor is it a permanent label. Many of today's All-Stars are yesterday's 3-and-D guys, and behind every story about a max player reaching new heights is an improved cast of supporting characters lifting him there. None of these eight..." January 20

  • Blazers' CJ McCollum to miss at least four weeks with small fracture in left foot

    ESPN "Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum will miss at least the next four weeks after additional testing revealed a small fracture in his left foot and a midfoot sprain, the team announced Monday night. McCollum left the Blazers' 112-106 victory over..." January 19

  • The loss of CJ McCollum threatens the Blazers season

    Clutch Points "Days after the Portland Trail Blazers lost Jusuf Nurkic for at least eight weeks to a wrist injury, CJ McCollum will now be out for an extended period of time. The Blazers have started the season 8-6 but without both McCollum and Nurkic more and more pressure is..." January 19

  • CJ McCollum’s request to Blazers fans after breaking his foot

    Clutch Points "Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum caught a tough break, with further examination of his foot injury revealing a fracture that will keep him out for at least a month. But McCollum does not want fans to pity him. He said Tuesday there are plenty of people who have..." January 19

  • Jusuf Nurkic Undergoes Wrist Surgery

    Hoops Rumors "Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair a fracture in his right wrist, according to a team press release. Nurkic will wear a splint for four weeks and be re-evaluated in six weeks. The timeline offered by the team suggests that the..." January 19

  • NBA talking about vaccinating players as PSA

    ESPN "NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday the league has discussed having players receive COVID-19 vaccines to educate and influence certain groups regarding its safety and effectiveness. "There have been discussions. It's something we're particularly focused on,"..." January 19

  • CJ McCollum’s timetable revealed after suffering foot injury

    Clutch Points "The Portland Trail Blazers are once again being decimated by injuries. Zach Collins and Jusuf Nurkic are already out for the foreseeable future. The backcourt is suffering from issues, too, as 2-guard CJ McCollum suffered a foot injury Saturday night against the Atlanta..." January 18

  • Damian Lillard’s encouraging health update on Blazers teammate CJ McCollum

    Clutch Points "The Portland Trail Blazers were missing a couple of key guys on Monday, as they were blown out by the San Antonio Spurs, 125-104. CJ McCollum was forced to sit this one out due to a foot sprain, but if you ask teammate Damian Lillard, it appears that there is..." January 18

  • 3 Blazers trades to help replace Jusuf Nurkic after breaking wrist

    Clutch Points "The Portland Trail Blazers’ season hit a bit of a snag when it was revealed that starting center Jusuf Nurkic would miss at least eight weeks with a broken wrist. This came after fellow big man Zach Collins had to go under the knife for another ankle surgery. The..." January 18

  • Knicks, Warriors, Lakers, Nets Top Sportico's 2021 Most Valuable NBA Teams List

    Sportico "The game between the Denver Nuggets and Dallas Mavericks reached the middle of the third quarter when an alert flashed on the phone handed to Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban. As of later that night, it read, the National Basketball Association season would be suspended indefinitely. It was..." January 18

  • 3 trades for Lakers to get superstar Big 3

    Clutch Points "The Brooklyn Nets big three have the ability to be one of the most talented big threes ever assembled. While the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers have a man who many consider to be the greatest to ever lace ‘em up, it would be nice if LeBron..." January 18

  • Jodie Meeks Seeking NBA Roster Spot

    Hoops Hype "With several games postponed and fewer players available due to the league’s health and safety protocols, 10-year NBA veteran Jodie Meeks hopes to earn a roster spot this season. “I haven’t retired, and I’m not looking to retire,” Meeks told HoopsHype...." January 18

  • CJ McCollum to undergo MRI with foot injury

    Clutch Points "The Portland Trail Blazers’ tough luck with injuries continues, as their star guard, CJ McCollum is set to undergo an MRI on Saturday for his foot injury, per Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes. While initial diagnosis from team doctors claimed that it was a..." January 17

  • Top 10 NBA Rookie of the Year candidates: Tyrese Haliburton making noise

    Sportsnaut "Last season saw a breakaway NBA Rookie of the Year in that of Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant. He dazzled onlookers while No. 1 pick Zion Williamson missed extended time with a knee injury. It was a surprise given preseason NBA Rookie of the Year odds. Could we see..." January 17