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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

  • 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

  • "They still have love for me": Kemba Walker blinks back tears in Charlotte as Celtics win

    Charlotte Observer "Kemba Walker came home Thursday night — hugging ushers, blinking back tears, shooting raggedly and still beating his old team, the Charlotte Hornets. The Hornets’ all-time leading scorer, Walker wore a Boston Celtics uniform this time. It was weird. It was like seeing your..." 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

  • Kemba Walker: What to expect from the Celtics PG in his return to Charlotte

    Clutch Points "Kemba Walker suited up in a Hornets uniform for eight seasons, winning the hearts of fans along the way. However, the former No. 9 overall pick made the decision to join the Boston Celtics this summer, agreeing to the terms of a four-year, $141 million deal. On Thursday,..." November 07

  • When it comes to player load management, Michael Jordan sets the tone in Charlotte: ‘You’re paid to play 82 games’

    New York Daily News " The greatest player of all-time doesn’t believe in load management. With the league fully engaged in a debate about whether to rest players – with Kawhi Leonard sullying Wednesday’s national TV game by sitting or Knicks coach David Fizdale being questioned for..." November 07

  • Hornets Pay Tribute To Kemba Walker In Return To Charlotte

    Sportsnaut "New Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker is making his return to Charlotte to take on the Hornets Thursday night after leaving the team in free agency. Walker, 29, spent the first eight seasons of his career in Charlotte, acting as the face of the franchise while morphing into an..." 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Hornets, PJ Washington set NBA records in season opener

    The Score "The Charlotte Hornets opened their 2019-20 campaign with a thrilling 126-125 comeback win over the Chicago Bulls while also setting a pair of NBA records along the way. Charlotte connected on 23 attempts from beyond the arc to establish a new league mark..." October 24

  • 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

  • The True Reasons Why The Eastern Conference Is A Joke

    Fadeaway World "Over the course of the year, we’ve seen the best players in the world take their talents to the Western Conference, and while that side of the bracket may be stacked with contending teams, the Eastern Conference always seems to be kind of a disappointment. Unless LeBron James..." 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

  • 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

  • Hornets’ Nicolas Batum suffers broken middle finger

    Larry Brown Sports "It’s only the first game of the season and Nicolas Batum is already hurt. " 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

  • 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

  • Hornets coach James Borrego on friction, clarity and working for Michael Jordan

    Charlotte Observer "Was Charlotte Hornets coach James Borrego a pushover last season? No. But did he try too hard at times to placate players in his first season as an NBA coach? Yes, he did. “I feel like J.B. probably too much, to an extent, last (season) tried to keep everybody..." October 21

  • 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

  • Hornets sign Caleb Martin to three year deal

    At The Hive "Just hours after the Charlotte Hornets announced that they had converted Caleb Martin'scontract to a two-way deal, the team signed him to a full NBA contract. " October 20

  • Nicolas Batum could return to Hornets’ opening-night starting lineupC

    Clutch Points "According to the Charlotte Observer, Hornets forward Nic Batum could appear in the starting lineup come opening night. Batum, who is recovering from a sore Achilles injury, has evidently made enough progress to be available when the NBA season begins this week. Batum has missed three of..." 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

  • Michael Jordan: I had tunnel vision on basketball, but now I have more time for bigger issues

    Pro Basketball Talk "Michael Jordan might have never said “Republicans buy sneakers, too,” but there’s a reason that quote stuck with him. He was notoriously apolitical while playing. But he has become more involved in retirement. He fundraised for Barack Obama...." October 18

  • China Requested Dismissal Of Daryl Morey, NBA Reportedly Said 'No Chance'

    Real GM Basketball "Adam Silver claims the Chinese government requested Daryl Morey be terminated as general manager of the Houston Rockets and that the NBA rejected it flatly. " October 17

  • Adam Silver hints financial consequences from tiff with China will be ‘fairly dramatic’

    Clutch Points "NBA Commissioner Adam Silver expressed some serious regret over the recent cracks involving the league’s relationship with China, the NBA’s most lucrative partner. After Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s pro-Hong Kong tweet was met by the Chinese..." October 17

  • Dallas Mavericks Should Risk It All And Create A Powerful Team This Season

    Fadeaway World "The Dallas Mavericks made quite a big splash this offseason by trading for Kristaps Porzingis. Dallas officially has two guys who could potentially become superstars and are one of the best small-big duos in the league right now. Doncic put forward one of the best rookie seasons in..." October 17

  • Most NBA GMs pick Clippers or Bucks to win 2020 NBA title in annual survey, Lakers third

    Pro Basketball Talk "The top of our 50 best players in 5 years list: 1. Giannis Antetokounmpo 2. Anthony Davis 3. Luka Doncic Apparently, NBA general managers hold similar views. Though they answered a slightly different question in their annual..." October 17

  • Projecting Every NBA Team's Opening Night Starting 5

    Bleacher Report "Whether players want to admit it or not, there's a certain cachet that comes along with being an NBA starter. And at the dawn of another regular season, there are still a few starting spots around the league to be determined. Who'll get a shot at..." October 16

  • Recap Of 2019 NBA Draft Pick Signings

    Hoops Rumors "When word broke last week that Hornets second-round pick Jalen McDaniels had signed with the team, it meant that we now know the 2019/20 plans for all 60 of this year’s NBA draft picks. The majority of this year’s draftees signed NBA contracts..." October 16

  • LeBron James ‘won’t talk’ about China controversy again

    CNN "Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James is ready to move on from the China controversy and focus on winning a championship and other things. Just a day after criticizing Houston Rockets' general manager Daryl Morey as "misinformed" over a tweet supporting..." October 16