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  • Jimmy Butler still remains out for Heat due to COVID-19 protocols

    Clutch Points "The Miami Heat will still be without star forward Jimmy Butler for Wednesday’s tilt against the Denver Nuggets. The 31-year-old has not yet received clearance from the league to rejoin his squad due to the NBA’s stringent health and safety..." January 26

  • NBA community mourns the loss of basketball writer, NBA TV analyst Sekou Smith

    NBA.com "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

  • Kyrie Irving Executes Secret Jersey Swap With Bam Adebayo After Getting Busted

    TMZ "If at first you don't succeed ... try, try again!! That's exactly what Kyrie Irving did Monday night ... super sneakily handing off his threads to Bam Adebayo after the Heat vs. Nets game -- and the dude got away with it this time!! Of course, the..." 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

  • 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

  • A Miami Heat problem that must be fixed and what’s contributing to it. And help on the way

    Miami Herald "The Miami Heat has been using a bigger power rotation than the group that orchestrated a run to the NBA Finals at the Disney bubble. And yet, the Heat has regressed on the boards, entering the week as the league’s worst rebounding team. Kelly Olynyk, 6-11, has replaced..." January 25

  • Nets’ Kyrie Irving goes end to end for a tough and-one

    Clutch Points "The Brooklyn Nets are still trying to find their footing with their three stars together, and they seem to be taking things one step at a time. Despite the struggles though, Kyrie Irving continues to play at a high level. On Monday against the Miami Heat,..." January 25

  • Bam Adebayo hilariously tries to pass to Heat teammate on bench

    Clutch Points "In what could very well turn out to be a Shaqtin’ a Fool moment, Miami Heat big man Bam Adebayo committed a rather comical turnover during Miami’s Monday night matchup against the Brooklyn Nets. Adebayo threw an errant pass to a teammate who was heading to the..." January 25

  • 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

  • Heat guard Avery Bradley was upset to learn he got COVID-19 at work

    Yahoo! Sports "Miami Heat guard Avery Bradley revealed on the Yahoo Sports’ “Posted Up with Chris Haynes Podcast” that he’s been sidelined since Jan. 9 after testing positive for COVID-19 and placed in the NBA’s health and safety protocol. In..." January 25

  • ’40 Don’t Mean Nothing’: Heat Star Bam Adebayo Makes Promising Vow After Historic Night

    Heavy "The cameras kept panning to the awkward non-jersey swap between Bam Adebayo and Kyrie Irving on Saturday night. The Miami Heat dropped their second straight game following a 128-124 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. Undermanned again, but not overmatched. Adebayo, a..." January 24

  • Brooklyn Nets look for momentum against undermanned Miami Heat team

    Sportsnaut "Bam Adebayo’s biggest night of his young career nearly completed a comeback for the Miami Heat over the Brooklyn Nets and their three stars. The Nets seek better ways at stopping Adebayo and another win over the Heat on Monday night when the teams reconvene in New..." January 24

  • NBA Fans React To Dwyane Wade Saying He Wants To Open An Only Fans Account With His Wife Gabrielle Union

    BroBible "Dwyane Wade has been retired from the NBA for over a year now, and he’s been having to find creative ways to spend his time away from the game.Wade has been seen dying his hair in different colors, hosting karaoke events, doing commentary for TNT’s “Inside the NBA,”..." January 24

  • Kyrie Irving, Bam Adebayo prevented from jersey swap by security

    Heat Nation "On Saturday evening, the Miami Heat lost yet another tough game, this time to the new-look Brooklyn Nets, 128-124. Heat big man Bam Adebayo attempted to swap jerseys with Nets star Kyrie Irving after the game, but a security official prevented them from actually..." 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

  • ‘I Could Have Played’: Heat Star Bam Adebayo Comments on Being Benched

    Heavy "In the end, the Miami Heat just ran out of gas during a 101-81 loss on Friday night. The team had battled back from a 21-point deficit to start the second half then fatigue set in. Head coach Erik Spoelstra was tinkering with his lineup in the third quarter when he decided..." January 23

  • Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, and Duncan Robinson Invited to Join 2021 Olympic Team, But There’s a Catch

    Heavy "Not one, not two, but three players from the Miami Heat have received the coveted invite to join the 2021 Men’s Olympic Basketball Team this summer in Tokyo, Japan, according to multiple reports on January 23. The three Heat stars joining the pool of the 60 most elite..." 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

  • Miami Heat to Use Special Coronavirus-Detecting Dogs as Fans Return

    NBC Miami "The Miami Heat will be using COVID-19 detection dogs and have a mandatory mask rule in place when they begin allowing a limited number of fans at home games next week. The team has released a number of health and safety guidelines ahead of their Jan. 28 game at AmericaAirlines Arena,..." 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

  • Are The Miami Heat A Better Fit For James Harden?

    Sun Sentinel "Udonis Haslem laughed at the possibility, if only because of the after-hours ramifications. Jimmy Butler, though, was willing to give it a go. No, there ultimately was no need to fit James Harden for a Miami Heat jersey. But that doesn’t mean the idea wasn’t kicked around..." 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

  • With Heat’s Kendrick Nunn again producing, is NBA taking notice?

    Sun Sentinel "There is a twisted irony with Kendrick Nunn’s resurrection, that by rekindling memories of why he was runner-up to Ja Morant for NBA Rookie of the Year last season, he still might not be playing himself into the Miami Heat’s rotation. But he might be playing himself into a..." 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

  • Miami Heat Star Kelly Olynyk Reveals Worst Part of NBA’s New COVID-19 Rules

    Heavy "While the Miami Heat is currently on a two-game win streak, there is one opponent the franchise can’t seem to beat: coronavirus. Numerous NBA teams have depleted rosters due to COVID-19 contact tracing, and it’s not just taking a physical toll on Miami, Heat..." 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Tyler Herro’s GF Posts Loving Tribute on Heat Star’s Birthday

    Heavy "Tyler Herro celebrated his 21st birthday on Wednesday, so he can finally legally drink alcoholic beverages in South Beach. Not that he hasn’t done so already. Remember, the Miami Heat star was photographed uncorking champagne during the team’s NBA Finals..." 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

  • Heat Update Jimmy Butler’s Status, Rule 3 Players Out vs Raptors

    Heavy "The Miami Heat will hit the road once again without All-Star forward Jimmy Butler. Head coach Erik Spoelstra announced Butler and veteran guard Avery Bradley wouldn’t travel with the team for at least the first two games of a four-game trip. This marks the fifth straight..." January 19

  • Udonis Haslem Says He Would've 'Aged 15 Years' Being James Harden's OG

    Uproxx "The James Harden ordeal in Houston came to an end last week when he was traded to the Nets in a four-team blockbuster deal, closing the chapter on what ended up being a contentious relationship with both his teammates and the organization where he spent eight years of his..." January 19